Video games can be a great way to have fun, learn and socialize. They offer us new ways of thinking and different scenarios to challenge us. For the best ways to get to the top with your favorite games faster, smarter and cheaper, check out the following tip-filled article.

If you are finding a control scheme difficult to use, optimize the settings in your game. The default control scheme is not always for everyone. Some people prefer a brighter screen, a set of more sensitive control or even an inverted layout. In many video games, you can control these in the setting’s area.

If you feel when you push up, you should really be looking down, then invert the axis in your control settings. Some people just don’t feel the axis controls are correct when they get a video game. That’s easy to take care of. Many games give you the option to invert the control schemes in the setting’s area.

Buy used video games. The cost of a new game can be $50, $60, $70 or more. Do not purchase an expensive game if you have never played it before. By buying used, you can get 25-50% off a game you’re interested in.

To master a video game, practice all that you can. When you feel like you’ve practiced enough, stop, breathe and then practice some more. Video games are a passion for many players, and if you expect to compete online, your skill sets will need to be honed extremely well.

If a demo is available for a game, download it and try it out. You can see if you like it and if it’s worth the price being charged. Make sure you are careful when doing this. Use trusted sites to avoid viruses on your computer.

When purchasing a game for your computer, make sure you have the specs to run it. Particularly, if the game is new, and your computer is old, you may be disappointed unless you check first. Look at the CPU speed and RAM, in particular, to determine if a game works.

Parents must always verify the ratings on games. A lot of games seem to be appropriate for children because of the name and design, but they can turn out to be very violent. Look at the rating and why it got that rating.

Don’t be shy about downloading games digitally! While this distribution channel experienced a somewhat rocky start, the kinks have been ironed out. Today, downloading your games (legally) is a much faster and more convenient way to get access to them. It’s also a great way to hang onto them; with most reputable services, you’re allowed to download a game over and over again. This makes it easy to recover from a computer meltdown without fussing with a bunch of DVD-ROMs.

Nothing really takes you away from the stress or boredom of life like a virtual world of play! Whatever your favorite game happens to be, hopefully you now know more about playing and paying and can reach new levels in the experience with the tips and tricks you have just learned. Have fun!

Yup, that’s right! You know what I am going to talk about. As I have already told you, I have quite a taste in movies, especially action, sci-fi and fantasy. This happens to be one of the best movies in all three genres. So, this one is right up my alley. Why this movie interests me in particular is because of my curiosity to know whether the movie is going to take its legendary legacy forward or crush under the load of expectations. Don’t worry, no spoilers here.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has finally released 10 years after the last installment of the Star Wars series was premiered in Los Angeles on Dec 14, 2015. Do you know how much money the latest installment grossed on its opening day? 528.9 million dollars! That’s right. The Force Awakens is now enjoying the distinction of the biggest worldwide opening in the history of world cinema.

Star Wars is like a religion for many. The producers have kept the plot of the movie a secret until it was released. The internet has been abuzz with the movie memes hogging the better part of it. Even after the movie was released, there were constant requests to not reveal the story and for people to not spoil it for them. Well, I watched the movie recently, and out of respect for everyone who hasn’t yet, I am not going to reveal anything interesting. I will, however, share my two cents.

This movie by J.J. Abrams is a worthy descendant of the rich past of the franchise. It has been applauded across the board and rightly so. One of the main reasons the movie has done so well is that it resonates with the original trilogy by George Lucas. The movie has actually made the fans forget theScreen Shot 2015-12-23 at 6.20.47 PM botched prequels of the movie. It is humorous, great on action, and has a nostalgic feel to it.

The force is still making all the characters dance to its tune. It is an adventure with people meeting each other by chance. Like it has always been. It is set 30 years after the second Death Star was destroyed and is as emotional as it is funny. All the actors, whether it is Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill or Carey Fisher from the older generation or the new crop of actors, including Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley or John Boyega, have performed well. The new and old generation have stood together to deliver a movie that is remarkable and memorable.

Films like Star Wars do not happen every day. It is as much a part of American History as it is of every fan’s life. The Force Awakens certainly brought back fond memories and I was ecstatic to watch such a well-made piece of work. The movie has certainly not been crushed by its huge legacy. The old and the new have come together beautifully and I am definitely going to watch it in my Star War reruns.

Boldly going there!

OMG! All I can say is he’s back. And who knows how much longer he’s here for.

Wait for it. Wait for it.

Daniel Craig is Bond. James Bond. And he’s H.O.T.!!!!!! And can do no wrong. He’s rugged, he’s sexy and he’s a man’s man. What’s not to drool over?

Ok. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but am dying to. Yes, I know it already came out and it is getting rave reviews. I’ve got a gaggle of my gals coming over Tuesday and we’re going to do a night out! I won’t even bore you with what I think, cuz it’s dreamboat-alicous. Don’t you agree?

Daniel Craig

Sorry for the massive photo. I couldn’t resist.

Back to Bond. Apparently, this one is about a blast from the past where he has to find an evil organization. And then there’s M, who’s got her own troubles going on. I love that they are getting M more into this on. Oh, and how about those movie posters with the skull mask. So creepy.

You’ve probably realized I’m biased. Yup. I have my opinions. You can have yours. I don’t really care what you think, just have a firm direction and don’t be wishy washy.

What’s your favorite Bond flick? Who’s you favorite Bond actor? Oh, and did I mention that I saw Daniel Craig at the airport once. I was going through security and he must have just gotten through, cuz like a horde of people were all around him snapping a few photos. Thank goodness his lady wasn’t on his arm. I’d have given her a look to die for or a Goldfinger. Heehee.

Okay, back to this movie. I can’t wait to get the girls over and go check it out. It’s kinda a thing we do. Once a month we plan a huge group outing and have sh#$load of fun. What’s so awesome is that there are so many of us that we literally take up an entire aisle. We’ll stand on each side of the aisle and boy, the looks we’ll get when tell people they are all taken. And not 10 minutes later, all our ladies come strolling in. And them boys be drooling.

Off topic again. So maybe this is going to be Movie and TV review with a bunch of real life stories to go along with it. To keep you interested and giggling.