More Adults Are Playing Xbox 360, Playstation 3 And Wii Video Games

Do you think that most video game players are kids sitting bleary eyed in front of television sets with fingers and thumbs tapping away in a staccato like manner on the control buttons of a remote control or keyboard? Well, there are plenty of those kinds of kids for sure, but they are not the most prevalent number in the demographics of video game players. That would be the grown ups, or people over the age of 18 to be more specific.

The Entertainment Software Association, a top demographics and research company did a survey recently and found that adults make up 92 percent of the people who purchase video games these days and 80 percent who purchase video game consoles.

The average age of video game players is now up to 33, and getting higher every year it seems. This recent survey found that 67 percent of the Heads of Households play video games as a form of recreation, according to the Entertainment Software Association, or ESA. The average age of the most frequent video game buyers is 38 years old.

The evidence of how old video game players have become was quite evident recently when the release of Halo 3 was getting a lot of media attention. Every news story showed footage of die-hard Halo 3 fans waiting in line for the release of this latest Halo video game. Most of these fans were adults who have followed the Halo video game franchise for many years. Many television reporters showed up at these events and when they conducted interviews you could see that the zeal and fanaticism of these fans was second to none. Some even had costumes that would have made any serious Star Trek or Star Wars fan quite jealous.

There are a lot of parents playing video games these days. Even more interesting is the fact that 80 percent of parents who play video games said they play them with their children, and that this experience has brought them much closer together as a family. In the early days of the video games parents often dismissed them as nothing more than a diversion. The parents of today recognize the value of playing video games.

The grown ups of today are the first generation to be raised on video games. They were the first kids to play Tron, Pong, and Donkey Kong and they have never lost their interest in this kind of activity. They have matured along with video games, made them part of their everyday lives and used them as an escape from reality.

Some of the video games that are currently on the market are quite amazing in their technical and creative achievements. Corporations like Microsoft spend millions of dollars to create games like Halo 3 which offer an experience that is much more than a game. First person shooter video games like Halo 3 and Far Cry by Ubisoft put the players in the game and provide them with choices that determine the outcome. A person can play alone on their PC or with many other people online.

There are now games that offer the sense of touch through the use of special hardware that can be purchased. The hardware involves attaching sensors and transmitters to your skin. The result is a virtual experience that is so realistic you can literally feel it. This kind of interaction can be far more rewarding than simply watching a movie or listening to music. The adult entertainment industry sees the obvious value of this technology and they have seized upon the opportunity with great interest.

Video game developers have known for years that adults are their main customers. They are designing more and more games these days like Grand Theft Auto, San Andreas that are strictly for players over the age of eighteen.

More and more middle aged adults are playing video games these days. Back in 1999 only 9 percent of people over the age of 50 played video games. Now, in 2007 that number has increased to 24 percent.

The video game industry generates 80 billion dollars worldwide annually. Most of that money is made from the sales of video games and Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii video game consoles that are purchased by adults for themselves. That is, after they have purchased one for their kids, of course.

Fun Adult Outdoor Party Games

When it comes to fun outdoor party games for adults and even kids, there are many game ideas you can choose from. But one thing stays the same and that is the fact that playing games at your outdoor party is a great creative way to bring everyone a fun time.

A great party usually has a few key things: good food, good company, and fun activities to keep everyone entertained. And when you host an outdoor party, you even have more opportunities to play lots of interesting games.

You will discover some of the most popular entertaining games and activities you can play at your party.

Top 3 Fun Outdoor Games and Activities

When the weather is nice and it is welcoming for your party outdoors, here are some easy creative game ideas you can choose from.

1. Outdoor Activity: Pool Party Games

If you have a swimming pool in your house, a pool party is a fantastic idea in summer. Everyone – kids, adults, and teenagers – enjoy a nice time by the water.

Whether your guests prefer to relax and sunbathe by the pool, or play more exciting games inside the water that needs more physical activities, it is guaranteed that they will enjoy these pool party games.

2. Outdoor Game: Water Balloon

This game is similar to the normal volleyball but instead is played with a fun water balloon. It is usually a favorite activity to play among kids and teenagers, though adults with a fun sense of adventure will certainly enjoy it too.

3. Outdoor Game: Board Games

If you are looking for fun activity ideas for adults with less need of running around, you can simply play your favorite board game. Whether you enjoy strategic games or funny and easy ones, board games are an easy and free way to enjoy an afternoon outdoors with friends.

Generally, suggesting fun game ideas to play is an easy way to help everyone have a fabulous time. It also helps people open up and make friends with each other more easily. A little creativity goes a long way.

Other than fun game ideas to play outdoors, there are many entertaining activities and games that you can also play with your guests indoors. Most of these activities are free and very easy to arrange. Always a good way to bring more amusement, even if the weather outside is not the best for outdoor parties.

Good luck planning fun game ideas for your fabulous party!

Fun Board Games for Adults

The vast majority of board games available today are fun board games for adults. They may be fun for other age groups as well, but they fit in the adult category because adults have already lived through those younger years. It’s what qualifies them to be adults.

That said, it should be obvious that not all board games are fun for every adult. Fun board games for adults I’m associated with might not be the same fun board games for adults you have contact with. Among the dozens that I’ve played as an adult, there have been a small fraction that I haven’t particularly enjoyed. They are few and far between though.

When speaking of adult board games, I’m not going to devote time to those that have risque content. The adult-ness referred to here will only be a reference to an age group, not to games that are for “adults only” because they would be rated R if they were movies.

There are some traditional gateway games mentioned fairly often by those who make suggestions for board games for adults – and I think understandably so. Ticket to Ride and sometimes Carcassonne are most frequently brought up, and I agree that they should be as I would also recommend them, especially for adults who have not yet played anything remotely like a Euro board game before. Yes, that’s how these fun board games have earned the moniker of gateway games. Once people see how much fun these are, they tend to look for more fun board games that they haven’t played before.

Sequence

Sequence is a combination card and board game for 2-4 players. It is somewhat reminiscent of the classic Pente in that you need to get a row (or two, depending on the number of players) of five chips – vertically, horizontally, or diagonally – for a victory.

The board shows all the cards in the deck twice except the jacks, which are wild and have special properties. Play a card and place a “poker” chip of your color on a corresponding card space. Then don’t forget to draw a card to replenish your hand. If you don’t pick up a new card before the next player plays, you have to finish the game with less cards in your hand than you deserve, which can severely limit your options – especially if you forget more than once.

Sequence is a light-weight board game strategy-wise, so there’s plenty of time for socializing, if that’s what you like to do while playing with friends and family. Still, there is enough challenge to make you think a little before placing just any old card anywhere.

Wits & Wagers

As its name suggests, Wits & Wagers is a combination trivia and betting game that is great for parties. It plays quickly, especially if you enforce the time limit imposed by the hourglass. And it doesn’t really matter if you know the answers to the trivia questions; you can still win by intelligent wagering.

A question is read from one of the cards included. All answers are numeric. (This includes years.) Players write down their answers secretly within 30 seconds. When all are ready, answers are revealed simultaneously and are arranged on the betting table from low to high. When sorted properly, players then have 30 more seconds to place their “poker” chips on the answer they think is closest (without going over) to the correct one.

Winnings are paid only to the player or players who guessed the correct (closest) answer according to the odds shown on the betting table. The farther away from the median answer, the higher the odds.

Alhambra

Alhambra is another combination card and board game. Cards are money in four flavors usually identified by card color (though other cues can be used by those who have difficulty with colors) and come in various denominations. Normally, you pick up cards on your turn or discard some of your cards to pay for one of four tiles available on the board.

These tiles, most of which have dark-colored “walls”, are used to construct your own personal Alhambra. The tiles also come in different colors. Twice during the game and once at the end, players score points based on how many tiles of each color are in their Alhambra.

The challenges come in deciding when to purchase a tile, when to bide your time and collect more cash, where to place a purchased tile in your Alhambra (as there are restrictions), and which tile to go after.

When playing with three or four people, you can usually do a fair amount of planning ahead. With five or six people, chances are that the tile you were waiting to buy is going to be taken by someone else before your next turn.

With just a little more strategy involved than in Sequence, this board game will provide many hours of fun for most adults.

Outburst

Party games like Outburst and Balderdash are two more fun board games for adults that you might like to try. Balderdash is virtually the same as the generic “dictionary game”. Having the actual game just makes finding good words to stump people with a lot easier.

Outburst is similar to Family Feud in that you’re trying to come up with lists of items in a category as a team. The main and significant differences are that everyone on the team participates at the same time and that the items in the unknown list are not necessarily the ten most popular answers. Sometimes you’ll wonder why in the world they didn’t list an item that your team came up with, and other times you’ll be puzzled at where the creators came up with an item that none of you thought of.

Quiddler

Quiddler is a card game that works best with players of roughly equal vocabulary levels and spelling ability. You have a hand of three to ten cards (depending on which round it is) that have letters instead of numbers. After drawing a card, you try to spell one or more words using all the letters except one, which you will discard. When one player accomplishes this, the rest have one more chance to do the same, or to at least play as many cards as they can. Any cards left in your hand score negative points. Bonuses are awarded for the longest word and most words each round.

With these suggestions as a starting point, you should be able to find your way to many, many other fun board games for adults.

Fun Adult Party Games

Adult party games can be a little goofier and a little more risqué so have some fun with the following two games we suggest for your party.

The first game for the adult party is a fun romp called ‘Feeding Time’. Have all the women at the party sit in a row of chairs on the opposite side of the party area. They should each have a baby bottle filled with something to drink (you can use milk or alcohol for these adult babies) and each should have a bib.

Place an equal number of men on the opposite side of the adult party area. At your ‘go’ each of the men should run to their partner and get into her lap. The women will tie a bib about the man’s neck and start feeding him from the bottle. The man can cling on to the woman but he’s not aloud to touch the bottle with his hands. Once the bottle is empty the woman unties the bib and both run back to the men’s starting place. The winning couple is the first one across the finish line.

Our second suggestion is more of a fun pastime than an actual adult party game. ‘Body painting’ can be made a little competitive if you give an award at the end of the painting session for the most artistic or most risqué body art. You’ll need to spread out some newspapers or a floor cloth to keep paint from coloring the carpet and you’ll also need body paints or face crayons, brushes and some water.

Have the guests get into groups of three and arrange themselves so they can paint on each other’s body. They can paint anywhere on the body as long as their painting partners are okay with it. At the end have everyone admire each other’s body art. This is definitely a game reserved for those adult parties so keep the kids out of it!

Swim to Slim – It’s Easy

The experts will tell you that  swimming  is the best all round exercise that a person can do. It’s little wonder then why it’s one of the most popular forms of aerobic exercise going. You really can  swim  to slim as it’s an excellent and accessible activity for anyone who wants to get fit and stay that way. So, if you’re feeling a bit out of shape and want to tone up and feel good about yourself, keep it simple and start a  swimming  program today.

If you’re an  adult  who can’t  swim , don’t worry as most towns and cities have  swimming  classes for grown-ups so you’ll be  swimming  like a fish in no time at all. Actually, that’s not quite true as it can take a little time if you really are a novice, but the bottom line is that there are very few people that these instructors can’t teach.

At mid forties, I got into the water for the first time and overdid my enthusiasm to a point where I felt physically sick at the end of the session. I was flapping and splashing around in the pool like a 3 year old, but the problem was I had another 40 years on a toddler of that age, and I had to lay on the bed for an hour before I had the strength to sit upright. Listen to the instructor and follow his instructions specifically, and you’ll do just fine.

If you can  swim  but it’s been a while, you too need to be careful not to overdo it in the beginning. Start off slowly and for short durations. It will only be a matter of a week or two before you’re back into shape and then you can really start to  swim  to slim.

In order to see some great results from  swimming , you would be best to spend say, 20 or 30 minutes in the pool, about 4 times a week. A little and often is not only good for moderation, but it will benefit the body better than say a half-day mad splash once a week. If you’re  swimming  for fitness and weight loss you might want to set yourself some goals. Once you achieve your goals you can always aim for a more ambitious  swim  or just stick with what you’re happy with.

One thing is certain,  swimming  is the best form of all-round exercise. For starters, it uses almost all of your major muscle groups and it gets your lungs and heart working a treat. It’s also gentle exercise and it’s particularly good for people with certain disabilities. Additionally, it’s great for pregnant women and obese people. Although  swimming  exercise may not loose fat quite as fast as other forms of aerobic exercise, it’s certainly a great and natural way to tone up and shape up. If you do a bit of  swimming  along with some other type of aerobic workout, you will be the local superman or woman, before you know it.

Adult Halloween Games To Liven Up Your Halloween Party

Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore. Plenty of adults celebrate the day as well. Halloween parties are a common event for many adults these days. If you’re planning a party of your own, here are some fun adult Halloween games to liven it up.

Photo Scavenger Hunt

The object of a photo scavenger hunt is to get pictures of all the items using a digital camera or a Polaroid camera so the pictures can be judged right away.

Break your guests up into several small groups and give each of them a list of items they have to find. They can all get the same items or you can make each one different if you don’t want them tripping over one another in their search.

They head out on foot or by car to find the items and take pictures of themselves with each one. I like to make them find someone to take their picture if possible – if the whole group isn’t in each one, they get penalized.

You can choose the winner by the first team to finish, the team with the most creative pictures or whatever criteria you want.

Make the scavenger hunt items fit the theme of your party. You could use a tombstone, a hockey mask, red paint or a horror movie poster for example.

Pumpkin Bowling

This one is fun for any age, really, but adults can have a lot of fun with it.

Partially fill ten 2 liter pop bottles with water to weight them down, then decorate them to fit the theme of your party.

Set them up in the standard 10 pin layout.

Have your guests “bowl” with pumpkins. The smaller gourds usually work best, or at least smaller pumpkins. Round ones tend to roll better but the ones that aren’t as perfect make the game a lot more challenging.

Pumpkin Carving

A lot of people have switched to painting pumpkins rather than carving, both for safety and for longer lasting jack-o-lanterns. But carving is still the best in my opinion. There’s nothing that says Halloween like the light of a candle flickering through the face of a pumpkin.

You can buy carving kits at most craft and hobby stores around Halloween, with small tools for more detailed carving.

They usually come with stencils as well but for this game you’ll probably want to leave it up to your guests to do freestyle.

You can judge the game in several ways – the first to finish their pumpkin, the most creative (in your judgement or the entire group’s), the scariest, etc.

And there are plenty of children’s games that are just as much fun for adults – bobbing for apples, Twister, musical chairs, etc. Don’t worry about whether it’s a “mature” thing to do – just worry about whether your guests enjoy themselves!

Word Games For Adults

Are you one spelling phobiac or a one who would enjoy using new words learnt or have a knack of picking up wordy words to enhance your vocabulary power? Either yes or a no to the question, you must/will love engage yourself in playing word games. There are several levels of word games and those that are word games for adults can really be of great help to boost your language skill and can be fun to play as well. For people who enjoy challenging their brains with newer information and thoughts, word games for adults can be the perfect choice.

Our brains can degenerate if not kept stimulated. It has been found that human brain fails to assimilate more and complex information, if not kept in use. To keep brain sharp and active, it needs to be challenged. Playing brain games help all to keep brain healthy with minimum investment.

Traditional word games that are most popular are scrabble and solving different levels of crossword puzzles. These games have been pioneer in boosting your intelligence and to have a command over your vocabulary. Apart from these age old games, the gaming industry are in constant search to innovate games that would help people of all ages and can be played anywhere. With advanced technology and people turning to be netizens, word games for adults are so designed and formatted that it can be downloaded to your laptops, mobile phones and even in play stations. All you need to do is to play them anytime and anywhere.

One of the popular online word games for adults is Word Bubbles. By playing this game one can become more articulate and can develop greater verbal fluency. In this game you will be given a 3 letter string and you need to guess words that you can create beginning with those three letters. The length of the word will determine which numbered bubbles will go up on the screen. To make the bubble go absolutely out of water, you need to make three words of same length. So within a given time you need to complete as many words as possible.

Word games for adults can be great fun to play even when you are with a group of friends. Playing such games help improve your information processing capacity as well. Improved communication is an added benefit.

If you wish to connect with words and be the first to express your wit and intelligence with verbal fluency, do play the games and watch the difference.

Adult Memory Games

Adult memory games are the best answers to your growing fears of age related memory loss. The warning signs of Alzheimer and Dementia can be best treated playing such games. A regular and routine playing can do wonders. You simply need to be patient to witness the change and feel the difference.

Understanding brain functions entail a complex mechanism and it is considered to be a store house of information. Understanding the required information and recalling the same constitutes an individual’s memory power. Memory power can be both short term memory and long term memory and it is observed that both of these get affected with age.

Just as physical exercises help to strengthen our muscles and tone our body; in the same way it is very important to nurture our brain cells for its growth, development and to prevent it from aging. Playing adult memory games not only help in boosting memory power but  also helps in logical thinking, quick analysis and enhances the processing speed as well.

Today besides the age old games of scrabble, reading crossword puzzles and playing UNO there are many online brain teasers , riddles and adult memory games software that can not only be played in your laptops but can be downloaded into your mobile phones and played in play stations as well. These adult memory games are so designed to fit the modern day devices.

There are adult memory games such as Name Tag that helps to recall names and also improves retention capacity. Monster garden is another adult memory game that serves as a great game to rejuvenate your mind. Monster Garden is designed to improve spatial memory and the game levels become progressively difficult as you upgrade.

Other adult memory games include Moneycomb, Memory Matrix, and Memory Match Overload. In Moneycomb there will be coins with values written on it. What you need to do is to collect the number of coins in the ascending order of value. On the screen first few coins will be shown with the numbers. Then they get hidden.

All you have to do is just find the coins in their same place by flipping the coins. As the level of the game increases, the number of coins flashing on the screen also increases. Again the game Memory Match helps improve your working memory to a great extent. In this game you need to match the color and shape shown on the right hand box with the symbol on the left hand side.

Playing adult memory games will help achieve greater IQ level as well.

Christmas Games For Adults That Are Silly, Quiet, Fun and More

Who said Christmas games are only for children? Christmas games are for adults, too, and they don’t have to be serious. After all, adults like to get their game on to relive a few silly childhood moments. Get the holiday fun started with these fun-loving adult Christmas games.

Silly Adult Christmas Games

Does your group look for any excuse to be silly? Why not choose a Christmas game that is based on being silly? Give each team a pair of pantyhose and eight balloons. When the game starts, the team blows up the balloons to stuff into the legs of the hose. To ensure the game is totally fair, the pantyhose should be queen size and the teams of equal number.

The game is finished when someone gets all the balloons in the legs of the pantyhose, puts on the stuffed “antlers” and sings the first verse of the holiday favorite, “Jingle Bells”. When everyone finishes the game, take photos of all your friends wearing funny antlers made of balloons and pantyhose.

Adult Relay Christmas Games

Do your friends enjoy relay games? Why not make your own Santa beard? Put out two oversize bowls filled with cotton balls and a jar of petroleum jelly. Dab petroleum jelly on each team member’s chin. The 2 teams should each have around 5 people. The first player in each line runs to one of the bowls to grab cotton balls and stick them to their greasy chins. When they get as many cotton balls as possible stuck on their chins, the players run to the next player to give them a turn.

When the entire team is wearing a Santa Beard, they are the winners. This is another holiday game that really begs you to take pictures so you can show them off for years to come. Keep water and towels handy to remove the petroleum jelly when the game and photo session is over.

Quiet Christmas Games For Small Groups

Are your friends a small, quiet group who prefer less demonstrative games? Why not pack up a bag for Santa? The game starts when you say, “I packed a bag for Santa Claus and put in some socks.” The next player goes on to say, “I packed a bag for Santa Claus and put in some socks and books.” As each player continues they includes all the listed items and add their own item. When you miss an item on the list, you are out of the game.

Child-Inspired Christmas Games For Adults

Do your friends love to relive their childhoods during Christmas? Why not give your guests a chance to do it at your Christmas party with a fun game that reminds them of a childhood favorite? Make your own Christmas scavenger hunt with search teams of 4 or so. Create lists of items for the teams to return with.

You can keep the search local at your house or within the neighborhood area. Include holiday items in the scavenger hunt such as a red stocking, a sprig of holly and a small wreath. If you decide to extend the scavenger hunt through town, it gets even more exciting. Have your guests purchase a box of holiday themed cereal or take a picture to prove they visited the local Christmas tree. Be creative and make the hunt action-packed. Everyone loves this Christmas game because it reminds them of childhood. It’s a great way to socialize because as everyone works together they get to know each other better.

Adult Kiss Christmas Games

Who doesn’t love chocolate and kisses? Is that why Hershey’s Kisses are such as hit at Christmas? Break your group into two teams with two bowls of Hershey’s Kisses on either side of the room. Give each team a set of really big gloves or mittens. The first person in line runs to the bowls and must unwrap and eat the a Kiss wearing bulky gloves. Once done, the player runs back to tag the next person and give them the gloves. When all team members are the first to enjoy their own Kiss, the group wins.

Swimming Lessons For Adults – It’s Never Too Late

One of the thing that you have to realise that if you are an adult and if you do not know how to swim, then you are not alone in this world. Be prepared to have your sensibilities smashed by the hammer of truth – there are more than millions of adults all over the world who have no idea how to swim and will almost always take out their religious books when they ask to tract water. The first step in getting your foot in the water is that you need to be able to smash through the barrier of embarrassment that most adults have when they admit that they cannot swim. Once you can place yourself in a group; you will slowly realise that you are not alone in the world of non swimmers.

There are many like minded people who seemed to have formed a disturbing attachment to dry land and would like to change this with swimming lessons. More often that not, they are stopped by the embarrassment they will incur once they realise how old they are and how old the general age for swimming lessons is. Firstly, this is because they are looking in the wrong place and they are giving up way to quick. Once you do this, you will just be disappointed with what you see and your efforts will be derailed. Firstly, when you are enquiring about swimming lessons, always specify that you would like to have one that is strictly for adults. Remember, you are not the only one in your area that cannot swim, and thus there will always be a demand for adult swimming lessons.

They will usually cost a bit more and have a mixture of basic and advanced lessons. They will also be scheduled somewhat later in the evening or even on the weekends as most of the adults who sign up for these classes will be too busy working during the week anyway. Secondly, there are plenty of adults who also hire private swimming instructors to help them with their swimming and thee men or women will often come to the place of their choice to train them. This can be anything from an apartment with a swimming pool to a local health club. The reason that it is never too late to swim is because of the benefits of swimming and the fact that every adult should know how to.

The cardio vascular and muscular training that you get from swimming is invaluable and once you have that as a routine, you will become much more fitter and be able to be healthier with a balanced lifestyle. Also, the breathing exercise that is inherent in swimming is good for the lungs and will benefit you when you start to advance in the years. With so many benefits and avenues you can explore to learn how to swim, there should no longer be any excuse nor anything to hamper your path to frolicking in the water.