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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!

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Video Games

Video Games

Back when video games first came out, there was Atari, and it came with games like Pac Man, Galaga, Millipede, and more. These games weren’t very expensive, and many households, despite their income, bought them for their kids.

Nowadays, there are numerous types of video games for several game systems. These modern game systems are a lot more expensive, making it difficult for every household to purchase them for their children. There is even a game system, the Nintendo Wii, which makes playing games feel like you’re actually on screen playing. If you are playing a bowling game on the brand-new Nintendo Wii, you actually roll a real bowling ball, and at the same time, you see yourself on the screen, actually playing. It’s a real technological advance! And it’s very fun and exciting for children as well as adults.

There are many different games for these various game consoles, such as football, basketball, baseball, and a real favorite for many people, Nascar. In the Nascar game, you can setup your own car, by choosing different tracks, just like you’re actually on a real race track. You can adjust the track bar on the car and change tires, and then it’s like you’re actually racing for the Nextel Cup, in real life. The graphics on these games are unreal, and it’s just like watching a game or TV. You choose the team that you want, and play someone else. Also, you can customize your game, and that is fun, too, especially when you’re beating your opponent.

There are also tournaments on these video games, especially the football and basketball ones. They will have up to a hundred people or more involved in these tournaments, and whoever wins first, second and third place wins prize money. There is also a show on ESPN that has actual tournaments, with the first prize being $100, 000. That certainly is a lot of money just to play a game on television. But there are so many people who practice frequently, just to be able to be part of such a tournament. They must figure out different defenses for their players, and the same for the offense. So, as you can say, video game playing is a billion dollar industry. And it’s obvious that they’re not just for kids, because what kid is going to be on ESPN? Not many, because most parents wouldn’t allow it.

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Xbox Game Rentals – Rent your Favorite Xbox Games

Xbox Game Rentals – Rent your Favorite Xbox Games

If you’ve been living on this planet for the last year, you will know how invaluable online video game rentals are to the serious gamer. Are all online rental companies created equally and do they support the game consoles you own. Today, we will be investigating into which rental club offers the best quality selection of Xbox video game rentals.

Our team researched a number of online game clubs to see which one offers the best selection of Xbox video games with quality points awarded to the clubs who had the best selection of new releases, classic Xbox games, and hard-to-find games as well. Out of 7 online rental game clubs, only 3 were viable and worthy enough to put this analysis to the test. These clubs were Gottaplay, GameFly, and Intelliflix, 3 of the major players within the online game rental realm.

Gottaplay Xbox Rentals
Gottaplay rental company is fast becoming one of the best online rental game companies in the US, trailing right next to GameFly. They are the first online company of their kind that offers phone support to all their customers, along with a massive game selection. Gottaplay has a large selection of Xbox games within their arsenal, here are the stats that we came up with:
1. Xbox Game Selection: Roughly 600 Xbox titles
2. New Release Titles: Carried all New Releases
3. Classic Game Titles: Many Xbox classics were included such as Halo, Soul Caliber, and other great titles of the past.
4. Hard-to-Find Games: Many games that we never even knew about were included within their selection. If you want to play a game with little or no popularity, Gottaplay has this covered as well.
5. Xbox 360 titles: Roughly 50 Xbox 360 titles and growing.

GameFly Xbox Rentals
GameFly has been leading the online video game rental revolution for quite some time and were the first advertised company to make this service public. This company is the oldest and many believe the leader within the game rental world. One thing is for sure, when it comes to Xbox game rentals, they sure don’t lack in selection and quality. Lets take a look:
1. Xbox Game Selection: Roughly 700 Xbox titles
2. New Release Titles: Carried all New Releases. Even carry up-to-date cheats, walkthroughs, and reviews of all their latest titles.
3. Classic Game Titles: Many Xbox classics were included. Coudn’t really find any Xbox title was not included in their inventory.
4. Hard-to-Find Games: Many games that we never even knew about were included within their selection, but most of their game selection comprised of newer titles.
5. Xbox 360 titles: Roughly 60 Xbox 360 titles and growing. They offer cheats, reviews, walkthroughs, and instruction manuals located within their website.

Intelliflix Xbox Rentals
Intelliflix has definately reached out to a market that some gamers have been requesting for years. That is movie, game, and adult titles selection all within one central online gaming facility. This company had a great selection of Xbox rentals available when considering the wide market area that they cover with video games and movies. Although their Xbox game rentals weren’t as hefty as the top 2 competitors, they were definately worth mentioning.
1. Xbox Game Selection: Roughly 400 Xbox titles
2. New Release Titles: Carried all New Releases and have posts of up-and-coming releases as well.
3. Classic Game Titles: Many classics were included.
4. Hard-to-Find Games: Yes, they had these covered as well. You will find a wide array of games you never knew were invented within this selection.
5. Xbox 360 titles: Roughly 35 Xbox 360 titles and growing. Still a great selection of newer titles.

Honestly, you really can’t go wrong with any of the 3 rental clubs mentioned above. For more of a diverse and massive selection, I would highly reccommend GameFly next in line to Gottaplay. They definately have the market covered within this category of console games.

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Are these Playstation 3 Games Compelling To Buy PS3?

Are these Playstation 3 Games Compelling To Buy PS3?

Analyze Playstation 3’s slogan “Play B3yond”. Does it say to you the best visuals or the best experience? Or a combination of both?

As expected to a console that’s so labeled with cutting edge technology, Playstation 3 is expected to pop some impressive game line that feature the best visuals. And guess what, yes it had. A number of Playstation 3 games have flexed graphical muscles of the system one time or another. And truth to tell, I’ve never seen a skin texture so lifelike than Fight Night: Round 3. Even the landed punches and the resulting distorted faces are so lifelike. And there are only few games that can rival the gritty atmosphere set inside Call of Duty 3. So realistic that it could trigger mechanical response of even veteran and jaded players for its pragmatic realism.

Here’s a list of must-have Playstation 3 games:

Call of Duty 3

Call of Duty 3 is a highly anticipated title. Set in the midst of the gritty World War atmosphere, Call of Duty 3 is a shooter game where you take control of a young soldier bent to make small things count. Call of Duty 3 sets the best game atmosphere, playing it could immerse you to an environment you’d practically believe. So convincing that when I played the game, I just stood there looking at everything, actually checking if there are glitches that could give the game feel away. If you are buying a Playstation 3 console, don’t miss this game title.

Fight Night: Round 3

EA Sports is known to deliver games showcasing the best visuals. And they release impressive line of sports games: NBA Live, Madden, FIFA…etc. Fight Night: Round 3 is no exception. But what sets it apart from others is its too lifelike skin textures. If you haven’t seen the visuals of Fight Night: Round 3, you haven’t seen any Playstation 3 games. Even the knockout replays is so convincing that it can get real nasty at times, watching those faces pounded to deformity by blows. Will I recommend this title? Yes of course, especially if you love sports.

Genji: Days of the Blade

Too bad this game suffers from severe blandness, too bland that you’d desire a teaspoon of salt 30 minutes into the game. But what it lacks for game play, it has the best game visuals of the Playstation 3. If you were wowed by Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children, you should have this title. Lifelike mythical Japanese characters are so well made it like watching a CGI animation.

Playstation 3 does have a menu for better Playstation 3 games. Titles like Call of Duty 3, Fight Night: Round 3 and Resistance: Fall of Man are the best, the rest are degrees of lameness. Are these Playstation 3 games compelling enough to buy a $600 console? Perhaps it could. But it may not be enough for you to buy a PS3.

You see, Playstation 3 games are carrying an arrogance of their own. And if Playstation 3 games fail to deliver the way a consumer expects, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine where the next option for gaming would lie.