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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.
Video games give your childâs brain a real workout.Â In many video games, the skills required to win involve abstract and high level thinking.Â These skills are not even taught at school.Â Some of the mental skills trained by video games include:
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.Â 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.”
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Horror occupies a strange place in a personâs 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 youâve 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 gamesÂ of all time.
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 waysâand to depthsâthat other games only wish they could do.
In Silent Hill, nothing is quite right; everything seems artificial and you donât 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 Sunderlandâs biggest enemyâthe town, the player, or the character himself?
There is something about innocence in danger that terrifies us even more than anything else. The little girls in the haunted village are just thatâthe epitome of innocence being threatened by the supernatural forces. Their only defense against ghosts is a camera obscura, thatâs 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 harmâs way and face the horror head on. The game makes you do this over and over again with every single enemy.
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 thatâs 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 arenât alone in the castle, which is filled with monsters. Unlike other games, you canât fight them and your only option is to hide in a dark corner while hoping they wonât see you.
Eternal Darkness: Sanityâs 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 arenât 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.
There is something to be said for techno horror; it is a genre terribly overlooked by developers, or not done to itâs fullest potential. System Shock 2 is a story of the machines we created becoming the monster thatâs out to destroy usâthe 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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Based off of H.P. Lovecraftâs âThe Shadow over Innsmouthâ 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 canât even trust yourself.
You are given no HUD or indicators as to your characterâs 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 Lovecraftâs novels, witnessing the more upsetting and otherworldly aspects of the environment will cause your to go insane.
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, thereâs 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.
While the first Resident Evil game invented the formula, it is difficult to take seriously thanks to the poor voice acting; youâll end up laughing during any serious semenax testimonials moments. Resident Evil 2 may not have great voice acting, but you wonât burst out laughing. It also contains a superior set up and pulls better scares. The first game was memorable for a number of scenesâwith 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.
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 doesnât have to do much or anything at all to keep you on your toes. It knows youâll scare yourself stupid so long as it hangs its Sword of Damocles over your head.
Silent Hill 4 is an odd entry for the Silent Hill series, because itâs the only one that doesnât 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.
Alma. Thatâs 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 itâs the nightmare moments that really shine. The world goes topsy-turvy and your characters sees things that arenât 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 donât, 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.
Condemned is a detective story that was overlooked when it first came out early in the 360âs lifespan. With both horror and brawler mechanics, it was the first true ânext-genâ 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 âout thereâ, the crime investigations and crunch of the bones keeps it close enough to reality to be truly unsettling.
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 whereâwith a tune of the analog stickâyou can look through the enemyâs eyes as they approach the very closet youâre hiding in.
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 doesnât end the game, as the story simply continues without them. However, you will grow quite attached to the characters, and frankly youâll need every hand available to survive to the end.
What can be said about Dead Space that hasnât 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 momentâs 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…
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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?
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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Game of Thrones is an historical fantasy tv series, based on author George R. R. Martin’s best-selling “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of seven novels. In Game of Thrones there are multiple storylines about the struggles among the kingdom’s noble families for control of the Iron Throne.
Here is an awesome Collection of Game Of Thrones Wallpapers.
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Super Mario Bros
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The Legend of Zelda – A Link to the Past
Here is a cool accessory for your geeky office, the custom NES Moue Pads. Each of the custom NES mouse pads have been created by 8BitMemory who has brought us some cool creations in the past. There are quite a few NES game themed mouse pads available including Super Mario Bros, as well as some cool NES games like Zelda, and if you dont fancy one of the ones listed, you can even choose to have a custom one made with your favourite NES of SNES games.
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