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Who's Game?

Those bleeps and bloops on the laptop next to you aren't work being done.
August 1, 2000

Look closely at fellow travelers' laptop computers. More often than not, you won't see spreadsheets or e-mail programs-but rather, video games. Although there aren't any formal statistics on how many corporate gamers there are, sales figures and other anecdotal evidence suggest a recent surge in gaming activity.

"Computer games aren't just for kids anymore," says Jim Charne, president and executive director of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, an organization for game developers in Los Angeles. "I see business travelers playing more amusement games."

What's Hot Now
Here are the top 10 computer games for business travelers:
1. Links Golf LS 2000
2. Roller Coaster Tycoon
3. Monopoly 2
4. Sim City 3000
5. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? 2nd Edition
6. Civilization 2
7. Chessmaster 7000
8. Microsoft Pinball Arcade
9. Hoyle Casino
10. Pandora's Box

What do travelers look for in a video game? "That depends," says Jason Short, director for Fullsail Real World Education's game-design program in Winter Park, Florida. "Most gamers prefer a quick game lasting less than 15 minutes, where the rules are simple, and which doesn't require a large hardware investment."

Here's how to pick the best game for you:

Christopher Elliott is a writer in Annapolis, Maryland. Contact him at

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