Do you play computer games? What kind and how often?

Canada
January 5, 2008 4:55pm CST
When my hubby and I met in July of 1990 he like to play computer games as a way of relaxing and unwinding. For years I could never understand what gaming gave him. Then gradually I choose to open my mind and see things from his perspective. I started out with things like Bejewlled and Zooma. Then he put the first role-playing character development game called Fate. After that it did not take me long to realize that creating a character, having them go out on quests, then developing their skill points and attributes was really FUN! So needless to say I got my feet wet and began to appreciate why people play these games and find the level of enjoyment they do. That was a few years ago and I must admit this gal who admittedly thought gaming was a big waste of time now uses it to relax her busy 'thinker' brain. Now I openly admit that playing computer games is one of my many favorite activities and a wonderful break from the work I do as a thinking, problem solving life coach, writer and group leader. So you know that I play computer games, which ones and how often? To answer my own question I enjoy role playing one such as Titon Quest, Loki, The Witcher, Silvervall and a new one David and I got for Christmas..Hellgate. So I would be most interested in hearing how fellow Mylotters fell about gaming and if you play which ones do you enjoy and how often do you play them in a day, week or month? My play time varies by how much work I have and some of the time I used to have to play is now take up with my other favorite pass time...Mylotting and chatting with all of you. Look forward to hearing from you. Maybe you can put me onto a new game I haven't tired yet!!! Raia
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26 responses
• United States
6 Jan 08
The first time I ever played a computer game, was when I was 16 years old, and my step dad bought the game Myst. At first it didn't seem to be all that interesting, since I was basically still into the whole Dungeon & Dragons thing where you had a group of actual people that you could interact with in the real world. lol! After my step-dad talked me into sitting down and actually playing Myst did I really get into the whole computer gaming thing. Even though in most games you really don't have the human interaction, unless it is one that can be played over the internet, I found myself getting pulled further and further into the game Myst until I finally beat it and was hooked lol. Now I have played the games Diablo, Beyond Atlantis, and have only just begun getting into the World of Warcraft. I've really gotten into the adventure type games so I don't know how long my fascination with the World of Warcraft will last, but figured I would see what all the fuss was about. Unfortunately I don't have a lot of time to play games anymore or really get online to play online games, so I am surprised with myself that I still hold such an addiction to computer gaming. I guess it really is like what they say once you get addicted to something, that addiction never leaves..lol!
• Canada
6 Jan 08
Hi again...I popped over to your site and found a couple of your older discussions to respond to. It is really great to hear that our like-mindedness extends into the world of gaming too! Like you I was really surprised that I could get into gaming the way I have. At first David thought someone had turned me into a "pod person' from another planet. I have also played Diablo and have taken a couple of characters right up to Epic or Lengendary...whatever is the higher of the two. Lecanis also mentioned World of Warcraft...and I asked her too...is it a game where you have to play on-line...or is it like other ones where you buy the game....load it in and just play? I haven't heard of Beyond Atlantis...but I have always been fascinated by stories of Atlantis and might check that one out unless it is also an on-line game. If you like action, adventure games you might want to checkout Hellgate. It is fairly new and David and I are totally into it. We start characters at the same time and then compare what we have and how they are doing. It it a 3-D shooter type and it is great fun to play. Anyway, thank you again for your interest and participation here. I have had so many ideas pop into my head the last couple of days and it is fun to be chatted with familiar friends because we haven't done so in awhile. I guess my 'thinkers' brain is making up for the time I didn't have a chance to offer discussions. Look forward to more of the same as time permits for both of us. Raia
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• United States
6 Jan 08
I bought the game at Wal-Mart and play more offline then I do online. Mostly because most of those that do play online are rather rude to new comers, plus playing offline gives me a chance to understand the game better without worrying about any surprise attacks by someone trying to "rob" me blind, just because of my 'new comer' or 'newb' status. Beyond Atlantis I am not sure if it is made anymore, so you might have to do an internet search and possibly buy it online. I got mine 4 years ago and even than it was in the bargain bin at Software Etc. However, if you are able to find it, it wasn't made to be played online, it's just a single player adventure game where you travel through different worlds trying to restore peace and balance to not only Atlantis but to each of the worlds that you visit. To me it's a fun and entertaining game. Have heard a few good reviews about Hellgate. So will have to see if I can find it around here. I only played the first Diablo, since I tend to jump around from game to game at times. So will also have to try out the second and third parts when time allows some extra time for me to do such.
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• Canada
6 Jan 08
I appreciate the update and where you found the games you enjoy. Beyond Atlantis does sound like my kind of game and I will hunt around and see if I can find it. I was not aware that newbies are treated that way on internet gaming sites. I can appreciate why you wouldn't like being treated that way...a point I will tuck away for future reference. At this stage of my gaming life I do not feel the need or inclination to involve myself in that venue. I happy playing on my own, sharing gaming strategies with David and other friends who play some of the games I do. If you do have a chance to pick up Hellgate and play I'd be interested in hearing your opinion about it. Anyway, happy gaming! I might sign off soon a play a little before packing it in for the evening. David has been playing downstairs as I've been here and he found a really unusual weapon that neither one of us have seen before. Fun stuff! So long for now, Raia
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
5 Jan 08
I've played a lot of games, of both the console gaming and computer variety. Since you mentioned this in terms of computer games, I guess I'll keep my answer in that realm. :P The first computer games I played were when I was a kid. We played a couple of games at school, like Oregon Trail and Lemonade Stand... but at home my dad was writing games for me, as well as buying me games. I had several different "Pong" versions, one of which involved a castle with enemies and everything, as well as things like Dig Dug. Later on I got games like Seventh Guest and Myst, which were both kind of puzzle/adventure games. After I moved to Michigan, I started playing MUDs, which were basically just text-based multiplayer roleplaying games. I don't know what got me started on MUDs when there were already decent graphics-based roleplaying games out at that point, but I found them lots of fun. On a few of the MUDs I played, I became about as well-known as I am at mylot, before finally I moved on from them. The Sims had me captivated for quite a while, and I actually upgraded my computer in able to run The Sims 2. I love those games because they let you be in control of other people's lives, and there are so many options you have in creating your people and having them interact with others. It's like living a ton of little lives at once. I've also played several of the Mechwarrior games, since I love the Mechwarrior tabletop roleplaying system as well, and I'm really fond of a game called Hereos of Might and Magic 3. I played a few different online games: Gunbound and Ragnarok most notably. :) However, my favorite computer game over the past few years has been World of Warcraft. There are so many options for building and advancing your character, the world is huge and interesting, and there are so many different kinds of people you can meet there!
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• Canada
6 Jan 08
Greetings to you as we begin another happy year of Mylotting. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your gaming experiences. Is World of Warcraft put out by the same company that produces Diablo and Hellgate? Also is this game one that you need to be on-line to play with others on the net or a game one that is just for personal use? I also played some of the Sim games...mostly Sim City...but then I moved on to games that include magic and they are the ones I really enjoy right now. Anyway thanks for adding your input and experiences Licanis...and wishing you and your family all the best in the coming year and beyond. Raia
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
6 Jan 08
You know, I didn't realize how insanely long my post was until just now. :P Happy New Year to you and your family, I wish you all the best. Blizzard is the company that makes both World of Warcraft and Diablo. For World of Warcraft, you not only have to be online, but also have to pay for a subscription. That's a bit of a bummer, but the game is awesome, and always being upgraded. So personally I think the fee is worth it.
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• Canada
7 Jan 08
Hi...was your post long? Compared to some of mine I think you did a good job of being concise, informative and to the point as you usually are. Differing perspectives...and what makes this site so enjoyable! Anyway, thanks for coming back with more information. After you posted your response another member commented that she also plays but found that newbies can have a rough time with the cliques that are pre-existing. Have you found that? I enjoyed Diablo a lot and it was the game that I learned on after Fate. The design team that worked for Blizzard also worked on a new game we have been playing...Hellgate. David and I are enjoying it a lot and there is word that they are coming out with an expansion pack for it already. It was a little buggy but the patches have helped that. Anyway, I appreciate your warm greetings and I enjoy our chats...anytime we have them. All the best Lecanis...and I mean that!
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@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
6 Jan 08
I did play a few games in the first few years of having a computer... but rarely play games these days. I was never in the big new fancy games because I was always behind in computer power. I never bought the latest computer. I buy the previous model so as to get it cheap. My extent of games was Simcity 3000 and Nascar 1999. Besides that... I like little games that I can play at any time when I want to take a 15 minutes break and relax a bit. Like... Spider Solitaire - Tetris - PacMania - Mahjong - Diamond mine - Agent 2002 I think that's about all I got. lol
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• Canada
6 Jan 08
Well what you've got is more than enough. Some of the games you listed I have also played...Simcity, Solitare are two of them. As I mentioned in my discussion I never opened myself to gaming for years..and now I love it! As you point out they are a good way to relax...whether for 15 minutes or longer. Whatever works! Thanks for being here again... Raia
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
6 Jan 08
I play computer games and console video games. Whenever I can, but it shares a balance with other interests and hobbies. Recently I got back into World of Warcraft. Overall with games, there is winning yes (especially in competitive games). But with games there are also stories, really good ones (RPGs). Then there are puzzle games for thinking and reflexes, and party games for all around fun. All of it is great! Uh not only that Raia, you've seen my posting and discussion. The brain runs at 120% ON AVERAGE! I need distractions and video games are a good outlet (along with art, lite science research, swordplay, nightgazing, music... and the rest).
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• Canada
6 Jan 08
You are the third person who has mentioned Warcraft during this discussion. I am not familiar with it and do not play on-line games. Good to know that you have found one that you enjoy. For me it can be a challenge to balance my love of gaming with the many other hobbies, interests and work commitments I have. David and I are both self-employed so it is easy to play a lot and not work as much when we get new games to try out. However, overall we are generally successful in balancing our work and play time. I agree with you about the games being a great channel for the busy brains syndrome. From the sound of it you have well-rounded interests and that is a healthy approach for anyone. Dropped by your site and added a couple of response there...one to the chocolate topic and aligning with your kudos and appreciation of Mylot friends. Your support here is appreciated and I wanted to offer it back to you because I value the connection we have made and the chats we share. Raia
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@Zelmarq (11503)
• Cebu City, Philippines
5 Jan 08
I dont play much, i play when I feel like it and it does not take so much playing time. I enjoy playing when i have company its much more exciting.
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• Canada
5 Jan 08
From the sound of it you are not an avid gamer..but do enjoy it upon occasion. What kinds of games do you like to play..and I am curious as to what makes it more exciting when you have company? Raia
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@osama87 (104)
• Egypt
5 Jan 08
of curse i love playing computer games i love strategy and mission games
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• Canada
5 Jan 08
I am not sure what you mean by strategy and mission games. What do they involve...are they more like war games? A friend like Call of Duty but I have never played that. Anyway...thanks for sharing and welcome to Mylot Raia
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
6 Jan 08
The only games I play are on Pogo. and every week we work for badges and we build up points that we may some time win some money lol never have yet. Just won thier wall papper which I dont want!. I used to like pinball andpacman, and one calle dcentipide but they have gone out of style and dont find them any more on the puter , I dont havea ploaystation or that otehr one so I save moeney not having to buy games for them lol Have to stick with playing in Pogo.
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• Canada
7 Jan 08
Hi to both of you... Glad you could chat about Pogo...because I don't have a frame of reference for this game...or how you play it. From the sound of it you play on-line? I am not into anything where I have to pay on an on-going basis. Some members who play the kind of games I like play on-line but so far that doesn't hold any appeal for me. Sounds like you both enjoy Pogo..and that is what gaming is all about..the enjoyment factor! Thanks for chatting... Raia
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
7 Jan 08
ONE I h ave played in pogo since I got my first puter. in 2000 but just joined the club about 2 years ago. before I joined club I turned in 6 million points and didnt win nothing there at all so like you if I did when anything I would have to fighgt them to get my pay lol Perspective. Pogo is free if ya want to join they have lots of games to play ya only jopiin the club if ya want to win badges which is just more fun . JImmy and I see who can get them done first lol. and to be in the club ya can pay by year or month. mine is about $6 a month. hugs
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• Canada
20 Jan 08
Never played...but it has come up a few times in this discussion. Always good to learn about new things....two weeks after the fact! Slipped again..but I think we were pretty well done on this one anyway. There are alway more to come...righ? Raia
• Philippines
14 Jan 08
I consider myself as a computer game addict. I really play a lot of computer games. These are the games I really love to play - Diablo I and II, Startcraft and Broodwar (Watch out Starcraft 2), Warcraft (from the Tides of darkness until the Frozen Throne and Defense of the Ancients), Sacred, Stronghold I and II, Neverwinter Nights to Morrowind, Half-Life, Counter strike, Condition Zero, Quake 3 Arena, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and expansion, Call of Duty, BattleFiled 1942, Heroes of might and magic II and III, BattleRealms: Winter of the wolf, SWAT 3 and 4, GTA 3 and San Andreas and Vice City, Red Alert I and 2, Yuri's Revenge, Command and Conquer, The old ones: DukeNukem 3d, Earthworm Jim, Raptors, and a LOT of NEs, SNEs Emulator Games(Legend of Zelda, Mortal combat, Bomberman, etc) and some I forgot. Playing time usually depends. If RPG like Diablo I would let my computer rest for just around 6-8 hours(that's the time I sleep as well). Other game varies from 30 minutes to 15 hours straight. Before, I eat while playing and had no time to clean myself. Well, that was before. When I graduated, my playing time gradually decreased. Now, I haven't played a single game for a week. I just don't have the time right now.
@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
7 Jan 08
I play a lot of mahjong, tetris, scrabble and bejeweled online. I use to play cribbage and poker/texas holdem but don't have time for that anymore. Nowdays its playing games with my son on his playstation and that is a lot of fun too. It's funny how quickly he picks things up and then tells me I am not doing it right or that I am playing the game wrong haha.
• Canada
17 Jan 08
Those on fun games...I like bejeweled too. Your son sounds very bright and I am sure playing games with you is highly enjoyable for him as well as you. Especially when he get to correct mom! Yes, that is cute! Thanks for your addition here...always enjoyable hearing from you. Raia
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@gridzone (12)
7 Jan 08
yes I plays computer games.It something more than just relaxing,I think.It gives us some enjoyment.I usually plays Roadrash which is very interesting game.
• Canada
7 Jan 08
Hello gridzone..and welcome to Mylot. I am really enjoying chatting with members on this topic and am finding out the names of games that I have never heard of. Roadrash...what kind of a game is that? Is it an on-line, console or computer game that you buy and install for home? In any case we are in agreement when you say games are relaxing...so true. Thanks for your input and happy Mylotting. Raia
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@patgalca (14605)
• Orangeville, Ontario
7 Jan 08
I like word games mostly. I play games like Bookworm, Word Drop, Text Twist. But I also like Bejeweled and Mah Jong. I am not into role playing games. Games that make you think are actually healthy. They exercise your mind which can help prevent Alzheimer's. The mind is a muscle that needs to be exercised just like every other muscle in your body. It also needs to be at rest at times too. That is why there is nothing wrong with being bored. It is okay to be bored once in awhile.
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• Canada
7 Jan 08
Hi there..and thanks for your interesting input and observations...all of which I agree with. Bejeweled is a game I enjoy too, as well as Zooma and the role playing games I mentioned in the post. Your bring up some good points about gaming and keeping the mind active. I have found that they also increase my eye/hand coordination and are a great way to relax the old 'thinker.' I am not into boredom too much but do meditate to still my at times busy brain. We all do what works...right? Raia
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@TazRes (827)
• United States
6 Jan 08
Hello, I'm a big Sims fan, I love playing the Sims. Also I Love Pogo.com, I'm on there just about everyday. I haven't played a console game for years, but they look awesome and lifelike, I tend to try those.
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• Canada
7 Jan 08
Hi...yes teh Sims games are fun and I played them awhile back. Now I am into the adventure and role playing games. I haven't got into console gaming...but I agree from what I have seen they are pretty amazing alright. Good luck with making it happen...and have fun! Raia
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6 Jan 08
I am very much a Tombraider fan !! Ever since that first memorable time when, glancing over my son's shoulder, I saw the character who would take up so much of my free time, Lara Croft !! It was like...WHAM !!! It was a instant addiction!!!! I can honestly say, Tombraider helped me get my life back on track after a prolonged period of depression I was going through. I have a very loving and understanding wife who knew this game, (TR one at that time)was doing me more good than any tablet or pill could ever do.I also love games such as Resident evil, and, Silent Hill. I am currently playing Rule of Rose, which I absolutely love !!! There is no doubt in my mind that playing computer games is THEEE number one way of relaxing !!!!
• Canada
7 Jan 08
Well...hello there. From the one beside your name it would appear that this discussion is among your first as a member here. Great to welcome new people to the wonderful world of Mylot Land. Good to know that you are feeling better. Thanks for your open disclosure about how gaming helped you overcome your depression. I have never played any of the games you have...but now you have definitely piqued my interest. I am familiar with Tombraider stories and I bet I've love playing the game. I have never heard of the other ones...but might check them out. Is Rule of Rose an new game....and what about Silent Hill...new or older? Right now my hubby and I are playing Hell Gate and are enjoying it a lot. Thanks so much for adding some new game titles for me to explore. I also hope that your life continues to stay on track. I have great empathy for those suffering with depression...both personally and professionally. Your closing comments resonate strongly for me too...yes...computer games are THEEEE number one way of relaxing! You bet!!! Raia
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@rosema (1145)
• Philippines
6 Jan 08
Hi, My husband and I loves playing computer games, specially DOTA (Deffense of the Ancients) which is very popular here in our place. if we have free time we make extra time we always play DOTA. ^_^
• Canada
7 Jan 08
Hi and thanks for your comments. Defense of the Ancients is another new one to me. Is this an on-line game..or a program you buy and use at home. Sounds like a role playing adventure game by the name of it...but I'd like to hear more about it if you come back. I like to hear about new games, what their focus is and where to buy them and is one of the reasons I posted this discussion. Thanks... Raia
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@cosylvia (401)
• China
6 Jan 08
you know,last year i like the computer game so much,but now,i busy with my work,so scarely play it,hehe,and my hubby is a man busy with his work too,never play the computer game,so wish you have a good day and happy new year...
• Canada
7 Jan 08
Hello and thanks for dropping by. I also appreciate your warm wishes and new years greetings. Sending the same for you and yours. Raia
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@r0ck_r0ck (1953)
• India
6 Jan 08
well uh i play some games online like quake 3, some mmorpg like silkroad, rappelz, mapple story u can try thoose, good timepass.
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• Canada
7 Jan 08
I have not played any of the games you mention..but my hubby has played Quake 3. Part of the reason I posted this discussion was to share gaming ideas with other members. Reading about games that I've never played creates some new interests and I appreciate your offering your favorites. Raia
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• China
6 Jan 08
I like play Lan games,such as Counter-Strike and Warcraft III,espicially DOTA!
• Canada
7 Jan 08
Hello and hope you enjoy Mylotting. Good to have you here. You are in a whole other gaming realm from me my friend...and probably really good at it. I am familiar with the games you like because my girl friend's son plays Lan games...and the ones you mention. Thanks for you input. Raia
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@andyliuzn (991)
• China
6 Jan 08
Hi Raia, That's a good question, I do play some games in the computer, but I am not that good at playing it. I like playing card a lot , so I will go to the internet game center to play card often. Normally, I would play 1 hour per day. It's also my favourite activity and I could relax a lot by doing it, the point is I would play too long sometimes and don't feel good after playing too long.:) Thanks for the discussion and have a great day! Andy
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• Canada
7 Jan 08
Greetings friend, Oh boy do I know what you mean about getting immersed in gaming and playing too long. That happens to me a lot...especially when I start a new game and am into developing the character. Time flies and yes, sometimes you don't feel too well after long stretches. I like playing some card and board games with friends too. It is a fun way to relax and have some laughs. Hope you have had a great day too...and many more of them. Raia
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
6 Jan 08
I play mostly LAN games, like Counter-strike and Generals. I also play games on my PS console, PS1 and PS2. I prefer mostly RPG games, like Final Fantasy and others. Right now, I'm into online games, we have local game developers here who put up online games that are unique and quite enjoyable. I think the game title was RF Online or simply, RISING FORCE Online. I'm still trying to get the hang of it, but I think I'm starting to like it.. I play them when I know I feel bored, has nothing to do and was looking for more enjoyment. I used to play them all day back then, as I used to be a game addict. But have refrained for so many years now, since I have learned new stuffs to enjoy at and make myself busy as I grew older!;)
• Canada
6 Jan 08
Well you certainly sound like an experienced gamer and in a whole other league from where I am. The on-line games are not something I have explored and at this point I probably won't. As I mentioned to the programmer...I do my best keep my personal and professional commitments in balance and I like the freedom of playing games when I am of a mind to do so...and then leaving them for as long as I have other things I want to do. Rising Force On-line sounds complicated and good thing you have the mind and experience to persevere and get the hang of it. Learning new things and adding new dimensions to life and living is what it is all about...and you sound like you are doing it well my friend. Raia
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@ashiflett (1045)
• United States
5 Jan 08
Yes, I enjoy playing computer games. You may be surprised to know that when you play games, you are doing more than just relaxing. You are increasing your time management and multitasking skills. I wrote an articles about it here: http://www.ehow.com/how_2101404_multitasking-skills-playing-online-games.html Thanks for posting!
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• Canada
5 Jan 08
Hi and thanks for your interesting addition and the link to what you wrote. I will check it out and get back to you. It is really interesting to know that you researched it and put it out there for others to learn. I often wondered about what skill sets gaming provides. With Hellfire it is a step up for me because it is a 2-d shooter style and I have to use my left hand to manipulate the keys for movement use the mouse to fire and defend. I know that kind of thing really enhances eye-hand coordination and left/right brain synchronization. So there you go...having fun and improving others skills as well...that confirms it I am going to keep on gaming! All the best and thanks again.. Raia
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