‘Black Desert Online’ Set for Mobile Release?

There are few gaming experiences more rewarding than logging into a massive sandbox MMORPG and completely setting yourself apart from the rest of the pack. Black Desert Online exploded onto the scene in the West just a year or so ago as one of the most prominent, deep, and exciting sandbox MMORPGs on the market. The genre itself had become stagnant before the release of BDO, thus breathing new life into the ‘sandbox gimmick’. Now, Black Desert Online is taking its deep gameplay mechanics, luscious graphics, and wonderful character progression system to the mobile market. Is it time to be worried or does Black Desert Online have a chance at succeeding in the platform crossover?

With a game like Black Desert Online, it is completely understandable to worry that the title won’t transfer well to handheld devices. With how deep and expansive Black Desert Online is, it makes sense that people would worry about what would actually make the cut into the mobile market. Fortunately, we do know that a few of the most important aspects of the title will be coming to the mobile systems that we game on. The deep character customization and progression system will be ported over to handheld devices along with guilds and guild wars as well as life skills. World bosses will be added but this will come at the cost of several other key aspects of the game. World fields will be ditched and the Awakening System looks like it is being tossed by the wayside.

What originally drew fans to Black Desert Online, to begin with, was the fact that it was a sandbox MMO that looked like a Triple-A title. With incredible graphics and a deep ‘life system’, gamers were able to make themselves whoever they wanted to be. There was no endless grinding for quests. Will the mobile version of the game still hold this same escapist allure? We can’t say yet, but South Korea will find out first when the mobile title releases in January of 2018.

Destiny 2 Continues to Struggle With Fans

If there is a gaming development company with built-in respect from the fanbase, it is Bungie. Bungie is the dev team behind the historic ‘Halo’ franchise and their work with Master Chief has become iconic and almost untouchable. Still, that hasn’t stopped Bungie from absolutely testing the patience of fans playing their new title, ‘Destiny 2’. The original Destiny game was released for consoles almost three years ago. It featured an amazing FPS system that was integrated with an almost RPG-like progression system. While the game certainly had its troubles and a fair share of detractors, fans still got in line for Destiny 2. Now, almost three years later, it seems like fans are at the limits of their patience. The reason? Bungie is bungling the core experience of the game: earning exp.

It was revealed almost a week ago that Bungie was rigging the player XP system. This came to light during the ‘Clarion Call’ event which supposedly gave bonus experience points to people playing the game during the specific time frame. Players were immediately wary of how slow their EXP bars seemed to fill and further analysis by a team of Reddit sleuths revealed that Bungie was, in fact, throttling EXP rates while still convincing players that they were actually earning their experience points. The response was immediate and the backlash was severe, with many fans of the title immediately calling out Bungie for being distrustful and exploiting their time.

Bungie didn’t even deny what they were doing, admitting to throttling the EXP almost immediately. To ‘calm fans down’ Bungie reset the EXP system back to normal before changing how much experience you needed to level up, doubling from 80K EXP to 160K EXP. Needless to say, fans were not especially happy. Still, Bungie is moving forward with their free trial and fans are probably going to keep playing. The free trial launches on November 28th and it remains to be seen how many players will actually be turned off by Bungie’s lack of transparency.

Paul Mampilly- Why you should invest?

Investment in the right sectors of the economy can be very profitable. Investment decisions are vital and they are to be made after following a clear process of analysis to determine an investment option that can work and one that cannot. A profitable investment is one that is made after analyzing a sector of the economy that is likely to grow over time. A sector that is driven by human consumption has a higher probability of growing than one that is not. Human consumption drives the growth of the sector. The sales that are made for a certain product will have a direct impact on the growth of the company.

When making investment decisions, it is good to look at opportunities that are available in the market then pick which one works the best. The best investment should be the one to bring profits for a long duration of time. One of the best investments that one can make is buying shares in company. The shares than one buys are equivalent to the value of the company. As the value of the company goes up, the share value also goes up. This creates a situation where one is earning money anytime the share value goes up.

Stock markets offer some of the best opportunities to make money while still engaged in other activities.it is some sought of a long term investment where you place your money and then wait for the economy to pay. Investment requires one to make a clear decision on the future of an industry. If you want to invest in a company that produces product A, then you must ask yourself, what is the future of that product? What is likely to drive the consumption of that product? These are pertinent questions that one need to ask before placing their hard-earned capital in such investments.

About Paul Mampilly.

Paul Mampilly is an investor in America. He is a former hedge fund as a winner of the prestigious Templeton Foundation. Paul Mampliiy is one of the leading brilliant minds in the investment sector. He has been in this industry for more than two decades. He knows what is needed to analyze a market that will grow and one that will not. He has worked very hard to be at this level. He is now considered an authority in predicting the future of stock markets. Paul Mampilly holds an MBA from the university if Fordham.

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EA in Hot Water over Battlefront 2 Mess

If you love video games and have access to the internet then you know that the team at Electronic Arts has had a rough couple of weeks. Electronic Arts came under fire from fans around the world for their work on Star Wars Battlefront 2. The reason? The game catered to DLC and microtransactions with their loot box system. Fans were up in arms by the complete betrayal that the game represented, especially in comparison to the last iteration in the series. A worldwide boycott saw EA stumbling to make amends with their customers, walking back their decision to lean so heavily on loot boxes. That wasn’t enough to calm investors, however, as EA saw a catastrophic dip in their stock price.

When Electronic Arts signed a one-to-one deal with Disney in order to be the exclusive developers of their Star Wars video games the company thought that things would probably be easy. Things, however, have been anything but. Over the course of the entire Battlefront 2 debacle, EA has shed nearly $3 billion in stock value. The fallout from the debacle could continue going forward with backlash only mounting, especially because many fans fully expect EA to walk back their minimization of their loot boxes. EA tried to make amends to fans who had problems with the loot box problem, however, EA was only willing to ‘temporarily turn them off’ until they figured out a better solution.

According to reports, Disney is apparently very displeased with how EA has handled the entire thing. EA’s CFO, Blake Jorgensen, has made it clear that he didn’t see anything wrong with the loot box inclusion. Jorgensen said that it was their commitment to ‘realism’ that brought such a prevalence of loot boxes to the title. Jorgensen said, “The one thing we’re very focused on, and they are extremely focused on, is not violating the canon of Star Wars.” Jorgensen went on to say that they would consider walking back the loot box impact items in exchange for more cosmetic, non-gameplay altering items.

World of Warcraft Brings Back the Fun With New Races

World of Warcraft revolutionized the MMO genre when it released back in 2001. Now, 16 years later, the franchise is still going strong and fans are getting hyped up for the next expansion: Battle for Azeroth. Blizzard has been busy getting World of Warcraft fans ready for more content with both the Classic announcement and the Battle for Azeroth expansion. We think that 2017 and 2018 could be incredible years for the longest-running active MMO on the planet and it has a lot to do with how credible the new playable races are.

Playable race expansions are as part of World of Warcraft as quests are for the rest of the genre. With Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard will be releasing six completely new races: Lightforged Draenei, Dark Iron Dwarves, Void Elves for the Alliance and Nightborne Elves, Zandalari Trolls and Highmountain Tauren for the Horde. While WoW fans have some trouble getting into new race releasees, it appears that we have more than just some newly skinned races coming into the game.

While the resemblances between the new races and old races in the game are strong, particularly between the elf classes, there is something special about this expansion. The biggest thing about the new races is that they are more than just a graphical update, they are setting the stage for the lore going into the future. WoW used to have a problem with races becoming quickly outdated and left by the wayside, but that isn’t the case. Blizzard has already gone on the record as stating that these races will be heavily involved in future storylines and that should get fans more than a little bit excited.

In any event, we also appreciate the fact that the new characters have a ton of customization available to them. WoW has always been known for its unique take on the fantasy aesthetic and that will continue here. It looks like there will be complete character customization options for the new races, including tattoos, fur, antlers and different hairstyles.

Hearthstone to Receive Renewed Attention from Blizzard

‘Hearthstone’ has turned into Blizzard’s calling card, pun completely intended, over the past several years and for good reason. The mobile/PC based cardgame has essentially given Blizzard an inside track into a world apart from their work on ‘World of Warcraft’. For fans that felt like the game was getting stale, the few that are out there complaining, they should worry no longer. It was recently announced that Blizzard is turning full tilt toward 2018 filled with expansion releases for the title.

Ben Thompson is the lead artist for Hearthstone and he went on the record with Metabomb in order to talk about what is to come in the series. Thompson said, “At this point, we feel it’s best to continue to add mission content to the actual release set for several reasons.” Thompson goes on to hint that three will be three major new expansions for the game coming up and each of them will be “full sets of cards with new missions in each.” While this is good news, there is some minor bad news to release — Adventures won’t be making a return to the franchise.

The reason that Adventures is getting sidelined, despite it upsetting some fans, is that the game-type fundamentally made the title imbalanced. Blizzard is paying close attention to how hard it is for newcomers to get into the game and be active, especially when there is already such a learning curve. Adventures essentially made that learning curve a little bit too difficult for Blizzard to be comfortable with. Thompson finished by saying, “For that reason, putting together three full releases with mission content is a big part of how we see the game going forwards.”

Peter Whalen, Senior Adviser for Hearthstone, was also present in the interview. Whalen made sure to focus on how important it was to continue bringing a diverse and interesting metagame to the new releases. With Whalen and Thompson both on the record , comfortable with the direction of the game, Hearthstone players should be too.

A Look At The New Oil Well Being Drilled By Talos Energy And Its Partners

For about 80 years the only entity that has been able to build and operate offshore oil wells off the coast of Mexico has been the state-owned monopoly, Petroleos Mexicanos. That only changed in 2017 when Mexico allowed a partnership of private companies the opportunity to drill a new well within their waters.

The new well is being drilled by a joint venture that was established by three different companies. There are two foreign companies in the partnership, Talos Energy LLC which is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and Premier Oil Plc which is based in London, UK. There is also a Mexican company as a private company in the partnership, Sierra Oil & Gas.

The new offshore drilling well is called Zama1. It is located in the Sureste Basin which is located off the shore of Tobasco, one of the states that make up Mexico. Estimates for the amount of oil located in this region range from 100 million to 500 million barrels of crude oil. The drilling of the well, which is costing Premier $16 million, will likely take three months to complete.

Each company in the partnership has a different role to play and stake in the joint venture. While Premier is drilling the well, Talos Energy will operate in it. In the joint venture Talos Energy has a 35% stake, Premier a 25% stake, and Sierra has a 40% stake.

Talos Energy was started with $600 million in equity by various financial backers in 2012. It is a privately held company that focuses on the Gulf of Mexico. They are involved in both exploration of new oil wells as well as acquiring the oil and natural gas from offshore wells.

There are a number of executives at Talos Energy with years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Among these is Tim Duncan who, along with his business partners, founded the company. Another top executive is Ash Shepherd who is the company’s commercial manager. Shepherd was honored in 2016 as one of the Thirty Under 40 which is a list of business leaders who have achieved great success before the age of 40.

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Achieving the Best from Your Desktop through Advanced Graphic Cards

While a high-end gaming laptop comes at a high price, you can build a powerful desktop at a lower cost. Well, getting the best involves quite some research. First, find the best processors in the market along with their compatible motherboards. As at the moment, the best processor is the Intel eight-generation core processors. From AMD, you can get the Ryzen 7/5/3 and Ryzen Threadripper CPUs.

The next step is finding the best graphics card. NVidia and AMD are the best for gaming. They also rely on third parties to manufacture add-in graphics. The best approach to find the best is by focusing on the graphics foundation. NVidias produces GeForce GTX 10 Series cards while AMD sets a reference point for other manufacturers to design and modify. The strategy, therefore, is to determine your needs and balance with the available cash.

The Graphics card include;

The Titan XP and AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 64 are the principal and latest designs in the market. AMD comes on top when gauged in the performance-per-dollar index. However, it comes with a higher power requirement.

Depending on price range ($500-$700), we have the GTX 1080 along with GTX 1070. The GTX 1080 Ti graphics card hit the market in Feb 2017. To get different speeds and cooling options purchase from third-party companies.

For $400-$500, we have the GTX 1070 card and the AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 56. The AMD design requires a broader memory bandwidth and more power. They can render UHD resolutions. While playing games at QHD settings, GTX 1070 is less stressed as compared to its counterparts.

The $150-$400 brackets for FHD and QHD Gaming

This section is crowded, with NVidia offering two GTX 1060 designs. They come in 6GB and 3GB memories. On the other hand, the 6GB model has 1280 cores while the smaller one comes with a lower core count. AMD produces Radeon RX 400 for this bracket. This bracket targets the mainstream desktop at affordable prices.

The $80-$150 E-Sports Gaming Bracket

This bracket is the budget territory. It focuses on eSports players and meets the high frame rates requirements. However, the resolution quality is not as high as the high-end and priced brackets.

The Great Achievements of Jason Hope

Jason Hope is a great entrepreneur and futurist that has played an exceptional role in the invention of a vast number of ideas to change the world. The renowned futurist has always had a passion towards innovation and believes it is the basis for world to keep in track with the ever-changing trends. Through the internet of Things, Jason has brought significant revolutions to the way of life of many individuals. His predictions have seen a substantial number of companies prepare themselves early for the changes that are likely to occur in the market in future.

Besides his works of innovation, Jason is also a philanthropist, and since the beginning of his internet of things career, he has been involved in some philanthropic works. His involvement in the anti-aging research is his most recent work of philanthropy that he believes will play a huge role in changing the way of life of many people. He thinks that aging comes with a vast number of unpleasant outcomes that in most cases, lead to death. Hope insists that as a person ages, they fall high chances of contracting an endless list of diseases and due to the weakness of the body at old age, it is unable to fight the infections, which one finally succumbs to them. From the many types of research he has conducted in the recent years concerning aging, Jason insists that at old age, people tend to contract to sever disease like heart problems, stroke, diabetes, among many other serious illnesses that at times turn to be chronic. He has therefore partnered with some scientific research firms with the aim of identifying the best remedy for aging.

The Arizona based philanthropist recently partnered with the SENS Foundation, where he contributed over five hundred thousand dollars in support of their research to come up with an anti-aging remedy. Through his contributions, Jason looks forward to sparking the reliance on the modern biotechnology to come up with advanced solutions to curb aging and prevent all the illnesses that come alongside it.

The SENS Foundation officials are highly pleased with Jason`s free move and insist that the funds which he contributed will profoundly contribute to their campaign to educate people and investors on the modern technology they can employ to curb the illnesses as well as reduce the rate of aging in people. Mike Kope, the chief executive officer of the nonprofit foundation, believes that the funds which the firm has acquired over the past years will be used to cover the anti-aging needs of all human race to avoid the high rate of deaths that keep occurring.

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Teen Cheater’s Mom Suing Epic Games for Banning Teen Son

Epic Games, developer of survival shooter title “Fortnite,” is now in legal trouble after taking legal action against a fourteen-year-old child for admitted cheating. The child’s mother has filed a legal note demanding for the suit to tossed out. While some have praised Epic and others shake their heads in dismay at using the courts for excessive point-making, the whole scenario has the makings of a new precedent in the reaction of developers for future violations of EULAs.

Fortnite focuses on a multiplayer scenario of up to 100 players in a single-round elimination contest. Because of the high stakes, some unscrupulous players have looked into cheating programs, such as being able to automatically hit moving targets. While Epic has previously engaged in arms race with cheaters, they have escalated things by suing the suppliers of cheating programs and a teenage boy. Some remark that Epic’s actions mirror those of the MPAA, suing people using software to illegally download and upload mp3s.

Lauren Rogers, the child’s mother, filed a legal document expressing that her child is guilt-free for neither developing nor distributing cheating programs; he only downloaded them from a vendor and streamed their use. Rogers further claims the suit would be difficult to uphold as her child is a minor; Fortnite’s EULA contains no option for minors to acquire parental consent and that Epic would be hard-pressed to explain how cheating imperiled their profits when Fortnite’s revenue is limited to microtransactions. Lastly, Epic may have violated disclosure by naming the child and suing him-both illegal in certain states.

Epic’s defense is their suit is pertinent to promoting cheating; the child ignored Epic’s DMCA takedown notice and even created a second video confessing to his willful disregard of Epic and the streamed use of cheating software. While Epic can seek up to $150,000 in damages from the boy for violating their EULA and refusing to remove his video, it remains unknown whether Epic will follow through.