How Arcade Games Put You In A Flow State

If you don't know what a flow state is exactly, I'll get to that… but first a quick rant about games: One of the things I hate when playing a game is the upsells. Ugh. I get enough of that in the digital marketing space.

Sometimes you just want to let loose and play a simple arcade game – without upsells, without having to install another app.

Who else has too many apps already junking up their screen?

So I found a site recently that has some simple, arcade-style games you can play without any additional apps or software. Yep, old school fun!

It's easy to jump right into a simple arcade game without having to learn 50 new controls, like Red Dead Redemption 2, for example.

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Red Dead Redemption 2: Takes hours to learn the basic controls

Remember back to when you were a kid at an arcade? Simple controls. Simple instructions.

A Look Back In Time

I remember my Dad used to take us skiing almost every year, and usually we went drove from Toronto, ON to Mansonville, Quebec where there is a ski resort called Owl's Head. Owl's Head, as I recall, had a restaurant with individually packaged Grissol breadsticks with sesame seeds, which I devoured like crazy, and a little arcade room with a Pinball machine and a couple of arcade games.

So when skiiing was over for the day, the kids could log a couple hours exploring the hotel and hopefully playing a few games in the old arcade room.

Why Arcade Games Are So Universally Appealing

So what makes simple games more fun?

I think it's the simplistic nature. It's you vs a computer using simple controls and trying to complete a task. The reason it's pleasurable is because it locks out the thinking part of your brain. It's like a rest for that part of your brain that gets stuck on work, or things to worry about, or an ever-expanding to-do list.

What is the State of Flow?

When you're playing an arcade game, you're locked in. Your focus is at a peak.

To be honest, that's one of the reasons I love playing soccer also. The focus you need means that everything else melts away. All the problems disappear and you're in the game.

I've known about this concept for over a decade, ever since I read a book that changed my life. The book is called Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, and it's by a brilliant guy called Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Yeah, try saying that correctly the first time.

If you're short on time, here's a quick Ted Talk about Flow:

Now, I'm going to make a jump here and state a theory of mine.

How To Instantly Make Yourself Feel Great

Playing simple arcade-style games puts you in a flow state. If you have enough competence to compete, you can put yourself in a flow state by playing games. And I would further argue that simple games tend to put you in flow better than a bunch of expensive games.

Now, there are some exceptions to that. For example, since playing FIFA 21 is ultra-competitive, it can put you in a state of flow. Also, if the storyline is very compelling, as it is often in the sad tale of Arthur Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2, it can put you flow.

Sometimes a really good movie can put you in a state of flow. But if you find yourself pausing and “checking something” while you're watching Netflix, then you ain't in flow yet, honey.

The Apple Secret

It's no doubt that Apple is a smart company. Apple Arcade launched in 2019 with the same goal – to bring you simple, flow-inducing arcade games. It's clear to me that they wanted to give their customers that feeling you can only get from a simple arcade game.

There's really nothing quite like it.

But Apple Arcade is a monthly subscription. And you know what, thousands of people are paying Apple for the joy of playing simple Arcade games. But there is a better way. The site I found has just as many games, but without a monthly subscription. Double-win! Thank me later.

I just played this game and lost!

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Funny Soccer

But hey, there's always next time! And I had fun. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger said in the Terminator, “I'll be back!”

But the quickest way to put yourself into flow? Playing a simple game.

And there's whole bunch of them over here on this free site.

So, if you feel stressed, or bothered, or can't get that massive list of things you need to do out of your head, and you need some quick relief. Try playing an arcade game. You'd thank me, but you'd be in a state of flow and you wouldn't even be thinking about me anymore!

4 Ways Gaming Can Help Boost Your Brain Power

4 Ways Gaming Can Help Boost Your Brain Power

Remember when you insisted that spending more time playing video games makes you lazy? Well, there is a new comeback for that. According to researchers from Queen Mary University of London and University College London, certain games can stimulate the growth of neurons and connectivity in the brain region, enhancing spatial orientation, retention, memory, strategic planning, and fine motor skills. This is significantly more advanced in the right hippocampus and right prefrontal cortex. So, you may just reconsider going for that Madalin stunt cars 3 after all because here are some ways it can help boost your brainpower:

Gaming can help boost your brainpower
Gaming can help boost your brainpower


Improved Memory

Scientists have found that certain games enhance retention, improving memory. Games create visual images that represent the information you should remember in mind. This helps jump-start your memory and ability to recall. Through stories that link unrelated words, video games improve visualization and association, which will enhance recall cues. When visualization is integrated with the association, the memory becomes more meaningful, and things become more memorable than before. Games are good at enhancing a better memory.

Makes your Brain Younger

It is well known that physical exercise keeps the body stronger, healthier, and younger. Now, researchers have found that mental exercise keeps the brain in a better position to fight aging. Games often start at more manageable levels and gradually become more complicated and harder to tackle. As you increase your skills, you find that more advanced levels are much easier, enabling you to increase the challenge level on your way up. This stimulates your brain and makes it younger than non-gamers.

Various brain games boost your brain and cognitive function to keep you sharper.

Improved Concentration

People who play many games can multitask, perform cognitive activities like rotating things in their minds, concentrate more, and retain information compared to people who do not. It is proven that our brain predicts what’s next, whether it’s a conversation or exercise. And the brain also builds models of the real-world to sharpen prediction skills. Better models lead to better performance, and scientists suggest that gaming enhance and refine such models.

According to research by Harvard University, playing games enhance concentration, especially as you age. Even though games cannot prevent dementia, they help improve some skills that promote overall mental health.
Reduces Anxiety and Stress

An article published by PubMed Central revealed that playing video games can drastically reduce stress. Video games reduce and relieve pain when the player’s mental focus is shifted on the game they are playing.
Taking care of the brain should not be a chore. Instead, you can turn to many fun, enjoyable, and pastime ways to exercise your mind and improve your brainpower. It doesn’t matter which game you want to play; feel free to dive into something that engages your brain. No matter your age or preference, there is always a game to improve your memory, concentration, and overall brain power.

Remember, you are likely to stick to more enjoyable activities, so take your time and figure out the best game for you.

How To Make Money With Online Games

How To Make Money With Online Games

If you’ve been furloughed, have lost your job, are a student or just a brilliant gamer and would like how to make money with online games (who wouldn’t?), then it can be done, and you can have some fun doing it. It’s not just working from home or working remotely that has become increasingly popular, but making money from playing online games is a real thing, and while you’re not going to be making a fortune overnight, with time, you really can make some decent money by playing online games. So let’s have a look at the best ones and how you can make money:

Old School RuneScape

Old School RuneScape (OSRS) is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) and is one of the most popular franchises of online games ever. Set in the fantasy world of Gielinor, players can interact with each other, as well as objects and many areas of the game, and can basically do what they like from training a Skill, fighting monsters, or taking part in a quest. Now for the money part, players can make money by selling items, gold, or accounts. You can buy OSRS gold, or you can sell for real money if you can find a buyer. If you’re a really good player, you can also make money from Youtube by either making tutorial videos or simply uploading videos of you playing the game; you’d be surprised how many people will watch.

Swagbucks

What started as an online rewards program that gave members rewards for using the Swagbucks search engine is now a ‘Get Paid To’ (GPT) site where you can earn money for the things that you are already doing online, such as playing games. By playing games, you can earn “Swagbucks,” which can then be redeemed for Amazon gift cards, coupon codes, and other prizes, or you can also ask them to convert the game credits into cash, which can be transferred to your PayPal account.

Play Rummy

If you like playing rummy and want to make money, then give this a try. You can play Rummy online on your laptop or desktop or download the app for your phone, and if you win, you’ll get easy payouts and 24/7 support.

Become an Online Games Tester

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Many gamers earn money by becoming a videogame tester. You will have to work directly with game producers and try out beta versions of the games. If you’re good, you could earn money for your gaming skills.

Play Solitaire Cube

If you spent your childhood playing Solitaire on your family PC, then this could be a way of making all those hours worth something. You can now use the platform Skillz to compete with players around the world, and you can win cash prizes from playing in tournaments.

Register with Paid Game Player

Paid Game Player gives you the opportunity to access over 600 different games. You have to be at least 18 years old to register and start earning money, but the games include an online casino, puzzle games, and arcade games, to name a few.

How To Complete The Bundesliga Milestone Player Objective in FIFA 20 (Birger Verstraete)

How To Complete The Bundesliga Milestone Player Objective in FIFA 20 (Birger Verstraete)

This video shows you the best and quickest way to complete the Bundesliga Milestone player in FIFA 20.

Of the 18 teams in the Bundesliga, you need to score two goals in wins in Rivals for each team (with only one counting per game) in order to complete that team.

The 3 recently promoted teams require 2 goals but do not require the win in Rivals.

This system shows you how to get the Belgium CDM from FC Koln, Birger Verstraete in the most efficient way possible.

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Birger Verstraete Belgian CDM

Verstraete has been upgraded from 74 to a massive 86 OVR and looks like a solid CDM to rival Axel Witsel in the middle of the park in the Bundesliga. For a free player, this objective is well worth completing.

Here's a list of teams that require goals in two wins to complete the Verstraete Milestone Objective:

  • Bayern Munich
  • Borussia Dortmund
  • RB Leipzig
  • Bayer Leverkusen
  • Borussia Monchengladbach
  • VFL Wolfsburg
  • Eintract Frankfurt
  • Werder Bremen
  • 1899 Hoffenheim
  • Fortuna Dusseldorf
  • Hertha BSC
  • Mainz 05
  • SC Freiburg
  • Schalke 04
  • FC Augsburg

Here's a list of teams that only require two goals in as many matches:

  • FC Koln
  • Paderborn
  • Union Berlin

NOTE: Milestone Objectives span season,s so you don't need to complete him by the end of the current season. However, look to get Attackers or strong Midfielders on your team before prices start to rise in the market.

Players from Paderborn, Union Berlin, and Fortuna Dusseldorf are particularly expensive. So keep an eye out for deals.

FIFA 20 Headliners Free Card: Get Alassane Plea For Your FUT Team Fast

FIFA 20 Headliners Free Card: Get Alassane Plea For Your FUT Team Fast

Hey FIFA 20 gamers,

This post is how to get Alassane Plea, the Bundesliga striker available as an OVR 86 Headliners card for free via objectives. It is a sick card, and it's actually not that difficult to achieve.

I knocked off the through-balls and headers on Word-Class/Legendary difficulty while doing the Icon Swaps Single Player Objectives at the same time.

How To Get Alassane Plea Headliners (86 OVR) Fastest Method for FIFA 20

Get Alassane Plea from the Bundesliga Borussia Mönchengladbach M'Gladbach for free during the FIFA 20 Headliners Promotion. Starting now.

This post will help with the Plea objective in FIFA – so you can get the Alassane Plea Headliners cards for you Fifa 20 FUT team.

Objective 1: Assist 5 goals using Through Ball (Y) in Squad Battles min. Professional difficulty

Objective 2: Score 2 Headers in Squad Battles min. Semi-Professional difficulty

Objective 3: Score using Bundesliga and Ligue Un players in 4 separate Rivals wins.

Objective 4: Score at least 2 goals using French players in 4 separate Rivals matches.

As mentioned in the video, here are some players that are good at heading:

  • Sergio Ramos
  • Bas Dost
  • Olivier Giroud (who is also French and will help with the 2 goals from French players in Rivals mode objective.)
  • Edison Cavani (who is in Ligue Un for the time being as he might move to Athletico Madrid in Spain. He is good for the Rivals objective scoring with a Ligue Un player and a Bundesliga player in a Rivals win.)
  • Fellaini
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Aduriz
  • Luuk de Jong (Not the midfielder!)

Here's a link to some of the players with the best heading stats in FIFA 20.

Important: How to do headers in FIFA 20

Tips for heading in FIFA 20: Timing is key for heading in FIFA 20. Be sure to make use of the heading modifiers.

LB+RB for downwards header. RB for power header.

What I learned from the corners is that its a three-phase thing and you have to press B/O twice.

Phase 1: Jostling for position inside the box, which includes creating space and moving the payer you want to send the cross to using the RB button.

Phase 2: When the cross is coming in press B/O to go up for the header (this is a timed action)

Phase 3: press B/O again to head it on goal. Here is when you choose your modifier (downwards header / power header.)

Stats matter now for heading more than ever.

Here’s a tip. Press and hold RB/LB (R1/L1) while jumping and then press the shoot button.

Julian Draxler is a good one for your team to do this FIFA 20 FUT Headliner objective as he is Germany and in Ligue Un.