Many teenagers can spend hours in line waiting for the latest video game and can spend hundreds of dollars a year (if not more) on their gaming hobby. Some people carry this habit into middle age. However, as people age, they may look for less violent, more traditional games to play online. If you are looking to spend a few hours playing more traditional games but don’t want to spend hundreds to thousands of dollars per year for your gaming entertainment, there are plenty of free alternatives available.
1. Bingo. Many of us may think of smoky bingo halls when we think of bingo, but the game is now a popular free game available online. There are entire communities built around online bingo; in fact, there are even awards such as The Bingoport Players Awards’ where you can vote on the best new bingo site in 2011, among other awards.
2. Solitaire. I had a friend whose dad could play solitaire for hours, always playing the same version of solitaire manually. Now, you don’t even need a deck of cards to play solitaire; just go online and choose from anyone of the many versions of solitaire online.
3. Mahjong. The popular tile arrangement game challenges your intellectual ability and can offer hours of fun. Just like solitaire, there are plenty of versions of this game available online.
4. Sudoko. No need to have a pen and paper when playing this game online. This mind challenging game can keep you entertained for hours.
Playing traditional games online can provide hours of free entertainment. In addition to saving your wallet, there are plenty of other advantages to playing these games.
Many senior citizens need to have daily mental stimulation to keep their minds active and engaged and to ward off more serious conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Free online games can offer them a way to work out their mind muscles and have fun at the same time. In addition, some games even allow you to compete with other players and foster a sense of community.
Of course, these games aren’t just for senior citizens; people from all stages of life can benefit from the mind connections that are strengthened when playing challenging games. The logic skills that are also developed can help you in everyday life.
Finally, playing a few games online can be a great way to relax and unwind after a busy day. In addition, because they are free, you are not wasting money as you would be if you went to the bar to get a few beers.
Whether you or an older friend or relative are looking online for games, there are plenty available. Don’t dismiss games as a waste of time; there are several benefits to playing games online.