It used to be that most gamers fit a certain stereotype. That is no longer true. Gaming has changed radically in the last decade. Thanks to the Wii and casual online games, gaming is fun for the whole family. We regularly have family gaming night at my house; my mother enjoys it as much as my son Ian.
Fortunately, you'll find plenty of fun, free games online. No expensive gaming console is needed. You can pick these games up in seconds. Many can be completed in a few hours, while others never really end.
That makes them great for momentary distractions. You can have fun without spending a lot of time. Conversely, you can spend an hour or two competing against family to see who gets the high score. I've rounded up some great sites with free games.
Before I tell you about these sites, a quick warning. On virtually any gaming site you visit, you'll find something that will offend somebody. For that reason, make sure you supervise your children on these sites.
Kongregate - This site is an aggregator for Flash-based games. It pulls games from lots of developers and other sites. There are more than 41,000 titles! You can be sure it has almost everything you want. For example, you'll find popular games like Scrabble, as well as Bejeweled clones.