The best games to be released in 2020 (part 1)

We’re officially at the start of 2020 and this year is going to be a big one for exciting game releases with plenty of highly anticipated games. Here is the list of the best games to be released this year.

Journey to the Savage Planet

(28 January, Xbox One, PS4, PC)

The release of Typhoon Studios is a gorgeous space exploration adventure which sees you hopping between planets and slapping aliens about. Although nothing revolutionary there, its vibrant worlds and gleeful sense of humor can set it apart.

Google surely think so, when Journey to the Savage Planet will be released on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, the Silicon Valley giant has been quite impressed to snap up Typhoon in order to make future games under the Stadia banner.

Warcraft 3 Reforged

(28 January, PC)

Warcraft 3, a handsome remastering of Blizzard’s famous fantasy strategy, is a more significant update than the similar Starcraft Remastered. Blizzard will be bringing more modern trimmings while the nub and narrative will remain the same when orcs and humans battle across the fields of Azeroth.

Modern online features. better balance, and improved modding should all make best use of the shiny new look.

Zombie Army 4

(4 February, PS4, Xbox One, PC)

Kneecap Nazi zombies in this glorious Sniper Elite spin-off, teaming up with 3 pals when you vie in order to stop Hitler’s return from hell. Special abilities, big characters, and a horde of undead to blow-up across picturesque Southern Europe.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

(11 February, Xbox One, PC)

The challenging Ori and the Blind Forest thrilled in 2015 and Moon Studios are going to expand on the Metroidvania platform-adventure with the bigger sequel Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

Dreams

(14 February, PS4)

The extraordinary canvas and creation tool of Media Molecule have been in early access for a while, with its talented players creating spectacular games and works of digital art. And Dreams is now set for an official Valentine’s Day release in order to charm us all.

The Best Outdoor Hobbies That Your Kid Should Learn And Pick Up (part 3)

7. Outdoor sports

What we can do for our toddlers is to “Inception” them into liking a sport. Let’s put up a small hoop with a small football goal while they are still too young to be left alone outside or rubber basketballs for them to play with. When they get older and want to play basketball or football all the time, it will be easier to make them like outdoor sports when the right time comes. They will be going out with their friends everyday shooting hoops or scoring goals on the field and splashing threes like they were Steph or Klay.

8. Photography

Photography might be the easiest hobby that we can get our children to pick up, especially for those at that age where they are already connected emotionally to their phones or gadgets. Their devices have cameras, so invite them to go out and bring it with them. Like a security blanket, they will clutch it tight.

When going out, prepare a game of scavenger hunt, but with a twist. Tell your kids it will be a photo scavenger hunt. Give them a list of things they should photograph, including some require selfies with them, some not. They will surely have fun with it and then shower them with praises at how great their photos look as well as how they can be professional photographers.

9. Gardening

Gardening seems more for adults, really than for kids. But anything to get their hands off that device would be good news. Curious little kids would have a fun day with their parents working in the garden and making a mess of themselves at the same time. Give the older kids something to look forward to, such as a plant that grows fast and bears fruit they can harvest themselves. The satisfaction they can get from growing their own plants and harvesting their own food will be priceless.

The Best Outdoor Hobbies That Your Kid Should Learn And Pick Up (part 2)

4. Skates, board, and roller

Children a little older may find the hula hoops, jump ropes, and Frisbees a little under their age bracket, so let’s have them try a hobby that would challenge them. Skateboards are hip and cool, boys drool over the image of them whipping a skateboard trick in front of their friends.

But safety first, get helmets and pads to avoid bumps and bruises. Girls may find skateboards quite fun, too. But if in case they don’t, we have roller skates for them. And if they want to graduate from roller skates, let’s get them a nice new pair of rollerblades.

5. Nature excursions

If our child doesn’t want to get out of the house, they’re just at home with their gadgets and tech, and we’ve tried to entice them with cool toys for the outdoors without any luck, we don’t give up.

We broaden our horizons and scan the neighborhood for places like creeks, rivers, lakes, hiking trails, and the seaside, areas that are safe for kids to play in. Once we find one, take the necessary preparations then announce to them that you are going on an excursion. Make it a surprise or not, whatever works best for them, then make it such a fun outing for everyone that next weekend they’ll ignore their gadgets and ask to go back there.

6. Biking

We’ve all learned how to ride bikes when we were kids, that’s a fact. But if it isn’t for you, then start learning with your kids. Riding bikes is the first taste of freedom a human being truly experienced, young and carefree, we just pedal on with our friends and let the bikes take us wherever.

We’d ride after school and come back home in time for dinner. Those were the days. Also, biking is a hobby that’s a form of exercise. Start by teaching them to balance, then having a ride with them to build their confidence. A good alternative to bikes is scooters.

The Best Outdoor Hobbies That Your Kid Should Learn And Pick Up (part 1)

The culture that our children are growing up in nowadays is quite different from the seventies and eighties, or even from the nineties. Our definition of having a lot of fun back when we were younger is going outside and playing. But these days making our kids step out of the house and away from the WiFi coverage is starting to become a chore. But there is still a chance, a big one if your kid is still young, to make them want to go out every day. Here are ten great outdoor hobbies to try with them now.

1. Hula Hoop and Playing catch

It may be a good idea to ease them into doing stuff outdoors especially if our kids are really more of the indoorsy kind of child. They’re like vampires, hissing at the sight and feel of the sunlight, so take it slow.

Let’s try activities that require less physical effort and skill. Hula hoop is a good first-time outdoor activity for girls, they kind of have the knack for it. Our boys can try playing catch, not with a baseball and mitt right away, or a frisbee.

2. Use the sky, day or night

Stargazing is an educational and intimate type of a hobby that we can do with kids. Set up a tent outside on a clear star-riddled night, lie down side by side, and start looking at the sky. Teach the kids the common constellations, how to catch a falling star and whisper a quick wish, and just talk about anything under the glimmering stars. In the daytime we can still do it, same scenario but cloud watching this time.

3. Playground fun

Taking walks to the park is a nice pastime and a good way to enjoy fresh air, but let’s try to make it more than that for the kids.

Let’s have them looking forward to a nice afternoon or morning walk that leads to their pot of gold at the end, a nice big playground in the park. It’s a great way to get them off their butts and outside the house, and also an opportunity to make new friends. Playgrounds are made for children, but let’s not let our guard down. Keep a close eye or join them while they play and don’t forget snacks and refreshments.

Is tennis a perfect hobby for you?

One of the best things about tennis is that you only really need to find one other person to have a great time, but it may be worth having a lesson or two.

Unless you are playing doubles, tennis can mean spending the entire match talking to yourself, usually congratulating, berating, or coaching yourself.

If you like a bit of healthy competition, tennis is for you.

The duration of the match can significantly vary, requiring you to display both mental and physical stamina over an unpredictable amount of time.

Benefits of tennis:

  • Tennis is considered as a high-intensity exercise, so it increases your cardiovascular fitness.
  • Leg and buttock strength: the day after a game, you will feel the burn from lunging for the ball.
  • All the twists and turns will improve your strength and flexibility in the back and abdomen.
  • Thinking strategically to play to your strengths as well as to your opponent’s weakness means you will also keep your brain sharp as a tack.
  • You can play tennis all year round, with many clubs that offer night-time and weekend sessions.

Equipment needed for tennis:

  • You will need a tennis racquet and balls.
  • A pair of trainers should get you comfortably around the court but you can purchase shoes that are specifically designed for tennis if you wish.
  • If you prefer to play socially, you will be up for court hire fees. If you join a club, court hire fees are usually either covered or discounted.
  • Professional lessons fees are extra and not usually covered by club membership fees.

Common tennis injuries:

  • There is a reason for the injury termed ‘tennis elbow‘. Pain can result in the elbow joint because of extensive use of the wrists as swinging the racquet, which can damage tendons.
  • Achilles and Calf tendon injuries are also common because of sudden changes in pace and direction.
  • Injuries to the tendons and muscles in the rotator cuff – the group of tissues that stabilize the shoulder and help it move.
  • Back pain is also common because of arching and producing a powerful swing to hit the ball.

Four Popular Games Your Kids Are Playing as Their Hobby

Fortnite

Fortnite is an online video game available to play on personal computers, smartphones and game consoles such as PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

The free version of the game, and the most popular, is called Battle Royale, a multiplayer mode where 100 participants battle one another to be the last one standing.

Players can communicate through voice and text chat on the platform but there are restrictions to what you can say, according to Orme. “You are constrained by things in the game. I don’t think it’s something you need to worry about in the way you would with some other more open-ended platforms,” she says.

League of Legends

Rated T for Teen: Blood, fantasy violence, mild suggestive themes, use of alcohol and tobacco

League of Legends (abbreviated LoL) is a free, online, multiplayer video game available to play on personal computers.

The game is played in two teams of five, either with friends or strangers. You can communicate with other players through messages or voice chat.

The LoL community has a reputation for being highly competitive and sometimes even “toxic” says Orme. “I play and sometimes have to step away because people can get mean.”

You can mute someone on the headsets, says Orme. You can also mute people on the message chat, but then “you’re less able to communicate with people so the game gets a little harder to play. There’s a tradeoff, but you can do it,” she says.

Red Dead Redemption

Rated M for Mature: Blood & Gore, Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol

Red Dead Redemption is a Western action-adventure game played on consoles like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There’s also an online version of the game, Red Dead Online, where you can make in-game purchases and interact with other players on the net.

Player interactions on Red Dead Online aren’t censored, and some players have even reported incidents of racial slurs being used on the platform.

Fallout

Rated M for Mature: blood and gore, intense violence, strong language, use of drugs

Fallout is an apocalyptic action role-playing game available to play on Microsoft Windows, and consoles like Playstation 4 and Xbox One. The current versions out right now are Fallout 4 and Fallout 76.

Fallout 4 is a single-player game and there are no in-game purchases. Fallout 76, which is a prequel to the series, is the first multiplayer version of the game and is entirely played online.

Players do have the option to play solo, however. Players can also interact with one another via voice chat.

Five hobbies you should take up today (part 2)

3. Volunteering

Volunteering is the hobby that can not only improve your life, but also the lives of others. There is always at least a demand for volunteers and functions can be found across the board. For example, you could become a board member for a foundation, tutor, chat with the elderly in homes, help with plastic clean up, or blog for certain projects that help the community.

The easiest way to find volunteering positions is to search “volunteering” and then your city. And there are so many volunteer opportunities out there, so there is definitely something for you.

4. Gardening

Gardening sounds like something only grandparents do. Gardening is darn therapeutic. Watching your own plants grow from a seed to fruit or flowers is extremely fulfilling. It is like raising a baby, but in a much shorter space of time. And unlike a child, then you will eat it or cut it and put it in a vase.

The great thing about gardening, especially in terms of fruits or veggies, is that they taste so great – nothing like the bland tomatoes that you get at the market, for example. In addition, gardening teaches you how to grow something and how nature works. Not everything is the same and though you can buy almost everything all year round, actual veggies don’t work like that and you have to sow them at certain times of the year as well as pay attention to when it is perfect time to harvest, etc.

5. Anything with crafts

Get creative and make something, whether it is a scarf, painting, or an upcycled closet. There are a lot of ways to let your creative side loose, and you don’t need to make things that you will never use, either. Why not paint your cabinet in funky colors, make your own one-of-a-kind jewellery, or start knitting or simply jazz up your house with a fluid art piece?

Getting crafty is a great way to focus your attention on something else than the stress of daily life. Moreover, the end results are usually great and give you a sense of pride.

Five hobbies you should take up today (part 1)

Are you looking for something to do outside of the daily routine? Here are five hobbies that you should take up right now. You can even take all of them up, but it may be best to try one and not spread yourself too thin.

1. SUPing

If you are a fan of surfboards or water sports generally, this trendy hobby is perfect for you. SUPing or Stand Up Paddling is standing on a surfboard – like board and paddling. You will not only get a great workout in, but also get to experience the peace of the nature around you. Moreover, it is a great fun with your friends.

There are many initiatives out there allowing you to go SUPing as well as clear plastic waste from the waterways. Take El Kombi, in Alkmaar, for example. This company holds “Sup it UP” activities, giving you the chance to enjoy SUPing and do a little bit for the environment.

2. Getting your nose in a book

Yes, nowadays we are so busy. Taking some time out to read is just what the doctor advised you to do.

You don’t have to pick up a physical book, though that is the most favorite method, you can just download an audiobook. Reading a book is a great way to decrease stress and offers your mind a chance to explore. With the rise of sites like YouTube and streaming services like Netflix, it seems that we are constantly consuming information. You can get to imagine the characters for yourself with books , even if you and one of your friends have read the same book, you might have imagined the characters differently, whether it be what they look like or how they speak.

So, open a book and don’t let the imagination part of your brain shrink. On the additional side for work, perhaps letting your imagination run free for a little bit each day or week, could help you to come up with an innovative solution to a problem? Doesn’t hurt to try, right?

The top outdoor hobbies anyone can learn and enjoy (part 2)

Cycling

Whether it’s in the trail or the lane, cycling is a better way to see the surrounding more thoroughly than driving. Cycling and Mountain Biking also improves your physical stamina as well as your capability to assess imminent obstacles. Cycling will help you stay on top of your health meanwhile enjoying new destinations and landscapes.

Skateboarding

Do you want to add some thrill and excitement in your life? Skateboarding will fill your life with adventure and ecstasy. Even if you are a beginner, you are going to enjoy the way it offers physical gratification. Skateboarding is a cool and calm hobby that is a perfect way you can use to spend your leisure time and enjoy life.

Canoeing

Canoeing as a hobby

Go for sailing and canoeing to find the real fun and excitement of wandering in the water. When you come in contact with the huge collection of water, you will certainly enjoy the way water soothes your mood. Canoeing is a fantastic way to modify how you observe the world, understand your movement on the water, and know how to react with precision in cases of emergency.

Golfing

Golfing has always been the favorite hobby of the rich and successful people. Golfing is an implausible way to inhale a lot of fresh air. If you want to master the skill, you might need a lot of practice, particularly you might have to work upon your spatial reasoning skills. It also requires you to understand how wind affects the course of your ball. Learn to golf right now if you want to improve your concentration, posture, and form of a great swing.

Fishing

Fishing is a fun-filled sport and also a rewarding hobby while staying outdoors. It increases your judgment skills because it involves an evaluation of your intended prey. While fishing can be considered as a great hobby to spend your time in a fruitful manner, it also integrates the concepts of physics, ecology, and animal psychology.

Benefits of traveling as a hobby (part 3)

7. Traveling Helps You Feel Like An Adventurer

In spite of the fact that the world has never been better connected than today, many places remain little known to the average tourist. Writing down a list of places that you want to visit is extremely motivating.

Traveling to a new place gives you the chance to face the unknown and think differently. You don’t need to spend a whole month in the jungle! If you live in a big city, going on a hike over the weekend can make you feel different. Get out of your comfort zone as adventures require novelty. It seems scary, but in retrospect, you’ll find it the best decision you ever made!

Benefits of traveling

8. Traveling Expands Your Social Network

Social networks were like a real thing – in real life. Establishing connections and setting up a network abroad is one of the smartest things that you can do in the current world. Although it might be hard to build a long-lasting relationship with the people you meet abroad, it doesn’t mean it’s not worth meeting new people.

9. Traveling Creates Lifetime Memories

The fact that having an experience abroad that sometimes was out of the ordinary creates a memory that you will remember for a long time.

Traveling is an amazing story with some life-changing lessons. You can tell your own story about your own adventures. So travel to make some odd memories to laugh about later.

10. Traveling Makes You Love Your Home More

Wendy Wunder once said that “The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave, but it feels even better to come back”. Coming back home after a journey would seem that you are back where you started with the same setting, same people, same problems. But you are not the same, you are new with full of new knowledge and ideas!