How to Write A Video Game Concept Statement

A game concept statement, or promise, is a short, direct description of the situation of a game. It describes the player's goal, the opposition to that goal, and the means through which that goal will be accomplished. When dealing solely with the narrative portion of the script, the game concept statement reads like a screenplay pitch. Realistically, game play is described because it effects some elements of the storytelling. A short example might read as follows:

"In Trick or Treat the player characters have been trapped in the labyrinth of an ancient haunted house. They must escape by destroying adversarial monsters, avoiding traps, and solving the maze." Trick or Treat is a third person perspective action game. "

The goal of this writing is to give the reader a sense for the game. It should answer these basic questions:

  • What is the goal of the game?
  • How is the goal of the game accomplished?
  • What are the challenges to the game?
  • Where does the game take place?

Most people want to add marketing jargon and implementation specifics. This is simply a mistake. Reporting that is it is the best game ever, or that that it will be available for the PS10 in 2020 just does not strengthen a concept. To put it bluntly, ths statement is about the concept. Concepts are general, high level notions. The concept of a car, for example, did not begin with the use of carbon fiber at the Indianapolis 500.

Do not include the following elements in a your writing:

  • Game platform (eg for the NES because I'm retro-chic)
  • Game rating (eg "M" for mature)
  • Game play specifics (eg controls)
  • Game programming details (eg uses recursive algorithms for speed)
  • Marketing (eg "more exciting than a ride on a roller coaster")

There are exceptions to every rule. There are times when it is important to add implementation details. These are exceptionally rare situations, such as a game designed solely to exploit a new type of controller or for use on a non-standard game platform. In these cases, it makes sense to touch upon the distinguishing detail.

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30th Wedding Anniversary Party Games – Making Your Day a Pearler

When organizing your 30th wedding anniversary, party games can add loads of fun to the occasion. You can reminiscence about times past, remember what the big day was like or just let your hair down!

"PEARL-DIVING" 30TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY PARTY GAME

This 30th wedding anniversary party game is truly memorable, and fantastic if your party is likely to be raucous affair! Since 30 years marks your Pearl anniversary, why not go 'diving for pearls'? Prior to the party, prepare a large batch of a sloppy or gooey food – Jello, oatmeal, cookie dough or mashed potato all work well. Divide the mixture among several large bowls (one for each team), and conceal an even number of "pearls" (small plastic beads) in each bowl. Players divide into teams, and one player from each team is the "pearl diver" – they must immerse their hands in the goo to remove as many pearls as possible in 45 seconds. A messier – and much funnier – alternative is to make the "pearl divers" use only their face to search for pearls. The team with the most pearls after 45 seconds wins this 30th wedding anniversary party game.

"NAME THE LOGO" 30TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY PARTY GAME

Many 30th wedding anniversary party games allow guests to remission about the year in which they or their friends were married; this is one such example. Browse the internet for logos of 10 or 15 quintessential products from 30 years ago. Copy and paste these onto a single page, and print enough copies to give your guests one each. Guests must try and guess which product each logo advertising; the person who gets the most answers correct is the winner of this 30th wedding anniversary party game.

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Party Games For Adults and Family

Everyone likes to have a good time. Playing games is one favorite pass time for children and adults alike. Finding party games for adults and family members is not always an easy task. With every person comes a different personality. Therefore, making the decision is often a hard one. Luckily, our near stores help out with a variety of party games for adults and family functions.

To start off with there is the classic family board game of Monopoly. A favorite party game for adults and families alike. Who's going to be the banker? Who gets to buy Board Walk? Or, how about the parental secret of using this game to teach their children how to count money, take turns, and how to buy properties? It's exciting and time consuming. So you can make an evening of it.

How about the famous Bingo game? The lesson learned here? What else but patience and number identification. And let's not forget the fun of having that colored stamper used to mark your numbers when they are called out. With this game numerous people can play making it a favorite in elementary classrooms and helping to keep our elderly entertained. Although, many ages tend to pull out this old time favorite and classic for different occasions.

Then there is Yahtzee! An interesting game that counts little dots on multiple dice which either advises you in the game or irritably keeps you where you are until your next turn. Because this game includes keeping score there are however multiple tasks that one must be on top of. Another interesting fact is you must know poker terms such as, 'two of a kind' and a 'full house'.

What other party games for adults and family get togethers also come to mind? How about the game of Charades? This is an all time favorite of not only adults, but children of all ages as well. Who would not like playing a game where you can use your imagination to the fullest while you are the actor trying to explain your part without words, or the guessing audience? This game gives one a chance to act out a scene from a favorite movie or book. And if you really enjoy playing this game you can use your imagination to the fullest. If you are the audience in this game and therefore have the job of guessing what the actor is trying to explain, the guessing game opens your mind to several different opinions on to what the answer may be. It's a game that holds no grudges when the audience guesses incorrectly. It's fun and entertaining.

There are so many party games for adults and family get togethers that it would take hours to list them all. But if you ever find yourself with a house full of people, or if you are stuck in the house because it's a dreary cold rainy day, try one of the above mentioned games. They are great entertaining and full of fun!

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TEFL and ESL Board Games For the Classroom

Classroom board games are probably one of the most effective teaching tools available. Here we see how to stimulate and motivate students, and provide a welcome change to more standard classroom teaching approaches, giving students a refreshing new focus to practice their spoken English.

A few important points to bear in mind when using board games, which will increase their effectiveness and get the students speaking in English are:

  1. The first rule to establish is that the game is to be played in English. Give some input vocabulary such as 'Whose turn is it?', 'Pass the dice please' or for a bit of fun 'Hey, stop cheating!'. Then as the game progresses and you see other linguistic requirements, supply them, drill them briefly, and continue to play. I often have students keep a separate booklet for game playing vocabulary. The students motivation is strong, so take advantage of it!
  2. Encourage students to speak in only English by establishing the second rule: not speaking in the target language forfeits a turn. This sounds a little dramatic and harsh, but you'll be amazed how well it works. It also creates an intense amount of spontaneity of language, resulting in increased fluency and a reduction in response times.
  3. Teachers usually think in terms of one-class time slots, where the material to be used is to be finished by the end of the allotted time. This can lead to unnecessarily self-imposed restrictions on the choice of materials. I often let a game run for 3 or 4 lessons in order to let the students become very familiar with the vocational fields as well as letting them build up a sense of momentum to the outcome.
  4. Students should 'earn' the right to take a turn to generate the motive for speaking. This would mean, for example, asking a team to answer a question before being allowed to take a turn. Depending on the theme of the board game, you may also use relevant video clips, story reconstructions with visuals or perhaps role play situations in parallel, which allow students to score points which in turn allow them to throw the dice.
  5. Do not just limit yourself to the rules in the game. Feel free to 'play God' and adjust the rules as you find convenient to make the game move more slowly or faster. It's amazing how our knee-jerk reaction to a game's set of rules sometimes leaves us feeling powerless over how to play the game! Such changes may include giving new consequences to the value of a throw on the dice eg 'if a player throws a 5, then they get to throw again'. Wham! You've got a new dimension to the game.
  6. Keep teacher talking time down! Let the students run the game – you just police it from a distance, supplying language as required. Because a board game generates spontaneous situations within a defined linguistic area, this is the perfect opportunity for the teacher to take back stage, and just give 'hot correction' when required. Error feed back and remedial work can be given at intervals as appropriate.
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Horst Wein Recommends Small Sized Games for Grassroots Football Development

Horst Wein, who has mentored more than 11,000 soccer coaches in 55 different countries around the world, believes that small sided games are the most essential element in developing youth soccer players. This comes from a man who knows a thing or two about this vital topic – his book "Developing Youth Football Players" is the official textbook of the Spanish Football Federation, and has also been adopted by the Football Federation of Australia, having sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide.

Small sided games in Training

Coaches should focus more on games rather than drills in training. Isolating particular techniques and concentrating on them using repetitive drills and exercises is known as the "analytical method" and often poses difficulties when the players come to apply what they have been working on in the real game scenario. The "global method" of training involves creating more game-like scenarios in training that can be more seamlessly integrated into the actual game itself. This is done through creating simplified games, which are scaled-down versions of the real game, but that can focus on particular themes necessary in the real game.

The concept of using games rather than drills and exercises has been studied for many years all around the world. Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) has been applied to many different sports and has been found to be very effective. In Australia, it is also known as "Game Sense" and "Play practice."

There are many benefits to this games-oriented method in soccer:

1.Most importantly, players prefer to play games than to do drills (especially the younger ones).

2.The games can be modified through different variables to concentrate more on specific elements that need to be addressed; The size of the playing area, the number of players, duration of the game, technical rules etc, means that in the hands of a skilful coach, games may be used to achieve all the requirements of playing the real game.

3.Small sided games require smaller pitches and can be suited to any number of players.

4.Small sided games provide a much more intense physical workout than larger games.

5.Small sided games allow the coach to develop the players Game Intelligence, as they may focus on the true dynamics of the game of soccer eg the 2v1 situation.

Small sided games in competition

This means that the competitions that young people play should be tailor to the specific requirements of their age group.

"The competition you play should be like your shoes, it should fit you perfectly!"

Benefits of small sided games in competition (and training):

  • More Touches of the ball
  • Simpler decisions to make
  • Better game-related fitness, short duration of high-intensity vs laps
  • More time with coach per player
  • Easier to coach especially for parent coaches
  • More opportunities to solve game problems
  • More attacking opportunities (dribbling, shooting, passing)
  • More defending opportunities
  • More shooting and more goals = more fun!
  • No hiding place, players do not get lost in these games
  • More opportunities for the full range of skills
  • Encourages better shape and awareness of team-mates
  • Encourage faster play, fast transition from defense to attack
  • Easier for young players to have success – which means enjoyment and retention for these players.

Manchester United produced a pilot scheme in 2005 which compared 4-a-side soccer to 8-a-side soccer, the results were very telling …

On Average 4v4 versus 8v8 had:

1. 135% more passes

2. 260% more Scoring Attempts

3. 500% more Goals Scored

4. 225% more 1v1 Encounters

5. 280% more Dribbling Skills (tricks)

Small sided Games Around the World

All around the world today the value of small sided games has begun to be recognized and many federations have introduced them successfully into youth development programs. The Dutch system focuses mainly on 4v4 and later 7v7 games before players are introduced to the 11-a-side game.

All across continental Europe there are variations of either 4v4 or 5v5 for the first game that young kids play. In the British Isles, Wales has been leading the way with small sided games being introduced there in 1996. The FA in England are determined to introduce the following structures by 2013: 5v5 (7-8 years), 7v7 (9-10 years) , 9v9 (11-12 years), 11v11 (13+ years)

In general USYS (United States Youth Soccer) recommends 3v3 for under 6 years and a progress to 4v4 or 5v5, 6v6 or 7v7, 8v8 etc.

Small sided Games in the Horst Wein Model

In the Horst Wein Youth Football Development Model, the recommended progressive small sided game structure for children's competitions is:

  • 3v3 for 7-9 years
  • 5v5 for 10 years
  • 7v7 for 11-12 years
  • 8v8 for 13 years
  • 11-a-side for 14+ years

Along with these competition games, each age group in his development model has its own complete program of small sided, simplified games for training, which emphasize game intelligence and a deeper understanding of the tactical situations of the game of football. The training games can be used for preparing the players for their appropriate competition or as corrective measures for issues identified during play.

The emphasis is always on games for learning rather than drills and running.

The Game is the Teacher

Mini Football for 7-9 year old players

Many claim that the revolutionary game of Mini-Football (3v3 on four wide goals) for young players from 7 to 9 years of age, is a revival of street football .

MINI-FOOTBALL VS 4V4

While many advocate the benefits of 4v4, which is unduly far more beneficial than 8v8 (or 7v7), Horst's own Mini-Football game which is 3v3 on 4 wide goals has many critical advantages over 4v4.

Most importantly, the use of 4 goals instead of 2 creates:

  • Width. There is much more play down the flanks and less swimming.
  • Because there are only three players and two goals to protect, this usually results in one less-defended goal, meaning options are open.
  • The goals out wide cause players to look up for the best option, improving perception.
  • The young players learn to interpret what they see and make good decisions, improving their Game Intelligence, even at this young age.
  • There is more goalmouth action and usually all players score during a game.
  • There is more intense defending and attacking than in other small sided games.
  • There are no fixed positons providing a more rounded experience and more complete players.
  • It teaches the use of a triangular formation, which is superior for passing and support and also for balance in defense.
  • More touches on the ball.
  • More time to read the game.
  • Better passing and less long ball tactics.
  • Greater physical involvement as all players are needed in the team.

Horst Wein is the greatest living exponent of small sided games in football , having created hundreds of games both for development of young players and for greater performance in the full game.

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Fun Board Games for Adults

The vast majority of board games available today are fun board games for adults. They may be fun for other age groups as well, but they fit in the adult category because adults have already lived through those younger years. It’s what qualifies them to be adults.

That said, it should be obvious that not all board games are fun for every adult. Fun board games for adults I’m associated with might not be the same fun board games for adults you have contact with. Among the dozens that I’ve played as an adult, there have been a small fraction that I haven’t particularly enjoyed. They are few and far between though.

When speaking of adult board games, I’m not going to devote time to those that have risque content. The adult-ness referred to here will only be a reference to an age group, not to games that are for “adults only” because they would be rated R if they were movies.

There are some traditional gateway games mentioned fairly often by those who make suggestions for board games for adults – and I think understandably so. Ticket to Ride and sometimes Carcassonne are most frequently brought up, and I agree that they should be as I would also recommend them, especially for adults who have not yet played anything remotely like a Euro board game before. Yes, that’s how these fun board games have earned the moniker of gateway games. Once people see how much fun these are, they tend to look for more fun board games that they haven’t played before.

Sequence

Sequence is a combination card and board game for 2-4 players. It is somewhat reminiscent of the classic Pente in that you need to get a row (or two, depending on the number of players) of five chips – vertically, horizontally, or diagonally – for a victory.

The board shows all the cards in the deck twice except the jacks, which are wild and have special properties. Play a card and place a “poker” chip of your color on a corresponding card space. Then don’t forget to draw a card to replenish your hand. If you don’t pick up a new card before the next player plays, you have to finish the game with less cards in your hand than you deserve, which can severely limit your options – especially if you forget more than once.

Sequence is a light-weight board game strategy-wise, so there’s plenty of time for socializing, if that’s what you like to do while playing with friends and family. Still, there is enough challenge to make you think a little before placing just any old card anywhere.

Wits & Wagers

As its name suggests, Wits & Wagers is a combination trivia and betting game that is great for parties. It plays quickly, especially if you enforce the time limit imposed by the hourglass. And it doesn’t really matter if you know the answers to the trivia questions; you can still win by intelligent wagering.

A question is read from one of the cards included. All answers are numeric. (This includes years.) Players write down their answers secretly within 30 seconds. When all are ready, answers are revealed simultaneously and are arranged on the betting table from low to high. When sorted properly, players then have 30 more seconds to place their “poker” chips on the answer they think is closest (without going over) to the correct one.

Winnings are paid only to the player or players who guessed the correct (closest) answer according to the odds shown on the betting table. The farther away from the median answer, the higher the odds.

Alhambra

Alhambra is another combination card and board game. Cards are money in four flavors usually identified by card color (though other cues can be used by those who have difficulty with colors) and come in various denominations. Normally, you pick up cards on your turn or discard some of your cards to pay for one of four tiles available on the board.

These tiles, most of which have dark-colored “walls”, are used to construct your own personal Alhambra. The tiles also come in different colors. Twice during the game and once at the end, players score points based on how many tiles of each color are in their Alhambra.

The challenges come in deciding when to purchase a tile, when to bide your time and collect more cash, where to place a purchased tile in your Alhambra (as there are restrictions), and which tile to go after.

When playing with three or four people, you can usually do a fair amount of planning ahead. With five or six people, chances are that the tile you were waiting to buy is going to be taken by someone else before your next turn.

With just a little more strategy involved than in Sequence, this board game will provide many hours of fun for most adults.

Outburst

Party games like Outburst and Balderdash are two more fun board games for adults that you might like to try. Balderdash is virtually the same as the generic “dictionary game”. Having the actual game just makes finding good words to stump people with a lot easier.

Outburst is similar to Family Feud in that you’re trying to come up with lists of items in a category as a team. The main and significant differences are that everyone on the team participates at the same time and that the items in the unknown list are not necessarily the ten most popular answers. Sometimes you’ll wonder why in the world they didn’t list an item that your team came up with, and other times you’ll be puzzled at where the creators came up with an item that none of you thought of.

Quiddler

Quiddler is a card game that works best with players of roughly equal vocabulary levels and spelling ability. You have a hand of three to ten cards (depending on which round it is) that have letters instead of numbers. After drawing a card, you try to spell one or more words using all the letters except one, which you will discard. When one player accomplishes this, the rest have one more chance to do the same, or to at least play as many cards as they can. Any cards left in your hand score negative points. Bonuses are awarded for the longest word and most words each round.

With these suggestions as a starting point, you should be able to find your way to many, many other fun board games for adults.

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The Psychology of Board Games

A great deal of psychological study has been placed in the real of figuring out what it is about board games which makes us, as people, so devoted and loving of the activity. What exactly is it about the brain that makes it so attached to the activity of competitiveness against each other to solve a problem and win the game? A great deal of it relates to the way that we, as humans, have grown over time and both the value that we place on certain ideals and the shortcomings that we try to make up for in our daily lives. Board games offer us a chance to fulfill many of these needs and because of this, they have maintained a place in our culture for quite some time.

The types of challenges presented from board games come in the form of activities, challenges, and puzzles that we feel that we are qualified to handle. It is a challenge which requires some skill, but they are skills that we feel that we are qualified to operate. Playing a game against a well-matched opponent will provide us the greatest amount of pleasure for it will challenge us and our skills. Playing against someone much better than us would absolutely make us feel inferior, which is against the goal of playing the game; playing against someone not as good as us would absolutely bore us for the game would offer no challenge.

When the game is good enough, it will focus our attention entirely on the task at hand. If we are doing something which is interesting enough to entirely captivate us, we often will slip into a state where we enjoy what we are doing and time will fly past us. This offers us a sort of "escape" from the troubles of everyday life. This state usually will come about much more easily when the goals of the game are clearly defined. If we know what we are working toward, we can figure out what needs to be done much more easily. This helps us in achieving that state of satisfaction.

Learning how to play the game well enough to determine our progress is another important level in determining out satisfaction in playing the game. If we know enough about the game to determine that we are doing well within it, we will be much more happy than if we are lost or confused and not sure of if we are winning or far behind.

The level of control that a board game can provide will often fulfill some of our deepest needs and desires. It allows us to take fate within out hands, within a certain, controlled environment, and allow us to pursue our goals in a way that will have no lasting effects on our lives. It gives us a chance for escapism, where we can enter into a situation and pretend that we are anyone or anything. It gives us a sense of fantasy, allowing us to fulfill our needs for a thrill while staying within the comfort and safety of our own homes. Board games can be a great way for us to feel content with ourselves and the world around us and playing one can be a great way to give ourselves a boost of esteem.

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Foreplay Fun – Classic Board Game Variations

Do you remember the fun and excitement you had playing board games when you were young? But now that you have grown up, they may seem a little boring. Consider adding a spicy twist to the rules, make them Fun Foreplay and stimulate your sex life. Combine the rush of an intense competitive game with the intimate and sensual delights of extended physical pleasure. With a bit of imagination, you can turn any ordinary game into an opportunity for great sex. And, with sex at stake, you both win every time.

Essentially any game for two (or more) can be enhanced using sex as a reward for the winner. To make things even more interesting, assign intimate activities to various types of events or outcomes in the game. For instance, landing on a certain spot earns a passionate kiss or scoring a specific number of points entitles you to a sensual treat. Once you get the hang of this, you will start thinking of all kinds of loving ideas you can assign to each potential event in the game.

When creating an erotic variation from one of your own favorite games, introduce a range of different intimate activities. Design them in a way that encourages you to sample various types and intensities of stimulation for a total sensual experience. More exotic activities could have been assigned to rare events or as rewards for exceptional skill. Since you both have many erogenous zones to play with, try to avoid excess repetition of any particular sensual delight (unless you really, really like it). And, of course, write the activities down so you know what the stakes are.

For shy or slightly inhibited lovers, playing a regular game together can help you both get into the mood. Prepare an inviting play area that suits the stimulating activities you have in mind (pillows on the floor in front of a glowing fire with candles, wine and soft music is good). Then slyly introduce foreplay rewards and forfeits into the game. Include periodic, paced clothing removal – being forced to strip adds to the excitation. Build the intensity by escalating to more explicit types of sensitive intimacy as the game progresses.

Some example erotic game ideas based on classic board games are described below:

  • Queens Gone Wild is an erotic variation of chess with a special focus on the queen. It incorporates stripping and foreplay activities based on how the queen is played. And, as with many women, in this game she gets to play again and again. Although the ultimate goal is to mate the king, playing with the queen makes this game more interesting. When a queen takes a piece, delightful pleasures result. When a queen is taken, even more fun takes place. Queens have the ability to come again and again – for a price. Getting your naughty queen back in the game will have you striking to pay the ransom.
  • Erotic Risk is a risqué game of world request and domination for lovers that leads you through an increasingly more intense sequence of foreplay activities. The ultimate goal, of course, is to dominate each other and have fun doing it. Foreplay activities are performed when you capture countries from your lover. As the conflict escalates and more card sets are turned in, so does the intensity of the foreplay. You will strip yourself bare to gain an advantage. Win by conquering all the countries of the world. The victor receives the spoils of war and becomes supreme ruler with corresponding rewards.
  • Erotic Monopoly is an erotic adaptation of Monopoly that allows you to buy happiness in the form of physical stimulation. Rather than renting homes, you build pleasure parlors and sell your special services. Sensual activities are performed when a player lands on your properties and pays the appropriate fee. Each side of the board corresponds to the level, type and quality of services available. As the monetary stakes increase with property improvements, so does the intensity of foreplay. You win when your lover has no money to pay for love and must sell their services to you.
  • Sexy Sorry! is an erotic variation of Sorry! It incorporates striking and intimate activities when you bump your lover. When you send them back to the start, say Sorry! just is not enough – apologize with sensual loving. Assign each card number a specific facilitating technique to use to sooth and excite. And, when you get a piece home (in bed waiting), your lover strips off an article of clothing in anticipation of activities to come.

Erotically spiced games provide an exciting and fun way to introduce sensually playful activities as a means to increase your desire and anticipation for Great Sex. Sometimes foreplay becomes a routine path to sex without giving it the proper time, creativity and energy it describes. These classic board games with a sexy twist can help pace the stimulating activities. And, even though you know the erotic abilities at stake in the game, not knowing exactly in what sequence or how often creates an element of delightful surprise. The competitive nature of the game combined with just the right amount of strategy helps build the sexual tension (for a more intense release later) and increase the excitement. Pick a pleasure game that both of you will enjoy and have fun playing together with or without sex involved.

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Fun New Baby Shower Games For Your Party

If you are hosting a baby shower party then you will need to have baby shower games or activities prepared to entertain guests. But why limit yourself to the old measure mommy tummy game when there are so many new baby shower games out there to explore.

Does your guest list consists of a large amount of shower veterans? Then chances are they have played the traditional poopy diaper game a few times to many, and while these games are really fun to play, why not sprinkle one or two new games to keep things fresh and entertaining for them. You can come up with your own new game idea or browse around for some unique baby shower games online. A mixture of new and popular baby shower games will impress both seasoned and the not so seasoned shower guest.

Here are a couple of new baby shower games that you and guests may enjoy:

Baby Conception Game-

Everyone knows how babies are made but also know its not always easy making a baby. Let your guests race to conceive a baby and have some fun while they are at it. This game is hilarious to watch and is suitable for all types of guests, young and old.

You will need a roll of toilet paper and a plunger for each team.

The game is played by breaking up players into teams of 2. Give one team member a roll of toilet paper and the other person the plunger. Then advice them to place their item between their thighs just above their knees, with the stick of the plunger pointing in front. Have all the players with the plunger stand a good distance away from their team member with the toilet paper. On your word “go” the players with the plunger should race to the other person and try to get the plunger through the toilet paper.

If the plunger or tissue falls to the ground at any time during the game then that team is disqualified. They are also not allowed to hold onto each other at any time during the game. The first team that gets the plunger through the roll of paper, mimicking how a baby is conceived is the winner.

A game prize could be a gift certificate to a store or restaurant.

How much does your purse weigh-

If the mom-to-be prefers not to have everyone come and measure her tummy, put a bathroom scale in front of the room and have each lady come up and weigh her purse. The lady with the heaviest purse wins a prize and declare the weight of the purse as mommy’s weight at her last doctors appointment. I am sure she will get a good laugh out of this.

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Different Types of Video Game Platforms Popular Today

Video games are the most common forms of electronic games today. These provide human interaction with the help of user interface, input and output devices. Video games are played with the help of different devices namely the input controller, main console and a visual display unit. The users use a certain input device also known as game controllers to generate a visual feedback on the video device and all this is controlled by the main console.

The platforms via which video games are played have been evolving since the beginning. From simple pin ball machines to arcade machines, they have been played with different units. There are several platforms available for playing electronic games these days. The popular ones are rarely: Personal Computers, Video Game Consoles and Mobile Devices.

Personal Computers

Personal Computers are one of the most convenient types of video game platforms available today. They can be desktop PCs or Laptops with special hardware configuration that helps users load up and run these games on their system. The hardware should include a powerful main memory and also a graphic processing memory known as GPU. Powerful GPUs are considered better for generating excellent output. Together with these and other common hardware of PC such as a monitor monitor, keyboard and mouse games can be easily played.

Personal Computers can also be configured with additional devices like joysticks to make the experience better. The experience can also be improved by connecting computers to big TV screens with the help of cables like HDMI or VGA cable that the TV supports. Together with all these, Personal Computers serve as a great gaming platform.

Video Game Consoles

Video game consoles are devices that are specially created just to play video games. They normally come with input devices such as a joystick and a main unit that does all the processing work. They usually are connected to TV screens in order to see the visual feedback of the consoles.

There are several types of consoles available in the market today. The popular ones are Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 for example. These have become a handy name for electronic game consoles. There are also handheld consoles such as Nintendo DS and PSP Vita. These handheld consoles are light in size and feature their own display unit. So, the video game consoles are another popular platform which is widely available these days.

Mobile Gaming Platforms

The rise of mobile devices introduced mobile gaming to the scene. Mobile games are played on cell phone devices or handheld tablets. These two are the main platforms for playing mobile games. Mobile games are available in various forms. The mobile games are typically built for the operating system that the phones have. Today the popular ones are Android Mobile Operating System and iOS for iPhones. There are also other mobile operating systems such as Windows Mobile and Firefox OS.

Thousands and thousands of games are available on the mobile platform. This might be due to the fact that the mobile devices are getting really popular every other day. Games are available for free or for a fee, they can be simple or even be filled with complicated high graphics. Whatever the types of games there are, they are available on mobile devices. Here, mobile devices seems to be a promising gaming platform.

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