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10.2. What kind of games are there?

The Internet is home to two styles of games--interactive and play-by-mail. Interactive games let you play and converse with your opponents in real time, whereas play-by-mail games take longer and are typically more involved. Unlike interactive games, play-by-mail games let people who have only e-mail access (folks on Bitnet, FidoNet and Prodigy, for instance) join in the fun.

As you might expect, play-by-mail games on the Internet aren't far removed from play-by-mail games that have taken place by "snail mail" for decades, most notably chess.

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