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The Signification of Online Gaming Communities

The world of online gaming is basically all about community. Gaming has gained such popularity that it could now be considered as practicable mandatory. Being great and skilled at playing these video games gives individuals several social benefits. Gaming communities have proven to be powerful, profitable, and at the same time, very fragile. Based on studies and research conducted, gaming has become one of fastest growing in the entertainment sector. It has surpassed the achievements of full-length feature films, revenue-wise. Gaming is truly a social activity and the mere act of playing games has been directly linked in the establishment of relationships as well as social hierarchies through history.

Games could be engrossing for many different reasons. Online games or video games are those that could be played over some kind of computer networking system, often the Internet itself. These online games could range from the simple text-based computer games to those games that incorporated complex computer graphics with virtual worlds that are populated by a lot of players simultaneously. A lot of the video games today have their own associated online communities and these make online gaming a true social activity that goes beyond the single player games.

Online gaming has really made it mark, being an innovative feature of the Internet which would most likely be staying and developing in the many, many years to come. In the past, only those who were willing to spend expensive fees and put up with a hard setup process made up online gaming communities. Today, though, a lot of people are getting into, even the younger generation, which raises some negative implications as well on its effect on kids.

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The Pan African Games – Durham, North Carolina, 1971: John Akii-Bua Crashes Hurdles Africa Record

Introduction

The capacity crowd of 34000 (two-day total was 52000) at Duke University's Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham in North Carolina, attending the USA-Pan Africa track-and-field meet (sometmes refererred to as USA versus the World meet), was then the largest ever to attend a track meet in the United States' South (southeastern) region. The July 16-17, 1971 met was the area's first international competition. A unified African team together with other nations (14 nations altogether) versus a USA team was a unique and unpresented event. The onlookers became the oldest and most jubilant track audience in 1971. The selected 38 African athletes included Olympic legends Charles Asati, Mohamed Gamoudi, Kipchoge Keino, and Amos Biwott.

John Akii-Bua

In the 400 meters-hurdles, the results were: John Akii-Bua, Uganda (49.0); Melvin Bassett, a local resident of Durham (50.7); William Koskei, Kenya (51.2); Ron Rondeau, Miami, FL (52.9).

William "Bill" Koskei who as an immigrant had previously competed for Uganda and had in the intermediate hurdles won the silver medal for Uganda at the 1970 Commonwealth Games held in Edinburgh, returned to Kenya soon after Idi Amin's tumultuous January 1971 coup d'etat. An injured Akii-Bua who had finished fourth at the same Commonwealth venue, now in Durham proved to be Africa's top 400mh athlete. Akii-Bua in slicing a full second off the Africa record, and establishing a world-leading time of the year, had also astoundedly beaten the runner up Rondeau by nearly two seconds! And all this in high summer temperatures (upper 80's to lower 90's Fahrenheit), high humidity, and on a recently resurfaced track. After African's had won five track gold medals at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, rumors and suspensions had surfaced that Africans were advantaged by the high-altitude conditions that they were supposedly accustomed to. But the Durham meet of a low-altitude environment proved that weather conditions were not major factors in African athletes triumphing against those of other nations.

Sometimes, 20 year-old up-and-coming John Akii-Bua of Uganda became the only African to establish a significant record at the meeting and after the 400 meters-hurdles victory he even considered enrolling at North Carolina Central University where he would perhaps work with retired black American athletics coach Leroy T.Walker and also further his athletics aspirations at Wallace Wade Stadium. Akii was an anomaly in that he was a short-distance runner among the overwhelmingly middle-and long distance-running African athletes at the meeting. He gained the recognition.

"Akii-Buwa [sic], a policeman from Uganda, set an African record of 49.0 in winning the second gold medal for the African men. His time was also the world's best mark this year, and after watching his flawless hurdling form, American and African track officials predicted he will be a strong contender for a gold medal in Munich next year "(Associated Press: 1971).

But such heartening comments concerning Akii-Bua's victory in this technical event that was rarely associated with Africans on the international scale were rare, and the media mainly focused on Africa's prowess in the middle and long distances. The turning a blind eye to and the making of Akii-Bua's performance seemed less significant was the remarkable absence from the competition of the American champion Ralph Mann (another Olympic medal prospect) who would have ably challenged Akii-Bua. Mann was optimistic in Europe.

Kipchoge Keino and Other Results

Media accolades overlooked Akii-Bua, heaping praises on Kenyan victors and legends Kipchoge Keino, Robert Ouko, and Ben Jipcho; and on Ethiopian long-distance runner Miruts Yifter who had won in the 10000m, but had dropped out of the 5000m at the end of the penultimate lap while leading, in thinking that it was the last lap. The 10000m witessed diminutive 5'2 "Yifter finishing in 28: 53.1, followed by Frank Shorter (28: 53.9) of Florida Track Club, third was Gary Bjorklund (30: 05.3) of Minnesota, and fourth was Ethiopia's Wahib Nasrech (30: 34.3).

In the 1500m, Kenya's Kipchoge Keino, attempting to crush the world record (with the help of 800m Kenyan runner Naftali Bon running as a driving rabbit), moved almost a quarter of a lap away from the top challenging pursuers, winning in 3: 37.5 , ahead of runner up and fellow countryman Benjamin Wabura Jipcho (3: 43.9) who had won the 3000 meters-steeplechase just an hour earlier! Third in the 1500m was US Army's Jim Crawford (3: 48.0), fourth was John Baker (3: 55.2) of Sports International. Africa's 3000m steeplechase record holder Jipcho had won in 8: 45.2, twenty meters ahead of Oregon Track Club's Mike Manley (8: 48.3), Sid Sink (9: 00.2) of Ohio placed third, and Muhammad Yohanes (9: 06.2) of Ethiopia .

In the 800m, Kenya's Robert Ouko won in 1: 46.7, a meter ahead of Juris Luzins of US Marines; with Ken Swenson (USA record holder) of the US Army placed third. Ouko would enroll in North Carolina Central University, he would be trained by legendary African American Leroy T.Walker who became the first black to coach a United States men's Olympic track team and to serve as president of the United States Olympic Committee. Walker died in Durham, in April 2012, aged 93. At the 1972 Olympic Games, Robert Ouko would be fourth in the 800m and be part of the 4x400m Kenya Olympic gold medal winning team. Julius Sang, also part of Kenya's gold-winning team was also controlled at NCCU alongside Ouko

Some other notable winners at the meeting included USA's John Smith (Southern California Striders) who trimped in both the 200m (20.7) and 400m (45.7); Rayleane Boyle (23.1) of Australia in the 200m ahead of runner-up and African legend Alice Annum (23.2) of Ghana.

Overall, the USA men's team beat the visiting teams by 111-78, and the USA women overwhelmingly won easily.

Works Cited

Associated Press. "Pan African Games Close," in "The Robesonian" (July 18, 1971).

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How to Easily Copy Playstation 3 (PS3) Games on an Apple Mac

You've just sat down to play one of your favorite games for the PS3 (Grand Theft Auto, maybe?). You insert the disc and wait for it to load, but then, disaster strikes. The game disc has been scratched and is no longer playable. Looks like you'll need some new plans for the evening.

The situation described is one of many reasons you should copy your PS3 games. PlayStation 3 games often cost in excess of $ 60, and replacement costs for damaged discs add up. An unfortunate fact of gaming is that no matter how careful you are with the game media, over time wear and tear does, can, and likely will occur.

Up until several months ago, copying PS3 games was a real chore and required use of a PC with special hardware installed. The process to backup the games was complicated being that copy protections built into the individual games had to be cracked or bypassed. Very few people were able to successfully create a playable copy of a game. That has all changed now.

Feature rich software has been developed for use on both PC and Mac that allows even the most casual gamer to effortlessly make a copy of their own video game collection using nothing more than the click of a mouse. The software functions by reading the original game disc and copying the contents of the disc into system memory. Once there, the copy protection, if any, built into the game disc is analyzed and bypassed if necessary. A copy of the disc can then be made.

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34 Fun School Carnival Game Ideas

1. The Beauty Salon was a popular booth at our Fall Carnival. The boys and girls loved getting their hair colored, blue, green, pink!

2. Karaoke was also very popular this year!

3. About three years ago, our room moms rented an electonic bull. (I can not think of the right name!) The line never ended! The kids and adults loved it!

4. My sons' school has a Kissing Booth. They did not get actual kisses, but they did give you a Hershey's Kiss instead. They also have a lips stamp, and they stamp your face with it! And you see TONS of kids running around their carnival with several kisses! Very cute!

5. We played "Bingo for Books" in the media center.

6. Snack Walk (like a cake walk but kids picked out bags of chips, a box of Little Debbies, bag of cookies, 2 liter bottle of soda, etc

7. We also auctioned off Janitor-, Principal- and Librarian- for-a-day. Those were very popular. (Janitor brought in the most!)

8. We have done Super Twister with dots painted on a large piece of tarp that got taped to the floor with everyone trying to touch the correct color with the correct body part. Ours is big enough that 30+ kids can play at a time.

9. A popular game at our school's carnival was the football toss. Rings were hung from the ceiling (beginning with rings the size of a hula-hoop) and you would try to throw a football through a ring. The smaller the ring, the higher the points.

10. Hit the Teacher With a Wet Sponge. Hugely popular, even with the parents.

11. Bubble-gum Blowing Contest: Popular because gum's usually a no-no.

12. Advanced Spelling Bee- Allowed students to take steps toward privilege board if correct; end of the line if missed.

13. Dress up the Teacher: Hit garage sales and the Good Will for outrageous items to dress a teacher. Tie this in problem solving / academies standardized test review … use a digital camera to photo results as keep sake.

14. A few years back we had a carnival and one big seller was the "Loonie" Jars (here in Canada we call our dollar a Loonie.) We asked families to donate jars filled with items – such as packs of gum, small toys , marbles, pencils, – you name it, people filled them. We had over 400 donated. Then people drew a number from a basket and that was the jar they got.

15. We just had our carnival on Thursday and Friday, and I teach third grade. This year we did the toy walk (played just like the cake walk). We used small inexpensive toys ($ 1.00 limit) the kids bought in and also got some happy meal toys donated from McDonald's. Another one we did was the Wii game. The kids loved it !!!

16. We do a "Great Pumpkin Obstacle Race" where the student dresses up like a great pumpkin (we use my orange hunting coat, hat, and gloves) then they go through tires, over hay bales, and weave through pumpkins. The kids love it!

17. Last year at our fall festival we had a duck race. You set up a small pool and get the little bath ducks. You also need squirt guns. The students "race" their ducks using the spray from the squirt guns to make them go. It was really fun!

18. We had a carnival many years ago and the booth that was the biggest hit, was the engraving booth. We ordered necklaces from Oriental Trading and had one of those hand hand engraving machines and wrote the kids names on them. It was quick and easy.

19. A parent built a Plinko board that travels from grade to grade with his son – it's the most popular item at the fair. We have a stage in our gym so kids stand on the stage to drop the Plinko disks.

20. The Fortune Teller booth is our most popular one.

21. Mystery boxes- boxes with holes that the kids put their hands into- had peeled grapes, cold spaghetti, jello with fruit. We gave each one a scary name.

22. Guess the weight of a big pumpkin.

23. We sold plastic gloves filled with popcorn. Each "hand" had a spider ring on the finger.

24. Musical Chairs with Stuffed Animals. Before the carnival, collect stuffed animals (kids can donate these by the arm loads). Put them in a pile in the center of the room. Place chairs in a circle around the stuffed animals. put numbers under the chairs. Play music for a minute. Have kids sit. Draw a number. Winner picks a stuffed animal.

25. What about sand art? The kids love it! You can get supplies on line, such as small plastic bottles and bracelets. Use salt dyed with food coloring for the sand.

26. Another idea is to make a box maze in your classroom. It could be a crawl through. Maybe kids could solve a puzzle along the way.

27. Guessing contests are fun. Decorate clear glass jars and fill with what ever. Lollipops, M & M's, individual wrapped candies, pretzels, dry beans might add a soup making recipe, so that it shows on the outside of the jar. Here again have different people bringing a decorated jar full of something and have them count and put on a folded paper on the underside of the jar lid the number of items in the jar. Only one prize per winner and of coarse family members can not win their jar. The more jars the more winners. Any size jar will work – jelly jars, gallon jars, miracle whip jars and etc. Decorating is fun. Example one person completely covered the jar with wrapping paper and put 1 bag of candy in the jar, so the correct guess was one. Stick on stickers. Make a puff top on the lid. Glue on lace. Tape a pattern on the inside of the jar and use enamel paint and paint the design on the outside of the jar and maybe outline with permanent fabric paint. The outline is not necessary, but adds an extra nice touch. Do not forget to remove your pattern when complete.

28. Fluky Ball: Set up an easel with a bucket below. Child must bounce a ball off the easel into the bucket to win.

29. Tin Pan Alley: child rolls a ball down a ramp. At the bottom there is a box with 2 muffin tins painted with 3 different colors. The child rolls 3 balls. If 2 colors match, you win.

30. A great carnival idea is do offer a DINO DIG! Take a baby swimming pool, fill it with sand and small plastic dinosaurs (oriental trading has them cheap) give the kids a small shovel to dig for their dino. We also do digging for diamonds! Girls love finding little rings and such in the sand.

31. Pumpkin Ring Toss. We get donations from the local nurseries for pumpkins, hay bales, corn stalks, gourds, etc. We take about ten of the larger stemmed pumpkins and use them as the targets for the rong toss. I found wooden hoops at the local fabric store.

32. Gourd Bowling. I purchased a set of those plastic children pins and then used some of the gourds from the nurseries. The gourds roll funny so it makes it more fun.

33. Ping-Pong Ball Toss. We purchased ten of the plastic pumpkin trick-or-treat containers that the kids use and had them placed as the target. I had a half dozen or so orange ping-pong balls that the kids have to toss in.

34. One of my favorite games is "Chicken Chucking". Get a few rubber chickens and set up an area that people can throw them into a pen (rubber maid bin) I place mine about 30 feet away and at 40 feet away. Its hilarious watching everyone throw it. When I did it at my church I found some real cute rubber chicken key chains to give away to the people that made it into the 40 feet away pen.

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Strategy Games and the Effect They Have on Your Brain

It has been long discussed about the harmful effects computer games have on individuals. It has been said that this type of games occupy a large period of the individual's time without offering any positive reward, or in other words, without having any good effects on human's life in its entity. Also, it has been argued that computer games have as main result restricting people's interaction with each other to the virtual world, thus leading to isolation.

Yet, one side of computer games which has not been given proper attention is the educational one. Computer games, and especially strategy computer games such as SimCity or Age of Empires are designed in such a way as to challenge human brain and make it find new ways to solve difficult problems. Gamers are put in front of real life situations or possible situations and are given the freedom to choose what they want to do. Without making the right moves and right decisions, the player can not move to the next level, can not evaluate. These games are meant to make the player think, find new solutions, evaluate them and choose the most suitable ones. Also, it forces the player to face the consequences of their acts and take it all over again if they fail to meet all the requirements or if they do not make the right decisions.

This means that more than one feature of the brain is exploited. The player must be capable of learning (the rules of the game, the situations and some of their answers, etc.), solve problems and mysteries, evaluating different possibilities, choosing between them and have enough patience to watch the evolution of the game and start it all over again when they have failed one or more tasks.

It is no doubt that strategy computer games really have the power to keep the brain working for more hours. And more intellectual activity means increased IQ, from which we can infer that they are really useful in improving one's intellectual capacities. So, if you want to increase your IQ in a pleasant way, these games are really good alternative to chess and riddles, but not enough.

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5 Easiest Bridal Shower Games to Play & Plan

Worried about planning elbow bridal shower games to play with your guests? If you are hosting a bridal shower, you are probably busy enough organizing invitations, food, decorations, and housecleaning! Here are 5 great bridal shower games that require little or no preparation on your part. Even if you've played them before, they are definitely "repeatable," and always a lot of fun!

1. Toilet Paper Wedding Dresses

Preparation time: None

Supplies: Rolls of toilet paper

Arrange your guests into groups of 4-5. Give each group a roll of toilet paper. Tell the groups they have 5 (or 10) minutes to dress one member of the group in the best possible wedding dress, made using only the toilet paper and anything else they may have in their purses. Then set a timer. When time runs out, ask each well-dressed guest to model her gown. Ask the entire group to vote on their favorite. The winning group receives small prizes, or goes first in line for refreshments.

2. Another Toilet Paper Game

Prepartion time: None

Supplies: 1 or 2 rolls of toilet paper

Pass the roll of toilet paper among the guests, instructing each person to "tear off as much as she thinks she needs."

When everyone has their share, go around the room and ask each person to share one piece of advice for the newlyweds for each square of toilet paper. Give a prize to the person with the best advice, funniest advice or most advice.

3. Bridal Shower Purse Game

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Supplies: Paper and pencils for each guest

Before the shower, make a list of about 20-25 items women carry in their purses. Be sure to list common as well as unusual items. Assign a point value to each one, giving the rare items more points than the ordinary ones. To play the game, give each guest a piece of paper and a pencil. Call out each item on the list, along with its point value. If the guest has that item in her purse, she writes down the corresponding number of points. When you are done reading your list, each guest adds up her own score. The person with the most points is the winner.

4. How Well Do You Know the Bride?

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Supplies: Paper and pencils for each guest

Before the shower, make a list of about 20 questions about the bride and groom. Include information that most guests are sure to know, along with some that only a few will know. Include questions such as, "Where did the bride and groom first meet? When? What is the name of the groom's dog? What is the bride's middle name? Where are they going on their honeymoon?" and so on.

Note: Show your list of questions to the bride in advance, to make sure there is nothing that might become "awkward" for her or any of the guests. This can even be done right before the shower, so you can quickly change a question or two.

To play the game, read each question, giving each guest time to write an answer. If guests do not know the answer, encourage them to guess. These guesses can by themselves be hilarious enough to make the game a success! When you've asked all the questions, ask the bride to give her answers. Award a prize to the winner (s).

5. Were You Paying Attention?

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Supplies: Paper and pencils for each guest

Before the shower *, take a few minutes and make a list of things that guests should be able to notice about the bride if they are paying attention. Write questions such as, "Was the bride wearing a necklace? What color are her shoes? How many rings is she wearing? Is she wearing any lipstick? And so on.

Partway through the shower ask the bride to leave the room. Give the guests paper and pencil. Ask your questions, allowing just enough time for guests to write brief answers. Then call the bride back into the room. The right answers will become very appropriate! Award a prize to the winner (s).

* Or, write the questions quickly after the bride arrives, so you can tailor your questions more precisely.

There are many, many other great bridal shower games to play, but few are easier than these. So relax, and enjoy the role of bridal shower hostess!

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Improvisation Games For the Young Actor

Improvisation games are a wonderful way to break the ice with your new cast, to review and build skills and to help your players find themselves in the characters they are portraying and the script you are working on with them. Through improvisation exercises and games players learn to respond quickly to changes in their environment and to create in the moment a new way of looking at or responding to or expressing feelings about a situation that has been equally as spontaneously created.

As the director of young performers I have developed a repertoire I would like to share here, of games that I feel work well with kids and teens. These are by no means all original products, in fact most of them have been around for a very long time, but I include them here not as my own inventions but as games I have found to be particularly useful for and popular with my young actors .

Park Bench – This is usually the first game I teach. It is simple, and is played happily by all ages – believe it or not I have known the 5 – 8 year old crew to go on with this game for an hour or more! I begin by asking for a volunteer to be the first innocent bench sitter. I tell the bench sitter that he is sitting there knowing his own business when a new person comes and sits down next to him – and here I encourage the next child to come and join the first. The second person's job is to say or do something to make the first person leave. The first person's job – and this is an important point to make – is to allow the second person's statement or action to make them want to leave. When the first person gets up and leaves, the second person moves into their spot and becomes the next innocent bench sitter and receives the next child in line who will now make him leave. The original innocent bench sitter goes to the end of the line of the rest of the future park bench antagonists to await his own turn.

Freeze – Another old standby, Freeze has been around forever and is enjoyed by players of any age. It begins with two volunteers taking the stage. The director asks the audience to give the two volunteers a scenario to begin a scene with: A place, an activity and who the two actors are depicting. Without allowing time for the two actors to do much thinking, the director instructs the volunteers to begin the scene. The scene progresses for a few minutes and then when the actors are in an interesting physical formation the director yells "Freeze!" and the two actors must freeze their bodies at that instant.

One new volunteer is chosen and that person takes the stage and taps lightly on the shoulder of whichever actor holds a position that inspires him. The tapped actor leaves the stage. The new actor assays his position and uses that pose as the stimulus to begin an entirely new scene.

The Martha Game – And no, nobody knows why it is called "The Martha Game."

One actor is chosen to be the Martha. The Martha has the pleasure of choosing where she is, what she is doing and what she is and she announces this to the group and freezes in an action pose. The rest of the students one by one call out what they want to be in the scene – any character or environmental aspect of the Martha's scene is fair game including inanimate objects – and add themselves, frozen, to the picture. When all the actors have chosen their addition to Martha's scenario, the director will clap her hands three times and the picture come to life, moving and talking, even the inanimate objects must speak as if what they are rendering could speak. This results in a wild chaotic, wonderful crazy scene. This game is not for the faint of heart.

Tell Me Again? – This game originates with me and begins with a prewritten set of sentences on strips of paper that might be used to begin a scene. Some examples:

I do not believe this. I'm tired. Do not tell me that. What do you mean? Wow. What do you know? It's great to see you.

Two students choose a slip of paper with a sentence printed on it, enter the playing space and begin a scene with their sentences. The catch here is that the only things the students are allowed to say are all that one one that they hold in their hand. They must use their bodies, faces, actions and inflection to vary the scene and portray different intents. The fun really begins as the director adds more players, each with their own script of one sentence to play with. The game is great for teaching about the many ways a line can be delivered, as well as a delightful way to show that it is not what we say so much as how we say it.

The Game Show Game – An original variation on the old standard The Dating Game. Three kids are chosen to create characters, the identities of which they do not reveal. The characters may be anything from Sponge Bob Square Pants to a rabbit to macaroni and cheese. The three characters sit in a row of three chairs, with enough space between them to allow them to move around physically while porting themselves. A contestant is chosen who then sits at the stage right end of the row of characters and the announcer – the director – begins the game.

Announcer: Welcome ladies and gentlemen to our show The Game Show Game where our contantant will have five rounds of questions in order to determine who these three characters might be. Here is our constant for today: Tom. Character number one, please say hello to Tom!

The characters go down the line each saying a characteristic "hello" to the contantant. When this is accomplished the announcer says, "Tom, please ask your first question."

The characters answer a series of five questions posed by the contestant who gathers information from the answers that hopefully leads him to the answer to who the characters really are. This game works well as it involves a lot of kids at once and even the kids playing the audience are participants as if the contantant is not able to guess the identity of a character the announcer says, "We turn to the audience. ..do you have a guess for this character? " At the end of the round when al character have been disclosed the contantant goes back to the audience, the characters all move stage right one chair, character number one becomes the contantant and a new character number three is chosen from the audience, and the announcer walks into her introduction once again …

These games are a mere sampling of what is available for directors to play with their students. Some helpful improvement game links are:

http://www.creativedrama.com/theatre

http://www.improv4kids.com/ImprovGames

Improvisation games provide the director with a myriad of ways to stretch the rehearsal and performance skills of her fledgling actors into uncharted territory, while providing opportunities for building social skills and developing camaraderie among the students. The director will enjoy watching the student actors grow as they play, laugh with their cast mates, and become more spontaneous, creative performers.

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President's Day – Party Games to Get You Started

President's Day is an occasion worth celebrating, so why not throw a party? Games can make the occasion lots of fun, and the examples below are just the start.

"How well do you know your Presidents?" Party Game

This fun President's Day party game will test whether you know as much as you think you know about past American presidents. It is best suited to older children or adult players. Prior to the game, prepare answer sheets that have the names of 10-20 candidates listed down the left hand-side. On the right-hand side, have the same number of blank spaces down the page. The object of the game is to, in pairs if desired, correctly list the candidates in chronological order of when they were president. The person or pair with the most correct answers is the winner of this President's Day party game.

"Truth or Bluff" President's Day Party Game

This is a fun President's Day party game for older children or adults. If it's played by a group of people who know each other well – or at least think they do – participants will have to be VERY good at telling tall tales! All that's required for the game is a coin, and something to hide it under. The first player thinks of a story about themselves to tell the group, and hides the coin. If the story is true, they hide the coin heads-up; if it's untrue, they hide it tails-up. They tell their story to the other players, and they each decided whether the story was true or not. The player who told the story reveals the coin, and the people who guessed correctly get a point. The player with the most points after everyone has told a story wins this hilarious President's Day party game.

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Comparing Kids Games of the Past to the Present

While shopping for some games as Angel Tree gifts, I came to realize that so many games today are electronic games. It made me begin to think back to my own childhood days and the games that we used to play.

Since we were poor a lot of our games were free or very inexpensive to play. I remember that one of our favorite indoor games was to play a card game named “Go Fishing” or “Go Fish”. It is usually played with two to five players. Usually both the adults and the kids would join in a Go Fish game.

Using a standard card deck, 7 cards are dealt to each of the players. The rest of the deck is spread out in the center of the table. The first player will ask another player to give them their cards of a particular rank. For example, “Give me all your Queens”. The requesting player cannot ask for a card that they are not holding in their own hand.

If the player asked has any cards of the requested rank, they hand them over and the requesting player earns another turn. If the player asked does not have any cards of the requested rank, they say “go fish” or “go fishing”. The requesting player then draws a card from the pool in the center of the table.

When a player has four cards of a given rank, then they have “a book” and they place that book face up in front of them on the table. When a player runs out of cards they draw a card from the pool and the game continues until all cards are gone from the pool. At that time the games ends and the player with the most books wins.

We had several different card games that we could play with that same deck of cards.

When the weather was good and we could play outdoors, we would entertain ourselves with a neighborhood baseball or softball game or we would take a stick and draw out a hop scotch game in the dirt or a sandy area.

We lived in a rural area and our preference was to play outdoors. We would take walks in the woods and go down to the nearby swimming hole on a hot day.

Today kids start out as very small children with learning DVDs, TV entertainment and as they grow there are all the video games that eat up hours and hours of their time.

That’s not to say that these games cannot be shared between the adults and children. For instance, the Mario Kart Wii is a game that is loved by the racing fan dad as much as the kids.

Learning DVDs can help the child with getting a head start on things like their A-B-Cs before they even start to kinder care.

And even before that, the parents can get an entertaining DVD that helps the child learn potty training.

Little girls still get dolls; they are just more sophisticated. Dolls today are almost like a real baby. Families years ago had so many children that I guess we just had the real thing to learn from about what babies really do.

Little boys still get toy trucks but I guess you don’t have to really push them by hand anymore.

There is nothing overly good or bad about the old and the present, however it is sometimes fun to just look back and compare. It’s even fun to share with your kids some of the older games and play them together.

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Super Snake Game Strategy

The snake game is one of the earliest and most popular classic video games. This highly addictive and deceptively simple game is easy to learn but a challenge to master. Your goal is to eat as much food as possible. With each bite you take, your snake grows longer. The game ends when you run into a wall or into the snake's own body.

Achieving a high score in the snake game requires lighting fast reflexes and careful planning. You might survive with a haphazard strategy early in the game, but as your snake grows longer, you will need more skill and coordination to keep the game alive.

To make the most of your snake game, follow these few simple tips:

Stick to Your Skills – Any good snake game will give you a variety of skill levels from which to choose. The higher the skill level, the faster the snake moves, and hence the more difficult the game. Pick the appropriate level for your skills. If you are a new player, start with the easiest level until you have mastered the game. Then try the next harder level.

Take Your Time – Most snake games do not have a time limit, so there is no incentive to rush. Hurrying to grab the food may result in an unexpected crash, thus ending the game. Slow down and take time to make sure your tail is out of the way and you are not going to crash into a wall. Some games feature bonus items that are only on screen for a limited time, but even in this case, do not sacrifice your life for extra points.

Live on the Edge – Try to keep your snake along the perimeter of the playing area. The key to the snake game is to make sure that the food is accessible wherever it appears. By keeping your snake along the edges, you free up the entire center of the screen, so you can grab the food without the risk of running into yourself. Just be careful that you do not run into the wall.

Take a Detour – If you are following a path along the edges of the snake game surface, sometimes your snake may grow too long. When this happens, you can detour by making zig-zag motors that allow you to pack more snakes into the same amount of space. Rapid back and forth movements are critical for making the most of the playing area without running into yourself.

Never Give Up – If you miss a target or make a wrong turn, do not despair! For the vast majority of snake game situations, you can almost always recover from a mistake. Unless your snake is exceptionally long or you have completely trapped yourself, you should be able to keep your snake alive. Take the time to let your tail get out of the way and make another try for the food.

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