Monthly Archives: January 2018

Building Creative Constructions With Improved Graphics : Minecraft

The alpha version of the game was first released by Mojang, a Swedish company, in May of 2009. Another beta version was launched in December of 2010. Recently, Mojang released the latest version of Minecraft for iOS and Android platforms on November 18, 2011 during the MineCon 2011 trade show. However, not all Android-based gadgets support the game. To date, Minecraft is exclusively available only for Xperia Play.

Graphically, nothing is too impressive about Minecraft. The game is available in low-resolution imaging and you will not find any shades within the game graphics. However, with Minecraft Texture Packs or Mods, the shortcomings can be overcome a bit. The Minecraft Texture Packs and Mods do not only give you more options of various backgrounds in the Minecraft world. The Mods also improve the resolution of the images. Basically, aside from altering the graphics, there are no other uses for the Mods. However, various backgrounds may make your gaming experience more fun and less boring. Right now, these Mods or texture packs can only be used on Macs and Windows computers.

Many texture packs are available for you to download and use on your Minecraft game. One of them is Optifine. The Optifine mod is popular since this texture pack has improved performance as well as graphical qualities. Indeed, the alteration is not drastic. Nevertheless, the mod can smooth some effects in the game. Another example of a Minecraft mod is the Water Shade Alpha. You cannot use this mod with Optifine since they are not compatible with each other. Water Shade Alpha texture pack makes the water effects in the game look more realistic.

To install a texture pack on Windows, you need to follow these instructions:

1. Make sure you have an extractor application such as WinRar.

2. Open the start bar and click “run” option. If you use Windows XP, type “%appdata%.minecraftbin”; if you use Windows Vista or 7, you will need to type “C:Users*YourUserName*AppDataRoaming.minecraftbin”.

3. After typing the information, you will notice that a folder will appear. Inside it, you will find a file named minecraft.jar.

4. Right click the file and click the “Open with…” option from the pop up menu and select “WinRar Archiver”. This step will bring you to an open WinRar program that shows you some folders and files with a png extension.

5. Drag the files from the texture pack and drop them into WinRar directly. This will change the texture inside the game and your new textures will be ready to play.

Play the Diablo 3 Auction House and RMAH

The question is, which are you going to be? I hope that you are aiming to be a winner (I am and you should as well). First and probably most important quality that winners will have is that they will be market savvy. They know their market and use it to their advantage. But what does being market savvy really mean?

Becoming market savvy is probably the most important thing you can do in preparation for Diablo 3. Becoming more market savvy does not ever end. In order to keep up with the times you will constantly need to be analyzing your market so that your gold-making strategies are up to date and are still effective. Being market savvy includes:

Knowing overall market cycles as well as individual product cycles from a short-term to long-term level

-Being able to tell what phase a particular product or the whole market is in
-Knowing when to buy and when to sell and when to leave completely in certain economic endeavors
-Understanding the determinants of supply and demand and how they affect price and different product markets
-Understanding the relationships between products
-Being able to exploit these price differences and create pipelines that convert items to higher values
-Utilizing resources outside of the game to compile market information, this means talking to other people
-Being able to think like the average Diablo 3 player and anticipate huge changes
-Understanding how to effectively use your gold (How much should you keep on hand?)
-Knowing what to keep in stock (items, gold, or real money)
-Knowing when it is appropriate to start buying in-game items/gold with real money
-Being able to find the proper mediums to convert in game stuff into real money
-Knowing how to effectively use your time
These traits cover most of what you will need to know if you want to become a full-fledged winner in the -Diablo 3 RMAH. If you would like to know how to use and implement these tactics described to your full advantage, you can check out my site, which contains more information on these subjects. But, I will not be the only one. Markco and probably all of the other blogs in this blogging carnival will help define and implement each of the bullet points above. Remember, you have plenty of time to research and gather information about Diablo 3, so that you can indeed become and winner on the RMAH.

Miscalculating The Overlay Profit

Good poker players are always calculating the odds of completing their hand and winning more money than they have invested over all. This is figuring the odds of winning the hand against the number of bets in the pot called pot odds.

As an example, 18 bets in the pot with a one in three odds (2:1 ) of winning the pot should create an overlay. (There is a string attached.) Many players figure that if they miss their draw twice and catch it once they will come out ahead when they catch their draw when there are 18 bets in the pot.

Here is an example of this using a $3/$6 fixed limit game to figure the pot odds. It is easier to calculate this by setting $3.00 as the amount to count as a bet. When the bet doubles to $6.00 count that as two bets. If you bet or call all the way to the river but miss your draw and fold on the river twice and bet all the way to the river including a bet on the river you will have made 16 $3.00 bets for a total of $48.00. The same formula is used at every limit no matter how high the blinds are. That would still be 16 $200.00 dollar bets in a $200/$400 blinds game.

If the hand you win has 18 $3.00 bets in the pot, the total pot is $54.00. Your cost from all three hands, the two you missed your draw and the one where you caught it, is $48.00. The difference is only $6.00. (Here is the string attached.) You will have only won $1.00 in a casino poker room. The rake and the promotional drop would have taken $5.00. Oops, don’t forget the dealer tip. You just broke even and it will get worse. Keep reading.

Most casinos now days are raking 10 percent of the pot up to pots of $40.00. They also drop $1.00 to pay for promotions such as bad beat jackpots and payouts for four of a kind and larger hands. It is important to always subtract $5.00 for this and $1.00 for a tip.

Now how many blinds did you go through before you caught your draws. In a game with a $3/$6 blind ($1/$2 in most Nevada poker rooms) you pay $3.00 or $4.00 every time you go through the blinds. Now you will win other hands that will help you cover your cost of the blinds. Most players fail to count anything for the cost of the blinds when they win a pot. I find it is accurate to subtract the amount of one small and one big blind from the number of bets in the pot when I win a hand. When I do this, I find that I am not drawing to hands that do not have a possible overlay. This means that you will need 22 bets in the pot to earn a real profit.

Game Review and What To Expect in the Game

The game has the same amount of gore and violence that you have come to know and love in the franchise. Incredibly brutal kills are made. Weapons can be torn from enemies and used to destroy your foes around you. You will also be tasked to take down gargantuan foes quickly and strategically just as you have done in games before. In addition to this you will also be able to do something that has not been done in God of War before and that is participating in multiplayer mode.

In this mode you will battle against other opponents as well as take down giant foes just like in the campaign. This sounds fun but some people may be disappointed about the fact that Kratos will not be involved in multiplayer. That is right Kratos is just one of many Gods of War: Ascension Characters you will be able to use. When you are participating in multiplayer you will have the option of using a Spartan that has pledged their allegiance to one of the four gods. With that pledge the character gets certain weapons, and perks that other characters will not receive. The game makes this transition from Kratos to another Spartan easy since your new character has the same bone breaking, creature destroying abilities that the original God of War does.

When it comes to abilities such as fighting and exploring God of War: Ascension Gameplay holds true to the way the other games in franchise played. You can expect to do a lot of running and jumping using recently acquired weapons to help you navigate through terrains. You will also be battling creatures and using the simple although cinematic battling mechanics that have made the God of War games so enjoyable to play. The puzzles aren’t terribly difficult but some of them may require you to do a little thinking in order to get through them. In terms of gameplay God of War: Ascension feels like more of the same but that is definitely a good thing in this area of the game.

Although there is a lot of emphasis on the new multiplayer mode of God of War: Ascension the single player campaign has not been neglected. This game is a prequel and it tells the player all about the God of War and how Kratos ascended to God like status.

Don’t expect to tackle Gods and Titans the way you have done in previous God of War games. Ascension brings things down to a more human level. Although your opponents won’t be members of mount Olympus that does not mean they will be easier to battle. The enemies will still be incredibly large and have abilities that will make the game just as challenging and fun as it has been in the past. The God of War: Ascension Game Release Date is supposed to be March 2013 so look forward to it then.