PS2 Game Rentals – The Best Places to Rent PS2 Games

Renting video games has never been so appealing as it does in this day in age. Many video game rental clubs offer PS2 game rentals, amongst many other console games, to the public for one low monthly price. Today, we will be investigating into which rental clubs offer the best quality and selection when it comes to your favorite PS2 games.

As of 2006, there are 3 online video game rental companies that stand out amongst the rest of the pack. If your into video gaming, you might have heard of them. Gottaplay, GameFly, and Intelliflix are currently our nations leading chain of video game rentals. Below, we will be evaluating each of the 3 companies when it comes to PS2 game renting.

PS2 Game Rental Reviews

Gottaplay PS2 Rentals

Gottaplay rental company is fast becoming one of the hottest online video game rental companies in the US, trailing right next to GameFly . They are the first online company of their kind that offers phone support to all their customers, along with a massive game selection. Gottaplay has a large selection of PS2 games within their arsenal. Here are some of the stats that we came up with when reviewing this company

1. PS2 Game Selection: Roughly 700 PS2 titles

2. New Release Titles: All new releases were available as soon as they hit the local stores. Roughly around 75 new releases at the time of publishing this article.

3. Classic Game Titles: Many PS2 classics were included such as Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, and other great titles of the past, present and future.

4. Hard-to-Find Games : Many games that we never even knew about were included within their selection. If you want to play a game with little or no popularity, Gottaplay has this covered as well.

5. PS3 Titles– Gottaplay will carry the most current PS3 titles once released.

GameFly PS2 Rentals

GameFly has been the online leader within the video game rental realm for quite some time. With a large selection of game rentals available reaching at over 5,000 titles, this company doesn’t seem to be losing its edge when it comes to what they do best. One thing is for sure, when it comes to PS2 rentals, they cover the market with quality and selection. Lets take a better look:

1. PS2 Game Selection: Roughly 800 PS2 titles

2. New Release Titles: New releases are always available. Roughly around 60 new releases at this current time.

3. Classic Game Titles: Many PS2 classics are included, but the selection is not quite as comprehensive as Gottaplay’s.

4. Hard-to-Find Games: With their large diverse selection of PS2 titles, hard to find games were easily found within their database. You’ll find a great selection of “when did this come out” type of games.

5. PS3 Titles– GameFly will be one of the first rental companies to stock PS3 games once available.

Intelliflix PS2 Rentals

Intelliflix is looking to cover a wide variety of markets including movies, video games, and adult movies. Although they do cover a large area of rentals, they do not dominate within any particular market. Their plans are great for families that would like a one-stop-shop type of policy. When it comes to PS2 renting, they do carry a great selection of newer games, although their game selection isn’t nearly as comprehensive as the other two mentioned above. They are still worth their weight in gold and worth mentioning for any PS2 game fanatic. Here is what we dug up.

1. PS2 Game Selection: Roughly 475 PS2 titles

2. New Release Titles: New releases are always available. Roughly around 50 new releases currently.

3. Classic Game Titles: There were a few PS2 classics available, but this company mainly focuses on their newer game titles. If your highly fond of classic PS2 titles, you may want to try GameFly or Gottaplay.

4. Hard-to-Find Games: There were a few scattered hard-to-find titles located within their database.

5. PS3 Titles– Intelliflix will also carry PS3 titles once released. I think any company serious about game rentals will have these titles covered.

Joining A Gym – Why Can’t I Workout On My Own?

Gyms today have become very popular owing to the great physical and psychological benefits they offer to people. However, one should be cautious while choosing a gym.

Only a few people can afford to buy the expensive fitness equipment such as multi station treadmills, stair steppers and stretching bars that are found in gyms.

Today most hi-tech gyms offer a variety of exercise activities ranging from racquetball and tennis courts to Olympic sized   swimming  pools, saunas, spas, rock climbing and even jai lai courts that are in vogue these days. Jai Lai is a Spanish high intensity racquetball game that is played with a curved racquet.

It isn’t possible to enjoy all these facilities from home unless one is very wealthy. Another advantage of going to the gym is that you can seek professional advice from the experienced fitness professionals and trainers. They can guide you during weight training sessions as well as offer useful dietary information and health tips.

Even members of the gym can be extremely knowledgeable. Those who are particular about maintaining optimal health and remaining fit and trim often make the time to hit the gym so don’t be surprised to find doctors, nutritionists and aerobics instructors among the clientele.

Another reason why gyms are a good option is because they provide you with an opportunity to socialize and exercise together with friends or in groups so that the exercise routine doesn’t seem monotonous. This helps to build social contacts and encourage oneself to exercise on a daily basis.

There are however certain drawbacks of attending gyms as well. The biggest disadvantage is that gym membership is quite expensive. One can pay per session, per month or on a yearly basis. Paying per session usually works out to be rather expensive but can be a good option for people who are just visiting the city.

The most commonly used membership is per month but this too can range anywhere between 30 to 300 dollars depending on the facilities offered by a particular gym. Sometimes gyms offer a trial work out period free of charge to attract prospective members.

Another problem is motivating oneself to actually go to the gym. In today’s fats faced society people lead such busy lives that they seldom have the time to goto the gym leave along exercise.

Gym equipment can at times seem rather unappealing if they are messy. Although most gym members are courteous enough to wipe the equipment after using it, nevertheless is important to look for a gym where the staff are alert enough to ensure that members keep the equipment clean.

Therefore one must weigh all the pros and cons and then decide whether they would like to join a gym or not. It is always recommended that one tries out a few gyms on a trial basis before finally committing themselves to becoming members of a specific one in the long term.

5 Great Fantasy Book Series for Tweens

If you’re looking for just the right book to give your child, and he/she is interested in heroes and battles, magicians and sorcerers, hidden worlds or unique twists on old fairy tales, these five authors have series that will provide your child with hours of enjoyment and excitement. And I know, because not only have my kids read and delighted in them, I have too.

1) Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan: Rick Riordan presents an interesting twist on the old Greek and Egyptian mythologies in his two series. The stories really appeal to any kid who may have considered themselves different or outcasts, but have a bit of the undiscovered hero inside. The main characters of Riordan’s stories discover that they are children of, or can channel, the Gods. Because of their abilities they face many enemies out to destroy them. And ultimately, it is up to them to lead many quests to help win the battle between good and evil.

2) The InkHeart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke: Anyone who has ever become immersed in a book, or dreamt of joining their favorite characters, will love the InkHeart series. Meggie, a young girl whose father repairs books, discovers that he has a secret talent to bring book characters and scenes to life by simply reading a book aloud. The book he read when Meggie was a toddler, InkHeart, had the unexpected consequence of causing her mother to disappear into the world of InkHeart, and some unsavory characters to be released into the real world. Years later, the characters return to seek out the InkHeart book so that it can once again be read aloud.

3) The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series by Michael Scott: Josh and Sophie Newman are twins that appear by chance to meet the immortal Nicholas Flamel, the Alchemist, and his wife. They are sucked into a battle of good and evil that will determine the fate of the world they know, and the worlds they have not even imagined. In order to fight this evil, Josh and Sophie will have to be taught all the elemental magics, and will discover that many Gods and Immortals move freely about the world as they know it. Parents will love the role that many historic figures play in this series.

4) Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins: Like the InkHeart Trilogy, the Underland Chronicles focuses on a child who has had a parent disappear early in his life. Gregor and his younger sister, Boots, accidentally discover a world underneath New York City, where humans and giant creatures coexist. Gregor will learn of a prophecy and more importantly he will learn about the whereabouts of his missing father. This series, written by the author of the Hunger Games, has some dark themes that may raise some discussion with your child.

5) The Sisters Grimm Series by Michael Buckley and Peter Ferguson: The Sisters Grimm is a great combination of fairy tale and detective series. Sabrina and Daphne Grimm go to live with their mysterious grandmother and learn that they are descendants of the Brothers Grimm and live in a town where fairy tale characters exist. They run into a series of events that require their detective skills to solve, such as the kidnapping of their grandmother and the murder of a teacher. A fun ride for both boys and girls with some strong female characters for the girls to relate to.

Grow Tall And Look Smart

Growing taller is the ambition of every youngster. By growing taller, you look smart, add to your image and you become self confident. At the same time, we are also aware that growing taller is a natural phenomenon and we have little control over it. But, modern medical science has proved that although height is a natural phenomenon and determined by your genes, there are certain ways by which you can grow taller than your natural height.

Role of exercises:

One of the basic techniques to grow taller is exercise. There are several stretching exercises that are specially designed for people who desire to grow taller. It is said that most of these exercises are found in the Yoga system of physical exercises. Exercises like stretching the legs, hands, abdomen and neck are found to be extremely beneficial when it comes to adding inches to your normal height. You find many organizations or institutions where such dedicated exercises are taught by adequately qualified and abundantly trained and experienced instructors. You also find several online training institutions which give you sufficient training sessions on these stretching exercises.

Bending exercises also help you to grow taller:

Bending exercises also help you to grow taller as they elongate the spine. Take for example the exercise of bending sideways. To perform this exercise, you must stand erect. Slowly raise both your hands. Make sure you keep the hands straight. Now, gently turn your body to the right side simultaneously moving your hands. Bend as far possible. Remain in that position for a few seconds or till you feel comfortable. Now, gently come back to the original position. Repeat this exercise by bending to the left side. Perform this action about five times. Practice these exercises regularly. Remember, about 30 minutes a day should be sufficient to practice these exercises.

Role of good posture:

Many experts are of the opinion that in addition to exercises, you should also cultivate the habit of good posture. That means while walking, you must keep your back erect and the chin must be straight (parallel to the ground). You must look straight; at least about twenty feet away. Keep your shoulder in a relaxed position. Wear comfortable shoes. Similarly, while in a sitting posture, sit erect and wherever possible, try to stretch your legs. These will greatly impact your attempt to improve your height.

Food and sleep habits are also important elements:

In addition to these exercises,   swimming  and  games  like volleyball also help in adding extra height. In addition to exercises, you must also adapt healthy food habits. The food must be rich in proteins and vitamins. Give up alcohol, smoking because these are known to affect the growth of HGH (Human Growth Hormones) which are crucial contributors to healthy body growth and development.

You must also get adequate sleep. You should sleep at least for about eight hours a day. You may be surprised that experts in the medical field have said that inadequate sleep will affect your HGH and this again affects your height. Keep yourself relaxed and free from stress. For this purpose, you must practice yoga and meditation under the supervision of a trained and experienced instructor.

My Teen’s Hobbies Scare Me

A recent study at Indiana University showed a direct relationship between playing violent video games incessantly over an extended period of time and a subsequent change in brain regions associated with cognitive function and emotional control.

So how do we help teens make better decisions in the hobbies they choose, the amount of time they spend on each one and who they spend the time with?

5 Rules For Healthy Hobbying.

1. 33.3 – 33.3 – 33.3 – Divide the time into thirds.

One third should be whatever they want (within reason).

One third should be something you decide together (something generative; i.e. music, dance, comedy, martial arts, a book club, public speaking, etc.,)

One third should be something outdoors; scouts, walking, hiking, being with the pooch… something physical and electronics free.

2. Let them make these decisions.

Think of your concerns. Write them down. “Sell” it to them and if it doesn’t work find an argument they will agree with: if you do x and y you can do z and I won’t give you any grief for the 33.3% of your time. Theyhave to buy in to this program for it to work.

3. Be their parent. Most of my student clients tell me what they want most from their parents is not a friend or a judge or jailer but a sounding board that is there when they need them, who lets them make mistakes and learn from them (within reason) and believes in them to figure it out.

4. Set Limits. The parents laws should not be broken but a child should be allowed to rise above the law. In one of my classes a “fun” exercise was getting long in the tooth for me but the students loved it. I suggested that we do it once in a blue moon. A few weeks later one of the students raised his hand and said: “This is the second moon of the month”, so we did the exercise. I also pointed out that he had followed my rules and used them to get what he had wanted.

5. Don’t sweat the studies. If we worry about every potential danger ahead of us, we will never leave our house and most kids today don’t, so what message are we sending them? Don’t sweat the friends. If you follow rule #1 they will find a wider selection of friends outside of the scary stuff. Nothing makes an undesirable friend more interesting than your disapproval.

A parent was voicing his concern to me again about his child and a habit he thought my client had continued, a habit that I hadn’t put on the list above. I asked my client what his thoughts were about his Father’s concerns (we knew he was no longer indulging that habit at that time); his reply was “I cannot be responsible for the fears of my parents“.

So what should you take away from all of this? My clients really care about their parents and I know their parents care about them. They are lucky for that. These awkward years require chances for trying things out but still learning moderation, pushing the limits but respecting the laws and mostly having parents show their faith and forgo their fear (well, maybe not for skydiving).

How to Imagine Your Own Game

Do you have a plan to your own life and all that you want to achieve with it? Without a plan you may find it difficult to accomplish all that you want. Everything starts with a plan and if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. It is the ability to imagine your own game that will set you apart from the majority that do not. Just like any sport you may take part in, you need to get your tactics right, if you stand any chance of winning. If you set out your stall and still fall short, then you have done everything that you possibly could have and will be better prepared the next time.

This is no different to most things that you aim for in life. You do not need to worry about the challenges that you will inevitably face when you go after anything. It is knowing how to imagine your own game that will be the defining challenge. Obstacles and challenges will always be in front of you, but the winners in life always acknowledge this as part of the game of life. When you accept this and never accept defeat, then you have already won.

Every great idea and concept started with just one thought, it was created in the mind a long time before it was ever realised. Start to imagine your own game in your mind and put those thoughts down on paper. Do not let them linger, because if you do they will probably be lost forever. It is a good idea to carry a journal with you at all times and when you get that idea, then right it down straight away. You will be amazed over the course of a few short weeks, how many ideas you come up with.

You have to then decide how to to put your thoughts and ideas into action. It is only by doing this, that those early thoughts and ideas will start to materialise into something that may change your life for the better and be something that you can be very proud of. How do you think all the great achievements of the past, present and future come to realisation? They were first created by the imagination of those that had the vision to see what was possible and then went about a plan to make it a reality.

Basic Building Blocks for Competitive Swimming in the Early Stages

So I joined Coast Aquatics, the club team I swam with in middle school and high school, but this time as part of their coaching staff. So I got to my start coaching career at first with the youngest newest swimmers, which we called the novice group. The novice group is solely based around learning how to swim AND kick all 4 strokes.

For the novice group, it is the most developmental group on the entire team. It is where all of the athletes learn basic technique for every single stroke. Like I mentioned earlier kick is a big emphasis in the group. Why you might ask?

Well kicking in swimming is in an essential building block that is used throughout every level of swimming, it is the base of all strokes and a determining factor any swimmers potential. Some swimmers are natural kickers but a lot of it has to do with ankle flexibility as well as hip flexibility. Both of these things can be cultivated to help a swimmer later on in their career, in that increasing the height of their ceiling for improvement. For that reason novice swim practices consist mainly of kicking and drills to improve basic fundamentals of all four strokes. This helps shape and form good practice habits. When the swimmer starts to excel and is by far at the top of his or her group we will then move the swimmer up into the next group. This is usually a very noticeable and easy decision to make. The second developmental group which is slightly more advanced is the group that I primarily coach is called the “age group” group. In this training group workouts are a little bit more concentrated on different levels of training and we break them up into four days mainly because those are the only four days that we have practice offered. But of course it can be opened up onto a larger scale depending on practice schedules.

Our weekly practices consist of primarily aerobic freestyle on the first practice of the week transitioning to threshold I am work on the second practice of the week moving to moving to a practice we like to call a rainbow practice because it has small parts of every component of the training week. Finally on our fourth and final day of practice we do what is called quality. Quality swim practice is almost always consist of extremely fast swims with Max effort there is tons of rest in between each of these swims to almost completely mock a real swim meet we do this to give the kids a chance to get up and go fast and get used to the racing routine.

With the age groupers kick is also a humongous component to their success as a swimmer. Age group is still an extremely important developmental building block for the athlete, as they are still learning great fundamental habits for all four strokes and are still improving technique. Technique and very fast kicking is the key focal point for the age group swimmer. Theoretically, the more solid foundation they have in the beginning the easier it becomes to advance. Hopefully now you have a grip of what competitive swimming is like at a the developmental stages!

What Is A Online Dating Sims Game

Online Dating Sims: A New Kind of Virtual Dating

Online dating has become very popular and with so many members now interested in such sites the social interaction on the Internet is has grown by an impressive amount. Things such as chat rooms, voice chats, profiles and video conferencing are just a few of the features that have made it so attractable to people.

If you have ever had the experience of online then you will know that it can at times be boring and bland. If the features within dating sites are not used you find yourself just searching for a date and no more. On-line dating sites have took this into consideration and have added a whole host of features to their service. Now there are online dating sims or online dating simulators that have been implemented for their members.

The on-line dating simulators that are available today will allow you to create your own character and date so you can simulate dating with a degree of realism. You can now walk around a virtual city while searching for a date. The birth of these games were from multi player online role playing games where you could play with people from all round the world or just with your friends online.

With online dating sims instead of fighting monsters you can now walk around and online town that will allow you to chat with other characters that are there. There is also the option to purchase accessories with “virtual money” that will help in making your character look more hip and trendy.

Such on-line dating simulators have become very popular amongst teens who enjoy being able to socialize with people from all over the world. Depending on the server you have access to you can either play with players in your own country or worldwide.

These online dating games add an extra dimension that means you no longer need to visit a chat room to speak to people but instead you can interact virtually with people. This is growing more popular each day. You are in full control of your character, choose to take a stroll through the city, get a job and also sleep to regain any energy lost. It gives you the ability to ask someone on a date, meet new friends without having to leave the comfort of your own home.

With the ability to play against real people always takes preference. That is the main reasons why games such as MMORPG is rising in popularity in relation to online dating simulator games. There are a wide range of sim games to choose from that will either allow you to play for free or pay a membership cost.

The games themselves have tasks which your character must undertake in order to get access to items that will improve your characters appearance. An example of this would be clothes, sunglasses and other similar items.

Such games will also have a server for themselves where you’ll have to register your characters in order to play with other people on that server.

Just like on-line dating normally you should always get to know a person well before considering going on a date with them for real. This will help you to find out more about the person and to see what he or she looks like. You are able to exchange pictures using email or can even use video chat with instant messenger.

Don’t get stuck in those plain old boring dating websites, make sure you check out the online dating sims available.

Baseball Party Ideas For Your Child

The parents who know their kids love baseball can celebrate their birthday with the Baseball Party. For this reason, you might have to book a ground for an afternoon match and can make your kid’s birthday party an awesome outdoor event. This can be a very unique idea where your kid and his friends will have a wonderful time playing their favorite game and celebrating the birthday at the same time. Since you have come up to gathering this unique idea of throwing a baseball birthday party, you need to make a checklist of things.

The first and foremost thing in your checklist for Baseball Party should be the invitations. Mostly the invitations are sent out on cardboards, but it would be a unique idea to send your invitations written on a baseball. Another thing on your checklist would be the baseball gear, which would include the hats, bats, helmet, shirts, baseballs. You can also get balloons for the specific team colors. Since the match is going to be between two teams, you must invite your son’s school baseball team coach so that he or she is able to conduct the entire game event at the party.

When the Baseball match is over, all the young players need to get together and celebrate the birthday party at the table that you have decorated with a baseball theme table cover. Do also get the baseball theme paper cups, paper plates, spoons etc. so that the event is totally representing a baseball party. You also have to buy a trophy that you can award to the winning team. One more thing, please do not forget to bring your camcorder with you to capture the entire event. You can invite all the kids to your place to watch the movie at any weekend, which is convenient for you.

Free Time for Parents – Less TV Time for Kids

Create activity kits for kids such as costume kits, various toys, games, magic tricks, easy science experiments, math experiments, seeds to grow, model car kits, beginning sewing kits, etc. offer very popular books that other children love to read also and then include reward items that can be given to the children when they have read each book.

Children can get into bad habits just like adults, by exposing them to entertainment that doesn’t require the television, parents may be gladly surprised at how quickly they adapt. It is so much easier to just, turn on the television to entertain them, but if introduced to different fun things to do, they will typically respond in a positive way. Help parents find this out by offering them activity kits to purchase for their children.

Design and put together well designed activity kits for children of all ages. Create basic kits that you can put together and offer to Parents and Grandparents. The kits should involve age-old fun ideas played by children of all generations. These good old games and past times are always winners. All you have to do is package the fun and introduce the kits to a new generation of parents.

Give thought to all of the popular games that children played when the television wasn’t around yet. That was many generations ago, so if you are not of an age group that would remember, just ask around with your older friends or neighbors, they could be very helpful.

One idea; young children love to play dress-up with adult size clothes, jewelry, shoes, purses, accessories, etc. You could offer many different options – Party dresses, men’s suits, or themes like; Doctors, teachers, sports players, farmers, nurses, lawyers; the list is endless. You should be able to purchase these items at your local thrift stores, don’t forget all the fun accessories.

Just make sure that the items you put into these activity kits are safe for children to play with. Be sure to include the suggested age group information with each kit too. This will make it easier for parents to be able to pick out kits for their kids. You may want to include a small disclaimer with each kit, stating that these items should be played with only if there are adults keeping an eye on the children. Adult supervision is always a wise decision. Make sure that you explain that parents don’t need to participate, just supervise. The whole idea is that the children learn how to entertain themselves and give parents time for themselves.

You can design many different kinds of activity kits for children of all ages; such as costume kits, dress up, crayons and coloring books, basic box and board games, marbles and jacks, magic tricks, easy science experiments, math experiments, seeds to grow, model car kits, beginning sewing kits, weaving, the ideas are endless.

This could be a fun business idea that should do well on the Web. Offer as many different kits that you can put together. Make sure that you cover all of the different age groups and offer good quality pictures of the kits and as much information about them as you can. You might even ask for suggestions from your customers also.

Make sure that you make it easy for the parents to order these kits, also offer fast service and shipping. Helpful suggestions on your site will be welcome too. You could offer free shipping if they buy a certain amount of kits, or use a program that when they buy so many kits you will give a sizeable discount on one, or even a free kit. This will encourage them to come back and buy more on a regular basis.