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'Till Kingdom Come

'Till Kingdom Come

Thank you Abramorama for providing us with a screener to watch!

‘Til Kingdom Come is a documentary about the strange political and religious partnership between the United States and Israel. In the 1980s Evangelicals were often viewed as KKK/white supremacists by Israelites. In 1983, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein founded the Holyland Fellowship of Christians and Jews which is now known as International Fellowship of Christians and Jews. Their goal is to build bridges of understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews. Not long after its founding, some popular televangelists like Pat Robertson and John Hagee supported this ministry with over four million in donations through telethons and other financial gifts. Through these gifts, poor people in Israel overlooked by the government are given food items and care that they could not afford on their own.

Binghamtown Baptist Church in Kentucky is located in a poor county with nearly half of the children living below the poverty line. This church, in their own words, "indoctrinates" the youth about the importance of the Jewish people and Israel's role in the end times. They fully believe in the promise of Genesis 12:3 in receiving blessings from God by blessing Abraham’s people. They have raised thousands in supporting Israel and continue to do so faithfully because of this promise. Interestingly enough, they are doing well financially even with the economy in a downturn. Their associate pastor, W. Boyd Bingham has miraculously survived cancer and dedicated his life to serving the Lord faithfully. He’s also depicted cleaning his guns and shooting targets in a forest.

Meanwhile in Palestine, a Christian church is experiencing a decline in membership due to the political unrest and loss of territory. Through Trump’s presidential run, he relocated the US Embassy to Jerusalem and granted Israel settlement rights to the West Bank. Although Christians and Jews have different views on religion, when partnered together politically they are an unstoppable force.

If you want to see how this all plays out, check out the 76-minute documentary when it becomes available!

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Evolution Of Halo

Evolution Of Halo

Any serious gamer would be familiar with the Halo series. But if, for some reason, you aren’t aware, Halo is a Microsoft-exclusive video game that focuses on the adventures of Master Chief and his AI sidekick Cortana as they battle against the alien forces of the Covenant to prevent the extinction of life in the galaxy. With its impressive performance and visuals, it is the perfect game for an Xbox or a specialist gaming PC.

The game has undergone a lot of change since its first release back in 2001, so now’s the time to talk about the evolution of Halo.

Early development

Bungie began development on a new video game in 1997 with a working title ‘Monkey Nuts’ before it was changed to ‘Blam!’. The game was planned as a real-time strategy (RTS), but Bungie soon decided the game was suited to this genre. This decision led them to change tack and go in the third-person shooter (TPS) direction.

Thanks to inside contacts at Apple, the developers were able to get a meeting with an impressed Steve Jobs, who agreed to showcase the game at the 1999 Macworld Conference & Expo. At this time the game still didn’t have a final name, so Bungie had to bring in a branding firm to help. They suggested ‘Halo’. This went down like a lead balloon with the developers - nobody liked it, complaining it was too “on the nose” in regards to the ring world the game was based around. At Macworld, Steve Jobs announced that Halo would be released for MacOS and Windows.

Despite this, in June 2000, Microsoft purchased Bungie and Halo was announced for a day-one launch title for their first games console, the Xbox. At E3 2000, Halo was shown as a TPS but after their acquisition, Microsoft pushed for the game to go down the FPS route - a rarity for consoles at the time. //H2:

The original trilogy

Halo: Combat Evolved

On 15 November 2001, Halo: Combat Evolved (CE) was released in North America in line with the launch of the Xbox. Initially Bungie developers felt uneasy about the ‘Combat Evolved’ subtitle, with some labelling it “stupid”. However, this was added by Microsoft to better describe the game and compete with other FPS games.

The game provides players with a first-person experience of a 3D environment, predominantly set on the ring-like world - Halo. It follows the adventures of lead character Master Chief (or John-117) pitted against the enemy forces of the Covenant, a group of allied alien species. Aided by the United Nations Space Command (UNSC), it’s up to the player to navigate their way through the missions and destroy the Halo ring before it’s weaponised by the Covenant to destroy all sentient life in the galaxy.

The player is equipped with a heads-up display (HUD) that registers both allied and enemy movement, and Master Chief’s shield charge (the traditional health bar), which automatically recharges if the player takes no damage for a brief period.

The player also has access to a range of vehicles throughout the campaign and on multiplayer, including armored 4x4 Warthogs, Scorpion tanks and various alien craft.

Halo: CE came with a split-screen mode, allowing two players to journey through the campaign together (co-op). The game’s multiplayer allows for up to 16 players - four per Xbox using a ‘System Link’ feature. With the game launched before the introduction of online multiplayer service Xbox Live, gamers had to play together through a local area network (LAN). Despite this limitation, Halo: CE is thought to have one of the best multiplayer experiences.

Sales for Halo: CE were a slow burner but it’s long-tail sales rate saw it become very successful commercially. It sold more than 5 million copies over three years, and it was sold alongside more than half of all Xbox consoles sold in the first two months.

Halo: CE has received critical acclaim, being regarded as one of the greatest video games of all time. With many publications posting review scores of 10/10, it was also up for numerous awards.

Marking exactly ten years since its release, Halo: CE was re-released in 2011 as Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. This version came with highly enhanced graphics and supported the online multiplayer mode, which was previously lacking.

Halo 2

The sales figures posted from Halo: CE were impossible for Xbox to ignore. Fans worldwide were anticipating a sequel, especially with Master Chief’s hint at the end of CE that the fight was only getting started. Thankfully they didn’t have to wait too long - at E3 2002, Xbox announced that Halo 2 was in production.

Halo 2 was released worldwide on 9 November 2004. The campaign picks up directly after its predecessor: a Covenant Elite commander is punished for his failure to prevent Master Chief destroying the Halo ring. He is given the rank of Arbiter and acts as one of the game’s many antagonists - alongside the parasitic species, the ‘Flood’, the Covenant leadership and Covenant Brute, Tartarus. Halo 2’s campaign sees the player journey through a number of locations across the galaxy, including the Covenant's planetoid station, High Charity, another Halo ring and our very own planet Earth.

Unlike its predecessor, the Halo 2 campaign alternates between two storylines - one following Master Chief and the other as the Arbiter. Both act as playable characters throughout the game. Master Chief’s HUD is similar to Halo: CE, just without the health bar. When playing as the Arbiter, the player can activate a camouflage feature for a short time.

Halo 2 again features a multiplayer system. With the successful launch of Xbox Live, this was the first game in the series to have fully functional online multiplayer. Players could find online games and also socialize through voice chats.

This also marked the beginning of downloadable content for Halo, where players could buy extra map packs. It also gave Bungie the ability to fix bugs and glitches found after the game’s release and distribute them to their playerbase.

A remastered edition of Halo 2 was released in November 2014 as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One.

Halo 3

It was never intended for Halo to be a trilogy, but the success of the franchise made it inevitable. The Halo series had garnered a hugely passionate fan base across the world. Very shortly after Halo 2 released, Bungie began work on Halo 3.

The final installment of the original trilogy was released on 25th September 2007. However, fans who had preordered the Xbox game Crackdown had the opportunity to get an early hands-on look with the game’s beta version. This was beneficial to Bungie, who could act upon feedback from players before finishing development.

The campaign is centered around “Finishing the Fight”, continuing the war between Humanity and the Covenant. Following on from the events of Halo 2, Master Chief joins forces with his previous adversary, the Arbiter. They fight to destroy the Ark, a huge artificial structure that can activate all Halo rings and is constructing another ring to replace the one destroyed in Halo: CE

Spin-offs and prequels

Halo 3: ODST

Halo 3: ODST was launched as the fourth installment of the Halo franchise on 22 September 2009. It was the first Halo game not to feature Master Chief as the main protagonist.

The campaign takes place during the events of Halo 2 and is set entirely on Earth, in the city of New Mombasa in Kenya, Africa. It follows the story of a lone Orbital Drop Shock Trooper (ODST) called Rookie as he awakes from a crash landing to discover what has happened to his squad.

While this game does not feature an online multiplayer matchmaking system, it does introduce ‘Firefight’. This is a game mode in which the aim is for the player to battle against increasingly strong waves of Covenant enemies to score points and survive as long as possible. Multiplayer firefight supports up to four players who share a pool of seven lives, which are replenished every five rounds.

Halo Reach

Announced at E3 in 2009, Halo: Reach was to be the last in the series developed by Bungie and the prequel to the original trilogy. Gamers who owned Halo 3: ODST had access to Halo: Reach’s multiplayer beta - which alone garnered between two and three million players.

Halo: Reach was released on 14 September 2010 and takes place shortly before the events of Halo: CE. Set on Earth-like human colony Reach, it follows a group of Spartans called Noble Team who are tasked with seeing off the Covenant in their efforts to destroy the planet. After it becomes inevitable that Reach will fall to the hands of the Covenant, it is up to the team to transport AI Cortana to the UNSC Ship we see in the events of Halo: CE.

The playable character in Halo: Reach is simply called Noble Six, a lone wolf who is a person of few words - they have no dialogue in the campaign.

Due to the dreary nature of the storyline, the feel of the game as a whole has a darker tone. Bungie introduced a redesigned game engine and hired an expert in motion capture to creative more realistic animations for the characters.

Halo: Reach came with online multiplayer matchmaking, Forge and Firefight - seemingly a culmination of all Bungie had introduced during their time developing Halo games.

Drawing critical acclaim again, Halo: Reach served as the perfect prequel to the series but also a great farewell to Bungie. It beat Halo 3’s record in sales, making $200 million on day one.

Halo in the strategy genre

In 2009, Halo dipped its toes into the strategy genre with developer’s Bungie initially planning for the game to be an RTS. Microsoft has published two Halo games in the RTS genre: Halo Wars and Halo Wars 2. The former was developed by Microsoft-owned Ensemble Studies who had previously experience in the strategy arena. Halo Wars takes place from a bird’s-eye view. Players can build bases, which in turn produce vehicles and troops to fight against their opponents.

After receiving a positive reaction to Halo Wars, Halo in the RTS scene went quiet. It wasn’t until 21 February 2017 that Halo Wars 2 was released, developed by 343 Industries and Creative Assembly.

343 Industries takeover

From 2011, Microsoft entrusted 343 Industries with the development of future Halo games after Bungie separated from Microsoft. Named after Halo character 343 Guilty Spark, the studio is dedicated exclusively to the Halo franchise.

343 spearheaded the development of the remastered editions of Halo: CE and Halo 2. They also introduced a new Halo series, the Reclaimer saga. This series would continue to follow the adventures of Master Chief as he fights against new enemies. Halo 4 was released in November 2012, with its successor, Halo 5: Guardians, released October 2015. There has been a much more mixed reaction to the 343 Industries’ titles compared to the original trilogy.

The future: Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite will see Master Chief return to the ringworld after battles on the planet Requiem and the betrayal of AI sidekick Cortana. Originally slated to release alongside the Xbox Series X/S, the title has been delayed until late 2021. While fans are understandably disappointed about the postponement, it’s worth noting that 343 Industries is taking the time to get the development of the game right.

Summary

By the time Halo Infinite is released in 2021, Halo will have been going for 20 years. This is hugely impressive and is testament to the extremely passionate and large fanbase that it has accumulated over the years. Halo has become so popular that it has not only dipped into multiple genres, but other media has also been created with the brand. There are books centred around it, and there is even a TV show in development. With its ability to evolve and diversify, one thing’s for certain: Halo is a juggernaut of the video game industry and it certainly isn’t going away soon.

Author Bio: Oliver Griffiths has a passion for film, video games and technology. He can be found at Tillison Consulting running a number of clients’ digital marketing campaigns across all sectors and platforms.

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10 Best Gaming Laptops for Students

10 Best Gaming Laptops for Students

Learning on the go has become the norm in recent years. While studying is important, it’s also important to take frequent breaks and have some fun playing your favorite games. With that, let’s take a look at some of the best gaming laptops which you can get as a student.

  1. Acer Aspire E15

The Acer Aspire E15 line provides a comfortable balance of power and utility for both K-12 and academic students. It features 12-hour battery life, a dedicated MX150 graphics card, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB SSD coupled with a 4-core processor. It is a great laptop line designed for students on a tighter budget.

  1. Asus VivoBook

If you’re looking for a lightweight laptop with good gaming performance, Asus VivoBook has you covered. It comes with an AMD 4-core processor, Radeon Vega 8 graphics, 128GB SSD, and 8GB DDR4 RAM. This laptop will allow you to comfortably work on your student projects and games without issues.

  1. Dell G5 15

Students with a little more money to spend should consider Dell’s G5 15 as a gaming/studying laptop. This laptop comes with Intel’s i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070, 512GB SSD, and 16GB DDR4 RAM. It’s a good option for students who use 3D modeling or graphic design software.

  1. HP Pavilion 14

If a sturdy and well-built casing is what you’re after, this is the machine for you. HP Pavilion 14 comes with Intel i5 processor, integrated graphics, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and 256GB SSD storage. This is a great choice for students who write papers frequently and need a good, sizable laptop to work with. Getting in touch with top essay writing services available online can also make writing papers and essays much more comfortable.

  1. Acer Chromebook 315

Not every gamer will be into the latest titles, which rely on Ray-Tracing and Acer understands that. Their Chromebook 315 is a great choice for students who enjoy pixel-art and indie games while working on their school projects. It comes with a dual-core Intel processor, integrated graphics, 32GB SSD, and 4GB DDR RAM.

  1. Microsoft Surface GO 2

Students who like to take their laptops to classes and use them for presentations should consider this option. Microsoft’s laptop comes with an Intel M3 processor, integrated graphics, 8GB DDR RAM, and 128GB SSD. It’s a 2-in-1 laptop that can double as a tablet, making it great for studying, gaming, and playing multimedia.

  1. Lenovo IdeaPad L340

Lenovo’s L340 is a great balance of raw gaming power and value for money given the setup of its components. It comes equipped with an Intel i5 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX1650, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and 512GB SSD. This laptop will cover all of your online gaming and student needs for the foreseeable future.

  1. Acer Nitro 5

Touted as a gaming laptop by Acer, Nitro 5 is a great machine for students who spend all day at their computers. Nitro 5 features an Intel i5 or AMD 4-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX1650 or AMD Radeon RX 560, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and 256-512GB SSD. It is a powerful piece of technology for students who like more modern games.

  1. Dell Inspirion 15 5000

Students in need of a high-quality display and a touchscreen should consider this laptop by Dell. It comes with Intel i7 processor, integrated graphics, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and 256GB SSD. It is a solid, sizable laptop great for both studying and gaming.

  1. Lenovo IdeaPad 310

Lastly, IdeaPad 310 may not be the beefiest machine on our list, but it’s still a classic. It has a 6th gen Intel processor, integrated graphics, 8GB DDR RAM, and 2TB HD space. While it won’t let you play the latest games, it will still work great with older titles and serve as a great studying machine.

Conclusion

If you’re shopping for a budget gaming laptop that can double as a studying platform, these machines will work great for you. Make sure to check each one out and compare their prices in your region and with different sellers. You’ll settle for your next student gaming laptop before you know it.

Bio: Henry Mcdowell is a writer, editor, blogger, and tech aficionado. He has a passion for writing, which he expresses through articles and essays published on various outlets. Henry also likes to game in his spare time.

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Stay Safe with GameZod when Trading or Buying CSGO Skins

Gamezod

Do you play CSGO? If you do, you will know the value of item skins in the game. In CSGO, players get to collect item skins, and the best thing is that you can also buy or sell CSGO skins online. You will see a price difference in different item skins, as some are more popular than others. You can save time and effort by buying skins online, as you will be able to get the skin of your choice directly. But is it safe to buy CSGO skins online?

If you are planning to buy skins online, it is very important to choose a trustworthy site. You can easily get scammed by someone if you don’t pay attention, and this is the last thing you would want to happen. People can run away with your money, and they can even take your account by asking for the username and password. Logging in to your account on a reliable website isn’t an issue, but if you do it on an unreliable platform, you can lose your account. 

Some sites as for personal details that aren’t even required, and sharing your personal info with an unknown third-party service provider can be an issue. There are a lot of ways in which you can get scammed; however, you are unlikely to face any issues if you choose the right site. But how to choose a trustworthy CSGO trading site? In the next section of this article, we will discuss how you can find a safe platform to buy, sell, or trade CSGO skins

Visit GameZod to find a safe CSGO trading site

On GameZod, you will find lists of various gaming-related sites, and there is a category for CSGO on the homepage. In this category, you will find the best CSGO trading sites, and you will also find sites where you can buy or sell item skins. If you choose a site from the listing on GameZod, you are unlikely to face any of the above-mentioned issues. 

All sites mentioned on the platform are safe for users, and you are likely to have a pleasant experience while making a purchase on them. On these sites, you will find several options to choose from, and you will easily be able to find the skin you want to purchase. You can purchase skins safely by paying for them, or you can trade skins to get your favorite ones. 

Selling an item skin you don’t like can also be a good idea, as you can use the money to buy a skin you like. Some skins go for high prices, so you can get a good amount of money if you own a popular skin. CSGO skin prices can vary depending upon their popularity, launch year, appearance, and platform on where they are sold. On GameZod, you will find multiple sites on the list, which means you can easily compare prices as well. 

Conclusion 

If you have read this article carefully, you will know how to find a reliable CSGO trading platform. Buying CSGO skins can be a good idea as you won’t have to rely on your luck to get your favorite skin. You can directly select the item skin you love and get it by paying for it. If you don’t want to spend money, you can trade skins to get the desired item. Now that you know where to find the best trading sites, let’s find the item skin you love and rock the game. 

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The War With Grandpa

The War With Grandpa

Thank you Universal Pictures for sending us this Blu-ray to review!

The War With Grandpa is a star studded comedy featuring Robert De Niro, Uma Therman, Rob Riggle, Cheech Marin, and Christopher Walken. The grandpa (Robert De Niro) is a widower who is struggling to get by since his wife passed away. Most technology eludes him like self-checkout registers at stores and smart phones. After a legal scuffle, he agrees to live with his daughter’s (Uma Therman) family though the transition won’t be easy for either of them. The grandson, Peter, is forced to give up his room and relocate to the attic where he shares living space with mice and bats. It goes without saying that Peter is not happy with his new accommodations.

After sharing his struggles with his friends, he follows their advice and declares war on his grandpa to get his room back. At first, his grandfather brushes off the declaration of war and first couple of pranks. Upon realizing that Peter won’t be giving up, he decides to fight back as long as they agree to no collateral damage and no tattling on each other. Let the games begin!

Prepare for some funny pranks though a couple of them involve obscured nudity. Grandpa has a tendency of dropping his pants unintentionally. Thankfully, any naughty bits are obscured by conveniently located plants. There is also some language including hell and *ss.

Though the themes of bullying and revenge carry through the movie, the ending is heartwarming and shows the value of familial love. The lesson of war being brutal and having many casualties is also true. Another takeaway is the importance of keeping your word.

Overall, my family enjoyed watching this ninety-five minute movie together. If you have a house full of pranksters, they’ll be sure to enjoy this film. The asking price of $23 on Amazon is reasonable for the Blue-ray edition.


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Hydragun

Hydragun

Thank you Hydragun for sending us a review sample!

In August we agreed to review the Citysports Massage Gun. At the time the massage gun was $160 (it’s now $99.99) and since we didn’t get reimbursed as promised we returned it and got our money back. Because we found the massage gun useful, we bought a $79.99 Chirogun out of pocket (It now sells for $117). Not only is the Chirogun half the price, it has thirty speeds instead of twenty and fifteen replacement heads compared to Hydragun's six. 

Hydragun reached out to us to do a comparison between their $299 product and the Amazon offerings. To be honest, many of the massage guns available on Amazon look similar and it makes you wonder how many of them are manufactured at the same factory and have different stickers and LEDs added to make them slightly different.

Though Hydragun is a relatively new startup from Singapore, they back their products with a thirty-day return policy and a 1.5 year warranty. The Chrirogun only offers a 1 year warranty.

Hydragun claims to be quiet and its noise level ranges from 30 to 50dB. It’s on par with our other massage gun so I can’t really say it’s any different in that respect. The Aerospace grade aluminum shell gives the Hydragun a nice feel, but it also makes it a few ounces heavier than the competition. The nanoscale silicon wrapped handle gives it a nice non-slip grip which comes in handy if you use this massage gun after working up a sweat.

The battery life can last between three and six hours depending on which of the six speeds you run it on. The bottom three LEDs on the back of the gun let you know the battery level. I’m happy to report that the AC adapter has outlet configurations for United States and European electrical sockets. There are six speeds that range from 1300 to 3200 RPM. The Chirogun maxes out at 3200 RPM divided between thirty speed levels.

Hydragun

The Chirogun offers a mix of fifteen plastic and foam attachments. The Hydragun offers six with a couple of them having a (thin) stainless steel coating. The foam ball head is ideal for larger muscle groups including glutes, quads, lats, and traps. There’s a plastic and a steel flat head and these are good for wide areas including pecs and back muscles. The bullet head is designed for inner joints, feet, and deeper penetration. The fork head can be used on the back and medium muscle groups like forearms and calves. The last head is a steel round head for larger muscle groups that need a harder massage.

There’s no doubt about it, the Hydragun is nice and definitely helps relieve sore muscles. However, it does have a hefty price tag. I have seen promotions on their website for $49-$70 discounts so be sure to look into the promotions before completing your purchase. If you’re still unsure about the quality, check out the reviews page for endorsements from various world champions as well as reviews and testimonials of satisfied customers.

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Taking a Breather

Twitch break

Believe it or not, but running a game review site isn’t all fun and games.  Surprising right?  Streaming first impressions is mutually beneficial for our reviewers and visitors.  Our reviewers can refer back to the video for the game’s story and their first impressions.  Our viewers can see if the game is interesting enough to consider buying.  Since I don’t like showing too much of a game without spoiling it, I try to only stream the first hour or so to avoid going into spoiler territory.  While this approach is thoughtful, it’s counter-productive. 

By providing several streams a week we’re trying out several new games and not getting enough time to go back to finish their reviews.  Currently, I have thirty-five games assigned to myself (Yikes!).  I like to compare these streamed games to boxes of cereal.  I keep opening up new boxes of cereal and need to finish them up before they go stale.

To help me catch up on these backlogged games, I’ll be taking a break from regular streaming until next year.  There’s a lot on our plates and many of us are working full or part time jobs while still maintaining this site.  If you are blessed by the work we do, please consider supporting us on Twitch (we currently have 0 subscribers and Amazon Prime members can subscribe for free!), Patreon, Subscribe Star (Nobody has used this yet!), Ko-fi, Paypal, or Giving Grid.

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Insert Coin: Inside Midway's '90s Revolution

Insert Coin

Thank you UberStrategist for sending us a screener to review!

Insert Coin is a documentary about the rise and fall of the popular arcade game making company, Midway. Though Midway has been around since 1958, this film covers the 80s through their bankruptcy in 2009. The 1981 acquisition of Bally is also discussed with their rivalry with Williams. These companies combined are well known for their pinball and early video games like Defender, Joust, Robotron 2084, and Rush. In the mid-80s people were getting tired of the copycat and low-quality games and as a result, the industry was losing its audience.

In 1988, the recently re-branded Midway released Narc which was an arcade hit and stirred up some controversy with its bloodiness and dismembering of body parts. Smash TV did well in the theaters but Midway had to learn from a mistake of teasing the gamers about a nonexistent hidden area (Pleasure Dome) and shipped out ROM chips to actually add it to the game. Countless quarters were spent trying to find that mystical area.

It’s interesting to know that a successful arcade game was one that generated $700/week. NBA Jam was such a success that the arcade machines were deemed defective because their quarter holders were filled to capacity! Their most popular franchise, Mortal Kombat is covered in detail with its over-the-top violence and backlash for it. The film adaptation is also covered. Mortal Kombat was so edgy that Nintendo removed the blood from their SNES release. SEGA left the game intact to attract an older audience.

As the console systems took off, arcades became less popular. In 2001 Midway phased out their coin operated machines and closed their doors for good in 2009. They have made some great games and seeing their inspiration and backstories in this documentary is truly fascinating. Some of the executives and game developers have unbridled tongues so you may want to think twice before letting young kids watch this movie. There's also a lot of violence and blood/dismemberment shown in the game footage too. If you’ve enjoyed Midway games, you should check out this film on demand or at virtual cinemas!

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8 Reasons Why Gift Cards from Gift Card Summit Are Your Best Gift Idea

Gift cards are quickly becoming a popular gift idea. If you don't know what a person will like or they already have everything you can think of, the perfect solution is a gift card from Gift Card Summit. There is something for everyone on your Christmas list, even if they live across the country. Gaming, movies, live stream services, and general cards that can be used at almost any location, gift cards from Gift Card Summit offer you the chance to give a gift that everyone will be happy with.

Great for Gamers

Whether it's a new piece of gaming equipment or a software addition, gamers are always looking for the next step up that will give them an advantage over other players. When it comes to this type of gift, odds are, if you aren't a gamer yourself you will buy the wrong thing. This is when a gift card from Gift Card Summit for your favorite gamer will come in handy.

Ideal for Shut-Ins

Gift Card Summit gift cards are an ideal gift for shut-ins who do much of their shopping online. General gift cards are are easy to purchase as a gift for a loved one and even easier to use especially online. Gift Card Summit gift cards can be used to buy a special item for fun or leisure, or they can be used for basic necessities. The beauty of gift cards is that the recipient is in charge of what they buy and when they make their purchases. 

Use Online or In Person

Gift cards can be used just like a credit or debit card. The primary difference between a gift card and the others is that most gift cards do not come with a chip. You have the option of using them online, over the phone, or in person. With the right card, you can buy almost anything from anywhere. With more and more stores offering virtual shopping, gift cards are becoming one of the most popular gifts around

Easy to Mail

Gift cards are a great choice if you have to send gifts across the country. Bulky gifts can take weeks to deliver through the postal system or via a bulk package carrier like UPS. Instead, gift cards travel in a regular size envelope and will arrive at their destination in less than a week, in most cases. Even if they are mailed in an odd-sized envelope, they will arrive much faster than if you were sending a larger gift. Even better, digital gift cards from Gift Card Summit are extremely easy to send. 

Several Cards Can Be Used at Once

Another benefit of gift cards is that you can use all of them on one purchase. Whether you are buying online or in the store, you can use all or some of your gift cards for your purchase as long as they aren't associated with a specific service or company like Netflix or Amazon. It's easier to double up on cards when you are purchasing an item in a store or over the phone.

Works Just Like a Pre-Paid Credit Card

Gift cards work just like a pre-paid credit card. Many gift cards work just like pre-paid credit cards allowing you to reload them again and again. This is a great idea if you have a student who is away at school. They can buy whatever they need and when their funds get low, you can reload them by purchasing a refill card and transferring the funds. It makes it extremely easy to make sure your student always has what they need.

Choose Your Amount

Many gift cards have a set amount they can be loaded with. Amounts can start with $5 or $10 and go as high as $500 or higher depending on what type of card you are purchasing. Reloadable cards can be purchased for a wide variety of amounts as well. Being able to choose the desired amount allows you to give exactly what you want without having to worry about cutting someone's gift short.

Easily Transferable

If you are the recipient of multiple gift cards, you can always pass them on to someone else. Gift cards do not come with a name printed on them so there is no need to provide an ID or pin when using them. This makes it easy for you to pass them on to someone on your list who you may not know well enough to buy the perfect gift. Google Play, Amazon, iTunes, and Netflix cards are great ideas if you plan on handing your gift cards off to someone else.

At Gift Card Summit, you can find almost any type of gift card imaginable. You can shop for everyone on your list in just a few minutes instead of spending hours waiting in line at the store or going through online shopping sites. Take a few minutes and make your list and then place your order. Be the Santa that everyone loves this year by giving gift cards from Gift Card Summit to the ones you love.

 

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Five Latest Online Gaming Trends For 2020

 

Five Latest Online Gaming Trends For 2020

As the world progresses towards better technology and improved skills, we are experiencing a massive gaming industry transformation. Faster internet, better consoles, and the gaming community's growth have made 2020 one of gamers' best experiences.

With a whopping 164 million people hooked on online gaming, primarily due to COVID-19, it is increasingly becoming one of the mainstream industry of the year 2020. Let's see below how the gaming industry is evolving and what are its latest trends.

The following are the lastest online gaming trends for the year 2020:

  1. Video Game Streaming

A new trend that is very famous now in online gaming is the streaming of video games. Twitch and YouTube are currently the largest platforms for these video game streams. Last year people viewed streams for more than 2.5 billion hours on Twitch, while on YouTube, viewer hours were more than 700 million hours.

The platforms do not restrict to only professional streamers, but anyone can stream any game they want for their viewers. These streams could contain streamers completing a walkthrough of a single-player game or playing an online multiplayer game with friends. Popular games like League of Legends, Fortnite, World of Warcraft, and more have seen a massive spike in viewers as most people stay home during the pandemic.

New games are being released, requiring the person to grind for several hours before being competitive. In such a case, people leave the grinding and watch their favorite streamer grind to see what it looks like on a competitive level.

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  1. Cross-Platform Gaming

Another trend that is very popular these days is cross-platform and cross-progression. Cross-platform is when games allow their players on one console or device to match up and play with players on other consoles. Many famous multiplayer games enable cross-platform so that people can play with their friends or other online players.

Most of the same games provide cross-progression, which allows you to keep your account if you have switched from one console to another device. Players on the PlayStation can now match with players of Xbox and PC. Even if it's an excellent option,  many games choose not to allow cross-play functionality. Many do not want to play with players from another console or device because the skill gap might be higher on other devices.

  1. Online Dealer Games

The year 2020 has also been an awful year for gamblers who used to play casino games and win massive amounts of money from it. Due to the global pandemic, almost all of the casinos closed their operations. But these gamblers do not have to worry anymore as the internet can now give you access to the same gambling games on an online platform.  Games such as slots, poker, blackjack, slots, and roulette are available to play online. These gambling websites allow you to play and gamble your money on any game you like.

Similarly to real life, you will be playing against other players who also have money on the line. The online gambling industry is booming as well. More than two billion people play these online dealer games, easily accessible on most devices, including smartphones.

  1. Mobile Gaming

Everyone has access to a smartphone, and every smartphone has games on it. Mobile gaming was a viral trend last year as it allowed people to play from anywhere, be it their office, college, or home. Because of the global pandemic, mostly everyone is staying at their home. However, this has increased the trend of mobile gaming to be even bigger than before.

Most people in a household do not have access to a console or a PC, but everyone has a smartphone. These days, many popular game companies have now integrated their games to play them on most mobile devices. The launch of the 5G network to many phones and areas has increased the internet speed so that gamers can play these games on lower ping. Mobile Gamers have access to all kinds of games, like board games, casino games, action, sports, and much more.

  1. Remastered and Remakes

There have been triple-A title games that were released and impacted the gaming community in the past. Even though popular sequels of acclaimed games are released, everyone wants to play the classics to feel nostalgia. Video game companies have considered this and are now releasing remakes and remaster of old classic games.

The remastered and remakes of cult-favorite games are getting popular these days. Many video games like Demon Souls, Final Fantasy VII, FFXIII, Resident Evil 2 and 3 went through the remaking process. Moreover, there are remastered games like Dark Souls, Uncharted and Last of Us. These allow players to revisit their childhood games with a new touch or newcomers to try the game's best version. Remastered Games and Remakes have secured many units over the past years profiting many gaming companies.

Conclusion

Many gaming companies have seen this global pandemic as a source of profit. Some gaming platforms like Steam had over 20 million online concurrent users on March 15, 2020. Since people want an activity that explores their creative ability and provides them with stimulation, gaming is the possible source which fulfills their need.  It is no wonder that new genres and various games continue to be pushed to the audience as players stay home during the pandemic.

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Oligase

As a Christian who’s interested in bridging the gap between faith-based entertainment and entertaining execution, I look forward to big-budget productions that can nail Christian themes while still being something that can work in a secular space. While not necessarily a huge blockbuster (premiering at an online version of a Filipino film festival earlier this week), director John Valdes Tan adapts Filipino author Pio Arce’s Oligase for film. Endorsed by CBN Asia (the Asian chapter of the Christian Broadcasting Network), it’s a film that shows the uncomfortable struggle of an indigenous girl who wants to leave her tribe in order to pursue an education.

Based on the indigenous tribe of the Matigsalug tribe in the Bukidnon province of the Philippines, Oligase is a legend of a mythical demon of fear, who consumes innocent children that dare to learn outside knowledge of the tribe. In essence, this legend is shown to be a deterrent to leave, but protagonist Laha stumbles across a school when selling crops with her mom in town. Inspired by the teacher Connie (and disbelieving of the Oligase), she longs for the day when she can leave the village and educate herself.

Laha’s plan is settled as she realizes that she has been forced in an arranged marriage to the village chief, and runs away with farmhand Salantay in order to escape to the city. Unfortunately, this causes problems for Salantay, who is forced to leave the village and head to a bible school that his father went to; Salantay’s dad is known as one of the only people in the tribe to be able to read, and has been chastised for it.

Laha’s life continues to spiral up and down as while she does receive her education, a series of unfortunate events cause her blessing to be a curse. She is raped by Connie’s husband and forced on the streets as a prostitute, trying to find a way out of her situation. Meanwhile, Salantay learns about the misconceptions of the Oligase, and that while demonic spirits are out to prey on the tribe, the Lord Jesus is there to cast them out.

As a novel, Oligase is a heartfelt effort to shine a light to the indigenous Filipino’s plight. The author of the original novel worked with the Matigsalug for decades and wanted to explore their culture and lifestyle in a way that would be digestible to the metropolitan Filipino. In his journey, Arce also wanted to use this opportunity to evangelize and share Jesus’ love to those who need it the most, and to change the hearts and minds of the people within the provincial areas by providing assistance as well as education to these areas.

The film dances around this idea in the beginning and end, with the Gospel story being uttered by Salantay and Laha in the final scene. The cinematography of the scenery is done quite well, as the directors do a great job of showcasing the provincial Filipino areas of the Manobo tribes as well as the city of Davao. For someone who would want to travel to the Philippines, it does a great job with highlighting the lush areas of the place. It’s neat to see that most of the actors are from the Matigsalug tribe itself, and most of the performances contribute well to the film. The raw nature of some of the inexperienced actresses complement well to the gritty nature of the movie, though I couldn’t help but laugh at the actor portraying Chief Pinon. It was almost comical for the few scenes he has.

Unfortunately, this does get into “the book was better” territory (even if the novel isn’t available outside the Philippines currently), as the character development feels rushed, especially in the middle. I understand that the director wanted to emphasize the metaphorical horror of fear by stressing the unfortunate world of human sex trafficking in the Philippines, but due to the hour and 40 minute runtime, feels like it lingers a little too long in these areas. It doesn’t help that (most likely due to budgetary reasons), almost a third of the book is excised. I might not have noticed it if I didn’t read the novel, but considering this omission includes the redemptive arc of Laha finding faith from a passerby as she’s smuggled into Japan, it’s quite apparent. (For context, the film stays solely in the Philippines, specifically the Bukidnon and Davao areas.) This also cuts back on Salantay’s arc as a budding pastor, as a lot of his scenes are gone, making him a bit of a flat character in comparison to Laha.

In terms of content, I would probably peg Oligase to something like a hard PG-13, to the point where I was surprised that CBN Asia would allow the director to show some of it. There is some uncomfortable subject matter involved in Laha’s journey as she is violated by multiple men. Thankfully, nothing explicit is shown, but the scene where she is raped does portray the man getting half-naked (while Laha is fully clothed, the implications are there). There’s also a montage of her time in a brothel with some indecent acts beginning and implied to have a sexual ending, including a forced threesome with an adult film director. None of these scenes are played in a titillating light, and it’s constantly shown that Laha wants to escape from this accursed lifestyle.

The tribal practices also might cause some to squirm, with the death of a horse shown (though just the end when people finish stabbing its remains). There are some scary sequences concerning the Oligase itself, who is portrayed as an old, imposing creature with a frightening countenance, normally accompanied by a jumpscare. While almost the entirety of the film is spoken in dialects of Tagalog, there are some English instances of the word a** and s***. The translated subtitles include every PG-13 swear except for f***. I would recommend this film to older teens and adults who want a look into the life of the provincial Filipino, and who can deal with something as intense as The Passion of the Christ in terms of faith-based entertainment.

If you’d like to watch Oligase, you can do so for free until December 13 through the Mindanao Film Festival channel.

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Guide to Picking Lane in League of Legends

Guide to Picking Lane in League of Legends

When you start playing League of Legends, you will face many questions, such as which lane to pick, which champion to choose, and how to play. Let's start!

League of Legends has many heroes, and it takes a lot of time and energy to learn about all the high-level champions and play them.

You will rarely see players playing all the roles in a game. Usually, the players choose roles and stick to them, mastering several heroes at once. 

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Why specialize in roles?

There are excellent reasons for meticulously mastering a champion. There are not many explanations to disagree with this. There are 140 playable heroes available after the latest patch. 

The current meta includes 5 characters; top lane, mid lane, jungle, ADC, and support. Reaching the consistently high tier of 140 champions is nearly impossible.

It is very advantageous to play as multiple champions, particularly when climbing solo queues. A deeper understanding of the championships and their role will be available to you. 

If you keep changing characters, you'll never be an expert in one character, but if you stick with one, it means you can master it. Now let us take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of lane specialty.

The Pros

  • You're going to have the fullest understanding of the characters, know the ins and outs, and start developing your playing style.
  • Throughout the match, you'll be more consistent.  
  • Builds and skillsets are part of the game, meaning you can focus on learning the skills needed, orienting your map, and understanding when to push or wait in a lane.
  • You better understand the fundamentals. It will be much more accurate to realize when and how to push in and when to return, which indicates you will make fewer mistakes and enhance your squad's potential.

The Cons

  • Riot recommends that you learn to play each role, so you always know what to do on each lane.
  • While expertise is the right choice, don't make it a trick - you'll find you've reached a certain level where you need more knowledge of other characters to deal with them.

As a player, you can avoid the inconvenience by playing different roles from time to time. Pile up a few typical games, then dive into the discomfort zone. If you specialize in the jungle, shut Ahri in the middle. If you're carrying ads with you, please opt-out of support and lock up Teemo for the top lane.

Now that you are convinced, you will have to make some decisions. How to choose the lead role?

We'll analyze each character and point out each character's playstyle so that you can match the character to yourself.

Top Lane

Objective

  • For the most part, the top laners keep to themselves in the upper half of the map.
  • 1v1 battle, so you need to have an outstanding expertise of your champion.
  • There's a tendency to shift mostly from lane once the tower is moved.
  • Don't think about other lanes before the laning process unless the enemy is weak and you are dominating.

Is It for You?

  • You want to be a lone wolf.
  • Solo playing is just something you're passionate about.
  • You usually love playing tanky champions.

Mid Lane

Objective 

  • 1v1 war but usually more active engagement than the top lane.
  • Roaming, also playing as a jungler, if necessary, during the laning process.
  • Builds primarily offensive artifacts to annihilate opponents.
  • Mainly based on accurate spell placements 

Is It for You?

  • Your preferred buff is the blue buff.
  • You're a skillful player, but you are aware of your drawbacks. Almost all of the eyes are on you.
  • You admire the snipers and the capacity to take one shot.
  • You can efficiently execute spell deployments and control resources when in the lane.
  • Becoming the main attraction, that's all you ever wished.

Jungle

Objective

  • Continuous wandering around the map.
  • Stealing/Gankinglanes to take full advantage of your match.
  • Keeps track of individual goals and interacts only with the team.

Is It for You?

  • You have a solid understanding of game awareness.
  • You understand when the lane will require any help and when it won't.
  • You have a strong tolerance, and you're going to be criticized for many things, even though you're doing all the smart work.
  • You've strong-pacing expertise and reaction time for taking such shots.

Support

Objective

  • Unfortunately, it doesn't earn much attention. Still, it works diligently on the lane and defends AD Carry at any risks.
  • Map vision controlling is comfortable for you. 
  • You buy useful items for the advantage of the entire squad.
  • Depending on the support champion, different play types can vary from tanky and low defense but severe damage.

Is It for You?

  • It's too challenging to play other roles. 
  • You don't mind giving up fame for undervalued help.
  • Your understanding is equal to nothing. Yet you enjoy helping the rest of the squad.

Attack Damage Carry/ ADC

Objective

  • Typically plays with the assistance that concedes a small probability of victory in the lane.
  • Long-ranged enormous damage with weak defense ensures that alignment is a requirement in terms of playing style.
  • Last hitting is a vital aspect.

Is It for You? 

  • You should remain composed during challenging experiences.
  • Last hitting and remembering the recent hit are fun and reasonably simple for you.
  • Placement and situational perception are all you can do.
  • Penta-kills are the key targets of your existence.

Tier List

N.B: Remember this tier list is made for patch 10.24, and only S-Tier champions are listed.

Top Lane

Champion - Win%

Shen - 54.7%

Camille - 51.7%

Maokai - 52.4%

Kayn - 52%

Galio - 52.5%

Kayle - 56.2%

Darius - 51.1%

Jayce - 50.3%

Poppy - 52.2%

Heimerdinger - 52.6%

Mid Lane

Champion - Win%

Janna - 53.6%

Leona - 53%

Bard - 52.4%

Thresh - 51.4%

Maokai - 52.8%

Galio - 52.9%

Lulu - 51%

Jungle

Champion - Win%

Hecarim - 53.1%

Kha'Zix - 53%

Nunu & Willump - 56%

Kayn - 54.6%

Graves - 50.9%

Poppy - 53%

Support

Champion - Win%

Janna - 53.6%

Leona - 53%

Bard - 52.4%

Thresh - 51.4%

Maokai - 52.8%

Galio - 52.9%

Lulu - 51%

ADC/Attack Damage Carry

Champion - Win%

Jhin - 54.1%

Samira - 52.5%

Kai'Sa - 50.4%

Vayne - 51.9%

Conclusion

The list is only a small-scale study of each character. The best way to do this is to get a little understanding of the playstyle. So, get into the game and pick a hero from among the characters you want. 

Play a few games, swap roles until at least a few games have been played, then decide which feel suits you the best. 

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Ways To Save Energy While Gaming

Saving Electricity Costs While Gaming

If you’re an avid gamer, you know that playing video games can deplete the energy of video game consoles fast. Even when you’re not using them, certain features like connecting to the internet, wireless consoles and movement sensors can use up energy still. Nearly every household has some sort of a gaming set, because who doesn’t like to have fun and be entertained? Yet such forms of entertainment have become and will continue to require more energy in order to deliver the state-of-the-art technological features that these games possess. From the speed to the graphics, all of these take up a lot of energy and power.

However, this doesn’t mean you have to quit your gaming habit. You can save energy just by changing some habits so you don’t waste as much energy. If you would like to know how to become more energy-efficient, here are some tips for many types of gaming consoles you can refer to!

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Xbox One


Common gaming consoles like Playstation and Xbox One require around 300 kWh of energy, which is actually three times as much as gaming consoles of the past in a year. This costs you about $80 in your annual bill. Furthermore, Xbox One is functioned to turn on instantly. What this means is that it never actually gets turned off, but only switches to low-power. So your Xbox One is actually still consuming energy and power even when you’re not using it! In fact, 44% of all energy used by this device is from being on low-power mode so that it can be instantly switched on by voice commands.

However, there are ways to save more energy. To do so, you can switch your Xbox One to an ‘Energy Saving Mode’, which acts as if you are switching the device off. Or, you could also connect your Xbox One to a surge protector with a master switch of its own. This way you can switch that master switch off when you’re going to sleep or out of the house.


Gaming PC


Gaming PCs are another popular gaming system, but they are not as energy-efficient. A gaming computer can use around a whopping 1400 kWh per year, which equals to using three refrigerators!

One of the ways you can reduce this energy usage is to use lower resolutions for your games. However, if that affects your gaming, then you could consider changing your PC’s connectivity to an 80 Plus power supply or Dual-core processors. Dual-core processors are great because they use 20 watts less than an entry-level Quad-core, thereby helping you save energy.


Playstation 4

Ways To Save Energy While Gaming

As for Playstation 4, it uses 285 watts of energy every hour. Similarly, 40% of the total energy that it uses is from being on ‘Standby’ as it continues to connect to the Internet to download updates or to save your game. Having your game console run constantly can add that extra $10 to your bill. This amount increases if you charge your controllers in the meanwhile as well.

To save power, just switch your console itself off or from the in-game menu whenever you're not playing, and charge your wireless controllers using a USB charging port. Furthermore, you can also save more energy by using the ‘Power Save’ option in the settings. For you gaming streamers out there, switch to a laptop instead to stream your games so that you could reduce your energy bills by 75%.


Nintendo switch


The Nintendo Switch is the most energy-efficient out of all these gaming consoles. It has a max power draw of 18W when you’re playing, and this could be attributed to its small size. Although the Nintendo Switch also has a ‘Sleep Mode’ that continues to draw energy instead of being completely turned off, it only draws a small amount of energy of 0.1 watts.

As with all the other gaming consoles, it is wise to switch the gaming console off when you’re not playing instead of letting it draw energy on standby mode. Switch the power off completely on the console to become more energy-efficient and lower your energy bills. 

Here are other tips that could help with reducing energy no matter what gaming console you’re using.

  1. Use an energy-efficient monitor

Ways To Save Energy While Gaming

Choose a monitor that has a high energy rating. A standard-sized TV screen for gaming costs 16 to 30 cents per hour, while a larger one costs 43 to 76 cents. A smaller screen will cost around seven to 18 cents. Screens with a high energy rating like five stars include the LED LCD screen and OLED. They are considered the most efficient in terms of energy.

        2.  Keep track of your energy usage

By keeping track of where and how you use energy, you can point out which parts of your house use the most energy. Any appliance that is unnecessarily using a large amount of energy should be swapped out for a high-energy one. There are many great devices that can help you track your energy use. The JouleBud application, for instance, helps by giving you tips for sustainability you can apply to your house.

Lastly, you could contact electricians to help you keep your energy use low. If you are not sure how you could assess the energy usage in your house, it is best to hire a professional to do so. They can also give you personalized tips on how to become more energy efficient in your house.


Game Without Extra Electricity Costs


Gaming, while fun and entertaining, should not be done at the cost of high energy usage and higher bills. Making small changes and being more prudent can give you greater ease of mind even while you play. While the quality of gaming consoles in the market today continues to improve, you can enjoy them without wasting energy by turning them off whenever it isn’t used, and to play your games using a more energy-saving monitor. These small changes to your gaming practices are not only convenient and easy but low in cost as well.

 

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2020 Christmas Buying Guide

2020 Christmas Buying Guide

Here’s our 2020 Christmas buying guide! Below are our favorite gadgets and family appropriate titles we have played throughout the year. More reviews can be found on ChristCenteredGamer.com! Each game is given a gameplay score for the overall gaming experience and a moral score for how suitable it is for younger gamers. The Amazon and Humble Store links will benefit Christ Centered Gamer by giving us a small % of the sale.

Platform Title Game Score Moral Score Buy it!
PC, Xbox One Drake Hollow 86% 86% Microsoft Store
PC DriftForce 86% 98% Steam
PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One Evan’s Remains 92% 89% Steam
PC, PS4, Switch, Vita, Xbox One Ganbare! Super Strikers 85% 95% Nintendo eShop
Switch Kirby Fighters 2 86% 94% Nintendo eShop
PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One Monster Truck Championship 88% 94% Humble Store
PC Nova Drift 86% 93% Humble Store
Switch Sega Ages: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 86% 96% Nintendo eShop
PC Them's Fightin' Herds 88% 85% Humble Store
PC The Pedestrian 88% 97% Steam
PC, PS4, Switch Trials of Mana 86% 87% Humble Store
PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One TT Isle of Man - Ride On the Edge 2 90% 98% Humble Store
PC, PS4, Xbox One WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship 94% 100% Humble Store
VR PowerBeatsVR 86% 92% Humble Store
Gaming Chair EWin Champion Series Ergonomic Computer Gaming Office Chair with Pillows N/A N/A EwinRacing.com
Game Controller JYSW Wireless Pro Switch Controller N/A N/A Amazon
Headset PDP LVL40 Wired Stereo Headset N/A N/A Amazon
Headset Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2 Wireless Gaming Headset N/A N/A Amazon
Switch Carrying Case PDP Deluxe Travel Case for Switch N/A N/A Amazon
Wireless Earbuds T16 Wireless Waterproof Earbuds N/A N/A Amazon
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Different Perks you can enjoy when you buy league of legends accounts

 

Different Perks you can enjoy when you buy league of legends accounts

There are a lot of computer games that are out and enjoyed by many people. One of the most popular multiplayer online battle arena video game is the league of legends. It has been one of the in-demand and highly downloaded games as of today. A lot of people can vouch that it is fun and entertaining to play league of legends. If you still haven’t tried it yet, then you better download them now on your phone or even on your computer.

Just like any other online game, you need to make an account in the league of legends before you can play. But there is nothing to worry about since it is easy and you can immediately play them without a hassle. Although there are people who don’t like or don’t have much patience when it comes to starting up an online game since you need to follow a lot of instructions and guide for you to fully understand how to play the game. So if you are one of those people who are very familiar with the game, then you can simply choose to buy league of legends accounts immediately. Good thing this article will talk more about the different perks that you can enjoy when you buy a ready-made account in the league of legends. If you are interested and wanted to know more about it, then all you need to do is to read the rest of the article here.

You can instantly enjoy and play the game without any hassle of playing the tutorial part

Usually in the league of legends, before you can play and rank up with other players, you need to finish the tutorial games most especially if you are just a beginner and not very familiar with the game. But if you are already familiar with the game, you can just immediately scratch it off and directly play the rank game. This will save you time since you don’t have to go over the tutorial part. There are a lot of legit online websites that allow you to buy league of legends accounts so make sure you purchase from a legit store so that you don’t have to worry about getting caught by the system and have problems logging in.

You can simply enjoy other characters without having to waste another time leveling up

One of the reasons why some players wanted to buy league of legends accounts because not all beginner players are novices. There are some pro and seasoned players who just wanted to have a new account because they got bored on their original account and wanted to try another character or server. But since they know they have to begin again and undergo tutorial games, to save time they choose to buy an account instead.

You can switch other regions in the game

Another reason why people prefer to buy league of legends accounts is that they wanted to switch to other regions in the game. You cannot simply change your regions most especially if you have already invested a lot in your main account. So the next best option that you have is to purchase another lol account but this time without having to worry about the tutorials and ranking games.

You have a lot of options in the league of legends

If you wanted to be pro at every character that is found in the league of legends or simply you wanted to enjoy the entire game which means that you wanted to go over other characters, and regions then you need to have a lot of lol accounts. Good thing some people have established this kind of business that allows other gamers to enjoy other accounts in lol without having to worry about getting banned or kicked out by the system. Before purchasing a lol account, you need first to check and make sure that they have good quality and legit accounts in lol. And for you to know that, you need to read and do some extra research about them. Don’t just settle into something that you have seen because the tendency of that is that you will be prone to getting scammed or worst, getting banned, and kick out by the system in lol which you don’t want that to happen. Anyway, one way to know if you are in the right direction when it comes to purchasing league of legends accounts is to ask around some trusted friends and families if they know and recommend a website that sells lol accounts. This is one good and fastest way to know because at least you know someone that has already experience buying accounts from them and they can vouch to you that they are legit and someone that can be trusted. If you don’t have any friends to ask around, you can look them up online and ask around some other gamers if they can recommend a good one. Don’t forget to check out first the website and read through some comments and feedback about their services. Usually, this is what other people do when they go online shopping and they are not so sure about the products, they research them first and go over the feedback and comments section and see if the seller gains a lot of positive or negative comments. At least through this, you can already identify which sellers are legit and which one can deliver good and legit lol accounts.

Hope that this article helps you with your lol and use this as a guide to further know and understand some perks that you can enjoy if you are simply going to purchase lol accounts. Again, this will save you a lot of time and you can immediately enjoy the game without the hassle of going over the tutorial and basic game. Another tip to further enjoy the game is to check your internet connection to see if it is stable enough to enjoy the game without being disconnected.

 

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Loot Gaming October 2020 Boo! Crate

Loot Gaming October 2020 Boo! Crate

Thank you Loot Crate (affiliate link) for sending us a review sample!

Loot Crate is an interesting service that surprises you with random stuff delivered to your door for a monthly fee. There are many different themes available including gaming, anime, film/TV, and Pop Culture. Each of those themes are further broken down into sub categories for die-hard fans of particular games, movies, anime etc. They also have apparel only crates available. Those are broken down into subcategories including hats, tees, socks, underwear, wearables, etc.

We recently received and unboxed the October Boo! Crate and here’s what we found inside:

  • 2 Nuka Cherry Cola Air Fresheners
  • Wolfenstein Panzerhund Figure
  • Prey Mousepad
  • Nuka Quantum Socks
  • Boo! Pin
  • Dark Souls Valet Tray

All in all, it’s an interesting collection of items. I’m definitely going to wear the socks and they seem pretty high quality. They probably won’t match with much since I don’t have many clothes in teal or purple. I love the cherry cola smelling air fresheners, but they’ll probably annoy my husband so I’ll have to wait until we get into an argument before I deploy one of those. The Wolfenstein Panzerhund looks pretty nifty and I’ve added it to our shelf to collect dust with our other gaming knickknacks. The Prey Mousepad is pretty nice and great to go in a laptop bag while traveling. Since I haven’t played the game, I’m not familiar with the “Not a mimic” slogan on it. The Boo! Pin looks cool, but I doubt I’ll be wearing it anytime soon. The Dark Souls valet tray is pretty high quality leather. Until now I’ve never heard of a valet tray and found out that it’s just a “catch all” container.

Each crate is said to have at least $50 or more worth of items inside. I wouldn’t pay that much for the stuff I got, but the monthly cost of $28.95 is reasonable and I can definitely see the contents being worth that much. If you subscribe for three or six months, the cost is reduced by 9% and 11% respectively.

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Everything You Need To Know About League of Legends Accounts for Sale

 Everything You Need To Know About League of Legends Accounts for Sale

 

Many questions have been asked about league of legends accounts for sale. Fanatics have many unanswered questions. Some fanatics have visited League of Legends (LOL) forums in search of answers. In most cases, forums provide half-backed answers because some of the people posting answers are novices in the game.

Search engines can help a person to find answers but they also have limitations. It depends on whether there are websites with credible information in the first place. A search engine by itself cannot provide answers. It simply links to platforms that have answers.

Hopefully, this article will be able to answer some of the questions about how to buy league of legends account. Of late, there has been a lot of interest concerning buy lol account. Millions of fanatics all over the world are searching for legitimate lol accounts for sale.


Why Should I Buy Lol Smurf Account?

  1. Beginner

If you are a beginner in League of Legends, you have every reason to buy Lol Smurf account. This account will help you to develop your skills. It will make it possible for you to play at levels that you have not yet reached.

  • A Smurf account can serve as a training account. You don’t have to experiment with your main account. You can carry out all your experiments with the Smurf account and then apply all the skills that you have learned in your main account.
  • You can purchase a Smurf account that starts at level 30. As a beginner, to reach level 30 will take you a lot of patience and hard work.
  1. Challenge

With the Smurf account, you get the opportunity to experience the real fun of the game. You haven’t enjoyed LOL until you have played past level 30. Above this level, you will be able to interact with some of the most refined minds of the game. This will take your skillset to a whole new level.

A Smurf account will expose you to some of the most challenging aspects of the game. At the lower levels, there aren’t many challenges. As you climb the ladder, you will start seeing challenges.

A true gamer doesn’t like the easy levels. Instead, they want to encounter the hard levels so that they can conquer them and subsequently have a sense of pride. That is the essence of gaming.

  1. Experienced Player

If you are very experienced in the game and you want to play with some of your inexperienced friends, it is also advisable to do so using a Smurf account. You shouldn’t risk with your primary account if you want to teach your inexperienced colleagues some of the aspects of LOL.

Some fanatics opt for unranked Smurfs. They do so to display their expertise on how they can build an unranked account to become ranked. Someone might even decide to document the whole journey and post the video on YouTube. This will help in building credibility as a LOL expert.

 

Will I Get Banned for Using a Smurf Account?

Before you buy level 30 league account, you might want to know whether it is safe and legal to use a Smurf account. Rest assured, it is 100% legal. You won’t get into any problem with the authorities for doing so. You will not be infringing any copyrights or trademarks.

Your main account will also not get banned for using a Smurf account. In fact, Riot Games, the company behind League of Legends, even encourages beginners to use this kind of account to develop their skills.

  • The only thing that will get you banned is if you use rude and offensive language against other players. You should always be respectful to your colleagues. Never use language that might provoke racist, political, or religious feelings. Remember, that LOL brings together people from different parts of the world. It is played by people of different races, ethnicities, cultures, nationalities, and political leanings.

 

What is The Process of Buying League Accounts?

To buy league accounts, you need to visit a website that offers league accounts for sale. Once on the website, you will need to register. In most cases, the registration process is simple and straightforward. You simply need to supply your email and choose a username. You don’t need to use your real names. You will need to verify your account by clicking on a link sent to your email.

After you have an account with a company, you can choose a product of your liking such as unranked Smurfs or a level 30 league account. Each product will have a purchase price. To be able to enjoy a product, you need to pay the purchase price.

Payment can be made through a web-based payment gateway. Alternatively, you can pay directly using a credit card. There will be a checkout process that you will follow which will end in a payment being made. After the payment has been received, you will be at liberty to do whatever you please with the purchased product.

 

Which Is The Best Place To Buy League Accounts?

This is a popular search engine query. Most fanatics are searching for the best place to buy league accounts. You need to find a platform that has a solid reputation. Such a platform will not scam you. Instead, it will offer value for money.

  • Obtain recommendations from family members and friends who purchased lol accounts for sale in the past. The advice of a trusted friend shouldn’t be taken for granted. Instead, it should be used as the basis of the decision making process.
  • Search for online reviews about the different vendors. A top vendor will have a 5-star rating and many positive reviews. A seller who delivered in the past is likely to deliver in the present.

 

The Bottom-Line

To be on the safe side, make sure to purchase from a seller who has a money-back guarantee. With such a seller, you will be fully refunded the purchase price if the account doesn’t meet what was advertised. Before making any transaction, ensure that the website is fully encrypted. A secure website will prevent the loss of personal financial information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What Are The Best Kind Of Gaming Monitors?

 

What Are The Best Kind Of Gaming Monitors?

Gaming is at its peak. With the announcement of PS5 and latest gen Xbox, gamers around the world are looking to grab the best gaming monitor for their gaming setup. For the best kind of gaming experience, no doubt, a gaming monitor plays a crucial role. You cannot connect just any monitor and expect the smooth gaming performance. 

Gaming Monitors are built to process heavy graphics and fast pace. Moreover, it also gives you a gaming ambience as they have some of the best designs with the elegant RGB lighting. The black friday and Holiday season is coming and you can definitely grab some of the great deals on gaming monitors and other gaming peripherals. 

If you are planning to update your gaming monitor, this brief comparison will definitely help you out. There are alot of gaming monitors in the market and it really confuses the ultimate customer. To make things easy for you, we have come with a brief comparison of different aspects of gaming monitors, so that you can make buying decisions easily.

  1. Flat Vs Curved Gaming Monitors: 

You must be aware of Curved monitors. Samsung was the first brand that launched Curved monitor for consumers. Ever since, there has been a debate if Flat screen is best or Curved screen. It all depends upon your preference. Both monitors have their own advantages and disadvantages. Curved gaming monitors indeed give you better viewing angles and give you vision just like the human eye sees the world. 

But a curved gaming monitor is not good if there are more than 2 players in the same room. If you are a programmer, gamer, post production editor, you can definitely go for Curved gaming monitor. Here you can check some curved gaming monitors https://x2.games/best-144hz-curved-gaming-monitor/. If you don’t want an extra factor in your gaming desk setup, a flat screen is a pretty obvious choice. 

  1. 60hz Vs 240hz Gaming Monitor:

 This is another big decision you need to take before you finally pick a gaming monitor for you. If you are a PC gamer, you can definitely go for a 240hz gaming monitor. Check out 240hz gaming monitor https://x2.games/best-240hz-gaming-monitors/. You will enjoy gaming at 240FPS on PC while gaming consoles like PS4 Pro, Xbox One X do not support more than 60FPS. The upcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X supports 120hz refresh rate. For that, you can get 120hz refresh rate gaming monitor. 

So, before you pick a gaming monitor, check the compatibility of your gaming rig. If your gaming rig doesn't support a higher refresh rate, there is no meaning of getting a 240hz gaming monitor.

  1. 4K Vs Full HD Gaming Monitor:

You will find a lot of Full HD gaming monitors in the market which give you a decent picture quality. The only Good things with Full HD gaming monitors are, you can get a 24-inch or small sized gaming monitor for small space and Full HD gaming monitors are cheaper than 4K. 

But if you want insanely crispy and sharp gaming experience, 4K is what you need. But make sure you get at least a 27-inch 4K gaming Monitor. Small sized 4K gaming monitor is not a pleasant treat for the eyes. Also, do not buy a 27-inch Full HD monitor as it burst the pixels out and ruined the picture quality. For the value for money deal, you can also get a 2K QHD 1440p gaming monitor.

  1. IPS Vs TN/VA Panel: 

Panel of any display depicts the picture quality. IPS panel is considered as the best panel for any display. IPS panel gives bright, vivid colors with great contrast ratio. Moreover, it also gives you better viewing angles. TN and VA panels are also good panels for gaming but unfortunately, the colors are not as good as IPS panels. 

What Are The Best Kind Of Gaming Monitors?

So, if you are a video/photo editor or someone who wants great colors on their display, go for IPS Panel. Your first preference should always be IPS Panel. Other than IPS, TN Panel is good for gaming. TN Panels have better response time than IPS and VA Panel. Colors are okayish on TN Panel but better than VA. 

Conclusion: 

So these are some of the very basic things that you should consider before choosing a gaming monitor for you. There is no good or bad gaming monitor. It all depends on your preference and need. 

Before you pick a gaming monitor, always check the compatibility of your device. PS4 Pro doesn’t support 120hz/144hz or 240hz refresh rate, it only gives you output of 60FPS, so there is no point in getting a gaming monitor with a higher refresh rate for PS4 Pro. On the other hand, PS5 now supports 120FPS output.

Other than that, a gaming PC can go to 240FPS only if it is equipped with a powerful GPU and other hardware like RAM, Processor, proper cooling system. So, before you pick, check compatibility.

So now you have a basic idea of things you should be considering before you finally pick a gaming monitor for you. Sort these things out and grab the best gaming monitor in your budget.

 

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BlendJet 2

BlendJet 2

Thank you BlendJet for sending us a review unit!

BlendJet was originally founded in 2017 and invented “The Original Portable Blender” which was a popular holiday gift in 2019 with one being sold every five seconds! Since 2018, over one million units were sold in 195 countries. The BlendJet 2 has 33% more capacity that can hold 16 oz of liquid. The BPA free plastic canister has helpful oz and ml markings on it for precise measurements. Another improvement over the original BlendJet is that the battery size has been doubled to 4000mAh which should give you fifteen or more blends before needing a recharge. Charging is done via the included USB-C cable. One feature lacking on this version that the original had is a built in strainer.

Cleaning the BlendJet 2 is pretty easy by just adding some dish soap and water after use and pushing the blend button. The device is waterproof so it can handle being submerged if need be. The instructions state that it is not dishwasher safe. The booklet also advises against putting your hand in the blender (Duh!), running it while empty, adding 120 degree or hotter liquids, charging it while wet, letting kids use it unsupervised, or leaving food sitting in it for prolonged periods of time. The restriction that bummed me out the most was not blending carbonated liquids. That’s a shame since I like adding lemon-lime soda to my fruit smoothies. The website has a bunch of recipes if you’re looking to try something new.

BlendJet2

The portable design is quite convenient and this will make my protein shakes less clumpy than in my sealable thermos. Though the BlendJet 2 has a twist lid, it does not fully seal. I learned that the hard way after blending some blackberries. When I added some water to shake up and pour out the remnants, some droplets landed on and stained my white socks. Gentle shaking is not an issue and may assist in the process at times. The six-point stainless steel blade can chop through ice and other food items in twenty seconds or less.

The asking price is $49.95 and there are sixteen colors to choose from. This blender is great for commuters and is easy to clean and use in the office. It’s small enough to fit in your car’s cup holder and the adjustable strap on the lid makes it easy to carry while riding a bike. If you’re looking for a personal blender, check out the BlendJet 2!

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Top 5 Best Solitaire Apps for Android Users

Hey,Android users! This is for you again. The best Solitaire card games for 2020 are finally here. Did you know that you can now play Solitaire on your android device forfree andfromthe comfort of your home? Do you know how great it is to play Solitaire online? If you didn’t, this post got you covered as we will be highlighting the 5 best Solitaire card games &applications for android users. If you are ready, let’s get started then!

  1. Solitaireby Solitaire Card Games Ltd.

Solitaire on android devices isperfect cloning of the traditional card game on Microsoft computers. Its gaming components borrow a lot from the basic Solitaire game with exciting graphics and other interesting features. Indeed, the developers have done an exceptional job ofimproving the quality of this game to give players maximum enjoyment. For instance, players can customize the background WebSite settings to feature different components including time, maximum points obtained per game, and the player statistics. All in all, this android game is excellent for all age groups in addition to being totally free.

2.250+ Solitaire Collection by Alexei Anoshenko

The 250+ Solitaire Collection is an amazing package that consists of popular Solitaire card gamesall over the world. This application features253Solitaire games that are neatly arranged in alphabetical order. For every category, the developer has provided a detailed description including both the illustrations and rules. Thus, the large collection providedthere offersendless fun whileenabling you to interactwith online players across the globe. What a cool way to unwind after a hard working day?

  1. Age of Solitaire by Sticky Hands Inc.

The Age of Solitaire is one of the most common card games for android users which features exceptional designand pleasant interface to deal with. Above all, this appis free and makes for one of the best selections when someone is looking for an electrifying card game that s/he can play on the go.

  1. Spider Solitaire2020 by GITeamStudio

Have you ever heard of this app before? Spider Solitaire 2020is regarded as one of the best mobile games for the realization of the actualgaming experience. With countless features and modern design, you can set the vertical and horizontal game display, the gaming background, and the mode toleft-handed&right-handed options. To give you an amazing experience, the game developers have now included the daily questswhich enable you to grab various trophies along the way.

  1. FreeCell Solitaire by Loop Games Inc.

FreeCell Solitaire is a thrillingandroid game that will blow your mindwith its amazing graphics and easy controls. It’s one of the best imitations of the classic Solitaire, featuring all the tools you may need for a fulfillinggaming experience. It is loaded with animated prompts to help newbies understand the gaming instructions easily and also comes fully packed with the autoplay mode and an unlimited number ofmoves. Finally, this app boasts a customizable design with a classic gaming background and card backs.

Bottom Line

Well, how to playSolitaireto ace the game? Isn’t winning solely based on luck? It turns out that there are plenty of reasons an individual should play Solitaire onlineusing various android apps at least once in their generationas it has nothing to do with killing boredom. Free Solitaire also helps you improve critical life strategies and skills. And who knows, maybe this post will help you win a game or two in the long run.

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