It’s Time To Play The Game (And Get Paid!)

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How many hours a week do you spend gaming? 30? 40? 50? More than that? Gaming is addictive and cathartic too. Although your parents said your eyes would go square, studies show it helps to improve social skills and relieve stress. Still, there’s no point in wasting time playing Call of Duty when you could get paid. Don’t worry because there’s no need to put down the controller and go to work. As it turns out, gaming is as lucrative now as it has ever been and you can get a portion of the prize money. If you want to know the tricks of the trade, just carry on reading.

Pick Carefully

Not every game is going to reward its players for their time so choose wisely. The best thing to do is to research which ones offer bonuses or the chance to win cold, hard cash. You may have never played bingo, yet it regularly rewards its followers with prizes. Although you have to pay to play, companies like Deepsea bingo have fantastic new customer offers to get you started. Another way to get that moolah is to become a professional gamer and play eSports. As the industry grows, the pot increases years after year.

Become A Coach

Some people aren’t cut out to be players because the competition is too fierce. Still, don’t give up hope for your thoughts and ideas are money-spinners in the right hands. All you have to do is coach people that have the potential and instil your methods into their playing style. That way, they can go on to win tournaments and attract sponsorship money and you get a slice of the action. Gamer Sensei is a great place to start as teachers get a whopping $25 an hour for their services. Gamers with a solid rep can take on students privately and up the rates.

Become A Playtester

As the name suggests, this includes breaking in a game and pushing it to its limits. The way it works is simple: you get a tester copy and try to find as many faults as possible. Once you report back to your boss, they will pass on the info and the developer will use it to rectify any errors. A tip to keep in mind is that you have to be a fan of the small details. Being a playtester doesn’t mean you can explore the game as you like and make opinions. There are guidelines and you have to follow them to get your money.

Set Up A YouTube Account

There are hundreds of gamers that created a YouTube account and are now famous. Sure, it says a lot about the current culture that it’s even possible, but, hey, who are we to complain?! As well as be a good gamer, you also have to be funny and engaging to get views and traffic to the account. If you can, sponsorship is on the cards and then the possibilities are endless.

Do you think you can turn your hobby into a money-making scheme?

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Abby Doodles TV – Episode 10 – Season One Finale

Well, it’s finally coming to an end. Season one at least. Back in August of 2014 my daughter and I started making a some videos. It was nothing serious and we didn’t spend a lot of time on setup or anything of that nature. I wasn’t even sure how well this would all come together. To be perfectly honest, not much has come out of any of this. We probably spent too long in between each episode to actually build a following.

So here we are, a little over two years later and we are closing out season one. When we first started this show Abby did not know how to read at all and could barely write her own name. Now she’s writing some sentences and can read at her age level so we are ready to start planning for season two. Abby and I discuss her show a lot and we have some good ideas for season two, now we just need to put the plan into action and actually film some episodes. We are hoping to start the next season this summer, so be sure to subscribe and be on the look-out for that. There is talks of a new intro and theme song, but we will have to see about all of that. For now though, enjoy season one for what it is and expect some great new things in season two!

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Abby Doodles TV – Episode 09 – Super Star of The Week

Well, I guess you could say that I was busy, or you could call it a long spout of laziness but here we are with a new episode of Abby Doodles TV! In this episode Abby decided that she wanted to announce that she is the Super Star of The Week in class. She gets to bring in a few items to share with everyone so in this episode she tells us what she plans on bringing and also makes the official announcement for Abby Doodles TV Season Two!!! We have at least one more episode for season one before we start filming season two so definitely be on the lookout for that in the coming weeks.

For now, enjoy the latest episode of Abby Doodles TV!

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Our Escape to Fugitive Beach

FugitiveBeach-01Every now and then you wish you could just get away but you really can’t because you’re broke and “away” is thousands of miles and somewhere tropical… Well, this isn’t exactly that but it’s pretty awesome in it’s own regard. May I present, Fugitive Beach, which is located in Rolla, MO (about a 2 hour drive from St. Louis). My wife, daughter, niece, and myself took a little day trip to Fugitive Beach to see what it all about. It was very cool. When you enter you can immediately see this massive water slide. Then upon further inspection you can see two different platforms where you can jump into the water. There was a bar and grill there if you didn’t bring your own food. You cannot bring your own alcohol which I think is a good idea, but you can buy beer, etc at the bar there. You can also bring a cooler with food, soda, water, etc, but no glass and remember to not be a litter bug and pick up your trash.

It cost us $6 per person and we also had to sign a waiver before entering. Makes sense. This is/was a quarry. We setup our beach blanket, some chairs, and a cooler. Leaving all of that behind we took to the water. Everyone but my daughter Abby went down the slide and jumped off the cliffs. I don’t blame her. When I was her age I would only hold onto the ladder whenever I got into the pool.

Did I mention I took my GoPro? I didn’t? Then maybe instead of reading all of this you should just watch this instead…

 

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