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Lizard Skins Controller Grips

Lizard Skins Controller Grips

Thank you Lizard Skins for sending us review samples!

Lizard Skins was founded in 1993 and their initial focus was making handlebar grips and long finger gloves for use in mountain biking. Since then, they have branched off into baseball, hockey, lacrosse and most recently, video game accessory grips. We were recently blessed with the opportunity to review PS4, Switch, and Xbox One controller grips. We were also sent a 4” x 6” cut to fit sheet which can be used to add grips to your mouse or anything else you want a better grip on.

The controller grips are pre-cut and are relatively easy to install. Each package includes an alcohol wipe packet and illustrated instructions. The cut to fit sheet includes a grid transfer sheet so you can trace and cut the grip as needed.

When applying the grips you’ll have to pay close attention to making sure that air bubbles are not being formed in the process. The product is pretty forgiving and lets you re-align it a few times without losing its stickiness. During my unboxing video I realized that I placed a grip on the wrong side of the controller and was able to remove and re-apply it without any issues. Naturally, I edited that mistake out of the video.

Each grip style is offered in multiple camo and color options. The camo options include black (and white), phantom (grayish), and wild fire (black, red, and white). Solid colors include black, blue, red, green, orange, yellow, and teal. The PS4 and Xbox One controller grips are similarly priced at $16.99 for solid colors and $17.99 for camo. The Joy-Con grips are $11.99 for solid colors and $12.99 for camo.

Though I found the Switch Joy-Con grips nice, the Xbox/PS4 grips are pretty much essential. I was recently playing on a non-gripped controller and longed for the increased grip and sweat absorption of our Lizard Skins equipped one. I look forward to installing more grips and equipping our next-generation controllers with them as soon as they’re available.


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13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Remix & Arrange Album -The Branched-

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Remix & Arrange Album -The Branched-

Thank you Scarlet Moon Productions for providing a digital album to review!

I find it very interesting that the game 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim was nearly considered by publisher Atlus to be written down as a loss. When the game was originally released in Japan back in 2019, it didn’t even sell well in the beginning. It was only by the generous word of mouth by well-regarded game developers Masahiro Sakurai (Super Smash Bros. series) and Yoko Taro (NieR: Automata) that sales started to pick up—and eventually considered a sales success by Atlus despite its long and troubled development time. I previously reviewed said game here where I more or less gush about it for 2000+ words. If you’re a fan of sci-fi or adventure games and have a PS4/PS5, I highly recommend checking it out.

The soundtrack of 13 Sentinels is praised all around by the reviewers and players who experienced it. Basiscape Records, who previously worked on the game’s soundtrack took another crack at it with this arranged and remixed album, officially titled “13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Remix & Arrange Album -The Branched-”. Basiscape was founded by world-renowned video game composer Hitoshi Sakimoto (best known for his work on the Final Fantasy Tactics series). This album, spearheaded by Yoshimi Kudo takes twelve pieces from the Remembrance (adventure) segments and Destruction (battle) segments while introducing two completely new tracks, making a total of fourteen. The first new track, titled -[PROTEASE]- is in the style of the battle segments. The other new track, Stellar Memories is completely original, with vocals sung by one of the characters, Miyuki Inaba. 

The other twelve tracks are an alternative take, almost as if the story went along a different path. Some pieces tend to either double down on the intensity of the overall feeling, incorporating genres or inspiration from techno, dubstep, and digital instruments. Other pieces even slow down the pace, taking a more muted and mellow approach. My favorite track out of the remixed album is Halcyon Days -Branched- as it takes a soothing and relaxing theme that I already enjoyed a lot and energizes it, giving a bouncy and peppy feeling to it. It almost sounds like it could be the music to the first level of a platformer. 

I felt Yoshimi Kudo and Basiscape did a great job remixing these tracks, as well as creating new music in the style of 13 Sentinels. Each track lasts on average around three minutes and forty seconds with some being as long as nearly six minutes. If you’re a fan of electronic music or already liked 13 Sentinels, this is a great value for $9.66 through Apple Music where previews of each track can be played as well. Unfortunately, if you want a physical copy, you must tread through Japanese websites and possibly use a forwarding service. 


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High-tech clothes — innovation or technological overload?

High-tech clothes — innovation or technological overload?

It seems that most of the traditional everyday objects have their advanced, high-tech versions. Traditional wrist watches became smartwatches. Landline phones became not only mobile, but also smart. At the moment, you can purchase a thermometer which will instantly send temperature and humidity data to your smartphone via Bluetooth gateway embedded in a ceiling lamp. And a jacket with headphones can charge your phone and provide a wonderful listening experience at the same time. But is it a really necessary product for a wide range of customers?

First steps in innovating the clothing market

It seems that one of the first examples of clothes with some advanced technology onboard were heated hoodies. These products have launched around the year 2000, and became an instant bestseller for joggers, outdoor workers and other groups of customers. Over time, the heating technology was constantly being improved — mostly by adding more and more means of temperature regulation and refining the heat distribution technology itself.

Around the same time, a new concept was introduced to the market. It was called IoT — Internet of Things. IoT devices are usually common everyday objects with some connectivity in them. They come in various shapes and forms like lamps, cameras or movement detectors, and so-called wearables. These are the devices that communicate with your smartphone, which at the same time are normal clothes, bands, belts or ties.

Are all of them absolutely necessary in modern life? Most certainly not. A significant portion of them is just an experiment conducted by tech startups, which try to push the boundaries of applied technology as far as possible. At the same time, most wearable devices have proved themselves to be very useful, versatile and well-designed. A great example of such a product is Jay23’s jacket with headphones, which not only just extends the limits of a traditional jacket, but also redefines how you listen to your music. With the introduction of the first smartphones with touchscreens, one of the slogans stated: “touch your music”. Now, you can wear your music, too.

High-tech jackets and hoodies — key aspects

All of the design choices made for such products can be divided into two categories: aesthetic and practical.

Aesthetic choices, which were brought to life by Jay23, show a clear proclivity for gaming. The visual aspect of their products such as the aforementioned jacket with headphones, shows a broad and inventive inspiration by the video game aesthetics. The results are phenomenal: simplicity, vivid colors and overall spirit of sinking into a game world.

Practical design choices deserve much credit, too. The headphones are placed in the most convenient position, multitude of pockets helps with organization of your “inventory”, and the used materials are almost “everything-resistant”. Heavy rains, stains or wrinkles are not much of a challenge for Jay23’s jacket with headphones.

Some of the game-inspired products have significant IoT functionality, which merges the boundaries between clothes and technology even more. Selected hoodies have heated pockets, powered by powerful rechargeable batteries. These are serving not only the heating purpose — charging your smartphone is not a problem, too. And, thanks to a specially designed app for your phone, you can customize and regulate the heating feature by yourself. Basically, you take full control of every aspect of the functionality of your jacket with headphones.

What is the future of such products?

There are multiple means of improvement for high-tech clothes. First of all, they can deliver more information about the wearer’s physical state to the phone app. There’s a significant advantage which high tech jackets have — it’s their close distance to the vital organs. Because of that, they can provide very precise data from body sensors. Secondly, a jacket or a hoodie is in itself a very large space for aesthetic choices. With that factor in mind, the manufacturers can quickly react to the latest trends in the gaming community. Doesn’t everybody want to have something in common with their favorite game franchises?

 

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CS:GO – meet the Broken Fang agents!

CS:GO – meet the Broken Fang agents!

The topic of agents is often omitted in various articles on the web. The reason is very simple – everybody’s attention is focused on the weapon skins and patterns. That’s where the real fun is, right? Well, that might be a fair statement, but CS:GO provides a lot of other visual elements for an FPS game. One of such elements is the CS:GO character model.

What is the Broken Fang?

The Broken Fang is a type of DLC for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It introduces many new elements to the game: in this case, it changes the way of counting game statistics, introduces 6 new maps and the Broken Fang Coin and also adds many other collectible items, such as weapon skins, cases or graffities. Last but not least: Operation Broken Fang brings exactly twenty new agents to the game – 12 Terrorists and 8 CTs.

Agent models are quite similar to the weapon skins – they don’t really change anything important in the game. You won’t get any speed or damage boosts for using a particular agent model. But there are some details that can satisfy even the staunchest fans of the game: Master Agents have unique voices and cheers which add a small, personalised element to the game. Other agent categories have the same cheers and voices.

What are the types of agents in CS:GO?

There are four types of CS:GO characters. They are unlocked gradually, upon completing missions in any given operation. For example, Distinguished Agents could be unlocked upon gaining 28 stars in Operation Shattered Web (more info about the agent models at that time can be found here). But in the Broken Fang case, it’s a bit different. Here’s a list of all the agents in this operation, along with the number of stars needed to buy them from the Operation Shop:

  • Distinguished Agents: 5 stars,
  • Exceptional Agents: 7 stars,
  • Superior Agents: 10 stars,
  • Master Agents: 25 stars.

As you can see, unlocking the low-tier Agents is quite easy and does not require a lot of effort. Now, let’s flip through the Broken Fang Agents in some detail.

Operation Broken Fang agents. Who are they?

Let’s start with the SWAT CT faction. Valve introduced six new agents in this category. Here are their names:

  • Bio-Haz Specialist (Distinguished),
  • Chem-Haz Specialist (Distinguished),
  • Sergeant Bombson (Exceptional),
  • John “Van Healen” Kask (Exceptional),
  • 1st Lieutenant Farlow (Superior),
  • Cmdr. Mae “Dead Cold” Jamison (Master).

As you can see, there's a variety of new characters to choose from. Their names contain a lot of amusing references and the models tjohhemselves are designed with great detail. The new CT CS:GO character models have two other models from different fractions: “Blueberries” Buckshot (NSWC Seal) and “Two Times” McCoy (TACP Cavalry). Overall, it’s good to see a few more female characters – maybe this will encourage more women to play the game?

There’s a lot more of the Terrorist models introduced with the Broken Fang Operation. The most representative faction are The Professionals:

  • Getaway Sally (Exceptional),
  • Little Kev (Exceptional),
  • Number K (Superior),
  • Safecracker Voltzmann (Superior),
  • Sir Bloody Darryl Royale (Master),
  • Sir Bloody Loudmouth Darryl (Master),
  • Sir Bloody Miami Darryl (Master),
  • Sir Bloody Silent Darryl (Master),
  • Sir Bloody Skullhead Darryl (Master).

It’s clear that Bloody Darryl got the most attention from Valve. His design resembles horror movies, such as Friday the 13th or Halloween. There are also some other factions which got a few Terrorist skins:

  • Street Soldier (Phoenix, Distinguished),
  • Dragomir (Sabre, Distinguished).

Conclusion. How to get the Broken Fang CS:GO characters?

It’s very simple. Just complete the missions, get the stars, and you’ll be able to gradually unlock all of them. But there’s another option. If you’re not particularly interested in this DLC, you can buy the character models independently, for very low prices. Right now, the weapon skin market is highly inflated, but the agent one might be a little bit undervalued. That’s why it’s very easy to obtain a great character model for just a few bucks, even without purchasing the DLC.

 

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Unknown 9: Genesis

Unknown 9: Genesis

Thank you Reflector Entertainment for sending us this book to review!

Unknown 9: Genesis is a novel written by Layton Green that was published on March 13, 2020, otherwise famously known as the day that the United States went into quarantine because of COVID-19. It’s the first in a trilogy, and the second book, Revelation, is going to be released to the public on April 13, 2021.

The premise is that a young astrophysicist by the name of Andie Robertson loses her mentor, a man by the name of Dr. James Corwin, to the clutches of death. However, the circumstances surrounding his passing are a bit strange, to say the least, and she is forced on a goose chase based off of clues he’s left behind for her to find. As she continues upon her journey that spans the entire planet, she begins questioning many facets of her own reality as she reveals clue after clue. Joining her is a journalist who has been discredited from his dream job and hopes to get it back.

The first thing I noticed when I began to read this book is the quality of writing that is present. The novel is extremely well written, and I found myself immersed in the story very quickly. It comes as no surprise that Layton Green wormed his way to the spot of bestselling author. The next thing I noticed is that the plot is definitely targeted towards adults. It contains murder, references to lust, and has several curse words of varying intensity scattered throughout. The novel also pokes at many hard questions concerning the nature of information that a child probably would have trouble grasping.

When I received the book, it was in a magnetic sealing box and had a metal coin at the bottom, which has the symbol of a prominent organization in the story. It’s clear the marketing is professional and carefully designed, as the series has an accompanying scripted podcast available on Apple Podcast, as well as a comic series taking place in the same universe.

As a result of this, I was surprised when I noticed the typos in the fully published novel that somehow slipped the editor’s eye. There are only a few, and it’s not the first time I’ve seen typos in a book that entered the market already, but to my knowledge, those authors were not bestsellers. One typo is an issue of a special character in the name of a town, and the special character is in bold for no reason. The rest of the word is printed normally. The rest of them are matters of having random extra letters that were never deleted.

Genesis also makes several references to various Internet and mathematical phenomena, one of the more notable ones being Cicada 3301. I had never actually heard of Cicada 3301 before reading this book, and when I delved into the details, I became fascinated. I’ll spare you the story, but it was basically an incredibly difficult cryptography puzzle that ends up getting expertly weaved into the world of the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Genesis, and I’m intrigued both by the premise and execution of the story. I would love to see more, and to see what direction things end up taking.

- Kittycathead


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8 Music Genres That Everyone Should Listen To

Every person is unique. They have unique tastes, unique opinions as well as unique lifestyles. No two people are identical in nature. But there is one thing that unites everyone. And that is Music. Everyone likes to listen to music.

Well, almost everyone. There can be exceptions of course. They, sure, may not like listening to one genre. Their preference for genres may vary widely. But music is something everybody enjoys. There are some specific genres in music that is a must for everyone to listen to.

So, here is the list and description of 10 music genres that everyone should listen to at least once in their lifetime.

    1. Pop Music:

Pop Music is one of the music genres that is very popular and produces most of the hit songs. Pop Music has a good rhythm and a nice melody. Pop music theory is a formula that is there in most of the songs. Pop music culture started growing in the mid-1950s in the United States and the United Kingdom. Sebastian, a content writer who wrote men's eyebrow trimmer says, “I grew up listening to pop music and it always heals me. Pop is my all-time favourite genre.”

    2. Jazz Music:

It mainly started in the communities of Africa America. Almost all the genres of music can get overlapped by jazz. There is no particular set of instruments for jazz music. Almost any instrument can be used; the only condition is that the instrument must be such that it allows improvisation. Instruments like Guitar, trombone, trumpet, keyboard, drum, and saxophone are used mostly. New York City is considered as the jazz capital. Other places famous for jazz are Chicago, Kansas city. Some famous jazz musicians are Miles Davis, Stan Getz, and Kenny Burrel etc

    3. Indie Music:

Indie music is popularly known as independent music. This kind of music is created independently under different commercial labels. The recording and publishing is done by the artists themselves. There are many indie music artists in India such as Nucleya, The Local Train, Meera Shenoy, Prateek Kuhad etc.

This form has been able to bring about a massive revolution in the music industry. Artists discover and experiment with different styles and create an amalgamation of their own.

During the covid crisis, this form of music has gained popularity. Many channels and programs these days support this form of music. There are many sub genres under it like indie-pop, indie-metal etc. A writer at best flushing toilets named Zoya says, “Indie music is my favourite genre and I recommend Indie music to each and every person out there”

    4. Folk Music:

Folk music is a form of musical engagement that doesn't involve very polished musicians. It usually depicts the stories of ordinary people. These are transmitted from person to person.

Musicians these days do a lot of experimentation with folk music. They blend folk music with contemporary or classical and create new genres. The name has its origin from the German word 'volk' which means 'the people'.

Some examples of folk music artists are Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Judy Collins etc.

India too has its share in the folk musicians' list. Some Indian musicians who practise folk music are Tetseo Sisters, Maati Baani, Indian Ocean, Masala Coffee etc.

Folk music is a way of telling the daily stories of people's lives. Some also contain ballads that narrate stories of Kings, brave men.

    5. Electronic Dance Music:

This is a very popular form of music. It can be played on different equipment. This is common in dance clubs, night parties etc. Major festivals play this kind of music. Some famous edm artists of the world are David Guetta, Marshmello etc.

In India, Dj Suketu, Dj Pearl, Nucleya are some famous edm players. One has to learn DJing to practise and become an EDM artist. DJs perform live PA in concerts.

DJs mix up various tracks and create another track containing those. Sanchita, a writer at EmbraceGardening says “I am a party freak and hence nothing for me is a better music genre than good Electronic Dance Music.”

    6. Punk Music:

Punk is a music genre that emerged in the mid-1970s. Rooted in 1960s garage rock, punk bands rejected the perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. Punk fashion was originally an expression of nonconformity, as well as opposition to both mainstream culture and the status quo.

Punk fashion often displays aggression, rebellion, and individualism. Some punks wear accessories, clothing or have tattoos that express socio political messages.

Many other underground music genres, such as crossover thrash, indie music, alternative rock, as well as heavy metal are examples of such genres that were influenced hugely by the then punk music style.

    7. Hip Hop/Rap Music:

It is also called the music of rap. It contains rhythms. Emceeing, beat boxing, deejaying, beatboxing are some of its elements. Drake, Jay Z, Eminem, Lil Wayne are some of the artists practising this. It has become very popular in the 21st century.

Many singles and albums of hip hop have been released in the past few years. In India, Raftaar, Badshah, Raja Kumari, Blaaze perform this form of music.

Ronak, who provides CDR writing services says, “I am a part time dancer and a full time writer. Dancing helps me get all my stress out. And I prefer Hip Hop dance as well as music, over any other kind of genres that are out there.”

    8. Classical Music:

This form of music is developed and designed by professionals. 1750 to 1820 is considered the period of classical music. One has to be trained to practice this form.

In India, there are two forms of classical music. One is the North Indian called the Hindustani. The other is the South Indian called the Carnatic. Some famous classical musicians are Zakir Hussain, Ravi Shankar, Shivkumar Sharma etc.

There are 12 forms of swaras which under different combinations form the ragas. One can master this form of music through rigorous practice.

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AUKEY Car Cup Holder Phone Mount

AUKEY Car Cup Holder Phone Mount
Manufactured by: Aukey
Release date: July 22, 2020
Price: $14.99
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Thank you Aukey for sending us this product to review!

My current and previous cell phones have been LG (G7 ThinQ and V60 ThinQ). The G7 was smaller and lighter and worked well with a magnet mounting system. One magnet went on the phone’s case while the car’s mount used the other magnet. When trying the magnet system with the V60 the magnets would fall off of the case (while driving which is always fun!) and the dual screen mode was a bit cumbersome with this method.

Since my minivan has several cup holders to spare, I thought I’d give the AUKEY Car Cup Holder Phone Mount a try. When I got it, there was a $3 off coupon. As of this review, that coupon is no longer available. The normal price is $18.99. There are cheaper options available, but I haven’t been let down by an Aukey product yet.

The design is solid and well-engineered. The back of the cellphone holder has a rubber-like texture that won’t scratch your phone. The side clasps can extend and retract with the push of a button on the left-hand side. The bottom is extendable in a similar fashion with its button being on the backside. Rotating the phone is possible with the socket connector on top.

The gooseneck is sturdy and flexible. I was worried my phone would gradually sag, but that has not been an issue thankfully. The cup holder portion can have its width adjusted by twisting the knob below the gooseneck.

All in all this product works as advertised and I have had better luck with it using my dual screen phone compared to the magnet system I was using previously. If you have a larger phone and an extra cup holder, give it a try!

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Gaming Trends in 2021: What is the Future of Gaming?

Gaming allows you to expand beyond the possible and engage in environments that are the products of your wildest fantasies. Obsessed with the zombie apocalypse and its repercussions on the world, as we know it? Play The Last of Us II, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, and Holdout, which are some of the latest titles in the zombie survival genre, and you’ll experience a rush of adrenaline going down your body, tingling at the tips of your fingers. That’s the effect gaming has on the modern generation. It reinvigorates a collective social interest and catches the eye of everyone, regardless of their age and circumstance.

Like the colors in a rainbow, gaming comprises different shades. You can play a game online or offline, on a dedicated console or a smartphone, with other players or alone. Most of the popular games these days are played online, for which the presence of a high-speed internet connection is a MUST. Cox WiFi packages have been known to cater to the needs of gamers especially with their Elite Gamer extension, which minimizes the ping rate and streamlines server response. Besides, gaming is something that has helped many people survive the pandemic lockdown anxiety and paranoia. It offers an escape from the worries of the world and is a cathartic activity, overall. With the global interest in gaming going on the rise generally, what sort of trends will you see in 2021? In fact, what is the future of gaming? Let’s check everything out below.

Next-Gen Consoles

Technological upgrades come out every year and replace the older versions of devices. The Samsung cell phone you had back in 2012 pales in comparison to the Galaxy S21 smartphone, which offers next-gen specs and a thousand times more convenience. Similarly, the gaming industry has progressed by leaps and bounds, too. Only last year, Sony released the PlayStation 5, and Microsoft rolled out the Xbox X series for high-end gamers. You can enjoy ultra-realistic graphics and the smoothest gameplay known to humankind. The latest consoles are also equipped with advanced microchips, which amplify the processing speed and in turn, boost your performance in the game. So, it would not be wrong to say that we’ll be seeing newer versions of gaming consoles in 2021 with remarkable built-in technology and excellent throughput.

Mobile Integration

We do everything on our smartphones, these days, from online banking to video conferencing. Mobile phones lend us the ease of completing our day-to-day tasks with utmost efficiency. Their compact size offers the highest portability, allowing you to multitask like a pro. Today’s mobile phones are also ‘smart’ with AI integrated into them, and internet-enabled, letting you surf the web from anywhere there’s connectivity. What’s more, you can use your smartphone for gaming, too. Research shows that at least 2.2 billion people around the world have adopted mobile phones as a medium for playing games over the last ten years. The market revenue from mobile gaming has also expanded exponentially and is expected to grow by 59 percent in the years to come. So, the trend of mobile gaming will continue to rise in 2021, as well.

5G Adoption

Along with mobile gaming, mobile internet technology has also developed to a great extent. 5G is around the corner, supporting the fastest speeds up to 10 Gbps. How does it work? 5G taps into the sophisticated fiber broadband networks and then disperses the rocket-high speeds wirelessly through a string of interconnected towers. For gamers, this is great news. With 5G-enabled smartphones, they can play heavy MMORP games on their sleek devices with a global team while only facing one millisecond of ping delay. This means that their actions will be translated faster in a game and they can compete well with professional players. Downloading games will also become seamless with 5G. Instead of an hour, you’ll be able to download a game in a matter of minutes.

eSports Shift

Watching video games has become a substantial trend that’ll creep into 2021, as well. Online users, mostly aged 18 to 25 years, now prefer to watch live streams of gameplay rather than indulging in the games directly. This has turned gaming into an entertainment gateway. So much so that in place of actual sports, video game spectating has turned into a norm, especially among the millennials. Social media platforms have also played a part in this. I know several people in my circle who tune into  Twitch, YouTube, and other eSports platforms to watch their favorite gamers play a game in real-time. The live streaming technology gives them the freedom to not only view the games as they unfold but also to participate in how it turns out. Once you log into a live game stream, you can send your feedback to the gamer in real-time through the comment box and react to the gameplay with emoticons. So, the year 2021 will bring about more live-stream participation from online spectators in the eSports domain.

Wrapping Up

As you can see, the world of gaming continues to innovate. Mobile gaming, 5G, newer consoles, and eSports interactions are some of the trends that you will see in 2021. Besides these, augmented reality gaming, virtual reality gaming, cloud-based gaming, and facial recognition software have also entered the industry, and constitute the future of gaming, for sure.

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How Does A Game Controller Case Keep Your Gaming Consoles Protected?

Gaming is a very exciting and engaging way to spend time and it has also become quite advanced with the advancements made in technology. Nearly 2.7 billion people around the world play video games as a hobby. Some of them are even professional esports players.

The popularity of gaming consoles are also increasing day by day. Along with controllers that use wires, there are wireless variants as well. You can choose to sit at a distance and enjoy playing games on your controller.

Time flies when you’re playing video games. You won’t be able to keep track of how long you’ve been playing a particular game for if you’re too invested in it. For some people, gaming is something that is similar to a hobby, it is not just something they do to make them merely happy, or keep their mind away from things for some time. Gamers get a sense of accomplishment and they also get a sense of adventure from their gaming sessions.

Keep the controllers protected

Playing games for long durations can make your palms sweaty. This moisture may cause your controller to get dirty and it may also damage the electronic components inside your console. If you’ve been gaming with a controller for a long time now then this issue is likely to be very familiar to you. It’s right here that a game controller case would be important for you.

It doesn’t matter whether you play for money or just for having fun; it is natural that you’d want to perform to the best of your abilities. You’ll find it incredibly hard to operate a controller if your palms are sweaty. As mentioned earlier, too much sweat can also damage the controller itself.

Whether you’re going to play in a tournament or just looking to enjoy an evening playing games you should try the following:

You could use a game controller case to help you enhance your grip of the controller. You’ll be able to install it very easily on your computer. Not only will the controller be easy to grip, but it will also prevent it from getting damaged by scratches, grease and dirt. Here are some features that make it a worthy investment:

  • Silicon ensures protective covering: The silicon materials used for making these cases don’t let it slip from your hands and forms a protective covering that keeps it safe from shocks in case you drop them accidentally.
  • Diverse color options: These controllers come in various colors. You’ll be able to choose the ones you’ll like. A good quality game controller case will be able to let you use the control buttons seamlessly, without offering any hindrance.
  • Perfect comfort: A high quality Game controller case will be able to personalize the controller for you in addition to offering you an optimum amount of comfort. These qualities will help you keep playing for a longer duration.

In order to stop sweat from damaging your controller, you can also choose to buy gloves for your hands. You can choose any glove that is meant for fitness or outdoor activities.

Although for experienced players the gloves might prevent making fast and accurate movements. So that makes game controller cases the best option available on the market.

 

 

 

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How video games can be beneficial to kids

How video games can be beneficial to kids

A lot has been said about video games' negative impacts on kids. The fact is, while some games are inappropriate for children and teenagers, there are video games out there that have real benefits for children. They teach valuable skills that can help young people develop socially and academically. Games can help kids learn how to concentrate, solve problems creatively and work with others to reach a common goal. They also improve hand-eye coordination and teach speed, agility and quick-thinking skills. Kids can explore new worlds while taking risks in virtual worlds that they would not dare take in real life.

I will focus on the major benefits of video games for kids:

  • "Personal Characteristics" where I discuss how games can help kids improve personality development skills, build confidence as well as improve creativity and problem-solving skills.

  • "Parenting" where I talk about the possible effects that video games may have on children and families in a general way.

I. Personal Characteristics

A lot of research has been devoted to the benefits of video games for kids, and there really are many. This is because a significant number of video games encourage players to develop their personal characteristics and improve performance.

Problem Solving Skills

Like any other task, playing video games requires problem solving skills. There are always difficult levels in a game that require strategy planning as well as quick reflexes and problem solving to get past them successfully. This is very similar to what we ask our precious children to do when we give them math and reading problems to solve. Playing video games helps develop problem solving skills. At Bingo Blitz, you'll find variants of Bingo that teach kids numbers.

Creativity

Do not be surprised when your kids take a break from playing the latest shoot 'em up game and start drawing something. Games are a source of inspiration that help kids see things in new ways and express themselves creatively.

Hand-Eye Coordination

Playing video games helps develop hand-eye coordination; another skill that is essential for school success. Kids instinctively move the controller or mouse just like they have done on a computer or digital gaming device for years, as they aim, jump, shoot and explore new worlds in virtual space.

Hand-eye coordination is required to move the hand and the eye in a coordinated fashion, something that is also essential in other daily activities such as typing. It has been shown through studies that kids who play video games have better hand-eye coordination than those who don't, because this is what they spend their time doing in real life.

Improved Concentration

One of the biggest benefits of video games for kids is improved concentration, a skill that will help them throughout their education and on into their adult lives. As children play video games, they are required to constantly shift focus between different tasks and situations. This is not unlike what we demand of them in school when they have to shift from one math problem to another, from writing to reading the next paragraph in a story. The ability to juggle these demands on their attention will help them concentrate on important tasks for longer and perform better in class as well as their personal lives.

To make things easier for children, developers have created games that require multiple skills such as concentration, hand-eye-coordination and hand-eye-foot coordination. These multi-tasking games help improve concentration skills even more.

Teamwork & Cooperation Skills

Playing shooter games like Halo or Call of Duty encourage children to work together as a team and cooperate while playing together online. This is a skill that they will need in high school and later in the real world.

Teamwork is also important for many games where children have to work together to complete a common goal. There are games that even encourage team leaders to use these skills by making them responsible for the performance of their respective teams. These kids learn from a young age that being responsible for their actions can make a difference, both in and out of class.

II. Parenting

As parents, we are concerned about what our kids do when they spend time in the virtual world of video games. We are worried that these games will expose them to inappropriate content or encourage bad behavior. However, this is not the case. As long as you know how to find the right kind of game and be a good role model yourself, then there isn't any need to worry.

Choose games carefully for your kids from an early age. You should watch them play games not only for content but also to understand their level of skill and mastery over it. If they are good at it, then you can encourage them to continue playing by finding similar ones with more challenging levels. You can also have them play games that will help them develop skills they are having difficulty with. For example, if your child is a slow reader, then you can give them games that encourage reading and help build confidence and concentration. There are online reviews, previews as well as game shop assistants who can help with this process.

Be a good role model as well. If you are a gamer yourself, then make sure that your kids see you play the games with moderation. Make sure that they see your interest in video games without being extremist about it.

You should also remain involved with them as they explore the virtual world of video games. Ask them about the content they have watched, and discuss it with them honestly and openly. As long as you are open to hearing their thoughts and paying attention to their feelings, then there is no reason for you to worry.

Video games can be a great way to bond with your child. It can be a great way to spend some quality time together, and it won't cost you anything. Just make sure that when you do play games with your kids that you don't end up spending too much time on them and neglect the rest of your responsibilities around the house.

It is also important for parents to not only consider the content of video games, but also the time they get exposed to it. In moderation, video games are actually quite beneficial for children's development because they teach them important skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork. However there may be instances where children spend a little too much time playing these games which may result in an unhealthy addiction issue.

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Why you should consider using parental control on your child’s iPhone

It is becoming increasingly more important to use parental control on your child’s phone. Your child could be using the phone for a lot of different things that you do not want your child to be exposed to. Let’s take a look at why you should use parental control on your child’s phone.

Using parental control on your child’s phone

It is very easy to track a cell phone, and that is very beneficial for parents with a child that is old enough to use a phone. It is very easy to track a cell phone without your child even knowing, which means you can keep an eye on what your child is doing with his or her phone without the child knowing you are tracking it. 

It is not hard to track someone’s cell phone any longer. Once, this required a particular hacking skill, but nowadays, there are many apps and platforms that allow you to do this very easily. Any parent can learn how to track their kids’ phones without having to get their permission first. By doing so, you can monitor the geographical location of your child or keep an eye on what they are using their phone for.

With good spying software, you can do the following:

-      GPS Tracking: You can use it to keep an eye on where your child is.

-      Text message tracking: You can use it to view incoming and outgoing text messages to see who they are texting and what they are texting.

-      Browser history tracking: You can see what your child is doing on the internet and what sites the child is visiting.

-      Other data: You can see a lot of other data. This could, e.g., be what apps your child is installing.

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

 

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SpongeBob Squarepants has been around since 1999 and is still going strong. Now that my kids are getting older, I haven’t watched it on TV in a while. The main characters are still there and the 3D rendered versions of them look great.

There are some impressive cameos in this film including Keanu Reeves and Snoop Dogg. Another new character is King Poseidon who is super paranoid about his appearance and is desperately seeking out a snail to use its slime to remove facial wrinkles. Poseidon posts a bounty for someone who can give him a snail amidst the shortage of them.

SpongeBob’s pet snail is exactly what Poseidon is looking for and Sheldon J. Plankton seizes this opportunity to get SpongeBob out of the way so he can finally get the secret recipe for Krabby Patties. Plankton’s wife, Karen, humorously reminds him that SpongeBob has thwarted all of his previous attempts.

With SpongeBob and Patrick on a road trip, The Krusty Krab is unable to operate. Mr. Krabs is losing money that he covets more than anything. Even Squidward comes to realize how much of a valued employee and friend that SpongeBob is.

Although there are some good lessons about selflessness and friendship, there are some moral concerns in this film. On their road trip, SpongeBob and Patrick will encounter cowboy zombies and learn how addicting gambling can be. There is some minor name calling (boob).

Many of the characters have known each other since childhood. They met at a summer camp called Camp Coral and it sets up the upcoming series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years nicely. I’m not sure why the spelling is inconsistent between the movie and television series.

If you’re a fan of SpongeBob Squarepants you’ll definitely want to check out this 91-minute film. It’ll be available to view on demand in March of 2021.

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Conspiravision: Deus Ex Remixed

Conspiravision: Deus Ex Remixed

Thank you Materia Collective for sending us this digital album to review!

Deus Ex was originally released in 2000 and this album was released to coincide with its 20th anniversary. While Deus Ex doesn’t look great by today’s standards, it was a revolutionary first-person shooter (FPS) for its time. The story is engaging and the ability to upgrade your augmented body adds strategy to the gameplay. While violence is always an option, you can opt to simply knock out most of the foes if desired.

The electronica background music for this title is phenomenal. I remember extracting the Unreal music files and burning it to multiple CDs since I really enjoyed the music from this game. Not all of my favorite tunes made it onto Conspiravision: Deus Ex Remixed, but most of them are there.

This album consists of seventeen tracks ranging from three to four minutes apiece and will keep your ears happy for over an hour. Alexander Brandon did a fine job staying true to the original songs while giving them all a nice tune-up.

If you play this album in order, you’ll be treated to the iconic menu music followed by training tunes. From there you may recognize theme and battle music from Liberty Island, UNATCO, Battery Park, New York Streets, Lebedev’s Airfield, Paris Club, Duclare Chateau, The Synapse, Majestic 12, Oceanlab, and Area 51. The ending theme and credits music is also provided for your listening pleasure.

You can own this tribute to video gaming history in MP3 format for $9 on Amazon. If you prefer lossless formats like FLAC you can get the digital album on Bandcamp for $10. Physical CDs are also available on Bandcamp for $15. Fans of this series should definitely give this album a listen and consider adding it to their music library!


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Are Virtual Items Valuable and How We Got Here

Today, we can’t imagine a world without video games that entertain us in our free time.

We came to a point in which video games are not only for amusement nowadays. They can also help us make some serious cash along the way. 

Some in-game items can bring you a lot of money if you get lucky enough to get them from loot boxes. The most expensive CS:GO skins list has shown us that their loot system is one of the best in the current market. 

We learned a lot only by observing what Valve does so well and figured out that such a model of the economy has a high potential for making large profits.

The main question is, can you take advantage of such a system and earn some money along the way?

We’ll help you understand this type of economy better and give you the necessary skills to take advantage of it.

How Items Generate Value in Virtual Environments

This economy is complex. The demand for items will, in most cases, determine the price tag on the items. This kind of economic model will generate a high value on rare in-game items in the virtual environment.

How does this happen? Is there something you can do to increase the value of your inventory?

The rarity levels and the public demand are the factors that will determine the in-game item’s value. There’s not much you can do to increase the value of anything in your possession aside from acquiring those that are in-demand.

If an item is highly desirable by the players, its price will automatically go up. Like with any other product, the in-game items are worth only as much as they’re popular in the community.

It might seem that a virtual item can’t be too expensive as it is not a solid object. However, we could see in many examples that even a virtual item stored on our computers can have a very high value.

A few of them might even go higher than $100000 in the sales price, which is a ridiculous amount of money for such items.

Games With Most Valuable in-Game Items

We can find many examples of games that have high-value items in their in-game economy.

The first one, already mentioned above, is Counter-Strike Global Offensive. CS:GO has a loot system that awards the players by giving out cases and drops in which they win weapons skins and knife skins, which have added value due to their rarity. 

The value of some knife skins can go as high as $10000. The reason for such a high value of knives and their skins is their rarity levels and a high place on the players’ wish list. 

Players love knives in Counter-Strike, and they would do anything to grab some of the most famous skins for themselves.

Another good example of items sold at high prices is World of Warcraft. Some inventory items in this game require a lot of time and effort to acquire. Thus, having one can make you richer in real life.

There’s an example of a sword sold back in 2012 for $16000, which was unheard of up until that point. Since then, the players offer their inventory items on websites specialized in selling them. 

The Economy Around Virtual Items

The option for selling and buying virtual items online has created a one-of-a-kind economy.

The number of sites specialized in selling these types of items has grown exponentially over the years, and they are now successful businesses. 

Just like with any other online store, you can browse their offer through a well-designed and user-friendly interface. If you desire a rare skin or a weapon in a specific game, you can have it if you’re ready to pay for it, rather than spend time grinding to get it. 

Alternatively, if you’re looking to sell your in-game items, you can also offer them on those sites and make some incredible profits. 

If you own something with a high market value, why not take advantage and make some money along the way. It’s the 21st century, and the internet has given us options for getting rich without having to do traditional work.

Why shouldn't we use the opportunity given to us?

Buying and Selling Virtual Items

Buying and selling such items online is now a lucrative business that many are trying to start online.

Nowadays, you can find websites that are intermediaries between the buyers and the sellers without having any of the items in their possession. These sites offer some of the most popular skins and weapons for online games at competitive prices.

If you’re looking to sell your inventory, these sites are an excellent platform for you to do so. Most of them have customer support that will guide you through the whole process and ensure that your resources are safe throughout the process.

In many cases, players buy rare items, store them in their inventory, and wait for some time for a price to go up. 

A limited number of rare items create a drought after they’ve all sold out, and after some time, they become more valuable than before. It’s almost like investing in gold. You buy it and wait until the time is right to scoop up the profit. 

If you have enough money to back up your plans, you can consider trying this type of investment and enter this new market. 

Conclusion

Precious in-game items created a new market that has a high potential for economic growth. 

The gaming industry has made billions over the years by generating them and making games more exciting. Their success opened a world of possibilities for the players to make some money on items they’ve acquired by grinding away in the game they love.

Would you like to exploit this possibility and make some serious money?

Go and check your game inventory. Maybe there’s something valuable without you even knowing.

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The most unbelievable Minecraft modes content creators have come up with

If you’ve been following gaming videos and livestreams over the past few years, you are probably aware of the massive Minecraft revival that occurred in 2019. It paved the way for numerous new streamers and content creators, who gained fame by jumping on this trend at the right time and introducing their own spin in these videos.

It's been two years since this event occurred and Minecraft continues to be a big part of the mainstream. Content creators today know the importance of introducing unique elements to their gaming videos, such as warzone hacks, since thousands of creators online play the same game. 

One of the best ways Minecraft gamers have made their content stand out is by creating their own versions of the game,which they either introduced to the world or played. Most of these versions have also been made available to the public by their programmers, so if you are tired of the original game, give these a try.

The most unbelievable Minecraft modes content creators have come up with

The World Changes Regularly by Dream 

Dream is undoubtedly one of the biggest names today in the online Minecraft community. He has 17 million subscribers and is famous for his speedrun videos. 

In this custom plugin, the world is coded so that it keeps changing after a specific interval of time. While at the beginning you'll have 5 minutes before everything transforms, the amount of time reduces as you keep playing. This version is sure to keep you on your toes because one second you will be cooking food in your furnace, and the next, you will be stuck underground among stone blocks. You must be quick and not spend too much time on any task. Creating a nether portal is also sure to be difficult, and you will need as much obsidian as you can carry to create a portal wherever you emerge.

A block is generated everywhere you look by GeorgeNotFound

GeorgeNotFound is one of the three regulars in Dream's videos and has his own channel with almost 6 million subscribers. The title is pretty self-explanatory: in this version of the game, a random block develops wherever you look. Because it’s random, this could mean a diamond ore, lava, terracotta, stone or basically anything else that exists in Minecraft. This might seem pretty cool since you can now find diamonds by just standing on the surface. But the issue is, the block can change as soon as you or someone else looks at it again. Even chopping down a tree and collecting wood becomes extremely difficult, and you are in constant danger of being burned by lava.

The spooky difficulty by Fundy

Fundy is an extremely creative programmer with nearly 3 million subscribers. His content is both entertaining and funny, and he also spends weeks and months coding new Minecraft modes. Though he does not always try to beat the game in these modes, he introduces all the features, and often other creators make videos about beating them. 

The spooky mode that was released towards the end of 2020 makes this pretty scary game terrifying. Fundy made it so that the world is extremely dark at night and sort of misty during the day time. You always have a torch in your left hand that shows you what is in front of you. He also inserted numerous scary sounds, which could pop up any time and have you jumping out of your seat.

Additionally, he created two terrifying monsters, one of which can randomly appear at your side and destroy you if you look in the wrong direction.

The most unbelievable Minecraft modes content creators have come up with

The hardest difficulty by Slimecicle

Slimecicle is another member of the international Minecraft community on YouTube and Twitch. He has over 2 million subscribers, and in December 2020, released a mode referred to as the "hardest" difficulty in Minecraft. While coding, he made many changes to the game which make it extremely interesting and tremendously challenging to play. Let’s look at a few of the numerous features of this version. One of the funniest changes is that, if you chop wood, you only receive items like apples and sticks that you usually get from leaves. To get wood, you must chop down leaves, making it incredibly easy to gather stacks of logs. Coal, one of the essential items in Minecraft, damages you, so you must stay away from it.Be prepared for angry polar bears that spawn anywhere and attack you in a frenzy of rage.Slimecicle made crafting incredibly confusing too, so that you create a crafting table out of cobblestones, and lo and behold, it works as a furnace.

One of the coolest things about this Minecraft version is that if you place a golden apple atop a golden block, it will create a huge crater that leads to the centre of the Earth. Once you find your way to the bottom, you will get a ridiculously long and powerful sword with which you can effortlessly kill your enemies.

Summing up

Minecraft is known as the game where you can do anything. Today, skilled programmers have taken this to the next level and created fantastic, unimaginable versions of this well-loved game. If you manage to beat these challenging modes, we bet it's going to feel really good. Maybe you will even achieve some fame among the Minecraft community.

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ViraShield

ViraShield

Thank you Moving Life LTD for sending us a review sample!

Things have certainly changed since the arrival of COVID-19. Masks are required to enter public places, restaurants are either closed or running at reduced capacity, sporting events can only be viewed on television screens, and the list goes on. Public transportation in close proximity with others is a risky endeavor that is unavoidable for some professions. If you’re concerned about traveling in these uncertain times, ViraShield by Moving Life LTD is worth looking into.

ViraShield is a portable plastic enclosure that works well in cramped seated environments. While I didn’t try it on a plane or a train, it did work well at my church which has connected padded seats. While I was inside of my plastic bubble I was able to hear the preacher/sermon clearly. Despite the wrinkles in the plastic, I was able to read the song lyrics on the LCD TV panels adequately. Standing while singing was a little awkward as this device is intended for seated environments. If you do have to stand while it’s deployed, it can balance on your head just fine.

One of my biggest concerns was reception. How would people react to me using it? I sat in the back row at church to not draw too much attention, but I was still greeted with a wave and a smile. My co-workers on the other hand found religion by saying things like “Oh G-d” or “Oh my G-d” while seeing me use it.

Unfortunately, the ViraShield did not help at my work environment. This is a major bummer since I’m one of the few people required to wear a mask at all times since I don’t have a private office. Those with an office can take off their masks when their doors are closed. I got permission to do so while using the ViraShield but upon deploying it, I quickly realized that I couldn’t read my computer screen very well through the wrinkled plastic. In order to see clearly, I had to press my face against the plastic which is more suffocating than being muzzled with a mask. While using the ViraShield you don’t feel any shortness of breath, but once you’re out the feeling is just as exhilarating as removing a mask.

Another benefit of the ViraShield is a dust-free environment. I thought I would attempt to do something difficult like applying a screen protector on my 15.6” gaming laptop with it. I have previously attempted installing three screen protectors with multiple bubbles (from plastic versions) and a bent corner from a tempered glass one. Because of the limited amount of space, I wound up using the Virashield as more of a canopy throughout the process. While this current screen protector is the best application yet, there are still a couple of immortalized dust specs trapped underneath it.

dust speck

In the end, my feelings on the ViraShield are mixed. I wasn’t expecting a warm reception by others, but your mileage may vary on that. With it I did the best screen protector application, but it wasn’t perfect and I’d probably recommend a bigger dome/environment for that particular use case. However, if you want protection while traveling or sitting in close quarters, the ViraShield has you covered (pun intended). Electronics viewed inside of the device will be clear as day, but reading through the wrinkled plastic is challenging for things with small fonts outside of it. If you're still interested, the ViraShield is available on Amazon for $89.99.


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Loot Gaming December 2020 "Best Of" Crate

Loot Gaming December 2020

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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, and more. The Loot Gaming Boxes we have been getting have usually included some clothing, art prints, pins, and other nifty trinkets from popular game franchises.

We recently received and unboxed the “Best of” December Crate and here’s what we found inside:

  • An art print from DOOM Eternal
  • Destiny Crucible Socks
  • Elder Scrolls USB LED Soul Gem Lamp
  • Pac-Man Blinky Drawstring Bag
  • Trophy Pin

I can usually find information about the crates on LootCrate’s website, but the December crate doesn’t have an entry. I didn't recognize the inspiration behind this month's art print, but thanks to a YouTube comment it has been identified as coming from DOOM Eternal. The trophy pin is vague, but fitting for the “Best of” theme. Like the other pins, I don’t plan on wearing this one either. The Soul Gem lamp is awesome and makes my computer desk look nicer. I also adore the Blinky drawstring bag and have to figure what to put inside of it. I look forward to wearing the Destiny socks.

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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5 Features That Make A Christian Game Awesome

Are you a gamer? What particular game do you play? What features and qualities do you enjoy the most?

Most people, especially the youth, are fond of gaming. There are various types of gaming applications. However, the most popular one is an adventure video game. Now, what makes it so fun, entertaining, and addictive?

Almost every kid or teen is a video gamer. Perhaps, you often see a bunch of street boys going to an Internet café. There, they challenge each other, playing in real-time multiplayer mode. Unfortunately, they spend almost the entire day just playing.

Then, what about Christian game apps? Yes, there are. Do you know any? Let us know some of them and what makes them attractive.

Types of Gaming Apps

Educational Games

  • Alphabet Games

This type of game is mostly for kids like preschoolers who are learning the alphabet. 

So, here are some examples:

  1. Write Uppercase Letters
  2. I Spy Alphabet
  3. Learn ABC
  4. Connect ABC

  • Number Games

Like alphabet games, number games are also best for children. Parents can let their kids play these at home. Also, teachers can incorporate these into the classroom lessons. 

Then, we have the following as examples:

  1. Numbers Ice Cream Attack
  2. Comparing Numbers Quiz
  3. Ordering Numbers 11-20
  4. Ski Racer: Even Numbers

  • Skill Development Games

These games can be any classroom-related game applications. They intend to develop skills that the subject requires. 

Now, examples are as follows: 

  1. Colorfy: Coloring Art Game
  2. Vocabulary Spelling City
  3. Typing Race Master

Problem Solving Games

  • Puzzle Games

This type of game exercises the player’s skill in solving puzzles. 

Then, these are some examples:

  1. Jellipop Match
  2. Fishdom
  3. Wood Block Puzzle
  4. Pirate Treasures
  5. Scrabble Go

  • Card Games

Many people are fond of playing cards. Good thing, game developers have made card games available on mobile! 

So, here are some of them:

  1. Solitaire
  2. Hearthstone
  3. Poker Games: World Poker Club and Reigns

  • Strategy Games

This game type focuses on developing the player’s skill in planning. Specifically, it emphasizes building a strategy or tactic to win the game. 

Now, below are some examples:

  1. Clash of Clans
  2. Clash Royale
  3. The Escapists
  4. Shredder Chess

Video Games

 

  • Adventure Games

 

This type of game is perfect for those looking for challenging gameplay. 

Specifically, it involves fast action and war. It brings the player into exciting situations. For this, there is a combination of puzzle-solving and reflex testing as a challenge. 

Examples are the following:

  1. Grand Mountain Adventure
  2. Genshin Impact
  3. Crashlands
  4. 80 Days

  • Arcade Games 

Arcade gaming is a competitive type of game. For instance, it topped a mobile gaming competition in 2016. 

Now, this type offers short gameplays and instant challenges. It is different from other games that feature a story or content.

Then, these are a few examples:

  1. Fruit Ninja
  2. Space Frontiers
  3. Subway Surfers

  • Role-playing Games 

This category includes games with longer gameplays. Also, it has journeys, long storylines, and various characters. 

So, these are some examples:

  1. Ragnarok
  2. Dungeons and Dragons
  3. House of the Dead
  4. Pandemic: A New Challenge 

  • Multiplayer Online Battle Arena Games 

This type of game involves two teams of players. They compete against each other on a battlefield.

Precisely, each player controls a single character. It has unique abilities that improve throughout the game. Significantly, it contributes to the overall strategy of the team.

Now, here are some examples:

  1. DOTA
  2. Arena of Valor
  3. Defense of the Ancients
  4. Heroes of the Storm

Some of the Most Popular Mobile Games We Play     

Pokemon Go

Are you familiar with Pokemon? Specifically, it is a Japanese anime television series. It features the adventures of Ash Ketchum and his Pokemon, Pikachu.

In its developed mobile game, the player discovers a whole new world. Unlike that in the series, the game allows for extra navigation of the locations. Specifically, the player can view places far and wide.

Besides, one gets to discover more Pokemon characters. To catch one, target a Pokemon. Then, throw the Poke ball.

Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush is a popular puzzle video game. 

In particular, the goal is to swap colored candies to match three similar colors. A match of four or more colors creates power-ups with a larger board.

Around 2014, more than ninety-three million people played this game. Consequently, it made a revenue of almost five hundred million dollars in three months.

Angry Birds

Who hasn’t tried playing this? Almost everyone has, right?

Specifically, this game series involves multi-colored birds. They try to save their eggs from their enemies, the green-colored pigs. The goal is to destroy the pigs’ support beams using a slingshot.

Significantly, it generated more than two billion downloads in January 2014. Then, it increased to over three billion in July 2015. This success made it the most downloaded freemium game series of all time.

Assassin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed is an action-adventure video game. 

To be particular, it depicts a fictional struggle between the Assassins and the Templars. Assassins fight for peace with free will. Meanwhile, Templars work for it through order and control.

Furthermore, the game features historical and science fiction involving fictional characters. They relate to real-life historical events and figures.

Minecraft

Minecraft is a sandbox video game. It is the best-selling video of all time. Notably, it sold two hundred million copies. In 2020, it had a hundred and twenty-six million active users monthly.

A player explores a blocky world with infinite terrain. Also, he discovers and extracts raw materials and craft tools or items. Besides, he builds earthwork structures.

Examples of Christian Games  

Bible Bingo

Most of us play bingo. It is indeed one of our favorite games. Did you know that the Bible has its version?

Specifically, the mechanics are the same as in any typical bingo. However, instead of numbers, this game uses Bible verses. The game flashes a biblical passage. Then, cross out all verses that serve as references for it. 

Bible Crossword Puzzle

This game is similar to any crossword puzzle that we know. In particular, there is a set of questions to answer. Then, you have to input the words into the intersecting tiles of letters.

However, this game uses biblical terms instead. These may be characters, places, events, or the like.

Bible Crush

Candy Crush is a favorite of most gamers. Are you one? Surprisingly, there is also a crushing game for the Bible.

The concept is the same. However, instead of candies, Bible Crush uses fruits and plants. Also, there is a bonus. Specifically, it includes a trivia question at the end of every level.

Bible Hangman

Hangman is a guessing game. Typically, it uses paper and pencil. A player thinks of any word, phrase, or sentence. Then, the other tries to guess it by suggesting letters. There is a limit of guesses.

Generally, Bible Hangman is the same. However, it employs biblical books, persons, events, and the like.

Heroes Bible Trivia

Heroes? Yes, the Bible has heroes! 

They are characters like Adam, Moses, Jacob, Abraham, and others. How? They have traits and deeds that make them significant for people to know. Of course, the list includes Jesus, the ultimate superhero of all.

Now, this game educates the player about the life of biblical icons. It does this in the form of trivia questions for him to answer. With every correct answer, he collects power effects that he can use to upgrade further.

It is an educational yet fun way of knowing the heroes of the Bible. Instead of spending too much time on useless games, why don’t you choose this one? While enjoying the thrill of the game, you learn facts.

Indeed, it’s like studying the Bible already! You don’t have to worry about having an overdose of addiction for this. The more you enjoy playing, the more you gain knowledge.

5 Features That Make A Christian Game Awesome   

Nonfictional Content

Most video gameplays comprise fictional characters, places, ideas, or events. In contrast, a Christian game uses nonfiction elements. Notably, it is one of the best things about this type of play.

Because of this, there is no room for deception and misleading. In essence, everything the user learns from the app is a piece of truth.

Integration of the Bible, History, and Faith

Unlike secular gaming apps, a Christian game incorporates religion and spirituality. That is, it touches on sacred truths from the Bible. It introduces biblical teachings, personalities, cultures, and occurrences. 

More particularly, it educates the player on a certain Bible hero, place, or event. He gets to know his life, challenges, and significant acts. 

Eventually, it leads him to God. He increases his knowledge about Him. The more he plays, the more he grows in His likeness. Hence, it develops his faith.

Stunning Yet Nontoxic Graphics and Sounds

Christian games are at par with other popular gaming apps. Like them, they have excellent graphics and sounds.

Unfortunately, most secular adventure gameplays are harmful to health. For instance, most players of Mobile Legends develop eye problems. It is because of the extremely rapid motions that demand close attention.

Fortunately, Christian games are more eye-friendly. They do not have optically demanding graphics. Also, their sound effects and music do not pollute the ear and the brain.

Educational Value with Fun and Entertainment

Undoubtedly, Christmas games provide educational value. It teaches about the Bible and enhances spirituality.

But at the same time, the player enjoys the game. There are exciting puzzles to exercise the brain. Also, there are fun quizzes to challenge memory and stock knowledge. Still, there are exciting trivia to learn.

Excellent Gameplay

Significantly, Christian games do not go behind in terms of technical features.

Specifically, it has excellent input controls. It works well with keyboards, mouses, gamepads, joysticks, and the like.

Moreover, Christian games are compatible with most devices and operating systems. They work well with both Android and Apple systems. 

Finally, Christian games have a fast loading time. Like other video games, it has advanced graphics and animation technology. Hence, it prevents lagging.

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Heroes 2 : The Game is a Bible trivia game released by the Hope Channel. It is a sequel to the game, Heroes, which was released way back in 2013. The latest game version is on its new 3D animation, comes with unique features, and has more challenging Bible questions in four languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French. The game is available on both iOS and Android.

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Loot Gaming November 2020 Beast Crate

Loot Gaming November 2020 Beast 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 November Crate and here’s what we found inside:

• Beast Pin
• DOOM Eternal Cacodemon Stress Ball
• Fallout Art Print
• Fallout Silicone Oven Mitts
• The Elder Scrolls Art Print
• The Elder Scrolls T-Shirt



I can definitely see myself wearing the shirt and using the oven mitts. While the mitts are functional, they’re thinner than my current neon green set. I still think they’ll handle the task of removing freshly made hard boiled eggs from my Instant Pot just fine though! The Doom stress ball is nifty and thankfully, I’m not super stressed so I don’t know how much use it will get. Given that it's made out of foam, it wouldn't survive my puppy's jaws for more than five minutes. To avoid that from happening, it looks nice on our shelf in the office along with the art prints.

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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'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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