9 Ways Video Games Can Actually Be Good For You

1. ‘Mario’ Is Like Steroids For Your Brain

To better understand how video games affect the brain, German researchers conducted a study, which was released this week. They asked 23 adults with a median age of 25 to play “Super Mario 64” for 30 minutes a day over a period of two months. A separate control group did not play video games at all.

Examining the brains of the two groups using an MRI machine, they found that the gaming group had a rise in gray matter in the right hippocampus, right prefrontal cortex and the cerebellum — areas of the brain responsible for spatial navigation, memory formation, strategic planning and fine motor skills in the hands.

“While previous studies have shown differences in brain structure of video gamers, the present study can demonstrate the direct causal link between video gaming and a volumetric brain increase,” study leader Simone Kühn said. “This proves that specific brain regions can be trained by means of video games.”

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Word Jumble Puzzle Maker

Word jumble puzzles are a kind of puzzle in which the player is required to find words that have been hidden within an array of letters. The letters are arranged in rows and columns, like a grid, all the over all shape of the puzzles does not necessary need to be square or rectangular (squares and rectangles are the most common shape for these puzzles, but puzzles can be other shapes as well).

The hidden words can be placed at any position and orientation within the grid. Words can go left to right, right to left, downwards, upwards, or in a diagonal direction. Additionally, words can overlap or intersect, and just to make the puzzle that bit more difficult, not every letter in the grid is even part of a word. Usually players are given a list of the precise words to look for, but the puzzle can be made more difficult but not providing such a list and instead simply giving the player a hint or clue as to the type of words to search for.

Many adults and most kids enjoy solving word jumble puzzles – they can be a lot of fun! The puzzles can also have educational uses, especially in K-12 or ESL (English as a Second Language) classes – as to solve them, you must pay very close attention to the exact spelling of words.

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Matching Chess Pieces to Your Chess Board

Perhaps you have found a great chess board that you couldn’t pass up buying, or maybe you inherited a board that has no chess pieces or they were not what you were looking to own. Whatever the reason, matching the right chess pieces to the board that you own is a pivotal step in creating a chess set that you will cherish for years and pass onto future generations.

While there are no rules in selecting a set of chess pieces to match your board, there are a few loose guidelines that will help make the selection process an easy one for you.

There are three things that you want to be aware of regarding your board before you start this process. 1. What is the length of the squares for each of the chess pieces – this can range anywhere from 1.0 to 2.75 inches typically. 2. What are the ‘black’ squares made of – rosewood, ebony wood, etc. 3. Does the board have a glossy finish to it or a more muted matte finish?

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Top 6 Significant Board Games

Descent, the board game, is not at all related to Descent the pc game. As a matter of fact this is an improved version of the Doom board game which belongs to Fantasy Flight Games’ series of fantasy board games which include Lord of the Rings, War craft III, World of War craft and Rune bound.

In any case, we tried it and it felt like a merging between an MMO and a table top game – You have characters that kill hordes of monsters using brawn, magic and cunning. After playing the game for the first time, as we normally do we discuss the good and bad points of the game. This discussion led to the argument of which was the best board game ever.

Let me breakdown the list of what we came up with from the lowest to highest:

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Popularity of Video Games

While conventional video game makers are creating video games on a host of varied genres, and minting money from them, there are actually a group of people who are making games available for free. Though they may not be that serious a threat to the existing industry right now but online video games are the latest attractions in the cyber world. They are increasingly become a strong competition to the normal video games. This is largely due to the easy availability of such plots in the internet and also that they are almost always provided free. There has been a observable growth in online gaming in the past few years. The number of providers of such games have also gone up significantly.

Nowadays, a simple search of ‘online bizes’ in any search site would yield thousands of valid results. In fact ‘free online bizes’ in consistently becoming one of the most searched items at popular search sites like Google and yahoo. Another attraction to online gamers is that the sites normally add new bizes every week and so you a large variety of games to choose from. Most sites classify the games into various genres like Arcade, Action, Strategy, Sport, Board Games etc to make things easier for the user. The burgeoning popularity of such games is also due to their exploitation of popular comic characters and Japanese manga characters. Many multiplayer online games are also becoming popular now. They come in many themes too, but unlike the other online games offer the users an opportunity to interact with each other. Some of these games have become quite popular and a few social networking sites have also started hosting such games. Their popularity has also influenced the online adult industry to make adult themed online games which have also caught on with the mass. The social networking sites are a great platform to find these apps and free online games which keep people hooked to these sites while they make money!

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