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Learning From Snowboarding Games

Let’s face it – snowboarding is a dangerous sport especially for children so parents are understandably hesitant about letting their kids enjoy the extreme sport; snowboarding has higher risks for injuries than alpine skiing. Fortunately, kids can still enjoy the extreme sport without risking their limbs and lives, thanks to the wide range of flash snowboarding games available in online sites.

Plus, kids can learn many lessons about snowboarding, safety in the sport, and sportsmanship as a snowboarder when playing these games. Just imagine the benefits that come from playing a single game for 30 minutes a day – play, after all, encourages learning.

Snowboarding as a Sport

Of course, flash snowboarding games are based on the extreme sport of snowboarding with designers adding elements that add to the realism of the games. Think of white snow, high slopes and safe snowboarding equipment, all of which are captured in great details in the games.

Kids, the more avid players of snowboarding games, will be encouraged to learn more about snowboarding just so they will have a better idea of the sport. Parents, in turn, can provide information about the sport, which can serve as another bonding moment for the family.

Snowboarding is a winter sport developed in the United States in 1960s although it was only included in the Winter Olympics in 1998. Snowboarders descend a slop covered in snow while standing on a board; the latter is attached to the rider’s feet with special boots set into its mounted binding. Think of skiing, sledding and skateboarding, all of which served as the inspiration for the sport, albeit with specialized equipment.

Snowboarding Styles

When playing snowboarding games, kids will also learn that snowboarding has several styles. Each of these styles involved specialized equipment, a fact reflected in the choices provided by game designers from the style to the equipment.

The most popular styles are:

• Jibbing. This involves riding, sliding and jumping on any surface other than snow such as rails, benches, and concrete ledges, thus, its popularity in venues like snowboard resort parks.

• Free riding. This refers to all-around snowboarding because of its emphasis on using the random flow of the terrain to the rider’s advantage. This is also the more common style used in snowboarding games because of the challenges presented to the player/rider.

• Freestyle. This involves the performance of tricks wherein the rider uses both natural and manmade features (i.e., logs, rocks, and rails) to perform tricks. This is different from alpine snowboarding because of the creativity that comes with it.

• Slopestyle. This is probably the most exciting style, thus, its popularity in snowboarding games. Riders perform tricks while descending down a slope or down terrain features (i.e., moving around, across, over, up and down).

• Big air. This is just as it sounds – riders perform tricks in the air (i.e., big air) while striving to achieve substantial height and distance from the jump-off point.

• Half-pipe. This is snowboarding over a semi-circular ditch while performing tricks. Riders are supposed to perform tricks while zipping from one side to the other as well as while in the air.

• Snowboard racing. Among all the snowboarding games, this is the most popular among kids for obvious reasons – a winner can easily be determined, for example.

And then there’s also the fact that playing snowboarding games encourages the value of sportsmanship among kids. Being a graceful winner or loser matters more than winning the gold medal, after all.

Kids’ Video Games and Your Children

Most parents today don’t stay home as much as they need to. With the growing demands of raising a family in the most ideal way which is really very costly, both parents need to keep jobs.

If parents are away at work then the children are left at home. Nannies aren’t always employed and some parents just allow their kids to bask in front of the TV set or engage in long bouts of playing video games.

Kids’ video games are marketed as safe entertainments for young children and are also said to be educational. But looking closely, if you stop and observe for just a few minutes, you would notice that a lot of these supposedly harmless games have negative themes.

They promote killing of animals and even people, disrespect for authority, abuse of drugs and alcohol, violence against women, sexual exploitation, gender stereotypes, obscene languages and gestures.

There are studies showing that kids’ video games, when played too much can affect children behavior. Early in life, they become immune to violence and tend to become violent themselves as they attempt to act out what they play on consoles.

As parents, though there is a need to leave your children behind to earn for their own future, you still have the responsibility of making sure that your children are safe. Safe from anything that could hurt them both physically and corrupt them emotionally.

Check on the Entertainment Software Rating Board ratings to know the contents of kids’ video games before purchasing them for your children. Take time to play the video games with your kids for actual experience of its contents.

Also, don’t let your children spend too much time with these video games. Let them stay over at a relative’s place to make sure they are well taken care of while you’re at work. You can also make out a list of things they can do at home and see if they accomplished it by the time you arrive. You can still take care of your children while you’re away.

Christmas Gifts – Top 10 Christmas Games For 2009

Year 2009 has plenty of games that will make for great Christmas gifts. To help you zero in on the good ones and avoid the more suspect games, we have created a list showing the Top 10 Christmas Games For 2009. However, please recognize the following list is in alphabetical order.

1. Battle Strikers Tournament Set

The Battle Strikers Tournament Set one of the most refreshing and interesting games for kids. This one lets them play with magnetized spinning tops which they can adjust and tweak for battle.

2. Bop It Game

The Bop It Game is a fun game that will be great fun for anyone in the family. This one is made for kids but others can enjoy it. The game requires fast reflexes and is very fast paced. People will like watching this one as much as playing it.

3. Clue Secrets and Spies

The Clue Secrets and Spies is a new version of the classic Clue game that really looks and feels like a completely different game. This one has an international spy feel to it and even includes text messaging as part of the game. Kids will love this which is why we have included it on this Top 10 Christmas Gifts For 2009 List.

4. Giraffalaff Limbo Game

The Giraffalaff Limbo Game is a fun game for young kids. This one allows them to do the limbo in a number of different ways and also challenges the kids to avoid the low hanging monkey. This one is a great way for keeping the kids active in a fun, safe way.

5. Mindflex Game

The Mindflex Game is probably the most exciting game available in 2009. This one encourages kids or adults to move a foam ball with their mind. This hard to believe game is really interesting to watch and was a favorite at toy fairs around the country.

6. Monopoly City Edition

The Monopoly City Edition is a fun new adaptation of the classic game. In this one, kids will be going after zoning deeds rather than properties, but the same great principles of the original are in this game. Even better is that they have worked out some of the drawbacks of the classic game with a timer, the ability to build several different buildings, and have an electronic device to calculate the money.

7. Pictureka Flipper

The Pictureka Flipper is a hot new memory game that has a mechanical Penguin that will encourage the players to answer and act quickly. This one provides a great party game that adults will enjoy playing along with everyone in the family.

8. Rubik’s Touch Cube

The Rubik’s Touch Cube is an electronics version of the classic game. This one is impressive in playing with it and watching it in action. A sliding of the finger will make a move for this game and there is even a hint key to help if you get stuck.

9. Trivial Pursuit Team Edition

The Trivial Pursuit Team Edition is maybe the best choice for adults. This is perfect for party game nights because this version encourages team play and even has multiple choice questions. This one really addresses the flaws of past versions and should be great fun to play.

10. Wii Sports Resort

The Wii Sports Resort is a very popular video game for the Nintendo Wii. This one allows people the ability to play a number of water and beach sports that should be great fun for everyone. Much like other Wii games, these games can be competitive and very interactive.