Effects of Computer Games on Children

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Video games have been available to consumers for the last 30 years. They are a unique form of entertainment, because they encourage players to become a part of the game’s script. Today’s sophisticated video games require players to pay constant attention to the game, rather than passively watching a movie. This has both positive and negative impacts on players. Several studies have been published that explore these impacts on today’s children.

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Positive Effects of Computer Games on Children

Video games give your child’s brain a real workout.  In many video games, the skills required to win involve abstract and high level thinking.  These skills are not even taught at school.  Some of the mental skills trained by video games include:

  •    Following instructions
  •   Problem solving and logic
  •   Hand-eye coordination, fine motor and spatial skills. In shooting games, the character may be running and shooting at the same time. This requires the real-world player to keep track of the position of the character, where he/she is heading, their speed, where the gun is aiming, if the gunfire is hitting the enemy, and so on. All these factors need to be taken into account, and then the player must then coordinate the brain’s interpretation and reaction with the movement in their hands and fingertips. This process requires a great deal of eye-hand coordination and visual-spatial ability to be successful.  Research also suggests that people can learn iconic, spatial, and visual attention skills from video games.  There have been even studies with adults showing that experience with video games is related to better surgical skills. Also, a reason given by experts as to why fighter pilots of today are more skillful is that this generation’s pilots are being weaned on video games.
  •   Resource management and logistics.  The player learn to manage resources that are limited, and decide the best use of resources, the same way as in real life.  This skill is honed in strategy games such as SimCity, Age of Empires, and Railroad Tycoon
  •   Multitasking, simultaneous tracking of many shifting variables and managing multiple objectives.  In strategy games, for instance, while developing a city, an unexpected surprise like an enemy might emerge.  This forces the player to be flexible and quickly change tactics.
  • o    Quick thinking, making fast analysis and decisions.  Sometimes the player does this almost every second of the game giving the brain a real workout. According to researchers at the University of Rochester, led by Daphne Bavelier, a cognitive scientist, games simulating stressful events such as those found in battle or action games could be a training tool for real-world situations. The study suggests that playing action video games primes the brain to make quick decisions. Video games can be used to train soldiers and surgeons, according to the study.
  •    Strategy and anticipation – Steven Johnson, author of Everything Bad is Good For You: How Today’s Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter, calls this “telescoping.” Gamers must deal with immediate problems while keeping their long-term goals on their horizon.
  •    Developing reading and math skills – Young gamers force themselves to read to get instructions, follow storylines of games, and get information from the game texts.  Also, using math skills is important to win in many games that involves quantitative analysis like managing resources.
  •  Perseverance – In higher levels of a game, players usually fail the first time around, but they keep on trying until they succeed and move on to the next level.
  •     Pattern recognition – Games have internal logic in them, and players figure it out by recognizing patterns.
  •    Estimating skills
  •    Inductive reasoning and hypothesis testing – James Paul Gee, professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says that playing a video game is similar to working through a science problem. Like students in a laboratory, gamers must come up with a hypothesis. For example, players in some games constantly try out combinations of weapons and powers to use to defeat an enemy.  If one does not work, they change hypothesis and try the next one.  Video games are goal-driven experiences, says Gee, which are fundamental to learning.
  •     Mapping – Gamers use in-game maps or build maps on their heads to navigate around virtual worlds.
  •   Memory
  •   Improved ability to rapidly and accurately recognize visual information – A study from Beth Israel Medical Center NY, found a direct link between skill at video gaming and skill at keyhole, or laparoscopic, surgery.
  •   Reasoned judgments
  •   Taking risks – Winning in any game involves a player’s courage to take risks. Most games do not reward players who play safely.
  •   How to respond to challenges
  •  How to respond to frustrations
  •   How to explore and rethink goals
  •   Teamwork and cooperation when played with others – many games are played online and involve cooperation with other online players in order to win.
  •   Simulation, real world skills.  The most well known simulations are flight simulators, which attempt to mimic the reality of flying a plane. All of the controls, including airspeed, wing angles, altimeter, and so on, are displayed for the player, as well as a visual representation of the world, and are updated in real time.
  • Video games introduce your kid to computer technology and the online world.  You should recognize that we are now living in a high-tech, sophisticated world.  Video games make your kid adapt and be comfortable with the concepts of computing.  This is particularly important for girls who typically are not as interested in high technology as much as boys.
  • Video games allow you and your kid to play together and can be a good bonding activity.  Some games are attractive to kids as well as adults, and they could be something that they share in common.  When your child knows more than you, he can teach you how to play and this allows you to understand your child’s skills and talents.
  • Video games make learning fun.   Your kid likes games because of the colors, the animation, the eye candy, as well as the interactivity and the challenge and the rewards of winning.  The best way to learn is when the learner is having fun at the same time.  That’s why video games are natural teachers.  Having fun gives your kid motivation to keep on practicing, which is the only way to learn skills.
  • Video games can make your kid creative. A study by the Michigan State University’s Children and Technology Project found a relation between video game playing and greater creativity, regardless of gender, race or type of video game played. (In contrast, use of cell phones, the Internet and computers other than video games was unrelated to creativity, the study found).
  • Video games can improve your kid’s decision making speed. People who played action-based video and computer games made decisions 25% faster than others without sacrificing accuracy, according to a study from the University of Rochester. Other studies suggests that most expert gamers can make choices and act on them up to six times a second—four times faster than most people, and can pay attention to more than six things at once without getting confused, compared to only four by the average person. Surprisingly, the violent action games that often worry parents most had the strongest beneficial effect on the brain, according to cognitive neuroscientist Daphne Bavelier, who studies the effect of action games at Switzerland’s University of Geneva and the University of Rochester in New York.
  • Video games increase your kid’s self-confidence and self-esteem as he masters games.   In many games, the levels of difficulty are adjustable.  As a beginner, your kid begins at the easy level and by constant practicing and slowly building skills, he becomes confident in handling more difficult challenges.  Since the cost of failure is lower, he does not fear making mistakes.  He takes more risks and explores more.  Your kid can transfer this attitude to real life.
  • Games that involve multiple players encourage your child to work cooperatively to achieve his goals. Your kid learns to listen to the ideas of others, formulate plans with other kids, and distribute tasks based on skills. Some online games are even played internationally, and this can introduce your kid to players of different nationalities and cultures.  This fosters friendships among different people.
  • Video games that require your kid to be active, such as Dance Dance Revolution and Nintendo Wii Boxing give your kid a Electronic Cigarette good workout. When playing these active games for 10 minutes, your kid spends energy equal to or exceeding that produced by spending the same amount of time on a three miles an hour threadmill walk.
  • Kids are not necessarily drawn to video games because of their violence. The attraction lies in their being rewarded by awesome displays of explosions, fireworks, and yes, blood splattering. Also, violent games have the most emotional appeal for kids. But these factors are only secondary to what kids actually enjoy in these games – the opportunity to develop and master skills and have the freedom to make choices in the game universe.
  • Violent video games may act as a release of pent-up aggression and frustration of your kid.  When your kid vents his frustration and anger in his game, this diffuses his stress. Games can provide a positive aggression outlet the same way as football and other violent sports.
  • Playing video games is safer than having your teens do drugs, alcohol and street racing in the real world.

    Negative Effects of Computer Games on Children

  • Most of the bad effects of video games are blamed on the violence they contain.  Children who play more violent video games are more likely to have increased aggressive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and decreased prosocial helping, according to a scientific study (Anderson & Bushman, 2001).  The effect of video game violence in kids is worsened by the games’ interactive nature.  In many games, kids are rewarded for being more violent.  The act of violence is done repeatedly.  The child is in control of the violence and experiences the violence in his own eyes (killings, kicking, stabbing and shooting).  This active participation, repetition and reward are effective tools for learning behavior.  Indeed, many studies seem to indicate that violent video games may be related to aggressive behavior (such as Anderson & Dill, 2000; Gentile, Lynch & Walsh, 2004).  However, the evidence is not consistent and this issue is far from settled.   Many experts including Henry Jenkins of Massachusetts Institute of Technology have noted that there is a decreased rate of juvenile crime whch coincides with the popularity of games such as Death Race, Mortal Kombat, Doom and Grand Theft auto. He concludes that teenage players are able to leave the emotional effects of the game behind when the game is over.   Indeed there are cases of teenagers who commit violent crimes who also spend great amount of time playing video games such as those involved in the Columbine and Newport cases. It appears that there will always be violent people, and it just so happen that many of them also enjoy playing violent video games.
  • Too much video game playing makes your kid socially isolated.  Also, he may spend less time in other activities such as doing homework, reading, sports, and interacting with the family and friends.
  • Some video games teach kids the wrong values.  Violent behavior, vengeance and aggression are rewarded.  Negotiating and other nonviolent solutions are often not options.  Women are often portrayed as weaker characters that are helpless or sexually provocative.
  • Games can confuse reality and fantasy.
  • Academic achievement may be negatively related to over-all time spent playing video games. Studies have shown that the more time a kid spends playing video games, the poorer is his performance in school.  (Anderson & Dill, 2000; Gentile, Lynch & Walsh, 2004). A study by Argosy University’s Minnesota School on Professional Psychology found that video game addicts argue a lot with their teachers, fight a lot with their friends, and score lower grades than others who play video games less often. Other studies show that many game players routinely skip their homework to play games, and many students admitted that their video game habits are often responsible for poor school grades.
  • Video games may also have bad effects on some children’s health, including obesity, video-induced seizures. and postural, muscular and skeletal disorders, such as tendonitis, nerve compression, carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • When playing online, your kid can pick up bad language and behavior from other people, and may make your kid vulnerable to online dangers.
  • A study by the Minneapolis-based National Institute for Media and the Family suggests that video games can be addictive for kids, and that the kids’ addiction to video games increases their depression and anxiety levels. Addicted kids also exhibit social phobias. Not surprisingly, kids addicted to video games see their school performance suffer.
  • Kids spending too much time playing video games may exhibit impulsive behavior and have attention problems. This is according to a new study published in the February 2012 issue of the Journal of Psychology and Popular Media Culture. For the study, attention problems were defined as difficulty engaging in or sustaining behavior to reach a goal.
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  • Monitor video game play the same way you need to monitor television and other media.
  • Be a loving, attentive parent who disciplines your child well.  An aggressive child is more a product of dysfunctional parenting than anything else, including violent games and TV.  According to Los Angeles-based psychotherapist Robert Butterworth, PhD, dysfunctional parenting, children with little guilt, and accessibility to firearms with little parental supervision can create violent children.   “Most children who commit violent crime show an early combination of personality and family factors that include having trouble getting along with playmates in preschool,” Butterworth says. “By second or third grade they’re doing poorly in school, and have few friends. By the age of 10 they’re picking fights and getting labeled by their peers as social outcasts.”  What’s more “they typically come from families where parents are poor at disciplining because they are indifferent, neglectful, too coercive or they use harsh physical punishment with little love.”
  • Although playing video games can be a learning experience, give your kid a variety of entertaining things to learn from, so your kid will not be addicted to just one thing.   Be sure to make him read books, play sports, interact with other kids, and watch good TV.  Everything should be taken in moderation.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children not spend more than one to two hours per day in front of all electronic screens, including TV, DVDs, videos, video games (handheld, console, or computer), and computers (for non-academic use). This means seven to fourteen hours per week total.
  • Limit the amount of time they could play and also used the video game ratings to limit the content of the games have children who do better in school and also get into fewer fights.
  • Monitor the effect of video games on your child.  Observe his behavior.  If it appears that he is becoming more aggressive with his siblings or friends during the period that he is playing violent games, stop him from playing the games.  If he becomes interested in history after playing historical games, then the game is beneficial to him.
  • What to look for in choosing a video game
  • Decide what is acceptable in your home and if you think violent games are not acceptable, explain to your kid the reason why it might be bad for him.
  • Check the Ratings of the game before you buy it or allow your kid to play it.  Check its rating which is indicated in the box.  Note the title and cover picture.  If they have themes of sex and/or violence, then these themes are in the game.  If possible, be familiar with the game or read its reviews in the internet.  Sometimes, the “bad” part of the game is hidden in the higher levels.  Do not neglect supervising your kid as a parent.
  • Consider your child’s maturity level to determine which games are suitable for him.  Chronological age is not necessarily a measure of maturity.
  • Pick games that require the player to come up with strategies, and make decisions in a game environment that is more complex than punching, stealing, and killing.
  • Look for games involving multiple players to encourage group play.

According to Los Angeles-based psychotherapist Robert Butterworth, PhD , you should “evaluate the shows and games not just in terms of violence or obscenity, but in terms of the mental engagement that they require.  Boys need to slay dragons and play games with action figures of cowboys and Indians,” he says. “They need to be in a fantasy where they are conquering heroes; suppressing this may have long-term effects that may not be good.”

15 Best Horror Games

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Horror occupies a strange place in a person’s heart. We turn down the lights, don our headphones and want the game to make us jump out of their seats. We want to cry out, whimper and scream at what we are putting ourselves through.

Many games have scary elements in them, but then there are the games whose sole purpose is send paralyzing shivers down your spine. The games that stick with you long after you’ve turned your console or computer off and when you do coat you with an inescapable dread.

From jump scares to the psychological, from monsters to murderers, here is what I believe to be the top 15 best horror games of all time.

 

1.Silent Hill 2

The first Silent Hell set up a great franchise and then the sequel became one of the greatest games ever made. Silent Hill 2 delves into the psyche of its protagonist, James Sunderland, in ways—and to depths—that other games only wish they could do.

In Silent Hill, nothing is quite right; everything seems artificial and you don’t seem to be looking at the same world as anybody else within it. After a while of playing the game, you will question as to who was James Sunderland’s biggest enemy—the town, the player, or the character himself?

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2.Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly

There is something about innocence in danger that terrifies us even more than anything else. The little girls in the haunted village are just that—the epitome of innocence being threatened by the supernatural forces. Their only defense against ghosts is a camera obscura, that’s only effective when used up close.

You are in control of a girl, whose only means to defeat the monsters to threaten her is to throw her into harm’s way and face the horror head on. The game makes you do this over and over again with every single enemy.

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3. Amnesia: The Dark Decent

The last Lovecraft game on the list is also the newest game to be inspired by the author. It took several elements of previous games mentioned and raised them to new level. You play a man with amnesia and that’s all you are given to start with. You are in a castle and you have to remember something that has been forgotten for a reason.

Staying in or looking at dark spaces will lower your sanity, while the light will heal it. You aren’t alone in the castle, which is filled with monsters. Unlike other games, you can’t fight them and your only option is to hide in a dark corner while hoping they won’t see you.

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4.Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem

Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem is another Lovecraft-inspired title. It is arguably the grandest of them all, spanning centuries and a dozen different playable characters all around the same cult and resurrection of an Elder God, a being whose very existence will make a man go mad.

The game will make you go mad in tandem with your character. If the setting and conflict aren’t enough to terrify you, the game will screw with you in the real world just as much as it does in the digital one. Push the sanity meter too far and you would lose the perspective, the screen or even your save file.

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5. System Shock 2

There is something to be said for techno horror; it is a genre terribly overlooked by developers, or not done to it’s fullest potential. System Shock 2 is a story of the machines we created becoming the monster that’s out to destroy us—the very things we made to help make our lives easier will instead end them.

The flickering lights and the blood all over the ship are a nice backdrop, but it is SHODAN that steals the show. It is SHODAN that will terrify you, because what recourse does anyone have against a perfect intellect who charts everything you can, or would do to oppose her, while instructing you on how to do it?

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6. Call of Cthulu: Dark Corners of the Earth

Based off of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Shadow over Innsmouth” is the first person action, survival horror game set in the town of Innsmouth. You play as Jack Walters, a man who has just been released from a mental institution, but is still suffering from amnesia and schizophrenia. Needless to say, you can’t even trust yourself.

You are given no HUD or indicators as to your character’s health, and so you have to listen to his breathing and his heartbeat. A severe lack of weapons and ammo is a big problem too where everyone is out to kill you. As with Lovecraft’s novels, witnessing the more upsetting and otherworldly aspects of the environment will cause your to go insane.

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7.Alone in the Dark

I refer of course to the original Alone in the Dark, not the reboot or Uwe Boll movie based on the series. The first Alone in the Dark is the game that more or less invented the survival horror genre, with its introduction of the concept of resource scarcity. Inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, the player takes on the role of Edward Carnby, a private investigator, as he sets off to explore a haunted house where an artist committed suicide.

Despite what we know of the basic premise, there’s much more going on than the game lets on at the beginning. It starts off with the scares, with no building up and no big introduction to the threats. Within seconds of the game starting, monsters will swarm in and kill you. You have to know things practically ahead of time to prevent unknowable horrors and live through the adventure.

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8.Resident Evil 2

While the first Resident Evil game invented the formula, it is difficult to take seriously thanks to the poor voice acting; you’ll end up laughing during any serious semenax testimonials moments. Resident Evil 2 may not have great voice acting, but you won’t burst out laughing. It also contains a superior set up and pulls better scares. The first game was memorable for a number of scenes—with dogs bursting through the windows, but the scene happens in a bright hallway during normal gameplay. Resident Evil 2 ups the ante by pulling the same stunt in a room you can barely see while your fussing with the inventory. It was the single greatest jump scare in gaming and stays with you long afterwards. That scene is simply emblematic of how the game pulls off its scares better than the original.

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9.Penumbra series

The series is full of an atmosphere of horror, and the setting is as much a character as the unfortunate man whom you play. You will spend half the time being terrified of nothing and the music, sound and environments will have you jumping at empty dark corners, flickering lights and your own paranoid imagination.

There is danger, but the game knows it doesn’t have to do much or anything at all to keep you on your toes. It knows you’ll scare yourself stupid so long as it hangs its Sword of Damocles over your head.

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10.Silent Hill 4: The Room

Silent Hill 4 is an odd entry for the Silent Hill series, because it’s the only one that doesn’t take you to the titular town. Instead, you are locked in your room in your apartment building and have to find your way out. The room acts as your hub and your safe haven through the game, as you travel through various supernatural locations filled with the ghosts, monsters and general mind-fuckery. The Silent Hill series in general is well known for these things.

Halfway through, the game upsets all your expectations and learned behavior. It teaches you the rules of the world and then it betrays you; ghosts invade your safe haven launching you into a new direction of horror. Suddenly, nowhere is safe.

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11.F.E.A.R.

Alma. That’s all that really needs to be said about this game. Little girls are scary, especially psychic little girls with long dark hair covering their faces who appear in the middle of empty corridors. As for the game itself, the shooting is great and the AI smart, but it’s the nightmare moments that really shine. The world goes topsy-turvy and your characters sees things that aren’t there out of the corner of his vision.

F.E.A.R. provides one thing that other gun filled, fast paced action, super solider horror games don’t, in that the character you are playing is constantly unnerved. The slight sway of his gun and the shallowness of his breathing during and after these nightmare events make you believe they are happening and the character is vulnerable to having his mind fucked.

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12.Condemned: Criminal Origins

Condemned is a detective story that was overlooked when it first came out early in the 360’s lifespan. With both horror and brawler mechanics, it was the first true “next-gen” horror title.

You play Ethan Thomas, an agent tasked with investigating the lowest rung of society while searching for a serial killer, with the rest of the world going mad around you. Hobos and junkies jump out from the shadows to bludgeon you with anything they can get their hands on, and you have to do the same.

The atmosphere is what puts it over the top, as Ethan tracks down the horror the city streets. While the game feels rather “out there”, the crime investigations and crunch of the bones keeps it close enough to reality to be truly unsettling.

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13.Siren: Blood Curse

The rural village where human sacrifice once took place is now populated by the nightmares of Japanese folklore with creatures that lie somewhere between ghost and zombie. The village is always dark, the denizens always murderous and had nonlinear story telling complete with interweaving narratives with the different characters. Both the games feature a strong emphasis on stealth, meaning you have to hide rather than fight. Furthermore, there is the sightjacking mechanic where—with a tune of the analog stick—you can look through the enemy’s eyes as they approach the very closet you’re hiding in.

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14.ObsCure

ObsCure focused on a group of five high school seniors who stumble upon a laboratory where biological experiments are being performed. The students must then fight their way out in order to warn the remaining student body. The enemies are sensitive to light, with direct sunlight destroying them. Flashlights can be used to slightly weaken the monsters and the black aura surrounding them.

The game features all the standard tropes you can come to expect from a B-movie. The scarcity of ammunition, health items and save reels were ripped from the early Resident Evil games, but ObsCure adds a whole new dimension. If a character dies it doesn’t end the game, as the story simply continues without them. However, you will grow quite attached to the characters, and frankly you’ll need every hand available to survive to the end.

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15.Dead Space

What can be said about Dead Space that hasn’t already been said? It was the game to turn certain monster fighting conventions on their head. Players trained to aim for the head soon found themselves out of their depth, as the only way to kill the Necromorphs were to cut their limbs off, the same limbs being slashed in your face ready to cut it off at a moment’s notice.

The USG Ishimura was terrifying setting with half of the ship in disrepair and the other half filled with slavering monsters. So not only was Dead Space the master of the jump scare, it gave you the uneasy feeling the whole time you were in it that the ship would fall apart right under your feet.

And then there was the shoggoth in the tumble dryer…

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99 Best Super Mario Brothers Wallpapers

We have a brilliant Wallpapers in storage. If you are searching for quality Super Mario Brothers Wallpapers. Then its the right place.

Mariois a fictional character in the Mario video game franchise by Nintendo, created by Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. Serving as Nintendo’s mascot and the eponymous protagonist of the series, Mario has appeared in over 200 video games since his creation. Though originally only appearing in platform games, starting with Donkey Kong, Mario currently and blackjack online appears in varied video game genres such as racing, puzzle, party, role-playing, fighting, and sports.

Mario is depicted as a short, pudgy, Italian plumber who lives in the Mushroom Kingdom. He repeatedly rescues Princess Peach from the turtle-like villain Bowser and stops his numerous plans to destroy him and take over the kingdom. Mario also has other enemies and rivals, including Donkey Kong and Wario. Since 1995, he has been voiced by Charles Martinet.

100 Best Diablo 3 Wallpapers

You will find here all the official Diablo 3 wallpapers ever released on their newest Diablo version, along with wallpapers made by eager fans.

We’ve all been waiting patiently for years for Diablo 3, and finally here it is! If you haven’t bought it yet or you’re not sure if you even want to play it, check out the wallpapers below and see if you get urge…I bet you will :). Enjoy the many different Diablo 3 wallpapers that Blizzard itself has put out and fans have created. Changing these wallpapers on your desktop every day will keep your hunger for the RPG game at bay until you can finally get the game itself!

An Amazing Gallery of Real Life Pokeballs

Usually when someone has a distinct obsession with the Pokemon series, they tend to focus on the creatures themselves. But today I’ve found a man who is determined to showcase their homes instead.

Artist Barry Wazzy has created a giant collection of “real life” Pokeballs which I believe are some combination of real objects and CGI. It’s more than just your red and white, Ultra and Master balls however. As you’ll see, he’s made them into a bona fide art form.

Check out the full and massive gallery of Real Life Pokeballs below:


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20 Best Free Games on Facebook

You joined Facebook, which just proves Zuckerberg’s plan is working. Whatever it is.

First, it was people tagging you.

Then poking you. (Or maybe it was vice versa. Whatevs.)

To quote a title that’s not on the ginormous social network, it’s dangerous to go alone. Take these Games on Facebook with you.

And they’re taking advantage of it in droves. Luckily for Facebook users, many of these games are mighty fun. Take a look at our 20 top picks for getting your Facebook games on.

Angry Birds

Game play is very interesting and players love to take control of the cute colored birds. The objective of the players in this game is to launch birds with slingshot and redeem the eggs. The eggs are captured by a bunch of pigs which are also cute with green in color.
The pigs are covered and protected by different kind of roof in each level. The material or the shelter is made of wood blocks, ice blocks and hard stones. You have to damage the structures covered on them to hit them. Explosives and other objects are also found in later stages to detach the structures.

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Mafia Wars

Mafia Wars allows players to build their virtual criminal empires by collaborating with their friends to complete crime jobs, fight and rob other Mafia crews, run underground businesses and purchase criminal must haves like weapons and getaway cars. Set in New York City at launch, the game has added a number of locales for players to expand their criminal empires: Cuba in June 2009, Moscow in September 2009, Bangkok in January 2010, Las Vegas in June 2010, Italy in October 2010 and Brazil in March 2011. These new locales included enhanced features and extended The popularity of Mafia Wars. Mafia Wars is available in eight languages.

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Farmville

FarmVille is a social game developed by Zynga, and available on social networks and iPhones. Launched in June 2009, it became one of the most popular applications on Facebook, garnering 10 million users in less than a month. This is one of the most popular games on the largest social networking system in the world.

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Adventure World

Indy is an active character throughout all of the missions you embark on him with, though you never control him. Based on a preview of the new content provided by executive producer Toby Ragaini, you’ll instead trade helping hands with Indy. For instance, we all know how much Mr. Jones(bonus points if you get that reference) hates snakes. There will be points in a mission when Indy simply can’t move on because he’ll be blocked by slithery creatures. It’ll then be your job to take out the snakes before the two of you can move on. But don’t think you’ll always be killing critters for the guy.

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Dragon Age Legends

13 years have passed since a group of warriors led by the Templar Ravi banded together to prevent an abomination from destroying the Free Marches city of Kaiten in a hedonistic orgy of narcissism and opulence.
The former Viscount Khedra spent most of his life as a venerated ruler, celebrated for his wisdom. Late in life, he started to change, beginning with the construction of a great coliseum where nobles’ chosen champions competed for pride and glory. What began as games of entertainment quickly devolved into great spectacles of carnage punctuated by outlandish pageantry.

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Empires & Allies

Empires & Allies launched in June 2011 in 12 languages and lets players build up their island empires, create virtual armies of tanks, planes and ships, and battle their enemies while defending their allies. Players decide whether to help and trade with each other or attack each other’s military defenses while pillaging resources. The game also features a single-player story-based campaign with a cast of more than 20 heroes and villains. Empires & Allies is our first strategy combat game

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PixelJunk Monsters Online

Players can expand their territory on the world map by defending their tiles. As more friends join in, you’ll be able to compete for gold crowns, as your performance is ranked amongst your friends.
As with most social games, the game is free to play at first. However, you’ll be able to buy new towers, maps, and items by using in-game currency. Q-Games promises to push updates “regularly,” which should help enable PixelJunk addicts continue clicking away

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Words with Friends

Words With Friends is a lot like Scrabble but way better, because you can play with your friends online, meaning you could even play from the comfort of your toilet seat, how’s that for a selling point, baazing!

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Zynga Poker

Zynga Poker was our first social game and is the largest free-to-play online poker game in the world. Players have the option to play at any table, meet new people from around the world or join friends for a game, choosing from casual Hold ‘Em tables, tournament play or VIP tables. A leader board shows players how they compare in chip ranking to their friends and through the gift shop players can personalize and decorate their seat at the table. Players interact with other players by chatting, completing challenges and sending and receiving gifts, including poker chips. According to AppData, it is the fourth most popular game on Facebook, four years after its launch.

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Word Challenge

n Word Challenge you are given 6 letters, the objective is to create 3-6 letter words from the letters provided as fast as you can. There are 40,000 to find in this fast and rewarding word game!

You can go into a head to head battle of words with one of your friends in the ‘Challenge Mode’. Can you come out on top?

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Restaurant City

Restaurant City lets you run your very own restaurant and employ your friends to work for you as waiters and chefs. And with a wealth of different decorations, furniture and equipment to choose from you can really make your mark with a completely unique restaurant. You can visit your friends’ restaurants too and even trade ingredients with them to help you create a menu which ensures your restaurant is the talk of the town!

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Gear Quest

The Entrance to the Underworld has opened. You must uncover ancient weaponry, gear and magic to fight your way to the heart of the truth. You have been Chosen.

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Go Fishing

Enjoy fishing in beautiful locales with your friends! Use the equipment of your choosing, select different lures and baits, catch dozens of fish, complete quests around the map and beat the records. Become a pro fisherman!

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Hero City

Welcome to Hero City! Be the mastermind of super heroes where you will build an awesome city for powerful super heroes to come and live in. Dispatch super heroes to New York, Washington D.C., Paris, Beijing and around the world to fight against the super villain Techneto.

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Diamond Dash

Diamond Dash is the 60 second gem rush: click colorful gems, use magic diamonds and compete with your friends! More than 18 million monthly active players on Facebook are fascinated by Diamond Dash, testing their reactivity by clicking as many same-colored gems as possible. Social features like weekly tournaments or the ability to help out your friends, add up to the arcade experience, turning Diamond Dash into one of the most successful Social Games worldwide.

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War of Ninja

War of Ninja Wiki has 5 portals: Characters, Places, Items, Features and Terms and Explanations. Characters portal will contain all the information about WoN Characters, their clans and their skills. Each skill will be completely described, so players can understand how do they actually work. Places portal contains all the information about WoN Villages, Temples, Arena’s, Shops and Regions. Items portal contains all items which are released so far and they will be described in details.

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Café World

Cafe World allows you to run a kitchen, cooking and serving food to others while leveling up and becoming the Iron Chef of your neighborhood. It’s pretty fun, but like most of these games, over time certain tasks can become pretty repetitive.

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Fruit Ninja

The original flavour… Swipe to deliciously slash and splatter fruit like a true ninja warrior. Be careful of bombs – they are explosive to touch and will put a swift end to your juicy adventure!

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Miscrits of Volcano Island

It’s the rare social game that actually feels epic. The world is huge and varied, and exploration is very satisfying. The game doesn’t stray too far from the incredibly successful formula it’s emulating, but at the same time it manages to create a feel all of its own.
In Miscrits of Volcano Island you are the chosen one, of sorts. There’s a prophecy that predicted that one day you’d come to the island and set things right. And the way to do that, of course, is by collecting and battling lots and lots of creatures called miscrits.

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Gardens of Time

Gardens of Time is one of the most popular free hidden object games (HOG) on the Web
With more than 40 re-playable hidden object scenes from throughout history visit the Walls of Troy, steps of Egypt’s Pyramids, London clock tower, and Hanging Gardens of Babylon in search of misplaced objects.

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