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NoSweat Disposable Liners

NoSweat Disposable Liners

Thank you NoSweat for sending us review samples of hat, face shield, and visor liners!

NoSweat is based in Minnetonka Minnesota and all of their sports-themed liners are manufactured in America. All thirty-one NHL teams are using their products on a regular basis. In addition to the NHL, athletes in the NFL, MLB, PGA, and WTA use NoSweat inserts consistently too.

NoSweat has products for baseball, biking, football, golf, hardhats, hockey, lacrosse, tennis, and even VR headsets! If you’re a fan of their stuff you can advertise for them by wearing branded t-shirts, hats, and using their thermos’ offered on their web store.  

Out of the samples sent our way, the only set I was able to use were the ones designed for baseball hats. I don’t own any face shields or visors. I have a couple of lighter-colored hats that have unsightly brownish stained front liners since I haven’t used any liners previously. It’s worth noting that these liners are only designed to be used three to five times apiece.

Installation is pretty straightforward though it will take some adjusting to get it to fit just right. Their design is flexible and universal. Do not cut the product or it will break the functionality of the sweatlock beads. The liners are not incredibly sticky so you don’t have to worry about the liners leaving residue behind on your headwear. On the flipside, they probably won’t stay on much longer than their intended number of uses. Your head pressing against the liner will keep it in place though.

Like many items, the more you buy, the cheaper they become. The liners come in packages of 3,6,12, and 25. The three pack sells for $9.99 or $3.33 each while the twenty-five pack sells for $34.99 or $1.40 apiece. They have subscription plans available if you become a regular user of their products. If you’re tired of sweat buildup in the hats or helmets you wear, you should definitely look into NoSweat’s products!

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Top Advantages of Using Proxies for Gaming

Top Advantages of Using Proxies for Gaming

Before you log on to your favorite video game today, please take a minute to read this. There are some things you need to know about gaming and cybersecurity. Yes, your favorite gaming portal is also a favorite hunting ground for cybercriminals. 

Industry reports show that there was a 340% increase in cyber-attacks in 2020 during the pandemic lockdown. Web applications attacks between 2018 and 2020 grew by 415%.  

The methods of attack are numerous. These include credential stuffing, SQL injection, local file inclusion, and phishing. 

What makes cybercriminals so scary is that they are constantly evolving.  They are up-to-date with the latest technologies and trends. Hackers have perfected the art of looking for loopholes to gain entry.  

That is why it is important to be extra careful about your online security when gaming. And, one way to do it is with the use of proxies. Read on to find out the advantages below. But first, let’s start with a simple definition of proxies.  

Understanding Proxies 

We will use an analogy to explain what proxies are. When you go to the airport, you must pass through a security check. It helps ensure that you do not carry any contraband or weapons into the building.  

If the security finds any on you, they will remove it from your person. They may then allow you to proceed. 

The security check, in this case, is the proxy server. It is that middleman or gateway between your browser and the remote servers. Any traffic from, or to your browser passes through the proxy. 

Now, several things happen here including:-

  • Sieving of the traffic to remove any harmful content. 
  • The proxy masks your IP address. The remote server sees the proxy IP thus keeping yours hidden. 
  • Balances traffic going into your browser thus ensuring high page loading speeds. 
  • Proxies cache data or compress files, thus saving bandwidth.  

There are different proxies available. Some proxies get IP addresses from data centers. But, if you use a residential proxy, your ISP assigns the IP. They attach it to a physical location and device like a mobile or laptop.

Residential proxies are, therefore, more legitimate because the connections seem like they are coming from an actual residence.  

Advantages of Gaming Proxies

Gaming proxies provide you with an alternative IP address connecting to the gaming servers. There are many advantages to using them as we will show you below. 

  1. Online Anonymity

The fact is every time you're online, someone can track your activities. Cybercriminals spend a lot of time monitoring people, looking for loopholes. It gets even scarier. Your IP address gives cybercriminals an easy way to learn about you.  

They can get information like your name, contacts, and bank account details. By hiding your IP address, the proxy gives you anonymity while online. Choosing an IP address in a location far from your actual one is also another safety measure.  

  1. Access to Restricted Content

Some gaming companies will only give access depending on the player’s geo-location. Gamers in some countries also have to wait a little longer after launch dates to access new releases.  

The companies will use your IP address to determine where you are. Proxy servers bypass such restrictions by hiding or masking your IP address. Let’s say you are in Africa but want to access content from the US. 

The proxy providers will allocate you a US-based IP. Players can connect with others from all over the world without worrying about geographical location.  

  1. Faster Internet Speeds 

There is nothing as irritating as trying to play a game but keep experiencing lags. Imagine if gaming was your income source and you had to deal with that. It gets worse if you are in the middle of a duel, and the internet drops, logging you off.  

When there is a lot of traffic going in and out of the browser, it consumes a lot of bandwidth. Peak times are common in multiplayer or peer-to-peer games. Such need fast torrent downloads due to shared content. With many gamers logged on, internet speeds can significantly reduce.  

As we have stated, proxies compress traffic, and cache data. They will also balance whatever goes in or out.  In this way, the gamer can continue to enjoy high internet speeds.  

  1. Quick Data Exchange

P2P protocols in a proxy server are fantastic for data exchange. Here is how they work. The protocols set up folders within the system. You can then give network access to other users for browsing purposes. 

Everyone in the P2P team can do the same. Now everyone can copy saved games from the folders onto their devices. It removes any hassle that accompanies data sharing.  

  1. Proxies Can Help Reduce Cyber attacks

Remember our analogy above of the security check that sieves out harmful content? Well, gamers can prevent several malicious attacks with gaming proxies. Take the example of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.  

Cybercriminals use brute force to gain entry into servers or websites. They send huge amounts of traffic until it overwhelms the server. In the end, it will crash. The hackers use different avenues including social media, emails, and websites to infect the systems. 

The worst part about it is that you will not know the malware is in your system until it is too late. 

Proxy servers sieve out such malicious content. And, gamers get the added advantage of the balancing of internet traffic by the proxies. 

Final Thoughts 

There are many benefits to using proxies for gamers. Remote servers see a different IP address from your real one. It provides anonymity, making it hard for anyone to monitor your online activities. 

 By masking your IP address, remote servers will not know your location. Gamers can access content from all over the world without worrying about geo-restrictions.  

Proxies also compress traffic and cache data. That means faster internet speeds, even for multiplayer or P2P games. You don’t have to deal with lags or server overload due to high traffic.  

By sieving harmful content from traffic, gamers reduce the possibility of cyber-attacks. There are many proxy options available in the market. We would recommend residential proxies that give you an IP address from the ISP. They are more legitimate and harder to detect as proxies. 

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The Best Classic PC Video Games

The Best Classic PC Video Games

Whilst some of the classic PC video games may not boast the same quality of graphics as the games you play today, what is true is that thanks to their game play, they most definitely would keep you coming back for me. Over the years there have been lots of games that people deem to be classics and while there is much discourse of which PC video games are the best, some of our all time favourites are listed below. Hopefully this will inspire you to step back in time and try your hand at some classic PC gaming.

 

Deus Ex

 

Set within a cyberpunk type dystopian future, Deus Ex is an action based RPG which looks at the augmenting of humans, the advancement of technology, and inequality throughout society. Using the cyborg JC Denton, players embarked on a mission to find the people responsible for stealing a batch of life saving vaccines that would help to battle the pandemic the world currently finds itself in. Released in 2000, this video game is one that sticks fondly in the mind of anyone that ever played it.

 

ARK - Survival Evolved

 

A relatively new release (2017), although no less a classic PC video game, ARK - Survival Evolved, sees players hunt, harvest, craft, grow, research, and build in order to survive life on a mysterious island known as ARK that they find themselves on. Various resources are on hand which allow players to kill, tame, and even breed the dinosaurs that inhabit ARK. The multiplayer functionality allows you to team up with hundreds of players all at once for the ultimate gaming experience. Like most PC games, ARK - Survival Evolved is best played on via a dedicated survey. You can get ARK server hosting here.

 

Quake

 

At the time of release (1996), the 3D environments that you would find yourself in whilst playing Quake were way ahead of the competition. The multiplayer functionality allowed as many as 8 players to battle each other at once, whereas with most other games of the same ilk only allowed a maximum of 4 players. When playing in multiplayer, Quake was the first ever video game to feature a map. As a result of the game’s popularity, there were numerous different clans that formed to play it together. It is a highly important game that was responsible for shaping the future of gaming into the one that we know and love today. 

 

Chrono Trigger

 

Although Chrono Trigger was first released on the SNES back in 1995, it subsequently became available on PCs and soon became an absolute classic. It is no surprise given that it is made by the same developers who are responsible for other classic PC games such as Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and Dragon Ball. The video game sees players make their way hopping through time and embarking on multiple different adventures with various outcomes and endings. Do not be put off by its old school 16 bit graphics.

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The Addams Family 2

The Addams Family 2

Thank you MGM for sending us access to a digital version of the film to watch!

My family saw the first computer animated Addams Family movie in the theaters in 2019. The film was mildly entertaining, but mostly a disappointment. I’m happy to report that overall we found this sequel to be better than the original movie on many fronts.

The Addams Family 2 begins at Wednesday’s science festival which has many uninspiring science projects including the typical baking soda volcano. Wednesday’s entry is quite fascinating as it transfers the intelligence of her octopus, Socrates, into her Uncle Fester. When it comes time to announcing the winner of the science fair, Wednesday is visibly disappointed when everyone is given a participation trophy. The professor takes note of her disappointment and consoles her while asking for her data so he can improve upon her work. Wednesday tells him it’s a family secret.

Gomez Addams also takes note of his daughter’s disappointment, but she rebuffs any attention and consolation he offers her. In an effort to strengthen the family bonds, Gomez and Morticia decide that a family road trip is in order. Instead of bringing the family closer, a wedge is further driven between Wednesday and her family. Apparently she discovers a mix-up of babies at the hospital she was born in and wonders if she is even an Addams.

Without giving away any spoilers, there are some good lessons about the importance of family and accepting who you are. The relationship between Wednesday and her brother Pugsley is quite humorous though many of their squabbles are deadly and should not be practiced between siblings in real life. Pugsley is approaching puberty and is taking note of the fairer sex and his Uncle Fester offers sage advice since he’s been on three first dates and written a book about his experiences. There is some sexual humor that may go over many kids heads (but not my teenagers!).

Most of the star-studded voice actors reprise their roles for this film including Charlize Theron as Morticia, Bette Midler as Grandma Addams, and Snoop Dogg as Cousin It. If you’re a fan of the original TV show and enjoyed the 2019 film, you’ll want to check out this sequel.

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5 Strategies for Improving Your Gaming Skills

Gaming is fun when you win but humiliating when you permanently get eliminated early from any tournament. Improving your gaming skills is vital to enhancing your winning chances and staying long in the game. Becoming a gaming champion can be a career that may earn you a fortune.

5 Strategies for Improving Your Gaming Skills

Most gamers plot how to become good at playing these games after getting eliminated. Watching others play can be an excellent strategy to gain more skills but building your skills requires early preparation. The following tips can help you make a competitive skill in any gaming contest:

Understand Most of the Games on the Website

Most gamers assume that once you understand one game on a website, you have all the skills you need to be a champion. Well, you might need to change your perspective about this! A skillful gamer needs to grasp most of the games on the site to understand tricks in the sector. Websites like PlayPhone reviews provide access to several games that give you ideas on winning different competitions.

Playing different games is also an excellent opportunity to understand different gaming genres in the field. It will enable you to understand new games faster than a person who focuses on one play.

Regular Practice

Practicing should be your primary strategy to becoming a skilled gamer. Anything that gets built on constant practice leads to outstanding achievements! E-sport games are as competitive as any other game played on the field. You can manage to stay longer in the competition with regular practice. Practicing also builds your hand-eye coordination skills. You will be able to understand how to multitask when facing different competitors.

Research

Researching will earn you more information about your favorite game. If you want to be a champion in any game, you have to collect as much information about the competitions as possible. Collect information about how to win the game from different youtube videos that guide a particular tournament. You could also consider contacting current champions in your favorite game for some tips and guides to reaching the winning line.

Play as a Team

Composing the best team in the game might make you the winner in a tournament. How do you join a good team? You can assess the group first to find out the strengths and weaknesses. It is crucial to understand every teammate and the tricks that can make you win. You could also choose a game that all the teammates understand to boost your winning chances. Playing as a team also lets you pick up one or two tips on skilling up your gaming abilities.

Hire Coaches

Getting coached can lead to significant achievements. Coaches who understand the games well will boost your winning potential. If you get invested in joining e-sport games, you should consider getting a coach who will equip you with the necessary skills to win. Getting a coach is like playing alongside another professional gamer since most coaches already have experience in the games you want.

Conclusion

Most people do not think about the extra work you need to channel into becoming a winner. Focusing on the end goal without drafting necessary strategies may cause frustrations. It is also important to watch others play and prevent yourself from getting angry every time you play.

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Web Development Cost: What Do You Think?

Web Development Cost: What Do You Think?

Your business badly needs a website, mobile app and even a web app. These things are important to serve as a representation of your brand on the web. Online representation plays a crucial role in today’s business landscape. Why so? Because of the fact that you don’t have any other choice but to compete with those successful biz organizations that are promoting and campaigning their businesses on the Internet. By boosting your brand performance online, you can have a fair chance of going to the next level as a business organization.

 

The usual web development cost ranges from $10,000 up to $30,000.00. But there is a tendency that it will reach up to $250,000.00 depending on your business requirements plus the web dev maintenance cost. Do you really need to spend this money? The answer is, of course, yes. This is so important as far as your goals and objectives are concerned. The main objective is focused on how you can attract more leads from the target market. Attracting the leads is not that easy. That is why it is necessary to spend money and to cover the entire outsource web development cost.

 

Having a website is creating a profitable asset. This is significant to make your business really profitable. Your website should be visible on the web so that your brand can be accessed and found by the audience. The users of the Internet are your main subject. You should be able to tap them in order to introduce your offers. Doing this can open more business opportunities. This is through this way where you will be able to get what you really want to get.

 

Lead attraction is the primary aspect which you have to focus on. Don’t disregard this aspect because it can make or break your business endeavor. If you want to have a successful business operation, of course, it is necessary to pay attention to the strategic implementation of business-related methods. Investing in web-based assets like a website is one of the most important things you should prioritize.


Importance of web development

 

Developing, let say, a brand site, is quite important as far as getting favorable results is concerned.  Why is it so? This is the focus of the succeeding points.


Digital branding is the present trend.

 

Branding your business is necessary. This is done by conveying the message about your company’s promise. What you should promise must be related to the significant value of your offers. Your company has to create products which will serve as one of the possible options of those people who have specific problems. Did you know that every time a person lands on a web page, he or she is actually looking for an effective solution? As this becomes a reality, online marketing has been recognized as the most important business strategy in the present era.

 

So, digital branding was born not so long ago. The very purpose of this strategy is to campaign and promote any business online. Online searching has been popular these days. As a matter of fact, there are about 4.66 billion people who have been hooked to use the Internet in search of the things they badly need. They may start searching for related content and information. In this sense, brand related stories must be viewed on your website and other digital platforms if you want your business to take a big leap towards success. The role of digital branding is crucially important for this particular purpose.

 

By understanding the essence of online marketing, you will be able to execute the right steps related to digital branding. But because you are not an expert yourself, it is apt if you are going to look for a third-party service provider. Here comes an opportunity for you to look for a web development agency to handle your website and other digital product projects. By hiring a legitimate company, there is a great chance that you can bring your business to the next level. In other words, you can hit the competitive edge dramatically.


Search engine optimization is vital.

 

For your brand to be accessed and viewed by the target customers, you need an expert in SEO. You will be hiring a company to handle your web development project, right? It is better if the company you are going to hire does have search engine optimization experts. The fundamental function of an SEO expert is to help your web pages rank on the top page of Google and other search engines.

 

Why are they important to rank? Clearly put, your web pages contain essential information relevant to your brand promise, right? Every time a person lands on your web page, there is an opportunity that he or she will be lured to try your offers through the content related to your brand.

 

Optimizing the web pages of your business site is not that easy. It needs proper understanding of the algorithms and guidelines set by Google and other search engine giants. When the web pages of your site are well optimized, it means the content structure and information architecture are well-balanced. Furthermore, it will lead more people to appreciate the design of your website in terms of content. Why is it possible? Because they can find your content. The SEO specialist should see to it that the meta title, description, tags, and other important internal and external elements are great. This can help your business site rank on top.


Deliver the best content to the users!

 

Delivering great content is important. Yes, this is true. The main reason behind this is that you can never win the tight business competition when you are not able to please the needs of the audience. User satisfaction is one of the gauges when it comes to achieving ultimate growth and dramatic success. In business, the number of people to believe in your offers really matters a lot. It means you should have the potential to have an excellent business performance when the users of your site are pleased with the quality and relevance of website content.

 

As consistent as it needs to be, the users of your website should be pleased every time you have a content page for them. The expectation of the users is for them to find your content relevantly useful. Utility is one of the essential components for achieving business success. Hence, it is necessary for your website to have a high utility level. Working with a company that also employs UX designers is vital for this purpose.

 

According to Ramotion, “No business can thrive when their website has nothing in substance for the users. It means that the content of the website must be best for the potential users. The users should be happy every time they open your site. Otherwise, nothing will happen with your business. You will just be investing money for nothing. To realize your goal, what you need is a true and genuine company. An Outsource Web Development Firm is what you badly need for the attainment of your business goals and objectives.


Attracting more leads is easy.

 

When doing any form of business, what is important is to attract as many potential leads as possible. Realizing this is difficult, somehow. Not easy, to say the least. So, you have to be clever and precise to implement the right strategies. The more, the better. It must be your goal to attract more leads and to convert many of them into regular customers. This is the main key towards business sustainability. Repeat buyers will be increasing when there are more leads to be attracted to like your offers.

 

Is it easy to attract more leads? The answer to this question depends on how easy or difficult your offers are when it comes to sharing. The nature of your product or services must be assessed well. Otherwise, there can be a difficulty when it comes to reaching the potential of your business. With the right web development team on your side, it is highly possible that you can have the great results that you ever wish to have. You are investing money because you want more money to come inside your pocket, right? Having a website plus the other digital platforms is the best way for you to achieve this goal.


In a nutshell

 

Spending $10,000.00 up to $250,000.00 is nothing as far as having a profitable business operation is concerned. This is the price range of a web development company that exists today. You have to be ready to bring your brand to the next level by entrusting the entire business process to a reliable service provider.

 

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5 Ways to Optimize Your Gaming Space Setup

5 Ways to Optimize Your Gaming Space Setup

So, you’ve got the latest, greatest and fastest gaming PC. Your system is fully optimized and you’re ready to play. But what about your space? Whether you’re a long-time gamer who just built a new PC or you’re new to video gaming, the days of having to resort to playing your favorite games in a dark, cramped and bland basement or corner are gone. And even if yours aren’t (sorry Mom) you can have a sweet gaming setup no matter how much room you’ve got. Besides the systems, gaming accessories and furniture have become big business. As a result, you’ve got choices when it comes to optimizing the space.

 

  1. Gaming desk

 

When you’re looking for a desk or table, such as those reviewed in a list from Tom’s Guide, for your PC gaming space, look at the size of the room or area in the room and at how much space you need for your computer and your monitor, multiple monitors or even a large-screen TV. Also consider how much storage or space for storage you will require. Will you need built-in shelves, cubbies and drawers? Do you want your desk to have extra space for you to add your own storage and desk organizers? Will you be storing game cases and accessories in the desk itself?

 

A small desk that fits in a corner, with or without an adjustable standing platform works well in a dorm room, bedroom, basement or studio apartment. Dedicated game rooms can incorporate a large rectangle or L-shaped desk. Alternatively, for long hours playing your favorite role-playing game (RPG), you might prefer an over-sized standing desk that’s easy to lower and raise from sitting height to standing height.

 

  1. Gaming chair

 

Good-bye to your dad’s old uncomfortable office chair. Hello to ergonomic, comfy, PC gaming chairs that move, swivel, recline and come in a variety of colors. Plus, they’re sleek and look super cool! Many of these look like the seats from a sportscar and the most amazing rotating VR chairs look similar to the Expanse’s razorback interior and cost as much as $50K or more. Non-commercial, less elaborate, designed for home-use models are less and will set you back between $5K and $10K.

 

Not all gaming chairs are created equal, so try several out before you buy. Don’t discount the office chair route either. Some gamers find them more comfortable than even the most expensive gaming-specific seating. This roundup from PC Gamer rates the latest options.

 

  1. Design theme

 

Maybe you started with a theme idea for your gaming space before you chose your desk and chair. You may have even started thinking about it when you were building your new PC and chose the case. And if you haven’t, now is the time to start. Even the tiniest gaming setups don’t have to be boring. Jazz up your setup with the color schemes from your favorite game or games.

 

Decorate your desk with game-inspired toys and figurines. From Minecraft plushies to Marvel or Star Wars Funko Pops, there’s no end to the ways you can make the design of your gaming space your own special creation. You might also want to hang posters of your best-loved games and game characters. Alternatively, print out one of your best gaming screenshots and display it on your desk or a shelf.

 

  1. Gaming accessories

 

We’ve talked about gaming furniture and how to design the theme of your space but don’t worry we haven’t forgotten about all the other extras you need to set up your space. Here, gaming accessories. Sure, there are monitors, mice, keyboards, controllers, speakers, headsets and more, all designed specifically for PC gaming and gamers. While those are important, you don’t want to neglect the other PC game room touches that help create an awesome playing environment. Items such as, blackout curtains and soundproofing are essential for blocking out glare and ensuring loud sounds and music from games (not to mention any yelling and shouting) don’t disturb your neighbors or other people who live with you. Plus, you can find many accessories in colors that match the rest of your design theme.

 

  1. Storage

 

Finally, you can’t forget gaming storage. Whether or not your gaming desk has built-in shelves, you will undoubtedly require extra shelving for all your games and accessories. If you display any toys, a small shelf over or near your desk is also essential. Plus, you need hooks and racks to help you dangle your headphones, organize chords and keep everything neat. Consider borrowing a longstanding idea from retail stores and add a slatwall. Slatwalls are perfect gaming room accessories because you can further accessorize them with hooks, frames, bins and shelves. Plus, you can move your stuff around and swap things out when you get new items or decide to change up your entire gaming setup.

 

Conclusion

 

Bottom line, there’s no right or wrong way to set up your videogaming area or game room. Personalize your space to provide the most comfortable and exciting playing experience. The “coolest” video gaming setup is the one you create and not whatever conforms to the latest fad. There are as many types of gaming spaces as there are gamers. The look, feel and organization are up to you to decide.

 

Author Bio

Ray Ko has been creating effective visual merchandising and interior design strategies for retailers for more than 20 years. Today, he is the senior ecommerce manager for shopPOPdisplays, a leading designer and manufacturer of stock and custom acrylic product.

 

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Your Guide To Upcoming PS5 Games

Your Guide To Upcoming PS5 Games

The PlayStation 5 is the newest kid on the block as far as the console's frontier goes. And despite being relatively new, the console has attracted a burgeoning list of terrific games titles for players to try. Of course, you can still enjoy almost the entire PS4 games package via PS5s backward compatibility, meaning even at this early stage there are plenty of titles to choose from. To continue with the legacy of selling consoles with both Sony’s storied franchise games and third-party titles, PS5 owners will be having a busy time ahead as new releases continue streaming throughout 2021 and beyond. 

In this article, we have prepared a list of highly anticipated games to launch on PlayStation 5 in the near future. And if you’re stuck in your favorite MOBA (multiplayer online battle) and FPS (first-person shooters) game, be sure to check how a game boosting website can help. 

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Release date: 21 September 2021

Available on: PS5 & PC

Publisher: Sony

This new game off Sony’s assembly line features a beautiful art style fused with anime stylings and is worth checking out upon release. It is inspired by action-adventure, exploration, and fast-paced combat, and you need to find and expand a team of charming spirit companions, enhance their abilities and create new ways to conquer the environment. If it can be half as fun and entertaining to play as it is from the material we've come across so far, it'll be an instant hit in the gaming world. 

The pre-order price of the standard Kena: Bridge of Spirits is $39.99, with the Digital Deluxe pre-order price being $49.99.

Solar Ash

Release date: 26 October 2021

Available on: PS5, PS4, and PC

Publisher: Annapurna Interactive

After developer Heart Machine released some critical acclaim over their first game release the Hyper Light Drifter, the studio is set to release their second title Solar Ash. The game is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated games of 2021, and it leverages PS5’s hardware in a subtle yet super-effective fashion. 

If the Solar Ash release date trailer is anything to go by, the studio has done an excellent job of incorporating impressive 3D graphics and crisp sounds. Still, the game emphasizes speed and, with the Voidrunner named Rei having smooth flows and transitions when fighting giant enemies.

FIFA 22

Release date: 1 October 2021

Available on: PS5, Xbox, and PC

Publisher: EA

EA is one of the few game developers that have managed to consistently release new versions of their popular FIFA. And with these releases, they have not disappointed in incorporating nice upgrades, as well as introducing new features to the game. 

The FIFA 22 entry will be the studio’s second outing on the next-gen hardware, and we're hoping that they will include new animations. Better yet, you don’t need to wait until the official release date to begin building your FUT 22 squad or your Pro Clubs career. You can play earlier by subscribing to EA Play or purchasing the Ultimate Edition.

Call of Duty Vanguard

Release date: 5 November 2021

Available on: PS5, PS4, Xbox, and PC

Publisher: Activision

The next Call of Duty game is launching us back to World War II, with this impressive shooter reverting to roots a little. From the previous versions of the game, COD should have an explosive campaign up its sleeves, impressive graphics, but the multiplayer option should also be key.

Battlefield 2042

Release date: 19 November 2021

Available on: PS5, PS4, and PC 

Publisher: EA

The Battlefield 2042 which is yet to be released promises to be a bit of a showstopper visually and, for the first time, EA will let console gamers enjoy 128-player servers for the maximum possible carnage. Along with that, the game promises huge weather events, an overhaul of the classic squad system, and so much more.

Horizon: Forbidden West

Release date: 18 February 2022

Available on: PS5 

Publisher: Guerilla

Horizon: Zero Dawn is one of the hit singles that dominated the PS4 era. The game garnered many positive reviews at launch, and since, it has continued to attract more and more gamers to its teeming single-player adventure. And to push the limits a bit higher, the developer has promised to deliver a sequel to Aloy's journey and adventures. 

From the release date trailer, the Horizon: Forbidden West looks absolutely gorgeous. It features new adversaries and mechanical monsters to overcome and is touted to be a hallmark to showcase all the PS5's graphical capabilities.

Death Stranding Director’s Cut 

Release date: 24 September 2022

Available on: PS5 

Publisher: Kojima Productions

This enhanced version of Hideo Kojima’s latest game is on its way to the PS5 console, and it features improved combat, a new racing mode, impressive graphics, which are as good as they come. Along with these improvements,  Director’s Cut also introduces a new companion known as Buddy Bot, which helps Sam Porter Bridges to transport larger hauls. And now, PS5 owners will soon be playing the game natively on their latest machines.

Lost Judgement

Release date: 24 September 2022

Available on: PS5 

Publisher: Sega

This yet-to-be-released game is a  sequel to 2018’s smash hit Yakuza spinoff, and it is premised on Takayuki Yagami, who is a private detector investigating a murder case. But that's not the best part, the Judgment spinoff series will now carry branch into the action brawler mode, with the mainline Yakuza franchise turn-basing to follow the seventh installment.

Final Thoughts

2021 and beyond is going to be an extremely busy period for PS5 owners as a litany of new releases continues to hit the console. And since the list continues to grow by the day, it can become challenging to find the very best. With our list of upcoming games and their release dates, however, you should be able to stay ahead of the curve.

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The Boss Baby: Family Business

The Boss Baby: Family Business

Thank you DreamWorks for sending us a Blu-ray to review!

This film takes place thirty years after the previous one and all of the babies have grown up now. Tim is a stay at home dad with an over-active imagination. His mega-successful brother, Ted (the star in the previous movie) is a busy CEO and showers Tim’s family with lavish gifts instead of his presence at holidays. Tim’s second grader daughter, Tabitha, is growing up and no longer finds his antics humorous. Tim is afraid that they are growing apart. The youngest daughter, Tina, is an agent at Baby Corp. The school that Tabitha attends may be part of the reason that she is growing distant from her dad. In order to investigate matters Tim and his brother Ted must infiltrate the school as youths.

In his youthful form, Tim goes by Marcos Lightspeed and befriends his daughter. She confides in him and he learns her true feelings about him. Marcos/Tim and Ted also learn about an evil plan that will allow babies to rule the world without their parents getting in their way. Despite their years apart, Tim and Ted must set aside their differences and work together to save the world.

The main theme of this movie is that just because people grow up doesn’t mean they have to grow apart. That’s a great message. From an appropriateness standpoint, it’s worth noting that you’ll see some butts. There are a couple of moments where Ted is naked, but there are objects conveniently placed that prevent seeing anything between his legs. Many computer animated films are promoting the LGBTQ agenda and I did see a rainbow bumper sticker on one of the cars.

Other than those issues, there’s much to like about this film. The voice acting cast is great with Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel, and Lisa Kudrow reprising their roles. James Marsden is now voicing Tim and the villain is voiced acted by Jeff Goldblum. The animation is well done and the writing is great. If you enjoyed the first movie you should definitely check this one out.


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Underrated Strategy Games For PC You Need To Play

Underrated Strategy Games For PC You Need To Play

If you’re a hardcore RTS fan, you’ve probably played all the big games like Age of Empires and Command & Conquer to death. Fortunately, there are countless underrated PC strategy games out there just waiting to be played. Here are a few great PC strategy games that are often overlooked. 

Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds

Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds was released by Ensemble Studios back in 2001. It’s got exactly the same mechanics as classic medieval strategy game Age of Empires 2, except it’s set in the Star Wars universe. Factions range from the Galactic Empire to the Wookies. While perhaps a little clunky by today’s standards, the game makes up for it with its expansiveness and still has a loyal online multiplayer following. 

King Arthur: The Role Playing War Game

King Arthur: The Role Playing War Game is a bit of a blend of genres - there’s some strategy and some RPG in there. It’s gameplay feels very similar to the Total War series. The biggest difference is that it’s set in a fantasy world with magic and mythos. All in all, if you love the Total War games and fantasy, this is the game for you. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but it’s a very fun game.

Achron

Achron was released in 2011 and is considered the first ‘meta-time strategy’ game. It’s a sci-fi strategy game that incorporates time travel adding a whole new dimension to the gameplay. By transporting units back in time (known as ‘chronoporting’), you can change events that previously occurred earlier in the game. Just be wary of ‘chronofragging’ your units - if units collide with their previous or future self, the weaker of the two is killed, which could then have other implications on the future of the game. 

Politics & War

Politics & War is a nation states game in which you create your own nation and rule it. It’s an MMO game so you’ll be competing/co-operating with other players’ custom-made nations. You can choose to wage war (Watch out! There are nukes!) or compete for economic power. It’s pretty thrilling game with a great community on Discord - plus it’s completely free-to-play.

They Are Billions

This post-apocalyptic steampunk strategy game takes hordes of zombies to new levels - you’ll have to defend against waves of (what feels like) billions of zombies to survive. The game involves building a colony and then setting up defences. It’s like a tower defence game but much tougher and much more dramatic. 

Factorio

If war strategy games aren’t for you, Factorio may be more up your street. You play as an engineer who has crash-landed on an alien planet. The aim of the game is to harvest enough resources and create enough industry so that you can build a rocket. The game requires you to experiment with alien automated tech. Once you get to grips with it, you can create all manner of automated machinery processes. It’s a challenging game to get into but very rewarding.

Xenonauts

This indie strategy game was launched back in 2014. Your aim is to defend a Cold War era Earth from an alien invasion (it’s very similar to XCOM). There’s an old-skool feel about it that’s charming. The game also manages to capture a real sense of danger that makes it truly thrilling. Just be wary that it is not a fast game to complete - be prepared to put some hours in.

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MOBA drafting: Tips for a Successful Team Composition

MOBA Drafting: Tips for a Successful Team Composition

When the draft time arrives, you have a lot to think about. Whether it is your first draft or just your first time playing with a certain team, knowing what to do is a must. From knowing how to predict your LoL match outcome to getting the first-round draft picks right, use the tips and information below to have a positive experience.

Assess Your Team

One of the first things you must do before thinking about the draft phase is to find out how your teammates play and who they are. While getting an overpowered composition in the game is good, it may be a bad idea if you have teammates who are in roles they are unfamiliar with.

While it isn’t required that each person play the same role every tie, you need to know the capabilities of your teammates. Be sure that you all understand one another’s hero pools and their preferred roles, which will help you with your draft.

Engaging in voice communication is recommended, as this can help increase the effectiveness of your drafting. It’s a good idea to discuss your strategies before queuing up to have a general idea of your team’s plans. If you don’t have a voice, at least use the “thumbs up” option and the role indicator to communicate the strategies you plan to use.

Bans and First Round Draft

While you maintain a cohesive team comp, be sure to attack the strategy used by your opponents when possible. You need to ensure your picks are aimed at countering the opponent you are going up against, even if they are not explicitly stated.

It is virtually impossible to keep your opponent from getting a top pick; however, it’s not something you should worry about either. If it happens, you should take the opportunity to manage the situation and then turn the tables so things are in your favor again. Teams that play competitively do this constantly.

A priority pick is stronger if they have the right composition, and you can take steps to keep this from happening. Also, having priority picks may include a strong counter, which is perfect for shutting down the priority pick. In some way, if you have an opponent who gets a priority pick, the draft provides you with some control over the strength of the pick.

 MOBA Drafting: Tips for a Successful Team Composition

Second Ban and Double Pick Strategies

A general strategy is to use the double pick you must counter your opponent or to create a stronger foundation for the team composition. In some cases, it can be used for both. Take steps to force your opponent to react to the picks you make. This is preferred over having them move forward as they originally planned.

As you can see, there are a few strategies that can help you be successful when it comes to the draft. Keep the tips and information here in mind to give your team a strong foundation, regardless of who you are going up against. 

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Will The Importance Of SEO Be Still There Beyond 2021?

Will The Importance Of SEO Be Still There Beyond 2021?

 

To answer the question, there's a simple answer to it-yes. The old techniques of SEO that used to provide results are now invalid. SEO has developed a lot in recent years, and it needs much more than just having good content. Recently, SEO is more important. It is the most convenient digital marketing policy or strategy that awards long-term investment. An individual should consult any reliable agencies of SEO in Adelaide to receive the proper guidance on search engine optimization.

What is SEO?

 

The initialism for SEO is Search Engine Optimization. In simple words, it means the process by which one can improve the site to expand its prospects when people seek products or services which are related to one's business in search engines like Google, etc. 

Why is SEO Important?

 

SEO is the foundation of digital marketing as people do lots of searches every day, every year, most often intending to find out about products and services. When the visibility of search results increases than your competitors, it will provide a crucial impact on your essence. 

 

In recent years the search results are more developed for helping users to get undeviating results and information that will attract the users and will let them stay on the page rather than them moving to another website. In this case, any professional company of SEO in Adelaide provides a very satisfying guide, and they consider the clients very important.

 

What Is Organic Traffic, And Why Is It So Important?  

 

Organic traffic is the most important source of a website visitor. It is the reason why 51% of the visitors come to websites. There are many other factors such as paid search, social, etc, though organic traffic tops the list among them. Investing in SEO will provide long-term benefits. If for once, a page gets the label of top rank, it can enjoy authority for a prolonged period. Hence, we can say that organic traffic is a very crucial part of digital marketing. 

 

The Rankings Made By Google Has Been Changing

 

Previously it was not an easy job to rank in Google. It wasn't global-wise or advanced. Google understood the contents present in any website though it wasn't very modish back then. Then, many companies started manipulating their website information to rank in Google's algorithms. Since then, Google has developed and now can decide which site deserves to be the best. Two changes occurred in recent years-

 

  1. Google algorithm updates

 

  1. Renovate the search results page of Google.

 

The most important updates that changed the SEO completely are -

 

  1. Panda (2011)
  2. Penguin (2012)
  3. Hummingbird (2013)
  4. Pigeon (2014)
  5. Mobile-first update (2015)
  6. RankBrain (2015)
  7. BERT (2019)

 

Even after this, Google has not stopped. It is evolving day by day. It increases its twerks every year. They are most often minor tweaks that improve its solidity, and customer experience, and satisfaction. Hence, most of the companies of SEO in Adelaide have adapted to the aforementioned tweaks and changes are able to serve customers satisfactorily.

Conclusion

 

Hence we can see how progressively SEO is improving itself inch by inch. Each day passes, and the users expect to get more changes from it. So, hopefully, this article made it clear how SEO will still be worth it shortly and in 2021. 

 

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Author’s Bio

Shrey Jain is the Co-Founder of Writofy & a Chartered Accountant who works with a team of creative content writers. He holds a forte in creating informative content on niches like crypto, business, fintech, digital marketing, and several others. In addition, his willingness to learn and share his knowledge can immensely help readers get valuable insights on varied topics. 



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12 Minutes Review: A Hauntingly Engaging Thriller

12 Minutes Review: A Hauntingly Engaging Thriller

 

By: Kelvin Teh

 

Thriller is a niche genre, especially when it comes to video games. Good ones are few and far in between. Some of the memorable ones that I could recall from the top of my head would be Telltale Games' The Wolf Among Us and Playdead’s Limbo.

 

And when one of my friends recommended 12 Minutes to me, I was very sceptical. The premise was pretty formulaic where the main objective is to uncover the mystery behind your upcoming death and accused wife.

 

Personally, I had my fair share of unpleasant experiences in the past with thriller games, hence you can understand why I was pretty apprehensive about playing the game.

 

That being said, I am always up for a recommended game and here’s what I think about it.

 

Story and Gameplay

 

Without spoiling too much, 12 Minutes is mainly a decision-matter game and based on your decisions, the outcome will differ.

 

This strikes a similar tone with the Life is Strange series and more so with the protagonist’s supernatural time-travelling abilities.

 

Hence, your role here is to uncover the truth behind all the mystery with your newfound powers, all set within the confines of your living room.

 

I have to admit, being stuck inside the living room can be a little boring, especially when the game requires you to go back and forth in a loop, but this notion was cast away when the story gets deeper and darker along the way.

 

One thing that is not formulaic about this game was that it is played from a top-down perspective. Although there are quite a few top-down soul-like games, there are almost none that are choice-based games. Frankly, I liked the change.

 

 

Graphics and Visuals

 

Coming from an independent studio, it goes without saying that the visuals may not be as ‘impressive’ as triple-A games like Cyberpunk 2077 or Resident Evil. However, Annapurna Interactive did a spectacular job with the tools they have in hand.

 

The visual does not fall short compared to many indie games. Plus, I was glad that they did not do anything too crazy with the art direction, which they kept as minimalistic as possible.

 

Besides, 12 Minutes is not a game where the player should focus on the visuals. While I would be lying that a bad game art wouldn’t irk me, 12 Minutes is one of the few games that will still immerse you in its reality despite not having hyper-realistic images—at least it did for me.

 

 

Sound and Atmosphere

 

The voice acting and audio are easily the winners for 12 Minutes. You can argue all you want, but having James McAvoy as the lead voice is a win in my book. Aside from all biasedness, his voice blends in perfectly with his character.

 

Willem Dafoe and Daisy Ridley were also voice casted which hints that the devs wanted to emphasise more on the audio department. Again, like Life is Strange where a part of the game’s praise is from the soundtrack choices, 12 Minutes did a great job in voice casting their characters.

 

Plus, added effects like the background sound effects were on point. The rain can be heard from the outside pelting at the window with vehicles passing by, which are excellent touches that contribute to the ambivalent aesthetic of the game.

 

 

Overall Experience

 

As mentioned earlier, I am not the biggest fan when it comes to thriller games, but if I were to be honest, 12 Minutes got me hooked on the first minute. I’m not saying that the game isn’t flawed, as that it can get repetitive for the impatient.

 

However, the story and atmosphere really draws you in and you really just forget about time when you are trying to unravel the answers to the mystery, and that to me, is a successful thriller game.

 

The game is now available on Steam, you can conveniently add funds to your Steam Wallet by getting some codes from OffGamers here!

 

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Best online video editing tools for your Gaming videos

Best online video editing tools for your Gaming videos

Gaming videos are a great way to gain a following on your channel. You can have hundreds of interested viewers become a part of your community by uploading gaming videos regularly. Gaming videos are gaining popularity these days, especially when the pandemic has forced so many of us to stay indoors. So many viewers try to escape the daily realities of life by watching these videos. Gaming videos are also popular because many viewers are gamers themselves, trying to learn the game's tricks while watching these videos.

If you are a gamer and you’re considering putting up your gaming videos online, you will need the best game video editor to help you create the most engaging videos. Here in this article, we have listed the best online video editors for making powerful gaming videos.

The best online video editing tools for your gaming videos

  1. Movavi Video Suite

The Movavi video editing tool is a popular all-in-one video editor that can be used comfortably by video editors for creating impactful videos. You can use this editor to grow your gaming followers by creating videos with amazing effects, capture screens, edit images and videos, and convert media.

It starts with Movavi's powerful screen recorder that can easily record or capture your screen. This is useful for capturing a live stream or catching the entire action while recording sounds. The video editing community most loves this tool because of its intuitive interface and ease of use on Mac and Windows.

This video editing tool is extremely user-friendly and lightweight; hence, highly recommended for new YouTubers or people who wish to make vlogging their profession. One does not need prior expertise at video editing to use this video editing program because of its simple interface. It allows you to create stunning videos of HD and 4K quality, irrespective of the hardware and system you are using. The free version has lots of features like color adjustment tabs, voice-over recording, adding transitions, rotation, editing speeds, splitting and trimming the videos, etc. The paid version has many more advanced features.

 

  1. VSDC

The VSDC video editor can be used by beginners and intermediate video editors with minimal effort to create amazing videos. Actions like splitting, cropping, flipping, rotating, trimming, and merging videos can be done easily and within minutes to create seamless videos. This video editor comes with 800+ effects and allows you to import and export files in any format, add any music, use overlays, filters, animated text, and messages. In addition, it allows you to add transitions and motion elements for cool transitions between clips. The motion elements feature available in the paid version identifies moving objects in the video to add various elements.

In the VSDC editor, you can embed webcam recordings and use color blending features to give a better effect to the video. The gaming video can be easily shared via different devices in the HD and standard format with options to upload directly on FB and YouTube or burn it to DVD.

 

  1. Invideo

 

InVideo is one of the fastest-growing browser-enabled video editors online. What makes this tool most convenient is that you can use the browser to edit your video. All that you need to do to get started is to create an InVideo account. You don’t need to have advanced technical skills at editing to use this tool, as it has an intuitive interface  and user-friendly features that allows even beginners to create professional-looking videos within minutes.

InVideo allows you to edit each video clip, add or delete scenes, add special effects, voice-overs, and more to create impressive gaming videos. This feature-rich game video editor helps professionals and amateurs create stunning videos. It also comes with hundreds of customizable templates to create videos from scratch. Its free speech and voice-over tools will allow you to add narrations and subtitles to make your game videos more impressive. You can easily upload your video clips and audio files to the project with its drag-and-drop feature. Choose from over 4000 free-to-use templates and enhance your videos with the huge library of royalty-free audios and videos clips. Moreover, it also features the world’s first intelligent video assistant (IVA), which recommends corrections and suggestions such as text alignment, colors, animation speed, and other parameters to recommend suggestions on aspects you might have missed.

 

 

  1. Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe is a known name in the multimedia industry and is one of the premier go-to tools for professionals. It is a paid video editing tool and is perfect for those with prior video editing experience. They have an initial seven-day trial period where you can try the software for free. This software is recommended only if you have editing experience or the knack to edit and learn nuances of editing fast due to its power-packed advanced editing features.

Having said that, the Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the top video editing tools, without any second thoughts! The best-in-line audio tools, music tracks, graphics, animation, drag-and-drop features, color adjustments, in-built presets, and more await you as you start editing your game videos on this software.

Other features include Motion Graphics template, seamless connectivity with Photoshop, working on Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Sensei, subtitles, automatic transcriptions of dialogues, and much more. Adobe Premiere Pro allows you to work with any kind of footage captured using a professional camera or a smartphone.

 

  1. iMovie

Are you looking to create Hollywood-style gaming videos? Try the cinematographic magic of iMovie for 4K resolution, compatible with iOS and macOS. Once you have added your media files to the project, you can trim each clip, add a background score, add effects, titles, extra-special effects, pick from 13 video filters, choose from in-built sound effects, and do much more.

Just like any other video editing tool, iMovie also offers a choice of fonts and colors, scale pinching, gradients, patterns, adding and adjusting titles, unique green-screen effect, etc. For added convenience, you can also transfer the editing job from your iPhone to iPad to Mac through iCloud Drive with access to professional editing features.

Conclusion

These were our top choices of video editing tools that can help you create impactful gaming videos. Ensure that you research well before making a choice and when you do so, stick to the chosen one till you get the hang of all the features. Explore all features, and if required, watch online tutorials to understand how to use these video editing tools to make the best gaming videos.

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Where can I learn to program Minecraft mods?

Where can I learn to program Minecraft mods?

As with many professional coders, your newfound interest in coding is probably through video games like Minecraft as well.

We’re with you, pal!

After spending a lot of time building and exploring different maps on Minecraft, we feel that we are missing out on some cool and secret features. Features that can only be unlocked if we knew how to create mods, packs, add-ons, and many more.

So for this article, we would walk you through one of these many cool features, specifically Minecraft mods.

For those who are still unfamiliar with Minecraft mods, it is a modification that allows you to alter the game’s behavior. This simply lets you change how the game is usually played. For example, a mod called What Am I Looking at (WAILA) would conveniently tell you what block are you looking at by simply pointing your crosshair to it.          

For some, the example that we just stated doesn’t sound too cool, right? But keep in mind that these little modifications are what makes the gaming experience extra special and more personalized.

With the help of these mods, you can easily build your dream mansion or even acquire new equipment without these little nuances and extra steps that you need to do.  

Having said all that, we have created this simple and short guide to help you.

 

Coding for Kids Online Program

Even if you are an adult already, don’t skip this section!

No matter which age group you belong to, coding for kids programs are the perfect place to start learning Minecraft mods. Given that this game is particularly popular among kids, it should come as no surprise why a great number of kids suddenly want to learn Minecraft coding.

If you do a quick Google search on learning Minecraft mods, most of the search results are tailored specifically for kids (although if you dig deep enough, you would find FEW online courses for adults too).

That being the case, several online learning platforms for kids have perfected the way it should be thought. They have seamlessly incorporated Minecraft into their learning materials.

On top of that, Minecraft mods have been one of the most popular ways to teach and make kids more interested in coding and programming.

With that, we highly suggest you check out a few of these kids’ programs online.

Bonus if you are an unprofessional coder and do not have any background in programming, then these coding for kids programs would surely ease you into Minecraft coding. You would surely learn Minecraft mods in no time.

 

Online Forums

Even if you have the most specific hobbies or interests, you can easily find an online community based on that.   

Since Minecraft mods are not exactly an “underground” thing, it is not that difficult to find an online community or forums about it. In fact, some of the most popular mods initially started on online forums (people just tend to pass them around and tweak it a little bit).

Besides the fact that Minecraft has a large number of users, a fraction of them are legit enthusiasts and professional coders as well. So pumping out these free Minecraft mods for everyone to use is not a problem for them.

However, since you really want to learn how to program Minecraft mods and not just simply download it for free, then you can utilize these online forums to accompany you in your learning journey as well.

We have heard and read a few stories of people who have managed to learn modding only through these forums and online communities.

If you visit a few online forums now, you would be amazed at how vibrant and helpful these communities are. Some would immediately respond to your queries, others would post detailed instructions of how they did it, while a number of really helpful people would walk you through the process step-by-step without a question.

But keep in mind that it’s not always rainbows and butterflies once you join these communities. You have to exert some extra work if you really want to learn how to program Minecraft mods.

For instance, you need to filter out several websites and figure out which online community would best help you. Other than that, you have to gather other learning materials on your own. You cannot expect the community to teach you everything for free, right?

So with all that said, you can either take the pre-paved path (coding for kids program) where they offer video explainers, course materials, modules, worksheets, and even online support

or

You can create your own path where you need to gather your own learning materials, join forums, ask around, and create your very own projects from scratch.

It is up to you to decide which path would best fit your learning journey on Minecraft modding.

 

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What to Look for in a Virtual Private Server (VPS) Provider

What to Look for in a Virtual Private Server (VPS) Provider


If you are thinking about obtaining a VPS to host your website, it's important to know which one is right for you. Some websites offer a wide range of perennially useful hosting services that cover everything from the
best forex VPS hosting to cloud hosting and shared hosting. Understanding what your website needs will help you make a more informed decision when choosing a plan.

 

A quality VPS provider should have both first-class customer support and high server uptime. Additionally, it would be best if you considered its; pricing, reliability, and overall performance. If you know what to expect, it won't be difficult to get the appropriate VPS provider.

 

What Is a Virtual Private Server

 

A server is a powerful computer that stores all the files and data that create your website. If someone enters your domain name on their web browser, that powerful computer submits your website information to the searcher's screen.

 

A Virtual Private Server utilizes virtualization technology to divide a server into numerous virtual servers. The word private is used to indicate that your virtual server is reserved for you. This means you won't have to share CPU, RAM, or any data with other users.

 

How Does VPS Hosting Work?

What to Look for in a Virtual Private Server (VPS) Provider 

VPS Hosting mimics the familiarity of a dedicated server even though you'll be sharing the physical server with multiple users. A web hosting provider uses virtualization technology to install a virtual layer on the main server's operating system (OS). This layer enables each user to establish their own software and OS after the server has been separated into individual compartments with virtual walls.

 

The ability of a VPS to separate your files from other users on the OS level is what makes it a private server. This signifies that your website exists within a secure container that guarantees server resources such as disk space, memory, and CPU cores which you won't have to share with other users.

 

What Are the Features of a Good VPS Hosting Provider

 

1.   High Server Uptime

 

No one wants a hosting service that is often down or offline; luckily, multiple hosting providers offer guaranteed uptime. Your access to high server uptime is usually determined by the amount of money you pay every month for the hosting service. For instance, paying for a 99.99% uptime guarantee will probably amount to more than a 99.95% guarantee; anything below that will be too unstable to run a business on.

 

2.   Managed Virtual Private Server

 

It's essential to confirm whether your prospective hosting provider will manage the VPS or not. A managed VPS limits your control but requires the hosting provider to maintain the server, make security upgrades and update data backups. An unmanaged server will leave this work to you, but it wouldn't be an impossible task to undertake if you're comfortable with technology.

 

3.   Cost-Effective

 

An affordable hosting provider service might be the best budgetary consideration, but you will get what you pay for at the end of the day. A cheap web hosting service will result in many traffic glitches and more downtime, which will make it difficult to run and manage your website effectively.

 

However, this doesn't necessarily imply that the most expensive server is the best option. Although some of the most costly servers will be dedicated to providing your website with the best services they have to offer, you might not need such a heavy, up-front investment.

 

Regardless, you should choose a provider option that resonates with your needs. If you can, settle for an option with a money-back guarantee.

 

4.   Customer Support

 

Before choosing a hosting provider, familiarize yourself with the types of support options they offer. The best VPS provider will offer 24/7 customer support. If you encounter a technical issue, your provider should be able to provide you with the assistance you need.

 

Final Takeaway

 

There are a myriad of factors to consider when choosing a VPS provider. The trick is to get insightful information on what services you'll be getting from the provider and how it aligns with your website's needs. This way, you'll be better positioned to choose a VPS provider that's right for you.

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Civilization’s Quotations: Life’s Ideal

Civilization’s Quotations: Life’s Ideal

Thank you Algora Publishing for sending us this book to review!

Throughout the highs and lows of life, most Christians turn to the Bible for wisdom and guidance. The book of Proverbs has so much great advice from one of the wisest people to have walked this Earth (King Solomon). Civilization’s Quotations: Life’s Ideal has many wonderful quotes from various famous people and religious figures like Abraham Lincoln, Aristotle, Buddha, Churchill, Confucius, Einstein, Emerson, Gandhi, Pascal, Socrates, and more. Some Bible verses make it into this publication as well.

The table of contents is broken down by topics that you may be seeking wisdom on. Are you planning on getting married? If so, you can find some advice ranging from “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing” Proverbs 18:22 to “There are no premature babies, only delayed weddings.”-- American proverb

We all have different views on the state of the world. Here are a couple of quotes from this book: “Nothing is certain in this world except uncertainty.” – Old proverb and “We brought nothing into this world and it is certain we carry nothing out.” 1 Timothy 6:7

I’m aware of The Golden Rule from Matthew 7:12 “Whatsoever ye would have others do to you, do ye even so to them.” I was pleasantly surprised to see this same principle in other religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, and other proverbs.

I always try to look for the bright side of things and this book has some interesting quotes on jokes. “Many a friend was lost through a joke, but none was ever gained so.” --Czech proverb I think many comedians would have to disagree with that one. Thomas Aquinas once said “It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes." I bet he was fun to hang around with.

If you’re looking for well-rounded inspiration for many of life’s situations, I highly recommend checking out Civilization’s Quotations: Life’s Ideal. It’s a little pricey at $22.95, but handy to have on hand.


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Virtual Technology And Its Many Uses

Virtual technology can refer to so many different things. There's one key technology that most of you have heard of - virtual reality - and we will obviously discuss this during the post. However, a general term for virtual technology can be that it refers to technologies that provide an experience that extends beyond your current physical space. That can sound a bit confusing, but it will make sense as you go through some of the key uses of virtual technology in today's world. 

Without further ado, let's look at a few applications, starting with the most obvious…

Virtual Technology And Its Many Uses

 

Virtual Reality (VR)

This is the best place to begin as it's something you've heard of before. Virtual reality is basically the creation of a reality that exists separately from your own. Most of the time, we think of its uses in the world of gaming. Indeed, there are plenty of VR games out there that offer unique experiences. 

When you play a VR game, you are basically inside the game itself. You see nothing of the world around you, and it is like you are walking around in a completely different world. It offers an experience like no other, with many people saying that this is the future of gaming. It's not without its weak points right now, but there has definitely been the idea that all gaming will be in virtual reality at some point. It's deemed the most immersive way to game. 

However, there are more uses for VR that are yet to really be released to the world. One popular concept comes from the real estate industry. People can put on virtual reality headsets and take a tour through different properties. It's seen as a great way to make house tours more convenient for people buying overseas properties. Perhaps you can send a representative to the house itself after getting a virtual tour? There could also be the idea of virtual office work in the sense that you wear your headset at home, then are placed in a virtual office environment with other people connected to the same server. 

The more you think about it, the more possibilities there are for VR to really make a splash in different industries. 


Virtual Addresses


Next, we have a slightly different virtual technology. Here, the idea of a virtual address is that you have a registered address in a completely different location from where you're based. Sites like
https://physicaladdress.com/ provide these, and they are primarily used in the business world. Mainly, they let business owners have a proper business address in a desirable location. The catch is that you don't actually work in that location, and you can continue working from home or from a more affordable and smaller office. 

With a virtual address, you are basically gaining access to this address and getting many of the features of it, without ever being there. Your mail can be delivered to it, and it will then be scanned and uploaded to your email inbox for you to see. Calls can be sent to that address and then forwarded to you or answered by someone there. 

It's a very interesting use of virtual technology as it's like you have an office, but it exists in an entirely different place from where you're based. 

 

Virtual Assistants


Similarly, we have virtual assistants. Here, you have someone that will pose as your assistant, but you never actually meet or see them. They could be situated across the world for all you know, yet they carry out all the daily duties of a personal assistant. 

Again, it's an example of you accessing something that exists outside of your current physical reality. In some cases, virtual assistants won't actually be human. Some of them are AI programs that have been taught how to do basic tasks - like respond and forward emails, answer calls, deal with customer queries, and so on. 

Typically, if you want a human virtual assistant, you pay more for the service. This is because they will obviously offer a higher level of customer service, so it's a premium feature. Either way, it's yet another interesting use of virtual technology in the modern world. 

There you have it; virtual technology and its many uses. Virtual reality is very much the king of virtual tech right now, and it will only grow in its usefulness. With things like virtual addresses and assistants, you have technology that makes life more convenient by giving you access to things that don't need to physically exist close to you. 

 

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Milk & Honey

Milk & Honey

Thank you Crowder Music for sending us a digital album to review!

I first heard of David Crowder Band when they played for the youth group (I was a leader) at Harvest Bible Chapel. This was around the time of their Can You Hear Us album which I highly recommend if you haven’t listened to it yet. Their music ranged from alternative rock to bluegrass and everything in between. I was heartbroken when the band broke up, but am happy to hear that the members are still making music. Since the breakup, I have bought albums from the previous band members, The Digital Age, along with David Crowder’s records that go by Crowder Music.

Crowder Music’s latest album Milk & Honey is pure gold as there are no bad tracks in my opinion. The first song, “Good God Almighty”, has a title that I’m so used to hearing as a blaspheme but it’s wonderful to hear it in a good context. This is a very uplifting and powerful hymn. “In the House” has a pop feel to it, but it’s got a great message about God’s love and peace that He offers. “He Is” has a nice blend of piano and a tiny bit of country. The title song “Milk & Honey” has bluegrass roots and is quite catchy.

Higher Power is something I would expect to hear at a Christian dance club. Sweet Jesus takes things in a whole different direction with a smooth pop vibe that reminds me of something Usher would sing. God Really Loves Us is a beautiful piano ballad praising God’s love for us. Who’s Gonna Stop The King is a pop hymn that gives God the glory He deserves. Better Than Sunshine has a melody that reminds me of something that I would hear on a paradise island. Glory, Glory (God Is Able) has a 1920’s sound to it that’s bound to get your foot stomping to the beat. Hallelujah For Every Broken Heart sings about seeking God when all else is lost. This song mostly consists of piano and clapping. The final track, The Anchor is another piano-driven tune that sings about God being our hope in tough times.

This twelve-track album sells for a little over $12 physically on Amazon and you can own it digitally for under $10. It’s also available on vinyl for $24 if that’s your preference.


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Flexclip

Flexclip

Thank you Flexclip for providing us with a one-year business membership!

There are many programs available for editing movie clips. My kids laugh at me for still using Microsoft’s Moviemaker software for editing our YouTube videos. Flexclip was developed by PearlMountain Limited and have over three million worldwide users and nearly four hundred thousand registered accounts. Over six hundred thousand videos have been made/downloaded using their online tools.

Through the website, you can create a video for free and use various tools including their converter, trimmer, compressor, and recorder. In total, there are four plans available and they all have different features and limitations. The Free plan allows one stock (premade) video and twelve projects. This plan is limited by 480p SD downloads and the video length can’t exceed one minute. The freely made videos will have a FlexClip intro on them. The $5.99/month Basic plan lets you make three-minute 720p HD movies. There is still a one stock video limitation, but you can have an unlimited number of projects.

The Plus plan is $9.99 a month and allows you to use five stock videos and they can be up to ten minutes in length. The videos are offered in Full-HD 1080p. Like the previous plan, you can have an unlimited number of projects.

The Business plan is $19.99 a month and offers 1080p Full-HD downloads and an unlimited number of projects too. The videos can be up to thirty minutes long and there are no limitations on the number of stock videos per project. All of the paid plans have annual subscription discounts and allow the users to display custom watermarks on their videos.

When creating your video you can work from scratch or use one of their many available templates. Many popular themes like Open House, Marriage Proposal, Recruiting, Memorial, Sales Promotion, and Tutorial templates are only a couple of clicks away from completion. You can also use template specific platforms like TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

If you want to create your video from the ground up, you’ll have to choose between a Storyboard Mode or Timeline Mode. High-speed internet is recommended for uploading big movie files! There are lots of various backdrops and music tracks available. I like how the background music is sorted by genre and the selection is top notch; I had a hard time narrowing down which track to use! Be warned that some of the music is copyrighted so your YouTube videos using these tracks may not be monetized!

There are many animated elements to use including various emojis, actions, thought bubbles, and popular phrases. It should be noted that there are some “pride” and “omg” options available. I enjoyed inserting animated gifs to make the video more appealing.

Overall this website is easy to use and has a lot of readymade images, templates, and sound loops to make professional videos. Check out the free plan to get a feel for how easy it is to use and then advance to the paid plans if you like what you see.

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