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09-02-11, 06:20 AM
In today‚??s market there are games that are so ridiculously popular, the number of sales and downloads are truly staggering. Over the past years, video games have become huge contenders in the entertainment industry, bringing in billions of dollars annually. The field has broadened vastly, and now pretty much anyone and everyone has at least heard of some more recent titles (I‚??m looking at you Minecraft). I often find myself wondering what is it about this certain game that makes 10,000,000+ play it?

The Sims Franchise Sims have been around forever and a day. We were first introduced to Sims in Maxis‚?? 1989 classic SimCity. You might expect that I am going to bad-mouth all of the games on this list, but honestly, I really enjoy the Sims games. Back in 2000, I excitedly popped the CD into my PC‚??s drive and spent countless hours trapping my poor Sims in swimming pools by removing the step ladders. Similarly, I spent countless dollars on the 3,000 sequels and expansion packs tagged with ‚??The Sims.‚?? To this day, the original The Sims is one of the top-selling PC games of all time ‚?? but why? If you think about it, you are spending hours telling a digital person to eat, crap, and sleep. Granted, you can set them on fire and kill them in myriad other ways. There is some sick voyeuristic quality to The Sims that just makes it so dang fun and addicting. You are given the freedom to live vicariously through your Sims ‚?? even if that means your innermost desire is to make Sim Sailor Scouts and fight with Inu-Yasha (WTF).

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Download: The Sims 3 ‚?? Pets Trailer (http://www.fileplanet.com/220513/220000/fileinfo/The-Sims-3:-Pets-%27Announcement%27-Trailer)http://fileplanet.com/admin/images/Spotlight/DownloadButton.jpg (http://www.fileplanet.com/220513/220000/fileinfo/The-Sims-3:-Pets-%27Announcement%27-Trailer)



Second Life Do you ever turn your computer on and say ‚??I really just want to sit around and look at stuff‚??? If you answered ‚??yes,‚?? then Second Life might be the game for you. If it makes perfect sense to be able to start the game as a flying human, firetruck, or anthropomorphic rabbit, seriously‚?¶give it a go. After years of hearing about the infamous Second Life, I decided to give it a go. I legitimately don‚??t get the point. If you want to see boobs that badly, there are probably at least several million other places to find them. Give me some quests! I need direction! I don‚??t want to fly my half-loaded body around the world whilst listening to other people flirt with each other! Creepy!

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Download: Second Life Demo Client (http://www.fileplanet.com/141984/140000/fileinfo/Second-Life-Client-Demo)http://fileplanet.com/admin/images/Spotlight/DownloadButton.jpg (http://www.fileplanet.com/141984/140000/fileinfo/Second-Life-Client-Demo)

Quirky Cellphone / IoS Games I walked into Dave and Busters a couple of weeks ago and saw a coin-operated version of Fruit Ninja. It was at this point that I realized the world is being taken over by quirky cellphone games. Such games as Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds have over 10,000,000 downloads. In case you are bad at math, that is over 9000 by A LOT. Don‚??t get me wrong, I enjoy these kinds of games; but I enjoy them in short bursts when I am REALLY bored. The games are cute and clever, but do they really warrant the following they have gotten? Angry Birds the movie? Fruit Ninjas in real life? You throw that fake crumpled paper ball! Throw it like you mean it!



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Download: Angry Birds PC Demo (http://www.fileplanet.com/220719/220000/fileinfo/Angry-Birds-Demo)http://fileplanet.com/admin/images/Spotlight/DownloadButton.jpg (http://www.fileplanet.com/220719/220000/fileinfo/Angry-Birds-Demo)



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