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Monthly Archives: December 2018

Corporate Curse or Consumer Gift

From the age old classic of ‘Snake’ a decade or so ago in black and white, where having any game on your phone was a novelty in even the most basic of forms, to now almost PlayStation 2 level graphical quality with games such as N.O.V.A or Real Racing series by EA – mobile gaming has come a very long way indeed. Making calls and shooting zombies all on the same device has never been so rewarding or time consuming. From a good business standpoint it’s opened up the gaming market to the widest audience possible – a recent report found that 79% of 18-44 year olds have their Smartphones near them 22 hours a day. Giving consumers something fun to do while they are waiting or commuting whilst being engaged with a brand/mobile advertising is the best of both worlds one may think, but can this be destructive?

Games come in many varieties. Free, paid for or a disconcerting mixture called ‘Freemium’. Free games are generally supported by advertising (as are Freemium) whereas paid games generally speaking contain few or no advertisements. The paid or free games I take no issue with. Freemium however are cleverly disguised as ‘Free’ but soon either halt your game progress or constantly bombard you with slightly misleading options which make you unsure whether you have to pay or not. The aim is to get you so hooked with an addictive business model that you feel enamoured to spend money to continue. Granted, the issues arising from this are aimed at the younger audiences entering their Apple id and not realising there is a charge yet it’s an unsavoury practice. It’s much like a game demo but a very restrictive one that is rarely representative of a decent gaming experience. As a result this has caused untold grief for many people mistakenly making payments which were unclear and generally creating a bad taste in consumer’s mouth.

There is a fear in my mind that a Smartphone culture has made us all both less aware of what is going on around us, but also turning our brains on autopilot to an extent. On the train this morning out of 6 seats (split into 2 sets of 3 facing each other) every single person was deep into their Smartphone swiping and tapping. We’re in a digital age so naturally assume this to be pretty normal and there is almost a stigma attached to you if you don’t have a Smartphone, however I can’t help feeling a little jaded that most would spend all day with screens in offices and the natural instinct is to look at another screen on the way home. People miss train stops, lose track of time or even have been close to having an accident walking across the road due to playing on their Smartphone. Make no mistake, Smartphones will only get more advanced and more time sappingly engaging addictive games will arrive

Largely due to the complexity of mobile games we can now tweet, share and socially integrate ourselves with our digital counterparts. Perhaps cynically it’s a way to boost brands’ digital footprint under the guise of competing with your friends for a high score. In previous times the computer opponent was the only top score that mattered and now you’re up against the world – a daunting task if ever there was one, but empowering nonetheless.

Shady DLC practices and social monitoring aside, mobile gaming will simply continue to drain both time and money from many consumers but ultimately levitating any notion of boredom that ever existed when your train breaks down, your girlfriend is late or you’ve had that dodgy Indian curry and are ‘otherwise engaged’.

Batman Arkham City

With an already stellar battle framework, there’s little change inside Arkham City’s battlegrounds. As Batman, you can fight and counter well with several techniques. You fight with one button, counter with an alternate. Contingent upon how the player levels up, Batman’s traps and devices can essentially beat mind dead hooligans with ease. There’s nothing better than arriving at the end of a battle to witness that last hit to the jaw that only Batman can deliver. On the other hand, not all the foes are idiots. Some come outfitted for the fight with electric stagger bars, compelling protection, firepower, and some amazing numbers. One of my favorite battle techniques is hanging on statues, and dropping the hammer on clueless adversaries upside down. I’m likewise a huge devotee of slithering underneath vents, then to ascent to take a villain out… and afterward cover up once more. Gradually however without a doubt, one by one, the awful fellows start to get apprehensive and understand they’re in for a beat down; it won’t be long before they find the Bat!

An alternate perspective that emerged within the gameplay were the boss battles. While the Penguin and his shark coliseum was extraordinary (exceptionally similar to that of the boss fight with the ocean creature in Resident Evil 4); you never truly knew when the shark was set to hop out from submerged water to lay a beatdown on you. In hindsight, it’s the fight with Mr. Freeze that steals the show. You need to utilize your wit to its extent to survive this fight. The fight’s arena offered the ideal measure of key components to use stealth and nature’s turf to turn out triumphant. I likewise reveled in this battle for its emulating cutscene. I’ve generally had a weakness for Mr. Freeze, since deep down, I accept he’s a genuine man simply battling for the lady he adores. Sincerely, it was a touching minute in a game bent on violence and extreme judgement.

One component of the Batman series that provides a special test are the Riddler’s enigmas to be settled. I began this game with the presumption that I’d finish each of the 400 Riddler tests. All things considered, that didn’t keep going long. I would have needed to invest a ton of time on Google figuring some of these conundrums out, of which I chose to give up. After the first play through, having the chance to play the New Game Plus choice, I abandoned a large portion of these missions. The New Game Plus choice is a fun chance to utilize your newly obtained abilities, contraptions, and ability to go up against an increasing number of foes offering a more difficult test.

In all, Batman Arkham City offers additional modes to test the player’s merit (i.e. defeat waves of adversaries, effectively pull off a stealth mission, and so on.) Really, the fundamental draw for these tests are to sharpen Batman’s aptitudes, to turn into a significantly stronger protagonist.

In essence, the only grievance I have about Arkham City are the Catwoman missions. I didn’t fundamentally enjoy playing as Catwoman. I simply got so comfortable being Batman, that I simply didn’t want to be playing as an alternate character.

Ultimate Madden Team

These are the game currencies in the MUT game. You can earn them by doing various gaming activities. You can see the total number of coins on-screen in the bar strip at the right corner of screens in the gaming mode. When the player earns or spends coins, the total updates soon. With these virtual currencies, you can add new members to the game and buy badges from the auction house.

There are various ways to acquire these virtual currencies in MUT. Here are some of the ways you can know-

  1. Auctions- when the player wins the auction to buy an item, he gets coins. This is one of the best ways to get the virtual currencies.
  2. Quicksell- most of the items are having options like Quicksell to get virtual currencies.
  3. Complete sets- this is one of the easiest ways to get plenty of Madden 17 coins. Each of the series has sets that are easy to carry out. You can complete them and collect the credits as much you can to boost up your ranking.
  4. Play the solo challenges- if you are playing the solo challenges, you can get the good amount of credits in your account. This not only helps in improving your rank but also help you to add players to the team.

The points are important, as they are helpful in buying the packs, bundles, and items in the game. Thus, this article is helpful as it provides information about the coins and points.

Titanfall for Xbox

Don’t get me wrong, Call of Duty and Battlefield are great games. I’ve enjoyed many years of service with those games. When I started playing Titanfall to write a Titanfall review, however, I remembered the good old days with extreme physics, crazy weapons, and cool, futuristic battlegrounds. For so long I had been confined to a military-based games with weapons based on real weapons, battlegrounds straight from Iraq or eastern Europe, and actual physics. As soon as I started I started jumping high and throwing grenades 100 yards, I thought to myself, “Oh yeah, video games don’t have to be real. They’re actually really great when I can do things that I can’t do in the real world.

Once you break out of the military standard for a arena-based shooter, I found when play for the purpose of writing a Titanfall review, I loved the machines and the weapons you get to play with. Just having a larger gun and big mechanical suits that the game makers balance very well. Having a Titan load and dropping down into the battle is great fun and flows seamlessly during gameplay.

There are a few things that Titanfall doesn’t have that were large reasons why I enjoy some other games like Call of Duty or Battlefield like branching objectives, evolving maps or destructible scenery. The game play is great and fluid but even a few more maps would have been nice.

Overall, however, Titanfall was a joy to play. It made me step back and appreciate a first-person shooter that wasn’t based in my reality. I got to play in a new, although not interactive, maps and pilot large machines that flowed nicely from player-to-machine gameplay. All-in-all, Titanfall is a must have for any fan of arena-based gaming. What it may lack in features like interactive maps, game modes, and objectives it makes up for in shear fun and entertainment.

Play Magic the Gathering Online

Time

For my entire adult life I have had a job, and while I was always fortunate to be able to work at a hobby store, it did eat into my Magic playing time. I worked Friday night and Saturday afternoon, because that was when the store was most busy. If you’re a tournament player you know these are the two times that magic tournaments generally happen. FNM is Friday night and a lot of bigger tournaments like PTQs and Opens happen on Saturdays. More recently, I also work a 9-5 job that almost always becomes a 9-7 job depending on what projects are going. No I’m not telling you this so you feel bad for me, I’m saying this because I want to illustrate that not all of us can go to tournaments all the time. Magic online gives us a way to keep playing even when our schedules don’t match that of our local game store’s.

Now I try to make it out to RIW Hobbies to play FNM whenever I can, but I also love to come home, at 7:30pm, pull out my laptop, fire up my standard deck, and just play a few rounds with it. This keeps me up to date on the current decks in the format while strengthening my skill with the deck I’m playing. It also lets me eat a bowl of cereal all while attacking you with 5/5 wurms and populating. (Currently I’m a big fan of a G/W aggro deck featuring Advent of the Wurm and Scion of Vitu-Ghazi).

Another issue is you don’t always have the ability to go to every PTQ or other large in your area. Maybe you went last week and you don’t want to drive another two hours to get out top decked by that Jund player, in the last round, knocking you out of top eight contention. Just me? Maybe cost is an issue. Driving to events not only takes time to get there and entry fee costs, but gas is expensive and wear and tear on your vehicle adds up. With magic online there is a daily event every few hours for each format. PTQs are also online, and now right in your basement. If you lose, you don’t need to drive another two hours home. You can even start another game right there.

Drafting

Another awesome reason why you should play Magic the Gathering Online is because you love to draft. I know you love to draft, you know you love to draft, so lets stop kidding ourselves. Where in the world can you get a draft going in less than a minute? If you go to your local game store they probably have a draft going, “A” draft going. You want to play two drafts maybe even three, because you love to draft. Lets not forget that we can enjoy our cereal, in our pajamas, while drafting, from our comfortable couch.

So now you spent all this money drafting, now what? You earned nothing, or maybe some packs, I can’t assume how good you are. That’s not true. You have a great collection to start playing standard or block. You also learned a lot about magic and hopefully got better at it. Drafting is one of the most skill intensive formats out there. You have to build your deck on the fly, using an unknown card pool. You need to learn to evaluate cards that you wouldn’t normally. You have to play around lots of obscure cards and combat tricks. All these things make you an overall better magic player.

Cost

A lot of people always use cost as an excuse to not play online. Cost is definitely a factor but you should understand that playing online is not as expensive as you think. Sure there are the expensive cards online. Yes, Sphinx’s Revelation and Voice of Resurgence are going to cost a lot, just like they do in real life. My point is you already spend a lot of money on Magic so why not spend a little more and play online. The cards online hold their value generally as well as cards in real life do. And offen times you can use your knowledge of magic card pricing and your card evaluation skills, that you got from drafting, to pick when a cards price will go up. Buy low and sell high and you can make a lot of money online just like everywhere else.

History of Pokemon

Pokemon also known as ‘pocket monsters’ in Japan is the term used to refer to the 649 fictional creatures which have featured in the series since its inception.

The goal of the Pokemon player is complete the Pokedex by collecting all available Pokemon species placed in the game setting. The player, who is considered a Pokemon trainer, must then train the strongest and most powerful of the Pokemon captured, so enabling them to compete against teams owned by other trainers. The aim is to become the most powerful Pokemon trainer, the Pokemon Master.

The first generation of Pokemon which proved very popular amongst Japanese gamers was released under the title ‘pocket monsters’ Aka and Midori (red and green) for the Game Boy in Japan. The updated version Ao (blue) being released a short time later. The Ao version was then re-programmed Pokomon Red and Blue before being released in the US in 1998.

The second generation of Pokemon, produced for the Gameboy Colour, introduced 100 new species of Pokemon in 1999, with Pokemon Gold and Sliver, followed by Pokemon Crystal. The third generation created for the Gameboy Advanced, saw the release of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, along side a remake of Pokemon Red and Blue. As part of the third generation Nintendo also introduced Pokemon FireRed, Greenleaf and Pokemon Emerald. Pokemon collectively now totaled 386 species.

Pokemon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum contributed to the forth generation of the game and was released in 2006 for the Nintendo DS. Bringing the total number of species to 493. The fifth generation of the franchise released during 2010 for Nintendo DS, introduced Pokemon Black and White bringing the total number of species to 649.

Exciting Motorbike Games

The popularly entertaining and funny game Angry Birds Online is now available for free. Since it was first developed by Rovio, this game has been phenomenal. It was played over and over by millions worldwide. Angry Birds is a funny and interesting game of tactics and direction. To play the game, you must aim the birds to hit the pigs using a gigantic slingshot. How well you hit the pigs depend on how you stretch the slingshot and the direction where you pull it to.

You can choose your own bike and customize it to adhere to your personality and style it the way you desire. Enjoy these riding games in 3D and perform wild stunts in the air like a pro. Experience racing in the mud on farmland roads and get your butt kicking on those bumpy rides. Be able to conquer obstacles, climb on big rocks and jump through gaps. Learn how to unlock new bikes that gets cooler as your level gets higher.

Get to experience breathless moments as you advance through difficult levels and encounter new obstacles. New bike comes with new advantages and you get to unlock other benefits. Some lets you switch bikes to your advantage. Other bike games let you use your accumulated points for a better ride.

Don’t get stuck with boredom. Motorbike games let’s you feel the thrill and excitement of a real bike game while you are at home. If you think one bike game is not good enough for you, there are tons of other bike games to choose from online and most of them are free. You no longer need to cash out for thrill and excitement.

The game looks easy and comical but it requires tactical skills to score high. You must hit the pigs with the least number of birds. Each bird left is worth 10,000 points. That’s big enough to help you earn three stars. How well you hit the pigs depend on the direction where you point the slingshot, how far you stretch the slingshot and what type of bird is used as a bullet.

Action Adventure Games

God of War: This action adventure play is a masterpiece. If you are among those who love to play video entertainments then you will definitely like this. The compelling storyline of this amusement play makes it one of the best action adventure games. The cut scenes in this gaming activity are unique making them a rare art work. If played on the PlayStation 2, you will realize that the characters and environments are shown in a detailed manner. The fight is really good and cannot be compared with other actions. The context sensitive buttons control extra depth in the game.

Ninja Sigma: There are people who find action adventure gaming activities to be very confusing. If you are one among them then you should play Ninja Sigma as it is one of the simplest action games. The thing that sets this one apart from other options is the bonus feature included. The graphics of this gaming event are astonishing. The fluent and smooth nature makes it popular among the players. Another special feature is that the player cannot beat the game by using the buttons as most often they have to block the enemies and escape from them. Environments in this game are similar throughout the event and the boss fights are funny but not as memorable and creative as the boss fighting involved in other action games.

Devil May Cry: When this action amusement play was invented, there was no other action game that could compete with it. This one has a good storyline and includes a perfect combat system. The surroundings in the event were not different but the boss battles involved in Devil May Cry were memorable and exciting too.

Devil May Cry 3: This is probably the most popular among the various action adventures because it is a combination of many action games. The story is well inscribed. This game explains lots of things about the past life of Dante and his brothers that were not known in other series.

3D Technology in Gaming

Depth of vision

One of the benefits of 3D gaming is the depth of field. It provides an extended vision for games, offering an easy and clear focus. This is particularly good when you have a 2D platform game or a title with a distinct, strong graphical style. The 3D nature is an image our eyes are more used to. Considering we are 3 dimensional beings, we stand a better chance of determining the difference between the foreground and background. Therefore, it makes understanding what we are looking at much easier. The graphics become more refined. Such a display continues to get better making the effects and power of computing only better.

Immersion

3D gaming also offers the added benefit of immersion. This is in light with the struggles games have had in trying to attain a sense of immersion. When players know they are playing a game, while being acutely aware, the experience is often greatly lessened. The technology offers something that is slightly more realistic. At least there are fewer boundaries on where the screen comes to an end, making the reality to sink in. Furthermore, most of this enables developers to become more creative. In the former days of gaming, 2D layers and parallax scrolling were applied for purposes of creating a 3 dimensional illusion. But today with 3D technology in use, there is no need to engage in such trickery.

Applied benefits

Additional benefits are often introduced when you combine the depth of vision and immersion. One of the biggest noticeable aspects is the game play that these two aspects introduce. Imagine 3D racing games or puzzles. The depth often gives the added depth to play with. The 3D visuals, on the other hand, grant lots of room to be creative. It also helps to obtain better intuitive responses.

Reasons We Love Retro Gaming

Retro Games Have Better Music

As gaming production values have increased over the years, we’ve seen the medium change in many ways. We made the jump to 3D, we now have voice acting, and elaborate cut-scenes tell complicated stories that rival those seen in television or on the big screen. Games today feature fully orchestrated scores or soundtracks featuring popular music that are every bit as impressive as what we’d see in other mediums, but it feels like we’ve lost something along the way, too.

I can still hum the theme music to Treasure Island Dizzy on the Commodore 64. I was playing that game nearly thirty years ago and I haven’t played it since then (and I’ve still never beaten it, damn it) but I can still remember the theme music that plays in the background in its entirety. I played games last week and I couldn’t even tell you if they had music at all.

Because of the simplicity of early games, and without voice acting to tell a story, the music had to be good. Other than a few crummy sound effects, the music of the game was the only aural stimulation that the games provided. There are still great game soundtracks today, but they seem few and far between when compared to the games of my youth. Mega Man, Castlevania, the early Final Fantasy games, and iconic titles like Zelda, Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog – these all featured highly memorable tunes that stick with us long after the last time we played them. I still remember how the music for Commodore 64 classic Prince Clumsy changes when you save the princess at the end of the game like I was playing it yesterday. We can’t really say that about Shadow of Mordor, can we?

Games Used to Work Right Out of the Box

One thing that games from yesteryear unquestionably did better than the games of today is that they, well, worked. You’d think that it should be a pretty fundamental aspect of any product released to the market, but it’s truly staggering how many games in 2016 ship broken, requiring either days or weeks of server tweaks to get the multiplayer working, or enormous day one patches to fix all of the bugs that made it onto the disc. Today, if you don’t have a decent Internet connection in your home, some games are genuinely unplayable, and many others severely hampered.

Street Fighter V released earlier this year, with Capcom promising that the single player Arcade Mode, a staple of the series, would be available to download in July. What if you don’t have an Internet connection? Well, then you’ve got half a game. That’s not a problem we faced when Street Fighter II released on the SNES in 1991. Back then, we had no Internet acting as a safety net for developers. Games had to work right out of the box.

Going back and playing Global Gladiators today is as simple as popping the cartridge into your Genesis and turning on the power. It works now as it did then; exactly as it should, and without any fuss. This is one of the many great things about retro gaming; if you’ve got the game and the hardware you’re pretty much good to go. You don’t need to download drivers, or updates, or patches. You put in the game, and then you play. Just like you should.

Games Used to Be More of a Challenge

Today, anybody who keeps up to date with the latest trends in gaming will likely know of Dark Souls and Bloodborne, and the reputation these games have for punishing difficulty. Gamers flocked to the Souls series in droves, excited to play a title that challenged them and refused to hold their hands. There’s no extended tutorial sections. There’s little in the way of help. You can’t pause. And every enemy can make mincemeat out of you unless you learn their attack patterns and act accordingly. It’s exciting for a game to provide us with an uphill struggle like this, but then, I’m old enough to remember a time when every game was like this. And worse.

Modern games have a tendency to spell things out to the player, often to an almost insulting degree. Popping a disc into a PS4 in 2016 means waiting for the install, then the day one patch, and then when you finally get a controller in your hand you spend the next two hours being walked through the early stages of the game like a kid on his first day of school. Everybody likes a bit of help now and again, but there’s something to be said for just being thrown in at the deep end and being told to sink or swim.

Nostalgia

Nostalgia might seem like a cop out answer; after all, looking back on the past with rose tinted spectacles is often what fans of anything retro are criticized with. It’s easy to dismiss nostalgia as a way of justifying the opinion that everything was just much better in your day, but the truth is that nostalgia is an immensely powerful agent and it shouldn’t be ignored.

Today, we watch rubbish movies and bemoan the use of obvious CGI, but we’ll happily sit through Raiders of the Lost Ark and not bother mentioning that the melting Nazi at the end looks like he’s made out of plasticine. We listen to the appalling pop music of our youths with a reflective smile on our faces while turning our noses up at Justin Bieber’s latest video. And we’ll talk about Final Fantasy VII as though it were second coming of Christ, completely ignoring all of the flaws in the game that we’d hang a modern game out to dry for. Nostalgia is a strong enough influence to make us believe that Sonic the Hedgehog was actually ever good. Now, that’s serious.

The reason a lot of us like playing old games is simply because of the feeling we get playing them. I’ve played hundreds, if not thousands of games in my time as a gamer. And I’m smart enough to know that in that time video games have improved in almost every way. But that doesn’t change the fact that if I load up Street Fighter II I remember the days of playing it during the school summer holidays with all my friends. I remember the day I completed Toejam and Earl with my brother every time I hear the first few bars of its ridiculously funky theme music. And I remember the giddy thrills we got when we first got the fatalities working on Mortal Kombat II.