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Experience VR in the Finnish Gaming Industry

With global revenues for virtual reality projected to reach over $7 billion by the end of 2017, it seems that this industry has a bright future ahead. In fact, according to a report by Greenlight Insights that number will total close to $75 billion by 2021.

Companies around the world compete for a stake in this burgeoning market, yet surprisingly, a small Scandinavian country has become one of the biggest players in the industry. Finland has become one of the most active virtual reality centric companies in recent years.

Despite the country’s small population of 5.4 million people, Finland headquarters some of the world’s biggest names in VR. Global companies like Rovio, Remedy, and Supercell all have headquarters in Finland. In addition, Finland’s Iceflake Studios creates games for computers, consoles, and mobile platforms with its biggest successes downloaded several million times. Meanwhile, in May 2017, Scandinavia’s first virtual reality park, the Pikseli Arcade, opened in Vantaa.

As the worldwide demand for VR increases, Finnish startups have played a major role, supplying technology to some of the biggest markets. That includes flourishing VR markets like China which is predicted to reach $8.5 billion in the coming years. In fact, many companies in Finland focus exclusively in VR. The country has no shortage of talent and the market continues to grow very quickly.

Looking to the future, VR has the potential to cross over into many industries in gaming and beyond. The two main categories for VR are mobile (Samsung/Google) and PC (Oculus). In Finland, the market for Android phones, Windows phones, and iPhones have become the most popular. Previously, the Oculus dominated the VR headset market, but the HTC Vive has started to catch up in popularity.

The VR headsets have certainly impacted the way people experience gaming, but specifically in the realm of online gambling. Gambling sites have started to develop VR casinos that players can experience in 3D by wearing a VR headset. Through the headset, players can explore the casino, sit down at tables, and play games like blackjack, roulette, slot machines, video poker, and poker all in high-quality 3D. Best of all, the games give the option for free play or to win real money. These online casinos also provide offers for online games so that players can cash in bonuses and bet risk-free.

The technology developed by many of the Finnish VR companies goes beyond just recreational markets. VR also has pushed forward the medical industry by providing 3D imaging for medical analysis. For example, companies like Teatime Research enable doctors to look at patient’s bone parts with all types of 3D data, CT scanning images, and MRI data.

Despite the fact that many Finnish VR companies remain in the early stages of growth, these developers have already made an impact. With the demand for VR increasing, the Finnish market is expected to get even bigger at the market expands even more.

FIFA 18 Is Finally Here But What Has Changed?

Every year, EA sports pumps out yet another edition of its highest grossing titles in the FIFA segment and this year, they got out FIFA 18 like clockwork. The initial expectation was that the game would be different in the career mode, maybe in the story mode but no one expected the game dynamics to change so drastically.

Yes, defending is a complete redo since the last edition but there’s a lot of good things going for FIFA 18 that I feel wasn’t there in the past versions. Firstly, the story mode continues where it left off previously, and you get another dose of Alex Hunter’s glamorous life. Living vicariously off a virtual superstar never felt this good!

Alex plays with the best in the world and takes on new challenges in Fifa 18

Then there’s the animation and graphics that has leaped forward generations in just one year. Fifa never looked this good like it does now. PES can’t even compare anymore to the graphics and overall excitement the animations generate. Instead of actions creating frames, each frame is not controlled by you. Hence, you get smoother transitions and better total animations. It looks great and plays even better.

Anyone who relied on the right control stick to switch players, anticipate opposition moves, intercept passes and mainly play a waiting game when defending, won’t find FIFA 18’s defense too challenging to learn. However, if you never anticipated moves and mostly reacted to situations, you are in for a huge shock.

With FIFA 17, the demo was enough to get you acquainted with the changes such that you could jump right into FUT and start having fun. Here, be ready to lose coins and points as you stumble through FUT trying your level best to defend against other players. Good news is that majority of players are just learning the physics of this edition and probably will be just as bad as you are defending.

Nevertheless, it is best to stock up on FIFA 18 coins, build an impressive FUT team and better your odds at winning. All that’s left then is to regularly practice till you get the hang of the game dynamics.

A Marketplace For Rocket League Items

Do you think your Battle-Car needs a makeover? Have you run out of crate unlock keys and can’t wait to earn a few back? On playerauctions.com you can find all sorts of rocket league items on sale and auction.

What’s Rocket League you ask? Well if you haven’t played it yet then you better start now before you are the only one left not playing the sequel to  Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars! There’s a ball; there are cars, loads of whacky physics and enormous amounts of fun to be had in the virtual world of Rocket League. The only catch is that you got to build up and use rocket league items in the game maintain an advantage over fellow competitors.

Be Smart And Avoid The Wait

One way is to earn the keys, open crates and be one among the herd. The other way is to engage in the player to player transactions, either in an online auction room or p2p sales platform. Playerauctions.com is just one example, but there are several other portals offering rocket league items on a direct sale/auction basis.

Now, the reason we found Playerauctions.com great for Rocket league merchandize is due to its long history in p2p transactions and the simple process of buying and selling. You can register as a seller if you have items to trade, or as a buyer if you want to buy stuff. Put up a listing, decide on the price and your turnaround time to get started. Alternatively, as a buyer just select the items you want, pay for them and await delivery.

If you don’t get your items delivered or the turnaround time is over, you can request a full refund and cancel the order. It really is that simple, dealing in rocket league items.

Some of you might still be concerned with the security of such player to player trading marketplaces. Majority of these websites have advanced protection, buyer guarantee and multiple layers of fallbacks in case of complications or even cyber attacks. Your transactions are just as safe as they are on Steam or Origin.

Remember to bookmark these guys for Rocket League Items.

My First Gaming Chair Review – EWin Racing Champion Series

Today we are going to look at the Champion Series Gaming chair from EWin Racing. These guys make some fabulous gaming chairs that any respectable gamer will instantly fall in love with. I got mine, courtesy of EWin Racing and boy what a treat it is!

EWin Racing Champion Series – Introduction

EWin Racing makes all sorts of gaming chairs and two things immediately stand out when you buy one of their products. First, the construction is superb with full metal body and limited plastics unless it is necessary. Second, the seats are meant for uninterrupted gaming.

The Champion series is comfortable and adjust quickly to your body type thanks to its unique design and ergonomics. Though mine was a sample that I received from EWin Racing, it was surprisingly brand new, which gave me the opportunity to look at the packaging, and that’s where we shall begin the review.

EWin Racing Champion Series – Unboxing

Unboxing the chair reveals an aluminium 5 star base, which is light and doesn’t feel flimsy like some plastic footing of other brands. Removing the base reveals the back rest, which already comes attached to the neck and adjustable lumber support. Almost immediately, I fell in love with the design of the chair. It isn’t “in-your-face”, but it has dramatic ascents running across the backrest and cushions. Remove the back rest, and you get to the accessory box and the seat.

The accessory box has the instruction manual, side covers for the arms, hydraulic system and cover, wheels (they are matched to the chair!), a base platform that lets you go up and down plus the spring for the backrest and a pair of rubber gloves.

EWin Racing Champion Series – Assembly

I began by first putting in the wheels under the base, which is surprisingly simple. You just have to push the wheel heads into the slots on the bottom. No detailed work needed here.

The next step is to attach the back with the seat. Thankfully, Ewin Racing provides four bolts preassembled into the body of the back rest. Use an Allen key to remove those four bolts and keep them aside. On the seat are two flanges to the rear that you then line-up with the back rest such that the four bolts go through the flanges and back into their respective holes. Loosely screw the bolts and tighten all four until the back rest is firmly secured to the seat. (See image below)

Flip the back rest and seat combo over to expose the underbelly of the seat. Once again all necessary bolts are attached, so you just remove those that you need without having to worry about confusing numbers and directions. To attach the tri-stand that connects the seat to the hydraulic and base, just undo the screws that match with the tri-stand’s slots and fix it on nice and tight. (See image below)Bolting to the underside of seat

To install the hydraulic into the base just drop it in and secure it in place with the hydraulic cover. Then grab the whole chair and drop it over the hydraulic system to finish assembly. All that remains later is to hide the flanges on the seat using the only remaining pair of covers.

EWin Racing Champion Series – What Stood Out

As a whole, the chair boasts a metal construction with high density perforated leather foam and a beaded edge running around the chair with padding on the arm rests that are firm but not too much. Same goes for the seat cushioning and back cushioning that isn’t too soft nor tough. (See image below)

Moving to the bottom, each leg has some amount of rubber padding on the front, so your feet don’t slide off if you like propping them up on the base legs like I do. The wheels are smart in that they don’t need screws to stay in place, so you never have to worry about them coming undone.

Back up to the seat, the lumbar support and neck cushion are surprisingly well designed. They don’t feel like an after though but rather a part of the overall chair. The folks at EWin Racing probably included these cushions right from the beginning of the design. And, if you aren’t human and prefer neglecting the comfy pillows, you can remove both.

The arm rests do go up and down with a range of 800mm, which isn’t bad though a bit of movement to the sides or the front would have been nice. As for the chair itself, it sits 470mm high at its lowest position and can rise to 600mm at its highest. The knob underneath the seat lets you adjust the back rest tension to suit your preference. I like keeping mine at the lowest tension, which is how the chair reached me. (See image below) 

The last thing I want to cover is lowering the back. This chair does a complete 180 degree such that you are horizontal on it! Surprisingly, it is handy depending on what you want to do. Playing an intense game that needs your full concentration? Keep the tension high and the back at near vertical. But if you’re going to relax, Netflix and chill then push the handle to fall as far back as you need. Remember that knob to adjust the seat and back rest tension? Well, that’s what comes handy here as you finely balance the tension to suit your preference when tilting back.

EWing Racing Champion Series Gaming Chair Verdict

With plenty of styling options, embroidery choices, and killer looks, there is no doubt that EWin Racing Champion Series is a gaming chair. They may call it an “ergonomic computer gaming office chair, ” but that’s just sugar coating the truth, which is that the Champion Series is a comfortable beast looking gaming chair worthy of being a permanent companion to your gaming rig.

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Ergonomic Computer Gaming Chairs & Why You Need Them

Ergonomic computer gaming chairs are chairs specifically designed to support your body as you sit on the chair for long periods of time. They generally have a high backrest, well padded seats, lumbar support, headrest, etc, so as to support every inch of your body. They are also highly adjustable. For example, the backrest can usually be tilted to a 180 degrees so you can sit however you like, and the seat height can be adjusted for prime position in relation to the computer set.

These features help your body remain in the right posture for a long time. Without ergonomic chairs, sitting on computer chairs for a long time can cause a lot of damage to the spinal cord, and it can restrict blood and oxygen flow to the head, thus also lowering concentration power.

Now that you know what Ergonomic computer chairs are and why they’re important, you should go through this Infographic guide on How to buy Ergonomic Computer Chairs.

This infographic will tell you about the factors to consider when buying an ergonomic chair:

This is not a drill! New UCS Millennium Falcon is available today!

This is not a drill! New UCS Millennium Falcon is available today!

The Millennium Falcon is maybe the most iconic ship from the most iconic movie series of all time.  As such, it’s easy fodder for fantastic Lego sets.  As our friends Ninja Brick points out, there has already been an excellent UCS edition (10179) and a recent edition based off of the Falcon from The Force Awakens (75105).  So what could Lego possibly bring to the table with yet another version?  Oh, I don’t know, maybe the largest Lego set ever put on the market?  7,541 pieces easily set the record.  Those pieces will cost you a cool $800, but if you’re going to buy the largest Lego set ever sold, at least it’s going to be awesome.  Let’s take a look at some of the notable features.

A New Hope or The Force Awakens?

Both! The amazing build can easily switch between trilogies simply by removing/replacing a few pieces, most notably the inclusion, or absence, of the main dish on top.  That’s great and all, but what about old Han vs. young Han?  Worry not, the set comes with minifigurine sets from both the old and recent trilogies. Our friends at Ninja Brick have more about this. 

Speaking of Minifigurines…

The full rundown of the ten included:  Original trilogy: Leia, Han, C-3P0.  New trilogy: Old Han, Rey, Finn, BB-8.  Chewbacca is also included, he covers both.  These aren’t just re-packed figures either, many are exclusives.  The original trilogy figures are modeled after The Empire Strikes back, Han and Leia are completely new designs and include the two-sided heads with the back side having them wear respirators as they did while out and about inside of the giant space slug.  If you’re counting along with me, that only leaves eight minifigures, where a few sentences ago I promised ten, what gives?  Well, the last two are twin “things” which appear in episode 8.  As such, they don’t have names or a purpose yet.  All we know are they are adorable and roughly the size of BB-8.  There is also a mynock, which isn’t quite a minifigure, but does represent those pesky, cable-eating creatures from the movies.

Those Curves Though

The biggest visual difference on the exterior of the set compared to other versions is how many curves it includes.  As it inevitable without some serious design work, the older versions tended to end up on the blocky side.  That’s not an issue here as brand new pieces have been created to properly capture the look of this fantastic beast of a ship.   Another fantastic exterior feature is a working boarding ramp, perfect for those quick getaways.  

The Interior

This thing is packed with easily accessible interior features.  The classic holo-chess board if, of course, included here, along with easy access to escape pods which should make for some fun playability.  The interior is accessed by removing small panels from the top of the build, this is a change from the previous Falcon with the rotating top panels which, when opened, gave the appearance of a half-peeled orange.  Being able to fully remove small panels allows the ship to retain its classic look while granting access to the awesome interior features.

The Verdict

Who knows?  At $800 and 7,500+ pieces, this beast is going to be scrutinized unlike any other set to come before it.  We will get our review posted as soon as I have time to build it.  In the meantime, it can’t be denied how amazing this thing looks.  If you are reading this then you are some combination of Lego and Star Wars fan, and since I comfortably fit in both of those categories I know how fantastic this looks.  

Best Online Resources For PC Gaming

The foremost work of technological invention and indeed inventions in the other fields is actually not to wow us and get the accolades. The actual reason why people embark on the search for inventive breakthroughs is to make the world a better place with them. In the gaming world, several online resources are actually important in the bid to give people a better gaming experience whenever they sit down to enjoy their games.  Some of those resources that could be enjoyed in the PC gaming world are elaborated below.

Good Old Games

This is the resource that will be on the lips of everybody whenever you ask them to name the most important and the most popular. This is mostly abbreviated the GOG, and it means a place where the classic old games that people loved so much in the past are deposited. They’ve been tweaked in a way that they can run on modern day devices, and people are allowed to go and get them. This is simply a store for the good old games and people are allowed to go and get them in their upgraded and modernized form.

Green Man Gaming

This is another game store that could be visited for games of all types. It has some other resources that are similar to it. But we are treating it above steam because it comes with a lot of incentives that makes people fall in love with it. Some of those include the discounts that are always on offer. From Facebook and twitter, people can also enjoy a lot of promos. The pricing is more favorable here and it cuts across the new titles and pre-order lists. With lots of holiday and seasonal sales, you will get more from their huge library.

Amazon

This is another video and physical game store that many people fail to appreciate, probably because they offer many other things apart from games. Investigations have shown that they have a very huge stock. Their titles are very massive. Some of the business considerations that limit others do not limit them, and their discounts are also huge and genuine. They have gone beyond the PC, with delivery store for Android games and for the PlayStation network too. You can get the free online games no downloads or registration here too.

Steam

This came as a way of getting the games from Valve to the players, and also to bring together the lovers of Valve games under a social networking scheme. However, this has turned into one of the biggest methods of delivering digital games of different types to the entire world. It is an amazing application store for Linux, OSx, and Windows games. Here, you will enjoy a huge library of games of all types. It also offers a lot of gaming resources apart from the games. Players can network between each other, chat, exchange games and gifts, do trade-ins, come up with wish lists, and many more.

Gamejolt

This site is dedicated to the indie games, especially the free ones. Most indie developers have this as their billboard. They offer moderate quality games from new developers. They are the best for free games, and will give the players the needed fun at no cost.

Emu-paradise

This is dedicated to emulators. Some other things people get from here include the isos, roms and other tools. But you must have the original copies of the roms before you could download them here.

E-Sports

The Most Successful E-sports Teams

The world of e-sports has come to stay. The innovations that are happening in the sphere of technology have deepened the meaning and significance of such sports. The industry is growing in popularity and worth. It is running so fast in the bid to catch up with other types of sports activities in the amount of money involved in tournaments and competitions. Within the last few years, nobody would have expected the professional e-sports teams to get to the level they are today. But they have beaten all odds and now have a place in the world sports scene. A look at the outcome of tournaments, the sponsorships, the number of fans and viewership, and the volume of social media following, reveals that some teams are bigger than others.

Fnatic

This is a London based e-sports teams that have been in existence since 2014. One could say that it is one of the biggest of them all, and in essence, one of the most popular and richest. It has a fan spread that cuts across the whole world and have been doing so well in tournaments in the past years.  It is estimated that the group is worth more than $42 million, and one of their major strengths involve well packaged merchandising and marketing. The pioneer edition of the League of Legends tournament was picked by them. In the social media, they are followed by more than 2 million fans. Their teams are involved in League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, Dota 2, CSGO, and Overwatch.

Cloud9

This is another wonderful and very popular e-sports team. They have great teams in most of the e-sports games. with an estimated worth of $30 million, they play in the CSGO, Overwatch, Smash Bros, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Vainglory, and Call of Duty. They also have a selection of streamers. One amazing thing about the Cloud9 team is that they have succeeded in achieving all these within the shortest possible timeframe. They came to the scene only in 2013.

Team SoloMid

Ask any of the fans of the League of Legends about the Team SoloMid (aka TSM), and they will tell you a lot about them if they are really informed fans. This is a North America based e-sports team, and real e-sports betting tips are banking on them to take over the future. Some of the most loved and most popular players are on this team. They include the man named Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg and his teammate Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng. Apart from the League of Legends where they are famous, their teams are also found in Vainglory teams, Hearthstone, CSGO and Super Smash Bros. They are worth around $27.4 million, and their fans are so die-in-the-wood that they can actually kill for them.

Evil Geniuses

When you talk about the trailblazers in the e-sports world, then you need to consider the Evil Geniuses. They came on board in 1999 and have built something awesome since then. Though established by Alexander Garfield as a Canadian counter strike team, they are based in the United States, and their net worth is estimated to be around $27.3 million. In 2015, Dota 2 tournament, their team came first and took home the $6m prize money. They came back in 2016 and took the third position – also going home with $2 million. They have a professional team for Halo, and their teams also play in the Street Fighter V and the StarCraft II.

Busting top 4 myths surrounding online slots

Regardless of how long you’ve been playing online casino games, it’s a given that you must have come across certain so-called ‘truths’ behind online slots. If you look closely, you’d see that many of those truths are actually nothing more than myths. It’s high time those myths are busted and that’s what we’ll try to do here.

Let’s take you over some of the most commonly known misconceptions regarding online slot games, and find out the actual facts behind them. Furthermore, if you’re keen on finding the right casinos where you can indulge in unbiased online slots, Canadascasinos.ca is a website you must definitely visit.

Myth – ‘Cold streaks’ and ‘hot streaks’ in online slots are real

Although an online slot may often get into a hot streak mode, wherein it may cash out more regularly than usual, it’s also possible that it goes through phases when it barely delivers any pay outs. However, that doesn’t mean that game has been intentionally programmed to behave that way. The streaks are completely random in nature, and are in accordance with the law of statistics. Just like every spin of an online slot machine is completely arbitrary, such longer spells are too. To tell you the truth, there aren’t any streaks in online slots.

Myth – An online slot that hasn’t delivered a pay out of late, is due for one

Quite similar to the previous myth, this one is false as well. As online slots are completely random in nature, you can never accurately guess the timing of the next pay out. If a slot machine hasn’t paid out lately, it doesn’t imply that your next few spins may deliver a huge win. Although that’s possible, there is no intended programming behind it.

Myth – You can’t register huge wins playing with bonus money

Go through the slots listed at online-slots.ca, and play any them to understand how false this statement is! The random number generators (RNGs – you can read more about them here at bbc.co.uk) that determine the outcomes of spins (of online slot machines) can’t possibly know whether you’re playing using a cash deposit amount or the bonus money. Your chances of winning will always stay the same. Putting it in other words, the pay-out rate of an online slot machine doesn’t change simply because someone’s playing with bonus money.

Myth – New slot machines are introduced solely for the purpose of variety

Well, there’s partial truth in this statement, but what’s even truer is the fact that players of online slot games are mostly fickle and often tend to look for alternative slot games whenever they face a losing streak. It is to meet such needs that online casinos regularly come up with more and more varieties of slot games. While the players get something they can fall back on, and hopefully win back their lost money, the revenue stream of the casino also doesn’t get hampered.

Best Beach Games

The beach is awesome; sun, sand, ocean, and GAMES. We live at the beach and are self proclaimed experts in hosting the perfect beach game day.  We’ve ranked these games based on fun and portability, but mostly fun factor.

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