Amazon has launched a netbook-friendly games service, Amazon Game Downloads, for Windows users, with a large selection (600+ and growing) of games that are available for purchase for either $6.99 or $9.99, with free trial versions of every game available through the service. As UMPCPortal points out, this is a very netbook-friendly service, as it requires no optical drive to install and the system requirements are low for most games.
– As mentioned, it’s Windows only – Windows XP or Vista.
– There is an application, “Amazon Games and Software Downloader” that handles the software download and installation – it picks up which browser you are using (assuming you are using Internet Explorer or Firefox).
– Requires broadband service.
– If something happens to your game files or computer (something becomes corrupt, etc.), using the Amazon Games and Software Downloader, you will be able to download and install the software again.
They do mention working on a Mac version at some point in the future.
Note: There is also an Software Downloads section at Amazon.com. The software selection is rather limited – mostly to Tax-related (TurboTax, TaxCut) or Finance-related software (Quicken), as well as home and interior design.