Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Sony Playstation: A Revolution Within a Revolution

From the moment Sony released its first PlayStation, gaming as we knew it was changed forever. The games were 32-bit and still pixelized, but something about them were different.

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Before the PlayStation arrived, the console wars saw the defeat of Atari to gaming giant Nintendo and then-competitive Sega. Cartridges were the name of the game, and nobody thought CDs could do the job. But they did.

The revolution was both technological and cultural. Everything ran smoother. Games were exponentially bigger. Entire 3-D open worlds were built wherein characters could walk around and explore as though they were really there. Sure, today this sounds ordinary. But back then, it was almost unheard of in the console biz.

Many software companies experienced massive increases in revenue due to the popularity of the PlayStation. Square Enix (Squaresoft back then) came out with numerous titles along with their flagship Final Fantasy series. Capcom and Konami had their share of critical victories as well. Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without the vehicle that was the PlayStation.

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Today, decades after its release, the influence of the PlayStation can be seen all around us. Sony has released three more advanced PlayStations. Microsoft has come out with their X-Boxes. And Nintendo, not to be outdone, has released more innovative, albeit more wholesome titles.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

How to improve FPS aiming in PC

Aiming is everything when it comes to FPS gaming. You can read all about tactics and positioning, but if you can’t aim to save your life, you’re not going to do a lot in an FPS game. Improving your aim isn’t just about skill. It’s about establishing good shooter habits, unlearning the bad ones, and having good game sense. Here’s how to improve your aiming:

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1. Get your gear right
Your skill can only be as good as your gear can handle, and the two most important pieces of hardware when it comes to aiming are your mouse and mousepad. Invest in a good piece of mouse and mousepad. Luckily, there are gaming mice out there you can buy that are good enough without breaking your bank.

2. Sense and sensitivity
Mouse sensitivity is the single most important setting you need to get right when it comes to FPS gaming. But there’s no standard setting that will automatically make you shoot better. It all comes down to how the setting feels most natural while also giving you full control. If you feel like you’re overshooting, try to lower your sensitivity in-game.

3. Tactics and game sense
Knowing where you are on the map, and where your enemies will most likely come out will give you a great advantage and help you set up for a headshot.
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Top Xbox One Games Coming This 2018

2018 is quickly approaching, and with it comes a slew of new video games. And if you’re an Xbox One user, you’ll be lucky to be playing these exclusive games:
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Crackdown 3

Release: 2018
Developer: Reagent Games
Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Sea of Thieves

Crackdown 2 was released nearly a decade ago, and now Reagent Games is bringing out a third installment, Crackdown 3. The company hasn’t released details yet, but there is an emphasis on destruction. Players will be able to destroy virtually anything in the game.

Sea of Thieves

Release: 2018
Developer: Rare
Publisher: Microsoft Studios

If you’re a fan of being a pirate captain and having your own crew, then Sea of Thieves is the game for you. Scavenge hidden treasure, loot islands, and battle other crews for domination in this new online multiplayer game from Rare.

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State of Decay 2

Release: 2018
Developer: Undead Labs
Publisher: Microsoft Studios

State of Decay proved to be a good franchise because we will be seeing a sequel next year. State of Decay 2 will focus heavily on cooperative gameplay with up to three other players. State of Decay is a zombie-survival game that lets the players have their own story.

Hi there, Diana Wylde here, a student at Duke University. Like a lot of my peers, I am very passionate about computer games. Visit my blog for similar updates.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Time Management Tips for Busy College Students

There’s recent research showing that 42 percent of all college students in America find themselves juggling school and family or work responsibilities. There are also personal circumstances that can prevent a student from fully engaging in her university activities and schoolwork. So how does one manage her time properly? Here are some tips from ThoughtCo.

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Learn to say no
You won’t be effective at any of the things you’re trying to accomplish when you’re stretched to your limits. Set priorities and say no to everything that doesn’t fit within those priorities. Apologize that you won’t be able to take part in something, but don’t have to go out of your way to offer an excuse or explanation.
Give someone the responsibility of doing something for you. Decide is best to help, explain the job properly, and be very specific about your expectations and the consequences of not performing correctly. Trust that person and provide whatever training or resources are necessary.
Use a planner
It could be an old-fashioned planner or your smartphone, but whatever it is, learn to put your tasks and schedule in one place so as not to forget anything. Check your planner regularly and update with the most pressing matters in mind.
Make lists
Lists are great not just for groceries but also university assignments and activities. Keep a running, dated list and include ideas there that you can nurture later on when you find the time. Not everything can be managed using brainpower alone.

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Have a schedule
This will establish the self-discipline necessary to succeed in college life, and will offer a bird’s eye view of one’s entire semester in order to stay balanced and on top of things.
Diana Wylde is a 19-year-old currently taking up computer science at Duke University. Read more on this page.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Could These be the Best Sushi Spots in America?

Lunch, dinner, it doesn’t matter: sushi is a mouthwatering option every time and it’s here to stay. Thrillist makes a list of the 21 best sushi spots in the United States for when you’re in the mood to pick up your chopsticks and feast on the freshest sushi and maki rolls.

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Leading the list is Arami in Chicago, Illinois, said to be “an instant hit” when it opened in 2010. Even with the change of chefs the level of excellence is touted to have not changed, with specialty sashimi choices such as hamachi with mushroom and truffle oil. Trailing Arami is Arigato Sushi in Santa Barbara, California, where art takes centerstage and something as simple as sashimi appears “plated at the Louvre.” The salmon is adorned with gorgonzola sauce and dill, while non-sushi dishes such as broiled scallops are a delight.

Also making it to the list is Portland, Oregon’s Hokusei, which mixes Portlandia style with traditional sushi and offers an omakase that has a friendlier price than its counterparts in bigger cities. In San Francisco, one may also explore ICHI Sushi + NI Bar, which boasts a “sustainable, seasonal menu” and pairs it off with izakaya and cocktails at the NI Bar.

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New York City won’t be left behind with Ichimura at Brushstroke, which has two Michelin stars and prepares fish edomae-style (cured and aged) for added umami. Finally, another Chicago dining destination joins the list: Mirai, a dimly lit sushi spot with a traditional sushi selection coupled with unique picks.