Video:How to Find New Free Games for Windowswith Dimitri LaBarge
Download free games that are supported by Windows computers. Check out new places to find games and tips for making sure the game downloads won't create viruses on your computer.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Find New Free Games for Windows
Hi, this is Dimitri LaBarge for About.com, and today we're going to talk about how to find new free games for Windows.
First of all, you can investigate the built-in options that Microsoft provides. Microsoft has always included a few games with all versions of Windows, like Solitaire and Minesweeper. You can go one step further by heading online to find MSN games. Click the PC Download link and you'll get a list of free and demo games that you can download to your Windows system.
Install Spyware Before Downloading Games
Now it's time to leave the Microsoft comfort zone and venture out into some more uncharted territory. Before you download anything from a source you don't know, make sure you have an antivirus program installed, preferably one with adware and spyware removal detection. You don't want your hours of fun to become weeks of digging out a virus.
Windows Supports New and Classic Games
One great place for browser-based PC gaming is the increasingly huge market for games on Facebook. Games like Farmville, Civilization, Mob Wars and many more have millions of users, with a great variety of play options and lots of social network connections.
Another option is to download a MAME emulator. MAME is an application that emulates the code from classic arcade games, and makes it playable on a modern Windows system. It may take a little while to configure and find the appropriate ROM files - the source code for those classic games - but it can be a fun project where you rediscover some of the best games ever made.
Choose Freeware Games to Download
Another step - and we're getting into a little bit of wild west territory here - is to find an independent site that hosts freeware games for download, or links to favorite downloads on the web. In this case, we're looking at Gamer's Database. This can be fun, as you can find fun, quick games from indie publishers not available anywhere else. But again - make sure you're got your antivirus software running.
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