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Last Updated November 1, 2017
Console and iGaming

Console and iGaming Crossovers: The Future?

With console gaming continuing its role as the primary breadwinner of the $91bn world gaming industry, there is little wonder the crossover potential of many of its iconic titles and characters. The popularity of titles as varied as Angry Birds, Tomb Raider and the Mario franchise has led to film, television and even music video crossovers, with the increasingly mainstream games industry making strides in the wider entertainment industry.

Another phenomenon of this crossover potential is within the gaming industry itself, with console stars having been utilized not only across the console and PC sectors but in others, too. The increasingly prevalent online gambling industry is one area that has unsurprisingly run with these themes, with a host of titles having made the crossover between platforms with huge success. A glance at the 2017 Ukie report into the performance of the online gambling industry reveals that it is expected to grow to around $59bn by 2020 and that a post-smartphone surge in the popularity of iGaming is partly driving this growth.

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“iGaming” by Casino Connection

The ability to enjoy gaming with the chance of real-term prizes is one that has an obvious appeal, but the reality is that without an attractive gaming narrative and gameplay, iGaming titles fall just as flat as they would on a more mainstream platform. This is where the old favorites step in, of course, and attributing an iconic video game character to a slot game can hugely increase its success. The familiarity of popular characters, especially those who have previously already made the leap into film or TV, gives the iGame a validity it would otherwise miss. This is an especially important attribute in a crowded online gambling industry, of course, where trust is key.

No fewer than three major console titles, including Hitman, Game of Thrones and Tomb Raider, have successfully made the crossover to slots-based gaming and are available for fans to play with promotional offers and free spins for Slot games online at Games William Hill. Furthermore, the crossover appeal between the games industry and Hollywood is obvious, too, with Ghostbusters and Spartacus also featuring, as does a game inspired by the popular TV sci-fi show Battlestar Galactica.

Tomb Raider is a particularly prominent cross-platform title, of course, with titles in every conceivable entertainment stream, including a box office-busting film franchise starring Angelina Jolie. The forthcoming Alicia Vikander reincarnation of the franchise was announced in recent weeks and is eagerly anticipated, with many hoping it will lead to a reboot of the ever-popular console and indeed iGaming titles.

Titles such as Red Dead Redemption and Fallout: New Vegas having toyed with bringing the casino experience to console gaming, but the iGaming industry as a whole is rumoured to be making its very own move into console gaming as the VR revolution makes itself felt. Many expect online casino games to flourish as consumers become able to enjoy realistic casino experiences from the comfort of their own home, and with eSports having experienced its own revolution in recent years, the combination is likely to see slot games played across consoles in the near future.

Which games make the crossover to iGaming in the future remains to be seen, but with these titles showing no signs of slowing in their popularity with slots gamers, it is likely more will follow suit.

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Great gaming laptops under $1000 that are worth buying

Gaming has evolved into one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the world. The advancements in the gaming industry has turned it into a multibillion dollar industry and many people have developed extensive careers simply by designing and developing different forms of cool games. The widespread popularity of gaming has influenced ardent gamers of all age groups and has led them to invest in different types of laptops and desktop computers that are configured to deliver the ultimate gaming experience.

When you are looking to enjoy your favorite video games in the best possible manner, you need to have a laptop that is configured to provide you with the optimum performance. There are currently many good laptops out there that are created to present users with an awesome gaming experience. However, if you are still a student or just fresh out of college, you may find it difficult to invest heavily in a laptop even though you want the best gaming experience. In that case, the best thing for you to do would be to go for a laptop that comes at an affordable price bracket of less than $1000. Here are some great laptops that you can consider when you are looking to have an excellent gaming experience without burning holes in your pocket.

Razer Blade Stealth RZ09-01962E20-R3U1

If you are looking for a budget gaming laptop, you should definitely consider getting yourself the Razer Blade Stealth RZ09-01962E20-R3U1 model that comes just under $900. While it does not have a very powerful graphics card to deliver optimum results, the Intel HD Graphics 620 can still work well with mid range games. However, it does make up for the drawback there with a good CPU that is powered with Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5GHz. The 8GB DDR3L RAM also offers enough sustenance power when you are looking to play some of the more popular games.

Lenovo Ideapad Y700 80NV0029US

The Lenovo Ideapad Y700 80NV0029US is yet another powerful laptop model that is available at a budget price. It has a CPU that is powered with the 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700 which is quite fast to say the least. The CPU is also further equipped with Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 graphics unit that can deliver a stellar gaming experience each and every time. The lightning fast speeds offered by the laptop make it ideal for many games that have high end graphics requirements. Additionally, the 1TB storage space and 16GB RAM makes it a must have device for gamers looking for budget laptops.

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG

Priced just under $600, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG model comes with a cool 15.6 inch display as well as plenty of goodies under the hood that just makes it the best gaming laptop in this range. The CPU is powered with an Intel Core i5 processor and it is further powered by Nvidia GeForce 940 MX graphics card which can deliver awesome performance. The 8GB RAM can be further expanded to 32GB. Although the storage capacity of 256GB is not much, the laptop still has enough of great features to be worth considering.

Lenovo Legion Y520

The Lenovo Legion Y520 is powered by a 7th gen Intel Core Processor as well as an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU that can deliver quality performance for a budget laptop. It also has 8GB of RAM that can provide good support for some of the more advanced games. However, it does lack when it comes to the storage space and battery life.

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Women of NASA Set Coming Soon

LEGO Announces new set available November 1

Many great things have come from the LEGO Ideas website.  For those unfamiliar, it is a website which allows users to submit ideas for new LEGO sets.  Other users show support for an idea and, if enough people are interested, the set might get made.  It is a fantastic idea to engage such an involved community as the LEGO builders of the world.  Some notable sets to get their start from Ideas have been Dr. Who, the Ghostbusters ECTO-1, and WALL-E.  They’ve always produced some great NASA themed sets previously, including the Mars Rover and Apollo Saturn V.

The Women of NASA will add to this legacy by giving us four women who helped shape the NASA program over the years.  This follows up the previously released Research Institute set, which also got its start on the LEGO Ideas website, in featuring women in STEM fields.  Here at BrickScouts we love to see these kinds of positive messages being sent out from LEGO, we hope Women of NASA sells extremely well and helps inspire the next generation of great thinkers.

The Official Word from LEGO

Check out the official description from LEGO:

Explore the professions of some of the groundbreaking women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with the LEGO® Ideas Women of NASA set. It features minifigures of 4 pioneering women of NASA— astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist and entrepreneur Margaret Hamilton, astronaut, physicist and entrepreneur Sally Ride and astronaut, physician and engineer Mae Jemison—and 3 builds illustrating their areas of expertise. Role-play space exploration from planning to moon landing, beginning with the iconic scene from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 of Hamilton with software that she and her team programmed. Build the posable Hubble Space Telescope and launch a LEGO version of the Space Shuttle Challenger with 3 removable rocket stages. The set also includes a booklet about the 4 featured women of NASA, and the fan creator and LEGO designers of this fun and educational set.

  • Includes 4 minifigures: Nancy Grace Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.
  • Features 3 LEGO® builds illustrating the areas of expertise of the 4 featured women of NASA.
  • Nancy Grace Roman’s build features a posable Hubble Space Telescope with authentic details and a projected image of a planetary nebula.
  • Margaret Hamilton’s build features a stack of book elements, representing the books of listings of Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC) onboard flight software source code.
  • Sally Ride and Mae Jemison’s build features a launchpad and Space Shuttle Challenger with 3 removable rocket stages.
  • Also includes printed nameplates for each of the 4 women featured in this set.
  • Great for role-playing space exploration missions.
  • Includes a booklet with building instructions, plus information about the 4 featured women of NASA, the set’s fan creator and the LEGO designers.
  • Nancy Grace Roman’s build measures over 2″ (7cm) high, 3” (9cm) wide and 2” (6cm) deep.
  • Margaret Hamilton’s build measures over 2″ (6cm) high, 3” (8cm) wide and 1” (4cm) deep.
  • Sally Ride and Mae Jemison’s build measures over 4″ (12cm) high, 3” (10cm) wide and 2” (6cm) deep.

 

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.

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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.

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.

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Online Casinos Software – Download Or Not To Download?

When you start gaming online, you will come across several online gaming platforms where you
would be required to download online casino software to start gaming while at some others you
won’t. To understand the fundamental difference between the two casino software is that in
download online casino software, the gambling software needs to be saved in the hard disk of the
player’s computer. There are endless casino games as well as many types of slot games one can
explore online. Where as in the no-download online casino software is stored only temporarily in
the browser of the player’s computer for the time the gambling duration. But whether to
download the online casino gambling software or not? Read on to find the answers.

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Where there is a need to download online casino gaming software, it may roughly take around 10
to 15 minutes to download and install to play the game, depending of course on the speed of the
web connection. In the no download casino, it may take only a minute for the casino online
software to be saved in the browser. However, a player will spend nearly the same amount of
time to access the game online as nothing is saved on his PC.

The leading providers for download online casino software have found a way to evade the longer
time for the setup and downloading. The player is able to download a few of the popular online
games first and can start playing instantly, while the rest of the online gaming software continues
to download. Players should keep in mind that the download online casino software can absorb
anything between 5 MB and 40 MB of the player’s computer memory. But again it depends on
the number of games offered as well as the built-in features. The no-download software, on the
other hand, does not consume any memory space on the computer as the player accesses the
software online.

If the memory of the computer is undersized, then the no-download online
casino gambling software is more practical as downloading the software will affect the gaming
speed considerably. Another related point to keep in mind about casino software is that in case
the player would like to try out different casinos then it makes no sense downloading different
online casino gaming software, which can take a toll on a computer’s memory. Then it is best to
stick to the no-download-required casino software.

The major drawback with the to-download software is that most of these only run in
Windows-based computers while the no-download casino online software will run on any
operating system. This allows even the MAC and Linux users to involve in online gambling. The
latest no-download-required online casino gambling softwarerequires plug-ins like Flash or
Shockwave which can be downloaded and installed for free.

The main downside of a no-download online casino software is the quantity of the games
offered, as generally, these software offer a far fewer number of the casino games offered in the
to-be-downloaded version of online casino gaming software. So, download or no-download
online casino software? Well, the choice is entirely yours.

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Loot Boxes: Gamification in Gambling

Gambling takes many forms. It’s not just about putting your money down on a sporting event or going to a casino, but it can occur throughout our entire life. Simply making a choice between two things can be a gamble. We always want to make the decision that will benefit us the most but we always carry the risk of ending in a worse place. We can do research on every possibility and strategy, so we’re ahead of the game. All of this can come into our lives as we do something and hope for a result and it’s becoming more prominent in games.

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Casinos games have long been tied in with video games. You would find slots machines, poker and more in many games across time, as well as their own dedicated titles. Such games include the Grand Theft Auto series, the Yakuza games and even Pokémon have done this. While real world casinos have remained hugely successful, online casinos have been on the rise. They are basically video games, expect you can win and lose real money. Playable on various devices, these aren’t the only ways you can put up money, then win or lose it, in video games.

In recent years, many video ages have incorporated systems that allow players to essentially gamble money. Micro-transactions and random loot boxes allow player to use their money to buy new perks, upgrades, costumes and more for certain games. Overwatch for example has boxes that player can unlock in the game that will contain random colours, voice lines, in-game currency, etc. You can purchase packs of these boxes though for various prices so you can obtain what you need. You don’t directly purchase any item though, instead relying on luck to get what you want. Only in-game currency can be used to obtain specific items and you can’t use real money to get it, making everything you obtain random.

FIFA has a similar system, in which players use real money to buy random packs of cards. These will contain players they can add to their teams and the opening of said packs has become popular in itself on YouTube. What makes this even more of a gamble than the system in Overwatch, is that rather than unlocking unessential cosmetics, in FIFA you obtain players for your team, with them having different stats. This means that you are required to buy player packs to strengthen your Ultimate Team, with luck determining if you get a strong or weak player. If you don’t spend enough, you can wind up with a weak team.

These boxes and packs found in Overwatch, FIFA, League of Legends, Injustice 2, Dota and similar are basically gambling. A player will use real money and hope for a winning result, which can vary depending on what they want to unlock. However, they can often go through boxes and never get a single item they desire or they could get all they need. Games would usually allow you to buy such things direct with real money (such as Street Fighter V) or you unlock things entirely with in game money earned by playing (Tekken 7).

These systems have remained popular though, especially as more and more content becomes available. As long as the developers earn money and the fans keep buying them, loot boxes are likely to stay a staple of video gaming and gambling.

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