Lean Simple Magic Card Tricks Online

It's your daughter's birthday party and you have no idea about what you can do to surprise her? How about a magic show? Do not worry! That does not mean that you have to spend a huge sum of money to get a magician at your doorstep. In fact you can be the magician yourself.…

It's your daughter's birthday party and you have no idea about what you can do to surprise her? How about a magic show? Do not worry! That does not mean that you have to spend a huge sum of money to get a magician at your doorstep. In fact you can be the magician yourself. Surprised? All you have to do is surf the internet and find websites that display a number of simple card tricks and learn and practice them and then perform. Will not your daughter be surprised?

You need not learn magic card-tricks that are very difficult or time consuming. There are some easy tricks that you can learn very easily. Given below are some of them that you can practice and perform them in front of your small audience.

Picking a Card: Ask a volunteer to pick a card from the deck in your hands. Then ask the person to place it on top of the deck. Move your hands behind your back and then turn the top card. Now bringing the deck in the front in such a manner that the chosen card faces you and the front of the deck faces the volunteer. Keep in mind what the chosen card is. Again take the deck behind and now place the card anywhere in the deck. Now shuffle the deck, find the card and show it to the volunteer. It will be the one that he had chosen earlier.

Different colored cards: Divide the cards as red and black. Only you know that they are divided in this manner. Ask a person from the audience to pick a card, one from each deck. Now ask them to place the cards in the opposite decks, the red in the black deck and the black in the red deck, and shuffle them. Then search for the two cards in the decks and you can pick them very easily due to the difference in colors.

Changing the card: In this trick, ask your friend to select a card from a deck in your hands. You must pick this card along with the card placed below it, in such a way that both the cards appear as a single. You pretend to identify the wrong card. You place this card (with the selected one above it), on top of the deck. Now pick the top card and place on the table between the deck. Your friend thinks that it is the incorrect card. Pick the deck and fan it over the card. Now ask your friend to pick the card. It is the one that he had chosen earlier.

There are many websites which show you many such videos on how to perform these card-tricks. Although these tricks are easy to perform, perfection in performing them will come only with a lot of practice. So after deciding on what playing cards magic tricks you will perform, practice them continually till you master them.

Playing Angry Birds

Have you ever been on your lunch break, waiting in line at the grocery store, or in between classes, and thought to yourself “If only I had some way to pass the time …” If so you may want to try the popular mobile game, Angry Birds. This thrilling and mentally challenging mobile game, can…

Have you ever been on your lunch break, waiting in line at the grocery store, or in between classes, and thought to yourself “If only I had some way to pass the time …” If so you may want to try the popular mobile game, Angry Birds. This thrilling and mentally challenging mobile game, can be played on a iPhone, Android capable device, or online, and it's sure to get your blood pumping and mind racing.

Angry Birds was developed and published by Rovio Mobile Ltd in December 2009. While initially created to operate on the Apple iOS, the games popularly quickly spawned other versions for similar touch-screen based smartphone devices, including those with Android capabilities. Since the development of the game, more than 12 million copies of the application have been sold through the Apple store. The best-selling puzzle game has created chat rooms, websites, and social media all dedicated to Angry Birds strategies techniques, and tips. They are everywhere.

Unlike many video games, and mobile game applications, it is not a mindless exercise. The games requires intense skill, concentration and planning to successfully complete its 120 levels. Spatial reasoning while key to most games, is simply one the fundamental skills required, as players also need to apply logic and even an understanding of physics to battle the pigs, the mortal enemies of the Angry Birds. Of course, player should also be able to exert some brute force in order to carryout the mission of this game. Some people wrongly assume that mobile games are only for teens and college students, but they really are not. Anyone who likes a bit of a mental and physical challenge can enjoy Angry Birds. Likewise, playing them Online can be a great way to pass the time when work slows down.

It is first and foremost a game of revenge. Like the name says, the birds in this game are anything but happy. Their precious egg offspring have been stolen by some thieving green pigs, and its up to them to get mad, kick some pig butt and get their eggs back in one piece. To do this, it must successfully complete many levels of combat with the green pigs. Clever military-like strategies must be employed, including the some challenging physics-based castle demolition. You the player, are the angry bird and it is your job to use your special destructive powers to lay waste to the pigs fortified castles. Only then can you get your eggs back, and achieve your due vengeance. Players must be careful though, as greedy green pigs are not likely to give up without a fight.

Mobile games can give you hours of enjoyment, improve your logic and spatial skills, or just give you a good excuse to stay inside on a rainy day. So do not hesitate to whip out that smartphone, or click that computer screen, you've got a mission to complete, and the Angry Birds need your help.

To get started, just go to http://www.angrybirdsriogame.com/play/angry-birds-online .

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Release Overview

Imagine, the date is November 7, 2011 and it's nearly midnight. You, together with hundreds, if not thousands of others, have amassed outside your local video game shop waiting to get a copy of what some tout to be the best video game ever released to date. That was the scene outside many video game…

Imagine, the date is November 7, 2011 and it's nearly midnight. You, together with hundreds, if not thousands of others, have amassed outside your local video game shop waiting to get a copy of what some tout to be the best video game ever released to date. That was the scene outside many video game shops around the world as crowds of gamers converged in order to get their version of the highly anticipated – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 release.

With sales figures of more than $ 775 million in its first five days in stores around the world, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is breaking records making it the bestselling video game of all time. Coupled with a legion of hard-core Call of Duty franchise fans, this figure will no doubt grow as many gamers join the list of Modern Warfare 3 owners, if not just out of curiosity.

Now that the game was in the pipeline, Activision released the first game-play teaser for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on YouTube on May 23, 2011. With release day quickly approaching, Activision held a two-day event in Los Angeles, California to promote the game. The event, entitled Call of Duty: Experience 2011, was used to reveal many of the new multiplayer features including a revamped rewards system.

The domain name “ModernWarfare3.com” had already been taken, hindering Activision's plan to create an official website to promote the game. Funny enough, the domain was being used by an anti-Call of Duty website and when selected, redirecting users to Electronic Arts's Battlefield 3 release. Legal issues soon settled that matter and Activision was free to obtain the domain name that they wanted.

But getting to the official release date of Modern Warfare 3 did not come without its problems. Two weeks prior to the official release, reports started surfacing that half of the nearly completed PC version had been stolen from a warehouse in Fresno, California and was being uploaded online. Activision investigators frantically searched torrent websites for parts of the game, even visiting those across the United States who had already downloaded a copy, requesting that they delete any tracks of the game or ace a fine of US $ 5000. Reports were also being made in the United States that copies of the Modern Warfare 3 game were already being sold early. K-Mart accidently began selling the game one week before the official release date due to an instructions error it received from one of the shipping companies. K-mart soon rectified the problem. Modern Warfare 3 release problems were not only restricted to the United States. Criminals in France used tear gas to high-jack and steal a transport truck that was shipping Modern Warfare 3 stock in time for its release. The masked bandits were said to have made of with a game shipment worth around 400,000 Euros.

Thankfully, most gamers are not that desperate. The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 release is so popular because it comes loaded with many features. There is a single campaign, multiplayer formats and avid gamers can even join the free / subscription based service known as Call of Duty: Elite. The game comes in both a Standard Edition and Hardened Edition is available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC formats. Microsoft has also joined forces with Activision to release an exclusive Xbox 360 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 console pack. The Gaming Rush has a complete rundown on all Modern Warfare 3 release information including a story outline, key gaming features, exact release dates from around the world, a complete list of various editions and much more.

Flight Simulator Aircraft – Just Like the Real Thing

With today's technology, the best computer games are able to give a really real experience for its players. There are several that produce simulator games so accurate, sometimes the players can forget they actually sitting at home in their favorite comfortable armchair, instead of being in an aircraft cockpit. Simulator aircraft really do create that…

With today's technology, the best computer games are able to give a really real experience for its players. There are several that produce simulator games so accurate, sometimes the players can forget they actually sitting at home in their favorite comfortable armchair, instead of being in an aircraft cockpit. Simulator aircraft really do create that wonderful illusion for users. You can choose from a huge fleet of aircraft types depending on how and where you want to fly to. For example, you can select to pilot a huge commercial passenger aircraft, or a small commuter craft. If you want to fight in combat, then choose from a selection of fighter planes. The popularity of the simulators is increasing, and as that happens, more and more aircraft are being introduced to the flight choice. Flight simulator aircraft look so real in every detail, that they will entice almost anyone to take a place behind the controls. They are very hard to resist. And anyone who has an interest in flying or aviation will find themselves in the cockpit experiencing the thrill of these 3D simulator aircraft, especially those who have always had a dream to be a pilot. In fact lots of trainee pilots use flight simulator to improve their skills and their knowledge of all types of aircraft as well as the airports all over the world.

Flight simulator aircraft gives access to many historical aircraft such as the Douglas DC-3, the world's first successful aircraft and many others along with the most recent and modernized aircraft like the Boeing, air bus, air ambulance, MIG, choppers, etc. You can even fly the Wright Brothers plane.

For example, why not fly in a Helicopter Flight Simulator to where-ever in the world you desire? The helicopter simulator is a favorite of many of the flight simulator users in the world. Whilst they say that real helicopters are difficult to learn to fly, it is a simple thing to learn with a simulator. That's why many first time users prefer to have a go with the virtual helicopters before getting into the real ones. One of the major differences between aircraft flying and that of the helicopter is that if the helicopters are open models, safety considerations during flight are much greater. The pilot of the open type of helicopter has to be aware of the safety procedures particular to that craft.

Very often, the helicopter simulator is utilized by the aviation industry for training purposes. It is easy to understand the preference to teach the trainee pilots on the simulator without the risk to themselves and their instructor, to say nothing of the risk of damage to the incredibly valuable aircraft.

The 'FlightProSim' is recognized as one of the best of the realistic 3D helicopter flight simulators that has the accurate effects like smoke, remote, control panel, etc. Everything looks just so authentic. Users really can forget they are flying in a 3D system because the sophisticated functions make the simulators really adventurous and very thrilling. People find the simulators are easy to use and anyone, even a child can use them to have fun as well. However, it can not be denied that most serious trainee and student pilots know the huge value to their learning provided by the simulators. So, be it the commercial pilots or the fighter pilots, flight simulators have encouraged and motivated many young people to join the aviation industry and become pilots.

Choosing Your First Class In Diablo 3

Even though the hope of getting Diablo 3 before the end of the year has been mercilessly crushed by Blizzard, the game is still on track for an early 2012 release. And if you're the kind of person that like to over analyze stuff, like me, then it's really time to start thinking about what…

Even though the hope of getting Diablo 3 before the end of the year has been mercilessly crushed by Blizzard, the game is still on track for an early 2012 release. And if you're the kind of person that like to over analyze stuff, like me, then it's really time to start thinking about what class you're going to be playing.

Difficult choices to be made

After thinking long and hard about it, I think I've finally been able to reach a decision.

Read on for my thoughts on the different classes and hopefully get some inspiration for your own class choice.

Barbarian

Ah Barbarians. The simple life of “Me see enemy. Me smash enemy with big pieces of solid metal”.

There is something wonderfully attractive in this primitive character.

Wading into the heart of combat, swinging your weapon (s) of choice in wide arcs, laughing at the puny attacks of your opponents as they attempt to stop your bloody rampage.

However, I must say that I do prefer a bit more subtlety in my characters.

Planning out my tactics and striking with surgical precision is just more appealing to me than the all out berserker fury that the Barbarian embodies.

But for that experience of being a juggernaut of muscle and steel, well, I might have come back and give the Barbarian a try.

Monk

The Monk symbols much of the sense of being a hand to hand force of whirling death that you find in the Barbarian.

But where the Barbarian is raw power and fury incarnate, the Monk is much more elegant and efficient in his attacks.

He moves with purpose and economy of motion that shows thought and purpose behind every strike.

Now this is a style that is more up my alley.

The melee carnage of the Barbarian, but with the elegance and dignity that I prefer.

But while I think the Monk is a really cool character, there is something about his appearance that makes him feel a little bit bland to me.

I think that the way he is * not * a giant muscle mountain like the Barbarian helps give him a distinct style of his own. But his underplayed style and simple robes do not quite have the flamboyance and flash that I'd like from my Diablo 3 character.

Demon Hunter

Now the Demon Hunter is a real badass, armed with deadly ranged weapons and ready with a huge bag of tricks for any eventuality.

Just being called a “Demon Hunter” is pretty frigging cool in itself, you know?

The Demon Hunter is the rogue class of Diablo 3, though, and I have never really dug the rogue classes.

While I'm all for planning your moves and efficiently dispatching your foes, I have never quite gotten the same sense of satisfaction from backstabbing an enemy or shooting them with an arrow, as I have from placing the head of an ax between their eyes, or blowing them to pieces with a fireball (I'm a sick person, but acceptance is the first step towards being cured, they say).

So while the Demon Hunter is definitely a very cool customer, I'm gonna have to give this class a pass.

Witch Doctor

The Witch Doctor is the class that resembles the Necromancer from Diablo 2 the most. And the Necromancer was my main character, so instantly there's +1 point for the Witch Doctor.

Being able to summon Zombie Dogs or bats that are on fire is also undeniably pretty sweet. Who needs intense planning and surgical precision anyway, when you can unleash flaming flying mammals in great swathes at your foolish opponents?

Hmmm, but I have to say that while I find the “tribal” art style of the Witch Doctor to be both distinct and kinda neat, I do not know if I really want my character to be running around in a loincloth and big feather headdress (deja vu of my last time at the local carnival)

I'm gonna put you in the maybe pile, Witch Doctor. Please do not attack me with a plague of toads for my decision.

Wizard

That leaves us with the Wizard.

And considering that I have so far gone “nah” or “meeeeeh” to the previous four classes, let's hope that we're going to strike gold now.

Fortunately the Wizard has got everything under control.

I've always liked magic users. I just find that the flashy pyrotechnics of toasting your opponents with conjured flames, combined with swirling robes and glowing staves make for a winning combination on the coolness chart.

And the Wizard in Diablo 3 comes kitted out with some suitably impressive spells, including my long missed friend from the first Diablo game, the fire shooting “Hydra” summon. What better way to kill your opponents than creating flaming dragon heads that spit balls of flame?

I laugh in the face of your quaint “arrows”!

So for me the choice is fairly clear. I'm gonna be joining up with the robe wearing, spell slinging, flaming dragon head summoning ranks of the Wizards.

But I'm already looking forward to trying it several of the other classes on my second and third play through of the game.

The question is then gonna be, if my second character should be a Barbarian or a Witch Doctor …

Using a BF3 Guide to Maximize Your Multiplayer Gaming Potential

In order to make consistent progress with a game such as Battlefield 3, the use of a BF3 guide is an extremely important requirement. The game itself has some remarkably complicated features that would take very long to master without a proper guide. Perhaps the most thorough practical guide that can help you make the…

In order to make consistent progress with a game such as Battlefield 3, the use of a BF3 guide is an extremely important requirement.

The game itself has some remarkably complicated features that would take very long to master without a proper guide.

Perhaps the most thorough practical guide that can help you make the most of your multiplayer gaming potential is the BF3 Dominator.

The multiplayer community of the game consists of an extremely dynamic and challenging environment, as some players constantly find new ways of getting an upper hand on the their opponents and keeping the competition at its highest possible level.

Even if you are only starting out with the game, a good BF3 guide is all you need to assist you in making amazing progress and reaching the top of the leader board in a very short amount of time.

In order to achieve this feat however, one can not simply read through the guide and expect to already have the necessary ability of mastering all the techniques and strategies in a single day.

A reasonable amount of work and practice is required and sometimes you may feel that you are taking a step back before you can move forward again. Sometimes, however, the combined power of experience and knowledge will be your greatest ally on the battlefield, allowing you to quickly become one of the most advanced BF3 players of all.

One of the most important things that a good BF3 guide will encourage you to do is practice. Apart from its multiplayer sections, Battlefield 3 also has some excellent single player campaigns where you can practice your strategies and work on your aim with various weapons, against the computer.

Even though the single player mode will not be able to properly prepare you for the dynamic action you will later encounter when you fight against experienced players, it can still provide an excellent environment for you to refine your skills and get the feel of the various hand guns and rifles that you will need to master in order to get the best results later on.

Apart from assisting you in mastering the various weapons of the game and improving your aim for best efficiency, the BF3 guide is also equally important when it comes to teaching you how to work with the various classes and adapt your strategy to each class in part, depending on your choice and style.

Each class has a different approach in battle and even though neither of them can really be considered as the best from an objective point of view, you need to be very careful about which class you choose, depending on your own particular style and attitude.

For example the Engineer class focuses more on using machines and explosives in combat while the Recon class is more reliable, relying on sniper rifles and advanced stealth to tip the balance during the battle.

In the case of each class, a good BF3 guide such as the BF3 Dominator will offer the best tips in order to teach and encourage you to use the benefits of teamwork to your advantage, as, in Battlefield 3, victory often depending on the ability of working together, as it does on the individual skill of each particular team member.

Last but not least, as a crucial part of your training, BF3 Dominator will also help you get ready for the multiplayer action.

The guide will help you Tune up your reflexes and refine your skills faster than any BF3 guide possibly can, by simply following the detailed steps, tips and strategies in the guide that will allow you to master the game perfectly and become the player that everyone will want on their team.

Using the BF3 Weapons to Achieve Better Results With Your Class

Learning to use the BF3 weapons in the most efficient way is quite possibly the most important dynamic aspect of Battlefield 3. As the BF3 Dominator guide, many of these weapons are available right from the start of the game, while you will have to unlock the others. These can potentially be more helpful in…

Learning to use the BF3 weapons in the most efficient way is quite possibly the most important dynamic aspect of Battlefield 3.

As the BF3 Dominator guide, many of these weapons are available right from the start of the game, while you will have to unlock the others.

These can potentially be more helpful in gaining an upper hand in battle. In order to do that, though, you will have to learn to master the weapons you already have at your disposal and level up.

There is a wide variety of weapons available in the game. The BF3 Dominator guide offers some detailed insight regarding their categories, as well as tips on the specific weapons that can be used in each of the four classes.

Additionally, with the help of the guide, you will find out various details about every single one of the BF3 weapons including their range, rate of fire, strengths, weaknesses and the best attachments you can apply to them with the purpose of making them more accurate or powerful.

The first step in learning to use these weapons in each particular class is to learn about the general strategies associated with the class and look up the rifles, machine guns or hand guns that can only be used along with it. The BF3 Dominator guide provides some priceless tips on each class and the strategies they can adopt.

While you practice the game, you can take turns getting the feel of each of the BF3 weapons linked to the class you have chosen, and typically get used to their range and fighting capabilities.

In no time at all, you will then be able to increase your aiming accuracy and you will also know exactly what targeting distance you have to reach or maintain for achieving perfect shooting efficiency with every particular gun.

Once you manage to get the feel of each weapon, while practicing with all the classes in the single player campaigns, you will already start to see how well you are able to work with every class in part. At this point you can choose your favorite class and select those BF3 weapons that would suit it perfectly.

Of course, it is not only a matter of selecting some of the guns and then expecting everything to go well.

Once you have chosen a class, the best course of action is to closely study the guidelines presented by the BF3 Dominator guide and apply them.

You may find that some of the strategies involved are significantly more difficult in relation with some of the weapons you choose, and that, over time, you will either have to keep practicing until you reach a better level of accuracy or swap them for some of the more manageable guns you have at your disposal.

The global BF3 weapons come in handy perfectly in this regard.

As the BF3 Dominator guide will show you, these are guns that can be used in any class, and they can provide suitable replacements for many of the special weapons that can only be used in a specific class.

Over time, there will of course be some more downloadable content with additional weapons available, as the ones that come with the game, even though large in numbers, still only represent the first step in creating a more realistic gaming experience.

The good news is that the BF3 Dominator guide is also regularly updated.

As soon as a new weapon appears, it will no doubt be described in consideration detail in the guide, so you will never have to worry about not knowing all the BF3 weapons available for the game at any given time.

Notable and Famous Skateboard Games Online

One of the most fascinating and thrilling games online is without a shadow of a doubtful skateboard games. What makes skateboarding the best is the fact that they can be played with many stunts and tricks, which by the end of it all will make you an expert within a very short period of time.…

One of the most fascinating and thrilling games online is without a shadow of a doubtful skateboard games. What makes skateboarding the best is the fact that they can be played with many stunts and tricks, which by the end of it all will make you an expert within a very short period of time. Because of the popularity of skating and the huge demand for skateboard games, not to mention the advancement in technology, today it is possible to find your favorite skateboarding game online, and play it entirely online, and as if that's not enough, play it for free. So if you are bored and want to entertain yourself, or you want to exercise your brains a little, you can rest assured these online games will do the trick for you.

The internet today is a source of many things, from resourceful information to entertainment and all else in between, no wonder it has become a place where gamers meet to select their favorite online games and engage in. Online Skating games came into being because of two main reasons. There are skating games fans out there but can not access skateboard because of their geographical limitations. The other reason is that because the world today is becoming digital and sometimes one may need to take a break from stressful work situations, the games have been put in digital format so they can be a click-of-a-mouse away.

The best thing about skating games online is that they need no special tools or gaming equipment to get started. As long as you have a working broadband internet connection and a computer (who does not have at this time and age), you can easily access these and a million of other online games from wherever you are.

Some of the most notable online skating games include:

Skateboard Jam – Just like in downhill jam, in this game you are moving up and down a hill collecting coins on the way. You can choose up to 4 different characters and can do several stunts and tricks as you go downhill.

GMax Skateboarding – another free online skating game which includes a very simple and user-friendly format with easy game controls. It is among the oldest games in the market, justifying the huge fan base behind it.

Downhill jam – a free online game that comes with complete flash animation and great graphics to facilitate moving up and down a hill as you collect goodies. The games starts easy but grows in difficulty as you progress ahead, since making the game challenging and thrilling as you progress to advanced levels.

A New Action Game for iPhone and iPad – Fly Smasher

The Fly Smasher is an action game that is developed for iPhone and iPad and it helps in testing your retorting potential. This new game has been featured in the AppStore soon after its release and it is quite interesting and addicting to play. The most important and the good news as well is that…

The Fly Smasher is an action game that is developed for iPhone and iPad and it helps in testing your retorting potential. This new game has been featured in the AppStore soon after its release and it is quite interesting and addicting to play. The most important and the good news as well is that this app is available for free and does not require the user to pay any download cost. The only aim of the players is to defend their food from the flies that try to fly away with it as the player will lose the life and the game ends when they take and leave with the food at the other end. It is an action packed game that keeps the players active and engaged in its addictive and interesting game play.

The game tests the retorting skill of the player right from the time a fly appears on the screen till it is smashed and killed. The flies start appearing and they try to reach the food kept on the opposite side of the screen and the player has to smash them by tapping on them so that they do not get there. In case the flies take all the food and fly away the user loses a life. The player is provided with three lives in the beginning and as the flies escape with the food, it diminishes and leads to loss of life. Once the flies empty all the food on the opposite end, the player runs out of life.

The game involves two types of flies namely: Type A and Type B in which the Type A is further comprised of Small Type A and Big Type A flies. When the player kills the small type A flies, he / she gets 5 points and by doing the same for the big type A ones it is 10 points. The players have to kill the type A flies to get points but not the type B ones as they are not dangerous for the game play. These flies do not grab away the food and so there is no need to hurt them. If they are hurt, they will reduce 20 points from the score and they are too powerful with options that can even terminate the game play.

There are several bonus and game elements like sprays, combo bonus, lives and electric waves in the Fly Smasher game. There are two types of sprays and the first one will kill the flies at that instant immediately while the second one does not kill them immediately but slows them and makes them take a long time to reach the food. The hearts keep moving on the screen in the same direction as the flies do and collecting each heart will add an extra life to the game play. The electric wave can be used to kill all the flies that cross it in one shot. There is a combo bonus that rewards the player with 100 points once the player kills 10 consequent type A flies continuously.

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Are Computer Games Bad for Children?

When I was a boy, which I have to admit was a long time ago, we used to play outside – in the street, at the park, in the woods, and so on. There were no computer games then – well, there were not really any computers – so we did not have the digital…

When I was a boy, which I have to admit was a long time ago, we used to play outside – in the street, at the park, in the woods, and so on. There were no computer games then – well, there were not really any computers – so we did not have the digital distractions that today's kids have. Nowadays, children are introduced to electronic games from a very early age, and by the age of seven can be pretty good with a computer or games console.

Although we all get frustrated with our children from time to time because we can not get them to go outside and play, I guess we would have been exactly the same if we had been given the playtime choices that today's children have. Would you rather go outside in the rain and the cold, or stay indoors and play on a games console? I know what I would rather do!

But are video games bad for children? A report from the European Parliament concluded that they are not, and that the games are in fact good for children because the games teach children skills that are essential in life. I know from listening to my own children that many of the games they play are probably helping them to develop strategic thinking and creativity, as well as other important life skills.

Of course, many of the games tend to be of a violent nature, where the aim is to destroy an enemy of some sort or another. This is nothing new though – if you think back to the earliest video games way back in the seventies such as Space Invaders, the intention then was to destroy an inviting enemy. The European report also stated that there is no firm proof that playing such games has a negative impact on behavior.

A study carried out by CBS Evening News on 1,102 teens shows that 97 percent of them play video games and that 65 percent of them play online with someone else, and that the most popular games are racing, puzzle and sports games.

Toine Manders, the Dutch Liberal MEP who drafted the report, had this to say: “Video games are in most cases not dangerous. us that video games have a positive contribution to make to the education of minors. ”

So, sometimes it's not all bad news and we should not worry too much about how much time our kids are spending playing electronic games because they are winning some benefit from the activity.