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    A few free games for you to try

    Since it's Friday I thought I'd let you in on a few games I've found over the past week that are totally free.

    1. PlaneShift. PlaneShift is a free MMORPG that went 'live in November. Apparently it's still in it's testing phase but looks very much like WoW. And it's free. No subscription or 'premium' services apparently (I'm still downloading the game - torrent for preferance according their site) and will let you all know how it plays next week. It is available for Windows (x86 and x64 clients), Mac and Linux and you can get it and more info here: PlaneShift - A 3D Fantasy MMORPG

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    2. VDrift, a 3D Racing game with a focus on drifiting. Again, Windows, Mac and Linux are the norm. Get it here: VDrift - Open Source Racing Simulator

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    3. Command and Conquer Classic. Apparently Virgin released this as a freebie some years back. It was available (apparently) from the main site here: Command & Conquer : Home but I can't find it! A simple Google will lead you to lots of reputable sites to download it from.

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    Tribes! 32 players, Teamwork, deathmatch. Amazing game.

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    Starsiege: Tribes full install - Download.com

    Also: Trackmania Nations! loads of multiplayer racing fun. We had this running with 32 kids!

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    Find your own download
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazzy2501 View Post
    ...Also: Trackmania Nations! loads of multiplayer racing fun. We had this running with 32 kids!

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    Find your own download
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    Link: TrackMania Nations Forever | Files | TrackMania Nations Forever Free Full Game | Official Demos | Game Front

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    QUAKE LIVE . It's uber. It's free (but can pay for more if you want, like trackmania). Very good fun
    And it plays via your browser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    QUAKE LIVE . It's uber. It's free (but can pay for more if you want, like trackmania). Very good fun
    And it plays via your browser.
    ooOOOoo Might be having a butchers at that tonight....

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    There's Team Fortress 2, available free through Steam (at least I think it's only Steam). No problem finding maps to play on or games to play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatpackhamster View Post
    There's Team Fortress 2, available free through Steam (at least I think it's only Steam). No problem finding maps to play on or games to play.

    Team Fortress 2
    Looks to cartoony for me, tbh...

    I've had it for about a year and only played it a couple of times....Maybe it might need a second look??

    Actually, I think they call it a "re-evaluation"!!

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    Its great and very addictive. (TF2) Definitely worth another go.

    As for Quake Live, I've been playing Quake games since 1996 so have been on QL since it's beta days, a few years ago now. It's online only but well worth a play if you just want a no holds barred shooting game, team or solo.

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    Open TTD - OpenTTD
    A classic game for those Transport Tycoon enthusiasts and a nice simple passenger/freight business sim.

    Cities in Motion is another transport sim but focused only on passenger transport with no freight (but plenty of individual citizens all wanting to go somewhere!). The full client isn't free but they have a freeplay via web version that I will try dig up when I get home.

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    MegaGlest, 0AD, Warzone 2100.

    All strategy type games, all free. Our kids here like Warzone 2100.

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    Does anyone else on here set up these kinds of games and let the kids play them at lunchtime? We used to have Wolfenstein Enemy Territory but it was deemed too violent even though it was hugely popular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    Does anyone else on here set up these kinds of games and let the kids play them at lunchtime? We used to have Wolfenstein Enemy Territory but it was deemed too violent even though it was hugely popular.
    We don't 'allow' it. However, we have a strategy gaming 'enrichment' class on a tuesday which cans can go to. We also don't go complaining too much if they play paintball or something via the network during lunch.

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    For those that like a steep learning curve : Orbiter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerospacemango View Post
    Looks to cartoony for me, tbh...

    I've had it for about a year and only played it a couple of times....Maybe it might need a second look??

    Actually, I think they call it a "re-evaluation"!!
    I did the same as you, downloading it and not really getting in to it, so I took it off. Then I went back and went through the tutorials to get the hang of it a bit better, and now I'm quite in to it. It is cartoony, but it's good fun. Over the weekend I tried, for the first time, to get to grips with the flamethrower-wielder, who I'd never liked. Once I mastered it it was a scream and I was (for the first time) the highest scorer on the server. That was quite a buzz.

    So it's always worth going back and giving these things another go.

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