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Video games are an important part of our modern culture ever since they became a trend, back in the ‘80s. Their history starts at the beginning of the ‘50s, but it was only 30 years later that they turned into a mainstream choice for leisure. They are fun; they are meant to entertain us and to offer new experiences. Whenever I sit back and relax by playing one, I let go of everything else and I just escape, for a while, into another dimension. My first choice is RC car games because I am a big fan of the engaging world of RC vehicles. And nowadays, thanks to the evolution of technology, I get to play my favorite games on my Smartphone, anytime I need to take a break.
Whether your device operates on Android or iOS, you can easily download any game you want and start having fun. Play by yourself, play along with friends, play together with your kids, play online; the truth is gaming is a good way to socialize and to develop the sense of competition. Let’s check out a few of the best RC car games available for playing on mobile devices (they are some of my preferred ones, as well):
RC Monster Truck
Even if you didn’t have an RC truck as a child (or as an adult, for that matter), you have to try out this game. It has all the elements of a thrilling experience: cool graphics, forest trails, and feisty off-road circuits with obstacles, several model choices, plus guaranteed excitement.
RC Car Racing Hill
Are you looking for a serious challenge? Well, this is it! You get to race on a track which has lots of obstacles and ramps splashed over never-ending hills of bitumen. Don’t forget to check the battery status from time to time and then search the hidden battery cells – which is another challenge, in fact, because if you don’t find them in due time, you’ll get back to square one.
Buggy Run II
This game takes the dare to the next level: you need to take out enemy forces and destroy their establishments by planting bombs. But you’re not bulletproof: they can affect you too. You need to drive your buggy away as fast as you can, through an unexplored military territory. The race requires good skills, especially when it comes to keeping the car steady while rushing through the obstacles.
Re-Volt 2: Multiplayer
I think you will enjoy this one in particular especially because it gives the possibility to switch between cars (trucks, buggies, sports cars, F1 cars) and this helps fasten the pace. Also, you get to compete with players from all over the world, which is always intense. The multiplayer mode allows you to go against three other players at once.
I should warn you this one is quite addictive, even if it seems hard in the beginning. Imagine having to find your way through snowy dunes and icy cliffs! You don’t compete with other players, but you’re on the clock. There are several levels, as usual, but remember you can only crash five times – after that, the race is over, and you have to start again. Take the challenge: see how far you can get!
These are only five invitations to step into the roaring world of RC car games on your mobile, but if you need more convincing just check out the coolest RC Rank cars, they will tickle your imagination for sure.
Superhero movies have been big business for a long time. Every year we see an array of characters from the iconic Spiderman to the unknown (until recently) Rocket Raccoon. Sadly, when it comes to superhero movie tie-in video games then the quality quickly diminishes. Gone are the days of the Commodore 64 and Amiga when games such as Robocop, Batman and The Amazing Spiderman topped the game charts. Nowadays, video games from superhero movies are usually met with a groan.
One area of the games market that has really nailed the Superhero tie-in is the gambling market. The Marvel Video Slots have never been so popular. Over the past five years Playtech have pushed Superhero games far beyond that of its Crytologic predecessor (who’s licensing agreement ran out earlier this year). Since Playtech took up the Marvel mantle they have created a myriad of games that include Iron Man 2, Thor, as well as the 50 pay line version of Hulk, Iron Man 2 and Fantastic 4.
The beauty of the slot machine game is that the core mechanic is simple and clear. Players instantly know that the aim of the game is to spin the lines to earn the rewards. In most cases it’s a 5 reel and 25 paylines slot that offers the player nice gameplay along with lots of fantastic features. What Playtech have done is taken key moments of the films and boiled them down into short bursts of activity as you progress through the game, on your journey to the big jackpot (and they are big!). By activating bonus games the player is whisked away to a short mini-game that mirrors parts of the movie before retiring the player back to the game at hand.
The idea of concentrating on the core gameplay and building ‘modifiers’ to expand the gameplay is a lesson all developers should take heed of. It is easy for developers to want to crowbar in a number of features and mechanics but this practice can actually detract from the main game. By focusing on a core gameplay mechanic you create familiarity and a sense of comfort within the player. From that comfort, you can then take the player to new places to explore the world, and then return them back to the main game to regroup.
The recent ‘Watch_Dogs’ game is a great example of a game that despite having an array of great ideas, the sheer diversity and amount of these ideas meant the game was confusing, lacked direction and was ultimately not fun fun play.
In contrast, the recent indie title ‘Gone Home’ concentrated of exploration. The developers made a active choice not to include jumping, fighting, and shooting mechanics. In isolation, the gameplay now sounds dull but when you add the eerie sounds and engaging story the game is suddenly a multi award-winning title.
There are plenty of places to try out Marvel Slots and see for yourself how the games interact with the player. From your initial spin to the plethora of mini games you can see that the developers have considered how to keep the player both entertained and engaged throughout.
The English Language Arts classroom has a tremendously broad and diverse scope. The curriculum covers writing, speaking, language, literature, and informational reading. That range of content gives you five enormous areas to cover. The source material you study can be taken from ancient Greece, modern popular culture, or anything in between. The means of teaching and assessing students’ progress can include exams, research projects, written essays, presentations, videos, and community projects.
With such diversity in the classroom, and the increasing inclusion of multi-media in schools, perhaps there is room for the use of video games, too. Here are some ideas on the role of video games in the classroom.Entry points for teaching topics
Video games are good for getting students’ attention, and they can provide easy to understand illustrations of points that you want to teach. For instance, if you are teaching students about the use of tone in writing, you could contrast the tone of two different video games. You could show clips from popular games like Limbo and Little Big Planet 2 side by side, and students will easily see the difference in tone. From there, you could move on to more literary examples.A ways to get students engaged
Often it is a struggle to get students interested and engaged in books in the classroom. On the other hand, a lot of students are passionate about their video games. This can give you a means to get them more interested in the classroom. Rather than making everyone present and discuss their favorite book, you could make it an option to use your favorite video game as a topic instead. They will be much more enthusiastic about the assignment, and will probably do a better job on it, too.A source of inspiration
Good video games give players a magical world to enter and develop. Gamers can spend dozens or hundreds of hours exploring their digital world, developing their character’s skills and abilities, and taking exciting and dangerous actions along the way. This can be very inspiring for players, and you can bring some of this into the classroom. Even the most uninterested students may perk right up and get involved when the conversation shifts to relevant aspects of a game they love. Be prepared for some interesting and animated discussions. Your classroom may be livelier than ever before.Digital learning tools
Schools are increasingly using multi-media learning tools, and video games can be just one more item in your toolbox. The field is still young, however, and you will need to do some experimentation in order to determine the most effective way to use these new tools to accomplish your teaching objectives. You could select a topic, like examining the narrative elements of a popular video game like Call of Duty. On the other hand, you could talk to your students for insights. The world of video games is constantly changing, so see what their favorites are. What do they play every day? What ideas do they have for using video games in the classroom? As you work through this the first few times, you will continue to develop your own ideas about how to make video games an important teaching tool.
We live in a world surrounded by social media. Gamers now have the possibility to share their experiences on Facebook, and that’s a great way of appealing to other people. Teachers should really foster that need to interact with others. Believe it or not, video games have that ability to take kids out of their comfort zone and compel them to do something fun and connect with their peers.
Gaming is a great way to kill time, or your social life, depending on how you look at it, but constantly buying games can be expensive. A hardcore gamer can finish a $60 game in a matter of 20 hours or less (for example Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) which means buying a new game every week (or every few weeks), unless you want to keep playing your old games over and over again. For that reason, you might want to start looking into any of the free options available online. Yes! There are free games online and some of them are actually quite good. Believe it or not, you can also download free games from very famous franchises like Star Trek, Star Wars, and Dungeons and Dragons.Wait? Isn’t that Illegal?
If the game is currently copyrighted then it is illegal to download it. Generally, you can use common sense to decide if something is free or not. One good way to check to see if something is free is to look the game up and check to see if it is for sale anywhere. If it’s for sale on the developers website then it’s definitely not free. Quick tip? Do your research before you download any ‘free’ game. If it requires a code, keyword, crack, or any other type of confirmation other than simply logging on, then it is probably not free. Most free games do require you to sign up and submit your email address and give them a password.So How Do I Get Free Games?
While the majority of games are not free, there are a number of free to play games that you can enjoy without every paying a cent. Some of these games are ‘free to play’ and were designed to be free. These are most often MMORPGs such as Digimon, Rift, Warframe, and etc. They vary greatly in content and quality, but you can easily find more than a dozen of them in a few minutes. Other games are offered up for free for a limited time, sometimes from stores, and sometimes as part of special charity or cause promotions.Free Games
If you want free games, all you have to do is search ‘free to play games’ and see what comes up. You can add in other tags like ‘RPG’ or ‘FPS’ to get specific types of games, but other than that you can explore as much as you want. Using Free to Play rather than ‘Free’ ensures that your results are a bit more legitimate, and mostly roots out ‘free trial’ results. Once you find the game you want, you can download it via the developer’s website, and usually via torrent if you want it a bit faster.Temporarily Free Games
Sometimes developers will offer their games for free towards a cause or for a sale. In this case, you do have to download them quickly or they will go away. A few different sites that sometimes offer free games include Steam, GOG, Green Man Gaming, and even Amazon, although these are rare. For example, Green Man Gaming gave away Borderlands 1 & 2 during the holiday season in 2013, and Gog.com gave away the entire Fallout series. While these types of occurrences are rare, they are great to watch out for. Anyone interested should consider signing up for newsletters where similar deals might be announced.Downloading
While there are hundreds of free games out there, it can be difficult to find and download them. In addition, downloads from around the web can take a long time. For that reason, most gamers downloading games that are already free should consider looking for them via torrent. Some sites like Vuze even put together collections of free games that can be searched and browsed through right from the Bittorrent client. This makes the whole process easier, as well as more convenient. Most torrented games can be added and played with Steam for those that prefer to use a gaming client.
There are plenty of great free games out there and some of them are every bit as complex as games that charge a hefty monthly fine. Downloading free games is a great way to save money, but it is important to make sure it’s actually free before downloading. What else? Have fun playing your new games of course.
Now that 2013 is finally over, it’s time to analyze a particular trend we’ve seen a lot in the last 12 months. Believe it or not, last year was pretty great for women in video games. They had leading roles and they managed to make their presence felt without looking too provocative. Don’t get this the wrong way; men are still ruling the industry, but to some extent it’s great that some developers paid more attention to a woman’s role as well in a video game.Tom Raider was successful because it was led by a female
That’s right! Tom Raider might have had great mechanics, design, and visuals, but we have to admit that it attained success because it was operated by a female character-player. It was definitely a refreshing move and it brought an air of freshness to the whole gaming experience. Previous versions of the game were additionally based on a female character – namely Lara Croft – but this time the makers really managed to focus on other characteristics too, not just on the sexuality of the character-player.
Although the young Lara Croft we’re used to is definitely an appealing virtual female, her looks and general appearance haven’t overshadowed the most important aspects of the video game. She’s not getting any special treatments in the game and she’s not afraid to get stabbed or shot just to attain her goals.
Game developers have finally realized that female characters in video games can be sexy without looking too provocative. That’s exactly what the makers of Tom Raider did; they created a good-looking Lara Croft whose one tough character, but she doesn’t have to look too naked just to draw some attention.
We’ve grouped “The Last of Us” with “BioShock Infinite” because they use women the same way into the game. Some have catalogued these two as the best of 2013, and to some extent that’s true. Both Elizabeth and Ellie have a special connection to the male character as they’re successfully waiting to be rescued.
“BioShock Infinite” and “The Last of Us” are being led by male character-players and the way women are integrated into the gameplay converts them into assets and not liabilities males have to constantly keep safe. In BioShock, Elizabeth is perfectly capable of taking care of herself, so you don’t have to worry that her life is constantly in danger. As a matter of fact, at some point she will help you take down the bad guys.
In The Last of Us, you’ll be surprised to see how tough Ellie can be. She’s directly involved in the combat and she’s capable of taking down the bad guys by herself, without additional help. In spite of the fact that the women in these two games have to be rescued, they’re well-rounded characters able to fight back.
Beyond is a game you either hate or love. It is one of the most disruptive video games of the year that focuses its gameplay on a woman, played by real-life actress Ellen Page. Story-driven by an extremely intriguing plot, beyond centers on Jodie Holmes, and it’s up to you to decide if she lives or dies.
Some other notable games centered on the presence of female characters were Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and Call of Duty: Ghosts. Their role was not that notable, but at least they were present and they didn’t have a provocative purpose in the games, which was surprisingly interesting. At last game developers have started to use female characters for different purposes in video games, and from what we’ve seen so far 2013 was definitely a great year for women in the virtual environment.
In the wake of the release of GTA5 we have all been transported into a world of extreme, cutting edge video game graphics. Sharp, clear and as real as you can get. You only need to watch the trailer for Call Of Duty Ghosts and you will see it with your own eyes. However, many of us will remember the days when our video games were pixelated, fuzzy and slow – but that was the beauty of them wasn’t it?
As with everything, fashion, music and art, the current gaming graphics will evolve ad it won’t be long before they are outdated. We will start off by moaning about them and eventually, in 30 years, we will enjoy them once more for their ‘vintage’ appeal. Part of the issue with modern gaming graphics is that they are built to look real. Let’s face it, Space Invaders or PacMan were definitely not based upon realistic graphics; part of the reason they have kept their appeal for longer. Mobile app games and instant play casino games are some of the few gaming technologies that continue to display these type of simple graphics, albeit more stylized. At the end of the day, games that rely on the latest technology for their graphics are not going to retain their looks for as long as those that poses a blend between stylish graphics and the latest technology.
Tomb Raider is a great example of this. The ultimate 1990’s adventure game was built between artistic graphics and the latest technology. It looks retro due to its pixelated presence and let’s face it Lara Croft never moved in a realistic way. However this game was created using cutting edge technology. This is one game that has stood the test of time through the clever use of graphics and design.
Heading back either further, to the birth of a generation, the 1980’s really was the moment that shaped the face of video game graphics. This was the era when graphics definitely took a backseat to the gameplay. Maybe this was to test the water or it was simply because the primitive computers could only handle so much. Either way, it was far either for developers to create a simply strategy game than it was to create an RPG full of twist and turns. This was the age when the PC was considered a machine for work purposes rather than the entertainment hubs that they have become.
Any game that grew out of the 80’s was caught in a battle between artistic brilliance and the constraints of the consoles. The Commodore 64, released in 1982 was one of the most powerful systems of the decade, but it still couldn’t cope with high level, wire frame graphics. Games designed for the Commodore 64 could always be recognised due to their brightly coloured graphics, and simple translucent characters. Although it was a powerful arcade console, the games were still simple in their approach compared to the capabilities of modern day consoles.
In short, video game graphics have moved as the technology has. Creative development and freedom is now one of the most important aspects to games, but they will soon be as dated as their predecessors. As they are so realistic, they may not fare as well in our fast paced world as some of the 30 year games we know and love.Related articles
This September 12th, gaming blogs from around the world will be celebrating another excellent year of gaming, speculating what joys the coming year (and generation) may hold and reminiscing on some of the industry’s finest hours. Because of this over-saturation of good news, we have decided to provide a bit of balance on this otherwise cheerful day by reminding you all of some of the gaming industry’s most embarrassing failures.
We aren’t talking just bad games either here folks. We are talking full scale security failures. Failures which burden gamers of both the casual and hardcore variety with at best a mild inconvenience and at worst the risk of losing their hard earned cash or even harder earned identity to black hat hackers. From Sony’s enormous PSN data security scandal to Square Enix’s tiny one, here we explore what happened, why it happened and what impact it had on gamers.
In 2011, a subsidiary of Square Enix called Eidos had the servers of its Dues Ex: Human Revolution website hacked. The culprit managed to extract 25,000 E-mail addresses which were likely sold onto e-mail spammers. This isn’t a particularly damaging leak by itself, as no password or financial information was leaked. The real damage was done to those who were looking for employment at the studio, 350 of whom had their CV stolen from the database. This is, obviously, much more serious as job hunters regularly include details of their home addresses, their current employer and other sensitive information as part of their CV which leaves them wide open to identity theft.Sony Playstation: The “Working Within a Week” Fiasco
At some point between April 17th and April 19th the Sony Playstation Network suffered a security breach which would eventually unfold to be one of the largest data scandals of all time. The account details of over 77 million people were accessed and unceremoniously stolen form Sony’s servers. These details included email addresses, passwords, physical addresses and, most shockingly, credit card details.
The repercussions of this were costly for Sony, who had to take insurance policies out on behalf of all 77 million users and pay fines totalling almost 400,000 dollars. The online gaming service was also offline for 24 days, much more than their seven day estimate, incurring costs of $171 million.Ubisoft: Multiple attacks
In July this year a Ubisoft website was hacked and user account information stolen from the servers. In an unfortunate bit of PR for Ubisoft, one of their most anticipated upcoming releases focuses on hacking as a major theme in both the plot and gameplay. The games title is Watchdogs, and on the development team there even sits a former executive from Kaspersky Lab making for some unfortunate juxtaposition that the media simply couldn’t resist. Combine this with another security breach attributed to Ubisoft’s U-Play software, which allowed cyber-criminals to install software directly into gamers computers. It paints a picture of Ubisoft as a company that are far more interested in making games about cyber-security than actually ensuring that their users are secure.
Players of online e-sport League of Legends had an unwelcome surprise last month when usernames and passwords for the games entire North American player base were illegally extracted from Riot servers. Riot are also currently investigating the possibility that 120,000 transaction records could have been lifted from their database as well, potentially containing hashed credit card data. This overshadows the recent good news the company passed on to its fans when the US visa bureau granted the games top level players professional athlete visas, officially recognising the game as a professional sport.Bethesda Game Studios: Hackers Added Insult to Injury
Bethesda studios, creators of series like Fallout and Skyrim, suffered an embarrassing data breach after their site and forum users information was compromised by hacking group ‘LulzSec’. Once Bethesda announced the leak, Lulzsec responded by issuing a statement of their own saying: “Bethesda, we broke into your site over two months ago. We’ve had all of your Brink (another Bethesda game) users for weeks. Please fix your junk, thanks!” The hacking group also demanded that they feature their signature top hat logo in one of their upcoming games, threatening that if they did not comply then they would leak their user database. The whole affair was pretty humiliating for a developer held in such high esteem by the gaming community. Lulzsec have since disbanded.Related articles
For a long time, I never really enjoyed games consoles. I always preferred to play on a PC, where the keyboard and mouse made many games much easier – particularly strategy titles, I thought.
Joypads seemed to get harder and harder to master, with triggers, analogue joysticks, cursor arrow keys, coloured buttons and so on, all of which have to be used in different combinations to achieve different moves.
No, I was a firm PC gamer – at least, that was, until the Nintendo Wii came along, and changed everything.Redefining Casual Gaming
The Nintendo Wii brought gaming to the masses, not so much eliminating the joypad, but redefining it so that it featured the bare minimum of buttons, coupled with innovative motion-sensitive response that made gaming feel incredibly natural.
I found myself playing games where my opponents were pensioners or toddlers, or both; I’ve seen a baby master one Wii game in which moving the remote rang a bell.
But I always knew, as well, that the cartoonish graphics and fun-for-all-the-family styling of the Wii were not really a fair representation of what console gaming is really like.
So after a couple of years, I took the decision to sell my Nintendo Wii, and get a ‘proper’ games console.
What surprised me when I bought my PS3 was the extent to which the Wii seems to have influenced the games that have followed for other platforms.
Titles like Little Big Planet incorporate the kind of cooperative gameplay you might expect to see in a Wii game, as well as the light-hearted graphics.
But they present much more fiendish logic problems that must be solved, and this I found to be reminiscent of some of the more obscure puzzles in the Monkey Island games for the PC.
Overall, I’d say some games console titles – although clearly not all of them – are now much closer to the gameplay of PC titles than ever before.Full Circle
By playing these PS3 games, I found myself reminiscing more and more about the PC games I used to love, from Monkey Island to Theme Park and the original bird’s-eye-view, cartoonish Grand Theft Auto games.
I dug out some of those old installation discs and gave those old games a fresh play through (GTA is particularly fun if you switch off the frame-rate limiter, as modern-day graphics cards can run it at a blistering pace).
Ultimately, it was the realisation that I was able to do this that brought me back around to my original love of the PC as a gaming platform.
How many games consoles (aside from the unique example of the PS2) are still in popular usage, and are capable of playing titles that were first released 15 years ago or more?
Only the PS2 can fit that description – and even then only thanks to being backwards-compatible with PS1 games – and with the news that Sony have ceased production of the PS2, the PC seems set to once again reclaim its position as the best long-term gaming platform.Related articles
The abundant cleavage in modern video games is as controversial as graphic violence. The industry has come a long way, however, since the winsome Princess Daphne of Dragon’s Lair back in 1983. Playboy magazine might have inspired animator Don Bluth to make us the first female video game blonde bombshell but our modern pixelated ladies don’t idly sit by waiting for a prince to rescue them. The typical female video game character is as ruthless as she is beautiful and that makes her all the more enjoyable. Here is a list of some of the most notable and deadly ladies to flash across a console screen.1. Christie Monteiro (Tekken)
Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art based on speed and complex acrobatic moves. Christie Monterio is a the granddaughter of the legendary Capoeria master Ho Chi Myong and trained in capoeira by his protege Eddy Gordo. Beautiful, loyal Christie becomes a core character midway through the Tekken game series and she’s irresistibly pleasurable to watch.
Tifa is adored by fans of FFVII and one only has to take one look to know why. The vivacious, busty heroine is a playable character in the core game and appears in its sequels and spin-offs. Tiffa wears a number of eye-catching outfits that show off her 36-24-35 figure in very satisfying ways.
What is there not to like about a leggy, dual sword-wielding assassin wearing a little red bikini and thigh high boots. Add in the straw cowboy style hat and “baneful blood” that curses Aya with berserk frenzies. While Oneechanbara gets criticized as campy and exploitative, it’s also a great deal of fun and Aya is one of its best features.
As first enemy and later love interest of The Prince, Kaileena is unforgettably attractive. The dark and mysterious Empress of Time is more femme fatale than warrior but hardly helpless. Kaileena created the Sands of Time which can destroy anyone in their path except those who possess the four objects that she crafted to control them.
Sylvia’s exact role in the United Assassins Association is not clear. She manipulates the sadistic but honor-bound Travis Touchdown brilliantly, convincing him she’ll sleep with him if he proves himself to be the best assassin in the land. Smaller breasted than the other ladies on this list, Sylvia has captivating sex appeal and plenty of nude (or nearly nude) scenes to earn her high marks.
Mai is a female ninja in the Fatal Fury franchise who’s sex appeal is undeniable. Her fighting style includes intentional “jiggling” of her enormous breasts to distract her opponents while she closes in for the kill with deadly steel butterfly fans. She is also a pyrokinetic and her distinctive costume includes a waistband with kitsune-like tails.
The voluptuous Varla works as a stripper in a Bayou City club who becomes a grim zombie-killer and vigilante determined to avenge her beloved brother Jasper. She was modeled after sexy Vikki Blows and is one of the most appealing characters in this game.
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