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Revisit the classic games

So you’re the proud owner of a new netbook and want to unwind between work. Here’s a list of games that’ll keep you busy for hours on end.

tech reviews Updated: Apr 12, 2010 19:55 IST
Avinash Bali & Gagan Gupta

So you’re the proud owner of a new netbook and want to unwind between work. Here’s a list of games that’ll keep you busy for hours on end.

Quake Live
The fastest and the most addictive shooter on the planet is now available to you free of cost via your browser. Head to the game’s official website, create an account and start blasting with reckless abandon. You can even nab the entire Quake collection pack that’s now available heavily discounted on Steam.

World of Warcraft
This grand daddy of all MMOs isn’t free to play but will run just fine on your netbook. Head over here to create a ten-day free trial.

Cricket 97
This is possibly the finest cricket game ever made. Although it might be a little tricky to find a copy now, if you’re real lucky you may catch it gathering dust in some dingy corner of your local gaming store.

Half-Life
Hailed by many as the pioneer of first person shooters, Half Life puts players in the boots of Dr Gordon Freeman as he holds off an alien invasion armed with his wits and the now iconic crowbar. If this isn't available locally, head over to Steam.

Counter Strike 1.6
A multiplayer modification of Half Life, Counter Strike has become the most popular multiplayer game today. You can get it from Steam if you can’t find it at your local game store.

Alien VS Predator Classic 2000
This game does not support multiplayer but you have three distinct campaigns — Alien, Marine and Predator — to keep you busy for a while.

Duke Nukem 3D
Loud-mouthed cocky protagonist — check. Hot women flashing their pimps — check. Sweet weapons — check. Copious amounts of violence — check. Do you still want me to go on?

Doom 2
So you’re a marine holding off a demonic invasion on Earth armed to the teeth with pretty much every awesome gun ever made to date including the BFG. If that’s not a good enough hook, we don’t know what is.

Grand Theft Auto 2
Satiate those free roaming urges with GTA 2 since GTA IV will basically kill your netbook and revive it only to kill it again. Yes, it’s a top down game but it’s still pretty awesome. And it’s free.