So you’re the proud owner of a spanking new netbook and between bouts of work you wanna unwind a bit. Now we all know the best stress buster today is video games and even though you’re not going to be able to run Crysis on it anytime soon, here’s a list of games that’ll keep you busy for hours on end.

Quake Live

The fastest and the most addictive shooter on the planet is now available to you free of cost via your browser. Head over to the game’s official website, create an account and start blasting fools online with reckless abandon. If browser games are not your thing you can even nab the entire Quake collection pack that’s now available heavily discounted on Steam.

World of Warcraft

No, Farmville is not an MMO but if you do like wasting your time playing with animals you need to be introduced to World of Warcraft. The grand daddy of all MMOs isn’t free to play but it will run just fine on your netbook robbing you of your sleep for years to come. Head over here to create a ten day free trial.

Cricket 97

Considering the fact that the entire nation is crazy over cricket it’s only fair that we include a cricket game in here. And which better cricket game than the finest one ever made? It’s a bit tricky to find a copy of the game right now but if you’re real lucky you may catch it gathering dust in some dingy little corner of your local gaming store.


Hailed by many as the pioneer of first person shooters, Half Life puts players in the boots of Dr. Gordon Freeman as he holds off an alien invasion armed with his wits and the now iconic crowbar. If this isn't available locally head over to Steam to grab it now.

Counter Strike 1.6

A multilayer modification of Half Life, Counter Strike has become the most popular multiplayer game out there today. You can nab it from Steam in case you can’t find a copy at your local game store.