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5 Free Online Gaming Websites for Casual Gamers

5 Free Online Gaming Websites for Casual Gamers

The world of online gaming has evolved quickly over the past few years. The old Pentium PCs with less than 1 GB of RAM have been replaced with serious gaming rigs rocking octa-core processors and over 16 GB of RAM. Video game consoles haven’t been left behind, with the latest console from Sony, the PS4 Pro, promising 4K support and unreal graphics.

But even with all the 3D or VR graphics in the world, nothing can beat a good old game of Donkey Kong or Super Mario Bros. Most titles in the 2D realm still offer a nice break from advanced gaming. They can also be good distractions for those looking to take a breather from heavy workloads without powering up a console or PC for a long game of Call of Duty.

The world of online gaming is filled with tons of simple game titles that can be played with the most basic computers and usually for free. Check out some of these online gaming sites for casual gamers:

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1. Miniclip

Miniclip is one of the oldest gaming sites on the internet, having been in business for the last fifteen years. During that time, developers have been constantly adding new game titles to the site, creating one of the largest databases of free online games. Miniclip gives you access to a wide spectrum of games, including action and racing games, puzzles, and arcade games.

The multiplayer experience at Miniclip is also quite interesting, with a whole set of rewards, challenges, and games lined up for players. Plus you can play from virtually any mobile device, thanks to multiplatform support for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

2. King

King is the development company behind the critically acclaimed game Candy Crush Saga, which raked in an estimated $493 million in 2014. King is also behind other successful game titles, including Candy Crush Soda Saga and Candy Crush Jelly Saga.

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In addition to the typical mobile gameplay on iOS, Windows Phone, and Android devices, some of King’s games can also be played freely on desktops. These include Pet Rescue Saga, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Candy Crush Saga, and Farm Heroes Saga. Additionally, you can sync your progress across all your devices, which makes King’s online gaming services a worthwhile experience for the casual gamer.

3. Pogo

Pogo is a simple online gaming site with tons of free games for casual gamers. It has the distinct tone and feel of Miniclip but sets itself apart by adding bingo, casino, and slot games to its offerings. Other notable genres include strategy, family, brain and puzzle games, arcade, sports, and the classics, which can make for a fun breakroom activity.

Pogo’s multiplayer platform allows players to enter into tournaments, win different types of rewards, make friends, and chat within an in-game widget. This adds a social element to users’ online gaming experiences that some casual gamers just might appreciate.

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4. Google Easter Egg Games

Google Easter eggs are a fun (and very distracting) list of activities that can be launched from Google’s search page. Among these are Easter egg games that include solitaire and tic-tac-toe. Casual gamers looking for more fun can play a game of Atari Breakout by simply carrying out an image search for “Atari breakout.”

5. Study Hall Games

Study hall games are a set of arcade games that are often characterized by simple graphics and short play times. These games are usually perfect for gamers looking to take a break between tasks such as working on homework or school assignments. The short levels/stages within the games mean that players don’t get hooked to the game and can usually get back to the task at hand within minutes (unlike, say, a game of Grand Theft Auto V).

There are tons of study hall games freely available on the internet. Tech Review Pro does a good piece on some of the best study hall games and the websites that offer them, so be sure to check them out.

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Online gaming will continue to thrive, even in the face of realistic graphics from consoles and PCs and the virtual reality world. The gameplay offered by these titles is simple, short, and fun, which makes them perfect for the casual gamer.

Featured photo credit: Marco Bonomo via stocksnap.io

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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