Using a Flight Simulator for Fun

There are different reasons to go out there and use a flight simulator. For a few people out there it is to actually learn how to fly. Of course, if you want to learn how to fly then you are using a professional equipment that you buy for hundreds of dollars online, or that you use at a certain facility.

On the other hand, if you are looking for pure entertainment value from your flight simulator, you are probably doing it on your home computer. Software with this purpose have been big business in the computer world since they first appeared over 20 years ago. While people found it challenging, it also allowed the average person to do something that they more than likely would never do: fly a plane. That is why after 20 years, this software still sells and has gotten better and better.

There are plenty of fantasy and war video and computer games out there that allow you to fly a plane. The thing is, most of the time these games just involve you pointing up and down on the joystick while you press “X” to shoot. While that can be fun, it is not really like flying. The thing that these games do is allow you to have control over a plane the way that a real pilot would. You are not trying to shoot anything down, you are trying to keep the wings level and make sure you have your throttle in gear.

When people use a flight simulator they do so because they enjoy the controls. With most of the simulators out there you can make it as easy or as hard as you want it to be. If you want to control every single aspect of the flight then you can do it, but if you want to just fly a little bit and not worry about it then you can put your game at the lowest skill level. In addition, you can also try harder missions like Boeing 747’s, 777’s and more.

When it comes down to it, you can find a variety of different flight simulators on the market for you to checkout. Whether you are looking for something that is as life-like as possible, or a software that allows you a more “arcade” feel, they are out there.

Sharpen Your Shooting Skills – Indoors

Shooting simulators are cost effective, easy to use systems which can provide hours of entertainment and skill development for the whole family. You can use one of many replica laser firearms which are available or use you own gun on the simulator. New technology allows you to use your own personal firearm on the simulator, in conjunction with special laser-insert cartridges. Consistency is a key element for good shooting, now you can practice with the same gun on the simulator as you will take out into the field.

There are over 30 hunting and shooting games available for the system. Everything from bear hunting to dove shooting are options on the shooting simulator. Want to teach you kids about Hunter’s Safety?…there is a program for that, want to practice your shooting skills in a non-violent setting?…there are programs for that as well. Easy to setup and easy to use, you can be up and shooting in a matter of minutes. Do you find yourself uneasy at the shooting range? Always worried about someone else and their shooting ethics? All of this can be avoided by using a simulator in your own home. It is a fabulous way to provide a safe and effective learning environment for new shooters.

Want to introduce yourself or a friend to the exciting world of archery? It is a simple add on to the simulator. You can hold a competition with your friends for the high score, all the time building and improving you shooting skills.

Save time and money on your trips to the range, by practicing your shooting in your home. Getting ready for the first hunt of the season? Want to make sure you hit your target with poise? Build the confidence you need by practicing on an indoor shooting simulator, all from the comfort of your own living room or basement.

Top Ten PC Games In The World

What elements push a game beyond mere goodness and into greatness? To this author, PC games are best when they deliver a transcendent gaming experience that is possible only with the aid of a personal computer: They don’t simulate board or card games, reproduce real-world sports, or try to approximate movies. They are an art form unto themselves. To be considered, a game must have achieved most of its prominence on a PC platform. (This explains why Tetris, for example, didn’t make the cut: It was clearly the Nintendo Game Boy’s killer app). I defined a “PC” as any consumer computer that has a keyboard the user can program with arbitrary code–not just a PC of the IBM variety. If you’re into PC games, check out “15 Reasons PC Gaming Beats All,” too. And if you want to stay current with the latest games, tune into PC World’s ace gaming blog, Game On! Without further ado, here is the Top Tens List for the Greatest PC Games in the world…

#10: Homefront

The 10th ranking game in our top tens list, Homefront, is a first-person shooter video game developed by now defunct “Kaos Studios” and published by THQ, in which players play as members of a resistance movement fighting against a near-future Korean military occupation of the United States.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3 Genre: First-person shooter Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: BBFC = 15, ESRB = M

#9: Fable III

At number 9 in our top tens list is, Fable III, the Third video game in Fable series of ‘action role-playing games (RPG) developed by Liohead Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios for Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360. It focuses on the player’s struggle to overthrow the King of Alboin by forming alliances and building support for revolution.

Series: Fable Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 Genre: Action RPG, sandbox, file simulation Mode(s): Single-player, Cooperative Ratings: ACB = MA15+, BBFC = 12+, ESRB = M, PEGI = 16+

#8: F.E.A.R. 3

The 8th ranking game in our top tens list is F.E.A.R. 3, a first person-shooter developed by Dan 1 Studios for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the OnLive cloud gaming service as a sequel to the game F.E.A.R: Project Origin and the third installment of the F.E.A.R series. It includes features such as “co-op, an evolved cover system, and more scares”. In the game, the players control either Point Man or Paxton Fettel, the protagonist and antagonist, from the first game, F.E.A.R. and the control system is the same as the previous two games.

Series: F.E.A.R Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3 Genre: First-person shooter, horror Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: ACB = MA15+, BBFC = 18, ESRB = M, PEGI = 18

#7: Dragon Age II

Ranking at number 7 in our top tens list is Dragon Age II, a role playing video game developed by Bioware’s Edmonton Studios, and published by Electronic Arts. It is the second major game in BioWare’s “Dragon Age” franchise. It is set in the same mythical world introduced in Dragon Age: Origins, the player assumes the role of Hawke, a human mage, warrior, or rogue who arrives in the city of Kirkwall as a lowly refugee but becomes its legendary champion over a turbulent decade of political and social conflict.

Series: Dragon Age Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3, Mac OS X Genre: Role-playing Mode(s): Single-player Ratings: ESRB = M, PEGI = 18

#6: Dead Space 2

The 6th ranking game in our top tens list is Dead Space 2, a survival horror third-person shooter video game developed by Visceral Games and published by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to “Dead Space”. Unlike its predecessor, Dead Space 2 has a multi-player mode.

Series: Dead Space Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3 Genre: Third-person shooter, Survival horror Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: ACB = MA15+, BBFC = 18, ESRB = M, PEGI = 18

#5: Terraria

Ranking 5th in our top tens list is Terraria, an action-adventure/RPG indie game released by independent game studio “Re-Logic”. The game features exploration, crafting, building structures and combat with a variety of creatures. The game’s slogan is “Shut Up and Dig Gaiden”.

Platforms: Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 Genre: Indie side scroller action adventure/RPG Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: ESRB = E10+, PEGI = 12

#4: Portal 2

The 4th ranking game in our top tens list is Portal 2, a first-person puzzle-platform video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. It is the sequel to the 2007 video game ‘Portal’. Like Portal, Portal 2 primarily comprises a series of puzzle that must be solved by teleporting the player’s character and simple objects using the “portal gun”, a device that can create inter-spatial portals between two flat panes. The game’s unique physics allow momentum to be retained through these portals and requires the creative use of portals to maneuver through the game’s challenges.

Series: Portal Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3, Mac OS X Genre: Puzzle-platform game Mode(s): Single-player, Co-operative Ratings: ESRB = E10+, PEGI = 12

#3: The Sims 3

The 3rd ranking game in our top tens list is The Sims 3, a strategic life simulation computer game developed by The Sims Studio and published by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to the best-selling computer game, ‘The Sims 2’.

Series: The Sims Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, webOS, Android, Symbian^3, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, N-Gage, Xbox 360, PS 3 Genre: Life Simulation, Social simulation Mode(s): Single-player Ratings: ACB = M, ESRB = T, PEGI = 12

#2: Counter Strike Source

Counter Strike Source ranks 2nd in our top tens list. It is a first-person shooting video game developed by Valve Corporation. It is a complete remake of “Counter-Strike” using the “Source” game engine. As in the original, Counter Strike: Source pits a team of counter-terrorists against a team of terrorists in a series of rounds. Each round is won either by completing an objective (such as detonating a bomb or rescuing hostages) or by eliminating all members of the opposing team.

Series: Counter Strike Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X Genre: First-person shooter Mode(s): Multi-player Ratings: ESRB = M, PEGI = 16+

#1: Assassin’s Creed: Brother Hood

Finally…the best of our top tens list of video games is Assassin’s Creed: Brother Hood; a historical third-person, stealth action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft. It is the third major installment in the Assassin’s Creed series and the second chapter in the ‘Ezio Trilogy’. The game is a direct sequel to Assassin’s Creed II, with Ezio Auditore da Firenze and Desmond Miles returning as the main protagonists.

Series: Assassin’s Creed Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PS 3, Mac OS X Genre: Third-person action-adventure, Sandbox Mode(s): Single-player, Multi-player Ratings: ACB = MA15+, BBFC = 15, ESRB = M, PEGI = 18

Benefits of Gaming – PC and Video Games

New PC and video games are not only capable of providing fun and excitement for everyone, but they can also give certain benefits and advantages.

With the help of advanced technology and popularity, the gaming industry has advanced and expanded rapidly over the years.

If we are looking for categorization of videos games, they are broadly divided into eight major categories:

Action

These are fast paced and may contain a large amount of violence due to this. Action games are usually inappropriate for children. Such games fall under the category “M” (mature-rated). Examples are Halo, Star Wars, Jedi Knight and Enter the Matrix.

Adventure and Role Playing

These are normally not as graphic as action games and can take the player into surrealism and fantasy. Though adventure and role-playing games often contain violence, it is not found to be as intense as the violence in action games. Examples of this category are Borderlands 2, Final Fantasy, Legend of Mana and Billy Hatcher.

First Person Shooters

As the name implies, it is a game in which the player sees the action through the eyes of the character he is representing and involves the use of pistols or rifles to kill the enemy. Due to the violence involved in this genre of games, they are not suitable for young children. Examples of these games are “Half-Life, “Half-Life 2”, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” and so on.

Construction and Management Simulation (CMS)

As the name suggests, in the games belonging to this genre, the players are expected to build, expand and manage imaginary projects and communities with very little resources. Examples of this genre include, “SimCity” and “Harvest Moon”.

Strategy

Here the accent is on strategy rather than on violence and these games are slower which gives the player time for strategic thinking, resource management and planning to achieve victory. Most are warfare based and so violence is not completely absent. These games are not suitable for children. Some examples are Advanced Wars I & II, Civilization V and Crusader Kings II.

Simulation

These are video or computer games that simulate real world situations under game settings. In this category, the three well-known games are Racing Simulators, Flight Simulators and Sims. There are lots of games in this class to entertain children. Some examples of simulation games are: Football Manager, Farming Simulator 2013, The Sims and Evil Genius.

Platformer

The Platform Game or Platformer is consists of jumping between suspended platforms of varying heights or obstacles and sometimes both to move forward in the game. Some examples of Platformer are 40 Winks, Abuse, Action 52 and Adventure Island.

PUZZLES

Puzzle video games are a class of games that require puzzle solving. The kinds of puzzles that need to be solved can involve many problem solving skills such as using logic, word completion sequence solving, strategy and pattern recognition. Some examples of Puzzle Video Games are Mario, Bejeweled 3, Cradle of Rome 2 and Hidden Objects.

While on the subject, let’s not forget Sports games such as NHL 13, and FIFA Soccer 13 and Arcade games such Chicken Shoot 1, Toy Story Mania and Angry Birds to name a few.

Nowadays, video games are enjoyed by a wide cross-section of our society, from toddlers to grandparents and these have been accepted by everyone as a good manner of entertainment and seen to be better than watching TV as it requires the viewer’s participation and interaction.

The general feeling is that video games do not provide any benefits to the player and especially so in the case of children.

Contrary to this belief, there are many benefits in allowing children to play certain types of games. Most important of these benefits is the development of:

· Cognitive thinking skills

· Fine motor skills

· Real-time decision-making abilities

· Hand-eye coordination

· Cooperative playing skills

Keeping video games out of the reach of children can only deprive them of these benefits.

A child’s imagination can be stimulated through role-playing and adventure games. Even if some of these games can seem tasteless due to its graphic nature and violence, they can play a positive and important role in a child’s development by promoting teamwork, building confidence and improving motor skills. Playing such video games will only provide a child with a healthy means of expression.

Certain video games are believed to teach children high level thinking skills which they would benefit from in the future.

Now that we have looked at the benefits for children, let’s look at what benefits video games hold for the rest of us.

Research into the pros and cons of video games are being conducted by various bodies including universities in some parts of the world and the result is that the pros outweigh the cons in respect of benefits.

When playing video games, you would need to react quickly and take split second decisions in order to succeed in the given task. It is believed that this kind of practice would provide benefits in real life where you would be able react with speed and take quick decisions.

Brain scientists have discovered that a certain driving video game, created by a research and development team at the University of California in San Francisco could improve the short-term memory and long-term focus of older adults.

It was found that immersion in a game distracts the mind from pain and discomfort. Due to this reason, some hospitals have started to suggest that children and others undergoing painful treatments play games to reduce their distress and anxiety.

Some video games have provided improvement in “Cognitive Flexibility”, which is the ability to switch quickly from one task to another.

Researchers from North Carolina State University found a link between playing video games and mental well-being among the elderly. They found that those citizens who played video games, even occasionally, experienced a state of well- being and happiness.

Gaming can also improve family relationships, as some of these games can and should be played together.

According to some studies conducted at the University of Rochester, people playing certain titles of video games have shown improvements in tests in the following areas:

• Multitasking

• Attention

• Accuracy

• Vision

The only thing a video game player or his or her family needs to ensure is that it does not become addictive in any way. A video game player shouldn’t end up spending hours on end playing games and losing track of time and place and while neglecting duties, personal chores and responsibilities.

Another thing that the parents of minors need to ensure is that their kids get access only to educational or similar games which are suitable for their age group and the good news is that there’s a huge selection of games available that are appropriate for all ages.

A video game content rating is a system is available in many countries and they are used to classify video games into suitability-related age groups with respect to its contents which, if followed, will help to limit the negative aspects of some of the games.

Finally, if video game players are able to play in moderation, and stick only to the categories of games suitable for their respective ages, they can derive a number of benefits as cited above.