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Sometimes games are serious culture or competition. But often they are a way to blow off steam and have a lovely playful laugh with friends. Here are ways to discover games to just have fun with.

Usually, when you press a direction in a game, your character moves their limbs (and other parts) to go in that direction automatically. There are some games where you control your character's body directly with the controller sticks and buttons.

08/07/2022 / 17 months ago

These games are big, brash and popular. They have big budgets which means the visual and interactive quality is particularly high. They also have strong and wide-ranging player communities.

15/03/2020 / 3 years ago

There's nothing quite like messing around on the water in a boat. It's even more fun if you can do it with a friend. As in life, so also in video games. The combination of seafaring (or river-faring) and cooperative challenges works really well.

17/01/2023 / 10 months ago

As popularised by the Can You Pet the Dog Twitter account, many video games offer endearing and supportive animal relationships. However, not every video game critter is helpful, loving or safe to pet.

05/10/2022 / 14 months ago

Some games hold your hand and lead you forward with respect for your time and ability. This is lovely. There are some other games, though, that intentionally make the going tough.

20/06/2022 / 17 months ago

Top Gun Maverick has taken more than $500 million at the box office. We loved revisiting the thrill of high-speed flight and the nostalgia of Tom Cruise in flight gear. So we set ourselves the task of finding the best Top Gun-inspired video games of recent years.

13/06/2022 / 18 months ago

Video games are about all sorts of things. Shooting enemies, building forts, winning races and flying to space to name a few. But some days, you just want some games to make you laugh.

12/06/2022 / 18 months ago

Hacking is often seen as an activity that is not entertaining or desirable. Hackers are usually depicted as criminals causing damage. However, there are some amazing games that use hacking as a way to subvert the powers in charge whether that's by breaking into a room by hacking a door lock, or something where hacking is how you interact with the world, These games are a chance for players to be creative about how they progress.

09/08/2022 / 16 months ago

If you ask for suggestions of video games for your children to play there's often a strong response on social media - all the more so if you are a non-gamer. Although these suggestions are often helpful, they circulate the same small pool of popular games, often at the expense of less familiar titles.

02/03/2023 / 9 months ago

This is a list of games for those people who think of themselves as a budding business person. Whether you love to be wheeling and dealing from your car boot, negotiating contracts in the board room or pitching your next product to the masses these are the games for you.

01/01/1901 / 123 years ago

Chess is, perhaps, the greatest game of all time. Still, that doesn't mean that it can't be improved upon? Whether or not these games make the game better, they use the basic chess moves to create a new experience.

14/07/2022 / 17 months ago

The games in this section have been selected because they get players doing absurd activities and chuckling together. It’s tongue-in-cheek entertainment with challenges that don’t take themselves too seriously – not seriously at all, in fact. Video games have their roots in fun and play. This makes them an excellent way to forget the worries of the day and dive into some silly fun together.

12/03/2020 / 3 years ago

Chess is a game that has stood the test of time. It's the ultimate test of strategy, forward planning and cunning. While there are some games that offer a computer chess experience, more interesting are games that use chess as inspiration.

24/09/2021 / 2 years ago

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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