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Jun 29

Innovation in Gaming, 2016/2017

By Disha | Technology

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Technology is moving forward in leaps and bounds. Most of it is concentrated in research, development, and improving daily lives and communication. There is another field in which technology is growing, however. This is in the world of gaming. As tech improves, so does the average gamer’s experience. The gaming world is now so much more realistic than ever before. Let’s take a look at some of the potential technology that we can expect to see in the near future.

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has been a bit of a stagnant technology development for a while. This is due to the cost and equipment required to maintain this particular experience. Nonetheless, it is certainly the ultimate goal of any gamer worth his or her salt. This is because virtual reality is the perfect experience that any gamer can hope for – it actually allows the player to be submerged in their respective gaming worlds. With the upcoming launch of Sony’s PSVR as well as Microsoft’s future Xbox releases, this dream is not too far from being a reality. In a few years, not only will virtual reality be more widespread, it could even be a connective experience among players. Of course video games are not where virtual reality’s potential ends. It could even potentially transform the way that people use online games, online slots for instance. An entire casino experience could be recreated in your very own living room; this would be at least very exciting.

SmartWatches

It has been a bit of a slow start for smartwatches but this trend is about to change. This is particularly evident as other companies jump on the smart watch bandwagon. At the moment, the variety of games available with smartwatches are not that interactive. Of course, as smartwatches grow in popularity, gaming with your smartwatches will also become a very real concept. It is based on the theory that if you build it, they will come. Of course, gameplay on smartwatches does pose somewhat of a challenge. For starters, the smaller screen presents a problem when creating a viable experience for most interactive, live action playing. At the same time, players are treated to a more mobile experience. This mobility can even be developed to be included in the game.

Augmented Reality

Gaming companies are trying to make sure that gamers have access to more than one reality. One of the latest endeavors is augmented reality. This is when screens, glasses, and other technologies allow the game world to overlap the real world. There have been tentative starts made, but the real tech lies in 2017. Magic Leap and HoloLens are set to become the hottest items on the 2017 market. While it may seem similar, augmented reality actually has been touted as a superior experience to virtual reality. In particular, augmented reality is set to be more of a physical experience than its virtual counterpart. As long as development companies manage to get their equipment functioning the way it is supposed to, augmented reality is likely to be a billion dollar industry.

This is the innovative tech that you should keep your eyes peeled for over the coming months and years. It is certainly an exciting time to be a gamer.

Sep 12

The Sims 4 Review

By Alex Elliot | entertainment , Gaming

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Hello everybody, my name is Jammy and today I will be reviewing the newest edition to the EA family, The Sims 4.

The Sims 4 is a computer based game that allows you to live your life without ever leaving your house. Just like all the other Sims games you can have a family, get a job and basically do whatever you like.

When creating your Sim, alot of the features have gone and when I say gone, I mean they got fired and left. You can no longer “create-a-style” you have use pre-made crap and the same comes for you hair. The funny bit about creating a sim is that you ain’t suck to the set size. You can now make you sims different, you can give them a bigger bum with a skinny waist and I haven’t even dared do that to the boobs yet.

After you make you sims (or sims, if you making a family) you go to the buy a lot, where you get your house. The Lot is now flat you no longer have then option to raise or lower the surrounding area. I know right, Stupid or what?. But wait it gets better. Now unlike the previous Sims games you could make the house has big as you want, well not any more, thanks to EA you are limited to 3 floors at MAX. But that’s not the best bit. In the other Sims games, you could make a swimming pool. EA has decided that making pools is no longer fun so, yep you guessed it, the removed the pool making mod!.

I was hoping The Sims 4 would be so much better then The Sims 3 but it seems I was wrong. The only thing that has improve is the graphics and I don’t know if that because I got a PC with decent graphics installed. I give this game a personal rating of 4 out of 10. EA you have disappointed me yet agian.

Aug 22

Borderlands 2 Review

By Alex Elliot | Gaming

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Hello everybody, My name is Jammy also known as Jamie and today I will be reviewing Borderlands 2.

Borderlands 2 is based roughly 5 years after number 1 when the first lot of vault hunters were guided to a the vault to uncover its deepest secrets but only to find the Destroyer. After the Destroyer is destroyed, a mineral called “Eridium” kinda like pops up all over the planet. This is where Handsome Jack comes in. (He’s the one luring all the vault hunters to Pandora and killing them so he can have the vault all to himself). He does try to kill you by blowing up the train you are on.

Wuuks At this Point in the game, you can start making your character. You can have up to 4 people play with you as the is 4 main people to choose from. There is 2 additional characters as well but you do have to pay to use them. (god damn it).

Later in the game you also find out who Angel is (she was is the first one), Angel is Handsome Jack’s Daughter. She is one of 6 Sirens in the whole of Pandora. She is used to charge the vault key as it was later found out that a siren was needed to charge the vault key and open the vault. To much regret, you do have to kill Angel (she does ask you to do it). After Angel dies, Handsome Jack appears and kills Roland (dude from the first Borderlands and Leader of The Crimson Riders) and kidnaps Lilith (the most powerful, awesome and slightly scary siren. She is also Rolands EX girlfriend). Even though Handsome Jack was and I quote his Daughters last words “an asshole” he didn’t deserve to lose his child.

After way lots fighting with lots of robots and crazy ass baddies, you arrive at the vault and face the warrior, a big ass lava demon and after a long time, you finally defeat him and get to shoot Handsome Jack in the face (finally). Lilith is finally free and attempts to destroy the vault key and accidentally opens a map to showing more vaults across the planets, this leads Lilith to say “Aint no rest for the wicked” the theme song for the first Borderlands.

The graphics could do with tweaking but how much cooler can they get. Maybe add extra guns. If am honest, Am not a lover of shooting games but this one is definitively an exception and unlike the first Borderland you don’t take fall damage.

 

Leadbolt vs Admob
Aug 21

Easily Monetize your HTML5 Apps or Games

By Osman | tech

When it comes to montezing apps or games whether they are HTML5 or Native Android/iOS apps, Lead Bolt is the solution for you. It is very easy to use compared to Admob. With Admob, you have to do some SDK stuff just to put ads in your apps or Games, but Lead Bolt has a simple no headache HTML script you can copy and paste into your HTML5 app or Game. I just finished inserting my Ad Code into an upcoming Game and Job Search app.

Leadbolt vs Admob

You should really consider using LeadBolt and best of all you can sign in with your Google account without registering for a separate Lead Bolt account.

Another thing that I dislike about Admob is that it forces publishers to stop using current Admob system in place for a new updated one. This is annoying because developers have to login and update their apps or games with new Ad system.

Lead Bolt has wide variety of ads such as banners that stretch and other ad types.

Aug 18

ATLauncher Modpack Review

By Alex Elliot | entertainment , Gaming

ATLauncher

Hello Everybody, My name is Jammy and today I will be doing a review on The ATlauncher.

Like the Tekkit Launcher, The ATLauncher has various mod packs to download from, I recommend the Yogscast Complete Mod Pack. This particular modpack has every decent mod in one spot. It has over 250 mods!!!. And the Yogscast are still adding mods.

To run the ATLauncher, you need a computer or laptop with at least 2GB ram and a big memory. It Can be very buggy as some of the mods don’t really work well together but the can be ways round that. If you don’t like the science way of things, you can always become a witch or a wizard or you can go old school and play normal minecraft. If don’t like magic then go ahead become a scientist. You can always combine magic and science and become a technomage (that would be so cool!!!!). The choices are endless.

Even though I play this ModPack an awful lot (and I alot, I recently brought a new PC like a week ago and all I have on it is Minecraft, Tekkit and the Atlauncher. Think I clocked at like 82 hours on ATlauncher alone!!..yeah am a nerd and no I don’t care). I think the ATLauncher is doing better then its older brother Feed the Beast. Everything Minecraft related is always and most certainly be a recommend game from me

Jul 27

The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Legendary Edition

By Alex Elliot | Gaming

Skyrim legendary edition

Hello everybody, Jammy here and today I will be reviewing The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Legendary Edition. It doesn’t matter what console I do this for as this game is the same for PS3 or Xbox.

You start of the game in a horse cart, your hands bound behind your backs and in the cart with you is 3 other people. A horse thief name Lokir, Ralof (he kinda becomes your best friend) and the leader of the Stormcloaks. Jarl Ulfric StormCloak. ~He is being tried for treason, for killing the high king with his voice. You arrive at Helgan and at this point you realize, you’re going to get your head chopped off.

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This is the point in the game where you can create your character. Later in the game you can change your appearance by visiting a lady is the sewers in Riften but you need to complete several missions to get there, but be warned if you get changed into a vampire or a werewolf you will not be able to change your appearance.

When you finish this, you get called to the block and as the executioner lifts his axe, would you believe it a dragon turns up. what luck. Anyway you make you escape and before you get inside you run into Ralof and the dude who told you to go get your head trimmed at the shoulders. At this stage in the game it doesn’t matter who you go with and as you get to pick Stormcloaks or Imperials. You eventually make you way to ht nearest town and this is where your journey to become Skyrim’s greatest Dragonborn warrior begins.

During the game, you can come across strange creatures:

  • Elfs
  • Trolls
  • Giant Crabs
  • Dragons
  • Hag-Ravens (These are old ladies then look like they over did it with the plastic surgery and have over grown nails)
  • Big metal dwarf baddies
  • Witches
  • Vampires
  • Werewolfs

And many others creatures, i care not to think about. If you get turned into a vampire, it is possible to be cured, and no you don’t use a wooden stake. You need a black soul gem or you could just get turned into a werewolf but then you can’t get cured from that.

There is also a few glitches. There one is Whiterun (where you find the hidden chest under the the skyforge), There’s one is DawnStar right by the mine. These glitches are very useful when you are pretty much on your ass with money and the chest re-fill very 48 hours. There used to be one where you could get your speech up to level 100 just by chatting to a dude in the pub in Riften.

I still think the graphics could be slightly tweaked but they are definitely better then its predecessor “Oblivion”. I would recommend this to anyone who likes adventuring and basically wondering off and getting to random trouble.

Jul 23

Galaxy At War Review

By Alex Elliot | tech

 

Hello every Jammy here and today I will be Reviewing Galaxy At War. This Game is available for download from the Apple Store, Google Play Store and the Android Market for Free. The game is based around a space version of Tribal Wars (will be doing a review on this game shortly) but is lot better.

During the game, you get to build spaceships and pretend that you’re in Star Wars (might I add that, Star Wars is a cracking set of films) You get to become part of an alliance and become leader of leader of the entire galaxy. *mwahahahahahahaahahahahahaahahahah…cough..cough* Sorry about that..Where was I..oh yeah. You can become leader of galaxy *Evil Grin*. You can only join one alliance at a time so it is recommended that you make a lot a friends.

The game can be very buggy as sometimes you can bug out and it will seem like you lose you planets but to correct this just log out and re-log in.

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