Signs that you are an impulse gamer?

By Angie Quidim

How many games do you have in your collection? Now ask yourself how many games you actually play in that collation. If you honestly play less than 10% of that collection you might want to consider the following, do the following statements sound familiar.

  1. The commercial looked cool so I got to have it
  2. The game store guy told me it was the Da bomb and to pre order it today
  3. All your friends are talking about it and you don’t want to be left out
  4. Your favorite game magazine or web site gave it a 9.5
  5. The cover art looked pretty
  6. But it was cheep
  7. The movie was good
  8. It was kid friendly
  9. The graphic were awesome
  10. You can play online and download expansions
  11. It’s a limited edition
  12. It came with extras (example: controller, extra characters, helmet, ECT…)
  13. customizable features
  14. my friends are online and I want to play with them

If any or all of the statements above apply to you. Stop and think about this list before your next game purchase. How much do you really know about that game you’re picking up does the subject matter really interest you, the consumer? Is this something you have to have now or can you Waite till the price drops? Can you trade in some games to help lower the price or do you have to pay full price? And do you really need the strategy guide or can you find that information online.

               Don’t just buy stuff; with the economy the way it is right now the average game will run you $60 or more unless you are shopping the bargin bin. For those of you who don’t count the pennies in your pockets that’s almost $100(that’s seven hours of work at ten dollars an hour after taxes). There are many online resources these days to help you gage whether the perches is worth it or not. A game NEVER sells out you can always find the game in some capacity or another whether it be an online store or retailers. Don’t be afraid to look for face book forums or twitter tweets to see what people are saying about the game you want. Look to see if a demo is available of the game, remember try before you buy. The more effort consumers make in buying quality entertainment products the less companies will release games of low quality.

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opinion editorial:MMO universe- where do you go for some good clean fun

by Angie Quidim

the mmo better know as the (Massive Multi-player Online. ) has evolved from its early origins on pc. NOT ONLY Can you pit your skills against a complete stranger but you can ally an even social network thruogh varioius in-game utilities. For a newcomer to this vast universe, where would one begin their search for ultimate satisfaction?

            The answer to this question is never easy. there are many things to consider both as a gamer and parent. somtimes it’s hard to find a happy medium between the two. The first thing to consider in researching a new online game is to make sure the content interests you. Too many times we are suckered into new software because “everyone is doing it, why aren’t you?” the game ends up becoming the cool new thing for the time being. Another thing to consider is what is not written on the box in terms of in-game content. MMOs are fluid programs and according to the esrb ” Game Experience may differ during online play.” What you may pay for may not be what you expect as a gamer, and as a parent, There may be situations such as ‘cyber bullying’ that may go on with unsupervised play.  Lastly, the subject matter may interest you at first because it sounds cool, but my bore you later on. One thing that is imprtant to make mention of  is that most MMOs require some sort of service fee to play besides the initial purchase of the game. Most additional costs are usually in the price range of 15-16 dollars on a monthly subscription basis. Reccomendation would be to try demos before initial purchase. most demos are free downloads or free trial CDs at your local game store.

            After all your research you should have found an MMO to suit your needs. What do you do now?

          PLAY THE GAME!!!  Don’t be afriad to ask questions with players online.  Most online communities are helpful and Game Masters are there to ensure a good MMO environment.  There are of course exceptions to every rule.  You will occasionally get some EGO-centric players That will use the phrase n00b or any other variation of the term. These people should be ignored and reported to the nearest Game Master  if their behavior leans more to harrassment. don’t be afraid to explore your new environment, thats half of the fun. Experience is one of the best teachers. Online sources are available to help you further explore the game.

in conclusion, this short article should help you get started and get you through the first few hours of game play in your new MMO universe.