Free PC games are awesome, thanks for reading about them

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Writing a regular column about free games has been one of the most transformative jobs I've ever taken. Buried away in the depths of the internet are some remarkable things, and being able to unearth them, then share them with a huge number of like-minded people, is always an absolute pleasure.

It's also changed the way I think about games, changed the way I write about games, and even inspired me to make games. All this from spending one day a week playing mostly amateur creations then scrawling down some words about what I made of them.

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!

This week's best free PC games

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It's not often that I play a game and, midway through, realise my mouth is literally hanging agape. It's certainly not often that a free game on the internet makes that happen. Which is why it's been so delightful this week to discover Wonderputt, a game so magical that I've done my best not to spoil any of it in my write-up below. Elsewhere, there's a game about punching people so they'll take your free stuff, a room escape game that riffs on The Wizard of Oz in a troublingly dark way, and a point-and-click adventure drawn in crayon and marker pen. Read on for this week's free PC gaming picks!