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Games

The way we think of games has changed over the last few decades. With the advent of home entertainment and interactive systems made by Sony and Nintendo that are prevalent in almost every home these days, the older, traditional arcades, are dying out. But because people will never give up going outside to enjoy some fun, there are still games available for everyone that get you out of the house for a while, away from the television, and out to have some competitive, family fun. 

There are plenty of activities left out there, such as miniature-golf, whirlyball, billiards, bowling, laser tag, paintball, curling and ice skating to name a few. These games and activities allow for a special bonding between people, bringing out the inner child in all of us, the one that enjoys simple fun and doesn't want a fancy television to make it work. If you do go out and do one of these activities, be sure to enjoy it and cherish it. 

These days, many of these activities are combined into an arcade style environment where people can play miniature golf that tests their putting skills with tricky holes and obstacles every step of the way, laser tag that tests our reflexes in the dark with guns that shoot small lasers out the front to try and hit others as they sneak around in the dark, and competitive games of billiards. Billiards is normally associated with bars and clubs and as a game that only adults play, but because of this, many places such as bowling alleys have implemented small pool halls for the customers to use. These multi-activity facilities are much easier to utilize and enjoy than traveling to each activity individually. 

Things like paintball and ice skating are best left in their respect arenas, not to be implemented with other games. Paintball, a game that uses compressed air powered rifles to fire balls of paint at other people, is definitely exciting and an adrenaline rush for those willing to get a few bruises from the impact of the paint. And while ice skating is usually best left to the professionals, there's no reason why you can't try it out and see how you like the ice. With an hour or two of practice, you'll be up in no time. 

While the times have changed, the fun of traditional games hasn't. So whether you're on vacation or just looking for a day out, a game is the way to go, bringing out the best in all of us.