Present Day Video GAMING

Online Gaming

Video games are no longer considered to be an idle or obsolete activity, which was once considered to be a waste of time. In the present-day world, when a majority of the world population prefers playing them, it is an activity that has been termed as one which can bolster a person’s decision making capacity and give a boost to their analytical skills. Allowing people to play video games has been researched to have positive impacts on their reasoning, decision making, and processing skills, all of which aid in improving mental functioning.

Evolution:

These games were once considered to a waste of time and were thought to not have any productive contribution. Parent considered gaming to be a luxury only to be given to children in order to motivate them to study harder and use as a tool for encouragement. However, the present day parent views gaming from a different perspective. Video games, with productive content and platforms, have emerged as informative and constructive today. With various platforms, that actually have the capacity to aid mental development, they are being widely used by instructors and parents in order to help their children with their mental development and growth. Today many genres of video games are available in the market:

• Educational.

• Adventure.

• Action.

• Dress Up (and other game targeted at girls).

• Strategy.

Advantages:

Besides having positive impacts on children, the activity has positivity attached for the grown-ups as well. Video games involve quick decision making and high levels of situational analysis which aid in bolstering these activities. By playing more video games, a person is able to quicken their decision making skills by improving them as they increase their level of playing games. Video games have also been known to aid in improving hand to eye coordination. This involves a quick situational analysis and decision making, which then enable a gamer/person to make a quick decision and then execute it, thus improving their hand to eye coordination.

Health benefits:

The activity of gaming is also good for mental health and depression. The activity acts as a source for letting out anger and piled up emotions. This is primarily due to the fact that video games involve high level of brain engagement and activity. Such high levels of brain activity lead to a person focusing on the virtual world, and reduce his/her action by being engaged in the mentally tiresome activity. These video games can likewise be a social outlet, permitting the individuals who are forlorn an opportunity to get some connection. Online gaming is a major source for offering people to interact with gamers from around the globe and play with or against them. This further aids in improving their coordination and team work skills, which can help them immensely in the real world where such skills are highly demanded and appreciated.

Conclusion

Video games are a great source to give the brain some nutrition and to keep it healthy and engaged. It keeps the brain involved and polishes it, making its muscles work harder. They are now being used to improve brain functionality in children as well as adults, which proves the fact that they have the capacity to be productive and beneficial. Though there are certain games with violent and raw content that most people might tend to be disturbed by, but there are still numerous options available and various genres in the market that can aid brain development to a great extent. These games played on consoles are now not only a source of recreation but have been deemed as an activity that can improve a person’s performance and boost his or her competence and efficiency by making them more aware and alert. Thus, it can be said that the activity has evolved from being a recreational sport to a helpful and productive act.

All the Facts You Need About the World Cup

Finally the big day is almost near and long waiting has come to an end because the most awaited moment is here: FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia. Undoubtedly, it is one of the biggest extravaganzas on the earth, and now it’s time to gear up ourselves for the summer’s tournament because FIFA is round the corner. As the globe eagerly waits to have a glimpse of the action-packed with around 736 players from over 32 teams in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the billions of soccer fans are going around mad with excitement and curiosity.

The winner team will be qualifying itself for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup. The most awaited moment where many outstanding footballers are going to showcase their skills & talents in the highly-anticipated moment of the summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia in addition to the big names such as Argentina’s Lionel Messi,
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazil’s Neymar is almost near.

The curious fans are eagerly waiting for a glance of the first opening match of this extravagant moment and their excitement is just palpable. Only hours are left when Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar are going to be the main course items in the plates of fans during this spectacular event which is going to take place this summer from 14 June – 15 July 2018. Thanks to the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, that is offering an opportunity for billions of soccer fans to stay updated of this thrilled moment in real-time.

Robbie Williams, England’s pop-icon is all set to host the opening ceremony for around 80,000 football fans in the stadium and for billions of others all around the world. Portugal is again landing back into this tournament off to back of their Euro 2016 dominating victory of 3-0 against Algeria and thus all the football lovers are really very overwhelmed. 14 June 2018 is the day when a group is going to stage up for the real Christmas that arrives once in every four years and this is going to be a moment of intense excitement for all the soccer lovers.

Out of the 32 nations that have been successfully qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia, around 20 countries earlier competed with the previous version of this spectacular tournament in 2014. Iceland and Panama are the ones who have backed their positions in the World Cup for the first time.
Each team in the World Cup has a preliminary squad of 35 players and out of it a final squad of 23 players has been finalized. This spectacular event is going to be hosted in over 12 cities that are in and around the European Russia. The Luzhniki stadium and the Saint Petersburg stadium are going to be the most frequently used stadiums for this astonishing event.

Russia is going to host the opening match against Saudi Arabia on 14 June 2018 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow with both teams hoping for a colorful victory to end up the barren run in the global finals. The 2018 World Cup in Russia is going to put a start to its opening ceremony with official match ball named as “Telstar 18” and the official tournament song is “Live it Up”.

The tournament mascot is the wolf “Zabivaka”. So, let’s see who is going to make a deep run in the 2018 FIFA World Cup and which nation is going to lift up the trophy. Once in every four years this great event takes place and the whole world eagerly waits for this most astonishing moment. For all the soccer fans across the globe, it is the real Christmas time for them when they can see their favourite stars rocking the ground.

The main icons such as Ronaldo, Messi are going to explicit their extravagant moves. The World Cup 2018 is going to be the pinnacle in the careers of Portugal captain Ronaldo and Argentina skipper Messi. The Real Madrid Ronaldo and Barcelona forward Messi have been the two best players on the planet for the last decade. Their fans are very curiously awaiting the most sought after moment after four long years when their super stars are going to break the ground.

Supply Drop Addiction

Call of Duty makers finally found an answer to a growing problem in the COD franchise. The only revenue a company used to collect from creating a video game was through initial sales of the game itself. Call of Duty games have traditionally been released in November, right before the holidays. Activision and other COD makers would see a huge boost in sales at the end of every year, but that’s it. So how can video game makers keep squeezing money from players during the entire year? The answer: supply drops.

First introduced in Advanced Warfare in 2014, supply drops allowed the gamer to play a lottery to “win” better weapons, cooler camos, and stylish virtual gear. Sledgehammer Games, the creator of AW, put this feature in the game as an added bonus to players who either played the game a lot (and earned ‘keys’ to open supply drops with each match played), or spent actual money on “COD Points”. Each opening of a supply drop yielded three items of various rarity. Players could use their virtual ‘keys’ or COD points to open a common (smaller chance of getting a rare item) or a rare (larger chance of getting a rare item) supply drop. With each opening, players received items to further customize their character or weapon to show off to their friends… and that’s why supply drops were so successful (and honestly, quite brilliant). The video game creators tapped into the competitive and somewhat immature minds of gamers. Players could now circumvent the arduous task of getting 250 headshots to get a rare camo by purchasing more COD points. It took time and skill out of the equation in exchange for money. Thus, cash came pouring in.

Supply drops became so successful that Treyarch and Infinity Ward, the creators of Black Ops III and Infinite Warfare respectively, continued with trend. Call of Duty franchise makers could now continue to earn revenue throughout the life of the game, instead of just when a person buys the game at the store. According to Activision’s Q4 2016 earnings call, the company made an additional $3.6bn through in-game content sales (mostly from COD: Black Ops III and Overwatch). That’s unbelievable!

Some gamers might say that supply drops are ruining the game, however. I happen to agree – especially for the newest CoD game, Infinite Warfare. In Infinite Warfare, weapon variants, or different (and statistically better) versions of guns, make playing public matches much more frustrating. For example, the Erad used to be one of my favorite guns in the game. I played with the common (base) variant, and I was pretty good with it… until I came face-to-face with a player who had the legendary (rarest) variant of the gun – called the ‘cyclopean’. It literally shoots a LASER BEAM instead of regular bullets. I didn’t stand a chance. I was insta-killed time and time again by the same player. I became so frustrated with this one match that I ended up not using my Erad stock variant ever again. I knew that if I wanted a chance of winning gun battles, I needed legendary weapon variants, which are quite difficult to come by without opening supply drops.