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Monthly Archives: November 2018

Fun With the Hidden Object Games

Since the little ones will likely to spend a lot of time playing on the computer, you might as well introduce them to the type of online games that rely on using certain skills, such as those related to hand-eye coordination, analytical skills, and pattern recognition. Many of these games combine knowledge questions and image searches to further enhance the learning experience. Beyond the search games, you will find a range of puzzle and educational games online for the kids to have fun and engage with. By introducing the little ones to the puzzle and thinking games, rather than the regular arcade games, this can significantly help to promote their learning at a young age.

Word search is likely to be the most recognized of the search games, which can be found free to play online or in print publications. This offers a fun and enjoyable way to introduce the little ones to learning new vocabulary. Word search involves locating words which are concealed in a grid of letters. For increased difficulty the words might read in a diagonal, horizontal, vertical direction, while also reading forwards, or backwards. A child is able to learn a lot from playing this type of puzzle game including linguistic patterns, phonetics, and the alphabet. Also, due to the fact that these games can be more enjoyable to play then a normal classroom setting, they might be more engaged and learn more from these particular types of activities.

Similar in much the same way as the online variation, you can also find print books that include a range of image searches, which are great for a lot of reasons, such as those related to increasing memory, working methodically, and increasing the ability to retain different bits of information. The idea behind these hidden object games is to locate a specific object which is likely to be contained in a very complicated and large picture, which will be very busy. It might sound quite straightforward, but if the objects are well concealed within the picture, these games can be a lot harder than they might first appear.

Mahjong Playing Tables

The Foldable Table and the Standard Table

There are several different types of mahjong tables currently available. Foldable tables, standard tables, mini tables and automatic tables. Foldable tables are great for those who have little space in their home or apartment, as it allows you to pack up your mahjong set once your done. Some mahjong tables even collapse to 1:10 ratio of their original size. They can easily be packed away in cupboards, stored on shelves or even behind the sofa. They are also very portable, which makes them great for those who take their mahjong set with them when attending tournaments and group games. The standard table is the most commonly found mahjong table. They can be folded once to save on space, but they give a lot more support in terms of stability when compared to the foldable table.

The Mini Table and the Automatic Table

The mini table is a third of the size when compared to a standard setup. These are not used for playing, more for decoration purposes and souvenirs. Mini mahjong tiles are usually sold with them, to add to their aesthetic appeal. The last table that is widely available is the automatic table. Automatic tables allow you to speed up the process of playing mahjong. This allows you to play more rounds per game, as well as giving you more playing time. The game is pre-set, meaning that you can access many features such as tile shuffling, racking of tiles and the throwing of dice. This is great for those who want a quick game, as it can save a lot of time in terms of set up. Whatever table you choose, mahjong is a great game to play, and you can be sure to have hours of fun by purchasing your own set and table.

Dimension in Computer Games

Using Hardware to Create the 4th Dimension in Gaming

In events where 3D games are used as a focal point or marketing tool, a fourth dimension can enhance the user experience with the brand. Imagine playing a 3D racing track computer game, overcoming difficult terrain and environments. A fourth dimension could provide strong wind or heat from different directions. Hardware, in this case fans, would be required.

In the world of software development, however, hardware is something many would rather not touch. Hardware requires inventory management, delivery and servicing, amongst others. All these are additional troubles that software developers do not want to bare. However, if you want to provide a 4D experience to your clients, hardware may be necessary to complement the 3D gaming. With the use of Arduino, an open-source electronic component bridging the gap between hardware and software, video games can “talk” to electrical or electronic devices easily.

Using Arduino in Gaming

Arduino basically allows you to interact with electronic devices. A simple application is programming the Arduino to switch different LED lights on or off should the players answer computer game questions either correctly or incorrectly. The blinking LED lights heighten the atmosphere of the gaming environment, and it enables the event organiser to provide an inclusive setting for the audience watching the event. It can not only engage players, but it can also grab attention from afar. The effect is far better than a simple panel-based display.

Arduino can also take it a step further if you want to add realism to your 3D gaming environment. You can turn on a fan and snow maker when players enter a winter scene in a computer game. Water, foam, light, smell, wind and moving seats are some of the techniques at your disposal to create the 4th dimension within your computer game. The possibilities are endless and all it needs is a bit of imagination from the software developer.

Poker Investing

Controlling your emotions

In just about every aspect of life, there comes a time where you realize that you can’t live with your heart on your sleeve. Whether you’re 25 or 35 it just doesn’t matter anymore unless you’re starting to see a result. When it comes to emotions you have to remember this: the most powerful person is one that can muster their emotions, put them aside, and drive towards your ultimate goals. Let’s say you have a starting pocket pair of QQ, you’re playing in a $5-$10 unlimited hold-em game with a buy-in of $1000. Your feeling pretty good about it as the initial raise that you made nocked everyone out except one player and now your one-on-one with a pretty good chance of winning a good sized pot. The flop comes and its 2-7-9, a relatively safe flop and you bet the pot. Your opponent raises, you push, each player turns over their cards and they have 2-3 off suit. What the heck right? The turn comes a blank, but the river brings a 3 and all of the sudden you’ve lost a $1000 in one hand to someone that has obviously lost their mind. Now what do you do? Well this so happens to be an exact hand that happened to me, and I’m not going to lie… I wanted to explode. But, I took a few seconds, calmed down, bought back in and earned my $1000 back within an hour and a half. Now, a few years before this is not what I would of done. I would of bought back in and lost all of my bankroll only on the silly notion that I wanted revenge. Take a lesson out of my book, learn from my mistakes, and learn how to control your emotions whatever it takes. This will prove to be a advantage over your competition because you learned the number one key to being a success in this game.

Control your bankroll

If you want success in this game you have to balance your bankroll. Now I’m not going to lie, its a lot easier to just dive in and play and become richer then you could ever fathom. But the truth is, your playing a game, investing in this game, and with that risk, no matter how good you are there is ALWAYS a chance that you can lose. So how to risk manage your budget. A budget is obviously something that you need to manage in just about every aspect of your life, and with that attitude, so is your bankroll. So start out small. There are sites out there that you can start out with only $25, and trust me they can be profitable. I’ve started with $25 and in 2 weeks had over $700 in my account. Trust me it is possible. So in order to use that $25, I would say that you need at least $100 in your account to start out with. That way, if you lose all of it, you still have the $75 left in your account to use at your own will. Obviously this seems pretty simple, and of course I could elaborate even further but I think you get the point. Plan, set goals, set milestones of when and how much you should make and you’ll be just fine.

Batman Games

These days, many kids are keen to play Batman games, particularly online. A number of such games are available in a large range of styles. Many of these games look quite realistic, while some are very cartoon-like. All these games are based either on the comic book, or the movie adaptation of Batman. Yet, there are some more versions, based on other characters, like the Cat Woman or the Joker. These games allow the players to put Batman in various circumstances, and punish the bad guys with the help of various tools, for example a grappling hook.

Batman games come in many different genres. In some games, Batman drives different vehicles, and you can gather points as you overcome different hurdles on the way. Certain games offer the feature of changing the vehicles and the tools of Batman. They can also allow you to change the way Batman looks. Players can choose between shooting, skill, or strategy games. In fact, the variety of available games is so large that, irrespective of your taste and criteria, you are sure to find one that matches your requirements and provides fun for any amount of time.

One more type of Batman games that has become very popular is based on the Lego series. There are many Lego video games or cartoons featuring popular characters from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and the all time favorite Batman. These games enable the players to fight with the help of different vehicles, and in different places – such as in the air or on the water. Not only kids enjoy these games, even teenagers and adults find them very relaxing. Batman has thrown open quite a few new avenues of enjoyment for people of all ages.

World Of Gaming Consoles

Gaming is of varying types; primarily video games, but also card ones and tabletop too. Every act of playing a game, even role playing is considered to fall in this category. People indulge in such behaviors for purposes of leisure and people of all ages can find one that is appropriate for them. The gaming industry is the biggest industry in the world and console designers and manufacturers are amongst the most successful businesses in the world nowadays. Multi-national corporations such as Sony, Panasonic and Nintendo are the titans of the gaming console industry, with the Xbox and Play Station that is a worldwide phenomenon now. Amongst the most popular ones played by children, teenagers and even adults include FIFA, Assassins creed, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty and DOTA. These games are visually fantastic providing its players with the most realistic appeal there is. Great video stimulation, graphics and player controls enables players to experience a 3 dimensional screen play.

When talking about games, one cannot help but talk about gaming consoles, which have come a long way since the very first ones such as Nintendo, Atari and Sega which were the most popular ones in the 80s and 90s. These were the second generation consoles, which have been long forgotten. The seventh generation consoles seen used throughout the world are Wii, PlayStation and Xbox 360. These gaming consoles provide live streaming that allows players from all over the world to play as one team. These consoles play Blu-ray and HD DVD disks that are said to be beyond high definition. These consoles have removable hard drives with up to 40 hours battery time regarding their controllers. These consoles also allow social networking through which they can communicate with other players via text messaging, phone calls, emails and voice chats! Over the years, the world of gaming has modernized and evolved into an entirely new phenomenon, back from the first generation consoles to now the eighth generation consoles.

Super Punch Out

Super Punch-Out is an impressive boxing game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It features great graphics, cool music, tight control, and excellent replay value. This game should be considered one of the greatest boxing games in video game history. The characters are full of personality and are unique and fun to fight. The game takes advantage of the SNES graphics chip capabilities and really pushes the envelope as far as graphics are concerned.

Playing this game is very enjoyable, as it is fun to play as a newbie or as an experienced veteran. Beating the opposition takes time and learning their patterns and moves really is a must. Super Punch-Out still rates up there as one of my favorite video games of all time. Beating the special hidden circuit definitely takes skills, and that is what I love about the game.

Gameplay:

The action is fast, and the response times are lightning quick. Each opponent forces you to re-think your manuevering, as they all have their own unique styles and patterns. The controls are simple enough, with a left and right punch, as well as a super punch. Dodging and blocking become key components in this game if you are to be successful.

The game play is very tight and responsive and pulling off super punches is easy. The game is easy enough for anybody to pick up and learn, and it is fun enough for everyone who wants to. Your boxer controls flawlessly and avoiding your opponent’s attacks will timing and skill.

The Storyline:

You must take over the role of an underdog boxer attempting to win the Minor, Major, World, and Special Circuit Championships. Old arcade favorites like Bear Hugger, Piston Hurricane, and Bald Bull are here, as well as NES favorites like Mr. Sandman, and Super Macho Man. You are attempting to battle your way to the top of these circuits, which contain four boxers in each circuit, and the fourth opponent is the reigning champion. Overall the story is very simple but it works.

Graphics & Sound:

Super Punch-Out is well animated and features beautiful cartoon like graphics that gives each fighter their own personality. The graphics are colorful and the characters are well animated. I love the opponents, Narcis Prince and Bear Hugger both are very different from one another but are so beautifully drawn that they just make my jaw drop wide open. The ring mat changes from circuit to circuit, but you only have the choice of using the one boxer.

He does not appear to be Little Mac from Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out but rather is a different character all together. The graphics are so bright and colorful that it is hard not to appreciate them. The opponents all have special facial and body expressions when they are about to pull off a new move or when they get decked themselves. It is comical to watch your opponent go sprawling into the corner after a knockdown punch.

It seems that each character is bigger than the last, and they all are so well done that each one is either very likable or easy to despise. The boxers feature their own theme songs and the sound effects from the punches are excellent. The sounds of the boxers are great as they each have their own voice samples, and the sound of your boxer after winning a match is great too. He will either exclaim that the match was, “A piece of cake,” or, “Too close”… your opponents laugh and pose when they win the match, which is incentive enough to get back in there and take them on once again.

The Games Re-playability:

This game is very fun and the replay value is so high until you finish every circuit. The game has great graphics and sound, and the control is very precise and tight. Playing this game over and over can be easy to do because of all the entertainment value it possesses.

Attempting to beat your old best scores can be another incentive to play this game again. Tweaking your skills and becoming a master takes lots of time and practice, but putting a lot of effort into a game like this is easy just because it is so well done.

3D Animation Software

3D images are important in the film and cartoon industry. The technology is relied upon heavily to design 3-dimensional computer games. Some of the software is recommended for designing living beings while other software are ideal for creating objects like parks, buildings and cars. This makes it possible for films to capture scenes where vehicles are being blasted while the occupants are present. In real life, such a scene cannot be captured on camera. The software to help develop the scene often captures images of the real people.

The 3D animation software is important in the filming industry. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the graphic designer to find the right software for the best results. There are commercial 3D software and the open source 3D software. The commercial software can be valued anywhere between $1,000 and $2,000.

If you have a limited budget, you can consider the open source 3D software available online. However, the free programs offer limited features. The open source 3D software can be downloaded from the internet. Alternatively, you can receive the software through your address when you pay a small amount of money to cater for the shipping charges. In case you are new in the industry, you can consider trying out free software before launching out to purchase the commercial software. Some of the free 3D software available for graphic designers include Free Cad 8.0, touch sampler, Cyberdelia, Special effect 3.2, Serif 3D plus and Gmax.

Maya is considered one of the best 3D animation software among professional graphic designers. This software can be purchased easily online using a Visa or Master card. The Maya can be supported by several operating systems including Linux, Microsoft windows and Mac OS X. The software was initially designed by the Alias Systems Corporation. Currently, it is being developed by Autodesk Inc. The Autodesk Maya creates 3 dimensional figures that can be used in the filming industry, video games and cartoons.

Blackjack Card Game

In France in the early to mid 17th century, a game called vingt-un or vingt-et-un was one of the first twenty-one games. Just as in blackjack, the objective of this game was to get 21 without busting. Initially, this game was not banked by the casinos and was a private game. Players took turns as the dealers, banking the game. If played in casinos, the casino would take a percentage of the dealer’s winnings.

Historian Rev. Ed. S. Taylor in “The History of Playing Cards said that vingt-et-un became popular in the mid eighteenth century and was played by notables such as Mademe Du Barry, a mistress of Louis XV and also played by the Emperor Napoleon.

A predecessor to vingt-un, quinze was another French game of Spanish origin. The goal of quinze was to reach 15. Again, this game was not banked by the house, but by the player who dealt the cards. There were many similarities to blackjack, but 1 big difference was that if a player busted with more than 15, he was not required to declare the bust. He could wait for the dealer to finish playing. The players that busted before the dealer, did not lose their bets.

There were a few aspects to this game that made it interesting psychologically. First the dealer did not have to play by house rules and second, the players did not have to declare a bust. As a result, it was quite often the case that players would try to hide a strong or weak hand. Aristocratic players were even known to wear masks to cover their emotions.

Sette e Mezzo or seven and a half, was an Italian game that was played in the 17th century. Similar to vingt-un and blackjack, the goal was to score 7 ½ without going bust. This game was played with a 40 card deck, a deck where all 8’s, 9’s and 10’s were removed. In Spain and parts of Italy they often used a Latin-suited 40-card pack, with suits of Coins, Cups, Clubs and Swords.

This game was different to quinze in that players who busted before the dealer could not keep their bets. In that the dealer was not tied to play by house rules, part of the game again was psychological where the players would try to trick the dealer into making poor strategic moves.

Villains in Video Games

There are a number of ways in which the villain will bring action and speed to the game. Usually, they act as menacing. Villains come out as being destructive. Their utmost aim is based on causing havoc and ruining the character that the player assumes. You will get the entertainment from trying to outsmart and quickly destroy the villain before he has his way.

However, what really makes the adrenalin run wild in the course of gameplay has to do with the swiftness that they display in their pursuit for destruction. They may normally appear in the scene and the survival of the victim will thus depend on ability of the player to stop them before they cause utmost destruction. Your concentration will have to be maximum as you anticipate the next move the villain will pull when you have been successful at obliterating him on his last destruction attempt.

Often, the game is given an even more amazing twist by the presence of a secret villain. This is a character that will no doubt appear all modest and prim only to come up and display characters that would otherwise destroy the main character at latter stages. Such games offer intense entertainment due to the sudden revelations which will force you, the player to act precisely and accurately. Sarevok in Baldur Gate is one such villain and will usually bring a whole new angle in the gaming experience.

To make the role of the villain even more amazing, you will find that the main character of the game actually turns out to be the villain in the end. One such game in which such a villain is displayed is The Knights of the Old Republic. This is definitely a shocker revelation to you who plays that you were definitely playing the bad guy. Darth Revan is a famous villain for this role The Knights of the Old Republic.