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Computer Games and Hollywood Movies

It is amazing how much computer games influence our society. It’s often said that art mimics life. This is true in many regards, but sometimes life mimics art. Consider many of the science fiction type movies that have a common theme, and a common foundation of the computer game phenomena. Computer games have obviously only been around since such electronic devices have been available. It’s still a rather new industry, and just think, 30 years ago people didn’t have personal computers, therefore they didn’t play games on those computers. See my point?

The other day, I went to see the movie “Battleship” and the movie had some great special effects, and some of the futuristic technology war game computational radar screens, which looked very much like the electronic version of the family game “Battleship” and so you see computer games in Hollywood movies also have quite a bit in common along the lines of their foundation. Screenplay writers often weave into their storyline such gaming technologies, albeit taken to the next level. It is my contention that we should expect this trend to continue are off into the future, if not motivate humans to create that future.

Some say that computer games are a conspiracy theory to get young kids interested in fighting wars electronically, controlling mechanical weapons and combat equipment far away. It stands to reason that in the future these skills will be needed, and those kids that played video games all of their lives will most likely be the ones at the controls of our future fighter planes, stealth bombers, and unmanned ground vehicles. Today your kids might be playing the video game, tomorrow they might be working for the Department of Defense defending this great nation.

Without getting into the heart of that debate over the morality of such issues, you can see that the Hollywood script writers do indeed believe that this will be our potential eventuality in the future, and they are duly writing those scenarios into the movies we are watching today. We all know that the science fiction of today will become the science fact of tomorrow. Perhaps a lot of that is occurring in the entertainment world, as it is being introduced to our society and civilization in this way.

Now then, I would like you to stop and think for a moment how many Hollywood movies that you’ve seen in the last few years that have a computer gaming theme. I think when you do that, you will see exactly what I’m talking about. In fact, if you want to help jog your memory, go onto Google or Yahoo and search “Hollywood science fiction movies with computer games,” and you’ll be surprised how many movies pop up, and when you watch some of those trailers you will see just what I’m talking about. Please consider all this and think on it.

Online Poker – How To Stay Safe From Rigged Games and Cheats

You don’t have to go far in the online poker world to find a discussion about rigged games, inaccurate deals, collusion and cheating. It seems that every forum, site or blog you visit will have people arguing over how prominent cheating is in the online games, and whether the poker sites themselves rig the games to their advantage. So let’s look at both sides of the argument, and get to the bottom of this once and for all.

Are the poker sites crooked?

The first thing to look at are the poker sites themselves. From the “big boys” like Full Tilt Poker, and PokerStars to the smaller sites like Bodog or Cake, they all have one thing in common – they make their profits by taking a rake from the games. That means they take a small percentage of every dollar bet on the site, so they make a profit no matter which players are winning or losing on their tables. The more players who come to play poker on their site, the more they make so it’s in their interest to keep those players happy. Lose the trust of the players, and a site will go bust which is why the major poker sites invest millions in security measures and software to ensure their games are as fair as possible. So the answer is quite clearly no, poker sites (or at least the large, well established ones) are not crooked, and in fact they are very active in keeping the games fair and preventing cheating. They also invest heavily in software to ensure that their deals are fair which brings us to the next point…

Is the dealing fair?

In a casino card room a human dealer shuffles and deals the cards. In online poker, the software does this which is another aspect of online poker often attacked by opponents who believe it to be rigged. The argument goes that since a random number generator (RNG), which is the software used to shuffle the cards, can never be truly random (due to the way a computer works) then it must be rigged. However, there is a very simple way to prove that online dealing is very fair and that is to look at statistical analysis of hand histories. PokerStars, having recently dealt their 50 billionth hand, gives an excellent sample size, and checking it proves that the odds of getting dealt a particular hand online is just the same as getting dealt that hand offline. In other words, the software that shuffles and deals the cards on the big poker sites does its job very well, and deals a fair game!

The other side of that argument however is the fact that, since it’s a computer shuffling and dealing the cards, and since computer’s cannot generate a truly random shuffle, it could be possible for a talented and determined individual to predict cards before they are dealt and gain an edge. Well, that brings us to our third point…

Do people cheat at online poker?

OK let’s make one thing clear from the start – yes, some people do cheat at online poker! But wait a minute, here’s another shocker for you… some people cheat at offline poker too!

The plain fact is, whenever there is a potential for profiting there will always been unethical people who try to cheat the system. Whether offline or online, certain people will try every trick in the book to gain an edge, and whether offline or online the card rooms will always do whatever they can to stop them.

The fact is though, that it’s actually much easier to catch cheaters online than offline. The card rooms use sophisticated software to track every hand played by every player on their site, and that software can quickly and easily detect players who are cheating. Whether they are colluding with another player, or somehow using “inside information” the software will pick up on it very quickly, and when a cheater is found their accounts are immediately closed.

So while there certainly are people who try to cheat, it’s really nothing worth worrying about, which brings us nicely to my final point.

Whether people cheat or not makes no difference!

OK, I know that sounds illogical but please let me explain. If you are a solid player, winning on at your usual stake then why would you care if someone else is cheating? You’re making money whether someone else is playing by the rules or not, so what difference does it make to you? Can you do anything to stop them? No, you have to leave that up to the poker sites so don’t waste your time worrying about it – spend your time working on your own game so you can move up in stakes and start earning even more!

Similarly, if you’re a losing player it really doesn’t matter if anyone else is cheating. One way or another you’re going to have to improve your game if you want to start winning, so that’s all you should be worrying about. Read some books, watch some videos, and practice, and leave any thoughts of rigging or cheating to the programmers working behind the scenes at the poker sites!

Harmful Effects Of TV and Computer Games On Your Kids

Over the years, many have debated about the effects of letting your kids watch TV or play computer games for prolonged hours. Some will argue that many TV programs or computer games today are quite educational and are indeed, very helpful for the young minds. Surfing through television channels, you can immediately find programs that are intended to impart learning such as Science or History Channels. There are also educational computer games such as Scrabble, Chess, word related games, analytical games, puzzles, and many more. However, experts will tell you that watching TV and allowing your child to play computer games have detrimental effects on the brains of young children.

You might say that watching TV or playing video games is alright as long as a guardian is around to check on the kind of games that kids play or the TV shows that they watch. Needless to say, exposing young kids to video games and TV shows that depict sex and violence can have a big effect on their development. Children may adapt what they watch on TV or see in video games and may even normalize harmful behavior if that is what they regularly see on their games and TV shows. For instance, the popular Tom and Jerry cartoons can be quite funny, however, experts and parents alike have been alarmed at the violence shown by the two characters. Tom hits Jerry, Jerry strikes back and people that watch this show can surely laugh about their attempts to murder each other. Many video games show harmful behavior too such as sword fighting, armed combat, and shooting. Children that watch TV shows or play video games like these, may think that hitting others is normal and is, in fact, okay because people find it funny or entertaining to watch. So then, just don’t let your kids watch violent programs or play violent games right?

Child psychologists can tell you that it is not just actually the kind of shows or video games that you expose your kids to that affect their brains negatively. It is the fact that they watch TV or play video games at all. Letting young children as young as 2 years old to middle school ages watch TV or video games can hinder their brain development. By the young age of 1 to 2 years old, brain training happens and young minds need to take in a lot of things around them. This time of a child’s life is crucial as this is the point when skills, preferences, personality, reasoning, and creativity take shape. This is the time when their young minds progress and playing video games or watching TV can negatively affect how their brains will grow. When a child is at this age, he or she should be engaged in various activities such as exploring, reading, running around, interacting with people, fantasy play, creating and building, and so on.

Consider the following studies made on the effects of TV and video games to children:

• At this young age, reading will open the imagination and will allow the brain to visualize situations and objects. Permitting the child to watch TV for more than 2 hours a day or more can alter and even hinder the brain’s advancement because there is no longer left for imagination when all is made available visually in the TV.
• Kids should engage in all sorts of physical activities such as running, skipping, swimming, riding a bike, etc. Studies have shown that children that watch more than 2 hours of TV a day or those that play PC games all the time have higher chances of becoming obese. Children that enjoy outdoor activities become physically fit and are generally healthier.
• Children that spend most of their time outside to play develop better social skills that they can use as they grow up. Kids that are used to playing PC games or watching TV starting from a young age tend to keep to themselves and become less sociable.
• PC games are fun and very entertaining. However, children can become addicted to playing PC games. This addiction will prohibit them from enjoying other activities and this will result to a limit in their experiences as children
• When you allow young kids to play PC games at a very young age, your child may start to develop wrist injuries such the carpal tunnel syndrome. Your child can suffer from this painful injury until he or she grows older.
• Vision problems are common for kids that learn to play PC games early or watch TV for hours daily.
• Children that did not grow up on watching TV or playing PC games had more concentration, were less hyperactive, and were more independent. They can sit still and read in a corner without the need for constant attention from their parents.

In conclusion, The American Academy of pediatrics recommend that children under two should have no TV hours, and those over that age should have limited TV viewing time, preferably 1 to 2 hours a day only, totaling to a maximum of only 10 hours in a week.