Help Your Brain Stay Fit by Playing Strategy-Based Video Games

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Help Your Brain Stay Fit by Playing Strategy-Based Video Games

 

Regular exercise is a great way to stay physically fit, but some people may not realize you need to do productive activities to help your brain stay fit as well. This is where strategy-based video games come into play. Studies have shown that despite the downside of some video games due to their sometimes graphic content, your brain can benefit from playing strategic games even if it is just for a few hours a week.  Researchers that contributed to a study published in the journal Plos One say such games help the brain with agility.

Avid video gamers can reap the benefits from different types of strategy-based games available on the computer with many games like StormFall Age of War, and other similar games available online. Such games are popular because they are easy to access, available for video gamers of all ages, and they are free to play.  Sometimes they are great options when you need something to help you pass the time. Thousands of gamers enjoy such games because you have the ability to be in control of the situation or setting. You can lead an army, have magical powers, and play against other skilled players to stay competitive.  But, these elements have a significant effect on the brain, otherwise known as brain fitness.

Researchers feel video games may help the brain when it comes to learning new things.  Various elements related to playing such games were shown to have significant psychological effects on the brain.  For instance, the aspect of multi-tasking and being able to switch activities from doing one to another quickly were explored. Studies showed an increase in such abilities after study participates played a strategic video game for a few hours a day.  Another aspect the study looked into how the effects of playing video games could lead to solutions for certain mental conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Even children have been shown to have positive brain productivity with certain games. Some children with dyslexia were able to cope better and adapt to certain strategies that improved brain health.  Some children experienced better reading skills and improved reading speed upon playing strategy-based video games.  There are still concerns about violent video games and their effect on the brain. In many cases, these concerns are still being explored to better understand their potentially negative effects on different age ranges. Understanding this aspect may help people select video games more appropriate to their playing levels and interest.

The good news is there are a large number of strategy-based video games you can play on the computer free. You may be familiar with games like Sparta War of Empires or those you can play via social media. There are games you can play on your Smartphone, IPad, or other mobile device that provide similar benefits. While such games can be fun to play, you want to keep it to a minimum so you don’t lose interest too quickly.

Gamesareus Top Most Anticipated Video Games on PS4 for 2014

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Most Anticipated Video Games on PS4

 

There are a number of PlayStation 4 games which are eagerly being awaited by gamers all over the world. Some of the top most anticipated games for the PS4 that are set to come out this year include:

Metal Gear Solid V

The return of Solid Snake has long been awaited, and it seems as though Metal Gear fans will be getting a nice surprise in the near future. Konami will soon be released Ground Zeroes, which will can be downloaded on the Playstation Network. The goal of this game will be to infiltrate an enemy camp with Big Boss, a longtime favorite of this series. With Kiefer Sutherland lending his voice to the game as well as Fox’s sophisticated technology, this game should be nothing short of amazing.

Star Wars: Battlefront

Fans have been clamoring for more ever since the Battlefront multiplayer games and they are about to be blown away again with a new game that is set to be released sometime this year for the PS4. This game was first revealed to the public at E3 and anticipation from fans has been building ever since. So far there is just a brief teaser trailer of the game which doesn’t include any actual gameplay, but it still looks pretty incredible nonetheless!

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 2 was a fantastic success and part 3 is highly anticipated by fans. This new game promises some epic adventures for players as well as unbelievable graphics which are unlike anything ever seen before. In this game there will also be more quests for players to go on as well as a wide variety of armor and weapon types as well as numerous tactical battle options.

The Order: 1886

Up and coming developer Ready at Dawn has created what has become one of the most anticipated PS4 games of the year. This game is a third-person shooter and takes place in a time where humans have done battle with humanoid monsters for decades. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table gain the upper hand on the monsters until the industrial revolution changes things forever. Although the amount of in-game footage for The Order has been scarce, it definitely promises a unique storyline if nothing else.

Transistor

Transistor, which is poised to be the second game from Supergiant Games, may look like a direct sequel to Bastion, the company’s first release, but in fact there are some striking differences. While the style of this game appears to be very close to that of Bastion, there is a weapon in this one which allows the main protagonist to stop time while deciding which course of action to take with a battle or puzzle. Transistor definitely looks promising and will challenge players to strategize rather than simply rush through.

The Witness

The Witness is essentially a puzzle game but has many different aspects to it which make it a very complex and interesting proposition. The setting of this game is a deserted island that is divided into 10 different sections, all of which offer up a variety of puzzles which players must solve as they work their way towards the mountain located in the dead center of the island. While there are quite a few similarities to Myst in this game, it certainly seems like it has a style all its own and a lot to offer a whole. This game is set to be released for the Playstation 4 exclusively, but only for a limited time.

Infamous: Second Son

Second Son is the third game set to be released in the Infamous series, following the story of Cole McGrath, allowing players to take control of a character named Delsin Rowe, who begins to learn of his special conduit abilities after an encounter with a fellow survivor. Similar to the previous games in this series, Second Son will be an open world platformer, giving players the opportunity to jump around and glide through the Seattle landscape while fighting agents of the Department of Unified Protection. The trailer for this game looks outstanding and fans definitely have a lot to look forward to with this one.

Online security: a few tips for staying safe

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Online Security

There’s been no shortage of recent news stories relating to online security. From the Snowden revelations which revealed the extent to which our private data has been misused by the authorities, to the Heartbleed bug which has seen volumes of passwords compromised all over the web, there’s been enough coverage of security flaws to make us think carefully about the way we use the web.

Whether you’re the owner of an e-commerce site, or just an avid gamer and web-user, security online is probably a priority of yours. While the lengths to which we need to go to protect ourselves online will vary hugely with the kinds of information we deal with, a basic level of security is important for everyone. Here, we look at a few useful privacy tools.

SSL certificates

One of the first rules of staying safe online is to stay clear of sites you don’t trust. Rather than limiting your web usage to sites that you already know, it’s possible to trust your connection to a site based on the presence of an SSL certificate.

Web site owners can gain a free trial ssl certificate which guarantees the encryption of traffic to their server. Online shoppers shouldn’t proceed unless they can see that the site they’re using has a trusted certificate.

VPNs

Sometimes on the web, it’s useful to hide your identity. If you don’t want your IP address and potentially your location to be tracked, one of the best options is to use a virtual private network. A VPN can pass all of your web traffic through another site, cloaking your true identity and lowering the risk of your information being found.

PGP encryption

If you deal with unusually sensitive information online, it’s important that you are able to look after it. While most of the biggest email providers are considered to be relatively secure, there’s nothing more effective than PGP encryption.

In effect, PGP encryption means that even if your emails can be intercepted, they cannot be read by any third party. It’s important to ensure that the people you are corresponding with have the same level of encryption.

Online Casino Games Are Video Games Too

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Online Casino Games Are Video Games Too

 

Back in the day, when I was still a little kid, I played a lot of Pong. Back then we did not have access to all the latest technologies – personal computers, gaming consoles and arcades – so we had to make do with what we had. The lot of Pong I mentioned above was built into a black-and-white TV, with two controllers attached to it. We enjoyed it a lot.

Later, when my parents bought me my first computer – a locally built Spectrum compatible piece of … well, plastic – I started programming and playing at home. I enjoyed writing code – in BASIC back then – and playing lots of games on that little computer (dumbphones have stronger hardware nowadays). I especially enjoyed slot machines, poker games and pinball. Don’t imagine nothing spectacular, though – all these games hada resolution of 256×192 pixels, in eight colors.

In the following years it was interesting to see the evolution of my favorite games. Of course, I was caught in several computer game trends during the years – I played a lot of WarCraft II and StarCraft, Doom and Quake (no RPGs, though) – but I always enjoyed a good game of blackjack, a good slot machine and most of all pinball on my computer.

As hardware evolved, so did the games – and not only the popular ones, like FPS or RTS games, but also ‘smaller’ ones, like online flash and java games. Browser games have incredibly detailed and smooth graphics nowadays, and performance we didn’t even dream of back in the 1990s, when the first online casinos have been launched.

Online casino games have only one downside for me – they can only be played in online casinos, for real money. Free casino games are just not the same – they don’t have that certain Je ne sais quoi that makes a casino slot machine a good one. I tried for a long time to make the ends meet, and I finally found the Royal Vegas Australian casino as the best solution for me. Since then I have become an online gambler – but only in my spare time, and playing only as much as I can afford.

The Royal Vegas uses software developed by Microgaming, one of the pioneers of the online gaming (iGaming) industry. Their offer is quite sizeable – it contains over 500 titles, and most of those are video slot machines, exactly my kind of games. Some are older, others are quite new, making use of the latest hardware for a great gaming experience. Among them I found some titles that have become instant favorites: the Battlestar Galactica, the Dark Knight Rises, the ThunderStruck II and more. Immersive, fun games that I can spend hours playing (and sometimes I even leave the game with winnings in my pocket).

Casino games, as well as the mainstream ones, have evolved a lot in the last two decades. They are more fun and more exciting with every new version. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me…

If You Can Dream it You Can Have it in 2014

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2014 has arrived to rapturous applause! Players the world over eagerly ushered in the New Year, and all the opportunities it brings along with it. One of the UK’s premier online bingo rooms – 888ladies – underwent a dramatic makeover to dovetail with the New Year celebrations. Bingo players from far and wide were polled about how to improve the user experience at 888ladies. The new-look site has been revealed and it’s a win-win for all. To show its appreciation to its loyal fans in newbie players, 888ladies is reciprocating with a fabulous promotion of its own: Make 2014 Great.

The essence of this exciting new promotion is about making this year the best one ever. It’s an ambitious undertaking – but it’s completely doable with all the enthusiasm, excitement and jubilation among 888ladies fans. Since bingo is at the heart of what players love to do, 888ladies is offering lucky players the opportunity to play free bingo for an entire year. The Free Play for 2014 promo is already reeling in the crowds as players simply cannot resist the temptation of free bingo for a year. With this promotional offer, players can choose 1 big payday or choose monthly bundles. Lots of cash can be won throughout the year with the Free Play for 2014 promotion. £1200 stands to be won on 31st January 2014 and players will be able to enjoy free bingo games throughout the year. The cards for the Free Play for 2014 game are available until 26th January for 90 ball bingo games.

Share Your Dreams and Win

Everybody has a wish or two that they would love to have fulfilled. Well, in much the same spirit as the festive season brings good cheer to everyone, 888ladies is looking to make the wishes of a lucky player come true.  An exciting promotion is being showcased on the 888ladies Facebook page. The name of the promotion is play free bingo for a year and all that’s required is for players to post a pic of their favourite prize on the Facebook page. The wish that generates the greatest number of likes will be granted. It’s that easy! Already this promotion is generating lots of interest among bingo players and friends of 888ladies. It couldn’t be easier to get 2014 off to a winning start then these two fabulous promotions being showcased in grand style by the UK’s top-tier online bingo room.

The Positive Aspects Of Playing Video Games

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With the different stories of how a video played a role in influencing several shootings in the United States of America in recent years, one would tend to discourage their children from playing games.

But for as many disadvantages you may think of, video games also have benefits, both health and physical benefits.

Let’s look at some of these benefits;

1. Video games help reduce stress and depression. According to recent study, people who had suffered from health issues such as stress and depression were able to pour out their frustration and aggression by playing video games, and this allow their frustration not to get to a certain level.

2. Video games could help reduce the pain. Be it was emotional or physical, if you play a highly intense game, you may just forgot about the pain for a while. Video games have been used in the military to help rehabilitate some soldiers wounded in battle.

3. Video games makes you smarter. There are five ways to raise your fluid intelligence: seeking novelty, challenging yourself, thinking creatively, doing things the hard way and through networks, there are games that help raise people’s intelligence, through multitasking and focusing.

4. Gaming at work can also make a work environment more fun, Director of Test for Microsoft, Ross Smith discusses how gaming transforms the workplace. He strongly believes in the idea that active play, when designed and implemented efficiently, can have work and tasks completed properly and more efficiently.

5. Video games bring families together. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Video games aren’t just for kids anymore. Ask your kids to teach you a few moves and you might find that “Family Fun Night” is every bit enjoyable

6. Gaming can be used as a marketing tool, to change the way companies brand their products. This could be used by a company who’s model relies on behavior rather than attitudes and delivers a series of interactions rather than a series of messages.

7. Video games improve hand-eye coordination, build teamwork and teach strategic thinking.

8. And of course, the gaming industry has provided lots of jobs for young individuals, who now have a good platform to show the world there talent and be duly appreciated.

What are the differences between American and European Roulette?

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European Roulette Online

It is true, all you need to do is to have access to the internet, and you can enjoy all of your favorite casino games whenever, and wherever you so desire. Some of the most popular games of chance are online roulette and European roulette.

Online roulette
is more commonly known as just roulette, or American roulette. If you are not familiar with the differences between the two games, they are significant, and we are going to tell you what they are below.

First, an American roulette wheel has two green sections ‘0’ and ’00’. But, a European wheel has only one green section ‘0’. You might be asking yourself, why is this small difference so important? If so, we will be glad to explain.

The house edge for American roulette 5.26%; whereas the house edge for European roulette is only 2.59%. See, when you were sitting in that math class thinking that you will never use anything that is being taught in it, you should have listened more closely to what the teacher was saying, and studied harder.

Essentially, what all of that means, is that your odds of winning playing European roulette, are much greater when compared to American roulette. So, if you are looking for an online casino game, you always want to choose European roulette, instead of American roulette.

If you have never played either version previously, the primary reason that they are both so well liked is that it is possible to get incredibly hot for short periods, and win massive amounts of money.

Roulette is played on a big table that has a wheel and a tiny ball is placed into when it is spinning. When the wheel stops spinning, the ball falls into one of the slots that corresponds with a number or zero, and that is how the bets are either won or loss.

There are all kinds of ways to bet on a single spin of the wheel, just as there are a multitude of different strategies employed by gamblers attempting to walk away with a fortune in only one night. Some of the bets are called straight up, split, street, corner, corner (0, 1, 2, 3), six number, and neighbor.

Although some or most of the terms above might sound a little complicated to a novice roulette player, in reality, the game is very simple to understand, and start playing shortly after you learn the rules.

More than likely, if you watch TV or the movies, you will have seen the game being played many times when there were scenes that were filmed in a casino. It is presently played all over the world, in virtually every casino that is in existence.

Playing casino games on the internet is a great way to kill a few minutes, and if you are lucky, win some good money. Online roulette and European roulette just happen to be two of the more popular games that many people like to play. If you have a little free time, why not see how your luck is running today, by participating in one of these unique activities.

On Demand Television

Demand Television
On Demand Television

As gamers, we often get use to having everything on demand. The modern computer or gaming console can access, download and play games whenever you want. Combine this with the internet, a worldwide phenomenon that allows anyone to instantly connect with others across the globe at any time they wish, and it’s easy to see how gaming has adapted.

TV, on the other hand, has been a little slower in picking up the pace. Traditional TV no longer fulfils our needs. To this end, it might be important to look at what these needs are, and how we can solve them with the likes of YouView.

Modern Demand

The old model for television simply doesn’t work anymore. Where once you might have made the time and effort to catch a programme when it was on, that isn’t always an option anymore. This is for two reasons.

First of all, we are simply too busy. Not everyone can set the specific time aside that such broadcasting would demand. Throw in an active lifestyle, or a passion for gaming, and it’s easy to see how watching TV is becoming less of a priority for many people.

Secondly, we have other options. Originally, you had to catch a programme because that was your only chance to watch it. From VHS to DVD and other recording options, it’s safe to say this is no longer the case.

From these two points, you can look at the typical gamer’s lifestyle. In addition to work and other commitments, an active gaming life ensures that there is little time to watch TV when programmes are initially broadcast.

The New Solution

Of course, even recording equipment like DVD recording is fast becoming outdated. With the power of the internet, you can catch up on various programming, recorded by the channel for your very convenience.

This is the benefit of on-demand TV. With the likes of the YouView box, you can easily watch any programme you missed as it can be streamed directly from the internet. This is one of the reasons the likes of online videos and online gaming have become so popular; it’s smooth, fast and works around you, not the other way around.

Of course, a YouView box can still record something if you want to make sure you catch it. Yet, if you forget to do this, you have the option to catch up regardless.

In short, if you’re like most gamers, with an active social and gaming life, in addition to many of life’s other commitments, then you’re most likely looking for a more viable way to watch and catch up on your favourite programmes. With the likes of YouView in mind, you can easily adapt your TV needs around your already busy lifestyle.

What Makes a Good Bubble Game

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Bubble Game

Bubble games can be found in abundance online, as there are many variations and versions of the original classics on all sorts of gaming sites—we found our current favorites on BubbleRush. Bubble games have long been part of the most popular genre of games on the internet, and thousands of gamers constantly search to find the best games of the bunch. It’s hard to find games that really stand out from the rest, as there are many factors that determine whether a game is good or not. One of the online bubble games you can find that fulfills all of these requirements will definitely be among the best available online.

Good Graphics
One of the biggest requirements for a good bubble game online is that the game has good graphics. There are a multitude of games online that could be great, except the graphics are too jerky, choppy, ugly, or unpleasant. It takes good graphics to make a good game, and the art has to be pleasant, appealing, and attractive. Some games that do this quite well include Jungle Shooter and Woobies.

Original Content
The game must also have something different than the other games out there. With all the online bubble games available, there are many that fail to stand out from the crowd simply because they are too bland. There needs to be some sort of hook to get players coming back again and again. Often themed games and seasonal bubble games accomplish this quite nicely.

Interesting Storylines
It helps a great deal if there is some sort of story going on in the game. It makes the game slightly more interesting and addictive if there is that added value that comes from a storyline. The more interesting the story being followed, the greater appeal there is.

Power-ups
Power-ups make any game more enjoyable. They help you to accomplish goals more quickly, help gameplay go more smoothly, and generally make things more exciting for you the player. Fireballs, score multipliers, and other common power-ups are generally incorporated into the best online bubble games.

High Scores
You may or may not have noticed how high scores usually affect the enjoyment you get out of a game. It’s been scientifically proven that games that allow players to get higher score amounts are usually the ones that they enjoy more.

Other

Other things that make bubble games more enjoyable for the player are good soundtracks, exciting images and characters, and the ability to save progress and return to the game later. Games that can accomplish as many of these things as possible are usually the ones that players rate the highest and return to again and again.

Five Online Games for the Kid Inside

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Online Games

A decade ago technology was much less complicated and so were the games. People had a great time playing games whose graphics and design would make today’s kids point their finger and laugh out loud, or as they would put it, LOL. But the games today’s adults used to play when they were kids were just as entertaining and great for them as today’s games are for our kids. If you find yourself thinking about ways to relax and reminisce, we’ve put together a short list of games to play that will bring a smile on the face of your inner child.

Super Mario
Released in 1985, this is probably the most well-known computer game in the world. We can bet that every child in the modern world has a memory about this one. We’ve all killed that small Italian man so many times that it is a wonder he keeps coming back. Save the princess, kill the turtles and eat all the mushrooms you can get. These days you can do all this just by going online, no need to buy the game and install anything on your personal computer.

Mortal Kombat
Finish him! – Words that will forever resonate in the head of a Mortal Kombat player. Remember the hours spent online searching for the codes and combinations that would unlock new and morbid ways of killing your opponent, or as the game called them, fatalities?  We’ve had so much fun with this one! Try to memorize some combinations and release the inner fighter with this classic game.

Solitaire
A simple yet entertaining game, Solitaire will forever be the lonely man’s trusty companion. Concentrate on some online Solitaire and allow your brain to focus on something else other than what you were doing. Take your mind off things, relax and let the time fly while you’re playing online Solitaire on dedicated website Fexi. If you enjoy it that much, you’ll be happy to know that you can even earn some money from playing Solitaire.

Pac-Man
Run for your life from Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde; eat the pellets, fruits and dots and move on to the next level. Pac-Man is so simple, yet to thrilling and exciting. If you have ever reached the so-called end of the game, the split-screen, then you’ll have a great time trying to accomplish this again as an adult.

Tetris
Alexey Pajitnov developed the game and it launched in 1984. Another timeless classic, Tetris can keep you entertained for hours. Perform a simple online search and you’ll see how easy it is to get back into the old groove. In no time, you’ll start praying for that long piece like you did when you were a kid.

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