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Series of articles examining what draws different types of gamers to the hobby of playing video games.

Why We Play Games, Part 1

Why We Play Games, Part 1There exists some ephemeral quality that separates gamers from the rest of humanity, some thing that makes us, us and them, not us. I've never been able to quite put my finger on it, but it is inescapably there. Today, in hopes of moving closer to that essential quality of gamerosity, we examine part of what makes us tick. In particular, we take a look at what draws different types of gamers to the hobby. Every gamer plays for different reasons, but there are common threads that tie the experience together.Many gamers are motivated by the challenge a game can present. Success in a game may be governed by any of a wide variety of abilities. A First Person Shooter requires twitch reflexes, a steady hand and the ability to remain calm under pressure. A word puzzle game may require an extensive vocabulary and the ability to rethink the uses of old words, but no measure of speed. A sports simulation might well require an in-depth knowledge of the topic, in addition to arcade skill, but is unlikely to have terribly much concern for linguistic acumen.The common thread is that all of the games challenge some subset of a player's abilities. This challenge can be a powerful motivator. The Challenge Motivated gamer is drawn to a game that tests their skills, preferably one that tests them to their limits. The gamer may also be motivated by the natural improvement that comes from working at peak. They are driven then, not only to excel, but to improve. Challenge Motivated Gamers thrive whenever a game pushes their skill set of choice, but may be disinterested in games that fall too far away from the target.Competition is a close cousin of challenge. Many gamers are driven by the need to prove they are the best, to be pitted against their fellows and come out on top. Competition minded gamers range from those looking for a challenge in a fair fight to the sort of win-at-all cost leet speaking infants that give us all a bad name. Competition can be easy to take too far. There is nothing inherently wrong with being driven by competition. To some extent, competition is merely challenge taken to the extreme. It is only when it leads to mistreating your fellow player that it begins to become less a motivation and more an unfortunate personality quirk. Competition Motivated players thrive on those games where they are pitted against one another with the outcome dictated by skill at playing the game. They will often wane in those environments that either require cooperation, such as many MMORPGs, or in games where skill plays a much smaller role, such as in less sophisticated card or dice games.Next week we will take a look at some other common gamer motivations, including Creativity and Escapism.

How To Download Game Onto PSP In 5 Lightning Fast Steps

How To Download Game Onto PSP In 5 Lightning Fast Steps

Do you need to learn how to download games onto PSP? We will show you how. The PSP is a wonderful electronic tool. The IPOD and the Zune thingy certainly have their fans, but for my money the PSP is simply the best tool out there. The only negative factor with the PSP is the expense of the games. This needn't be too much of a problem, as there are ways to download game onto PSP without it being too expensive!Download Game Onto PSP- The 1st StepYou may already know that PSP games are in the form of a UMD disc (Universal Media Disc?). As you can't put downloaded games onto a UMD, you will have to store them on a memory card, or memory stick. These come in a standard 32mb size, but that is far too small to use with modern games. It is a good idea to get the biggest memory card you can afford. It need not be ridiculously expensive, as a 2 or 4 gigabyte card will do the job, and you will often find reasonable deals on these. A new memory card needs to be formatted to avoid problems in the future.Download Game Onto PSP- The 2nd StepThe most important factor you need to know in downloading games onto PSP, is where you are going to download the PSP games from! The number of free download sites numbers in the hundreds of thousands. You need to be very wary of which site to choose, as a lot of these sites will give you downloads that will not work properly, often at incredibly slow speeds, and sometimes with malware attached. Stay away from these dishonest and dangerous sites. The only sites which can reliably be used for downloading free PSP games are the sites which charge a small fee at the start, which goes towards maintaining the site, and updating the available downloads. Once you have paid a small one off fee, you will have access to unlimited downloads.Download Game Onto PSP- The 3rd StepAs you start to download, be sure the filenames have PSP at the end of them. Many of these sites will offer more than one format, so be sure that the download is for PSP before you waste your time! Don't use one of the disreputable sites, or else you could end up downloading dangerous rubbish that is nothing like what you thought you were getting. These dishonest people will change filenames just to hoodwink people into downloading their own programs, so you need to be very watchful.Download Game onto PSP- The 4th StepOnce you have the game on your computer, it will need to be transferred to your PSP. The memory stick you are using needs to be big enough to handle the game. What you must do is attach the computer to the PSP using a USB cable. Keep the PSP switched off until you have made the connection. When you switch the PSP on, the computer will hopefully recognise the PSP as a kind of removable drive, and it should be visible in My Computer. From there you just need to double click the PSP to gain access to its memory stick from the computer, and the game files can then be copied and pasted from the computer onto the memory stick of the PSP. One thing you need to know is that games must go into a file called PSP, and then one called GAME, so you need to have these folders on your machine. If you don't, then create them first.Download Game Onto PSP- The 5th StepThat is really everything you have to do to "download games" onto your PSP. As soon as the files are on the PSP you can launch them by opening up the GAME menu and selecting the game you want from the choices available. You can get error messages at this point, and these often happen because of incompatible firmware. This is not an unusual problem if you have downloaded homebrew files, but you can often solve it by downgrading the firmware on your PSP to one of the early ones.So there you are. It is really quite easy to download game onto PSP. The most difficult part is trying to find a good site from which you can obtain your downloads. Enjoy searching!

Reduce Your Stress With A Coffee Break Playing An Arcade Game

Reduce Your Stress With A Coffee Break Playing An Arcade Game

The coffee break is normally one of the American traditions of taking a break during office hours. It actually started in the early 20th century, and until now, most Americans are still practicing it. Most employees take a coffee believing that it will help them reduce stress from work. Although this is true, some are still finding additional methods of relaxation to completely ease their stress. Luckily, they have found arcade games to be a reliable stress-reliever, even for just a short time. However, some are still finding it hard to look for the good arcade game that will suit their taste and satisfaction. Because of this, some people end up their coffee break with nothing but a simple cup of java. If you do not want to have a boring coffee break, consider the following "arcade games" , which you can play to have an exciting and contenting coffee break to relieve stress. Bookworm Deluxe Do you want to have a burning hot word-building game? So, download a copy of the Bookwork Deluxe. This new game will definitely put your excitement to fire. It is a downloadable game with graphics, audio and tunes. All you have to do is to form words to nourish the Bookworm and prevent your tiles from burning up. Aquacade Prepare yourself to go underwater and experience thrilling pearl fishing with great underwater action puzzle. In this arcade game, you will have the chance to meet underwater animals and expose the secrets of the ocean while catching different pearls. Look for the puzzling objects and utilize the ship power properly to gather as many pearls as possible. Zuma Deluxe Try the latest arcade game of Pop Cap. Take charge of the stone frog icon of the prehistoric Zuma in the exciting action puzzle game. There are three sets of fireballs available but you should not allow them to get to the golden skull or else you will lose. Be careful so that you will uncover Zumas secret. Bejeweled for WindowsHave fun with gem matching, the Windows version of the famous puzzle on the internet which features high-resolution graphics, amazing SFX, and a better destroyer soundtrack together with the usual game-play. Bejeweled is recognized and adored by most arcade game freaks. ABC Island Take a trip to the island of the pirates and look for the buried treasures of ABC. Go to the ocean and cruise through the wonderful islands while exerting your best effort to make and arrange more words in the gaming field. You can use your word skills and some of the bonus objects to finish each level. There are also gold letters, which can help make it easier for you. Never ever allow your ship to be put on fire by the burning letters or overblown by powder barrels. There are many appealing views, which you can see as you continue the trail to the treasure. Choose from any of these arcade games and your coffee break will surely be a satisfying and gratifying one. You can also play these arcade games alternatively during your break in order for you to have a constant practice of each game. Thus, it will make you an expert arcade player during coffee break. Remember, - of course it is not recommended to play arcade games during office hours!

Download Psp Emulators

Download Psp Emulators

Are you trying to download PSP emulator software? A lot of people don't know this, but using your Sony PSP with emulator software can give you a whole new dimension in your enjoyment of the machine. Imagine how it would feel to download and play some of yesterdays classics like Super Mario and Sonic?Using emulator software with your PSP is something that needs to be learned. In the first place, you will need to get hold of some Emulation software for your PSP. This software is there to enable you to download and use the games from other systems on your PSP. Along with just about anything for PSP, there are many different places you can obtain this software from online, but a lot of them are completely disreputable and can cause damage to your PSP or your computer. We will now show you the genuine places where you can download PSP emulator software.As soon as you have been able to download PSP emulator software, you will be able to start looking for games to apply it to. The game files which you use with emulation software are sometimes called Roms, and before you download these it is worth checking on the legal situation. It can often be illegal to download roms for emulators, without having the original developer of the software make the download property of the public domain, as can happen. One possible way round this is that the law in a lot of countries will let you keep a backup copy of a game you have already bought. This means that if you have games on your old system, you can transfer them without any problems!What you then need to do in downloading PSP emulator software is to check the firmware of your PSP. Some of the firmwares don't allow you to use such software, and as a general rule you are better with an earlier one. There is no need to be concerned about this, as it is not difficult to downgrade your firmware to an earlier version if you find you need to do this.You will find that getting hold of reliable places to download PSP emulators from, and the games that go with them, is not easy. There are basically three different types of sites - 1-Sites which are free, but feature extremely limited selections, software that often won't work, downloads which are at a ridiculously slow speed, and sometimes riddled with dangerous viruses or spyware even if they do work.2-Dishonest sites that pretend to offer free memberships, but try to grab your credit card information as soon as you try to download. This is completely dishonest, and I for one dont like the idea of wasting good money on very, very old games that I already have.3-Genuine membership sites that charge you a one off fee for lifetime access to unlimited downloads. Sites like these are easily the best option to download PSP emulator software from, as they are managed by professionals, and offer a very large range of downloads at extremely good speed. To top off the deal you will also be able to download PSP games, as well as the emulation stuff, for just the one initial fee.

Xbox360 Collides With PS3

The Xbox360 (pronounced as "three-sixty") is Microsoft's replacement to its original video game console. The video game was formally launched on the MTV Channel last year, May 12, 2005, to be exact. A more detailed launch, including the presentation of the Xbox's more important information, was made later in the same month at the famous Electronic Entertainment Expo.However, formal release of the video game was made almost six months later, on November 22, in North America and in Puerto Rico. Other launches included those made in Europe last December 2 and in Japan last December 10. With almost simultaneous launches across the three major regions of the world, the Xbox360 thus became the first of the video game consoles to achieve such a feat. It is also the first entrant in a new generation of game consoles that is expected to provide stiff competition to Sony's PlayStation as well as to Nintendo's Wii.There are two different configurations of the Xbox360 in most countries, namely, the Premium Package, priced at USD $299, and the Core System, with a market value of USD $399. The latter is not available in Japan though. Nevertheless, Microsoft is offering an identical package which it sells at Y37,900. The price has naturally drawn several negative criticisms, particularly from Japanese customers, since they said that they are able to purchase the game's smaller package at a much lower price in other countries. However, this is usually region-coded for Japan.During its development stage, the Xbox was more commonly referred as the Xenon, Xbox2, XboxNext, or the Nextbox. It is now considered a seventh generation console, initially developed within Microsoft by a small team headed by Seamus Blackley, a game developer as well as a high energy physicist. Rumors of the video game's development first came out during the latter period of 1999 when Microsoft big boss Bill Gates said in an interview that a gaming/multimedia device was important for multimedia convergence in the new times of digital entertainment. Consequently, early the following year, the video game's core concept was announced in a press release.Analysts believe that the Xbox 360 is Microsoft's way of capitalizing on the burgeoning video game market, especially with the PC market experiencing stagnant growth after the http://dot.com bust. The video game industry provided Microsoft the opportunity to diversify its product line, which, up to the 1990s, was heavily concentrated in software manufacturing.Aside from this, the Xbox360 idea also came about because according to Heather Chaplin and Aaron Ruby, authors of the book Smartbomb, the remarkable success of Sony's PlayStation gaming consoles in 1990 sent a worrying message to Microsoft. The growing success of the video game industry, where Sony is considered a pioneer, threatens the PC market, an industry long dominated by Microsoft and upon which most of the company's revenues was heavily dependent. A venture into the video game business, through the Xbox, was the next logical step for Microsoft, said Chaplin and Ruby.

The world of computer gaming, high-stakes and intense competition

Multiplayer games and tournaments are now offering cash prizes, adding to the thrill of competing. To participate, a valid credit card or paypal account is required. And, a player must live in a state or country that has no laws against online gaming for money. Sites which promote such activities are: www.worldwinner.com and www.arkadium.com Gaming leagues are becoming professional and organize competitions where cash prizes are worth over US$ 100,000 in cash. These events are seen as business and marketing development opportunities. Hardware manufacturing giants like Intel sponsor gaming clans and see gaming world-wide as a profitable avenue for promoting their products. High-stake gaming competitions are popular, but the real fights occur behind the scenes, where companies spend millions trying to get their technology directly into the hands of gamers Professional gaming has taken the world by storm and, LAN competitions are high-stake tournaments with a few gamers earning a living just competing. A professional gamer with a sponsorship plan in place can earn up to US$ 500,000 per year. Cyberathlete, Professional League, Gamecaster, Global gaming League, are some of the organizations that host competitions. The first professional gaming league was set up in 1997 and today the competitions are not just televised but covered by major publications and newspapers. MTV, CNN,ESPN, USA Network, ABC World News Today, FOX, WB and others telecast the events live. Gamers from all walks of life train intensely to become virtual world champions, winning brings fame, money, as well as recognition. And, since 2001 The World Cyber Games are held in a different country each year. The prize in 2004 was worth US$ 400, 000 and competitors played: FIFA Soccer 2004, Need for Speed, Underground, Star-Craft, Brood War, Unreal Tournament 2004, Dawn of war, Dead or Alive Ultimate, and Halo 2. Gaming is serious; it is about quick thinking, intense practice, team work, interaction with other players, and understanding technology at its best. Gamers have to be on their toes, keep abreast with new launches, changes, patches, cheats, and more. According to online gaming expert Psychologist Professor Mark Griffiths, online gaming addiction for a small minority is a real phenomenon and people suffer the same symptoms as traditional addictions. They are the types of games that completely engross the player. They are not games that you can play for 20 minutes and stop. If you are going to take it seriously, you have to spend time doing it That gaming is taken seriously is confirmed, many major colleges are offering minor as well as major courses in game design, animation, cognition and gaming, computer music, psychology of play and more. RPI, the Pratt Institute, University of Colorado, the Art Institute of Phoenix, the University of Washington, and the University of Pennsylvania are among those that have programs in computer graphics and game technology. They are set to become a feeder system for the US$ 10 billion a year game industry.

Summary

Series of articles examining what draws different types of gamers to the hobby of playing video games.