Out on a WildTangent

Microsoft has long claimed that one of the things that is going to separate Xbox from the competition is that it is being put together by a group of gamers, and not by a bunch of marketing suits. Although Bill Gates is often the face associated with the new console, the fact is Gates has little to do with the direction and philosophy behind the Xbox.

One of the most interesting features of the Xbox is not a chip, tray or game. Instead, it is the Independent Developer Program (IDP) where smaller developers, or even a few individuals, could get a hand in making games for the Xbox. The IDP actually consists of two parts: an Xbox Prototyping Kit (XPK) and an Incubator Program designed to nurture smaller developers.

The XPKs are basically the documents and a few tools that are shipped with the full-priced Xbox Development Kits. The XPKs allow developers who could not otherwise afford the the dev kits to begin working on the germ of a game. Once they have an early prototype ready, they can take it either to Microsoft or shop it on the open market at the GDC or other industry conventions.

The Incubator Program is for better funded developers who do not yet have a publisher for their game. Microsoft sells them an XDK for six months, and provides technical support, effectively acting as a publisher. At the end of the six months, Microsoft then will make a decision to continue working with the developer or, to put it diplomatically, “go in other directions.”

So why should Xbox fans care about WildTangent and Fifa 17 Coin cheats? Well, be sure to check out our feature to get the full story, but one interesting thing about WildTangent is that it provides free SDKs to anyone with the talent and gumption to make a game. A couple of CS majors who are dying to finally make that great idea into reality can have a go with the suite of development tools that WildTangent will be giving away.

This provides another way for freshmen developers to try to make a game without burning their credit cards at the cash register’s stake. And given that many of WildTangent’s development tools are very similar to the Intel/nVidia-based architecture in the Xbox, this could be yet another entry route for new artists to make great games for the Xbox.

There are, however, significant questions surrounding WildTangent and whether they will be able to make a go of their ambitious strategy. But given that the PC has always been the home of home-brew games, some of the from-the-roots innovation may one day flower on the Xbox.

Trial Version Of The Windows 8.1 Is Now Available For Corporates

In their attempt to come out with a revolutionary operating system, Microsoft introduced some big changes in their Windows 8 operating system. This evoked a mixed reaction from the Windows OS users. The Microsoft help and support networks were flooded with queries on the new interface, and the features of Windows 8. To Microsoft’s surprise, most of the queries were about how to get rid of the new interface, and to bring back the old desktop interface.

About the Window 8.1 update

Suffice it to say, Microsoft was expecting this response, and they are willing to make some changes to the Windows 8 OS to make it more palatable to the Windows OS users. Perhaps, they did learn a thing or two from the ill-fated Windows Vista release.

The Windows 8 users can go to the Microsoft help webpage to download the trial version of the Windows 8.1 update and install it on their systems. This gives you a brief idea about what you can expect from the final version of the Windows 8.1 update, when it is released.

The trial version of the Windows 8.1 update

The Windows 8.1 update is now available only as the trial version. Microsoft recently released the trial version for the Windows 8 Enterprise editions. One important section of the Windows OS users that is still not ready to upgrade to the Windows 8 OS is the corporates.
Earlier versions of the Windows

Since, the corporate sector does represent a bulk of the market share, it is important that Microsoft convince them to make this transition. One hopes that at least some of the corporates would download the Windows 8.1 free trial version to check out the different features and functionalities offered by it.

Would Windows 8.1 boost Windows 8 sales in the corporate sector?

With the rising popularity of the Android OS and the tablet computers, many industry experts are of the opinion that the Windows 8.1 update would not make much difference with the personal computer or laptop users.

However, in the corporate sector, Microsoft still has a chance to make a big boost in the Windows 8 sales, with the release of the Windows 8.1 update. The numbers show that majority of the corporates are still using the earlier versions of the Windows operating systems such as Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. Microsoft needs to convince them to make the transition to Windows 8.

SuperCell trying to Break the RTS Market using Boom Beach

Boom Beach Development

Ever since Boom Beach in 2013, SuperCell has been trying to break into the base building RTS market with mixed results. While it’s difficult to argue against the game’s graphical appeal, it’s always been a strange mix of simulation-like aspects with strong RTS gameplay. The game has survived on its roots, but in general been shunned by critics and simulation fans as having little depth and too much flash. For Boom Beach, SuperCell is hoping to address the depth issues while maintaining the real RTS feel.

The control is both intuitive and complex. Simple moves like raiding and defending are handled with ease, while basic movement is as simple as  button press. For more complex moves, a combination of button presses and directional moves is required, which becomes easier after the “memorization curve” is overcome.

Rounding off the arcade aspects of Boom Beach, there is a unique quest and mission that takes place after reaching a certain level. The World Tournament pits the player against Ai controlled islands in the archipelago; when they’re defeated, they’re unlocked and available for control and resource production. In addition, diamonds can be earned during raids and after enough are accumulated, they can be used to “purchase” resources like gold, iron, wood and base upgrades. It’s all very console-like in this aspect.

In an attempt to appeal to the more simulation-oriented base building fans, SuperCell is including the ability to trade items among members of Task Forces. The AI will also offer trades throughout the game with other computer-controlled opponents as well as the player. To help determine each player’s strengths, there are in-game overlays that serves as guide. More RTS fun and action can be felt with Supercell’s new game Clash Royale. Join the fun now.

Whether or not SuperCell will win over the RTS and simulation fans is yet to be determined, but even without that, Boom Beach is in fact fun to play. It’s still in a relatively early stage, but the graphics and most of the animations seem to be in place and working correctly. The graphics are still a little dark and the shadowing could also use some help. The gameplay, though, seems to be intact, and that is where the importance lies. We’ll know in a matter of months if SuperCell can pull off the perfect blend of sim and arcade play, but either way, it looks as though arcade baseball fans will have another four-bagger this Spring.

City Simulation Like no Other with SimCity Buildit

Simcity Buildit City Simulation

SimCity Buildit has as a lot a city planning series as it is just one of community planning. Comprehending the demands of your Sims on a micro and macro level as you adjust commercial needs against pleasure wants is the premise that drives SimCity. As the game can not be truly won or lost, your ability to adjust to the shifting winds of catering to a small, medium, large, or huge size city supplies the challenge. The present SimCity aims to take this approach to the next level multiplayer experiences. Definitely modders have discovered ways to tie cities all together in previous SimCity items, and we’ve seen multiplayer interactions in The Sims, however the tip of regional teamwork was a captivating new function for the team. Interconnected and interdependent cities in a region would press players to operate together to please the global necessities of their individuals while combating points like criminal activity, air pollution, fire, and even more.

SimCity is definitely an entertaining and addictive game, however there are lots of problems encountered in the game. The game’s choices and interactions depend on the rooting systems working better than they already do. They work all right for the game to be enjoyable, however not well enough for it to endure as it is. And other dilemma is the cost of the money, though the framework isn’t that pricey to set, however very pricey to maintain, and you can’t cut financing randomly, it’s either an all or nothing cost .

You must build up before you build out, so that you possess the income to uphold expansion of city facilities. You can possibly build small facilities, or much larger ones that cover more of your city. It will nevertheless take a couple of days of striving, exchanging products you’ve integrated your factories, and gathering taxes to make sufficient for the smaller sizes. Upgrading to the greater establishments is almost inconceivable without spending weeks again and again working your factories. However, playing Simcity would take much time to accumulate enough money and able to expand the city as well. That is why using a free Simcity Buildit hack is a nice option for some players. Collect more money in the game so it wouldn’t be a problem to provide maintenance for the city.

Playing them is like endless, it feels like the game doesn’t come to an end until another version will come along. You’ll see the ups and downs as your city will grow. The more the bigger the city the more the big amount of money is needed. That’s also one thing that you should need to look out.

Smartphones are Screwing our Brains


We use our cell phones for everything. They’re increasingly becoming extensions of our brains; they’re a place to store information you don’t want to have to remember. In 2002, the Nobel Prize for Economics went to a Psychologist for a paper describing the two kinds of thinkers in this world, analytical and intuitive; and now a new study from Computers in Human Behavior says our tendency to rely on our smartphones might be screwing over the intuitive thinkers among us. Intuitive thinkers rely on gut feelings or intuition to make a decision; while analytical thinkers, analyze the problem, second-guess themselves and THINK through the decision first.

According to this new study, intuitive thinkers tend to use search engines rather than their own brainpower, they look up information they already KNOW to avoid thinking about it, even briefly. For example: when asked what actor was in that one movie, intuitive thinkers would either immediately search for it, analytical would search their memories for what they know. There are advantages to both types of thinking, but this new research says the intuitive people using their search functions more might be less intelligent!

They tested 660 participants and gave them intuitive and analytical tasks to complete,and allowed them to use their cell phones. Heavy smartphone use was associated with lowered intelligence, in their results. They called them lazy thinkers. Lazy thinking, cognitive easing or being a cognitive miser, is incredibly common. It essentially describes our disinterest in the effort of thinking. We want to believe we the great human is constantly churning through information, but we’re animals, and thinking burns energy. Too save that energy, we take mental shortcuts and offload information. It’s an evolutionary way to conserve resources.

THINKING IS HARD. This is known, human brains only have so much power, and thinking takes a lot of it, popular websites design themselves to be intuitive, to reduce the “cognitive load,” allowing you to enjoy their content and spend more time. The problem is, our brains are plastic — or moldable. As we learn things, our brain changes. We create new neural pathways and reshape our thinking processes. As we age, our neuroplasticity gets worse. Ideally, we’d fill our lives with varied and colorful experiences — not just like vacations and social activities, but building, learning, working, running, and playing too! These make our brain better, and create a better foundation for aging.

Processing all this information elsewhere, on the other hand, might have adverse consequences for aging. Think about what that could mean… NO, ACTUALLY THINK! I’m not going to tell you. Think Alzheimer’s or other brain degradation disorders, forgetfulness and the inability to recall information. That’s bad. Whether our brains are getting worse because of the Internet or Video Games is as old as the technology themselves, and it’s same debate for television and radio; but our tendency to avoid THINKING is a different facet. It’s like cheating on every test in school. If you got all the answers from someone else, what could you DO when you graduated? Other than go get answers from someone else? It’s compelling to think about!

On the set of Crocodile Dundee 3

There’s a high-profile movie sequel coming out this spring. No, it’s not Star Wars, and it’s not The Matrix. Those are a long way off. To tide us all over, we’ll soon have Crocodile Dundee in L.A. hitting theaters.

Paul Hogan returns to the role that made him famous and the franchise whose last entry, Crocodile Dundee II, was released 12 years ago. Daily Radar visited the set on location at Venice Beach on September 20. Pedestrian traffic was blocked off from a 50-yard section of beach and street. Under a tent on the grass sat Paul Hogan eating snacks and drinking coffee in his Australian hat and crocodile hunter uniform as the crew set up the shot.

On the beach, a camera sat on a tripod pointing toward the street and two 10-foot-tall metal reflectors shined natural sunlight onto the spots where action would take place. Another camera was positioned on a dolly to roll in front of the actors as they walked down the path. A troop of rollerbladers, bicyclists, joggers and other assorted extras prepared for the director’s call of action. When Paul and a young co-star named Spencer Cockburn (pronounced Coburn) took to their marks, we observed the scene.

Dundee and the kid walked down the paved path next to the beach as the choreographed skaters and pedestrians performed on cue to simulate real beach traffic. One rollerblader crashed into Dundee, and they shared some dialogue. It appeared she asked for the time of day, and Dundee looked up at the sun to give his answer. After some more seemingly flirtatious dialogue, the skater appeared disappointed and skated off.

After director Simon Wincer yelled cut, we approached the skater as an assistant held an umbrella over her. Upon closer inspection, the actress revealed herself to be Claire Carey, who played Hayden Fox’s daughter, Kelly, on the series Coach. Much of Carey’s tan skin was revealed by her low cut tank top and short shorts.