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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online

I’ve been playing Battlefield for a while, first it was Battlefield 2 and lately it’s mostly been Battlefield Play4Free (which I highly recommend by the way). Anyway, the other day I saw an ad for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Online, a Ubisoft title. I checked out the website, watched a bunch of in-game videos and thought to myself that it looked really really good. Good enough in fact to try myself.

I downloaded the game, installed it, created my character and was really excited to begin playing.

Let me start by saying that the graphics look very good! However, comparing it to games like Battlefield or Call of Duty, Ghost Recon is a 3rd person shooter. This affects the control, i.e. it really sucks! There is simply no control. And the game is slow. You shouldn’t have to have the most powerful gaming computer there is to enjoy a game. With this game you obviously do. Not good!

It took me half an hour to download the game and install it. Way to long. I have a 100 Mbit Internet connection, so you can imagine my frustration. Seriously, how big is this game?

Anyhow, I gave it an hour, and now I’m done with it. I have now un-installed the game.

A Word Of Warning, Google!

Google now wants to begin charging people for using YouTube. What’s behind this decision is completely beyond me! YouTube has hundreds of millions of users, millions each day. These users watch anything from short snippets of cats playing to whole movies. The sad reality is that most of the content on YouTube is pure rubbish, only a small percentage is actually worth watching. All of it is funded by advertising. Google makes millions, if not billions, of dollars in profit from this. Yet they now want to implement a fee for using already ad funded service.

A word of warning for Google … people will not pay for rubbish. A fee, however small, will cause your users to look elsewhere. The very day you begin charging this fee, you will see a host of competitors popping up offering the same service … for free! And not only that, when your users disappear so will your advertisers.

Think twice before you go ahead with this!

How Scrabble Can Improve Your Skills as an Internet Writer

How Scrabble Can Improve Your Skills as an Internet Writer

Scrabble is one of the most popular games all over the world. Now that Scrabble is available as an app for iPhones and iPads, Scrabble is making a comeback. You don’t need to be tied to a game board and rack of tiles anymore–the Scrabble app goes wherever your iPhone or iPad goes.

Word people tend to be Scrabble fans, even though Scrabble is as much a game about mathematics as it is about expanding your knowledge of words. Believe it or not, you can use Scrabble to improve your online writing skills. Here’s how.

1. Scrabble Trains Your Brain

Sitting down to play a game of Scrabble is like taking your brain to the gym. In a game of Scrabble, you have to form the highest-scoring words you can from your collection of just seven letters plus the words already played by your opponents. Thinking this way is the perfect training for online writing–a field in which you have to be creative as well as meet very specific guidelines. Scrabble’s the same way. You have just a few letters and words to work with to outscore your competition. Train your brain to think outside the box by improving your Scrabble skills.

2. Scrabble Can Inspire You

Sometimes a simple distraction can jar your brain just right and inspire you to finish a difficult writing assignment. I find a quick game of Scrabble on my iPhone gets my brain out of a creative rut quicker than any other distraction. Forcing yourself to put together words is like hitting the reset button on your creativity and occasionally you may come up with a word in a game of Scrabble that turns out to be just the word you needed for your writing assignment.

3. Scrabble Builds Your Vocabulary

If you pick up a regular Scrabble habit, you’ll expose yourself to new words all the time. A larger vocabulary gives you more choices when it comes to phrasing and explaining your positions. We online writers tend to say things the same way over and over again, and building your vocabulary breaks the cycle of repetition.

Admittedly, most high-scoring Scrabble words aren’t going to make their way into your everyday assignments, but playing Scrabble is the best kind of word game for training the online writer that hides in every one of us.

Will Roby is a writer for ScrabblePages.com, a site for news, deals, and reviews of all things Scrabble For more info on Scrabble, check out Will’s most recent post about Toys R Us Coupons.