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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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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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