The Internet may be the most innovative communication tool in history, but for millions of people it's also a great place to play games. You can play chess against a Grand Master in Russia or sit down for a sociable bridge game with friends in Australia, Korea, and Canada. Most of the classic board and card games like hearts, checkers, spades, or go can be played free at several sites. You may have to register or download extra files in order to play. Most commercial games come with an option that lets you compete against live opponents anywhere on the Web. This could be free or might require a monthly fee to compete. T-V favorites like Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune have on-line versions for either single or multiplayer competition. There are also word games, trivia quizzes, and contests galore that you can play alone or against others. If you're uncomfortable in regular chat rooms, most on-line games include a chat function, so you can get to know your opponents in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Since the internet is open to anyone, there may be an occasional obnoxious player. Game sites normally have an option for ignoring them. Once you're on the internet, you have all the game options you could possibly want.
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