Text Based Online Games – English As a Second Language and RPG Games

One feature of text based online games is the chance to meet many people from around the world and to form friendships, bonds, and even to learn more about your own culture through another player. Yet one of the most striking lessons one can learn is that the textual RPG game is a place where one can learn English as a second language. Since British English is often the main language of choice for RPG games, players will find themselves interacting with native and non-native English speakers.

Like many Americans who play textual RPG games, I am constantly surprised to meet others in games who demonstrate a high ability to speak, to write, and to express their intentions so well. Of course, for those who write or speak English as a second language (and sometimes a third or fourth), RPG textual games are a perfect space for players to create characters and practice language skills. In all, the textual RPG game becomes a worldwide community that bridges cultures, and allows players to interact and to learn more about various elements in and out of game through written expression.

As some new users will discover, online RPG games are populated by players who often help another non-native English speaker with his or her language skills. Many player run organizations have guides and mentors. If the player tells his or her guide or mentor that English is not the first language spoken the mentor will make it known to others to help the non-native speaker with language skills. What remains amazing is the willingness established players have to assist others to make the game an enjoyable diversion and to help players learn more about the language written (or spoken) in game as well as the game culture.

While some who read this may be timid to try an online RPG game because of English being the choice language, they will find that many clans and private clans are created by other users in games where they can speak native languages too. While English remains official languages in most MUDs, it does not prevent clans from setting rules to where other languages are spoken. So, players will find that they are never truly alone because there is always someone in game who speaks one or more languages besides English. Furthermore, some mentors and guides are fluent in two or three other languages and are willing to bridge the language gap. Plus, if they make friends with someone who speaks a language they may not know- all the mentor has to do is ask other characters who may speak the common language and the online game becomes personal and enjoyable.

While serving as a house mentor, I have often discovered that my own language skills in French, Spanish, and Italian have improved if I meet a character in game who speaks one of those languages as a first language. In private conversations (often referred to as TELLS in game) we will help one another bridge misunderstandings and even correct one another. Either way, it is a win-win situation because the learning process never ends. The player improves his or her English skills and I improve my skills in other languages.

I know that many who read this speak English as a first language and may be shy about trying an online text game after reading this essay. However, you should not fear it. Even if you are a native English speaker and you feel that your writing is, either bad, or that you do not express yourself well in text, there are many in game that will assist another. So many players come from various walks of life that you often find players ranging from teenagers to doctors, lawyers, engineers, information technology and other professions play the games as well for fun. They are willing to extend a hand with proofreading, writing skills, and even referring you to others who can help with certain in game topics. Language can cross barriers, help forge friendships and even teach us about one another. This is one element that textual RPGs have that many graphical games do not- and that is a feeling of community, friendship and assistance. So many graphical games rely on various servers so some players never leave the confines of a server that is a single language focus. If a player dares to enter the world of text based online games, he or she may discover that language skills in English will improve, and he or she will even help native speakers improve skills too.

Play Dragon Ball Z Games

The original Dragon Ball was a Japanese manga series which was first serialised in a Japanese weekly. It first appeared in 1984 and was extremely popular. It spread throughout the world in a variety of formats and translations and appeared on television as dubbed serials. Dragon Ball Z was created after the original series was completed and continued where this left off. As with all successful television series, there has been a great deal of merchandise released. Items such as cards, games and toys have been a huge hit with children and have increased the popularity of the Dragon Ball stories. With computer games being so popular, it is no wonder that many children, and indeed adults, are keen to play Dragon Ball Z games and these are now huge sellers.

If you want to play Dragon Ball Z games you will find that there is a huge choice of titles available in the United States. These games are available for all the popular consoles including Playstation, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, Gamecube, X Box, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advanced. All the games feature the well known characters and most will include up to 150 different characters and many levels of play.

For the younger fans who are keen to play Dragon Ball Z games, you will find that the fighting engine in some of the games, for example Ultimate Battle 22, make the play simple enough for even the youngest players. Most of the games can be played by multiple players and some, such as Taiketsu, are absolutely brilliant for challenging your friends in multi player battles.

If you want to play Dragon Ball Z games amongst your friends you must be certain that you have compatible equipment and all aspects of installation are correct. You will then be able to have long and heated battle amongst your friends. Some of the later Dragon Ball Z games show in improvement in the graphics. This was always a great aspect of the games, but recently you notice some wonderful facial expressions during the fighting and if they are not doing too well then you may start to notice that the characters start to look a little battle weary and their clothes show the effect of repeated fighting. Every little detail, such as these, goes to make the series of games very enjoyable.

Some of the games can become quite involved. In most cases, as you progress, you will meet up with new characters, of which there is a seemingly unending supply. You do not need to be a fan of the Dragon Ball series to play Dragon Ball Z games. A general understanding of the story lines can be gained from playing the games themselves and keeping an eye on things. Scenarios can become quite complicated at times but, as you get to know the characters and plots, you will find that you can become as involved as you wish.

Free Online Poker Games

Free online poker games are everywhere. You can find them on poker stars, absolute poker, full tilt poker etc…FREE OF CHARGE. Now if you are new to poker in general and do not know the poker rules quite yet I definitely suggest you start playing online. If you have been playing poker for years and years at a local casino or a home game, playing free online poker games is MUCH different. Reason being, you can’t actually see someone’s facial expressions and getting a read on an individual’s poker cards is much harder online. Also, catching a bluff online is much harder than in person. The good thing about playing poker online is when you finally get familiar with where to play poker online and how to when playing for play money poker chips you can move into playing for real money.

The first thing you must know when you jump into real money tables is they are MUCH MORE different than playing for play money. Player’s games completely change when money is on the line. Don’t ask me why, but if players don’t have money on the line most of them are just not motivated to try and win. To reach the stage of players trying you have to move into real money games offered on all the same sites that you can play free game online poker on, you can play real money on also. What I suggest you doing is depositing $50.00 if you do not have that much. I was a poor college student starting out when I started playing for real money. It has turned into a house, car, and me being able to quit my job so it is definitely possible. After you deposit this $50.00, many poker sites such as fulltilt poker and poker stars will give you a 100% deposit bonus to match whatever you deposit up to $600.00. That’s great for you, right when you deposit that $50.00 you now have $100.00 bucks to work with. Instead of jumping right into a cash game with this $100.00 I strongly urge you to try out sit n go games. You can’t go wrong with poker tournaments online. If you are unfamiliar with sit n go’s basically they are mini tournaments consisting of 9 players which the top 3 of these players make it to the money. The prize structure is as follows:

3rd place = 20% of the total prize pool offered

2nd place = 30% of the total prize pool offered

1st place = 50% of the total prize pool offered

Looking at these payouts, winning first place in a sit and go is like three 3rd place finishes. It is VERY important to try and get first place each time. A great poker tip you should know is to play tight all the way through until there is 4 players left in which you need to play aggressive. When there is 4 players left everyone will start playing tight but YOU in hopes to hang on for a 3rd place finish and into the money. This is the most perfect time to steal their blinds and cruise your way into a first place finish.