Within the first twenty four hours of its release, Diablo III sold over three and a half million copies. This set a new record and established this action video game as the best selling PC game of 2012. Set twenty years after the events in Diablo II, Diablo III takes place in the fantasy world of the Diablo series called Sanctuary. The plot of the game centers around Deckerd Cain, his niece Leah, and events that transpire after they go to Tristram Cathedral to seek out old, ancient texts that contain a prophecy. Players can choose to role-play an array of characters from five character classes. Read More →
NCAA 14 (video game) Overview
Fans of NCAA football can enjoy playing the game themselves with the latest release in the video game franchise. EA’s latest release, NCAA 14, is available for both the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. NCAA 14 features Denard Robinson, the former quarterback for the University of Michigan. One thing to keep in mind with this game is that it will be the last NCAA game that EA releases because the association will no longer allow the video game developer to use the name or logo in new games. Read More →
MMORPGS (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) have been around for quite some time. Despite their ubiquity, a lot of gamers think that they are generally not good. Only a few MMORPGS have stood the test of time (World of Warcraft, for example). Luckily for MMORPG enthusiasts, “Grand Theft Toronto” looks like something gamers are going to play for the years to come.
As one mobile app reviewer on the site states:
“Grand Theft Toronto is the pinnacle of online gaming. One of its greatest assets is that it is a cross-platform game where the gaming experience is the same whether it is played on a mobile device or a gaming console. Its other greatest asset is its level of detail.”
He is right. Gamers will likely lose dozens of hours immersed in the game. In the game, one can play as a “good guy” or a “bad guy.” Gamers can even play as someone who is “in the middle” for a more complex experience.
As has been said before, many people will most likely immerse themselves in the game for years. The question is, will Grand Theft Toronto change the face of online gaming? Only time will tell. The other analysts and reviewers of this site had a round table last night. Although they could not agree on whether the game is an instant classic or not, they did agree that it is going to influence how game developers will design future online games.
The success of the game is not without controversy, however. Although its overnight success has to be noted, there have been reports of Rawkstarzz employees filing legal complaints against the company. Some of the employees at the company said they were overworked for months without fair compensation. Some are even claiming that the poor working conditions at the company have caused them both psychological and physical harm. Video game companies usually do not get involved in personal injury cases, so what is happening at Rawkstarzz is somewhat shocking. One of this company lawyer’s colleagues happens to be one of the best accidents lawyer Toronto has to offer. He told this website that should the claimants win the case, it would deal a huge blow to the video game industry.
The analysts of this website tried reaching a personal injury attorney involved in the case for comment, but he refused to answer any of their questions. Rawkstarzz also could not be reached for comment. They only informed the site that they would release their official statement regarding the matter in the coming weeks.
Regardless of the controversy surrounding the creation of the game, the analysts and reviewers of this site agreed that the critical and commercial success of the game is largely because of its unique emphasis on the social aspect of online gaming. It goes without saying that online games have always focused on the social side of gaming. Grand Theft Toronto’s focus on it is in unprecedented, however. It connects to a player’s social media accounts in the most intuitive way. Connecting one’s Grand Theft Toronto account to one’s social media accounts yields rewards for the player. The social media integration also ends up giving players a whole new level of immersion that was not possible before. What happens when future online games end up doing the same thing? Will gamers also immerse themselves in their worlds, or will they just stick to the gaming experience provided by Grand Theft Toronto? Will social media functionality in video games get old and tired? This is where the analysts’ point of contention began. It remains to be seen how far-reaching Grand Theft Toronto’s influence will be. What can be said now is that it is a groundbreaking game.
Having been a lean and rather skinny guy for my entire youth, imagine my shock when I started to pack on the pounds uncontrollably with no end to it in sight. After playing world of Warcraft and Dragonball Z – I realized that I wanted a body that looked just like some of these characters in game, and not the body that I had developed while actively playing these games. Looking back now – especially on old photos and the like – I was dying to get back in shape the way I was once. I began to search online for anything that could help me get rid of the extra pounds that I still wanted to lose.
I started surfing blogs, reading fitness sites and doing everything I could to find a way to get back in shape. I started using some apps that show a broad spectrum of information displayed on charts and graphs on weight-loss habits, exercise trends and dietary breakdowns as well as where to fill in nutritional gaps with supplements. From carefully observing all of this insight, I was able to see just where I had been going wrong in what I was eating and how I was exercising.
I was surprised that after following a strict dietary schedule, within just a couple months I was able to lose 10 pounds right off the bat! I was on my way to having a body just like the characters in the video games I have always played. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t to knock video games. I still play them everyday. But I make sure that my diet routine is in good shape and I make sure to moderate my workout supplement intake daily as well.
Getting the body that you want is extremely important to gamers. Being a hardcore gamer and reviewing games constantly, it’s an extremely tough battle when it comes to making sure that I’m staying in shape. The bottom line is that I just had to make my mind up and commit to making fitness my main goal in order to keep myself in active and top shape for my other activities outside of gaming. It was always embarrassing to go to my family’s house on the holidays and never get picked by my brothers to play basketball and/or football because I was out of shape.
Overall, looking back on the changes I have now made in my life because of my gaming lifestyle, I am very happy that things have turned out the way they have. I’m sticking to a solid workout plan that can be seen here, and I have been exercising much more efficiently. I have also gotten rid of some foods in my diet that I thought were actually healthy, but weren’t. I would recommend this application to anyone who is serious about bettering themselves health-wise. If you are like me and constantly struggle to get in shape like the video game characters we emulate on a daily basis, the bottom line is that you have to pull up your boot straps and commit to a routine that you know you WILL stick to on a daily basis.
So after a month of playing with the Alienware 17, I have decided that it’s here to stay. I consider myself a hardcore gamer, and having had a desktop previously, I was looking for a desktop replacement, that I could take with me if I needed to. I feel like I definitely made the right choice after a lot of research for the best gaming laptop. Don’t get me wrong, this thing is a monster, I mean It is huge, but At least I have that little extra it of mobility over the desktop (and no drop in performance whatsoever).
Before I talk about gaming on this bad boy, I want to talk about the looks a little bit. Having never owned an Alienware, I always heard that the design was a huge selling factor. I always thought they looked cool online, but when I opened the box for the first time, I was blown away! Simply put, they just look so cool. Between the multi colored backlit keyboard and the jet intake style speaker grilles, this is just one of the best looking laptops I have ever owned. While I consider this more of a desktop replacement (literally, the last computer I owned was a desktop), I could see myself taking this guy with me on short trips. I mean a little portability is better than none, especially when there is no drop in performance from my desktop to this guy; it is by far one of the top gaming laptops in the market.
Now the gaming on this is just what I was hoping. When I ordered this thing was hoping for a good looking laptop, with the power to back that up, and that is exactly what I got. This machine has the bleeding edge fourth generation Intel core i7 Haswell processor, which was something I was just dying to get my hands on. With 16GB of ram and the GTX 780M, I knew I would be covered no matter what I was doing. Of course part of my daily routing involves intensive work on Adobe Photoshop, intense video editing with After Effects, and of course plenty of 3D gaming. With my love for gaming, I knew I would need a heavy duty gaming laptop, that could play all of today’s most demanding and hard core games. Playing Tomb raider, I was able to get a respectable 40 fps on ultimate settings with 1920 x 1080p resolution. Playing World of Warcraft at 1080p and maximum settings, I was able to get a whopping 103 fps. Playing many other games, I came to the conclusion that there was not much this machine would not be able to handle, and I haven’t been proven wrong yet.
Since this was going to be my main computer, I needed something that would excel in daily performance as much as it did while gaming. With its quad core i7, this thing works great on my day to day tasks, which as I said before, includes intense video and photo editing. All in all, I really am enjoying using this machine as a main desktop replacement, both for gaming and for work, I could not be happier with my decision.
Superannuation is the Australian version of a compulsory retirement pension scheme. There are thousands of different superannuation funds, or super funds as the Aussie’s call them, and each provider has different options for retirement investment. Many of these super funds have been late to the smartphone party and are only just beginning to develop apps for their customers. However, those that are producing apps are going all out to ensure that their smartphone apps are fully featured. One of the companies that has recently released an app is REST Super, which also happens to be one of the largest retirement funds in Australia. Let’s take a closer look at the features of the app.
REST Super is one of the largest super funds in Australia and was originally started for those working in the retail industry (although anyone can join today). It is one of the top performing super funds on the market and also has the advantage of being a low fee fund. You can read this comprehensive REST Super Fund review for more information.
The Features of the App
The main features of this app related to online account keeping. Of course, this is all available via the website, but the smartphone app makes it so much easier. You can update all of your personal details with this app and also make any changes to your investment options that you desire. It is a fairly simple and straightforward app, but everything that is available via the online portal is available via the app – there are no missing features (I hope more app makers are taking note). Contacting customer support is also very simple from within the app and this is a great feature that other financial service providers should be offering with their smartphone apps.
The app features a great design that is intuitive and simple to use. All of the features are available, which makes it more convenient to use than the web-based account portal. The app does not run in the background and does not consume resources when it is not running. The app is very responsive and does not suffer from any lagging or slowdowns.
It is a very simple app that provides not much more than the basic user experience. In some ways this is in an overly bad thing, because keeping it simple makes it very usable. The main letdown is the lack of specialized smartphone features. It would have been nice to see the designers add something special for this app that wasn’t already available via the REST website. Overall, there isn’t much to complain about here.
This is a great, dare I say super, app that provides just what a user is looking for. It would have been nice to have a few extra features, but this is more of a disappointment than a letdown. The REST Super Fund app is the gold standard for financial apps and we can only hope that other financial providers will follow in the footsteps. If you are a member of this super fund then this should be on your download list today.
Smartphones were invented to do much more than just make and receive phone calls, and many people are finding they’re a great substitute even for a personal computer. Not only are the screen sizes growing and the hardware under the hood improving, but the catalog of apps available to smartphone users is expanding in breadth and depth. Apps are small individual programs that you load onto your smartphone and which perform one particular function, so you can maximize the efficiency of your device. Consider some of the most fun and useful apps you might try on your smartphone, helping you do everything from managing your personal finances, to navigating you around town.
For everyday use you probably want Google Maps, which is one of the most downloaded apps for smartphones today. This can keep you safe when on the road and makes traveling much easier. For fitness enthusiasts, Zombies, Run! is also a fun and useful app. It’s interactive and takes the user through a scenario of a zombie-infested city as they make their way out for supplies. It keeps your everyday jog from becoming boring and repetitive!
TuneIn Radio Free connects you to some 70,000 radio stations across the world, so you can enjoy your favorite type of music whenever and wherever you please. TuneIn Radio Free is just one of many music apps, and access to everything from music, audiobooks, podcasts, and much more is one of the areas that apps are making the biggest gains in virtually every month! Buzzfeed tunes you into the top trending stories on the internet, quickly and easily, so you can keep up with hot news stories. Tweetbot does the same for trending Twitter topics so you can stay in touch with those you follow and read popular tweets right form your phone.
There are some apps that you may not use every day but which can be very helpful. Circa News is maintained by a team of editors who take the day’s most important stories and then break them down into bullet points that are easy to follow, so you don’t miss anything important; never run out of water-cooler conversation topics again! Terminology combines a dictionary with a thesaurus and also a link to Wiktionary, so you can find out the meaning of any word or phrase within seconds. The free eBay app allows you to shop and sell on their site quickly and easily. In addition to the eBay app, the online retailer Amazon has an easy-to-use app that can put the ability to buy just about anything at your finger tip!
If you’re searching for a new home, a mortgage calculator can be very useful so you can easily figure your monthly payments and amount of interest paid overall for a new home loan. At the iTunes stores you can find these apps produced by Quicken Loans, Zillow, or Trulia. This can be very handy to have when you’re on the road looking at homes and want to know your payment options before considering a potential purchase.
With the success of Clash of Clans from Supercell, there is no doubt that there will be competition from other gaming companies. In comes Castle Clash, where you get to wreck other player’s empires just like Clash of Clans.
Today, I am going to present you a very brief guide on how to play this game. Let’s take a look at the buildings first.
This is your main building that provides you with more building capacity. Upgrading it allows you to build more gold or mana storages.
Well, this mines lots of gold for you. When you upgrade it, it increases the amount of gold you mine.
This produces mana for you. Mana is used for upgrading Gold mines and storages. Hire troops also uses mana as well.
This stores your gold. It has a maximum cap. Upgrading it will increase you the amount of gold you can store.
Mana Vault >
This stores your mana. It has a maximum cap. Upgrading it will increase the amount of mana you can store.
Now, let’s take a look at the defensive buildings:
This will protect your base for player sieges. When you upgrade it to level 10, it can be switch into a cannon, arrow or magic tower. Each tower has its own unique ability. Cannon tower does splash damage. Arrow does rapid single target damage while Magic tower hits up to 3 targets. You can also put heroes in the garrison to increases your tower’s ability. It is pretty cool.
This place will allow you to train your units. Upgrading the Army Camp will increases the number of units you can have there. It also increases the aggro range during defense.
The fun part about Castle Clash is the addition of Heroes into the game. The Hero Base allows you to station your heroes to help you fight in battle. Your heroes can be leveled. Upgrading the Hero Base increases the aggro range when defending.
Walls will protect your important building such as the Town Hall or gold/mana storage. A well build empire will have protection all around the base. Ideally, you will want to put your Town Hall in the center.
This building lets you upgrade your units. Ideally, you would want to upgrade 2 units that you use the most. I like to use ranged units (Hunter/Pyromancer) because they can do a lot of damage in a short period of time. If you were to combine this with the healing spell, you can keep your ranged units safe during sieges.
The Relic Hall allows you to purchase and research new spells that you can use in sieges. Here is a breakdown of some very useful spells:
Arrow Rain – This rains arrow in an area and damages enemies in it for a short duration
Restoration – Heals a small area for a short duration
Guardian Angel – Grants invulnerability for a short period of time
I personally like these 3 spells and I always bring them to battle.
There you have it, hoped you liked my guide.
Social Point Games
If there was one company that made some really good Facebook games, it would be Social Point. They have come out with 2 really excellent games. They are Dragon City and Monster Legends.
Dragon City is a breeding game that allows you to breed a HUGE variety of dragons. You basically have 12 elements that you can mix and match to get a lot of rare dragons. They are Terra, Flame, Sea, Nature, Electric, Ice, Metal, Dark, Light, War, Pure and Legendary.
The Pure and Legendary dragon types are harder to get as they are extremely rare. In the game, your goal will usually be getting all the different dragons. Each element is strong and weak against a certain element. For example, Flame type dragons are weak against Sea types, but it is strong against Nature. Dragons can also have either 2 or 3 elements combined.
All dragons have certain habitats that they can live in. Putting them in those habitats will earn you gold. Each dragon has a gold/minute ratio that generates x amount of gold. Terra dragons have a high gold/min ratio, but their Terra habitat only has a low gold maximum capacity. Sea dragon has a low gold/min ratio, but their Sea habitat has a much higher gold capacity.
Besides making gold, you also get to play perhaps the most exciting and fun part of the game – breeding. Ideally, you will want to breed the strongest dragons in the game so you can compete with other players. With so many different combinations, it can be quite hard to figure out which dragon you will get when breeding them. There is this really cool Dragon City breeding guide that you should check out that will show you the different breeding combos.
This game is the successor of Dragon City. The game play of Monster Legends is very similar to Dragon City. Instead of breeding dragons, you breed different types of monsters.
In Monster Legends, there are 9 different elements. They are Fire, Water, Nature, Electric, Water, Magic, Dark and Legendary. The Legendary element is the strongest, but it is also hard to get. You get to breed different hybrid monsters that have a wide variety of fighting skills. The battle system is slightly different than Dragon City. Instead of battling 1v1, you get a team of 3. Each monster has different skills that will aid you in battle. You can learn up to 4 fighting skills at any given time. The cool thing is that monster can level past 30, which is the level cap of Dragon City. The battle system is much more completed as well. Your monster can heal themselves or stun/blind their opponents. Stealing resources is also introduced in the game.
If you enjoyed Dragon City, Monster Legends is definitely a game you should check out. If you have trouble breeding certain monsters, there is this breeding guide you can refer to.
I do think that Social Point is really good at producing games that casual gamers will enjoy. Hopefully, they can keep on coming out with awesome games like the two above mentioned games!
World of Warcraft (WoW), was released in November of 2004 and has grown to hold the Guinness World Record as the massively multiplayer online roleplaying game with the most subscribers with more than 7 million subscribers as of July, 2013.
After almost 10 years, WoW retains an enormous base of loyal subscribers and remains one of the most polished MMO’s ever.
Horde vs. Alliance
The war in WoW is the ongoing conflict between the Horde and Alliance factions. In general, the Horde is made up of primitive, savage races, while the Alliance is composed of the humans and their more-civilized allies.
The Races of Azeroth
At this time, the following races are members of the Alliance:
Draenei (Introduced in the Burning Crusade expansion)
Worgen (Introduced in the Cataclysm expansion)
Pandaren (Introduced in the Mists of Pandaria expansion)
The following races are now members of the Horde:
- Blood Elf (Introduced in the Burning Crusade expansion)
- Goblin (Introduced in the Cataclysm expansion)
- Pandaren (Introduced in the Mists of Pandaria Expansion)
All races have their own unique abilities and special bonuses that make them suited to different roles in WoW.
The Classes of Azeroth
Unlike races, classes are not split along Horde and Alliance lines. Each faction has races that can become each of the classes.
At this time, the classes are:
Death Knight (Introduced in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion as a Hero class available to higher-level characters)
Monk (Introduced in the Mists of Pandaria expansion)
The World of Azeroth
Azeroth is the setting for the World of Warcraft MMO. At launch, there were two continents in WoW, Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms.
The Wrath of the Lich King expansion added the icy third continent of Northrend. The Mists of Pandaria introduced the Asian-inspired continent of Pandaria.
Each continent is divided into separate zones, providing almost 300 areas for adventuring. Scattered through these zones are more than 100 mini dungeons, to challenge characters of all levels.
While WoW is friendly to solo players, it also has an extensive support system for groups of characters, guilds, and raids (very large battles incorporating many different characters) to accommodate almost any play style. This flexibility makes WoW one of the most popular games of all time.
WoW requires a subscription to play. The normal fee is $14.99/30 days, but larger blocks of time can be purchased at a small discount.
While there is plenty to do in the base WoW game, to visit all of its areas and play all of the different races and characters, additional expansions must be purchased, as outlined above.