For Christmas this year I asked for board games. I am not sure why, but this was the year I thought I would expand my board game collection. I was given all the regulars: Yahtzee, Uno, Scene It, Monopoly (KU addition) and last but not least Loaded Questions. I for some reason had never heard of this game until December 25, 2011. But it is a blast. We had some of our friends over to play and we were laughing until the very last second they left. It is a great game that can have 4-6 players….more if you would like.
At my office, we got into a discussion about video games and which ones were our favorites. Everyone had different opinions on what fun is. I actually love GTA (Grand Theft Auto) , MW3 (Modern Warfare 3) and Mario. One that I found particularly interesting was one that came out back in 1996. Yes, 1996- it’s called Metal Slug. When I heard the name, I thought it sounded a little weird….BUT….then I did a little research on it and found it to be kinda cool. It looks like a mix between MW3 and Mario and those combined seem like a good time!
The gameplay of the series is characteristic of run and gun games: large numbers of enemies and a player character with extremely powerful weapons. In most run and guns, contact with an enemy leads to annihilation. In this series, however, contact results in the opportunity to perform a melee attack and the opportunity for the enemy to perform a melee attack of his own if he has one. The player’s melee attack is also much stronger than most shots. This leads to the ability for the player to run in and use melee attacks to take down a number of troops, and the ability to quickly defeat enemies that can take plenty of damage like the mummies in Metal Slug 2.
The player starts with only a simple pistol, as the game progresses the player picks up new weapons. The player can only carry one weapon at the time, when a new weapon is found it replaces the old one. Similarly, when the ammo runs out, the player reverts to using the handgun. A new system was implemented with Metal Slug 6 allowing players to carry two larger weapons and switch between them as well as the default pistol.
The SV-001 or Metal Slug is the main vehicle of the Metal Slug franchise. It is a small, cartoonish silver-gray tank (SV is short for “Super Vehicle”). The tank is armed with one cannon and twin vulcan cannons. The vehicle can jump and crouch. Crouching opens a hatch on the top of the tank through which grenades can be thrown. The grenades are independent of the cannon’s ammo system. The vehicle can run over infantry and perform a suicide attack, with the driver jumping clear and the tank ramming into and exploding upon the target. The vehicle can take three direct hits before it is destroyed. The enemy chaser variant has a shield that must be destroyed before the vehicle can be destroyed. It is propelled by caterpillar treads. Over time, these specifications changed into any vehicle armed with a vulcan cannon and a cannon variant suited to the role of the vehicle, and propelled suitably for that vehicle’s environment. In Metal Slug 6(and the home version of Metal Slug X, 3, 4, 5), Tarma can lock the vulcan cannons into one position and fire continuously. The “slug gunner” is considered the epitome of slug evolution.
Check out more about Metal Slug- It has interesting characters and plots!
Every time we get together with our friends, we always do the same thing. Either meet up for dinner and drinks, go to a movie or just sit around talking. That can be fun, BUT it gets pretty boring as well. There is only so much you can eat and talk about. I ended up getting online to try and find something to break these repetitive activities.
I know some of you might feel stupid playing these games that I found, but I don’t care, it is fun to act like a kid!
- Baby Food Guessing Game - Sample baby food and guess what flavor is in each jar!
- Battle of the Sexes - Test each teams’ knowledge of the opposite gender- sports, fashion and more!
- Build Tower Game - Great creative group game- See whose team can build the highest tower using newspapers!
- Cake Decorating Challenge - Use your decorating skills in this fun activity! Good game for bridal showers and large groups.
- Charades - Guess the secret word/phrase using only actions!
- Company Slogan and Tagline Game - Test your corporate slogan & tagline knowledge now!
- The Dating Game - Fun icebreaker game for groups who know each other well.
- Dictionary Game - Try to guess which definition is correct- or be fooled by other teams!
- Duct Tape Game - Tape your teammate on a wall using duct tape!
- Electricity - Squeeze your teammate’s hand as quickly as possible- only if the coin comes up as heads!
- Food Challenge Cook-Off - Great bonding activity for adults. Create a 2-course meal with the secret ingredient.
- Halloween Telephone Charades - Funny icebreaker game, especially for larger groups. Easy to learn and play, with little preparation.
- Human Knot - As a team, untangle yourselves to form a full circle again.
- Interview Game - A great icebreaker game, especially for newcomers.
- Jeopardy Powerpoint Template - A free Jeopardy Powerpoint Template, ready to download and edit.
- Logo Game - The ultimate logo quiz- Test your logo knowledge now!
- Photo Scavenger Hunt - Travel to different places to find the items on the list and take photos.
- Purses, Pockets, and Wallets - Quickly search your purses, pockets, and wallets for the called item. Great team game.
For More game ideas ( and trust me, this site has TONS of them) check it out! I can promise you a good time and that everyone will be laughing!
Personally, when I think of games, I usually think of video, computer or board games. Rarely do I think of online games. But, the great thing about online games is the fact that they are free and you can play just about anything! I know when I was a kid, my favorites were pac-man, snake and tetris- and I had to buy them! Now they are all online-perfect if you ask me! Here are some of my favorite sites to find games to play:
Online games are a great because you are able to interact with others or you can play against yourself. If ever I have down time like waiting for a flight, slow at work or even bored at home, I always get on my computer and play games. It is so fun!!
Coming out of a temporary hiatus, AMG Services has finally releases their new hybrid computer/board game entitled: Charm Hunter.
“This game can be played using only the board version, or enhanced by adding the interactive online add-ons,” says Gretchen Hitchens game designer at AMG Services Entertainment. “What’s really neat about this system is that we are constantly getting new video and animated footage from us here and from actual players of the game. These files are then updated to the add-ons regularly and anyone that has purchased the add-ons gets all future updates free.”
Hitchens also tells how parents have been very excited not only to see their kids having fun, but getting into the fun themselves. “We’ve had parents in our test groups come up to us saying they’ve never had as much fun playing a game with their child before. That’s part of what we were trying to accomplish with this game and why it took such a long time to get out there. There are a million games that you can play with younger children, but most of the time the game itself is incredibly boring for the adults and older kids involved.”
By bridging the age gap AMG has made a big step forward for the gamily gaming community. And with game play varying by player choices and add-ons being updated at least every quarter a new game is guaranteed a every time. AMG Services Entertainment’s new interactive game Charm Hunter is due out in July of this year.
Scott Tucker has been in the amateur poker circuit for over 12 years now, grinding it out with some big breaks and bad losses to match. In all his time behind the table he has learned a lot and talked to many of the greats, which has finally led him to the completion of his new documentary, “The Felt and Me” which is due out later this Spring.
Ever since childhood Scott Tucker was interested in card games, even playing with decks of cards as an infant. His father was an avid poker player and had many home games with family and friends over the weekends where Scott would watch everyone with great interest. His love of the game only grew from there, playing throughout elementary and high school, sometimes much to the chagrin of his teachers.
Now out of school Scott Tucker had just enough saved up to enter his first real poker tournament. Though he ended up just breaking even, this was the beginning of a long love-hate relationship with tournament poker. Using his part time job to keep him out of the red, he started entering low level tournaments, studying this new style that was different from the regular home and cash games he was used to.
Around this time Tucker also sat down and began to relearn the game. This is when he first started coming in contact with some of the professional players, both local and abroad. Everyone Scott talked to saw the genuine love for the game in him just as he saw in them, which made conversations with strangers seem like getting together with an old friend.
Scott Tucker always wrote everything down, and even had a video camera from high school where he had studied some video editing. It wasn’t until some of his friends in the field started pushing him to put together some of his videos that he had taken over the years Scott thought about making the upcoming documentary.
Long time friend Jerry Watts commented, “We were all just siting around playing cards while Scott was messing around with all this old footage from tournaments and basement games, some from almost a decade back. Everyone just stopped the game and started watching the video. We ended up all around the TV laughing and joking about times past.”
While “The Felt and Me” is due out this spring, Tucker also hinted that something else was in the works as he said there was plenty of footage leftover.
Despite criticism from the sidelines, Jacksonville Jaguars former coach Mel Tucker stuck by quarterback Blaine Gabbert, calling him “super tough.” The coach, who has since gone on to join the staff of the Chicago Bears, seemed to breed loyalty with his willingness to stick up for the quarterback in the face of criticism. Even as Gabbert was about to be traded, he recently said of the Jaguars: “I don’t want to be anywhere else.”
When reports surfaced that the Jaguars were trading Gabbert to the San Francisco 49ers, this meant the loss of a person Tucker had defended fiercely as head coach. “I see Blaine as being courageous in the pocket,” Tucker famously said in 2011. “I see him as being super-tough.”
Gabbert was the drafted in the first round by the Jaguars, 10th overall in the 2011 draft. The trade would mean the end of three seasons in Florida. According to NFL.com, the move to California could turn out to be “a great fit for Gabbert to potentially reshape his career as a useful backup. The No. 10 overall pick in the 2011 draft has mostly looked like an unmitigated disaster as a pro, but he’s joining a great situation behind Colin Kaepernick. This probably spells the end of Colt McCoy‘s time in San Francisco.”