October 16

Relieve Your Stress by Playing Games

Everybody needs a bit of stress relief from time to time, sadly we aren’t all flexible to do yoga, or have the patience to meditate. So what better way to relieve your stress? By playing the best games online of course! If you choose the right games websites, then there are a plethora of games out there to sink your teeth into, no matter what your favourite genre, or even how old you are. Let’s take a look at some of the fantastic games you can play.

Some of the best games online are arcade games. There is just something about the thrill of surviving, the chase to beat your top score, and of course, that quest to stay awake after sinking hours into your favourite online games. Make sure you choose a website that has a large array of online games though, that way you will certainly find something that you want to play for hours upon end.

Next are action games. These ‘fast paced’ games are perfect for those that want to put their dexterity and reactions to the test. In these games you will be presented with challenges that just get harder and harder. The only way to succeed will be to develop skills, and sometimes your avatar to master the intense amount of power that it will take to get through a situation. These games are really the ones which will pull you in and keep you entertained for hours. You really will wonder where all that time has gone!

If you are looking for a bit of action, but coupled with a bit of a storyline then the best games online for you will be ones that are classed as ‘adventure’. These games have been finely crafted to keep you entertained from start to finish, whether it is through intense amounts of combat, or perhaps through a bit of puzzle. When searching for the best games online, make sure you choose the type of adventure that you want to embark on the most, after all, you will be playing this game for a long time to come!

Everybody loves racing right? Of course they do, so if you are looking to speed along the road without picking up a speeding ticket, then the best games online will be ones that have racing elements. Whether you are looking for formula driving, ATV or something else, the best game sites should have you covered.

As mentioned before, one of the best ways to relieve stress is by playing the best games online. And what better way is there to relieve stress than by playing ‘funny games’. These laugh-a-minute games will put you in fantastic situations that will have you roaring with laughter.

This is just a small smattering of what you can expect from the best games online, you also have strategy, shooting, sports and puzzle games. There really is something to keep everybody hooked from start to finish! Don’t forget to check out the top games that other people are playing. That way you know that you are going to be playing quality!

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October 15

The 5 Best Arcade Apps

Ah, the classics. Shakespeare. Beethoven. Space Invaders.

The days of pumping quarter after quarter into a bulky console to feel the thrill of fending off primitively rendered space-monsters are gone, but the fascination remains. Back then, the consumer spent two bits for eight-bit graphics and considered it a bargain. The action had to be simple and extremely addictive, because it wasn’t going to be realistic or visually lush. That bred extremely addictive and playable games.

We searched for the best versions of arcade classics for the iPhone, and here is what we found:

Space Invaders, Taito ($2.99): With classic arcade games, you have to decide whether you are looking for the perfect iPhone copy of the original, or whether you want what the game could have been, with slightly more memory or processing power. Taito favored nostalgia, producing a miniature Space Invader console, down to the artwork on the machine itself. Bonus: includes original “bad guy” pen-and-ink doodles, answering the age-old question, “what were they thinking?” If you’re not familiar with the game, wave after wave of evil two-dimensional aliens descend upon earth firing missiles, and eventually always kill you. You know, the Gen-X thing.

PAC MAN, Namco ($4.99): Before PAC MAN was a misbehaving football player, he was a round guy that ate energy dots in a maze, pursued by angry ghosts. Namco’s faithful reproduction recreates 100 levels of the lost youth of America’s middle-aged population. Want a one-level sample? Try PAC MAN Lite. Also available: Ms. PAC MAN. It’s different because the hungry pie-chart has a bow and lipstick.

Galaga Remix, Namco ($4.99): Namco’s also done for Galaga what it did for PAC MAN, but struck out in their own direction as well, updating and upgrading an alternate version of the game in the same app. The classic game plays just like the original, except that the controls are tougher to handle, because they’re about 1/10th actual size. Still the best Galaga re-make out there.

Guardian Missile Commander, Trenton Henry (free): For our money, the free Guardian raises the ante on Atari’s $4.99 Missile Command. Guardian only slightly updates the 2-D graphics of the original, whereas Atari does a full reload (but also offers a “classic mode.”) Guardian re-interprets the original’s logic, building its features level by level. Where it shines is the plot device that puts each level’s new features into context through Associated Press and Intelligence reports. I found myself believing–and remembering my classic Missile Command games a whole new way. Oh, the humanity….

iJoust Classic Arcade, Ecoshop Holding LLC ($0.99): Joust involves a number of fanciful improbabilities. The Joust world consists of overhanging rock ledges, and is populated almost exclusively by knights mounted on flying ostriches. Collect golden eggs for some reason, and use the “Magic” button to fry the enemy en masse. If you understood the original arcade classic, you’ll get iJoust Classic Arcade. The gameplay and graphics are just about identical. Sentimental favorite; An old girlfriend once opined, when the local machine’s Magic button broke, “the magic has gone out of our relationship.”

These simple games will evidently be with us for a long time after their original relevance has expired. Whether you’re new to the genre or an adult survivor of early video-game addiction, these apps will surprise you with their elegant simplicity.

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October 14

How to Lower Your Stress by Playing Games Online and Off

Stress relief games? Not too long ago, I hadn’t even heard of the concept. But then, life used to be a whole lot less stressful. Most people’s daily routines gave them all the tension relief they needed. But times have changed. In the age of multi-tasking and ever-expanding workloads, we need all the help we can get to allow our bodies and our emotions to recover from that constant stress overload.

One effective way to ease stress is by physical activity, and sitting in front of a computer all day doesn’t qualify. People used to haul bales of hay, sweep stairs, or plough fields as part of their days’ work, and if they were stressed, that surely would have taken care of excess stress hormones. But what are we supposed to do in cubicle world?

As it turns out, stress relief games, some of them available right on your computer, are just the ticket. If you’re an internet junkie, you probably know all about them already. There are entire websites that specialize in games for stress relief.

If you’d rather get away from the computer, though, there are some excellent offline games you can play as well.

The key is to find games that offer an escape from stress rather than create more of it. Some computer games can easily have the opposite effect from what you want to achieve. You want games that take your mind off whatever is causing tension by making you focus on something else. But you don’t want to start getting stressed all over again.

Here’s a case in point of what can happen: personally, I find Sudoku quite relaxing – but only if it’s not too difficult. It has to be hard enough to be absorbing, but not so hard that I’m starting to worry that I can’t solve it. Some people actually time themselves when doing Sudoku – probably part of making it competitive, but that would spoil it for me.

Here are 5 of the best stress relief games you play to tame excess tension

1. Card games, like Solitaire, that involve logical thinking. You can do these on the computer or the traditional way with a deck of cards.

2. Word games that use your creative and logical thinking processes. When you involve both sides of your brain in an activity, there is little room to focus on the stress.

3. Puzzles of various kinds, like chess, checkers and crosswords. Challenges that are not stressful can be both fulfilling and a relief. These are especially good if your stress is being caused by an especially difficult project. Winning a few games helps restore your confidence and puts you in a better frame of mind to tackle that project. Oh, and of course, Sudoku belongs in that category.

4. Computer games can be fun and relaxing or stressful, so choose wisely. Arcade games can relieve a lot of pent-up tension and anger, but if a time limit is put on the game, this can add to your stress level. If you are adversely affected by certain games, choose different ones next time.

5. Games involving physical activity are especially good for relieving stress, especially if they’re played outdoors. Tennis and golf are two time-tested favorites. The physical exertion decreases the levels of stress hormones that have built up in your body.

Next time you feel the tension rising, take a break. Search online for games that you can enjoy while reducing your stress levels. If time and opportunity permit, get away for awhile. Hit the golf course or tennis court for a quick game.

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October 13

Best Current Handheld Gaming

In the past, kids would be found in local arcades or in their basements playing video games for hours on end. Decades ago, you would see someone reading a book on the subway or train, but now, you would find them with various kinds of handheld games that keep them busy on their daily commute.

Nintendo DS and PSP were the chosen gaming handhelds of the last generation, but the recent rise of mobile phone gaming into the marketplace has threatened mobile gaming devices without cell phone capabilities.

In 2004, the Nintendo DS debuted and it has gone through many new updates. It was the Nintendo DS that introduced gamers to touch screen games in a new perspective. Mario, Brain Age and others were once the popular choices. There are still earlier models on the market, but the most current DS (not including the 3DS) is the Nintendo DSi with a cost of $150. It is able to store content, take digital pictures and download new games. The DSi XL is another variation, but is larger and has a bigger screen. It provides more relaxed viewing. In March 2011, the Nintendo 3DS was launched and retailed for less than $300. It is the real 3D gaming experience that won’t require you to wear glasses, portability is a huge bonus.

The Apple iOS devices have been around for a while now and they have recently stolen the spotlight from Nintendo in the handheld market. Gamers can download from a collection of 50,000 available games on their iTunes marketplaces. Most of these cost as low as 99 cents and some of them are free. The iPod Touch is similar to what the iPhone offers in relation to gaming, but at a lower cost. The iPad is also available for a more engrossing gaming experience. The iPad is a larger handheld device, but has fantastic portability for a tablet computer. It not only allows users to play games, but to read books, browse the internet and has the ability to listen to music. There are no buttons that you have to press- it relies mainly on a touch screen. It makes playing games casual, fun and easy.

iOS devices have relatively mid-level prices depending on the model and the amount of memory. In addition to gaming, they more like portable computers that you can carry around in your pocket or bag. You can use it to watch movies, play games, listen to music, send your emails, and browse the internet. It also has thousands of applications that you can access from spreadsheets to calorie counters.

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