For the ultimate in fun time sinks, I have one word for you…MMORPGs.
Ok, so it’s technically 6 words: Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games. Massively Multiplayer Online refers to the fact that you play in a world with other people, more than the 5 or 6 that you can usually play with together in a TCP/IP connected game. You can be in game with literally hundreds of other people with whom you can interact, chat, and play. It’s part game, part social.
There are a number of games in the MMORPG genre, but I will highlight only a few of the best known.
The downside of MMORPGs is that they generally have a monthly cost associated with it. EQII costs $15 per month. The other downside is that it can be quite addictive if you let it be.
The upside of MMORPGs is that they are just plain fun! Really, if you haven’t played one before, at least try it out. Most of them have a free trial so you can get a feel for the game before you buy it. If you’ve never played an MMORPG before, this is a good way to start as the trial generally has a very good tutorial, since there’s a bit of a learning curve to play one.