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Handy Tips To Deal With A Cheating Spouse

 

Handy Tips To Deal With A Cheating Spouse

Relationships are as fragile as flowers. You need to keep watering and nourishing them to keep them fresh and alive. However, incidents like cheating can completely kill the relationship at once. Technology, like http://smstrackers.com/can-messages-be-intercepted-without-using-any-software/, has made it easier than ever to keep track of the actions of your partner. Though it is easier said than done, here are a few tips to deal with a situation when your spouse is cheating on you.

Don't look out for revenge

Is all you can think about is how to take revenge from your partner? It is a common feeling, however, not a healthy one. Betrayal can cause rage, and decisions born in a furious state can prove to be harmful to you.

Typically, immediate reactions are to badmouth the partner to friends and relatives, put up social media posts to defame the person, or even think of having an affair yourself. These acts may provide you satisfaction for a brief moment, but they will prevent your healing by keeping you in an angry state for a long time. Let go, not for them, but yourself.

Keep the kids away

Kids are the most vulnerable members of the family in a situation like this. Anything seen or heard by them can't be undone. Therefore, you need to be extra mindful of the well being of your kids.

Even if you decide to end the marriage, it is always suggested to keep your children out of it. Never badmouth your fellow parents to the kids. They will find it hard to comprehend and will end up baffled and torn between two sides.

Reflect

The most important thing to do is to reflect on your feelings. Before taking any step further, you need first to understand where your feelings stand about the situation.

Infidelity is a severe breach of trust. It could be a mistake or an effort to get out of the relationship. You need to make up your mind if you have the emotional strength to forgive and re-establish a relationship. Though it might appear to be the apparent answer, it is sometimes not always the easiest one.

Understand the reason for infidelity

Infidelity cannot always be traced back to one single reason. There could be multiple needs apart from sex, leading your partner to another relationship. Therefore, before attempting to deal with it, you need to understand the reason for their infidelity.

Most often, people cheat to attract the attention of their partner. A troubled relationship is also one of the common reasons for cheating. Though these reasons can never validate the act, it will help you better understand your relationship with your partner and work on the loopholes.

Communicate your feelings

Communication is the heart of all healthy relationships. Once you have been able to acknowledge the fact that your partner has been unfaithful, talk to them about your feelings.

Communicating and expressing your feelings will help you move forward from the incident and envision a better and secure future. It is valid to feel angry, disgusted and hurt. Therefore, being honest about it to your partner will prevent any form of emotional outburst from ruining your future relationship.

Reach out for help

You may want to shut the world out or lock yourself up in a room and stay there for the longest time. However, it would help if you understood that this couldn't be a healthy way to deal with the issue.

The most crucial step is to reach out to people for help and support — people who love you and have gone through a similar experience. You could even seek out a counselor for help. Share, talk rather than letting the emotions overwhelm you, and cause pain. Always remember, sharing is not the same as badmouthing about your spouse's infidelity to your relatives out of spite.

Don't blame yourself

Infidelity hurts the most when you have put your sincere investment into a relationship. Most often, one tends to ignore the symptoms and pretend that everything is fine. Always remember, pretending that the problem doesn't exist can never make it go away. Ignorance cannot always be bliss.

Also, avoid taking all the blame for the circumstances on yourself. Every relationship is a two-way street, and one can't always take responsibility for your spouse's mistakes. Acknowledge, communicate, and only then one can find out ways to deal with it better. 

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5 Tips for Safeguarding Kids Online

5 Tips for Safeguarding Kids Online

This year many parents are allowing children more screen time for both educational and social purposes. This means they are spending a lot of time online, whether it be studying or gaming, and they can’t always be supervised. Your children are exposed to a lot online and where you don’t want to stop them from having a social life it’s natural to worry about their safety. Here are simple tips to give you peace of mind while your kid is gaming online. 

Healthy Communication

One of the most important things about safeguarding is safe communication. Aim to be able to talk openly with your children about their online activities. Avoid the knee-jerk reaction to panic and ban them from certain sites or apps. Take an interest in what they are watching or playing. If you listen to them and communicate in a healthy way about you can then develop mutual respect. It will be easier to get them to agree to any limitations you want to set, and you can explain to them what is age-appropriate and what isn’t.

Online Etiquette

Teach them that there is a certain etiquette to be adhered to and that they are still dealing with real people, even though it’s only in messages in multi-player games. Explain what is safe and not safe to share, even with people they know. Show them how to switch off their location for example, make social media accounts private and not share personal details. You can find more advice here about online etiquette for kids.  

Parental Control

When you first set up your kids’ devices and consoles make sure you have put parental controls in place. This means covering the browser and filters. This should prevent unwanted content from appearing even if they search for it. Many sites and games designed for kids will have these controls already in place which is handy, and you can set age limits as well. It’s advisable to encourage apps like these for younger children.

Online Security

Internet security is also paramount. Protect your family or your business’s data with secure cheap vps. Ensure your system, data, and network are protected by state-of-the-art technology. Take your privacy protection more seriously. Plenty of games are built securely with an age limit. There is a range of options both educational and fun, which have security measures already in place. Check out some examples of safe apps for kids, that are easy and secure to use.

Lead by example

If you’re a fan of online gaming yourself, the best way to motivate your kids is to lead by example. Limit your screen time in front of them and be vigilant about what you look at or play online. Be cautious and respectable online and they will be more likely to follow in your footsteps. In the end, you don’t want to instill fear in them or pressure them too much. The best way to inspire them is by setting an example, and with knowledge and respect. 



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Negative Reviews Happen

At Christ Centered Gamer we get sent a lot of games to review and have an impressive backlog as a result. Some of them we ask for, but many games show up in our Inbox unexpectedly. We love working with indie developers to help them promote their otherwise overlooked labors of love. For the most part, we enjoy playing the games sent to us. According to our Steam Curator page the majority of our reviews are positive.

Every year, we release a Christmas Buying Guide, which highlights current games that are both fun and family-friendly. Quite frankly, this is not an easy task. It’s easy to find games that meet one criteria, but both takes some serious effort. Violence, language, sexual, and occult content are prevalent in many games. Those are usually the titles that get talked about the most at game shows. Other games can be played in front of children, your pastor, or grandparents without offending them. Sadly, those types of games are usually not very fun to begin with.

Before we implemented our dual score system, we used an average score which often propped up Christian and family-friendly games while overly chastising games that are Teen or Mature. While our current scoring system is not perfect, it does a pretty good job.

One of our recent reviews, Starclaw: Battle of StarSpace Nebula, scored well morally, but fell flat when it came down to the game/fun factor score. The developer did not take this review lightly and filed a copyright/slander case against us on Google. More on that later! As reviewers, we really do want to enjoy our time with games, but that’s not always the case. Even still, we try to find the positives and aim to offer constructive criticism for the developers to work with to improve their current and/or future games. If a game is patched, we’re willing to take another look at it to verify that the issues have been addressed and will add a blurb in the review. Per our Code of Ethics we will not remove negative reviews or alter them for financial gain.

Reviews are opinions, which everyone has their own. We have comments open on our reviews where people can share things they agree or disagree with us on as long as their language is kid-friendly. When we were threatened with a copyright infringement claim and ordered to remove our review and Twitter post, we pushed back and defended our First Amendment right of free speech.

I want to thank our Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter users who have supported us through this ordeal. It was never our intention to disgrace or ruin this developer, but we have the right to express our honest opinions on the games we review. Doing otherwise would be lying (Exodus 20:16) and betraying our readers. As of this post, there have been multiple articles and several YouTube videos covering this ordeal.

I hope and pray that the developer has learned not to abuse the DMCA and to take this experience to heart for his future projects. He did post a public apology. I hope that he finds forgiveness and redemption as the Internet can be a harsh place to learn life lessons. I also hope that his future projects are a success. We have enough anger and violence these days. I encourage everyone to read and apply Proverbs 10:12 which states “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.”

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In the Garden: An Illustrated Guide to the Plants of the Bible

In the Garden: An Illustrated Guide to the Plants of the Bible

Thank you Karen Campbell Media for sending us this book to review!

On the third day of creation, God created plants, trees, and kinds of vegetation. The Bible is full of references to various trees, plants, and flowers. In The Garden provides Biblical references, useful information, and beautiful water color illustrations to all of the plant life mentioned in the Bible.

This hard cover, 128-page book is broken down into four sections: Trees & Shrubs, Edible Plants, Medicinal & Aromatic Plants, and Flowers. There is also a guide on how to grow your own Biblically inspired garden, a calendar of Jewish growing seasons, an index of plants, and an index of scripture references.

In the tree section, I found it helpful that Noah’s Ark was made from acacia wood or shittim as it’s referred to in scripture. While it’s hard to pinpoint the exact plant used to make Jesus’ crown of thorns, the author suggests that it may have been made from Sarcopeterium spinosum, which was readily available in Rome and quite malleable.

When it comes to edible plants, I had no idea that barley is valued at a third of wheat. The young boy’s provisions of fish and barley loaves were meager, but fed thousands that were listening to Jesus’ message! Plants like spikenard, which was imported from India were quite costly. This was the base of the ointment used by Mary to wash Jesus’ feet.

Myrrh gets a double mention as the New Testament version is most likely Commiphora. It’s interesting to note how Christ’s life began (Matt 2:11) and ended (Mark 15:23) with Myrrh. When Jesus was offered the vinegar mingled with gall, he turned down an opioid painkiller. It’s quite humbling to know that Christ carried our sins without any physical or spiritual help.

Saffron is mentioned in Song of Solomon. It’s still an expensive spice and now I know why. It takes four thousand blossoms to make one ounce of saffron!

Though many of the plants mentioned are specific to Israel with its rocky ground and two seasons, some of them can handle our four season calendar year and climate changes. The Biblically inspired garden guide is quite helpful in recommending hearty plants that can remind us of their Biblical roots. If you know anyone with a green thumb, I’m sure they’ll find this $13.99 book fascinating.


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Best Entertaining Computer Games for Youth During The COVID-19

Parents now have to keep their kids indoors to prevent them from contracting the COVID-19 virus. To defeat their boredom, parents must find ways to entertain young students. Luckily, these days, there are computer games that entertain the students while educating them. 

With some wonderful games, parents rest assured that their kids are learning something good in the safety of their homes.

Best Entertaining Computer Games for Youth During The COVID-19

 

  1. Nancy Drew Interactive Mysteries

Nancy Drew Interactive Mysteries is a game that sharpens the skills in solving problems. It’s a point-and-click game where the player assumes the role of Nancy Drew, the mystery solver of the famous novel series

Whether playing the role of a senior or junior detective, the kids questions suspects, solves puzzles, uncovers clues, and finds their way out of many sticky situations in the quest to catch the culprit. 

When your kids are busy playing games and miss crucial assignment deadlines, they often wonder, ”who can write my coursework at this hour”? In these critical situations, help them by referring Ca.EduBirdie instead of telling them to give up the games completely. 

  1. Animal Jam

What better way to get educated than to get involved with National Geographic? Animal Jam is a virtual online world originally designed with the National Geographic Society. 

As expected, the game teaches young students about ecology and zoology through adventures, parties, games, and other social elements online. Another great feature of Animal Jam is it gives parental control over the game. Parents can lock the game down if they wish.

  1. Wordscapes

Wordscapes is an incredible option for students who love wordplay. The game improves vocabulary while entertaining students. In the game, the kids receive unlimited time to solve a crossword-style puzzle. There are also levels to make the game more challenging. 

For instance, some levels don’t accept words with three letters and award extra points if the player gets all of the words right and in a specific order. At times, guessing all of the “easy” words is the hard part. Moreover, it has a dictionary built into the app to expand the vocabulary.

Best Entertaining Computer Games for Youth During The COVID-19

  1. Prodigy

Prodigy is a game for those who love to play with numbers. It’s a math-based RPG that you can play for free. It involves playing through the game by answering math questions to build their skills and earn rewards. 

There is also an interactive aspect where players participate in quests with their friends. For more challenges, the difficulty level increases as you progress further.

  1. National Geographic Challenge

This is another game that involves the much-read magazine. The National Geographic Challenge is a quiz game based on the. Here, you encounter difficult and easy questions divided into regions. 

It starts with up to 4 players who choose their own avatar. They can try answering 40, 60 or 80 timed questions in the game. To make it more interesting, the Challenge features impressive videos and photographs drawn from the archives of National Geographic.

Conclusion

With the closure of schools and colleges due to the current pandemic, parents strive to get their kids educated as normally as possible. Virtual school hours aren’t the only venue for young students to learn. Online games can entertain and educate young students while confined at home and of course, they are fun, educational, and highly entertaining as well.

Author’s Bio:

Elizabeth Skinner is a famous blogger who works for a popular website and manages its gaming, tech news and software review sections. She’s also a talented academic writer with an expertise in thesis, dissertation and essay writing. In her free time, she takes language classes, practices yoga and goes out for jogging. 

 

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One Beat Angel FFVII

One Beat Angel

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

My husband and I are fans of the Final Fantasy games and music. We have attended multiple live orchestral performances and own several Distant World and Black Mages/Earthbound Papas CDs. When I played and beat Final Fantasy VII on PC, I swapped out many of the original game songs to the Black Mages versions. By doing so, I made a great game even better! Before going any further, I must admit that I have not played the remake. With many gamers playing the remake and enjoying its music, it only makes sense to release an enhanced version of the soundtrack. Roborob delivers a nice selection of songs from this epic game in One Beat Angel FFVII.

I enjoyed and reviewed Roborob’s Kingdom Hearts remake album, Kingdom Heartbeats. I recognized many of the tracks but it’s been a while since I played a Kingdom Hearts game so I’m not as familiar with the music from that series. Since I’m a fan of Roborob and Final Fantasy VII, I jumped at the change to review One Beat Angel. For the most part, I have no regrets. While this is an enjoyable 11-track album, I prefer the original and Black Mages versions over this.

Just like the Final Fantasy games, this album opens up with a spruced-up version of the prelude song which is quite fitting. The second track Fight On! Takes the iconic battle song to a new level. If you’ve won a battle in a Final Fantasy game, you’ll recognize the Victory Fanfare song. The Mako Reactor song is instantly recognizable even with the dubstep additions. Who Are You is also given an electronic dance music facelift in this album.

With the album called One Beat Angel, it should come as no surprise that One-Winged Angel is overhauled as well. Aerith’s theme is probably my least favorite song on this albumn since it’s not recognizable until the very end. On the flipside, the peppy Chocobo Theme doesn’t stray too far from the original score. On That Day Five Years Ago brings the seriousness back with some nice beats. Roborob’s rendition of Cosmo Canyon is decent, but I have to give the nod to Pandoh’s dubstep version. The finale song, JENOVA does not disappoint and brings this entertaining album to a close.

You can purchase a digital version from Bandcamp for $10 or physically for $15. The MP3 album is also available on Amazon for $8.99. If you’re a fan of Final Fantasy VII and dance music, it’s worth checking out!


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Great Tips to Improve Web Search Results

 

Great Tips to Improve Web Search Results
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To most, web search does not seem like a complicated matter. You enter a phrase or keyword and look at the results. However, there are times when you need to find very specific information, and the default search does not always give you the desired results.

Searching the web more efficiently is not that difficult once you remember a few neat tricks. The tips below ought to be a good reference and help you with creating a better searching strategy.

Tip #1 – Try Different Search Engines

While Google is more or less the default search engine for most people, it is not the only one on the internet. Do not get in the habit of using a single search engine all the time. There is Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo, Yandex, and others.

If one search engine is not providing you with results, another might. Each search engine has unique traits and will provide you with different results. Take your time and make sure that you have tried everything you can before giving up.

Tip #2 – Scan for Potential Malware

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There are all kinds of malware that can make using the computer a lot worse. Search engines are no exception. 

Yahoo redirect is a good example. If you are not careful, your browser could get infected with malware that hijacks it and redirects you to Yahoo search whenever you type something in a search engine. Thankfully, Macpaw has a great guide on how to get rid of yahoo search. But remember that this is only one example.

You need a reliable anti-malware tool and have it detect and delete any threats. Also, keep a closer eye on the browser, especially when installing add-ons and extensions.

Tip #3 – Look for a Particular Word

When you land on a page and see that the results do not meet your expectations, do not give up just yet. It might be that the answer could be hidden in a wall of text or on a less-noticeable part of the page.

Press Ctrl+F and use the search function. For instance, if you stumble upon a long biography page about a particular person and need to find out whether a particular event involved the person in 1999, type “1999” in the search function.

Tip #4 – Make Use of Advanced Tools

Search engines offer advanced tools that allow you to get better, more specific search results. A good example could be Google’s tools for finding pictures. You can choose the size, color, usage rights, time, and type.

Such advanced tools are not necessary all the time, but they come in handy when you are struggling to find certain types of information.

Tip #5 – Access Offline Pages

If a site is offline or has been taken down, it does not necessarily mean that accessing it is impossible. In some instances, you can access the cached version of the website’s copy.

Nevertheless, it is worth mentioning that not every website will be available. This is particularly true for really old sites. But if you are looking to delve deeper into the search, the tip should be of use as well.

Tip #6 – Utilize Math

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That is correct. Simple math comes in handy when you are struggling to narrow down the results. You have probably heard about Boolean search. The idea is pretty simple.

You add a minus, also known as a hyphen, or a plus in the search query to get better results. For instance, if you are looking for food recipes, phrasing the words like “recipes - vegan” will give you everything except results with vegan food.

At the same time, if you were to type in “football + NFL”, you will get results for both soccer and American football. 

Tip #7 – Involve Google’s “Site” Option

Those that are trying to find information on a particular website might struggle using its search function. Luckily, there is a workaround to the problem. 

Launch Google and enter the following phrase in the address bar without quotation marks – “site:URL.com tips for working from home” and you will get articles about work from home on the website you want.

Tip #8 – Include Quotation Marks

Quotation marks indicate that you want a particular set of words to be grouped and reflect in the results. Including quotes will also reduce the number of results. It will be easier to find what you were looking for, and the search will not take as much time. 

Tip #9 – Be Specific

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The final piece of advice is to be very specific when you are using search engines. Sure, there might be instances when you are trying to get as many results and use broad terms that will show multiple websites.

However, finding a piece of information using general words will not get you anywhere. Be mindful about what you type in the search engines.

 

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Top Six Ways to Nail CompTIA A+ Exams

If you wish to have a promising career in the IT industry which is already overcrowded, having a general degree and work experience is not enough. It pays a lot to become a top tier IT veteran and the most popular question among newbies is how to start right so as to create a strong foundation for becoming an expert. There may be a lot of answers but however, the easiest way is earning the CompTIA A+ credential.

Decoding the Worth of CompTIA A+

Developed by CompTIA and recognized by many IT giants across the globe, this badge can make you stand out from the crowd in no time. Dell, HP, RICOH, and Lenovo; you name any IT company and you will most likely find them hunting for the professionals having a CV listing the CompTIA A+ Practice Test - 220-1001 credential in the category of ‘Additional Skills’.

IT industry is in dearth need of A+ certified specialists for job roles like Service Desk Analyst, Technical Support Specialist, Associate Network Engineer, System Support Specialist, and many more. So, there is no doubt that this is a cornerstone certificate. Its single mention in your resume can make it doubly worthy. But, the next legit question to ask here is:

What All It Takes to Earn CompTIA A+ Credential?

Well, the simple and straightforward answer is, passing the two challenging tests:

  • Core 1 (220-1001) — focuses on the basic and advanced understanding of configuration/troubleshooting skills required for mobile devices and cloud computing.
  • Core 2 (220-1002) — testifies candidates’ acumen in installing and configuring OSs. Also, it checks the expertise in expanded security, troubleshooting, and operational procedures related to software.

These two assessments are very skillfully designed. Each of them contains a maximum of 90 questions that need to be covered in 90 minutes. The questions are presented in different formats including drag and drops, multiple-choice, and performance-based and focus on core technical skills.

The minimum passing score for Core 1 test is 675 out of 900 and for Core 2 is 700. To appear for these assessments, you need to pay $226 per exam. It’s quite a big amount and you can’t afford to waste it. This is why you must learn about ways to succeed in the first attempt. And we are ready to give you 6 great preparation tips.

Top Six Ways to Pass CompTIA A+ Exams in First Attempt

  1. Go for an online instructor-led training

CompTIA offers an instructor-led course to help the aspirants pass the exams without any boundaries. Its CertMaster Practice is an online companion tool that will help you prepare for the tests covering all the topics and gaining practical skills. In this online training, you will get over 40 hours long engaging content designed specifically to meet all your study needs.

  1. Join classroom training

CompTIA has partnered with many world-class institutes to offer you offline training. These partners refer to quality and authorized ExamSnap A+ Practice Test - 220-1002 content for classroom-style teaching. They conduct the sessions keeping the most current exam objectives in mind and will make sure that you grasp every topic required.

  1. Use the right study material

The right kind of study resources will help you become exam-ready with fewer efforts and better results. By offering you relevant information, reliable materials make it easy to crack the tests in the first attempt. For example, you can refer to these comprehensive study guides:

  • Study Guide for CompTIA A+ Core 1 220-1001 Certification
  • Guide for Core 2 220-1002 Certification

Along with the books, CompTIA offers you video content as well. You can take them on board to pace up your preparation.

  1. Don’t forget to use practice tests

We all know that no one ever succeeded on this earth without practice. If you want to perfect your learning, then you must train a lot. At this point, taking the help of mock tests would be really useful. These materials offer you two-way assistance. They help you testify your knowledge whilemaking you aware of the real-time exam pattern. So, you will also learn about time management which can be crucial on the exam day. However, you’ll get all these benefits only if you download practice tests from the trusted resources or platforms so do not make a mistake to obtain them from any random one.

  1. Refer the YouTube Channel of Professor Messer

Professor Messer is a well-known name in the IT industry. With more than 25 years of experience, this IT veteran has helped millions of aspirants to pass the CompTIA A+ tests in the first attempt. The channel has over 400K subscribers.

On this channel, you will find the highest quality content curated by the IT professionals who know the nitty-gritty of CompTIA A+. The build-in quiz questions and complementary information are cherries on the cake that you shouldn’t miss out.

  1. Join the community of CompTIA experts

Having the direct inputs of the CompTIA expert is like hitting the jackpot. There are many online communities on Reddit and Quora wherein such seasoned professionals from all over the world are connected to each other. They don’t mind helping the greenhorn with their expertise and skills so take the opportunity to get all your questions answered by those who have a huge experience in the field.

Concluding Words

If there is an ideal launch pad for your IT career, then it is only the CompTIA A+ badge. The kind of technical and professional skills that it introduces to you holds high merits. However, not passing its required assessments in the first attempt may hinder your success journey for a while.

To avoid this, taking the help of CompTIA training and practice tests would be very useful. Millions of CompTIA A+ aspirants have already turned their dreams into reality with their help. And you can do this too.

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Field of Hopes and Strings

Field of Hopes and Strings

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

Deltarune Chapter 1 is a free spiritual successor to Undertale. Toby Fox has worked his magic again by producing a fun game with good humor and an excellent soundtrack. In turn, String Player Gamer did an awesome job sprucing up the soundtrack in a fourteen-song collection called Field of Hopes and Strings which is a play on Deltarune’s theme song, Field of Hopes and Dreams. Both Fields of Hopes and Strings and the original soundtrack are available on BandCamp.com for $7 each.

Fields of Hopes and Strings is about forty minutes in length and has a nice sampling of songs from the OST which contains forty tracks. Many of the omitted songs are less than thirty seconds long. The symphonic metal styling of the chosen songs is superb and fans of Toby Fox and Deltarune should give this album a listen.

Here’s a breakdown of the track list:

1. Fanfare 0:13
2. The Legend 1:55
3. Field of Hopes and Dreams 3:22
4. Chaos King 3:36
5. Scarlet Forest 4:46
6. Empty Town 2:12
7. Friendship 3:23
8. Lancer 3:39
9. The World Revolving 3:26
10. VS Susie 2:38
11. Rude Buster 3:32
12. Darkness Falls 3:29
13. Before the Story 4:31
14. Don’t Forget 1:31

Many of the tracks are longer than the originals and the violin and guitar playing is top notch as usual. Lancer’s theme song went from 48 seconds to more than three and a half minutes long in this album. The credits song, Don’t Forget has the vocals performed by TeraCMusic.

I can’t wait for the next installment of the Deltrarune series. Until then, I’ve got some lovely music to listen to. Keep up the great work Toby Fox and String Player Gamer!


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Think Like a Dog

Think Like a Dog

Thank you Lionsgate for sending us a screener to review!

Oliver is a twelve-year-old genius whose parents are considering separating. To comfort him in these difficult times is his dog, Henry. Oliver also has a friend Xiao, in China, who plays online VR games with him. Xiao is also quite smart and is an accomplished hacker.

At this year’s science fair, Oliver shows off his mind-reading device. A fictional technology tycoon named Mr. Mills is in the audience and Oliver wants to make a good impression on him. Although the experiment didn’t go as planned, Mr. Mills (Kunal Nayyar) is impressed with Oliver's work and sees potential in it. At home, Oliver fine-tunes his project and with the help of a friend, hijacks a satellite to give the mind-reading device enough power. This move doesn’t go unnoticed by government officials. The project is a success and Oliver can hear his dog’s thoughts while wearing a special collar.

As it turns out, Henry is quite smart, talkative, and funny. Henry’s simple views on life are quite insightful and may help in repairing Oliver’s parents' marriage. There’s a school dance coming up and Oliver needs to work up the courage to ask his crush to the dance. The rest of Henry’s plans to rekindle Oliver’s parents’ romance revolves around them being at the school dance to hear their wedding song.

Oliver's date doesn’t go as planned, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not a happy ending. You’ll have to see this 91-minute film for yourself. It’s pretty family-friendly and contained an OMG. I don’t recall any other language other than Oliver being told several times throughout the film that he needed to “grow a pair.” If you like movies where animals talk, you’ll probably enjoy this film. It’s just as corny as the rest of them.


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Monitor online activities of your kids using the Best Android Parental Control Apps.

Parents are often worried about their kids when they are using some adult content on the website. You can use parental control apps if you want to protect your kids from harmful sites that can spoil their minds. These applications are easy to install and monitor online activities easily. Many Android parental control apps are available for both iPhone as well as android phones. Some of them are available free of cost, while some require a paid subscription for full access.

Reasons for using parental control apps

  • Protect your child from cyber bullies: - Kids often make friends on the internet without knowing their identity. They can be a culprit of cybercrime or can potentially harm them by a cyber bully. Parental control apps can effectively control the activities of your kids online by restricting certain websites that have adult-rated content.
  • Prevent access to vulnerable apps or websites: - Many websites have pornographic contents on the internet. Some of them also have apps that give access to vulnerable or nude images of girls. If you want to block this application on your kid’s phone, you can do it in stealth mode using a parental control app.
  • Helps in increasing performance and productivity in School: - Kids mostly play games on their phones and do not involve themselves in any physical activities that can be productive for them. If you want your kid to be active in curricular activities in school, you must reduce their online activities on their mobile phones. In this way, parental control apps can effectively increase productivity and hence the performance of your child in school.
  • Complete peace of mind: - We worry about our kid's safety whenever they are away from us during school. Hence you can be at the office with complete peace of mind if you install parental control app on your kids’ phone.
  • Track online activities on a real-time basis: - Parental control apps can effectively record the video of online activities. They can also restrict the access of some pornographic or adult websites that can spoil the minds of your kids.

Top 3 Parental control apps:-

  • Kaspersky Safe kids Parental control software: - An advanced parental control app that can record screen time and restrict adult content with real-time alerts. Kaspersky Safe kids Parental control software is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems.
  • Family time Parental control:-It is the leading parental control app for android or apple users. You can use this software for monitoring mobile phones, tablets, and other handheld devices like pads, and kindle fires.
  • Kid’s Shell – Kid Launcher: - It is an online parental control app that can be downloaded easily from the play or apple store. You can monitor your kids' online activities by installing Kid’s shell application on your child’s phone without letting them know about the installation.

With the above information, we hope to decrease the worry for the safety of your kids. The software mentioned above or applications should only be downloaded from trusted sources; otherwise, there could be a risk of virus, malware, adware, or spyware attack.

 

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Canmixs Smart Watch

Canmixs Smart Watch

Thank you Canmixs for sending us this product to review!

I’ve been using a Garmin Vivofit 2 for the past few years. I like the step counting and prodding to get moving when I’ve been sitting still for too long. The Vivofit 2 also monitors my sleep, calorie burning, and menstrual cycle through the accompanying Android app. The Canmixs Smart Watch can do all of that and more for under $50.

The app is downloaded through a QR code in the instruction manual. For what it’s worth, my phone still scanned as virus free after installing this unsigned app. In order to unlock menstrual/ovulation cycle tracking, you’ll have to specify your gender as female in the app.

The build quality is nice and the soft rubber wrist straps are comfortable with plenty of size settings. I did find the metal clasp a little uncomfortable as it pressed into my wrist when typing. The 60g weight is noticeable, but not uncomfortable. The proprietary USB magnetic charging cable works nicely, I’m not sure how easy it will be to replace so I hope it doesn’t get damaged or lost.

There are a few watch faces to choose from, so that’s nice. I like the 240x240px watch face; it’s bright and easy to read. The ability to get SMS, Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail notifications is nice. I’m not sure why, but the Bluetooth connection would often break and I had to reconnect it through the app multiple times a day. The ability to remotely snap a picture is nice.

An option to disable the vibrating or enabling a "Do Not Disturb" mode would be nice for uninterrupted sleep. Sure, you can charge it at night, but then it wouldn't monitor your quality of sleep.

The IP67 waterproof rating is a bit contradictory on the Amazon product page. The IP67 rating states that the device can be dropped into a meter of water for up to thirty minutes. There’s a picture of a man in a pool wearing the watch with a disclaimer saying “Note: Never let it contact with water.” I have showered while wearing the watch and it still works.

I noticed some discrepancies with the step counting, heart rate tracking, and blood pressure monitoring. When I went for a walk with the Canmixs on my left wrist and the Vivofit 2 on my right wrist the step count of the Canmixs was 695 steps higher than the Vivofit 2. After doing a Ring Fit Adventure workout, my Switch Joy-Con said my heart rate was 91 while the watch said it was only 76. Given that the measurement was taken right after a workout, I would believe the Joy-Con measurement. For measuring my blood pressure I’m going to have to trust the reading of our Omron device which read at 110/56 compared to the watch’s reading of 138/92. My blood pressure has always been on the lower side.

In the end, it’s a nice watch for the price, but I’d take the measurements with a grain of salt.


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Can Business Schools Help Amend the Public View on Capitalism?

Faith in corporations and our modern economic system at an all-time low. Only a third of Americans indicated that they believe and trust in big enterprises. At the same time, over half of the polled people said that the corporations have too much power and influence over public life – is what indicates a relevant study.

Of course, the demographic of people who consistently and reliably showed strong negative feelings about the enterprises are you people. In fact, around only 40% percent of people younger than 30 years old expressed any positive feelings towards our current modern economic system and the state of it.

A very significant part of the younger generation is very dissatisfied with what capitalism has really given their whole generation: government corruption, world spread pollution, and social systems unjustly skewed in favor of extremely rich. Yes, there is no doubt that things need to improve, and the new generations are already bringing new ideas and perspectives to the table.

One of the main problems that people are currently trying to tackle is the lack of humanity, and social consciousness within the system, and a lot of companies are responding positively to the spirit of our times and make good on their promises to follow ethical principles and care for their stakeholders.

Education establishments have responded to this call too and started to provide more programs on business and economy topics that have to do with the morality and social factor in the industry. It is definitely not enough and only a first step of many to help influence our economic system for the better.

Business colleges have been integral to the American economy for a very long time by educating the professionals in the private sector and molding their approach to managing business and evaluating ventures. Now, business education institutions need to adopt a completely new mindset and economic outlook to teach younger minds if they want to stay relevant in modern times.

Can Business Schools Help Amend the Public View on Capitalism?

The Reason Behind the Dissatisfaction

Before we can delve into why and how business colleges should and can respectively amend the current tries in revamping our economic system, we need to examine the reasons behind the people’s immense dissatisfaction with the current state of business and economic affairs:

  • The government doesn’t enact any major policies to protect the citizens from the wrongdoings of big enterprises. Many view the modern iterations of our government very inefficient and untrustworthy, as it doesn’t create sufficient policies to tackle some of the biggest societal issues of today: climate change, inequality, and the increase of people in poverty.
  • Big enterprises are punished only with a small slap on the wrist whenever they do something wrong. People are getting tired of the soft and forgiving attitude big corporations get from the government due to how much tax money they contribute to the government.
  • The 2008 bank crisis pointed out the elephant in the room. That year was essential to people recognizing that the big companies don’t have the interests of regular people in their mind at all and that the government produces very flawed, skewed (and seemingly corrupt) regulations, which aren’t effective in regulating companies at all.

Why Education Establishments Should Even Get Involved

The obvious trend as of now is the move beyond the private sector. The educational institutions are already recognizing the students’ weak faith in capitalism, and it’s not enough to create just a couple of courses to make each student a proficient essay writer about the new trends in the business sector. No, they need to act quickly and entirely rethink their whole business and economic majors.

The private sector should lose some of its importance in higher education courses, and the role of government should be discussed more. The community-minded approach should be expanded upon. In the case the colleges will not be willing to adapt, they will be in great danger of becoming outdated, not valued, and not respected, which will eventually show through the application statistics.

Here’s What Can Be Done

In its current state, the business colleges are actually a part of the problem, as they reinforce the old approach to business management and development that centers solely around the private sector and the maximum profit. Nonetheless, they can implement new initiatives to become a contributing factor to the solution of the major issue, such as:

  • Emphasize the importance of considering the long-lasting results and outcomes of your business’ practices.
  • Highlight the need to have devices in place to stop the incorrect and amoral use of power.
  • Present the ideas of the tight collaboration of businesses with the government powers and support the democratic processes.
  • Showcase the need to engage with various social and economic groups.

In Conclusion

It’s time to explore and implement the socially-responsible and community-minded paradigms of business management. Now, the staple ‘bigger is better’ isn’t relevant anymore. The business colleges need to be continuously thinking of ways to help our society improve the economic system in use.

 

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The Road to Edmond

Thank you Tripp Fuller for sending us a screener link to review!

The Road to Edmond was released in 2018, but now it’s available to watch on Amazon Prime for free. The movie begins with a young youth pastor named Cleo who is forced to take a 2-week sabbatical for telling one of his students that God loves her just as she is when she came out as gay. Cleo’s stance of acceptance goes against his church’s doctrine and that’s why he’s being reprimanded.

Not sure of what he did wrong, Cleo decides to clear his head by packing some camping gear and heading out on his vintage Schwinn bike without a particular destination in mind. On a rest stop, Cleo declines the advances of a lady, and later witnesses his bike getting ran over. The guy who ran over the bike is named Larry and he’s on a road trip with his father’s ashes. Without any better transportation options, Cleo decides to join along for the ride.

Please note that the rest of this post contains spoilers.

Larry is very talkative and tries to cheer up Cleo with crude humor and insightful questions. Having a religious background, Larry asks Cleo for his “Jesus Pitch” and it’s not very convincing. In fact, Cleo’s faith is shaky and on the road trip Larry gets him to swear, drink, and try marijuana. They even go to a gay wedding.

Though the movie praises Cleo for being accepting and open-minded, I found it sad that it depicts a youth pastor becoming corrupted with worldly ideas instead of Biblical truths. God loves you the person no matter what, but your sins against Him are repulsive. Sure, God loves someone with homosexual temptations who resists to do His will instead, but when you fall prey to them, you spit in His face.

Because of the sexual humor and foul language, I don’t recommend this movie for younger audiences. Evangelical Christians won’t like the message. People who celebrate pride month will probably enjoy this film though.


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Learn Python Quickly: A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Learning Python, Even If You’re New to Programming

Thank you CodeQuickly for sending us this book to review!

Learn Python Quickly: A Complete Beginner’s Guide to Learning Python, Even If You’re New to Programming is designed to be a fast read and teaching tool, clocking in at about 150 pages. The book has twelve chapters and an index of references used in it. It covers a wide range of programming concepts, from variables to classes and everything in between. Each chapter has a varying amount of subsections, which discuss different elements of the topic. The very last chapter contains two projects to complete as a test for everything the reader learned in the book.

Learn Python Quickly is generally well-written and well-edited, and speaks in layman’s terms. As I am a beginner in the world of programming, I found this incredibly useful. However, it does lapse into technical terminology every once in a while, and I would get lost in the fancy programming vocabulary that I didn’t know very much about.

There are also a few typos that I noticed throughout the course of the book, but they were things like font changes at the wrong spot and other minor issues. One sentence I remember in particular didn’t make much grammatical sense to me, causing me to reread it a few times, and I was only left with a vague impression of its meaning. Another sentence had an apparent switch of what words were supposed to be in what places. Both versions made grammatical sense, but it was in the context of the content in which the words were in the wrong.

I also had my misgivings about the structure of the chapters. The first ten chapters were short, and were straight to the point. However, when I got to chapter eleven, I was slightly daunted and annoyed that the author decided to shove all of the non-beginner concepts into a singular chapter. The entirety of said chapter amassed a whopping forty pages. After a while, I was mentally spent on that chapter, and read through it rather than trying some of the examples because of how tedious it was. The twelfth chapter was the project chapter. It was approximately twenty pages, and in my opinion could have been split into two chapters.

The book does highly value self-experimentation and creative thinking, by encouraging the reader to try to solve the problem themselves before showing them the answer (or “a possible solution,” as it is often put). However, some of the goals set seem a little far off, considering the user had just learned the concepts. Learn Python Quickly also has assignments at the end of many of the chapters, to encourage the application of the various ideas so that they can get a better idea of how they are used.

Unfortunately, there are some examples of code that are erroneous, as the syntax is implied to be different from what it actually is in Python. One example was where a break in the text was forced because the page ran out of space, but a function that was supposed to be on the same line of code as the string it was affecting was on the next line, implying that the function was supposed to be on the next line. There are also a few instances where functions called don’t actually work with the variable they’re manipulating, which I found kind of annoying, considering that at one point the bad code was trying to demonstrate a concept. The code for the final project was compiled into one archive of the program at the end of the chapter, and it was incomplete and couldn’t work as a result. There were calling mistakes in the code, as it was trying to call a variable that only existed within a user-created function.

Overall, Learn Python Quickly is okay as a learning resource, and I would advise it as more of a dictionary of concepts than anything else. It’s a quick and easy read, but not all of the code works, which defeats much of the purpose of attempting to teach how a programming language works. If anyone were to pick up this book and try to learn from it, I would suggest it for an intermediate programmer because some of the nuances of Python are blocked by the spacing of the actual code, and are not something that a beginner would immediately know. An intermediate would also have an easier time with some of the challenges, because many of them stumped me, a beginner.

There is a lot this author did right when creating this book for the general audience, but there is also a lot that needs to be improved. It’s a great start, but a fully reevaluated set of code in a new edition of some sort is definitely in order.

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7 Key Steps of Game Localization

 

7 Key Steps of Game Localization 

If you are reading this article, you may have already thought about the localization of your videogame. This is a critical step that opens broad opportunities and brings your game a new audience. Localization is not a mere translation of some of the game’s parts. It is a complex process that has multiple steps like the translation of code, cut scenes, dialogues, in-game text boxes, and many more. Many of us seek professional help to solve the tough localization questions. However, you need to know the basics of the process to cover all the essential translation points. Let us look at the crucial steps of game localization.

1. Decide on the budget.

If you are on a tight budget overall, or you are an indie developer, you may use the help of such free services like Google Translate or fan translation. In either case, you will need to edit and proofread your final result. Alternatively, if you are a major developer, you may find that professional translation companies have different prices. The price usually depends on the amount of work you need. They include plain translation, editing, proofreading, and quality checks via software. Each of them may add to the cost of localization.

2. Decide on the language.

Although the main popular gaming areas are widely known, you may do marketing research concerning the areas which will have a high localization ROI. If you had a product successfully launched in Europe or Latin America, be sure that you cover those areas, too. In most cases, the popular languages encompass Asian, especially Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. There are also European languages such as German, French, and Spanish. For Latin America, you will need Brazilian Portuguese and Mexican Spanish. And don’t forget about Russian.

3. Research what “localization” means.

In most cases, you cannot simply translate a game and call it a localization. You will need to localize your code and documentation and perform advertising translation and legalization. In addition, the localization process will often encompass changing your game completely, especially if you appeal to Asian audiences.

4. Prepare for localization.

To launch the localization successfully, you need to perform content analysis. Your team will look for the parts which need translation and which elements of the game will be adapted. After this step, you need to develop a lockit, or localization kit, which will be a guide for your translators. This guide is the key to your game and the content that goes with it.

5. Localize the code of the game

Many translation companies will offer you to localize your code to ensure smooth integration with translation management systems that will make your localization process much easier. After this, you may integrate your whole repository to a system to bring all the strings into a translation platform.

6. Decide on your company

If you are an indie developer, you may make use of a Steam crowdsourcing or enter game localization contests. There will also be enthusiasts who will be eager to translate your game for a small price to get their first portfolio item. However, if you want to have an impeccable result, go to Translationreport or the most famous localization company in your area. They usually provide you with a 360-degree service, which includes proofreading, editing, QA, voiceover, subtitles, synchronization, and many more.

7. Launch a test-drive

Before presenting your game to a broad public, be sure to find native speakers to test-drive your game. They have the best chances to find a bad translation or confusing parts of the dialogues and script. Do not hesitate to use their help.

 7 Key Steps of Game Localization

To sum up, the localization of your game has seven key steps. Don’t forget to determine an estimated budget that you can spend. Also, decide which languages and languages group do you target. After this, do a thorough preparation and code translation, and be ready to hand in your game to professionals. Test-drive and quality assurance are the final step to perfection. After these, your game will be ready for release in target markets. Remember that people like when you localize to their language. However, they like it even more if you localize properly. If you mind the culture, customs, and legislation, you will win many loyal customers.

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Henry Mcdowell is an expert copywriter and researcher who works freelance and writes for blogs and educational sites. Having vast linguistic knowledge, he provides basic advice on writing, essays, and research. In his free time, Henry enjoys gaming and visiting new places.

 

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Top languages that are the highest in demand for video game translations

 

Top languages that are the highest in demand for video game translations

 

If you develop games for Steam, browser games, console, or mobile games, there is one question that surely came to your mind. This question is about localization and languages. If you want to make more sales by reaching more gamers, you naturally need localization to more cultures. Before the start, every developer thinks about the ROI of the localization in the target language. The more languages you have, the more is the profit. This article will help you to set priority to localization languages, define goals, and move towards the better game quality and massive downloads number. Let’s go!

Languages to Localize Into 

  • Asian languages

If you are a mobile game developer, Chinese is your top language of concern. Why? According to statistics, the Chinese mobile game market has more than 283 million users, who bring the total market value of more than $7 billion. Thus, game localization into this language will be a success, especially if you deal with the broad market of mobile games. As for the other types of games, Chinese also has significant market share and presents an emerging market that you should consider. The other two giants are Japanese and South Korean, which both have their domestic game markets. On the one hand, it is easy winning an audience that is ready to buy new games. On the other hand, they may refuse to play if the game is poorly localized, or has not been localized at all.

  • Russian

No doubt, Steam is a large game platform that hosts billions of games. If you have a game on Steam, Russian is a language that you absolutely have to localize. With an impressive 10.88 percent of users, this language is the second top after the US English. Remember that when you translate to Russian, you also reach the audience of such countries as Kazakhstan and Belarus. This nation is also known for getting offended if the game they want has no translation. They are not keen on playing in English. So, if you considered localizing to Russian, don’t think twice!

  • European languages

Also known as FIGS, the top four European languages are French, Italian, German, and Spanish. Naturally, they aim at the wealthiest countries in the world, where people may spend their money on games without draining their budget. If you localize your game into FIGS, you cover almost all of Europe’s countries, as many of them are multilingual. As it is hard to find a freelance to do all of them, you may use the help of the IsAccurate to make the localization process more accurate. Another advice: it is better to cover all FIGS at a time to enjoy a high translation ROI and sales boost.

  • Indian

This country is the second populated after China. Although nowadays, the country is underdeveloped, its economics are gaining strength. If you are kind of the person that keeps up with the newest trends, consider translating your game to this language. The annual spending of the country is over $90 million, which presents considerable potential. The main obstacle may be that India has 22 dialects, all of which are official. So, this area requires a lot of market research.

  • Latin American group

Surely, Brazilian Portuguese and Mexican Spanish are the languages that allow you to enter the Latin American market. The economies of Latin American countries are booming, but they haven’t reached their full potential yet. So, these languages, like Indian, are more of an investment in the future.

Top languages that are the highest in demand for video game translations

Overall, there are certain language groups that you may choose to localize. They are Latin American, Asian, and European. Although it is better to translate the game to several languages at a time, consider adding at least one from each group to be on the safe side. Perhaps, some of them will be more beneficial than the others. Do not forget about emerging markets such as India and language-sensitive areas with Russian speakers. I would recommend following the largest profitable language markets and localizing your game to fit their needs. Most of the time, these large areas have their specific culture and believes, which you also have to know to localize the game successfully.

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What languages to learn if you want to be a game localizator

 

A dream of many people is to enter the videogame localization industry. This sphere is famous for its creativity, talent-seeking contests, and competitive, stimulating environment. Although it may seem easy to translate a game, this does not mean to localize it. Localization implies such skills as diving into culture, searching for information, and of course, knowing your languages on the level of native speakers. Still, the beginner game localizers often wonder which languages are the most profitable to learn. It’s not a secret that they possess a different ROI, and there is various demand in them. So, which ones should you consider? Here are some suggestions.

Learn EFIGS

 

What languages to learn if you want to be a game localizator

 

Do not fear this strange abbreviation. It merely stands for the five largest language markets that are English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish. Although the Italian market is not thriving today due to the economic downturn, there are others. Why learn them? Let’s take a look.

  • English (United States). This language may be an obvious choice, as you are reading this article in English. However, it is not that easy. If you know English as a second language, be sure to acknowledge this version of the language. The Internet population of people who speak US English is 247 million, which brings $36,869 revenue. If you are a translator from the UK, be sure to include the American English version on your list.

  • This language is used in more than five wealthy countries in the world, such as Luxembourg, Belgium, Canada, Monaco, and, of course, France. The buying ability of people there is enormous. This fact means that the game developers are ready to hire you if you know French well.

  • Pay attention to this language, too, as it is broadly used in Austria, Germany Luxembourg, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein. Although German is considerably challenging to learn, it is the highest-ranked localization language among EFIGS. Be sure to learn it if you want to gain many loyal clients.

  • If we leave alone the dialects and versions, Spanish is one of the most popular languages in the world. Around 450 million people speak it every day. It is somewhere near Chinese and English when it comes down to worldwide spread. However, be sure to learn Latin Spanish, as it is more popular.

 

Asian Big Three

What languages to learn if you want to be a game localizator

1. Chinese

The whole of South Asia and the Pacific region is the fastest-growing area for the gaming industry. Although many languages in the area are worth noting, Chinese is an obvious choice, as it allows you to reach the audience of one of the biggest countries of the world with some of the largest populations. If you look at the Pickwriters, you may see that most of them deal with Chinese, including the game translations. Thus, do not hesitate to start learning. Better start now, as learning Chinese even at its simplified variant takes no less than four years.

2. Japanese

It is no secret that this country was a cradle for the videogame industry as a whole. Alongside the USA, this country is home to many game developing companies such as Sony, Sega, Nintendo, and many others. Many dedicated gaming fans live in Japan. Thus, think about learning Japanese. The demand will always be high. However, approach this industry with caution, as certain game localization types just don’t work for this country. Be sure to learn the cultural context really well. 

3. Korean

Although this country has a small population of less than 50 million, it has a vast gaming culture. If you know a bit about the gaming industry, you will surely name some successful Korean games like Ragnarok or MapleStory, alongside many videogame tournaments. It is hard to break into the saturated Korean market if the game localization fails. Thus, companies often hire Korean-speaking localizers to ensure the success of their product.

Around twenty percent of the world population speak English. This massive percent counts for 1.5 billion people. Still, only 360 millions of them are natives. Combine it with the fact that most people prefer playing games on their mother tongue, and you will get a full picture. Talented game localizers are always in demand. In this article, we looked at some of the popular localization languages to learn. Think about both Asian and European languages and decide what attracts you most. Learning any from the list above will give you a significant competitive advantage and will make companies choose you over the others.

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Popular Languages for Game Localization

The game industry is truly global. Nowadays, it encompasses a variety of countries across the globe. Apart from the obvious English, there exist many options that you should consider to make your game successful. Game developers around the world often feel it difficult to decide what localization languages do they need to maximize their profits and make their product appeal to the broader audience. The Internet is full of advice, but choosing a localization may be a tricky one. The leading countries may vary depending on the industry segment. Let’s look at the top languages for game localization.

Top-3 languages

Popular Languages for Game Localization

 

  • French. This language opens doors to many profitable directions. The company that translates the product into French opens the doors to such countries as Belgium, Monaco, Switzerland, Canada, and many African countries. So, if you consider adding French to your translation list, do not hesitate. Many countries today widely use French, which allows you to include some of the most wealthy regions into your distribution list.

  • Chinese. This language is tricky. Although it is incredibly popular in the Asian part of the globe, it demands attention and a special approach. For example, if you are a mobile game developer, you cannot distribute it on Google Play Store. You have to use Tencent or Amazon. However, this is not the only difficulty. You have to find TheWordPoint that can provide both Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. The first is recommended to overall China purchases, while the second applies to Taiwan and Hong Kong. Despite the difficulties, this language is worth it. Chinese is the second-ranked language on Steam after Russian, which means its high popularity and buying prospects.

  • Russian. When you translate into this language, you take hold of the audience of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. It sounds like a great deal. In many post-Soviet countries, this language is still a lingua franca. So, you have all the chances of winning a broad and loyal audience. A fun fact is that Russian gamers are often offended if the game is not localized to their native language. They even leave negative comments. Probably, this nation is extremely sensitive to the lack of translation. Excluding these people from your localization may seriously hurt profits.

Popular localization languages

Popular Languages for Game Localization

 

  • Japanese. Japan is another gaming giant that may help you win a larger market share. Alconost dubbed it as one of the most frequently selected localization languages. This audience is also highly responsive to mobile gaming. So, if your product falls into this criteria, include Japanese in your shortlist. The Japanese are known for their unwillingness to learn English. However, they love Western-produced high-quality goods and services. The gaming industry is among them.

  • Spanish. Although the Spanish market is worth only 25 million, the Spanish-speaking audience is a massive 340 million, which makes it the third-largest language target group. The Hispanic population in the US is the impressive 18%, leave alone Spanish-speaking Latin America. With this in mind, consider translation to Spanish. It connects a variety of countries and speakers around the globe.

  • German.  The annual game localization rank showed that German holds the first place the second time in a row. This fact sounds impressive. When you translate your game into German, you encompass Austrian and Swiss gamers, and also Lichtenstein and Luxembourg. This promising language allows you to access some of the most gaming nations. They are willing to spend money to buy your product that is tailored specially for them.

  • Brazilian Portuguese. This language allows you to reach the audience in Brazil and half of Latin America. These countries have emerging economies and a growing population, which guarantees sales success. Remember that you should not use European Portuguese for these countries, as they have different cultural messages, pronunciation, and vocabulary.

  • Korean.  South Korea is another extensive market. It is not a secret that the country hosts many gaming contests. Although the country is small, people there consider video games as a leading social activity. The locally developed RPG, MMORPG, mobile, and FPS games are widely popular. Naturally, the audience is ready to play Western games, too.

Most of the people on our planet do not speak English. This fact is worth noting when you consider translating your game. If you don’t localize, you risk losing a significant market share and sales. People feel valued if they find their languages among the download options. Some of the language group giants include Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, French, and German. These languages have one thing in common. When you translate, you reach several countries, which minimizes your spendings and maximizes profits. Thus, localizing in Asian and “traditional” European languages will ensure high levels of downloads and sales.

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The Best Hacking Strategies: Aimbots and ESP

The Best Hacking Strategies: Aimbots and ESP

Game hacking is a very old practice of editing and modifying the game in order to win, change the characters and rulers of the game or just simply to make the game more challenging to play. Game hacking is done by either simply changing the codes of the game or by adopting a software which will search and download available modification from the internet. Click here to learn more about game hacking.

Types of hacks available

Mobility hack is for professional players who are not afraid of getting a ban as they risk it from the very beginning. Mobility hack increases walking speed, so the player can teleport anywhere on the map in no time. These games are taken care of by game console and there is a minority of players that actually use it. On the other hand, there is a private hack. This hack can be custom made by a handy programmer. Since it is quite expensive to get this hack made, it is not very widespread. Contrary to the mobility hack, a private hack is difficult to detect.

Most hackers use the third type of hacks: pre-made programs which are easily easy to get for players for no cost. Tutorials and videos are widely available to teach the player how to download and install them.

What hacks can do

Game hacking programs, known also as pc game hacks or simply called cheats fall into several categories according to their performance. There are programs for detecting enemy positions in a way that is not part of the base client. Other programs are capable of marking destroyed objects on the map, adjusting the display of grenade fight trails, calculating and marking enemy artillery positions or leaving exposed enemies’ vehicles even when not aiming at them. The hackers also use software for blocking enemy grenades by pinpointing a precise point of view, such as a laser beam or for detecting the enemies by adjusting the transparency on the map.

Aimbots and ESP

Aimbots and ESP are the most common as well as the best game hacks. Aimbot is a software which performs auto-aiming, or so-called aim-boots. Aimbot, however, is more than locking the focus in the base client, it can also aim at enemy weaknesses and takes over the shooting while the player focuses on other action (for example, on maneuvering his tank).

Some aimbots help focus the aim precisely on the head of the enemy, while others are capable of shooting automatically as well. The goal is to treat the opponent a perfect headshot which is something only professional and trained players can do.

There is a similar program, called triggerbot. This one allows automatic fire whenever the enemy is in sight. While not capable of shooting with precision as aimbot does, triggerbot allows for multiple shooting at the opponent. Less skilled players enjoy it just as much as they enjoy the advantages of aimbots.   

ESP is an abbreviation for “extra-sensory powers”. What that means is that an ESP program collects and shares all the information about opponents with the player. Among these are, for example, the information on the health of the opponent, the amount of the ammunition they have left, whether they go or sprint. Also, ESP can share how many steps are the safe distance between the player and his opponent.  Such details can greatly aid the player in the game.

Beware of VAC

VAC stands for Valve Anti Cheat, a system that detects the game hacks and bans the players who actively use them during the play. While some programs like X-Fire or Overwolf are excluded from the VAC ban, aimbot and ESP programs are not. Since the VAC is capable to detect the so-called cheat signatures of the pc game hacks, it is always a good idea to play on other than VAC-secured servers. All about VAC system: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valve_Anti-Cheat

There is another danger connected with game hacks. Some hackers may develop cheats which they disguise as a simple game modification, for example as custom skins. By downloading them, the player in fact downloads the hacks without knowing it and he risks being banned by VAC. Therefore, the mindful players should always download any allowed modifications from a trusted source.

 

 

 

 

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