Superheroes and The Law (Can Superman Run For President of the USA)?


Superheroes and the Law

Can Superman run for president of the United States? Can the makers of the genetically modified spider that bit Peter Parker sue him for patent violations? Is the Superhuman Registration Act constitutional?

My wife works in the legal field (trained as a Paralegal), and she stumbled on this geeky but legal related book and just knew that other geeks like me would be interested.

In THE LAW OF SUPERHEROES, lawyers, co-bloggers (at Law and the Multiverse), and self-proclaimed comic book nerds James Daily and Ryan Davidson attempt to answer these questions – and many more. Wherever the law and comic book stories intersect (and the points are both numerous and varied!), Daily and Davidson are there, armed with a library’s worth of case law, a comprehensive knowledge of comic book lore, and an easy, engaging sense of humor. The result is an accessible, enjoyable look at US law as explained using examples culled from comic books.

This Amazon review has a great summary, click on through to The Law of Superheroes:

The book is split into thirteen chapters, each of which covers a different area of US law:

1 – Constitutional Law: e.g., Does the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment grant mutants civil rights? Could the state ever force a superhuman to relinquish his or her superpowers?

2 – Criminal Law: If you murder a superhero who’s later resurrected, is it still murder? Is the Joker legally insane?

3 – Evidence: Could the court ever allow testimony given by a masked superhero? Can the services of psychics be used to verify a witness’s testimony?

4 – Criminal Procedure: Would evidence gathered by Batman be admissible in criminal court? Could a superhero be held liable for false arrest?

5 – Tort Law and Insurance: Does the nonconsensual use of telepathy constitute a violation of privacy? Who’s legally responsible for the massive property damages sustained in the comic book universes?

6 – Contracts: Could Batman really contract the services of thugs to rescue civilians, as he does in No Man’s Land? Are contracts with the Devil enforceable?

7 – Business Law: Which business designation would best fit a superhero team, e.g., for tax and liability purposes? Does the Americans with Disabilities Act afford mutants any protection?

8 – Administrative Law: Would Superman owe taxes on pieces of coal that he crushed into diamonds? How would flying superheroes deal with the FAA?

9 – Intellectual Property: Does Peter Parker own the copyright to photos he takes for the Daily Bugle? Do the surviving members of The Beatles have a copyright claim on music created by their counterparts in an alternate universe?

10 – Travel and Immigration: Could Superman really renounce his US citizenship? Would international restriction on travel apply to superhumans who travel by teleportation devices (i.e., since they aren’t technically crossing borders)?

11 – International Law: What are the territorial markers of Atlantis? Do US courts have any jurisdiction over crimes committed on other planets?

12 – Immortality, Alter Egos, and Resurrection: Would the compound interest on their investments provide a living wage to immortals? Can immortal beings collect Social Security in perpetuity?

13 – Non-Human Intelligences: As a non-human, would Superman have any rights at all? Can the Endangered Species Act be used to protect intelligent super-nonhumans?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, I found the early,”sexier” chapters on Constitutional and criminal law more entertaining than those on business and administrative law. That said, the authors still manage to make the tax code seem somewhat interesting.

Why China Will Win The Next Space Race


China Space

While NASA and the European Space Agency gets most of the world’s attention, China, Japan and India are racing for the heavens. Since China’s first human spaceflight in 2003 and its threatening anti-satellite test in 2007, Asia has seen a surge in space activity, with budgets increasing rapidly across the region. While few officials admit to the term, a “space race” is emerging in Asia.

Head on over to the DailyBeast for the full story and analysis of China, Japan and India that are starting a new space race that may put the EU and USA in the follower position in the future.

The Swift Programming Language Is Growing Like Mad

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Wired is reporting that Apple’s new programming language called Swift has an incredible adoption rate. Introduced 7 months ago it is already the 22nd most popular language in use.

Apple’s main goals for Swift were ease the process to develop apps for Apple devices, make it easy to learn and fast to use. Also this would lower the bar for developers to onboard to the Apple platforms.

Learn more about Swift at , or if you want to jump right to some code samples to get a lowdown of the language head on over to Apple’s Swift guided tour.

Weaving nanowire into textiles to create self-heating garments



To stay warm when temperatures drop outside, we heat our indoor spaces — even when no one is in them. But scientists have now developed a novel nanowire coating for clothes that can both generate heat and trap the heat from our bodies better than regular clothes. They report on their technology, which could help us reduce our reliance on conventional energy sources, in the ACS journal Nano Letters.

Follow the link to read more at – 3 Reasons to Play at NetEnt Casinos

Net Entertainment (NetEnt), one of the world’s leading providers of online casino software and games, was launched in Scandinavia in 1996. According to the software provider’s official website, its secret of success is “innovation,” owing to which it can deliver topnotch online gambling products and services. One of the biggest contributions of the company is CasinoModule, its award-winning product, which is a comprehensive online casino gaming solution with an impressive back office and more than 200 sophisticated games. NetEnt operates in countries all over the world, including Gibraltar, Ukraine, Sweden, and Malta.


It is therefore not surprising that NetEnt casinos are some of the best in the industry.

Here are 3 key reasons players should play at casinos powered by NetEnt software.

Ultimate Gambling Experience

NetEnt Casinos offer not only a Flash online casino, but also NetEnt Touch, a mobile casino platform, and Net Entertainment Live Casino, a live dealer gaming platform. There is also a network of progressive jackpot games that can transform players into millionaires with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Impressive Games Portfolio

NetEnt Games Portfolio

NetEnt casinos offer a wide range of casino games, including video slots, table games, Scratchcards, and other games, but the software provider’s focus appears to be on slots. Players have scores of slots games to choose from, each based on a variety of exciting themes, featuring brilliant graphics, and capable of delivering the authentic Vegas experience.

New players can easily get familiar with the games as each game has a question mark. If players click on this mark, they will be taken to a page displaying the game rules as well as the return-to-player percentage of that particular game. Players can learn more about NetEnt slots at, this websites has been invaluable to us in our quest to find out everything regarding Net Entertainment.

The table games, though fewer than the slots, are just as delightful. The library of table games includes not only NetEnt online blackjack, but also Red Dog, Baccarat, Roulette, Pontoon, and Casino Hold’em, to mention just a few.

State-of-the-art Software

Players only have to register and play at a NetEnt casino to realize that the software provider maintains the best industry standards while developing its games and software. NetEnt offers its software in many different languages and has been designed so as to offer localized content.

NetEnt software is safe and secure. Since eCOGRA audits the software development environment at NetEnt, players can rest assured that NetEnt software meets industry standards and delivers the 100% fair gaming experience. has played at a few Net Ent casinos including, Leo Vegas, Mr Green and Super Lenny. Each offers a different experience based on their bonuses, loyalty programs and service.

Football numbers are geek Nirvana

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Football offers Nirvana for geek punters who like to take a numbers-only approach – because the odds are affected so much by the emotion of the market.

Those of us who can stay detached from that emotion and who look more deeply into the stats than the last games can therefore only win out over the long term. It’s all about bringing the statistician’s “cold” and detached resolve to bear in making your value-based decisions.

In this way, you can often make bets where the odds of an outcome are far less than fully reflected in the actual odds. In other words – by looking at stats from football history only and your own judgement, you may be able to beat the market.

If you look on sites like Blue Square and others, you’ll find some excellent analysis and insights that may help sway your judgement in the right kind of direction. This kind of information can be immensely helpful – just don’t lose sight of the numbers because it’s all about the numbers.

One of the best tactics around is to weigh up all you can about a game then come up with your own fair estimate of the likely odds. But you must do this exercise in complete ignorance of the actual odds. Then, when you look at the real odds, you’ll quickly be able to see if you’re a long way out in any direction and to place your bets accordingly. Big games like the English Premier League are easier as there’s such an enormous market in them.

The acceptance of loss is also vital. You’re simply spinning coins and steadily gambling on them at better than even money, in theory at least. Even if you can only manage slightly better numbers than the weight of probability suggests – you’ll come out steadily on top. But you’ll also lose a lot of wagers along the way. Things do not always go to plan, such as Manchester United losing to Southampton. Think of it as moving three steps forward and two steps back all the time – then the losses are tolerable because you accept they’re inevitable. It’s just a numbers game using your own detachment from the emotion of the market that helps you win out in the end.

Strangest Games of 2014

2014 was a great year for gamers. The heavy hitters were out in full force with some of the most eagerly anticipated titles flying onto – then as quickly off – the shelves, including Destiny, Alien Isolation, Far Cry 4 and South Park’s The Stick of Truth. However, 2014 was also responsible for some of the most bizarre and surreal games ever to grace our consoles or computers. Take a look at this outlandish and extraordinary selection that covers everything from romantic avian encounters to life as a slice of wholesome white. So whip out your paysafecard – allowing for easy and anonymous payment for online gaming – and enter the strange and often humorous world of surreal gaming.

  • Goat Simulator I don’t think there is a child in the world who, at some point during those formative years, hasn’t dreamed the greatest dream of all. And that dream, of course, is to frolic in the meadows, conquer the snow capped mountains and generally get up to unending suburban mischief as a………… goat. Thankfully, all of those flights of fancy can now be realised with the bizarre, yet utterly compelling, Goat Simulator from Coffee Stain Studios. Priced at just $10, your bovidaen alter-ego can run, ram, jump and lick his way through this sandbox of “udder” madness. Get it now and rediscover your inner “kid”.
  • I am Bread The best thing since sliced bread is, in fact, I am Bread. Use your loaf and navigate through the many pitfalls of a mundane family home during your quest to become toasted. Based around a tricky physics engine that creates some truly addictive game play, I am Bread costs just $10 and has been a big hit with those who enjoyed Bossa Studio’s Surgeon Simulator from 2013. The graphics and the story are great too. Are you bready?
  • Hatoful Boyfriend This 2014 release is actually a HD remake of an older Japanese game that puts a strange avian twist on traditional otome dating games. You take control of a teenage girl who has recently enrolled in a school populated exclusively by birds. Your job is to navigate this multilayerd visual novel by dating pigeon pupils to a variety of different conclusions. However, a dark undercurrent propels the story forward, keeping you on your tridactyl toes at all times.
  • Jazzpunk Created by Necrophone Games and published by Adultswim, it’s no real surprise that Jazzpunk has made it onto the list. A single person adventure game to rival any surreal cinema from Gilliam or Lynch, the plot centres around a cold-war-esque espionage agency that employs your character, Polyblank, in the important business of pigeon smuggling and cowboy assassination alongside a healthy splash of cross-dressing – all of which is fuelled by an apparent prescription drug addiction. Filled with classic mini-games and abstract graphics, Jazzpunk costs just $20.

A Look At Mario’s Sports Titles

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The sports genre has become one of the most popular and lucrative within video gaming. Since Atari Football landed in 1978, offering sport fans the chance to experience the virtual thrills and spills of the NFL from the comfort of their own living room, the genre has gone from strength to strength. Moreover, with the release of EA’s FIFA 15 capitalising on the slew of League Cup betting on the likes of Bet365 currently going on, the genre isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

Whilst the more straight-up of simulations have proved most popular, with series like Pro Evolution and Virtual Tennis posting several entries, there have been plenty of more off-kilter titles that have proven popular. The most famous of these are the various Mario sport simulations, which have seen the Italian plumber lend his hand to everything from golf to soccer. Despite these spin-offs not being produced as regularly, or selling as highly, as their more serious counterparts, they have had a consistent presence through multiple Nintendo platforms. Therefore, in honor of Mario’s contribution to this popular video game genre, here are three of the best of his sporting endeavors.

Mario Strikers: Charged Football (Wii)

It is perhaps telling that this colorful football game was not developed in Japan, but by a team in Vancouver that is coincidentally located near the developer of the FIFA series. Therefore, it is unsurprising that ‘Mario Strikers’ is a more tactical and realistic, if only relatively, title than the games which preceded it in the series. Whilst this should not suggest that the game offers either the subtly or authenticity of FIFA, it does have surprising depth and gameplay that rewards intelligent play over button-bashing. Saying this, the game still features flamboyant and oversized characters from Nintendo’s canon and various power-ups and fantastical random events. However, despite this title not concerning itself with ball physics or formations, it is ridiculously playable and perfect for those either too young, or too casual a fan, to appreciate the obsessive realism of FIFA.

Mario Power Tennis (GameCube)

This quality sequel to the classic N64 game is the perfect continuation of the original experience. Developer Camelot is careful not to tinker with the successful formula of the N64 original, simply honing and adding elements when necessary. The success of Mario Power Tennis is in the superb gameplay dynamics beneath the vibrant locations and cartoonish characters. It would have been easy for Camelot to rely upon Nintendo’s popular, and identifiable, canon and deliver a game that was big on character but low on playability. However, this has never been Nintendo’s style, so the gameplay is as intricate and lovingly crafted as the world it is set within. The gameplay is fast and frantic but never haphazard or sloppy. Power-ups are intricately placed and designed to prolong, and add variety, to the contest. Animation is crisp and characters are gifted with individual strengths and weaknesses, not to mention personal mannerisms.

Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS)

Perhaps the least popular of Mario’s sports titles, this latest handheld entry – which is a decade removed from the last – is easily the most streamlined and enjoyable edition to the series. Featuring sharp and clear graphics which, although they do not push the 3DS hardware, are brimming with personality and flair. Simple but accessible gameplay, with a thankfully faster pace than the real-life equivalent, combined with strong level design and addictive mini-games makes this the perfect sports game on the go.

"Coffee Messenger" the First Touch-Based Smart Messaging App for Google’s Android Wear

Coffee Messenger App

Awear is a wearables startup and yesterday they announced “Coffee Messenger” a free app for Android Wear that lets you text from your smartwatch.

Some of the benefits of the app are that it’s FREE in Google Play! 🙂 It also has hundreds of customizable messages you can send with a swipe of the finger such as “Meet me for coffee” or “Running late…see you at home.”. And you don’t need to pull out your phone to see who’s texting, this is a great user experience. You can just flick your wrist to respond to the SMS. I also like that you can customize vibrations so you know who’s trying to get your attention.

Coffee for Android Wear is free and available today at The app works on the popular smartwatches Samsung Gear Live, LG G Watch, LG G Watch R, Sony SmartWatch 3, Asus ZenWatch and Moto 360.

Skype as “Universal Translator”


Microsoft has released its first preview of Skype Translator, which allows real-time conversations between spoken English and Spanish and will be extended to more languages. The program will learn by recording conversations in order to analyze scripts and train the system to better learn each language.

The preview program kicks-off with two spoken languages, Spanish and English, and 40+ instant messaging languages will be available to Skype customers who have signed-up via the Skype Translator sign-up page and are using Windows 8.1 on the desktop or device.

Read details on this “universal translator” at the Skype blog announcement.

How to stand out from the gaming crowd

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The online gaming marketplace is pretty crowded right now. Try popping something innocently generic like ‘online casino’ into Google and you will be overwhelmed with the number of different offers competing for your attention.

In what is an increasingly international – not to say global – industry there are quite literally hundreds of casino sites all offering what at first glance appear to be notably similar offerings. Roulette, blackjack, poker, sports betting and lots and lots of slots appear to be common across the entire sector. Given that the underlying software is often shared by competing brands, this makes the marketing aspects of what we are presented with all the more pertinent.

So how do these providers all survive? Is what we are seeing just like the early days of the dinosaurs? Is this just what happens when a relatively new technology allows providers to tap into the public appetite for easy play? Could it be that over the fullness of time this wealth of providers will drop down to a more restricted sample of just the fittest and the best – a kind of commercial evolution?

Taking an admittedly restricted view of what is on offer – a full analysis would take all of 2015 to complete, and even then it would be out of date whist it was being proof-read – here’s a look at a ‘best of breed’ example.

The UK-based SuperCasino has packaged itself as a roulette specialist. Competitors Full Tilt and PokerStars have already carved up the growing poker market, so there is a clear precedent for this sort of niche approach – as opposed to just provision of a generic casino experience. In addition to this targeted branding, SuperCasino stands out in terms of its movement into conventional media.

Specifically, SuperCasino deliver live interactive gaming across terrestrial TV channels. SuperCasino deliver a live roulette show nightly on Channel 5, one of only five terrestrial Channels in the UK. Games are pitched at relatively low stakes games – in contrast, for example to some poker sites which make a point of targeting bigger stakes. SuperCasino is clearly aimed at the recreational end of the market.

A reflection of this is their gently promoted series of slots games. Like their competitors, SuperCasino are keen to cross-sell users as an additional offer beyond their principal roulette offering. In this way the branding represents a strong initial positioning, with an immediately resonant first point of recall, but it sees maximum use made of each and every user visit. The nightmare scenario would be for roulette clients to leave the site in search of an alternative gaming experience.

SuperCasino’s offering represents an interesting balance in terms of marrying a focal brand identity with a catch-all supermarket-style approach. Such a dual offering is evident elsewhere – e.g., in the poker providers already mentioned. This suggests that for all the brand investment, the industry is still far from a settled environment.

The hybridization of sports betting providers – for example – into the casino market suggests a kind of gold-rush is taking place. It almost seems as though everyone is after as much of every piece of every market they can find. Even Sega and Sky TV have experimented with online casinos in recent years. That is clearly not the most evolved marketing strategy.

A more singular, focused and targeted delivery, such as that presented by SuperCasino, looks to be a more viable long-term bet. It is hardly a new strategy, but being master of one trade – rather than a’ jack’ of them all – looks like the one sure-fire way of being able to stand out from the crowd.

Truck Nation – A New Transport Strategy

Hey, you truckers out there! Wanna play a new strategy game hit? From spring 2015, you can send your trucks out on the road in Truck Nation. Set up your own trucking company, complete transport contracts and face up against the soulless trucking company, “The Corporation”. The road awaits!

Awesome trucks, Cool truckers, Dirty tricks and more…

Association Ground  Map

The official website of the new transport strategy hit by Travian Games/Bright Future is now live at

On the website interested players can get informed about the details of the game and apply directly for the Closed Beta.
Alongside more than 60 different standard goods that can be transported by small and large trucks, there are also special goods in Truck Nation, such as cement, large construction parts, boats or cars, which require specialized vehicles like mixers or special trailers. Passenger transport is also possible, since players can quickly train their truckers as bus drivers. Illegal goods are particularly special as the players can’t let their competitors catch them transporting these.

The drivers are the focus of Truck Nation. They have special characteristics, they can be enhanced and they go with the player – who also drives a truck personally – through thick and thin. Over the course of a game round, all the players – together with their drivers – compete against The Corporation, a powerful firm that left loads of drivers on the streets after mass dismissals at the start of the game.

Truck Nation spans 12 weeks per round and in the final weeks an exciting endgame takes place where players compete to dominate the map of their chosen country. The game combines logistics with the setup of a trucking business and a central contest between associations, which seek to gain control over all the territories in the game world. The association with the largest area under their control at the end wins the game.

The trucks, the drivers and the setting with realistic country maps all serve to make an interesting and strategically varied multiplayer game, in which thousands of players take part in a game round and race along the German motorways for instance.
The competition between the associations is tough and involves plenty of little tussles and attacks against other associations, for instance by causing strikes or setting up road works. A spy network can be built on the association premises, which particularly comes into play in the endgame.

Interested players can apply for the Closed Beta and Open Beta at

Best Online Multiplayer Games

There is a seemingly endless amount of multi-player games to be played online. With the advances in mobile technology, gamers now have greater access to the gaming world. No longer is their gameplay restricted to their bedroom, now they can even find enough ‘G’ to play whilst on the bus!

But, with so many multiplayer games online, you can become swamped. So we have made it easy for you. Below are some of the best multiplayer games that can be found.

World of Warcraft

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The Grand Daddy of multiplayer games. Since 2004, World of Warcraft (WOW) has gone on to become one of the most popular games to have ever been released. With over $10 billion in sales, it is unsurprising that WOW is the highest grossing video game of all time. In January of 2014, it was announced that over the game’s 10-year lifespan more than 100 million accounts had been created.

The latest offering, Warlords of Draenor, has been extremely well received and sold more than 3.3 million copies in 24 hours of release. If you like your roleplaying games and all things mythical, World of Warcraft is definitely the multiplayer game for you. Here you can embark on quests with your allies or plan raids on your foes. The immersive and absorbing gaming spectacle that is WOW is incomparable to any other multiplayer game out there.

Online Poker

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Perhaps slightly leftfield, but it is impossible to ignore the sheer might of online poker. US accounting firm Joseph Eve, Certified Public Accountants, state that one in four dollars is gambled online. In 2012, the global revenues from online poker stood at $6.7 billion. Online poker’s popularity is surging and, with laws in some American states relaxing around online gambling, expect the number of players and the revenues to continue seeing unprecedented growth. Online poker not only offers players the chance to win cash prizes – with most sites you can also play with fictional money – but it offers customers the chance to converse with players.

As human beings, we have always had an impulsive nature inside of us. This is something that stretches all the way back to the start of man. In every era of mankind, gambling has been prevalent. You cannot deny that. Nowadays, instead of scorning gambling we are starting to embrace it. With the stakes smaller and the technology readily available, there is no longer a taboo or stigma attached to gambling. Hence more people are playing. If you were planning on playing in an online card room, betfair poker is a very good option among the providers. With thousands of players and hundreds of active online tournaments, playing poker has never been easier.

FIFA Ultimate Team

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EA Sports played a masterstroke when they included FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) on their FIFA 2013 game. Fast forward to 2015 and you couldn’t imagine playing FIFA without FUT. In this online game mode, you simply create your own team. This can be done by buying either packs or searching for individual players. As well as creating a team, you take on other FUT players online. Victory is imperative as you are in a division.

If you get enough points, you will end up getting promoted. If you don’t, you will find yourself relegated. It is this risk that makes FUT so rewarding and so gut wrenching at the same time. Victory really can make your day. Defeat usually ends with a controller being chucked, which more often than not finds the television. For any football fan, FUT is the only logical place for you to play. It is testament to just how popular FUT is when you look at just how many people check out YouTube to watch someone else open packs of players. One millions viewers is not an anomaly.

Call of Duty

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Call of Duty (COD) is the other video game juggernaut. A high proportion of gamers alternate between COD and FUT, presumably to get rid of their FIFA rage – something that is a big problem in the youth of today. In the latest COD instalment, Advanced Warfare, Kevin Spacey, yes, Kevin Spacey, is the main antagonist. For a video game, that is incredible.

However, COD would never have been able to attract a name like Spacey if they didn’t have a premium product. The thing that makes them a premium product is their online multiplayer capabilities. You have the COD staples like Team Death Match, Capture the Flag and Search and Rescue as well as lesser known modes like Momentum and Hardpoint. One of the great things about COD is that it gives you the platform to play within teams or you can go nomad and slug it out to the end. By the time you have played it for a couple of months you will be a dab hand with the throwing knives.

Amazing Growth In Online Gaming

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In the last few years there’s been astounding growth in the online gaming market. And when you take a look at why, and what aspects of entertainment and social sciences are involved, it’s eye-opening to say the least.

It wasn’t too long ago though that online gaming was considered an underground activity, that it wasn’t a trusted destination site for the Average Joe to spend his leisure time or money. It all started in 2003 when Chris Moneymaker stunned the World Series of Poker tournament by winning after having qualified through an online poker event. Then in the last 5 years or so the regulations in Europe and USA have started to allow more gaming operators to allow an ever increasing number of games that accept cash. In 2012, Europe had an astounding 40%+ increase in total gaming sessions as the regulations loosened.

So the tradition of gaming as a legitimate form of entertainment and income has definitely moved to the online gaming world as well, thanks to their drive towards legalization and regulation in many regions of the globe. No operator has taken more advantage of the opportunity than SuperCasino. They have a great UI, breadth of games, professional talent and voice actors to participate in the Live Gaming to make you feel like you’re on the casino floor. With their focus on experienced players and newbies alike makes it a great destination location to have fun while making some money.

Of course, the operators themselves have been out-innovating each other with fantastic sign-up bonuses, a wide array of games, live TV to view real blackjack and roulette games. Just like the walk-in casinos always advertise – “The more you play, the more you can win”, and the online gaming operators are providing more options and more variety to attract players and give them opportunities to win real money.

As if this wasn’t enough to cause the massive popularity and growth, we also have social gaming coming into play now. Starting with Facebook, and even Candy Crush’s popularity is being looked at by the gaming regulators as a way of dipping their feet into social online gaming. The top five casino games on Facebook – Texas HoldEm Poker, Slotomania, DoubleDown Casino, Bingo Blitz and Best Casino together draw a whopping 11,240,000 daily users.

Gaming regulators and developers are taking note of the popularity of skills-based games and dissecting their popularity to find ways to adapt it to the gaming industry.  Take for instance the Atlantic Gaming Commission point to Candy Crush, Madden, Farmville as examples for gaming developers to model themselves after.

Another indicator that online gaming is staying ahead of the curve compared to the walk-in casinos is that some operators now accept Bitcoin. I don’t see that happening at the physical casinos in Las Vegas, Monte Carlo or Macau.

Geeky Christmas Ornaments


Geeky Christmas Ornaments

These are some new, cool and geeky Christmas ornaments to adorn your tree. I’m kind of partial to the Santa Popeye ornament, though i can imagine he’s dropping off cans of spinach in the stocking and that would *not* be cool 🙂

The artist is Mike Gaiss. He’s a sculptor of geeky stuff and a stop motion animator. He worked for Jim Henson and Will Vinton (the PJ’s), Opie and Anthony show and more. This year he’s been showing at Bottleneck NYC and Hero Complex Gallery LA.

Check out the Zeitgaiss etsy shop for more.

Online Casino via PS4

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For someone who sees themselves as a gamer first, gambler second, the ideal scenario would be a gaming console that offered its players casino gambling games to the same level that it allows them to play regular games.

There have been many gripes about the lack of quality casino games designed for consoles. Although there are a few different ones around, such as Hard Rock Casino, Vegas Games 2000 and Poker Master they all share one common feature – you can’t play them with real money. Anyone who gets a buzz from playing casino games will know that the majority of the excitement attached to playing games like roulette, blackjack and poker is the fact that you’re using real cash to play them, and that a win means more than a metaphorical pat on the back – it means more cash in your hand.

For anyone who enjoys gambling online at home, there are plenty of options out there. You can join a poker site and download the software, or you can play a huge variety of classic casino games by playing on an instant play casino site. There are hundreds of different sites to choose from, and as competition amongst such sites to win new customers is high, there are plenty of incentives available to get new players to sign up.

Most casino sites will offer a no-deposit bonus to players who register an account. This is usually a small amount of credit that is available to use for a limited time and it gives the player a chance to try out the site’s games for real. If they like what they find, the next incentive is a welcome bonus – usually where the site matches or doubles the first deposit that a player fuels their account with. Check out the offers available with major sites such as 32Red, 888casino, and SkyVegas to see how much free playing credit you can get.

For casino novices, the online casinos can provide great practice ground for games such as blackjack. You may never have played a game of blackjack before, and if you need some practice before placing bets with real money, the online blackjack games for example allow you to do just that. You simply play in practice play mode, where the cash you bet with is virtual. It allows you to try out different moves like doubling down, splitting hands, taking insurance without risking real cash. And if you get it all wrong, you don’t lose a penny, but you’ll have gained in experience.

Console gamers who find the fact that you can’t gamble on the consoles might appreciate the online browsing that they get with the integrated web browser on the PS4 though. Although there are no dedicated gambling apps or games available on Playstation, at least you can use the console to access your favorite online gambling site.
And once logged in, you’ve got the Dualshock 4 gamepad analog controls and buttons to navigate your way around the online casinos with.

Of course, you can do this on a normal pc or mobile, but the advantage of playing online casino on a PS4 is that you can show off your skills to people you know using the social share buttons on the game pad. It’s possible to share both images and videos of your casino gaming this way, as well as broadcasting your gameplay live through different video streaming services that you can sign up  to.

When you first start gambling, though, you may not have that many successes to wow people with, so you can keep a mediocre casino gaming performance to yourself with the anonymity that online gambling offers until you’re playing skillfully enough to want to share!

There are always rumours that real money casino gaming is just around the corner for console gamers. For example, it’s been suggested that EA will add poker rooms to its online game centre soon. But until that day arrives, at least it is now possible to play online casino via your PS4, if not exactly on it.