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Online Arcade Gaming Community

Online Arcade Gaming Community

The success of online arcade gaming can be attributed to the huge number of dedicated online communities that support arcade games.

These games have stood their ground at a time when technological advances have paved way for hardcore graphic systems capable of rendering movie like graphics.

The online community regularly conducts tourneys for arcade games with huge prize money at stake.

Xbox Live conducted a Pac-man championship in New York in May of 2007.

Nine finalists from around the world fought each other for a one of a kind Pac-man inspired Xbox 360 console, 100,000 Microsoft points, and a Pac-Man Live Arcade Trophy.

Finalists were selected based on scores of Xbox LIVE Arcade leader box from Japan, USA, Europe, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Canada and Mexico.

The primary reason for a spurt in the online arcade community is the rise of a huge number of multiplayer arcade games.

Arcade games are from another era that is hard pressed to survive an intense competition. This is the primary reason for the close knit nature of arcade gaming communities.

The resurgence of arcade titles on consoles and handhelds is another reason for the growing arcade communities. The online arcade communities have made sure that arcade games are here to stay.

Arcade games have shown an immense resilience surviving everything from consoles to the Internet. The arcade communities have played a huge part in seeing the genre through the hardest of times.

With the advent of internet, these communities saw a massive rise in numbers. These communities are closely knitted and work as a single entity when it comes to competing game genres.

The hazards of making video games

The hazards of making video games

Despite some popular beliefs, the people who make video games are not working in a stress-free environment. Video game companies and their employees have to deal with a number of external and internal issues. These issues, inevitably, lead to various disorders and psychological issues. In rare cases, they may even develop early symptoms of arthritis.

For major video game companies, or those that already have strong footholds in the industry, the stress can come from performance anxiety. Pressure is exerted on these companies to “up the ante” since they already have a reputation for quality and fun in terms of video game design. Gamers have become accustomed to the high standards of previous game offerings and, naturally, they expect a higher level of quality from new versions or the latest games. This constant demand for something “new and better”, combined with the generally unstable nature of the modern business environment causes performance anxiety from the video game developers to the humble programmers, even up to the producers who call the shots in game development.

For other companies, it isn’t the company’s reputation that’s at stake. Their own “stressor” is the drive to to outdo their own previous offerings. Outdoing their own product is simply their obsession. A prominent example of this is Blizzard, the developer and publisher of the “Warcraft” and “Starcraft” games. Both games were known for making the most of technology existing at the time, as well as being some of the best games in the Real-Time Strategy (RTS) genre. In South Korea, “Starcraft” is still played heavily despite being having been released over half a decade ago. Buckling under the pressure, some anonymous employees have reported that if Blizzard management did not implement an open time frame for releasing sequels to the above games (theoretically, to ensure quality), most employees would have suffered from extreme cases of performance anxiety. This has resulted in Blizzard, as a company, gaining a reputation for taking almost a decade to produce a follow-up to one of their titles.

Of course, it isn’t simply the mind that is worked and drained by being in the video game industry. The body is just as big a target for a number of problems, as the mind is. After all, games still have to be designed, the concepts have to be developed, and the beta releases need to be driven through a rigorous quality testing process.

For the visual and auditory aspect of the games, the most likely problem would most likely be muscle pain and migraine headaches. Some have reported symptoms of arthritis. Artwork for video games goes through multiple processes, and it is not entirely unusual for artists to be asked to rush through the art concept for the game. For smaller companies, a few artists might be given strict deadlines for the concept art of more than one project. The rapid pace of drawing makes them prone to muscle pain, while the constant thinking and visual analysis can cause migraine headaches.

Another section of the company that may suffer from muscle pain would be the programming team. Games have to be coded, with every piece of art and every bit of storyline converted into a language that the computers and gaming consoles can understand. Most people are unaware of just how much goes into even a simple video game like “Tetris” much less some of the 80-hour long epics produced by SquareEnix, a major Japanese game developer. This is further complicated when there are countless possible interactions within the game’s context, ranging from character creation options to how specific in-game abilities interact with one another. Now, top that off with a deadline, and you’re all set to see programmers suffering from symptoms of arthritis, possibly with migraine headaches as the sarcastic cherry on top.

Migraine headaches are also far from alien when it comes to the quality assurance teams, who are tasked with playing the beta versions of the games. Beta versions are unreleased, incomplete versions of the game that require extensive testing to see if everything works. Apart from that, the quality team must also check on the other game elements, such as difficulty or the plot. Since the beta versions are incomplete, there are naturally a number of graphical flaws, some of which have been known to cause migraine headaches.

For millions of gamers around the world, they enjoy the virtual worlds without even knowing the enormous pressure and dozens of headaches that came in designing their favorite video games. For most kids, playing video games is pure fun. But for the game-makers, developing video games is not “play time” at all.

Effects Of Video Games On Children

Effects Of Video Games On Children

Video games came into our living room and into our life about 50 years ago. As the technology for the games improved, people recognized it as a business opportunity. With money making as the sole aim, game developers thought it fit to feed the basic cravings of humans – violence, vulgarity and perverseness. And they have been unleashing their despicable fare on the unsuspecting but highly impressionable young minds of children all these years. Researches conducted by organizations like, American Psychological Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association have concluded that there is evidence of the cause-effect relationship between television violence and aggression among the children who watch it.

The perpetrators of this crime of poisoning young minds may argue that they do not force their ware and they rate their product as per the guidelines of Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). But the Federal Trade Commission investigation following the Columbine High School shooting, has concluded that, “Of the 118 electronic games with a Mature rating for violence the Commission selected for its study, 83 or 70%, targeted children under 17 in their target audience.” And the irony is that most parents, who have the ultimate responsibility for their wards, are unaware of the ESRB ratings.

Research* has shown that boys play video games for an average of about 13 hours a week. It has been found that the children who play violent videogames are characterized by 1. More aggressiveness 2. Confrontation with teachers 3. Fighting with their peers 4. Decline in school achievements. All this affects the overall personality of the child in the long run. The child becomes an adult who is not team spirited, doesn’t care for fellow human beings and has scant respect to traditions and practices.

The solution for all this may lie in totally banning the video games from the household. But that would be highly impractical, given the popularity of the video games and peer pressure. So, stricter legislations against marketing of mature content video games to the children should be enacted. The industry may protest that it’s infringing their rights, but as of now, the future of the young generation is more important than the right to do business using the loops in the law. However, it would not be prudent to blame the industry as a whole for the rising aggressive and defiant attitude of the young people. There are many games which are really fun to play and playing them can actually be beneficial for the youngsters. Kids can learn about problem solving and strategy planning.

So, the only solution left is in the hands of the parents. Parents should get to know what their kids are playing in the computers or consoles. They must find out the rating system and see that their child is playing only what has been recommended for his / her age. While it’s impossible to ban the video games altogether, it would be prudent to limit the time the kids get to play the games. Perhaps in the future, responsibility on the part of the gaming industry and increasing awareness among the parents can stem the damage.

Nintendo Ds Homebrew Games – Hundreds Of Free Nintendo Ds Games Are Just A Click Away

Nintendo Ds Homebrew Games – Hundreds Of Free Nintendo Ds Games Are Just A Click Away

When I first attempted trying to learn everything about Nintendo DS Homebrew, I was fascinated by the concept that there were hundreds of games and applications available for my Nintendo DS – Absolutely FREE! I have to admit that I had no idea as to what Homebrew software was. I read about it in online Nintendo DS forums, and kept hearing about interesting and sometimes amazing homebrew applications and homebrew games that I could simply download for free and play them on my Nintendo DS or DS Lite.

The reality of cost free video games and applications would be exciting to any gamer, and I am definitely no exception to the rule. So, just what is homebrew? A NDS Lite homebrew game is software written by clever game designers for the Nintendo DS handheld. A very large number of the games being of the highest quality. Homebrew greatly increases the functionality of the DS. And boy did I dig up video games. A number of the homebrew Nintendo DS Games are lower quality, but a vast majority of them would make even the best commercial games jealous.

After spending my time searching for more information and I spent most of a full week doing nothing but research, and lots of homebrew game downloading, I realized that what I needed to buy was a device that allowed me to store and then play all of the homebrew software that I now had sitting on my PC hard drive. From my research I discovered that there are some 15 or 20 homebrew / development and flash kits available for the Nintendo DS and the Gameboy Advance. One of the most popular units was the Supercard SD and a very new one, called the M3 DS Simply. These little devices are touted by homebrew gamers as the easiest to use, and most affordable Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS Media managers / development systems.

If you have a Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS Lite hand held systems, I would recommend the Supercard SD because the Supercard SD can also be used on your Gameboy Advance. And there are literally thousands of homebrew games and applications available for the Gameboy Advance system. Nintendo DS Homebrew will catch up to those numbers too, and perhaps will have even more free games and applications. Where do you find all of these free applications and games? Just fire up your internet browser and go to your favorite search engine and type in either NINTENDO DS HOMEBREW or GAMEBOY ADVANCE HOMEBREW and you’ll get a list pages and pages long of websites that talk about, cater to, or just plain carry all of the latest FREE homebrew software. It’s almost an adventure really. And I would not be surprised if some of these hombrew programmers end up being commercial game programmers in the very near future. The quality of the games is just that good!

Both the Supercard SD and the M3 DS Simply do much more than just play homebrew Nintendo DS Roms. They play movies, mp3 music, allow you to check out your latest digital photos in the JPEG picture format that most digital cameras use. Both of these units also allow you to read ebooks right on your Nintendo DS screen in the form of TXT documents. Now, when I say movies, I really mean movies. With the included software you can convert your DVD movies to play on the Supercard SD or the M3 DS Simply, and watch your movies on the go.

The Supercard SD (SD stands for Secure Digital) and the M3 DS Simply both have an advantage over many development kits. The Supercard SD uses low cost Secure Digital memory cards, for unlimited storage capacity, whie the M3 DS Simply uses microSD cards. You can easily find SD and microSD cards at any electronics store such as Radio Shack, BestBuy and even on eBay if you want a bargain and can wait a few days to get the item in the mail. I make reference to an advantage because almost all other flash kits have built in memory. While this can be a good thing, it does hold you back when you’re looking for extra storage for movies, games, or applications.

Playing Online: Tips for Parent to Keep Kids Safe

Playing Online: Tips for Parent to Keep Kids Safe

Kids spend a lot of time playing games online. This equates to kids having more chances to meet strangers and less time to do the house chores, school duties, and personal responsibility. This also means that there is a great chance that they expose themselves to inappropriate venue, unsafe people, and improper games.

Thus, you should do something about it. This doesn’t mean that you ban online games from your kids; you just have to make some modifications on the way you let your kids play games online.

• Learn the basics. As parents, you have the responsibility to your kids and the things that influence them online. Make sure that you are familiar with the game ratings and the sites that offer online games that are appropriate for the age of your kids. It is better to read reviews from gaming sites to know appropriate games for your kids to play.

• Set rules. This must be done before your kids play for the first time. Discuss with them the specific time, day, and conditions they are allowed to play online; and the dangers of giving out personal information online including their name and the place they live. Make sure that they understand them pretty well.

• Use handle or nicknames. As was mentioned, your kids shouldn’t tell their personal information to anyone online. Encourage them not use their real names online. Aside from the security, using a handle is cool.

• Watch and Suggest. Know what games your kids play and whom they play with. Make sure that the games are appropriate for their age. If they don’t know where to find a gaming site for their age, find one for them.

• Monitor game messages and chats. Most interactive games online allow players to talk with each other. And there are instances where players use offensive words. Teach your kids to mute the voice message or block their messages from these players. You can also report these players to the administrator of the game through chat, email or feedbacks.

• Play with them. There is no better way to ensuring the safety of your kids online than by sitting and playing with them.

• Be open. Teach your kids to approach you if they encounter bullies online or if they feel uncomfortable with what they experienced during the game. Respond to them immediately.

Nintendo Breathes Life Into Long-Forgotten Retro Titles With The 3DS

Nintendo Breathes Life Into Long-Forgotten Retro Titles With The 3DS

Nintendo has been a household name since the 80s, when the NES first hit shelves long enough to fly off them and into living rooms across the nation. Titles like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Excitebike have been cemented in as the stone pillars that created the foundation for the Nintendo games we love and play today. However, as it often happens to old franchises, the games are replaced with new versions or better sequels and our old favorites are tucked away in a closet or storage to collect dust. No matter how fond our memories of them are, there’s no way to bring back those games we loved so much and played as kids… right?

Nintendo’s 3DS has introduced their Nintendo eShop which gives a whole new generation of gamers a chance to play classic games in digital format. Players can purchase points for the respective gaming platforms and spend them on full classic titles like Excitebike, as I mentioned before, as well as Super Mario Bros and a host of other classic titles (with the list growing every month!). Now fans of classic titles have a chance to replay them without having to spend an hour finding all the cables for their old consoles or blowing into the cartridges until they work.

Another great way that Nintendo is giving classic games to gamers is through the magic of ports and remakes. This isn’t so much of a “re-release” like the retro digital download games as a new way to enjoy old classics. Fans of The Legend of Zelda series rejoiced when the game considered to be the peak of the series, Ocarina of Time, was re-released on the 3DS. However this wasn’t just a simple port, the sharp and jagged Nintendo 64 graphics were smoothed and retextured, the musical score was remastered, and all new features were added to gameplay like the ability to aim projectiles by physically moving the 3DS.

Another game that got a reboot was Kid Icarus, originally somewhat of a side (and vertical) scrolling platformer, gamers got something completely different. Kid Icarus: Uprising was given the star makeover treatment with beautiful graphics and environments, fully voiced characters, and all new gaming mechanics like rail shooting and free roaming adventure areas. In addition, an online PVP feature was added through local or Wi-Fi play so you can duke it out with your friends around the world.

When it comes to classic Nintendo games, none are more iconic that the Mario Bros. Series, and Super Mario 3D land is a great mix of gameplay from classic side scrolling style games and the free roaming Mario games that give gamers a new Mario game with the elements from classic games that made them great. There’s no better time for classic gamers to consider getting a 3DS for their collection. With the library of classic games being added to the Shopping Channel and the ports of classic titles, you can enjoy all of your favorites on your new 3DS handheld.

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