A Video Game Blog – Play Games and Get Paid

With a Video Game Blog, playing games isn’t a waste of time. It actually becomes more than just a hobby. It becomes a lifestyle! Are you one of those people who thought going to work is boring and sitting at home playing your favourite video games on console or PC would be the only way you’d enjoy making a living? Well you start a video game blog and start working from home.

There are a lot of people out there that already blog about video games and the latest movies. I’m positive than some of us have a friend or two who are absolute game junkies and have every single console and still play on PC. Well how about share the fun with the world? With a video game blog, you can do just that.

Did you ever wonder how video game journalists get paid? I’m sure you’ve read those gaming magazines or watched YouTube review channels for different games – did you ever wonder how or did you even know that some of them can make money? Playing games and getting paid for it is half right. Selling stuff on the side of your video game blog is one basic concept that can get you paid for just playing games.

Selling games on your blog is obviously a popular way to go. But a lot of bloggers don’t usually have time or patience to order the games or send them out or even get an eBay account. Make no mistake though; there are a lot of people out there who make a lot of money online from eBay. But that’s just one of the many ways you can make money online with your video game blog.

Another way to do it is through advertising. Imagine loading up your blog with a bunch of ads and you get paid whenever someone clicks the ad. Google AdSense is based around this concept. You basically allow Google to load up your website with relevant ads and you get paid a little bit every time someone clicks on them.

With more popular games, such as World of Warcraft, a lot of bloggers and online marketers alike love to start blogs on specific games and offer tips, items and even e-book strategy guides that they can sell and get commissions from. Through affiliate marketing, these people don’t even have to create or own their own e-book strategy guides and walkthroughs and just sell someone else’s and earn commissions.

Starting a video game blog actually isn’t hard at all. Staring a blog in general is pretty easy. Especially with something as simple and user-friendly as a WordPress blog, pick a theme and start sharing stuff. What exactly do you share? Well that’s all up to you. It’s your blog. You can share whatever you want, however you want to do it. You can post your Gran Turismo lap times on your blog. You can post screenshots of some Easter Eggs for whatever you’ve encountered in Resident Evil. You can post videos of your favourite Call of Duty moments.

Or you can just post your thoughts on how much you enjoyed a particular game or storyline. You can even write about how horrible or difficult a particular game is. The market is so easy because there are a lot of games out there that people search reviews about. Not just that, but people also search for tips, tricks and secrets too. With a video game blog, you can do all that as well as make money.

Start a video game blog and find the best program to promote or a monetization method from the choices above and start earning some income just from playing video games!

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Tichu Card Game Review

Work together with your partners and defeat your opponents in Tichu, the exciting and volatile trick-taking card game! Use your strategy skills and teamwork to rid your hand of cards before your opponents can. Take advantage of the powerful effects of unique cards such as the dragon, phoenix and dog. Use bids of confidence, card trick bombs and deductive reasoning to get ahead of your opponents. Risk it all in your quest for victory!

Tichu, whose name in Chinese means roughly to “propose” or to “put forward”, is a fast-paced trick-playing card game with roots in Asia. It bears large similarities to the Chor Dai Dee and Da Lao Er Chinese card games which are hugely popular in East Asia. There are elements of Bridge and Poker in the game, and this fusion of styles and mechanics has created a very popular card game. The Tichu variation of this Asian card game was designed by Urs Hostetler in 1991, and has steadily acquired a growing fanbase.

Tichu is mostly played with 2 teams of 2 players each (though the game can accommodate between 3 to 6 players in total). You sit across from your partner, and your team’s goal is to win more points than your opponents during each game, and games continue until one team achieves the target number of points. A hundred points are up for grabs each game, and the target score is usually a thousand.

The game is played using a standard 52-card deck containing 4 suits of 13 cards each, plus an additional 4 special cards unique to this game. The game is played using tricks, which are very similar to poker hands. You can play single cards, pairs, a series of pairs, three-of-a-kind, full house, and straights of at least 5 cards.

The basic premise of the game is pretty straightforward: the lead player opens a round by playing a trick, and players take turns playing tricks that are of the same kind and larger in value than the previously played trick. Once everyone passes, the player who played the last trick wins all the cards played that round, and he gets to start a new round by playing any trick in his hand. For example, Player A opens a round with a pair of 4’s. Player B passes because he either does not have any pairs in his hand or chooses not to play them. Player C plays a pair of 7’s. Player D then plays a pair of Queens. After everyone else passes (opting not to play anymore pairs), Player D wins the round and claims all the cards on the table, and then starts a new round by playing a full house.

Winning the cards played in each round is what scores you points. However, only a few cards are worth anything. 5’s are worth 5 points each, and 10’s and Kings are worth 10 points each. The other normal cards are worth nothing, and merely act as tools for you to win the point cards. The game continues until one player “goes out” by emptying his hand. The game still continues with the remaining players, until only one player is left. Each partnership then totals the number of points they earned that game. You are penalized for coming in last though; the last player has to give all the cards he won that game to the first player who went out, and all the remaining cards in his hand to his opponents.

As you can see, this is a game where teamwork and strategy are required to win (though partners are not allowed to talk strategy during the game). You have to make sure your team wins the rounds where point cards are involved. You also need to make sure you aren’t the last player remaining in the game. In addition, if your entire team goes out before any of your opponents can, the point cards don’t matter and your team earns a whopping 200 points!

Unfortunately, that was just the basics. Tichu has a lot of other rules to make the game interesting and challenging. As mentioned before, there are 4 special cards in the game. They are the Mahjong, the Dog, the Dragon and the Phoenix, and each has its own abilities. The player with the Mahjong card gets to play the first trick, and can force a card to be played. Playing the Dog gives the lead to your partner. The Dragon is the highest value single card and is also worth 25 points. However, you have to give all the cards you won that round (including the Dragon) to an opponent. The Phoenix acts as a wild card and can be played with any trick, but it comes with a hefty -25 point penalty.

There are also tricks you can play called “Bombs”. If you have a four-of-a-kind or a straight-flush, this acts as a Bomb and you can use it to interrupt any round and immediately take the lead. However, your Bomb can also be interrupted by another bigger Bomb. Lots of fun! There are also a couple of other rules to the game. At the start of each game, you need to pass a card to each other player, thereby slightly influencing the quality of the other players’ hands. Before each player plays their first card, they also have the opportunity to call a Tichu. This means they are proclaiming that they will “go out” first. If they do, they win a bonus 100 points. But if they don’t, they lose the 100 points. You can also call a Grand Tichu when only 8 cards (out of 14) have been dealt. This works the same as a Tichu call, but the bonus (or loss) is 200 points!

The many rules in the game can seem daunting, and they can take a while to learn, especially for players who are new to this game genre or have not experienced trick-playing card games such as Bridge before. However, once you do get the hang of it, you will find that it becomes a game full of strategy, teamwork, guessing and second-guessing. And if your gaming group is of the high-risk variety, the constant calls of Tichu or Grand Tichu will turn the game into a suspenseful and exciting game where the point lead can swing wildly until the very end.

Tichu is a great game that you can play a very many times without getting bored. The level of thinking, planning and tricking in the game can even rival that of Bridge. Suffice to say, if you are willing to learn the many rules of the game, you will be rewarded with hours of fun! You will like Tichu if you like other trick-taking card games such as Bridge, Hearts or 500.

Rating: 4.5/5.0
Complexity: 3.5/5.0
Playing Time: 1 – 1.5 hours

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