10 Innovative Game FeaturesWritten by Winston Malton
Watch yourself struggle, sweat, collapse as you turn your video game console into a personal trainer.
Here are ten ways latest development by Eye-Toy technology is doing away with couch-potato stigma that's commonly attached to gaming, and developing hottest new innovation moving video game industry right now.
1. Dubbed Eye-Toy Kinetic, game assesses your weight and your height to devise a workout for you. In some cases it will even devise a certain number of calories to burn. It designs a personalized physical training or workout program. You can customize your workouts to make it suitable for getting you in shape, losing weight, or toning your muscle. It feature exercises from four different disciplines, four exercise zones available to you: cardio, combat, toning, and mind & body, such as meditation and yoga.
2. You go at your own pace and monitor your progress along way. It will also take advantage of PS2's internal clock to keep you on a regimented 12-week workout. It's not a game so much as a virtual home fitness center and cheaper than a gym membership.
3. You interact with one of two virtual fitness trainers to keep you motivated. One is male, more gung-ho type with his loud fitness platitudes, and one is female, more reassuring of two. Miss a workout and expect to get an earful from one of them.
4. This game technology requires a user to step face to face with screen used with a console. A minicamera beneath screen to project your image onto screen and allow you to capture a full range of motion onscreen. It will use EyeToy peripheral to actually track your activity and motion.
5. A boxing match places you in center of your TV screen and pits virtual you against a Mr. Universe. Another challenging game has you facing off with an likeness of yourself, punching balls coming at you on screen, while steering clear of other ones. Here you are playing game with real punches that tire a you out, jumping on a small mat. You work up a good sweat.
Identifying US Coins with Bullish FuturesWritten by Daniel J. Goevert
Okay, let’s get something straight… I do not advocate purchase of United States coins strictly for investment purposes. Like most traditional collectors, I believe coins are to be primarily appreciated for their artistic beauty, historical connections, and joy of pursuing them. However, it should be no secret that a significant number of us do add to our numismatic holdings while simultaneously peeking at payback angle, too.
In truth, there are probably substantial numbers of traditional collectors who prefer to acquire coins destined to increase in esteem and value over time; treasured heirlooms and a source of pride to be passed from one generation to next. On flip side of this equation, it seems implausible that anyone would buy a coin with hope or expectation to see it stagnate or decrease in value. Indeed, any commentator who suggests words “investment” and “coins” should never appear in close proximity to one another is ignoring a heavily populated segment of our hobby.
Now that we’ve established that it’s not numismatic heresy to seek coins with strong upside possibilities, let’s get down to basics. The guiding principle is simple: Any coin that has demonstrated solid, consistent gains over a long period of time is likely to show continued growth in years ahead. Easily said, but as we shall soon see, not so easily put into practice.
So exactly how does a one identify coins with a potentially bullish future? The best clues are revealed by analyzing retail value trends over a long period of time for a given coin. Observing current prices alone does not yield enough information to correctly evaluate prospective price movements. What was coin selling for two or three years ago compared to today? Dig deeper, and find market price for same coin 5-10 years ago. While you’re at it, get something from 20-30 years or more in past, too. The more good data researched, more reliable will be your final conclusions. Now whip out your spreadsheet and chart numbers, or compute annualized rates of return. Flat or negative trends are bad. Positive trends are good. Steep positive trends are best. Any coin displaying a proven annualized growth pattern of at least 5-10% over a span of many years qualifies as an attractive option for collector desiring coins headed for much higher price levels a few years down road.