Fun Video Games For The Elderly
By Mishel Roserberg
Who doesn’t love a game? Video games have exploded onto the scene in recent years. From sports to cooking to spy games, there is truly a video game for everyone. Whether you are a child of 3 or an adult of 53, video games offer entertainment and fun. Here are some tips to make video gaming even more fun.
When you’re playing a new game, always take the time to fully explore your surroundings. Being inattentive can cause you to miss important cues and clues, including time-saving shortcuts and valuable hidden items. Don’t feel rushed just because the game tells you that you need to hurry; you will usually have enough time to look around.
Stretching is essential. Just like with any repetitive action, prolonged gaming can lead to sore hands and, in extreme cases, carpel tunnel syndrome. To maximize your gaming stamina, stretch your hands frequently. Start with a few basic stretches before you sit down to game, and remember to take breaks to stretch out your fingers during your game.
Break up your marathon gaming sessions with frequent breaks to get your blood pumping. Sitting for extended periods actually increases your risk of blood clots. At least once an hour, hop up to do some jumping jacks, run in place, or even grab a drink and take a bathroom break.
Use video games to help your brain! As people age, their brains age, too and don’t work as well as they did when they were younger. There are many video games that help your brain get some well needed activity. By playing these games, it is shown that your brain age can be younger than your actual age.
Use more than just the ESRB ratings systems when getting your kid a new game. You can look at demos of many games online and you can watch game trailers online. These are much more helpful than looking at ratings because you can actually see which games are really appropriate for your kid.
If you want your partner or spouse to try gaming, carefully choose some games that he or she might enjoy. Forcing your own tastes onto your significant other won’t work. Cooperative games are a good place to start, so you can share the experience and find out what your significant other likes and doesn’t like.
If you don’t have to have a video game as soon as it hits the stores, consider waiting for a month or two and look for a price drop or used version. If you have patience, you can save a lot of money by waiting. The latest game may be really cool, but saving money can be cooler.
If your child is involved in video gaming, take the time to have regular conversations about their gaming life. You can find out a lot about your child by discussing the video games that your child plays. Ask questions about what they like in particular games and also ask them what they think are the parts of a game that they don’t like.
If you are planning on selling some of your used and rare video games, do not sell to the first person who offers you money. You might want to consider selling your games on an auction site like eBay. This way, you can maximize the amount that you make on each game you sell.
Know what microtransactions are. Many video games now rely on these in game transactions for either some or even all of their revenue. Often linked to a credit or debit card, you can wind up spending a lot of money within a game on virtual or premium content and not realize how much you are really spending.
If you choose not to preorder (or just forgot to), you can maybe still benefit the first day or two a game comes out. Many retailers bundle a freshly released game with a gift card or certificate worth ten or twenty dollars. This can make buying a new game at launch much cheaper.
One of the best things about video games is that there are enough of them for everyone to enjoy. However, there are some types of games that are only suitable for certain age groups, and are listed as such. You’ll know which games are suitable for the members of your household if you remember the contents of this article.