Category Archives: Video Games

How MOBAs Are Luring Hardcore PC and Console Gamers Into the Mobile Gaming Sphere

There has long been the perception that mobile games are just not as good or as ‘serious’ as the games we play on consoles and PCs. Perhaps it is because of all those social media games like Farmville, or the ‘4 Pictures, 1 Word’ style puzzle games your aunts like to play, but mobile gaming has a really bad rap among hardcore gamers.  However, there are a few genres in the mobile gaming market that have helped more established gamers begin to enjoy the mobile platforms and look forward to their ‘dead time’ out and about, for instance commuting, so they get some free time to play them. Of these, MOBAs (multiplayer online battle arenas) are probably the most popular.

Here are some of the qualities a good MOBA, like Arena of Valor, a popular game you can find out about at https://mobilegamerhub.com/arena-of-valor/, have included to make serious gamers pay attention:

Rich Character Builds

MOBAs are not unique to mobile devices, and have been played on PCs online for years. They are now becoming a big deal on mobile, partly because the technology is starting to allow equally fun and interesting gameplay, even with the unusual control systems that have to be created for touch screen devices. However, one of the most appealing things about this style of game has always been the diversity and richness of the character builds a player can create. Choosing from interesting classes that have a role in a group or are well equipped for one on one combat is interesting and fun, and allows players to build up their roster of playable characters much as they would in PC or console games of this nature.

Great Social Features

When you play on console or PC, you do of course have chat options within the game you are playing if you are enjoying an online gaming experience. However, these do tend to be even better on mobile games, as they are built around being used on communication devices. Whether you play mainly with people you know or strangers the games match you to, communication and social features tend to be exceptional on the big name mobile MOBAs.

Good Bragging Rights

Almost anything you can play online has visible achievements and stats, and league tables you can use to see how you compare to other players. However, this is also an area where mobile gaming really excels, due to the large community and the ease of incorporating things like gamer stats and worldwide performance tables into your interface. If you enjoy playing for glory or to beat other players, it is rarely more satisfying than on mobile MOBA style games.

While mobile gaming is a long way off of being able to replace PC or console gaming in the hearts of serious gamers, games like MOBAs have really made it a lot more enticing, and perhaps won a lot of us over when we aren’t at home.

Games For The Month of August


The Month of August 2017 has been packed with new awesome game releases.  Let’s do a rundown on some of the cool games released so far. These games include Cities: Skylines and Night trap 25th Anniversary Edition

Cities: Skylines

Cities: Skylines is an adventurous game for players with the desire to build their own dream city. Players start from a stage of city planning, urban zoning, road construction, city management, infrastructure development and transportation. Cities: Skylines game challenge is based on the ability to maintain or govern the player’s city.  Players work towards managing city factors like waste management, employment, health, traffic, basic sanitation, city pollution levels and budgets. The player begins by surveying and plotting the area where the city is going to be built on.

The player then add roads, schools, police stations, fire fighters departments, hospitals, power, water, sewerage residential and commercial areas. Different transport systems are constructed to manage city traffic flow. For instance, roads differ in width depending with area; freeways are wide to cater for large traffic volumes. The player is required to manage all the factors to score points. This game demands high levels of skill and strategy. It is just like an online casino real money game but without the real jackpots. Cities: Skylines runs on different platforms such as Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS and Linux.

Night Trap


Night trap 25th Anniversary edition is a fascinating action horror game that many players will fall in love with. The first Night Trap game was released in 1992, the game developers are celebrating their 25th Anniversary with a new game. Night Trap is about a member of a Sega Control Attack Team (player) and the rescue of five young girls. These girls are spending their weekend at an estate and the house is invaded by vampires. The player’s mission is to monitor using hidden cameras and catch these vampires by setting traps. If the player fails to catch them, the young girls are killed. Night Trap is supported on PlayStation 4 and PC.

Footballer Wants To Change Name To Show His Love of WoW

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A punter for the American Football Team Minnesota Vikings says that he loves playing World of Warcraft so much that he’s tossed around the idea of changing his name. His name (for today at least) is Chris Kluwe, his teammates know of his love of WoW and they’ve already given him an appropriate nickname but he is considering taking that name to the next level.

Here’s his discussion of the topic on his weekly radio program (original article from Star Tribune):

“I think more people like to hear me talk about playing video games than football,” said Kluwe, an expert at many video games. “I’ve played video games since I was 4 years old. I play them a lot more than I kick a football. I kick the ball about 45 minutes a day. I play video games about five or six hours a day. But that’s OK. I don’t watch TV.”

“Back when [Bengals receiver] Chad Johnson changed his name to Ocho Cinco, I told the guys at 93X that I was going to change my name to Chris ‘World of Warcraft,’ ” Kluwe said. “They said that’s too long. So they started calling me Chris ‘Warcraft.’ I could make a lot of money if I changed my name to that.”

He’s doing pretty well for himself. He recently renegotiated his contract for $8.3 million over the next 5 seasons.

According to his wikipedia page, he plays a troll rogue on the Kil’jaeden sever, keep an eye out for him. It’s unknown whether he plays a female or male char 🙂

 

[via Gaming Angels]

The Coolest Blocks Around.

I doubt that Alexey Pajitnov had any idea in 1985 that when he designed Tetris, it would be one of the most popular games in video gaming history.  Here we are 23 years later, and you can find it on every popular computer type, gaming console, handhelds, cell phones and PDA’s.  And being so wildly popular, there is bound to be fan designed products dedicated to the game, such as tshirts, mousemats, stickers, etc.  But I have to say, the wildest, and dare I say “Coolest” product I’ve seen dedicated to Tetris, is the ICEBLOX.

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Now you can chill out with your favorite drink and play Tetris like one cool customer!

Hemp-Mote Smokes The Competition.

Dhreck, a dedicated modder went ahead and made a Wiimote and Nunchuck shell entirely out of hemp. Why would he do this? I believe the operative question is “why not?” And yes, it is an actual Wiimote under there, it’s not just some hemp mockup. It is fully functional, and ready to use in game play.

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The Hemp-Mote is absolutely playable, all buttons, accelerometers and the infrared camera accounted for. Unfortunately its exterior is also quite fragile and prone to degeneration, being in the raw state that it is.


Using saws and files I removed most of the hard plastic shells, then rebuild the underlying shapes using modeling putty. After Smoothing the result out with fine grained sandpaper I give the whole a quick black paint job to ensure eventual gaps didn’t stand out too much. Ta-daa!, a base to wrap stuff around.

It continues to amaze me the lengths some people will go to to enhance their personal game play.  I’ve sanded a few edges here and there and shortened or lengthened cables, but this level of modding takes the virtual cake !  That being said, I want one!

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Back in the day, the Ghostbuster movies were teh bombage!  I’m glad to finally see Atari Run with a newer version of this namesake with a fresh approach and using the latest in video and programming technology to produce it.  This is a definate must buy for me next June!

Check this awesome HD trailer:

Besides….who would pass up a chance to drive the Ecto-1, arguably one of the most famous vehicles in movie history 😉

Who Wants Some??

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Yeah you heard it.  The Duke is back, and even more crude, and anti-alien as ever.  Full of the famous one-liners everyone’s come to love and repeat, “Duke Nukem: Forever” seems to have made the unlikely transition from vaporware to reality.  3DRealms.Com released this new trailer for the game that been on the development shelf for ten long years. A bit disappointing because it doesn’t show any gameplay!  However, those who can remember back to the days of old….*grin*  Here’s a recap of the DN:F video 3DRealms released back in 1998 that previews some gameplay and cutscenes.

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I’ve been waiting a loooooong time for this title.  A while back, I gave up the ghost, and surrendered it to the vaporware category.  Oh Duke – Why do you tease me so?!?  Don’t let me down again 😉  In the immortal words of the Duke himself – “It’s time to kick ass and chew bubble gum. And I’m all out of gum.”

GeekNews Minicity

Here’s a cute little web browser based “game” that lets you create a city sort of like SimCity.  There’s nothing to do, it’s all automatic, and is completely based on original hits from individual IP addresses.  The more people that visit the city, the more it expands in detail.  On the website it shows what pages to visit in order to increase different factors of the city.

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Of all the watches, the rolex watches as well as fossil watches have been the most popular of mens watches, also because they are known as the super tsunami watch duo.

So – go visit GeekNews City and let the population explosion begin!

Retro Game Of The Day

Pac-Man, the quintessential retro arcade game. Originally created by Namco in the early 1980s and has now been updated for the web by Neave.  I can’t tell you how many hours I lost in this game 🙂   Now here’s a chance to have a lot more fun in this web adaptation of an 80’s classic.

                             

Use your arrow keys to move the Pac-Man. Press “M” to Mute/Un-mute sound, “P” to Pause/Un-pause the game, and “Q” to quit at any time.

Have a ton of fun!