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Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the game
I used to rock. I played a lot of video games. Let’s start before that. I didn’t really get into video games until my junior year of high school. I had never owned a console and the only game I had really played was an old D&D game by SSI called Champions of Krynn. Then my friends gave me a game called Half-Life and my life changed. Up to that point in time, all of my competing had been done on the soccer field or playing roller hockey. Now I had a way to compete with friends in my own home and I loved it. I devoured Half-Life and began searching for other games to play. My senior year of high school my friends and I enrolled in a networking class. Cisco was sponsoring a “networking academy” that would train us well enough to get our CCNA certification. Our teacher was a young guy who liked playing video games as well, so one day of the week we would play some video games in class and then every Wednesday after school, we had game day. Game day was awesome. We spent 5 hours in the computer lab, playing games on our brand new computers. It was mostly Half-Life mods because it was the golden age of HL modding. I was the one who introduced a game called Counter-Strike to a group which had been subsisting on mods like Ice Cold and Action Half-Life. Now, Counter-Strike had a whole different feel to it. You didn’t respawn right after you died, you couldn’t just run in and take the whole team by yourself. It required teamwork and caution. And I loved it.
Once I got to college, I was a veteran Counter-Strike player. I could jump onto a server and, if my team was losing, would be winning within a few rounds. My roommate, Onyx, and our dorm-mate Isometric were fiends. I, unfortunately played Counter-Strike to the detriment of the smaller things like class. So, the next year I was not in school anymore. The only thing that did was free up extra time for game playing, and it was an excellent time to play games. In November of 2001, the Xbox debuted with a little game called Halo. I was working at Seagate in their R&D department and actually took the week off so that I could play Halo since I knew that I would not be at work anyways that week. The first day we had the Xbox, some random guy walked into our room and said, “Hey, I heard you guys got an Xbox, how is it?” We invited him to play and he didn’t leave our room for a month or so. As much as I played Counter-Strike, it was a drop in the bucket compared to my Halo playing. 20 hour play sessions were not uncommon. I , unfortunately played Halo to the detriment of the smaller things like going to the bathroom, eating, personal hygiene, and blinking. That’s right, I rarely blink when I play console shooters. Now you know my secret.
We found a group of guys that lived about a block away from us and started having 16 person LAN parties every other week. The game was incredible and I was a god. We actually won the Halo National Championship that Bungie hosted at E3 that year. We won the final in 13 minutes, which is after Bungie told everyone that if the game went more than 2 hours, it would go to sudden death. We were that good. Then life happened.
I moved back to Knoxville and started working in a hospital. Having to be at work at 6 every morning kind of hurt my gaming time, but I still tried. Then I went back to school while still working full time and it suffered even more. When Halo 2 came out, I was ecstatic. Now I would get a chance to test my mettle against all challengers. The only problem was that I was no longer a hardcore gamer. I am now mediocre. I spend more time at school and work and sleeping then I do playing games. In fact, if I manage to get one evening of gaming in a week, I’m happy. And what can I say to all of those doubters out there who tell me that I suck at Halo 2? I used to be really good? Now, I’m not bad. In fact, I’m pretty good with the sniper rifle. Not as good as I used to be, but not bad. I understand how it must feel to be an old basketball coach, knowing that you could show these young whippersnappers a thing or two if only time hadn’t caught up with you. It’s a painful feeling, but one that I’ve learned to live with. Now, if I get beat like a red-headed step child, I just say “Good game.” Most people are pretty nice, and those that aren’t don’t bother me. I know that they have small penises and no friends. And so I don’t lose any sleep over being a mediocre gamer.
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One of the most popular features of League of Legends (LoL) may surprise you, it isn’t a weapon or skill stat, it’s the ability to report player misbehavior. While player behavior is a problem in many multi-player gaming universes, the sheer size of LoL would make you think they would bow out of reporting system by claiming it would be too complicated; instead they have developed a system that works, and is working. Managing player behavior online isn’t just about making sure there is no bullying going on; it can prevent players from cheating. That can be very important when you are in a tournament or engaged in championship play.
Why Player Reporting?
Online bullying is a huge problem, and bullying isn’t just a problem between kids. Player reporting is designed to handle people who communicate inappropriately during game play, in messaging and on forums. It is also designed to handle “newbie smashing.” This is when players will deliberately keep creating champions and playing as newbies; however since they know the game they can engage other newbies into actions that will destroy both characters. That doesn’t seem like a winning situation for anyone, but for some people it is something they like to do – it also tends to ruin the experience for the real newbie.
Another name for this behavior is “sandbagging.” Player reporting is also used when there is championship or tournament play going on and a player may be cheating or using a hack that is disallowed in the context of the competition, and that is all about playing fair.
Does it Work?
Surprisingly, the LoL player reporting system works very well. It is based in a kind of familiar flagging structure in which a player is flagged and reported for behavior. The responding team then investigates the incident and makes a decision whether to warn or ban the player. Some first offenses may only result in the player’s champion having their stats reset to the beginning, or their losing whatever recent gains they have had. Players who are doing the reporting can write a verbal description, they can also opt to forward recorded histories of forum exchanges and message exchanges.
Is it Ever Unfair?
It is rare that anyone complains that they have been unfairly reported. There is a unique code of ethics among LoL players that uses reporting only as a last resort. Many players will opt to blacklist a player instead, disallowing them from joining tournaments or league teams and turning down invitations for scheduled combat. They will also avoid them in game time. Some players aren’t really doing anything wrong, they are just being annoying.
For beginners who are wondering whether a behavior is allowed in the game or if it should be reported, there are good threads available on the main site dealing with the topic. Players can also query the help techs for answers about how to handle incidents as well before defaulting to the reporting system.
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Many times, I hear the phrase "grow up kid" and find it really ironic when it comes from the mouth of a child, especially over the internet. For example, when I intentionally troll kids on a Minecraft server, they always cry about my "your mom" jokes and "no u" replies. One of the benefits of being an adult is that you are smarter, obviously, and it usually is advantageous when dealing with funny kids.
An adult is a person who has reached maturity in bodily growth, mental development, or age--in other words, who is "grown up." Physiologically, the person must have achieved full growth and strength, and the age may vary with sex, race, and culture. Laws usually set the age at twenty-one and the effect is that the person attains to certain rights, such as voting, legal right to make contracts, etc. The age at which a person is considered adult has varied greatly among different people. In the United States, where the definition of an adult is made by the states, there has been much agitation since World War II to lower the age to 18 and some states have done so.
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Minecraft has become a phenomenon over the past 5 years, and the new Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions are some of the best systems to play it. Although it looks deceptively simple, but in Minecraft, the sky is the limit for what you can build. Piling together your first home out of dirt and stone feels great. Building a castle with a moat and squid guardians feels even greater. That sense of progression, coupled with the inherent danger of mining underground taverns full of monsters, makes Minecraft exciting, rewarding, and one of gaming's most expressive creative outlets. It's no wonder people are looking to play for free so much, especially on the PC version.
Minecraft's randomly generated worlds are composed of big blocky cubes, with simple, but charming textures. What makes them great is how they enable creativity. piece by piece you will rearrange and refined the pristine, primordial world into whatever you want. It's a kind of power we rarely get in games. if you thought mine craft was just about stacking blocks the tutorial will wipe away that perception quickly. the tutorial and intuitive crafting interface will have you enchanting items, brewing potions, starting a garden, setting up working electrical circuits, riding a boat, building golems, and more in no time. In survival mode each block must be chipped at and collected by hand, dodging enemies while you go. This sounds tedious, but the reward is so worth it. When every single brick of my home was gathered transported, and placed by hand, it was impossible not to feel a fierce sense of ownership over all my creations both big and small.
When the sun goes down the bad guys come for you. They are scary and dangerous for maybe an hour; even less when you figure out the simple items you need to ward them off. At first this feels disappointing, but later when my ambitions for building outgrew my resources, my quest for new materials drove need deeper underground. Down there I found enemies that were easy to defeat on the surface, feel far more challenging in the confines of a rocky corridor. Losing everything I carry to a horde of zombies was a heartbreaking lesson, but the excitement of exploring new places, and the risk of losing everything provided an immediate tension. All the while, gathering new blocks and items set my mind reeling with more ideas for landscaping and home decoration.
Those goals don't change when you bring your friends in but whether you're cooperating or trying to outdo each other with larger, grander creations having other people there makes Minecraft more rewarding. The PS4 and Xbox one versions of Minecraft allow 2 to 4 players splitscreen play, and there is an online mode that accommodates up to 8. Joining other people's world is easy too, thanks to a simple, easy-to-use lobby. Unlike the sometimes cramped PS3 and 360 versions, the improved power of the new generation consoles can handle vast worlds. They are 36 times larger in fact. There's plenty of room to build and spread out, even when playing a full eight player game.
Under all that adventuring is Minecraft's brilliant building toy. Creative mode basically enables cheat codes and lets you play with it freely, turning off monster damage, letting you fly, and giving you an endless supply of all the materials to build to your heart's content. without having to work or fight for them, my creations in this mode else a little hollow. Still, creative mode is as much fun as a bottomless tub of Legos, and between the fun of flexing my imagination and checking out the amazing projects other people have constructed it's full of possibilities.
We've all spent a lot of time playing games where the goal is to kill things break stuff down. It's nice to finally play a game about building something up. We're shaping a pristine landscape into a new world using your own two hands while things try to kill you; this isn't just an amazingly rewarding gaming experience, it's a clever retelling of human history. in a way this is what were all instinctively driven to do, and Minecraft captures it brilliantly on PS4 and Xbox One.
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Wii U offers the Miiverse as a dedicated gaming network for members playing on the platform. There are a lot of advantages to using Miiverse. With the recent release of Camp Miiverse, the experience has gotten even better.
Dedicated Social Network
If you are a gamer and you want to be social, then chances are you are going to have a lot more fun talking to other gamers. This is one of the benefits of using Miiverse. Unlike other social media networks where some of you friends might be gamers, but your great aunt is too – you don’t have to worry about having to either stop and explain everything you are posting, or having a newsfeed that is full of posts that have nothing to do with the game you are currently in.
Closed Social Network
Miiverse is a closed social network. That means that you must be a member of Wii U to have an account. This has several different advantages, for one it means that other members are already there for the same reason. This will make for a better community environment. The other main advantage is it makes it easier to monitor behavior within the network. Wii U can be more responsive to player reporting than other companies who host more open networks.
Camp Miiverse was introduced into the second year of the release of the console. It takes the concept of Miiverse and puts a specific structure on it that will help integrate it better into your games, and make your game play more exciting. One of the main features of Camp Miiverse is that it has a central area where challenges and contests are posted for different games. You then go to a delineated area reserved for that game to participate in the challenge. You can post your results, your profile; keep your favorite profiles up, share screen shots and more. Camp Miiverse also makes use of the ability to turn off Yeah! This makes your keeping up with your contest related posts easier to do.
Other Social Media Platforms
Nintendo isn’t as foolish as to think that Miiverse is going to replace any of the prominent social media networks for their members, so they did something very intelligent with the design of the Wii U. One of the dedicated channels available reaches out and integrates with the major social media platform such as Facebook and Twitter.
The idea isn’t to remove their members from other networks, but to give them a network that they can call their own and use as gamers. You won’t have to deal with any posts you don’t want to see or remarks and comments from non-gamers on your achievements. Miiverse gives you a place to be serious about your gaming with people with similar interests. You can meet up with everyone else on the other networks, but you can do it right from your console.
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I had always associated the word "Java" with the programming language or a cup of coffee. It only occurred to me tonight that it is indeed a name for an island as well. Upon reading this Wikipedia entry on Java, I also discovered Java coffee is coffee made from the beans on the island. Java is a long, narrow island in the East Indies. It lies between the Sea of Java and the Indian Ocean. It is one of the largest islands of the Republic of Indonesia.
The island of Java has an area of 48,763 square miles, which is about the size of the state of Louisiana. Though Java is not very big, it is one of the most crowded places in the world. Fifty-eight million people live there, more than 19 times as many as live in Louisiana! Part of the island is too mountainous for people to make their homes, and near the coasts there are swamps and thick jungles, so that all of the people are crowded into a very small place.
The People of Java
The people of Java are Malays. They are small and handsome. They have dark skin and eyes and straight black hair, and they are very graceful. Groups of dancers from Java have traveled all over the world and delighted thousands of people with their strange and exciting dances. The Javanese people are also known for a special kind of shadow play in which they use puppets that they hold behind a screen, so that shadows appear on the screen. This is a favorite entertainment in Java.
There are many skilled artists here too. They make beautiful jewelry or silver and gold. They also make a special kind of fine cloth that is called batik. It is dyed in patterns of bright colors.
Most of the people of Java are farmers and raise rice, rubber, sugar, coffee, and many other crops. Things grow so well in Java that the people are able to grow more than enough food for themselves, so their crops help feed people of other countries. They also send quinine and teak wood to other parts of the world. The people of java buy machines and iron and steel and cloth from other countries, and they use these things to build up their island.
Some people in Java work in coal and silver and gold mines, while others raise kapok trees. Pod from these trees contain a soft, fluffy down that is used to stuff pillows and mattresses, to make life jackets, and for other purposes.
Some Chinese people and Arabs also live in Java. Most of the people are members of the Mohammedan religion. They speak a Malay language called Bhasa Indonesia.
What Java is Like
The level lands of Java are very fertile and have a lot of rain. There are many volcanic mountains and some of these great volcanoes are still active. Sometimes they explode and send forth lava, fire and smoke. Many people of Java have lost their lives in these eruptions. The weather in Java is warm, with a temperature of about 80 degrees all year round; though high up in the mountains it is much colder.
Panthers, tigers and other wild animals make their home in the jungles near the coasts of the island. There are many enormous insects and gorgeous birds and flowers.
There are many small streams on the island. The Solo River is the most important waterway. Boats can travel on this river from one part of the island to another. Roads lead from Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, on Java Island, to nearly every part of Java, and there are several railroads and airports.
The people in most parts of Java live very simply, but the city of Jakarta is quite modern. The University of Indonesia is there. It includes colleges of law, medicine, and agriculture.
Java in the Past
Men have lived on Java for many thousands of years. This was proved over a century ago when Eugene Dubois, a Dutch scientist, discovered the bones of a primitive man believed to have lived between 300,000 and 500,000 years ago. Dubois named this early man Pithecanthropus Erectus, which means that he stood erect as men do today. This early man is usually called the Java Man.
Almost two thousand years ago, Java was occupied by Hindus from India. In Java you can still see the ruins of some of the magnificent religious monuments and palaces built by Indian princes.
About 550 years ago Mohammedan invaders conquered Java. Later it became the property of the Dutch.
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Much ado is being made of the lead game that Microsoft has chosen to bundle with their latest generation of the Xbox One. The Titanfall game is capturing the same fan base as Call of Duty, and bringing in people who have never played CoD. The game play is exciting, fast and interesting. It can be played as a solo game, but it really comes alive in the multi-player environment that the console is capable of delivering.
Titanfall comes from the same creators of Call of Duty. It is not a continuation of the Call of Duty scenario, although there are many elements of the overall game design that will be familiar. Titanfall is currently offered to new Xbox One buyers for free as a bundled game. It is available for purchase via distributors and online retailers for everyone else. Titanfall is getting a lot of attention form reviewers and players; it stands to claim most of the rewards over the coming years for leading game innovation and design.
From reviewers and payers Titanfall on Xbox One is landing full stars. As a single player or multi-player game it holds together well. There is nothing unexpected about the navigation and controls; they will remind you a great deal of its source of inspiration, Call of Duty. It also has some upgrades that would have made Call of Duty even better, but the game was already too far in evolution to be able to back engineer the upgrades for controls better.
Why are People Calling this the Next-gen in Gaming?
Game play in Titanfall takes the multi-player shooting game to its next level. The game moves quickly and smoothly with responsive controller movements and 360 sound and view capabilities. The in game voice communication system doesn’t interfere with the audio of the game so you don’t experience the drops that are common on lesser systems that can disrupt your concentration and performance. The look and feel of the game itself has been described as “cinematic immersion.” It looks and sounds like real time action and that can transform your excitement in playing. Even if first person shooters aren’t your thing, you will get swept up in the excitement of the play.
The Xbox One Difference
There is no other home gaming system available today that can carry the cinematic game design of Titanfall as well as Xbox One can. Having cut their teeth on the popular Call of Duty, the Titanfall designers have maximized every aspect of the game design for the hardware of the console. The networking system and multi-player capability that Microsoft has almost perfected through multiple Xbox One generations is at its right age to be able to handle the Titanfall demands. The addition of third party apps and a reliable Internet browser let you integrate your gaming experience and accomplishments with your social networks while also being able to find the tricks and tips you need fast.
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