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Best family video games to play in a party (Part 4)

Streets of Rogue

Whilst Streets of Rogue hasn’t had a final release, you can choose to play the Early Access version on Windows, or Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows, OS X and Linux which will be made available soon in the future. Having both online and local cooperative modes, you’ll find that Streets of Rogue is a bit of a combination of various genres. If you are fan of the rogue aspects of FTL, but wanted to mixe it more with an RPG, then Streets of Rogue is perfect choice. A procedurally generated city is waiting for you and three other buddies, and provides you the opportunity to do whatever you want to in the game from running around and avoid killing everyone, or becoming a hacker? It’s all possible. Interested in going on a rampage? Also possible. Just beware that you need both cash and chicken nuggets to play the game.

Enter the Gungeon

Similar to Streets of Rogue above, Enter the Gungeon is a roguelike game that has been made available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows, OS X and Linux, with a Switch version is in progress. Different from every other game on the list so far, Enter the Gungeon is considered as a bullet hell shooter – you have to shoot overwhelming amounts of bullets all across the screen while killing everyone appears on screen. Enter the Gungeon combines things by changing the layout of the titular Gungeon with other game you play. It’s only a 2 player cooperation game, but it’s still a great time for you and a friend to spend time with each other

With this list, you now can challenge your friends and family in competing in multiplayer mode. Enjoy everything from action games to cool adventure games where you can show off your amazing skills.

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3. Rocket League

Rocket League is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows, OS X, and Linux which is one of the best family-friendly games featuring both local cooperation and online multiplayer. Rocket League is a pretty simple game like playing football but with cars and a jet engine attached to the back. Up to 4 people can play together at the same time which can goes up to 8 players online, making it the this greatest party game. Besides, who doesn’t like driving around like crazy and flying into the air and smashing the ball into a goal from distance away? Rocket League is also great for both PC gamers and Xbox gamers to play against each other online.

4. Death Squared

Death Squared is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows, and it’s suitable for either two people or four people to get crazy into at a party. You cooperate to guide your troop of robot to a particular colour goal whilst severe hazards along the way such as spikes, pitfalls, or moving blocks around, etc. Sometimes the hazards will be activated by other members of your team, which requires you all to communicate and work together to avoid exploding violently. If one member of your team dies, you all have to restart from the beginning of the level, so this is only suited for the patient members or those that doesn’t take the results too seriously.

5. Castle Crashers

A bit of an old but goldie, Castle Crashers is available on the Xbox 360 and One, PlayStation 3 and Windows and OS X. If you love to beat-em-ups with a side-helping of RPG elements, then Castle Crashers is perfect for your party. Up to 4 players can play at the same time to beat up enemies across levels. Along the way, you’ll all get the chances to upgrade your characters as long as you’ve all got a unique team to help beat the cooperative campaign.

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Best family video games to play in a party (Part 1)

In the past, if you liked to play a game with your friends, you’d have to call them to your house, gather around the TV and set up on the console. This was common by the time you own a Nintendo 64 with controllers to serve four people which was a great combination with crisps and fizzy drinks to some interesting gaming sessions.

Then online gaming became more prevalent, gamers become an argumentative and competitive bunch. Just talk anybody who was forced into playing a Halo pistol duel to witness who was the most skilled. But despite all the conflicts, we’ve still be able to keep a sense of community throughout the years. In this post, there is a list of family-friendly games for you to enjoy at a party for multiplayer fun with your family or friends for happy holidays together.

1. Overcooked

Overcooked is available on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One as well as Nintendo Switch version. Overcooked is a multiplayer games you can play with your mates in which four players control chefs who go around a kitchen and prepare food. It sounds fairly simple but deceptively difficult as the levels increase with new obstacles force players to cooperate to get the high score. The game is highly recommended as it’s an addictive cooperative game that can be played by anyone.

2. Lego Dimensions

Lego Dimensions is available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, as well as the Wii U. If you’ve played any of the other Lego games, then you’ll understand exactly what attracts you to Lego Dimensions, as its composition is very similar to the other Lego games. If you’ve never played any of them before, then you will play as a Lego character, with a partner either online or sitting next to you, together you beat up bad guys, solve puzzles, and build lots of Lego designs. Lego Dimensions is a great journey across 27 different franchises, in which players can purchase characters and worlds to play as their Lego selves. It’s always good fun combining Gandalf and B.A. Baracus from the A-Team, and get them cause chaos in a Lego world. Advised for the replayability on offer with many different packages available.

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Computer Games for Kids ( Part 3)

Yooka-Laylee by Playtonic Games

Categories: Retro-platforming, cartoon-style characters

Video games are now generational recreational form with a growing market for sequels of beloved classics which suits for children thanks to parents of video game-playing youngsters who have been grown up with console games. Banjo-Kazooie, developed for the Nintendo 64 is one such retro game. A fully-funded Kickstarter development project, which is a spiritual sequel to the nostalgia for those simpler, nicer times of gaming. It’s an incredible success of funding, meeting, and surpassing its goals by certain miles.

Yooka-Laylee captures and redevelops those gameplay aspects and skills, including platforming, puzzle-solving, and secret-finding, just similar to the old days. It does this with no different in a carefree, cartoony design sensibility, but being upgraded with a modern polish. The attention is redeveloping a 20+ year old game design to become a blessing and a curse.

For children new to gaming, it can be a great addiction with core concepts and skills around reflexing building, as well as getting a feel for the secret-area finding. For older players, Yooka-Laylee might feel a little bit too retro while kind of gameplay is new to a kid in its sensibilities which allow them to experience the same sense of accomplishment that their folks did once they were little.

Minecraft by Mojang

Categories: Building, sandbox, casual to dedicated

Minecraft is a classical and the best online games for kids with deceptional simple design which is infinitely customizable for all ages and levels of experience. Even small kids can quickly master its control scheme of destroying, creating, stacking and arranging different types of blocks, to increase the complexity of structures.

Depending on the level you play and how you adjust the settings in Minecraft, it offers a leisurely, vast playground where you have an countless amount of materials to develop villages and tunnels and design model houses or sculptures.

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What Was the First Video Game?

The game, called Tennis For Two, featuring a ball bouncing around the screen under the control of a small, hand-held controls which made a mechanical clicking sound. Players could see the mechanical parts bouncing back and forth as they pressed the button and spun the dial to knock the ball back over the net to the opponent.

On one October day, a nuclear physicist, Dr. William ‘Willy’ Higinbotham, had prepared something special for Brookhaven’s guests as he had noticed that visitors didn’t connect well with the static displays shown at the fair. He created something more compelling for the lab’s visitors to interact with which was a simple tennis game played on an oscilloscope; a device that looks like a radar screen in a submarines. 

Tennis for Two was the hit and a revolutionary step in video games history, setting the foundation for later games like Pong – the video game craze of the 1980’s. Despite its historical appearance, after the exhibition was over, the game was dismantled and being forgotten for years.

There is also debates over if Tennis for Two was the first game as there are some who say other games beat TfT such as the ‘Cathode-Ray Amusement Device’ which was patented in 1948 and used electronic signals to shoot ‘targets.’ or the  Alan Turing’s 1948 chess simulation ‘Turochamp’ or the 1952 game ‘OXO’.

These three technological games were obviously  important steppingstones for modern video games; however, they were not the world’s first video games because:

The Cathode-Ray Amusement Device wasn’t a video game since it operated on analog hardware while Alan Turing’s ‘Turochamp’ was a theoretical game that was never actually built to run and its code was written for chess simulation, and computers of that day couldn’t even operate the program.

Finally, OXO was a simple game of tic-tac-toe that ran on computers with memory in which the player entered their moves via a rotary telephone controller. Although its ability to compete was impressive but its major purpose was for research, not entertainment. OXO was much more similar to Minesweepers than Mario which should be considered a computer game as opposed to a video game because it didn’t have a dynamic display allowing user to interact in real time.

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Best video games to play with friends (part 2)

DOTA FIRE

If you ever love MOBA game, DOTA 2 is the game for you as you will be amazed by the fierce PC game which is played online with either random players from around the world or your friends. People around the world are currently playing this popular PC game allowing you to compete in international tournaments and win thousands of dollars. The game allows 5-on-5 battle which will catch your minds and eyes to the game for hours. It is one of the best games to play with friends on PC no matter how old you are.

Smash Bros Melee first released in 1999. 

There are many arguments have been settled by playing Smash Bros Melee. Besides that, it’s a tourney game, featuring round robin, double elimination. Gather your friends and a white board and play until someone’s declared champion. 

Payday 2 – First Released in 2013

The game allow you a chance to take part in a heist and shoot cops without the fear of going to jail. To play the game you must gather a team of friends as this is a FPS multiplayer game revolves around planning heists and initiating them. In case one player get caught or are shot dead, you can always TRY AGAIN! Be amazed that all fighting for the same prize: MONEY!

NBA 2K Series – First released in 1999

NBA 2K is one of the best video games for two players which is the combination of the next generation graphics and the wide selection of current and historical teams. 2K supremacy contains a lot of weight amongst friends, and trying to take down the reigning champ is always fun. 

WWE 2K Series – First Released in 2000

Since the year 2000, a new and updated WWE game has been launched every year for wrestling fans with The latest version was released in 2017. The WWE 2K18 allows players to take control of the WWE Universe by controlling your favorite superstar. 

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Best Video Games to Play with Friends ( part 1)

Children love to spend free time and weekend playing video games. The laughs go with every attempt to win, the highs of triumph and the lows of defeat. It’s also the time that friendship is forged behind a joystick which could life-long enduring. So in this post, let’s look at the best video games that one can play with friends.

Mario Kart Series
Mario Kart Series was first released in 1992 and has become one of the top games to play with friends which should be a staple on any multiplayer list. Despite the fact that it is simple, it is addictive, and provides the most bragging rights over any other games. Fair warning though as it could also ignite a fight after YET ANOTHER LIGHTNING

Halo Series
Halo was first Released in 2001 and was a major reason why people started buying Xbox. The game is a commercial hit, fun co-op game in which a first-person shooter involves in the human race taking on an alliance of aliens known as the Covenant. From the very start, players are caught in an interstellar war with shooting and blowing up aliens all around the universe. The best part is that the game allows you to enjoy shooting with a friend in a split-screen co-op mode or play online through Xbox Live, or a split-screen classic Deathmatch. Such a great co-op adventure game you can’t miss.

Rocket League

Sticking with the car theme, Rocket League was first released in 2015 onto the multiplayer scene and instantly became one of the most entertaining computer games to play with friends. Getting your friends to team up and take down the opponents as sporting matching Vault Boy toppers on the all pink vans is a rush of enjoyment that can’t be miss.

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Why Shooting Games Make Your Brain Happy

What is it about shooters that attract players that much? Is it the fact that shooting games fulfill some sort of adolescent male power fantasy?

On fact, yes. But there are more to it. Shooters games designed today, have a way of satisfying psychological urges that other game genres can not.

The concept of shooters games whether being of first-person like Halo or third-person like Gears of War, with character taking aim and shooting bullets at rivals have been popular for decades, but the genre has grown dramatically in the last few years, accounted for a substantial 24 percent of console game unit sales in the U.S by 2011. 

The first computer game Spacewar!, which was played on a computer with the size of four refrigerators, is all about two players moving and shooting at each other. The basics of the gameplay have hardly changed since then although the genre has become more refined, complex and realistic. 

One of the reason for its popularity has Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to thanks for as other game genres made their moves growing in popularity on smartphones and PC. 

The act of firing a virtual bullet into opponents is as old as video games helps steam off the stress. Additionally, many boys and men feel as though they have something to prove as their masculinity and Video Games provide a space to safely engage in virtual violence.

Certain types of shooting games tap into men’s psychological need to prove their masculinity by allowing players to “dominate” each other and defeating an opponent to make themselves look stronger. Shooter game design provides players with opportunities to do just that. Hearing the opponents through voice chat channel when they come close, the “kill cam” hovers over the body are all the things that feel so real making the brain so satisfied.