Category: Computer Games

2018 Diversity, Battle Royale & Top Trends

Posted on September 9, 2018  in Computer Games

While technology brought many improvements, the gaming industry is the one that continually changes and evolve, and at the same time, many of the aspects remain similar. With each year new technology, innovation and development arrive that is imagination capturing, Community trendsetters and influencers lead the charge to shatter the previous norm as they usher in new ideas.

Change happens over time, slowly or so it is usually, but then in some years we witness noticeable shirts in the course the industry directs towards. 2018 could be one of those years, but it comes down to a matter of perspective, although there are undoubtedly exciting changes coming this year.

Gamers in 2018

The big question is how the latest developments affect the gaming industry, and one way of finding out is by asking YouTube stars what they feel the top trends in video games are this year. Their comments included that Battle Royale genres dominate the industry while Fortnite won’t die anytime soon and is trading hard. Others were excited about the incredibly innovative ideas of Switch while the Nintendo Labo release coming up offering many accessories in an inexpensive way for gaming. Gamers are also quite looking forward to Call of Duty that hopefully will include the battle royale mode, which proves that battle royale games are the thing gamers finds most interesting and exciting. No matter how many gamers you ask two words keep coming up and that is Battle Royale rocking the gaming industry.

Battle Royale is Single-Handedly Reshaping the Future of the Gaming Industry

Epic Games developed, created and released Fortnite on PC a year ago and ever since it has gained massive momentum and there are simply no signs of slowing down. Epic Games shared in June that the player count reached 125 million players by mid-2018. What further fuels the popularity in the game’s success is the royale style battle, but then there is also the fact that Epic Games announced that they offer $100,000,000 in prizes for the first year of Esport style tournaments.

Battle Royale style fighting also dominated company discussion as the genre is the latest and most successful trend and many plans on including it in their planned line-up of game releases that are currently still in development stages. Even, Activision, the developer of Call of Duty, was quick to include it in their Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and it is also offered in the Battlefield V game. Others that immediately grasp the popularity of the battle royale trend and included it in their game releases are the developers of Rapture Rejects, Proving Grounds and Mavericks.

End of the Road for Loot Boxes

Some were surprised even shocked when loot boxes ended, while others think it is great, and when looking at what Fortnite alone grossed since its launch, the new trend is here to stay, it is a viable business model when Fortnite grossed well in access of $15 million in revenue.


Category: Computer Games

5 Cheap Ways To Play Computer Games With Friends

5 Cheap Ways To Play Computer Games With Friends

Posted on July 22, 2018  in Computer Games

5 Cheap Ways To Play Computer Games With Friends

Nothing strengthens friendships and creates memories like playing games together. Gaming has always been a social activity whether virtually or in reality, and if it can be done cheaply, the more the merrier!

I have listed five different ways you can enjoy the benefits of playing games with a friend or friends without breaking the bank.

Please note that not all games available will be compatible with the options below so choose wisely.

1. Online and browser based game play

Online stores like Steam, GOG and Origin sometimes run sales and promotions where games are heavily discounted or even offered for free. After purchasing these games, build a library and then share them with family and friends.

Adobe player and other modern browsers can also be used for free to play PC games which you can also download for offline playing. You can play these games with a friend using the same computer or different computers over the internet.

2. Connecting using LAN

A Local Area Network (LAN) is one of the oldest and most efficient connectivity. If for whatever reason, you and your friends need to work offline, you can connect two or more computers using a LAN cable, a router or a workgroup switch. Using LAN is good for gaming because since you are working offline, the speed of the game is irrelevant.

A LAN usually requires physical proximity but if your friends are far from your location, you can create a virtual LAN with Evolve which can be downloaded to your computer.

3. Use VPN to connect with a friend

A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a secure and private software that will allows you to share large files with a connected friend. This is done by tunneling packets online to create the effect of being on the same LAN even though you can be far apart.

The downside of using a VPN to connect with friends is that the speed is comparably slow and as a result of packet tunneling, there is additional overhead.

4. Using cloud services

Cloud based gaming services are now the rage and anyone can join to play games with friends wherever they are in the world. This is easy to set up and use and you have access to extra storage space on most cloud services. However, your friends will need internet connection to enable access and syncing of the files you’ll have shared on the cloud.

If you have an account with a file hosting service like Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft Onedrive, then you can invite your pals to access the files stored there.

This option is slower than LAN and VPN but is generally faster than many host websites.

5. Connect using torrents

Using torrents is a popular way to share files online cheaply. Torrented games are pirated versions of popular games which can be obtained through various websites without paying the amount that is required for the original game. However, installing a torrented version of a game is technical and might require more expertise than the usual. Some torrented games provide LAN support and therefore can be played offline but most require an internet connection.

After downloading your torrent file, you should be seeding it, which allows your peers to access the game with you. Seeding on most torrent sites is automatic unless you disable it.