Baang! You're Dead 

Clan leaders Ricky Menjivar and Vinh Bui are out for blood. Their battleground: Korean-style cybercafes across the East Bay. Their deadly game: Counter-Strike.

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Unreal Tournament 2003
The Hollowmen's favorite, this game is a graphical powerhouse that features gritty over-the-top violence in a futuristic version of Roman gladiator combat. It has supplanted Quake III as the dominant "deathmatch" game on the Internet.

The Sims Online
It's too new to be huge, but it will be very soon. Walnut Creek-based Maxis has already cornered the computerized dollhouse market with the Sims. This new Web version of the wildly popular game lets players explore a vast online neighborhood of social intrigue.

America's Army
This first-person shooter was designed as a recruitment tool and paid for by the United States military. Players go through boot camp before engaging in a range of real-world-style combat scenarios that draw heavily from Counter-Strike. It's free to the public -- your tax dollars at work.

In Blizzard Studios' sci-fi strategy game, players take part in a three-sided interstellar conflict in which they build armies and pit them in combat. The game is so popular in South Korea that characters appear on Doritos bags and avid players holster their mice on their hips. When a rival on the street accepts the challenge, the players run to the nearest PC Baang to do battle.

Diablo II
Also a Blizzard creation, Diablo II consists of mindless hack-and-slash role-playing, the antithesis of Everquest (see "Gaming the System"). While there are fewer players living off the sale of Diablo II items and characters on eBay, the prices paid for individual treasures tend to be higher for this game.


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