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7.2. Windows XP Games

Although the central concept of Windows XP—merging what were once separate Windows versions for corporations and homes—is a noble and largely successful one, a few peculiar juxtapositions result. If you're a home user, for example, all of this business of accounts and security may strike you as strangely irrelevant. If you're a corporate user, meanwhile, you may wonder what to make of things like Movie Maker (for editing home movies), Outlook Express (a stripped-down, free version of Outlook)—and games. Yes, Windows XP even includes eleven games for your procrastination pleasure.

More interesting still, several of them let you play against other people on the Internet. At the Microsoft Game Center (http://www.zone.com), players from all over the world gather to find worthy opponents. When you choose one of the Internet-enabled games, your PC connects automatically with this Game Center. An automated matchmaker searches for someone else who wants to play the game you chose, and puts the two of you together, albeit anonymously.


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