Games

 

To Play PC games you will find many of the high graphic content will struggle on a standard laptop. Many are modified to perform, but lack the amazing detail that a gaming computer can bring to the screen.
Having said that, gaming machines are not as expensive as they were once. There are also now gaming laptops. Games on Android/Apple tablets/phones are produced to function on virtually any of these devices, but having lots of RAM helps.

WARNING – Many games – especially combat games have extreme violence and gore.

Who plays games?

Computer games just for kids on their home PCs,  No Way, read this article on eGaming
The huge numbers of viewers and big prizes, the International 2018 had a pool money of 1.6 Billion dollars with 1.2 Billion going to the winning team. Small fry, you must be joking. An estimated close to 500,000,000 gamers watch these games. Comparing these numbers makes cricket seem as popular as tiddly-winks.
Australia has 2 representatives Ana and Kpii with a collective winnings when reported of over $8.000.000. Wow!

Games are really just a way of spending time in another place. Some folks read, watch TV, play cards, paint, make models or a thousand and one other things. Gamers put their skill, reactions, and strategy to work, overcoming whatever, to reach the goal the game presents. Some are huge and have been playing continuously for years. Some games play in a virtual landscape that is almost close to infinite and is fully interactive.

Here is just a taste

Types of games:

  1. Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO)

These games are played over a LAN (local area network) or via the Internet. Players use a network and interact with other players in the virtual game room. You can play against people from all over the world. The creation of these games involves thousands of hours of programming, giving you, the player, the most amazing gaming experience possible.

Dota (Defence of the Ancients) Really Big competition game.

Warcraft

The Elder Scrolls

  1. Simulations

These games involve taking control of real-world vehicles, including cars, tanks, ships, and aircraft and spaceships. You learn how to control these vehicles, and use simulation games that can also be used to train professionals. In fact, many pilots are trained using airplane simulators before they actually take flight. The most popular is car racing.

Flight Simulator

Racing Cars

  1. Adventure

These are usually single player games, and are often set in fantasy or adventure worlds. You complete puzzles to advance levels. The game generally starts with a back story of your character, and let you know what your mission is. You have to figure out how to complete the mission.

Myst

Eastshade

  1. Real-Time Strategy (RTS)

For these games, you usually need to build up your inventory of items, armies, etc. Similar to a strategy game, RTS games move in real-time, and players can play at once without taking turns so you can play together at the same time.

Age of Empires

Anno 1800

  1. Puzzles

These games appeal to those who love to solve difficult puzzles. There are many levels, from beginner to expert, and games usually have coloured shapes and simple actions. These are brain games, with no action involved.

Botanicula

Brain it On

  1. Action

You need to be fast to enjoy these fast-paced games, and you need to have excellent reflexes. Complete challenges by fighting with enemies, and use a character of your choice to represent yourself and jump into the action.

Lara Croft

Inside

  1. Stealth Shooter

These tend to be war games or spy-based games, where you use stealth to defeat your enemies.
Hitman

  1. Combat

Fight one on one with opponents, up close and personal. You need good reflexes, and the ability to use the controls for all kinds of fighting moves.
The Witcher 3  

  1. First Person Shooters (FPS)

You are the protagonist, and the game is viewed through your eyes. You can really get into these games. The only downfall is that you are not able to see how you look in the game, because you are seeing things through your own eyes.
Bioshock
Halo
Call of Duty

  1. Sports

Play real-world sports like baseball, basketball, soccer, and more. As you work up through the various skill levels, your game will involve mimicking real professional athletes and how they move. The most popular sports games are usually based around specific popular sporting events.
Soccer
Golf
Fishing

  1. Role-Playing (RPG)

If you love fantasy, you will love role-playing games. You get to act out the part of the main character, be the hero, etc., and make decisions that go along with the games’ story lines. Many of these games have narrative guides.
Sherlock Holmes
Final Fantasy 10

  1. Educational

While many parents and teachers complain about video games, there are some great  out there that can help with the learning process. Train in a variety of subjects, using games to make learning fun instead of boring. There are testing functions, where you can answer multiple choice questions. The most common types of education games are for math, science, literacy.
educational games

  1. Platform Games

Platform games (often known as platformers) consist of going through levels to reach a goal. These started on Nintendo, Playstations and X-Boxes and have now been copied onto Tablets and Phones. They are essentially simple games but good time consumers.
Super Mario
Sonic Hedgehog

  1. Arcade Games

This is a genre of games that started way back in pinball arcades and has over the years migrated onto IT platforms. They are mainly for Phones, tablets, and Play boxes eg Playstation,
Candy Crush
Pinball King
Angry Birds

  1. Android Delights

Many PC games have Android equivalents and vice-versa.These can be found in the Google Store, but there are trillions of games. The best way is to choose something you like playing. Open the store and find what they have. When you go there look for the headings and choose Categories, this will drop down a list and away you go.
When looking for games, check the star ratings and whether they are free or pay. Free is good but you will have to put up with ads, or you’ll have to buy something e.g. energy etc., to make it easier for you to use the game. This though is a good start and if you like the game, then they are usually not very expensive.
If you still want to play card games, crossword games etc. you can and many of the games allow you to play against somebody else on the net. They are not experts, and it can liven a game up.
Words with Friends
Word Search
Sudoku
Hidden Objects

Or move out the square with:
Lara Croft Go (this one isn’t free)
Escape Room
Life is Strange
Polyfauna (seriously weird)

And for travelling
Pokémon (you’d be surprised what this app will tell you about landmarks in new places)
Geocaching    – the app can be found here

There’s just one more thing to say – Have Fun