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Addictive Australian Game

Online pokies.  Some call them the crack cocaine of electronic gambling and for good reason. They can be very addictive for some people and it’s good to be cautious. This story about pokies addiction is quite disturbing.  Pokies differ from video games in that they are for real money most of the time allowing people with poor self control to lose massive amounts of money in short periods of time as the house always wins and pokies are essentially online slots.


Sharon in the story got so addicted that she commited an armed robbery and ended up in rehab for gambling addiction.  This is an extreme example though and the pokies are not all entirely to blame.  For one thing it is up to the individual person to have the self control to know when to call it quits and cut your losses.  There are plenty of people that are capable of goiing out and having a punt on the local slot machines.  One might even say that gambling in Australia is one of the most popular parts of the culture.


In that ladies defence though gambling is addictive and it has scientific reasons behind this.  In the human brain there are chemical reactions that are triggered by behavior that is know to increase our chances of survival.  Winning money qualifies for this because it would help to buy resources for us.  So what happens when people like Sharon play pokies is that their brain cant handle the increase of dopamine and they end up getting addicted to the high of winniing and will stop at nothing to get that feeling.  Even if they lose over and over again.  Some experts say that the chemical reaction that occurs in the brain is very similar to what happens with crack cocaine or other drugs.

The pokies industry makes an estimated 12 billion dollars per year which is no small figure. That money could certainly be put to better use.

Best Video Games Of All Time

It’s very obvious that if the words “Nintendo 64”, “Super Nintendo”, “Genesis”, “Atari” and “backup”, don’t ring a bell then there’s some bad news.  You’ve  missed out on something crucial in your life : video games.  What fun it is to mash buttons for hours on end with friends. The first 2D games that came out in color, the music in 16bits, oh the memories. Video games have come a very long way and we have put together a list of a few of our favorite ones, to determine what was THE best game of all time. We don’t say that “all video games on earth are so good that we never even had a have a social life because of them” we just want to focus on the best of the best.

Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64, 1996)

“! Wooh”, “! Yah”, “! Yipeee” These three words are stuck in your memory like an old song that you can’t get rid of, ever since you first learned the triple somersault 180 in Mario.  Another timeless classic.

Legend of Zelda

A Link to the Past (SNES, 1991): Nintendo returns, or rather, has already come, with the other game in the Zelda saga. This time of course not 3D, but a NES game that has the credibility of having sold 4.6 million copies. We believe that success comes with rose wick Link. Remember, it has relations with goron.

GoldenEye 007 (Nintendo 64, 1997)nintendo

The first game in the first person of the list (although this is heresy, if we would have seen Pierce Brosnan throughout the game then we can tell you that the ladies might have paid more attention to this little gem!), Goldeneye 007 is one of the only James Bond movies to be able to be adapted video game. Explosive missions, a multifunction watch, you can play this game for hours.

Final Fantasy VII (Playstation, 1997)

The latest game rankings. The Playstation was the best Final Fantasy series console. Breathtaking graphics, innovative fighting and virtually unlimited life: deserved success at it’s finest.

Super Metroid (Super Nintendo, 1994)

Who says girls and video games don’t go together? Certainly theres Peach who spends his time being abducted, and there’s Zelda who spends his time being abducted, but Samus is not one of those people. She’s armed with big guns and lives in space. Did we just reveal the perfect women to you? Maybe.

Legend of Zeldazelda

Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64, 1998): Officially it’s the only game in the world where you can nab turn a kokiri, a Zora, a princess, a goron and a horse. No wonder it’s in this list.

Street Fighter II (Super Nintendo, 1991)

The first fighting game ranking, Street Fighter is great value and fun in terms of uppercut, kick ball and other awesome moves. Oh, and most importantly, Chun-Li!

Super Mario World (Super Nintendo, 1990)

Did nintendo never stopped making hits? We think not! When we see that Super Mario World is just as charismatic today as it was at its release, we humbly bow to Miyamoto and jump on Yoshi looking color switches. OMG, there is even a blue Yoshi.

Tetris (Multiple Platforms, 1984)

A brick, plus a brick, two more bricks, and that makes a line, after plumber Mario, mason Tetris is almost meant to be.

Well what do you think?  What are the best video games of all time?