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Up Close And Virtual

Up Close And Virtual

Computer gaming has given birth to one of the most competitive and flourishing industries in the world. Game developers have been busy trying to take their games to the next levels in order to compete with their counterparts and earn their markets shopping dollar. With ever improving graphics, additions of improved artificial intelligence, better game play and game speeds, rigorous enhancements to game details and captivating story lines, each new computer game seems to become more addictive for gamers.

This huge success owes a lot to the feedback given to the game developers by the gamers. Clearly no one can understand what improvements a game requires for it to become even more attractive, than the people who play the game themselves. The game developers themselves can not notice the slight details that gamers can. This is why the big names in the industry have started giving more attention to testers and their feedback. So much so that they gave rise to a whole new study called "Game Study" and also "Play testing".

It has become more like war between the game developing companies and ‘everything is fair in love and war’. Because higher-quality games tend to sell better, game developers are increasingly looking for ways to improve their games. Thus, to improve the quality of their games some game developers also tend to seek help from psychologists to study the patterns of how the minds of gamers work and what might make the game more addictive. One such way is to make the game more challenging yet easy to learn and use.

Multiplayer games tend to be more successful. The key to develop a successful and mind blowing multiplayer game is to maximize the quality of game play and adding strategy to it. For example Counter Strike by Valve has proven to be one of the most successful multiplayer games ever made, because anybody can learn how to play it, requires very little pc resources and thus most computers can run it, has an exquisite game play and with a little team strategy can be pretty fun to play.

Thus there is a lot to making the perfect computer game. Game developers are always aiming to improve all these aspects to make their games perfect. With developing technology, improved graphics cards and monitors, the game developers tend to make use of these to make their games as real as possible with ever improving graphics. It seems evident, that computer games one day will soon reach a point, where they become close to virtual reality.

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The Good And Bad Impacts Of Online Gaming

The Good And Bad Impacts Of Online Gaming

The world of online games has received a fillip ever since the Internet revolution began and made its mark in the lives of regular people. We can still recall a time when we were limited by slow computers with crawling dialup speed. Back in those days, one could never even have thought of the way in which the online gaming industry would soon be developing. Today, online games are very advanced.

In the world of today, gaming has advanced to an amazing degree. Things like streaming 3-D animation graphics with superb surround sound stereo now have the ability to make us all addicted to gaming.

Playing online games is so much more different than playing games in a single player mode where your only challenge is to beat the computer. The great thing about online gaming is that one can actually test one’s skills against the best in this arena. In fact, certain game platforms cater to this by having rankings to determine the champions. There can be no doubt that with this ranking system, gamers have become very motivated to win.

And most gamers take this ranking system quite seriously. Whether it is RPG (role playing games), shooting or strategy games, it is not surprising to see that online gaming is not just a teenage obsession. Online gaming now has a fan following that reaches across all boundaries.

Nowadays, online games are so popular that we can even see annual game tournaments being organized around the world. Professional gamers and amateurs come here lured by the big prizes. Some of these tournaments are so well organized that they are comparable to the high standards of other international sports tournaments with big sponsors and advanced facilities. As a result, the numbers of professional gamers has been increasing.

Their job is to hone their skills and pursue gaming just like any other sports person would. The emergence of online games also created many opportunities for gamers to increase their income. Many people do not realize that with the market becoming so huge and with the race to be at the top, people are actually willing to pay to obtain these virtual online characters. This act is known as "farming", whereby you develop a character and sell it.

At the same time, online gaming has a number of negatives as well. The world has become so attached to online gaming that many people prefer to interact only through games. They loathe the idea of social interaction. This, of course, is not advisable. In fact, some also link this trend to unhealthy lifestyles because it also means sitting in one position all day without much activity. The greatest victims of online games are young people who cannot fight their obsession for this sit-down sport.

However, one cannot ignore the benefits of gaming either. For instance, by limiting gaming to a certain number of hours a day, there can actually be some positive effects. Scientific studies have found that online games can train the human mind to be agile and alert. Gamers are always exposed to conditions whereby they have to learn to adapt and develop certain strategies in order to survive. As with everything, even gaming has its good and bad effects. Whether you let yourself be affected positively or negatively is your call.

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Great Online Video Games for Your Nintendo Wii

Great Online Video Games for Your Nintendo Wii

Ever since the Nintendo Wii came out in the market, it was selling like crazy. With its unique remote control feature that senses motion, who wouldn’t want to have this game? With the Nintendo Wii, you can really feel as if you are in the game instead of just playing the game.

As an avid online gamer, you may want to know about the best games there is available for the Nintendo Wii, which you can play online. There are hundreds of game titles for Wii that you can play online but some of it is simply not that good when it comes to providing high quality entertainment.

So, here are some video games for your Nintendo Wii which are a lot of fun to play with as well as games that you will be able to play online with your friends and also with other people from different parts of the globe.

The first is titled Call of Duty: World at War. This first person shooter game is considered to be one of the most popular video games for the Nintendo Wii which is played online. The multiplayer features of this game will enable you to play with other Nintendo Wii players from different parts of the globe and let you experience high speed action. The Call of Duty: World at War will really keep you playing for hours upon hours on your Nintendo Wii.

Medal of Honor Heroes 2 is another great game for your Nintendo Wii, which you can play online. Featuring solid online play and sharp controls, this fast paced game is considered to be one of the best first person shooter games for the Nintendo Wii. This is definitely the game for you if you love first person shooter games and high speed action.

If you are in to strategy games, then the Battalion Wars 2 is for you. Developed exclusively for Nintendo Wii, it offers a decent online game play and it really offers great action. In this game, you will be able to command an army to destroy other armies commanded by other people playing this game online. Battalion Wars will really work your brain and let you formulate a good strategy to defeat your opponents and wipe out their army from the face of the virtual world.

If you are in to racing, then you will surely love Mario Kart Wii. Exclusively designed for the Nintendo Wii, you will find this game to be very exciting especially when you race with your friends in this game online. The online mode is thoroughly integrated, which will definitely keep you coming back for more.

If you love basketball, then you will surely love the NBA Live 09 All Play. This game will surely bring you to the courtside seats of the NBA and you will surely feel the intensity of the game as if you are really there. As if the single player mode is exciting enough, wait until you get to play with this game online. You can play with 4 of your friends together against 4 others in this great game of basketball. In this game, you can control your favorite NBA players and lead your team to victory.

These are just some of the great games for Nintendo Wii that you can play online. There are plenty more titles that are just awaiting your discovery which will also provide you with lots of fun in online play. So, the next time you get bored and you want to play video games with somebody with your Nintendo Wii, remember the games mentioned here. With these games, you can be sure that somebody will always want to play with you online.

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Are Traditional Family Games a thing of the past?

Are Traditional Family Games a thing of the past?

Board games have evolved massively over the years. As a child my memories of board games were Monopoly, Draughts, Cluedo, Guess Who and many many more. All games that we could play as a family to pass the time away. Hours of fun was had by all.

My favorite game was Monopoly a game that give me an insight to Real Estate (ironically enough, I now have a career as an Estate Agent). Is that a coincidence or did my childhood obsession with Monopoly play on by subconscious?

Many Sunday afternoons were spent with my four sisters playing, or should I say rowing over this fabulous game. The first row would normally be about who would like to be the iron, shoe, car etc (these were the items that you had to chose from to represent you on the board as you played). My favourite was always the dog!

The next row would be about who went first, and then the next would be about who would play the role of the Banker.

Finally the game would begin, and how much fun we had. Hours and hours of fun week after week.

How things have changed? Today, whilst we still have the old traditional Board games, and I guess we always will, Games are far more advanced, and are often played on computers, or via DVD Players using your Television sets.

You can now play a board game on your own against a Computer (who will act as your opponent) as opposed to playing with friends and/or family. I find this quite sad, especially knowing how much fun we had as children interacting with each other, and observing each other as we rowed over such meaningless but then important issues.

I now see my own nephews spending hours on their own in front of a computer playing games without any physical human interaction, whilst their parents get on with other things. I guess one advantage is that if you are an only child you don’t miss out on not playing games just because you had no-one else to play it with you. The Traditional games such as monopoly can now be played on a computer and the Computer can act as your opponent. You can even set what level of difficulty you want to play at.

The disadvantage to this, in my opinion is that the family getting together and interacting with each other seems to be a thing of the past.

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Download Games Onto Iphone

Download Games Onto Iphone

Most Iphone owners have no idea that they have 2 options if they want to use their Iphone to play games. The first option is to use the inbuilt web browser to play some internet based java games. These can be great fun and get ever more advanced as technology and programming techniques advance. The other option is to actually download games onto the Iphone itself. We’re going to explore both within this article.

Playing java games using the browser can really be a lot of fun, and is pretty convenient too, as there is no download needed or anything, so it’s usually a case of just accessing the right web-page and going from there. On the downside though, you can only play such games if you are in an appropriate service area for your Iphone. If the phone can’t get the internet signal at the quality it needs, the java games will be innaccessible. This is pretty frustrating, especially if you are on the move or your connection just disappears for no reasons, as sometimes happens with cellphones.

The other option, downloading the games themselves, is a little more complicated. It’s not currently possible to download anything directly onto the Iphone using its own internet connection, so you will need to use a computer and an internet connection to download and then transfer the files to the Iphone.

The toughest thing about downloading the games like this is knowing where to get them from. There are thousands of sites all over the net claiming to offer free Iphone downloads of this or that, but if you’ve spent any time already looking you’ll know that most of these sites are nowhere near as good as they first seem. Many people get their downloads from online file sharing sites, the kind which are sometimes in the news for copyright infringements, and these sites are illegal to use. If you download stuff from these guys you are breaking the law, and it’s getting easier and easier for the law to see who is downloading what.

On the other hand, they aren’t only illegal, they can be very damaging to your computer-most sites like this have no government over who uploads what, so you can find yourself downloading the latest game only to find that it’s really the latest virus and your computer has just turned into an $800 hunk of irrepairable junk.

Thankfully, during the personal electronics boom of the last couple of years, a few sites have emerged which can offer you unlimited downloads of pretty much anything you may want, and for a pretty good price too.

Many of these sites offer you a membership for around the $30 to $50 mark, which seems steep, but when you take into account it provides you with unlimited downloads, in most cases for life, it soon looks like more of a bargain.

Also, sites like this are a whole lot safer than the file sharing sites many people use, as they use the administration fees to regulate what they have uploaded etc, so sites like this are definitely preferable.

Hopefully this article has shown you a little about downloading games for your Iphone, and you can now get games safely for your Iphone.

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Video games game cube consoles & accessories

Video games game cube consoles & accessories

The Nintendo game cube came out and everyone was buzzing with excitement. The video games for game cube consoles and accessories – while sometimes are not available in stores, are still around and can still make the game cube gaming experience everything it was when the video game system first came out. The way technology works – as we might all know – is that something new and more innovative is liable to be released just a few weeks later, so trying to keep up with all the latest and greatest technology is impossible. But chances are that you have found that you really like your game cube.

The game cube was released in the year 2001, so by now (2007), it is pretty much obsolete. But many people still like playing their old Nintendo 64. So what do you do when you want to find video games game cube consoles & accessories? Go online and look on auction sites for what you want. E-bay is a great place to find video games game cube consoles & accessories and at discount prices. Because video games get outdated almost on a yearly basis, when you are trying to find things to go with your game cube, your best bet is to look around at flea markets, rummage sales, and online so you can find what you are yearning for.

While it is true that video games have evolved into different kinds of animals than what we have been used to in the past. No longer is Duck Hunt the most innovative video game around. Now we have Grand Theft Auto, Doom, and various other exciting video games. No longer is Pong the game of the century. With the invention of the game cube, we saw something new and innovative after Play Station and the video game world changed forever.

If you are like a lot of other people, you tend to be dedicated to your video game system: especially when you have been playing it for quite a long time. And you may not want to give it up, so you are compelled to find new video games game cube consoles & accessories. Rest assured, we give you permission to love your game cube and want to hold onto it. You do not have to fall into the Wii state of mind. So seek out new and exciting games that you have never had before along with accessories that will make your game cube playing always stay new and fresh and fun!

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Iowa Casinos

Iowa Casinos

Iowa, "the Hawkeye State," is a North Central state known for its agriculture, scenic trails, fishing, and hunting. With a population of over 3,000,000 and an area of 56,276 square miles, Iowa ranks first in the United States in the production of corn. The capital of Iowa, Des Moines, is a center for insurance, printing, and publishing, with a population of 200,000.

There are a number of Iowa casinos in the state, the majority on stationary riverboats. The largest of the Iowa casinos is the Meswaki Bingo Casino Hotel, a Native American casino in Tama, with 127,669 square feet of gaming space, 1,500 slots, thirty table games, such as blackjack, craps, roulette, and baccarat, and several types of poker; as well as three restaurants, monthly entertainment, and gaming instructions. Another large Native American casino is the Winna Vegas, with 45,000 square feet, 668 slots, and 14 table games. In addition, the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Council Bluffs is open 24 hours, with 38,500 square feet, 1,589 slots, 36 table games, and four restaurants. There are several other popular Iowa casinos, including Harrah’s Council Bluffs, with 28,250 square feet, 1,212 slots, and 39 table games; and the Lakeside Casino Resort, with 37,480 square feet, 921 slots, and 31 table games.

A smaller Iowa casino is the Diamond Jo, a riverboat casino in Dubuque, open during the week from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. and 24 hours on the weekends, with 17,813 square feet, 776 slots, and 19 table games. The Catfish Bend Riverboat, in Fort Madison, is open Tuesday through Sunday for 24 hours, with 13,000 square feet, 535 slots, and 14 table games. Another Iowa riverboat casino, The Isle of Capri, is open 24 hours, with 24,939 square feet, 1,100 slots, and 24 table games. The Mississippi Belle II, a 10,577 square foot riverboat casino in Clinton, has 506 slots, 14 table games, live entertainment, and Thursday blackjack tournaments.

Iowa casinos provide a great deal of tax revenue to the state of Iowa, which has enabled the funding of many statewide projects. Tourism has grown at a rapid rate along with the demand for services and a gain in employment. Iowa casinos have contributed to the growth of the economy, and the enthusiasm for gambling in Iowa is widespread. The future of Iowa casinos looks bright, with more and more casinos appearing and major expansions being planned.

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A.I. System in Arcade Games

A.I. System in Arcade Games

The first arcade games were built on discrete logic
and were strictly based on competition between the
players. Therefore, there wasn’t any A.I. system.

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

‘Path finding’ is another common A.I. system that has
been used in the real time strategy games. ‘Path
finding’ works by calculating how to get an NPC from
one place to another after considering the terrain and
obstacles.

Games like Quake and Pursuit based all the enemy
actions on particular stored patterns. 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.

Pac-Man incorporated this technology, at the same time
jazzing it up by providing different personalities for
each ghosts.

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

The 1990′s saw the emergence of finite state machines.
The arcade racing games were powered by a ‘rubber
banding’ A.I. system.

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

The system too, works the other way around, enabling
the human players to catch up if they fall behind. 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 lies in using a random factor to choose from
this base factor. This has displayed an enhanced
feeling of intellect and developed the fun factor.

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Master Shorthanded Texas Hold ‘em Poker Games and Master Tournaments

Master Shorthanded Texas Hold ‘em Poker Games and Master Tournaments

Your progression from superior Texas Hold ‘em Poker player to eventual tournament champion begins with mastering shorthanded games. Shorthanded games typically involve five or six players and are very common in online poker rooms. When you are playing in a shorthanded game the action can come to you fast and furious. You’ll be playing in more hands more quickly than in your typical ring games.

Playing in shorthanded games will typically favor the aggressive player. Because there are fewer players to begin with, hands that are not thought of as premium hands rise in value. Examples of this are medium pairs and high cards that you wouldn’t normally raise with in a full game (A-8, 8-8, 7-7…). If you are raising before the flop, when the flop comes down and your opponents do not connect with it you may very well steal the pot.

Drawing hands in shorthanded games are typically not good hands to play with because of the limited number of players in the game. It is highly unlikely that you will get pots large enough to make it worthwhile to chase.

If you do not have a hand that you feel comfortable raising with you may be better off folding and waiting to play a better hand.

Just because you are playing in a shorthanded game do not plan on playing a greater number of hands, rather, play the hands that you do play more aggressively.

Being aggressive and occasionally bluffing in a shorthanded game, especially when others are checking and calling, will allow you to pick up small pots. Your aggressive plays may make others fold and hand the pot over to you. While it may not work every time, in the long run it usually proves to be profitable.

If you find that most of your opponents will only bet when they are turning pairs, a well timed bluff can steal the pot for you.

When you find yourself seated in late position in a shorthanded game and your opponents before you have folded, a raise can force the blinds to fold thereby winning you the pot. This move, known as stealing the blinds can also be an effective way to pick up small pots and add to your chip total.

Playing in shorthanded games is also great practice for playing in tournaments. As your opponents are knocked out of the game, you’ll be going up against fewer players. Playing in shorthanded games will prepare you for these situations.

You’ll also find lots of shorthanded games played online. With players dropping in and out for a few hands before dinner or on a lunch break at work, it is not uncommon to be sitting at a table up against ten opponents one moment and then before you know it you’ll be up against Five opponents.

On a final note, with all the extra hands that you will be playing in shorthanded games your bankroll can take large swings. You need to be ready to handle these swings. Shorthanded games can be very profitable and remember you will need to know how to play in a shorthanded game if you ever want to play in and win a tournament.

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Ameristar Casino

Ameristar Casino

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Ameristar Casino

Ameristar Casino is located in Kansas City. Ameristar Casino is the Midwest entertainment capital that has something for everyone. Ameristar Casino has different entertainment options for all kinds of visitors. Ameristar Casino has twin floating casinos, 12 restaurants that serves casual to fine dining. It caters to the most discriminating taste of the guests. Ameristar Casino serves the most delectable gourmet menu. Ameristar Casino has sports area and a luxury hotel too. If that is not enough, Ameristar Casino has 1,384-seat Grand Pavilion for entertainment that housed several concerts and other huge events in the past. Ameristar Casino provides a five-level parking lot with 2,660 space parking area that is connected to the casino and entertainment facility. The parking lot is connected to Ameristar Casino by an enclosed walkway. Ameristar Casino offers a wide selection of more than 2,900 slot machines and video poker machines.
Ameristar Casino has the most number of games than in any place in Kansas City. When you visit Ameristar Casino, you know that your game options are limitless.
The guest has a number of games to choose from with a huge choice of denominations. In Ameristar Casino you can play the traditional reels to video slots. Ameristar Casino also has penny slots up to $10 machines found in the High Limit slot area. Ameristar Casino has single and multi-hand video poker games available providing more gaming options to the guests.

If you are into table games, Ameristar Casino offers various games with different table limits. At Ameristar Casino you can enjoy blackjack, craps, roulette, Let it Ride, Caribbean Stud and Pai Gow Poker and several specialty games. You can also visit the High-Limit table games area if you are looking for high stakes. Ameristar Casino offers the biggest poker room in Midwest United States. You can have your choice of poker games whether Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Stud Poker.

If you are looking for great casino fun and action, you can check out Ameristar Casino. Ameristar Casino makes casino games a very exciting endeavor. It is one that you would most likely not forget. Ameristar Casino wants the best gaming experience for every guest. That is why each facility Ameristar Casino puts up is created to serve the interests of the guests in mind. So when you are in Kansas city, drop by at Ameristar Casino. It will truly be an experience of a lifetime!