Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Sketches

Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a masterpiece of cinema and animation. It is the first full - length cel animated movie, released in 1937.

I love watching this movie often for the meticulous attention given in the making of every frame.

I love all the characters in this movie.Here are some of my sketches that I tried.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

10 Reasons Why You Must Play Board Games

I have been playing board games ever since I can remember. My childhood days were fun. We had lots of board games and playing them with my two siblings was a great pastime activity. Although I have several gaming consoles, I love playing board games & card games almost everyday with my husband.
Here are some reasons why I love playing Board Games:

1. Quick into Play:
Board games are so easy to start and to get into play. All I have to do is just pull out a board game & enjoy.

2. Easy to Play:
Board games are designed in such a way that it caters audiences of different age – groups. However, irrespective of the age factor, the game rules are generally not sophisticated.

3. Stress – Free:
After a long day of work in front of the computer, a board game can help relieve stress from your eyes. Moreover, it’s a great way to relax.  

4. Quality Time:
Playing board games is an interesting way to spend quality time with your loved one. It feels great to win and also feels good to see your companion happy when they win.

5. Choice- Luck based/Strategy:
There are many different games to choose from as per your liking. Luck based games & strategy games are the two main categories of board games. Games like ‘Snakes & Ladders’ & ‘Sorry’ are totally luck-based. Furthermore, games like ‘Chess’ & ‘Go’ requires the player to think strategically throughout the game.

6. A New World:The layout of the board speaks to the gamer in its own way. There are funky characters or paths (Example:Sorry) or territories (Example: Risk) or some other elements on the game board that pulls the gamers into a new world. That’s the magic of a game board. You will get lost in its world for hours.

7. Clear Goal:
The most interesting aspect of the board game is the board itself. The goal is clear & self explanatory in most of the board games.

8. Game Duration:
Many board games have unpredictable time duration. It is difficult to predict the time required for a game session. A game like ‘Sorry’ involving 2 players could get over within 20 minutes at times. Perhaps, it would require more than an hour some other time. Nevertheless, the games are so exciting that players lose track of time.

9. Fun Factor:
Every game experience is unique. Different games have different elements of fun & most of the games are thrilling. The best example that comes to my mind is ‘Chess.’ If both the players are of equal caliber, then the match is so thrilling that a single move can change the entire game. You never know who would win till the end.

10. Expressions:
You would come across many moments where you & your other gaming companions would smile, laugh, chuckle, giggle, say “uff,” “ah,” “oh-no,” “wow,” and utter all such expressions hidden deep within.

Did you ever imagine such priceless goodies are packed within a board game? If you just want to live the moment & have fun, get some players, pick your board game & play! 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Las Vegas Slots - Machines of Magic

I had been to Las Vegas twice last year. Although various thoughts crossed my mind about this place before my visit, my perspective about this sparking world changed after playing some really cool casual games in the casinos. Yes! I mean ‘Casual Games.’

There are various games in the Las Vegas casinos. A couple of games that I enjoyed playing and ‘winning’ were Slot Machines and Roulette.

In this post I would highlight certain interesting stuff about the Slot Machines.

Slot Machines are the most popular attractions in any casino in Las Vegas. These are gambling machines which can be played by anyone as a casual game. More than 60% of a casino’s revenue in the United States comes from slot machines alone. In my opinion, it entices many old and new players to try their luck at these magic machines because of these facts:

1. Playing the slot machines does not require any special gambling skills.
2. Just by pushing a button, a player can win a mind-blowing jackpot.
3. The game can be played with a very small bet. The minimum bet amount varies for different machines ranging from $1 to $5.
4. The player does not look like a hardcore gambler.
5. The game can be played comfortably as there are many, many and many more people of various age groups trying their ‘Luck’ too.

The player has to input the dollar bills to start the game. It is totally up to the player to decide on how much amount to ‘risk.’ By pushing the ‘Bet/Play’ button the player can get immersed in the game. Three or more reels spin, depending on the machine, showing certain combinations. Depending on the player’s betting amount per round & the combinations shown on the reels, the player wins or loses the bet.

Modern slot machines are totally computerized. The mechanics are simple. The combinations are generated with a ‘random number generator’ which are controlled by computer microprocessors.

People enjoy risking a small amount as they have a chance of winning a large amount effortlessly. The trick is to withdraw (Cash Out) from the game if you win some bucks. It is an enjoyable game if you don’t fall into the trap of greed. Give it a try, it’s fun. Lots of luck!