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Free Online Games Providers

  •  MSN Gaming Zone 
    Looking for some real, live competition in free online gaming? If so, this site is hard to beat. Microsoft's cutting-edge gaming center is the biggest resource of its type on the Web, with over 18 million registered users. Membership is free. Games here include classics such as backgammon, bridge, checkers, chess, cribbage, go, hearts, reverse and spades.
  •  Boxerjam 
    This quality online gaming site features fun games, such as "Out of Order" and "Strike a Match," in which you can take a shot at winning weekly prizes. You play the games in real-time head-to-head with other online participants, which adds to the excitement. Note: this game cannot be played from behind a firewall.
  •  Subspace 
    This formerly commercial title is now freeware. Subspace is a classic top-down 2D game, in which you control a spaceship and battle against other online players. The premise is simple, but there are many variations on this theme offered on the gaming server, including hockey-type games, flagging games and others. (For Windows).
  •  Mplayer 
    Note: in January, 2001, Mplayer merged with major online gaming site GameSpy Arcade. This impressive site offers speedy multiplayer gaming and cool features, such as real-time voice chat. Mplayer has been extensively overhauled since the GameSpy merger, but there are still plenty of free Web-based games here that you can play via the fully-functional trialware version of their gaming client. (For Windows).
  •  Daily Online Games 
    This site offers a roundup of free online Shockwave and Java-based games. Categories include puzzle games, card games, sports games, board games and more.
  •  Free Internet Chess Server 
    The largest free chess server on the Web, this site lets you find opponents for online games 24 hours a day. You can also observe games, chat, obtain a rating and rank yourself among other players from around the world.