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Tri Peaks Solitaire Strategy Guide

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Tri Peaks Solitaire is a fun, and popular solitaire game, combining elements of Golf Solitaire and Pyramid Solitaire. It has an interesting scoring system, which can lead to much higher scores when you DON'T play all the moves you can.

There are 2 keys to getting a high score in Tri Peaks Solitaire:

- Clear each Peak.

- Form long sequences.

You get quite a lot of points for clearing a peak. You get 15 points for clearing the first peak, 15 points for clearing the second peak, and then 30 points for clearing the last peak. Thats a total of 60 points, which shows that it is definitely worth while getting rid of all the peaks, and unless you can form an incredibly long sequence, it's always worth trying to clear the peaks.

The second key to doing well at Tri Peaks Solitaire is to form really long sequences, where you do not deal a card from the talon.

The Tri-Peaks scoring system will give you one additional point for every card you move in a sequence. So the first card you move gives you one point, the next card gives you two points, the next card gives you three points, and the next card gives you four points, etc. The sequence ends as soon as you deal from the talon, and the sequence begins at one point again.

This system is interesting because it often makes sense to not move cards as soon as you can.

There are 2 ways to illustrate this.

What do you think the difference in scoring would be between one 12-long sequence versus two 6-long sequences? Most people know the long sequence will outscore the shorter sequences, but not many people realise by how much!

The 12 long sequence gives us a score of 1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10+11+12, which is 78.

Surely the two 6-long sequences won't be too far behind?

Well, we get 1+2+3+4+5+6 for the first sequence. And then we 1+2+3+4+5+6 for the second sequence.

The total is only 42! Even though the same number of cards were removed, the difference in scores is 36 points!

Another way to illustrate this is to see what would happen if we extend out a long sequence.

What if instead of 12 card in the sequence, we could somehow remove 14 cards in sequence instead? Well, that would give us an extra 13+14 points, which is 27 extra points.

Adding two cards extra on the 12 card sequence almost resulted in as many points as two 6-card sequences!

As you can see, it really pays to form one really long sequence. You need to make sure you form one sequence of atleast 10 cards before you start getting a reasonable score.

Now, when Tri-Peaks Solitaire starts, you normally find you can form a reasonably long sequence. But rarely is it more than 10 cards. Don't use that sequence until you have studied the tableau carefully!

Look at the cards above the bottom layer. Look for a lot of cards all around the same rank. See if you can see any long sequences. When you do, see what cards are covering that sequence, and then work to remove those. DON'T remove cards that could make that sequence longer, even if you can play them in shorter sequences before hand. You want to aim for one sequence, as long as you can humanly make, to get really good scores in Tri Peaks Solitaire.

This has to be balanced against the first key though, which is to uncover the peaks. You don't want to hold on too long for that perfect sequence, because it may mean that you don't get to uncover the peaks.

Play a few games with the above in mind, and you're sure to see your Tri Peaks scores increase in no time!

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Macromedia Shockwave Games

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Almost 400 million people have installed the Macromedia Shockwave player on their computers. This allows them to play free online games which have an astounding level of quality and detail. Shockwave is Macromedia's first multimedia player and predates the existence of Flash. Though it was specifically designed for movies, Shockwave has become the tool of choice for developing online games.

The 3D engine used with Shockwave is the most powerful in existence today for online games. It has surpassed even Java in popularity. Most developers now use this amazing tool to create free online games. All flash files can be played in the shockwave player. The Shockwave engine renders objects much faster than Flash, and it also works with the video hardware on the user's computer. The only problem with Shockwave is that it is not available for Linux. The Linux community is lobbying to change this.

The free online games produced using the Shockwave engine are nothing short of impressive. It is believed by many experts that further advances in this technology may allow it to compete with console games in the future. While this may sound slightly far fetched, it is far from being impossible. Many argue that the graphics capability of the Shockwave engine can compete with or surpass that of the PSP or Nintendo DS. While this is up for debate, there can be no doubt that Shockwave is a force to be reckoned with.

Games can be produced in Shockwave for any genre. Racing games, RPGs, fighting, and simulators are all currently available in Shockwave. Many of these free online games require users to meet certain system requirements in order to play them. This is the only downside which separates them from console games. All games which are designed for a specific console will work. With Shockwave you need to have a computer which is powerful enough to play them. The most powerful advantage Shockwave games have over console games is cost.

While many of these games may be free, some cost as little as $9.95 per download. This is a lot cheaper than the $40 you will pay for a PSP game, or the $60 you will pay for an Xbox 360 game. As better games are released in Shockwave, we may see a shift in popularity from console games back to computer games in the future. Shockwave has made a huge impact in free online games and their developement.

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Download Free Iphone Games

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In order to download some free games for your iphone, there will be a few things you need. Number one is an Iphone, obviously, so congratulations if you managed to get your hands on one. On top of the Iphone, you will also need a computer, and an internet connection. The computer doesn't have to be the most hi tech in the world, anything in the last 5 or 6 years should be fine.

Having said that, a five or six year old internet connection will probably not cut the mustard here. The slower your connection, the longer your downloads will take. That's not to say it won't work-if you are stuck with a dial up connection, you can still download things just fine, it will take a little longer is all.

Something else you will need is a hard drive large enough to take the downloads, and don't forget the game will be ending up on your Iphone, so you'll need enough space on that too. Once you're sure you have all the required stuff, you are about ready to start downloading free Ipod games.

The hardest thing about this is knowing where to find the games. Over the last few years it seems like the whole world has gone crazy for torrent or P2P sites-it seemed like everyone I knew was downloading everything from there. True, you could get free stuff like that, but it's pretty dangerous, and is it worth getting into trouble with the law just for a free game or whatever? The other main problem with the torrent sites is that a lot of hackers etc, upload files there under false names, so you may think you're downloading sonic the hedgehog only to find that you are downloading some kind of virus or trojan which will give the hacker access to your computer. Not too cool huh?

For some reason, a few people still do access the torrent sites for their downloads, even though there are some pretty cool safe alternatives around these days. The way these new kinds of sites work is that you pay a one of joining fee, say $35 or $50, and then you get access to their downloads. The downloads are super fast, and you usually get unlimited downloads too.

As you've seen, there's more than meets the eye if you are looking to download games to Iphone, but hopefully this article has given you some ideas.

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Children S Online Games

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While the World Wide Web expands, more and more individuals are getting online for all of their necessities and for their enjoyment. Online games are just one of the many different ways to enjoy the internet. But, there is a newer trend happening right now. Instead of just throwing our attentions to online gaming atmospheres, we can also allow our children to enjoy the wider world of entertaining online. But, is it safe? And, even if it is, should we allow our children to be using online gaming at all? Is it any better than them sitting in front of a television?

Many parents simply do not have the time to monitor all the activity their children are having online. All parents need to know that there are many predators online that are seeking out our youngsters. But, there are ways to prevent them from coming near to our children. For example, in online gaming rooms, you can easily disable chatting and interaction. You can also disable instant messages as well. Yet, an even more effective manner for protecting our children while they are online is to simply keep the computer they will be using right in the living room, the kitchen or in any area that is open where you can see what's going on just by turning your head. When parents are aware of what is going on while their children are online, they can keep their children better protected. And, it's never too soon to talk to your children about stranger danger even on the computer.

Okay, but what about the gaming? Should we allow our children online to play games?

It is important to break down some age levels here. For children who are young, it is essential to allow them time to learn about computers, but you need to do it in a one on one situation. In these cases, there are many games that are actually quite beneficial for them to play. Many games can teach reading skills, math skills, and many other aspects of learning. And, because it is fun, kids simply love to do it. They enjoy the colors, the sounds, and the idea of playing with Mommy or Daddy. It's a great time for some bonding as well.

Then, we can look towards the older age. Those who enjoy cartoons on television will love the games that focus around these topics. And, you'll find many games that do. Online games like these can help with motor skills and computer usage skills. But, why not teach them a little by getting them into a different type of game, one that will challenge them. For example, word puzzles and just puzzles in general can stimulate the mind in many ways. Or, teach them a little history with a program like Oregon (or Amazon) Trail in which they need to survive a treacherous trek through the wilderness. Even older children can benefit from the "Sim" games as well. The less violent ones are better because they teach your little entrepreneurs to use many skills to build cities, buildings, companies...you get the idea.

When it comes to allowing teens online, you really need to allow at least some online time. At that age, they are into communicating with their friends through email and instant messages, but interactive games are very popular. Competing against friends is a definite need that many kids have. Is it any worse or any better than a Playstation or Xbox system? Probably not, but at least they are interacting with others. And, you can somewhat monitor their actions or limit their internet exploring when you provide them with what many ISP's are offering and that is parental controls on accounts set up just for kids.

So, where does that leave us and the online gaming world? Should children be allowed online? Yes, we believe that kids of all ages should at least have the opportunity to learn how to use the computer. It is an essential skill. But, what about playing games? Yes, they need this too. In a safe environment, there are few other places that you can play so many games for a low cost. They can learn from them as well. You can monitor just what they are doing. If you are a parent trying to figure out where you stand with your children being online, consider it a learning experience to allow them to surf with you, even if it's just once. Then, you will be able to see just what is out there to offer your children and how well they enjoy it.

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The Appeal Of Bishojo Games

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Bishojo in Japanese means "pretty young girl." The Bishojo games center around interacting with largely 2D images of young girls. They could be an arcade game, a puzzle game, an adventure story, or similar game themes. The Bishojo aspect can be incorporated into any computer game and make it a part of the Bishojo game industry.

Examples of Bishojo games include - Gals Panic, Money Idol Exchanger, Strip Mahjong, Tokimeki Memorial, Galaxy Angels, To Heart, Kanon, etc.

Bishojo games became popular with the rise of the PC in the 80s in Japan. Beset with very explicit content, guidelines were set in the 90s leading to a more organized set up. The Games were translated into English, but did not enjoy widespread popularity. Many of these were hentai games with more explicit content. Examples include - True Love, Season of the Sakura, Three Siosters' Story, etc.

Today Bishojo games are available in CD - ROMs and can be downloaded from the internet. Some of the popular games are Tokimeki Check In, X-change, and Megatokyo.

Some of the major companies in the west involved with Bishojo publishing are Jast USA, Peach Princess, G-Collections, etc.

Not all Bishojo games contain explicit scenes, though. The western publications however contain explicit themes and scenes.

A number of related terms are used with Bishojo and contain similar game themes and representation styles. These include - Eroge, Dating Sim, Renai games, Raiser sim, and visual novel.

The main impetus behind using cartoons and animations to represent adult content initially came from Japanese laws that did not allow real actors to be used, especially minors. A cursory look at Bishojo pictures would reveal young and pretty girls pampering to the tastes of adults.

The main stimulating aspect of Bishojo and other Hentai games appears to be the use of young girls and minors as objects of sexual fantasy. That is what seems to propel the sale, and the lack of widespread popularity in the west appears to be due to this aspect.

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Beating An Rpg Game

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Alright. We all know it. You want to play Dungeons and Dragons, but that is just a level of nerd that you don't want to reach. No offense to people who play it, since both groups will probably like a flash RPG. It is basically a quicky version of the game that started the whole genre. The benefit is that these are free and usually much simpler than the absurdly open-ended forefather.

When playing an RPG game, you need to decide exactly how you want to play it and decide whether you are really up for it. Most flash RPGs rely heavily on repetition for some of the training aspects, and this may frustrate you too much to actually finish. Some of them lack a save option too, so make sure you have about an hour or so to actually finish it up. Once you commit yourself, you just have to familiarize yourself with the characteristics of the game. You need to decide what traits you want and what actually matters. It is generally worthless to have 1 strength and 10 luck, for example. If you don't want to be a fighter than don't get strength, get intelligence or will or whatever your character needs. Getting off to a good start with a good character makes all the difference.

Now that you have a character, you need to just explore. Don't be too afraid of dying randomly. Most well built RPGs don't have ridiculous deaths to make the player angry. You play flash games to have fun, not to hate your life and some random programmer a thousand miles away. Once you know the lay of the land you can set some basic goals. Hunt or work to get money, so you can buy training for better stats, which let you get better equipment, which lets you get more money, which lets you get better training, etc. Get a game plan and an ultimate goal. If you can, you should also find some good quests to add a little character to the game.

While you're leveling up, you must also pay attention. New levels open up as time goes on and new things will become available. These can often change the game and make it even better. You definitely don't want to miss out on something good. In the same way, you shouldn't get too far ahead of yourself. Don't over-commit yourself on quests with time limits you can't meet and don't get ahead of your character. If you have to fight, you don't want to pointlessly lose health in a fight you couldn't win.

Finally, don't overplay the game. You don't need to have 999 points in each category. Some really open RPGs don't have limits. This doesn't mean you should waste three hours trying to max out your stats for no real reason. It may sound really stupid, but these flash games can be very addicting once you really get started.

These are good tips that any new player to the role-playing genre should enjoy. Playing a flash RPG may be something different, but it should be a lot of fun for the flash game player who enjoys a rich world that offers something new.

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Download Psp Emulators

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Are you trying to download PSP emulator software? A lot of people don't know this, but using your Sony PSP with emulator software can give you a whole new dimension in your enjoyment of the machine. Imagine how it would feel to download and play some of yesterday's classics like Super Mario and Sonic?

Using emulator software with your PSP is something that needs to be learned. In the first place, you will need to get hold of some Emulation software for your PSP. This software is there to enable you to download and use the games from other systems on your PSP. Along with just about anything for PSP, there are many different places you can obtain this software from online, but a lot of them are completely disreputable and can cause damage to your PSP or your computer. We will now show you the genuine places where you can download PSP emulator software.

As soon as you have been able to download PSP emulator software, you will be able to start looking for games to apply it to. The game files which you use with emulation software are sometimes called Roms, and before you download these it is worth checking on the legal situation. It can often be illegal to download roms for emulators, without having the original developer of the software make the download property of the public domain, as can happen. One possible way round this is that the law in a lot of countries will let you keep a backup copy of a game you have already bought. This means that if you have games on your old system, you can transfer them without any problems!

What you then need to do in downloading PSP emulator software is to check the firmware of your PSP. Some of the firmwares don't allow you to use such software, and as a general rule you are better with an earlier one. There is no need to be concerned about this, as it is not difficult to downgrade your firmware to an earlier version if you find you need to do this.

You will find that getting hold of reliable places to download PSP emulators from, and the games that go with them, is not easy. There are basically three different types of sites -

1-Sites which are free, but feature extremely limited selections, software that often won't work, downloads which are at a ridiculously slow speed, and sometimes riddled with dangerous viruses or spyware even if they do work.

2-Dishonest sites that pretend to offer free memberships, but try to grab your credit card information as soon as you try to download. This is completely dishonest, and I for one don't like the idea of wasting good money on very, very old games that I already have.

3-Genuine membership sites that charge you a one off fee for lifetime access to unlimited downloads. Sites like these are easily the best option to download PSP emulator software from, as they are managed by professionals, and offer a very large range of downloads at extremely good speed. To top off the deal you will also be able to download PSP games, as well as the emulation stuff, for just the one initial fee.

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Mah Jong Game Rules And Procedures Explained

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An ancient and traditional Chinese game, Jah Jong has gone global in many forms. There are Chinese, Japanese, and even American versions of the rules. The game, no matter which way you play, involves a little luck, some skill, and a dash of intelligence. In fact, the name actually means "the game of a hundred intelligences." The game, traditionally, has been used as a gambling game in China.

Usually, Mah Jong is played by four people, however; it may be played by as few as two or as many as five people. In a full game of Mah Jong, there are 16 hands played. They are played in four rounds. Each round is named after a direction: east first, then south, then west, and finally north. Each of the players actually as a direction or wind corresponding with the order they play. The first player, or east, is determined by a roll of the dice.

The next part of Mah Jong game rules and procedures explained is to build the wall. This is done by arranging the tiles in stacks. There are 18 stacks formed once the tiles have been mixed well. The stack is broken and tiles are handed out among all of the players so that each player ends up with 13 tiles. The rest of the tiles will stay in the middle and are known as the wall.

Maj Jong game rules and procedures next include each player discarding tiles and drawing from the wall. The idea is to get 4 sets and a pair of tiles. A set is a sequence of three in a row of the same suit, known as a CHOW (like a mini straight flush in poker). You can also get three of a kind, or PUNG. Finally, four of a kind is also a set and is known as a KONG. Once a player has gotten four sets and one pair, the game ends. If nobody wins and the wall is gone, there is ad raw. There are many scoring variations depending on where you are playing and with whom you are playing.

There are a number of mah jong rules that have been formulated for international competition. There are world championships held around the world. Not only is it now a gambling game, but also an international sport. The international rules were used for the first time in 2002, which is when the first World Championship tournament was played. This new set of rules combines traditional scoring with many of the modern elements that have formed through the years.

Mah Jong is a game that is sweeping the world. Though simple, its tradition reaches far into Chinese history as a gambling game. Today, though, the game is played to gamble, for fun, and for sport. With the development of world tournaments, the game of mah jong has become global and a part of popular world culture. So pick up some tiles and be part of the movement. Sit down at that table and you will be addicted to the skill, intelligence, and luck of it in a matter of just a few hands.

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Sports Rundown

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Football and More

If you are a big fan of football games, then you probably follow one ore more football games which has its own league and teams coming from different countries. The most popular of them is the American football by the National Football League. American football owes its popularity to several television partners such as CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN and NFL Network. With such a wide coverage, you'd think you would have had enough but since there are some people who still miss some games, you would find them prowling the Internet for more information. Again, stop prowling because you can find them all here on this site. If you're an Aussie, I bet Aussie rules will be the main choice of football. This one is governed by the Australian Football League and has its own following in their country, although it is not considered their favorite sport.

Sports Galore

One winter sport that some sports followers will want to get information is bandy, a forerunner of ice hockey. In other countries, the same game is played but with a different name such as hockey with ball or ice ball or ice ball. But for big fans of ice hockey, they need not look further than this site because they got this sport covered as well.

Rugby is another contact sport that many individuals have an affinity for. There are tournaments set for this game which many people will want to watch play for play. And it will not be surprising to find that citizens of Australia and Great Britain comprise majority of Internet users who check out linked sites listed on this page that provide information on it.

These are just some of the highlights on this site and it would be good to check out other sports which you will hardly miss if you continue going to this page for updated information any time you want.

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