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Gaming captures the hearts of gamers, alleviates loneliness, and creates a new market for businesses.

Gaming captures the hearts of gamers, alleviates loneliness, and creates a new market for businesses.

Gaming is popular with teenagers, women, children, as well as men. Older people say they play games as it alleviates loneliness and puts them in contact with others. Statistics reveal that 41% of gamers are women and more than 43 % gamers are aged 25-49. And, research predicts that the games market in 2005 will be US$ 29 billion.

Players can choose between stored games and online games. Stored games are played on consoles while online games are played on a computer using either a broadband or dial up Internet connection. The growth in online gaming according to IDC, a research firm, is set to touch 256 million users by 2008. And, that gaming is serious business is conformed by the hosting of international conferences devoted to gaming and the formation of “Casual Games Special Interest Group.”

Gaming captures the imagination of the players and uses the senses: sight, sound, as well as touch. Many need the use of intelligence as well as strategy. Complex graphics, colors, high quality virtual realities are all set to grab as well as hold the attention of players. Multi-player gaming takes the interest to the next level –offers challenges as well as new horizons to be conquered.

Games played on the Internet are such that clever participants find ways to push the game beyond its visible limits, one can even device cheats to circumvent problems posed by the game. Games test the skills, intelligence, concentration ability as well as techie know how.

Online gaming architecture has six business aspects: the subscriber; the advertiser; the gaming platform provider; the broadband service provider; the network service provider; and the gaming content provider. It is big business—hardware revenues in 2005 are expected to be: US$ 9.4 billion with software and content revenue touching US$16.9 billion.

However, there is a downside, gaming can become addicted and affect normal life—kids stop studying, housewives neglect their daily routine, and people are tempted to play games even at work. It can lead to suicides, mental imbalance as well as destroy marriages and careers. Gamers become recluses and rarely make social contact outside their gaming groups.

Addiction studies indicate that gaming can result in: obsession, neglect, lying, socially unacceptable behaviors, carpal tunnel syndrome, dry eyes, neglect of personal hygiene, as well as sleep disorders.

Popular gaming sites include: MSN games which has 3.4 million monthly registered users ; Pogo which has 8.6 million monthly registered users; and Yahoo games which has 10.1 million registered monthly users.

Analysts predict that by 2007 online gaming will be at least 285 petabits a month, the revenue generated by online subscriptions for gaming is expected to reach US$ 650 million annually.

The future according to Peter Molyneux, is in developing games that “reward a player for “out of the box” thinking and creativity. Games must encourage players to be interactive and decide the direction the game will take.

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Live Roulette Games

Live Roulette Games

When you think about roulette games, you are probably thinking about games played in which a wheel is involved and this form of gambling has been know to have been played since the first roulette game was discovered in the seventeenth century by a mathematician. After that first invention, there was no looking back for the roulette games which became very popular in the West and even in the United States though here it is played in a variation somewhat unlike what is played in the European countries.

Roulette games that are played in the United States has a square that has double zeros while in the European version there are no double zeros, and even when you visit various casinos you will find a variety of roulette games that are being played and such games are even popularly played at sponsored events and even when fundraising.

There is another difference between the roulette games played in the United States and those played in Europe in that in the American game, persons playing roulette are allowed to play with chips of different colors while in the European version of the game, the chips are not of different colors, and even though this difference may appear insignificant, it does highlight the difficulty that players have in when playing with chips of the same color because they won’t always be sure of how much they are betting when using chips that are all of the same color.

There is also a roulette game known as "In Prison" that is a variation of the European style of the game in which the player is allowed, when a zero comes up, to choose between surrendering one half of outside bets they made or carry them forward to the next game. Such an option allows the European version of roulette games to be easier since the house does not have such a great advantage as when this option is not available and so if you are a beginner at roulette games, then this form of the game would be well suited for you.

In any case, roulette games are very exciting and fun to play and the beauty of these games is that they can be played virtually anywhere though the only constraining factor would be the laws in the state where you are intending to play which may or may not allow this form of gambling. However, in states where roulette games and gambling are not allowed, you can still bet at the wheel of fortune if it is being played at a special event or for fundraising though betting or winning money is not allowed with fake money being the common denomination.

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Playing The Stress Relief Game

Playing The Stress Relief Game

Coping with excess stress is no fun. Yet life lived to the full is meant to be fulfilling, rewarding and joyful.

The problem with too much stress is that it comes along like the proverbial thief in the night and snatches life’s pleasures. Most people do not take the necessary steps to protect the real assets of life; the pleasurable things that really matter most. Those little foxes of worry soon turn into major anxieties and the monster of super stress raises its immense, ugly head.

Well let’s look at some to deal with this major problem. He is a great idea to help you cope with stress. In fact, this idea is great fun. How about playing games in order to relieve your stress? Does that sound like fun? Well it is!

Playing games is something that we all laughed and the child and now it’s time to be a live those fantastic moments. Do you remember playing games with your friends and how you all laughed and screamed with fun? Those were the days eh!

There are a great many types of games you can play either alone or with someone else. Go on give it a go. He would be glad you did. Let’s look at some of his games.

Stress Relief Desktop Games

Just about everyone has a personal computer and an Internet connection these days. Simply that means we can all playing games for stress relief on the computer. Moreover, PC-based computer games are great fun. The variety of game types is mind-boggling and especially when you think of the range of games such as puzzled games and challenge games. We all remember the great time behind playing Tetris and that great classic space invaders. Why not go to your computer might now, switching on and do nothing that have a bit of fun. If you’ve got no games of your own why not visit a few web sites such as Yahoo games. It won’t be long before your taken away into a world of your own and the stresses of life will diminish giving you an amazing relief.

Sport for stress relief

How great that this sound? Sports, both indoor and outdoor, have an amazing fan appeal. Just get off your butt and take up that all pastimes, that sport you’d used to love. Maybe your little bit older now and you don’t feel that you have the energy that you once had to play strenuous team games but most sports clubs have a senior section and they are always looking for new people to join them.

If you feel like taking part in a more relaxing game then why not take a golf? This is one of the reasons why this sport of golf has become so popular with so many people. Everyone is playing golf and these days from the highly stress entrepreneur or business executive right down to the factory worker.

Board games for stress relief

How about getting on the phone and calling a few friends together? Maybe do this on a regular basis. Just get out that all board games blow off the dust and shake off the cobwebs. Make it something of a social occasion and be amazed at how surprised your friends are when you pull out that game of monopoly or Cluedo. Just look at their faces when you suggest playing Kerplunk! Not only will your stress be relieved that you also create a social network of people cool love to live.

Playing games for stress relief is a great idea so whether it is on the computer, in a sports club or with a group of friends over the board game it’s time to shake off the stress and begin to live and laugh.

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Play hunting games online

Play hunting games online

If you are a fan of hunting games, you may be excited to learn that it is possible to play hunting games online without having to buy and download software to your computer. There are a myriad of web sites that offer up ways to play hunting games online that are even more exciting than the software games that can be purchased in a store and then installed to your computer.

As we said, there are many web sites that you can go to so you can play hunting games online. We do not endorse one site over another, but here are a few you might want to check out just to get started:

ESPN: www.espn.com
Terra Game: www.terragame.com
Hunting Net: www.huntingnet.com
Bubbletoonia: www.bubbletoonia.com
Muley Madness: www.muleymadness.com

That just scratches the surface when it comes to finding places to play hunting games online, but at least you have a way to get started. One of the greatest things about play hunting games online is that you can choose to play against the computer or you can play against other players from all over the world. There are often communities that go along with web sites that offer you the chance to play hunting games online, so you might just find yourself with a whole new circle of friends – all of whom share your love of hunting.

Like regular software, you will probably be asked to download the components of the game, but you can do this directly from the web site, and it most likely will not take a huge amount of time to do this. Once you have done this, you can just go to the web site and start playing. When you play hunting games online, it can be immensely satisfying – especially if you like to hunt in real life. You will have the chance to track and scout for big game like bears and elk as well as common prey like deer and rabbits.

All you usually have to do to play hunting games online is register as a member of the web site you choose. All that means is either using your e-mail as your user name and creating a password, or creating a user name and creating a password. You will usually, however, have to provide an e-mail address – probably so that the web site can send you periodic updates about additional games you can play online with their server. If you love gaming and love hunting, you really should look into ways to play hunting games online. You may find yourself with a new favorite web site!

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Wholesale Video Game Market

Wholesale Video Game Market

Home video game consoles have come a long way from the original 8-bit systems. One huge benefit to the wholesale industry is the console wars, and the continual release of new video games, accessories, and even entire game systems. These console wars and new releases mean the games and systems replaced are now the hottest commodities on the wholesale market. Here is a quick guide to the wholesale video game world by system.

Let’s begin with an overview of the world of video games. There are three major console players: Nintendo, Microsoft, and the largest one, Sony. Each company has released what are now called third generation consoles. These consoles are the Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

Prior to the third generation consoles, gamers had Nintendo’s GameCube, Microsoft’s Xbox, and Sony’s PlayStation 2 to keep their thumbs in shape. The games and accessories of these second generation consoles are what primarily make up the wholesale video game market today. One key aspect to keeping these wholesale games and overstock video game accessories in value is backward compatibility. Backward compatibility is the ability of older video games and accessories, such as controllers and memory cards, to interface with newer generation consoles.

Nintendo GameCube

The saving grace of the Nintendo GameCube games and accessories are backward compatible with the Nintendo Wii. Wholesale retailers can capitalize on the fact the Nintendo GameCube, and Wii appeal to younger game players, so customers of wholesale GameCube games are less concerned with the lack of graphics and innovation. Additionally, Nintendo’s GameCube controller and memory card is compatible with the new generation Wii, and a requirement for some games’ backward compatibility.

Top selling wholesale video game titles for the Nintendo GameCube include Animal Crossing, Super Monkey Ball, and anything Super Mario or Zelda franchise related. Parents will appreciate the general nonviolent nature of Nintendo GameCube games, and therefore the shelf-life for wholesale accessories and games is long. Purchase of the Nintendo GameCube at wholesale prices is the best first console for children aged six and above, and for those adults who still have a child at heart.

Microsoft Xbox

Xbox is the least backward compatible console to its third generation counterpart. In typical Microsoft fashion, Xbox 360 players must download a patch for individual Xbox games they desire to play on the Xbox 360. Also, since memory cards are almost unnecessary to save progress, there is no sense to install the Xbox’s now dwarfed 10GB hard drive in place of the Xbox 360′s 20GB or even 120GB hard drive. Popular titles for the Xbox franchise continue to be the Halo series and EA Sports titles, all of which can be found readily available in wholesale video game bargain bins. Wholesale Xbox consoles and games will appeal most to late comers in the violent and action packed video game genres, and those unwilling to spring for the hefty price tag of the Xbox 360.

PlayStation 2

Wholesale PlayStation 2 consoles, games, and accessories are the best solution for wholesale video game retailers. First, the price is much more stable because of the near complete backward compatibility of the wholesale PlayStation 2 games on the new third generation PlayStation 3. Also, the PlayStation 2 is the only second generation console still receiving support; new game titles and accessories are released in conjunction with the same title release for the third generation consoles. The next biggest advantage of wholesale PlayStation 2 games and accessories is the vastness of its catalog and reach. Over 120 million consoles have sold worldwide and game titles range from the cutesy Lego series for kids to the hard core action packed Call of Duty franchise. The shelf-life and profit margin is the highest for wholesale PlayStation 2 games and accessories.

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Successful Flash Games And Office Boredom (or Why You Should Know Your Audience)

Successful Flash Games And Office Boredom (or Why You Should Know Your Audience)

When it comes to online Flash games, or any games for that matter, you have to understand your audience. What’s enjoyable to a 12 year old girl might be different from what’s appealing to a 32 year old male. I have been involved with the creation of a Flash games website where the visitors are mostly male between 20 and 35. Apparently a lot of these visitors play while at work. With this audience, I’ve found that often the simplest games are the most popular.

I have to admit that I wasn’t initially thinking about the website visitors. Some of the games on that website are action games with pretty sophisticated game play (for a Flash game, at least). They are similar in graphics and game play to the old Nintendo games I used to play. I was impressed when I first saw them. I thought for sure they would be the most popular games on the site.

I should have noticed right away that, while I thought these games were cool, I didn’t want to take the time to learn how to play them. Some of them involved tutorial levels to show you how to do everything, and this was a little more commitment than I wanted.

It later occurred to me that my website visitors may be just like me in that regard. Many of them are playing at work, or in between other tasks at home. They don’t want to get really involved with a game. It’s just a way to take a quick break.

With this in mind, the key factors in the most popular games on this site seem to be:

1. Simplicity

The game should be simple to play, and it should only take a few moments to learn how to play it. If the learning curve takes more than a minute, it’s too much commitment.

2. Instant Feedback

The games that rise to the top are games where you get instant feedback. For example, one of the most popular games involves throwing a piece of paper into a trash can. Yes, it sounds mindlessly simple, but there is a certain satisfaction to seeing that paper go into the basket. You know right away that you are successful when it goes in.

3. You can always do better

The game should challenge the player to always do better than the last time. In the throwing paper game, it keeps track of how many consecutive times you’ve thrown the paper into the basket. It leaves you always wanting to beat your last high score. If you reach a level of completion where you can’t get a higher score, there’s not much incentive to play the game any more.

These are the factors for success that I have observed in the Flash games site that I’ve been involved with. The case may be very different with another type of game site. Hardcore gamers will probably want more challenge and complexity, so that the game does not become dull after hours of game play. In the end, it all revolves around understanding your visitors.

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The Use Of Preschool Games In And Out Of A Classroom

The Use Of Preschool Games In And Out Of A Classroom

For children under the age of five – or for those who have not yet started Kindergarten – a preschool program is an introduction to the classroom environment, where students have the opportunity to learn imperative social and educational lessons in a structured but informal environment. Research has shown us that a love for learning fostered in the preschool – through a comfortable, nurturing environment and guided by skilled teachers – can do much to ensure a lifetime of successful schooling. And because research has also shown that children of this age learn best through the process of play, preschool curriculums tend to be play based, including the use of preschool games.

There are a variety of ways to institute preschool games into the learning environment. Skilled preschool teachers are adept at presenting lessons in an enjoyable, participatory way that motivates children in a non-intimidating fashion. Some preschool games include the use of letter and number games to introduce language and mathematics, drawing to promote fine motor skills, physical play to encourage the development of gross motor skills, and games focused around books to help foster a love of reading. Savvy preschool programs also incorporate the use of computer games to help spark interest and teach fundamentals.

Aside from academic lessons, preschool games offer an opportunity for children to learn the all-important social lessons that come with working in a group. Children participate in taking turns, following directions, working together, and respecting each other’s time to speak; there is also, of course, the ultimate benefit of children gaining a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence when completing a task.

Preschool games can be used out of the classroom as well. For children in this age group, a selection of preschool games used during a party will not only keep the interest of party guests but provide an educational experience as well.

The use of preschool games in the daily lives of children can help build a foundation of poise, analytical thought, and creativity – important lessons not to be overlooked.

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Arcade Games and features

Arcade Games and features

Keep in mind that arcade games have very short learning curves, but they are based on simple levels of challenge. You will find that the games are to give you an adrenaline rush. When you play a console game, you will notice that the game is scripted and it’s more about putting time into the game to win, rather than just playing one round.

Basically, you rent an arcade game as long as you can keep your player alive. The game titles in PC’s or consoles can also be termed as the ‘arcade game’ if it shares the same qualities.

Then the arcade racing game will save certain actions, but the physics of it all is very simple.. The effects are not always pragmatic; as you can turn sharply without drifting or losing control.

The arcade racing games just used a very simple Rubberband A.I. System. The systems are programmed so that you don’t get left far behind or move ahead of the rest.

If you were to compare arcade flight games to flight simulators you would find that they are highly simple. These games are facing a steady resurgence with people increasingly favoring action over reality.

The past success of Crimson Tide and even Secret Weapons over Normandy has become a huge phenomenon.

When it comes to some of the simple games, you will find that the arcade games are very simple and also very addictive. Arcade classics like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and King of Fighters were built on simple game play.

Often there is just something about pounding the buttons and beating the joystick mindlessly, but you will also find that even the newer games are very detailed and the graphics are an improvement on the classic games.

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Liven Up Your iPod With Great Games

Liven Up Your iPod With Great Games

Many have branded ipods as the most entertaining thingamajig in this generation, and they are, but not only because of the music it plays. There are ipod games that can relieve you of your boredom. Ipod games are very good and entertaining, which will be perfect for you, if you are the impatient type of person. Ipod games certainly do wonders for your patience. But these wonders do not limit to this justification. There are things that ipod games can do that no other game can.

Once you start playing a certain ipod game, you get hooked to it and you will not last a day without playing it. Most of the ipod games are very addictive. Once you start playing an ipod game, it suddenly becomes part of your system. Or rather, your system becomes a part of the game.

Ipod games have their own way of transporting you to another world. This doesn’t necessarily pertain to anything cosmic, these ipod games bring you to a different world; a world of fun and enjoyment, and sometimes, for survival; fighting for your life. You run away from your own nightmares (though it is very hard to understand how you can run away from your own dreams, just think Freddie Krueger); you can be an amateur Sherlock Holmes and crack a murder case.

You can also become an exotic hero, with only a tattered piece of cloth wrapped around your hips, probably living in the deep jungle, talking to apes and other exotic creatures. There are also ipod games that relate to office work. If you’re not the office worker you wanted to be, you can be your ideal self in this game.

There are also ipod games involving architecture and construction work. There are beaches and airplanes, wherein you have to play the role of a tycoon and build your own beach resort or your own airstrip. There are a very wide variety of ipod games you can enjoy. Ipod games rank from reality to fantasy. You can play anything, that is available, that strikes your fancy.

Since ipods are portable, you can play your favorite game anywhere. When you’re waiting in a line, that seems to take for eternity, you can just whip out your ipod and play that impatience away. Also, when you’re in the loo, waiting for the cessation of God’s call, you can experience life-changing games, which may even quicken the “evacuation” of certain “residents”. You can play ipod games simply anywhere.

If your fingers get tired from all those pressing and clicking, you can just exit, then and there, and continue when you feel like embarking on your legendary journey again.

There are quite a number of companies that release ipod games. One of the top producing would be Malinche.

Malinche has released various games already, but nothing among the then-produced ipod games can match to this one. This ipod game is called The First Mile. Experiencing horror fiction interactively? Cool. Have you ever been in a horror story? Listening to it gives you goosebumps. Can you imagine what playing a role in it can do to you?

The first part of the game makes horror fiction an understatement. This game has been commented by those who have played it, that they were scared to death with this one (which you’d probably find hilarious for how, then, could they comment on it if it killed them in the first place, but that’s beyond the point).

Hearing, or in this case, reading about this ipod game terrifies you with its details on its work of horror, what more when you’re experiencing it? This is only one of the ipod games that you can enjoy. There are lots more of ipod games that you can play; your choice, your game.

So load an ipod game, or better yet, ipod games, in your ipod, and play them while swinging to the beat of your favorite track on the background. “Music adds an extra dimension to an already incredible experience”.

Apple was indeed pleased and quite impressed with these ipod games. The Apple creators felt flattered that their invention was used in such an entertaining and unique manner. In debt of gratitude, they featured the game, The First Mile, in their Apple Product Guide.

Another reason for their thanks to Malinche, is that, you do not need to graduate elementary school to know how to download an ipod game. Their device was used as a medium for kids, who are not music lovers, to enjoy them too. It just takes a few seconds, but the fun and experience last for hours on end.

Do not wait until the fat lady sings. Download that ipod game you have been having a crush on and be in on the hottest trend in the ipod world today.

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Great Games You’ve Never Played

Great Games You’ve Never Played

Do you know what you’re missing?
Some of the best computer games ever made are likely games you’ve never heard of. Created by individuals and small companies working in relative obscurity. They don’t have million dollar budgets, some don’t even have hundred dollar budgets. They don’t have dedicated marketing departments, research analysts, sales teams, fancy offices, and cutting edge tools. They scrape together whatever tools they can, often discarded by the ultra rich game designers of big shiny game studios.
Making Miracles.
In spite of these deplorable working conditions, they create some of the most amazing games around. How do these game gems get created, and who are the miracle workers creating them. They’re independent game designers. Sometimes called Indies for short. Working out of their bedrooms, garages, spare offices, and basements. They have a passion for what they do. They love games, they love the act of creation, and are relentlessly committed to their vision of what a game should be. They often build games they themselves would love to play. Simply because no one else will. These kind of games you won’t find at the big box electronics store casting it’s shadow over your end of town. These passionate Indies could care less what the marketing boys up on the 26th floor have to say about the latest game trends. Probably because their garages don’t have 26 floors. They just know their love of games, and how much they enjoy playing.
Where do Indies come from?
Indie game developers come from all different areas. They’re often former artists, programmers, or designers of some big name software companies. Maybe that quiet little programmer in that tiny corner cubicle dreams of being an Indie one day. Tired of the corporate rat race, and looking to express themselves creatively they become Indies. Some of been lucky enough to avoid the corporate avenue altogether and make a living doing what they love from the beginning. Regardless of their origins, they all have the passion and desire to create. To be able to put their name on something really great. They want to be recognized for their abilities and worth. But more than that, they want you to play their games, and have fun doing so.
Why are Indie games so good?
Indie games are good first and foremost, because they’re fun. It’s a game after all, and if it’s not fun from the get go, then what’s the point. They’re also highly original, sometimes mainstream funny, sometimes just weird funny, sometimes morbid, sometimes creepy, and sometimes just downright gross. But, thats OK. Games should be a departure from the everyday. They should make you think in different, fantastic ways. So many big name games are just rehashed ideas done a thousand times before. Another sequel of the same old games from last year. Indie games are adventurous and risky. Indies take chances and devote their time to making something unique. So, take a look around, and try a few, till you discover the one that matches your own bizarre and fantastic interests.