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The Five Most Addicting Games of All Time

The Five Most Addicting Games of All Time

Every person who loves games has their favorites. But not all games are addicting games – even those considered classics, like Monopoly. I’m a die-hard fan of addicting games – those that you’ll stay up playing until the wee hours of the morning, or those that get worn out from so much use. My choices for the five most addicting games of all time might not be yours, but if you haven’t played them in awhile, give them a try – you may be pleasantly surprised!

Board Games

Of the classics, Scrabble will always be in my top ten. I love words, and although I’d never make it to the Scrabble championships, I get enormous satisfaction out of coming up with clever words. Sometimes the tiles just won’t cooperate, but I’ve been known to sacrifice points for the sheer pleasure of placing a clever word on the board.

Again, because I’m such a fan of words, I love the game Taboo. It’s a totally addicting game for four players where you have to get your partner to say a certain word without uttering that word – or any form of it – yourself. It’s an enormous challenge, but one that’s an absolute hoot!

Another truly addicting game is called Therapy. It’s one of those unique board games you need to play with people you know – or people you’d like to get to know a lot better! Each player has his or her own couch, and each player has to answer trivia questions about different life stages that are based on psychological research. When you land in a "therapy" space, you’re "in therapy" with the player who owns the space. He or she has to predict how you’d answer a personality question. If your answers match, you’re out of therapy; if they don’t, you have to stay for another session. It’s both hilarious and insightful!

Card Games

I find many types of card games addictive – from hearts to rummy to pinochle – but as far as specialty card games go, I’ll choose Uno every time. My family actually has a much-anticipated Uno tournament every Fourth of July. I love the way alliances quickly change, depending upon who is on the verge of going out, and the utter desperation you feel when you have a fistful of cards.

My second choice of specialty card game would be Uno’s cousin, Skip-Bo. It’s a great kid’s game for the whole family, since anyone who can count up to 12 can play it. It’s been great watching it dawn on my son that there’s a strategy to the game, and seeing him hold back cards so that he could play a greater number of cards in his next turn. When we go to my sister’s house to visit, we all play for hours at a time.

Other Games and Puzzles

I haven’t included any video games or jigsaw puzzles in my personal list of the most addicting games of all time, but they very well may be included in your list. Whatever your personal favorites, but all means, play often and play well!

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Integrate Fun and Learning with Games

Integrate Fun and Learning with Games

Children are always up for a good game. Well, who isn’t? Pretend that you are back in school. For the rest of the class period you have two choices as to how you can spend your time. Option #1 is to struggle through endless arithmetic and English worksheets without any feedback except for a stamp that says "Great Job!" Option #2 is to work on the same arithmetic and English content, but on a computer. Yes, you can play a computer game to learn your numbers and verbs. Which option would you choose? Which option would children most likely choose? Option #2 of course!
Using computer software in education is not a new concept. Computer games have been used as a learning tool for the past two decades because they help students with basic skills, logic, problem solving, and various other academic skills. The Oregon Trail was a popular computer game in the 1980′s. This game helped students to work on their planning and problem solving skills. If you have ever played that game you might have realized that it was difficult to complete the trail. Everyone in my wagon always died of Cholera.
Parents and educators that are unfamiliar with computer game technology may automatically dismiss the use of computer games for learning. They view computer games as nothing but "shoot ‘em up" and mind numbing entertainment. As avid computer gamers we all know that they are way off base. Just think of all the problem solving, logic, and planning that goes into working on a team in a computer game, playing a puzzle, or figuring out a code.
There are computer games that are specifically based around educational learning standards. These games explicitly include counting, grammar, etc. They range from learning software that has a battery of tests to mimic standardized testing to fun, interactive learning games such as Caillou Magic Playhouse. This game allows a child to learn about numbers, patterns, spelling, phonics, and many other skills.
One advantage of using computer games in education is that the student is learning whether they realize it or not. Many children sigh when it is time to work on multiplication, but if you bring out a computer game – poof! They suddenly want to go through their multiplication tables. The computer game presents the same academic material, but makes it fun by integrating colorful animations and cool sounds. Plus, computer games allow for instant feedback and gratification. We have become a society that runs on instant gratification. A computer game can provide this feedback and it can also provide a means of competition. You will be stretched to find a student that wants to "beat" their worksheet, but a child who wants to beat a computer game? You will find them everywhere you look.
Computer games are advertised as forms of entertainment, which they most certainly are, but they are learning avenues as well. Gamers of all ages are learning every time they play a game. For example, there are games that work on your business skills. Games like Lemonade Tycoon and Mall Tycoon are prime examples. You are learning the skills to succeed in a business through simulation. Simulation is how many professionals acquire the skills for their occupation. Even though you are in a computerized environment, you can still come across many different business situations.
Computer software is here to stay. Email will one day override handwritten communication and perhaps games will take over traditional education. Granted games most likely will not take over traditional education, but they should become part of the educational experience. A child is learning while playing a computer game. Their memory and reaction time increases. They are sharpening various parts of their brain. The key is to play a mixture of games that range from pure entertainment to ones that are specifically designed for educational skill sets.
If your child or student is having trouble with math, English or any academic subject, set them up with a computer game. Their interest in learning will soar. Computer games can bring any student that is hesitant about school to learning whether they realize it or not. Computer games make learning fun.

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Free Online Games – Will The Bubble Burst?

Free Online Games – Will The Bubble Burst?

Online games are a new rage on the Internet. Everybody believes that there is a lot to be earned with online games. I wonder how? You develop games, or license them create a website and try to make it popular amongst millions of others. Lot of money and effort is needed to get noticed on the Internet. And after all that you offer free games. Where is the money?

Online games and advertisements – Look at this scenario. A player has arrived to your website. He/she has downloaded a game and begun playing it. Some advertisement banners are running around. Do you expect the player to click on the advertisements or play the games for winning?

Obviously the players are focused on the game and are totally unaware about the rest of the web page. I do not believe they will click on the advertisements. If they do that, it means that your games are not good enough. The other method of getting revenue is subscription based website. With so much of free stuff floating around, why should I visit your paid site, pay you and play? Why should I not save money by searching for free games?

Internet is very deceptive in some ways. Most of the people believe that if one subject is very popular there is lot of money in that. But this just is not true. Money does not come from popularity of the subject. For getting, money, you have to make people pay. for that your content has to be extremely unique, your advertising expense huge and your running cost quite big. If after that you make money, you should consider yourself lucky.

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Different Types of MMOGs

Different Types of MMOGs

Massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) have been growing in popularity in recent years. These are the computer games that allow huge numbers of players to interact with each other through the Internet. Recent popular MMOG titles include Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft.

Underneath the huge overarching genre of MMOG, there are subgenres that branch off and are gaining popularity in and of themselves. A few of them are listed below.

<b>MMORPG</b>

This stands for “massively multiplayer online role-playing games.” MMORPGs are probably the most popular type of MMOG. They are huge online computer role-playing games that allow large populations of players to interact with each other in a cooperative or competitive manner, or both at the same time. Each player’s character wears an avatar, or a visual representation of what their character looks like. Players roam vast virtual worlds that are always changing, where they can meet old and new virtual characters as friends or foes and act out a number of actions, including killing, purchasing items, and carrying conversations with other characters.

Most MMORPGs require players to either buy client software for a one-time payment or pay a monthly subscription fee in order to have access to the game’s virtual worlds.

<b>MMOFPS</b>

This stands for “massively multiplayer online first-person shooter.” These are computer games that allow players to engage in individual or team combat. They also utilize experience points in order to keep the games more engaging on a long-term basis for players who want to see their character develop. Due to the demanding requirements of these games, players with slower computers may lag on their server, slowing down their gameplay and making it difficult to enjoy the full gamut of the game’s entertainment experience. These games also require monthly fees in order to pay for server upkeep and troubleshooting staff.

<b>MMORTS</b>

This stands for “massively multiplayer online real-time strategy.” These games combine real-time strategy with the ability to play with huge numbers of players online at the same time. They allow the players to control their forces overhead.

<b>BBMMORPG</b>

This lengthy series of letters stands for “browser-based massive multiplayer online role-playing games.” These are played through Internet browsers, which allow both developers and players to avoid the costs and hassles of creating and downloading clients. They have 2D graphics or are text-based, and utilize browser plugins and extensions.

<b>MMMOG</b>

These “mobile massive multiplayer online games” are games that are played using mobile devices such as cellular phones or pocket PCs.

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What Makes Online Games More Fun?

What Makes Online Games More Fun?

There’s never been a bigger time for games – specifically online games, than right now. The fact that people have always enjoyed the competitive and mentally stimulating nature that a game can provide is just a part of the reason. What makes it so compelling via the Internet is that there are clear advantages that traditional game playing can’t match. Plus, there are major Internet companies that are seeing the business case and potential for this industry. In fact, it’s estimated that it will be a $6.8 billion business by 2011.

Role playing games, puzzle games, traditional games like chess and backgammon – they are all becoming big in the online world, with more and more people playing every day. So, what makes online games more fun and what are the specific benefits one can enjoy?

Ability to Play from Home at Any time

Obviously, the idea that you can play from home, whenever your heart desires is a big draw. There’s no need to go down to the local chess hangout, or smokey bar. No need to go over to a friend’s house either. Simply boot up, jump on and sign in. You can play your best friend from the comfort of your own bedroom.

Low Subscription Cost or Free Use

A lot of the major online gaming companies feature a low subscription cost for its members. This is one reason for the major rise in these sites memberships. Many sites also have free games; games such as Scrabble, Family Feud, Dominoes and Jewel Quest can be played for free. The free online versions of the games offer users the chance to experience the game before making the decision to purchase and download.

The Chance to Compete with Best

OK, so your best friend isn’t really that good at backgammon. But, you want to improve your game. You also want to be challenged. Well, with online games, you can truly compete with the best there is. Want to play some stellar chess players? You’ll probably find a few online. Looking for some tough competition in Mah Jong Quest? Again, you’re only an Internet connection away from engaging some high quality players. Of course, at the same time, you may encounter some fairly weak players too. It may take some time to cultivate relationships, but they are out there. And online is really the only true way to find them quickly.

Making New Friends

So, you tend to be somewhat introverted, but still want to develop some new friendships. How about joining an online game site and meeting a few people? It happens every day. Many games offer advanced features that allow you to interact with other players in real time. Plus, you may make some cool international connections, which makes for a much more interesting exchange. Different cultures, different personalities, but one thing definitely in common – you both like playing online games.

High Quality Sound and Graphics

Your brand new X Box has a fantastic sound and graphics package, but you had to pay a lot to get it right? Well, your online games will have some pretty incredible audio and video features as well, but guess what? You didn’t have to pay to experience it! Plus, as more and more companies join the industry, you’re going to see them competing on this level. How are they going to get more people to join their site and play games? They’ll make the games state of the art –with all the new technology and latest features.

So, there you have it, the virtues of online games. It’s easy now, after analyzing it a bit, to see what has fueled the incredible growth. Whether you are attracted to it for competitive reasons, cost issues, the variety of the offerings, or any other reason, one thing is definitely true: an entire new online community is being developed in a very short amount of time. People, who would have never had the chance to meet, are not only interacting in a totally new way, they are having a great time doing it!

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Free Online Games – The Secret Of Popularity

Free Online Games – The Secret Of Popularity

Free online games are becoming hugely popular. Since the day the games were introduced on the Internet, the popularity is growing exponentially. What are the reasons? Let us discuss.

Convenience- most of the population now has access to Internet. The games are free and easy to play. The convenience is the first reason of popularity.

Killing boredom – television became popular as a medium of entertainment. It gained so much acceptance because it can help us kill boredom. When we do not know what to do, television keeps us busty. Online games are similar but better than television. Watching television involves no other activity. While playing online games involves activity.

Excitement- Most of the online games are exciting. Matching wits with computer has a thrill and that thrill makes the players play more. it is the test of players skill and the computer. That excitement can make people play for hours.

Winning feeling- the feeling of winning cannot be described in plain words. That has to be experienced. When the player wins against the computer, it gives a high and raises self-esteem. It is a great hormone booster.

Nothing becomes popular unless it has value. One can try to sell anything, but success will be achieved only when the user gets a value. Online games have value for users and hence are becoming popular.

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Online Gaming

Online Gaming

For Mom and Dad…

Have you ever wondered what your child was rambling on about at the dinner table when he or she started saying things like "VR" or "RPG"? If so, you’re not alone. "VR" and "RPG" aren’t new text messaging acronyms – they’re acronyms for gaming and this article is going to introduce you to some of the more common forms.

If you at least thought of the Internet when you heard "VR" or "RPG" however, you’re on the right track. Exclusive to the online environment, "VR" or "RPG" – which consequently stands for virtual reality gaming and role playing games – are just two aspects of a gaming world gone wild. The days of playing scrabble in front of the fireplace are over in today’s generation, but we don’t believe you’ll hear too many people complaining about it. Today’s generation is fascinated with online gaming – an opportunity to play games over the Internet with hundreds of people at a time.

Available to anyone with a computer and fast Internet connection, there are thousands of online games available to play by anyone… sometimes free and sometimes for a fee. They range from the familiar family board games to strange and more complicated games which require a hundred page manual to understand. One thing that they all have in common however is that they’re fun to play.

The most common type of online game you’ll probably run into is the Flash game – usually located on educational sites or Yahoo! for Kids for example. These games may or may not involve other players, but they’re always full of color, they’re fast to download, and they’re fun to play. Since they run inside the web browser, no special equipment is needed. These are the simple games – more intriguing than checkers, but no more difficult to play than chess.

Another type of online gaming is more violent than the ones we described above and it’s similar to the "shoot-em-up" type games found on the first Nintendo and Playstation systems. Designed from the first person’s point of view, the player typically maneuvers around the screen as a weapon-clad hand – periodically changing weapons as the game’s scenario permits. The violence in these games vary from mild to offensive, and as a parent, you’re cautioned to monitor your children’s access to them – especially since these games are played online with other people.

Next, in terms of complication or violence, comes the virtual reality gaming and role playing games that we introduced earlier. These types of games require an extensive amount of time spent online since players assume the role of a game character in play. Players work hard to build up an inventory of weapons or skills – none of which can be accomplished in a period of thirty minutes or less. They then go on to interact with other characters which extends game time even longer (if it even stops). Both virtual reality gaming and role playing games require and encourage strategic thinking, but as parents, you may not be comfortable with the violence that’s prominent in some of these games. Nor may you be comfortable with the amount of time that playing these kinds of games can consume. Depending on the complexity of the game, any one person could spend at least six months at a game and having access to thousands of other players simultaneously doesn’t exactly make them easy to walk away from.

Our best advice is to learn about these games right along with your child and make the decision to play them (or not play them) together. You can find some helpful advice about making computer decisions with children in our article entitled, "Protecting Children Online."

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Marriage Games You Must Never Play

Marriage Games You Must Never Play

There are some marriage games that you just shouldn’t play. Actually, that should probably be amended to there are no marriage games you should play. That kind of petty gaming is going to get you nowhere in your relationship, except maybe broken up, and if that’s the goal, there are easier ways to do it.

Now, obviously the kinds of marriage games we’re talking about here are the emotional kind. No one’s marriage has ever been devastated by Yahtzee, to the best of my knowledge. Maybe if one of the spouses is really competitive.

The kinds of games we’re talking about here are the games we play with emotions. The things that we do to make the other person feel bad, or to make ourselves feel a little better. These kinds of games are all too common, but the thing you have to realize is that with these kinds of marriage games there is no winner.

The impulse to play games is understandable. You feel like you aren’t getting proper respect, or you’re just feeling hurt and left out in the cold. When your husband or wife is doing this kind of thing to you, it’s all too easy to start feeling like you want some payback. So we play games, trying to get some sliver of satisfaction, or may just teach the other person a lesson.

Truth is, they are never going to learn that lesson. Marriage games never, ever make things any better. While you might get some kind of brief malicious joy out of the gamesmanship, you’re sacrificing your marriage to do so.

What marriage games do succeed at doing is distracting both of you from the things you need to be looking at to save your marriage. You will be caught in a nasty spiral of one upping your partner, and hurt feelings are just going to get worse and worse.

This spiral can ultimately lead to divorce, and the best case scenario is that one of you drops and you’re left with just a lot of hard feeling. Regardless, nothing good is going to come from this sort of behavior, and the pain will outweigh any pleasure you get from it..

What you should be doing, instead of playing these silly marriage games, is looking at what is going wrong in your relationship so that you can begin doing the work necessary to fix it. The work is what you need to be focusing on, not just gamesmanship. Not getting payback. Just a focus on making things better.

This will be a matter of putting aside the hurt feelings and the bad behavior and asking yourself the hard questions. You need to get to the heart of what is troubling your marriage, and the only way to do this is through open and honest communication with your partner.

That kind of honesty is going to be harder than playing marriage games, but it’s also going to be more rewarding. Fortunately, there are any number of systems and guides available to show you how to get out to game playing trap and repair your relationship.

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Mobile casino games. Part one.

Mobile casino games. Part one.

Nowadays hardly anybody will be surprised at online games. But the technology forges ahead, now you can play not only at home, but almost in any point of the world. I am talking about mobile casino games. Everybody has a mobile phone (smartphone, PDA, Palmtop Computers), the coverage is increasing, so the possibilities for playing are impressive. Let us have a look what mobile casinos and mobile poker rooms offer us.

Mobile casinos entered the market of mobile games earlier, therefore, there is much more variety here now. Mobile casino games are offered by gambling technology specialists Spin3 (a company that is associated with major casino games software provider "Microgaming"), as well as "Play Tech". So far only a limited number of online casinos with the software of these companies offer mobile casino games, but their number is gradually growing. There are a number of mobile casinos with their proprietary software affiliated to large online gaming companies, as well as independent mobile casinos. It should be stated at once that it is better to play in mobile casinos, which are represented by famous and well known online casinos: it is more reputable, more convenient, more depositing and winning withdrawal options, reliable customer support etc.

Starting to play mobile casino games a player has to open an account in a corresponding online casino. Sometimes it is possible to do it through a mobile phone, but it is more convenient to do it through a computer, the internet and mobile account are the same as a rule. The majority of deposit methods, in particular, all the electronic payment systems, will also work only through a computer client, though, the player can make a deposit from a card directly by means of a mobile phone. Downloading your favourite casino games on a mobile it is also convenient to have a computer at hand – complete a special registration form on the casino web site, enter your phone number, select a country and a game and receive an SMS- message on your phone with the direct link for downloading. Again, in principle, it is possible to open a WAP version of the casino using the mobile and download games directly from there, but it is less convenient. In contrast to an online casino where you can download the whole package of games, games are downloaded here one by one, and the choice is not so wide, approximately ten games: black jack, baccarat, roulette, video poker, keno and various slots. The games are not very big, about 200-300 Kb. It is not difficult to guess that there are certain requirements for your mobile phone. As a matter of fact the majority of contemporary phones meet the mobile casinos requirements. On the sites of mobile casinos it is possible to check whether they will work on your phone.

The game is downloaded, you have a login and a password, the money is on the account and you can start playing. I will only make a remark that for safety purposes in contrast to online casino in mobile phones it is impossible to record the password, therefore, if you lose a phone, casino money will not be lost.