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What is it?

  • Playing computer games can be anything from an occasional relaxation to a serious hobby in which competition against yourself and others is important.  

  • There is now a wide range of gaming possibilities suitable for all levels of skill, expertise and different interests.  

  • Many of the games are linked to other interests including traditional card games and fantasy games, as well as films and television programmes.

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Computer & Video Games 
PC Gamer 
PC Strategy Games 

Getting started

  • Find a local computer games group or club (see organisations above).

  • See if your local group runs introductory sessions.

  • Consult books or magazines on different types of computer games.

  • Check in your local library/paper, computer software store or on the Internet for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Although playing computer games tends to be thought of as something for the young, it can be done, and enjoyed by people of all ages and both sexes. 

  • Computer games are easy to play at home on your own.  But many people enjoy the stimulus and social contact of belonging to a group of some kind.  This can be a group of friends, a more formal group of local enthusiasts, or one linked by mail or Internet contacts.  

  • Through membership of a group, you can share your enthusiasm, learn about new opportunities and exchange games and ideas.  You can also take part in competitions of different kinds.

Equipment or clothing
  • Access to a computer or the equivalent, with good games presentation and ancillaries like speakers and a joy stick is essential.

A place or facilities
  • No special facilities are needed.  Groups usually meet informally at members homes.

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