Using Games to Improve Your Memory Skills

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Game playing is a great way to improve your memory. There are literally hundreds of games and puzzles that you can play to improve your memory and overall brain power. If you want to maximize your efforts because of time restraints, then focus on games that are designed for increasing memory power.Your brain also needs to have the correct amount of rest each day. Insufficient rest will result in a poorly functioning brain and a poor memory. Remember that it is always wise to do everything within moderation. Anything done in excess will have a negative result.Match is a good card game to play to boost your memory. Match is also known as Memory. You flip over cards two at a time remembering where each card is. When you make a pair those cards come out. When the cards are gone from the pile the game is over. Playing a game of memory on your own, against the partner, or using a computer version of the game, a few times a week is good exercise for your noggin.Routine is the brain’s way of being efficient. Your brain enjoys anything that becomes a routine because it is a way for the brain to be very efficient without working hard. Therefore just playing match week in and week out will soon not be as effective as it used to as it becomes a routine. Do a search online for some other games that involve memory. One day you can play one game and then the next day you can play another game. Keep challenging your brain and prevent it from falling into a routine.Another card game that is quite fun and also very helpful for improving your memory is Gin Rummy. Gin Rummy is a little higher order and requires more analytical thinking and decision-making than the game of match. Gin Rummy requires you to do some heavy memory work. You have to remember what cards you have seen. In addition, Gin Rummy also requires you to analyze the current situation and make decisions based on what you see. This is several steps above plain simple memory work.You are going to see the greatest benefit to your memory and brain power from playing card games if you do them on a regular basis. Playing once or twice a month may be fun but it will not provide you with the exercise your brain needs to actually make it stronger. Develop a daily habit in order to firm up your brain and improve your memory.

Online Games – Can We Make Money Playing Them?

When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.