Archive for

Horse Racing Games and Virtual Thrills in the Time of Horse Racing Betting

Is the age of the computer to be the end of horse racing? Will this fine old sport with its roots going all the way back to pre-history finally come to and end as humans forsake the natural world and its attendant sensual pleasures for the digitalized two dimensional world measured in pixels on a flat screen?

We now have virtual horse racing, but where is the virtue in the sport? Is it in the connection between animal and humans or the need to take a chance and place a bet and live vicariously with the brave jockeys and courageous thoroughbreds thundering down the stretch?

To put it another way, will the virtual version and computerized games help horse racing to survive? In my opinion, probably not. Several years ago I was driving across the United States and got off the highway to buy gas and a soft drink at a convenience store. An adjoining room had a sign above the door that read, “Horse Racing.”

Naturally I had to take a look inside. If found a few people sitting at a table and some machines along the wall, It was some form of virtual horse racing and had nothing to do with the real thing. As far removed as an OTB parlor is from a race track, this was light years away from a real contest between men and animals.

The programmers could have just as easily designed the program to be a dinosaur racing game or anything else. I found it a bit insulting. I’ve owned race horses, I’ve groomed them and even drove Standardbred harness horses around a track. This is an insult and a gyp. The people who are betting on these games may as well be playing a slot machine.

Sorry Bub, it’s progress and you can’t stand in the way of progress, you know? Digitalized games with none of the real life drama of a real horse race is progress? Progress would be making the races safer for the participants or making it harder to cheat, not turning it into a two dimensional array of electronic blips on a screen and hung on a wall.

No their is no virtue in virtual horse racing games and as drugs and cheating mar the sport there is starting to be a dark shape looming on the horizon. It is the shape of things to come. It is a world where human beings actually think that less really is more, or at least that it is better somehow.

Sometimes big really is better and sitting in a grandstand or standing at the rail and feeling the wind on your face and hearing the roar of the crowd as the hooves go thundering down the stretch and the beautiful horses go flying by, that is as good as it gets and no computer programmer could match that, not now, not ever.

Featured TV Shows and Computer Games

The iPhone has changed the way people interact with various media. What was once exclusive to the TV and computer is now available in the form of an application on a phone. Take for example popular TV shows and computer games. While a restricted version of a few of them is available for free, some of them are paid applications. Such is the popularity of these applications.

Among games, Call of Duty – World at War – Zombies is an extremely popular one. For those who have played the computer version, getting the hang of this one will be easy. There are various levels in the game and each one has to be downloaded. Once you have the entire game, it will require the installation of a map. The great part about this game is that it can have multi-player settings and can be hooked up via WiFi as well as Bluetooth. However, your mobile internet connection could play spoilsport here.

There are several strategy games that are played on a console. In keeping with that sentiment and popularity is the game The Settlers. This music and sound effects game gives you plenty of instructions to clear the first few rounds. You then have to go on building cities and fortifying them. For newcomers to real time strategy games, this can take some getting used to.

Popular TV shows and updates too have made their way to the iPhone. If Major League Baseball is your thing, then MLB.com At Bat is something you should have. With an easily readable interface, you have access to the scoreboard on game day. You have live streaming audio as well as video highlights being made available. It can be browsed through team wise. You can even set up your own favorites list. Close on its heels is the NBA League Pass Mobile. You can carry the game live with you where you go. The added advantages are live statistic updates as well as the capacity to view a game up to 2 days after it.

The Simpsons Arcade covers a popular TV show with a game. The small games are priceless and can give you hours of fun. The blockbuster Avatar too has been recreated in the form of a game. You get to set the difficulty rating. Training is provided along with items you will need. The game is carries a good replication of the world of the people of Eywa.

The applications are plenty and are constantly being added.

Dora Games, Ben 10 Games and Solitaires Are Few of the Popular Games in the Computer

Computer games have become popular nowadays. It is very common to see people play games on the computer, be it online or readily installed in the computer. One of the most common games played by young and old are Dora Games, Ben 10 Games and Solitaire.

I think every one of us is familiar with the solitaire game. It has been one of the surviving games readily installed in a computer that is still being played at this time especially by adults. On the other hand, Dora Games is played commonly by children especially little girls. However, these games can go very exciting that if you see your child playing, you will be enticed and thrilled to play as well. If the girls have their Dora, of course, the boys won’t be left without their own. One of the common games today is Ben 10 Games. They are popularly played by little boys. This involved some action fights, which really makes it more of a boy game. These are fun game that will really make it definitely entertaining.

Computer games such as these Dora Games and Ben 10 Games also teaches children creativity, develops sharp thinking and enhances their mind. It is not only for the purpose of entertaining. This would help them in a way to think and strategize, which is really important in the real world. This makes it also popular to the not so old generation. Basically, the game will start from a beginner level and will eventually progress to a higher level with a higher stage of difficulty. This makes it exciting, and motivates the player to reach another level with the use of their own skills and wit.

If you are really looking for a game that is fit for your child without comprising their learning process, it is just but definite to choose these games. These games usually come in free and are readily available in the internet. You will not end up losing money to have a pure blend of entertainment. If you’re a mother, you can sit beside your child while playing these games. These precious time shared together with your children will always be priceless.