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Microsoft and Xbox: A Series of Unfortunate Events – Reader’s Feature

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The Xbox’s history has a lot of ups and downs (pic: Microsoft)

A reader looks back at the rise and fall of the Xbox brand and why they’re still optimistic about its prospects in the next generation.

Announced in March 2000, Microsoft’s aim was to stop Sony and PlayStation from getting monopoly on the gaming industry, an admirable cause for a company with a monopoly on the PC market. Released in November 2001 with a slew of top-quality exclusive games like Dead Or Alive 3, Project Gotham Racing, Jet Set Radio Future, and of course the legendary Halo: Combat Evolved, the console was ready to take on its rivals.

But this wouldn’t be an Xbox console without some pratfalls. The original controller, the aptly named ‘Duke’ was so large that eventual first party developer Lionhead stole the Japanese S controllers without the Microsoft’s knowledge. The Xbox could not have felt more American compared to the svelte designs of its Japanese rivals; it was big, powerful, and bombastic – it may be one of the reasons the Japanese have never embraced the Xbox brand.

The internet capabilities of the console were its real unique selling point, it seamlessly incorporated online into the system and Halo 2 provided game-changing matchmaking capabilities that are still used to this day. The original Xbox did a lot right, it was a powerful system with must-play games, excellent third party support, and game-changing online features but it had only modest sales of 24 million. Dethroning the PlayStation 2 was a tall order, especially releasing 18 months later. The launch of the original Xbox is estimated to have lost Microsoft $4 billion and only managed to turn a profit at the end of 2004.

Microsoft went all in on their follow-up, the hugely successful Xbox 360. Releasing in the winter of 2005, the Xbox 360 felt like a much more calculated approach to console gaming than its predecessor. It was a massive leap in graphics over the previous generation, Xbox Live was fully integrated with dedicated friends lists, the design was contemporary and sleek, and the controller was refined – becoming one of the best controllers in gaming.

Releasing a year before the PlayStation 3 and at a much more digestible price, the Xbox 360 enjoyed massive sales and was the market lead for the majority of the generation. Despite the hardware issues that arose from the Red Ring of Death and the lack of a Blu-ray drive, the Xbox 360 still managed to eat away Sony’s huge lead from the previous generation. The release of the Kinect gave Microsoft a small taste of the Wii’s success, however this is also where things started to go south.

Game development shifted dramatically away from traditional console games and despite acquiring Twisted Pixel and Press Play in 2011 and 2012, respectively, Xbox started relying heavily on third party games and partnerships which would cause severe consequences going into the next generation.

Most gamers will remember the shambolic reveal of the Xbox One in May 2013, its DRM policies, mandatory Kinect, lack of power, high price, and emphasis on its television functions did not sit well with the gaming community. After the reversal of much of these criticisms and despite a reasonable launch line-up and the promise of stellar-looking games like Sunset Overdrive, Titanfall, Fable Legends, and Project Spark coming soon the Xbox One looked like it might be OK.

But the mandatory Kinect inflating the price of a less powerful console was a tough pill to swallow and with the memory of the Xbox boss telling gamers to buy an Xbox 360 if they didn’t like it were still very fresh. Add to this, Microsoft Studios was in utter disarray. Bungie (arguably Microsoft’s crown jewel) had already flown the nest during the Xbox 360 generation; Lionhead, Press Play, and Ensemble were shuttered; and Twisted Pixel went back to being independent.

Microsoft had 343 Studios, Rare, The Coalition, and Turn 10 to make games in what was becoming a rather embarrassing exclusive line-up, relying on their solid but increasingly tired franchises. Xbox One sales haven’t been officially revealed, but sales are thought to be near the 50 million mark, by no means the failure some would have you believe, but certainly a fall from grace from the 84 million the Xbox 360 achieved.

Announced at E3 in 2018, Microsoft put their cards on the table as to what their future might look like. They acquired four new studios, including Forza Horizon developer Playground Games and Ninja Theory, developers of the critically-acclaimed Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, as well as forming a new studio called The Initiative. Later in the year they announced three other acquisitions including Obsidian Entertainment, one of best western role-playing developers in the world. Their decision to bolster their first party output has yet to yield results, but the future certainly looks brighter than it did.

The Xbox Series X was revealed in December 2019 and Microsoft seem to be going all in with their Netflix style service Game Pass, a fairly genius play considering where the film and music markets have ended up – first party games releasing day one could be their trump card if their games are worthy.

The announced games Halo Infinite, Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga, Project: MARA, and Everwild all look incredibly promising. Looking to Xbox’s July event we can truly see if Xbox is back in the game or if they are destined to limp along beside their rivals. I am hopeful they can pull it back. I believe Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft need each other to thrive and to count Xbox out of the game this early would be a mistake.

By reader Jay Johnson

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PUBG Ban : Why are PUBG and COD not banned in India? Can It Be Banned in August 2020?

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PUBG has a different level of popularity among gamers. People can change their eating habits, can indulge in other entertainment activities but PUBG lovers can’t resist them by playing the game or so.

There are many versions of the game. Just after its launch, it got immense popularity around the world, especially in India.

When the Indian Government took action and banned some Chinese Apps due to the intense situation at Indo-China Border, Gamers were anxious that with Tiktok, Govt could ban PUBG too.

Just after this news, everybody started flooding the web with similar questions like Has PUBG banned in India, Can It Be Banned in the Near Future, and so on.

If you are also one of those PUBG lovers, Then this article might be a great help to you. 

Why are PUBG and COD not banned in India?

PUBG Mobile has been developed and is managed by the PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of Bluehole, which is located in South Korea. After the initial success of the game, Tencent Games approached PUBG Corporation to distribute the game in China.

Soon after the game was a success in China, Tencent Games brought it to India.

PUBG Mobile: Fate in India

Recently, PUBG Mobile has also come under fire in India and it’s fate now hangs in the balance. The Ministry of IT and technology has just banned 47 more Chinese apps in India. These were banned on the grounds of lapses of data privacy.

Why PUBG is not banned in India yet?

  • PUBG says the data obtained from Indian users is stored on servers located in India. “Our servers are located in India.
  • Its support, engineering, and other teams located in offices around the world have access to the information of its users in some countries, but in the case of Indian players, it is located in India only.

After banning 59 Chinese apps last month, the Indian government has bought the hammer down on 47 more Chinese apps with 275 more in tow. 

The list of 275 apps includes PUBG Mobile too.

 

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Clash of Lords 2 best heroes 2020

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Clash of Lords 2 is one of the best strategy games around the world and maintains its position in the top 10. The idea behind all the strategy and clash games is the same. In short, it is, Join a troop, Build an army, and clash with enemies. Clash of Lords 2 is a top-rated game that brings fun and innovative twists on the genre. But before entering into any game you must know about is best characters and here is the list of Clash of Lords 2 best heroes 2020.

Clash of Lords 2 is a fun-filled strategy game wherein you can recruit over 50 heroes and their armors, make and defend a base, and fight beside your friends in over 10 PvE and PvP modes. Are you excited to hop into the pit and punch someone? The heroes fight in a free-for-all frenzy against a force of frightening beasts! Take the Control of the action and become the greatest ruler in the game. To survive you’ll need wit, will, strength. Gather all this and clash!

Why heroes are important?

Heroes are the core of anyone’s army in the game. They gather mercenaries that own similar qualities and attributes to the respective heroes on attacking another player but do not summon them while defending your base. Only when the Hero dies, it is required to heal him but mercenaries are immediately resummoned during the next battle whether or not they die.

Heroes are divided into 4 categories. Starting from normal to epic the qualities per hero increase.  Different heroes will be stronger in different situations. It’s up to you to take advantage of resources in-game and out to build the team that will best suit your goals and style.

Normal Heroes

  • Have green borders
  • Obtained through most game modes they are the weakest and least worthy of the investment of rings, souls, or eggs.
  • Includes Shock Trooper, Dead Eye, and Snifferoos.

Good Heroes

  • Good heroes have blue borders.
  • Obtained through most game modes and are generally unworthy of investment of rings or souls
  • Include Mechanoid, Ogre Chief, Crackshot, Bad Bone, Shadowsword, and Battle Beetle.

Rare Heroes

  • Rare heroes have purple borders
  • Obtained through most game modes and have occasional uses into the mid and late game.
  • Include Hercules, Shinning Wizard, Dragon Rider, Exokid, Pyro Pete, Arcane Warlock, Armored Villian, Head Hunter, and Robin Hood.

Epic heroes

  • They have Gold borders.
  • obtained through 3 or 10x hero hires special events and rewards from IGG.
  • Epic heroes are the strongest and where you should focus almost all of your resources, like gems rings and souls.
  • Includes Dark rider, Great sage, Blockhead, Pounder, etc.

Clash of Lords 2 best heroes 2020

Irrespective of in which category the hero falls, here is the list of top 10 best heroes.

1) Pan Goli

It is considered to be one of the main heroes because of its Best Skill, Aid Skill, and best defensive/offensive hero. It has Great Divine Skill as well.

2) Pounder

Pounder is another important her in Clash of lords 2. Its main features are Best Tank. Its Divine BloodCap is very OverPowered.


3) Renee Ven

Renee Ven! You must have heard this name. It’s Revival Skill and Divine Skill are very Helpful and gives a HUGE edge. Her Aid Skill is exceptional for SharpShooters. She is a proven Clash of Lords 2 best heroes.

4) Arctic Lord

Arctic Lord has Best Fortitude Skill. Along with this, he has High HP and its Aid skills are just mind-blowing.

5) Dark Rider

The reason why Dark rider is one of the best heroes to pick is that it has good HP and Damage reduction is great. It’s Fortitude Skill Dramatically enhances the TH allowing your base to become MUCH harder to 3 stars.


6) Sapphire

It is one of the Clashes of Lords 2 best heroes. Its Divine Skill is great for raiding. Sapphire can fly over Negates Walls, Mortars, and Ground Heroes. It has Tank level HP.

7) Chiron

Are you searching for something specific for the arena? GO for Chiron then. However, he can not Evolve as he does have the 2nd best Aid Skill.

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Final words

Well, friends, this is all about Clash of Lords 2 best heroes 2020. I hope you have enjoyed reading the article.

Share your thoughts. Do mention in comments which hero you chose and what benefit you get from it.

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Roblox August 2020: FAQs, predictions, Requirements, Robux and more

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Roblox August 2020: FAQs, predictions, Requirements, Robux and more

Roblox is a great platform to play games as well as to develop games and earn money. With over millions of games and billions of players, Roblox stands out to be one of the most popular games ever. Every month new releases are added to the game and most often searched are promo codes. Today I am going to share all you need to know about Roblox August 2020.

Starting from requirements, predictions, event list, robux, promo codes, find everything in the article below and ease out your gameplay.

Roblox promo codes August 2020

Promo codes are the alphanumeric codes that can be used to get valuable items in the game. And then You can use these items to make your character look more different and adhere to the crowd. Here is the list:

CodeRedeems
SettingTheStageBuild It Backpack
StrikeAPoseHustle Hat
VictoryLapCardio Cans
GetMovingSpeedy Shades
SPIDERCOLASpider Cola
TWEETROBLOXThe Bird Says

Basic game Requirements

  1. A system: it can be a PC or Mac computer
  2. Good Internet Connection: Speed should be enough that game does not stuck in between.
  3. A Roblox account: Roblox Studio is free to use and does not require a license.

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Roblox FAQs

How does the Roblox Chat system work?

Roblox’s state-of-the-art filtering system is actively monitored and dynamically adjusted to create a safe chat experience everywhere on the site and in-game.

For players age 12 or less, special restrictions are disposed of on their chat to keep them more secure.

The parents can so control the chat activity of kids and do various settings to ensure the privacy and security of kids. This setting can be adjusted from within the Privacy Tab of the Account Settings page.

How to keep your child’s account more secure?

  • Use a unique password that has a combination of numbers, letters, and special characters. Never share your password with anyone, even if it’s a friend you know in real life.
  • Keep your account and personal information (including your name, email, address, phone number, or real-life photos, etc.) to yourself.
  • Enable ​2-Step Verification​ to prevent strangers from accessing your Roblox account.

How to make Roblox account more secure?

By enabling PIN settings.

How much does Roblox cost?

Roblox is completely free to download and join. However, you can take premium membership/ Builders membership to access more features.

Is Roblox Educational?

YES! Kids can play and act as a builder and designer in the game. Also, the players are involved in building complex structures and solving difficult problems. So, somehow the game is educational.

How to get free Robux?

There is no direct way to get free robux you have to purchase them.

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Final words

Well, folks, this article contains a lot about game Roblox, Roblox August 2020. I hope you would find the article beneficial.

If you access the Roblox platform, mention in comments do you feel is Roblox really education and in what ways? We would like to hear from you.

We appreciate your feedback!

Thank you!

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