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					by: Cait McQueen

Lets face it the older you are the harder the world of online games is to follow. (I know, because
Im just past my 20s and didnt have a clue until I entered the dark underbelly of gaming and came
out the other side.)

I didnt dip my toe in the water until my 17-year-old brother challenged me to a game of Madness
Combat 4: Apotheosis at Within minutes, he had beaten me at every turn and
left me with nothing. It was a sad state of affairs believe me.

But being the can-do girl that I am, I vowed revenge! So I took the bull by the horns and started
hitting the site every day to check out my brothers favorites (which he graciously supplied me
links to), then practiced on those games and found a few others I liked, too. (Can you say Black
vs. Gray? Stick men fighting is really pretty hysterical.)

Now, I started my gaming adventure with some pretty hardcore matchups (against my brother
the expert). But if you want to start getting into the game, there are some better ways to do it.

Head to a site like and check out the games meant for younger kids this will
give you a sense of how to work the controls to get what you want (a win).

Challenge your other 20-, 30- or 40-something friends to games. Theyre more at your level and
youll get a little ego boost every time you play (because youll obviously be better than them at

Graduate to playing games against other people online (preferably people you dont know, so
theres no real humiliation involved if you somehow manage to lose in the first 5 minutes.)

The process sounds easy enough I know. But there are some games that will just get under you
skin until you beat them to a pulp! (Yes I AM a little on the competitive side.) And as long as
you dont do something stupid, like lose your job or your house youll come out the other side
with better strategy skills, better critical thinking skills and able to think faster on your feet.

Go ahead give it a shot. (Just dont challenge your younger brother or your kids to a duel until
you know you can take them. The humiliation would just be too much to bear. Trust me.)

This article was posted on October 25, 2006

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