Most Popular Games of the World For Improving IQ

We all are fond of playing games online and offline. Games can be defined as an activity that is merely done for enjoyment or sometimes for educational purpose. However, many of the games such as soccer, rugby, baseball, chess, etc are largely played to have competition between the players in order to decide the winner. The winner of the game is usually the one who utilizes his mental and physical activity above par to win the game. Many people hardly find any time to play games which means their physical and mental ability will comparatively lower than a sportsman who stays fit and plays game regularly.  Most games need physical and mental stimulation to be played effectively. As it is said that games require mental stimulation, it is evitable that it improves one IQ level.

One can find infinite numbers of popular games online and the list of games is simply endless. Games can be classified in different categories such as quiz, trivia games, online games and real life games. Real life games include a wide range of games. Tug of war is one of the most common, popular and widely played real life games. This game is also known as rope pulling. The game is played between two different teams or sometime between two individuals. Both the teams have to compete with each other using a rope which is the tug. The winner is declared when one of the two teams managed to pull the opponent team in such a manner that they cross the center point. This game requires high physical stimulation as well as mental strategy as the game need to be played with techniques to favor the players.

Charades is one of the guessing games, which is also widely enjoyed by people around the globe. This games is known by different names in different parts of the world, however, the most common name for the game is Charades or Charade. The game is as interesting as any other quiz games or online trivia games. Charades also improves IQ as it involves lot of mental exercise in form of guess works. The game is based on acting and guessing skills. As one person acts out a word or a phrase and the other participant needs to guess the correct answer by understanding the sign language done by his teammate.

Trivia games are also one of the most interesting games that are enjoyed by people from all age groups. These games are filled with general knowledge sort of questions which needs to be answered. Like many other games trivia game also helps in enhancing your IQ level. Other games that are improves our mental skills include online quiz games, word search games, word puzzles, image puzzle, suduko.

Chess is one famous board game which is played in almost every country of the world. It can also be played online. The game highly stimulates mental ability of the players. It requires lot of mind work. There are many other such games that are played which not only offer enjoyment but also enhance IQ level. Card games such as solitaire, hearts, piquet, bridge, etc are very exciting games that will make you think of different strategies to win the game.

TV Games are one of the best ways to play games and improve your IQ by staying at the comfort of your home. Unlike other outdoor game which improves your physical strength, TV Games helps in enhancing your mental abilities and also improves your thought process. Various TV games have various difficulty levels. The more time you spend to think about different ways to clear the level, the more mentally sound you become.

On the internet, you can find many online quizzes, trivia games. You can also find umpteen numbers of skill games can be found online, one of the prominent ones being strategy games such as Evony. This game can be played through your web browser. You can also choose multiplayer option to play with anyone across the globe. There are other strategy games that can be played by means of DVDs on your PC such as SimCity and Age of Empires. Such games can improve your IQ considerably.

Matthew Brown is a researcher and analyst of QuizBoom.com. Online quiz QuizBoom.com [http://www.quizboom.com/] is a risk-free online quiz where players compete against each other using their trivia knowledge. All players are rewarded with cash prizes – only a player’s skill determines the outcome of each game round. QuizBoom.com is a game created for everyone who loves trivia – those who have taken part in trivia games or have always wanted to.With QuizBoom.com, each and every player can take part at any time – there are no limits to proving one’s trivia knowledge.. Each game consists of 16 multiple choice questions with different difficulty levels covering various subjects. Everyone can play the game for free – QuizBoom.com gives free chips for each registered user. Chips are needed for making bets on ones game score. At the end of each day’s quiz game all the individual games played are ranked by their scores.The daily game pool is distributed to all players of the particular day according to pre-defined winnings distribution rules.

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Complete Wii Balance Board Game List

I took some time to write a simple list about all the Wii games that are compatible with the Wii Balance Board (Wii Fit Board). Most of them are already released, some will be by early next year. I also included a small summery for each of the games.

1.All Star Cheer Squad – basically you have to play a cheerleader who moves up to become the head cheerleader. Start of as the rookie who has to try out for even getting accepted into the squad. The more you play the game the more advanced routines you will learn. You can play career mode or mini game mode style.

2.Academy Of Champions: Soccer – the tile says it all, a game basically for boys who love soccer. This title includes 12 mini games. Or play the story line to battle against a football academy. Try to make your team win the championship.

3. Avatar – the game to the upcoming film Avatar. The film is by James Cameron. The game is an action based adventure game, which takes place at an alien planet. Will be released at the end of November.

4. Daisy Fuentes Pilates – a great workout game not only for all the pilates lovers, but also people in general who want to improve their posture and do some more exercise without going to the gym. This game includes 10 pilates routines. There are 5 pre set routines and 5 customizable ones. The game starts at the level of beginners, but will move up in difficulty to advanced. You can play this game in English or Spanish. The commentator is Daisy Fuentes that will guide you all the way with her great tips in subjects like health and fitness.

5. DanceDance Revolution Hottest Party 3 – a sequel to the DanceDance Revolution games. You can either play with the dance pad or as the title of this article says, with the Wii Balance Board. The game can be played in workout mode, story mode, lesson mode or kids mode. This rhythmic game is the best one until now, because all the previous titles didn’t include the Wii Balance Board. It includes also more than 50 tracks of music.

6. Diva Girls- Divas On Ice – a nice girlie game who want to try out as ice princesses. There is a career mode available, but also mini games. Defiantly a game for girls for the age of 8+.

7. Doctor Fizzwhizzle’s Animal Rescue – a game where you have to advance in stages to rescue animals. An arcade kind of game. You have more than 180 levels to play and can rescue 60 different animals. It includes also a kids mode with quizzes about animals.

8. Don King Boxing – a boxing game where you step into the ring to fight against the greatest boxers in real venues like Madison Square Garden or Boardwalk Hall. See if you can make it to the top – in career mode. This is one of the top rated games of this year. You should try this game, even if you are not too much into boxing. This gives you the workout of a fitness game, but still makes it fun to play. Has a teen rating.

9. EA Sports Active More Workouts – This is the sequel to the EA Sports Active Personal Trainer game that was released about a year ago. One of the highest rated Wii fitness games. You can use the Wii Balance Board, the Wii remote and Nunchuk to play this game. This game adds 35 new exercises that target the whole body. More Workouts is made to be played in the winter as it focuses on warm-weather games like surfing, jet skiing and rafting. It also keeps players motivated with a 6-week-challenge that tracks the players progress.

10. EA Sports Active Personal Trainer – This was probably the most successful game for the Wii Balance Board. You can play sports like running, basket ball, volley ball, roller skating, boxing, baseball, dancing, and many other games. This game includes a rubber resistant band for muscle workouts and a pouch for jogging and running. If you want to play this game with a friend you can get the gear also separately. Sign up for the 30 day challenge with its 20 minute workouts to get into shape. This game will make your living room into a gym without the need of leaving the house.

11. Go Play Circus Star – Go try out to become the greatest circus performer. Play in career mode and play stage-by-stage or play mini games. Most of the games in this title are compatible with the Wii Balance Board. One of three games of the Go Play series.

12. Go Play City Sports – Another one of the Go Play series. Play six street games like stick ball, kickball, street hockey and soccer. In career mode you have to stand up for yourself and become the top athlete of your street. A fun and casual game for the whole family.

13. Go Play Lumberjacks – The last one of the Go Play series. This title takes you to the outdoors where you can play five different event categories. In each one of those categories you compete against three other players. One of the fun games is defiantly the water log game where you have to balance on a log.

14. Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout – Another great fitness title. What makes this game unique it that when you buy it, you get a free one week trial at any Gold Gym. In the game your workout is chosen according to your own fitness level. So you don’t have to worry that you will not be able to keep up. Includes boxing, running, rope jumping and many other sports.

15. Imagine Fashion Party – A game for all the girls who love to live the world of fashion. Includes office mode where you play a designer that get challenged by difficult clients. Or try to be a make-up artist and style your models before they hit the runway. You can even own your own TV show just like the one from Heidi Klum. This game also lets you share pictures through the Wii Wifi connection.

16. Imagine Party Babyz – For all of you who love the cute baby games like baby food throwing, dancing and hula hoop. There are more than 30 fun mini games to play. Or go for the career mode where you are in charge of a daycare center.

17. Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2009 – Another one of the popular fitness games for the Wii. This is a boot-camp-style game that focuses on four workout types: weight loss, intervals, hill climb and strength training. Just like in real life the game starts with warm-up, keeps you in your target zone to burn calories and cool-down for stretching. It even has a competitive mode where you play against a friend to find out who can burn more calories. The game is lead by fitness guru Jillian Michaels, that not only guides you through each exercise but also offers lifestyle tips.

18. Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2010 – The sequel to the boot-camp style fitness game. It adds on to the other game with a resolutions mode. In this mode you can plan ahead your routines for up to six months. Just like the first game it focuses on cardio like running, bicycle, swing kicks, jumping jacks. Strength training includes exercises like lunge kicks, push-ups, back kicks, sledge swings and many more. It offers very accurate motion tracking to give you a real-life experience. This is a recommended game if you want to get into shape fast.

19. Marble Saga Kororinpa – one of my favorite fun games from all Wii games. It includes more than 100 levels for the Wii Balance Board. Don’t be fooled because I called it fun games. This game will defiantly challenge you while you try to move across the mazes and collect all the orange gems. If you collect also the green gems (one per level) you can unlock more stages at the end. Not only can you choose the difficulty but also different marbles – each with their own strengths. Collect all the stomp-temple-parts and you unlock the ability to design your own mazes at the end. You will play in 7 different worlds, each one with their own characteristics. So after you played the whole game you can even connect via the Wifi to get more advance levels. Check out the leader boards via the Wifi to see you is the best in the game.

20. Mario And Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games – Compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. Choose your favorite character from players like Mario, Sonic and Donkey Kong. This game targets primarily the fans of these characters. You have the option to play the game in single player, multiplayer and festival mode. Festival mode means that you go through all the Olympic events to become the greatest Olympic champion. This game includes winter themed games like skiing, hockey, bobsled and figure skating. But you also play dream events that won’t happen in real life like dream snowball fight. You move your character with a combination of the Wii Balance Board, wii remote and nunchuk.

21. Mountain Sports – Another winter themed game that features six full length sports to make your gaming experience more satisfying. These include skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, tobogganing, bobsledding and curling. The goal of the game is to become the champion of the white mountain. Most of the games make use of the Wii Balance Board (5 out of six)

22. My Fitness Coach – This fitness game includes 500 exercises like cardio, flexibility and strength training. You can choose your favorite environment to suit your mood. Also customize your music with styles like Latin music, hip hop, oldies, music from the 80’s,… As you progress the workouts will get more demanding. It also includes a meditation garden to practice stretching and yoga.

23. My Personal Golf Trainer – The only golf game that makes use of the Wii Balance Board. Not yet release thus not much more information available.

24. NewU: Fitness First Personal Trainer – another fitness title that was released in 2009. Just like many of the other fitness based games your own personal virtual trainer guides you through a set of exercises. This game will try to get you in better shape through fitness and healthy living without you ever having to leave the comfort of your own home.

25. Overturn – a wii ware title that you can get through the Wii Shop via the Wifi Connection.

26. Playmobil: Circus – This game combines the playmobil characters with the circus theme to attract primarily the younger players. You can unlock more than 16 circus tricks to impress the crowd. Two multiplayer modes are available: versus, where you compete against a friend and teamwork, where you work together to reach your goal. Play acts with elephants, magician, tame the lion and many more wacky games.

27. Punch Out – The sequel to the popular game of more than 15 years ago. Play against characters like Glass Joe and King Hippo. Most of the names will be familiar if you played the first game. In career mode you will have to win against 13 opponents. Each one has their own characteristics and weaknesses. Boxing games are not only fun games to play but will definitely get you into shape as you use your whole body to play. The Wii Balance Board makes the game even more realistic.

28. Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party – The only title of the Rayman Raving Rabbids series that is compatible with the Wii Balance Board. This game focuses on TV series, ads and TV classics. Play either in story mode where you will go through one week of television with unique tasks and very hilarious challenges. Or play party mode with up to 8 players, four of which can play simultaneously. In all these mini games your overall goal is to help the rabbids destroy the daily TV viewing and thus drive Rayman crazy. Two of the 65+ games are Beestie Boarding (slide down a hill filled with obstacles where the board is a wildebeest) and Garden of Weeden (get rid of all the weeds in the garden by spraying them with poison – apply pressure to the Wii Balance Board to succeed in the challenge). Overall, one of the number one party games.

29. Shaun White Snowboarding Road Trip – Shaun White will instruct you to become a great snowboarder. Turn the board so you glide down the mountain just like on a real snowboard. You can enjoy the scenery with the unique camera system and beautiful graphics. Or go for the challenges to compete in snowboarding events. There are four ventures to explore: Alaska, Europe, Japan and Park City.

30. Shaun White Snowboarding World Stage – was just recently released. Is the sequel to the Shaun White Snowboarding Road Trip game. This game just like the previous one has the rating 10+. Can you make it in the half-pipe to be better than everybody else? A nice game if you live far away from any snow, but still would like to know how it feels to snowboard.

31. Skate City Heroes – A skating game that takes place in a futuristic city on top of skyscrapers. You have to race between trains, hoover over cars and other crazy moves. The goal of the game is to out-race your opponent with your skills and moves. You need to free a friend and make peace in the city. All these if you can become the skateboarding master. Has a multiplayer mode for up to four players.

32. Skate It – A more realistic skating game where you can customize your own skate park with ramps, rails, benches and many more skate-able objects. The career mode lets you compete in skate venues to become the skater of the year. This is the game for you if you are into skating and the whole skate culture.

33. Ski And Shoot – A biathlon style game that includes original world cup tracks. But you can not only compete in those original sport spots but also play real time biathlon sports icons like Kati Wilhelm and Michael Rosch. Choose from 20 different tracks and more than 15 international locations. As the title says, you will focus on cross country skiing and target shooting.

34. Snowboard Riot – another Wii Ware title that you can get through the Wifi Connect Shopping channel of your wii.

35. Stratosphere Yoga – not much yet known about this title or when it will be released.

36. Super Monkey Ball: Step And Roll – Planned release is in February of 2010. This is a sequel to the popular Super Monkey Ball series. You play a monkey (several different ones to choose one each one with their own strengths) in a giant bubble that has to finish levels and collect bananas on the way.

37. The Biggest Loser – The game to the popular TV show “The Biggest Loser”. Not only for those who want to loose weight but also for those who want to stay in shape and not gain weight. Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels will guide you through exercises, motivate you and stand by you all the way. This title includes more than 88 exercises which target the upper- and lower body, the core and cardio. It also teaches you yoga poses and thus improves your posture. The Wii Balance Board can be used in over 66 exercise. Choose from 4, 8 or 12 week challenges and see if you can stay above the yellow line in weigh-in. To all those above mentioned features it also includes more than 50 healthy recipes and a daily planning calendar.

38. Vertigo – An action game where you have to control a metal ball. Try to keep it from falling off the sides just with the balance of your body. Sounds easy but is in reality very tricky. The game is set in a futuristic environment on top of skyscrapers and tall buildings. It includes 54 levels and has 4 different modes. You can even customize your own ball to give it its unique controls.

39. Walk It Out – an upcoming walking game. This game will be released in January 2010. The more you take steps and walk, the more beautiful your world will become. This game features more than 120 songs which should keep you focused and motivated. The game keeps track of your progress and burned calories with charts and graphs. You can use the Wii Balance Board, the Dance Dance Revolution controller, the wii remote and the nunchuk to play the game. This is a very popular game in Japan, where it is already released.

40. Water Sports – The game focuses on summer themed games like windsurfing, jet skiing, kite surfing and wake boarding. You have different locations to choose from like Australia and South Africa. Do tricks and combine them to get lots of points.

41. We Ski And Snowboard – Choose from 14 courses and from beginner to advanced in this great skiing game. Choose if you want to go skiing or snowboarding. You are in the Happy Ski Resort where you can focus on just casual skiing, competitions or tricks with your snowboard. Explore the surrounding area by helicopter. You can even decide at what day-time you would like to experience skiing: during day, afternoon with its warm light or night under the light of fireworks.

42. We Ski – Again you are in the Happy Ski resort. This game lets you only do skiing but you will for sure enjoy the great two mountains. You can even try black diamond slopes. Just like in the previous game, you can choose the time of the day, and which course you would like to try. Overall a fun game for the whole family.

43. Wii Fit – The most famous game for the Wii Balance Board. This is the game that got released first with the Board. Part of the title focus on your balance like the Balance Games and Yoga games. Our family’s favorite are the Balance games. You start off with 5 games. The more time you spend exercising and playing the more games you can unlock. The other categories are Strength Training and Aerobics. You can even create a Wii Fit Channel – a mode where you don’t have to put in the DVD to do a daily body test. Each time you do a body test you will be weighed and your balance will be tested. According to that you will get a score that is your Wii Fit Age. Don’t take it too seriously if you are 10 or so years older than your real age. This should just motivate you to do daily exercises and keep in shape.

44. Wii Fit Plus – The just recently released sequel to the Wii Fit game. It combines the two games so you can play both of them from one CD. The difference is that you can now customize your workouts much easier and even decide if you want to do 20, 30 or 40 minute workouts. This game adds six new yoga activities and strength training exercises and 15 new balance games. A very fun game for the whole family not only if you are into fitness and weight loss.

45. Wii Music – Use the Balance Board to play 60+ instruments. But it does not matter if you press buttons at a certain time like in other music games. This is a very casual game, where there is no right or wrong. Just enjoy yourself while playing in a band. You can invite up to 4 people to play with you in your band. And you can even connect with friends through the Wifi connection. Choose your flavor like rock, jazz and Latin.

46. Winter Sports 2 The Ultimate Challenge – a winter themed game where you try out in 18 disciplines from 11 different winter sports. In this game you are in the center of sporting events that are broadcast all over the world. Some of the activities include snowboarding, ice skating, biathlon and ski jumping.

47. World Championship Athletics – Compete in 28 different summer themed sports games. Some of these are: high diving, hurdles and pole vault. See if you can win the gold medal and improve your own personal best.

48. Yoga – just recently released yoga game that focuses not only on yoga itself but also on its unique lifestyle. It lets you choose between story mode, where you start off as a complete yoga beginner and end up as a yoga guru. Training mode, where you can learn new poses. And Routine mode where you customize a workout that puts together several yoga poses. This game is a must if you liked the yoga exercises in the Wii Fit game.

Most of the games are just casual games that you play for fun. Some of them are excellent fitness games like Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus. And my pick for the most fun game from the whole list: Marble Saga Kororinpa. In this game you have to balance a marble through a maze and collect colored gems on the way. Might sound boring to you, but when you play it you get really addicted. You can play this game also with the Wii Remote only. (Not less fun!)

Julia has worked with computers for the last 10 years. Since she has kids she is also interested in Console Games. In her latest projects she writes about Baby Monitor Movement [http://babymonitormovement.org/] Sensors and about the Fisher Price Baby Monitor [http://babymonitormovement.org/Fisher-Price-Baby-Monitor.html].

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Five Reasons Why You Should Never Trade-in Your Old Xbox 360 Or PS3 Games at Your Local Game Store

Here’s the scenario… The next “hit-game” has just been released but you don’t have the money to buy it. What do you do?

Or, even better…

You have just completed campaign mode on Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare when you hear of the next chapter in the series being released; Modern Warfare 2. As you realise this, you start to feel an over-powering, strange sensation rippling through your body. You soon accept that you have just been possessed by a gaming demon who manages to convince you that you must get this new game!

O.k… maybe that was no possessing demon after all, but an excuse for the desire you feel when wanting something. You know, it’s really the excuse we like to make to justify to ourselves when buying things we absolutely want rather than need! Anyway, continuing on with our scenario. You head on over to your local game store where they accept old games for a trade-in value (or credit), to buy new games in the same store; only to be disappointed when you hear that the trade-in value, given to you for your old game, will not even cover a quarter of the price of the new game. You also discover that you just about have to trade-in all your old games to get any decent credit for purchasing that new game!

There must be a better way… There is!

In this article, I will reveal a great alternative to trading in your old Xbox 360 or PS3 games. I will discuss why the game stores will never give you much for your old games, and why you should avoid these stores when it comes to trading them in anyway.

You see, why trade-in your old Xbox 360 or PS3 games anyway? It’s just not worth it! Why not wait a little longer before getting the game you want in exchange for getting it cheaper or completely free!

When I outplayed my Xbox 360 game titled “Frontlines – Fuel Of War”, I headed down to my local game store to trade it in for another game I wanted; Grand Theft Auto IV. The price of this title was $79 at the time. I was shocked to be told that my old game would only give me a $10 credit towards purchasing the game I really wanted. I thought my old game must be worth more than this as it was still selling for $40. I then tried a competing game store that also accepted trade-ins; I didn’t do any better there either. At this point, I decided not to trade this game and wait a few days before buying the new game I really wanted. It didn’t take me long to realise that the game stores need to make a profit with the old games that are traded in. The older the game, or if it’s a less popular game (or even if the store already has large numbers of the same game for sale), can affect the trade-in value given to you.

I went back home and did a little research online for a better option and found it!

Instead of trading in your old games at any of your local game stores, you should sell all your old games on-line instead. Here are five reasons why:

1. Making more money for your old games – The amount you can get for your game is usually more, much more, than the trade-in value you receive from your local game store.
2. Selling your old games online is easier and hassle free – Why deal with organising a home garage sale or traffic hassles when having to travel to your local game store.
3. Selling online is free – Unless you choose eBay as an outlet to sell your old games, you can offload them without paying any money.
4. Selling online can be quick – It only took me three minutes to create and submit an ad for my old game
5. Selling online can be fun – The idea of creating the for sale ad, taking and posting a few pictures online (only if you want to), then seeing your old games sell in no time at all – some times literally minutes – can be exciting.

I managed to sell my old game “Frontlines – Fuel Of War” by posting a for sale thread at a highly popular game related forum site in my country for $30 plus post. It was super easy. I spent three minutes creating and posting the for sale thread. In the ad, I stated that I was looking to let the game go for $30PP. Only minutes later, I started to receive replies. People were making bids on how much they would pay for the game. As the bids came in, the price was climbing up closer to the price I set. My wanted price for the game was matched in less than twenty minutes. I was a very happy person. The buyer then sent me a private message via the site containing his shipping address. I responded with the postage price (a value I obtained from my local post office website) and my Pay Pal address for the funds to be paid to.

When posting for sale threads via game related online forums, you may come across a few obstacles along the way. Here how to deal with one of the most common ones.

Some forums have rules preventing you from posting in the for sale threads until you meet a certain criteria; i.e. like having a certain amount of general discussion type posts accredited to your name. This is usually to prove-your-worthy (so to speak) to the forum. You can easily achieve this by searching for topics that interest you and then join in on the discussion. Don’t just make any lame type of reply. Make sure you add some value to it. By adding value, you will start to build rapport with others and that builds trust. Before you realise it, you will have made enough posts to qualify posting in the for sale threads.

Once you have successfully sold one or more of your games. Simply make contact with the buyer then mutually agree on the best way for them to make a payment plus where to post the game(s) to.

That’s it. Once you have received the money for your old games, depending on the amount, you can either get your next game purchase cheaply or even FREE!

I hope this article was helpful and manages to get you top-dollar for all your old games. To accurately get the correct postage price for shipping your game, I recommend weighing it with something like a salter electronic scale [http://www.salterelectronicscale.com]. Once you have sold your old game(s) and have the money for your next game purchase, why not also try buying the game online as well. Sites like Xbox 360 Cheap Games [http://www.xbox360cheapgames.com] might have the game you’re after at price too good to refuse. Good luck.

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Most Anticipated Video Games of 2010

Gamers be ready for the year 2010! This year will prove to provide many quality games that are sure to keep you entertained for hours. I have included a list of top games of 2010. However, there are so many games available that are worthwhile, that it would be impossible to include them all.

Bio Shock 2
2K Marin developed Bio Shock 2 and will release it on February 9, 2010 for the Xbox 360, the PS3, and the PC. In this sequel, gamers can expect to find another impressive storyline, which takes place 10 years after the first game. Game Reviews say the Spear Gun is the most satisfying new tool.

Dante’s Inferno
Dante’s Inferno was created by Visceral Games, and its release date is set for February 9, 2010. Gamer’s get ready to experience a beastly adventure as Dante journeys through the nine circles of Hell.

Splinter Cell: Conviction
Ubisoft created Splinter Cell: Conviction, where Sam is back and seeking revenge on his daughters’ killer. He is also investigating a conspiracy plotted against the president of the United States. Gamers can expect this exclusive Xbox 360 game to be released on February 23, 2010.

Lost Planet 2
Capcom comes back with Lost Planet 2 for the Xbox 360, and the PS3. This sequel takes place 10 years after the first, but this time all the snow is melted so expect to game in a lush jungle environment. February 23, 2010 is the release date for this game.

Aliens vs. Predator
Rebellion developed Aliens vs. Predator and will release the game in February 2010. This game is available on Xbox 360, PS3, and the PC. Gamers are able to play different campaigns in this game including marine, predator, and alien campaigns. Game reviews tell gamers that each campaign average around four hours to complete.

Napoleon: Total War
Gamers will be able to enjoy Napoleon: Total War when it comes out in February 2010. Creative Assembly developed this 1-player strategy game, although online up to 8 gamers can play. This game is available on the PC and according to a PC review it has three campaigns available. Napoleon features better lighting, new weather effects, more detail on troops, and many more improvements.

Final Fantasy XIII
Square Enix developed yet another Final Fantasy game, which will be released on March 9, 2010. Final Fantasy XIII has a new battle system that yields some of the fastest combat the series has seen yet. This game is available for the Xbox 360 and the PS3.

God of War III
God of War III is the first game in the series that will be available on the PS3. PS3 reviews tell gamers to expect new weapons and capabilities. Gamers will appreciate the visually stimulating graphics that this game offer. Pick up your copy when it comes out in March of 2010.

Red Dead Redemption
Go on an adventure in the wild west by playing the role of John Marston in Red Dead Redemption. Experience the adventures of a bank robbing, train hijacking, and gun-slinging as you play this game. The game will be out on April 27, 2010, and was developed by Rockstar Games.

Alan Wake
Play the psychological thriller Alan Wake, which is available on the Xbox 360. Remedy Entertainment developed this game, and it is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2010.

Red Steel 2
Wii reviews say that Red Steel 2 will require Wii Motion Plus, and guarantees a more precise 1:1 control scheme. This game with its new storyline will be released in the first quarter of 2010, and was developed by Ubisoft Paris.

Heavy Rain
Quantic Dream developed Heavy Rain with a whole new style than other games. The gamer will experience real life day-to-day events while playing this game, and also real life emotions. This game will be released in the first quarter of 2010.

Sin and Punishment 2
Treasure developed the game Sin and Punishment 2, and it is expected to come out in the first quarter of 2010. Wii reviews tell gamers to expect intuitive Wii remote pointing to control sword-swinging and shooting.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
PSP reviews tell gamers about the game Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. This sequel to Metal Gear Solid 3 was developed by Kojima Productions, and will be released on May 25, 2010.

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Ubisoft developed the game Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, which will release in May of 2010. This game will coincide with the major motion picture Prince of Persia. Game reviews tell gamers to expect wall-to-wall jumping as the story continues after the original.

Starcraft II
Starcraft II was developed by Blizzard Entertainment and will be released in the second quarter of 2010. This PC game will be in the form of three separate chapters.

Metroid: Other M
Team Ninja will be releasing Metroid: Other M in 2010. This game is a 2D/3D hybrid game that is separate from the Metroid Prime series. Wii reviews say the game will be both first and third-person action.

Super Mario Galaxy 2
Nintendo will release Super Mario Galaxy 2 in 2010. Go on the adventures with Mario to different planets and experience the joys of the Wii.

I Am Alive
Ubisoft Shanghai developed I Am Alive for the Xbox 360, the PS3, and the PC. In this game, the gamer will experience being a survivor of a massive citywide disaster.

Mafia II
Game reviews say that Mafia II will have many improvements since the original, and will be released in 2010. This game takes place in the 1940’s and 50’s, and the gamer will experience the life of organized crime.

Gran Turismo 5
Polyphony Digital developed the game Gran Turismo 5 for the PS3. PS3 reviews tell gamers to expect photo realistic graphics.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow will be available for the Xbox 360 and the PS3. Mercury Steam developed this game, and it will release in 2010. Gamers will be happy to know Alucard will return in this game.

Star Wars: The Old Republic
PC gamers will be happy for the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic by BioWare and LucasArts. This game will provide a massive multi-player online role-playing experience.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
Blizzard Entertainment will release World of Warcraft: Cataclysm in 2010. This popular online role-playing game will have an expansion pack that is sure to please PC gamers.

Max Payne 3
Rockstar Games developed Max Payne 3 for the Xbox 360, the PS3, and the PC. This sequel is expected to release in the year 2010, several years after the last Max Payne.

ModNation Racers
PS3 game ModNation Racers is sure to please all gamers who play. This game allows creativity with character customization and go-cart track design. Gamers can use their imagination as they create and build their own courses. This game was designed by United Front Games and will be released in 2010.

Halo: Reach
Halo: Reach is a prequel to the hit series’ Halo and was developed by Bungie. This anticipated game will be out in the fall of 2010 for the Xbox 360. Gamers will like this 1-player action style game with its new weapons like a sniper rifle, a needle rifle, and the Falcon helicopter.

Crackdown 2
Developer Ruffian Games will release Crackdown 2 in 2010. This is a 1-player action game, or 16-player online game for the Xbox 360. This game has new vehicles including the buggy, the truck, and the supercar. Crackdown 2 also introduces new weapons like the rocket launcher, the UV shotgun, and the turreted mini gun.

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Top 5 Twisted, Yet Fun Games of All Time

I have been a video gamer since growing up as a kid (back in the 1980’s), with my first game system being the classic NES, and I have played many different games since then. These games includes: Battletoads, Super Mario Bros, Sonic, Mega man, first person shooter games, roleplaying games, online games (such as Adventure Quest), and plenty of other hit games out there. Of course, I have also played plenty of twisted games too and some of them are surprisingly fun, humorous, and sometimes even popular, and in this article, I will talk about at least 5 of them.

Game #1 – Become a “thug” in the Grand Theft Auto Series

Ever wondered what it might be like living the life as a thug and getting involved in organized crime (such as gangs) without actually becoming a criminal? In the Grand Theft Auto series (with the latest installment being The Ballad of Gay Tony), you do just that. The GTA universe is a popular roleplaying game, usually based in New York City (also known as Liberty City, though some games feature other cities such as Miami in Vice City and Los Angeles in San Andreas) where you usually control a thug (such as Nikko in GTA 4) and do missions for various crimbe bosses throughout the city. Some quests involves petty crimes such as stealing a prized car that a certain crime boss wants, while other missions may have you assassinate people that have crossed the criminal organization you are a part of, such as delinquents. In GTA San Andreas, for example, Carl Johnson joins the Grove Street gang and gets involved in a gang war with rival gangs, such as the Ballas (though he also works for crime bosses such as El Salvador, Doctor Rosenburg, as well as a corrupt government agent named, Mike Torreno to name a few). Many of the newer games also have plenty of side missions you can do, such as spraying graffiti on select buildings in San Andreas, take on multiple girlfriends (CJ for example, can have up to 6 girlfriends), as well as doing smuggling missions (such as hauling freight from the badlands to Las Venturas while dodging police officers in San Andreas). Of course, on the side if you rather just play for fun, you could always go on rampages in the game, where you can steal cars, get a little trigger happy, obtain wanted stars and drive the local police crazy, drive like a maniac around the city, as well as trying to get your guy killed. By the way, you never really have to worry about getting busted or wasted in the game as your guy will simply respawn at the nearest hospital or police station, only to go on another rampage once more (by the way, never try this in real life a this aspect is very unrealistic of course). Similar games: Saints Row, Gun and Bully

Here are some interesting stuff you can do in the GTA univers that you can’t get away with in real life:

  • Your primary form of transportation are cars you jack from unsuspecting people, and you can usually get away with it unless if there is a cop near by (who will try to bust you if he sees you jacking a car).
  • Cops will simply bust you, take your weapons and some of your money as a brige, and simply release you for even the most henious offenses (such as going on rampages). And when you get released, you can do more crimes as well, with the same results. Imagine doing that stuff in real life. You would probably go to jail for a very long time (or worse depending on the offense) for similar crimes committed in real life.
  • If your guy dies, he will simply respawn at a nearby hospital.
  • In GTA San Andreas, you can have up to 6 girlfriends at a time without having to worry about them getting jealous. In real life, trying to take on multiple girlfriends is quite risky as they do get jealous (at least from a guy’s perspective of course), and even the slightest form of disloyalty (such as cheating) can lead to disastrous results on a relationship, as was the case for Scott towards the end of the third season of the reality TV series, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” when Kourtney learns that Scott was cheating on her (though luckily for him, the two seemed to have gotten back together by season 4).
  • And plenty of other odd stuff that you can’t really expect to get away with in real life.

Game 2- Fight to the death in the Mortal Kombat Series

If any game were to take after the infamous gladiators events during the days of ancient Rome (where people fight each other to the death), it would probably be the Mortal Kombat series. On the surface, Mortal Kombat takes after similar fighting games, such as Street Fighter 2, where two opponents fight each other in matches consisting of three rounds, with the opponent winning at least 2 out of three rounds being the victor of the match. Usually, the loser simply gets knocked out in his/her losing round, with the winner moving onto the next level. However, in the Mortal Kombat series, there is a whole new twist to fighting: the winner of each match has the option of terminating his or her opponent using special finisher moves called, fatalities. If you have played any of the Mortal Kombat games, you would know that when you knock out your opponent during the final round of a match, the announcer (presumably Shao Kahn in most games) will say “Finish Him!” (or her if your opponent is a female character). When this happens, if you have five seconds or so (some games have cheat codes that allow you to disable the fatality timer if you want extra time to pull it off) to finish off your opponent by entering a certain button combination in the right sequence and in the right distance within the time frame (the exact move does vary by fighter by the way. Pulling a fatality (or similar move, such as animalities, friendships, etc) can be tricky at first, but if it is done correctly, a special tune usually plays, the screen goes dark, and your character will do a special move that basically finishes off his/her opponent. Each character has their own fatalities, by the way (Scorpion, for example takes off his “mask” and hurles fireballs at his defeated foe, while Sonya will blow a kiss of death at her foe that incinerates him/her instantly). The list of fatality moves goes on and on (some people have posted fatality demonstrations on YouTube by the way if you are curious about all of the moves), but you get the picture. By the way, if you prefer not to do fatalities, you could always do a friendship move (where your character “befriends” his/her foe), a babality (where your opponent gets turned into an infant), or even simply knock out your opponent with an uppercut. Despite the obvious dark nature to the Mortal Kombat saga, the games have been quite popular as there have been many sequels in the series (my favorite is probably Mortal Kombat Trillogy), several movies produced (with the latest one being Mortal Kombat Armageddon), a short lived cartoon series, as well as sound tracks released. Of course, this game is probably not recommended to the younger audience or people that are easily offended as these games definiately has death matches in them (similar to MTV’s Celebrity Death Match). Similar games: Killer Instinct

Game #3 – Play “God” Sims 2 (and most other games in the series)

I don’t want to sound blasphemous (I am a Christian by the way), but do you ever wonder what it might be like to play God for a day? It might sound wiered, but in SIms 2 (and similar games), you will pretty much be doing that. Sims 2 is an open ended game for the PC (though there are also versions on the consoles, such as Play Station 2) where you build a virtual home in a virtual community, along with creating a simulated family (consisting of a mother, father, kids, etc) that you will help manage as you play through the game. Sim families function much like a typical family you would see at least here in America: they work, have emotions, go to school (if they are sim kids), do chores, socialize with other sims, get into relationships, sleep, relax, watch TV, build skills for a job or career they have, and sometimes even raise a dog or cat (at least in Sims 2 Pets). You could simply watch them live out life and make their own choices, or you can intervine and give them stuff to do. For example, if they need to go to bed at a certain time in order to get to work or school on time and they are say watching TV, you could put it in their minds to go to bed, and usually they will. Maybe there is a person that you want your sim to meet or interact with, you can have your character strike up a conversation with another (complete with dalogue options of course, allowing you to choose how they interact with each other). Or maybe you need to help the sim keep their motives up (such as having them eat when their hunger stats are low, using the bathroom when their bladder stats get low, interating with other sims when depressed, etc). Of course, as “God” in their world, you can also take after Satan and abuse your powers and ruin the lives of your sims. Here is a breakdown of some funny and twisted stuff you can do to your sims:

  • Cause a sim to become a jerk around other sims. Whenever you have your sim strike up a conversation with another sim, dialogue options will open up, and while you can make your guy or girl friendly, you can also cause him/her to say and do things to be mean (such as insulting others, slapping others, tell lies, gossiping about other sims, or even picking a fight). By the way, be careful about creating fights between family sims as some sims will move out if they take too much abuse from other sims.
  • Sit back and do nothing. Usually the sim(s) will make bad choices and suffer the consequences for it (for example, if he/she misses work too often, he/she will get fired).
  • Allow kids to get bad grades in school (usually happens by allowing them to skip the school bus when it comes). The only downside to this is that they can be sent to military school if their grades get too low.
  • Kill off a sim. One way you can do this is simply by letting him/her to starve to death. Of course, there are plenty of other ways for a sim to die (such as electrocution, drowning in pools, getting scared to death by ghosts, etc). Once a sim dies, beware of the fact that they can come back as ghosts and haunt your sim family (by the way, in Sims 2, one can get scared to death if their mood is too low when the ghost is active in the house). By the way, one funny thing you can do in the PS2 version of Sims 2 is that you can actually control the ghosts, which can be quite hilarious as you can scare other sims, possess them, and even cause them to behave erratically (such as throwing up).
  • Cause your sim(s) to get abducted by aliens. Usually happens if they look into a telescope at night too often. By the way, in SIms 2 for the PC, there is actually a cheat I found a while back that allows your sim to get abducted at will instead of by random and even caused my entire sim family to get abducted by aliens as well).
  • If you are a control freak, you can also turn off free will (it is usually on by default) and bend them to your will. Can be useful when dealing with a stubborn sim that won’t listen to you when you give them a tas k to do (no matter how foolish it is).

The list goes on, but as you can see, Sims 2 can be quite twisted when you think of it and yet it has been quite popular especially among the younger audience, and has spawned many sequels (including Sims 3), YouTube videos, as well as console versions of the game which tend to be a bit different from the PC versions (in the PSP version of Sims 2, for example, the game is more of a roleplaying game where you control this dude who finds himself in Strangetown, a desert city that has lots of paranormal happenings in it, and go on a quest to stop an evil genius from taking over the city and escape the ghosts and aliens infested town).

Game 4 – Play as Alien Invaders in “Destroy All Humans!”

Games involving aliens have been quite popular probably since the days of Atari (such as Space Invaders) and have evolved quite a bit since then. There have been plenty of different games and even films in this genre, with titles you are probably familiar with including: Space Invaders, the Simpsons Game (Kang and Kronos launch an alien invasion near the midpoint of the game), Independence Day, the Star Wars and Star Trek sagas (not all of the alien race are hostile in Star Wars or Star Trek, of course), Aliens vs Predator, the Contra series, as well as even the Halo series (where you get a hostile alien race bent on wiping out the entire human race). Usually you fight against the aliens, however in “Destroy All Humans”, you actually get to play as the aliens themselves, controlling an alien named, Crypto who is a part of the Furon empire, an alien race that wants to acquire human brains for some odd reason. The game is pretty big and spans many missions, starting with Crypto crash landing in farmlands and terrorizing both cows and farmers alike, and later with Crypto launching a full scale invasions against towns and cities. And yes, you do play as the bad guys in this game as your job is to conquer Earth (particularly North America as the game is centered in the United States). Besides terrorizing civilians, you can also take on human form and blend in with the crowd (can be useful for infiltration missions, for example), go up against government agents (such as the “men in black”), do mind control on people, making them do as you wish, razing villages with your flying saucer, as well as taking on huge bosses that try to stop you in your invasion (which is natural of course when you are controlling a hostile alien race bent on the destruction of the world). Despite the twisted nature of this game, it can be quite humorous when Crypto goes on rampages, along with creating hysteria among citizens, harassed cows, destroys buildings using his saucer, as well as battling government agents trying to stop Crypto. Similar games: Alien Homid and Overlord

Game 5 – Conker’s Bad Fur Day (also known as Conker’s Live and Reloaded if you have played the Xbox version)

Platform games have been popular probably since the debut of Mario Bros in the 1980’s, and have spawned many popluar titles in the genre, with hit titles including: Super Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog, Kirby, Castlevania, Crash Bandacoot, the Mega Man series, as well as the SImpsons Game. Many of these games have similar themes: you play through different levels in various kinds of terrain, go up against an evil villain and his/her cronies (such as Dr Robotnik in the Sonic the Hedgehog series), fight plenty of huge bosses (usually cronies and close associates of the evil genius, unless if you are on the final showdown), and save the day (such as recuing Princes Peach from Bowser in Super Mario Bros). Most of these games are obviously geared more towards the younger audience (barring some games, such as the newer Castlevania games given the “M” ratings on some of the newer titles, such as “Curse of Darkness”), especially in the case of games like Mario Bros and Sonic, where kids will usually play these games more than adults do. Anyways, with that said, there another platform game that I have played through that is quite twisted when you think of it: “Conker’s Bad Fur Day” (I played the Xbox version by the way). Conker’s Bad Fur Day appears to be a typical 3D platform game (Super Mario 64 style), complete with a storyline, boss fights, an evil genius to defeat (namely the Panther King), and many colorful stages to play through. However, if you have checked the rating for the game, you would probably see the “M” rating. That is because Conker’s Bad Fur day is pretty much a platformer that is geared more towards an older audience. Here are some features in this game you will usually not find in most other games in this genre:

  • Most of the characters swear (though in some versions, the swearing is censored by a beeping voice when they swear).
  • There are some crude levels in the game. In one area in the game, for example, there is a poop themed level where you are surrounded by poop and one of the bosses you fight in this area is literally one giant piece of poop (his voice actually reminds you of that of Christopher Lee, with the heavy British accent, though he is actually voiced by another guy named Chris Marlow).
  • There are some sensual scenes in the game. In one level, for example, you have to help a bee “pollenate” a feminine sunflower plant. Also, Conker does have a girlfriend, named Berrie, who gets kidnapped by the Panther King.
  • There is a grim reaper in the game that wants to kill cats for some odd reasons (his voice is somewhat funny as well).
  • Alcoholism does play a role in this game. At the beginning of the game, Conker has a nasty hangover after a night of drinking beer before the story officially begins. Also, alcohol is a powerup that Conker can use in the game that causes him to get drunk and urinate on foes (funny and crude if you ask me).

There are plenty of other adult themes in this game (though I won’t list them all), but you get the picture. This wacky game is sure to both offend some people (for example, if you are a kid, this is certainly not a game you would want to play with your parents near by) and make other laugh.

Well, there you go, those are some of the most twisted and yet surprisingly fun and sometimes popular games I have seen throughout my gaming career. Obviously there are more titles I haven’t mentioned (such as Overlord, Bully, etc) but, you are welcome to add to this list if you want to and feel free to comment on this article as you are free to agree or disagree with me.

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Massage in Bucharest

Recognize it! You’re busy! And so must be! That’s what life is like! But you want more than that, you want to do more for yourself and massage can help. Because massage makes more than a simple relaxation of the mind and body. It keeps your body in shape and gives you enough energy to make you enjoy a longer life better than you do it today.

Massage releases stress. At the moment, stress is a universal evil. Every time you are late, every time you avoid a car in traffic, every time you have trouble working, stress is doing his job. Each time adrenaline increases heart rate and cortisone levels and organs respond to the measure. You will be in a state of nerves and constant agitation.
When there is no release of stress, serious problems such as an upset stomach, hypertension, sleep disturbances, chest pain, or existing illness may worsen.

Some of the changes that may occur are: Anxiety, lack of concentration, depression, permanent fatigue, muscle or bone pain, sexual dysfunction, excessive sleep or insomnia

All these stress-related problems can be diminished and some can be totally eliminated by massage. The researchers concluded that a massage session can lower heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles and increase endorphin production. The massage also releases serotonin and dopamine and the result is a general relaxation, both physical and mental.
Our body care must be at the top of the priorities.
By adding the massage to your routine you will look much better and you will be much healthier and relaxed. Massage can improve your vitality and mood. Massage can prepare for a long and beautiful life.

Our masseuses personalize each massage session according to the needs of the individual.
Our massage parlors offer a variety of relaxation styles and techniques to help you. Apart from relaxing, massage can be a powerful ally in reducing pain, increasing energy levels, improving mental and physical performance

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After a massage session, you will see how the mental prospects are enriched, the body allows easier handling, better pressure resistance, relaxation and mental alertness, calm and creative thinking.
When you have the impression or force yourself to stay straight, your body is not actually aligned properly. Not only does the posture look bad, but it forces some of the muscles to go muddy all day, while others become weaker. After a long time, the incorrect position may cause other drops. For example, internal organs press on what affects digestion, breathing ability is also diminished, which means that much less blood and oxygen reaches the brain and hence all sorts of other complications.

Massage allows you to return your body to the track. Allowing the body to make healthy and accurate movements is one of the greatest benefits of massage. Massage can relax and restore muscles injured by bad posture, allowing the body to position itself in a natural, painless position.
Apart from posture, there is also anxiety. One of the signs of anxiety and stress can also be heavy breathing. When the body begins to breathe too little and deeply instead of breathing at a natural rithm, it is impossible for one to relax. One reason may also be that the chest muscles and the abdomen get tightened and the air gets harder.

Massage plays an important role in learning the body how to relax and how to improve breathing. Respiratory problems such as allergies, sinuses, asthma or bronchitis are a group of conditions that can benefit from massage. In fact, massage can have a positive impact on respiratory function.

Many of the muscles in the front and back of the upper part of the body are breathing accessory. When these muscles are tight and shorten they can block normal breathing and interrupt effective breathing natural rithm. Massage techniques for stretching and relaxing these muscles improves breathing function and breathability. Massage leads to an opening of the chest as well as structural alignment and nerve dilatation that are required for optimal pulmonary function. A good way to treat respiratory problems with massage is the taping made in Swedish massage. When done on the back, along with vibrations, it can detach the mucus from the lungs and can clean the airways for better later function.

Massage not only relaxes muscles, but helps people become aware of daily stress levels. Once the body recognizes what really means relaxation, the mind can rest easily relax before the stress becomes cornice and harmful. This will help you enjoy a balanced life. Massage controls breathing, allows the mind to re-create relaxation before the occurrence of chronic and harmful stress and increases the level of energy.