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Monthly Archives: February 2019

Choosing Scary Games

Violence Level.

The very nature of scary games makes them conducive to high levels of violence. Think of the majority of recent horror movies. Many of them have involved a ton of human carnage. This trend can be found in scary games as well but luckily, if you’re more into sheer creepiness than gore, there are some titles which may be more suited to your tastes. Take Amnesia: The Dark Descent for example. The atmosphere will give you chills and the game play is more exploratory, with nary a gun or explosive in sight. Gamers attracted to a bit more action may value the Fear or Left4Dead series instead. It’s a good idea to check the ESRB rating before purchasing any game.


Just because a game is expensive that doesn’t mean it’s good. There are a number of free scary games you can play online that are just as good as some of the paid titles. It’s a good idea to try some of these first so you can get a feel for what you like and what you don’t like. If you’re a novice gamer, never go for the most expensive title first. These tend to be bigger, require more of your computer’s resources and have a higher learning curve.


As with many things, not all scary games are made equal. There are Role Playing Games (RPG), First Person Shooters (FPS) and other types. Which one you buy will depend on your personal taste. One of the most popular genres of scary games is the point-and-click variant. These focus more on thrilling plot twists, intricate storylines and a foreboding atmosphere. However, an adrenaline junkie who likes blowing up things isn’t likely to appreciate a slower placed title that focuses on adventure.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare


Most of the trailers placed a lot of emphasis on Kevin Spacey and his antagonist role in the game. In fact, this is the major strength of the campaign on its own, because other than that you get the normal blockbuster title that you would expect from a COD game. You have lots of corridors and on-rails shooting places, with only a few minor locations where you can opt for a pseudo open-world approach. The missions take full advantage of the futuristic approach that the game brings, as you will find yourself in a world filled with drones, exo suits as well as other interesting additions.

However, the campaign is short, around 6 hours and while it does bring a lot of intensity, in the end it has a stale story in which Kevin Spacey doesn’t shine that much. It is an interesting story with a good ending, but lacks replay value.


Most of us will play Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but most of the game mechanics can be encountered in the singleplayer as well. Alongside the normal shooting that you would expect from the title, you can now take full advantage of an exo suit that’s implemented with your character. The suit is one of the major additions in the title, because you can upgrade it whenever you want and just modify it according to your needs. The exo suit comes with some neat functions, one of the finest ones being the grappling hook that simply turns you into Batman, because you can go from one place to another and ascend vertically without too much hassle. This can even be used as a way to grab enemies and kill them silently. The exo also has a jetpack-like boost that you can use whenever you see fit.

All exoscheleton features can be used in multiplayer as well, where players can jump in the air and kill the enemies doing that, or they can smash on the ground to defeat enemies if they want. This feature alone extends the multiplayer experience quite a lot, especially since your exo abilities can be refined as you progress through the game.

The multiplayer experience also gets some new and interesting modes, such as the Uplink or Momentum, each one of them with a different experience. Uplink is pretty much like basketball where you just need to take the ball from the other team and score, while Momentum is something similar to Tug of War, although it does combine that with Capture Points. Both these new game mods provide a neat refresh for the multiplayer experience, and combined with the exo abilities you get quite a lot of new content.

Graphics and sounds

From a sound standpoint, the game is pretty much as expected. Gun sounds are realistic, the music is action packed almost all the time and the voice acting is very good, especially in the case of Kevin Spacey, of course. Graphically, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is one of the prettiest COD titles to this date, and it does manage to bring a whole new set of interesting background designs, better character models as well as improved lighting. Just like most other COD titles, it’s not the most impressive game from a graphical standpoint, since this is clearly a game that needs to run on older computers as well, due to the large player base. Despite that, the game looks very good and all the locations are fun to browse or play in!


The Graphics do fit within the game well and by themselves they are genuinely above average. The music is just simply great as the game play fits perfectly within the game structure. Making it all blend together very nicely, making this very enjoyable to play.

This game was not a showcase for the SNES’s graphic capabilities, nor was it meant to be. Nonetheless, there were some pretty cool effects here like when the seasons change every three months, thus changing the color of the forests from green to brown to white. The ”zones” do not look as they would in real life, especially when they are first built.

Airports and Seaports look pretty nice. It is also fairly easy to tell what is going on, which is always a plus for example when a zone needs Power, you will see a lightning bolt flash on and off it. Some structures are also animated, the Industrial Zones in particular.

To be honest, until you get to Metropolis (100,000 citizens), the music is really kind of annoying but before that, the Disaster theme will be one of the best you will hear. The music does seem to fit whatever stage of development your city is in. Of course, when the music does get annoying, it really does not help.

Sound effects wise, there’s a really slim selection, besides the clicking of icons and the placement of zones. Sometimes you get a rail car starting up, or a Plane taking off (Or crashing down, right before that cool disaster music). Other than that, there is not really a whole lot to the sound effects through out the game.

While it is true that the game would really benefit from a mouse device, this game predated the SNES mouse by a year or so, so that was not an option. In spite of this, the game controls really well, and there’s quite a bit to do, even in the light of this game’s sequels, Simcity 2000 and 3000. You can set game speed, wreak disasters on your city at will (Though you can not invoke the almighty Nuclear Meltdown… ), or go to Dr. Wright for some advice.

Of course, in order to accomplish your goal, you will have to listen to your citizens, and give them what they want. The Icon interface allows you to access this info whenever you need it. As far as building your city goes, it’s really simple: Just click on the structure you want to build, find a place for it, push a button, and “BAM” there is your structure.

While it’s not really a story, the basic premise was very original for its time. You are the mayor of a city that you have to guide to Megalopolisdom. Keep in mind that Story was not a very important part of video games in 1991, not that the premise would have been any different. But let’s face it, it is not the story that will keep you playing this game.

Quite honestly, I’m of the belief that pulling off a Megalopolis the right way is the single toughest feat in all of video gaming. And the Big Money Code you probably already know about does not really make it any easier. As with any game of its kind, you have to go slow and build up a solid financial base before you can build at any sort of decent pace (As such, you spend a lot of time with the Game Speed set to Fast, just waiting around). The Big Money code can make this faster, but not any easier trust me.

Admittedly, there is not a lot to do after you beat this game. Of course you probably never will beat the game, in the Megalopolis sense. If you get bored, you can challenge one of 6 scenarios, in which you are given a city with a problem ranging from the mundane (Traffic, Crime) to the near catastrophic (Nuclear Meltdown). You have a set period of time 5 or 10 years to make the situation right.

It is quite a challenge to stay within your budget for this amount of time, given that you will probably lose several hundred dollars a year, besides having to improve the city. Before you beat them, it’s fun to play the game a lot, but afterward you really get kind of sick of it.

Change PS4 Hard Drive

The first step is to gather the materials! So first you will need a new hard drive. I used a one terabyte Seagate hybrid drive. Make sure that the drive is 2.5 inch drive, otherwise it will not fit in the PS4. You could also use a solid state drive. That being said, I don’t think you will get a very significant speed boost from it. Plus solid state storage has been traditionally much more expensive than traditional platter hard drive. Or you could get a traditional hard drive with a ton a storage. The reason I went with a hybrid drive is that you get most of the benefits of the solid state drive mixed with the cheaper mass storage of a traditional platter based hard drive.

You will also need a computer handy. Ugh, I know. I am asking so much of you. Using that computer navigate to Sony’s site. Find the latest firmware. Make sure that you get the As of the date this article is published that firmware is 3.15. You will also need a one gigabyte thumb drive, for placing the downloaded firmware onto, as well as if you plan on backing up saves and game data. Make sure it is formatted to FAT32. Right click on the flash drive, and click format and make sure FAT32 is selected. You will need a PS4 controller and a USB cord. Lastly, get a handy dandy screwdriver!

If you plan on backing up your saves, plug the USB drive into the PS4, navigate to the settings menu. Under the settings menu find the “Application Saved Data Management” menu. Find back up and restore, and follow the on screen directions.

Next let’s get down and dirty and start taking apart the PS4. First thing you should do is the make sure the PS4 is turned off. Unplug it from the wall, just in case. Next, what you should do is to pull the glossy plastic piece off the PlayStation. It will require a little force, so don’t be afraid to use some. It should slide off with relative ease. You should see the hard drive inside of its cage. There will be a rather large screw with the PlayStation icons of the square, circle, x, and triangle on it. Remove that screw with your Phillips head screw driver. Pull the cage out of the PS4. Good job so far!

Now examine the hard drive caddy, notice the orientation of the hard drive, and see the four screws holding the hard drive into caddy. Unscrew these remove your old hard drive. Make sure that the rubber pieces stay in place. Place the new hard drive in the same position as the old one, and screw it into place using the 4 screws you just took out. Slide the caddy with the hard drive attached back into the cage inside the PS4. Go ahead and slide the black glossy plastic piece back onto the PlayStation 4 and close it back up.

So first thing is first, let’s get your new thumb drive ready! Plug in your thumb drive to your computer. Find your thumb drive on your computer. It can be found under the “This PC” folder if you’re on Windows 8 or higher or “My Computer” if you’re on Windows 7 or lower. Once you do that, on the thumb drive create a folder called “PS4” and then within that folder create another folder called “UPDATE”, and once you do that paste the file PS4UPDATE.PUP into that folder. Once you finish that up, safely unplug your thumb drive and plug it into the PlayStation.

Plug the PS4 back into the wall. Plug your PS4 controller into the console. Locate the power button at the front of the console and hold it down for about 7-10 seconds. Using the controller navigate to the “Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software).” Now, let the PS4 do its thing, and it should run through. Once it does, it should land you on initial set up screen, where you can reenter all your account information, enter the date and time again, and connect to the internet.

The last thing you need to do is to go back to settings menu and back to where you backed up all of your saves. Now you need to do the reverse and restore the applications you backed up. Once you do that go back to the PlayStation store and re-download all your games. Your PS4 should now be in a similar state to when you began.

Online Games for Gaming Fun

  1. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG) – Gaming actually saw a spurt when it became social with the introduction of Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG). The thrill and adventure lies in competing with other players, playing simultaneously in the virtual world. They are called role playing games because you take up roles as you move through the game. Most of these are not free; you have to pay to access certain premium features or to level up.
  2. Real time strategy – As the name suggests, real time strategy games call for an immediate response from the players; it is played in real time. They combine strategy and action and can be highly addictive. Real time strategy includes building the inventory by gathering resources, fighting armies, building base, creating units and exploring areas.
  3. Action and adventure – They are set against a story in fantasy worlds or adventure lands. They are fast-paced and involve combats with enemies, puzzles, missions and quests. Completing successive missions result in the character leveling up and earning armor, weaponry, potions etc. Unlike MMORPG and real-time strategy formats, these are generally single-player ones.
  4. Casino games – Casino games replicate the real world of the casinos on the World Wide Web. Many of these are played with real cash. It offers the excitement of playing in a casino. There are also real bonuses and prizes to be won.
  5. Sports games – If you are a sports buff, sports games will grab your interest. The most popular ones on the web are football, basketball and baseball. They are organized into levels. You can choose to play along, against the computer or compete against another player. Many are modeled on actual sporting events.

Be a Better Hearthstone Player

Gain the Upper Hand Quickly

Once in game, it is crucial to deal damage as quick as possible. Don’t hesitate to use spells such as Arcane Missiles, Arcane Shot, or Sinister Strike early on. Spells combined with minion damage will do significant damage which will put the opponent on the defensive. Instead of thinking how to deal damage, the opposing player will focus more on protecting his dwindling life.

Control the Board, Control the Game

This is probably the single most important tip you can take away from the article. According to, “board control is ensuring the other player uses up more resources removing your cards than you use removing theirs.” For example, a Chillwind Yeti is a four to cast 4/5 minion. If you force the enemy to use a 1/1 Novice Engineer and two 2/3 River Crocolisks to dispose the Chillwind Yeti, you are controlling the game since the opponent has used more mana than you did in the process. Base your every decision on this concept and you will go a long way in this game.

Look for Favorable Tradeoffs –

Part of controlling the game is looking for favorable tradeoffs to eliminate the opponent’s minion. Using a 1/1, one to cast Stonetusk Boar to waste a 2/1 Young Priestess with the special ability to give a random friendly hero minion +1 health is a solid move. Look for similar opportunities as you go through the game, and you will have an easier time coming out victorious.

Protect your Hero

Although dealing damage to the opponent may seem like the primary objective of the game, the protection of your hit points is just as important. Ideally, it is better to attack the enemy’s minions first to ensure that minimal or zero damage will be dealt to you in the next turn. However, having a minion with taunt ability like Shieldbearer will give you the freedom to attack. If you can, cast spells that will buff the minion with taunt to increase its staying power. With your defense set, you are now free to send your other minions on a damage spree.

Online Jigsaw Puzzles

That’s true, but you may be surprised at just how fun the experience is when you use online jigsaw puzzle games. It wasn’t too long ago that people said, “why you read a book on an electronic device instead of just reading the book itself?” Well, now eBooks on tablets are more popular than ever before, and something fun and free like online puzzles is a great example of the same kind of evolution or change. Also, don’t forget that you won’t need to be bothered with anything like clean up, finding missing pieces, working with broken or damaged pieces or anything like that either.

You’ll be able to find puzzles of all kinds, ranging from easy puzzles with just a few dozen or a hundred pieces, to much larger and more complex puzzles. Work on a jigsaw based on a real picture from a city around the world, or a picture of nature, famous paintings, animals, landmarks, sports and much more. There’s an endless array of different options, and you’ll see that you can quickly lose track of the time and end up spending hours and hours.

So, if you love puzzles, but you never knew about the availability of them online, and for free, then consider yourself enlightened! There’s a great deal of jigsaw puzzles online that you can utilize, with no cost or obligation. Whether you want to indulge in your hobby, kill some slow time at work, or simply enjoy some new puzzles you’ve never seen before, it’s a great option. Go ahead and find a few puzzles and get started, you’ll be amazed at how fun it can be.

Info of Computer Game Genres

Computer game genres include: combat, adventure, fantasy, strategy, sports, simulations, and teaching. While not a complete list of genres, these types list in the top ten. Combat appeals mostly to boys. They often include violence, anger, and realistic carnage. Look for an age rating and parental comments about the game, and especially, get the approval of the parents of a young person before you give such a game as a gift. Realize that repetitive use mimics repetitive teaching.

An adventure game can appeal to boys or girls, and they tend to follow the same lines of adventure found in films about pirates, secret agents, or lost worlds. In game form, experience an adventure rather than simply watch the film. Fantasy does the same thing in a mythical setting that might include wizards, witches, dragons, hobbits, zombies, etc. Experience competition with a sports game. The games align with a particular sport, like football, and sometimes they permit a game player to play the role of a favorite real sports figure.

A simulation game teaches and lets the gamer experience turning on and using equipment. For example, you might play the experience of getting into a Cessna 172 aircraft, turning it on and then you fly it. This simulation realistically shows the gamer how to operate the aircraft and it simulates flight. A strategy game goes farthest to immerse the gamer in a world (or fantasy world) scenario. Usually played online, the strategy pits the gamer against the powerful computer that the game producer uses to apply artificial intelligence to defeat the gamer. This type often takes days, and perhaps months to complete. The player matches wits with the computer in a life-like setting, until he or she decides to stop. The gamer thinks about the strategy after play ends, if the game was challenging and fun. The player might research new techniques and form a plan for his or her next move to defeat the computer when the game resumes.

Games for Your iPad

Need For Speed: Most Wanted

If you are into fast cars and adrenaline, this game is the right for you. EA did a great job with this version. This time they give us intent action with great graphics which are notable on the iPad 3 and iPad 4.

The Room

The best puzzle game ever played on iOS The developers have added clear graphics and while playing it on Retina you will feel the best experience ever. This game only supports iPad 2 or greater.

Sky Gamblers: StormRaiders

This flight-action game will put you right in middle of WW2 flying vintage air-craft in single and lots of multiplayer missions. It includes satisfying quality with easy-to-handle controls. This game features many missions that will keep you really busy.


SpellTower is highly rated word playing game. The latest update gave support for Retina and multiplayer mode.

Star Wars: Knights of the old republic

Maybe the controls will be difficult for you but when you get used to them you will feel the real Mass Effect experience behind this game.


This game is developed exclusively for the iPad. If you have seen the show you know what to do. Race against the clock to beat the old records and you will be okay. The really fun part is when you fall and when you watch the replays.

Flight Simulator Games

When you download one, you will skip all the lines and all the waiting. The installation takes only a minute or two, then you’re ready to experience the awesome feeling of virtual flight!

When considering which software to download, you should first figure out what features you are looking for. Don’t just jump at the first one you see. First, consider factors like available memory and other resources on your computer.

If you’re looking for amazingly realistic visual effects, you will need a lot of RAM to do the job. Check the software’s specifications and make sure your graphics will be clear as bell. Also make sure that you get the best image quality and frame rates. To do this, you may even want to upgrade your audio or video card or install a new set of speakers to get the maximum effect.

Read the manual carefully to make sure your computer can handle the software download. You’ll probably be able to find the manual online or download and print it. You can also check out an online forum to see if other users can answer your questions.

Make sure your download has features that will allow you simulate an actual flying experience. Aircraft simulators each have something unique to offer. For example: Some feature functionalities that allow the user to change virtual environments more quickly and easily than others. These are a couple of factors you’ll need to consider.

Flight simulator software featuring mid-air combat often trades realism for playability. It depends on what you need in a flight simulator game. The level of sophistication has progressed to where you can learn an incredible amount about various aircraft and really put yourself in the action.