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How Game Developers Are Dealing with Piracy

December 24th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Guides

Piracy is a major issue in video gaming and some game developers have had enough. Piracy is the act of owning and using a video game without actually paying for it. There have been many versions of video game piracy over the years and they are all technically illegal. The digital age has led to many technological advances and unfortunately for the video game industry, people have learned many ways to steal video game content and play those games without paying. The gaming industry however, has come up with an answer and many game developers are putting that answer into effect.

In an attempt to weed out piracy, some developers have come up with ingenious ways of stopping pirates from playing or at least keeping them from enjoying their games. The developers of the popular game Operation Flashpoint Cold War Crisis have come up with a great way to deter would-be pirates. During game play, the pirate will begin the game with weapons that work normally. Throughout the game however and as they advance to higher levels, those seemingly normal weapons begin to be less effective and the player will begin to take on higher and more fatal levels of damage.

In Grand Theft Auto 4, another very popular game, developer Rockstar has implemented a very simple method for teaching pirates a lesson. Whenever a copy is determined to have been pirated, the camera in the game will begin to wobble after just a few moments of beginning the game and will not stop which makes it virtually impossible for the player to continue. Rocksteady, developers of Batman Arkham Asylum have made it impossible for pirates to play as well. When a pirated copy is detected in this popular game, Batman is unable to use his cape which means he cannot glide. This makes it very difficult for players to win the game because there are many sections that require Batman to glide using his cape.

In Serious Sam 3, pirates will find themselves face to face with an immortal enemy when they pick up the gun in the first level. If they do manage to outwit the red scorpion and continue on with the game, they will have only a couple more levels before the camera will lock completely into a position that has their characters spending the remainder of game play running in circles without actually going anywhere.

And finally, EarthBound’s developers, Starmen.net, have copy protected their games from piracy by making enemy encounters much more frequent and difficult in the game, which makes it nearly impossible to complete. If a pirate does manage to get through the slower than average game to the end, it will freeze in the last few minutes and delete the entire file.

These are just a few examples of how game developers are beginning to fight back against piracy. There are other developers that are doing similar things to ensure that their games are purchased legally as they should be in order to be played.

Popular Myths about Video Games

December 17th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Guides

There are many myths concerning video games and game playing that have many parents wondering just how safe it is for their children to be gaming enthusiasts. Over the years, many questions have been raised about video games, their design and their overall impact. Some of these myths are still being researched but many have been proven to be untrue. They are nothing more than mere speculation by those who are not considered “gaming friendly”.

One of the most popular myths concerning video games is that the market exists solely for children. This is completely untrue. There are many, many games on the market today that are designed for play by adults. Nearly 63 percent of the entire gaming console market and more than 65 percent of the computer video game market consist of players who are older than 18. The gaming industry in general does cater to adult players and there are a number of parents who are either not familiar with or simply ignore the ratings that are placed on games to protect children from playing something that is not appropriate for their specific age.

One-fourth of all children who are between eleven and sixteen years of age and who play games play M rated games which are designed for mature audiences. These games often contain language or situations that are not appropriate to be viewed by children yet parents tend to ignore these ratings and allow their children to play them anyway. Many gaming companies have taken the initiative to better inform parents of these ratings and why they are in place so that children are not playing games that are not designed for them.

Another myth involves gender of gamers. Many believe that it is the male gender that is most focused on the video game industry in general. In truth, there are actually a few more females than males that play video games online. Men still play more than women on gaming consoles but even those numbers have changed substantially over the past few years. Game developers began designing games in the early 1990’s that appealed more to the female population and today, many women prefer first person shooter games and online games like World of Warcraft.

Finally, many feel that video game playing can be socially isolating. This again, is simply not true. Studies have shown that more than half of all gamers who play frequently play with their friends. Xbox 360 and PlayStation consoles allow for gamers to connect with their friends and if they have the same games, they can play online together. Even systems that are not connected to the internet help to foster social interaction. Studies have also shown that nearly 40 percent of all gamers play with siblings and nearly 25 percent play with a spouse or parent. Games that are designed for play by just one person can also be socially engaging as many share the controller or offer advice to one another during play. Many games today are designed for multiple players and even if the gamer does not have friends playing online, they can still interact with other players by using headsets and other devices that are designed to further foster the social interaction of game play.

Making The Choice With Online Bingo

December 8th, 2014 | 2 Comments | Posted in Guides

If playing bingo is one of your pastimes then you will know just how fun and exhilarating it can be however the effort of actually having to physically travel to a bingo hall can sometimes put people off; especially during the winter months when it gets dark early and the weather is generally awful at best. However this does not mean that you have to miss out and with the advent of modern technology you can enjoy all the thrills of bingo in your own home with the large variety of online bingo sites that have popped up in recent years.

On these bingo websites you can play a very diverse range of bingo games and, aside from the usual 75 or 90 ball bingo there will usually be many theme bingo games as well that can provide an extra challenge and another incentive to play; these normally involve having to make up certain patterns of get enough numbers to achieve a specified goal within the bingo card itself. Furthermore, you do not have to miss out on the interaction either. Perhaps one of the biggest reasons that some people play bingo is to interact with the other players in the hall and even though it does require a certain level of concentration – to make sure that you tick the numbers off etc… – it can be a great social game.

On the online sites there will be chat boxes where you can actually talk to the other players so you do not really lose any social contact by playing at home and most sites with have regional or localized ‘rooms’ so you can play with people from your own area, county or country or, if you are feeling more adventurous, play and interact with people from all over the world.

Pub Trivia Games

November 11th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Guides

Going down the pub for a few drinks is something that is a favoured pastime for many however why not try and do something productive while you are there as well. Obviously the alcohol and the conversation are big parts of pub culture however with many of the pub trivia nights now taking place across the country they help to add to a new dimension to your pub experience.
Finding a pub that offers this activity is not hard either as you can easily search online and find a bar in your area that has trivia nights – indeed, many of the pubs will probably have some sort of review system as well. However, what is actually special about these nights compared to just sitting around a bar and watching sports on TV? Well for a start it encourages a great deal of interaction especially with your teammates; trying to answer some of the obscure and diverse trivia questions on your own is never a realistic possibility that is why these trivia nights work best when you play in teams. In fact, it is not just about answer trivia questions as there are also music rounds and rounds where you need to piece together images as well so, all in all, there is a wide and diverse range of things on show for you to take part in.
These trivia nights are becoming more and more popular across the country and there has been a big increase in the number of pubs recently that have been starting trivia nights for both their regulars and to try and entice new customers as well. If you have never tried one before then you should go and check it out; not only is it a fun way to pass an evening but you will probably pick up some interesting pieces of knowledge too.

Playing Cards

April 4th, 2014 | 4 Comments | Posted in Guides

A simple deck of playing cards can really make the time go by, whether you’re simply looking for something to do with friends or even trying to earn some money playing poker. They’re probably one of the best inventions that man has ever come up with when you think about the possible entertainment factor, and that’s definitely something that people think about when they receive one of the greatest feelings in the world – winning. There are hundreds of possible games that you can possibly play, and a lot of that has to do with what part of the world you’re in.

But, as far as design goes, there’s a good chance that you will receive either two different types of materials that go into it. While you may find some kind of variations, the player will essentially be playing with one or two types. The first is made out of card stock. It’s the least-expensive one of the two since it’s made out of paper. The other is plastic. As you would expect, this one boasts a bit more in the way of durability, and while not as inexpensive as the other, there aren’t many decks that are expensive at all.

In either of the one that you choose, there is the chance for a person to open up a world of possibility with playing any of the fantastic games that you can play with cards. It doesn’t matter how old a person is, as just about everyone can play with someone of any age and have a lot of fun. And, of course, there are more than a couple of fantastic information on the origin of cards, especially when a person considers the different cultures that had a lot to do in shaping the modern card as we know it.