Top 5 Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games

The variety of massively multiplayer online role-playing games is enormous. There are games for dragons and fantasy worlds, pure sci-fi games where you should survive in a future galaxy, crime games and many more. Which ones however have proved to be the test over time?

The ultimate best seller among the MMORPG games is of course The World of Warcraft. There is pretty much of everything in this fantastic game. You have to maintain your economy, while be strong at the battlefield. On the top of it the game has a great story board and an interesting hero element with a bit of fantasy, sorcery and traditional real work elements.

EVE Online, on the other hand, is known to be the test science fiction online game. The action is set in space and the payers will need to seek their luck or find their death in the unknown. The game also has a well put story board and gives players full control over the way they will develop during the game. From this angle EVE Online is giving an experience similar to a real world one.

Another bespoke massively multiplayer online role playing game is the Lord of the Rings Online. Since the release of the films it has become the ultimate choice of many and has a really good coverage on most of the game servers. The game amazes with its superb graphics and real, authentic feel. There is no need to say anything else for this game, choose race among the four main races – Man, Elf, Dwarf and Hobbit and see for you.

Final Fantasy XI is one more fantasy MMORPG game with a lot of fans. the game is very distinctive and has a real identity unlikely most of the MMORPGs. Another good side of Final Fantasy XI is that you do not need a monster computer to pay it. Speaking of the game itself, it has great graphics, good story and freedom to develop your character the way you want. However battles are not that good and can be boring sometimes. If you are a war addicts this will surely disappoint you.

City of Heroes is the final game in our list however this doesn’t mean it is the worst one in the top five. N fact it is a great game with excellent graphics and great story. Moreover it is one of those games that don’t require a lot of time and effort just to start playing. The hero you will choose develops quickly and gets “into” things for a couple f hours. The game is great for those who love battles as well as it features big, fast paced battles.

Responsible Gaming and Addiction

Gaming is one of those fun activities that most Ugandans find appealing. This is especially true for online gaming and online casinos. The beauty is that gaming online is safe because the regulation bit has been taken care of the National Gaming Board Uganda which is a body corporate that was established to ensure responsible gaming in Uganda.

Despite the regulation that has been put in place, it is still your responsibility as a player to ensure that you play the right way and avoid any gambling issues that may arise. Many games have gotten addicted because they probably were not advised as to how best to play. Many have found themselves borrowing money to facilitate their gaming and losing jobs all because they do not exercise any form of restraint. The truth of the matter is that for you to reap anything out of gaming, you need to be extremely disciplined.

The commonest symptom of gambling is the inability to stop irrespective of how much money has been lost. Addicts are the gamers that you will find playing day or night and who often resort to pleading tactics when told to stop. They keep requesting for more time or one more game. Addiction is mostly intensified or fuelled by the use of substances like alcohol and drugs since these remove any inhibitions that one might have.

How to avoid the addiction – The Four Pointers

  1. Have a pre-set budget: Creating a budget will give you a discipline that you need while gaming. Given that people earn different incomes, it’s essential that you do not base your budget on that of others but rather create one that fits perfectly into your income. Remember that gaming money should not take priority over bills like rent, food and tuition. It should be taken from your supplementary budget after other essential expenses have been removed. Remember to stick to your budget and not divert from it irrespective of whether you are winning or losing. If you need to reinvest, rather invest with your winnings than with money that is not budgeted for.
  2. Do not accumulate unnecessary debts: Borrowing is not a good decision when it comes to gaming. Not only will it create unnecessary anxiety but will also put a lot of strain on your finances. Remember that gaming is not a necessity so if you have no money, you would rather postpone it than enter into debts.
  3. Follow a strict set of rules: Setting your personal rules will help you have a discipline when playing. Set a time frame within which to play so as to leave room for other activities. Also essential is that you do not raise the stakes when you lose. Count all losses as such as opposed to them being a ticket for further playing. It is also essential that you follow the rules that you have set and not deviate from them.
  4. Never rely on your luck: Luck is just odds and this might not guarantee a good gaming experience for you. It is important that you understand that at certain times you will win while other times you will lose. At some point you will hit a jackpot but this does not mean that you should continue playing thinking that it is your night. It is important that you have fun while playing and not take the game too seriously. So play for playing sake and have fun while at it.

The above are just a few pointers of how to avoid gambling. However, in the event that you find yourself an addict, there is still hope for you. You might need some professional help along the way and might even need to close your accounts for a while until you get things under control.

MMORPG-Multiplayer Online Gaming

MMORPG, as defined by Wikipedia; “MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) is a genre of online computer role-playing games (RPGs) in which a large number of players interact with one another in a virtual world. As in all RPGs, players assume the role of a fictional character (most commonly in a fantasy setting) and take control over many of that character’s actions. MMORPGs are distinguished from single-player or small multi-player RPGs by the number of players, and by the game’s persistent world, usually hosted by the game’s publisher, which continues to exist and evolve while the player is away from the game.

MMORPGs are very popular throughout the world, with combined global memberships in subscription and non-subscription games exceeding 15 million as of 2006. Overall, revenues for MMORPGs exceeded half a billion dollars in 2005 and are expected to reach over a billion dollars by 2009.” (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

If there ever were something that has truly become a unique innovation in videogames, it would be online gaming and its ability to provide for multiplayer games. Now, multiplayer online gaming is not something that is new as it has been around for eight years having debuted with DOOM in 1998. Multiplayer online gaming, however, was not instantaneously popular across the whole spectrum of PC gamers. It took a while for the ball to get rolling, but when it finally did start to gain momentum that the following that developed has seemingly exceeded even the most optimistic expectations of the early days.

Defining Multiplayer Online Gaming

For those not familiar with the term, multiplayer online gaming involves several players can participate in an online game at the same time. They can work as a team facing the computer or they can play against each other. It has been said that multiplayer games of this nature were the first shift from computer games where a human faces an artificial intelligence to where humans play against other humans. In a way, this phase that online games have entered seems to be a return to the past in terms of delivering the same purpose of games of old.

The Old Days

Parker Brothers did not make a mint selling all those board games because the games were fascinating to play. (Most of the games were extremely simple minded, but benefited from excellent marketing campaigns) Part of the reason families and individuals loved to play these games was because they were social events where people could get together and have a lot of fun interacting. Yes, there were competitive people who took playing the board games too serious at times, but generally people liked to spend time together and have a blast with these classic games.

When videogames became more and more popular, the games took a protracted approach to developing one player games. This ended up killing off a great deal of the benefits of social interaction. With the advent of multiplayer online gaming, video and computer games have joined the realm of social interaction filling the seeming void formerly held by board games. (Board games, however, are still popular and sell strong)

Multiplayer PC games serve and excellent purpose of increasing the social lines of communication between people all across the globe and will probably continue to expand in volume and popularity.

Gambling Myths Vs Gambling Facts – You Heard All the Myths, Now Here Are the Facts

So what are the gambling myths and gambling facts? A myth is defined as: A popular belief or tradition that has grown up around something or someone. A fact is defined as: A piece of information projected as having objective reality. In the gambling industry there are numerous myths perceived to be facts that range from where the hot slot machines are to tips while playing table games. Here are a few:

Slot Machines

Myth – “The loosest machines are placed at the entrances”.

Fact – All machines are pre-programed to hold a certain percentage of monies played over time to ensure a profit. This is known as the house edge, AKA casino advantage. The percentages may vary from 1 to 15% depending on jurisdiction, denomination, or type.

Myth – “The slots seem to be hitting less on the weekends when it’s crowded. That’s when they tighten them up to make more money”.

Fact – First of all it’s against the law to change the hold amount. Second, the only way to “tighten” up a machine s to contact a representative from the manufacturer to come and change the computer chip, and they would also need casino control board approval. This is time consuming and expensive.

Myth – “Slot attendants know where the hot ones are. Grease their palm and they’ll lead you to the right machines”.

Fact – No one knows which ones are about to hit. Some casinos advertise banks of machines with 98 or 99% paybacks but that’s over the long term. If any slot attendant knew which ones were due to hit, their relatives would probably be playing them.

Myth – “I’ve been playing this machine for a long time and losing. When I left, another player took my seat, and he hits a jackpot on the first spin! If I played just one more spin that jackpot would be mine”!

Fact – A computer chip in the machine called the Random Number Generator, generates thousands of combinations every second. Jackpots can happen even when the machine is not in play. It’s not likely that you would have won.

Blackjack

Myth – “The novice player on my right is making all the wrong moves. He just hit a 16 against a weak dealer 5. He busts by drawing a 10, which should have been mine. I would have won with my double down 11”.

Fact – It’s true that a bad player can affect the outcome of other players hands, but they can also make decisions that result in other players winning. it evens itself out over the long term.

Myth – “I just lost 5 hands in a row. I’m due to win so I’m going to bet up to recoup my losses”.

Fact – The result of your previous hands has no bearing on the results of future hands. If you keep betting up, your money might disappear sooner.

Craps

Myth – “It’s bad luck when a stick man sends the dice to a shooter with a seven showing”.

Fact – Stick persons do not do this intentionally. Sometimes a die will flip on the felt and a seven will show. Sometimes players pre-set the dice to the number they want to hit before tossing. This only holds up the game and aggravates others. Pre-setting the dice does not affect the outcome of the roll.

Myth – “A virgin shooter is good luck”.

Fact – No person or event can cause good or bad luck. First time shooters are often remembered when they win for other players at the table, bu quickly forgotten when they lose.

These are just a few of the gambling myths that have infiltrated the industry over time. Forget the myths and know the facts to maintain a positive and winning attitude. Good Luck!

Time to Place Your Bets – Even on Some Weird Wagers

It's commonly known that Vegas is the place where one can legally wager on just about anything, provided the books offer the proposition bet (s). Gamblers love to put their money on weird wagers, especially around Super Bowl time. Now that the Supreme Court has overturned the ban on sports betting, we just might see more uncanny bets being offered in states that bid for sports books. Weird wagers are not unique to Vegas. The UK also gets in on the action.

Here's a collection of some of the most bizarre, weirdest, wackiest wagers ever made:

  • 1979: The late Jackie Gaughn, owner of the El Cortez hotel in downtown Vegas, posted odds when the faltering US satellite Skylab, was about to crash to earth. The odds were put up on where it would crash: 5/1 for one of the five oceans, 12/1 into the Soviet Union, 100/1 on California soil, 2,000 / 1 for a hit in tiny Rhode Island, and even 10,000 / 1 that it would crash into the El Cortez! Turns out it landed in Australia at 30/1.
  • 1980: From the popular TV show Dallas: "Who shot JR?" Wagers were taken at the Castaways Hotel with odds on every cast member prior to the season ending cliff hanger episode, but the Gaming Control Board ordered a halt to all betting because someone had to have a script that knew the answer.
  • 1981: Amidst the ongoing controversy over the murder of President John F. Kennedy, the grave of alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was about to be exhumed to confirm identity. The sports book at the Union Plaza was quick to jump on the proposition bandwagon on whose body would be in the coffin. Odds were posted for: a Soviet agent, Jack Ruby (Oswald's assassin) or an empty coffin. Due to concerns about the virtue of such a wager, the gaming commission put a lid on it. Turns out it was Oswald after all.
  • In the UK, it was 500/1 that the FBI will confirm that Elvis is still alive and another 500/1 that Michael and LaToya Jackson are one in the same.
  • UK bookmakers also offered 1,000 / 1 that Tiger Woods would become President of the US and 5,000 / 1 that Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky would marry.
  • A London resident named Matthew Drumbell placed a 1,000,000 / 1 wager that the world would end before the year 2000. Of course, who would be left to pay him if he survived? No pun intended on the man's name.

During Super Bowl week in Vegas $ millions are tossed across the betting terminals to wager on one's favorite team, and some weird bets as well. Here are some of Super Bowls' past prop bets:

Will singer Kelly Clarkston omit or mess up one or more words in the National Anthem? How long will it take her to sing it? Over / Under 1 minute, 34 seconds. Will her bare belly be showing when she sings it?

If Quarterback Tom Brady's son is shown on TV during the game, will he be wearing a Tom Brady Jersey?

· How many times will Patriots owner Robert Kraft be shown on TV during the game?

What will be the first touchdown celebration? A ball spike, a dance, lay on the ground, a goalpost dunk, a Tim Tebow kneel, or kiss a cheerleader?

· What color Gatorade will be dumped on the winning team's head coach? Yellow, orange, clear, red, green, blue? (Yellow was favorite.)

Who will the Super Bowl MVP thank first in his post-game interview? Teammates, God, Owner, Coach, Family, No one? (Teammates were the favorite.)

So, there you have it. I wonder what weird wagers await us for next Super Bowl? I guess we'll just have to wait to find out.