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Choosing a Video Game System

Choosing a Video Game System

In the old days, choosing a video game system for children wasn’t all that hard. After all, parents didn’t have to worry about games carried by systems like Atari (there was nothing threatening about Pac-Man or Space Invaders). Today, however, with the proliferation of games with mature content available on games supported by the major system manufacturers, parents want to know which system carries the most kid-friendly games, ones that the young ones will enjoy and one that parents will not regret spending money on.
Let’s start with the Sony PlayStation 2, the best-selling game console on the market today. There are literally thousands of titles available for this system, which cater to every age range. There are approximately 600 games for the PS2 that have the "E" rating, meaning that it is suitable for players ages six and above. However, many of these games are too complicated for young children to play. Games that children ten years old and above can enjoy are rated E10+, while those that are rated EC (Early Childhood) are of course, suitable for the very young. The PS2 carries about a dozen E10+ games, including movie-based titles like Shrek Super Slam for PlayStation 2 and Chicken Little. EC titles that little ones can enjoy include Dora the Explorer: Journey to the Purple Planet, Eggo Mania and At the Races Presents Gallop Racer.
Nintendo’s GameCube console continues to be popular because it carries titles that are popular with children. The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) lists 263 video game titles rated E for the GameCube, and these include some of the most popular and beloved among the children of today and years past, such as Sega’s Sonic GEMS Collection, Nintendo’s own Mario Party 6 and Mario Tennis. The Legend of Zelda series and several Pokemon titles are available exclusively on the GameCube as well.
Microsoft’s Xbox and Xbox 360 video game consoles likewise have many, many titles that are rated E; the Xbox with approximately 270 games and the Xbox 360 with so far about a dozen — but count on the number of Xbox 360 titles to increase since it’s a new release. Some games published by Microsoft exclusively for the Xbox and the Xbox 360 and which have the E rating are Astropop and Feeding Frenzy. However, remember that most game publishers release crossover titles, or games that are available on multiple platforms. For instance, Eidos Interactive’s LEGO Star Wars (rated E) is available for the GameCube, PS2 and Xbox; Activision’s Madagascar (rated E10+) is available on the same platforms, while Global Star Software’s Dora the Explorer (rated EC) is available on the PS2 and Xbox, but not on the GameCube.
What about parental control options? Among the four systems, the Xbox and the Xbox 360 have the most efficient parental lock functions. Parents are able to set limits on the games and films to be played on the systems. If you set the system to play only E-rated games, kids won’t be able to play DVD’s or games that have Teen, Mature, or Adults Only ratings. The GameCube also has a parental lock feature, albeit a less effective one. Users note that all it does is tone down certain effects that might be troubling for children (for example, the amount of blood seen in games) but do not block the playing of games at all. It doesn’t even screen or bleep offensive language. The parental control function of the PlayStation 2 is even worse — it doesn’t allow parents or anyone to restrict access to video games at all. The most parents can do is to set the PS2 to prevent their kids from watching DVD movies with inappropriate content.
When it comes to price, the GameCube comes out tops. Available for only $99, it’s significantly cheaper than the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, whose prices range from $150 to $199 (or more if bundled with game titles). The Xbox 360, being the newest of the bunch, is the highest-priced. For $299, you get the system and a wired controller. For $399, you get a wireless controller, a headset that players can use to talk to other people online, a 20 GB hard drive that is loaded with game-related videos and music, and a remote.
Parents should go out and try each system personally as well as look at the different titles available for them before deciding which one to buy. Factors such as number and age of users at home, game title availability, and budget should also be considered. Each system has its own pros and cons, and families will differ in their preferences: some will be content with the limited but popular games of the GameCube; some might prefer the wider offering of the PlayStation 2 or the Xbox; others might opt for the high-tech features of the Xbox 360. But all things considered, making the right choice will provide hours of wholesome, fun, and worry-free entertainment for the little ones and for their parents as well.

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Extreme Skydive Games

Extreme Skydive Games

The sport of skydiving, already adventurous in its own right, boasts several parachute games and competitions that test the skill and expertise of pros and daredevils alike.

Skydiving may not be traditional Olympic sport, but participants interested in parachute games can find contests and competitions held annually in various parts of the world. The International World Games Association, which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee, sponsors skydiving competitions.

The 2005 World Games, which were held in Duisburg, Germany, included many parachuting events. Participants competed in canopy piloting, formation skydiving, freeflying, freestyle stunts, and accuracy landing events. Just as in the traditional Olympic games, gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the individuals or teams placing first, second, and third in these skydiving games. Skydiving has also been included in the x-games, which hosts competitions for “extreme sports.”

Speed skydiving is one type of “extreme” parachute games in which jumpers exit an aircraft at 13,000 feet and then accelerate in a vertical, head-first position into a measuring zone, which begins at 8,850 feet and extends to 5,570 feet. Altimeters attached to the racing skydivers measure average speeds across the measuring zone.

Skysurfing and BASE jumping are two skydiving games that are gaining in popularity. Skysurfing, which can be extremely dangerous – especially for inexperienced skydivers – involves the use of a small board (similar to a snowboard) attached to the jumper’s feet. With this board, skysurfers can try radical maneuvers not otherwise possible. Participants can kick the board loose just prior to landing; some experienced skysurfers are able to land with the board still attached to their feet and glide to a stop. Only very experienced skydivers should choose to participate in skysurfing and should only do so after speaking with people who have tried skysurfing. Classes and instructional videos are available from some skysurfers and from board manufacturers.

“BASE” stands for Buildings, Antennas, Spans (bridges), and Earth (cliffs) – fixed objects that skydivers jump from rather than from aircraft. BASE jumping is one parachute game that relatively inexperienced skydivers may try; however, there are some limitations. First, finding a place where BASE jumping is legal can be difficult. Second, although extensive skydiving experience is not necessary, BASE jumpers must ensure that they are skilled in parachute packing and canopy control and should have sharp reflexes and good body-position awareness.

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Free

Free

Many people irrespective of age sex and social standing love to play games, with the ever growing trend of online gaming. Gamers are in the search for more thrilling online gaming experiences with other gamers.
In your search for a social game site whether to spend your free time or for serious gamers, allfun.com is a must stop.

So why go to www.allfun.com? At AllFun.com you join a huge global game community, it is fast, friendly and best of all FREE, and the site is multilingual so it caters for a wide range of gamers. Many game applications can only be accessed and played online at a fee and focus only on a handful of games. On AllFun to play games access the AllFun website all you need to do is download and install the AllFun free social game application. This makes AllFun advanced and faster that the others. Once you download it, install it and proceed to create your free AllFun account

The free AllFun games are numerous in variety and the games gallery is growing daily. To be able to access the games on AllFun.com , all you need to do is go to the site and click on the Getting Started tab. You will be able to download AllFun free social game application in 3 easy steps. When the download is complete , you install the AllFun free game application no need to manually upload the new games daily. The game application downloads automatically.

Chess, Four in a Row, Checkers , Dots and Boxes, Tic Tac Toe, Go, Rummy, Bridge and Reversi are just some of the games in AllFun. So for you online game lovers, AllFun is the best gaming experience that offers you the application offline but access online to join other gamers in the numerous games it offers. So let you friends , family and colleagues know about AllFun.com and you can share the wonderful free fun gaming from AllFun. Join its all fun at AllFun.com

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Colombia Casinos

Colombia Casinos

Colombia, a country in South America, has legalized gambling only in casinos. However, pari-mutuel betting on horse racing, greyhound racing, and the sport of jai alai are perhaps more popular than casino gambling. There are approximately 21 Colombia casinos, however, that are visited by tourists and locals alike and the majority of these are located in Bogotá, the capital. Many of these casinos offer the usual games of blackjack, roulette, and poker. Poker games may not be specifically mentioned in some casinos; however, they are available and they can include Caribbean Stud, Texas and Omaha Hold’em, and other types of poker. It is important to remember, however, that playing three card Monte is strictly illegal in Colombia, and if found doing so, may result in imprisonment or a hefty fine.

The Colombia casinos in Bogotá include the Casino Caribe Norte, with 129 slots and five table games; the Casino Rock’n Jazz, with 150 slots and 12 table games, and Club Jacks, with three types of poker tables. In addition, there are five different Slotmania Casinos, with only slot and gaming machines.

The largest Colombia casino, the 32,000 square foot Casino Caribe in Medillin has 16 table games and 400 slot and video gaming machines. Also in Medillin are the Casino Aladdin, the Excalibur, and the Rio, offering slots only.

There is one casino in the city of Palmira, the Casino El Castillo, which has 50 slots and three table games. Another Colombia casino with 72 slots only, the Casino Internacional, is in the city of San Andres. Cucuta, Colombia, has the Casino El Dorado and Hotel, with 30 slots and six table games of blackjack, punto banco, poker and roulette. The city of Cartagena features La Perla del Caribe casino, with 60 slots and 11 popular table games.

For something different in the city of Cali there is the Cali Gran Casino, which has live entertainment, a restaurant, and bar, as well as 180 slots, five table games, and a 100 seats for bingo. An even larger casino in Cali is the Hollywood Casino and Café-Concert, with 220 tables and sixteen table games.

As in most South American countries, Colombia has strict gambling rules, and although illegal gambling can be found in out-of-the-way places, it is certainly advisable not to frequent these establishments.

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Video games have come a long way since they first gained huge popularity in the 80s

Video games have come a long way since they first gained huge popularity in the 80s

You can get mobile games for your phone rather easily. Some come with one or two, but you may have to pay to download them. This is usually very easy to do, and generally the games are rather inexpensive. The downside is that the numbers of mobile games you can find are not very high, and you may not be able to find your favorite game. There are many good ones out there though, so you should be able to find something you would enjoy having on your phone. One of the most common games you can find on mobile phones is Tetris, but there are many more from which you can choose.

Though some don’t see the wisdom in having mobile games on a phone, there are plenty that understand why this can be very helpful. You obviously cannot play them while you are driving, or even walking down the street. However, if your commute involves any sort of public transportation, this is something that can help you pass the time. These can also be great when it is obvious that you are going to be waiting in line somewhere for a long time, but do remember to keep the noise level down when you are standing in a crowd.

Mobile games do not have to be on your phone, as you can still get the handheld game consoles that go anywhere you go. These have a higher price, and are often more expensive when it comes to buying games. However, these also have more options for games, and the graphics and game play are a lot smoother. Your battery life will depend on how much you play and what type of batteries you get, but when using one of these, you don’t have to worry about draining your battery on your cell phone. Either is great to have, just remember to use them responsibly.

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Artifact Games

Artifact Games

You do not claim to understand the video games and popular culture obsessions of today. In your day, you could play the
Atari and you surely did not have the blogs and constant online social types of interaction that kids do today. But, despite
not knowing about this online world, you would like to understand a little bit more about what your kids do when they play
video games online or on their video game consoles.

One of the games that have mystified parents for years is Artifacts, an online computer game. Artifacts was developed by
SAMU games back in the late 1990’s as a purely online game that could handle several players at once. Gamers who log on to
the site can play the Artifacts game or simply chat with the friends they have made on the site.

Because the game has been around for such a long time, gamers have tips and tricks to make the game more interesting that
it already is. People consistently develop “cheating” techniques for video games that allow certain things to happen only
when the gamer knows the secret cheating code.

You may not believe it, but online strategy games like Artifacts teaches young people about the importance of hand-eye
coordination, quick thinking and critical thinking. These are all important traits for kids to have as they grow older. It
will allow them to be more effective in school work and in future jobs because they are able to easily solve complex
problems and develop and maintain relationships that are complex.

Now, this is not meant to be an overall endorsement of constant video game playing. But, playing games like Artifacts can
help the young players in more ways than parents would like to believe. Experts believe that a generation of sharper kids
will develop from those kids who grew up playing video games.

On the other hand, kids who grow up with video games are less likely to search out more personal relationships with others
because they are able to go online and easily find people who share the same interests and values that they do.

The important thing for parents to do is create a balance of real and virtual life for their children. Limit internet and
game playing time to a certain amount of hours per week and require children to hang out with real-life friends and seek
out outside activities like hide and seek and sports.

Maintaining a balance will help your child continue to play his beloved games like Artifacts, but also be a socially
balanced person. Your child may not appreciate it that you are limiting his online time to a few hours a week. However,
he will thank you later on in life when he is successful because he got the gaming skills along with the important social
skills as well.

And then you can look back and smile when you remember your child’s favorite web site and video games.

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Video games xbox consoles & accessories

Video games xbox consoles & accessories

The X box video game system is a very popular one and if you own one, you may wonder where to find video games for xbox consoles & accessories. They are readily available in many different places. Even though developers are coming out with new and better systems on what seems like a yearly basis, a lot of people do not want to spend the time and money to buy a new system and try to accumulate games when they already have a great collection of games and accessories for their X box. So where should you look for video games for xbox including consoles & accessories?

The good news is that there are a lot of places you can look! To begin with, online auction sites such as E-bay are overflowing with video games for xbox consoles & accessories. You can find just about anything you are looking for on E-bay and you can often get new games and accessories for not a lot of money. Look for reputable auction sellers with good feedback. The last thing you want to have happen is to spend money on video games for xbox consoles & accessories and then have the seller renege on the sale and not follow through on the auction. On the same note, you will want to be a reputable buyer as well, so be sure to pay for your winning auction in a timely manner and follow through with your end of the deal as well.

Another place you may want to look for video games for xbox consoles & accessories is at flea markets and rummage sales. Many people do want to upgrade to one of the newer systems, so they are trying to get rid of what they have accumulated so they can start over with the new system. This is great news for you because they are often willing to sell off their old collection of games and accessories for not a lot of money. This is especially true at rummage sales. People just want to get rid of their stuff, so they usually price it very reasonably.

Finally, you may want to look for a gaming web site geared toward X-box users that has a message board for members. Often, members will be willing to trade for video games xbox consoles & accessories. Bartering is really a great way to get new stuff and if you find that you have a game you do not use any more, post it on the message board and see if someone is willing to trade you for something they want to get rid of.

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Online Arcade vs. Offline Arcade

Online Arcade vs. Offline Arcade

Anyone who has ever been on the internet should at least have basic knowledge of arcade websites. The idea behind them is really simple. There are a lot of bored people in the world. If you’re bored, you want to play something fun. Therefore, you go to a website that has free games to play so you can waste a little time. A free online arcade is a good choice for a little entertainment during your hours of boredom.

There are many benefits to using an online arcade for your recreation time. The first is rather obvious. An online arcade is free. You can’t do much better than playing games for free. Just look at the current state of most other games. If you go to a traditional arcade, you are going to end up paying a lot of money. They will literally nickel and dime you until you’re digging that last quarter out of your pocket to beat the next level. It’s a good rush, until you realize that you somehow spent 20 dollars and have almost nothing to show for it. The same could be said about normal video games. You will either need a special gaming console or an advanced computer to play many of the new releases. Unless you just have a lot of money burning a hole in your pocket, you should probably look for a cheaper alternative. An online arcade should do just that. The games may not have the best graphics or story. They are what they are. They’re nice, little games that are fun to play without draining a lot of your computer’s resources.

Cost isn’t the only big benefit to playing games in an online arcade. Unfortunately, there are few video games currently available that are truly just pick-up-and-play games. Most video games will require a large time commitment that just isn’t practical for all of your gaming sessions. There are times when you will just want to pick up a quick arcade game that you can beat in 10 or 20 minutes. Not every game needs to be an in-depth role-playing experience which will last for 80 hours. Quick gratification can be very nice. Although, flash arcades shouldn’t be completely stereotyped as having a bunch of little flash games for quick sessions. Many websites offer ways to save your game files so that you can pick it up the next day and finish. This is especially important since it allows for these sites to offer more advanced games that are still accessible to the arcade player. Specifically, there are many little role-playing games designed to be played in little sessions over the course of a week or a month. This way, you will receive the best of both worlds in your arcade experience. You can have a game with a good story and real character development, which is still accessible for those few minutes at the end of your break.

As you can see, anyone should be able to easily fit a little online arcade time into their day. Once you find a good site, you will be able to have some good times with just a few mouse clicks.

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Playstation 3

Playstation 3

Judging by early reports the Playstation 3 is going to be one sweet machine. It will have the revolutionary Blue-ray technology and the ability to watch and burn DVD’s. This is very important as most consumers have DVD technology at the moment and it will be a smooth overlap.

The Playstation 3 will be like a mini computer, with a huge amount of processing power. Some might even say more processing power than the now released XBOX 360.

When the Playstation 2 was released 7 years ago, the average number of games sold per unit sold was 5. Fastforward to the PSP; it released and has only sold about 2 games per PSP sold. This is mainly because of the multimedia aspect of the game. People are buying it to watch movies just as much as they are to play the games.

This doesn’t sound so bad, but it can cause problems for Sony. A lot of Sony’s income from video game consoles are the licensing fees they charge video game companies to create games on any of Sony’s console platforms. Thus, when less games are being sold, less money is being paid for the rights to make games since not as many games are being bought compared to the past.

Another possible problem with the Playstation 3 is the complexity of the interface. Since the Playstation 3 is so powerful, crtics are speculating that the console may confuse consumers and give the PS3 the reputation of being complicated.

Judging by the screenshots of games such as Fight Night Round 3 that were made for the Playstation 3 the life like imaging on the games are astounding.
Watever the case may be, we will have to wait until the release of the Playstation 3 to speculate on it’s features. One thing if for sure, it will be a feature packed console like nothing consumers have seen before.