Games to Play at Christian Summer Camps

Spending one’s summer at Christian Youth Camps is certainly fun and memorable for most teens. Among the many things they look forward to in these camps are the different games that are played. These games are great ice breakers and getting to know you ways in order for everybody to have a great time. Playing games with biblical themes is a great way to learn valuable lessons while having fun at the same time.

The Banana Lesson – Form several teams and give each team a banana. The instruction is to cut the banana into several pieces and with thumbtacks and glue try to put back the banana together again. It would surely be entertaining to watch the kids trying to make the banana whole again. After the game discuss the lesson learned which is it is difficult to undo mistakes in life. Kids would be made aware that there consequences for their actions so they should think first before doing something wrong.

Who Are You – Write the name of a biblical character on index cards. Make as many index cards for all kids to have one. Tape the index card at the back of each kid without them knowing what was written. Make them go around the group asking each other with “yes” or “no” questions about their biblical character. The first one to figure out his biblical character wins. Follow this up with lessons on identity an d what makes people unique.

Take a Hike – this game make the kids open up and get to know each other better. Place tape marks on the floor in a circle. Make each kid stand on a mark with one kid standing in the middle of everyone but without a mark. Make him reveal something unique or quirky about himself and those who can identify will have to “take a hike” or scramble to find a mark to stand in. Repeat until the kids have told something about themselves. Follow this up with a lesson on the surprising things the kids learned about each other and how most of them actually have many similarities.

Bombs Away – Find a space that is four feet wide and twenty feet long. Mark the area with a tape and take seven pieces of construction paper and scatter them all over the area. Break the teens into groups and assign a guide for each group. The objective is to have all members navigate the area blindfolded to get from one end to another. The guide will give them directions but each time a member steps on the boundaries or bombs(construction paper) make loud noises like hitting a pot with a spoon as if a bomb is going off. After everybody has done their run, follow this up with lessons on trusting God’s direction.

How to Make Your Own Board Game

Boardgames are fun yet a bit dated. Yes people might say that board games are no fun now that there are tons of other ways to have fun such as the Playstation, the X-Box and other types of entertainment gadgets but there are still a lot of people who consider board games and their direct descendants and offshoot as still an “in” thing.

For the former there are still a lot of things they haven’t experienced. Playing board games really is fun. What’s even better is to have some friends come over and spend an evening playing board games as opposed to just plumping down in front of the LCD TV in the living room and start watching Blu-Ray discs or even get entangled in great looking video games such as Tekken.

But while technology has made significant leaps and bounds in how we get entertained, the old stuff is still there and there will still be people, no matter how luddite they might look like, who will play board games like scrabble or monopoly rather than sit for hours in the computer playing World of Warcraft or other Korean MMORPGs (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games).

There are a lot of great and inventive ways of to make board games. However, board game makers should always consider the mechanics of the game first and foremost before going into the details. You should remember to always base the mechanics of the board game on a dice. Rolling the dice is one of the best features of board games. It’s part chance and part statistics but loads of fun otherwise. From Snakes and Ladders to Monopoly, all these games use dice for players to know how many steps they must take.

Once you’ve already considered what you’d want for the game you’re conceiving, you should start with the overall look and theme. If you’re gunning for a “Dungeons and Dragons” kind of feel to your game, start imagining dragons, warriors and other fantastic creatures and characters that other players might use. For more standard games with similarities to the classic Monopoly, you should start conceptualizing what the overall look of the city or the landscape would be.

For a more DIY (Do-It-Yourself) approach, you might want to start looking for materials such as a board, some markers or sharpies as well as a playing dice. This is an ideal way to pass the time especially for parents who want to get their younger kids away from the television or away from their PSPs or X-Boxes. Apply the first few details in this article and start doodling with your kids for an even grander time with them. This not only introduces them to the concept of board games, you are also starting to introduce to the kids the notion that not all entertainment can be derived from electronic gadgets.

For the more serious board game developers and makers out there, it is important to have a preview night. Invite friends over and start playing the game based on your original concept. The idea is to look for the flaws in the game itself and to find out which idea works and which one does not.

Board games are fun and if there ever will be a resurgence in the number of people who will be playing board games then you might want to join in on the fun and experience a whole new world of enjoyment and entertainment.

Tips on Creating a Cool Game Room For Your Family

 A game room in a house can be a room where the whole family can hang out and have fun. Creating your own game room at home would be a great award system for your kids who work so hard at school. You and your partner might even sign up for the fun too.

There are a lot of things that you can put in your game room. Here are a few suggestions to get you inspired.

Your game room is going to need lots of colors. Gaming is fun so inject color in your room in a tasteful way. Opt to choose bright and vibrant colors to give the room an exciting and energetic feel. Paint your wall apple green, yellow or light orange to give the wall a lively sun kissed theme. This room has to pop. Your wall color has to coincide with the fun that will go on into this room.

Choose furniture that are colorful too. A big sofa and several individual sitting options are a must. Remember, your family will be spending a lot of time here so get seating in. Your kids might also decide to bring their friends over so it helps if you have many of seating options. You can use big curved couches for a more intimate and cozy feel. Bean bags are a great option for individual seating. They are funky and comfortable additions to your game room.

Put in a high definition tv in your game room. The tv will be useful for the kids to play games on. By bringing one to this space, it also doubles as a movie room. You can plug in your favorite flicks and watch it with your family. Attach a reliable dvd player and good speakers to match.

Be sure to have sturdy shelves to put in your tv and other gadgets like a cd player, computer or a radio.

A game room wouldn’t be one without the games. Here are some games for you to choose from.

1. Billiard (Pool Table)
2. Miniature Golf Course/Track
3. Pinball Machine
4. Basketball Machine
5. Bowling Machine
6. Console Games: Xbox provided (such as Tennis, Dance Central, Drum Revolution, Guitar Mania, Car Racing and etc.)
7. Chess
8. Mini Games (like snakes and ladders, scrabble and etc.)

Choose a game that best fits your family. You can also take it to the next level and add a karaoke machine, popcorn machine, an ice cream maker, a refrigerator and lots more.

Personalize your game room and make it your family’s fun wonderland. Give your family a treat by making this room as creative looking as possible. It should have fun! fun! fun! written all over it. Indulge once in awhile in a game or two. Show your kids that they don’t have to go out to have a good time. You and your family are guaranteed to spend hours and hours playing games and spending precious time with one another in this fun wonderland.

Online Casino and Poker Games

You can eat nacho chips while counting your betting chips from the comfort of your own. No need to get dressed up and pay an entrance fee to the fancy Casino. Instead, turn on your computer and log in to one of the many websites now offering 24 hour gaming and play casino, poker online!

The immediacy of the internet has opened up a brave new world for the would be gambler. Whenever you fancy a flutter you can get your fix. Most of the popular sites are run by reputable companies who have been in the gaming industry for a long time. The software for these sites have been developed by mainly a few specialist developers and they all aim to give you as enjoyable and realistic an experience as possible for you to play casino poker online.

Obviously the best way to find the best one for you is to try some out. Check for those that offer free sign up and maybe some free credit as an introduction. Look for those that give you the best bonuses and most of all look for ones that are regulated. Look for the seal of approval form eCOGRA. The e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance is a non profit organisation based in London. They were set up in 2003 and work with companies in the gaming industry, including websites and software programmers, to make sure that integrity and fair play is paramount. Currently 145 online sites have met this standard so there is plenty to chose from for secure play with casino and poker online. Check out their website for more details.

Listing sites are another good resource for discovering what is out there. These sites act like a gateway to the casino’s and betting tables. They give information about which site has to offer, and incentives and the size of the bonus, plus the chance to read reviews and get feedback from users of the sites. Some people like a Vegas style showy experience where as others prefer a more refined and dignified approach as to how they gamble.

You can also chose whether you play casino poker online with real people or computer generated opponents. Most enjoy the banter and camaraderie of playing with real people while others prefer to remain in the virtual theme with only the money being real. Finding one with like minded people makes it a real social experience and you meet people from all parts of the globe.

So find out which site offers you the chance to play the games you love and learn the ones you always wanted to try. As always, one of the best rules to remember is to never gamble more money than you can realistically afford to lose. Gambling is great fun and a huge buzz. If you can control that buzz then the more you play casino poker online, the more experience you will get and increase your chances of coming away with a winning return again and again.

Kids Games The Most Popular Ones

By nature, kids are the ones who are really into playing games. During this stage of growth, they do not think of anything that’s really serious. In other words, they see things in a very simple way. They are not yet aware of the benefits associated with playing games and if they are getting anything good from it. They just want to spend time with their friends and have fun under whether they are under the sun or under the rain. There are so many types of games that kids play from the traditional games to the modern ones. Because of the advent of computers and the internet, many kids are going with the option of playing online games. Although these games help in developing their planning and thinking skills, those that require physical movements are still better. Here are some of the most popular games that are really good for kids.

Hide and seek is of the most played and is among the most popular games that kids play. In fact, almost everyone in this world was able to play this game during their childhood days. This is very simple and easy game to play, as its name suggests, one kid will be the one to seek and the others will hide. The “it” will close his eyes facing the tree or a wall which will serve as the base while the other kids will find a place to hide. After counting 1-20 or what was agreed, the “it” starts to seek for the other players. The “it” should do his best to tag every player before the reach the base and the first player that gets tagged before touching the base will be the next “it”.

Another game that many kids play is the washer toss game which will require a cup, a box and some washers. The box and the cup should be placed at the center of the playing area. Kids will then take turns in tossing the washers to the box and the cup. When a washer lands inside the box, it is equivalent to 1 point and when it lands in the cup, it will be 3 points. The first player to reach or exceed 21 points will be declared as the winner. There is also a game that is somewhat similar to this game, the cornhole game. Some people actually call it as a bean bag toss depending on their country. The same idea applies when kids are playing washer toss, kids will aim for a hole on the board using bean bags and the player to first reach 21 points score will be the winner.

Aside from these games, kick ball, red light green light, hop scotch, dodge ball and shadowing are also among the most popular games that children play. All these games are definitely very simple and easy to play but the happiness and joy that the games bring to the kids is absolutely great. Playing these games has indeed become a part of every kid’s life.

Disney Infinity Brings Characters to Life

Disney Interactive’s upcoming Disney Infinity video game, a physical/game world split-reality platformer being developed by Avalanche Software for release in mid-August later this year, will offer players a unique Disney/Pixar spin on the concept of action figures using Near Field Communication (NFC) integrated within video games. Following the groundbreaking success of the Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure toys-and-game model, Disney Infinity will feature its beloved characters and exciting new ways to play and create.

Into Infinity

Each copy of Infinity comes with a three-pack of collectible physical toys, modeled after popular properties from the Disney/Pixar library. Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles, and Sully from Monsters Inc/University can be placed two at a time on the included “portal” board, which reads radio-frequency identification (RFID) in the figurines to bring them into the game.

Once the characters enter Play Set Mode on screen, only actual characters from the universe selected can interact with the story’s game world. Sully, for example, can’t enter Jack’s Play Set. Every self-contained Play Set is unique to its source, and the gameplay draws from elements familiar to fans, such as the world of crime-fighting superheroes for Incredibles characters or pirate ships for Captain Sparrow to pillage.

Toy Box mode, on the other hand, is a wild free-for-all where any of the available characters and unlockable elements (trains, space ships, race cars) can interact in one space and create appropriate mayhem. Players can also customize their in-game world using “power discs”, stackable chips that can alter the environment, add vehicles to the game, or boost character stats for an upcoming battle. In addition, players can even mod the game world using their own imagination and the creative tools available. Game rules and levels will be easy to customize, with players actually able to program how the saved game mode plays.

And Beyond

The highly collectible nature and cross-branded accessibility of the game extends to player-created levels published by Disney Interactive, which will be available across every gaming platform, even if created on one different from the end user. The game’s name even hints at the future possibilities for what the publisher sees as a new content-delivery platform – with no end in sight to the massive popularity of the Disney/Pixar franchises, and more inbound, Infinity could live up to its name with new releases for the indefinite future.

Halo Master Chief Collection

Over the past two years, HD remixes have been all the rage. Even relatively recent last generation games are being ported over with minimal differences. Microsoft and 343 Industries are hoping to give HD re-releases a better name with Halo: Master Chief Collection. While they come close to perfection, they do fall disappointingly short in some areas.

If you’re unaware, Microsoft announced at E3 a bundle of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and even Halo 4 all on one disc. There were also some big promises regarding upgrades to these classic titles, like 60 frames-per-second on all four titles, 1080p resolution and every single multiplayer map ever made for all four games. It’s hard to say this is just another rehashed and reused remix.

The first thing you’ll likely notice (once you get past the understandably sizable install) is the menus can be intimidating. With four full games on the disc and a variety of options for each, including all sorts of controller schemes, multiplayer avatar customization, campaign options, etc.; it’s like a Halo Swiss Army Knife.

All games run beautifully, and with the game running at 60 FPS, the games feel outstanding. Halo 4 for instance, feels like it could fit right into the Xbox One library, the game still looks incredible. Even Halo 3 looks better than it has any right to; the Spartan Laser splashing into an enemy Wraith tank will give your eyes euphoria.

What is new besides the technical bump is Halo 2’s complete re-master. Just like 2011’s Halo: Combat Evolved remaster, 343 Industries gave everything in Halo 2 a modern day graphical bump. The environments look gorgeous and the enemies look that much more aggressive. At times I noticed a slight framerate drop but the game would always quickly bump back up to 60 FPS. Also similar to Halo: Combat Evolved, with a quick press of the view button the graphics can be changed back and forth between the new visuals and what they looked like originally. It’s a great feature and it shows how far the games have come, it’s also completely seamless.

Another new feature in Halo 2 is the completely revamped cutscenes. Even in 2004 Halo 2’s cinematic scenes looked terrible. The overuse of the bump-mapping technique made everything pop in and out. This time around 343 Industries hired the company Blur to make the cinematics. Despite Halo 2’s admittedly shoddy storytelling, Blur somehow makes the game’s storyline more compelling, with better angles, facial features and other improvements to help immerse you into the game. Gravemind used to look like a laughable poop-monster/plant hybrid. Now he looks like a truly frightening adversary.

With an impressive list of multiplayer features, 343 Industries really hoped to bring the Xbox fan base away from Call of Duty and other shooters and back into Halo, the series that really propelled the original Xbox consoles sales. Since the Master Chief Collection has all four main Halo games packaged into one, it seems like that should be an easy feat. When it’s working they way it should, this collection is the premiere game on the Xbox One console right now.

There’s the rub though. Since launch, Halo Master Chief Collection mulitplayer component has been an absolute disaster. With hour long waiting periods to get into matches, random team placement and an overall terrible structure, the online component (arguably the real reason to buy this collection) is completely broken. That first week during the game’s launch, it was near impossible to find a game. I often felt adrift in a void while searching for opponents.

Since the release, 343 Industries has been hard at work implementing multiple patches to the online infrastructure, but it’s a band aid for a gaping wound. Unfortunately, now a month after launch, the Master Chief Collection still has continuing issues when trying to find a match. A shame since more time in the oven, or possibly an open beta test, and these issues could likely have been avoided altogether.

That being said, if you are one of the lucky ones to find a match, Halo’s multiplayer still ranks among the best in gaming regardless of which Halo title you’re playing on the disc. It’s great to finally be able to replay Halo 2’s stellar combat again, and with the addition of all of the maps released for all four games, it’s easy to get lost in the fan service.

The only other multiplayer issue I had with the game was that at launch it didn’t offer a Halo: Combat Evolved playlist. The only way to play the first Halo’s multiplayer is either through a Custom Match setting, or to get lucky enough to have people vote for a Halo: Combat Evolved map before the match starts.

All online issues aside, the game is a great bargain. It has four polished, spectacular games in one package, not to mention a web series called Halo Nightfall. Almost every single issue I have with the Master Chief Collection should be fixable through one patch or another at some point. It’s just a huge bummer for longtime fans like myself to have to wait to play a working version of a game that’s been release too soon. Once it’s fixed though, this game is a must buy for all Xbox One owners. It’s just not right now.

Innovative Ways to Deal With Unwanted Video Games

If you are an avid gamer, no doubt you have dozens of video games lying around your home. Unfortunately, excessive piles of games can take up way too much room and significantly increase the amount of time you need to allocate to dusting. But don’t panic because there are several things you can do to reduce the number of unwanted games in your home-and that doesn’t include throwing them in the trash can. So how can you deal with unwanted games?

1. Sell Online

One way to get rid of games you no longer play is to sell them online. You can list them on eBay, Craig’s List, Gumtree, or any other auction site you frequent. The only downside to this method of disposing of your unwanted games is that you won’t make much money from the sale. Second hand games typically don’t make much when they are sold online unless they are nearly new.

2. Swap with Friends

It’s good to share, which is why swapping video games with your friends is a fun way of reducing the number of old video games in your possession. Instead of hoarding old games, you can swap them for new ones you haven’t played. For example, if you and your friend both buy a new game each, once you have played it, swap it. That way you can enjoy two new games for the price of one.

3. Trade Online

Video game trading is a useful way of disposing of your old video games. Trading games online is different to selling them online. Some websites give you credits when you trade video games with users whereas other websites let you direct swap games of the same value. Either way, you can enjoy access to hundreds of different games and get rid of those you no longer play at the same time. Yes, it’s a winner all round.

4. Give Them to Charity

Are your games so old not even a nerdy gamer online will want them? If so, you could go down the philanthropic route and donate them to a local charity. Assuming there is a games console out there that can actually play them, someone, somewhere, will think Christmas has come early.

5. Bird Deterrent

If trading video games or selling them online is not an option, or your games are damaged and no longer playable, why not put them to good use in the garden? Video game discs are shiny, so if you string a few together and hang them from posts in the middle of your vegetable patch, the birds will think twice about eating your seedlings. The more you use, the better, but make sure you don’t mistakenly hand the latest copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts over to your dad because it won’t work too well after spending a few days strung out in the garden.

Don’t leave your old games lying around because it’s a waste of space. Instead, try one of the above methods to create room for new games. Your games console will thank you.

Why Bother Trading In Video Games

Video games are enormous fun. After all, who doesn’t love taking part in virtual combat when the only real danger you face is a repetitive strain injury caused by hours of intense wrist action. But buying endless video games for your console is an expensive business, especially if you have the latest PlayStation or Xbox. The newest releases on the charts are not cheap, which can be tough on the finances if you are struggling to pay the bills right now.

But there is an answer to your woes-all you have to do is trade in your old video games. Millions of people do this all the time and if it works for them it can work for you. There is a good market for second-hand video games and lots of people are happy to sell, trade, or swap their used games in return for a new or different one. So what are the top four reasons to give trading a try?

1. A Never Ending Supply of New Games

As we have already mentioned, new games cost money, which if you have none can be seriously disadvantageous to your well being – particularly if you have a teenage son whining in your ear. One way around this problem is to trade used video games for different ones. Some outlets offer points when games are traded. Points can be saved and used to buy a new game. Alternatively, games can be traded on peer to peer websites and if you trade two games of a similar value, it won’t cost you a thing.

2. Create Extra Space

Video games can take up a lot of room, so getting rid of a few by trading them with like-minded people will free up space in your home. And once you have made some extra space, you can fill it with new games!

3. Earn Extra Cash

It is possible to earn cash by selling unwanted games. Newer games will generate more income, but even older ones are worth something on the second hand market. You have a choice of outlets if you want to trade: eBay, Amazon, Craigslist, Gumtree, plus various online and offline stores. Don’t expect to make millions, but at the very least you will be able to earn a bit of extra cash.

4. Be Part of a Community

Trading video games with other enthusiasts is a fun way to make online friends and chat with people who love gaming as much as you do. Peer to peer trading websites are full of people who enjoy playing video games. If you are looking for an old game, you stand a good chance of finding it on a site such as this. And even if you don’t, you’re sure to find something you want to try, so dig out your unwanted games and swap them for something you do want to play.

Don’t leave your old video games sitting on a shelf gathering dust. Instead trade them in and use the proceeds to buy new games. It’s a no brainer really!

Why Its Video Games All The Way

In the recent past, video games have become the in thing in town, leaving many kids engaged in their consoles for very long hours during the day. For those who were kids in the 90’s, you can bear witness of the fact that the evolution in the field of entertainment has been massive. The various competitors have made an immense improvement in not only the game-play, but also in the various gadgets used in gaming. They have created consoles that are just perfect for the hands. This has made the experience better. There is also an enormous progress in the graphics and the general game play, with images becoming more realistic than ever before.

Responsible gaming is not all that bad

Even though a lot of ill and negative stuff has been said about gaming, and its capability to lead to addiction that tends to make many kids become unproductive, there are some real benefits of engaging in responsible gaming. For instance, kids who are actively engaged in responsible gaming tend to develop a sense of alertness and coordination. This is because of the keen attention that is required in some of the games such as jumping ones. Coordination is as a result of playing games such as sports and adventure ones, among many other merits.

Girls and video games

The numbers of girls actively engaging in playing these kinds of electronic gadgets is overwhelming. This can be attributed to the many games for girls that are available in the market. The developers and creators have also incorporated many female characters in the games, hence making it more appealing for all genders. Recent stats also indicate that the number of female players is slowly overtaking the number of male players. Hence, you can undoubtedly see that this is an affair fit for both genders.

Why gaming is here to stay

Their wide variety is one of the factors that have made the venture popular. They range from sports, adventure, mind and even musical ones and have attracted a wide audience due to their diversity. Moreover, they are more available and accessible than ever before. The various torrent sites are offering them free, and with just some good internet connection, you can acquire whichever one you prefer. You can also acquire these ones in stores at good prices. With all that having, been said gaming will be here with us longer than we expect.