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Monthly Archives: April 2017

6 Benefits of Playing Video Games

Video games are often criticized for the negatives associated with playing them. This includes whether time spent on video games takes away from doing more physical activities, as well as if they desensitize players to acts of violence. But playing video games can actually provide some benefits. By choosing proper games, you can enjoy the perks while limiting the negatives.

But playing video games can actually provide some benefits. By choosing proper games, you can enjoy the perks while limiting the negatives.

1. Video games can help children learn better
Certain video games actually have an educational component. They may help children learn about letters and numbers, or help with their vocabulary and decision-making skills. Choosing games with an intellectual benefit can help younger children prepare to enter school by giving them an entertaining way to build fundamentals.
2. Video games can improve critical thinking skills
Video games that focus on puzzles can improve critical thinking skills, and may increase creativity. By having to work through a problem, they can learn to make logical connections between certain actions, as well as understand how their choices affect the overall experience.
3. Video games improve the ability to make split-second decisions
While video games are generally criticized when it comes to physical development, there are certain benefits too. Hand-eye coordination can be developed through any game that requires you to act quickly. By requiring a response to visual stimuli on the screen, and having to act accordingly, reflexes can be improved. They may even improve the ability to make split-second decisions, even when under pressure.
4. Video games can get you physically active
A number of video game consoles have also added the ability to be more physical as part of the play. The Nintendo Wii requires players to get up and actually perform certain actions in order to proceed. The Xbox Kinect and PlayStation Move joined in too. Games have been produced that focus on being highly physically active. In fact, some workout “games” have even been released where getting fit is the primary goal.
5. Video games are fun and entertainment
At their core, video games are entertainment. Whether you prefer games like Stick RPG 2 or Call of Duty, it is easy to become incredibly involved in the experience of playing. And there is nothing wrong with occasionally enjoying a game for the sake of it.
Video games have been made covering a wide variety of subjects and styles. This allows players, or the player’s parents, to choose games that are appropriate for their age and personal preferences. Game rating systems help people make informed choices about what video games may be ideal for their desired experience.
6. Choose the proper games to enjoy the perks and limit the negatives
Not every video game contains violence, vulgar language, or adult themes. In fact, many are appropriate for all ages, and can be enjoyable for almost anyone. The Lego video game series is wildly popular with children and adults as they feature very little objectionable material. By reviewing the nature of the content in the game, it is possible to find choices that are suitable for almost anyone.
The key to integrating video games into your life is moderation
As with many of life’s activities, the key to integrating video games into your life includes moderation. Almost any activity, when done to excess, can have negative effects. Video games are no different. If you find yourself turning down other opportunities, or missing certain obligations, due to your desire to play video games instead, it may be time to take a break. Consider setting a time limit to prevent excessive play, or only allowing video games on certain days of the week.
For those who are neglecting critical components of their life may need professional help. The video games may be a symptom of a larger problem, such as depression or anxiety if they are used to avoid real life necessities, and this applies regardless of any other benefits received. By playing video games responsibly, you can safely have them in your life for whatever purpose you desire. It is just important to make sure that video games do not become your entire life unless it is actually your profession.

Football or Soccer Games for Android

I stay in England and most of my friends here are kind enough to read my articles (mainly to hunt for mistakes but that’s another story). I knew it before they could tell me that they didn’t dig my top sports apps for Android post much; we are talking about Britons here after all.. how could they like a sports list that only had one reference to football (soccer)?

So today, on my friends’ demand, we will see some of the top football games one can play on his Android smartphone and tablet and bring the amazing experience to his handheld device.

Let’s begin!

FIFA by EA SPORTS

FIFA is the first word that comes to the mind of gamers when they hear anything closely related to football. Year after year, it’s setting new benchmarks in the world of virtual football games. And FIFA 2012 for Android (UPDATE: This app is not available anymore, instead check out FIFA 16) is no different. The game brings all the real world-like play it’s known for to your Android devices. The game features 22 officially licensed leagues, 500+ licensed teams and more than 15,000 players and around 32 authentic stadiums to play with them. 
With so much about the details, you really need a large screen display to unleash the full potential of the game. The camera angle and controls are coordinated for smooth gameplay experience. The game also has amazing soundtracks to groove up your mood while you are customizing your player or team. EA will be releasing their latest update to the series, i.e. FIFA 2013 in the coming months. So if you can wait, it would be wise to invest in the latest version with all new updates.

Real Football

Real Football is yet another amazing football game for Android devices. If you don’t like the heavy price tag associated with FIFA, Real Football can act as an amazing alternative to it. We have already discussed most of it in the top sports app article I wrote about initially.
Like FIFA, you need a phone with a powerful processor to experience smooth gameplay. When it comes to the price, there’s not much of a difference between the two game titles. But if you are a diehard FIFA fan, you will always miss something in Real Football.

Football Manager Handheld 2013

Unlike the above two games, Football Manager tests your managerial skills instead of kicks and goals. In the game, you act as a manager of a team and you need to take care of off the field stuff like transfers, training, tactics, etc. The game is more like a real world simulation game where you need to act as a Football club manager and make it one of the best team by the end of the season. Both the players and the challenges will imitate real world scenarios.
You can choose leagues from more than 14 countries and all the data is always up to date. The game can be played on almost all the android devices and doesn’t occupy much of memory card when compared to the above two titles.

Football Kicks

Bend it like Beckham with this game. The main aim of the game Football Kicks is to score goals through free kicks and penalty shootouts. The game can be compared to paper toss but instead of the paper ball, it’s the football and the bin is replaced by the goal post. The game has six different game modes to choose from and there are many locked contents to play for which makes the game addictive.
A user can completely personalize his player and unlock kits to make it even better. The game cannot be compared to FIFA and Real Football, but Football Kicks can be really fun to play when you are in a coffee shop and want to satisfy your strong urge for a football kick or two while enjoying a hot cup of java with chocolate muffins.

Fluid Soccer

Fluid Soccer is a strategic football game. If you think that it’s difficult to play games like FIFA and Real Football on your small screen display, this game is for you. In the game you need to manage the movement of all the players you have in the field to score a goal. You also need to direct your team by swiping the player movement on the two-dimensional field.
The game also includes a 3D view when it comes to precise goal shooting. For the beginners, the game provides hints to pass tricky challenges.  And to add to all that, the game has commentary by the Sony Award-winning team of Andy Gray and Richard Keys.

10 Websites For The Latest Game & Gaming

The latest buzz seems to be around the Kinect for Xbox 360 from Microsoft. It is yet to be released in my part of the world, so I can see gaming buffs scanning the headlines for news tidbits.

Kinect is the flavor right now, but what about the rest of the gaming world? What’s breaking there even as you read this piece? Gaming fans don’t just rely on the grapevine anymore.

Current news sources on the web have made the legion of gamers more proactive when it comes to being in the know. And helping out in this cause are the throng of gaming news sites.

On gaming news sites you don’t only catch the latest game news but also views, reviews and previews. You can catch the latest buzz and spread it around thanks to Twitter and sites like Facebook.

So, let’s catch the latest gaming news first with the help of these ten websites:

Kotaku

Kotaku is a top tier and pretty focused blog on gaming news, hints, previews and tips that cover all gaming platforms. It belongs to the same network as Lifehacker and Gizmodo (Gawker Media). If you miss visiting it daily, you can check out K Monthly which looks back at the month gone by.

N4G

With a vibrant community behind it, N4G is a social game news site. As a new member of the community, you can post comments, submit news tips, and participate in other site activities. Past the first stage, you can go on to contribute (ad also approve) news stories to the site. The hot stories are rated by a temperature score that turns red as its hotness’ shoots up. N4G covers games of all genres and platforms.

GotGame

This gaming news site is one we have covered briefly before. The site is one of the best around when it comes to video reviews of video game titles and features anything that’s got to do with the video gaming industry. The site has large Features sections which are video blogs from the regular contributors.
The site also hosts a lot of trailers of games, so you can take a dekko at the graphics. If you would rather listen than watch, the site also has an episodic radio show on the gaming industry.

ShackNews

ShackNews found a mention when we did an earlier article on The Best Sites for Game Previews and Reviews. Catch the top stories on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC games, iPhone, iPad etc. You can catch it all via the tags on the side. The site has a large community of dedicated gamers behind it and that is reflected in the news, views, and the discussions on the site. The Best Sites for Game Previews and Reviews The Best Sites for Game Previews and Reviews Read More
You can also use a simple form on the site to submit some of your own news. They also host FileShack for gaming related downloads like mods, patches, demos etc.

GiantBomb

The site advertises itself as the world’s largest editable video game database’. What I like though about the site is the Bombcast – the weekly podcast on video games which you can download with iTunes or as MP3. If reading all the news and views gets boring, take the Trivia quiz. The gaming news section is neatly arranged around PS3, XBOX 360, PC, PSP, Wii, and DS.

Destructoid

DTOID has a YouTube channel of its own and you can also catch it via iTunes. Then there’s the News section which gives you instant access to all the top news from a dropdown. The site publishes nearly 40-60 pieces of video game industry news apart from the ones submitted by its large community. Free weekly podcasts and daily videos keep the gaming industry well in its sights.

EpicBattleAxe

Controversies or breaking news, this website tries to cover all the rants and raves related to the gaming industry. The site also takes in a lot of news from some of the sites already on this list. Plus, it publishes its own unique take.
Features like TheRumorKILL try to net the gossip that’s going around. Behind the Screams goes behind the scenes of the video gaming industry. Then there are the featured YouTube show and podcasts like the Daily Slice and EpicBattleCry which focus on the buzz.

Joystiq

Screenshots, reviews, previews, and news brought to with the help of a nice uncluttered interface. The weekly podcast is for those who hate reading. You can get it on iTunes, Zune, and as a MP3. There’s also one on the Xbox 360 (the Xbox 360 Fancast). The Joystiq network also includes Massively (daily news on MMOs), WoW Insider (covers World of Warcraft), and Big Download (downloads + gaming news).

Gamesutra

Games are fun, but the makers know it’s a huge business too. Gamesutra covers all gaming news that has anything to do with the profit-loss statements and the balance sheets. It also looks at other aspects of game development like design and programming. The site also has a job board. Also check out the sites under its Gama Network.

The Escapist

This gaming news site got the Webby Award and the People’s Voice Award in 2008. It also hosts a weekly game review series on video (Zero Punctuation). The miniclips takes a slapstick look at the latest from the gaming industry. The news section brings you more than a dozen articles each day.
The web seems to be filled with gaming news sites. Pick a couple of your favorite ones for a read every day. Because with so much happening, you need some time left over to play too. Tell us about your favorite games and gaming related news site.

Best Games Android of 2017

If you’re looking for the best new games available in the Google Play Store, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re new to Android and need some fresh, new games to start building out your Google Play library or simply looking for the latest trendy games that are worthy of your time and attention, we’ll break it all down for you with recommendations that are sure to ruin your productivity.

Reigns

If you’ve always dreamt of being king for a day, you’ll definitely want to check out Reigns. It’s a stylish game with simple gameplay mechanics and razor-sharp wit, wherein you try to keep your kingdom running smoothly by interacting with advisors, citizens, witches, and other characters in your kingdom. It’s best described as one of those “choose your own adventure” books, except instead of flipping to some page, you simply swipe left or right.
Each decision you make has an effect on four resources you must manage: religion, citizens, the army, and your kingdom’s treasury. Balancing these resources is key, as if any meter maxes out or reaches zero, your reign is over. But the game doesn’t end — you instead become your successor and try to last longer in your reign than the king before you.
It’s the perfect pick-up-and-play game for killing some time, and you’ll definitely enjoy the dark humor throughout.
Despite being released and celebrated in 2016, Reigns gets top billing on this list for 2017 for being the winner of Google’s inaugural Indie Games Contest.

The Battle of Polytopia

Also highlighted as a finalist for the Google Play Indie Games contest in February, The Battle of Polytopia is a great game for anyone who’s a fan of turn-based strategy games, like the Civilization franchise. The game features multiple game modes, including the rarely seen pass-and-play option for playing against friends. With multiple tribes to choose from, this plays like a full-fledged strategy game packaged with cartoony graphics and scaled down perfectly for playing on a mobile device.
The turn-based gameplay against the AI is brisk and you can add more opponents or up the difficulty level if you’re in need of a bigger challenge. Best of all, it’s a free download from the Google Play Store!
This games feels perfect for your daily commute on public transit or really any time you got time to kill — if you start a Domination game (last tribe standing wins), you can save and resume your game at a later time as needed.

Causality

Causality is a mind-blowing puzzle game that’s all about manipulating time. This is just a brilliant game where you control time and make adjustments to the level and alter the sequence in such a way that you help your stranded astronauts reach their goals.
Set in simplistic-yet-beautiful alien landscapes, this stylish game will have you wracking your brain as you try to figure out how to guide each astronaut to their color-coded exit within the allotted time. Of course, you have full control over the timeline and can jump to any point in time and change an aspect of the level. There are 60 mind-bending puzzles to unlock and complete in this outstandingly polished and challenging game.

Island Delta

Island Delta is a very stylish top-down action-adventure-puzzler developed by Mantisbite out of Finland. Explore the mysterious retro-futuristic island lair of Doctor Gunderson as our heroes, Zoe and Baxter.
Using your anti-gravity gun, you must work your way past mechanical minions, traps, and guards as you solve puzzles to make it through to the end of each level. At its best moments, Island Delta feels like a stripped down, third-person version Portal, which is something I wasn’t aware I needed in my life. The cartoony graphics and outstanding level design will immediately draw you in.

After the End: Forsaken Destiny

After the End: Forsaken Destiny is a really beautiful puzzle game set in a mysterious desert world. The story follows a father-son duo who are on parallel paths at different times and must work together across time to help each other progress past obstacles and puzzles.
The wonderful art style will draw you in. The controls are fairly simple to pick up: you use the left half of the screen to control your character, tap the button that appears on the right side of the screen to interact with switches and objects, and you will also need to frequently rotate the camera by swiping across the screen.
The puzzles here are varied and increase in difficulty as you progress further through the game. There’s many secret areas to explore and relics to collect throughout the game. It’s a paid game, so there are no ads or in-app purchases to distract you from the beautiful graphics and challenging puzzles.
Will the father and son ever be reunited? There’s only one way to find out.

Fire Emblem: Heroes

Fire Emblem: Heroes represents Nintendo’s first foray into developing games for Android (ignoring last year’s Miimoto app) and is the eighth title in the popular strategy-RPG franchise to be released on North American shores.
Heroes brings all of your favorite Fire Emblem characters together for a brand new story that pits the noble Askran Kingdom against the power-hungry Emblian Empire, which wishes to rule all worlds. You play the role of a mighty summoner who has the power to bring Fire Emblem’s best heroes together to help defend the kingdom. Battle takes place in arenas where you must strategically move your Heroes around to attack and defend against your opponents.
Play through the Story Mode to unlock new game modes, including Special Maps, Arena Duels, and the Training Tower. Arena Duel is the multiplayer aspect of the game that will keep you busy beyond the single player campaign.