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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:

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.

Overwatch Five Tips to Have a Successful Season Five Placement

Overwatch season five starts today, and I couldn’t be happier. We didn’t even have to wait a week between season four and five, which means I haven’t forgotten all my sweet moves that propelled me to an above average season rank. That said, I always hear/see people asking what they can do in order to get the best season rank (SR) out of their placement matches. You have 10 chances to kick off season five as Grand Master, so let’s go. Here are my five tips on how to start Overwatch season five with the best placement matches.

1. Team up: Find a good partner or two to work with during placement matches. Going solo is risky as you never know what team you will end up with. Is it a super squad or a bunch of people just trying to get through placements and get their rank. At least with one partner you can work together.

2. Communication: Use your mic. Even if you hate doing it, communicating with your squad can be the difference between a W or L.

3. Practice: So the season started, who cares! It’s several months long. You have plenty of time to swing up and down in your season rank. It’s a much tougher battle going from 1500 to 2500 than 2500 to 3000. Work on your aim and player skills.

4. Get on fire: While Overwatch doesn’t really say what all is involved with your season rank, there are three things that matter the most. Winning, Kills, and time on fire. I love Lucio, but I’m going to be looking at Soldier 76 or Roadhog to do my placement matches.

5. Adjust your play: During player selection, find out what your team needs and see if you can fill that void. This is where the microphone comes in handy “I’m a better Zen than Mercy for heals.” Stuck at a choke? Fly over. Getting wrecked by Bastion? Switch to counter. Help yourself by helping your team.

Bonus tip: Have fun! Seriously, don’t be toxic. If you feel tilted because you lost two in a row, stop and do something else. Go crazy with Winston in Total Mayhem arcade mode – So satisfying to go ape and fling people off maps.

Follow these five basic tips and you should be able to have a solid SR placement. Best of luck to everyone in season five!

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Intel i9 CPU, a Glimpse at the Future?

“Wow”. That’s all I could think when I heard about the new Intel i9 processor for the first time.

intel i9 gaming cpuJust as we all expected to hear typical “slightly more power, slightly more efficiency” we are served on every new CPU series premiere, Intel surprised us by releasing a completely new, high-end CPU that is at least a few miles ahead of its market competition.

Coming at a whopping price of $1,700, Intel i9 is simply a glimpse into the future of super processors and powerful computing engines with almost no limitations. For the very first time, a commercial chip available to the public offers 18 cores and 36 threads. Yeah, you heard me right. 18 cores.

If you’re unfamiliar with the nerd & technical jargon here’s a short paragraph answering the question “what are these cores are why are they so important”:

Cores are “subunits” of the processor. The more cores your computer has, the more tasks it can do simultaneously. To understand how it affects the quality of your work you should imagine a straight pipeline filled with tasks. Switching to a specific task requires taking out all that stand in front of it and putting them into the back of the pipeline, essentially moving that long virtual queue. Multicore setup uses additional pipelines, enabling the computer to access & cycle tasks easier, essentially making it faster.

Sadly, it doesn’t mean that our games and programs will magically run better once we buy this powerful upgrade. First, they need to support such solutions. This is why the monstrous Intel Core i9 will be no more than a cool gadget, even among the richest gamers (at least for now). PC games simply can’t take advantage of this feature and even the most demanding ones, such as the Witcher, will rarely use more than 4 cores.

Does that mean that Intel released a product that won’t find appeal in any group and we are not ready for such futuristic products yet?

Not really.

But there are a few groups which welcome this new piece of silicone open-armed.

Take programmers for instance. Compiling the code and using extensive virtual machine/server setup uses a lot of resources, often far more than they have. Another group are video editors – these guys, especially the studio professionals, see this CPU as a salvation and a powerful tool, greatly enhancing the quality of their work.

Speaking of videos – casual users who have some spare money, watch a lot of 4k videos and are interested in Virtual Reality and its possibilities are another big audience for this product.

What about gamers?

Well, our group wasn’t completely left alone in the darkness. Those of you who enjoy streaming, have a good internet connection and use the highest settings might see that as a good opportunity to improve their experience for themselves, and their viewers.

All-in-all Intel has presented a great CPU of the future, however, for now, its use will be limited to hobbyists, professional editors & programmers as the unexceptionally high price and limited usage are likely to scare many PC users off.

Overwatch Heroes get Updates. Hanzo Buff, Soldier Nerf?

General

Recoil Recovery Aim Compensation can now be disabled for Ana, McCree, and Widowmaker. The option can be found under the “Control” tab in the “Options” menu. Simply select the appropriate hero under the dropdown menu and look for the “Hero” section

Developer Comments: By default, weapon recoil recovery is overruled by downward crosshair movement. This means that downward movement during the weapon’s recoil recovery phase will override the weapon’s natural recoil recovery. This option allows you to remove this functionality, meaning a weapon’s natural recoil recovery movement acts independently from downward crosshair movement. In practice, this will make your crosshair move faster if you aim downward during the recoil recovery window.

Character Specific

Genji

Removed the attack delay from Genji’s wall climbing ability, allowing him to engage with enemies immediately after he finishes climbing

Developer Comments: This is a quality of life change to make wall climbing feel better.

Hanzo

Removed the attack cooldown from Hanzo’s wall climbing ability, allowing him to engage with enemies immediately after he finishes climbing

Storm Bow Increase charge speed by 10% Charged arrows now maintain their charge after climbing a wall, provided the button is continuously held

Developer Comments: Decreasing Hanzo’s draw time gives him more overall DPS, while also letting him fully charge an arrow and more quickly return to full movement speed when needed. And, like the change to Genji’s wall climbing, this is a quality of life change that will make climbing feel better.

Orisa

Fusion Driver Damage reduced by 9%

Protective Barrier Cooldown reduced from 12 seconds to 8 seconds

Developer Comments: To help Orisa maintain the front line for her team, we’re reducing the cooldown of her Protective Barrier. This change also helps her reposition the barrier more easily when needed. To compensate for this new defensive strength, we’re reducing her Fusion Driver’s damage, as it felt too high.

Reaper

Wraith Form Ammo is now entirely refilled when Wraith Form is used

Developer Comments: Wraith Form is typically used as an escape ability after firing. This change gives Reaper a fighting chance if an enemy chases him down as he uses it.

Reinhardt

Earthshatter Effective height has been lowered from 3 meters to 2 meters The height threshold of objects that Earthshatter can “climb” has been lowered from 3 meters to 2 meters, making Earthshatter less likely to climb tall objects as it moves along the ground.

Developer Comments: Earthshatter tended to climb unexpectedly high, frequently hitting targets that were significantly above the ground. These changes help the ability stay more grounded.

Soldier: 76

Heavy Pulse Rifle Bullet damage decreased from 20 to 19

Developer Comments: Soldier: 76 is in a much better place lately, but his damage output was making him a must pick, compared to similar roles.

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Bringing back the Dead: HotS 2.0

Many of us got hyped when Blizzard announced changes into their MOBA – Heroes of the Storm. Overhauled progression system, improved interface, a new map and A LOT of freebies. The last one is especially exciting – All who log into HotS before 22nd of May get to claim a 20 hero bundle for free.

Buying these heroes with real money would cost you at least 80$, making this a perfect deal for both new players, wanting to try different heroes without spending countless hours grinding gems, the in-game currency, and old veterans who want to complete their collections or try something fresh. For now, you can choose between four bundles – Assasin, Flex, Support & Specialist and Tank & Bruiser bundle. Even if you don’t plan to play HotS a lot, don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. You never know when you will use them.

Coming straight out of Overwatch, loot boxes are now a part of Heroes of the Storm. As you level up your heroes, you will open loot boxes containing random new emojis, booster packs, skins and even heroes!

With this system loss streaks and bad games are now much more bearable, as even if you happen to be on a losing spree, the game still rewards you for playing. Duplicate items are broken down, adding shards (used to buy more chests or heroes) to your account.

It is not hard to notice that this is a desperate effort to bring dying HotS back to life. Despite being pushed and promoted almost everywhere, HotS did not become a hit Blizzard wanted to. Seen as a “dumbed down” MOBA by both League and Dota players, it never managed to build a huge player base. Even today, one of the biggest group of HotS players are those who play a game or two in-between other MOBAs to calm down and relax after hard & demanding matches. Seeing declining player base of the game they have so heavily invested in, Blizzard will do anything to avoid the grim end.

It wasn’t supposed to end up like that.

In Blizzard’s original idea, Heroes of the Storm was supposed to be a game changer. A MOBA without a steep learning curve and toxic community, yet complex and enjoyable for the viewers. By removing mechanics common in other games of the genre, such as last hitting or denying, the game hopes to resolve the issue of having less mechanically skilled players drag the team down after tough early game. Focus on team fights and brawling was supposed to give these players a chance to shine and be relevant while improving everyone’s experience. All while keeping a high skill ceiling, allowing the game to grow into a successful eSport.

Perhaps Blizzard overlooked the fact things they call “issues” are actually what makes these games interesting?