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Best video games for people over 55 (Part 1)

If you’ve ever searched for games for people over 50 and then you will be disappointed at the results: lists of board games, brain games and healthy games “for any adult.” which is not much of a challenge. In short, there aren’t a lot of games targeted to old people.

In fact, a recent survey in the Great Britain suggested that more older adults play video games than we might think — 42% of adults age 55 to 64 enjoy playing video games such as strategy games and multiplayer games with their grandchildren.

So, in this list, you will find a good mix of games for old people to enjoy in smartphone, computer or gaming console.

1. Candy Crush

Candy Crush is a very simple puzzle game that can be downloaded on any Apple or Android gadget. With over a trillion levels to playe, Candy Crush is one of the most famous phone games of all time. The target is to match three of the same candies in a row to increase your score and move to new levels. It’s an addicting game, so be careful with the in-app purchases to get more lives and power-ups; it can easily get you out of control. The game is filled with thousands of levels and leaderboards so you can track how good you’re compared to your friends.

2. Backgammon

Backgammon is a classic board game that could be enjoyed in the living room or even by the pool. What a lot of older gaming fans don’t get is this great game can be enjoyed on almost any device. Backgammon can be played on a Mac or a PC.

The best thing about this video game is for anyone that’s played it on a board, doesn’t need to know the rules in advance. Additionally, it can be enjoyed online so you can play with friends and family from any place in the country.

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Great Educational Computer Games for Kids (Part 3)

Itzabitza

Your child can bring her creations to life in Itzabitza. 

At first glance, the game “Itzabitza” might seem to be no more than an easy fun, albeit simple, drawing program. Observe your child play for a bit of time, though, and you’ll find that it’s much more to offer. This game — created for 4- to 8-year-olds — encourages kids to learn to read by requiring them to draw pictures and objects. As the child draws, the game brings their drawings to life using a unique “Living Ink” technology. Even the most rudimentary rocket ship will become so real, and a young child’s representation of a cloud can spill enough rain to cause the characters in the game to bring out their umbrellas. While they play, children not only increase reading comprehension, but also learn problem solving, creativity, logic and communication skills. After your children have conquered the original “Itzabitza,” find a copy of its companion game, “Itzazoo,” to keep your children engaged and motivated.

FutureU

Why can’t mall children have all the fun? Throw away the boring flashcards and practice tests in favor of “FutureU,”. It is an engaging and educational SAT prep game developed by Kaplan for children. This game brings the company’s famous SAT-prep curriculum to users of both PC and Mac by using mini games to help students enhance their reading, writing and math skills. This is arguably the best and most enjoyable method to prepare for the difficult, much-dreaded SAT, and there’s even a special section built to improve teens’ test-taking skills. It’s possible the best thing about this game is that it can be played in many ways such as short bursts, allowing students to fit in a few minutes of educational play whenever they have spare time.

Have you tried playing all of them? Which one is your favorite?

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Great Educational Computer Games for Kids (Part 2)

The Oregon Trail

The highly addictive educational game “Oregon Trail” challenge players to survive when they travel on the Oregon trail in a covered wagon during the mid-1800s. Players face many difficulties ranging from hunger and starvation to drowning to death by dysentery as they accompany their families to a new life in the West. Developed to bring history to life for elementary school students, this classic game has been recreated for modern gamers, with upgrading versions available for the PC, and various other gaming platforms and even on Facebook. “The Oregon Trail” series not only helps kids enhance their history and geography knowledge, but also teaches them real-life problem-solving skills and techniques, including the consequences of various actions or choices.

Crayon Physics

In this deceptively simple-design looking game, players must base their decision on basis of the principles of physics to navigate a ball around obstacles that seem so simple as though they were drawn by a child. A mouse, trackball or stylus (for version on touch screen computers) can be used to draw tools to help navigate the ball in the right direction. As objects are drawn, they affect on the ball according to the principles of physics. This game teaches kids about motion, energy and gravity as they play. If the children draws a series of stairs, for example, the ball will go down them realistically with the momentum dependent on the height and angle. Children learning by doing, and because there are plenty of way to complete each level, children are encouraged to experiment and be as creative as possible. While younger children will absolutely enjoy the basic version of the game, older kids might want to try out the deluxe version, which allows players to design on their own and share custom levels using an online interactive playground.

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Reasons to love Pokémon Go all the more (Part 2)

Getting them together – It is amazing how a game has gether communities and families together. The gaming experience has resulted in sharing of tricks and ways from numerous groups and communities passing those wisdom from one to another.

Increase the adrenaline rush – The more you play, the higher level of curious you become for the next adventure. It makes you eager. So, put on those walking shoes and introduce yourself to the world. Being first of its generation, the excitement to try something novel has made Pokémon Go so popular.

Stimulate your senses – Despite the latest versions of action games like COD and Counterstrike, gaming world was revolutionised by these colourful Pokémon characters. Being augmented reality based, it surely provides the better experience than those of VR games, PS and numerous other variants of seat warming games like Candy Crush or Crime Scene.

Boost your sense – While you are walking on the streets catching these adorable creatures, you begin more aware of your surroundings, increasing your concentration threshold. You begin looking beyond your smartphone to see a world beyond. It even enhances your foot eye coordination.

Teamwork pays off – Friends, families, spouse, players working together to seek those Poké eggs and encouraging one another to catch the most of it. All that help you learn hot to work in a team, participate actively and promote each other’s strengths

Improve to your ears ability – The recent statistics reveal that the music streaming has increased by 650%, the Pokémon theme from the animated series is the sole and most important contributor. 

Additional health benefits – The social nature of the game has created close relationships and friendship and has paved a new way for those with social anxiety. Experts recommend that it can potentially help to enhu the mental and physical health of the players thanks to the strong reinforcement for people to go out and become more participative and active.

Who could have thought that a game can have such benefits to your life? Make the most of it, leaving that couch and be on the go.

Happy catching!

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Reasons to love Pokémon Go all the more

The Pokémon Go fever has spreaded over the world faster than the flu. The streets are filled with Pokémon catchers and the social networking sites are full of cheats and hacks.

People who don’t know about Pokémon Go and what the entire enthusiasm around it all about. This is the answer. Pokemon Go is a free to play destination based augmented reality game, developed by a creative genius of Niantic and launch by The Pokémon Company. It is available on Android and IOS, uses GPS and offers an option of multiplayer mode. If you wish to understand how enormous the rage is, you are about to. Pokemon Go already has 55 million downloads on Android and IOS within only 2 weeks of its published. In fact, approximately about 5% of Android users play it on a daily basis.

Let us bring to you few more reasons to keep this madness going.

An impressive global phenomenon – Pokémon Go isn’t similar to any other game. It’s one of a kind game with one of a kind experience. You discover a new world of augmented reality mixing with imagination and adventure opening a pathway to a unique gaming world. It has been very popular across the world and has given a new excellent memory to one of your treasured childhood time. 

Step up – The game has a compulsory minimum distance to walk before being able to catch Pokemon. All the hunting is absolutely help fulfill the daily minimum steps recommended by doctor ( app. 10,000 steps a day) No worried. Pokéstops are here. The game has even been well-known as an unintentional health path. 

Step out – It’s fun how Pokémon Go helps gamers explore places (literally)! You not only go out of your home, walk down new streets finding new places. Your parents won’t have any other complain about you being a couch potato.

Get real – The average time spent on social channels like Facebook and Twitter has decreased by 30-35% since the launch of this game. On average, the time put on these sites is 25 minutes against 35 minutes earlier. Your parents will surely be amazed to learn this.

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Pokémon Go could help people who have social issues (Part 1)

That’s the key finding of a psychology study which is the first to research the impact of players’ personalities, social competence and anxiety when playing the trendy mobile game.

As Pokémon Go requires players to go out and interact with others, the research found that people with strong social skills have the tendency to be more successful. This conflicts with the prevailing stereotype that gamers are socially inability. Rather, we find that modern video games, such as those with augmented reality, have improved social aspects and require players to develop good social competence to have good results.
Among 100 Pokémon Go players who took part in the study about their personality, social anxiety and competence, gamers played the game for 30 minutes under observation. Through their performance in the game, the results suggest that extroverted players caught more Pokémon, went to more PokéStops and went longer distances than players who are socially introverted.

Players who are socially anxious unlikely to engage in the game because of fearing others will judge them. They don’t feel comfortable to play as others watching and are unlikely to collaborate with other players, like sharing locations of nearby Pokémon or sharing tips.”

The researchers are researching ways for modern video games to be developed in a way that assist people who struggle socially. For example, video games could be developed in a way in which social features become increasingly important as the game progresses. For Instance, in the beginning, players only require to communicate with a person through written method, but as the game moves up a higher level, they are required to make physically contact with other players to collaborate and win. The game will create a context in which communication with others might be easier than walking up to a stranger and striking up a conversation from the beginning.

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Best family video games to play in a party (Part 2)

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 Games for Children (Part 4)

Roblox by Roblox Corporation

Categories: Casual, building, social, expandable game
Roblox took the Minecraft concept and brings kids to the world of massively multiplayer and customization like a marketplace and hub for homebrew mini-games.  Leveraging its game-construction tools, players can easily create shareable user- experiences. Featuring over 90 million active monthly users, Roblox allow players to create, buy, and sell in-game items with the virtual currency “Robux,” and discover the constantly developed games and worlds that other players are crafting.
For children who playing Roblox and learn how to construct their own mini-games and items, Roblox allow them to access to and utilize their creations and earn a split of the real-world revenue for their virtual wares creation. If the children are good enough at Roblox game creation, they could conceivably pay their own college fee with the revenues earned. Isn’t it amazing?

Kerbal Space Program by Squad

Categories: Educational, science, applied science learning
In space video games, mastering the techniques is usually not rocket science; however Kerbal Space Program is the exceptional game out of this rule which is about building and sending rockets into space with a full-fledged space-program simulator, presented as a “sandbox” game. In which players direct a newly formed space agency of “Kerbals” and are given tools to create, test, and launch air and space vehicles.
Players are not using arcade-style controls and physics, but using realistic orbital mechanics. For instance, to navigate a moon landing, players are going to actually orchestrate a moon landing. It’s so real.
This is not the easiest game for younger kids looking for the quick comforts and rewards rather it offers a real sense of achievement and understanding of actual rocket-science for older children. And the rewards are marvelous for those who are compelled to learn and explore science.

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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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Best Computer Games for Kids (Part 2)

3. Cuphead by StudioMDHR

Categories: Retro-action, whimsical art style

Cuphead is one of the most beautiful video games kid of 12+ to play and also one of the absolutely hardest games to complete. The indie-darling game revives the animation style of classical Disney and Fleischer Studios with hand-drawing. Many early NES classic games like Contra or Gunstar Heroes that makes players feel like a living, controllable cartoon.

In terms of storylines, it’s about a titular character a designed living cup with arms and legs who lives with his brother Mugman on the fantastical land of Inkwell Isles, then one day, the brothers entered “The Devil’s Casino” and stuck on a winning streak playing craps. But they didn’t follow the Elder Kettle’s advice and risk their very souls on a dice roll and lose. Luckily, they’re given one last chance which is journey to Inkwell Isle and gather the “soul contracts” of the various animated denizens of the place and bring them back so that they might be spared. Then, they caught up into a gorgeous series of incredibly long battles with giant, 1930s-style cartoon menaces. It’s a combination of the difficult old days of retro-gaming with the art and animation style that doesn’t see much play in the era of computer-generated imagery (CGI).

Younger kids may throw their controllers in rage of frustration after constant death at the hands of a giant boss at the same time, find that special kind of dedication impossible to resist.

The gameplay is hard, yet simple with platform controls of jumping, shooting, and dodging which kids can master easily to unlock progress with the most impressive animation one may see in gaming.

4. Goosebumps: The Game by WayForward

Categories: Reading/puzzle, critical thinking

Goosebumps book series are many kids’ first time opening to the world of horror fiction; scary, with tales of werewolves, vampires, mummies, and haunted ventriloquist dummies. With starring Jack Black, Goosebumps: The Game was released and gacd young gamers of 9+ a story-driven puzzle-adventure where they really do have to have read the books to get the most out of the game.