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How Do You Create an Attractive Youtube Banner Template?

As a YouTuber, you have to have an attractive banner. This would help attract more viewers to your videos. A beautiful banner can also provide your video with more views, leading to higher profits because the advertising cost is less than if it's viewed by 100 people or 10 people.


Here are some tips on how you can create an attractive YouTube banner template:

 How Do You Create an Attractive Youtube Banner Template?


Have an eye-catching background color when you use a banner maker for youtube

You have to make sure that your background color is eye-catching enough. You can't just use a solid-colored background because it would not help draw the people's attention. An example of this would be black/white or blue/black, or any other common combinations. These colors are usually associated with danger or evil (or something negative). You can try using more vibrant colors like yellow or red, associated with happiness and excitement. There's also the choice of uploading an image as your background. Make use of this option because you can make it fit perfectly in your channel by picking an image that is relevant to it.


Have an appropriate font in your channel banner template

Some fonts look more professional compared to others. The most common fonts used on YouTube channel banner templates are handwriting, comic sans ms, Helvetica, and Trebuchet MS . These particular fonts would help convey the message of your channel perfectly. For example, if you're using a voice narration for your videos, Helvetica would be the best font choice because it is widely used in voice narration.


 How Do You Create an Attractive Youtube Banner Template?


Have a proper text placement in a youtube channel art template

Make sure that you place your text above and below the image (if there's any). The image will serve as an anchor to where people can focus, so place your text correctly. Your text should be big enough to get noticed, but it shouldn't get in the way of the image. You can use words or phrases that would help tell people who you are and what your videos are all about.


Have a proper length for the content using a banner maker free for youtube

You have to make sure that your YouTube banner maker template is as short as possible. The best way to do this is by having a text message with a link pointing to your website or channel. Make it simple and clean without any frills. The more complicated you make it, the fewer people will visit.


 How Do You Create an Attractive Youtube Banner Template?


Have color coordination in a free youtube banner

Your banner should be consistent with the image, logo, and colors of your channel. These elements are all associated with each other, so make sure that they are similar to avoid confusion on the part of your viewers. You can't just pick any color you like for your YouTube banner template because it might not fit the other images in your channel. You can use a color wheel or any free online color scheme generator to help you choose colors that will go well with each other.


Have YouTube's recommended resolution in a banner for youtube

In YouTube's Video Manager, there's a feature called Channel Design. Here you can choose from YouTube's recommended resolution, which you should follow. YouTube recommends a 1400 x 425 px image for your YouTube banner template because more people would be able to see it compared to the older version.


 How Do You Create an Attractive Youtube Banner Template?


Use Venngage YouTube banner size, template maker

Another way to create an attractive YouTube banner template is by using the Venngage YouTube banner template maker. With the YouTube banner template maker, all of your design needs are met. It's effortless to use, so anyone can manage to do it even without any knowledge of graphic design. All you have to do is pick the template you want, add in your information and download it instantly. You can also use Venngage to make infographics, social media post templates, resumes, and more!


Venngage is a free online infographic maker that aims to help professionals easily create their own infographics without graphic design skills. Since it's effortless to use, everyone can do it even without any professional design knowledge.


Be careful with your download options

When you're done creating your YouTube banner template, you have to make sure it is downloadable. This means that a button or link should allow the users to download and save the image on their devices. If it's an online platform, then you can use Venngage's cloud download feature.


 How Do You Create an Attractive Youtube Banner Template?


Don't go overboard with your design

Make sure that the design is simple because you're probably adding more elements later on. If you keep it simple, it will be easier for people to recall the information in just one glance. You don't want to strain viewers' eyesight with a complicated design because it would be ineffective for branding.

In the age of visual media, having a YouTube banner template is part of being a YouTuber and a necessity to get more views and subscribers.


Keep a low profile by using a muted palette of colors

If you're planning to use a YouTube banner template with an image, avoid the following colors: red, blue, and purple. These are already associated with YouTube, so putting them in your banner will just be counterproductive for your design.

It's best to go with grayscale colors or shades of blue because it would make your banner stand out. You can use Venngage YouTube banner template maker to help you out with this.


Know Everything About How To Make A Youtube Banner Template


With the above tips, you can create an attractive YouTube banner template that will capture more people's attention. It doesn't matter if it's just your first time using a banner for your channel because you can continuously improve it. Learn more about different graphic design tutorials on Venngage's blog.


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All Creatures Great & Small

All Creatures Great & Small

Thank you PBS for sending us the season one Blu-ray!

All Creatures Great & Small starts off in Glasgow, Scotland in the 1930s. The main character is James Herriot who wishes to become a veterinarian instead of having to do manual labor to make ends meet. Just when all of the nearby opportunities fizzled out, he receives a letter for an interview in Yorkshire Dales. After travelling hours by train and bus, he’s coldly greeted by the owner of the practice, Siegfried Farnon. The housekeeper, Mrs. Hall, insists that Siegfried gives James a chance.

James almost loses his job on the first night as the townsfolk pressure him to try their local ale and discovered that he can’t hold his liquor. Despite some blunders, James proves that he is hard working and more than capable of caring for the town’s pets and farm animals alike. Throughout the seven episodes of season one, you’ll see animals being born, operated on, and euthanized. If you’re squeamish, you’ll want to turn away during those scenes.

Siegfried has a brother, Tristian, who wishes to enter the veterinary field but is more interested in partying and pursuing women than studying. When Tristian is in town, both him and James try to earn Siegfried’s favor which is no easy task.

The characters are likeable and there are multiple love triangles. Though sex before marriage is implied, nothing is seen. Other than some gambling and light-hearted wagers, the last moral issue worth mentioning is that there is some mild language (d*mn).

Though my husband called this a girly “Hallmark” show he watched a good majority of it by his own free will. My daughters joined in towards the end too. I look forward to checking out the next season which is supposed to begin next year. This season ended on a bit of a cliffhanger.

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2021 Christmas Buying Guide

Here’s our 2021 Christmas buying guide! Below are our favorite gadgets and family appropriate titles we have played throughout the year. More reviews can be found on! Each game is given a gameplay score for the overall gaming experience and a moral score for how suitable it is for younger gamers. The Amazon and Humble Store links will benefit Christ Centered Gamer by giving us a small % of the sale.

Platform Title Game Score Moral Score Buy It!
PS4, Switch Dariusburst: Another Chronicle EX+ 90 94 Nintendo
Switch Game Builder Garage 88 88 Amazon
Windows Insurmountable 88 92 Steam
Switch Metroid Dread 96 89 Amazon
PS4, Stadia, Switch, Windows, Xbox One Monster Jam Steel Titans 2 86 94 Amazon
PS4, PS5, Switch, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S Monster Truck Championship 90 94 Humble Store
Windows Police Simulator: Patrol Officers 90 92 Humble Store
PS4, PS5, Switch, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 86 97 Amazon
PS4, Switch, Windows, Xbox One Roguebook 90 87 Humble Store
PS4, Switch, Windows Space Invaders Invincible 86 88 Nintendo
PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S Super Destronaut DX-2 85 94 Nintendo
Switch Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury 90 90 Amazon
Switch Tadpole Treble Encore 90 96 Nintendo
PS4, PS5, Switch, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S The Smurfs – Mission Vileaf 85 92 Amazon
PS4, PS5, Switch, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S WRC 10 FIA World Rally Championship 94 100 Humble Store
PC Audeze Mobius Headphones     Amazon
PC Corsair 5000D AIRFLOW Tempered Glass Mid-Tower ATX PC Case      Amazon
Switch Fixture S1 Switch Pro Controller Grip and Carrying Case     Amazon
  Jooki Generation 2     Website
PC ROCCAT Kone Pro Air Wireless Gaming Mouse     Amazon
PC ROCCAT Pyro Mechanical RGB Gaming Keyboard     Amazon
PC ROCCAT Torch Studio-Grade USB Microphone     Amazon
PC Xbox One Turtle Beach Recon Xbox Controller     Amazon
PC Turtle Beach Recon 500 Wired Gaming Headset     Amazon


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Galveston Burning

Galveston Burning

Disclaimer: The reviewer is the nephew of the author of the book being reviewed. No compensation of any kind was exchanged except for due payment for a copy of the book. Nothing was promised in exchange except for an impartial review of the merits of the text.

Fire is humanity's multi-edged sword. While it is useful for heat, cooking, and metalwork, it does have a dark side. Arson, injury, and death by flame or the attendant smoke caused by fire have been and remain a constant danger. James Anderson's Galveston Burning is a look at how the city of Galveston, Texas has grappled with the dangers of fire and its history of dealing with flame-based disasters.

The text is a five-part breakdown of various historical aspects of how Galveston has contended with fire. The first part is concerned with the cultural and historical background of Galveston itself. The second part concerns the improvements made to the city of Galveston, both to secure better living conditions in general and to secure the city against the dangers of fire. The third part discusses the history of Galveston's fire prevention and fighting services from their early origins to the present day. The fourth part covers various prominent fires that have occurred in the many districts of Galveston. The final part focuses on particularly significant historical buildings that have been damaged or lost to fire.

In terms of prose and grammar, this is a very straightforward text. It comes equipped with many illustrations that were needed to show landmarks and buildings described, with many of them provided by the author as part of their personal research. Despite the coverage of a somewhat niche topic, the citations are numerous and detailed. I must admit the latter sections of the text are a tad bland, reading like a summarized collection of news articles on fire-related incidents, as opposed to the straightforward discussion of the historical background of Galveston itself.

For students of history, I would not recommend this book as my first choice to anyone simply needing a broad look at the State of Texas. The author works as a tourism ambassador for Galveston, and the general purpose of the book would certainly be more useful for those touring Texas or wishing to have more knowledge of the Galveston area. Outside of this particular topical subset, this is not exactly the first book one would likely study for knowledge of Texas in general.

However, the contents do have some redeeming qualities. Generally, it merely presents historical information on the city of Galveston and its fight against the dangers of fire to its people and property. Regardless, there is a clear message arguing for the appreciation and respect for the cultural history of the city itself and the need to safeguard its cultural treasures against fire. It's certainly a worthy text for any tourism aficionado, and it conveys healthy respect for civil services that work in fire prevention.

If this sounds like an interesting text, it may be purchased on Amazon in Kindle, paperback, and hardback versions. My relation to the author notwithstanding, I would, provided the price is deemed reasonable, recommend this admittedly niche work of historical scholarship if one has a greater interest in Galveston, the fire prevention services, or Texas tourism in general.

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Tips To Improve Your Minecraft Experience

Minecraft is a game that has taken the world by storm for years now. It's one of those games where people are constantly looking for new ways to play it, find better strategies for winning, and generally improve their Minecraft experience. This blog post will cover six tips that will help you do just that - change your Minecraft experience for the better.

Tips To Improve Your Minecraft Experience

Get Optifine

Optifine is a mod that can be installed on your Minecraft game to help improve its performance. What makes it so useful is that the chances are good it will run more smoothly for most setups. It also comes with an auto-pause feature that automatically pauses the game if your FPS drops below a certain number - this helps prevent any big lag spikes from ruining your gaming experience.

Get a Texture Pack

Texture packs are incredibly useful in Minecraft because they can drastically change the look of your world. If you're feeling bored with how things currently look, then consider downloading one to try out - just keep in mind that some have been known to cause lag if installed incorrectly! Try searching online for 'top 20 texture packs' or something similar to find one you like.

Get a Mod

Mods are an even more powerful way to change your Minecraft experience. These will add new features and often drastically overhaul the game itself, so be careful when installing them! In addition, some mods can cause problems with certain other mods or refuse to work at all if others have been installed, so make sure you do some research before downloading anything that could ruin your game.

Get an Addons

Addons work similarly to mods but are far less dramatic. They will generally change small things in Minecraft, like adding new items or changing the way mobs act - which can be really fun if you get into it! One of the best aspects about addons is that they're typically smaller files, so there's a lower chance for them to mess up your Minecraft experience.

Use Quality Servers

Many people play Minecraft as a multiplayer game, and thanks to the creative freedom provided by its tools, players can make servers for their friends. Unfortunately, many of these are hosted on less-than-ideal machines or worse, some players' devices, which often lead to performance issues. As such, you should always use quality servers whenever possible if you want to play online.

Be sure to research your Minecraft hosting options before deciding, and don't forget to check the server's performance and stability before joining.

Use a Good Sound Card

Another thing many people overlook is their sound card. While it's not the most important aspect of a Minecraft experience, having good speakers and headphones makes your world much more immersive - especially if you're building complex structures or fighting enemies in Survival Mode that rely on audio cues to detect threats. So don't overlook this small detail!

With a little time and effort, you can make your Minecraft experience much more enjoyable. Whether that means changing the game itself or just your equipment, there are plenty of small changes you can make that will drastically improve your experience.


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tomtoc Urban Minimalist EDC Sling Bag and Switch Pro Controller Case



Thank you tomtoc for sending us the Urban Minimalist EDC Sling Bag and Switch Pro Controller Case!

Tomtoc was founded in 2016 and they pride themselves on designing fashionable and tech-savvy products for protecting your digital gear. They have a wide range of products for laptops, tablets, the Nintendo Switch and other gadgets.

We were blessed with an opportunity to review two of their products which are the Switch Pro Controller Case and the Urban Minimalist EDC Sling Bag. Both products are well designed and are bound to last a while.

Here’s a quick break down of each product:

Switch Pro Controller Case –$17.99 on Amazon (Affiliate Link)

Game controllers can take a beating from kids, animals, and traveling. They’re not cheap either so you should take care of them to get your money’s worth. When our kids were growing up, one of them took a liking to a PlayStation controller and damaged the rubber joystick by chewing on it. Had it been in a protective case like this one, it would have stayed in better shape!

The red clasp is easy to use and secure to make sure the case is on snug. We tried using third party controllers and the only one that came close to fitting was the PDP afterglow which left a small gap, but did close. The other brands did not work whatsoever. I would recommend this case strictly for the Nintendo Switch Pro controller.

Charging your controller while sheathed is possible since the charging port is accessible through the case. This protective case can be a battery saver while traveling since the buttons will not be triggered in transit.

Bottom line: If you have teething kids, gnawing pets, or travel a lot: protect your controller with this device!

tomtoc Urban Minimalist EDC Sling Bag and Switch Pro Controller Case

Urban Minimalist EDC Sling Bag - $38.99 on Amazon (Affiliate Link)

While not designed specifically for the Switch, this tactical bag has plenty of room for it along with its charging cable and accessories. There are lots of pockets though none of them are ideal for organizing the tiny cartridges. The Cordura ballistic fabric used in this bag is waterproof, durable, and resistant to tearing.

I like the look and feel of the rubberized zipper grips. Inside of the front ouch is a tick ribbon with a hook on the end of it that would be ideal for carrying a set of keys. If you’re prone to losing your keys, this is for you!

This bag can be worn as a shoulder sling (the straps are adjustable to make it longer or shorter as needed). I prefer to wear mine as a fanny pack. There are multiple colors available including black (reviewed), gray, and white. The black model is a little bit cheaper though.

Tomtoc stands behind their products with a one year warranty. If you register your product using its unique serial number, you can get an additional year of coverage free of charge! As of this review, there are coupons available on Amazon that can save you between 10-12%. Tomtoc’s website also has promotions that include a free USB thumb drive or 20% off.

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The Down Low on Lowden Guitars

The Down Low on Lowden Guitars


When we hear the word Lowden guitars, we immediately think of Ed Sheeran, Eric Clapton and Richard Thompson but did you know? These guitars are a result of integrating four essential things:

  • unique design
  • workmanship
  • assembly techniques
  • choice of wood


To appreciate the history and beauty of Lowden guitars, let's take a deep dive into their beginnings and how they evolved throughout the years. 


The Beginning

Lowden Guitars got its name from its maker George Lowden. His fascination for guitars started in 1961 when he and his friend made two guitars using a square soundbox, fishing lines for strings and bent over nails for frets. 


After eight years, George continued learning the art of guitar building. His dream was becoming Ireland's answer to Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, and in 1974, he finally decided to make guitars professionally. 


He initially started with a booklet by an English luthier named John Bailley and some woodworking tools. Everything started as trial and error, but he learned guitar making the hard way because of it. 


With his determination and creativity, he often thought out of the box. He also considered the following by figuring out how these will affect the overall sound produced by the guitars:

  • body shapes
  • bracing patterns
  • side profiles
  • construction options
  • various varnishing techniques
  • design


In 1976, he became more knowledgeable with the physics involved in the sound production of an acoustic guitar. This knowledge led to him creating an innovative soundboard bracing design. At the same time, it included his discovery of the following:

  • the "Dolphin" strut profiles
  • bridge design
  • finish inside the soundbox
  • methods of assembly
  • the blending of different woods


Afterwards, he began experimenting with the structural stability and design of guitars. Finally, he was able to create the A-frame bracing. In 1976, he made the first guitars with the "Dolphin" strut profiles and A-frame bracing. 


In 1980, there was so much demand for his guitars that they had to source a small and expert company to help them out. S.Yairi workshop near Nagoya, they chose Japan to make the guitars under license. 


There was a massive shift in 1985 because more people were now interested in electronic music; thus, the sales for acoustic instruments dramatically declined. 


In the 1990s, George trained his eldest son in making classical guitars, and he was able to design new guitars for the Lowden range. As a result, he created the Small Body, the Jazz and the Premier Range, now known as the 35 Series. 


From the 2000s onwards, more collaborations and opportunities opened up for Geroge Lowden and his guitars. As more people knew about the quality of the guitars he made, his products eventually had a cult following of their own. 


Today, George Lowden is still making guitars, and he is currently based in Downpatrick, County Down, Northern Ireland.


The Guitars

The Lowden Range features a distinct tone, playability and aesthetic beauty. Let's check each one out below!


The Original Series

This series is the very first Lowden range and was first produced in 1976.


The 35 Series

This series is for those who can appreciate the subtle tone colours and dynamic range of acoustic guitars.


The 50 Series

This series can be described as the Lowden Custom Shop because you can choose any wood and body size combination. 


The GL-10

They first introduced this electric guitar line in 2018, and it embodies the classic Lowden character. 


The Jazz Collection

This series is designed to be very comfortable for both classical and steel-string players. These guitars are fitted with a board pickup as a standard. Furthermore, the soundbox is voiced for a tremendous acoustic response.


The Specialty Collection

This series is designed to be played on stage. Therefore guitars under this line are primarily used as amplified guitars rather than traditional acoustic instruments. 


The Signature Collection

This series is made to honour guitar players who have consistently used Lowden guitars for many years. The people who influenced these guitars are Richard Thompson, Alex De Grassi, Pierre Bensusan, Thomas Leeb and Paul Brady.


The 12 Fret

This series is based on S size body guitars. The scale length is 630mm, which is the same as the regular 14 fret S model. However, the bridge for this guitar has been relocated, and the soundbox is uniquely voiced. This is done to create a guitar that offers something unique compared to the other guitars in the Lowden range.


Special Models

These series are mainly limited edition guitars made to celebrate milestones such as birthdays, anniversaries and a specific number of sales. 



Lowden guitars are the pinnacle of acoustic guitar manufacturing. Each guitar is handmade and carefully crafted. So if you are a professional player and you want exquisite tone and superb quality, a Lowden guitar may be the best fit for you. 


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How to Minimize Indoor Heat Losses?

How to Minimize Indoor Heat Losses?

Every year the change in global climate causes extreme winters and extended snowfalls throughout the winter season. To cope with the severe winter climate, people living in colder parts of the world invest in upgrading their heating and ventilation systems and installing radiant flooring materials. The upgradation of heating devices and materials costs you a fortune and makes you ponder how to reduce your gas bills. Over the years, people have paid thousands of pounds in energy contracts and gas bills. However, it’s time to switch to renewable and greener energy production methods that are relatively cheap and doesn’t harm our environment. 

Mentioned below are 10 ways of minimizing heat losses


  • Check for Cavities in Attic Insulation



Over the years, indoor insulated walls and roofs tend to wear out and have cavities in them. Attic insulation comprises wool, soft boards, and polyurethane foam. Pitched and flat roofs are insulated with a thick layer of insulating material. If your attic insulation is compromised, you will feel cold even though your heaters run at high temperatures. 



  • Install Double Glazed Windows 


Double glazed windows maintain internal temperature by creating a vacuum between external and internal environments. Double glazed windows are best for extreme climates and help your air-conditioning systems maintain the optimum internal environment. Moreover, with double-glazed windows, your internal environment remains fresh and clean. Every energy-efficient building or living space has double glazed windows installed at every opening.



  • Use Sealants 


Adhesive and durable sealants should be applied on every opening or joint between walls and windows and between the door and flooring. Sealing openings help regulate internal temperature as there would be minimum heat loss. Minimum heat loss means less energy is needed by heaters, reducing your overall gas and energy bills. The best quality sealants are available online and in stores that seal cracks and tiny openings.



  • Install Dry Walls and Claddings 



Artificial air barriers which maintain the airflow in your homes, such as gypsum and dry walls, should be installed instead of block walls. Drywall doesn’t allow the external temperature to influence or disturb your house’s internal temperature and environment. Installation of drywall is widespread and prevailing in colder regions of the world.



  • Hang Heavy and Double Layered Curtains



Individuals love enjoying the bright sunshine, making their living space cozier during summers. However, during winters, every house must install proper curtains to keep living spaces warmed up. Woolen and cotton curtains act as insulators and don’t allow internal heat to escape into the open environment. Heavyweight and double-layered curtains act as a layer in front of the windows and minimize heat loss.



To minimize energy and gas bills, one should always search for potential leaks in their living spaces. Moreover, it is imperative to invest in high-quality, user-friendly heating systems that consume less energy and work best at optimum temperatures. Energy-efficient appliances must be installed to minimize energy usage and consumption. To save gas, one can switch to electric heating appliances and accessories. 

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7 Benefits of Murder Mystery Party Games

7 Benefits of Murder Mystery Party Games

There are several things you can do to make the most of any gathering. This is especially in gatherings where they could use some fun fare to lighten up the atmosphere.

For such times, you should know that murder mystery party games are a go-to option. There are many benefits of making use of this game idea and we will discuss a number of them here. You are advised to keep reading as you will see reasons why this activity is a great one for your gathering and learn some other basics.

The Advantages of Playing Murder Mystery Party Games

7 Benefits of Murder Mystery Party Games

Truth be told, there are several game options to consider if you are having a gathering of any kind. Some of them include cards, board, and video games.

However, all these options have some downsides that make indulging in a murder mystery party a better option. Some of the reasons for this claim include the following:

Many Options to Consider

With card and board games, there are limited options. You have chess, draft, scrabble, monopoly, and some other options for board games for instance. Well, you have a lot more with this option.

This is because of game developers that are always coming up with amazing storylines and features in these games. The more interesting fact is that some of these murder mystery party games have various rounds.

For many, this means that you cannot exhaust all the fun that this option has to offer. So, you might want to consider it for this reason.

You Can Go DIY

For the record, playing murder mystery party is better if you are using a well-planned storyline by a professional developer. This is because of the several amazing features that are incorporated.

Be that as it may, you still have the option of creating your storyline and determining how the whole thing unfolds. This is not a possibility with many other gaming options. For instance, you cannot decide to have your video game created out of the blues.

In addition to what they have to offer on this note, you should know that you can add your twists to well-developed games.

It Can be Packed with Loads of Suspense

Dramatic features add a lot of fun to games. This happens especially when the activity is filled with healthy suspense and that is what you get with this option. This is because everyone is anxious to find the culprit responsible for the murder of the victim.

But here is the most exciting part in many scenarios. It is that even the person playing the murderer’s character might not be aware of who the murderer is.

Well, we have discovered this in many options and realized how much healthy and sufficient suspense it adds. It also helps the characters perform their dramatic roles naturally rather than mechanically. This is great as it means the murderer’s actions will not give him/her out until s/he is eventually unraveled.

However, you should know that this is not the case in every option you come across. So, you might want to make sure yours has this feature if you consider it very important.

Involves Teamwork

Activities that involve teamwork help a lot. These activities come in handy in the work environment, at home, and even in very informal gatherings. Some of the things these activities help achieve include:

  • Accommodating the views of others even if you have contrary views
  • Improved creativity and problem-solving skills
  • Boosted morale
  • Increased productivity
  • Better communication

You should know that all these happen both consciously and subconsciously and that there are more benefits involved. For more on this subject, you can visit:

Well, we have realized that involving people in murder mystery parties is a great way to build team spiritedness. So, you might want to consider it for this reason. We particularly advise that formal gatherings that depend on teamwork take advantage of this activity from time to time.

For those asking how teamwork is incorporated into this activity, this happens in the process of unraveling the murderer. This is because the characters form little parties with the intent of finding out the character responsible.

It Improves Calculative and Problem Solving Skills

Sometimes situations bring out the best in people and this activity is one of such. It is while playing the murder mystery party game that you realize how calculative you are and your ability to solve problems.

The better part is that indulging in such activities improves these skills and helps you replicate them in real life. This does not have to be in a real-life murder case as the developed skill can come in handy in other ways.

Most People Love the Concept

There are some usual challenges when people try to play games in gatherings. One of such is choosing an activity that appeals to everyone as people have differences.

For instance, some people may be opposed to board games as they consider it intellectually challenging. Some consider card games to be nothing other than luck smiling on the winners.

We are not saying that some people are not opposed to this option. However, experience has shown how most people will like to get on board. This is because of the suspense and excitement that it usually promises. Also, it is a perfect mix of many things – drama, suspense, problem-solving skills, and more.

A Lot of People can be Involved

Imagine you have a gathering of 50 people and you want everyone to have fun participating in one singular activity. The truth is that there are very few options you can consider.

Well, you should know that Murder Mystery Party is one of those few activities. This is because many storylines incorporate as many people as possible. Even those that are not playing active roles can make their predictions. You would realize that everyone is involved at the end of the day.

7 Benefits of Murder Mystery Party Games

Wrap Up

We have shed light on some 7 benefits playing murder mystery party games have to offer. It is for these reasons and more that we advise that you make the most of this activity from time to time.

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Challenges of International Staffing

 Challenges of International Staffing

Any business that indeed means business understands that global success is a must. Moving into international waters is a means of gaining new opportunities and diversification. It also enables such a company that ventures into the international market to enjoy reduced labor costs as well.

While this sounds all fine and good, there are certain stormy challenges that the company must weather if they want to succeed internationally. Chief among these challenges is that of staffing. Visit to learn 5 ways you can overcome common challenges peculiar to entrepreneurs.  

We know how challenging this issue can be especially for new businesses that are just trying to make headway into foreign markets. Therefore, we have written this article to intimate you with these international staffing challenges that you will encounter. Not to leave you shipwreck, we have also provided solutions to these challenges that will get you safely to shore.

Let’s get started…

1. Workforce Skills

Getting the right workforce staff with the appropriate skills required for your business is a problem most companies encounter when they move to establish their business in a target country. This is especially true if you are moving to a developing country or location.

You will need individuals that will understand your enterprise’s operations and overall goals. Also, you will need staffs that possess the right skills that can function in that location. They will need to speak the local language and also possess an understanding of business operations in that location.


To solve this problem we recommend getting skilled workforce through the following methods:

Intra Transfers

This strategy involves the transfer of skilled personnel from your business headquarters to the foreign country. These individuals will then occupy key positions that require skilled personnel. This strategy helps the entire organization to provide overseas assignments to staff who are interested. It also allows for information exchange between both locations.

Partner with Reliable Local Recruiting Agencies    

Look for local reliable recruiting agencies to partner with and outsource the hiring process to them. Inform them of the skills you desire and allow them to populate your workforce with such individuals.

The beauty of this strategy is that such third-party agencies can find staff faster and more efficiently than you would since they are based in that country. Also, you get to focus on other pressing administrative needs.

You can go ahead and even hand over all the management of local employees to the agency. They will then handle all the affairs of the hired staff with the agency serving as a middle-man between you and the employees. However, you need to ensure the credibility of the agency before you make this move.

2. Employees’ Salaries and Benefits

Getting skilled workforce is not enough; determining the appropriate salary and benefits is one of the challenges of international staffing that new businesses settling in a new country face. In making this decision, the following should be put into consideration:

  1. Mandatory Employee Contributions: This includes superannuation/pension schemes, workers’ compensation, health insurance, etc.
  2. Established Market Benefits: Sometimes, what is considered legal might not actually be the market norm. Therefore, you need to find out what the market you are in considers normal benefits instead of relying on legal documents that don’t translate to everyday market business operations.

iii. The Effect of Wide Salary Differences: Many companies in foreign countries tend to pay staff from the company’s residence country much higher than the indigenous staff. However, if you choose to follow this manner, ensure that the margin is not too wide. Such style has been known to cause a decrease in local staff morale and retention.


You should get professional advice from established and reliable local market authorities on issues such as recruitment, salaries, and compensations. This will enable you to remain compliant with market norms regarding these issues.

3.  Control and Management

There are different forms a business in a foreign nation can take. You could opt for a subsidiary, use licensing or franchising, or you could just partner with local agents. Irrespective of the form you choose, one thing is certain that headquarter of your enterprise residence country must still have control and management of the new branch.

This control is necessary to ensure the branch remains in sync with the overall vision, mission, goals, and values of the company. Furthermore, you must accept that local employees, contractors, and agents can significantly shape the local branch’s brand image via their activities. Hence, the control from the head office becomes very important.


Transfer of personnel from the head office to the branch is a great way to establish the control and management that is much required. Since these employees understand the values and culture of the organization, they are in the best position to enforce such through top-shelf management styles. Click here to learn more about management styles.

4. Tax Compliance

This is a major challenge that is inevitable when a workforce staff has been established. Since your business is established in that nation, it becomes a tax liable enterprise.

The specifics of tax obligations are dependent on the bilateral tax treaties that exist between the organization’s residence nation and the target nation. Another factor that plays a major role is the target country’s domestic law.


Before establishing your business in your proposed nation, find out from professionals the best commercial and legal ways that will enable you to optimize your business’ tax liability.


Establishing a business in a foreign nation comes with staffing challenges, and this article has addressed and provided solutions to some of them.

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NoSweat Disposable Liners

NoSweat Disposable Liners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Top Advantages of Using Proxies for Gaming

Top Advantages of Using Proxies for Gaming

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

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

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

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

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

Understanding Proxies 

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

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

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

Now, several things happen here including:-

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

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

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

Advantages of Gaming Proxies

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

  1. Online Anonymity

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

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

  1. Access to Restricted Content

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

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

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

  1. Faster Internet Speeds 

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

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

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

  1. Quick Data Exchange

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

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

  1. Proxies Can Help Reduce Cyber attacks

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

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

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

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

Final Thoughts 

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

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

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

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

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The Best Classic PC Video Games

The Best Classic PC Video Games

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


Deus Ex


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


ARK - Survival Evolved


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




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


Chrono Trigger


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

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


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The Addams Family 2

The Addams Family 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5 Strategies for Improving Your Gaming Skills

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

5 Strategies for Improving Your Gaming Skills

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

Understand Most of the Games on the Website

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

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

Regular Practice

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


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

Play as a Team

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

Hire Coaches

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


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

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Web Development Cost: What Do You Think?

Web Development Cost: What Do You Think?

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


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


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


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

Importance of web development


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

Digital branding is the present trend.


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


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


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

Search engine optimization is vital.


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


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


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

Deliver the best content to the users!


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


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


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

Attracting more leads is easy.


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


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

In a nutshell


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


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5 Ways to Optimize Your Gaming Space Setup

5 Ways to Optimize Your Gaming Space Setup

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


  1. Gaming desk


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


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


  1. Gaming chair


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


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


  1. Design theme


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


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


  1. Gaming accessories


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


  1. Storage


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




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


Author Bio

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


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Your Guide To Upcoming PS5 Games

Your Guide To Upcoming PS5 Games

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

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

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Release date: 21 September 2021

Available on: PS5 & PC

Publisher: Sony

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

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

Solar Ash

Release date: 26 October 2021

Available on: PS5, PS4, and PC

Publisher: Annapurna Interactive

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

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


Release date: 1 October 2021

Available on: PS5, Xbox, and PC

Publisher: EA

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

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

Call of Duty Vanguard

Release date: 5 November 2021

Available on: PS5, PS4, Xbox, and PC

Publisher: Activision

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

Battlefield 2042

Release date: 19 November 2021

Available on: PS5, PS4, and PC 

Publisher: EA

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

Horizon: Forbidden West

Release date: 18 February 2022

Available on: PS5 

Publisher: Guerilla

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

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

Death Stranding Director’s Cut 

Release date: 24 September 2022

Available on: PS5 

Publisher: Kojima Productions

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

Lost Judgement

Release date: 24 September 2022

Available on: PS5 

Publisher: Sega

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

Final Thoughts

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

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The Boss Baby: Family Business

The Boss Baby: Family Business

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

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

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

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

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

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Underrated Strategy Games For PC You Need To Play

Underrated Strategy Games For PC You Need To Play

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

Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds

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

King Arthur: The Role Playing War Game

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


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

Politics & War

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

They Are Billions

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


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


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

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