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Games – the Old Fashioned Way

I don’t know about you, but i LOVE playing old board games with family and friends. Tonight, my little cousin Imran stayed over after a really long time and we (my brothers, Imran, and I) played a game of monopoly (that took over four hours!) the old fashioned way (after a few years) – and it got me thinking.

We used to play so many board games (like chess, checkers, chinese checkers, mastermind just to name a few) when we were little… and it reminded me of that time today. I wish we still played as much as we used to, but honestly no one does anymore. Like i was telling some of my family members some time ago, no one takes the time to play board games or actively play games outside and things like that anymore. Now, ‘playing’ a game means playing something on the computer or a gaming system like the Wii or X-box. By the way, i can pretty much guarantee my brothers will argue me on this.

Even the newest edition of monopoly now is computerized with a ‘credit card’ like system to take away the mathematical portion of the game. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a neat aspect, but part of the fun of the game was the old fashioned way to play it. Sure, the game runs much faster now… but that was half the fun.

I am still relatively young, but i can remember clearly that we used to go outside and play regularly after school and whatnot when we were younger. Nowadays, you don’t see that too much. Of course there are changes with each generation, but don’t you think some things should always remain the same?

Not only is playing actively outside or a board game with others healthy, but it is great for your social skills. People nowadays, especially little kids, lack basic social skills that are necessary to be able to communicate with others. I can’t count the number of times I’ve noticed people (of all ages) not being to communicate with other people face to face.

Technology is great, by all means – I’m not arguing that. But sometimes, it inhibits people. Nowadays, people ‘communicate’ primarily though email, texting, or instant messaging (or just Facebook). While all of these have made communicating with people much easier, it should not mean that you are no longer able to talk to people face to face at all.

The next few times you are talking to people from various age groups, take note of it – you’ll be surprised at how many people can’t even make eye contact when they are speaking to people!

Sims 2 Apartment Life

I’ve had the newly released Sims 2 Apartment Life for about two days now, and I have to say that even though I haven’t had a lot of time to play, I like the concepts of apartments a lot. Most, if not all, of the Sims 2 players have been waiting for this forever, but finally it’s here.

I am definitely a fan of the Sims as it is, but the new concept is a really nice change.

I guess now its time to wait for the release of the Sims 3 February 20, 2009! From the sound of it, the Sims 3 is supposed to be even better and I love its new concepts of being allowed to roam freely through the town and the fact that the other Sims will now age and continue to “live” their lives even when you are not actively playing them.

Sims 3 Release Date Announced

The Sims 3 will be in stores on February 20th, 2009! I can’t believe the release date is now MONTHS earlier than it was originally (December ’09), especially since most of the games have always been delayed past their original release dates.

Click here to read the original press release.

The First of Sims 3 Information Released

I am not one for playing games on the computer or game systems normally, but I am, without a doubt, addicted to the Sims.

As basic as it was, the original Sims 1 captured my interest. Sims 2 is without a doubt the most intricately detailed game I could have imagined.

While I played only the Original Sims, I did try out all the expansion packs (but only a few of the Stuff Packs) for the Sims 2 and I definitely have my favorites. There are pros and cons for all the expansion packs though, but the pros usually outweigh the cons for me.

My favorite Sims 2 Expansion Packs are without a doubt the Sims 2 Seasons and the newest one Sims 2 FreeTime. Sims 2 Nightlife brought nice changes too – especially finally having a drivable car.

Now, with the first of the Sims 3 information being released today, I am definitely excited and will go crazy waiting another 21 months for the game to be released (it’s not supposed to be released until December 2009 — that’s without any further delays).

What I like best about the Sims 3 is that now we are no longer going to be playing one household at a time, and are free to move about the neighborhood (without loading up yet another screen that takes forever sometimes) and time moves on everywhere. This is definitely a great change!

For all you interested in the Sims, click here for the official Sims 3 website!