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The short, and obvious, answer is, they’re fun. In my psychological interviews andsurveys about video game play with children, I often find that the games kids love are not the easiest games to “beat,” they are the challenging and difficult games that take time to learn, explore, and master. Many of their favorite games require learning from their mistakes, remaining highly focused, overcoming frustration, and teaming up with or getting advice from their friends. For example, in several interviews with players of Minecraft, I heard that the variety of challenges and the sandbox nature of the game (“you can do anything you want”) are the biggest attractors to the game. Read More
It’s pretty much a fact, most kids love video games. It’s also true that most parents are not enthused by their kid’s gaming habits. While it’s easy to see the value in educational games, is there really any educational value in a game like the Sims? We recently attended a great seminar which turned our ideas of gaming, learning, and their place in the home upside down. Read More
So much of the discussion of school comes down to video games. Especially for boys. And here’s why: in most cases, if you tell boys they can spend their time doing whatever they want, and they can learn whatever is interesting to them, they will learn a lot about video games. It’s difficult for most parents to allow their kids to play video games for hours and hours every day. I know, so I spend a lot of time reading about the effects of video games to understand the dilemma. And the first thing I’ll tell you is that research based on “screen time” which includes television, concludes that it’s detrimental to kids in large doses. Research specific to video games shows largely positive effects from high engagement. Read More
Children of all ages are spending hours every day playing videos games, yet many parents struggle to understand why. Here’s our essential guide. For people who don’t play video games, they can seem like a strange and vaguely threatening interloper into the household. These noisy yet seemingly seductive things are on computers, on smartphones and tablets, and on expensive consoles that your kids will tell you everyone else has. And if you’re not buying them for your children, your children are probably playing them elsewhere. Even if you never intend to play a game in your life, you should probably know about them – if only to understand what it is that drags other people in. Here’s everything you need to know and were to embarrassed to ask. Read More
The point of Minecraft seems simple: build practically anything you can imagine. Some kids recreate famous pieces of architecture, others express their creativity through grand designs. Since 2009, Minecraft has sold over 20 million copies. And if that seems like a typical blockbuster, don’t be fooled — it isn’t. Graphics are boxy and blurry, and sounds are primitive at best. So why do kids obsess over it? Read More
The curtain comes down on Kobe Bryant’s 20-year NBA career tonight, and nothing makes you realise just how old this guy is like seeing the gulf between the first and last video games he made an appearance in.
It turns out Beyoncé is just as good at throwing birthday parties as she is at producing hits. The world-famous pop star held a lavish, fairy-inspired blowout for her daughter Blue Ivy’s 4th birthday earlier this year. The newly released photos show a sprawling green lawn covered in couches and teepees, a kid-friendly bow and arrow station and a pair of actresses suited up as fairies. from nydailynews.com Blue Ivy wins at birthday parties Elle UK Magazine It shouldn’t come as any surprise really: Blue Ivy has already beaten us when it comes to the parental lottery, exotic destinations visited and record-busting videos appeared in, so we’re not even mad that a four-year-old has just left any childhood … Blue Ivy’s Birthday Party Is Now My #WeddingGoals & I Am Not Ashamed — PHOTOS Bustle – When you’re the offspring of the music industry’s most powerful couple, there’s no question that your birthday parties are going to be lavish AF. So it comes as no surprise that Blue Ivy’s fourthbirthday party looked more magical than most weddings … Beyonce Shared Pics From Blue Ivy’s 4th Birthday Party, & It Was Total #PrincessGoals Romper – Apr 13, 2016 I think it was always […]
Many ’90s kids like us have experienced our own discomfort (if not hardship) dealing with video games. We remember the time we first got our hands on that small plastic controller of that 8-bit console. It was constant, near-impossible negotiations between us and our parents about how much time we should spend in front of the device. Fast forward another 10 years, and I guarantee most of us still face the same problems. These sneaky habits we learned from avid video game use stuck with us while we were growing up. Little did our parents know playing these games could shape our lives in the most positive way imaginable. For me, it taught me a lot about life, and how to endure it. I remember the times I played the crazily expansive MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) games. They stole most of my bedtime and studying time, and prevented me from doing my chores. Read More
It might sounds crazy, but open-world games like Minecraft are a fantastic tool for teaching learning algorithms—which power the next generation of advanced artificial intelligence—how to understand and navigate three-dimensional spaces. Achieving that is a major stepping stone toward creating AI that can interact with the real world in complex ways. It’s easy to consider videogames mindless escapism, but because they generate such vast amounts of information—think of the expansive world players create in Minecraft—they are exceptionally well suited to teaching an AI how to perceive the world and interact with it. “It’s hard for a human to teach AI,” says Xerox researcher Adrian Gaidon, because they are “worse than the worst toddlers in the world—you have to explain everything.” Beyond a certain point, humans just don’t have the time and patience to teach an AI how to behave. Videogames don’t have that problem. You may grow frustrated with them, but they never grow frustrated with you. Read More
Parents trying to break their children from the addiction of video games and other electronics should first consider how much time they themselves spend on Facebook or smart phone. That’s because kids model adult behavior, cautions New Jersey family and marriage therapist Marty Tashman. Teaching children how to budget their time playing video games, similar to the way they are taught how to budget money, is good starting point for parents, he says. “For younger kids, you can have a timer so there’s a physical reminder of how long a time that they have,” he said. Read More: Is your child addicted to video games? NJ therapist’s advice for parents | http://nj1015.com/is-your-child-addicted-to-video-games-nj-therapists-advice-for-parents/?trackback=tsmclip
Although playing video games may seem like a big reason some children live a sedentary lifestyle, they may also be one key to reducing obesity. This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Amanda Staiano tells us about her research on how being active indoors through use of video games could reduce childhood obesity. Staiano is an assistant professor at the Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior Lab at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University. She also co-authored the study, “Exergames for Physical Education Courses: Physical, Social, and Cognitive Benefits,” and gave a TED talk on the topic at LSU this year. Read More
Children’s birthday parties are something we as moms frequent multiple times a year. Whether we are planning our own or attending another one for the fourth time this month, we’ve seen it all: from the last-minute fiasco to the well-planned extravaganza. As we plan our own party, it can be a little overwhelming sometimes. Some of my best words of advice as an event planner is to always, always think outside the box. That is just what we did with this party we’ve themed, “Video Game Party,” . Let’s face it. which kid doesn’t like video game?And with GamesOnTruck Mobile Video Game Party you’ve got nothing to lose. Any parent in Ottawa, Ontario will tell you that video games are the most popular kid’s toy around, so what better way to celebrate your child’s birthday then by providing the ultimate video game heaven? Not only are the kids thrilled, the parents are too! GamesOnTruck video game truck is weather proof for events all year round and keeps the kids and the mess out of your house! We handle everything…all you have to do is tell us where to park! Inside the truck you will find premium comfort on the long […]
My son is invited to a kid’s birthday party. The child is turning 6 years of age and his mother is a casual friend of around two years. The invitation was emailed yesterday and today I receive and update stating he now has a Toys “R” Us gift registry. They include Franklin’s Sports Soft Tip Target Toss ($27.99), Nerf Sport Lighting Scoop Toss ($17.99) and Fisher-Price Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Pals ($14.99). I am now turned off from attending this party. This seems very selfish. What if families can’t afford these gifts? What if the families can’t afford a gift at all? Read more
Are you looking for an idea for a kid’s party? It seems like there are plenty options these days that parents can choose from but there are also so many considerations. Will my child be happy with it? How much will it cost? How much time will it take to set up? These are all questions that you need to ask. Just thinking about the options the list is almost endless. Here are a few of the things that I have thought of… house party, bouncy castles, football, swimming and paintball. I have an alternative idea that I think is much better and that is Video Game Parties. All children enjoy Video Game Parties. You should see their faces as they are having fun with controllers inside GamesOnTruck Mobile video game trailer. I don’t think there has been a child that hasn’t enjoyed them. I think they get the most fun from playing games like mario Kart, . Just dance, Splatoon, NBA 2016, FIFA16, WWE2016, Star war BattleFront, Call of duty black Ops 111. Adults seem to enjoy the parties as well. As you are looking for a party for children so young you want safety to be at the […]
The reign of the Xbox 360 has come to an end. Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday it would stop production of its popular Xbox 360 video game console, which helped the company gain a firm foothold in the market. They will continue to sell existing inventory, with availability varying.Though production will cease, Microsoft will continue to provide support.And, games will be playable through Xbox One Backward Compatibility. More than 80 million units of the console have been sold since it was launched in 2005. Sales of older-generation consoles, such as the Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3, have been declining as consumers shift to newer versions of the consoles from the companies.
Owners and keepers share hilarious photos of their pets birthday. Nikolai the walrus was embarrassed when he was given his fish cake. The world’s second oldest panda wore a crown on her special day. Joey Jax a Golden Retriever was treated to a tennis ball party. Cats and dogs and even a sloth were treated to cakes, candles and even party hats in the images compiled by Bored Panda.
For Ottawa’s mum and dad, planning a birthday party can be stressful. Trying to figure out a location, theme, food, and goodie bags can make even the most organized parent’s head spin. Wouldn’t it be nice to take the stress out of planning by getting it all done in one place? At GamesOnTrcuk we understand how hard it can be to find something new and original that will keep your kids attention and keep everyone at the party busy. We also understand how at a certain age kids are just so difficult to please. With thousands of children entertained and hundreds of thrilled parents, We can confidently tell you we turn parents into heroes every weekend. Making for some of the easiest and most fun parties you have ever done. A Video Game Party is just one of the exhilarating activities available at GamesOnTruck. Join the thousands of satisfied kids, teenagers and grown-ups who have experienced the thrill of our heart-pounding activities at birthday parties, corporate events, summer camps and more. If you are hoping to add excitement to your event, get in touch with the team at GamesOnTruck with any queries that you might have. We are always happy […]
The cost of both hosting and attending birthday parties can be a financial worry for some parents of young primary school children where the trend is to invite the whole class, but not anymore with GamesOnTruck in town. GamesOnTruck allows parents to invite an average of 16 children if the birthday party is 2 hours and approximately 8 children if the party is 1 hour or 1.5 hours. The party truck allows 16 kids to party and play video games at a time, and kids can take a turn to allow room for other kids to have fun. With GamesOnTruck parent host their child’s party at home but, not in their home and this reduces cost of obtaining a commercial party venue. GamesOnTruck video game party also allows parents to organise sizable parties according to their purse with different packages available on the website. Parents shouldn’t feel they need to impress anybody but their own child and all they need is a cake, pizza and GamesOnTruck to add the fun. TOP TIPS * Be sensible – there will be other mums of your child’s classmates who feel as you do around keeping down cost and time spent planning. * Share […]
Ah, the Minecraft birthday party. What every little boy or girl is wanting this year, mine included. When presented with the idea of a Minecraft birthday party I was a little overwhelmed, truth be told, since I don’t pay attention to the games that Mr K plays, that job falls upon his Dad. Being the brilliant tech-minded guy that he is, Mike vetoes every game or website that the kids play and when I looked at Minecraft I was a little unimpressed, to say the least. I don’t really “get it. Read More No Minecraft Birthday Party in Ottawa without GamesOnTruck mobile video game truck. Book your party today!
Arranging a child’s birthday get-together doesn’t need to mean tossing a party that speaks to the kids – and feels like another dime-a-dozen weekend for dads and moms. Without a doubt, the parents ought to be compensated and celebrated, as well, for the diligent work of child rearing! Here are her top tips for making a memorable children’s birthday party that grown-ups too will appreciate: Ditch the licensed characters. Many kids go nuts for the characters from their favorite movies or shows. Choose but don’t overuse the details. A theme for a kid’s birthday party doesn’t have to mean one idea repeated in every detail. Broaden the guest list. “Don’t be afraid to celebrate your kids with your kid-free friends,” Serve adult-friendly fare.”What would you serve the adults if they came without their children?” Granger-Twomey encourages hosts to ask themselves. “Think past the pizza, cupcakes, and juice boxes.” Hire entertainment for the kids. If the budget allows, consider an entertainer — GamesOnTruck— to occupy the kids … and allow the parents a bit of hands-free time to enjoy the fete themselves with their friends. Consider an evening affair. Of course, kids have early bedtimes, and that’s why their parties are […]
We’ve heard a lot of talk about new hardware from the Big Three console manufacturers throughout the year, but have yet to actually see anything concrete from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. With E3 just around the corner, you’d figure that the event would be the perfect place to officially reveal something to the world. If sources within Microsoft are correct, it’s possible that the Redmond giant will finally reveal some new hardware in June. Although it may not be a brand new console, we could be seeing other hardware announcements that should be interesting. According to thurrott, we can expect to see a new standard Xbox One controller get announced. This controller won’t be radically different than the one that currently comes with the console, though. At most we’ll see a new color design, if there is even one at all. Reporter Brad Sams believes the controller could be white, but I believe that unless a new white Xbox One is also announced, that the controller will remain black. Read More
Last month, Japanese newspaper Nikkei wrote a story about how Nintendo was going to kill off the Wii U by the end of 2016. This was quickly squashed by the company when it said the report was inaccurate. However, with the imminent release of Nintendo’s upcoming system — the code named NX — it’s only a matter of time until the Wii U finally meets its end. According to a new report, we may now know when that will be. According to Reuters and the BBC (via GameSpot), Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima said that the company plans to end production of the Wii U by March 2018. This wasn’t something that was announced as part of the officialfinancial earnings report we reported on earlier today, but was instead part of a Q&A session the CEO had with analysts and reporters. If this is true, then it would mean that the Wii U will end production exactly one year after the release of the NX. Read More
Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Lineup (As of April 28, 2016): A Kingdom for Keflings A World of Keflings Aegis Wing Age of Booty Alan Wake Alan Wake’s American Nightmare Alien Hominid HD Altered Beast Assassin’s Creed Assassin’s Creed II Asteroids & Deluxe Banjo Kazooie: Nuts n Bolts Banjo Tooie Banjo Kazooie BattleBlock Theater Bejeweled 2 Bellator: MMA Onslaught Beyond Good & Evil HD Blood of the Werewolf BloodRayne: Betrayal Borderlands Braid Call of Juarez Gunslinger Carcassonne Castle Crashers Castlestorm Castlevania: Symphony of the Night The Cave Centipede & Millipede Comix Zone Condemned Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Crazy Taxi Dark Souls Dark Void Deadliest Warrior: Legends Defense Grid Deus Ex: Human Revolution Dirt 3 Dirt Showdown Discs of Tron Doom Doom II Doom 3: BFG Edition Doritos Crash Course Double Dragon: Neon Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project Dungeon Siege III Earthworm Jim HD Fable II Fable III Fallout 3 Feeding Frenzy Feeding Frenzy 2 Frogger Galaga Galaga Legions DX Garou: Mark of the Wolves Gears of War Gears of War 2 Gears of War 3 Gears of War: Judgment Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime Golden Axe Grid 2 Halo: Reach Halo: Spartan Assault Halo Wars Hardwood Backgammon Hardwood Hearts Hardwood […]
That time of the year looming on the horizon? Pinterest boards of perfect children’s birthday parties giving you the heebie jeebies? Worry not. If a dozen of these have taught me one big lesson, it is how not to do it. Here are my top tips on common pitfalls to avoid: 1. Don’t look online for inspiration: Those Pinterest boards are designed to instill fear and inspire a lack of confidence in the average parent. Take inspiration instead from fun birthday parties your friends and other families from school/nursery have organized. That’s what normal people do. Oh and yes, they also buy cake from supermarkets, personalisation optional. 2. Don’t forget entertainment for the kids: Given half a chance, bored kids in a group turn into a crazed mob. Especially when sugar and salt, i.e. crack for kids, are involved. Think about games; GamesOnTruck mobile video game truck is the most talk about now in Ottawa. Read More
As you read this, tea and a crumpet on the go, catching up on the papers of a Sunday, spare a thought for me. I will have been up with the lark, spreading jam onto white sliced, putting cheesy balls into bowls and trying not to drop the Captain America cake I asked someone to make (my effort last year tasted of dust and it makes me feel slightly less guilty than if I bought it at Asda). This morning, my son is having his fifth birthday party. It involves a leisure centre, a bouncy castle, no vegetables, and a frazzled mummy who should have thought this through better and held it later in the day because it’s a really long time before she can have wine. Kids’ birthday parties are stressful, we all know this. What I didn’t know was how much more stressful, complicated, political, even, they become once your child is of school age. Read More
We pity you’re thinning wallet. 2016’s early days have been relentless with its video game releases, and May does not let up, either. We’ve compiled a list of games you should check out this month by highlighting six of the hottest titles hitting shelves in May. Read More Battleborn Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Release Date: May 3, 2016 MSRP: $59.99 Battleborn combines fast-paced shooting action with strategic MOBA-style game modes and leveling, creating a fresh cooperative/competitive shooter hybrid. The action unfolds in real-time from a first-person perspective, so you aim and fight as you would in an FPS. Plus, you can level up your character to unlock skills during a match, much like you do in a MOBA. If you’re a fan of arena-style games, Battleborn’s action-heavy twists might just be the game for you this May. Stellaris Platforms: PC Release Date: May 9, 2016 MSRP: $39.99 If conquering the world through cultural victories and conquests are starting to feel a little stale, why not make a grab for the stars? Stellaris is a real-time 4X-style strategy game that encourages you to explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate, all in the name of your planetary empire. You must manage […]
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It’s been rumoured for months, but on Friday, Electronic Arts confirmed that the next title in its Battlefield series of military shooters will be set during the first world war. While the rival Call of Duty titles have been marching ever further into the future, Battlefield 1 is an attempt to re-engage with fans of the genre, who fell for titles like Battlefield 1942, Medal of Honor and the original Call of Duty games with their depiction of historically authentic scenarios. “This was the dawn of all-out war, the switch from the old world to the new world,” says creative director Lars Gustavsson. “Battlefield has always been about the land, sea and air war experience. This was something we had to do.” Read more
Some video games may boost the amount of fruit and veg eaten by children who play them, suggests new research. While playing computer games has long been linked with an unhealthy lifestyle, the new study seems to show that serious video games may help increase the fruit and vegetable intake of children. Few children eat the recommended “five a day” portions of fresh fruit and veg. Read More Read more: http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/level-up-video-games-may-help-increase-kids-fruit-and-veg-intake-1-7900802#ixzz48D3rRW10.
WHO do you think plays the most video games? They’re for kids, right? With Harry Potter and their MarioKart, and whatever reference would make this relevant for 2016 (is Ben 10 still a thing?). So it might surprise you to know that, in Australia, the four highest-selling video game franchises of all time include three that are firmly inappropriate for kids and one that is played by people of all ages who wish they were better at soccer but don’t want to go outside. In order, they are Call of Duty (a first-person shooter game), Grand Theft Auto (that one people were clutching their pearls about because you can kill prostitutes), FIFA(soccer), and Assassin’s Creed (action adventure) Read more
Most children stick to drawing flowers, sunshine and family pets for their mum and dad. But one boy decided to cut out all the nonsense and depict what life is really all about. The picture shows the ‘waterslide of life’ with five different aged people taking a ride. The image was uploaded to Twitter by comedian Brian Sack, after he received it from his 11-year old son Antel. My 11-year old's birthday card to me. #blessed pic.twitter.com/URbZEQmmQa — Brian Sack (@brian_sack) October 5, 2015 The first person is a small baby. The second person on the slide has a look of panic washed across their face – perhaps a close depiction of adolescent struggle. The third person, presumably middle-aged, is having a whale of a time, but after that everything appears to go downhill. For the last person at the end of the slide, there is no pool to catch their fall. Brian tweeted a photo of the birthday cake alongside the caption: “#blessed
Microsoft has been hinting at it for over six months now, but the first Call Of Duty: Black Ops has now been added to the list of Xbox 360 games that will run on the Xbox One. As ever, all you need to do is insert the original disc to get it to work. But if you can’t find that, or never owned it, Xbox Live Gold members can currently download it. According to Metro; The full list of backwards compatible games can be found here, and as you can see Black Ops is the first Call Of Duty title. It’s probably unlikely that any of the Modern Warfare titles will be added any time soon, as a remastered version of the first game is being included with this year’s Infinite Warfare and a trilogy compilation is being released for last gen consoles.
Growing up in high school, I was quite a paradox. Even though I was a varsity freshman athlete, I loved video games and played them whenever I was free. Besides the role of athlete and student, I was a video gamer through and through. What I didn’t realize at the time was how much those video games would come to impact my life today. It’s amazing how much a game can offer, but there are plenty of benefits I can still point towards. Video games, like anything else, are addictive and can be abused. This often leads to vilification of video games and the thought they prevent kids from “doing something useful.” That couldn’t be further from the truth: video games are a legitimate way to play, which build lifelong and important skills. Read More
Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India, died in 1901 – but Canadians still celebrate her birthday every year. Actually, we celebrate two birthdays this weekend: Victoria’s, and Queen Elizabeth II’s. Victoria was actually born on May 24, and since 1953, the official celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday in Canada has fallen on the same day – even though her real birthday is in April. Celebrating the monarch’s birthday is a long tradition in Canada, according to Garry Toffoli, vice-chairman and executive director of the Canadian Royal Heritage Trust, going back to George III’s reign in the 18th and 19th century. Read More
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has just been released for Playstation 4 and redoubles its narrative strength with hero Nathan Drake torn between settling down for a happy life with his wife Elena or following his brother back into treasure hunting territory. While teenage players will be drawn to the exuberant battles, parents and older gamers will find the developing relationships and suspense driven plot engaging. It combines Netflix boxed-set style dramas and interactive entertainment perfectly. This means that it’s the ideal video game to get consoles out of bedrooms and into shared family spaces. Spend a few evenings playing through the game together and both parents and teenagers have plenty to enjoy. Read More
Can you imagine ordering a birthday cake for your kid and receive what you did not order. Customers share the birthday cakes that were just NOT what they ordered. The Little Mermaid (left) looked a little worse for wear (right) after being baked in the oven
Birthdays are common celebration across the world but the beliefs attached with it differs from one nation to other. Family history, tradition, culture, language, economic level, mythology, geographic location, and spiritual beliefs are some of the factors that affect the ways of birthday celebration. Gift is something that is intrinsically showered on a birthday either through online birthday gifts or gifts searched locally. This is one common tradition that is followed worldwide Read More
The birthday party is in crisis — and it’s not getting better anytime soon. As children, birthday parties were simple, elegant affairs. Your parents fed you supermarket cake on beautifully branded, plastic tablecloths and prayed that you didn’t ruin the whole event by spontaneously crying or vomiting. But millennials took those simple pleasures for granted, and now, many parties have evolved into ravenous emotional beasts: month-long, highly intricate ceremonies that eat up all your your savings and Facebook notifications. Absence is not an option. Sickness is not an excuse. The rise of the birthdayzilla has transformed birthday parties from simple one-offs to totalitarian birthday months, and everyone must comply. Read More
This grandma recently stitched together a Star Wars quilt for her grandson. Look at the craftsmanship that went into it. Have you ever seen such an adorable Darth Vader? No, Internet, you have not. Redditor brosey recently posted the image to r/pics. “Apparently it took her two hours to make each character square. Her grandson is lucky little guy! She brought it into work as another colleague is a massive Star Wars fan and she wanted to show him,” Brosey wrote.
Below are the 10 reasons some parents can agree that attending a kid’s birthday party is the absolute not fun for them. You have no idea what to get the kid as a gift and it’ll probably be the same one every other kid gets for them. Everyone in the class is invited so you barely know the kid at all and have to fake it with the parents. If your kid is shy, they cling to you the whole time. If your kid is outgoing, they’re probably responsible for getting the other kids hyped up. All of the kids walk around with greasy pizza hands touching everyone and everything. If the party is some kind of activity, you end up spending the whole party helping your child instead of hiding in the corner. There’s always one parent who winds up all of the other kids until they are too crazy to control. You watch as the birthday kid spits all over their cake to blow out the candles — you really wanted a piece. Or the birthday child gets hysterical because some other kid blows out the candles (probably your kid). You’re only free from party hell after your […]
If you have ever played a video game with someone more experienced, you might be familiar with the embarrassing feeling of trying and failing at a task others find so easy. But a group of US researchers have conducted a study that will vindicate anyone who has suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of a video game. The findings of the research show Super Mario Brothers can be as difficult as, if not more difficult than, calculus. The study compared Super Mario Bros to PSPACE puzzles, which are widely considered the most challenging algorithms because they can theoretically take forever to solve and also forever to verify. This means they are similar to video games, because figuring out how to complete a fiendishly difficult level of ‘Super Mario Brothers’ could take a long time, but so could navigating that level, even with the solution in hand. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3623679/Is-Super-Mario-Brothers-harder-calculus-video-game-difficult-solve-complex-algorithm.html#ixzz4AWcOqrAw
People stop celebrating their birthday at the age of 31, a study has revealed. We stop making an effort to celebrate as soon as we hit our thirties after years of marking the day with parties and nights out. Worries about getting ‘too old’ and simply ‘not being bothered’ after the 30th leave many only celebrating the milestone birthdays of 40, 50, and 60. Almost half admitted they had let a post 30 birthday pass them by completely because they barely acknowledged it, with one in five never having a birthday party again. Read more
This week I’m going to explore which overwatch characters are a bit OP right now. There aren’t too many, and they aren’t that outrageous (save one or two), but I think all five of these heroes are going to need a look in the future, and a few of their abilities might need to be brought in line with the rest of the field. Read more
EA Sports have released the first trailer for the highly-anticipated FIFA 17. The game’s global release date has been set for September 29, 2016. It is the first installment to use the revolutionary Frostbite game engine. The trailer, which begins with a brief flashback to previous installments, stars Manchester United’s Anthony Martial, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus and Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez. The four players all worked with developer to bring to life the gameplay innovation and will also appear in the FIFA 17 pre-order offer as loan players in FIFA 17 Ultimate Team.
The Windsor, U.K. location of the LEGO-themed amusement park threw Queen Elizabeth a miniature street party fit, appropriately enough, for a Queen, set up in front of the park’s perfect plastic recreation of Buckingham Palace, built using 35,000 LEGO bricks. The party was made entirely of LEGO, and it took over 30,000 of them to create the festive street scene complete with a feast, British flags, bunting, and 600 attendees. They even included a mini version of the Royal Family, including Prince Charles, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Harry and Princesses Anne, Beatrice and Eugenie, and, naturally, the Queen’s corgis. (Hard to tell if any of the LEGO critters are dorgis, the Queen’s beloved Corgi dachshund hybrid). The party took Legoland’s model making team 650 hours to build. The Queen will celebrate her birthday on June 12, but the Lego birthday party will continue to be on display at Legoland Windsor until November. [H/T The Standard]
Rumours have been circulating that Microsoft could be launching a smaller, more powerful Xbox One. According to images and specifications leaked on GeoGAF by two separate users. New console will be white and much slimmer than previous model. 2 terabyte version will be introduced, with support for 4K video playback. The two images, which appeared on NeoGAF forum, back up previous claims that the new Xbox One ‘Slim’ would be 40 per cent smaller than the previous model
The next Mario game might be a little bit different. Speaking to IGN, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto said we could see a new type of Mario game in a couple of years. “We’re always challenging ourselves to create something new, so hopefully you’ll see a new kind of Mario in about a year or two,” he told IGN. He added that Nintendo will ‘maybe’ be able to share something as soon as next E3. He further commented on the difficulty to implement massive changes to the franchise: “It’s kind of difficult with Mario because some of the more important conventions of Mario are based on the approachability and accessibility of those games.” Miyamoto also mentioned how new staff at Nintendo allowed the platform holder to look at Mario ‘with fresh eyes’. Nintendo showcased a new Mario game at E3, Paper Mario: Color Splash, which will hit shelves in October.
After a long cold winter and rainy spring, Mother Nature has found her bearings. The sun is finally out here in Ottawa, which means summer party planning is in full swing. Marking every year of your child’s life has so much significance. There’s nothing more fun than hosting a big party at your home, with all your child’s friends gathered ’round for cake and present unwrapping. But let’s face it, they do expect to be entertained and doing so can be stressful. Parties are fun but organizing them can be hard work especially when you don’t know where to start. Luckily, these days there are so many party ideas which are readily available everywhere. But one top them all. GamesOnTruck Video Game Party is my favorite summer birthday party idea for kids. Why video game party in summer? No Hassle – Video game party makes life easier on parents. No hassle no much planning involve. The day of the party there is no hassle of having to pack all of the party up and going to another destination. GamesOntruck trailer pulls right up to your location of choice. Fun – Video Game Parties are fun. The ability to play with up […]
Justin Trudeau has invited the royal family to visit Canada to help celebrate the upcoming 150th anniversary of the country. Per a statement from Trudeau’s director of communications, Kate Purchase, to the Globe and Mail, “The Prime Minister certainly has invited William and Kate and family to come to Canada whenever they are available on their schedule.” Read More
Strengthening skills through play is a proven strategy to help kids learn. For kids with special needs, video games can offer opportunities to practice everything from communication skills to organization — even social interactions — in a comfortable environment where players set the pace. While games designed specifically for kids with special needs can address certain issues, many mainstream titles can support your kid’s learning. Mainstream games can boost a sense of independence and confidence in kids with special needs, provide the ability to ask for help, and let them challenge themselves. Try these games to help kids with special needs in these five areas: Read More
It is not simply Pokemon making a rebound. On the off chance that you have affectionate recollections of engaging King Koopa or tossing barrels as Donkey Kong, you can remember them with another “work of art” Nintendo Entertainment System console. The NES Classic version comes complete with 30 built in games , including each of the three Super Mario Bros diversions, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda and Punch-Out. ‘Each title is sure to bring back fond memories and produce plenty of new ones,’ the firm says. ‘Players can even enjoy playing many of these games together by attaching a second Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller.’ ‘We wanted to give fans of all ages the opportunity to revisit Nintendo’s original system and rediscover why they fell in love with Nintendo in the first place,’ said Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime. ‘The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition is ideal for anyone who remembers playing the NES, or who wants to pass on those nostalgic memories to the next generation of gamers.‘
Nintendo says ‘there’s a little something for everyone: a nice mix of timeless favorites, cult classics and maybe even some games that you never got around to playing. ‘Each is sure to bring back memories and produce plenty of new ones.’ Balloon Fight™ BUBBLE BOBBLE Castlevania™ Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest™ Donkey Kong™ Donkey Kong Jr. ™ DOUBLE DRAGON II: THE REVENGE Dr. Mario™ Excitebike™ FINAL FANTASY® Galaga™ GHOSTS’N GOBLINS® GRADIUS™ Ice Climber™ Kid Icarus™ Kirby’s Adventure™ Mario Bros. ™ MEGA MAN® 2 Metroid™ NINJA GAIDEN PAC-MAN™ Punch-Out!! ™ Featuring Mr. Dream StarTropics™ SUPER C™ Super Mario Bros.™ Super Mario Bros. ™ 2 Super Mario Bros. ™ 3 TECMO BOWL The Legend of Zelda™ Zelda II: The Adventure of Link™
Teachers across Australia are being urged to incorporate video games into their lessons after research revealed teenagers’ test scores improve if they play. A study was conducted on 12,000 15-year-old students across the country and discovered gaming allowed the teens to perform 20 points about the average in maths, reading and science. But those who logged into Facebook, Twitter or other social media websites on a daily basis scored 20 points lower. ‘The hypothesis is video games can lead to players developing skills in problem solving,’ Associate Professor in Economics Alberto Posso told Daily Mail Australia. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3730487/Video-games-boost-maths-reading-science-scores-included-lessons.html#ixzz4GqhISfaf
EA Sports have released the official gameplay trailer for FIFA 17. Two minute advert features a host of the world’s top players and teams. New Manchester United signing Paul Pogba celebrates at Old Trafford. The latest edition of the franchise will be released on September 29.
Playing online video games can “apply and sharpen” skills learnt in school and help children to achieve higher grades, new research has shown. The study, which was conducted by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Australia, found that children who play video games perform better in school, as the games require the player to solve a series of puzzles before moving on to the next level. In contrast, children that regularly use social media or chat sites are much more likely to fall behind in subjects such as maths, reading and science. Author of the report associate professor Alberto Posso, from RMIT’s School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, said: “Students who play online games almost every day score 15 points above the average in maths and 17 points above the average in science. “When you play online games you’re solving puzzles to move to the next level, and that involves using some of the general knowledge and skills in maths, reading and science that you’ve been taught during the day. “Teachers should consider incorporating popular video games into teaching – so long as they’re not violent ones.” He went on to conclude within his research that the use […]
In the end it’s not called the PlayStation Neo, PS4K, or PS4.5, but instead the long-rumoured upgrade of the PlayStation 4 will be named the PS4 Pro. And it’ll be out before Christmas. What all this power is used for is largely up to the developer making the game, or creating a patch for a title that already exists. However, the three things which Sony emphasised were 4K resolution, HDR gaming, and virtual reality. One of the most unexpected announcements was that next week Sony will release a free update that will grant HDR compatibly to every PlayStation 4. As they pointed out, HDR is not reliant on processing power – which is why the Xbox One S also supports it, despite not being any more powerful than the standard Xbox One. Although VR was listed as one of the three main beneficiaries of the console’s new power it was barely mentioned beyond that. Which is odd as before today many assumed that improving the VR experience was one of the main reasons the PS4 Pro had been created. One of the key points Sony kept making is that the PS4 Pro will be running the same games as on […]
You think EA Sports is going to limit you to NHL teams with the latest edition of its hockey sim? No way. Sure, you can play as your favourite NHL squad, but you can also pick one of the national teams participating in the World Cup of Hockey, taking place in Toronto this month. Hockey fans will also love how they can not only build their own fantasy hockey team but also play the squad against friends. NHL 17 is available now for PS4 and Xbox One/S.
The Skylanders franchise has taken a slightly different route to rival Lego in the toys-to-life genre, with Imaginators’ new character-creation tool allowing children to design their own playable heroes. This adds a fresh incentive to the familiar combat action with new character parts to find and collect. The starter pack comes with everything needed to complete the game and one “creation crystal” with which to make a Skylander, but of course there is a range of ways to expand the experience further – new toys and digital purchases. More here In Short: The increased role-playing elements add another interesting angle to an already accomplished franchise, but the cynical attempts to fleece parents’ wallets are hard to defend. Pros: The family-friendly combat and loot-farming is a lot of fun, with one of the best character creators ever. Well-designed characters and toys, and the Crash Bandicoot stuff is great. Cons: The inability to delete or overwrite crystals is a shamefully cynically move, and the loot microtransactions aren’t much better. Less inventive level design than SuperChargers. From Metro Formats: PlayStation 4 (reviewed), Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and Xbox One Price: £39.99 Publisher: Activision Developer: Toys for Bob Release Date: 14th October 2016 […]
A new parenting trend sees parents increasingly hosting ‘no gifts allowed’ birthday parties for their kids. Money-saving measures: In recent months, such invitations have become increasingly popular, as cash-strapped mothers look for ways to decrease costs, in any way, shape or form. Expert: Psychologist, Dr Monique Robinson, said that it’s part of the overall trend towards minimalism – less presents means that the house is less overrun with ‘stuff’. According to Dr Robinson, most parents ‘who choose the ‘no gifts allowed’ approach are coming from a really good place in terms of life lessons’. Read More