How Online Gaming Changed A Family’s Life

The Power Of Online Gaming To Change Lives

Player buys home from real estate agent in Anniston
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On the spring time of 2013, the family Roberts moved into Anniston. It has been their wish to move to the South to live closer to their veteran parents and for other good reasons. They lived in a small apartment where there’s no yard for the five children to play, there’s three bedrooms and one bathroom to share. Though the father got a job in an electronics sales shop, it was hard to make ends meet for the family. Though, they were well-adjusted to the new place and to its people, they were coping with their own financial struggles.

While the father was busy working, the mother was challenged everyday in dealing with his 18-year old son’s addiction with online gaming. Koby had been passionate about this hobby for seven years. He would spend 8 hours a day playing with his favorite interactive online game and sleep very late at night. There were many times when her mother got furious seeing his terrible grades in school. He had stopped doing his home works and had lost entirely his focus in studies. Until, he just decided to quit school and made online gaming as his full time career. It caused too much disappointment to his parents. But, little did they know that it would be their son’s hobby that will help make a big change in their lives.

Koby became a professional player and started competing, and winning, in tournaments. He was earning a salary that paid the family’s apartment rent, food, clothes and siblings’ school expenses. He already had a huge amount of money in the bank he got from playing in big gaming tournaments. He knew very well how hard it was for a big family to live in a small space apartment. A more spacious home for his family was all he wanted. A house they can call their own.

He was able to find a nice house on sale with the right price through the help of a real estate agent in Anniston named Joey Crews.  The house had a large covered front porch and a wide private fenced yard. He knew it would be a perfect house for his family. He did not inform his parents about his plans of buying a house but he made  it clear to the agent that he wants the title and ownership of the house to be in his parent’s names. His gaming career has provided a comfortable life for his family until now.

We hear common stories like this nowadays. Stories of people who have achieved the balance pursuing a career out of something they enjoy and remaining to be viable. These are testimonies of how the advances of technology have brought changes in our society. Sometimes we are caught up with our own irrational thinking that these kids should get to school and get a diploma instead of wasting hours in those online games. But gaming has evolved, and so has the world. It takes an open mind to understand that the countless hours spent in playing online games has made them who they are and made them live out their passion.

An Anniston AL Bathroom Remodeling Company Hosted a Strategy Gaming Competition

DotA 2 as the Main Game Event by the Anniston AL Bathroom Remodeling Company Was a Blast

A week ago while I was just playing Final Fantasy 12 in my room, there was a surprising phone call from a friend asking me if I could join his team in a DotA 2 competition. I was actually not that interested since I can’t assure him a sure win because I was no longer playing the game that much.

What actually caught my attention is when he mentioned that the host was from the company he worked for which is C Mac Plumbing, I did not see that coming. I mean why a company extremely unrelated to E-Sports would host such an event.

And as I further listened to my friend’s explanation, the event happens to be more of an outlet for their employees to have fun once in a while, more of a breather. Since the owner actually noticed that lots of his employees are into gaming, specifically strategy, he decided to have DotA 2 as the main event.

I didn’t have second thoughts but to sign in, hence making me a part of the team. I directly assumed that anyone can recruit outsiders, but curious if a whole team composed of outsiders was applicable. He answered “yes, even teams from different companies can join too.”

My friend even mentioned some of their competitors are joining too, which I am familiar with one that he mentioned. They did a bathroom remodel for me that was quite expensive: 888-479-3431, so I really hope that during the event we face off.

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I no longer cared about winning I just wanted to experience the fun and I wasn’t wrong at all. It was superb, there were some pro players actually joining the event too which made it really difficult for newbie players to bracket up.

Well… our team was quite good but not that great against pros, we did manage to get into the top 8 but after facing with a more practiced team, we lost. If only my friend told me a bit sooner, we could have practiced and could have possibly gained victory.

Even thought the grand prize wasn’t much, they did offer free service to the top 3 teams. Imagine just by playing and having fun you can have free service from an Anniston AL bathroom remodeling company free of charge, not to mention it was for 6 months!

I believe that gaming doesn’t only bring happiness, fun, and entertainment. But can also bring people together as a great community. I hope you liked my blog today and wish to have you here reading again soon.


Who Said Gamers Can’t Follow a Paleo Diet

Paleo Diet for a Week

Okay, first of all, people might think that we “gamers” are more like couch potatoes who rarely even stands up. Guess what buddy… that is absolutely close. LOL

Honestly most pro gamers or newbie gamers are just really facing a computer screen, could be a television if playing console games. So that is why I honestly consider that we are not on the much healthier side of the population.

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So, I decided to try something new. Yes, following a diet. And what diet you ask, no other than the athletes paleo diet! Not just the regular paleo diet of course that everyone is talking about. I want it more of a challenge and it sounds more intense because of the word athlete before the diet, LOL. And guess what, I’m already on my 5th day!

It has been okay and honestly it’s quite really good. It’s just basically eating what the early human beings of the Paleolithic era ate. So the diet is just eating meat, nuts and berries. And excludes food to which the antique people had not yet become familiar, like dairy.

So it’s a bit of a challenge at the same time too, because there are hundreds of foods which I am already accustomed to, yet I’m no longer allowed to eat them.

Another thing I do to keep my body healthy which I’ve been doing for around 2 months now is, every time I fail at a certain level of a game, or a match, I punish myself by doing a few push-ups. Yes, I know it isn’t a lot or even enough but doing something is better than doing nothing at all.

So to all you fellow gamers here, I wish this blog today will somehow motivate you to do something to keep yourselves healthy and fit. It doesn’t require too much, just make some kind of consequence when you fail at your game, it doesn’t only push you harder to win but also has great benefits.

I managed to notice an ad lately that is also about the diet I use, and I think you guys might want to check on it too –

And by the way, a paleo diet is just an example. There are hundreds of other diet types out there that you can choose from. My point is that you do something to keep yourselves healthy because if you don’t. I bet you won’t last long enough to enjoy more games and possibly could lose all the fun. And might regret that in the future and certainly you wouldn’t want that to happen, right?

So what are you waiting for, go on and plan it before it’s too late! Living healthy doesn’t hinder your gaming life it just adds a new thing to it. Keep gaming and be healthy guys!


What’s In an In-game Name?

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While thinking about what I want to discuss for today’s blog, I just had the spur of the moment question:

What is in an In-game name?

For some reason, the question popped-out of my brain like it was a matter of life and death question.

What is in an in-game name?

What are the possible reasons for a player to choose an in-game name? Is there value to an in-game name like the value of someone’s real, given name?

As these questions pour through my brain like a heavy rainfall leading to  catastrophic flood, I decided to answer the questions by reflecting on why I chose my in-game name.

Well, I won’t tell you what my in-game name is, as it will defy the purpose as to why this blog is “anonymous” but I will tell you how I came up with the name.

While playing a game, I wanted it to represent something very far from who I am. It is so far and disconnected from my real life that its near random.

Why did I want it to be so random-looking and far from me?

Well, it is mainly because I want my gaming life to stay as far away as possible from my real life.

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One big reason why I play games is because I want to have many realities. If I create different realities in games but make it similar to what I have, how can I separate my realities from my virtual lives?

Gaming gives a new whole story line to my real life. In my real life, I work, earn, spend, sleep, go out, talk with friends. These things, I could also do online, though the rewards are different.

I want to live another character when I play a game, hence, I make sure that I create one that I know I could not dare portray in real life. My quite and reserved real life comes to a different level of confidence when I play another in-game character.

Now that I have come to understand my own purpose and reasons for choosing my in-game name, I still wonder if the case is the same for all other players out there.

I know there are some players who are so carefree about life that they even put their real names as their in game names. To some extent, this is a very bold gesture, but for some, this could also mean that they lack so much zing in their real lives that they want their in game characters to compensate that.

Some are also going through a tough time when starting to engage in a game. I know of one person who is a divorce lawyer who was undergoing a divorce himself. It was a really ironic moment for him. Him, handling divorces, end up having a divorce himself? It was a not so funny pun, indeed. It was such a devasting point in his life that he turned to playing video games as his way out of the misery.

He named his character “Mr.PerfectlyRight” to feel that he was the perfect man for anybody, and to make himself feel better, despite his failed marriage.

If you care to share, you can comment your reasons for choosing your in-game name. I hope we can come up with lots things to talk about in our next topics, too.

Also, if you are someone like Mr.PerfectlyRight, going through a tough divorce period, he’d like for you to check this site and see if you can guess him from the lawyers listed there. If you guess right, he might help you through your divorce, for free. After all, we should leave no man behind, right?



Evolution of Gaming

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Games were made for a reason, and that reason is to be played. Like toys, they serve their purpose when they are used to stimulate the brain or simply give it a break. This has always been like this until the dawn of streaming.

Nobody likes being player number two because you spend more time watching the other player play the whole game especially when they are highly skilled at it, but who would have thought that this pyramid of player-watcher inequality would be turned upside just because of one simple innovation.

Streaming is where people showcase their talent or just simply show other people how they play games and apparently this is now a global trend and even acknowledged as profession by some. A profession where the “player twos”, the audience, enjoy themselves by just watching the “player one”, the streamer, play the whole game by himself.

Games have evolved to a level where people don’t even mind if they are the ones playing it or not. Watchers even adapted to this level in which the analyses they make towards a game plan done by the players are regarded as alternatives rather than frustrated critiques that you often see in competitive plays. Like when someone makes a wrong move in chess, that feeling of frustration you get is no longer acceptable because as a watcher, you adapt your analysis on how the player develops the choice and see how it will affect his future actions and motives.

Gaming has reached the point where games are considered something professionals do not just do for leisure but as a living. This is where decisions matter and no move is a wrong one. This is why people tend to enjoy watching streamers play games whole day or every week, not because they love watching but because they are hoping for something new and exciting that these players bring are capable of doing. Showing possibilities no one has ever accomplished nor tried, somehow making what seems impossible possible because the gamer’s world is a world full of possibilities waiting to be uncovered and those who venture it are rewarded greatly.

Nobody ever thought that Mario could save the Princess but somebody did it then, nor did anybody thought that that little t-shaped Tetris piece could spin its way to do an impressive combo but somebody did it. Kind of just like how people started taking a video of themselves playing the games they love playing and getting other people to like it and now many people became famous thanks to this idea. Even the highest paid Youtube partner is a game streamer named Pewdiepie that has raised money for charities just by showing people a video of himself playing games.

Gaming then and now show two opposite poles yet the very essence of it has never left, to make people happy and enjoy themselves while bringing everyone together.

Classical Toys that Promote Health and Wellness

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During the old times, toys for children were very simple. A rock, a leaf, or basically anything they naturally have around them that they could use to play pretend or tag or use as a ball. Today, however, toys have become very sophisticated and advanced, thanks to Science and Technology.

Due to the almost excessive fascination for online games and state-of-the-art gaming consoles, gaming or playing has been associated to having bad health. This is because players tend to spend most of their free-time, sitting and staring at the screen. Unlike the old times, when playing meant sweating it off under the heat of the sun.

The discussion on the health risks and benefits of healthy gaming could be tackled in another blog entry. Right now, I just want to share some tips on how to become a healthier player, and to give tribute to the classic toys of our generation. Because, despite all these cool gadgets and state-of-the art games and toys, it will still be fun to use toys that are simple, yet children of all ages, and even adults, are able to enjoy. In addition, these toys are those that promote fun, as well health and wellness.

First in line is the very famous hula-hoop. This toy is an all-time favorite of kids who wish to show off or test their body coordination. Hula-hoops are in different colors that make it more fun to have and it can be played with music. Most of the people who play with hula-hoops are those that have a strong inclination to dancing since it promotes flexibility and body coordination. Hula-hoops are not only considered as toys these days but also an exercise tool, with the belief that in can aid in giving your body a slender curve in the waist.

Next is a kid’s classic – skipping rope or jumping rope. This game can be played alone or in groups. Basically, it involves jumping up when the rope is sent beneath the player. The game ends when the jumper is hit by the rope or when they fail to perform a routine perfectly. Jumping ropes are also highly associated with boxers who use it as an exercise for speed and body coordination.

Basketball, football, soccer ball, and all types of balls, are toys that very much promote physical activities and are team sports as well so they also exercise camaraderie and team spirit, balls may be associated to sports but in essence they are still toys because even young children have them for fun and play.

All these toys are classic toys that may not be as high-tech as the new toys that are out in the market, yet these are toys that every child should experience because of the fun they can give the children even in its simplicity. These toys are also a good way to educate your children to value the body and help them stay fit and active.

Combining, fun, games and exercise will surely give you  a healthier outlook in life.

Taking Care of your Gaming Consoles and Computers

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Gaming consoles and computers are not cheap. For some, it’s something that they have to actually effort upon by saving up and lining up long queues just so they can say that they own the latest in computer gadgets or gaming consoles. Because of this, it is necessary to always make sure that your computers or gaming consoles and other gadgets are well secured and protected from harmful viruses and other threats.

Protecting your gaming equipment is not only necessary because of the price of the products, but because if you are a true gamer, you would know that once a virus is able to penetrate your gaming system, you will have to reboot your gadget and that will mean losing all your progress. Your days or months of devoting your extra time into the game will be lost and as a result, you would be frustrated and sad.

Another reason to protect your gaming gadgets is that parts of these gadgets are not that easy to come by. You have to go to extreme lengths to find the parts of the console or computer, especially if you had its shipped from abroad. also, worst possible scenario, once your equipment is damaged, there is no way of reviving it and you either have to buy a new one (which means spending expensively again) or you just forget about playing ever again.

Taking care of your gaming equipment is very much like taking care of your body. Treat it as the only one you have, as the only thing you will ever get, and you will be sure to take extra efforts to ensure no harm is to come to your gaming consoles and computers. You should also give it the best protection there is, no matter the price. After all, buying the protection will be way cheaper than buying another set of the console again and again.

Look out for the best protection for you computers and consoles. Buy it the best anti-virus software, or provide it with casings and hardware protection that can prevent any other form of physical harm on your gadgets.

Gaming may be for leisure, but it is also a sense of lifestyle. If you are willing to give your all for your gaming equipment, then it only means you are a person who gives everything else in life, 100% of your dedication and protection. Hence, make sure that you do not waste more money buy neglecting to care for your gaming tools.