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Total AV for gaming - Review

Are you an enthusiastic gamer? You most definitely understand the need to stay safe whenever you are playing a game online. The internet is free and a large village that has every type of person. Some are there to enjoy its connectivity and easy access to information, while others target victims to hack and steal their information. Whichever the case, you must ensure that you have a good antivirus to keep you safe whenever you are playing online.

For a good antivirus for gaming, you must consider if it has a gaming mode. In some cases, the game/gaming mode is when the antivirus can run smoothly even as you play your game. In other words, the antivirus should be able to run without lagging your computer as you play.

TotalAV is one of the best antivirus programs that you can use for gaming. With this antivirus, you can play a heavy game as it continues to keep you safe. But that’s not all; here is why you should use TotalAV for gaming.

  • Accurate Virus Detection

How would you feel if you were sure that the antivirus you have on your computer could alert you of any possible threats? It would be a great experience because you will not have to worry about having any possible malware or virus on your computer. If there is any virus that has gotten into your PC, TotalAV will detect it in a matter of seconds.

It will also find any affected file and quarantine or delete it accordingly. Nonetheless, this can take some time to finish based on the complexity of the virus. The best part is that it will scan for any malware whenever you visit a website. So if the game redirects you to their official website, you’re still good to go. If you are overly suspicious of any website, you can use the security tools to scan those websites or check for any suspicious links that are sent in your game’s chat room.

  • Total Protection

It is one thing to detect malicious links and infected files and another to offer protection to your computer. Luckily, TotalAV offers both. You can enjoy the remote firewall that protects you from any possible incoming attack. Plus, you can control the firewall settings of your computer remotely with this antivirus. This way, you can be confident that you will remain safe even when you are away from your computer. In case you try to download any risky file or malware from the chat room or any game website, the firewall will always notify you in advance.

  • Optimizes The Comp To Run Smoothly

Any game lover would tell you how much it sucks to have your computer lagging whenever you are playing a game. In most cases, it could be that you are playing the game on a computer with limited requirements. But if the comp has all the requirements, but it is still lagging, then there might be a virus slowing it down. Nonetheless, the computer can naturally slow down after using it for a long time.

If you look at a detailed TotalAV review, you will see that the antivirus also comes with a disk cleaner. This feature will scan all the folders on your computer. The antivirus will usually try to find duplicates, junk files, as well as the unnecessary data that is filling up your hard drive. All these files will make your computer full for no reason. As a result, it will slow down the entire system including your game.

But TotalAV will try to create more space for new files and also boost the computer speed. So yes, this antivirus can help to boost the speed of your game too.

  • Stay Anonymous Online

No regular internet user will want to be noticed when they are browsing online. This is the same as the gamers that play online. If you are in the chat room, you don’t want other gamers there to know about your location.

Well, you can count yourself lucky because TotalAV will keep you anonymous. It is one of the few antivirus programs that come with a VPN. You can enjoy your online game as you remain anonymous. Plus, this helps to prevent other people from stealing your data as you play online. Some games might need you to purchase chips and supplies with real money. The antivirus will keep you safe as you make these transactions.

With the VPN feature, your IP address will be kept safe, and your browsing data will not be saved.

If there is any game that has geo-restrictions, you can break-free with the VPN on this antivirus.

  • Privacy Tools Onboard

There’s more to enjoy from this antivirus. Besides the scanner and VPN, you also enjoy three incredible tools that will defend you against all the common threats online. For instance, there is the Adblocker extension, Safe Site, and Password Manager.

Adblocker will do the obvious to block the multiple ads that pop up on most game websites. The Safe Site is a tool that will alert you even before you open any new URL, while the password manager helps you keep track of every password. This means that it will not save the password on the browser but the secure antivirus.

  • User-Friendly

If you are new to this antivirus, you won’t have to worry about how you are going to work with it. The interface is quite friendly. Plus, you can learn more about how to protect yourself as you play online. For example, there is the Antivirus Pro and Ultimate Antivirus that come with an Antivirus eBook. This eBook entails detailed tips on how to protect yourself as you game online.

A handy guide is there to help you know how to use the antivirus and get the most of it. The guide is also quite easy to understand.

Even with a good antivirus, you still need to follow the right tips on how to stay safe when playing online games. Don’t just be careless because you have a reliable antivirus at your disposal. Plus, always avoid that are known to contain too many ads. Such games are risky to play on your comp.

 

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The analysis of the TOP-5 popular PC games in March 2019

PC games become more and more popular each year. There are declines and recoveries of individual representatives in this rhythm. Many agencies even create particular ratings of the most popular PC games to find out what games were popular during the reporting period.

In this material, the specialists of the gaming website EGamersWorld have prepared the analysis of changes in the popularity of games in March 2019.

The list of the most popular PC games looked in the following way in March 2018:

  1. League of Legends (Riot Games)
  2. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS (Bluehole Studio)
  3. Fortnite (Epic Games)
  4. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)
  5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve)

The situation changed in a year and there are slight changes on this list in March 2019:

  1. League of Legends (Riot Games)
  2. Apex Legends (Electronic Arts)
  3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Valve Corporation)
  4. Minecraft (Mojang)
  5. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment)

League of Legends is the unconditional leader, it didn’t leave the first place during the year. The MOBA strategy has been holding the leading position for years. Such a result was achieved due to the significant fan base from Southeast Asia. Many tournaments with a big prize pool, nice coverage, and a good organization allow the game to keep the leading status.

The new member of the rating, Apex Legends – the game was revealed by the giant Electronic Arts in February 2019 and it became very popular at once, having displaced Fortnite on the 6th place in March. The new leader has appeared in the Battle Royale genre. If two representatives of the genre were in the top 5 on PC last year, the recently-made game Apex represents them today.

With regard to Fortnite, it’s obvious that the game becomes boring when the time passes like his colleague PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS, which stepped down to the 10th place. The genre, in which games don’t differ a lot, needed fresh blood. It has received it in the form of Apex Legends. We’ll how long EA’s newcomer will last.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been on the top for not the first year. The shooter wins new viewers’ hearts every year. There is nothing more to say because the game is called the classic of the genre. The game will not have a decline, according to a row of experts.

HearthStone is also an immovable leader of its genre. The game has been very popular all over the world for 3-4 years.

Minecraft has balanced on the verge of getting to the top 5 for 2 years. The pixel game entertains not only small gamers but enough adult people due to an addicting atmosphere. Many interesting mods and full freedom of actions cannot but attract.

PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS is the main loser compared to the last year. The game placed second in the rating in 2018 but it holds the 10th place this year. Such decline was caused by slow changes in the game and also a fast development of analogs. The emergence of Apex made an even more significant impact on the popularity of someday breaking game.

With regard to other important esports disciplines, Dota 2 holds the 9th place, having grown up on one position. Overwatch has held one place higher and become one place closer to the top of the rating. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege places 7th stably without showing rises or declines.

It will be very interesting to see what games will get hyped till the end of 2019 and what regulars in the rating will have to slide over and to give way to newcomers.

 

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Top Seven Highly Anticipated Video Games in 2019

Top Seven Highly Anticipated Video Games in 2019

2019 looks promising with new unforgettable and classic video games marketed to be offered to gamers of all ages. And although it may be hard to live up to the 2018 hype with hits such as Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Monster Hunter: World, and many others offered by Homeofarcadia, 2019 is stirring anticipation with more incredible games for people around the globe.

Here are the top 7 video games set to be released in 2019 that is brewing excitement to every gamer out there.

  1. Resident Evil 2 Remake

Capcom already had a great year in 2018, but they still started the year with a bang, releasing one of their most successful games in one of their most successful franchises ever made: Resident Evil 2.

And this remake isn’t just a simple graphics update, either. Developers and publishers have announced that there are several changes that every gamer will love, including gaming mechanics, character design as well as an array of bonuses such as character skins and alternative weapons.

Resident Evil 2

And as long as the game stays true to the original while delivering at least some fresh surprises, this should be fun and exciting to revisit one of the best horror games in the industry.

  1. Kingdom Hearts 3

It has been 13 long years since Kingdom Hearts 2 was released way back in 2005, much to the disappointment and annoyance of the franchise fans everywhere.

The expectations and anticipation have been mounting since its first teaser trailer that made its appearance in 2013. This January, Kingdom of Hearts finally hit shelves around the world and Square Enix and Disney fans could finally end their 13-year-long anticipation.

  1. Anthem

Anthem, a newly launched franchise, made a strong impact on the world when it was first announced. The game features flying over to an alien planet with friends in Iron-man like suits and laying waste to enemies in a detailed and beautiful environment.

Anthem

Built around cooperative and multiplayer options, this game is expected to offer a similar gaming experience to Destiny, but with a different package. And it’s quite promising to be everything that Destiny wasn’t and more of what it should have been.

  1. Mortal Kombat 11

The very first game in the Mortal Kombat series that came out 26 years ago has changed the face of gaming since then— and not just with regards to fighting games. It has long inspired and popularized arcade fighting games.

There are very few other titles claiming that kind of influence with even fewer staying in power for 3 decades. But, here we are, anticipating its 21st game in the franchise and the 11th installment of the main series. Its teaser trailer was shown last December with few details revealed. However, from the looks of things, Mortal Kombat 11 should be the most action-packed and bloodiest entry yet.

  1. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

The game was supposed to be released last year, however, Koji Igarashi, the Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night producer and former series producer of the Castlevania series, has announced that it will be pushed back to the new year.

Excitement is high for this Castlevania successor developed by Dico co., Ltd., Monobit, Inti Creates, WayForward Technologies, and ArtPlay. It is always great to see an indie game whipped up by the gaming community and also quite interesting to see if Igarashi and the game’s team can truly live up to expectations.

  1. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Both Bloodborne and Dark Souls were incredible, challenging the gothic-inspired hack-and-slash games whose level of difficulty and gruesomeness puts the like of DCM or Devil May Cry to utter shame.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

The game is certainly not for everyone, and that’s kind of the point. Developed by the very same team that offers us both of the above-mentioned super violent games, Sekiro looks to stay the course with some hugely different gameplay mechanics as well as world-building. Set in a war-ravaged Sengoku-era Japan, but with a few supernatural elements, this samurai-inspired game looks to be one hell of an action game.

  1. Halo Infinite

Over 300 industries are keeping their lips tightly sealed for the most part regarding their most-anticipated project, the Halo Infinite. This game is a sequel to the game Halo 5, bringing back the couch co-op and is looking to make a blast with the latest Halo game release.

It is expected to be released in November 2019, however, it still remains unconfirmed. Right now, though, there will be a bit of waiting and patience before its official announcements.

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Atari to launch an inexpensive streaming console for non-broadband internet users

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There’s been a lot of talk about game streaming services for the masses. What about those who don’t have fiber, cable, or DSL internet? Atari hasn’t forgotten about them! In fact, they have the perfect streaming console solution that runs games great for those with dial-up internet access! The 8GB of storage is plenty of space to hold the entire game library of the 2600, 5200, and 7800 systems combined! Cloud saves are a standard feature as well so your progress in E.T. will not be lost!

There are three affordable subscription plans available and the same stylish console can be used for any or all of the plans:

  • For $26.00 a year you get access to all 565 of the 2600 series games.
  • The $52.00 annual plan gets you access to the Atari 2600 titles plus the official 69 from the 5200 series. The number pad controller is also included in this bundle.
  • For $78.00 a year you get access to the 59 7800 games as well as all of the titles of the 5600 and 2600 systems. Durable metal reinforced joysticks are included in this bundle.
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How to Bypass IP Bans When Gaming

Today, most service providers and website owners do their best to protect their customers.

This is usually done by monitoring their networks and blocking any abuses when flagged or reported by other users. Whenever an abuse is detected, they may either choose to block the contravening user’s account or they might put a full-on ban on that user’s IP address.

Obviously, the best way to avoid having your IP address banned is to simply read and follow the service providers rules and regulations.

But fortunately, if you find yourself having been banned for whatever reason, there are a few stealthy workarounds that you can employ to regain access to the service.

In essence, since your IP address has been blocked, you’re going to need to change your IP address. This can be done in a number of ways, such as using a proxy server or a service such as ExpressVPN. But we’ll get to a bit further on in this article.

For now, let’s start out by explaining a little bit more about IP bans.

What Are IP Bans?

To define an IP ban, it is a block created by a server, which will reject any requests made by a specific IP address or range of IP addresses. IP bans can either be implemented manually by a server’s admin, or they can be put in place automatically when a pattern of abuse has been red flagged by the server itself.

There are many reasons that IP bans are put in place. But most of the time, they are implemented to help protect the server and its users from brute force attacks, to limit network usage, or even to block unknown spam emailers.

IP bans allow a network server to block certain IP addresses from being able to access a website, chat forum, game server, or any other type of online destination.

How to Bypass IP Bans

As we’ve mentioned, the best way to avoid an IP ban is to abide by the service provider’s terms and conditions. So, if you’ve had your IP banned, chances are that you’ve gone and contravened against their rules.

However, there are some situations when you might want to or need to regain access after being banned. Below, we’ll explain some of the most common methods for this.

Changing Your IP Address

To regain access after having been banned, you’re going to need to change your IP address to one that hasn’t been blocked by the server’s administrators.

To do this, you can try to renew your IP with your current internet service provider by speaking with them. However, they may or may not end up assigning you a new one and might simply renew the one that you’ve been using.

If that doesn’t work, depending on your setup, you might be able to change your IP address by resetting your hardware device (router) or your computer’s IP address.

Aside from that, the only other way to change your IP address is to use someone else’s instead. Below, we’ll take a look at the three easiest ways to go about doing that. 

Proxy Servers

Proxy servers are basically computers that sit somewhere between your computer and the internet and provide you with an indirect way to access a client’s network.

Essentially, when you access a proxy server, you’ll be able to access the world wide web by using the server’s IP address instead of your own.

So, when you try to access a gaming server or any other type of online content that your IP address has been banned from, the proxy will intercept the request and provide a response to the client you’re trying to reach before forwarding your request to its final destination.

Virtual Private Network

A VPN or Virtual Private Network is a type of networking technology, which extends its private network (similar to a LAN network) across the world’s biggest public network, otherwise known as the internet.

In other words, using a VPN allows your computer to safely connect to the internet, almost as if it was physically wired to it. At the same time, by using a VPN, you’ll have the option to choose the server with which you would like to connect.

This means that, when accessing the internet, it will appear as if your IP address is actually the IP address of the servers that you’ve chosen to connect to. Essentially, this can trick gaming servers and they won’t be able to see your true IP address, which has been put on their blacklist.

The TOR Server

TOR is a free-to-use software application, which allows internet users to browse and communicate anonymously while connected to the world wide web.

The name TOR is short for The Onion Router. This refers to onion routing, which is when the data being sent from a computer or device is encrypted and then routed through multiple nodes or relays located around the world.

TOR has more than 6,000 relays that your activity can be routed through, making it practically impossible for anyone to view where your IP address is actually located.

In other words, if your IP address has been banned from your favorite gaming server, using TOR can help you hide your IP and get around the block.

 

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How Much Money do Esports Athletes Earn?

Do you remember the times when your parents used to tell you to stop playing video games and go study because video games are a waste of time? Well, it turns out they did not see the whole picture. In the past several years, Esports has become a budding industry, allowing gamers to earn millions of dollars.

So, if you are good at playing video games and you’re wondering whether you should or shouldn’t try to go professional, the answer is now more complicated. There is a lot of money to be made, and you will be part of a rapidly growing industry.

In their infographic named “The Rise of Esports,” NJ Games states that the highest-paid esports team, Team Liquid, earns almost $24 million a year. The second and third highest-paying teams, Evil Geniuses and Team OG earn $20.5 million and $17.5 million a year, respectively. Therefore, the amount of money that you can get as a professional esports team is much higher than in many “real” sports.

If you climb the esports ladder and become one of the best players in the world, such as Kuro Takhasomi, Johan Sundstein, or Amer Al-Barkawi, you can earn millions in net worth.

Moreover, when it comes to the future of esports, there’s no need to be skeptical. The future seems as bright as it can be, as experts predict that the industry will continue to grow. All of the major sports leagues are investing tens of millions of dollars each year in tournaments and new video games, as the industry is becoming more profitable by the day. Also, there are serious indications that esports may become an Olympic sport as well, perhaps as soon as 2024 Paris Olympics.

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Why market research in the gaming industry matters more than ever

Game providers know how to create games; they have countless ideas and once they finish a game they want to sell it fast to start designing another one. When getting started in the game design and diving right in, developers consider it a rewarding and fun experience. They share their visions with the world and they are working on something they are passionate about. However, there are times when the passions of the developer are not the same as the ones of the gamer, especially now when the gaming industry is in a major transformation.

Gaming has grown in a subculture nowadays and gamers are very determined when it comes to the features they want from their games. For the gaming providers, every year means 12 months of opportunities to launch new games and to make money. However, in order to make money they need to find out what the requirements of the market are.

 Why market research in the gaming industry matters more than ever

Why is market research needed?

Market research helps gaming providers know their clients. They get to find out who their clients are because the audience is continuously changing. The main question gaming providers have is what do people want from their games?

First, they want to have a spectacular gaming experience and 4K games are nowadays considered the standard ones. The latest trends have shown that more and more gamers want to play games that include support for PS4 and Xbox One X with HDR included. The majority of them have PC monitors with HBR support and this is a sign that the tech industry is heading to a new direction. Players want to offer their eyes a visual feast when trying a new experience, and if the game promises them the best experience, they will be interested to try it. Gaming developers have to implement higher resolutions and High Dynamic Range on their products more than ever if they want people to buy them. Considering that nowadays high-quality monitors and TVs come at affordable prices, market research reveals that clients are interested in visuals more than ever.

Second, market research shows a growth of the number of players who are passionate about Indie games. Why do they prefer these products? They are more affordable, they offer a long time experience and they are easy to play. In addition, the majority of them come with expansions and additional features and these aspects always thrill the public. In order to meet their clients’ needs and interests game providers have to release new games weekly because the bar has been raised in this domain.

Third, Pokemon Go made people became more interested in AR gaming. When the game was launched, everyone was running around trying to catch digital creatures. Gamers nowadays want to have access to games that allow them to explore a new world through their devices that act as a mirror into another dimension. Market research shows that the gaming industry should base their products more on tech advances and use AR as an entertainment method.

Forth, the market research reveals that games are nowadays considered services and people want to access them anywhere. People want games that demand every hour of their life, they want to dive in the digital world and forget about their real lives. Game providers have to put on the second plan the games that imply pay-to-win tactics and to focus on creating games so good that the player is willing to pay to download it.

Games as services are a predominant trend in the industry and clients are interested in them more than ever.

Therefore, game providers should ask themselves if they are creating games for their players. Viewing the games as an extension of the creator is no longer an option. Nowadays, they need to present in the game their players’ vision and not their own. The market research should offer them information on the preferences of the audience. Companies need to research the market and reach out to their prospective clients to find out what features they want for the next games released.

In the process of knowing their audiences, companies need to determine whom they want to sell the games, what kind of games their audience prefer and why should their clients be willing to pay for their games.

Why market research in the gaming industry matters more than ever

Market research helps gaming companies know their competition

In order for a gaming company to succeed, they need to know who their competition is. Who is selling the same products as they do on the market? Having a list with their competitors and with the products they sell can help a provider know what aspects require their attention.

When developing a unique product they should get the assistance of experts, not only in their field, but in other related fields also. For example, Svitla now provides software consulting services for the companies that have difficulties in developing successful apps and systems. Sometimes a third party partner can have an objective perspective on the products a company is creating and can offer them a new vision on how to develop competitive products.

Market research goes a step further and it checks the quality of the products the competitors are offering and their sale price. It is known that people prefer to buy the cheapest product but when it comes to gamers, they are willing to go with a pricey option if it promises to deliver them an incomparable experience. By knowing how many competitors they have on the market and what place they have in the top of preferences they can decide how to market their products in the future.

Gaming providers have to be aware that constant effort is required in order to keep up with the tendencies of the market. Market research is vital in the process because it helps them understand how they should interact with their prospective clients. Market research is the new way of listening to your community and see if they like or not the direction you are heading to.

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Celeste Piano Collections

Thank you to Scarlet Moon Productions for the music!

Undoubtedly, one of the best parts of Celeste is the soundtrack. The various movements match the action, the melodies are emotional, and every track is catchy. As hackneyed as my regards are, the game deserves the praise it has received. When given the opportunity to listen to the Piano Collections, I was curious to see how an already piano heavy soundtrack would be modified for solos. The end result maintains most of the original's charm, but some of the omissions were disappointing.

Celeste Piano Collections comes with the main soundtrack of Celeste, arranged for the piano, of course. While many of the pieces in the main game were piano oriented, this rendition adds the various harmonies to the piano as well. I was provided a digital copy of the music, though a physical copy and sheet music are also available. All the included music is immediately recognizable to anyone who played Celeste, which is always a good sign with these arrangements. Generally, each piece contains the main melody and appropriate segments needed to loop back to the melody. The mood of each piece is maintained through various dynamic and tempo changes.

However, not all the movements of the pieces are included, which was disappointing. Although the pieces are still well composed and the key is properly maintained, omitting the many movements was a poor move. Granted, this would make some pieces nearly ten minutes long, but some of my favorite pieces from Celeste are these secondary segments. The music is stellar without considering what was removed, however. The B-Side remixes are also not included, despite being an integral part of the game's soundtrack. I assume this is because the negotiations with the various composers of the B-Side music (as opposed to the single composer of the A-Side) would be too difficult. I would have loved to hear the blues remix of Chapter 5's music on a piano.

While all the music that was chosen to be arranged for Celeste Piano Collections was done very well, I couldn't help but be disappointed by the missing parts. I loved that the mood of each piece was maintained with only one instrument, and the original melodies are still easily recognizable. However, I would recommend the original soundtrack over this, simply because it has more music. It’s 15 dollars for both the A and B side music, available wherever the Piano Collections are. As a standalone product, Celeste Piano Collections is nice, but the source material is certainly better.


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Gaming Headset Buyers Guide

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Having a rad gaming headset is a must in the world of interactive video games. If you don’t have a great gaming headset, you will struggle to keep up with other top notch players. If you are in the market for a new set, check out this gaming headset buyers guide. We have you covered.

What Not to Buy

If you want to really immerse yourself into the gaming world you don’t want to buy a cheap or knock off set that will break in a few hours. Avoid the drug store ear buds, that barely work well for cell phone calls, as well as the headphone you can get in the discount bin at Walmart. You don’t want these for gaming; maybe for your Walkman, but not for Fortnite or SmashBros or anything that requires talking to another human being and hearing what they are saying back to you.

What You Should Buy

There are several features you will want to consider. If you want a top-notch pair be prepared to pay for what you are getting. Even if your budget puts you in the middle-of-the-road market, you can score a decent headset. Be sure that whatever you pick meets the following:

Know the Difference Between Headphones and a Headset
Headphones are what you think of when you picture a kid walking down the street with a portable CD player. A gaming headset is more like what a pilot would wear, because you can talk and hear others. Size, features, and quality are what differentiate them.

Sound
If you can’t hear what’s being said, there is no point in even wearing a headset. Find something that has killer sound and has good bass.

Comfort
If you are like most gamers, you will be wearing your headset a lot. So find a set that is comfortable. The goal is to feel like you aren’t wearing anything on your head at all. If it is bulky and heavy, it won’t be comfortable, and you will get annoyed quickly.  

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Microphone
You want to make sure that you have a great mic on your headset. You don’t want it picking up background noise or other sounds that are coming through your headset. The only thing that a mic should pick up is the sound of your voice and deliver it as clearly as possible.

Compatibility
Be sure that the headset you get is compatible with the gaming system that you own. Some headsets are specific to brand and won’t work with a different system.

Wireless vs Wired

Do you want to have constant gaming, but be limited by a cord, or be wireless and have to charge your headset from time to time? This is something to consider when purchasing a gaming headset. There are wireless ones that run off AA batteries, too. Be sure to check the expected battery life before diving into your purchase.  

Do They Look Cool?
Looks are not everything, but some people love a good looking headset. To some , the look, shape, color, and details on their headset are just as important as is its performance. There is nothing wrong with style, just be sure you aren’t sacrificing quality for aesthetics.

There are a ton of gaming headset options on the market. Where to start depends on what you plan on using your headset for and what you want to get out of it. After that, comfort, style, and even durability come into play. If you don’t have a headset that is comfortable and can withstand the occasionally launch across the room, you might want to consider a different brand. Things do get frustrating after all.

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MENU: An Homage to Game Title Themes

Thank you Materia Collective for sending us this digital album to review!

Many video games are known for their great soundtracks and some catch your attention at the menu screen before embarking on your adventure. MENU: An Homage to Game Title Themes is a collection of over fifty theme songs and menu tracks from various games in the past three decades. Most of the songs are true to their origins and others like the Mega Man 2 and Minecraft themes have rap and/or lyrics added to them. While I didn’t mind the “enhancement,” the rest of my family preferred the rap-free songs.

Not surprisingly, this collection has five songs (nearly 10%) from Final Fantasy games. There’s music from Final Fantasy Tactics, IX, XIII, XIII-2, and XV. There are three songs from the Mario franchise including tracks from Mario Kart 64, Paper Mario, and Super Mario 64. Elder Scrolls fans will enjoy the songs from Oblivion and Skyrim.

Belmont Overture from Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse is probably one of the oldest tracks in this collection as this game originated in 1989. Listening to this song brought back pleasant memories from my childhood and my NES. Other familiar songs include Geralt of Rivia from Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Doki Doki Literature Club, Main Title from Deus Ex, Happiness from Sims 3, and Myst’s theme.

There are so many songs from games I have yet to play including Limbo, Celeste, Cuphead, Horizon Zero Dawn, Stardew Valley, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Katamari Damacy, and FTL: Faster Than Light. Although I haven’t played Ninja Gaiden II, I really enjoy its menu music now! Mass Effect: Andromeda has good title music too and that series is on my bucket list.

Even if you haven’t played many of the songs in this collection, it’s exceptionally made. The asking price of $16 on Bandcamp is very reasonable. If you order it through there you can get the files in MP3 or in lossless formats like FLAC.

 


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Music Box Classics: Mario

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I have been enjoying the Mario Bros. series since the Atari and Super Mario Bros. series on the NES. While the Atari 2600 version of the game lacks music, the NES version has quite the memorable soundtrack and it’s great to see it get the lullaby treatment in the Music Box Classics: Mario collection.

This digital album has ten tracks from various games through Mario’s 30+ years in existence. The first track is the Super Mario Bros. overworld music and is the slowest of the bunch. I honestly think it could have benefited from higher beats per minute. The rest of the tracks are a little bit more upbeat. The underwater music from the first Super Mario Bros. game is a welcome addition as well.

The most represented games are Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy with each having three tracks dedicated to them. You’ll find the following Super Mario 64 songs: Inside the Castle Walls, Bomb-Omb Battlefield, and Dire, Dire Docks. The songs from Super Mario Galaxy Include: Rosalina’s Observatory, Luma, and Gusty Garden. The overworld music from Super Mario Bros. 2 brings back pleasant memories as does Princess Peach’s Theme from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. I wish that Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario Sunshine had tracks included in the collection, but they’re absent.

Overall, this is a great collection of classic gaming music in music box form. It’s great lullaby music so make sure you’re not too comfortable when listening to it or you may find yourself sleeping before you know it! The total length of this album is a little over thirty-one minutes. It sells for $8.99 on Amazon or for $7 on Bandcamp which provides the tracks in MP3, FLAC and more.


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2019 Gaming Calendars

Thank you Abrams Books for sending us five calendars to fight over…I mean review!

2018 is coming to an end and with the new year fast approaching we must decide on a calendar to use for next year. Gamers may want to look into the following calendars from Abrams Books:

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Pokémon
Splatoon
Super Mario
Super Nintendo Entertainment System

Each calendar has four mini-calendars from September-December of 2018 in case you want to swap it out a little early. Holidays are noted for various countries around the world. I now know that Australia Day is on January 26h and observed on the 28th. Australia, Canada, and New Zealand will be celebrating Mother’s Day with us on May 12th. Australia and New Zealand don’t celebrate Father’s Day until September though. Religious days like Diwali, Kwanzaa, Purim, and Ramadan are also shown. All of the Christian religious days are accounted for.

Many of the holidays that my kids' schools shut down for are also listed along with various bank holidays that are observed in other countries. The beginning and end of daylight saving time is also noted so I can adjust my clocks accordingly. The only thing missing that my current calendar provides are the phases of the moon. I can live without that feature though.

The calendars are nice and big with smooth glossy pages. The artwork is exceptional and any gamer will be pleased with the images chosen for their gaming calendar choice. My family was debating on who should get which calendar and the samples that were sent to us made us do some serious decision making. As the writer of this review, I get first dibs.

The calendars sell for $14.99 on abramsbooks.com which is a reasonable price. They’re still selling similarly themed 2018 calendars so make sure you’re getting the 2019 version of the Pokémon, Splatoon, Super Mario, or Zelda ones. Whichever one you decide on, I’m sure you’ll be happy with it.

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Dark Souls 2: When Less is More

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Most modern games seem to put a huge emphasis on amazing, jaw-dropping graphics, intensely fun gameplay, and a riveting storyline that may very well rival the stories written by our friends in Hollywood. These components are often deemed to be the recipe for a great game.

And well, the formula hasn’t led any games astray. If you think of it, most of the greatest games of all time have two of these three things sorted out. So, it would seem to be the highest degree of tomfoolery if one were to create a game without at least trying to get all three right. In fact, most games strive to get these three things done.

Then there’s Dark Souls 2.

It’s a game that isn’t exactly impressive when it comes to today’s standards. The gameplay isn’t that refined as some of the more popular titles, and the storyline? It’s barely even there.

And yet, I’d proudly say that it’s an amazing game and it’s definitely unique. Why do I say so despite having just said that it has none of the things that makes a video great? Well, it’s really just one word -- experience.

That’s right. This second installment in the masterpiece series from From Software is a great game because of the experience it thrusts gamers into. On the title screen, you’re greeted (or not greeted, rather) by something strange -- there’s no difficulty setting. Not only that, but the beginning of the game already makes you feel that you’re playing on hard mode.

And while this may discourage most casual gamers, those who brave the cruel, unforgiving world of the Dark Souls universe are in for a treat.

In all honesty, even the early enemies you face will kill you if you aren’t skilled enough of a player. There are so many traps, some even posing as chests when they’re in fact mimics that cause instant death to beginners and even those who’ve been playing the game for at least 10 hours. The bosses are not only resistant to the damage you deal, but they also hit like trucks, often killing even high-level players with just two blows.

And the terrain, don’t get me started on the perilous terrain. There are so many areas in the game that make it feel like a horrible copy of a platform game, and well, of course, you die if you fall off.

But that’s not all. The controls are wonky and the honestly feel a little robotic at times. Also, the PVP matchmaking is unbalanced.

But all of these make for a unique experience. And because it’s such a unique experience, this video game is a great game.

Most games will make you feel powerful, they will hold your hand and they will praise you as you play the game.

This game, and the other titles in this series? They will mock you with each death by stating the obvious. Red text appears on the screen saying “You died”. It even tracks the number of times you die in the game as if to add insult to digital injury. It forces you to learn, to adapt, and to overcome.

This game is notorious in the sense that it’s greatly contributed to the spike in the search for services like “game console repair near Detroit, MI” where many controllers and consoles have been destroyed out of frustration from the game.

BUT.

This game is great because it teaches you something most games don’t -- true hard work. The strength to accept that things are going to be difficult, and at times the odds may even seem impossible. Sometimes you may fight as hard as you can and still fall short by one swing of your sword.

And the experience of being able to surmount difficult and nigh impossible odds is one that keeps players coming back to this game. You may even say that this game is a rite of passage of sorts between boys and men in the gaming community.

 

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2018 Christmas Buying Guide

Christmas Buying Guide 2018

Here’s a quick breakdown of the most family friendly games we have reviewed in 2018. More reviews can be found on ChristCenteredGamer.com! Each game is given a gameplay score for the overall gaming experience and a moral score for how suitable it is for younger gamers. The Amazon and Humble Store links will benefit Christ Centered Gamer by giving us a small % of the sale.

System Game Game Score Moral Score Buy it!
Nintendo 2DS/3DS
Nintendo 3DS
The Alliance Alive 82% 81% $29.09
Nintendo 2DS/3DS
Nintendo 3DS
Block-a-Pix Color 72% 100% $7.99
Nintendo 2DS/3DS
Nintendo 3DS
Link-a-Pix Color 72% 100% $7.99
Switch
Switch
Freedom Planet
(PC, Wii U, PlayStation 4, Switch)
88% 94% $14.99
Switch
Switch
Happy Birthdays 84% 94% $29.97
Switch
Switch
Lost in Harmony
(Android, iOS, PC, Switch)
88% 92% $6.99
Switch
Switch
Semblance
(PC, Switch)
88% 96% $9.99
PC/Mac
PC/Mac/Linux
Candleman: The Complete Journey
(Android, iOS, PS4, Xbox One)
90% 92% $14.99
PC/Mac
PC/Mac/Linux
Tyler: Model 005
(PC, Xbox One)
90% 96% $9.99
PC/Mac
PC/Mac/Linux
Staxel 90% 91% $19.99
PC/Mac
PC/Mac/Linux
Tracks - The Train Set Game 94% 100% $19.99
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4
de Blob 2 
(Nintendo DS, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, PC, Xbox 360/One)
84% 93% $18.51
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4

Forgotton Anne
(PC, PS4, Xbox One)

92% 89% $19.99
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4
GRIP: Combat Racing
(PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
92% 90% $39.99
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4
Railway Empire
(PC, PS4, Xbox One)
82% 92% $34.44
PlayStation Vita
PlayStation Vita
Word Sudoku by POWGI
(Android, iOS, PS4, Vita)
72% 100% $7.99
  While we have reviewed other Vita games this year, they
are not on this guide because they are not family friendly
enough to be included. You can read our other Vita reviews
 here.
     
Xbox One
Xbox One
Crayola Scoot
(PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
82% 92% $39.99
Xbox One
Xbox One
Octahedron
(PC, PS4, Xbox One)
86% 96% $12.99
Xbox One
Xbox One
Overcooked! 2
(PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One)
88% 94% $29.99
Xbox One
Xbox One
RGX Showdown
(PS4, Xbox One)
80% 96% $9.99
Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality
ARK Park 74% 95% $39.99
Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality
Pinball FX2 VR Universal Classics 78% 84% $19.99
Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality
Throw Anything 76% 83% $11.99
Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality
TSA Frisky 70% 100% $6.99
Hardware
Hardware
EWin Calling Series Ergonomic Computer Gaming Office Chair with Pillows N/A N/A $220
Hardware
Hardware
Gamdias Hephaestus P1 RGB Surround Sound Gaming Headset N/A N/A $55.79
Hardware
Hardware
Gamdias Hermes P2 RGB Optical Mechanical Switch Gaming Keyboard N/A N/A $76.41
Hardware
Hardware
ZMI PowerPack 20000 Portable Power Bank N/A N/A $69.95

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Why World of Mazes Is The Best VR Adventure Around

Why World of Mazes Is The Best VR Adventure Around

World of Mazes is one of the best games you can download if you are a fan of VR gaming. It is currently available for Oculus Go, Rift as well as the Gear VR and it is one of the best examples of how to mix puzzles, mazes, and a compelling story.

One of the things that other VR puzzle and maze games have struggled with is giving you a reason to care about the puzzles you are solving or the mazes you are competing. World of Mazes is very different in that regard. You see, World of Mazes has one of the most interesting and engaging stories you will ever see in a puzzle game. The story is not just tacked on to move you from one section to the next. A lot of work has gone into this and it is so well written and the characters so compelling that you really get caught up in it all.

The idea of the story is that you are trapped in a maze when a person called Gelayon has been thrown in there with you. Turns out that Gelayon is actually a servant to Princess Maya who has been kidnapped. You agree to help Gelayon escape so that he can save the Princess. The story has some twists and turns along the way and even involves an ancient prophecy. What is really neat about it though is the way that the game makes you actually care about the characters. You want to help them survive and this makes getting through the mazes that extra bit tense.

Speaking of the mazes, the mazes in World of Mazes are very challenging. There are many different kinds of mazes. Each one will have its own set of rules, characters, and challenges that you must overcome. What makes this very interesting is that there is no map of where you need to go as the mazes will actually change on a weekly basis. This kicks the tension up about ten notches and when you make it to the exit portal of the current maze you are in, you are never really sure when you will end up next.

To give you an idea of how different the mazes are. The first one that you will be in is the Aztyle Maze. This is a rather small maze considering the size of the others and this is where you first meet Gelayon and find out about Princess Maya. There is a lot of green here and while you can see the sky, it has a kind of dungeon feel to it. Compare this to another maze like the Grezorth Maze which is much larger, scarier and has been blasted by meteorites and you can see quite the difference. The differences between the style of the mazes as well as the inhabitants and challenges really do keep you guessing.

World of Mazes really is one of the most fun puzzle games that you can play in VR. They have managed to walk the fine line between offering challenging and rewarding puzzles all the while giving you a story you actually care about. 

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Does Anyone Else Miss Bad Translations in Video Games?

Do you remember the days when the average video game translation was enough to make English teachers despair en masse? Bad video game translations have left a lasting legacy, with phrases such as “Winner Is You” and the classic “All your base are belong to us” worming their way into popular culture. The latter remains popular on memes all over the internet and can even be found on road signs around the world in countries where signage officials have a sense of humor and a fondness for retro video games.

However, as funny as bad video game translations are, they can ruin the immersion of the gaming experience. Nothing takes you out of an in-game world faster than trying to figure out what that garbled sentence is supposed to mean. Thankfully, video game translation services have become far more sophisticated and competent over the years.

For old time’s sake, let’s take a wander down memory lane and look as some of those truly amusing games that were produced before translation and localization skills became such an integral part of video game production.

Bad Video Game Translations: A History

Before we get into some of the funniest video game translations, let’s consider what led to such amazing mishaps in the first place.

Today, gaming is a such a juggernaut entertainment industry, it’s hard to imagine terrible translation and localization being so commonplace. However, in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, bad video game localization was so common that it was simply accepted as a charming part of the industry. The problems came from translating these games out of their original Japanese, in most cases. Japanese to English translation is an art. The Japanese characters often don’t translate into English perfectly, so some creativity in finding the right terminology and grammar is required. 

Plus, before the gaming industry become as mainstream as it is today, many of those early companies were seriously underfunded, producing their wares on shoe-string budgets. Localization services often got the short end of the stick. That meant translations done by developers with a phrase book and a looming deadline. Specialty video game translation services didn’t become mainstream until gaming did.   

This led to some truly charming errors, which have given gamers plenty of amusement over the years. So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best video game translation errors of all time.

Remembering the Best of the Worst Video Game Translations

Before the modern era of dedicated localization services, the gaming industry ended up with some really botched translations: 

“All your base are belong to us. You have no chance to survive make your time”

The list wouldn’t be complete without the iconic, worst video game translation of all time. It came from the arcade top-down shooter “Zero Wing” in 1989 and makes gamers smile to this day.

“A Winner Is You”  

This congratulatory scene was from Nintendo’s “Pro Wrestling” in 1987. The real reward was this hilarious proclamation of victory.

“You are the very prevailer that protect right and justice” 

This was the closing message at the end of Nintendo’s difficult “Ikari Warriors” from 1987.

“You Spoony Bard”

Not sure how an eating utensil became an adjective? Nor are we, but rumors abound. This iconic line is from “Final Fantasy IV.” It was released on the SNES in 1991 for North American audiences under the title of “Final Fantasy II.”  

“X-Men… Welcome to die!” 

This hilarious line really took the edge off the popular villain Magneto is the 1992 arcade version of “X-Men.” 

“I am Error”

This text, introducing a character in the NES game “Zelda II: The Adventure of Link” in 1988, had gamers scratching their heads. Was this character’s name Error? Really? Rumor has it that the character’s name was actually Error, which makes sense, given some wordplay around the terms “error” and “bug” in the original Japanese.

“Remember to flash the toilet”

This unfortunate reminder was given by a professor-type character in a 1997 Game Boy “Tamagotchi” video game. Consider yourself reminded!

“Fry to the rain forest and save the nature”

Huh? Those poor trees… should we save them or fry them? This line came from the “Aero Fighters 2” arcade game in 1994.

Bad Video Game Localization Today

Today, despite the rise of professional, specialist translation services, video game localization still isn’t immune to bad translations. The most infamous bad translation of the modern gaming era is “Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment.” It was released on the PlayStation Vita in 2014.

Some of the game’s bizarre lines include:

“Klein became to one who did the fight without everyone noticing it.”

“Would not doing other thing else and focus on attacking be better?”

“(She’s very serious at training and absorbs very fast)” 

Speculation seems to state that the game was text-only in English, so the company didn’t focus on the translation and localization as much.

The modern industry also has a few other examples of poor gaming translation. For instance, Frank West in “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” became Flank West in 2017, as a result of the Japanese confusion over the letters R and L. 

Video game translations have come a long way over the years. Luckily “Hollow Fragment” and its ilk are now the exception to the rule, in an industry that has become well served by skilled video game translation and localization efforts.

Author Bio

Louise Taylor was gaming almost before she could walk. Nowadays, when she’s not playing video games, she can be found managing content for Tomedes, a translation agency that provides video game translation and localization services to clients around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Music Box Classics: Final Fantasy VII

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Final Fantasy games are known for their extraordinary music and my husband and I have had the pleasure of seeing multiple live symphonic performances of Nobuo Uematsu’s masterpieces. As a result, we own several compilations of Final Fantasy music and managed to get one of our daughters sick of it. Our other two kids love the music so they turned out alright.

Music Box Classics: Final Fantasy VII focuses on a title with many great songs and the music box treatment works well with these melodies. J-E-N-O-V-A is a little too fast paced to be included, but there are plenty of other great songs in this collection. There are lots of theme songs including the Aerith’s, Tifa’s, and the Chocobo song. Of course, the game’s title song is on this album as well.

I love the battle music in Final Fantasy VII and the Fighting song and One Winged Angel are both included. Another welcome addition is Cosmo Canyon though I have to say that I still prefer the version from the game’s soundtrack.

There are fourteen songs in total and they range from a minute and forty-seven seconds to six minutes and forty-one seconds. All of the tracks are great and I highly recommend this $7 digital album to all Final Fantasy VII fans. The songs are available in MP3 and lossless FLAC formats.

As for my daughter who is sick of Final Fantasy music, I have a plan. After she gets married and has a child, I will give it a stuffed animal or a music box with Aerith’s theme. It’s easier to ask for forgiveness rather than permission, but I’m sure the kid(s) will love it.


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The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Volume 1 (A-M)

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Author: Brett Weiss
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing
Hardcover book
416 full-color pages
Over 350 games covered
MSRP: $42.99

Thank you Schiffer Publishing for sending us this book to review!

I was fortunate enough to grow up with video games and technology as it did. Being born in 1978 (and recently turning forty), I was fortunate enough to play the Atari 2600 long before I went to kindergarten, played tons of the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) through elementary school, and got my Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in late jr. high or early high school (I don’t remember exactly when; it was early in the system’s launch, but I doubt it was year one).

I had gotten a PlayStation maybe a year after that released, and enjoyed it, but I always felt like the SNES was a perfect storm of available technology and maximum creativity that led to some of the best games of all time, and many remain timeless and revered to this day. (It also helped that I had more time to play games in high school rather than the busier early adulthood that occupied my time shortly after I got my PlayStation.) This book celebrates that generation of gaming by devoting one or two pages to each and every game in the SNES library. This volume covers every game in alphabetical order, starting with ‘3 Ninjas Kick Back’ and ending with ‘Musya: The Classic Japanese Tale of Horror’. Volume 2, when it is released in 2019, will cover game titles starting with N-Z.

The first few pages include a foreword, where the technical specifications of the SNES are discussed, as well as a brief summary of historical context about the system’s release. There is also a preface, where the author talks a bit about his history with gaming, and what led to him writing this book. All of the action starts on page ten.

Each page is in full color, with the title, publisher, developer, game type, and release year all notated at the top. Under that is the box art, a picture of the cartridge, and a general description and summary of the game. If it’s particularly good or bad, you might find some commentary there, too. Sometimes they will compare the game with its Sega Genesis counterpart, if there was one. There are also screenshots, and some titles may have promotional art or a picture of an ad as well.

Other than the general overview, each page also includes a ‘Notable Quotable’, which is typically an excerpt from a review, sometimes modern and sometimes classic, or a comment from a famous YouTuber, game developer, or industry veteran. Some games also feature one or more ‘Insider Insight’, which is a story of how that game impacted one of the many contributors. There are ninety people listed as contributors on pages 404-410. There are also brief articles about the console wars from the era, the historical and preservation value of emulation, and a bibliography.

Reading through this lovingly crafted archive, I was reminded both of the many great games that shaped my adolescence, but also the many that I remember looking at fondly but never having the chance to purchase for myself. I had a job in high school, so I worked for my games – but no kid can afford everything, so something always had to give. Thankfully, I often had great success scouring the used games at my old Blockbuster Video, which no doubt saved me a pretty penny in these early days before GameStop (and FuncoLand was the only used game store around).

A few notable games that I either owned or borrowed from friends which are covered here include:

ActRaiser
Breath of Fire
Chrono Trigger
Clay Fighter: Tournament Edition
Contra III: The Alien Wars (my cartridge is gone, but the SNES Classic delivers)
Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf (borrowed from a friend)
Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest (spelled wrong in the book: it's supposed to be Diddy's Kong Quest!)
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble!
Earthworm Jim (I have this and Earthworm Jim 2 on PC also!)
Final Fantasy II
Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest
F-Zero (SNES Classic only)
Gradius III
Inindo: The Way of the Ninja (my cartridge is gone, and makes me very sad!)
Jurassic Park (actually haven’t played it, but apparently it’s quite excellent! Garage sale find)
King of the Monsters 2 (another garage sale find, haven’t played it yet)
Kirby Super Star
Kirby’s Dream Course (SNES Classic only)
Lagoon
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (I thought I had a copy of Lufia 1, but my memory must be hazy)
Mario Paint
Mega Man 7 (I played it on the GameCube collection)
Mega Man X (I played it on the SNES version, but ended up beating it on the rare PC version!)
Mortal Kombat (I think I played a friend’s copy)
Mortal Kombat III (I played the arcade version much more)

This book is an excellent retrospective, and reminded me of several games that I wanted to pick up when I was younger, but never had the chance, as well as some new ones I hadn’t heard of. Who knew that one of the better RPGs on the SNES had a name as wacky as Brain Lord? I had no idea the Michael Jordan video game was actually decent. Apparently the Disney games were all fantastic. Did you know that Blizzard Entertainment met the team that eventually became Blizzard North who created Diablo though their early work on SNES games? All of this, and much more, is lovingly detailed in The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Volume 1. If you are a collector, or simply love the SNES, then I highly recommend that you pick up this book ASAP. It may be pricey, but it’s worth every penny.

 


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How Do Tottenham Stack Up Against Liverpool in FIFA 19?

How Do Tottenham Stack Up Against Liverpool in FIFA 19?

It was only the other week that unbeknown to Tottenham, defeat away at Watford was the first loss in a run of three straight games.

Up next to put Tottenham to the sword was high-flying Liverpool who still remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season.

A promise of goals galore was painted prior to the game and although that did not quite materialise, Liverpool did end up winning the game 2-1  

Both Spurs and Liverpool have a number of likenesses, for example, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and Lilywhites manager Mauricio Pochettino enjoy playing attacking football, neither manager has won a trophy with their club and neither side has ever won the Premier League title despite being contenders.

As both sides are struggling to break their trophy drought, perhaps a title on FIFA 19 is a more realistic goal?

But which side are you better off selecting in order to give yourself the best chance of becoming FIFA 19 champion?

We compare some of the key battles on the pitch and assess who is better.

Harry Kane 89 Mohammed Salah 88

Despite winning the golden boot in the Premier League last season with 32 league goals, Liverpool’s Egyptian superstar finds himself slightly behind Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

Kane himself netted 30 times in the league and for the fourth straight season comfortably netted over 20 league goals in a campaign.

Perhaps due to Salah’s positioning as more of a wide striker is the reason why Kane edges this one, however, there is almost nothing in it.

Hugo Lloris 88 Alisson 85

Your goalkeeper can make a major difference in FIFA as well as real life football and Tottenham edge this one as well.

Lloris has been a Spurs stalwart for a number of years and is the Lilywhites whilst Alisson despite a strong season for Roma last year, is still fresh in at Anfield.

A little less experienced as his counterpart works against Alisson in the FIFA rankings this year.

Dele Alli 84 Sadio Mane 85

Two attacking players of undeniable quality but it is Liverpool who edge one back here largely thanks to Mane’s attacking prowess and additional power.

Mane netted ten times in the Premier League last season which is a vital reason why the 26-year-old just edges this battle.

The rest

Aside from those key battles, it is quite an even affair across the rest of the park, however with Firmino and now Naby Kieta in the Liverpool ranks, it is the Reds who have the better forward line.

Tottenham make up for this somewhat with a stronger defence as Dejan Lovren and Trent Alexander Arnold come in at 81 and 79 points respectively whilst Davison Sanchez and Kieran Tripper come in at 84 and 82 respectively.

The contest is close between the two, but the numbers are clear, for defence go for Spurs, for goals, go for Liverpool.

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Music Box Classics: Castlevania

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The iconic Castlevania series made its debut in 1986 and I enjoyed playing the first three on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). While I didn’t own the first two games, I have played them at friends’ houses on several occasions. The game I’m the most familiar with is Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse of which there is one track, Beginning, on this album.

Six songs including the 11-second prologue are from the first game. Simon’s Quest has four songs devoted to it. Symphony of the Night has four songs and while they’re good, I didn’t recognize them since I haven’t played any Castlevania games since the NES era.

As the album title suggests, all fifteen tracks are in a lullaby music box style. Each of the songs are exceptionally done despite being a little slower paced than the originals. The longest song is nearly four minutes and most of the tracks are a couple of minutes in length. Many of them bring back good memories of playing this classic series. The soothing music is very relaxing, but I would recommend exercising some caution as they may be too relaxing to listen to when doing long driving stretches late at night! Having this album shuffled in with the rest of your music library is highly recommended though.

This album is ideal for any Castlevania fan who is familiar with the first few games. The asking price on Bandcamp is a reasonable $7. These songs would be great for conditioning a baby to appreciate awesome game music at a tender age. Additionally, these songs would go great in a crib mobile or perhaps a Build-A-Bear. I wish these albums were around when my kids were babies. I guess I can indoctrinate my future grandkids in the not-so-distant future.

 


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