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Dress Up Games and Your Health

Dress up games can be absolutely wonderful for your health. It is not something you would think of as a healthy exercise, but playing the games is actually very healthful, even when you are just playing online dress up games. The physical nature of playing the games in a dressing room or your own closet can burn quite a bit of energy and keep you moving. The mental aspects of playing the games is hugely advantageous as well and easy enough to take advantage of.

Dress Up Games are Relaxing

The major benefit of the online games is how relaxing they are. We live in a world of high speed action and immediate benefits. Now, now, now. But when you play fashion games, especially on the computer, you are able to slow down, pick and choose items carefully and then assemble them at your own pace. There is no demand. There is no deadline. The goal is to create something you think is beautiful or fun – and what can be more relaxing than that?

Dress Up Games Help You Spot Weight Issues

When you play dress up games in your own closet or in the dressing rooms, you might have a moment of shock when you realize that your favorite pants are pulling a bit at the waist. When you try on your clothing on a very regular basis, you learn how it fits you and lets you know immediately when a pound or two has crept onto your waist line or hips. The way your clothing fits can tell you how healthy you are overall and if your health has changed at all. This is not as true with clothing with spandex waists, however.

Dress Up Games Get Your Moving

When you are hauling clothing out of your closet and trying on every single piece, you are most certainly moving. Climbing up onto ladders to get those boxes of shoes and digging around to find the perfect accessories keep you standing up and away from the temptation of the television and vegging out. The more you move, the healthier you will be. Anyone who tried on clothing for hours, of course, knows exactly how exhausting that can be. You burn a surprising number of calories as you pull items on and off to see what still looks great.

Dress Up Games Boost Self Esteem

As you try on your favorite outfits, you will see how great you look wearing them. Looking good is something everyone wants to feel, and the more you play the games and learn what looks great on and what works well together, the more confident you will be in your appearance and the better you will feel about what you are wearing every day. It is a heady feeling to walk into a room knowing you look awesome, and that boost of self confidence is certainly something you will want to duplicate as often as possible.

All Your Favourite Car Games, and New Ones, Too

Satisfy your need for speed playing all your favourite car racing games in a virtual environment.

Devoted gamers believe that Steve Jobs invented the computer mouse so that computerized car racing games would become both easier and more exciting. Once the mouse empowered a user to turn the cursor at oblique angles and trace curves, the horizons of virtual car racing stretched all the way out to the end of the infinite…and beyond. Simple as they are, car racing games remain among the most popular both on the internet and on handheld wireless applications. Those same devoted gamers believe Steve Jobs invented the iPhone’s motion sensor strictly for the sake of improving car racing apps.

You probably know that car games are deceptively simple: Follow the race course going as fast as you possibly can. How hard can that be? You’ve been following the same basic principles since you played car racing games on your old Commodore 64 system. Except that now, with the advent of 3D and a few other high-tech complications, game developers can bank the turns, create more dramatic spin-outs, and make the steering both more demanding and more precise.

Build your skills with “Dune Buggy.”
You may have been the Jimmie Johnson of your game console circuit, but playing car games with your computer requires adapting your skills; instead of a joy stick and a couple of buttons, you have your mouse or touchpad, your arrow keys, and your space bar. Online car games require their own unique set of skills and multi-tasks. Expect to crash spectacularly and burn in great balls of fire your first few times around the track. Of course, everybody knows “the fails” are as much fun as the great races.

Try “Dune Buggy,” one of the most popular entry-level car games at the internet’s most popular virtual arcades. “Dune Buggy” teaches you to move with the arrow keys and jump with the space bar, challenging you to navigate over, under, around, and through a variety of jumps, dips, and obstacles as you make your way through an off-road race course. Purely a game of speed and dexterity, “Dune Buggy” gets you in shape for more sophisticated car games, and you will know you are prepared for greater challenges when the trustworthy old buggy grows tiresome.

Advance to “FMX Team.”

Okay, strictly speaking, it is not a “car” game, but it counts among the leaders in the larger genre of driving games. FMX Team tests just how well you can manoeuvre those arrow keys and the space bar as you take your motorcycle through a series of tricky motorcycle stunts. The screen shows you the dirt track; a box in the screen’s upper left corner shows your stunts. You may choose among three different bikes, each equipped for different performance characteristics. As you get more comfortable with the game, you naturally will select the bike best suited to your style and level. FMX Team takes you through fifteen progressively more difficult levels; and, by the time you reach level 15, your fingers will fly around your keys so fast your friends will see just a flesh-tone blur.

Ministry Tips: Playing the Game and Using the Gifts

As someone who has a background in Christian Counseling people fascinate me so I find myself “probing” trying to go just that little bit deeper. It doesn’t work with my teenage son who often replies with simple grunts and shoulder shrugs.

I try to understand that there may not be a lot of communication, and I need to go about it in a very delicate way, trying to talk about things he likes to talk about or engaging in activities that can be done “side by side”. A bit like parallel play for toddlers. One activity is playing computer games while my son plays x-box games and responding with a few grunts of my own. This post isn’t about parenting a teenager but a life lesson about ministry that I thought about while playing Lara Croft, The Legend, on the computer tonight.In preparing to play this game I followed all the directions:

  • Installed the CD
  • Opened the game guide
  • Read instructions on keys and controls
  • Discovered what keys to press to shoot the enemy, etc.
  • Kept the manual right beside me as I started to play

I found myself struggling to make it through one area – I was being shot and grenades were coming at me from rooftops and doorways. Between turning the pages, pausing the game, fingers stumbling to find the right keys and pressing wrong controls I became frustrated. To make matters worse, every time I “died” the game reverted back to the last official “checkpoint”. I was getting fed up with repeating the same maneuvers and mistakes over and over again.

At one point my son took pity and within 2 minutes the scene was cleared of all dangers and pitfalls – every enemy disposed of. His fingers nimbly skimmed keys making “Lara” move swiftly, firmly and with consummate skill. Grinning broadly at my compliments he returned to his game while I decided to go make supper.

I began to think how like ministry this is. We think we are prepared and have everything ready – we have the “how to manual”. Yet putting it into practice is not as easy. It is like this computer game, we find ourselves stumbling and fumbling. We begin to feel that we just cannot do this – it is too hard.

Sometimes God requires that we repeat certain steps – learning from our failures. Then there are times we need to ask for help from those that have their skills built up from use. They can steer us through the pitfalls and explain what may have gone wrong and give tips on how to hone our skill. It is also good to step back and evaluate where you are doing well, what needs further work and how can it be done differently.

Don’t let despair settle in as we look at others thinking we can never do that. God may not want us to do what someone else does – but He does require that we step out in what He want us to do. “Lara” faced many enemies and obstacles in this game and so will we – but we keep applying principles that we have learned from God’s manual. If we fail, we get up and try again. God gives each of us different gifts but He also requires that we apply ourselves in growing and honing what He has given. This is done by “playing the game” – by living it out.

I went back to try the game a bit later – I chuckled when the game was loading as it showed the percentage of the game that I had completed successfully – 8%. I have a long way to go but I am applying myself to learn by doing. How about you?