Gamers Can Knock Out Former Heavyweight Champ Lennox Lewis
Lewis said he became involved in chess back in public school by joining the chess club. He stuck with the game throughout his career and used the game as part of his training for fights. When he's not following boxing for HBO as a commentator, he likes to play chess at home. Online gaming has opened up the world as potential opponents through casual online gaming sites.
While people traditionally think of "Everquest" and "Halo 2" when it comes to online gaming, casual gaming sites at MSN, AOL, Yahoo! and Lycos draw the largest numbers of players. From simple card games to board games to addictive arcade-style games, these sites attract a large, mostly older demographic that tends to lean heavily toward female gamers. (The guys prefer to blow away enemies on Xbox Live playing games like "Call of Duty 2" or "Madden.") Many of these sites offer incentives to play through cash and prizes, but for the most part, it's the simple, but addictive nature of games like chess, and the ability to chat and gather with others in a virtual environment, that makes this one of the fastest-growing gaming areas.
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