The Top 10 Sports Video Games Of All Time

There have been hundreds of sports video games throughout the years. In less than forty years we’ve gone from Pong to MLB 2K6 for the Xbox 360. But the evolution of games hasn’t always meant better games. Just because a game has flashier interfaces and better graphics, it doesn’t necessarily make for good gameplay. That’s the reason that many PS2 and Xbox games are doomed to linger in discount bins at your local game store, while classics like NHL ’94 and Tecmo Super Bowl continued to be obsessed over by sports fans. Here’s my Top 10 of all time: 10. Jordan vs. Bird (NES) – Was the one-on-one gameplay that great? No, not really. But the game was innovative with the three point competition and slam dunk contest long before it showed up anywhere else. For that alone it deserves a spot in the Top 10. 9. Madden 2005 (PS2, Xbox, GC) – The jump from ’04 to ’05 was HUGE. ’05 introduced the hit-stick control and defensive playmaker to bring the defensive control on par with the offense. Franchise mode is pretty much the same as ’04, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. My favorite thing to do is build a team from scratch. I love taking the worst team in the league and building them into a powerhouse. You can move them to a new city and build a new stadium, then draft real college players from NCAA ’05. Overall, I liked this game more than any other Madden. 2006 just didn’t improve upon this game enough for me. 8. Punch-Out (NES) – what kid born in the late 70’s or early 80’s DIDN’T spend hours on end trying to beat Tyson with Little Mac? 7. Madden ‘94 (Genesis, SNES) – Based on memory this game was awesome. I remember being able to play with all the NFL teams and a bunch of classic teams. It was one of my favorite sports games growing up. That said, I played it recently and it sucks. It can’t even come close to holding it’s own against Tecmo Super Bowl. The passing is unrealistic, and the running consists of repeatedly hitting the spin button while tacklers bounce off your runner. It’s this high just because of how much I remember enjoying it as a kid. 6. NBA Live ‘95 (Genesis, SNES) – This game might not have been realistic at all, but it was insanely fun to run up and down the court firing up threes and throwing up alley-oops. The fact that it was the first NBA game by EA with every team and every arena also scores it points. Not to mention, this was the first game with the 3/4 angle camera. 5. NFL Blitz (Arcade) – The football version of NBA Jam. Fast scoring, late hits, and crazy rules like being able to throw multiple forward passes behind the line of scrimmage make this game great. The arcade version was waaaay better than the PS or N64 versions. 4. NBA Jam (Arcade) – Between the arcade version and the console versions, I’ve played a ton of NBA Jam. It is one of the most unique games ever. Who didn’t enjoy beating the crap out of people in mid-air or hitting three after three when they were on fire? This game totally rocked. The best part was getting all of the codes and playing with mascots and Bill Clinton. 3. Little League Baseball (NES) – I don’t know why this game doesn’t get more attention as one of the best NES sports games. The gameplay is the best of any NES baseball game – pitching, hitting, and fielding all are simple and feel relatively realistic. Plus there’s just something fun and unique about playing with little leaguers. As far as I know this is the only little league game ever, although I could be wrong. Adding to the excitement, certain teams are significantly better than others. Want a challenge? Try winning a tournament with Italy, the worst team in the game. The replay value of LLB is unbelievable; I still play it to this day. 2. NHL ‘94 (Genesis, SNES) – I love modern NHL games as much as the next guy, but this game is the best ever. I still play it ALL THE TIME. The quality of play is amazing. Take away the easy wrap-around goals and the gameplay is amazingly real, especially considering how old this game is. Oh, and for the record, they are playing NHL ‘93 in Swingers but talking about the removal of fighting in NHL ‘94. Weird huh? 1. Tecmo Super Bowl (NES) – This game was far ahead of it’s time – editable playbooks and season long stat tracking were so cool back then. The gameplay is far from realistic but amazingly equal. For that reason, the game is still popular and there are tons of people who still play in online leagues. The advent of emulators has allowed for the editing of rosters – I’ve played versions of the game with rosters from as recent as 2004. There are also versions with college rosters and USFL rosters. The weird little gameplay quirks like Bo Jackson being impossible to stop, fumbles bouncing all over the place, choosing defensive plays by guessing the offensive play, 100 yard passes, etc make the game MORE fun. This game will never, ever get old. Published at:

Video Games & Sports

Like novels, video games can be categorized into different genres. One of the genres of video games that exist is the role-playing games. Before there were video games, role-playing games were played, usually using dice. One example of role-playing in the real world was Dungeons and Dragons. In this game, you pretended to be a person who existed in a world where dragons, magic and other fantastical elements existed. Each of your actions in that world was mostly determined by the roll of the dice. You played with other people and they took on roles as well in that world as well. In the video game version, you take on the role of a person and use joystick or game console to do your actions on the screen. They just translated games that existed in the real world into video. Sports video games are just video versions of games like tennis, football and American football. You can be Michael Jordan and play against other superstars of the NBA. Do you want to be favorite American football player? You can be that player or any other player in the video game version? You can be Tiger Woods in a video game version of golf. Video game version of real sports let you pretend to be a super star that you will probably never be in real life. Sim is short for simulated and the video or computers usually have the word Sim in their title. It probably all started with a game called in Sim City. In Sim City, you pretend to be a person running a city. You had to build everything that made up a city and had to deal with disasters that would come out of nowhere so you wouldn’t get so bored just building things. A fire would happen in a building and would have to deal with that disaster. Some sim games deal with you being roller coaster or train baron. The popular games in this genre are simply called Sims these days. In these sim games, you pretend to be a person going through the stages of life and the troubles that you have in each stage of life. Puzzle video games are games where you simply have to solve the puzzle to move to the next level. Some games are like the famous game called Concentration where you have to match all the pieces. Once you match all the pieces, you can go on to the next level. It can be like tic-tac-toe where you have to put three matching things together and then you can move on. Some are actually video game versions of jigsaw puzzles. One popular genre is the strategy game genre. In this genre, you must you’re your mind against the computer or other opponents to win the game. One example of this game is the Civilization game series. In Civilization, you pretend to be a civilization like the Egyptians, Russians, Germans or any past civilization. Your civilization starts out at the cave man and you must find ways to evolve your civilization. While you are trying to evolve, other civilizations exist and they exist to destroy your civilization. You won this game by either beating all the other civilizations or by entering the Space Age. All you have really is your mind and you must use it or be destroyed in a strategy game. Published at:

The Evolution Of Sports Games

The first video game ever created was Pong. It was supposed to be the animated equivalent of ping pong. However, graphics were limited to a pair of very crude rectangles (ping pong paddles) and a white square (the ping pong ball). Pong, was in fact, the very first sports game of the video era. Decades have passed since the age of sports games went electronic and the dramatic improvements in graphics, detail, and capability have made them more popular than ever. Sports games, be they on video games or in real life, have always been a popular attraction for people because they involve competition. Adrenaline begins to pump and that primal desire to vanquish an enemy at some contest is what draws people to sports games. This is precisely what makes these video games so popular amongst gamers to this day. Sports games always feature a competition—either against another player or against the computer. As with most sports games in real life, there is generally a time limit and some sort of scoring system. A set of rules governs play and the object is usually to score more points than the opponent in a given time period. Sometimes, the point is to reach a certain number of points or attain a specified level. What has really taken sports games to the next level where video games are concerned are the graphics. Systems today have memories and graphics cards that make Pong look like the sad by-product of a caveman. 3-D graphics, 360 degree angle rotation, slow-motion, and a number of advancements in graphics have made the sports games of today look closer to the real thing than we could have ever imagined possible 20 years ago. Gone are the flat, 2-D players and graphics of the Atari era. In today’s games, animated representations of actual professional athletes look lifelike and bring an added element of realism. The continued evolution of computer and gaming systems has elevated the realism and entertainment value of sports games to unprecedented levels. The next evolutionary step for sports games in the video game realm may very well involve virtual reality applications that thrust players into the heart of the game itself. While sports games of today may not be able to put you on center court at Wimbledon yet, they may be able to do so in the not-so-distant future! Published at:

E- Games – The New Age Entertainment Sports

In the age of Internet, E-Games is an irresistible attraction amongst all age groups. The desire to play games has turned children to be more techno savvy these days. E-Games are flexible and intuitive, it’s easy to use so you can spend your time creating games instead of programming them. You can increase business effectiveness by easily adding more motivation and challenge to your learning programs. With the advent of E-Learning, even Training Games are transforming. Indeed, because Computer Games and Arcades are commonplace, instructional games may be the perfect candidate for e-learning events. Trainers understand the value of a good game for engaging participants in the learning process, whether as pre-course materials, self-teaching tools, or content reviews. Most games draw on traditional game-show styles such as Jeopardy, or popular boardgames, including Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly. The question-and-answer format of those games proves ideal for self-assessment and memory building. When played in groups, games promote teambuilding and team spirit. More importantly, games alleviate learners’ anxiety about being evaluated. A sophisticated programmed E-Game usually includes the following features: · Easy, intuitive authoring interfaces. · An array of different game types. · Detailed Help files, sample games, and demonstrations. · Cross-platform playback using the Flash web player. · No messy software downloads or installation requirements. · Options to create games from your web browser. · You can choose from several skins for your games, including a custom skin that allows you to modify the colors. · Full customization for any of the game types. · Your own online Arcade system that allows you to group your games into custom multi-player arcades and invite players to compete. The average age of an E-Game Player is 29 years and ninety two percent of all games are purchased by adults over the age of 18. 39% E-Game players are women. Computer and video game software sales grew 8% in 2003 to $ 7 billion in the following years and are expected to hike more. However, when compared to the movie industry this segment is still a small player. In fiscal 2004, ended June 30, E-Games’ sales rose 11% to $8 million, and profit increased 9%, to $1.7 million, from a year earlier. It did have a loss of $184,000 in its 2005 fiscal first quarter, after sales were hurt when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reduced shelf space it allocates to low-price PC games, E-Games says. Some very sought after E-Games are as follows: 1. AirXonix: This is a 3-dimensional remake of the Xonix game. In the Xonix game you have to control a device, which is moving over the playing field whilst several monster-balls are wandering inside. The objective is to isolate the balls away from as much spare playing field as possible. 2. Buzzing Cars: Buzzing Cars is a totally crazy racing game where you’ll not only need to be fast but also smart. You must carry out various missions such as drive robots around, chase flying saucers, electrocute aliens and of course race against the clock. You can buy seven different cars with various properties. In every crash, the cars begin to lose parts, until eventually after enough is lost they completely fall apart. 3. Cross & Word Games: A compilation of three simple puzzle games previously released by E-Games in their early RomTech days. Crossword Mania is a set of 110 crossword puzzles and Word Search Mania has 222 word searches. Both of these pencil and paper to keyboard and monitor translations also have basic design tools for constructing your own puzzles. Word Connect Special Edition is a one board demo of a Scrabble clone where players try to form interlocking words on a board with lettered tiles. 4. Mahjongg Master: Enjoy the classic Chinese game of strategy with this full-featured version! You’ll find 18 original tile sets – everything from classic MahJongg tiles to all new designs! You can also choose from among 70 beautiful backgrounds including scenics, animals, textures, and much more. Plus great music, too! MahJongg Master is one of E-Games best-selling titles. There are millions of players around the world. 5. Marble Blast: In this arcade action game from independent publisher Garage Games, players take the control of marbles. The objective of the game is to race the marble through the 72 levels each containing moving platforms, dangerous hazards, sparkling treasures and power up enhancements, and complete it in record time. 6. Miniverse Minigolf: Two 9 hole mini golf courses for 1-4 players. One course is set on “Earth” and features putting through locations such as a construction site, a war zone, and a casino. The other course is set in space and includes a variety of science fiction obstacles like tele-porters and laser shields. Players can choose to control their putter by pushing or pulling the mouse and can select one of several different colors for their golf ball. 7. Pinball: E-Games’ Pinball is a 3D pinball simulation with three tables. 3D acceleration is used for all sorts of realistic effects like table glass, light halos, shadows, reflections of the ball on the table, and more. Standard pinball game play applies; knock down targets to light up bonuses, which can be further increased by multipliers. 8. Word Search Mania: A computerized version of the standard pencil and paper word search. Word Search Mania is a collection of 222 assorted puzzles with a variety of strange topics in varying degrees of difficulty. It also contains a tool for building puzzles from your own lists of words. Published at:

Sports and Superheroes Bowling Games and Batman Games Online For Free

When you are searching for the best online free games, you are certainly looking to find a place that offers you plenty of surprises and challenging games. Such is Arcaderush, which is the perfect portal for those: • Seeking a place where they don’t have to sign up for those newsletters • Looking for an environment where they can find all in one action, sports, boards, cards, cars, superhero games, and so on. • Do not want to pay a penny. All the games are built for your entertainment only, and they do not require payment. Some of the most often sought after games are the sports games and the ones with superheroes. These types of games have incorporated action, challenging tasks, adrenaline, and fun as well. Therefore, you are going to be presented with the best two categories in each section: Bowling games and Batman games. Let’s see what each of these categories offers you. • Bowling games – you do not necessarily have to enter a bowling arena in order to exercise or develop your skills. You can do all these from the comfort of your home, sitting in front of the computer and working out new strategies, trying to implement new tactics with the help of the games in this category. You are going to find quite a diverse palette of games to choose from. When you are bored with one game, all you have to do is browse the list and jump to the next. One top favorite game in this section is the Banana Bowling game- very entertaining and funny, will give you an insight into some tips and tricks that you can rehearse here and then put to practice in the real bowling room. Next, Fish Bowling is yet another very representative game- where you can test your aiming skills for as long as you want. It comes accompanied by very nice and colorful graphics, and a soundtrack you will simply love. Some other games include Disco Bowling, Pinheads, Bowling Mania, Superbowl, Bowling Master, Bowlec 3D and Mini Bowling. Take your pick, aim and shoot! • Batman games – for the superhero action thirsty online players only. If you loved the Batman series movies but more specifically the comics’ books, then you will find something very challenging within this games collection too. For example, one very favorite game is the Batdog (which has gathered 5 stars here!)- Superman’s dog is trapped, and you have to find ways to free him and Gotham city from evil forces as well. Next on the list, is the Batman Double Team Game which will have you fight against space pirates. Highly interesting and entertaining. Almost all of the games feature unusual and new perspectives upon the life of our superhero Batman. Just dare to enter the action, and use all your weapons to keep danger away. Some other games from the top 10 list include: Batman Ultimate Rescue, Skycreeper, Batman the Brave and the Bold, Batman Danerous Buildings, Gotham City Rush, The Dark Ride, Batmobile the Chase, and many other such interesting titles. Published at:

Online Gaming: The New Generation’s Choice

Life was good! When I was 10 I had crayons and coloring books. Life is better. My brother has a laptop, PS-2, Xbox and a 24-hour internet access. Gone are the days when I used to debate in school about social networking sites. Move on girl. It’s all about JAVA (not coffee beans or the tsunami struck island), FLASH and MMO’s. For the beginners, MMO – Massively multiplayer online game: A technique capable of supporting all the game starving nerds across the globe. Now that’s what u call big heartedness.

That’s what people were actually waiting for. Now it can be a complete India vs. Pakistan! But we need to mull over the whole scenario of online gaming (read: gambling, in certain cases) being right or wrong. Is it right for my brother to turn into a virtual mafia and fight with goons, is it all well for my best friend to wake up all night to collect riches to be the DIVA in sorority life while in real life her hair’s are begging to be trimmed. And people it has nothing to do with age. I have witnessed old aunt’s buying virtual gifts on Farmville. May be I am old enough to get a grasp of the booming industry which has the support of over 52 million internet users or maybe I should get hold of an “ONLINE MIND SPA”.

Head shots, building civilizations, conquering kingdoms, becoming the most wanted, growing their own farm, winning the biggest hand is all they care and do endlessly night and day. Becoming the god of their game is their sole aim. They try to beat their friends in every game whether its a fighting game, sporting game or a racing game. They just want to be on the top of the scoring charts. This is their top priority. If someone else is winning instead of them then, it hurts their ego which could become dangerous. This is the life of a gamer.

Getting on with the gear, playing endlessly throughout the nights has turned the so called obsession into disorder. Studies claim that excessive gaming is not a disease but a disorder. What started with only being a time pass has become the single thought of their mind. The only book they read now is the cheatbooks and walkthroughs. Their social life is the one with their buddies over the internet or the social networking websites. Night is the best time of day for them, sacrificing their sleep, they are always on a run for the title.

The author is a freelance writer.

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Sports Without Injuries

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a professional athlete – say a footballer or a basketball star but is afraid of getting sports injuries? So you’d rather stay on a couch or bleachers and watch from the other side of the game. Well, don’t worry, you are not along. If you have seen some of the freakiest sports accidents on TV or on YouTube then I can’t blame you. Seeing those possibilities alone is a factor to consider before riding the boat of sports.

Think about this though, what if there will be a chance to play sports without thinking of the pain and effects of sports injuries – will you take it? I’d say -“hell yes”! I can actually imagine myself scoring a shoot, the fans and crowd screaming my name in amazement and all the perks of being a professional player. It’s like being a rock star of the court or the field.

Do you know that it’s already been possible since the late or mid 1990s? Well, not exactly but you can already play sports without having to experience sports injuries. Okay, don’t get those brows all wrinkled up now. I’m talking about video games. These games have been the answer to most people like us who doesn’t have the enough skills to play professionally or who wouldn’t want to take the option to play in field for recreation.

I know what you may be thinking. Playing video game sports isn’t really playing sports but is a form of make-believe. Yes, partly correct. But innovation and the advancement of technology is only trying to help other people who can’t or aren’t truly capable of playing sports. The possibility of sports injuries is just one of the reasons or factors. Make-believe may be but at least they are able to live even just a part of their dreams – and that is good enough.

Nobody can also tell; who knows with the rapid discovery of science and technology there may come a time when sports injuries can be totally eliminated while playing sports. While playing the actual game and being there personally is a fulfilling experience, some accidents can also take their toll on players – some having to retire from playing if not totally losing some of their physical capabilities. That I think is more painful that not having the chance to play at all.

I know, there are a lot of arguments from my statements, but in the end it’ll still boil down to enjoying and having fun on what you do. If you are happy playing sports and experiencing the occasional sports injuries [] then go for it. If you are otherwise happy holding a joystick and pressing buttons instead of holding a ball or a racket then by all means, enjoy what you do.

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Which TV Is the Best Choice for Gaming, Sports and Movies?

A very common question asked by customers when they are choosing a TV is which type of TV is best for watching sports, watching movies and playing games. Like a lot of things in life – the answer isn’t simply down to A and B. The best choice depends on your exact preferences, and we are going to try and help you make the right choice for your needs.

Plasma and LCD / LED TVs both have their plusses and minuses but it is generally accepted that Plasma screens cope better with fast motion images such as Sports and Action movies. In saying that however, there are some situations where a good quality LCD / LED TV will outperform Plasma in these situations.


Plasma TVs do a great job in displaying motion on the screen without the pixilation or artefacts that come from the extra processing needed by an LCD / LED TV. This makes them the leading candidate when it comes to viewing fast-paced Sporting events like Soccer, League or Formula 1. The down side to Plasma TVs is that having glass screens, they are subject to a lot of glare or reflection if you watch TV during the day in a brightly lit room.

If you don’t watch TV during the day, or don’t mind drawing the curtains then Plasma is certainly the way to go in this case. Another big plus is that Plasma TVs are much, much cheaper to buy in VERY big screen sizes (60″ plus) than the equivalent LCD / LED TV. And as I’m sure we’d all agree, there’s nothing better than having your mates around for a BBQ and a few drinks around a massive TV screen when the footy’s on!

The benefit of LCD / LED TVs when it comes to sport is realised when watching events like basketball, baseball or cricket. These sports have a lot of text based information on the screen – statistics such as score, run rate, fouls etc. These small details do seem to come up better on some of the better LCD / LED models, and of course without the inherent danger of burn in that (while much better protected against these days) still exists with Plasma Screens. The colours on LCD / LED TVs are also more vibrant, which makes the colours of the pitch and jerseys really stand out. They also do not suffer from the glare problem that Plasmas do, as they do not have glass screens. Also, in the exact opposite to Plasma, if you are not the type of person who enjoys big gatherings when watching your team play – then you might not want such a large screen. These days, Plasma TVs are rarely found any smaller than 50″, certainly from the big brands such as Panasonic, LG, and Samsung. So if you’re after a smaller size TV for your lounge or bedroom – then LCD / LED would be the choice.


If you’re into action packed movies with fast panning scenes and explosions such as Spiderman or the Expendables then a Plasma TVs superior motion processing would be better for you. As we said above, Plasma TVs do a better job than LCD / LED TVs when displaying fast motion on the screen without the pixilation or artefacts, and this does come into play when watching movies of this nature.

Plasma TVs also possess a superior Contrast Ratio than LCD / LED TVs, so they will provide you with a deeper, richer image if you watch a lot of films with dark scenes – such as Horror movies for example. Plasmas work best in a dimly lit room and are available in very large screen sizes so they are perfect if you want to create that movie atmosphere in your home.

Just like we mentioned with sports earlier on, LED / LCD TVs display finer details better, and the colours on LCD / LED TVs are also more vibrant, and they don’t have glare issues. So if you are not an action movie buff, more of a romantic comedy or documentary person then an LCD / LED might be a better option. Also if you watch a lot of daytime soaps or talk shows or after a TV for a small apartment or bedroom then choosing an LCD / LED would also be a more suitable option.


Using the same train of thought applied to movies and sports above, If you’re into action packed games with lots of fast paced movements, scenes with explosions shootings, and jumping from scene to scene then a Plasma TVs superior motion processing would be better for you. Plasma TVs superior processing of fast motion on the screen without the pixilation will help when playing games of this nature. Plasma TVs superior Contrast Ratio would also be better for dimly lit games, provide you with a lot more details in dark scenes compared to LCD / LED.

If you’re lucky enough to be able to stay home all day and play games – then an LCD / LED will work much better than Plasma in a brightly lit room. Some wonderful scenery is created in games such as Uncharted and Fallout – and these types of Role Playing games with vivid colours and imagery do look a lot more spectacular when displayed on an LCD / LED screen. Also, for you hard-core gamers who sit for hours in front of the screen – there will be no burn in issues to deal with when using an LCD / LED TV either.


Rather than a simple “Plasma is better for movies and sport” comparison, think a little deeper when choosing the right TV for you. If you watch a lot of fast motion sport and Action Movies then yes, a Plasma will be better for you. If your TV viewing is done mostly in the evenings, and you are after a very big screen then Plasma is also the smarter choice.

However, if your viewing revolves mainly around sports like Cricket, Baseball or Basketball – all of which display a lot of text based statistics on the screen for the duration of the broadcast – then an LCD / LED will be a better choice for you.

So it the TYPE of sports and Movies that you watch which will determine the right choice of TV for you.

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Big-Game Sports Fishing in the Bahamas

Whether you enjoy sports fishing or not, various fishing adventures are available for you in the Bahamas Islands. Fishing charters house a variety of types of trips for tourists. Yachts as well offer a different type of experience for enthusiasts or just interested tourists in this experience.

Nassau is known as one of the greatest fishing spots in the world. This holds true because of the large variety of selections within the sea. From marlin fishing and tuna, to yellow fin and albacore, the exciting variety makes fishing more memorable. Sailfish as well are available for catch.

This deep sea fishing adventure creates a variety of memories for tourists. Many go home talking of the biggest fish they ever caught in their life. Nassau can be that for you as well. Fishing tournaments also occur throughout the year and fishing persons can compete in catching the largest fish or amount of fish for money. Imagine that…you could win money by doing something adventure and fun on the water. Take a trip to Nassau to experience the greatest big game sport fishing of your life.

When traveling to Nassau, various boating experience are available to embark on. Bahamas yacht charters are a Caribbean adventure that will give you lasting memories. Combined with deep sea fishing, what could be better for a fisherman? Tour guides are available to guide you into finding the perfect big game fishing adventure. Boats leave at all times of the day to fit your travel needs.

Planning a trip to The Bahamas? Whether it’s a scuba diving vacation [] or a sport fishing trip [] we can help you book your flight, find the right hotel and schedule tours and rentals.

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