Video Game Ideas You Can Bank On

Video games allow you to assume many different kinds of persona, from star athletes to heroic soldiers to immoral criminals. You can fly a plane, perform in front of thousands, or beat up a whole town’s worth of thugs, and this article will help.

Make the screen is bright enough.Games set in dark caverns and abandoned warehouses may have great ambiance, but your performance may suffer. It will make the colors easier to see so your enemies before they spot you.

Parents should always verify the ratings on games. Some games may look more innocent than they actually are. Check the game’s rating and the list of warnings before you buy.

Spend some time with your kids by playing video games you all enjoy. Children usually love video games.

Be careful when signing up for online gaming. Sometimes you have to pay a monthly fee for access.Always check out any monthly video game site that your children are playing there.

Play a game or two with your children.This is a great way to learn more about your child has fun. Sharing a common interest with your kids like this can also create great way to get the conversation flowing.You will also watch and help their developmental skills.

Make a reasonable age for kids should be before playing “M” (Mature 17+) video games. You can rig many consoles to prevent your younger children from playing these more mature games; however, if you wish.Be on top of how to watch over your child’s gaming practices.

Limit your video game playing to a few hours a day. There is no denying the addictive nature of gaming, and this has become a real problem for many people. Limit the time you play games to two to three hours each day. If you keep gaming beyond that amount of time, take breaks every couple of hours.

The PS2 is 12 years old and kind of outdated, but it is cheap and has a great library. You can buy games very cheap for a fraction of the cost. There are about 10 years worth of games for this already made.

Sometimes you will receive special bonuses are only to customers who pre-order early. These can include game gear or features that may only be available pre-release.

Watch for price reductions on cheap video games to give your kids. Many video rental establishments are struggling to make it.If you look, you might locate one that is closing and snag some awesome deals on games. Most discs are in good shape, but they may need cleaning.

A good cleaning kit can help you keep your discs in top shape. There are a variety of cleaning kits out there.

If your kids is obsessed with video games or expressing hostility while playing, you may need to put them into some sort of a time out.

If you want to shoot people, solve puzzles or anything else in a virtual world, this article should have given you advice on how to get started. Video games allow you to escape the real world for awhile. Keep on gaming into the future!

Simple IPad Strategies To Get More Use

An iPad is a great piece of technology. It is portable, easy to use and multifunctional. Getting the hang of your new gadget can sometimes be tricky though, and that is when it is helpful to have a few tricks up your sleeve. Here are some of the best tips, most often used by iPad professionals, that can help you to improve your iPad experience.

Wait until your battery is low before you begin to charge your iPad. Batteries have something referred to as memory. If you charge the battery too early, it’s memory will then record a smaller life, and this can occur repeatedly, leading to the device needing to be on the charger to be used.

The user reviews are generally incredibly accurate in representations of the quality of the application. Of course, you need to make sure that there are more than just one or two reviews, but if there are, and if the app has four or five stars, you should be good to go.

Take Apple’s iTours to get yourself familiar with your new iPad. It is fun to have all these exciting new apps, but sometimes you could use a little help figuring out how to use them. Apple has an online video tour for every app that comes preinstalled on your device, so be sure to take a look at them.

Auto correct is a wonderful feature on the iPad for those of use that are spelling challenge. Your auto correct feature is automatically enabled. To use it, simply hit enter as soon as you see the spelling correction pop up on your screen. This is an easy way to reduce your editing time and keep yourself from having to look up every word you spell.

A great feature of the iPad is the zoom features. You can easily zoom in and out of any website by pinching with two fingers on the screen. This will help you select tiny links or features when they are larger. You can also double-tap on any image or text to enable auto-zoom.

Turn on multitasking gestures in your iPad settings. These multitasking gestures give you ways to control your screen with a few flicks. You can switch windows, switch applications, and more. It makes your iPad feel very sci-fi as your touch becomes your only control. If you don’t like the gestures, you can always turn them off again in settings.

Do you ever find yourself browsing the web and wondering where a word that is hyperlinked will take you? Here’s an easy tip to solve this problem. Since you’re not able to hover over words like on a computer, touching and holding the word will work. This will reveal the URL of the linked word.

Video calls are an excellent feature of the iPad. Did you know that you can move the picture-in-picture around to a better location? First, start a video call on the iPad. Then just tap the window and drag it around the screen with your finger. This will help you get a better view of your subject.

My friend who owns a towing company uses the video call feature to size up the problem before he dispatches the tow truck.  He says it’s important to guage how big the vehicle is and that owners notoriously described their vehicles incorrectly before he used the video feature.

Did your iPad download get interrupted? Did you never receive that bonus item that was supposed to come with your new iTunes album? These are issues that are easily corrected. Just pick the Store menu in iTunes, and look for the option to check for any downloads you may have available.

Want a faster than light screenshot with your iPad? It’s now quicker and easier than ever; simply hold down the home and power buttons simultaneously and your screenshot is instantly saved. Look for it later in the Photos App under saved photos albums. You don’t have to do anything else!

The iPad is an exceptional tool for both home cooks and professional chefs alike. There are apps for you to store your own recipes or those which provide recipes from experts. There are measurement conversion apps, which help you to figure out your ingredients. There are even apps, which supply ingredient substitutions. Take your iPad into the kitchen today!

The new keyboard is packed full of features, so many that some appear to be hidden. The new apostrophe key is tucked away within the virtual keyboard on the second screen. Press the “!” key for a few moments and you can circumvent this second page page with an immediate apostrophe.

Your iPad’s battery power percentage display is meant to keep you informed of how much battery power your iPad has remaining so that you never run out of power unexpectedly. If you are like many users, however, and this display distracts or irritates you, you can easily remove it. To turn it off just go to settings, then general, then usage.

Have you seen a bit of lag in your iPad recently? Have you erased the things you don’t need anymore, yet your device is running slow? One way to free up even more space is to use Apple’s cloud storage service to store your data. Many users find that putting their data in the cloud in this way drastically speeds up their devices.

Is an app annoying you with notifications? In the Settings app, click on Notifications and you’ll be able to turn off any obnoxious apps, ensuring they don’t interrupt you in the future. You can set other options here as well, so it’s a good idea to check out what each app allows for.

When reading on iBooks, sometimes it can be a strain on your eyes if you are in a dark location. You can adjust the brightness of your screen in iBook easily. Go to Settings and then select Brightness. IBooks also has a separate brightness slider which can be used more conveniently.

If you have just purchased an iPad, you are no doubt amazed, and you might also feel a little confused. While it can take awhile to get the hang of your new gadget, having a few tips to turn to can make your experience better. Keep these tips handy, and use them to make your iPad more user friendly. Before you know it, your iPad might just become your “go to” device!

1980’s Rewind! Let’s Play!

donkeykongFeel like riding on some water logs and darting through traffic? How about throwing some barrels or smacking them with a mallet? Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. It’s time to play some 80’S ARCADE GAMES! Pac-Man might be chomping dots with his dentures and Frogger is probably hopping the streets with a walker now, but you just can’t beat the classics.

So, if you’re in the mood to take a trip back through time, then you’ll love these PC downloads of some favorite 80’s arcade games. Enjoy!


Donkey Kong


Dig Dug

Ms Pac-Man



Legend Of Zelda

Duck Hunt


Super Mario World

Street Fighter

Space Invaders

Sonic The Hedgehog

Looking for a particular 80’s game not listed here? Then head over to or and do a search for it. They have a bunch to choose from, and you never know what kind of goodies you might find to download. The only problem you might come across is keeping the kids away from your computer long enough to play. *grin* 

(NOTE: Please read all specifications before downloading these games to your computer as they require certain operating systems, such Windows Vista, Windows XP, etc).


You know you’re an old gamer when …

pcIt started off innocently enough. After months of pleading, I finally decided to give in to my nephew and join him in a game of Far Cry on his X-Box 360. Having been a die-hard gamer during the late 80’s, I knew a thing or two about how to rack up some scores, so I was rather smug in my determination to show this kid how it was done.

“Do you know any cheat codes?” he asked.

Well, that was a new one. Cheat codes? For what – a test? Apparently, the confused look on my face was enough to send him into a fit of laughter, which he quickly followed with more information on cheat codes than I could possibly squeeze into my 40-something year old brain. Yes … I am, by today’s standards, an old gamer kid.

As a teenager during the 1980’s, there were some things you just KNEW, like how to tie-dye a t-shirt, how to work a record player, and how to “feather” your hair like Farrah Fawcett. You could recite every line from Grease, and if you owned a satin pink jacket like Sandy and the rest of the Pink Ladies, then you were the epitome of cool. You never had your carpet shampooed - they just got dirty and sat there for years.  There were also certain things you knew about video games, such as:

  • Before Atari came along, if you wanted to play games like Pac-Man and Frogger, you had to go to the arcade. Yes, as in asking your mom to drive you TO the arcade. There was no sitting on the bedroom floor in front of your television for hours as a time. And when you ran out of quarters, that was it.
  • There were no cheat codes and other fancy things. Our game controllers had a joystick and buttons that moved you left, right, up, and down. Sweet, simple, and easy to remember.

For the record, my nephew did stomp me in Far Cry that day. (Hmm … maybe there is something to these cheat codes after all). Oh well, give me Donkey Kong or give me death! These fancy new games can never top the good times and fun that came from being an arcade kid from the greatest decade EVER!

Retro Video Gaming



The new games just aren’t as fun.


We didn’t need to blow people up to have a great childhood!


First person shooter games are way overrated.


There were no bad words on our game boys to freak out our mom’s!


Speaking of which… there was that one day that me and my little brother Jimmy fought over who was going to play with our ONE game boy.


And,  well,  my elbow hit his bedroom window and BROKE it and there was blood all over Jimmy’s room.


I am fine, my elbow works perfectly,  but it’s always good to realize just to what lengths I would go to…. to fight for a game boy back in the day!


Leave a comment below – we need to band together here to keep the good ol’ days alive!