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The Reason Why We Play Video Games: The Gamer’s Story Part 1

How To Create Video Games As Your Fun Career Or Business

The Reason Why We Play Video Games: The Gamer’s Story – What Separate The Gamer and Non-Gamer

There exists some ephemeral quality that separates gamers from the rest of humanity, some thing that makes us, us and them, not us. I’ve never been able to quite put my finger on it, but it is inescapably there.

Today, in hopes of moving closer to that essential quality of gamerosity (not sure if that is a word or not but it sounded cool), we examine part of what makes us tick.

In particular, we take a look at what draws different types of gamers to the hobby, the reason why we play video games: the gamer’s story. Every gamer plays for different reasons, but there are common threads that tie the experience together.

The Reason Why We Play Video Games: The Gamer’s Story – The Thrill Of A Challenge?

Many gamers are motivated by the challenge a game can present. Success in a game may be governed by any of a wide variety of abilities. A First Person Shooter requires twitch reflexes, a steady hand and the ability to remain calm under pressure.

A word puzzle game may require an extensive vocabulary and the ability to rethink the uses of old words, but no measure of speed. A sports simulation might well require an in-depth knowledge of the topic, in addition to arcade skill, but is unlikely to have terribly much concern for linguistic acumen.

The common thread is that all of the games challenge some subset of a player’s abilities. This challenge can be a powerful motivator. The Challenge Motivated gamer is drawn to a game that tests their skills, preferably one that tests them to their limits.

The gamer may also be motivated by the natural improvement that comes from working at peak. They are driven then, not only to excel, but to improve. Challenge Motivated Gamers thrive whenever a game pushes their skill set of choice, but may be disinterested in games that fall too far away from the target.

The Reason Why We Play Video Games: The Gamer’s Story – Competition The Other Challenge

Competition is a close cousin of challenge. Many gamers are driven by the need to prove they are the best, to be pitted against their fellows and come out on top. Competition minded gamers range from those looking for a challenge in a fair fight to the sort of win-at-all cost leet speaking infants that give us all a bad name. Competition can be easy to take too far. There is nothing inherently wrong with being driven by competition.

To some extent, competition is merely challenge taken to the extreme. It is only when it leads to mistreating your fellow player that it begins to become less a motivation and more an unfortunate personality quirk. Competition Motivated players thrive on those games where they are pitted against one another with the outcome dictated by skill at playing the game.

They will often wane in those environments that either require cooperation, such as many MMORPGs, or in games where skill plays a much smaller role, such as in less sophisticated card or dice games.

Next week we will take a look at some other common gamer motivations and explore the reason why we play video games: the gamer’s story.

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Greg “Da Spokesman” Stargell

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The Beginner’s Guide To Gaming With Role Playing Games

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The Beginner’s Guide To Gaming With Role Playing Games: Understanding The Basics

I wanted to take time to share the beginner’s guide to gaming with role playing games. Role Playing Games are one of my favorite genres because you have the essence of an interactive story book.

Now lets get started with the beginner’s guide to gaming with role playing games.

The Beginner’s Guide To Gaming With Role Playing Games: The Components Of A RPG

For the ones of you that don’t know RPG stands for Role Playing Game, and is one of the most played type of game nowadays.

You are the main hero, and you interact with other characters also called NPC-s ( or Non Playable Characters if you’re playing single player).

They will give you quests to do, and you have to do them, in order to get experience and advance to higher levels.

The story has the main quest, that will end the game when finished, and usually a lot of side quests, that will help you develop your character.

The side quests are not necessary, but will get you deeper into the story and sometimes that is really worth it!

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The Beginner’s Guide To Gaming With Role Playing Games: Choose Your Character

Most RPG games allow you to choose your type of character at the beginning.

Usually there are several types of characters, all with different attributes, but there are three main categories to choose from: wizard, fighter and archer.

These will take different names and attributes and will be further more differentiated into subcategories, depending on the game.

For example, the wizard can become specialized on different categories of spells, like earth, water, dark magic, white magic, fire, lightning, nature.

The Beginner’s Guide To Gaming With Role Playing Games: How do you grow your character?

Well this depends from game to game, but basically you have :

-life, called life points in many games representing your health

-mana, or mana points representing the wizardry point you have left( these point allow you to do spells, if you don’t have them you won’t be able to cast spells)

-stamina, also found by other names, depending on the game, this represents how much time you can run, of do special moves.

The Beginner’s Guide To Gaming With Role Playing Games: The Growing Process

Besides these three there are a few other primary attributes like:

-strength – representing the strength of your character, you’ll have to put points here if your character is a fighter.

-dexterity –representing the dexterity of your character, usually important for archers

– intelligence – representing the intelligence of your character, usually important for wizards.

There may appear some more primary attributes depending on the game but don’t worry they are usually explained!

Experience – this is heart of the game, and this (along with the story) will keep you in front of the computer for days! Basically, when you kill monsters you get experience, you also get experience when you do the quests.

This experience is used to grow in level, making you stronger and able to battle with more and more monsters.

Take care how you spend your experience, because in the later part of the game it’s important to be strong so you can finish the game.

Usually it’s best to choose a line of evolution at the beginning and keep it until the end of the game !

Ok, we’ve reached the end of part one, hope I was able to enlighten you a little concerning the mysteries of RPG games.

This concludes the beginner’s guide to gaming with role playing games
Thank you for reading and have a great day

Take Care and God Bless,

Greg “Da Spokesman” Stargell

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Simple Common Sense Cooking Tips That You Should Know

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Simple Common Sense Cooking Tips That You Should Know: Start Cooking Better Meals

In this article I will address some simple common sense cooking tips that you should know. Below I have included tips of simple common sense cooking tips that you should know and will help you become a more creative chef or cook. So now lets get started.

Simple Common Sense Cooking Tips That You Should Know: Do You Smell What The Rock Is Cooking

Do you get lumps in your white sauce?
When making white sauce (béchamel) or any sauce that requires slow cooking to thicken use an egg whisk and you can increase the temperature (not too much though) to speed the process up.and you wont get any limps in it.

Turn your open barbeque into a gourment oven.

Want to try a new barbeque recipe that requires a hood on the barbeque which you may not have. Try using a wok lid or any domed lid. This works very well indeed. Great for roasted meats when camping out.

Simple Common Sense Cooking Tips That You Should Know

Never buy frozen pastry again.

Do you hate making short pastry. Use a kitchen whiz instead of the usual hand method. Use slightly less liquid than may be asked for in the recipe.Just run the whiz until all the pastry forms into a ball. If it wont form into a ball you may need just a touch more liquid. The liquid depends on what recipe you use for your pastry.

Simple Common Sense Cooking Tips That You Should Know: The Art Of The Scone

Do your scones look more like rock cakes ?
Make your scones in a kitchen whiz. Many people just can’t make scones no matter what. Usually the problem is too much handling. Using the whiz eliminates this problem.

Also try and make your scones as though people or the family are sitting at the table waiting. In other words the less time you take means less handling. The mixture should be quite moist not dry after you add the milk.

Turn onto a well floured board and top a few times with the tips of your fingers to draw the extra four in. This should only take you about 5-8 seconds. Gently pat into shape and cut into whatever shaped scones you want – round or square -whatever.

Scones seem to come out best when cooked in what is variously described as a rising oven. In other words turn your oven on not too long before you start to mix your scones and when they are put in the oven it still has not quite reached the required temperature.

I learned this way of making scones when I was used to crew on a yacht when I was younger and the guys would want morning tea and see if they could cajole me into making some. Hence my reference to having a waiting audience.

The oven was only a small bench top gas oven and I would turn it on to its maximum temperature and then throw the flour butter and milk together. They were most impressed and I was most surprised at the result.

I was not at all sure of my expertise in scone making as my mother could never make scones – hers were the ones that came out like bullets.

I did later convert my mother into making scones in the kitchen whiz when she was around 65 and she was amazed that she finally learnt to make a scone that was edible.

I might add that scones became a regular morning tea item

Simple Common Sense Cooking Tips That You Should Know

Are your curries chewy?

Do you have trouble working out if a casserole or curry is cooked. When the oil (fat) rises the dish is cooked. All meat dish casseroles have some fat content and when this is released the meat is cooked.

Simple Common Sense Cooking Tips That You Should KnowAre you missing the magic ingredient?

Have you ever cooked a curry or casserole and the flavour just needs a little something and you cant quite work out exactly what is needed. Maybe it seems as though the flavours don’t quite go together. It is a small intangible ingredient that is lacking.

Try a very small amount of sugar and you will be surprised how it seems to blend and mellow the flavors into a more harmonious combination. The flavours will cease to fight against each other.

Whoops have you ever slipped with the salt pot when cooking?

Have you ever added just a touch too much salt to a recipe. Never add sugar to correct this try a squeeze of lemon juice.

I hate washing roasting pans.

Do you like to have roasted potatoes occasionally but hate washing up the pan afterwards. Here is a simple easy method and it uses less fat. Cut each potato with the skin on, in half so that you have the largest cut area.

Add a little margarine and spread it on the cut side of the potato. Then sprinkle with salt and pepper if you want.

Place the buttered potatoes buttered side down on a sheet of aluminum foil wrap. Fold the foil and seal. Add to a preheated hot oven 200 degrees centigrade and cook for approx half an hour.

When cooked unwrap and gently peel the foil off the potatoes and serve. Throw the foil in the garbage and voila – lovely crisp roasted potatoes and no mess.

Now you have simple common sense cooking tips that you should know to start cooking better meals. Now go out and impress your family and friends.

 

Thank you for reading and have a great day

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Greg “Da Spokesman” Stargell

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Things You Should Know When Cooking Great Meals

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Things You Should Know When Cooking Great Meals: Let’s Get Started

I have decided to write this post on things you should know when cooking great meals because I remembered what it was like to have time to prepare meals with more free time because I was in school.

Then I started working on a job and I noticed the time I took for granted in meal preparation was really needed. So with this post, things you should know when cooking great meals, you will be able to have ways to help you make better meals even when you do not have as much time.

Things You Should Know When Cooking Great Meals

Things You Should Know When Cooking Great Meals: When You Have A Busy Schedule

If you are as busy as most people you are always looking for ways to feed your family in convenient, fast, yet not-too-expensive ways. Try the following suggestions:

Things You Should Know When Cooking Great Meals: 10 Things To Keep In Mind

1. Cooking several meals for the week at one time. It may take a few hours of your time up front but will pay off in the long run when you come home each evening and have a meal ready to eat in a short amount of time. Try cooking a roast and using part of it as a main meal and then using some for sandwiches, beef stroganoff or as part of a stir-fry. Fry several pounds of hamburger and make a casserole, taco meat and chili to freeze for use later in the week.

2. After you return home from the grocery store clean all the fruits and vegetables you can. When it’s time for a meal all you will have to do is cook them or add them to a salad or soup.

3. Get ideas from the cooking shows on T.V. There are great shows that show you how to make a healthy meal in a short time.

4. Develop a revolving recipe file. If you get bogged down by the idea of having to plan 30 meals a month the recipe file is for you. Let family members choose some of their favorites and put the recipes in a monthly file. Flip to day five or fifteen and there is the meal just waiting to be cooked.

5. Enlist the help of the members of your family. As soon as the kids are old enough divide up the cooking responsibilities. Let everyone take turns with specific tasks or the whole meal. Pair these meals with fruit and veggies that have already been washed and cut-up and you are ready for dinner.

Things You Should Know When Cooking Great Meals

6. Share the cooking with friends or neighbors. I’ve known people who cook four or five of the same meal and then trade with four or five other people. This works best when people share the same basic ideas on what they like and don’t like. It’s a great idea though for a very easy week of evening meals.

7. Save coupons for those convenience things at the grocery store. They have entire entrees and dinners either fresh or frozen. Sometimes they are rather pricy but with the coupons they are good to have on hand for an evening when everyone is running in different directions and time is of the essence.

8. It’s O.K. to eat out from time to time. Clip coupons for these occasions and if you have kids keep a look-out for the places that have special prices for children. Some of the fast-food restaurants are trying to offer item choices that are a little more healthy.

9. Many larger cities have businesses that prepare food for the evening meal. They seem expensive at first but are so convenient and available for one person or entire families. There are many menu choices and meals cooked for special diets. When you calculate the groceries you buy and the times you eat out each week, this may work for you.

10. Combine several of the above ideas into a plan that is best for you.

It is possible with a little planning to cook meals that are quick and easy without spending hours in the kitchen every day. Now you know things you should know when cooking great meals. Enjoy!!!!!!!

Thank you for reading and have a great day

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Greg “Da Spokesman” Stargell

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Harness the Power Of Salsa Dancing In Your Life

Why Having Dance Lessons Are Good For You And To You

Harness the Power Of Salsa Dancing In Your Life: Get Started Today

Have you ever wanted to broaden your social circle but wasn’t sure how? The bar scene is tired. Shopping malls, grocery stores and churches are way too cliché. But have you ever thought of dancing?

Yes, that’s right dancing! Dancing is one of the best social activities. Actually salsa dancing is one of the best ways to meet people and mingle in a fun, laid back, easy-going environment.

Harness the Power Of Salsa Dancing In Your Life

Harness the Power Of Salsa Dancing In Your Life: Warm Community To Welcome You

If you visit any salsa dance club there are all types of people of all different age groups and cultures all coming together to have a great time. The atmosphere of pumping beats, rhythmic dancing cascading across the dance floor while people circle around mingling while having a drink is addictive!

But even if you’ve never stepped foot in a salsa club or a salsa dance floor, that’s ok because most communities can help you master the basic steps. Even if you lack the experience of a trained salsa dancer, salsa clubs are always filled with people who will take you by the hand and show you the simplest steps so that you can have a great time. I know it sounds a bit hard to believe but it’s true.

I’ve been to salsa clubs many times and been asked to dance. While I insisted that I was not very good, it was always a friendly smile saying, “that’s okay, I’ll show you”. Where else can you get such gracious, friendly treatment? Definitely not in any bar I’ve ever heard been to.

Harness the Power Of Salsa Dancing In Your Life

Harness the Power Of Salsa Dancing In Your Life: The Basics

To enjoy salsa dancing you only need to know a few simple steps which is assuming dancing Salsa On One:

First you step forward with your left foot for the count of one

Second step your right foot in place for two

Now bring your left foot back for three.

Now bring you right foot back for five

Step your left foot in place for six

Then Finally step your right foot forward for seven

Now you rinse and repeat and this is the basics

It’s much easier to explain in person or video than in words so I would recommend you join a class or comment below if you would like for me to teach you.

But just remember to relax, move those hips and have fun!

Just dance like no one is watching!

 

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