In 1973, a book called BASIC Computer Games was released. Written by David Ahl, the book compiled type-in computer games for the BASIC programming language. Even though most of these games were simple, mathematically-based exercises, they were the starting point for a number of young developers. If you look at what modern home developers are accomplishing, though, you’d never believe it.Many high school and college students (as well as office workers) have their favorite free gaming sites bookmarked. If you haven’t already, check out some of the offerings at the following sites:
- Free Online Games (FOG) (www.freeonlinegames.com)
- Miniclip (www.miniclip.com)
- Addicting Games (www.addictinggames.com)
- Game Node (www.gamenode.com)
- Candystand (www.candystand.com)
- Desktop Tower Defense (http://www.handdrawngames.com/DesktopTD/game.asp): Simple but addictive, like the best games should be. Even the Wall Street Journal covered this one.
- Corpse Craft: Incident at Weardd Academy (http://www.gamezebo.com/online-games/corpse-craft): This is an example of how a good game can be made better by a clever design sense.
- Line Rider (http://www.linerider.com/): Make complex 2D tracks and send your “line rider” racing down them. Featured in Games for Windows: The Official Magazine.
- You Have to Burn the Rope (http://mazapan.se/games/burnTheRope.php): Yes, it really is that simple.