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Free Game Search Engine

As part of the their "Google Co-Op" service, Google has launched a brand new product this week, called Google Custom Search Engine. This allows users to create custom search engines by providing context information, such as lists of websites to search and annotations that will guide the user to the content they're searching for.

For example, suppose you are doing research on how to become a restaurant critic. If you were to go to Google and type "restaurant critic", you would likely find many links to working critics and their reviews, but would be hard-pressed to find information how to break into the business. Now, suppose someone were to create a search engine that focused on careers. Type in "restaurant critic" there, and you'll likely find what you want.

When I saw this, I just had to give it a try. I decided to catalog about 100 sites that offer free, playable games on the web, and used Google's new service to create a pretty hard-core free game search engine. It's still bare-bones but already very useful. Try searching for "diablo" or "word jumble" or "geography" and you'll instantly find hours of free entertainment. You can use this search box below:

Free Game Search:
Happy searching!

Comments on Free Game Search Engine
  Comment from Anonymous Anonymous at Friday, October 27, 2006 11:44:00 AM
An amazing feat of pure magic!
  Comment from Blogger Red Bull at Friday, October 27, 2006 12:18:00 PM
I thought so! It's very useful, but being that games tend to be low on text, it's hard to search for particular types of games. I think in order to make the search engine really shine, it would need to hook into some sort of tagging mechanism.

I'm not sure how popular a game search engine would be, because I think most people like to browse rather than search, but searching and browsing are closely related. With enough guidance, I think a portal to all of the free games on the web could be a hit. What do you think?
  Comment from Anonymous Anonymous at Friday, October 27, 2006 1:39:00 PM
A portal to all free games, actually IS a hit... Or to put it better, those portals ARE already succesful...

Same thing goes with free game list, like the ones I had posted.

A search engine on the other hand is a very handy and quite original way to get free stuff... Quite amazing.
  Comment from Blogger Red Bull at Friday, October 27, 2006 4:27:00 PM
Sure, there are lots of game portals out there, but other than MOG (www.millionsofgames.com), I can't think of one that actually tries to categorize them well. A search engine is good when you're looking for something specific... like "I want to try a new RPG" or "what was that monkey game I played last year?" Without good tags associated with each game, I'm not sure how useful the search engine will be.

Then again... as it stands right now, the search engine is returning some very good hits.
  Comment from Anonymous Anonymous at Monday, October 30, 2006 6:41:00 AM
Indeed. :)

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