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Top 5 Best Solitaire Apps for Android Users

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

  1. Solitaireby Solitaire Card Games Ltd.

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

2.250+ Solitaire Collection by Alexei Anoshenko

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

  1. Age of Solitaire by Sticky Hands Inc.

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

  1. Spider Solitaire2020 by GITeamStudio

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

  1. FreeCell Solitaire by Loop Games Inc.

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

Bottom Line

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

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High Score S1E6 Level Up

High Score Level Up

Thank you Netflix for supplying us with complimentary access to review this series!

Level Up is the season finale that clocks in at thirty-seven minutes long. The main focus on this episode is DOOM and the impact it had with PC and online gaming. John Romero is interviewed and explains how he worked with John Carmack at Gamer’s Edge back in 1989. They soon joined forces and formed id Software in 1991. During that time, Nintendo was dominating the gaming market and the PC couldn’t match the graphical performance.

That is until John Carmack figured out how to master side scrolling and used John’s Romero’s Dangerous Dave character and inserted him into a Super Mario 3 like world and called the game “Dangerous Dave in Copyright Infringement”. They further revolutionized PC gaming with their 1992 first-person shooter hit, Wolfenstein 3D. This game was revolutionary in terms of graphics and gameplay. Their next goal was to implement online networking which they promised to deliver in their 1993 game, Doom. When this game launched on December 9th, the servers hosting the shareware (remember that?) file were crashing from being overloaded.

The PC gaming market wasn’t the only one getting a 3D overhaul. Dylan Cuthbert is featured in this episode and he figured out how to implement 3D graphics on a Gameboy. Instead of suing him, Nintendo flew him and his partner, Giles Goddard, to Japan to learn more. Together, they worked on the Super FX chips used in SNES cartridges to implement 3D graphics. Innovations like this made Star Fox a successful reality.

Although this episode is fascinating, it has some moral issues worth noting. There is some language (kick *ss) and blaspheming. An extended middle finger is shown along with a pentagram. If you don’t mind those rough spots, there’s a lot of nostalgia and information here.

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High Score S1E5 Fight!

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Street Fighter was originally released in 1987 and the game was revolutionary in allowing two players to battle each other in real time. Other than that aspect, the game was pretty bare bones with only two playable characters. The sequel, which was released in 1991, upped the ante quite a bit by offering eight characters with one of them being female. It’s nice that they took female gamers into consideration by giving them a formidable fighting character.

Akira Yasuda, the artist behind most of the characters in Street Fighter II is interviewed along with Akira Nishitani, the game’s developer. It’s neat seeing the game’s inspiration being taken from various sights around the world and even from Japanese bathhouses.

Street Fighter did quite well in the arcades and it was only a matter a time before other companies like Midway offered some competition. John Tobias is also featured in this documentary and explains how he was heavily influenced by classic Kung-Fu movies like Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon. The fighters and their moves in Mortal Kombat definitely show their roots. This game also shows a lot of blood and gore, especially in the finishing moves. Games like Mortal Kombat Night Trap caused an uproar in the US government and brought about the formation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), which is responsible for rating many popular console games today.

I was surprised that this documentary didn’t mention the SNES’s censoring of Mortal Kombat with green blood in Japan and sweat in the Western release. However, it does delve into the 1993 Street Fighter 2 world champion competition and interviews the winner, Takaharu Nakone. All in all, this is a fascinating episode and I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys fighting games.

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High Score S1E4: This Is War

High Score S1E4: This Is War

Thank you Netflix for supplying us with complimentary access to review this series!

In 2015 I read, enjoyed, and reviewed the book Console Wars by Blake J. Harris. This book talks about how Sega recruited Tom Kalinske to become the CEO of Sega of America. At the time, Sega had superior hardware, but Nintendo had the majority of the market share. This episode recaps this book quite nicely and goes over Tom’s five pronged attack in an attempt to de-throne Nintendo.

The first step was to lower the price to $149 to make the Sega Genesis more competitive, and the next step was to defeat Mario. Sega needed a loveable mascot and it’s neat how this episode introduces Sonic’s designer Hirokazu Yasuhara. The Sonic series took off and attracted gamers around the world for a competition in 1994. Chris Tang, the world champion in Sega’s Rock the Rock contest is featured in this episode.

The third part of Tom Kalinske’s plan was to add more sports. Sega and EA worked together to bring John Madden’s football game to the console and it did really well. Because of the system’s limitations all of the players had the same (light) skin color. Gordan Bellamy, who is openly gay, is featured and takes credit for making the default skin color darker in the 1995 edition of Madden Football.

Nintendo was viewed as a system suitable for younger kids. Under Tom’s direction, Sega aimed for a slightly older audience with edgier and more violent video games. If an older sibling was playing cooler games, Sega knew that the younger children would want to play them too. The final part of Tom Kalinske’s plan was to make fun of Nintendo in their ads. Sega has some memorable marketing with the way the word Sega was shouted in their commercials and the Sega sound the console made when the console loaded is etched into the minds of many gamers. Sega’s commercials took some playful jabs at Nintendo’s console with their “Nintendon’t” ads.

Overall, this episode is an interesting look at the epic war between Sega and Nintendo as described in the Console Wars book. It even includes a bit of racial diversity with Madden Football. Unfortunately, it does hit on the LGBTQ themes a little too hard just like the previous episodes did.

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Best video games to play with friends

With so many games available online, it is so good to spend a nice evening in a company of your friends having fun and playing together.

Today not only teenagers but also many adults spend lots of time at their PCs playing video games. It has become a part of our daily routine because games help us to relax and have a good time with our friends and family. It is especially true for college students who always experience a lot of stress coming from numerous assignments and activities they need to handle unless they delegate some tasks to professional academic writers and services. Indeed, it is sometimes easier to order essay paper to buy yourself a few hours for more pleasant activities. Even though some young people prefer to play online games while sitting alone in their room, there are still interesting options you can share with company.

Top game recommendations to play with company 

How many times have you found yourself puzzled with the question Who can help me with my science homework? or Whom can I pay someone to do my homework?. College is always a lot of stress, and playing some video games after classes is just essential to relax and not burn out too soon. While online games connect us with people at a distance, there are many of them you can play in a company of friends sitting in one room and drinking a few beers. Interactive game nights are always fun and distract you from thinking about Who can write an essay for me? I need it for tomorrow,» concentrating on the process instead. If you plan to hang out with your friends soon, consider such options as:

  1. Animal Crossing

If you love Nintendo, this game is for you. Here you can create a home and character, interact with cute animals, and engage in different activities from fishing to planting. It has no beginning or end which makes it perfect for playing in a company;

  1. Sims 4

We all love Sims, but playing with someone becomes even more entertaining. Now due to recent tech advancements and updates, you can play this game online with another person by downloading multiplayer mode. Hang out with your friends in a virtual world;

  1. Alias

This game doesn`t require any device use (maybe your smartphone if you don`t have printed cards). Your goal is to guess as many words as you can to make your team win another team (usually at least four people are involved). We bet you will have a lot of fun as well as develop your memory, improve knowledge of different things and communication skills;

  1. Quiplash

In this game, every one of your friends can be involved (even if there is a big company). You may play it on your PC, Max, or use Linux, and your main goal is to try coming up with the most unusual answer to the set question. Everyone votes for a person who wins, and then the record is stated. The game is convenient to share both with your neighbors and people located far away;

  1. Game Fly

With a gaming console, you can try your hand at Game Fly. It means that you can do test-drives of several games with a company for free and pay for those you will play further. More recent games give you an opportunity to play with someone else while you can still enjoy playing Super Mario using Zoom just like in school;

  1. Psych

You can download this game to your smartphone and use video calls to play with other people (unless you are sitting right next to them on a couch). Provide answers to tricky questions and let other players guess the right one. You can also create unique questions about your close friends which makes it more personal and interesting;

  1. Pubg

One of the recent options that involve a company with unlimited members is Pubg. You can cooperate as a team online and go through all challenges together, covering each other`s back. It is so much fun that you should definitely try it; you just need your smartphone and a certain time set up for a game together.

 

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High Score S1E2 Comeback Kid

High Score S1E2 Comeback Kid

Thank you Netflix for supplying us with complimentary access to review this series!

The main focus of the second episode is Nintendo. The company was founded in 1889 and their focus back then was playing cards. 1985’s launch of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) revitalized the video game market. Before sites like YouTube and GameFAQs, people relied on gameplay counselors to guide them through the thousands of NES games in the market. In this documentary, Shaun Bloom recalls his days as a gameplay counselor and what it took to become one. Getting paid to play videogames? Sounds like a dream job! With the growing video game library, it got harder to assist stuck gamers. Thankfully, the Nintendo Power magazine provided pointers and maps to ease the burden a little bit for the gameplay counselors and subscribers.

The 1984 lawsuit about Universal Studios suing Nintendo for the term “Kong” in Donkey Kong is discussed in detail by their lawyer, John Kirby. According to the credits, he passed away in 2019. After the case was won, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto paid homage to the lawyer by naming a popular character after him. Much of Nintendo’s success can be attributed to Shigeru Miyamoto, who played major roles in designing their most popular characters and games. Hirokazu Tanaka, the composer from Donkey Kong, is featured in this episode, and it’s neat to see how he came up with the various sound effects with the equipment he used back then.

The title of this episode, "Comeback Kid", is referring to the 1990 Nintendo World Champion, Jeff Hansen. When he originally tried to qualify, he got third place. His parents took him to the last contest where he took first place and eventually became the top player in his age group. The three games used in the competition were Super Mario Bros, Tetris, and Rad Racer. I wonder if his parents let him drive the Geo Metro he won for them when he turned 16?

Overall, this was a very interesting episode and I look forward to checking out the rest in this series.

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High Score S1E1 Boom & Bust

High Score

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High Score is a new video game documentary series offered exclusively on Netflix. The first episode titled Boom & Bust opens with Howard Scott Warshaw who created E.T. for Atari in five weeks. That game is known as one of the worst in history and 728,000 copies of it were dumped into a landfill in New Mexico. Before that disaster, this documentary begins with Space Invaders which launched in 1978. A couple of funny tidbits learned from this series is that the developer, Tomohiro Nishikado, cannot get past level 2 in his own game. Another fun fact is that this title was so popular in Japan’s arcades that it caused a shortage of 100 yen coins.

In the West, Space Invaders was quite popular and there were tournaments hosted in the United States. Rebecca Heineman is interviewed recalling her memories of winning the first championship in 1980. When she won the tournament, she was a guy and her dead name is William.

Other games featured include Missile Command and Pac-Man. It’s funny how Pac-Man was aimed at female gamers. According to the developer, Toru Iwantani, his design came from a pizza missing one slice. Ms. Pac-Man was enhanced by a bunch of college drop-outs who Atari sued (and later hired) for altering Missile Command to be more profitable for arcade owners.

The advent of cartridge-based home console systems like the Channel F and Atari 2600 are discussed as well. The rise and fall of Atari is also brought up as the classics it produced were overshadowed by shovelware that turned many gamers off.

So far, this series is well researched and entertaining to watch. There is some language (sh*tless) and sexual references to take note of before letting kids watch it. If you’re interested in learning about how video games grew from arcades to home consoles to eSports 7, tune in to High Score on Netflix!

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Pretending I’m A Superman – The Tony Hawk Video Game Story

Pretending I'm a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story

Thank you Wood Entertainment for sending us a screener to review!

Skateboarding has been around since the 1950s and its popularity has had its ups and downs. Skate parks would come and go and when they disappeared, underground and street skating took off. Pretending I’m A Superman – The Tony Hawk Video Game Story features many professional skaters like Steve Caballero, Rodney Mullen, Chad Muska, and Eric Koston who share their experiences with this sport and various milestones before it became mainstream.

The popular Thrasher magazine started circulating in 1981, and the following year Tony Hawk became a pro skater. In 1986 Atari released 720°, a skateboarding game followed by California Games and Skate or Die in 1987. In 1989 the movie Gleaming the Cube was released. In the mid 90s skateboarding started to become popular and was showcased in the X Games, which was founded in 1994.

In 1997, Sega released a popular arcade game with a moving skateboard called Top Skater. Once Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater dropped in 1999, the sport would never be the same. Each new release would get better and when the fourth one came out, the other three were still in the top ten sales charts. Not only did this game revitalize the sport, but the skaters in the game became household names and the bands like Primus and Bad Religion got a whole new fan base. The inclusivity of minority and female skaters appealed to many people as well.

All in all, this is a fascinating documentary about a beloved game series that’s about to be re-released very soon. I look forward to checking it out with improved visuals! There is some language including a couple of F-bombs so be warned if you plan on watching this documentary with youngins. It’s available on popular streaming platforms including Google Play, iTunes, and Amazon Prime Video.


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Learning from Failure

Learning from Failure

We’ve been streaming games often but irregularly for a while. We’ve met the requirements for Twitch Affiliation and are blessed with over 1133 followers and 7 subscribers as I’m writing this. We really appreciate those who drop by and chat with us on our streams and support our ministry, Thank you!

For the past few months, I’ve been a member of a steaming site that promotes various streams and encourages their members to watch streams from their community. It’s a give and take system. By using this service our viewership and membership grew but the community wasn’t very active. Not many of the members of this site speak English so they couldn't understand what I was saying or read the game's dialogue.

Upon reaching the streaming hours and viewership numbers, I was given the opportunity to apply for Twitch partnership. While waiting for the approval process I was trying to stream when I could guarantee I could get the viewer count high enough to maintain the requirements.

Twitch did not approve our partnership application, and rightfully so. Our community is lacking and I want to focus on that moving forward instead of viewer count. Additionally, I would like to involve our Twitch followers in choosing what games we play and stream. If we get enough subscribers, I would like to be able to purchase and stream community selected AAA titles that are not sent to us to review.  Here's the link to out Twitch channel.

I would also like to get to know and support other streamers by participating in more raids and hosting of channels. Sticking with a regular streaming schedule will be another priority. I’ll lean towards evenings so I can still enjoy the nice weather and walk my dog several times a day before the bugs come out.

By not having to focus on channel viewers and requirements, a huge weight has been lifted off of my shoulders. I look forward to just playing and enjoying games while chatting with those who hop onto our channel. Again, we appreciate your support and company!

We have a couple of Jackbox titles to review and would love to host a family game night. Anyone care to join us and assist in the reviewing process? If this takes off, maybe we can schedule a regular family gaming night.

I hope these are steps in the right direction. Please share any and all feedback, we’re all ears!  

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Mistakes Way Too Many World Of Warcraft Beginners Make

Mistakes Way Too Many World Of Warcraft Beginners Make

Every single WOW player was a beginner when he/she started playing. However, as time passes, experience is higher and fewer mistakes are made.

When you are a beginner and you want to improve how well you play the game, you need to be aware of the mistakes you might make without even realizing it. By the time you reach a World Of Warcraft raid, you need to be ready. This is why you absolutely need to avoid the following very common WOW mistakes made by beginners.

Clicking

Excessive clicking is the number one sign that you are a beginner in WOW. This is because when the mouse is used to click the spells, reaction times are drastically reduced. You need to get used to utilizing keybindings. Map the spells to the keyboard or utilize a good MMO mouse. At first glance, this does not seem like much but you will quickly realize that you heal more and do more DPS.

Ignoring Game Mechanics

There are countless game mechanics in WOW that count. For instance, if you stay in the fire when you damage a boss, it becomes very difficult for the healer to help you. The entire raid can die and you would end up having to restart the entire fight. Educate yourself on important game mechanics so you know what has to be avoided before every single encounter.

Joining Cesspool Guilds

The cesspool guild is a WOW guild with many members, sometimes thousands. The fact that there are many members that do quests and level up leads to a lot of money reaching the guild bank. This is no longer relevant. When you are a part of a cesspool guild, the community is not great and there is most likely no dedicated team to handle any in-game event.

Asking For Help In Trade Chat

Unless you are high level and/or you want to trade something specific, the trade chat should be avoided. When you ask something in this chat, you are almost always met with insults, false information, and jokes. Unfortunately, there are simply way too many trolls around. The best thing you can do is to look on Wowhead to find the information you need or to ask someone you know.

Rerolling To An Overpowered Class

You will always be disappointed when you just play a character because it is popular. We often hear that there is an overpowered class. When this happens, you are tempted to play it. The problem is that you might not like the gaming experience if it is not appropriate, based on your playing style.

It needs to be added that Blizzard will surely end up nerfing the overpowered classes. This means you have a weak character and you most likely need to reroll again. It is always better to just play the class that you like and enjoy the most.

Selling Important Items To The Vendor

This often happens because you do not know what items are needed for a specific profession or for crafting. It is not always a massive problem because the ingredients are often available inside the Auction House. However, you will end up spending a lot on them.

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Latest Offerings from Penny Arcade!

Thank you Penny Arcade for sending us some nice gaming gear!

Penny Arcade has been around for a while and I am most familiar with their comics. They also have a huge forum, games, shows, podcasts, and a cool shop! We were recently sent some swag that we did an unboxing for.

Their featured item is the Animal Crossing New Horizons pin set. This $30 set of four pins includes Tom Nook, his two pupils Timmy and Tommy, KK Slider, and Isabella. If you’re a fan of this popular series, these 1.5” tall pins are super cute and sure to brighten your day!

The canvas WASD tote bag is pretty spacious at 20” wide, 15” tall, and 5” deep. The fabric handles seem pretty sturdy, but I’ll have to do some grocery store testing when they allow us to use environmentally friendly bags again. There’s a zippered pouch or extra inventory slot on the inside of this tote bag.

We were also sent The Legend of Zelda Retro Lanyard which sells for $10. The rupees, swords, keys, shields, bows, hearts, potions, compasses, and flutes on it are sure to bring back many positive memories. It’s dual sided with red and blue variants. To go along with the Zelda themed lanyard, we were also sent Link and Zelda Triforce pins that measure at 1.75” and sell for $15 apiece.

The final item sent our way is the Grey Video Games Crewneck Sweatshirt. It’s so soft inside and I can’t wait to wear it, but it’s currently 90s this week so I’ll have to hold off until the fall. This $45 sweatshirt is an 8 oz. cotton polyester blend with raglan sleeves and extra-thick print. It sports a Penny Arcade tag on the bottom too.

If you’re in the market for Geeky goodies, be sure to check out Penny-Arcade.com. I noticed they also sell pride and pronoun pins if you’re interested in sharing your sexual orientation and/or preferred pronouns with random strangers.

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Top 5 Valorant Agents to Try Out

Top 5 Valorant Agents to Try Out

Riot Games is certainly on the mind of many FPS players. With Valorant released fairly recently, the company has seen a huge number of players connecting to their servers. Everyone wants to try out the new CS:GO and Overwatch destroyer. But before you jump into the thick of things, it is important to figure out which characters are worth your time.

Depending on your personality and playstyle, different agents can fulfill a completely new role. The design of these agents is extremely flawless, and it allows players to have a different experience depending on the character. In Valorant, there are Sentinels, Controllers, Initiators and Duelists. Valorant’s ranked system works similar to other Riot games, so a good strategy to improve and try out new agents is by buying Valorant accounts from trusted marketplaces like Eldorado.

Each of them are played quite differently, however, agents that fall into the same class can fulfill similar roles. Learning what each agent falls under will guarantee an easier time learning the ropes of Valorant.

Sage

In most video games, support characters are the afterthought during character selection. Nobody really clamors to fulfill that role. With Sage, however, things are completely different, and this character is undeniably fun to play. Sage has various orbs she can equip to control the flow of the game.

Her C ability is the Barrier Orb, and it’s an effective way to zone enemies. By using it, you can limit the amount of players that have access to an area. This is great for starting engagements or defensively resetting your position when enemies are approaching.

With Sage’s Q, you can slow down enemy players, causing a disruption in their movement. To use the Q ability, you’ll have to purchase the Slow Orb. Simply throw the slowing orb towards an area where its effect is potent, and watch your enemies struggle in confusion as your team finishes them off.

Sage’s healing orb allows you to heal your teammates that have sustained damage. The default keybind for this ability is E, and you simply need to aim your crosshairs over the damaged teammate to begin healing them over time. Alternatively, you can just heal yourself with this ability by right-clicking.

Sage’s ultimate ability allows you to resurrect fallen teammates. This is an extremely clutch way to secure a victory. However, the ability requires the fallen teammate to be channeled briefly before fully reviving. This means that you have to ensure that Sage is relatively safe before using this ability. Also, enemies are also aware of this ability, so you’ll need to be careful.

Cypher

Much like Sage, you’ll rarely queue up in a Valorant game without seeing a Cypher. This agent is an undeniably essential part of most team compositions. With a mysterious appearance, he fits into the archetype of a spy/infiltrator. As a Cypher player, you’ll benefit a lot from knowing the ins and outs of Valorant maps. This way, you’ll know where and when to set traps and place Spycams.

Cypher’s C ability allows him to equip a trapwire. With this ability, Cypher can place a covert tripwire at a specific location. This creates a line that spans between the location it was placed and the opposite wall. If any enemy players cross the tripwire, they will be revealed. After a short period, if they aren’t able to destroy the device, they will be tethered, revealed and dazed. If the tripwire isn’t activated by an enemy, it can be picked up and redeployed.

Cypher’s Cyber Cage ability is a great way to completely block the vision and sound of enemies within the zone. With this ability, Cypher can easily toss the Cyber cage towards an area in front of him. The best part of this ability is that it can be activated in order for the ability to take place. So, you can wait for an enemy to make a vital move before using this ability.

With his Spycam, Cypher is a total game changer. Activated with the E keybind, this ability allows Cypher to place a camera at a specific location. When you activate this ability again, you can watch enemies. This makes Cypher extremely potent to veteran Rainbow Six Siege players that have experienced a similar mechanic. Additionally, a tracking dart can be fired at enemies to periodically reveal their location.

Cypher’s ultimate ability is also pretty great. By using a recently deceased enemy’s corpse, Cypher can reveal the locations of enemy players for a brief period.

Brimstone

The next agent on our top 5 list is Brimstone. He’s also one of the easier agents to get into from the Valorant roster. Brimstone’s abilities rain down from the sky, sending the enemy team a message that you’re about to engage.

Brimstone’s C ability is Incendiary. When activated, you’ll equip an incendiary grenade launcher. When you fire the weapon, it launches a grenade that detonates when it comes in contact with the floor, then it creates a fire zone that damages players.

The next Brimstone ability is his Q. He equips a Stim Beacon that can be homed towards a location in front of Brimstone. Once it lands, the beacon is activated and players within its field have a RapidFire effect.

Brimstone’s E ability is the true game changer in his kit. To use it, you simply need to equip a tactical map and select a few locations where your smoke clouds will land. Right clicking will confirm your chosen locations and launch the smoke clouds. When in a specific area, these clouds last for quite a while and block the vision within an area.

Finally, his ultimate ability is an Orbital Strike. Working in a similar way to his E, Brimstone can equip a tactical map to choose a location to launch is his orbital strike laser towards. When this laser hits this location, it deals tons of damage over time within a specific area.

If you want to improve your Valorant experience, there are some great options for Valorant players on the Eldorado.gg gaming marketplace.

Breach

As the resident crowd control champion of Valorant, Breach deserves his spot on this list. His abilities are extremely beneficial to the entire team, and they are really helpful in pushing aggressive playstyles. Playing as Breach will help you ensure that enemies are always spread out, making it easier for your team to pick them out one by one.

Breach’s C ability is Aftershock, and it’s a great way to pump out damage to enemies even before they are encountered. To use this ability, activate it and fire the charge towards a direction through the wall. Once the charge is complete, its burst does damage to anyone within its range.

For Breach, handling enemies as a group is not a problem. Like his Aftershock ability, Breach’s Q Flashpoint blinds players after you fire the charge through the wall. Any players caught looking at the charge will be blinded briefly.

Breach also has a seismic blast ability. To use it, you simply need to hold the fire to increase the range. Once released, it sets off a quake that dazes all the players caught within its zone.

Finally, Breach’s ultimate ability allows him to equip a seismic charge. Aptly named Rolling Thunder, this ability allows Breach to fire a cascading quake through all terrain in a large cone. When fully activated it dazes and knocks up all characters caught in the knock up.

Sova

Sova is a recon Valorant agent. Any team that values information will benefit from his kit. All his abilities help your team discover the positioning and possible moves the enemies might make. However, the information from his kit can’t be useful unless your team acts accordingly. Therefore, you need to make it a point to constantly inform your teammates of your observations while playing as Sova.

Sova’s C ability allows him to equip his owl drone, a portable recon drone that can be controlled by Sova to scout areas. While controlling the drone, you can shoot a marking dart at enemy targets. Once used, the dart reveals the location a player that has been struck by the dart.

As for his Q, Sova can equip his bow with a shock bolt. To get its effect, fire the shock bolt and it will explode then detonate once it collides with a platform, then detonate and damage the players nearby. When you hold it, you can extend the range of the shock bolt projectile. Its alternate fire allows you to add up to two additional bounces to the arrow.

Sova’s recon abilities get more interesting with his E. Playing around this ability allows you to make some insane plays. The recon bolt can be fired and activated upon collision. Then, it reveals the location of all nearby enemies caught within its line of sight. Be warned though, enemies can also destroy the bolt. Its alternate fire works the same as his Q.

Finally, Sova’s ultimate allows him to equip a bow with long-range wall piercing energy blasts. It deals tons of damage and reveals the enemies caught within its line of fire.

Practice essential to mastering these Valorant agents. If you want the most seamless practice experience, you can get a cheap Valorant account to practice ranked games on Eldorado.gg.

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The Most Comfortable Gaming Chairs in 2020

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The gaming chair industry is booming, and it’s hard to wonder why. It’s not only about aesthetics. Of course, it’s great to have a cool gaming throne, but it’s only useful if it’s also highly comfortable and adjustable to help you feel at ease and maximize your speed and precision.

And who can know more about sitting comfortably than gamers?

Whether you’re a player, a professional or an amateur, or you simply want to buy the most comfortable chair available on the market, or the best budget gaming chair for the year, you have come to the right place.

How to Choose the Best Gaming Chair

Of course, it’s not possible to provide one universal answer. People differ among each other significantly; they have different features, needs, preferences, and issues to deal with, so one piece of furniture can’t be an answer to all possible problems and demands. Your final decision should be made after considering your lifestyle, liking, gaming style, health issues, and more, including, evidently, your budget.

Even the most comfortable chair needs to be adjustable. If you spend long hours sitting in one place, you will need to change your position freely and comfortably without sacrificing a healthy posture or gaming precision. A good chair will allow you to change the height, the position of the armrests, and the way it reclines. Many chairs also have detachable cushions, which may be a great asset.

The right armrests will help you keep your arms from tiring, which will help you maintain your perfect aim, precision, and reflexes. Sometimes you may be deep into a game when you suddenly feel that your arms are too tired for you to go on. It may also lead to shoulder and neck pains, as well as wrist issues because when your elbows get tired, you start putting more and more pressure on your wrists and hand.

Additionally, you need to bear in mind your gaming style, chosen discipline, or gaming chair. For example, chairs made for computer gamers will be different from those produced for Nintendo players, etc.

Then, don’t be afraid to pay attention to looks as well, especially when there’s a wide range of chairs of similar quality and features that might be different when it comes to aesthetics. If you care about your home decor, you will want something that will match your style. You will be surprised how the looks of our furniture can influence our moods and disposition.

Therefore, you need to choose the most suitable chair for you, and you alone.

The Most Comfortable Gaming Chairs in 2020

Here, we present you with the list of the most comfortable gaming chairs available on the market in 2020. Of course, it’s not a conclusive list, so if your chosen chair is not included here, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not worth your attention. This list is more about providing you with some inspiration, a set of features to look for when you look for the chair of your dreams.

1. SecretLab Titan

It’s the perfect choice if you can afford to spend a little more on your chair, as it’s considered to be a premium option. It really has it all: both comfortable and beautiful design, as well as a whole set of necessary and useful features.

2. The Nitro Concepts S300

If there were one universal answer to all gamers’ needs, this chair would be the closest to it. It’s a great chair that can be tailored freely to your needs.

3. Noblechairs ICON

It’s one of the best choices for professionals, both in features and in its sophisticated design. It resembles a fancy office chair without losing all the necessary qualities of a gaming chair.

4. Corsair T3 Rush

It’s both affordable and comfortable, but it can’t get much credit for being aesthetically pleasing. But this won’t be an issue for everyone.

5. Corsair T2 Road Warrior

It’s a chair to go for if you opt for genuine, premium gaming comfort. Ergonomic design, 4D armrests, and a super solid steel skeleton are only the beginning of this model’s qualities.

6. SecretLab Omega Softweave

This chair is recommended as one of the best possible choices for looks, comfort, and additional features. The Omega model is all about adjustments.

7. Autonomous ErgoChair 2

It’s a delight to sit in this model, plus, it looks great, but the price may be a deal-breaker for some gamers, even if it’s 100% worth it.

8. Umi Essentials

This is one of the best chairs available on the market for shopping on a budget. It’s not a match for the premium choices, but it’s stable, fairly adjustable, and supports healthy posture.

9. Vertagear Triigger 350 SE

Luxury in comfort is how it’s marketed, and that’s no exaggeration. Basically, the only disadvantage is the relatively high price of this chair, so it may not be suitable for every budget.

10. Vertagear Racing Series SL4000

It’s perfect for long gaming sessions with the comfort it provides and very aesthetically pleasing. No wonder it’s one of the most favorite models of many professional gamers.


Know Your Needs

When it comes to your gaming chair, don’t be afraid to be a little picky. After all, it’s you who will be spending long hours in that chair, and you have to be sure that you will feel comfortable and at ease at all times. It’s not a decision that should be taken lightly, especially if you’re a professional gamer, as it can affect both your health and gaming skills. A gaming chair should be chosen carefully, just like the rest of your gaming equipment.

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Negative Reviews Happen

At Christ Centered Gamer we get sent a lot of games to review and have an impressive backlog as a result. Some of them we ask for, but many games show up in our Inbox unexpectedly. We love working with indie developers to help them promote their otherwise overlooked labors of love. For the most part, we enjoy playing the games sent to us. According to our Steam Curator page the majority of our reviews are positive.

Every year, we release a Christmas Buying Guide, which highlights current games that are both fun and family-friendly. Quite frankly, this is not an easy task. It’s easy to find games that meet one criteria, but both takes some serious effort. Violence, language, sexual, and occult content are prevalent in many games. Those are usually the titles that get talked about the most at game shows. Other games can be played in front of children, your pastor, or grandparents without offending them. Sadly, those types of games are usually not very fun to begin with.

Before we implemented our dual score system, we used an average score which often propped up Christian and family-friendly games while overly chastising games that are Teen or Mature. While our current scoring system is not perfect, it does a pretty good job.

One of our recent reviews, Starclaw: Battle of StarSpace Nebula, scored well morally, but fell flat when it came down to the game/fun factor score. The developer did not take this review lightly and filed a copyright/slander case against us on Google. More on that later! As reviewers, we really do want to enjoy our time with games, but that’s not always the case. Even still, we try to find the positives and aim to offer constructive criticism for the developers to work with to improve their current and/or future games. If a game is patched, we’re willing to take another look at it to verify that the issues have been addressed and will add a blurb in the review. Per our Code of Ethics we will not remove negative reviews or alter them for financial gain.

Reviews are opinions, which everyone has their own. We have comments open on our reviews where people can share things they agree or disagree with us on as long as their language is kid-friendly. When we were threatened with a copyright infringement claim and ordered to remove our review and Twitter post, we pushed back and defended our First Amendment right of free speech.

I want to thank our Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter users who have supported us through this ordeal. It was never our intention to disgrace or ruin this developer, but we have the right to express our honest opinions on the games we review. Doing otherwise would be lying (Exodus 20:16) and betraying our readers. As of this post, there have been multiple articles and several YouTube videos covering this ordeal.

I hope and pray that the developer has learned not to abuse the DMCA and to take this experience to heart for his future projects. He did post a public apology. I hope that he finds forgiveness and redemption as the Internet can be a harsh place to learn life lessons. I also hope that his future projects are a success. We have enough anger and violence these days. I encourage everyone to read and apply Proverbs 10:12 which states “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.”

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Field of Hopes and Strings

Field of Hopes and Strings

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

Deltarune Chapter 1 is a free spiritual successor to Undertale. Toby Fox has worked his magic again by producing a fun game with good humor and an excellent soundtrack. In turn, String Player Gamer did an awesome job sprucing up the soundtrack in a fourteen-song collection called Field of Hopes and Strings which is a play on Deltarune’s theme song, Field of Hopes and Dreams. Both Fields of Hopes and Strings and the original soundtrack are available on BandCamp.com for $7 each.

Fields of Hopes and Strings is about forty minutes in length and has a nice sampling of songs from the OST which contains forty tracks. Many of the omitted songs are less than thirty seconds long. The symphonic metal styling of the chosen songs is superb and fans of Toby Fox and Deltarune should give this album a listen.

Here’s a breakdown of the track list:

1. Fanfare 0:13
2. The Legend 1:55
3. Field of Hopes and Dreams 3:22
4. Chaos King 3:36
5. Scarlet Forest 4:46
6. Empty Town 2:12
7. Friendship 3:23
8. Lancer 3:39
9. The World Revolving 3:26
10. VS Susie 2:38
11. Rude Buster 3:32
12. Darkness Falls 3:29
13. Before the Story 4:31
14. Don’t Forget 1:31

Many of the tracks are longer than the originals and the violin and guitar playing is top notch as usual. Lancer’s theme song went from 48 seconds to more than three and a half minutes long in this album. The credits song, Don’t Forget has the vocals performed by TeraCMusic.

I can’t wait for the next installment of the Deltrarune series. Until then, I’ve got some lovely music to listen to. Keep up the great work Toby Fox and String Player Gamer!


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7 Key Steps of Game Localization

 

7 Key Steps of Game Localization 

If you are reading this article, you may have already thought about the localization of your videogame. This is a critical step that opens broad opportunities and brings your game a new audience. Localization is not a mere translation of some of the game’s parts. It is a complex process that has multiple steps like the translation of code, cut scenes, dialogues, in-game text boxes, and many more. Many of us seek professional help to solve the tough localization questions. However, you need to know the basics of the process to cover all the essential translation points. Let us look at the crucial steps of game localization.

1. Decide on the budget.

If you are on a tight budget overall, or you are an indie developer, you may use the help of such free services like Google Translate or fan translation. In either case, you will need to edit and proofread your final result. Alternatively, if you are a major developer, you may find that professional translation companies have different prices. The price usually depends on the amount of work you need. They include plain translation, editing, proofreading, and quality checks via software. Each of them may add to the cost of localization.

2. Decide on the language.

Although the main popular gaming areas are widely known, you may do marketing research concerning the areas which will have a high localization ROI. If you had a product successfully launched in Europe or Latin America, be sure that you cover those areas, too. In most cases, the popular languages encompass Asian, especially Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. There are also European languages such as German, French, and Spanish. For Latin America, you will need Brazilian Portuguese and Mexican Spanish. And don’t forget about Russian.

3. Research what “localization” means.

In most cases, you cannot simply translate a game and call it a localization. You will need to localize your code and documentation and perform advertising translation and legalization. In addition, the localization process will often encompass changing your game completely, especially if you appeal to Asian audiences.

4. Prepare for localization.

To launch the localization successfully, you need to perform content analysis. Your team will look for the parts which need translation and which elements of the game will be adapted. After this step, you need to develop a lockit, or localization kit, which will be a guide for your translators. This guide is the key to your game and the content that goes with it.

5. Localize the code of the game

Many translation companies will offer you to localize your code to ensure smooth integration with translation management systems that will make your localization process much easier. After this, you may integrate your whole repository to a system to bring all the strings into a translation platform.

6. Decide on your company

If you are an indie developer, you may make use of a Steam crowdsourcing or enter game localization contests. There will also be enthusiasts who will be eager to translate your game for a small price to get their first portfolio item. However, if you want to have an impeccable result, go to Translationreport or the most famous localization company in your area. They usually provide you with a 360-degree service, which includes proofreading, editing, QA, voiceover, subtitles, synchronization, and many more.

7. Launch a test-drive

Before presenting your game to a broad public, be sure to find native speakers to test-drive your game. They have the best chances to find a bad translation or confusing parts of the dialogues and script. Do not hesitate to use their help.

 7 Key Steps of Game Localization

To sum up, the localization of your game has seven key steps. Don’t forget to determine an estimated budget that you can spend. Also, decide which languages and languages group do you target. After this, do a thorough preparation and code translation, and be ready to hand in your game to professionals. Test-drive and quality assurance are the final step to perfection. After these, your game will be ready for release in target markets. Remember that people like when you localize to their language. However, they like it even more if you localize properly. If you mind the culture, customs, and legislation, you will win many loyal customers.

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Henry Mcdowell is an expert copywriter and researcher who works freelance and writes for blogs and educational sites. Having vast linguistic knowledge, he provides basic advice on writing, essays, and research. In his free time, Henry enjoys gaming and visiting new places.

 

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Top languages that are the highest in demand for video game translations

 

Top languages that are the highest in demand for video game translations

 

If you develop games for Steam, browser games, console, or mobile games, there is one question that surely came to your mind. This question is about localization and languages. If you want to make more sales by reaching more gamers, you naturally need localization to more cultures. Before the start, every developer thinks about the ROI of the localization in the target language. The more languages you have, the more is the profit. This article will help you to set priority to localization languages, define goals, and move towards the better game quality and massive downloads number. Let’s go!

Languages to Localize Into 

  • Asian languages

If you are a mobile game developer, Chinese is your top language of concern. Why? According to statistics, the Chinese mobile game market has more than 283 million users, who bring the total market value of more than $7 billion. Thus, game localization into this language will be a success, especially if you deal with the broad market of mobile games. As for the other types of games, Chinese also has significant market share and presents an emerging market that you should consider. The other two giants are Japanese and South Korean, which both have their domestic game markets. On the one hand, it is easy winning an audience that is ready to buy new games. On the other hand, they may refuse to play if the game is poorly localized, or has not been localized at all.

  • Russian

No doubt, Steam is a large game platform that hosts billions of games. If you have a game on Steam, Russian is a language that you absolutely have to localize. With an impressive 10.88 percent of users, this language is the second top after the US English. Remember that when you translate to Russian, you also reach the audience of such countries as Kazakhstan and Belarus. This nation is also known for getting offended if the game they want has no translation. They are not keen on playing in English. So, if you considered localizing to Russian, don’t think twice!

  • European languages

Also known as FIGS, the top four European languages are French, Italian, German, and Spanish. Naturally, they aim at the wealthiest countries in the world, where people may spend their money on games without draining their budget. If you localize your game into FIGS, you cover almost all of Europe’s countries, as many of them are multilingual. As it is hard to find a freelance to do all of them, you may use the help of the IsAccurate to make the localization process more accurate. Another advice: it is better to cover all FIGS at a time to enjoy a high translation ROI and sales boost.

  • Indian

This country is the second populated after China. Although nowadays, the country is underdeveloped, its economics are gaining strength. If you are kind of the person that keeps up with the newest trends, consider translating your game to this language. The annual spending of the country is over $90 million, which presents considerable potential. The main obstacle may be that India has 22 dialects, all of which are official. So, this area requires a lot of market research.

  • Latin American group

Surely, Brazilian Portuguese and Mexican Spanish are the languages that allow you to enter the Latin American market. The economies of Latin American countries are booming, but they haven’t reached their full potential yet. So, these languages, like Indian, are more of an investment in the future.

Top languages that are the highest in demand for video game translations

Overall, there are certain language groups that you may choose to localize. They are Latin American, Asian, and European. Although it is better to translate the game to several languages at a time, consider adding at least one from each group to be on the safe side. Perhaps, some of them will be more beneficial than the others. Do not forget about emerging markets such as India and language-sensitive areas with Russian speakers. I would recommend following the largest profitable language markets and localizing your game to fit their needs. Most of the time, these large areas have their specific culture and believes, which you also have to know to localize the game successfully.

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Henry Mcdowell is a translation and copywriter expert that is keen on blogging about his topics of interest. He lives an active lifestyle and relaxes by doing sports or watching films in other languages. He says that his goal is to learn something new every day.

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What languages to learn if you want to be a game localizator

 

A dream of many people is to enter the videogame localization industry. This sphere is famous for its creativity, talent-seeking contests, and competitive, stimulating environment. Although it may seem easy to translate a game, this does not mean to localize it. Localization implies such skills as diving into culture, searching for information, and of course, knowing your languages on the level of native speakers. Still, the beginner game localizers often wonder which languages are the most profitable to learn. It’s not a secret that they possess a different ROI, and there is various demand in them. So, which ones should you consider? Here are some suggestions.

Learn EFIGS

 

What languages to learn if you want to be a game localizator

 

Do not fear this strange abbreviation. It merely stands for the five largest language markets that are English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. Although the Italian market is not thriving today due to the economic downturn, there are others. Why learn them? Let’s take a look.

  • English (United States). This language may be an obvious choice, as you are reading this article in English. However, it is not that easy. If you know English as a second language, be sure to acknowledge this version of the language. The Internet population of people who speak US English is 247 million, which brings $36,869 revenue. If you are a translator from the UK, be sure to include the American English version on your list.

  • This language is used in more than five wealthy countries in the world, such as Luxembourg, Belgium, Canada, Monaco, and, of course, France. The buying ability of people there is enormous. This fact means that the game developers are ready to hire you if you know French well.

  • Pay attention to this language, too, as it is broadly used in Austria, Germany Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein. Although German is considerably challenging to learn, it is the highest-ranked localization language among EFIGS. Be sure to learn it if you want to gain many loyal clients.

  • If we leave alone the dialects and versions, Spanish is one of the most popular languages in the world. Around 450 million people speak it every day. It is somewhere near Chinese and English when it comes down to worldwide spread. However, be sure to learn Latin Spanish, as it is more popular.

 

Asian Big Three

What languages to learn if you want to be a game localizator

1. Chinese

The whole of South Asia and the Pacific region is the fastest-growing area for the gaming industry. Although many languages in the area are worth noting, Chinese is an obvious choice, as it allows you to reach the audience of one of the biggest countries of the world with some of the largest populations. If you look at the Pickwriters, you may see that most of them deal with Chinese, including the game translations. Thus, do not hesitate to start learning. Better start now, as learning Chinese even at its simplified variant takes no less than four years.

2. Japanese

It is no secret that this country was a cradle for the videogame industry as a whole. Alongside the USA, this country is home to many game developing companies such as Sony, Sega, Nintendo, and many others. Many dedicated gaming fans live in Japan. Thus, think about learning Japanese. The demand will always be high. However, approach this industry with caution, as certain game localization types just don’t work for this country. Be sure to learn the cultural context really well. 

3. Korean

Although this country has a small population of less than 50 million, it has a vast gaming culture. If you know a bit about the gaming industry, you will surely name some successful Korean games like Ragnarok or MapleStory, alongside many videogame tournaments. It is hard to break into the saturated Korean market if the game localization fails. Thus, companies often hire Korean-speaking localizers to ensure the success of their product.

Around twenty percent of the world population speak English. This massive percent counts for 1.5 billion people. Still, only 360 millions of them are natives. Combine it with the fact that most people prefer playing games on their mother tongue, and you will get a full picture. Talented game localizers are always in demand. In this article, we looked at some of the popular localization languages to learn. Think about both Asian and European languages and decide what attracts you most. Learning any from the list above will give you a significant competitive advantage and will make companies choose you over the others.

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Henry Mcdowell is a traveler and translator who is keen on research and sports. He spends his free time reading books in foreign languages and also enjoys gaming. Henry says he is happy when he can experience different cultures every day.

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The Best Hacking Strategies: Aimbots and ESP

The Best Hacking Strategies: Aimbots and ESP

Game hacking is a very old practice of editing and modifying the game in order to win, change the characters and rulers of the game or just simply to make the game more challenging to play. Game hacking is done by either simply changing the codes of the game or by adopting a software which will search and download available modification from the internet. Click here to learn more about game hacking.

Types of hacks available

Mobility hack is for professional players who are not afraid of getting a ban as they risk it from the very beginning. Mobility hack increases walking speed, so the player can teleport anywhere on the map in no time. These games are taken care of by game console and there is a minority of players that actually use it. On the other hand, there is a private hack. This hack can be custom made by a handy programmer. Since it is quite expensive to get this hack made, it is not very widespread. Contrary to the mobility hack, a private hack is difficult to detect.

Most hackers use the third type of hacks: pre-made programs which are easily easy to get for players for no cost. Tutorials and videos are widely available to teach the player how to download and install them.

What hacks can do

Game hacking programs, known also as pc game hacks or simply called cheats fall into several categories according to their performance. There are programs for detecting enemy positions in a way that is not part of the base client. Other programs are capable of marking destroyed objects on the map, adjusting the display of grenade fight trails, calculating and marking enemy artillery positions or leaving exposed enemies’ vehicles even when not aiming at them. The hackers also use software for blocking enemy grenades by pinpointing a precise point of view, such as a laser beam or for detecting the enemies by adjusting the transparency on the map.

Aimbots and ESP

Aimbots and ESP are the most common as well as the best game hacks. Aimbot is a software which performs auto-aiming, or so-called aim-boots. Aimbot, however, is more than locking the focus in the base client, it can also aim at enemy weaknesses and takes over the shooting while the player focuses on other action (for example, on maneuvering his tank).

Some aimbots help focus the aim precisely on the head of the enemy, while others are capable of shooting automatically as well. The goal is to treat the opponent a perfect headshot which is something only professional and trained players can do.

There is a similar program, called triggerbot. This one allows automatic fire whenever the enemy is in sight. While not capable of shooting with precision as aimbot does, triggerbot allows for multiple shooting at the opponent. Less skilled players enjoy it just as much as they enjoy the advantages of aimbots.   

ESP is an abbreviation for “extra-sensory powers”. What that means is that an ESP program collects and shares all the information about opponents with the player. Among these are, for example, the information on the health of the opponent, the amount of the ammunition they have left, whether they go or sprint. Also, ESP can share how many steps are the safe distance between the player and his opponent.  Such details can greatly aid the player in the game.

Beware of VAC

VAC stands for Valve Anti Cheat, a system that detects the game hacks and bans the players who actively use them during the play. While some programs like X-Fire or Overwolf are excluded from the VAC ban, aimbot and ESP programs are not. Since the VAC is capable to detect the so-called cheat signatures of the pc game hacks, it is always a good idea to play on other than VAC-secured servers. All about VAC system: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valve_Anti-Cheat

There is another danger connected with game hacks. Some hackers may develop cheats which they disguise as a simple game modification, for example as custom skins. By downloading them, the player in fact downloads the hacks without knowing it and he risks being banned by VAC. Therefore, the mindful players should always download any allowed modifications from a trusted source.

 

 

 

 

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Metal Trainer

Metal Trainer

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

The Pokémon franchise has been around since 1996 and has been producing best-selling games almost yearly since then. I started with the first generation of Red, Blue, and Yellow games. Ro Panuganti, who specializes in video game covers, takes tunes from the Red and Blue games and puts a heavy metal spin on them. The end result is a nine-track digital album that provides over twenty-five minutes of heart pumping music to catch Pokémon to!

It’s been years since I’ve played Pokémon Red/Blue, but I still recognized the first tune, Pokémon Master, right off the bat. It’s the theme song, electrified! The second track named Viridian is the Viridian City music overhauled. The guitar playing is fantastic! The third track, Wild Encounter, has some nice sound effects and really spruces up the wild Pokémon battle music. Pokémon Hospital begins with a lot of background noises including chatter and ER machinery before revealing a soothing remake of the Pokémon Center music. The Mt. Moon track is true to the source material and keeps the sense of danger and the thrill of exploration. The sixth track, Cerulean, takes the upbeat city music and jazzes it up a bit. I wonder how many people would recognize it if it was set as hold music?

The seventh track, Lavender, is the longest track at nearly five and a half minutes long. I must say I like this version much better than the original game’s town music. The mysterious mansion music is the eighth track dubbed Mansion. Again, this rendition improves upon the original in my opinion. The final track, Gym Battle, is a souped up version of the iconic Gym Battle music.

This album is available digitally for $7 on multiple platforms and audio formats. It’s worth picking up for fans of old school Pokémon games and heavy metal.

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