There are some increasingly tasty free apps loading up inside web browsers, these days. Nick Kang’s Phosphor is a full 3D “first-person shooter” game. It was made with Macromedia Director and one Xtra, and has been in beta since it was launched last year. Although it’s by no means Halo or UT2004, it seems very servicable, slick, and runs within 30 seconds on fast broadband. Just leap right in, and if you played games through the Doom/Heretic/Hexen/Quake years, then you’ll be right at home.

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This could be a usefully-simple fallback for some game studies teachers, when faced with a small residue of non game-playing and non PC-literate undergraduates (oh yes, they exist!) who nevertheless have to play a computer game as part of your class assignments.