Top 10 computer games of all time

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You know what they say about all work and no play. So this week we've decided to count down the best computer games of all time

In actual fact there's a growing body of research that shows game playing can improve productivity by allowing the brain to concentrate on other things for a while. It makes sense to me, we have after all evolved playing games that have allowed us to try out new mental strategies.

This list was definitely the source of much debate and a bit of anxiety. Then there's the issue of sheer quantity. Had we gone with all of the initial suggestions, it would have easily been a "top 50" list. So we had to narrow it down a bit: PC games only.

Honourable Mention: Robot War

Robot War is possibly the ultimate geek game - one in which you had to code the participants.

This probably explains a lot as to why it never really took off. After all, a tiny percentage of computer users can actually code and so the appeal of the game was very limited but it certainly deserves a spot in the Top 10 list, even if it is just an Honourable Mention.

Created in the 1970s the principle behind the game was that by 2002 war had been made illegal (hollow laughter) and countries settled their dispute by robot combat. You built machines that could detect and fire at each other and may the best software win. It's a very cute idea, and one that has been blatantly stolen by the Robot Wars TV series.

The game has spawned many offshoots but remains at heart a tool of geeks.

10. Neverwinter Nights

9. Spacewar

7. Minesweeper

6. Half Life

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