There have been so many great computer games, that it’s hard to pick the best ones, but I’ve compiled a list of my top ten. Sure you may have very different opinions!
RPG stands for roleplaying game and can be played either around a table by from four to six people or on a computer or video console. The game is all about collaborating to produce an interesting story and to have lots of fun doing it. It is not a game where there are winners and losers. Continue reading ‘All about RPGs’
Here’s a review of Synapse, which is a universal system type of RPG created by the games developer Greg Christopher. There is a big emphasis in the game on the character that you develop, and the personality that they have, and this is all done really well and in great detail. Continue reading ‘Synapse – RPG game’
If you’re involved in the online gaming world then you’ve likely heard the news – World of Warcraft subscriptions rates are falling and many gamers are calling this the “death of WoW”.
Whether you think that WoW is dying or not, it’s easy to see that something is up. World of Warcraft has lost over 2 million subscribers in its last month, leaving behind just 7 million compared to the 13 million it had at its peak.
While I don’t personally believe that the game is going to die out anytime soon, I do believe that Blizzard is losing subscribers for their game partially due to mistakes of their own making.
I am going to go over three big factors that I believe contribute to the declining player base of WoW. The first two are not entirely the fault of Blizzard, while the last one I believe leaves them at fault.
1. MMORPGs are Losing Popularity in the Gaming Market
With the advent of mobile gaming and an aging gamer demographic people are spending more time gaming it up on their phones than they are on their desktops. Because of this practically all MMORPGs have seen a drop in subscriptions over the past few years.
While mobile games have become increasingly complex and appealing, a large part of their popularity is due to the ability to access the game on the go. Just five years ago the majority of MMORPG players were in their early to mid twenties. Now the average gamer is 31. No longer able to hide away in their dorm rooms for late night raids, many have left their guilds and, ultimately, the MMOs they played now that they’ve picked up careers and started to build families.
2. Younger MMORPG Players Bring Less Skill and More Impatience to the Gaming Community
This is a gripe I’ve heard a lot. As veteran players are leaving WoW in mass they are being replaced by a very young demographic of players.
There has always been young players joining the World of Warcraft community, but now that there are less veteran players and less well established guilds the remaining veterans are finding themselves in need of players to complete raids and they are forced to play with inexperienced players far often than they have in the past.
Now I am all for new players exploring and learning a new game. But kids these days are incredibly inpatient. Every time I join an instance full of young players I’m reminded of how I felt when I had the terrible skin condition scabies. That mite infestation was incredibly difficult to get rid of and left me anxious, irritable and aggravated for months. All of these young players I play with act like I did when I had that condition – and they are just as hard to get away from.
Now I’ll touch on one way that I believe Blizzard is at least partially to blame for the decline in players on WoW
3. The Game has Become Increasingly Anti-Social
Now I can’t entirely blame this on Blizzard as online game players have become less social and more goal oriented over time, but the way that the game is set up has greatly decreased player interaction.
Basically everything these days, especially in endgame play, is instanced. Because of this people don’t roam the game anymore and there’s very little city wide events or world PvP.
For a lot of long time players it was the interactions within the world the made the game what it was. Now people just queue for instances in their garrisons and hardly ever speak. They don’t even speak once they are inside of their instances.
Blizzard has not helped this. They don’t promote activity outside in the non-instanced world and they have have not introduced any good cities to hang out in for multiple expansions. There are also no longer any cities that people spend time in where players of both factions can interact with each other.
This is a sad state. And it is because of this social stratification that I too have decided to leave the game.
Temple Run is the most popular game when it comes to endless runners. If you love this game genre but would like to try other alternatives aside from Temple Run, there are other great games that you can download on your mobile phone and play for hours. They have generally the same gameplay, which would require you to run as long as you can to get a higher score. There are also items and upgrades that you can get along the way. What makes them even more fun are the different characters and backgrounds available. Let’s take a look at some of the top options for endless runners.
This endless runner is available for iOS and Android devices. Collect coins and upgrades along the way, while avoiding obstacles and trains on the subway. Jake is the default character in Subway Surfers, although you get to unlock other characters or purchase them. What makes this different from other endless runners is that there’s a new theme available every month. You just need to get the updates and you’ll be playing the latest version of the game. Some of these themes are London, Mumbai, Seoul and Miami. The characters, backgrounds and surfboards are based on the city that you are in.
Chucky: Slash and Stash
Your favorite antagonist is now the star of an endless runner game. Play the character of Chucky as you avoid various obstacles and killing the enemies with your different weapons and killer moves. Some of the weapons that you can collect and use are cleavers, scissors and knives. The setting is in the Good Guy’s Doll Factory where he was made. Here’s a little trivia about Chucky; did you know that it was actually inspired by real life horror doll, Robert the Doll? You can read more about this creepy doll by clicking the link. If you’re into scary and creepy stuffs, you should check it out.
Batman & the Flash: Hero Run
If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a hero, this is your chance to make that dream come true; well, at least in the game. You get to play the role of The Flash during the day and Batman during the night. Of course there are obstacles to avoid, but aside from this, you may also look forward to boss fights. These heroes also have different versions, which you can unlock and use throughout the game. There are also card collection games in the app, where you can play as the villains, instead of the heroes. You get to experience the best of both worlds in this game.
Robot Unicorn Attack
Dash, gallop and jump as a unicorn to reach the farthest distance, while avoiding falling off the stages or hitting the obstacles. Collect pixies while you enjoy listening to Erasure’s hit single, “Always”. Everything about this game screams fantasy and magic. You have three wishes or lives, so you can try three times before getting the total distance that you covered.
You will never run out of great endless runners to try and there would never be a boring moment playing them. Check them out now and see which of them you like best.
I have to give a shoutout to my good friend, Dallas Mitchell, who has helped me a lot in my quest to get in better shape. He actually introduced me to a lot of the things I list in this article because even though he’s a trainer/coach who loves fitness, he also is a tech nerd like me. He runs a site called The Muscle Review that you should check it out. He really puts out some good information. You can learn more about him and check out his site at www.themusclereview.com
It’s no secret that I love video games and all things involving technology. Because of these interests, not many would think that I’d also be into fitness, since they don’t seem to be in the same category. But they can be! Being a gamer and a tech nerd, I have the tendency to spend a lot of time sitting. As I’ve gotten older and I pay more attention to my health, I know that this isn’t necessarily a good thing for my long term health. So when I started to look into getting myself into better shape, I was happy to see that there are a lot of technological advances in fitness technology and there are also some cool apps that make fitness more like a videogame as well. So coming from someone who doesn’t necessarily love fitness, I’d love to help others who perhaps are in the same boat as me. I’m going to share with you some ways that technology is making fitness more fun.
This much talked about fitness tracker isn’t anything new to many people, but it really does make working out a little more fun. It has the ability to let you look back on your workout and see exactly what you accomplished. That aspect of it can make it like a game because you can see what you did last time and try to beat different aspects of it like calories burned, time worked out, and other stats it keeps track of during your workout.
This is a iPhone app (not sure if it’s on Android yet) and this is a really fun app to use, as it does a couple of neat things for you. First, it is a workout tracker. You record different exercises you do and various stats for each exercise. Secondly, the really cool part is that it creates a video game-like atmosphere by rewarding you for reaching different levels. It also has a community where you can interact with other users and see their workouts as well. It even has a part where you can hire a coach to help you reach whatever goal it is that you wish to accomplish. It actually makes working out a little fun and gives you something to strive for instead of just going to the gym aimlessly without any goals.
Now, this one I’m still trying out. It does a lot of things that the Fitbit does, many of which are not as good as the Fitbit as of yet, but it does have the potential to be really great. It does a lot of things already, like let you track heart rate, steps taken over a period of time and other important aspects of your health. I believe, in the near future, the apps that will be developed for it are going to be what’s best about it. Think about how great it would be to be able to use Fitocracy on your Apple Watch. You could see your workout and enter it in right on your watch instead of having to grab your phone after every set to enter in everything. While it’s not there yet, I think this will be one of the best things to come about that makes fitness really more fun and enticing.
I’m sure you are all familiar with Spotify and probably use it on a daily basis, but one of the hidden gems of it is that there are tons of playlists created by Spotify and other users just for working out. I absolutely have to listen to music when working out so this is a life saver. Having the ready-to-go playlists is really great. There are playlists for “hardcore” workouts and there are even “mello” workout mixes. It’s really something that helps pass the time while I’m doing something I don’t really love to do and actually makes it enjoyable.
I always say that I spend too much time in front of the computer and want to get outside more. Unfortunately, I never do it. Lately though, I’ve been trying to change that, and have been looking for new activities to try that are not computer based, so I asked a few friends if I could tag along with them when they went out and did things. The first person that took me up on the offer was Mark, who took me to play paintball!
I didnt know much about the game before I went, so I did a little research and talked to mark, who also runs a website called paintball enthusiast.
Paintball is popular game that has been around for more than a decade. While it’s mainly aimed at teenagers and young adults, people of all ages can enjoy paintballing. Paintball guns shoot out paint pellets that splatter upon contact. Being hit by a paintball may sting a bit, but a majority feel it’s part of the game.
Knowing the Basics
Paintball rules vary depending on the players involved. The game usually involves playing in teams, with the aim of eliminating the opposing party. This can be accomplished by shooting the opposing person with a gun while trying not to get by hit.
Paintball can be played outdoors or indoors. There are times when the terrain is in a natural environment while others are simply man-made. Paintball can played within an enclosed location although it can also be carried out in the woods. The woods offer a realistic feel and natural ground cover. Diving on ground dirt isn’t as painful compared to that of concrete. Commercial paintball venues can be outdoors or indoors. A majority possess bunkers and obstacles, which adds a bit of thrill to the game.
Paintball requires only a few equipment pieces for game play. A paintball gun is usually the main equipment you need and there are many different types. Paintball guns have attaching loaders and a highly compressed gas bottle that can be used as a propellant. The ammunition comes in the form of paintballs. They’re usually small beads made from dye and polyethylene glycol. It’s essential to have a mask to keep your face protected from paintball hits. Paintball venues nowadays always require masks to play but players can buy them if they want to continue playing paintball elsewhere. There are many different styles of guns for different styles of play, including paintball guns that work better for experienced players or for new players.
Playing by League
Paintball is typically played for the sake of enjoyment. However, there are professional paintball leagues that bring in hardcore players who want to join. Paintball is played a bit differently in leagues. Surface environments are flat and matches are played in a small area. This gives judges and watchers plenty of room to see what’s happening. Game play is shorter and more intense since there aren’t too many places to hide.
Some consider paintball to be a dangerous game, but it’s actually the opposite. This is because it’s a non-contact sport. The worst injury you can attain is by not wearing a protective equipment. It’s imperative to put on a safety gear while you pay to avoid injuries to your eyes and other sensitive parts of your body.
A majority of people who take part in paintball do it for fun. Most gamers play with paintball guns to act out their virtual gaming in real life. But for most people, it’s simply an outlet from any their daily work or school.
These days, when you are not gaming, you can find a lot of techniques to lose weight. Some of them work, but majority of them don’t. However, the truth is that these techniques will work only if you put your heart into them. Otherwise, you won’t see any progress. Of course, you don’t have to try out different techniques or spend a lot of hours doing them. You just have to find one that works well for you and make the most out of it. This is what I did.
It took time for me to find a weight lose technique that really works for me. The ones that I have tried before are quite easy, but the results are not visible. There are other techniques that seem really effective, but I always feel tired. Therefore, I let go of those techniques, up until I found Wing Chun. This is more of a traditional approach, but it works. In fact, when I first tried it out, weight loss was not really my goal. The main purpose of doing it is to try a unique martial art. It is something like I have never seen before. Eventually, I found it enjoyable and as I progressed, I realized that I lost weight too.
How does Wing Chun work?
Wing Chun is a traditional Chinese martial arts that emphasize on the importance of focusing on reflexes. It also gives emphasis on optimal timing, accuracy, speed and balance. Along the way, you need to learn how to deal with a Wing Chun dummy. During the training session, you would have to face the dummy so you can practice the necessary techniques.
Getting a dummy is essential since it helps you in your practice. You can now do what you are supposed to do without hurting anyone. You can practice the right principles in Wing Chun and use your actual force. Using the dummy, you can also practice to use correct angle and balance. Aside from these attributes, you learn a lot more including mobility, speed and power. The more you spend time practicing with the dummy, the bigger are the chances of you doing well in this martial art.
What are the Wing Chun basics
Though Wing Chun looks simple at first since you are just facing a dummy, the truth is that it can be very tough. You need to use almost your entire body just to get the job done. You need your palm and forearms for punching and you need your legs and feet for the heaving kick. You also need to use some defense techniques. You learn how to toughen it out with the help of the dummy since its energy does not reduce.
The good thing about using a dummy is that even if it is not a real person, it can be very reactive. It allows you to execute your blocks and strikes properly. You must also learn when to strike and when to block. The dummy represents the assailant. Thus, it is designed to react to your movements. Thus, you learn to develop your reflexes along the way. Most of all, you also learn how to enhance your visual reflexes. You need to be visually focused since you need to know where the next strike is or else you will be hit.
Staying fit with Wing Chun
The best part about this technique is that it allows you to make use of your entire body. This means that you can easily lose weight since every part of your body is activated. You will realize that you are already sweating after just doing your job for a few minutes. You are also assured that the weight loss is equally distributed throughout the body. You don’t have to go for a session that focuses only on your upper body and another session for the lower body. Wing Chun provides a complete workout. The best part is that you are enjoying the process. Thus, you don’t really feel like you are exerting a lot of effort. Wing Chun is basically designed for self-defense. Your attention is on how to be strong and stay protected. If you lose weight and stay fit, it is just a bonus.
Another reason why you will lose weight doing Wing Chun is because the moves are pretty basic. Those are movements that you can easily do without the aid of anyone. In fact, if you have a dummy, you can do it at home. Thus, as soon as you have the energy to do some techniques, you can do so. Hence, you have more reasons to lose weight.
Some Quick Safety tips
Though Wing Chun is effective, you have to understand that you are dealing with wooden dummies. Thus, you need to be extra careful. You have to prepare for the impact on your body. There are techniques that might be a bit complicated and will hurt you if not done well. Your lower extremities might also get sore due to repetitive movements. The dummy must be padded though for total safety.
Once you have gotten the hang of it, you can now start Wing Chun and lose weight.
Usually I favour the more complex games with cutting-edge graphics, but I still get a kick out of the simple and free online ones that often use flash. Can’t beat free, right? Free online games are mostly quite primitive and can only keep a good gamer amused for moments — if at all — but they do have a market. In some case the users are really young kids who don’t have the intellect or sensory-motor skills for complex games. In other cases a special interest group creates an easy game for people sympathetic to the interest.
As an example of a game that might be fascinating for a small children let’s look at Koala Paddleboards. While I prefer to use the real thing when I can (I have a really good standup paddle board (SUP) myself) I can see how this game would appeal to a child. It’s colorful. It’s got a catchy tune. It’s easy to learn. It’s easy to get some success. Most of all it has got koalas and paddle boards, two very fun things. I can imagine it would be especially engaging for any child who’s seen a koala in real life, like at a zoo or in Australia, or anyone who’s actually used a paddle board. It’s pretty simple really, and does have the objective of teaching spelling, so it might even get used in a classroom setting or by a parent trying to direct their child’s play time in a wholesome and useful way.
The other one is a little more sinister. It is a knife throwing game using unpopular but well-known people ranging from celebrities to politicians. It looks super-old too with people like Britney Spears and George Bush used a targets. It is up to you whether you are aiming to hit or miss. This is a flash game that gets me reminiscing about the old days – ha! I think it would be more interesting to try to use an actual knife and throw at a tree or an old piece of plywood. I’ve become kind of motivated to look at purchasing a good survival knife or hunting knife. I’ve already got a good folding knife but it is not much good for throwing.
Anyway, as I mention these games won’t hold your attention for long. If you have a good gaming set-up and have just played a couple of hours of Call of Duty it is going to seem like you’ve gone back to the stone ages and taken a sedative. But it is cool to go back and try an old game from time to time so that you realize how far we’ve come. It is also interesting to think how games will evolve. How will games change so that the ones we play now will seem primitive in 10 years time? I’m expecting graphic will vastly improve and more of the five senses will become involved. Maybe games will be more plugged into our biological response and alter as our blood pressure or pulse goes up and down.
Just in time for spring, Majesco adds to the best-selling Cooking Mama series with the new and distractingly fun Gardening Mama for the Nintendo DS!
Longtime fans of the Cooking Mama games, meet fans of Farmville and Hay Day. The two worlds collide in the game Gardening Mama, a ridiculously fun addition to the genre with cute art, intuitive stylus controls and interface, and the same ever-encouraging Mama we all love.
Gardening Mama comes with six modes: Let’s Grow It, Let’s Enjoy It, Let’s Do Gardening, Let’s Harvest Multiplayer, Treasure Box, and Dress Up. The first is pretty self-explanatory, but how well you fertilize and tend to your plant impacts what results you get; differently colored flowers or produce, for example, or fruit in a tree you wouldn’t expect it in. It’s also more than just point and click, too; everything is a minigame, so there’s a degree of difficulty and points awarded, and some of the games are actually kind of tough. It definitely increases the fun-factor. Let’s Enjoy It is all about turning your harvest into something else; for example, flowers into a pressed flower album, strawberries into strawberry jam, and pumpkins into a jack o’lantern. I feel like I actually learned about the processes of making and preserving stuff in this segment, it was really cool. Let’s Do Gardening has you laying out and planting gardens for churches, stores, and homes while making garden decorations. Let’s Harvest Multiplayer puts you in competition with up to four of your friends to grow the biggest harvest of something, but I wish it involved more options than that. The final two modes, Treasure Box and Dress Up, aren’t hugely fleshed out; you can trade things you’ve grown or made in the Treasure Box with other people online, and you can dress Mama up and customize your game’s layout. This is where you can unlock better items with which to customize your game, though.
As you progress through the game, you unlock more plants, and earn decorations you can put throughout your garden, too. You can also expand your garden, to accommodate all your hard work. Players coming into the series from Farmville or Hay Day will recognize and take to this quickly.
There are a few spots where the game falters. For one, it’s pretty repetitive after a while, which is good if you’re doing this to zen out and not think about anything, but not so good if you’re trying to have fun. The portions with pest control could be better. For example, getting rid of yellow jackets in the game takes a few clicks with no health risk, if only it was like this in real life. You can see how difficult it can be at PestKilled.com/how-to-get-rid-of-yellow-jackets/. For another, you have to stick around at times to watch the plants grow, which is, well, watching plants grow… and you get scolded by Mama if you wander off. If you can endure the repetition and Mama’s temporary disappointment, then the rest should be more than worth it.
Gardening Mama came out in 2009, so it’s inexpensive and available used at most video game retailers. It’s also available in numerous combo packs on Amazon.com, for very reasonable prices. It’s really fun, and well worth your while if you like time management games.
One of the most popular games online right now is League of Legends. This great MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) style game has over 30 million players across the world. It has captured the hearts of many gamers such as myself and even turned into a professional sport which you can read more about here. There are many players that would love to be a part of this and this has sparked thousands of teams being formed trying to qualify for the big tournaments held by Riot Games, who created League of Legends. Today I wanted to talk about how you can make sure that your team is successful and gets noticed enough to gain traction towards being able to participate in a tournament.
The first thing behind any great team is a great brand. Not only does each of the 5 players need to be world class, you will also need to play together under one banner. This is best organized into a website that showcases each of the players and allows a fan base to begin to build around the organization. Not every gamer is a professional website designer so I would recommend that you just start off with a basic website and turn to a content management system such as WordPress that makes things easy. You can easily get help with your website through a WordPress support service like Bairkan who basically takes care of your website for you. Once this has been created make sure that you have Twitter and Facebook accounts connected to the website so you can begin capturing an audience.
The second part is that you need to be able to play at least 6 hours a day together as this is an actual job, and you will be competing against teams that play all day every day while training for these competitions. A problem with this is that there is very little money in gaming until you have reached the top, so you might ask yourself, how can I survive? There is angle to this game which can allow you and your teammates to make money while training known as and elo boost. These companies such as eloboosted.comoffer elo boosting and employ professional gamers. Only the best are able to perform this service so the pay is great, and you get to practice while earning cash. What could be better than this?
Once you and your team have become good enough and established enough to be visible on the grand stage you will want to start entering tournaments with the support of your fans. This will make the journey even more enjoyable with fans standing behind you. After you have started to win some events and your team constantly wins matches and stays on top of the ladder you can also start live streaming the gaming which can help earn additional revenue to allow you to focus on becoming a professional gamer.
We live in an age where technology has seeped into everything – it has become an integral part of our lives, aiding and simplifying tasks that required significant effort only a few decades ago. Students and professionals have benefited a great deal from the recent leaps that technology has taken – beginning from clunky, old arithmetic calculators, today there are intuitive smartphone applications that allow students of various disciplines and fields to swiftly compute and evaluate complex, field-specific problems.
Welding is a discipline with plenty of diverse branches. There are multiple welding solutions available for different situations which usually require research, calculations and parameters to be factored in before a winner can be chosen for a particular welding task. Thirty years ago, this would require a professional welder with plenty of practical experience to make the necessary calculations and approximate the cost involved to implement the chosen solution. Today, welding professionals have plenty of smartphone applications at their disposal to do the same job. These apps are quite streamlined and user friendly, requiring little technical input on your part. After answering a few questions pertaining to your requirements, the app displays you with optimum solutions, recommended welding settings, charts, tables, equipment details and requisite materials etc.
The problem with most of these applications e.g. Miller Weld Setting Calculator, Welding Pro etc. is that they lack flexibility and reliability due to the fact that they cannot predict all real world situations . There is considerable demand in the field of welding, for an application that can offer reliable results for any situation thrown at it. Because most of the apps in the market today depend on rule based evaluation of the situation, this isn’t possible. An application that taps into a network of welding professionals from around the globe in real-time to answer user queries will be welcomed with open arms by welding professionals and amateurs alike. This app could then store each satisfactory outcome using a feedback assessment mechanism to answer all similar future queries.
Students enrolled in underwater welding schools, or standard welding schools, besides using the apps described above in their projects and assignments, can also take advantage of a smartphone application called the AWS CWI Prep, developed by the American Welding Society, which helps them prepare for their Certified Welding Inspector Exam. However this app is still in the beta phase, with the full version to be released at some point in the future. It is quite obvious that there is no comprehensive test preparation app in the market which means welding instructors and experts who train aspiring welders for professional examinations can collaborate with software houses to come up with smartphone applications. These apps in turn would let students practice and implement what they have been taught in class, in simulated problems, so that they are ready for both exams and practical situations.
Technology certainly has made the whole field of welding simpler and easier to understand but it should be kept in mind that nothing can beat a professional welding degree earned from a topnotch welding institute, not even technology. If the imperfections present in the current generation of welding apps are any indicator, app developers should remain open to suggestions by fellow experts and proactively work to make their apps smarter and more intuitive. Perfection, in this case, can only be approached through constant reassessment and improvement.
I have been gaming since last century and I sometimes still sit back in amazement at how much things have changed. Single player consoles are so far in the past that when I sometimes mention them at tournaments to some of the younger people they look at me in bewilderment. For me one of the biggest breakthroughs in gaming technology has been the use of the Internet to create a multi-player environment.
I remember meeting up with friends at weekends dragging my TV and console to someone’s house and then hooking everything up. Maybe I’m being a bit nostalgic, but I do miss the more personal contact with friends. Anyway, this was bridged with numerous different attempts at making it possible communicate with other players through the games console. Not a bad solution, but on some platforms it doesn’t come free.
I used to actually pick up the phone when I played something with my brother and I found the quality much better and you didn’t get those annoying interruptions or the crackling sound when there was some sort of system overload. The better services available all come at a price and I do think they are worth it for some of us hardcore gamers. But what if you just play occasionally with close friends?
This is the problem I faced with my brother. He didn’t want to sign up for premium services just to do some gaming with me every few weeks when he has the time. I no longer had a home phone and cell phone calls would end up costing more. We knew there had to be a solution to our problem and we went looking outside the gaming community first, and got lucky.
So, I decided we need to find a VoIP service with free peer to peer calls. To my surprise there were endless services available to choose from and many of them are completely free unless you make a call to a landline or cell phone. Once that was sorted I checked out some reviews of cordless phones with headsets and I bought one for me and one for my brother. Problem almost solved, we just needed a way to not sign up for a landline phone service.
We added a simple VoIP adapter and were ready to test out our new system. The results were excellent. Voice quality is perfect, clear and loud and doesn’t suffer from constant interference. Calls are free so we have only had the cost of buying the equipment which was less than $150 for both of us. In addition we get to make cheap calls to other friends and family, so I have been saving a bit on my cell phone charges as well.
The conclusion is simple. If you do a lot of gaming, or you regularly connect with people that do not have the same phone service as you do, then paid subscriptions are the best and simplest way to go. For occasional gaming with friends and family there is a much simpler solution as outlined above.