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Tips To Keep Your Children Safe Inside Their Bedroom

When you have really young kids at home, your priority should be their safety. The bedroom has to be one of the most important places that you need to focus on.

First of all, determine if your child can sleep on a bed. Younger children are safer when they are placed in a cot. That piece of furniture will have rails that can keep your child from falling out of the bed. Also, a large bed might not be appropriate for a very small child. Older children who need bigger places to sleep in can have a bed. You need to change the cots that they have always slept on with a small bed. If you want, you can even have side rails installed on that small bed.

The cots need to have additional protection. There are those products that are made from hardwood. Your child can bump on the rails and that can be a cause of injury. Make sure that you place something soft on the sides. Thin pillows that are held in place may be enough.
The bed has to be low in order to avoid injuries when your child falls out of it. When the bed is not too high, there might be no need for you to use side rails. You also shouldn't worry and shouldn't keep checking on your child to see if he or she is tucked in bed. Even in the middle of the night, there will be no worries that your child has fallen off his or her bed.

Decide where it will be best to position the bed. Placing it against a wall can be a good idea as the wall can serve as additional safety guard. However, you also risk the chance of injuring your child when he or she bumps into the hard surface of the wall. If you have no other choice but to place the bed near a wall, consider placing padding on the part of the wall that is adjacent to the bed.

The bed, however, has to be kept away from a window. You don't want to give your child an extra leverage in order to reach the window's lock. If you have blinds or curtains hung on those windows, they may likewise serve as risks for accidents.

When you have mats beside or under the bed, make sure that they are non-slip. Your child can jump off the bed, step on the mat and slip. You wouldn't want this to happen.

Make sure that the bed is sturdy. There shouldn't be any parts that can be removed easily. As much as possible, the bed's structure should not be moving or swaying when someone gets on it. The screws have to be placed correctly. There shouldn't be any missing screws. Regularly check those parts of the bed. You have to make sure that there are no protruding parts. Also check if there are parts that are falling off. You will make sure that your child is safe by preventing whatever accident from happening.


The StarCraft Gaming Craze

It has sold more than 12 million copies since its release in 1998 by Blizzard Entertainment, a Guinness Book record, and has hooked both amateur and pro gamers across the world. Its incredibly detailed plot and emphasis on real-time strategy is so impressive that it has won thirty seven gaming awards, including a star on the illustrious Walk of Game in San Francisco, California. Yes, we're talking about StarCraft, the game that revolutionised gaming standards across the world.

What is StarCraft?

StarCraft is a real-time, sci-fi strategy video game with a military theme. It can be played by 1-8 players and is aimed at players above 13 years of age. Set in the 26th century, the game revolves around three races: Terrans (the future humans), Zerg (parasitical insect-like aliens) and Protoss (advanced humanoids). All three species engage in a spectacular battle to dominate Koprulu Sector, a far-flung part of the Milky Way. Players can play the game as members of any of the three species and each experience is uniquely crafted.

Why is StarCraft so popular?

The popularity of StarCraft derives from its compelling plot and beautiful design. Each level is cleverly designed to be more difficult than the last. Dazzling graphic design, numerous multiplayer options and overall aesthetic appeal are also a huge part of why StarCraft remains one of the most popular video games even 14 years after its original release.

In South Korea and Japan, professional StarCraft competitions are held (and even televised) where gamers get paid serious money by sponsors.

Interesting facts about StarCraft

StarCraft is a cult in South Korea where it is considered a legitimate career option. Global StarCraft champions Lim Yo-Hwan, Lee Yun-Yeol, and Lee Young-Ho are all from South Korea. Pro StarCraft players are known to train upwards of eight hours a day. At advanced levels, a gamer needs to perform about 300 actions every minute during which his heartbeat can reach 160 beats per minute.

Cool StarCraft gadgets

Dozens of gadgets have been designed specifically to enhance one's experience of playing StarCraft. Try gaming mice like the Razer SPECTRE Mouse, Razer Deathadder Infrared Gaming Mouse and Razer Imperator Ergonomic Laser Gaming Mouse. Among the many headphones exclusively designed for StarCraft, our pick would have to be the Razer Banshee StarCraft Gaming Headset with sound isolation, APM-Lighting System, and circum-aural construction.

With its imaginative storytelling and challenging gameplay, StarCraft is truly among the most successful video games of all time. So, when are you getting your game on?


Fun Backyard Games For The Kids

Parents can be a bit possessive and overprotective of their kids. They want to see their kids all the time to make sure that they are in safe condition. They hate the feeling of paranoia when the kids are playing in the park or in streets without them. However, it is not possible to watch them 24 hours a day especially for working parents.

One way to ensure the children's safety is to encourage them to play in your backyard. There are different backyard games that you can teach them so they no longer need to play in the streets. They can just invite other kids and play these games with them. Here are some examples of the said games:

1. Cross Step - Draw 10 by 10 grid on the patio with a marker or chalk. Have each player pick one square for him or her then on the mark of the leader, each of the players will step into a new square crossing out the square where they came from. They cannot step into a square occupied by another player nor can they step into a crossed-out square. The last person standing in a free square wins the game.

2. Blind walk - You will set up obstacles from one end of the patio to the opposite end. Allow the kids to have a look of the path where they should walk in. After 5 minutes, line them up and one by one they will cross the obstacle course with their blindfolds. You should record how fast the player is able to cross the path and the kid with shortest time wins the game. However, it is advisable to have an adult nearby the blindfolded player to avoid any accident.

3. Kick the Can - This is a fun game with at least three participants. An empty can must be placed in the middle of the playing field while one player will serve as "it". The "it" will close his or her eyes while counting 1 to 20. The other participants on the other hand will hide from the "it". After counting down to 20 "it" will seek other players and tag them one by one. The tagged player must go to a "jail". Other players can try to free them by kicking the can. If the "it" captured all the players with the can still standing then he wins the game.

4. Bean bag toss game - This game is perfect for adults and for kids too. You should set up one wooden or plastic bean bag with a hole on one end so it is slightly leaning against a wall. Now, have each player stand at least 4 feet away from the target. Each takes turn in pitching three beanbags. The player with most number of points wins. This is definitely a fun game to play along with corn hole game.

The little kids will surely have lots of fun with these games. However, it is advisable to assign an adult who will watch over them while they are playing. This is to ensure that the kids will meet no accident since they tend to become hyperactive and competitive. You can also play these games with them during weekends. For sure, that idea will excite the kids even more.


What Are My Comics Worth?

If you're a comic book aficionado, here's how to determine the worth of your collection.

How do I identify my comics?

To identify a comic book, you need to locate the indicia information which will tell you the exact title, publication date, copyright information and issue number of the comic. The indicia is usually found on the inside cover or first couple of pages of a comic book.

What makes comics valuable?

There are many considerations that make a comic book valuable. Predominant among these is the comic's age. Comics belonging to the Golden Age (1930s and 40s) are the most highly-valued today because they are rare. Unfortunately, newer comics aren't worth all that much. Another factor is the print number. Some comics are reprinted many times due to high demand. In these cases, an earlier print will fetch a lot more money than a later one. Limited edition comic books are also worth a lot.

More about comic art

Original comic art has become a treasured collector's item since the 90s and can even be found in famous museums because they are extremely unique. If you have an original piece of art that an artist prepared for a publication, contact a comic book appraiser to find out what it may be worth.

What is comic book grading?

'Grading' is used to describe a comic book's overall condition. It takes into account factors like tears, discoloration, water damage and creases. It is usually a good idea to have your comics professionally graded by companies like CGC (Comics Guaranty Company) because it assures prospective buyers of objectivity. However, you can also grade your comic collection yourself using an eight-point scale that goes from Mint (no tears, cuts, rusts fading, and creases) to Poor (major wear and tear, bent spine, stains, brittle pages). Use this scale to assess the condition of your own collection objectively.

Rare comics

Some of the rarest and most valuable comic books include:

Action Comics, No. 1: Valued at a whopping ZAR 11,000,000, this was Superman's debut in 1938.

Detective Comics, No. 27: Valued at more than ZAR 10,000,000, this comic marked Batman's debut in 1939 when it sold less than ZAR 1!

Amazing Fantasy, No. 15: Originally sold for less than ZAR1 in 1938, the comic that debuted Spiderman recently sold for about ZAR 7,290,000.

Marvel Comics, No. 1: The first comic to introduce Wolverine, X-Men and Ironman and worth more than ZAR 2,600,000.


Unveiling The Mystery Behind The Popularity Of Final Fantasy XI

For the most part, the kids of today's generation feel as if it is their birthright to play with the latest video game consoles. It is no wonder why kids, teens and even some adults find themselves quite addicted to the latest craze in the video gaming industry.

One of the most popular game titles today is Final Fantasy. This is classified as an MMPORG or a massively multiplayer online role playing game. With an MMPORG, a huge number of players battle or interact with each other in a virtual world. In the case of Final Fantasy, what exactly is it about the game which makes it appeal to players of all ages? That is what we will try to discover here.

The Appeal of Final Fantasy as an Online Video Game

First, here is a brief background. Final Fantasy is a console role-playing game developed by Square Enix which was originally intended for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Over the years, the game has been created to fit different consoles including Nintendo DS, PlayStation, Wii, Xbox 360 and even mobile phones.

So what is it exactly about the Final Fantasy game which makes it appealing to video game aficionados? Perhaps the number one factor which appeals to a multitude of players is the fact that Final Fantasy is a role playing game. The scenarios revolve around a group of characters battling an evil who dominates the virtual world that the game creates for players.

Those who wish to have an engaging escape from their daily lives could definitely use the help of a game like Final Fantasy especially the Final Fantasy XI version. Here, you can mould the look of the character that you are playing, bet it an androgynous or effeminate character.

Another thing which makes the Final Fantasy game series unique is that players can get to advance their ranks as you get to complete different missions or battle different evils. As the game progresses, you are bound to get hooked with the story and with finishing the tasks that your characters are taking on.

When you combine all of these factors with the fact that the game has excellent graphics, sound and storyline that you can easily get hooked with, it is no wonder why the popularity of the Final Fantasy video game series is still growing strong despite its being first launched in the market during the 1990s.


Grand Theft Auto: The 10 Worst Cities For Auto Theft

Speaking of video games, with California topping the list with 8 out of 10 worst cities for auto theft, it is a no-brainer as to the setting of the PlayStation game, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

For many non-residents, the "Golden State" appears to be an ideal place to reside given its continuously warm tropical climate, numerous celebrity occupants and a shot at stardom. Flip through a celeb magazine or tabloid and stars almost always seem to be somewhere in California. Many occupy the more glamorous cities such as Hollywood, Montecito, Toluca Lake and Los Angeles. On the flip side of the glitz and glamour, California is also known for its high crime rate, magnified by television documentaries such as MSNBC's Lockup: Raw.

Recent Violent Crime Statistics

Recent national crime data statistics indicate California's average crime rate is 187 (a coincidental number based on its slang definition) for every square mile. This number significantly exceeds the U.S. national average of 34. California may be high up on the list of states to reside, but given the violent crime ratio, those considering may want to reconsider: one out of every 178 Californians is a victim of a violent crime.

Auto Theft Statistics

Though auto theft is not classified as a violent crime, the numbers are alarmingly high, especially in California. California holds 8 out of 10 spots for the ten worst cities for auto theft, up from last year's 6 out of 10. Additionally, the state's auto theft average is nearly double the national average. Recent information compiled by NICB (National Insurance Crime Bureau) reveals that auto theft is a worsening problem. However, others suggest there is a decrease in auto theft for the following reasons:

* Tougher laws-New and improved laws with stiffer punishments in addition to better enforcement practices have proven effective. Video and audio-equipped bait cars with tracking devices are more often utilized resulting in more captures. When jackers enter a bait car, they are recorded on video. Officers are then able to slow the vehicle with special remote control equipment or even lock the jacker inside the car before apprehending.

* Improved factory-installed anti-theft devices-There is a commonality among car manufacturers to include anti-theft devices in newer vehicles. Sync (Ford) and OnStar (GM) are location tracking technologies that help find and recover stolen cars.

* Securing vehicles-Locking doors, rolling up windows, closing convertible tops, not leaving keys in the car and parking where there is adequate lighting.


The information gathered to compile the list of top 10 worst cities for auto theft was taken from NICB. This nonprofit organization is located in Des Plaines, Illinois. Its mission is to deter insurance fraud and auto theft. Data was collected from population standards from the U.S. Census Bureau with zip codes tied to vehicle crime reports for metropolitan areas.

Top 10 Worst Cities for Auto Theft

The top 10 worst cities for auto theft are as follows:
10. Yakima, Washington
9. San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont, California
8. Visalia-Porterville, California
7. Stockton, California
6. Sacramento/Arden-Arcade//Roseville, California
5. Vallejo-Fairfield, California
4. Spokane, Washington
3. Bakersfield-Delano, California
2. Modesto, California
1. Fresno, California

With the highest auto theft rate at 812.40 (Fresno) for every 100,000 people to the lowest rate at 29.87 (State College, PA), the numbers reveal a wide gap between the top and bottom. Interestingly no metropolitan areas east of the Rocky Mountains made the top 10. Laredo, TX topped the list last year but didn't make the current list. Spokane, Washington moved from No. 18 to No. 4, a fourteen point difference. And while Albuquerque, New Mexico saw a decrease in auto theft, making its way off the list, Yakima, Washington also saw a decrease and went from No. 6 to No. 10.

California's Auto Theft Rate Imbalance

Some may wonder why California is disproportionately affected by auto theft, making up most of the top 10 list in comparison to other states. There are a few different reasons for its seemingly disproportionate statistics, which include the following:

* Cities neighboring Mexico and cities located centrally where drug and weapon trafficking business is especially high

* Enormous population-As one of the largest states in the U.S., California also has the largest population. Thus, the more residents, the higher the rate of incidence.

* The consistently warm temperature-California is also known for its ideal beach weather. However, this makes many of its residents prone to carelessness. Drivers leave windows down, doors unlocked and even tops down on convertibles for convenience or relief. These carefree attitudes present perfect opportunities for car jackers.

While there is no solid evidence that shows that crime rate increases as the economy worsens, common sense is necessary to help prevent auto theft. And though the numbers seem to indicate auto theft is on the decline-perhaps more so for the first time since 1967-and due to the tougher laws and practices, car thieves still find way to cash in on pettier auto-related incidences. Rims and tires remain a hot commodity. Airbags are worth $200. Profits aside, many thieves continue to steal vehicles to get from Point A to Point B. FBI statistics reveal that the financial cost of auto theft on consumes and insurance companies is at $ 8 billion per year with over one million vehicles stolen every year. Less than 60 percent are found.

How about that new car?


From 2D To 3D - The Video Game World Evolves

Back in the day when computer or gaming console video games first came out, the graphics were a little plain and a maybe a little cheesy compared to what we have today. When video games first came on the scene with gaming consoles like Atari the graphics were what is called 2D. Games like Space Invaders and Asteroids were all done in 2D graphics. There were some games that were experimenting with 3D such as the Battle Zone game, but how many people remember that game. Games like Space Invaders and Asteroids are considered Classics and are still played today.

Aside from the look of the graphics, the difference in 2D and 3D games is that the 2D games could only be used in an up and down and side-to-side fashion. With 3D games you can go up, down, side-to-side, diagonal and even 360 degree turns are possible.

Up until the 1990's games were all created in a 2D fashion until the first 3D game called Wolfenstein 3D came along. This game had a great concept as an interactive game but it also had some pretty cool looking graphics. Wolfenstein 3d pretty much set the standard for all future 3D games to come. 3D games soon took over the gaming industry and were soon immensely popular. It has hard to find a game still available made in 2D.

Some gaming companies thought the transition into 3D graphics would be easier if they used an isometric 2D graphic to compete with the 3D world but most were not too successful. There were design problems, the grids were a bit hard to follow and the looks of the graphics were a bit off as well.

Even games like Pac Man attempted to use a 3D version. Then came games like Zelda and Mario Brothers, these are game series built on 3D graphics. So in essence the graphics are better in 3D, more games are sold these days based on graphics rather than game concept. Do you think games like Grand Theft Auto would be a best seller in 2D, maybe or maybe not.

But it has been said that the problems or rather the issues lie with the creation of these 3D graphic games. The technology is better but is it easier to create a game based on 3D rather than 2D? Of course not but 3D games sell better which makes it more conceivable to use 3D technology than 2D. There are 3 different categories that designers use, the Tile Based Games, games like Civilization. The Single Plane Games are games like Super Mario Brothers and Real World Games like Portal and Super Mario Galaxy.

Tile Games are 2D technology while Single Plane and Real World Games are 3D. If you ask any gamer today what style they want their games to be in they are going to say 3D. Back in the 80's and up to the 90's 2D games were very popular and kids love to play them. Then came along technology and they like playing the games even better.


How To Fill In A Blank Sudoku Puzzle Grid

So, you have decided to play sudoku, but you've been staring at a blank sudoku grid for a few minutes, unsure what to do or where to start.

A sudoku grid is comprised of a 9x9 grid with 9 slots in each row further broken down into 3x3 areas to be filled with the numbers 1-9. In some of the slots, numbers have already been provided. These numbers cannot be changed or moved in any way.

Now, you need to determine which numbers go into which "slot". This is a popular game in Japan, which is where its' name originated.

In a sudoku grid, you have to make note of the numbers already provided and then fill in the empty slots with the numbers 1-9. However, you cannot duplicate the numbers in each row, column or area.

Looking at a blank sudoku grid may seem intimidating, but with patience it will soon be filled with numbers. There are millions upon millions of solutions available to you when filling in a blank sudoku grid, so whatever you come up with, as long as you've followed the rules, you'll be correct.

The rules really are simple as I have outlined here. I myself have tried Sudoku, which can be found on most magazine racks, and find the game somewhat challenging.

A sudoku grid can be played anywhere, anytime by anyone ages 8 through 80. You don't have to be a MENSA member to play. There is no math involved, only patience, time and concentration.

You can download blank sudoku grids online, or go to the bookstore and buy a whole book of them. Blank sudoku grids can be easy or they can be complicated. It depends on your skill level and where you want to start. Don't underestimate the amount of concentration that the games demand. This is key to finishing a grid the fastest when in competition.

Sudoku grids are also great to use on rainy days with the kids or on game night with the whole family. Anyone can play--that's the great thing about it. With so many different combinations to solve the puzzle, you can let everyone do their own and see where the differences are, or who gets done first.

So, download a blank sudoku grid today and see what the hype is all about. You won't be disappointed. In fact you will find it somewhat challenging! Give it a try then get the family involved for a little friendly family competition.


Some Of The Popular Real Time Strategy Games

It's an age-old question that will only get more and more intense in the coming year as the Xbox 360 is in full swing and the PS3 and Revolution release. Which is better? What system is right for me? I would suggest both systems if you can possibly do it.

Computer gaming is more expensive now days so you must make the right choices in the equipment and games you select. Computer gaming is best for Real Time Strategy (RTS) games.

Others are First Person Shooters (FPS), Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORG), Flight Simulation games, and Point and Click Adventure games.

Warhammer Mark of Chaos is the eagerly awaited RTS (Real Time Strategy) game by Namco Bandai. The game is fairly simple to get used to (after about half an hour you will probably be used to most of the basic controls)

Basically, its mostly drag and click but there are some useful rotating/zooming options (all explained in the tutorial, which is a must for first-time players) and if a quick view reset is required, all you have to do is tap the Space Bar on your keyboard.

Both the Empire and the Chaos campaigns are very similar, you move along a pre-determined battle path and fight battle after battle, meet and help a besieged town, duel an enemy hero and defeat and encampment of enemies.

Ninety-Nine Nights (or as its affectionately known, N3), is the latest in a stream of action titles from Phantagram, their most famous franchise being the mix between RTS and action, Kingdom Under Fire.

Here is the most complete list that I could gather on real time strategy games. In no particular order they are: Act of War, A Force More Powerful, Age of Empires series, Age of Kings, Age of Mythology, Alien Nations, Ancient Art of War, Armies of Exigo.

Axis & Allies, Battlefield Command, Battle for Middle Earth series, Battle Realms, Battlefield 40K, Black & White, Caesar III, Close Combat series, Codename: Panzers, Command & Conquer series (one of my personal favorites), C&C Generals, Company of Heroes, Conquest: Frontier Wars, Cossacks series, Dark Planet, Dark Reign, Darwinia, Dawn of War, DefCon.

Dune, Dune 2000, Dungeon Keeper II, Earth 2150 series, Emperor: Battle for Dune, Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom, Empire Earth series, Empires Mod, Europa Universalis II, Evil Genius, Field Ops, Galaxy Andromeda.

Great Empires Collection II, Ground Control series, Halo Wars, gemonia, Heaven & Hell, Heroes of Might & Magic series, Homeworld, Homeworld: Cataclysm, Homeworld 2, Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile, Imperial Glory.

Impossible Creatures and so many more I do not know if I will be able to list them all. Oh Well, there is only about one more paragraph of them left so I will continue. Wow, such a wide selection.

Others are: KKND series, Kohan series, Left Behind: Eternal Forces, Majesty, Medieval Lords, Medieval: Total War, Metal Fatigue, Myth series, Natural Selection, Mod Nexus: The Jupiter Incident, O.R.B., Outforce, The Perimeter, Pharoah, Populous series, Powermonger. Are you still with me?

This comprehensive list will give you many more ideas of what is available! More include: Railroad Tycoon series, Real War, Rise of Nations, Rise of Legends, Rome: Total War, Sacrifice Settlers III, Shattered Union, SimCity series, Soldiers: Heroes of World War II, StarCraft, Startopia, Star Trek: Armada 2 (another one of my personal favorites).

Star Wars: Empire at War, Stronghold: Crusader, Submarine Titans, Sudden Strike series, Supreme Commander, Supreme Ruler 2010, Sword of the Stars, Theatre of War, Total Annihilation, Total War Series, Tropico series, Utopia, Victoria, WarCraft series, WarCraft III, Warlords Battlecry series, War of the Ring, War on Terror.

Warrior Kings: Battles, Wartime Command, Warzone 2100, WWII: Frontline Command, Z: Steel Soldiers, Zeus: Master of Olympus. Now try saying all that three times really fast!! I hope I have not forgotten any and I also don't think I duplicated any so there you have it, the whole list.


Fun and Profit Collecting Barbies

One of the most popular collector's items is dolls. Collectible dolls can range from antique dolls to modern collectible dolls. If you are interested in collecting dolls, it would be a good idea to focus on a particular type of collectible doll.

Certainly one of the most rewarding and exciting is collectible Barbie dolls. Barbies have become extremely popular since they first came out in 1959. What little girl is there that doesn't own at least one Barbie? The value of collectible Barbies is quite high, so much so, that today there are even Barbies that can be specially designed according to collectors' needs.

People Who Collect Barbies

While every little girl owns a Barbie, most of them do not collect them. Let's face it, the fun of a Barbie is dressing her and doing her hair for those dates with Ken, but the price for this fun is that the doll now has little or no monetary value.

Most of the people who actually collect Barbies are adults. It is believed that there are well over a hundred thousand adults that own these wonderful collectible dolls. Nearly all these adults are women, and about ten percent of Barbie collectors are male. Furthermore, the women that own such collections are statistically usually in their forties, and purchase an average of twenty such dolls each year, sometimes spending about a thousand or more dollars in the process.

How to Collect Barbies

Rule Number One: Keep It in the Box

If you wish to maintain the value of your collectible Barbies, you must leave them in their boxes. Part of the value of a Barbie is the original box; therefore most experienced collectors do not ever remove their collectible Barbies from their boxes. The value of collectible Barbies can depreciate by as much fifty percent if they are taken out of their boxes.

As a collector of Barbie dolls you have a choice to make about whether to take the doll out of its box to enjoy while losing out on value, or simply console yourself that the doll in its box is beautiful and will maintain its value even though you will not get a chance to touch and play with it. However, you can buy a collectible Barbie doll packaged in a lift-off box, so you can still enjoy playing with and feeling your Barbie. In this way it will still look great while it retains its value as a collectible.

Rule Number Two: Ask An Expert

Finding collectible Barbies is not a difficult task, but getting to know the value of your collection can require a bit of effort. Before you are able to accurately judge the value of collectible Barbies, you may need to ask an expert or read up on the literature pertaining to collectible Barbie dolls. If you are new to this activity, be sure to realize that there are a number of sources for you to tap into in your quest for information on collectible Barbie dolls.

There are two classes of collectible Barbie, vintage and modern. Vintage dolls are those produced from 1959 to the early eighties; modern dolls are produced from the mid-eighties on. Both classes have collectible value.

The value of your Barbie can depend on several factors. For example, if you look on eBay, the price can vary according to who is selling the Barbie (if it is a reputable dealer the price will be more), also on the photograph of the doll, and the spending power of the purchaser. Evaluating the current value of collectible Barbies can be a bit confusing. You will find that a Barbie gift set in perfect condition can fetch anything from one hundred thirty dollars to two hundred fifty five dollars.

What Styles of Barbies to Collect

Most collectors who collect Barbies because of their value will gravitate towards Label dolls. These pieces have very detailed attention paid to clothes and accessories. The Platinum Label doll is produced in limited editions that do not exceed a thousand such dolls, and are sometimes only found in a specific retail shop. The White Chocolate Obsession Barbie Doll is a wonderful example of such a collectible doll, and the name refers to the scent of white chocolate that exudes from the doll's hair. Other similar collectible Barbies include Faerie Queen, Badgley Mischka Bride Barbie, as well as the very restricted Nurse Barbie doll that has been designed by Robert Best.

However, Barbie dolls are so popular that they are also made based on TV shows, movies, and famous personalities. Collectors find them appealing, and the value of these popular Barbies will often appreciate. When considering collectible Barbies, these are perhaps the type of collectible Barbie doll that will come to mind first.

There are many elements to consider when collecting Barbies, so it is important that your first and foremost consideration is how well you like a particular Barbie. For most collectors the fun is in the owning and enjoying of a special Barbie, and if it happens to become valuable, so much the better.


Duck Hunting Games - Why Are They So Entertaining?

Who didn't love playing duck hunt as a child? We all loved the game and now thanks to the internet there are plenty of duck hunt games available online for free. You can play free, online duck hunter games anytime of the day, for as long as you want. Whether you love hunting, shooting or just playing free games online, duck hunt games are the perfect choice for anyone online. Hunt, shoot and play your way to the top of the online scoreboards by mastering the art of free, online duck hunt games today.

There are other shooting games out there that you can play for free online, but there is often nothing more exciting than shooting and hunting at the same time online. Duck, cover and hunt your way into the right position so that you can succeed in shooting all kinds of prey, no matter the time of day or season. All you have to do is head online, become the hunter and start hunting ducks. It is as simple as that. In minutes you can be shooting and hunting your way through free, online hunt games and become one of the best hunters that play free games online day. There is nothing more rewarding than bagging a duck while hunting and setting a high score while you play the role of a hunter and continue shooting your way to the top of the duck hunt games online.

Any online hunter that plays shooting games and any kind of hunting game knows that patient is a prerequisite for duck hunt games. If you aren't willing to be patient then you have no change of setting a high score or shooting and hunting your way to the top while you play any free online hunting games. If you really want to hunt to the top and take down a ton of duck then you really need to wait, reload and pick the right time to shoot in all of these duck hunting games. Masters of online hunting games are dedicated and willing to a put a lot of shooting and effort into learning how to play just a single online duck hunt game, or even a whole host of duck shooting games.

There really is no reason you cannot enjoy being a hunter and shooting ducks in online, free games today. There are many hunting and shooting games available where you can hunt ducks and master the art of the hunt for free. Just be calm, be patient and get ready to hunt ducks and fall in love with all the hunting and shooting that you can engage in with free online duck hunting games. It is more fun that you imagined hunting ducks and how can you not love the fact that you can play and hunt online for free? Play duck hunt games today online and find out just how much fun it is to be the hunter and shoot and hunt your way to the top of the duck hunt leader boards.


Toddler Education: A Few Ways to Prepare Your Kid

Toddler education is a must. It is the early stage of educating a child. As a parent, you have the power to know if your kid is already ready for school or not. Apply some strategies. Toddlers have the greater ability to learn new skills and information compared to those aging 5, 6, or 7 years old. A child learns in various ways. Compared to adults, they need more attention and guidance. They can't simply learn things on their own. But, they can discover new things. Most of the time, they like to play and be with their peers. They find it boring to learn through lecture.
A child rapidly gets bored when he sees only written words in front of him. This is why toddlers should be exposed to symbols, pictures, drawings, and more. Toddler lessons are not as comprehensive as college lessons. Teachers are not doing pure lecture. They don't just assign activities and then expect that those can be done. Toddlers learn slowly but in such an interesting way. Lessons should be child-centered, in other words, made to fit the particular needs of the child.

Introducing your kid to the activities is simply beneficial. Narrate to him all the possible activities so that he will know what to focus on. Narrate the activities. This activity will support his language and thinking. Prepare your kid by exposing him to what lies ahead. You can organize a small classroom. Fill it up with learning aids. Try to pick bigger pictures. Collect educational books that are fit to his age. Kids learn the most through play. So, even if you are not a teacher of toddlers, you can still devise some activities. Educate him through play. Allow him to discover new things. Let him ask questions. Support his interests. Sustain his motivation throughout.

Choose the right instructional aids in preparation of the proper toddler education. Select books with large print words and vivid pictures. Be sensitive with the colors. Children love to see vivid and colorful images. They are more motivated to learn. They get more inspired. They develop a much clearer understanding. Kids learn faster if they understand. But, they end up asking more questions if they feel like things are complicated.

Toddler education is much upgraded now. So, prepare your kid to a much bigger world of technology. Use computers, foreign cassettes and DVDs. Play songs during lessons. Allow him to manipulate gadgets. Foreign language videos are better for toddlers because they can learn easily at this age than it will be later on. So, spend quality time preparing your kid for his entry to school. As a parent, you are the first teacher. First spoken word, first expression, first laugh, and more are learnt from the parents.

Moms and dads are excited to see their toddlers doing well in school. This is why they find quality time to prepare them. They let them wear new clothes. They teach them the alphabet. They apply repetition. However, parents should not forget to give rewards whenever they see their kids excelling in school.


Children's Pedal Cars Drive Kids to Fun-filled Entertainment

Every parent with children at home dreads those rainy days since kids usually prefer to play outdoors. Additionally, this particular technological age that we live in provides a vast amount of devices that can easily attract children to staying inside. However, one great method toward getting your children out under the sun and into the fresh air is to get them a selection from children's pedal cars. These are actually interactive toys providing your child a great deal of physical exercise. Furthermore, driving children cars helps to fulfill a kid's urge to mimic adults. Children's pedal cars are quite realistic looking providing hours upon hours of fun filled entertainment "driving" about the greater outdoors.

How Easy Is It For A Child To Drive?

When a parent looks at the technical factors concerning children cars, the first thing you'll see is that your young child will have no problem driving around. All cars have low centers of gravity that compel all four wheels to stay on the ground, which is especially necessary when even making a sharp turn. However, make sure that you check out the pedal mechanism. It needs to be manufactured so it is impossible for your child to get tangled up in it, pinched or restrained from freely moving. Fortunately, in order to pass a plethora of federal and local safety laws, manufacturers of kids pedal cars focus toward creating moving parts that are as safe as possible making them virtually resistant to any child snaring, helping put a parent's mind quite at ease.

Riding In Style

Your selection of style for kids pedal cars can also be an attractive factor compelling your child to get outdoors for a little exercise. You will find a variety of styles created with your youngster in mine offering all sorts of configurations from classic cars to today's popular huge monster trucks. There are "pink Cadillacs" and Barbie-themed children's pedal cars available for girls as well as many different types of NASCAR-themed choices as well. You might even find you can select a model that mimics the exact family car in which you drive the kids about town. This helps with fantasy play since driving a toyed- down version of the car your child is familiar with will give them a great feeling of control "deciding " where the family is going to travel while they're driving.

Many Possibilities to Investigate

When a parent has decided that there is a great interest in purchasing children's pedal cars to add to your kids outdoor play and exercise equipment, you will find many opportunities to investigate sources available. You can find kids pedal cars in a variety of different retail locations, especially in large department or toy stores. You can also conveniently shop online where in the comfort of your own space, on your own computer, you can learn about the models available and make comparisons before you decide to invest your money in kids pedal cars.

This investment in children's pedal cars can turn out to be quite a good one since it gives you the opportunity to make sure your child stays in shape and possibly learns about procedures driving a vehicle that they will take with them into adulthood.


Thought About Becoming a World of Warcraft Millionaire:Its Easier Than You Think!

Anyone who is into the gaming world has heard of the amazing game called:World of Warcraft. Even if you are not a member of the gaming community this game is so popular you must have heard of it and it's characters. World of Warcraft is an online role-playing experience set in the award-winning Warcraft universe. Players can then assume the roles of Warcraft heroes as they explore, adventure, and quest across a vast world. World of Warcraft is a virtual world that combines the elements of mythical creatures, a totally real economy, and a great sense of purpose for your in-game character that for most people rivals their real life experience.

World of Warcraft takes place within the world of Azeroth, four years after the events at the conclusion of Blizzard's previous release, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. The game was released on November 23, 2004.

The game World of Warcraft is so compelling that some people play 24 hours in one session. Players become so mesmerised with the game and it's characters that they just keep going, and can spend an entire day inside its mystical world.World of Warcraft is 'warcraft' the point of the game isn't to have another life it is to quest and to pursue the war between Horde and Alliance.It would please most gamers to know if they have never played World of Warcraft that it is loaded with things to do, many places to see, monsters to kill, and quests, quests, and more quests to solve.

World of Warcraft is an online game that has thousands of players, so naturally the game is built to facilitate and or bring about extensive in-game socializing. You can easily search for players by using key words, looking for those in your same zone or with certain names.World of Warcraft is an ever-changing game where something new is always being added, tweaked, and or changed around. It also is an constant-changing game which comes with updates every single week. World of warcraft is the number one pc online game for the past three years. If you did know the facts and what blizz actually put into it you wouldn't be saying there milked dry.

Actually, the main goal of World of Warcraft is the undertaking of quests and interacting with the other characters (human and non human). In order to buy items, services and other goods the player needs virtual gold, the currency of the Wold of Warcraft world.

Gold is something that all World of Warcraft players are constantly in pursuit of. Many World of Warcraft players spend all of their time trying to earn gold when they are at lower levels.As your character level increases, you will quickly find that no matter how much time you spend earning World of Warcraft gold, you can always seem to spend it in the blink of an eye.

In order to earn more gold in World of Warcraft you will want to increase the amount of bags that you carry. This will allow you to loot more of the corpses that you kill and sell that loot for money. It is also recommended to get a primary profession that can produce goods that can be sold at high profit margins.

World of Warcraft is quickly becoming one of the most popular games on the internet, and with its excellent graphics, great choice of character design and tons of exciting missions, it is no wonder that World of Warcraft has such a huge international following. If you have not played this game as of yet it is highly recommended. You too will soon get caught up like the rest of us World of Warcraft lovers.


Taking Your Video Gaming Experience to the Next Level

Good versus evil is the usual premise of MMPORG or massively multiplayer online role-playing games. The typical scenario of these games involves sweet-looking elves, righteously glowing swords or villains casting spells. However, if you are looking for a different kind of gaming experience, how about taking things a notch higher? With an MMPORG called Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, this is exactly the type of gaming experience that you will get to enjoy. Read on to learn more about it.

All about the Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures MMPORG

First, let us try to learn a bit more about the game Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures. The game was first released on May 20, 2008 and is classified as a low-fantasy MMPORG. Funcom is the developer and publisher of the game, along with Eidos Interactive.

Interestingly enough, Age of Conan is the first game from the planned series of similar games which take place within the Hyborian kingdoms continent. If you are looking for an entirely different kind of gaming adventure, then you should definitely try playing Age of Conan. It is loosely based from the Conan novels of Robert E. Howard.

How do you feel about engaging in a virtual world which is savagely sexy? Rather than the wholesome or family-friendly games, the Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures game has a mature content that will thrill the adventure seekers. As far as the game itself is concerned, the first thing that you will notice about Age of Conan is its incredible looking graphics.

As a player, this is naturally a big factor which decides which game it is that you will play because you basically want to lose yourself in the virtual world that you are in. In this aspect of playing the game, Age of Conan does not disappoint from the excellent graphics to the awesome sound.

Another factor of the game which makes Age of Conan unique is the fact that it does not follow the combat system where there is no targeting. Instead of selecting which enemy to fight, you can choose which particular set of skills your characters can execute automatically.

As far as magic is concerned, players will delight in the fact that it may not be as flashy as the other MMPORGs, but it is no less powerful. Unlike World of Warcraft which managed to capture audiences of all ages, it seems as if Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures is meant to appeal to the more mature spectrum of online gaming audience.


Super Mario - Since The Beginning

Mario is easily one of the most recognizable faces to come out of Nintendo, but did you know his original name was Jumpman? That's right, in 1981 Mario first appeared in Donkey Kong, but then, he went by the name of Jumpman, but Mario was used as his name in some promotional material.

This game surprised Nintendo by its extreme success. To test the popularity of Mario, Nintendo released an arcade game called Marion Bros., which included Mario and his brother Luigi. This game was an immense success for Nintendo. Because of the success of both Donkey Kong and Mario Bros., in 1983, when Nintendo release the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), they also release Super Mario Bros.

References to his original name appear in a couple of Mario games, such as in Paper Mario: the Thousand-Year Door, when an audience member refers to Mario as Jumpman before a battle, and in Mario Hoops 3-on-3, where his nickname is "The Jumpman."

Mario's look, even to this current day, can be blamed on the limitations that were placed on the programmers and artists back in the early 80s by their current technology.

The programmers couldn't animate Mario's arms when he moved without making them disappear, so they gave him overalls and a solid shirt color.

They also didn't have room for a face or ears, and couldn't animate his hair, so they gave him his mustache, sideburns, and a baseball cap. Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario's creator, has stated in interviews that Mario wears a baseball cap because he finds it difficult to draw hair.

Mario's surname or last name is also Mario, which explains the use of Mario Bros. as game titles, because Luigi is Mario's brother, so they have the same last name. was first used in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, and then again in 1993 in a movie called Super Mario Bros.. Nintendo as a whole has never officially confirmed it, but it was put up on Nintendo of Europe's official Mario Megasite.

Ever since Mario has been popular he has been the unofficial mascot of Nintendo. He has been extremely and possibly over-merchandised along with his one time rival Sonic the Hedgehog, who came to be Sega's mascot in the early 1990s.

They competed fiercely until 2001, when Sonic Adventure 2: Battle came out for a Nintendo console due to Sega's new third-party status. Even though Sonic and Mario were now on Nintendo consoles, they still competed with each other, though not as much as before.

It hasn't been until recently, that they've been seen working together in the newly released Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games for the Wii. They will also appear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl together as well.

Mario is a 5 foot tall, portly plumber from Brooklyn, New York who lives in Mushroom Kingdom. He is considered to be the most famous video game character in history, and his series of games has sold over 193 million copies.

Mario has not only appeared in plat formers, but in other genres as well. The other genres include reaching, with Mario Kart, sports games such as Mario Tennis, and RPGs such as Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars.

Although Mario's said occupation is being a plumber, he is almost never seen doing any actual plumbing. With the exceptions being in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and in the original Mario Bros.. Pipes have still remained a mode of transportation, however, although the reason as to why might not be clear. However, in the original Donkey Kong games, Mario, who was still called Jumpman, was actually a carpenter.

Mario has also appeared as a doctor in Dr. Mario. He has even been shown as an archaeologist in the Game Boy game, Mario's Picross.

Mario's favorite pastime seems to be saving Princess Peach, and Mushroom Kingdom. Other ways he spends his time is battling villains, namely Bowser. In the role-playing games, Mario is given a heroic status for saving the Mushroom Kingdom so many times. In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, he and Luigi are called "superstars", which basically means huge celebrities.

Ever since his first appearance in a video game, Mario has been given the role of the hero, destined to save the damsel in distress. In the original Donkey Kong, he had to rescue his girlfriend, Pauline from Donkey Kong. Pauline obviously didn't stay in the series, as she was replaced by Princess Peach, who was originally referred to as "Princess Toadstool" or just "the Princess" in the English releases, in Super Mario Bros.

In 1993, with the release of Yoshi's Safari, Princess Peach was finally used in an English release of a Mario game, but it still wasn't used as widely until the release of Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64, three years later. Pauline has only been seen twice since the original Donkey Kong, once in the remake for the Game Boy, and once in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, in 2006.

She has since been described as Mario's friend, not girlfriend, as that appears to be Peach's position. Mario has received a kiss from her countless times, after each time he's rescued her, but the true status of their relationship has never been officially revealed, most likely to avoid the problems experienced with Pauline, but there is obviously affection shared between Mario and Peach.

Most of Mario's abilities come from the items that he collects and uses. In the platform games, there is the Super Mushroom, which makes Mario double in size. He is called "Super Mario", when he is in this state, and he also gets an extra hit point.

Other examples of items include the Fire Flower, which turns Mario into Fiery Mario, or just Fire Mario. This allows him to throw fireballs at his enemies. Another item is the star, which makes Mario completely invincible, and allows him to defeat all enemies with a single touch.

In other versions of Mario plat formers, there are other unique items, such as the Raccoon Leaf, and the Cape Feather. The Raccoon Leaf turns Mario into Raccoon Mario, and allows him to fly short distances by whipping his tail around in the air, sort of like Tails from the Sonic the Hedgehog games.

The Cape Feather obviously turns Mario into Cape Mario, which allows him to whip his cape at enemies to attack ,and also allows him to fly. In Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Mario can pick up the Power Carrot, which transforms Mario into Bunny Mario and makes his falling speed reduced.

Obviously, Mario is an extremely popular character, who has been in many games, and has even inspired indie games and online flash games, which get tons of hits and plays because they are free. With the increasing demand for new games, you can look for Mario to keep evolving and testing the waters in new genres as well. The future is still as bright for Mario as it was 20 years ago.


If You Have Young Children The Power Wheels Cadillac Escalade Could Be A Great Gift

Most men and women realize that finding a gift for a child is a thing that is very difficult to do. Nevertheless one thing is true of almost any child and that's the reality that they want the same things that you want. If you have ever seen a child in an automobile, you may possibly have seen the child imitating their parents driving, needless to say they also like playing with their parents cell phones. For this reason you may find that the Power Wheels Cadillac Escalade is really a sensible choice when it comes to a gift for a younger child.

One of the first things you're going to understand relating to this particular power wheels toy, would be that the doors on this Cadillac escalade actually open and close. If you have seen other battery operated vehicles you may already understand that the doors ordinarily do not function on these other vehicles. And mainly because the doors open and close this makes this specific vehicle similar to a regular automobile.

The point that this device comes complete with a built in FM radio is yet another thing that your children are going to like concerning this vehicle. However you should be aware that you'll need to purchase for C batteries in order to ensure that you can hear the sound coming from the radio. Personally I don't understand why the radio doesn't run off of the 12 volt battery for powering the product, but this is in reality a small concern. Just like almost all of the folks that I know, your kids will be driving along and also playing with the radio at the same time.

There is one drawback about this unit and that is the reality that it's been developed to work mostly on terrain that is flat. For people who have a lot of hills in your yard you are going to find that this device does not take the hills very well. However you will find that runs perfectly on flat grassy areas in addition to driveways, reaching up to 5 miles per hour. A number of you may be thinking that 5 miles an hour isn't really that fast but when you have your young child in the vehicle driving it seems a lot faster.

Obviously depending on exactly how much you are looking to spend on the child in question this may not be financially feasible. As of right now Amazon is selling this item for about $380, which is not bad considering that it's in addition $50.00 less than you would have to pay retail for it. Another thing you may like about purchasing this from Amazon would be that they are going to ship this right to your door and you'll not need to be concerned about paying the extra shipping fees. Obviously some people will still find that this price is more than they are willing to pay for a toy for their child. Having said that you will find that for many folks price is no object, and if you happen to be one of those people this is actually a sensible choice.


High School Musical Movies And Games Bring Out The Kid In All Of Us

There is something quite special about the high school musical movies and even high school musical games. Of course kids love the movies, games and the music, but there is something that attracts teens, adults and grandparents alike. The catchy tunes, upbeat storyline, and unique characters and dances make high school musical one of the true franchises that is fun for the whole family.

You can catch up with your favorite stars such as Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron anytime you want with high school musical games online. Sure the high school musical movies are great, but the online games add a whole other dimension to the fun. There are high school musical games, high school musical 2 games and even high school musical 3 games. There really is no end to how much fun you can have playing a large variety of these games online.

Whether you want to play puzzle games, sing, dance, or even enjoy arcade style games, you can find any high school musical game online to suit your style and tastes. You can play for just a few minutes when you are bored or spend hours having all sorts of fun with your favorite characters from the fun filled movie.

It really is amazing how each high school musical movie seems to bring whole new life to the series. You will find yourself singing along with each of the movies, no matter which one you watch. Of course the first high school musical movie and the games that came after it received most of the attention, but high school musical 3 senior year is quickly becoming a fan favorite. It also offers some of the best online games you can find, but be careful as they can get pretty addicting.

So what are you waiting for? There really is no reason not to give high school musical games a try and see what all the fuss is about. If you love the movies and love the music then you are definitely going to love the high school musical games online. You can enjoy most of the games for free and get right in on the action within just a few, short seconds. If you can't get enough of high school musical, then these games are going to prove to be your favorite thing to do for quite some time on the popular game sites.


The Best Wii Fit Games

So, you got your Wii Fit, and enjoyed played the game that came with it for a little while. Then, it got kind of boring, and it went on the shelf or under the bed like your other fitness equipment. Here are the top games to get you using the Wii Fit Balance Board again.

The first is Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum. This popular, top selling game allows you to workout under the guidance of a popular fitness celebrity. There are 4 workout types, including weight loss, interval training, strength training, and hill climbing.

You can also play motion-based fitness activities such as the monkey bars and rowing. Your personal data and your fitness progress will be tracked by the game. Also, as you progress, you'll unlock healthy lifestyle tips from Jillian Michaels herself.

Shaun White Snowboarding has been a top seller. It's almost like you're on a real snowboard when using the Wii Balance Board. You can perform different tricks on the mountain, including rail tricks, awesome aerial tricks, and tricks along the snow.

Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party is a hilarious use of the balance board. They pack the game with tons of mini games for the wholefamily to enjoy. A lot of those mini games utilize the balance board, for crazy, wacky fun such as sledding down the hill (in which you sit on the balance board to control it!)

One of the other top games for the Wii Fit with We Ski. We Ski did well because it was first on the market for games supporting the balance board. The whole family can have fun since 4 players can play simultaneously.

Become a professional skier and have fun on the black diamond runs. Or, if you're a beginner, you can stay on the bunny hills. There are also tons of game types to keep you entertained, including races, freestyle, slaloms, and moguls.

Don't just let your Balance Board site around... They are continuing to release new games to utilize the Wii Fit, but as i showed above, there's 4 great games to buy and play to use the balance board. You can buy these games at my site in the author biography.


An Air Hockey Table is an Exciting Addition to Your Game Room

Let's face it, an air hockey table is a fun thing to add to your game room. It is something almost anyone can play, and they come in different sizes. The good ones are expensive so you want to do your homework to make sure you even really want one. Like any major purchase, you might want to consider thinking on it a day or two, talk to your family about it, and be certain you really want one before dishing out your hard-earned cash.

Once you've done your due diligence, and know that you and your family definitely want an air hockey table, you are in a good position to consider the different features and configurations of the different tables to make a good decision. Sometimes game tables, like workout equipment, seem great for the first little while, then become just an expensive clothes hanger. If you've ever owned a treadmill then you know what I am saying. Don't buy a game table only to use it a few times and then leave it sitting neglected and unused.

An air hockey table that is not air powered is still fun and will give you and your family and friends hours of entertainment and fun. The puck doesn't float on a cushion of air like it would on an air powered table, so they tend to be a bit slower. The kids and Grandma will probably thank you for that. However, if you want the quickest table and game play experience, then opt for air power.

Tables like those made by Shelti offer some models for under $1500 that will give you all the bells and whistles. For example, the Enforcer Home air hockey table weighs in at a whopping 400 pounds, and sports solid polymer legs. This heft makes game play enjoyable because the table won't "walk" away like some of the lighter tables may have a tendency to do. It also has a commercial grade air blower motor that has the beans to hover the larger and weightier pucks. You are particularly sure to like the scoring system. It uses an infrared electronic unit that lets you choose from a couple of different game choices for lots of variety. This table has a nice play surface that is made out of a high pressure laminate that is bound to a thick underlying layer and attractively finished.

On the cheaper side of the spectrum, you might consider the DMI Sports Extreme air hockey table. It is under $300 bucks and weighs in at 85 pounds. It has leg levelers, and a unique blind that you can use to create a situation where you have less time to react because you don't see the puck as soon. It also has goal boxes with slide scorers. It is attractive and comes with everything you need to start playing right away.

An air hockey table is an exciting addition to any game room. If you do your homework and make sure you really want one in your home, then you will be glad that you spent your money on one and not regret your decision.


The Value of Childhood Role Play

The imagination of a child includes something to be treasured and encouraged. Younger children learn several skills through the imagination, from language and cognitive skills, interactive play and independent play to just name a few. Dress up and pretend play are excellent methods of letting the child act and dream out all kinds of fun ventures.

Your kids possibly watches you prepare and cook meals each day. There are several baking and cooking toys that are available which let your children have lots of time for entertainment. A few of these sorts of toys may include; coffee sets, dinnerware sets, a wide variety of tea pot sets, pots and pans, plastic food sets, bakery sets, and picnic baskets. It is easy for the kids to set up their own small imaginary barbecue's and toasters, stoves, microwaves, plastic refrigerators, working mini refrigerators, and kitchens complete with ovens that bake cookies. Small shopping markets with cash registers and plastic store items could be bought, along with snow-cone machines and gum ball machines.

Playing dress up is a favourite amongst children of all ages, whether it is having fun with mom's closet or dressing up in dad's baseball uniform. There's a good variety of all kinds of different kinds of accessories, masks and costumes for kids to choose from. Costumes can come in designs like ballerina and popular cartoon character and hero suits with capes and muscled chests, witches, devils, cherubs, waitress outfits, dresses, magic hats with cape and gloves, engineer suits, veterinarian and doctor uniforms, and fireman and police uniforms to name a few. Good accessories like doctor and medical kits, magic kits, purses complete with keys and cell phones, cowboy hats, light sabres, ninja swords, tiara sets and crowns could be part of these fun activities. Playing dress up gives children the opportunity to use their imagination in a way that is fun through acting out adventures and role play.

Possibly the only time the child will love housekeeping is when they are still young. Many kids enjoy helping out dad or mom with easy household chores and cleaning. With this in mind, you will discover lots of housekeeping toys to keep the kids entertained and busy for long periods of time.

For all the younger enthusiasts of outdoor landscaping, there are excellent gardening accessories and tools that are available. Small wheelbarrows are designed in metal and plastic designs, both useful at pushing gravel, weeds and dirt across the yard. Gardening gloves, shovels, gardening rakes, gardening totes with seeds, gardening aprons, mini gardening sets, watering cans and plastic and metal gardening pails could additionally be bought. Other cute gardening sets include tiny fairy cottages, seeds and planters ready for planting.

A fun and encouraging method of aiding children in understanding how money works is to get them to play with banking and money games and toys. There includes a variety of cash registers that are available that contain price check readouts and microphones, price scanners, fake credit cards and play money providing learning experiences for many skills which include cognitive skills, mathematical skills and motor skills.

Finally, another common aspect of playing pretend includes the utilization of puppets. Puppets could be found in marionette, pop-up, baby puppet, bath puppet, finger puppet, and hand puppet designs. Along with puppets there includes accessories for puppets and cute puppet theatres to add to the adventure. There isn't any end to the puppet designs available from animals, people, fantasy and cartoon characters.


The Amazing Spiderman Phenomenon

From his first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15, SpiderMan has grown to be one of the most loved superheroes ever created, appearing in a range of products, from comic books to movies.

The birth of SpiderMan

When we first met SpiderMan in Amazing Fantasy #15, he was just plain Peter Parker, an unpopular high school student. He was lonely and more interested in books than saving anything or anyone. However, due to the timely interference of a radioactive spider, Peter Parker gains the agility and strength of a spider. Armed with this newfound power, Peter Parker sews himself a red body suit (thank goodness for home economics), constructs a crude webbing device, and joins the professional wrestling circuit to make some money. Alas, Peter Parker is far more into making money with his new skills that helping anyone. When he lets some thieves get away, they end up killing his uncle, setting the stage for the guilt that will drive SpiderMan through the rest of his career.

SpiderMan: the comic books

SpiderMan was written to be a one-time affair. His appearance in Amazing Fantasy, however, resurrected sagging sale, in fact, SpiderMan proved to be one of Marvels most profitable superheroes. Far from being a one-time affair, Spider-Man can now be found in an endless array of comic books series, from The Amazing Spider-Man, to Spectacular SpiderMan, Sensational SpiderMan, and even Ultimate SpiderMan (not to be confused, of course, with Spide-Man Unlimited).

SpiderMan: the franchise

SpiderMan is more than just comic books. His popularity has led Marvel to create a media franchise for Spider-Man, with his story appearing in television cartoons, video games, and even movies. The recent feature films to focus on SpiderMan star Tobey Maguire as SpiderMan and Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson. The first movie, released in 2002, focuses on the start of SpiderMans career, with a genetically modified spider taking the place of the original radioactive spider. With his newfound powers, Spider-Man finds himself face to face with the Green Goblin, played by Willem Dafoe. Propelled by the success of the first movie, SpiderMan returned in 2004 in SpiderMan 2 to face off against Doctor Octopus, a multi-tentacled experiment gone wrong. SpiderMan 3 is scheduled for release in 2007. This time he is set to face his biggest enemy yet, himself in his black venom alien suit.

Building your SpiderMan comic book collection

While SpiderMan has been very successful away from comic books, to truly enjoy him, to truly be a fan, you have to go back to the comic books. This can be difficult, however; finding all of SpiderMans comics would be a Herculean task. If you need to locate older copies of Spider-Man comics, be sure to look on popular online auction sites. However, you should be prepared to pay for the pleasure of owning an early SpiderMan comic: SpiderMan is not just for kids anymore. Early editions of The Amazing SpiderMan can go for thousands of dollars! But you may be able to get by with slightly later versions of The Amazing SpiderMan, which only go for a few hundred dollars.


What Toys Are Best For Kids?

Toys are utterly kids' joy! Who doesn't want toys as a kid? Each of us may have this favorite toy when we were still kids. It could be something that your parents gave you as a birthday present. Indeed, toys can give so much fun for a kid, not only to kids but adults alike. The joy a toy can offer a child is so much priceless. Toys are not only a fad during the holidays but all the year-round. It's not only during special occasions that you buy toys for kids for it can be anytime. Nonetheless, how sure are you that the toy you just bought is something beneficial and something that the child would absolutely adore? Here are some smart tips then that you may utilize when buying toys for kids.

Is the Toy Beneficial?
When deciding on the right kind of toy for a kid, you do not only consider the fun it would bring but also its usefulness. Would this particular toy help the kid grow and learn? This should be in your mind when picking out the toy to buy. Not all toys would actually be beneficial for kids. Some of them may even pose danger on them. Now every child has a skill to develop at a certain stage. This is what you should greatly consider when buying a toy. You have to ask yourself whether or not that particular toy would help enhance that skill. If not, then you should put that down and look for something else, something that would nurture your child's skills.

Is it Fun to play with?
Of course, who would like to play with a toy that's a total humdrum? This is where the fun factor of the toy sets in. Kids would absolutely enjoy toys that are fun to play with. There are those toys which really catch kids' attention. They even become more interested with the toy especially when this teaches them something new. When your child finds this to be totally fun, he's going to end up playing with it for a long time.

Is it too complex?
Another important consideration when buying kids' toys involves intricacy. When the toy is too complicated for them, this would just ignite frustration. You surely don't want your child to become upset. When the toy's complexity is within just the child's level, this would make him feel good because of the sense of accomplishment.

These are just a few of the things that you may have to consider when looking for the perfect types of kids' toys. It is of course very important to choose a toy that would suite your child's type of play. When you reckon that it's none of his penchant then you're better off with that toy. You have limitless options on toys. You can visit the local depot for some good finds or browse through the web. Surely, you'll not end up in vain.


Lose Yourself In A Virtual World

From its title alone, you would already have an idea that Warhammer Online Age of Reckoning is a virtual world to behold. Among the many MMPORG or massively multiplayer online role playing games, this is one game which is a must have if you want to have your day of reckoning. It is really quite easy to lose yourself in the virtual world created by Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning where there are dwarfs, empires, high elves, dark elves, orcs, goblins and chaos. Read on to find out more about this game and what it takes for you to enjoy Warhammer Online to the fullest.

Quick Facts about Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning

Before delving deeper into the details which make up Warhammer Online as a game, let us first try to have a brief background of the game. First released in September of 2008, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is an MMPORG developed by Mythic Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. If you do not want to say a mouthful when mentioning the title of the game, it can simply be referred to as WAR or Warhammer.

Simply by reading through the title of this multiplayer game, you would already have an idea that it is all about war which is combat focused. Role-playing game aficionados will have a blast deciding whether they would like to fight for the good guys or the bad guys.

To give you an idea about which teams you can play for, there is the Armies of Orders which recruit humans, dwarfs and high elves. If you would like to be on the not so good side, you can be a part of the goblins and orcs, or follow the path taken by the dark elves and chaos. Finally, there is a race called Armies of Destruction. Those who are already familiar with the game Red Alert may notice traces of this game with WAR.

To paddle your way through the game, what you should do is learn more about crafting, exploration and advancement. Similarly, players have the option to go for Player versus Player or Player versus Environment scenarios. At the end of the day, there is no doubt that Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning is a virtual environment that you could definitely lose yourself into so start learning about the ins and outs of the game if you have not already done so.


Video Game Rentals - The Future of Video Game Renting

Video game rentals have always been a great way for gamers to enjoy a variety of games without forking out major cash to do so. For many years, video game fanatics have enjoyed the ability to test out their reputable games before they make that commitment to purchase. With new developments emerging within the online video game rental arena, such online services like GameFly and Gottaplay have been providing even more trouble-free way of testing out a variety of video games. We will take a closer look at these services below.

GameFly - The First Video Game Rental Company Emerges

GameFly is the very first online video game renting provider to step out on the scene as of early 2003. This company established its presence due to the lack of classic and newer release video game titles that were absent from many of the brick-and-mortar type companies (Blockbuster & Hollywood Video) found within your local area. The founders of GameFly Sean Spector and Jung Suh were very frustrated with the lack of choice, quality, and selection displayed from these video establishments. This led them to search online where they could not find anyone serving the online video game market. Shortly thereafter, both founders decided to leave their full time jobs to pursue their dreams with their very own web based video game rental service. This innovation has changed video game rentals as we know it today.

Renting Video Games Made Easy

GameFly has always followed the beliefs of the majority of video gamers around the world. This belief system was formed during the inception of GameFly and still stands strong today as the backbone structure for all other online video game renting services. This structure is contains the following:

· Gamers need easy access to both classic and newer titles within one company.

· Gamers want to have the choice of keeping a game for as long as they want for a reasonable rate.

· Gamers do not want to spend their money on bad games and should have the choice to send these games back without spending more money.

· Gamers like the ability to receive their favorite video games to their home address without making another trip to the local rental store.

· Gamers should have the option to view other gamer reviews, ratings, and comments as to avoid wasting their time on bad games.

· Gamers should be able to purchase high-quality used games with significant discounts off the retain pricing.

Setting the Standard for Online Video Game Rental Companies

Ever since the GameFly established its presence within the online game rental marketplace, many have followed in their footsteps. Countless game rental companies have come and gone with the trends of the industry, but there are a few that plan to stay. Gottaplay Interactive Inc. is one of these companies. Gottaplay seems to be the only company in 2006 that has gained a lot of credibility and market share within this industry in such a short amount of time. This company is currently giving GameFly a run for its money, with over 2,500 visitors subscribing to the service monthly. They have spent over 18 months developing their premiere game distribution software and currently launching 1 distribution center a month at the beginning of 2006. Even though Gottaplay Interactive has not launched their commercial advertising yet, they plan to focus primarily on their word-of-mouth referrals and online presense for the next year.

Other video game rental businesses are following close behind with Intelliflix trailing a close third. This company has established their own genre within the rental realm by dabbling within the movie rental, game rental, and mature movie rental arena. Even though Intelliflix does not plan to take over the game rental industry, they do plan to offer families the ability to rent for all their household member entertainment needs within one established group. Customers will enjoy a wide variety of entertaining media from this company for years to come.

Video game rentals will always exist as long as there is a market for the industry, which we all know won't be going away for at least the next century. Crack your fingers, grab a soda, and get situated in your favorite chair because there are a lot of video games to be played out there and with so many choices to choose from, the only hard part is, where to go.


Classy Chess Boards

Chess has a long history, extending back more than 1600 years and yet it is the most popular game in the world. Chess is a very old game that engages two simulated "armies." Each game is a fierce combat fought by foot soldiers, knights, kings, and queens. Although Chess does not deal with numbers and equations, it is like math in many ways. Playing chess has always involved problem-solving skills, which are imperative when working out math equations that have many steps. However, unlike math, the ultimate aim in a Chess game is to checkmate the opponent by capturing the opposing King. Sounds easy enough, right? Not necessarily true. The strategies and advance planning are the keys to winning games.

The most primeval and perhaps most enduring feature of Chess are certainly the Chess boards, the "battleground" upon which it is played, the field of Chess struggle. They consist of sixty-four parts, each part a small square, in their totality comprising a large square. In eight rows and perpendicularly thereto, in 8 lines the sixty-four squares are arranged. Accordingly, one can draw Chess Boards by halving the side of a large square three times in succession. The industrial process of manufacturing Chess Boards is therefore very simple, and the logical conception, neither is apprehension of the boards intricate. It is interesting to note that the chess boards can be simple or elaborate in contruction. High school kids still learn to make chess boards in their wood shop classes. The boards are made from many different materials. From cardboard to wood and even marble, there is a wide variety of boardsw to choose from.

The acuity of the sixty-four squares by the eye is not so easy, but it has been eased by the use of color. The Chess Boards are made up of sixty-four squares arrayed in an 8x8 grid of alternately colored black and white squares. It is of importance that the learner of Chess should know the board very accurately. The apprentice should be able to visualize each square in its individual position, as well as in its relation to its neighboring squares. Consequently, Chess Boards have been divided into three regions - the middle and the two wings. Each player starts of with sixteen pieces, set up in two rows. There are six different types of pieces and each moves in a different way. One player has white pieces and other has black ones. The player with the white pieces makes the first move.


Action Figure Collecting Can Make Cash

I have been collecting action figures for a very long time and must warn you about the addiction that is possible from this form of collecting. I will not sit here and tell you that collecting action figures will result in an early retirement for you when you cash you collection in, but it is possible to make a little bit of money from this type of investment.

There are many things that an action figure collector should do to maintain his or her collection. The most important thing that should be done is to protect your collection. Many manufacturers create action figure protectors; which come in plastic or a slew of other materials. These are perfect for storing your figures but a few other tips should be adhered to.
Just because you have placed your action figures in a protective case does not make them immune to damage or degradation due to a variety of factors including the most damaging factor, and that is time.

You should try to store your action figures in a room temperature environment that is relatively dry. Condensation, which can be invisible to the eye, is one of the most damaging effects that can depreciate the value of an action figure over time. To be blunt, try to store your figures in a cool and dry place.

Another important issue for long term storage of action figures is keeping them from banging and bumping into anything and that includes the inside of any hard case or box that you may store them in. Believe it or not, one of the best materials for storing action figures is toilet paper. It protects the figure from banging around and it is very porous preventing much condensation and humidity from being trapped against the figure and deforming the paint.

Another thing that I like to do is to order two or three of the action figures that I want to collect. The reason for this is two-fold. First, I want to store two figures for the long term due to the chance that one of them may become damaged over time while sitting in storage. Often times, I purchase a third action figure and this is to make my second part of the reason that I am explaining. I want to have one to display, photograph and simply play with.

Catalog your action figures. I always write down information, and nowadays store it on my computer, about my collection and where I have stored it. I even number the larger container that I have placed my figures in so that I can find them quickly should I need to get to them. I also photograph all of my figures as I go and scan them into my computer as well. This allows me to browse through my collection without having to repeatedly open and handle them. Also, I can package my computer file up nicely and send it to different people that may be interested in purchasing part or even all of my collection. This is very handy and I encourage you to do it.

Collecting action figures can be a lot of fun and going back through them in the future even better if you care for them properly.


Roleplay the Dwarf Effectively - Moan, Groan and Complain!

A fantasy role playing game would not be complete without the loud and cranky dwarf in the party of adventurers. His voice fills the silence with complaints, groans, moans and a continuing reminder of his dislike for the pointy eared and often prissy elf.

To successfully role play the dwarf, one must learn to frown more often. Get into this character by peering into the mirror and simply frowning. Come up with a special frown or grimace for your dwarven character.

To make things more streamlined and easier for you to enact, make a list of five items that your dwarf detests. These things could be anything from stale bread to impotent ale. These things should be kept in front of you, listed on your character sheet at all times.

With your list of items in front of you, await one of them to pop out during play. When this occurs, go into a rant that would drive the party crazy about how upset you are over things. This complaining could lead to other complaints.

"This ale is a bit on the weak side. I paid more than I should for this pond water to begin with. I believe that our barkeep here has mistaken my short stature for that of a foolish child. Allow me to explain to you my good bar tender that I take offense to such insolence and ignorance. I detest being looked upon as juvenile simply because I stand many stones shorter than you. I would be more than happy to demonstrate my adult abilities by making your head into a canoe with my war axe. You melon would not be the first that I have split.

"Oh, I see. You see the error of your ways and have taken it upon yourself to exchange this disgusting mug of ale for something with more vinegar. It is good that someone of my patience had come upon this ale before someone of less tolerance."

As you can see, our dwarf is quite the drama lover. Now, a stranger to this dwarf might be repulsed by his loud and obnoxious complaints. But, those that know our dwarf will learn to have quite the affection for him. As a matter of fact, this character would be quite missed if he were to depart the party.

When role playing your dwarf, remember, that too much of a good thing can become quite annoying and bothersome. Do not overdo it. Have a limit. Explode into the complaints and annoyances, but ensure that there lies and end in site. This type of role playing is quite entertaining, but do not continue to place your stature challenged warrior in the limelight at every opportunity. The dwarf can become an overwhelming character in any game and other players could come to resent him.

Dwarves are known for their loyalty to others and to ideas. When a dwarf finds a friend, his loyalty is unstoppable and can become a very entertaining role playable trait. Imagine a devotion to another character, possibly another warrior character that is quite able of taking care of himself.

Our dwarf seems to always come to the aid of this warrior hero even when the dwarf's assistance is not needed at all. If you play this correctly, it can be very funny and add quite the loveable trait to this loud and obnoxious little being.

Again, limit this as well. It can also become quite overbearing and annoying if your dwarf steps between this warrior every single time an adversary comes into view. The idea is to step in when not needed.

Let me give an example of the overprotective dwarf in action.

Out party of heroes is investigating rumors of undead seen about the edge of town. As they venture out, they come upon an underground entrance. Following this takes them into the depths of the earth into unexplored areas.

The hero, Ravenwing, is a human character and known for his great warrior abilities. He leads this party as his experience is beyond comparison. The party also includes a few other heroes and of course, our ruddy little dwarf, Corin, wielding his great battle axe that stands taller then his own stature.

The caverns grow quiet as the party ventures deeper. The loudness of silence becomes more and more unbearable as the party ventures further. Ravenwing begins to pay more attention and seems to be a bit more cautious as he leads the group. Corin, keeps his sharp eyes squinted a bit attempting to observe everything going on around Ravenwing. As a matter of fact, he does this so intensely that he continues to bump into Morluck, the aged and cranky magic user to his front.


A rat the size of a small dog comes screeching down the corridor startling the party. The only identifiable surprise demonstrated in Ravenwing is the tightening of his grip on his broad sword.

Corin the dwarf, notices the grip strengthening of Ravenwing and he raises his hatchet with a bass-like roar that echoes through the corridor like thunder. His undying loyalty to Ravenwing, his leader, propels him passed the party knocking the old and bony Morluck to the ground. Corin's battle axe slices through the air and splits the nasty rat perfectly down the center.

The party freezes a moment, all eyes on Corin. A snicker is heard from the group, but the culprit cannot be identified. Morluck stands dusting off his robes, eyes locked on Corin as if he were summoning up some sort of nasty little spell.

Corin looks up quickly, his eyes a bit watery as the call of battle struck a bit of emotion in him. The snicker from the group causes the hair to stand up along his arms, his neck grows red and anger fills his head.

"I thought this rat to be of the changeling family. It is quite possible that this rat was a monstrous troll or dragon in disguise. I do not waste my strikes!" He booms a little louder than planned.

A few more snickers emit from the party. Ravenwing smiles easing his grip, "I am forever safe with good Corin at my side to defend me against the mighty and treacherous rats that dwell these depths. I am forever indebted my good friend."

The party laughs loudly and the voices echo through the caverns.

Our dwarf grows in character more and more as we hone in on his personality. Remember, these traits and quirks should be enacted sparingly. Overkill makes the attempt and fleshing out the dwarf very obvious.

Good luck and enjoy your role playing and gaming experience.


Wood Console Tables - An Easy Way To Promote Family Game Time

Once upon a time, the trend of hanging around with the family for at least one evening a week, playing games, was commonplace. But as we moved into a high-tech, fast-paced world, a lot of family members lost touch, always dashing around, in search of the next 'in' thing. As a matter of fact, when you mention playing games to a lot of kids today, the only thing they can imagine is setting up a video game and sitting down in front of the TV. Finally, it seems like the universe is righting itself, taking the family back to a more traditional time, gathering around the wood console table that doubled as a gaming table.

The way you can tell the tradition is coming back around is to notice the number of wood console tables that are coming onto the market as a gaming solution. Some of the wood console tables have drawers that are specifically designed to hold the pieces for various games, and have slots that will hold your average board game. Other gaming wood console tables have table tops that are already a game board, offering checkers, chess, backgammon or a number of other games. The best game wood console tables for a family that likes variety are the ones that allow you to switch out one gaming top for another, so you can play a number of games on the same surface.

If you are worried about the effect on your décor of some plain wood gaming table, think again. Many of the wood console tables that are hitting the market with gaming options are for those with more discerning taste. Some of them have game board insets made of leather, with beautifully carved marble playing pieces. Others make sure that all the game pieces can be hidden away in carved drawers with ornate handles, so when you're not playing a game, no one will know the table is really a play surface.

If you have a family that doesn't always meet in the same room, you may not want to have to carry the wood console table from room to room to keep up with the mobile family unit. This is where a rolling table may come in handy. Some of the gaming tables on the market have casters, so they can be scooted around to a location that is the best for those getting ready for the game. You may also want to look for models with locking casters, so an inadvertent tap of a foot doesn't send the whole game for a ride.

It doesn't take much to get your family prepared for a setting that takes them back in time, and puts them in each others company. The concept may be foreign at first, and even cause for some stress as the kids try to fathom how you can play a game without a joystick and a television, but the results will be a family that is closer over time.


An Introductory Guide to The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword for Wii

Nintendo Wii's critically acclaimed video game franchise, Legend of Zelda returns, with it's newest title The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. This game will be an adventure title which includes puzzle-solving ingredients, and was created exclusively for the Wii console. The game utilizes the Wii MotionPlus that provides the player better motion control over Link (the game's leading character) when sword-fighting as well as carrying out various other activities.

This game is a prequel to the events in Ocarina of Time, and Skyward Sword puts you in the shoes of a teenage Link that was raised within the kngdom of Skyloft, a group of islands floating above the clouds. At some point Link locates the famous Skyward Sword, which allows him to travel back and forth between Skyloft and the kingdom on the ground, that is being ruled by evil forces. Throughout The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword there are numerous settings to explore, right from soaring through the clouds, down to exploration on the ground as well as dungeon exploration. Also you will be able to journey throughout the gaming environment by flying on top of your massive bird.

Skyward Sword delivers many brand-new game innovations, that gives Skyward Sword a refreshingly distinct look and feel than earlier games in the Zelda series.


Superior Motion Detection - Making use of the Nintento Wii RemotePlus provides improved motion detection to ensure that every thrust, slice and parry the player can make while using the Wii controller will be precisely translated into sword movements in the game. This provides by far the most realistic sword-fighting experiences associated with a game ever, and you will discover that different opponents requires totally different sword fighting techniques.

Motion Control a Variety of Items - Aside from sword-fighting, you will be able to use motion control to execute actions with a variety of equipment, through firing various bows, using a whip, making use of a slingshot, tossing bombs and maneuvering an artificial flying beetle that can be utilized to collect equipment from a distance.

Intense Puzzle-Solving - As gamers travel through harsh wastelands, forests and volcanic areas they are required to solve a variety of puzzles, get over obstacles and steer clear of deadly pitfalls. Dungeon sections will give you even more puzzles to solve and are defended by evil adversaries.

Item Enhancements and Incentives to Earn - Throughout Link's adventure he can acquire a large selection of items that may be employed to upgrade weaponry as well as equipment.

Distinctive Visual Style - Skyward Sword features a new graphical style, and this kind of vibrant artistic style perfectly matches the fantastical atmosphere of the game.

The actual release date for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is scheduled for 18th Nov, 2011, and will be available exclusively for Wii. This title will be published by Nintendo, and the video game was developed by Nintendo EAD. Multi-player is not included in the game. This video game has a PEGI 12 rating, that means it will be suitable for ages 12 and higher.


Are Plush Teddy Bears Perfect Presents?

Though they are supposed to be joyous times, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and graduations are stressful times for those trying to find gifts for the occasion. We find difficulty when we stress over internet searches and trips to the mall looking for the right gift. We know that there are gift guides and gift suggestions available to us in magazines and papers, but often these operate under the premise that one size fits all actually works. When we want something a little more personal, where do we turn? Read on for some tips on how to find the right present.

You can still get a really nice gift even if you are one of the millions of people who are struggling to get by on a tight budget. Say you only have $30 to spend- making a little more effort can mean a lot more bang for your buck. For example, flowers and candy. Instead of going to the florist for the convenient one stop shopping, go to a supermarket or discount store that carries fresh flowers. Pick up a few different bouquets and a vase. You can even get something to decorate the vase, say orange ribbon if that's your recipient's favorite color. Arrange the flowers and pick up some candy that your recipient likes. This is a personal gift that will cost you little money, just a little more time.

If your gift recipient is male, a better classic gift could be a wallet, which can still be nice and inexpensive enough for you to not break the bank. You can also usually find one for under $30. Brand name, high quality wallets are available at many stores, and they won't set you back too much in price. You can often also get your gift professionally wrapped at the store, which can really add an air of sophistication to your present.

Maybe you need to get a present for a co-worker or a distant cousin of your spouse. It can be especially hard when you have to find a gift for someone you don't know well, or at all. In these cases it is best to stick to gifts that are neutral and all-purpose, and it pays to be practical. Get them something that they are likely to use. Good, general gifts include things like vases, plate sets, or wooden remote control stands. These are things it's difficult to have too many of, and they are likely to be useful.

Naturally you need to take into account the age of the gift recipient when you go to purchase a gift. A good example of things that can be bought for a person of any age is stuffed plush animals. Obviously this is good for children, but adults appreciate stuffed plush animals too as they can remind them of younger times and memories or even lighten up their decor. Next time you need to buy a gift on a budget, why not pick up a stuffed dog or an orange teddy bear?

These suggestions should give you a solid starting point for your gift giving decisions. Hopefully this will also take out some of the anxiety and stress inherit in finding the perfect present for a difficult recipient. Make the gift giving process more enjoyable for both you and the person receiving the present by following these guidelines.


Your Back To School Supplies List Doesn't Have To Destroy You

Did you have a back to school supplies list when you were in elementary school? It seems like it used to be just a box of crayons, and maybe a pencil or two. That's it. However, with as many supplies as kids need today, it looks more like a military request for instead of school supplies for a six-year old.

Thankfully, there's good news. The kid's school supplies don't have to destroy you. Let's grab that list and get busy. With a bit of smart shopping and stylistic panache, you can whip out some back-to-school supplies that are smart, easy, and good-looking to boot. Here's how to conquer that back to school supplies list.

Say bye-bye to boredom.

School doesn't have to be boring. A great way to add some sizzle to your child's scholastic pursuits is to pretty up the supplies. You can get pencils with color, pocket folders with panther prints, and packs of paper with…uh, blue lines on them. If you're feeling a big generous, you can let the kids take a look at all the great online sites so they'll be able to pick out exactly what pencil case or notebook they really want. School supplies don't have to be boring. The more excited your child is about school, the better.

Online shopping is your friend.

Back to school season is mayhem at the store. I don't care if you frequent Dollar General or Dillard's. The places are packed with shoppers, strewn with clutter, and seething with frazzled moms and frantic kids. Two words can take all the hassle and headaches out of this whole mess - shop online! Bid the crowds adieu and take that school supplies list to the computer. Everything you need is online.

Personalize the product.

Many school supply providers provide personalization options for your kids. Let's be honest. That generic two-dollar pencil case that you picked up at Wal-Mart? Yeah, that looks just like the generic two-dollar pencil cases that her 28 other classmates also picked up at Wal-Mart. Personalizing products from pencils to princess backpacks is easy. You'll be able to choose from a lot of cool and handy styles that makes personalization a lot more personal as well. With your child's name emblazoned on that pencil, you'll suffer fewer pencil losses.

As long as you plan ahead, you're not even going to break a sweat during the back to school season. In fact, you can take five minutes right now and get a major head start on your back to school supplies list.


Using Apples to Teach Memorable Lessons to Young Children

There are many great lessons for young children that involve using apples. They are inexpensive but a wonderful visual tool.

Here are 4 great lessons you can present to your students.

#1 - Who can forget the wonderful story of Johnny Appleseed? This talks about John Chapman and his pioneer explorations.

Not only did he help people but he taught them to plant seeds for apples around many locations. You can bring some apple seeds to the class too for them to see.

#2 - Dr. Seuss has a book called Ten Apples Up on Top. This can be a great story to read to them. However, as you go through the story with the various animals there are opportunities for counting.

You can let your kids class count out loud as they enjoy the story. The apples should add up to ten as each new segment of the story unfolds. This will be a story that your youngsters will ask you to read to them again and again.

#3 - Exploring birds is a great classroom activity. They can create an apple bird feeder from an apple for the students to hang up outside the classroom. To start with, each student will need an apple core.

It is fun to let the kids save the core from an apple that they had for a snack. Next show the kids how to spread peanut butter over the apple core. A fun step comes next as the students roll the peanut covered apple core in bird seed that will stick to it. Then they can use yarn to hang the apple cores on trees outside for the birds to enjoy.

#4 - Apples are great to cut up into wedges and used in the classroom. The children can use them to learn counting. You can also introduce to the students the idea of fractions. These kinds of lessons for young children give them a visual illustration of ideas and that makes the learning something they can enjoy catch onto quickly.


Radio Controlled Boats - What is best: Electric vs. Gas vs. Nitro?

If you are interested in radio controlled boat racing, you'll soon realize that you need to choose between three source of power. The most basic models out there are radio controlled boats that run on electricity, and while they are the cheapest on the market with no fuel concerns that you need to worry about, they are far from the only one out there. Gas powered radio controlled boats run on a mix of standard automobile gasoline and oil are also fairly reasonable and though they are considered something of an investment, they are still quite smooth to run and make a reliable moderately priced choice.

When you are ready to spend more money on the hobby, take some time and check out the nitro powered radio controlled boats, which are propelled by a nitro methane mixture. They run faster than the electric powered radio controlled boats and they tend to be much more expensive than the gas powered radio controlled boats. Keep in mind, though, that their fuel is more expensive and has a short shelf life. All three of these types of radio controlled boats have advantages and disadvantages so take a look and see which one is right or you.

If you are just getting started with radio controlled boats, there are many people that say that you should start with electric controlled models. Their fuel is cheap, they don't have extensive maintenance costs and they are fairly inexpensive. Also keep in mind the fact that they can be customized fairly easily and that you can buy models that suit your need to create or to construct. You can get them in the form of kits or radio controlled boats that are ready to go. You can expect to pay between thirty and two hundred dollars for an electric radio controlled boat, depending on the features and the quality that you are after.

When you want to make sure that you have a radio controlled boat that is easy to work with and that is very reliable, electric radio controlled boats are great. You can run them off of the same batteries that RC cars are run off of, which are 6 to 21 cell rechargeable NiCad battery packs. These radio controlled boats will also run much quieter than either nitro powered or gas powered radio controlled boats, which are great when you are running them in the city or near other people's houses.

You can usually expect a standard electric powered radio controlled boat to hit speeds of between 15 and 25 miles an hour. The main drawback to keep in mind with them is that they do tend to get slower as the batteries drain and they lose power. Of course, with a big bag of replacement batteries on hand on race day, this should be no problem.

When you want an option that is a bit more middle of the road, look at gas powered radio controlled boats. Depending on your radio controlled boat, you may end up using different mixes of gasoline to oil. Gas radio controlled boats tend to be larger and they have ?weed whacker? engines, meaning that while they do tend towards the longer run times, they can b a bit on the loud side. They can also achieve speeds that are upwards of 40 to 65 miles, though and they can run for more than half an hour on a single tank. When you are looking at racing, these are the radio controlled boats that you will tend to see. If you stay in the radio controlled boat hobby, you will probably try a gas powered radio controlled boat at some point or another.

When you are ready to spend some serious cash, you may want to take a look at nitro radio controlled boats. These radio controlled boats run on a nitro-methane fuel, and though their running time is just around 15 minutes or so, they can achieve speeds of 30 to more than 100 miles an hour. These are the radio controlled boats that have set the world records in this sport. On the whole, nitro radio controlled boats tend to be smaller and more compact, setting a great standard for maneuverability. You do need to keep in mind, though, that the fuel for this type of radio controlled boat can run up to 15 dollars per gallon. These radio controlled boats are also a larger expenditure of cash up front, but if you want a radio controlled boat that is highly responsive and fast, this is the way to go.

So which model is going to be best for you? The truth is that the answer depends n what you want to do. If you are just using your radio controlled boat casually on the weekends, check out the electric or gasoline fueled radio controlled cars. This way, you won't need to worry about storing volatile fuels or in investing a fair amount of cash. You can simply take your radio controlled boat out of the box and take it for a spin.

If you want to get involve with racing radio controlled boats, you'll discover that the gas powered radio controlled boat is a good choice. They are great for high speeds and long runs, and they are also easy to customize with speed and performance in mind. They are also perfect if you have some cash to spend but don't like the routine purchase of pricey fuel.

When you want a nitro radio controlled boat, you are going to be getting some impressive modeling and ultrahigh performance. These engines are expensive, but if you are someone who has an intense need for speed, this is the way to go.

If you are looking to get involved in radio controlled boating, the best thing you can do is get online or go to a hobby shop and do some research of your own. Before you buy, talk to people who have the type of radio controlled boats you are interested in, and maybe even see if they will let you give one of their radio controlled boats a spin.

There are many radio controlled boating organizations and clubs all around the country who are always happy to welcome interested people and answer their questions, and through these groups, you can even find races and competitions where you can meet up with others who find radio controlled boating just as thrilling as you do.


FIFA 14 - Why We Can Never Get Tired Of It

FIFA is back with a bang! For years EA's franchise has dominated the football gaming world. And FIFA 14 lives up to its expectations with its realism, detail and amazing gameplay.

FIFA 14 Features

FIFA 14 has no difference to that of FIFA 13 in terms of features. There isn't any introduction of new game modes; as a result you'll see that the Ultimate Team is back, so is the Standard Quick Play and Multiplayer, along with the Career mode.

Ultimate Team is almost the same, whether you love it or hate it. The aim of Ultimate Team is to choose your team based on chemistry, to create a playing unit based on something more than just raw ability and stats. It is hard to emotionally connect with your randomly assembled team, and since the mode had been a hit, EA decided to keep it.

The Career Mode is much talked about, which benefits from several improvements that make management easy. The earlier versions of FIFA made scouting for players a chore. However, the updated interface makes it much easier to send out your scouts, which gives more time for playing.

You can also play co-op seasons with other pairs over multiplayer in FIFA 14, but nearly all the changes are in the gameplay itself. Buy PlayStation 3 to experience the realism FIFA 14 offers, which is the main focal point of the game. Added physics and AI in just about every department has given FIFA 14 an additional boost.

FIFA 14: Teams

In FIFA 14 the line-up of teams is as comprehensive as ever. Its intensity of detail remains the game's greatest strengths till date.

In its Legends feature, more emphasis is given on classic teams. But this is on hold until you buy FIFA 14 PS4 which is awaiting its launch. So till that time, it's the standard line-up for players. Player likenesses are still to some extent a mixed bag. Chelsea's Oscar looks extremely realistic which makes the game even more fun to play.

FIFA 14: Menus

There has been a dramatic change in the menu system which somewhat resembles the Xbox home screen. It's a little overwhelming initially, but it makes navigating menus quick and easy. The best use of the new menus can be seen in Career Mode, where it is simple to access a host of options right from transfers to tactics.

FIFA 14: Gameplay

Any FIFA player knows that slight changes have huge effect on a game and any FIFA fan will look for to the game with equal excitement.

EA has added a small dose of realism to the game to make it come to life. This time it's all about physics - the player's movement and his balance is even more sensitive and it has dramatic effects on their ability to control the ball. In FIFA 14, the players will be seen adjusting their step - the feature dubbed as Precision Movement in action.

Weight of the players is also taken into account and now the smaller players can no longer have the same physical mass as the huge players in the game. There is also a change in the ball physics where shooting is completely dependent on the players' position and balance.

The rhythm of the game is an extremely enjoyable product of the new features which makes for some more tense encounters. The authentic crowd songs generate spine-tingling atmosphere. Buy FIFA 14 to watch the stadium echo with 'Wind in the Player's Sails' and 'You'll never walk alone' which makes playing football a memorable experience.

Overall, FIFA 14 is an evolutionary update within the existing structure of FIFA 13. With FIFA 14, everyone's favorite football franchise remains at the top of the league. With realistic environment and fantastic features, playing football on a gaming console will never be the same as FIFA 14 promises to keep you entertained.


4 Basic Tips On How To Play Guitar Hero

Guitar hero is a game for PlayStation 2, Play station 3, X box 360 and Nintendo Wii where you can play a 'guitar' which will be in tune with famous tracks. This requires a good sense of music beats, some patience, and love for a few present songs and most important of all - fast - moving fingers something which you can acquire with practice. Though this may seem to be simple, playing on it can be very challenging, mainly at higher levels.

Four steps on how to play a guitar hero:

1. Know your guitar:

A) There is a strum bar which is in the midpoint of guitar. It can be pushed or pulled up/ down to play any note.

B) The whammy bar can be moved to variate the notes produced.

C) The Start button and the Select buttons are fake volume knobs and they shouldn't be used to turn down the volume.

D) Right handed people use their left hand for holding the guitar neck and place three/four fingers over the fret buttons, keeping their right hand on the strum bar.

E) If you are willing to sit down and play, then you can put the guitar on the lap and if you want to stand up and play, you need to use a strap. It takes sometime to get used to the guitar and you may even personalise the guitar by using stickers.

2. Starting the game:

First connect your guitar to the console and then switch on the TV, the console, the sound system and then insert your game disk.

A) Career - Here lies the maximum fun of the game; there are nearly thirty five songs across 4 levels which allow you to gather money and fame; as once you complete each set, it will increase your position, letting you proceed with a new bunch of songs. You may buy guitars, songs & characters with your earnings.

B) Quick Play - You can play any unlocked song at any level. It also has a table to show your high-scores.

C) Multiplayer - You need two plugged in controllers for this facility.

D) Tutorial - It's an introduction that gives you an experience by allowing you to play the simple notes without the demands of a complete song.

E) Options - It is important if the player has a wide-screen. A crucial option is the left-flip which turns if you are a left handed person.

3. Play:

You can play the simplest of all songs and if you already have a basic feel of rhythm, you should try the Medium difficulty first. Go to the menu and select 'Quick Play' or 'Career', and then you can choose the song. After a message and advice, related or unrelated; you can see an escalating view of the location, the band and your own avatar with a guitar.

4. Advanced techniques:

Star Power - These notes are visible as spinning stars instead of circles and appear in more grand works of music. A long star note gives you extra power if a whammy bar is used on this. If you score plenty of these you can nail it and go into this mode by tilting up the guitar or pushing Select button. On a temporary basis, it doubles your points which you get from the note and largely raises the popularity rate. So try and use it in consecutive notes.

After entering the Star Mode, you cannot exit until the power meter will drain out, so you have to wait until there are notes appearing, else the Star Power will be wasted. You can also use Star Power to help you get through tough parts of songs that you can't get through otherwise.

Follow the guidelines given here on how to play a guitar hero and soon you can become an expert in it!


Street Fighter IV is an outstanding gaming Concept

Your world of gaming is surely an incomplete one unless of course you lay your hands on the world's most action-packed Street Fighter IV 2D effects game. One of the most stunning 2D game play is here as we know that the legendary Street Fighter is a behemoth success in the arcades; living rooms and dormitories across the globe!

Special 2D and 3D effects are driving gamers crazier than ever before with customization options being on the top of their wish-list. You get an amazingly well opportunity to relish and play not only your favourite classic characters, such as Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li and Guile, but also the new faces and characters including Crimson Viper, Abel, El Fuertes, and Rufus.

The formatted 3D characters look damn impressive; with environments too poised pretty nicely with additional 3D camera flourishes. Six-button controls for the game return; a slew of new and innovative special moves; features integrated into the gameplay system. Street Fighter IV Fightpad is absolutely excellent a gaming title really.

Street Fighter IV elements provide immense challenges for both new kids on the block as well as the most seasoned and expert gamers Street Fighter pro with the beloved fighting moves and techniques of the original Street Fighter II. Fightpad as it is called is surely going to make tremendous buzz as it has got a plethora of awe-inspiring special moves including Focus attacks, Super Combos, and the revenged-fuelled Ultra Combo system.

New brawlers with female super-spy Crimson Viper, lucha libre wrestler El Fuerte, mixed martial artist Abel and many more indeed to follow result in a breathtaking; thrilling and dazzling action gaming experience! The gaming world keeps on transforming for good and gamers continue to relish the fact that they will get something new, every time they lay their hands on their gaming consoles.

Street Fighter IV is truly an outstanding gaming concept, as you get everything, exceptional and never-imagined 2D and 3D effects; blistering sound effects; action-package that is surely going to take you by a whole lot of new surprises.


Xbox 360 1 Red Light and Codes

The Xbox 360 is a very powerful console and has a strong following amongst gamers worldwide. People play it online and can go on for hours if and only if their systems continue to function. In fact the technical issues of the Xbox 360 may be the biggest competitor in the industry.

The Xbox 360's power button is surrounded by a ring that lights in red if ever a problem occurs. The ring is divided into 4 quadrants so that some or all of the lights can flash to indicate various problems. If all four ring flashes, the problem is related to the AV cable.

Two lights flashing is more than likely a minor problem with your system. This can be resolved by simply letting the system cool down.

If 3 lights flash, you are dealing with the dreaded "Red Ring of Death" problem caused by heat issues and mostly manufacturing defects requiring you to take it to a shop for repairs or perform the Xbox 360 repair yourself.

If you only see the bottom right light flashing, a lot of different things can be going on which can be explained in-depth.

The problem isn't however as lethal as the Xbox 360 3 red lights so don't panic. Once you notice the bottom right light flashing, look at your screen and you should see an error code that begins with the letter "E". Below is an explanation of some of these codes.

Hard Disk Errors (E69 & E79)

Error codes E69 and E79 are common for players that prefer playing their games stored on the hard disk. The problem can be a loose connection between the hard disk and the Xbox 360 internal component or the hard disk could be damaged.

To make sure, take out the hard disk and see if the system works. If it doesn't work, test it on a computer and see if you can recover it using some hard disk utilities.

DVD Drive Errors (E64 - E66)

Any of these three error codes can indicate that the firmware of the DVD drive doesn't match the dashboard or the firmware chip is missing. If the firmware is okay, the problem can be physical and may need replacement.

Solving firmware issues require you to upgrade the lower version to make it equal with the higher version. So you might need to upgrade either the firmware or the dashboard and your DVD drive should work fine.

As long as you have the original drive that came with the purchase of the system you will not likely have this problem.

NAND Flash Errors (E72 and E80)

Although the E72 and E80 are both related to the NAND flash, the errors are quite different. The E72 represents a general problem and should be checked by support while the E80 indicates the wrong LDV version of the NAND flash.

Other Error Codes

There are other error codes that are not very common such as the E76 code, which is related to Ethernet problems, and the more popular E74 code, which is related to the GPU or AV cable.

If you are unsure on what action to take, check out Microsoft's support site for official code information and search for the error code to see a list of solutions that can get your Xbox back to its working state.


Radio Flyer, Awards And Achievements

At the beginning of the twentieth century, a young Italian boy named Antonio Pasin dreamed of a better life for himself in America. His family supported his dreams, selling their meager belongings to finance the trip. Antonio Pasin left his parents and friends behind at the young age of sixteen and traveled to Chicago. Pasin came from a line of skilled carpenters and hoped to find work as a cabinet-maker. Instead, the teenager worked many different odd jobs until he finally saved the money for his own workshop and wood-working equipment.

In this little one room shop, Antonio Pasin began building his American dream, working day and night handcrafting wagons out of wood. Pasin first called his business the Liberty Coaster Company. Over the next few years, Pasin began using the same technology as car manufactures, producing mass quantities of high quality steel wagons. He called his manufacturing company Radio Steel, but coined his little red wagon the Radio Flyer, which would eventually become the company name.

The company has been producing the world's favorite wheeled toys for over eighty-five years. They have achieved great customer loyalty and became a household name. Radio Flyer and their products have been noted for their high standards, quality products, and their dedication with numerous awards.

The 1933 Worlds Fair, held in the companys hometown of Chicago, was Pasin's first boost of public recognition. The Radio Flyer exhibit featured the forty-five foot Coaster Boy and was one of the most popular attractions. The company saw great success with the sale of their collectible miniature wagons at the fair, leading to a rise in sales across the rest of their product line.

During World War II, the comapny ceased production of their toys to manufacture materials needed by the military. An Army-Navy award was presented to the company on July 14, 1945 to recognize their efforts in assisting with the war. After the war, Radio Flyer resumed production of their toy lines, experiencing even more customer loyalty and satisfaction. Through the years, many of the company's products have been named with special awards for their quality and popularity.

Radio Flyer wagons and tricycles have been named the worlds best selling toys time and time again. Their products have won numerous awards from prestigious agencies including Parents Choice, The Great American Toy Test, Dr. Toy, and Parents Guide to Childrens Media. Many of the company's toys have also been given the National Parenting Centers Seal of Approval.

To celebrate the eightieth anniversary of Radio Flyer, the company produced its record breaking Worlds Largest Wagon. The one of a kind big red wagon weighs 15,000 pounds and measures a huge 27 feet long and 13 feet across.

Antonio Pasin and Radio Flyer toys have influenced the minds and changed the lives of children everywhere for almost a century. In 2003 Pasin was commended for his innovative ideas with the ultimate award. The Toy Industry Hall of Fame inducted Pasin as it's 44th toy inventor, honoring the imaginative spirit that has driven Radio Flyer to where they are today.


Wooden Jungle Gym

Jungle gyms have been around for since the 20th century but the very first models were made of metal. This material is fine on a durability perspective but experimenting with other materials is also important to tap into other advantages for kids to enjoy in outdoor jungle gyms. If you are looking to buy a jungle gym yourself or want to search for the playground with the best jungle gym, consider getting or looking for a wooden jungle gym because of these significant advantages.

Good Aesthetics

A wooden jungle gym can look brand new for a longer period of time. Metal gyms really look good for the first few months because the metals are subjected to rusting. Fewer kids might be interested to play around in jungle gyms like that. Not every jungle gym can look brand new after several years, but the worn out style can be viewed as an antique design to keep the appeal.

Simple to Assemble and Customize

If you want to save big and know how to build a jungle gym from raw materials, wood will be the best choice. Constructing outdoor jungle gyms with wood as your primary material means that you won't have to worry about prefabrication processes just to get a specific length and height. You will need more tools to forge metal materials together and the process will take longer. With wood, you can use basic tools like drills and saws to cut the wood in any size or shape you like.
Once you are finished with the overall framework of the jungle gym you can move on to the customization where you can apply paints to make the wooden jungle gym stand out from the rest of the jungle gyms within the community.

Fewer Disadvantages

Metal and plastic outdoor jungle gyms continue to exist today but kids will likely realize the disadvantages if they are too used to a standard wooden jungle gym. On a very sunny day, kids will most likely stay away from metal jungle gyms no matter how attractive these gyms look. Metal can absorb heat and simply switching to plastic won't solve the problem. Too much direct sunlight and other harsh elements on plastic can cause warping. It is also possible for the colors to fade on the plastic variations. A wooden jungle gym does not have these problems and you may end up paying less depending on the wood being used.

Easy Maintenance

Of course, a wooden jungle gym isn't without its disadvantages. Wood is susceptible to cracking and that can lead to splintering which can be a minor inconvenience for kids that like to roughly play around. Fortunately, easy maintenance practices can prevent these issues from occurring. All you need to do is perform some occasional recoating and repainting procedures. You can repaint the wood anytime you notice that the colors are fading. If you notice some damage, you have a better chance in replacing the wood with a newer piece with the same dimensions.


How To Replace Your Video Game System

Technology is constantly changing and improving. In fact, just over two years ago, what you considered fast is now considered to be very slow today. This is true for personal computers and laptops. Innovation and the fast advancement of technology improve everything in a matter of months or even weeks.

One day you see the latest innovation in technology and it becomes obsolete in just a few weeks. This is true when it comes to video game systems.

In just a short span of time, video game systems have improved dramatically. Today, the latest video game systems doesn't just let you play exciting games, but it will virtually take you inside the video game with the improved interactive feature of the game. The future of video gaming is already here with the latest video gaming system innovation that is already available in the market today.

And, the great thing about the video games today is that everyone can play. From kids to adults to senior citizens, you can be sure that everyone will have fun. Today, even your grandparents can now play video games.

If you take a look at the video gaming system industry, you will find three big companies that are considered to be top sellers of video gaming systems. The first is Nintendo, the second is Sony, and the third is Microsoft.

Whatever video gaming system you choose, you will find that each offers a very unique feature which can really be confusing for someone who wants to buy a video game system. With the unique features that each of the video gaming system has, you will have a hard time making a decision on which one you should buy.

In the past, Nintendo really took the world by storm with the NES. It even had a gun for the game called Duck Hunt. Also, to play games, you need to buy those big, gray, plastic cartridges which were so cool to look at back then. Today, DVDs are now used for the video games. The graphics also improved dramatically. In fact, the graphics are so realistic that you will really think that the characters here were real people.

For Microsoft, the Xbox 360 is their latest video game system at the moment. Known to have the largest library of games of the three gaming systems, you will want this gaming system if you love to try out and buy different video games.

For Sony, the PlayStation 3 is what they call their latest video gaming system. It features Blu-ray disc playing capabilities, which means that it has the potential to play games that have better graphics and longer storyline. If you are the type of person who loves action and adventure games, then this video game console is for you. PlayStation 3 also has a wide library of games available, which means that you will virtually never run out of choice when it comes to choosing and buying your favorite video games.

Lastly, Nintendo also released its latest video game system. Called the Nintendo Wii, this is probably the most interactive video gaming console of the three. Instead of your traditional joystick, Nintendo Wii has the Wii-mote, which basically looks like a remote control. This is a great video game system for the entire family. This is also great for people who love to exercise as the highly interactive feature of this gaming system requires the body to move in order to play.

These are the latest innovations in video game systems. If you are planning to replace your old video game console, one of these three video game systems should be in the top of your list. Whatever you choose, you can be sure that you will have hours upon hours of fun and enjoyment playing with your favorite video games.


Becoming a Succesful Video Game Tester

If you're willing to put in some trial to contact some video game companies, being a video game tester is likely in your future. However, some people simply rely on their skills and don't realize you'll need to do a little research to become a video game tester. A video game tester job requires that you at least have video game playing skills. Believe it or not some people just cannot play video games, while others are amazing at them. Some people lack the motivation and many lack the proper hand eye coordination to play well.

People choosing a career in the video game field most likely start out as video game testers. The video game testers are giving new games that are almost completed and need testing to identify flaws in the different versions of the games that will be available for sale. Not only do video game testers play the games they also have to record what they find. For example, a video game tester may find a bug on a certain level of the game, to describe the bug may take more than just a few words. A video game tester must examine in full all the issue any certain game may have. Since so many gaming companies and consoles exist there are numerous game tester jobs open. Video game testers may be required to play the same game over and over, including certain sequences in the game just to get to a certain spot. This can help fix flaws in a video game. All of this testing is important in being able to position yourself to learn all you can to move forward in the video game industry.

The higher you climb the ladder as a tester the better chances of getting deeper into the gaming industry there are. Starting out as a video game tester will allow you to position yourself with experience and position yourself to learn from the best in the industry. As a video game tester there are many possibilities for you those that have had at least 3 years experience earn over $25,000 per year for those with over 6 years experience they can earn over $43,000 per year. When you include your video game testing experience with the right college degree, you can position yourself in testing management which has unlimited potential.

Of course depending on your goals you can position yourself for other major professions in the video game industry including programming, developing, designing, art, and producing. Learning to become a video game tester will greatly help you career in the future. Starting on your way to success may be just as easy as having your skills in playing video games and a little patience when you position yourself as a video game tester in the video game industry. Without patience you may become frustrated and feel that your career will never open up. However, simply waiting and continuing to play and practice may help open the door for you.


Promo Code for Xbox One Microsoft Store Chance to Save

Before the introduction of Microsoft Xbox One, the promise was given by Microsoft that this console is going to turn as the centralized entertainment system in any home. To make this statement true, new updates are regularly introduced by Microsoft and now it is capable of streaming live television to computers, tablets and phone around your home. This is an added advantage to the benefit that you can get in the form of Xbox One promo code Microsoft Store when making your purchase of this entertainment unit.

For people, who have already purchased this console, an update was recently introduced by Microsoft, thereby turning the unit into a wholesome entertainment system. This is because after getting the update to their system, users will be in a position to stream live television content to mobile devices and computers. Even though, earlier owners will have to get this update, people who are yet to purchase this console will get the updated version. They can use Xbox One Promo Code Microsoft to make this purchase at a friendly cost.

It was added by Microsoft that the television streaming feature will debut in regions that can use the recently announced digital TV tuner by Microsoft for Xbox One. The television signal from the tuner will then be viewed over a Wi-Fi network on different devices with the help of Companion App from Microsoft.

People using Microsoft Xbox One coupon code to purchase this console can use the cost saved for procuring the Xbox SmartGlass App. They can play, pause and rewind videos on their console without any interruption to the games. This will work for SmartGlass Apps on Android, iOS and Windows phones.

Now, the availability of coupon code for Xbox One is an added advantage to the people, who were long been waiting for some discounts and offers from Microsoft to place their order. Live content streaming is offered by some service providers through smart phones and tablets. The SmartGlass App along with other wonderful features of the Xbox One Console can provide an unforgettable advantage to the users.

Nowadays, many owners of Xbox consoles have rightly understood the importance of live membership. So, those who already own the Xbox One console can now use Xbox One Live promo code to make their purchase of live membership at a friendly cost. There are certain applications that can make the Xbox better like SkyDrive, Speech Tutorial, Machinima, Upload Studio and Skype. When these applications are loaded in Xbox One, the gaming enthusiasts to get a wide range of benefits.

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Halo Reach Credits and Ranking System

Halo Reach is a popular video game made by Bungie. It will be the last Halo game made by Bungie, and it is really going out with a bang to the tune of two hundred million dollars worth of first day sales.

One of the major changes made in Halo Reach, which differs from previous Halo games, is the ranking system. In previous Halo games players earned and lost experience points when winning or losing a match, and those points determined their numeric level. In Reach, that system has been completely revamped and replaced. Experience points and the true skill level system now move to the invisible background, and instead we see our players earning credits that are based on individual performance throughout the match.

These credits pull double duty. Firstly, you can use them to purchase armor upgrades for your character in the Halo Reach armory. Secondly, as you earn credits your character ranks up. After earning a set amount of credits your rank will increase, which will give you a nice new icon that is displayed next to your name to show off to the rest of the Halo community, as well as a new title such as Sergeant, Major, or Colonel. These credits are cumulative, meaning that even if you spend them on armor it does not negatively impact your ability to rank up.

Unlike the ranking system in previous Halo games, these credits and ranks only go up, not down. No matter how badly you play, your rank will never drop. This leaves the player with a sense of consistent progress that wasn't necessarily there in previous Halo games, and is just another example of the major improvements made in Halo Reach.

If you would like further details on exactly how many ranks exist and exactly how many credits you need to attain each of them, check out our list of Halo Reach Ranks. We've also got the details on over Halo Reach Weapons for you as well.

Want to know how to get that new helmet? How about how to get promoted in Halo Reach? Well listen up because that is what we are covering today. Here is what you do.

First you have to beat the campaign mode up to the sword base level.

Second you want to put the difficulty up to Heroic on Legendary this is too hard.

Third select sword base from mission start.

Now start up the game when the game starts run straight back and then to the right. You want to go into the garage looking area.

Inside there you will find the Target Locater weapon. Wait until the game tells you checkpoint reached and point the weapon at the large group of enemies that are gathering to kill you outside the garage area and let your airships kill them all for you. Next hit start and select restart from last checkpoint or revert to last save if you do not see that option. It will start you with the target locator in hand. All the enemies you killed will be back alive and you can just kill them again. Wash,rinse,repeat happy credit boosting.


The History Of The Ragdoll

Dolls have been a cherished part of cultures worldwide for centuries and possibly throughout all of human civilization. As toys or as collectibles, dolls are beautiful and charming companions for all ages. The earliest known dolls were made of raw, natural materials like clay, sticks, and even leaves and corn husks. The first commercially produced dolls were made of delicate china and was more of a collectible than a childhood toy. In those days, dolls for children's play were usually made from cloth scraps.

Cloth dolls, usually made from scrap pieces of the fabric used for the family's clothing, were an important part of children's lives in early times. These simple rag dolls were sewn out of fabric and features were either painted on or hand embroidered. Most early dolls were made to resemble little girls. Clothing was handmade for the doll, usually in the style of the era, and could usually be taken on and off. Shoes and socks were generally painted on and hair was typically fashioned from colored yarn.

Today, Lilydolls recreate the original cloth doll in a durable, modern rag doll sure to delight children of all ages. Lilydolls are soft bodied fabric dolls about 16 inches tall with tangle-free cloth hair that can be styled. Each doll is named with her own personality and a removable outfit to fit her hobbies. Other clothing and many accessories are available for Lilydolls to enhance play and develop young imaginations.

Children today still love their cloth dolls just as those children many years ago. The dolls are usually carried around, slept with, and even taken outside. While keeping your child's fabric playmate clean is important, it must be done with care. Rag dolls are well-made, but they are still quite delicate, especially those stuffed with something other than polyester fiber or nylon filling.

Lilydolls are made to be cleaned. The doll and all her garments can be machine washed on a gentle cycle, but to ensure a long lasting toy, you may want to follow a few general care tips for cloth dolls. First, check each area of the doll for steadfastness. Rag dolls with yarn hair should be closely tested and extra attention should be paid to embroidered details as well. If any of the dyes used in the doll bleed, you should wash the doll without getting these areas wet.

Use a mild, gentle cleanser to clean the fabric doll. Shampoo or dish detergent are the best choices. Fill a small bowl with the soap and warm water and gently submerge the washable parts of the doll. Wet the dolls body and then softly squeeze out the excess water but avoid using a wringing action. Once all cleanable areas of the doll have been washed, lay her on a thick towel to air dry. Cloth dolls can be dried in the clothes dryer, but it is best to put the doll inside a pillowcase and use the low or air heat setting.


Download Free Games from The Best Gaming Sites

What is freeware? Freeware is software that you can download for free from a website. This type of software is provided as an executable file that you download, then open and run for its installation on your computer. When it comes to gaming, freeware can be played as often as you like and transferred to other computers you may own.

If you are new to the internet gaming realm, you need to be careful when looking for and getting free game downloads. You can create security issues for your computer if you happen to get the free games from certain sites. Just because you find a site that id dedicated to freeware doesn't mean its safe- many sites have hidden malware included with the free game downloads. When you open and run the executable file, you activate the malware and infect your PC. Playing free online games is safer, as it doesn't require the installation of anything onto your PC.

To be sure, you should only download free games from reputable websites, such as the following:

- TheGameHippo.com - While this site currently doesn't have a huge variety of free game downloads, its list of free games is ever expanding. The predecessor of this site closed down in 2008, and this site is working on being as large. It will just take a little time since it is newer.

- Acid-Play.com - This site is one of the most reliable sources for freeware, as reviewed by the online gaming community. Not only does this site offer a huge library with approximately one thousand games, it also offers game reviews and ratings as well as descriptions of each game. It offers superior user-friendliness and a home page which highlights its newest additions- extremely helpful for the avid free game downloads guru.

- HomeOfTheUnderdogs.net and Hotud.org - Both of these sites operate under the "Home Of The Underdogs" name. There is an old site and a new one; because the new site will have a different look and feel, the old site has been left alone for people to continue using as the new one is developed. These sites offer a humongous selection of free game downloads, as their library includes over 5000 titles. Dedicated to fun games that were underrated, old-school games can be found on this site as well as new titles, so lovers of classic games will be happy with these sites. In addition, these sites include abandonware- old games that are free games for the moment but can be removed at any time by request of the owner.

- PlanetFreeplay.com - This site is also one trusted by the online gaming community, as it has proven itself reputable for safe free game downloads. While its library is not as large as others, with about 1500 titles, it has a mix of freeware and free online games. Like other sites, the main page of this site features the names, preview and description of the newest additions. It also shows the full list of titles on the left side of the screen.

The above are a few of the best websites for getting free game downloads. Again, if you are relatively new to gaming, it is wise for you to take a look at the game reviews and information about a game before you download it to your computer. Many members of the online community take the time to leave comments on whether or not a game is safe, so protect yourself with this little bit of caution.


On Being a Video Game Programmer - The Perks and Pitfalls

What is it like to work as a video game programmer? It is considered by many game-playing children to be a dream job. Is it actually as good as it sounds? It certainly is an interesting life. However, as with anything else on this planet, there are both positive and negative sides to working as a video game programmer.

For the last 7 years I have worked as a video game programmer at three development studios: Activision/Treyarch, Visual Concepts and DiscoPixel. I have published titles for the Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo consoles. This article is a summary of some of the perks and pitfalls that I have experienced through my work at these companies.

Perk #1 - Make Games!

This one is pretty obvious, but the biggest perk of working at a video game studio is that you will be MAKING games. You will be helping build the next great game that potentially millions of people will play and enjoy. There's an amazing satisfaction that stems from knowing that you helped make something big.

Perk #2 - Play Games!

In addition to testing and improving your current game every day, you'll also be playing games made by other companies. There are few jobs out there where sitting down and playing a newly released console title is considered research. Companies definitely want you to stay on top of the technology and features of new games, and the only way to do this is by playing lots of games. At the companies I've worked at, I've never seen anyone get reprimanded for playing video games during the day.

Perk #3 - Independence

A great aspect of working as a video game programmer is the independence you are given. It is rare that you'll have a manager breathing down your neck or double checking everything you do. To get hired into a development studio you need to already have excellent programming skills, so you are given a lot of freedom to make many decisions yourself. You may be assigned a general task to complete, but how that actually should be done, as well as how long it should take, are often up to you.

Provided that you can get your work done, the companies I have worked for generally seemed to be very willing to let me work on my terms. When I was tired or bored or lazy I could go play a game or relax somewhere without anyone complaining. Happy employees with improved morale make better games.

Perk #4 - Fun Office Environment

Everybody that works at a video game studio has one thing in common: they love games. If they didn't love playing games they would never have been hired to make them. Because of this, the office setting often has fun or quirky things anywhere you look. Many people bring strange new objects to show off or play with during the day.

Most video game studios have lots of games and toys lying around to keep its employees entertained. A few things that I have come across at various studios: Arcades with free coin-op games, foosball tables, ping pong tables, razor scooters, board games, action figures, puzzles, daytime basketball games and giant stuffed animals.

Coming to the office still means you're going to work, but there's no reason why it can't also be fun.

Perk #5 - Free Soda + Snacks

This perk is maybe not important to everyone, but it's nice to know that you won't go hungry working at a video game studio. I've never met a video game company that hasn't offered free soda and snacks as part of the benefits of working there. I suppose being loaded up on caffeine and sugar helps boost productivity. During long days at the office, companies will typically provide free dinner as a thank-you for staying late. One company I worked for served fully catered meals from assorted restaurants every night for many weeks.

Pitfall #1 - Long Work Hours

Making video games is a lot of work. The amount of time needed to make the latest game seems to be growing exponentially. Development teams continue to get bigger and bigger every year, yet somehow the amount of work per person doesn't seem to get any smaller. Games are very complicated. Also, the nature of games is that they must be fun, which is not always so easy to accurately pencil into a schedule. A lot of experimentation is needed, especially with new game concepts.

Before a milestone and especially a few months before a game is released, the work day will be very intense. The work has a way of very quickly piling up. New features and old bugs suck away all of your time. Working long nights or weekends is not uncommon. Fortunately, employees generally care about the games that they are making, and their passion helps energize them through these occasional long shifts.

The stress can get overwhelming, too. At one company I had a giant stack of bug reports waiting for me on my chair when I came into the office. I would work all day, scrambling to fix the bugs as quickly as possible, working on full blast all day and night. I'd go home for a couple hours of sleep, but when I'd return to work there would be a new, even larger stack of bug reports waiting for me.

Typically after a project has shipped there will be a period of downtime where the employees can get a chance to relax and recover. The work load will suddenly significantly reduce. One company gave bonus vacation time after a project shipped, and another put employees "on call" for about a month, in which they only had to come to the office if there was some kind of problem. It's nice to know that your long work hours do not go unnoticed.

Pitfall #2 -Choosing What to Work On

Working on your own video games in your free time is a lot of fun. You get to choose exactly what game and tasks you want to work on, focusing only on the fun stuff. Anything boring can be safely ignored since the only audience is you. Unfortunately, this is not the case for large video game studios. There are many tasks to be completed, some of which are not too glamorous. Fixing console manufacturer standards violations or building data tools is not very exciting, but it still needs to be done by someone in order to ship the final product.

These tasks typically are given to people who are just starting out in the video game industry, perhaps as a rite of passage, but probably just because nobody else wants to do them.

In addition to the possibility of working on less glamorous tasks, you could be assigned a project that you are not fully interested in. Typically the company will let you work projects that interest you, but this is not always possible. A particular project could be falling behind schedule and it needs a few more employees to fix some bugs or add some new features. Or, the project you are interested in already has enough workers.

I think that the passion of the employees working at a video game studio is crucial to the success of that game. If you are not excited about what you're working on, it will show up in the game you're creating. To avoid any misunderstandings or letdowns, before deciding to work at a particular company, it's important to find out what game you will be working on in addition to what tasks you will be assigned.

Pitfall #3 -Pay Not as Good (Maybe?)

I've heard from a few people that the pay working as a video game programmer is not as good as the pay working at more conventional companies. Business database programmers, for example, could be earning more money. This could be true. However, choosing your profession is not just about the pay. You spend a large percentage of your life at your job. Money is not everything. Choosing something that you enjoy is important, too.

I thought the pay at the companies I have worked at was very reasonable. There is also a large potential upside from royalty checks coming from a game that sells well, which has sometimes turned out to be significant. You will definitely not be living as a pauper if you get a programmer job at a video game company.


I hope that this article has been helpful towards learning a little bit about working as a video game programmer. As with everything in life, there are pros and cons to this profession. If what you have read sounds good to you, I hope you find that dream job making the next great bestselling game.


The Importance of Play in Child Development

It is widely stated by experts in the field of child development that play is a fundamental part of developing cognitive, social, language and motor skills. Children explore their environment, try out social roles as well as learn to express themselves through the games that they play. It is therefore extremely important for parents and caregivers to provide their children with an array of children's toys and play material that are educational, stimulating and creative.

Toddlers and pre-school age children are at a developmental stage where they enjoy play activities that allow them to use their motor skills, cognitive skills as well as pretend play. Having children's toys that supplement the development of these skills is essential.

Children's toys such as puzzles, building blocks, paint sets and simple craft kits are all excellent for helping toddlers develop their fine motor skills since these games require them the manipulate objects using their fingers. These types of children's toys also develop cognition as well as foster creativity in a child.

Toddlers are very interested in the social world that they see around them and at this age, they try to imitate adults. Pre- school is a great time to invest in toys that allow a child to play imaginatively and creatively. Parents should make sure that some of the children's toys that they purchase are ones that help a child explore social roles , play imaginatively as well as imitate real scenarios. Toys such as kitchen and food sets, dress up kits, doctor toy sets and other such children's toys like these are all excellent for role-playing and imaginative play. These toys help develop a child's social skills as well as language skills. These types of children's toys are also a great way to help your child develop a creative outlook.

As children get older and go into school play can be used to help them learn academic and educational skills. When educational skills are taught using children's toys it makes for a more fun and multi-sensory way of learning that appeals to children. Children's toys and craft materials can be used to help children develop cognitive, language, memory and quantitative skills. Certain children's toys can be very educational and provide children with a way of learning that is visually and kinaesthetically appealing. Children's toys such as educational board games, puzzles, and art and craft products are all great for the development of cognition and knowledge.

Children's toys can be a great way for parents to help stimulate development in their children. By providing children with the materials, they need to help foster development parents are ensuring that their children are equipped with the skills that they need for the future.


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