How Do Modern Games Bring People Together?

Humans have always enjoyed playing games. Since the dawn of time, people have been on the hunt for ways to burn their spare time, and playing against one another is often one of the best ways to do something like this. In the modern day, things haven’t changed too much, though the games which people play have taken on a new form; video games. Often viewed as something anti-social and restrictive, this post is going to be showing you another side of these titles, exploring the elements which can bring people together.

 

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Communities

One of the best things about the Internet is the communities and groups which it can inspire. When it comes to gaming, there are countless blogs, forums, and other types of sites which are dedicated to hosting discussions and questions about video games. While this also goes for other hobbies and interests, the online gaming community is particularly large, and gives you loads of different options when it comes to choosing the types of people you’d like to talk to. This has lead to a number of achievements which wouldn’t be possible without these groups, including millions of dollars being raised for charities around the world.

Cooperative Play

A lot of people worry about playing games with other people, thinking that they don’t have the experience to have a level playing field. In reality, though, some of the best multiplayer experiences out there are cooperative, rather than competitive, and this means that you work together. Experiencing a well-told interactive story with someone you care about can be far more satisfying than watching a movie.

Competitive Play

Of course, while some people don’t like the idea of playing against others, this is still a very valid side to this field. Whether you want to play Ted Slot games online or jump into a Call Of Duty tournament, you have loads of options in this area which will help you to find a format which you enjoy. Over the last few years, there have been more and more large-scale competitions for video games, bringing huge crowds together to enjoy something which they all love.

Challenges

There are a lot of video games on the market, and many of them have extremely variable difficult levels. For example, a game like Dark Souls is pretty tricky when you first get started. Those who have played for a long time, though, will work with other people online to devise challenges for on another. Speed runs are a very common example of this, but there are loads of unique ways to handle this in a variety of games.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to get started on the time you put into getting more out of video games. This field is always getting broader and more diverse, with loads of examples of extremely creative games for you to get wrapped up in. Of course, though, it takes more than simply playing to get yourself involved, and you’ll need to hunt around for ways for games to bring you closer to others.

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The Benefits of Online Gaming

You might think of online gaming as the enemy, especially if you have children that you are constantly trying to get offline and outside. You might worry that your kids aren’t getting enough exercise, because they spend too much time online, and that you aren’t spending enough time together as a family, because really, deep down, you know that you’re own habits are just as bad. 

But, online gaming doesn’t have to be the enemy. Like cake and chocolate are valuable parts of a healthy diet, to be enjoyed in moderation and appreciated as treats, while bringing benefits of their own. Online games can be a part of a healthy lifestyle, and you don’t need to ban them altogether to do more as a family. They also have their own benefits. 

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They Are Social

When you play an online game, it might feel as though you are sat playing alone. But you aren’t, far from it. When you play online, you are playing with real people all over the world. You could make new friends and even business contacts. You can play with your friends and family, or even your children. It’s a way to make new friends, but also to bond with people that you know in the real world. 

Some people struggle with real-world connections. They find speaking to people in real life awkward, and they struggle to make friends. They might even find it hard to really be themselves with the people that they have known for a long time. A life in an online game can, for these people be a lifeline, or and outlet. Games like Ghrazi can give them an outlet, and a way to explore who they want to be, from the safety of their computer screen. Many people feel free, safe, and in control in these worlds, in a way that they never could outside of them.

Improves Problem Solving Skills

Online games come in all different shapes and sizes, but many of the massive multiplayer role-playing games take thought. To do well, you can’t just point and click. You have to apply strategy, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. It’s even thought that playing these games could improve memory, coordination, attention and concentration, and multitasking skills. Some research suggests online gaming could also make our brains work faster, reducing the time it takes for them to process information. 

It’s Fun

Whether you are 14 or 41, your life is filled with pressure. Kids today face testing and exams at every turn. Adults are constantly trying to do more, to be better, to earn more money and to improve their lives while looking after everyone else. Most people report to feeling stressed at least some of the time, and mental health issues are on the rise. We all need some fun in our lives, a way to let off steam, burn away some negative energies, and enjoy ourselves. Online gaming can be a safe way to do this, and as long as it’s done in moderation, it can improve your mood, your mental health and reduce your stress levels.

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World War Movies You Should See

When it comes the learning about the war and everything which happened during those stressful 6 years, there are so many things we can do as parents to teach our kids as well as to find out more for ourselves.

With the rise in pop culture and technology, it is easier than ever for us to answer questions like How Many WW2 Veterans are Still Alive? Or what date did the war officially end? However as well as reading information online it can be good for us to be able to see the war first hand and experience things in a new and unique way. This is where movies come in and make an impact. Movies can be a wonderful way to submerge ourselves in the worlds of others and it will allow us to think clearly about the sacrifices made by those brave soldiers and this is something which can allow us to appreciate it much more. Today we are going to take a look at some of the best war movies we can watch to really understand what happened nearly 80 years ago.

Stalingrad

This is a Russian film and it is one which gives you a uniqyue chance to see a complex love affair happen on screen during Nazi rule. It is a celebrated film and one well worth the watch.

Defiance

In this film, 4 brave brothers join the Russian resistance who are fighting again the enemy and the Nazis. During the film you will be able to see them build refugee camps for Jewish folks and try to hide them from their fate at the hands of the Nazis.

Black Book

In this film a Jewish singer goes undercover for Dutch resistance fighters and this helps them to infultrate a Nazi headquarters in the Netherlands. It is a film full of surprises and one which will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Son of Saul

In this high suspense film a prisoner of the Auschwitz camp saves the body of a boy from the crematorium. It is a film which focuses on morality and can be a real tear jerker.

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

This film is one of friendship and tragedy and focuses on the friendship between the son of a Nazi leader and a Jewish boy who is working in a concentration camp, and the bond that they form in the midst of the war. It is a true tragic story and one which shows the cost of the war.

Patton

The story revolves around the general George S. Patton and the choices he made during the years of the war.

Letters From Iwo Jima

Clint Eastwood stars in this film about what happens when you find sympathy for the enemy in a war.

The Dirty Dozen

This is one of the best known films on the list and is one which deals with D-Day on the 6th June 1944. It follows a group of convicts who band together and fight for the good in a suicide mission on D-Day. It won an Oscar and many othe awards.

From Here to Eternity

Pearl Harbour is explored in this film and we see the eve of the day of Pearl Harbour. On this day we see a few soldiers sharing loving moments in Hawaii and it follows the human connection we have with these people.  

Downfall

Adolf Hitler is easily the most famous dictator in history, and the things he set in motion during the war were things which could never be forgiven. This film focuses on what happened to him after the war as he hid himself away in a bunker. It is a film which explores the mind of a man who committed some of the worst atrocities in the world.

The Thin Red Line

This film looks into the real horrors of war and the effect it has on people.

The Longest Day

D-Day remains the most famous battle of the war and it is one which took a hell of a lot of planning and foresight. This film delves into the day as a whole and it shows the day from the perspective of a few different people on the battlefield.  

Life Is Beautiful

In this film an Italian father shelters his son from the Holocaust and this proves to be a powerful and moving look at the reality of war.

The Diary Of Ann Frank

Perhaps one of the most famous jewish victims of the war was young Ann Frank, who wrote a diary about her time hiding in the roof of a home to escape the forces of the Nazis. However after being caught, it shares the story from inside a concentration camp.

Das Boot

This film allows us to learn a little more about the drama inside a German U-Boat and gives us a unique chance to see the way it works from the other side of the war.

Inglourious Basterds

Tarantino takes the war and makes this entertaining and poignant movie which follows a woman whose family is murdered by the Nazis, and ends with a plot to kill Hitler himself in the most brutal of ways.

Grave of the Fireflies

This story follows the lives of two Japanese children who struggle to survive in the middle of the world. It is an animated movie which makes it a little different than the other ones that you may have seen before and this can be a great thing for those of you who don’t regularly watch them.

Schindler’s List

Schindler’s List is a film which is one of the most dramatic of all war films and it is one which had won a number of awards. It follows Oskar Schindler, a German man who decides to make it his goal to save as many Jewish people as possible in the midst of the war. He saved many lives and some of them are still alive today living a long and happy life because of his bravery.

Saving Private Ryan

One of the most famous war films of all is one which depicts the D-Day landings from the perspective of a small group of soldiers.

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Parenting 101: Pleasing A Gamer Teen

Gamers have also had to deal with a bad reputation. Thankfully, countless experts and parenting counsellors have since agreed that gaming is not only a hobby, but it can also become a positive force in the development of essential skills. The idea that video games are responsible for everyday violence is not only an unjustified cliché, but it is also predominantly unproven. More often than not, children who grow up playing games – as long as the games are suitable for their age – are more likely to enhance their problem-solving skills, creativity, coordination, and stress reliance. All-in-one, these are pretty useful skills to have. Therefore, most parents embrace the idea that their teenage child enjoys video games – rather than fight it.

So, what are you to do when you’re trying to please your gaming teen? Here are a few ideas to enhance their game routine.

Gaming is a social experience

Comfort makes a difference

Is a birthday coming and you’re still struggling to find decent ideas? Typically, tapping into their gaming interest can be a real game changer, especially if grandparents have asked you for tips. While you may not be confident in their ability to find a suitable game for your teen, you can certainly trust them with the matter of comfort. Gamers can develop soreness in their wrists, back and neck if they play in an uncomfortable position – which could be the case if the game console is in their bedroom with no ergonomic setting, for instance. It’s worth investing in a gaming chair – and more importantly, gaming chairs are a thing on the market; therefore, they are easy to find even for the most inexperienced gaming gift makers.

Stepping out of your tech comfort zone confidently

It is difficult when you don’t have a robust gaming experience to pick a tech present for your teen. Ultimately, if you want to give them something there will appreciate, such as a device that enhances their perception of the game, you need to understand what gaming headsets is about. Indeed, it can be tricky to pick the best gadget when you know nothing about its connectivity, features and overall comfort. Here’s a tip that will transform your approach: Forget the shop assistant and ask a community of gamers what they think – or check their reviews online.

Keep yourself informed about the latest trends

Last but not least, sometimes the best present you can give is to share their interest. Gaming is not the solitary hobby that the media made it to be. It’s an experience enthusiastic gamers are keen to share, either with other players online or with relatives and friends. Reading about the latest trends and expected games only takes a handful of minutes, but it can significantly transform your relationship. Alternatively, you can sit down with them and share the experience of the game. Even as a spectator, many games are beautifully designed, which makes them enjoyable not only to play but also to watch. Nier: Automata, for instance, is one of those games that come with a complex narrative, guaranteed to keep both of you satisfied.

In conclusion, there is no reason why video games should remain an isolated and misunderstood hobby. As a non-gaming relative, you can still find many ways to connect, either through helping your teen to create a cosy gaming environment or by joining them in their passion.

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