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Are Video Games Good? A Non-Gamer’s Perspective

Are Video Games Good? A Non-Gamer’s Perspective

The argument as to whether video games are good or not is perhaps one of the hottest debates today. There are smart, well-educated, well-meaning people on each side of the debate.

As a non-gamer, I have an interesting perspective bring to the discussion – I’m a non-gamer who views video games favorably. Why? Allow me to explain.

Probably the largest complaint against video games is that they encourage violence. Perhaps they do. But I think that they are only a part of the picture. Playing a shooting game on your computer does not and can not by itself create a murderer. There are many other factors involved. In my experience, the gamers that I know are certainly not violent.

I believe that playing violent video games may increase violence only if and when other factors are present. I feel the same about violent movies, which I generally do not mind. Take, for example, Gladiator or The Patriot, both R rated for violence. After watching those movies, I had an increased hatred of un-needed violence. They did not make me violent. Instead, they re-enforced my belief that cruelty is wrong, and violence should be avoided if possible.

Another argument against computer and video games is that they are sedentary. Kids who play them often end up overweight, lazy, and unskilled in other ares of life. Well, that may have some truth in it, but that can be said about lot’s of things – including a desk job! I believe that the key is balance and moderation. Just as running marathon every other day would be detrimental to your health, so is playing too many video games.

Before I close, let me explain why I am a non-gamer – it’s because I’d rather go hunting or fishing that play a game about hunting, shooting, fishing, etc.


Arcade Games and their systems

Arcade Games and their systems

When it came to the first arcade games, you will find that they were designed with logic and were made for competition. There wasn’t any A.I system at the time.

Heuristic algorithms have been used in the arcade games. Scripting was the common method of controlling an NPC in the game.

Then there is path finding, which was another common A.I. system. It was used at the time for strategy games. ‘Path finding’ works by calculating how to get an NPC from one place to another after considering the terrain and obstacles.

There were games known as Quake and Pursuit that displays enemy action and will store it in a particular pattern. The space invaders further refined this movement, by adding in-game events which were dependent on the hash functions.

This resulted in more varied and complex enemy movements.

Then Pac-Man became incorporated these types of technologies and then they ended up improving the game by adding different personalities for each ghost.

Although the ghost movements in Pac-Man felt random, it was a cleverly scripted and well disguised action.

Getting powered by Rubber Banding, the 1990’s saw the beginning of finite state machines and arcade racing games.

If the computer controlled the opponents “fall behind”, they received a superb boost allowing them to catch up.

The system basically will enable a player to catch up if they simple fall a little bit behind. They were difficult to play and to get a handle on it. The arcade shooting games should ideally have a large rule base which is basically the list of NPC options like attack long range, call for help, flee etc.

The trick to use to a random factor so that you can display some intellect, but also create something that is fun. The random factor will help the game take off and become very popular.


Unforgettable Announcement that Shook the World

Unforgettable Announcement that Shook the World

It has been more than a decade since the Cold War is over. Being used to the surprises of history, we need to recall some of the facts of the past in order to trace the political movements of that time and their ways to get public attention. International sporting events is a great way to attract attention to s certain issue. When the Cold War reached its peak of development, the delegation from Soviet Union boycotted the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984. It was something that might happen and a direct proof was received by officials two-three weeks before the official opening. The bad news was that some other countries from the East of Europe joined the boycott. Romania was the only country to participate in the Olympic Games representing the East of Europe. Actions of Cuba that also joined the boycott also were surprising and even shocking.

Official delegation from the Soviet Union accused the US of commercialization and poor security precautions that may put athletes in danger. After careful analyses of the situation the analysts came to the conclusion that these actions are a fair response to the boycott of the Olympic Games of 1980 by American athletes. This was a protest against the invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 by Russian troops. I remember my preparation to article writing when I was tracing the details of the situation. There were only a few officials that believed in stated reason. The others didn’t believe in USSR’s explanations and supported the White House who considered all this to be another political act. The officials stated that the security level is high enough for athletes to feel comfortable. Nearly 140 athletes took part in the competition. But the overall view of the competition highlights the average level of quality of the Games. Most of the athletes that boycotted the event were the medal holders of the previous games in 1980. Therefore every Olympic Champion of 1984 feels that his title could have been taken by the other athlete if there was a chance to reduce the conflict.

The Games were quite successful, but the essence of politics being involved in every sporting event still exists, though now The Olympic Games are quite profitable an don’t have to rely on the financial aid of the government. Nowadays, same as a decade ago, countries fight over a right to hold Olympic Games. Sometimes these events are used for political gains and features. We remember the games held in Nazi Germany that were dangerously politicized and is remembered not only for outstanding results, but also for shocking accidents that took even people’s lives. Nowadays there are no major conflicts but some countries claim the Olympiad of 2008 in Beijing is another political discrimination act. Though the Olympic Committee stays categorical, the conflict will be about to appear closer to the beginning of the games. The truth is that politics and sports will be inseparable in the future though it is told that the main aim of such events is only to gain International friendship.


Nintendo WII Accessories Make Your WII A Complete Gaming System

Nintendo WII Accessories Make Your WII A Complete Gaming System

So you have decided to purchase the hottest new thing in video gaming; the Nintendo Wii. When you purchase your Wii system you will have everything you need to plug in and start playing, including Wii Sports, a game that provides a great way to learn how to use the Wii system’s revolutionary, motion sensing, controllers. However, the Nintendo Wii does not include everything you need to maximize your gaming experience, and that is why there are several must-have Nintendo Wii accessories.

The Nintendo Wii comes with one remote controller – the Wiimote – and one Nunchuk, which is a motion sensing analog controller that attaches to the wireless Wiimote. If you want to enjoy the head-to-head action of the great games included with Wii Sports, then the first of the Nintendo Wii accessories that you should consider is an extra controller. The Wii can accommodate four controllers, so fitting a second into the system is not a problem.

The Nintendo Wii is compatible not only with games designed for the Wii, but for Nintendo GameCube titles as well. If you do not have a GameCube controller already – your existing GameCube controllers are compatible – then one of the more useful Nintendo Wii accessories is a GameCube controller. Not only will that allow you to play a wider variety of games, you can also play the classic games that are downloadable to your Wii system. However, you need more than the GameCube controller to fully replicate the features of the GameCube games. Without a GameCube memory card, your progress through many of the games will be lost each time you shut down your Wii. A GameCube memory card will allow you to save your progress and play at your leisure. Again, if you have existing GameCube memory cards they are compatible with the Wii.

Speaking of classic Nintendo games, the Wii system’s Internet capabilities make it possible to download those classic games of Nintendo’s past. Downloads are not free, however, and Wii Points are the currency of choice. Therefore, one of the more useful Nintendo Wii accessories is a prepaid Wii Points card that will allow you to easily browse and purchase many of your favorite games from all of the Nintendo predecessors. However, if you plan to purchase many of these classic games it is only a matter of time before you fill the 512mb memory of your Wii system. Purchase a 1 gigabyte SD memory card and you will have all the room you need with plenty to spare!

In order to take advantage of the game downloading abilities, as well as other aspects of the Wii system’s menu functions, you need access to the Internet. That makes the Nintendo Wi-Fi USB connector one of the most important Nintendo Wii accessories. With wireless Internet access in place, you can use your Wii to play games, surf the Web, and coming soon: head to head virtual play!

All of these Nintendo Wii accessories add up to form an impressive array of gaming and entertainment capabilities, but without a component video adapter the picture quality of the Wii might fail to reach its potential, especially if you have a High Definition television. With the adapter in place you will enjoy a crystal clear picture which will enhance your Wii – and your Nintendo Wii accessories – so much more. And one more thing: invest in some rechargeable batteries in order to keep those wireless remote controls at peak performance!


I cannot believe the school trips that are offered to high school students

I cannot believe the school trips that are offered to high school students

At the first committee meeting there were several parents and band members that came to present support for the project. We discussed what date to have the event as well as the carnival games that we would use to raise money. We did not want to spend too much money on prizes for the carnival games because that would take away from the profits. Three of the older band members volunteered to go to several businesses in the area to see if they would donate items that could be used as prizes. One of the teachers that came to the meeting had a catalog of cheap novelty gifts that could be used for some of the carnival games geared towards young children. We agreed that we needed to have activities for all age groups including parents. We decided that we would charge a nominal fee to get into the carnival. People could then buy tickets to play the various carnival games. We would have two centrally located ticket booths. Each of the carnival games would cost between two to six tickets depending on the size of the prize for that particular game. The games for the younger kids would cost one ticket because the prizes were very inexpensive. By having people pay with tickets at the various game sights we did not have to worry about having multiple cash boxes. We also had a different colored ticket for food items.

The band members would volunteer to man the carnival games. They decided that they wanted to dress up like clowns to add to the carnival atmosphere. The home economics teacher agreed that the band members could bake bars and cookies in the home economics area after school. Those students that were both in band and home economics were given extra credit for developing a budget for the ingredients needed and then going comparison shopping to purchase the items. The bars and cookies were sold at the carnival along with hot dogs and popcorn.

The carnival night was a fun time. There was great cooperation for those on the committee and the band members. All the different age groups seemed to enjoy the carnival games that were played.




Summary: Curacaoans and the games they play.

Did you ever wonder if basketball is as celebrated in Curacao as it is in the United States? What equivalent sports to ice hockey can they play?

You’d be surprised that a lot of games can actually be played in Curacao. Being a highly-regarded beach site, water activities are very much popular. From snorkeling, to deep sea diving, to kayaking, to windsurfing, Curacao hotels and resorts provide these choices to guests.

Curacao games also include mountain biking. It recently hosted for the first time, the MTB World Cup Series. It was a major adjustment for bikers who were used to winter temperatures, but they all agreed that swimming, and other outdoor activities are done way better in Curacao. Biking enthusiasts will love the challenge when biking through Curacao’s narrow and twisty paths. Bikes and motorcycles are available for rent. One is also allowed to choose his own route.

Other favorite outdoor activities are hiking and jeep safaris. More beautiful scenery can be seen if you opt to explore Curacao. Guided horse-back riding is also available along Curacao’s well-preserved nature.

And just when you thought Curacao games stop there, think again. Curacao has two bowling places to go to. So bowling buffs can still enjoy their favorite game even if they’re a thousand miles from home.

And what better way to spend the day than to go bird-watching! Curacao is home to more than a hundred bird species. So whether you’re curled up with a good book on the beach, or following your bike trail, you’re sure to come across some of these winged creatures.

Chess and indoor karting are well-known Curacao games as well. Curacaoans have their Curacao Open chess tournament and an indoor karting lane called Tracks that offers other amenities like gaming room and pool tables.

Drag Races are a big thing in Curacao. Considered one of the most famous Curacao games, its Curacao International Raceway track is modern and was built according to international standards.

Tennis is also very popular among all the Curacao games. Many hotels have their own tennis courts to cater to guests who are tennis-lovers. Curacao also has its own tennis tournaments like The Curacao’s Jr’s Open Tennis Tournament, which welcomed almost a hundred participants from different countries.

Wherever you are in the world, you always find something to do that would really perk up your interest. Whether you are used to doing it, or you just learned about it, keep in mind that like Curacao games, all entertainment activities are there to do just that — to entertain you.


Where To Download Mah Jong Games

Where To Download Mah Jong Games

Mah Jong, with the recent addition of international rules and competitions, is becoming incredibly popular. Now that it is a real part of the mainstream, people want to know where they can play. Knowing where to download mah jong games will help you play more often without having to pay for games to take to your home, which can often be expensive.

With the earliest electronic edition of Mah Jong being released in 1983, it is not surprise that you can download the game online for free. There are a number of different version of mah jong you can get through the internet. Each download offers a unique version of the game. While the rules stay basically the same, there are adaptations and configurations that will keep you playing for hours on end. So where do you go to download these versions? Here are some tips on where to look.

First of all, you can always start any search on the internet with a search engine. By going and looking for “free mah jong downloads” you will immediately have a number of options before you. You can also adjust the search to look for different types or versions of the games for download. Once you find the ones you want, you can get them downloaded.

Look for versions of the game that can be adjusted. Many of them will give you options as to rules to play by. You may also get to choose tile layouts, tile design, and even background music so that the game is more exciting. This will allow you to take one download and make all the adjustments you want to it so that you never get bored of the game. You will be able to play mah jong a number of times and never play the same game twice.

Make sure you have the right system to download your games, though. You will likely need to have a high-speed connection like DSL or Cable. Secondly, you want an updated and fast computer so that you do not have to wait days for your games to download. The idea is to get them and start playing.

Once you know where to download mah jong games you will want to keep going back. You can get different versions, updates, and even entirely new games. By honing your skills in different version and getting a feel for how to use the tiles, you will improve your overall ability. When you play with friends or enter tournaments, then, you will be able to keep from embarrassing yourself.

Learning where to download mah jong games is not hard. As long as you are savvy with the internet and search engines you will be able to always have something to do in regards to mah jong. Download different versions, different games, and different rule sets. Remember that to save time you can download versions that offer you the opportunity to change the rules within one game. That way you can play how you want and when you want without any trouble at all..


Casino Supply

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Video Games…are Good For You?

Video Games…are Good For You?

While it may be disliked by parents, girlfriends and wives around the world, the video game industry is a permanent part of our world. From its humble beginnings in the 80s, the video game industry has exploded into a ten-billion dollar subculture.

Hopefully, you can use some of this information to help convince the non-gamers in your life that you’re not just wasting your time. It probably won’t change their attitude a great deal, but it should help. However, if you’re neglecting your homework, your relationship or your hygiene due to video games…well…this all won’t matter much.

Stress Relief
Video games are an excellent way to relieve stress. For the average non-gamer, in fact, spending 15 or 20 minutes a day playing an easy to learn, though difficult to conquer, game like Tetris or Minesweeper will do wonders for stress relief. However, the more complex and involved games may actually be more effective than their simpler brethren.

Some people read a book or watch a movie as a way to get their mind off of their problems. Basically, they allow people to be transported to a fictional world for awhile. In that area, video games are actually the most effective form of release, because they provide a deeper and more encompassing transportation.

Improved Logic
Logical thinking is, sadly, a skill that seems to be mostly ignored in public education these days. It’s truly sad because finely tuned logical abilities are critically important in our world. Nearly all video games train your mind in thinking logically.

Quicker Decision Making
This tends to go hand-in-hand with the previous example. Logical skills are a good thing, but they lose their luster if used slowly. Quick thinking skills are a good thing, but can be disastrous without proper logic. Putting the two together, however, can have an immensely beneficial impact on your life. Most games give you a time limit on reaching a decision, either in the form of a formal timer or in the form of somebody rushing at you with a shotgun or sword.

These three arguments are actually enough to make me believe that everyone should play video games. Everyone knows that stress relief is becoming increasingly important as our world becomes increasingly stressful. Quick decision making and logical reasoning are huge assets in life. So, the next time somebody starts ragging on you about ‘wasting your time” playing video games, you can fill them in just a little bit on the fact that you’re actually giving your brain one heck of a work out!