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Microsoft Zone (also known as Zone.com - formerly known as 'The Village', 'Internet Gaming Zone', 'MSN Gaming Zone', and 'MSN Games by Zone.com'), is an online video game site by Microsoft under the realm of MSN Games. The site offers free games, pay-to-play games, and has an older selection of retail games. MSN (or Microsoft Network) is an Internet service provider and web portal (initially meant to be a parallel net to the Internet) created by Microsoft on August 24, 1995, coinciding with the release of Windows 95. ... The Internet, or simply the Net (and often erroneously synonymous with World Wide Web), is the publicly accessible worerconnected [[compfr documents of the World Wide Web. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... The front page of the English Wikipedia Website. ... Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKEx: 4338) is the worlds largest software company, with 2005 global annual sales of 40 billion US dollars and more than 59,000 employees in 85 countries and regions. ...



The first version of the site, which was then called "The Village", was founded by Kevin Binkley, Ted Griggs, and Hoon Im. In 1996, Steve Murch, a then-employee of Microsoft, convinced Bill Gates to acquire the small online game site, then owned by Electric Gravity. The site was rebranded to "Internet Gaming Zone" and launched in 1996. Between 1996-97, Murch worked on modernizing the site and adding—and sometimes remaking—new games. 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

For the following 5 years, the Internet Gaming Zone would be renamed several times and would increase in popularity with the introduction of popular retail- and MMOG-games, such as Age of Empires and Asheron's Call. A massive multiplayer online game (MMOG) is a type of computer game that enables hundreds or thousands of players to simultaneously interact in a game world they are connected to via the Internet. ... Age of Empires, abbreviated to AoE, is a history-based real-time strategy computer game developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft, released in 1997. ... Asherons Call (AC) is a fantasy MMORPG for Microsoft Windows-based PCs released in late 1999. ...


Zone's first competitor was AOL Games. The competition between the two sites resulted in the creation of a Volunteer Program for the Zone, which AOL also offered. The idea was to have volunteers moderating the chat lobbies, hosting tourneys, offering tech-support, and interact with the gamers. America Online, or AOL for short, is a U.S.-based online service provider and Internet service provider that is owned by Time Warner. ... A tournament is an organized competition in which many participants play each other in individual games. ...

Because of legal complexities when AOL was sued by their volunteers—and won the case—MSN Games reformed their policy by contracting a third-party company to manage the program. In 2001, Participate Systems won the contract and continue to lead the program to this day. Participate Systems was acquired by Outstart.com in November 2004. To-day, the site is competing with other similar free-game sites, such as Yahoo Games. Both sites often offer the same premium games at the same price. 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...

Set backs

  • It is believed that Microsoft's strict code-of-conduct (CoC) followed by their volunteers enforcing the rules to the letter made many players leave the site. The site was often criticized for being too totalitarian; it suffered both internal and external criticism.
  • In 2000, the site started to be a target of continous hack attacks. Hackers—and for the most part, script-kiddies—both targeted the Zone software. In 2003, the worst hack-attack occurred by the use of social engineering, giving the intruders access to the administrator tools. The intruders used their new-found tools to ban players and other site volunteers.
  • After the dot-com boom, Internet sites claimed difficulties managing their finances. MSN Games changed its market strategy and left the retail-games market to focus solely on free- and premium games.

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  • Personas such as Bill Gates and his friend, Warren Buffet, have played Bridge on the Zone. Garry Kasparov, Chess Champion, played in a Chess Tourney organized by Microsoft. The Sheik of The United Arab Emirates [1] invited a few Backgammon players from the Zone to play in his "2nd annual Abu Dhabi Backgammon Championship".
  • MSN Games is credited for assisting with the introduction of new games on MSN Messenger and the development of Xbox Live Arcade.
  • Writer Dorothy Rosengrans wrote a book about her experiences at MSN Games and her encounter with Bill Gates.

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  • Steve Murch failed to convince Microsoft to acquire the chat software ICQ. The software was bought by AOL instead and the Zone built its own internal chat software called "Zonefriends".

ICQ is an instant messaging computer program, created by Mirabilis, an Israeli start-up company based in Tel-Aviv. ...


  • Playing Around: My Adventures on the Zone.Com by Dorothy Rosencrans, ISBN 0595294812

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Microsoft Ants // Introduction Microsoft Ants was (and still is) a multiplayer game for 2-4 players on the Microsoft Gaming Zone. ...

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