The top 10 free PC games of 2011

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With New Year celebrations just around the corner, it's understandable that you might not have time to trawl through our weekly Best Free PC Games archive, analysing every write-up to construct your own top ten list. So, since we understand the importance of ranking free games in order of perceived quality, we've done it for you. Here are PC Gamer's ten favourite freebies of 2011!

Proun pirated by 40% of players. Pay What You Want model "did pretty badly," says creator

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Proun is a gorgeous indie game that has you racing along a rail through abstract worlds. It was released back in June under a pay what you want model. Back then, Proun's creator Joost van Dongen promised to release the sales data to let everyone know how the payment system worked for him. Now Gamasutra report on a huge blog post van Dongen has published, revealing the exact sales figures for Proun. His verdict? "Proun is a big success! Pay What You Want is not!"

This week's best free PC games

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As PC gaming's apparent shift towards free-to-play continues, PC Gamer let me write about actually famous games like World of Warcraft. Of course, the indie studios still dominate the free games scene - and so they should, if they're continuing to churn out material of this quality. In addition to Blizzard's MMO masterpiece, this week we have a trio of splendid games from tiny studios. Read on for the best free PC games of the week...

Proun released, pay what you want

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Proun, an abstract indie racing game which sees you looping around a cable in order to avoid upcoming objects, has just been released for the princely sum of £whateveryouwant. Although people who actually pay will get a free bonus track. There's a new launch trailer above to show off the game's splendid art style, or you can check out the old one..

Proun was made by one man, Joost van Dongen (although he got someone else to do the soundtrack) who has worked on it for six years, he's written about the history of making the game on his blog.

You can download Proun from the official website here although it seems to be down right now, which we can only hope is an indicator of Joost's success.

UPDATE: Joost has put up a second site after the amount of traffic took down the first one. Thanks to phatbadger for the tip off.

Proun trailer shows amazing abstract race courses

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Proun is an abstract indie racing game in which your craft is attached to a long, looping cable. In order to gain speed you have to rotate around the pole, avoiding the abstract objects hurtling towards you. The new video above gives us a quick look at some of the beautiful environments you can race through. The full version is due out this spring, but there's a beta available now to download and play for free. For more info, check out the Proun development blog. To see the game at full speed, check out an older trailer for the game, embedded below.