Using Cheap WordPress Hosting For Gaming Blogs

Running a gaming blog isn’t actually as easy as it might seem. Around this I have to juggle my job , social life and also gaming time! but alas it is all good fun. One of the ways in which I can manage to balance all of these things is through the use of cheap WordPress hosting. Through this article ill talk through what exactly it is , how it works and other cool stuff I use to make sure this Blog stays the best it can be!

WordPress

First off is WordPress. WordPress is basically a form of open source software which can be used to publish blogs as well as make websites and online forums. It also happens to be what I use to run this Blog! WordPress is currently one of the most popular if not the most popular website builder on the internet. It has tens of millions of downloads and over 30% of the internet use WordPress to customise and design their websites. What I like about WordPress is that there are thousands of different plugins and designs that you can use for free to design and customise your website. In addition to this its easy to find a nice variety of cheap WordPress hosting packages online to suit your individual needs.

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Cheap WordPress Hosting

Cheap WordPress hosting is probably one of the favourite features of my site! having a hosting service allows me to free up time for other activities and focus on mini projects as well as things outside of gaming. This is just one of the many perks I enjoy thanks to the use of cheap WordPress hosting. Another benefit which is provided by my WordPress hosting provider is enhanced security. Unfortunately from being on the internet for a fairly long time , I know well the risks that come with having a website and the vulnerabilities that hackers will relentlessly try to exploit. Having a WordPress hosting service active gives me better protection and security to leave me safe in the knowledge that my site is secure. If you are unsure of which hosting provider to use a website I found helpful was hosting watcher

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Making The Best Possible Website

So this brings me on to what I think makes the best possible website. Of course as we all know there is no set formula for what makes the best possible website otherwise all sites would be amazing! However Im going to do my best to give you some tips that have really helped out the site that I run. One of the most important and fundamental things that you should consider improving when working on your website is known as search engine optimisation a.k.a SEO.

SEO has a lot of different techniques that you can use but it is important to understand the basics first. SEO is what allows you to appear first in the search results on search engines. In order to improve your overall SEO a good method which I employed is link building. This involved building links through blogs , articles and other website which will link back to your website. This will improve your overall visibility and allow you to rank higher online.

Gaming In 2019

Gamers have come a very long way since the inception of gaming in the 1970s. We have seen gaming trends come and go , new consoles , PC gaming , fornite and millions upon millions of games produced. So where are we at in 2019? well in this article I will walk you through some of the new developments in the gaming world in 2019 as well as reflect on past changes and how things are for gamers in the present.

Fortnite

Yep, time to address the elephant in the room. For some the word provokes fear and dismay and for other’s pure joy. Regardless of whether you approve of john wick and the odd epic victory royale everyone is in agreement that fortnite completely shook up the gaming world and everyone in it. It broke numerous records for the amount of copies sold , number of people watching it being streamed and many other records. It was a huge success even from before the game had officially launched with millions around the world playing and supporting the game in its beta stages.

The popularity of the game was unprecedented and the fact that the base game was free to play aided its success. One of the results of fortnite’s success was other games copying their battle royale concept and adding it to their games to try and attract a similar audience. This has had limited success with Call of duty black ops 4 adding a battle royale mode known as blackout as well as standalone battle royale game Apex Legends proving popular.

One of the main questions that is asked by gaming critics and gamers alike is how was the game so successful? this is really down to a few things in my opinion. Clever marketing techniques coupled with a well designed and easy to play/use game with a simple concept and idea. Sometimes less is more. In fact , Epic games has made considerably more than many mainstream game developers through purely in-game purchases. Overall sharing of the game on social media as well as gaming networks helped to improve its overall success. Community incentives such as the well publicised “choose a fortnite dance move to go in the game” were very well received and also helped to push people towards the game.

Call Of Duty In 2019

The Call of duty community has been unsettled for a number of years after several games which under performed in both terms of sales as well as engagement with fans and overall ratings/satisfaction from gamers. One of the most notorious fails of the call of duty franchise was Call of duty infinite warfare. Call of duty infinite warfare was released at a time when gamers were already unhappy with the current way the series was going and wanted less futuristic type games and more modern and current day shooters with less spaceships. Infinite warfare completely disregarded this and as a result the backlash from the community was huge. The launch trailer racked up over 2 million dislikes in a matter of hours and for a time was the most disliked video on you tube. Unsurprisingly the game also flopped in terms of sales.

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Gaming News March 2019

Yes its here! Your guide to Gaming News and events in March of 2019

PlayStation Sale!

This month PlayStation network have launched a sale across their store, they are offering discounts on literally hundreds of games from different genres. Here are just a handful of the bigger names I recognised which you could grab for a pretty decent price:

  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Dawn Zero Horizon
  • Borderlands 2
  • Witcher 3 Complete Edition
  • GTA V
  • Wolfenstein II the new order

Apex Legends- Battle Royale King?

And in other news, Apex Legends is the new kid on the block in the Battle Royal scene, but can it compete with the big guns such as Fortnite and player unknown Battlegrounds?

Within 8 hours of launch Apex Legends had gained over one MILLION players online. Is this a sign Apex is about to Rival the gaming giant that is Fortnite Battle Royale? Well , not necessarily. The developers of Apex have said that they deliberately withheld some details of the game and any hints at launch before launching it to ensure maximum impact and organic growth through the playerbase. At the moment Battle Royale is all the rage but it may not be long until we see a resurgence into other game types or online formats

Some of the key ingredients to Apex Legends success lie amongst the games it has taken inspiration from. Apex Legends incorporates features such as having a specific player class each based around different capabilities. E.g Medic , gunner etc. This contrasts from fortnite where you can change skins however the character traits of your character remain generic.

Another way in which Apex Legends Has made waves within the Gaming industry is by being free to download and play. This business model is actually pretty effective as companies such as epic games have found out. The customisation of characters and skins in game is a massive market and gaming companies have reported making more in-in game transactions in many cases than the base cost of the game on average per player! So its safe to say that free to play online games are pretty hot subjects for Gaming companies these days

Fallout 76 – Hit Or Miss?

For Bethesda it has not been an easy year, with a number of high profile games coming out and strong competition on all sides they had to come out guns blazing with their next publication. Fallout 76 is Bethesda’s latest addition to the Fallout series of games and has definitely caused some debate amongst gamers.

Since Launch Fallout 76 has been plagued with a plethora of seemingly never ending bugs , glitches and what seem to be haphazardly designed missions and maps pasted from fallout 4. Die hard Fallout fans are divided to small degree as to how “good” the game is but there is a resounding feeling of anger at Bethesda over the way they made this game and how much effort they put into it. Youtube is awash with game reviews mercilessly calling out and taking apart the developers for their lack of input , care and attention to the Fallout community and their expectations for Fallout 76

Ultimately Fallout 76 was a venture into the relatively unknown for Bethesda and was described by many as a DLC attempt rather than a game. Overwhelmingly the community has not given Bethesda a warm welcome when it comes to the latest Fallout Edition..

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Scientists Say Gamers Are More Intelligent

When you think about video gamers what do you think of?

  • Quiet
  • Introverted
  • Shy
  • Lazy

Gamers are widely known as those who just sit inside on sunny days, alone, spending hours playing on their console not talking to anyone. However a study at East Carolina University found that video gamers are far more intelligent. Here is how:

Stress Levels

The study revealed that playing video games actually makes people feel less stressed. It allows people to switch off from daily worries and blow off some steam.

While others may choose to de-stress by watching TV, scrolling through social media, socialising and drinking with friends or binge eating – video gamers already know how to switch off and de stress. As games have progressed, you can now connect with friends through microphones and play against each other from the comfort of your own home.

Creativity

The studied also revealed that gamers, especially those who have played video games from a young age, are more creative. From school age, gamers have been shown to be more artistic and creative in their artwork and creative writing. Another benefit that was shown was that children learn the skills on how to overcome challenges and obstacles fro an early age due to their creative advancements.

This skill of creativity actually means those who play video games can build upon relationships much easier than those who don’t.

Games also teach children from an early age that if you fail then you can try again rather than give up.


Numbers Games

In terms of statistics and figures, the study revealed that gamers are 20% smarter than those who don’t play games. Their personality trait of always being curious, finding new technologies, asking questions. This is another skills that leads them to be smarter.

Tips for Storing Video Games with Self Storage Kirkintilloch

Temperature Control and Weatherproof

When opting for self storage in Kirkintilloch to store your video games, it’s essential to ensure that the containers that you will be using are temperature controlled and weather proofed. You may not think this matters too much but excessive hot and cold temperatures can damage electronics. Weatherproofing will also help ensure that no water or damp gets into the self storage unit, which can also cause major damage. You may be able to check the manufacturers recommendations on the ideal storage temperature to help you out.

Organise Chords

When putting video games and consoles into self storage in Kirkintilloch it’s important to ensure that everything is properly packed and stored. There is nothing worse than losing something, such as a chord for a controller or console. Ensuring that everything is packed into the right box prior to opting for self storage in Kirkintilloch is a sure fire way of helping ensure that you stay organised.

Pests

It’s essential to keep in mind that your gaming equipment may not be the only thing in your storage unit. It cannot always be helped and even the best self storage facilities may run into issues like this once in a while. The best way to ensure that no pests of any kind come into contact with your precious equipment is so ensure that there are absolutely no food products in any of the boxes and this can include something as tiny as crumbs! One of the best ways of preventing pests is to use a plastic container, rather than cardboard boxes and make sure that the lid is fitted.

Avoid Scratching Disks

Due to all the moving about, it is important to maintain the integrity of your disks and help ensure that they don’t get scratched in transit. The best way to do this is to ensure that all disks are kept in their original case, where possible. If when getting things ready for self storage in Kirkintilloch you realise that you are missing some of the original casing, don’t worry, there are a few things that you can do. You can either buy empty DVD cases or buy a folder with sleeves specially designed to hold disks. No matter what your budget, you can find a solution that works for you.

Clear Out Carefully

When clearing out anything, it’s important to carefully check what you are throwing out and what you are keeping. Especially with video game consoles and accessories – you don’t want to end up throwing out something that you may end up needing.

You may also need to be brutal with your choices of what you are keeping and what you are throwing out. Self storage in Kirkintilloch is generally priced by the size of storage container – as well as length of use. But you don’t want to end up paying over the odds if realistically you may not use some items again or if some items are worthless.

In Game Photography – Capturing a Virtual World

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The art of photography in the real world is a practice with decades of history and it is concerned with capturing meaningful and beautiful images from our physical surroundings. However, what about documenting the beauty within the myriad virtual worlds that exist within video games?

This imagined world of pixels is being captured by a number of talented photographers who travel the in-game environment searching for striking images – and some of the results of these photographic virtual explorations are simply gorgeous.

One of the biggest names in in-game photography is Duncan Harris, an English games journalist who operates the website DeadEndThrills. He captures truly stunning images of popular games, including Skyrim and Dishonored. He likens his art practice to that of still photography in movie production and his images are often used by the game companies in their promotional materials.

Another notable in-game photographer is James Pollock, a graphic design student in Bath, England who showcases his photography on his blog, Virtual Geographic. His style is very different than Harris’s photography, as he takes photos of his TV set with an iPod and uses apps such as Hipstamatic and Instagram to add filters and effects.

Other video game photographers include John Paul Bichard, Kent Sheely and Robert Overweg, each one experimenting with their artistic vision and finding their own unique way of capturing the virtual reality. For more info on this, please see the trick photography tutorials here.

The virtual worlds within video games have been lovingly constructed by game developers but most gamers are so immersed in their missions that they don’t often take the time to soak in the details. These photographers are seeing the videogame landscape in a new way and are finding beauty within these fictional places.

The art of in-game photography is only newly emerging, but as technology develops and virtual game worlds become even more realistic, detailed and artistic, there is certain to be more photographers who strive to capture striking scenes within their favorite games.

Use and Features of a Power Stacker Lift for Video Game Distribution

There are no two industries the same, despite this, there are many industries that can benefit from the same equipment. The distribution industry can benefit from many different types of handling equipment and vehicles to help get the job done quickly and more efficiently. There are many different branches of the distribution industry, including video game distribution. This article will tell you the uses and features of a power stacker lift for this particular type of work.

Features

There are many advantages of using a power stacker lift in the video game distribution industry. 

No Licence Required

Operators of a power stacker lift do not need a licence to operate them, although, for health and safety reasons everyone who operates any type of machinery should be fully trained and supervised. All the controls and safety precautions should be known and taken into consideration before use.

Low Costs

The initial cost of buying a power stacker lift is low compared to other types of handling equipment. Not only is the upfront cost of a power stacker lift reasonable but if you opt for an electric version they also have low running costs, in comparison to diesel, LPG and CNG.

No Pollution

Power stacker lifts don’t produce certain types of pollution; such as exhaust pollution, fumes and noise. They use a low amount of energy, producing less carbon emissions than other types of equipment.

Manoeuvrable

If your workspace is small and compact, it can be difficult to move large pieces of machinery around, due to this, having machinery that is either compact or manoeuvrable is essential. A power stacker lift comes with the advantage of being both and giving you the ability to work in a smaller space with ease and without needing to worry.

Better Operator Visibility

Power stackers are a smaller in comparison to other types of handling equipment, this allows operators to have more visual awareness when operating. They can see every part of the vehicle and are able to control it more efficiently.

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The Future of Video Game Distribution

 Many are unsure of the future of video game distribution and for good reason. We have seen CD’s and DVD’s both replaced largely by online sources and we could see video games make this shift soon. This could impact the industry to a great degree but we’ll just need to wait and see what happens.

Lips For Xbox 360 – Taking Games To A Higher Platform


Lips for Xbox 360, is a music franchise exclusively for Xbox 360, is the only singing game that provides wireless motion-sensitive microphones. Taking a complete new stage with Lips, give you the opportunity to sing your favorite music collection for free. Kick off channeling you favored pop star because it is you, your pals and most essential your music that transforms Lips into the eventual party experience and the capability to sing from your own music collection. Providing interactive motion-sensitive microphones to ensure your party remains lively throughout the night, while Lips inspires you to toss trepidations out the window and join the party.

Features

Two wireless interactive microphones

Featuring interactive motion lights and sensors, the microphones retort to singers’ actions. It can also be used as tapping accompaniments. With the encouragement and freedom offered by the wireless microphones, everybody can realize their singing visions in style.

The best music

Lips embrace a diverse selection of songs, comprising your favored blasts from the past as well as new songs from breakout stars. This enables you to link your past with your present; a wonderful feeling indeed.

Sing your music collection

Lips permits individuals to sing along with pals to music from their own collections.

Play along

Having an ordinary Xbox 360 controller, it enables even two people to join the fun and select from a variety of percussion accompaniment to enjoy playing their game along with the music from Lips. By engaging controls of numerous claps, tambourines, and the ubiquitous cowbell at your fingertips with a controller, create a social entertainment experience for co-workers, kids and friends alike.

Constant flow of new music

The Lips fo Xbox 360 comes along with music. In addition, you can add your own music collection and download current tracks from Xbox LIVE Marketplace. This guarantees you a continuous flow of music to bring people together and keep the party lively.

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Video Game Addiction and Depression in Kids

Video game addiction has been blamed for the rising cases of depression and other stress related health conditions in kids. This is an addiction just like addiction to drugs and gambling and should be treated with equal importance. Video game addiction develops over time with over indulgence and children risks loosing their social lives which is what results in the depression and anxiety.

Research conducted over the years has shown that kids who have introvert traits tend to fall into this problem more compared to their extrovert counterparts. This is because they find comfort when they are alone and so the introduction of video games gave them an opportunity to have fun in the comfort of their homes.

It is still not very clear what comes first, but psychologists believe that the relationship between video game addiction and depression can be both way, such that each can cause the other. Normal kids who have been allowed to over indulge in video games end up getting addicted and within no time start exhibiting anxiety behaviors.

It has also been proven that kids with depression brought about by other causes such as family conflicts, bullying or generally low self esteem usually resort to video games and with time it becomes an addiction which causes more depression and the cycle continues. For more info on curing anxiety, see some panic away reviews here.

Research conducted in schools indicates that it is possible to point out kids who spend their time playing video games from those who engage in interactive activities. Kids who play video games have low levels of concentration in class and they rarely participate. It is believed that video games have a way of occupying kids’ minds and since their brains are still not mature, they might not be able to strike a balance, hence causing the addiction. It is therefore important for parents and caregivers to train kids to balance their activities as this will save them from having to deal with depression at such early stages of life.

My Final Fantasy

In this post I would like to discuss with you an all time favorite title of my own. As many of my readers know I have been a Final Fantasy nerd for a long time. Ever since I first saw Setzer spin his slot machine in 1994 I was enthralled by this storyline. And from the beginning of the series a great plot and story line were key to these titles. Even when graphics were something to be taken with a grain of salt, Final Fantasy had some of the most amazing story lines you could think of. And then by the time of Super Nintendo when graphics could at least be a little bit better, square soft created an absolute master piece. Moving story line, moving characters, exciting plot twists and even an excellent music score to top it off. I still love listening to the piano introduction of Final Fantasy Six.

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And then Final Fantasy Seven came along 3 years later to the then fresh new console of the Play Station (click here to see history of consoles) and many new fans were hooked as well. People debate which game was better six or seven. The graphics were of course undoubtedly better, and I would say the storyline is just as dynamic as its predecessor. There aren’t supposed to be any repeats in the Final Fantasy world. That was one of the things that were so intriguing about the whole series. They would always start fresh, with new characters, a whole new world really, to build up a completely different plot line. The only continuation would be slightly similar themes and the same familiar attack and item styles.

This freshness was usually a trademark of the series and any real sequel to a Final Fantasy title was seriously frowned upon. That is until we had Final Fantasy X-2 for the Play Station 2. This game title brought out all of the worst fears in what it would mean to make a sequel in the Final Fantasy world. Final Fantasy Ten (X) was of course a blockbuster success, one of the best ever made, in the same kind of ranking as 6 and 7. So this was probably one of the worst titles to make a sequel to in my opinion. Because Final Fantasy ten was so good that anything that came afterwards as a direct sequel would seem lacking and just not quite as dynamic. And in this area, Final Fantasy X-2 did not disappoint. Final Fantasy X-2 at this point is almost guaranteed to go down as one of the worst games ever made. I don’t know what they were thinking or trying to do when they came up with this one, but basically they took all the beloved main characters of Final Fantasy Ten and either completely cut them out or made them goofy side characters that you could not actually play. I realize that Final Fantasy X-2 was most likely an attempt to gain a younger audience to the franchise with it’s more lighthearted plot, but it just fell completely flat.

After this unpopular sequel, it was like the Final Fantasy spell had been broken for a bit and even after they tried to regroup back to the classic formula with Final Fantasy Eleven it was almost too late. Final Fantasy Eleven was a good game but it was not great. It was missing several key components of the Final Fantasy series. The same can be said for Twelve and beyond. Ever since unlucky Thirteen hit the store shelves Final Fantasy really just seems to be losing its way. I suppose that everything gets old after a while, even the great strategy of starting every game fresh has gotten old for the makers of Final Fantasy. So is the dream, the fantasy really over?

No. I don’t think so. They developers of this title need to just take a break and revaluate what they can do with this series. Most importantly I think that for future titles they need to readjust what they can do with newer consoles and systems. Because one thing I really feel is that after play station 2, the makers of the Final Fantasy series really started to hit a brick wall. That’s why Final Fantasy for Play Station Four is almost unmentionable now.

So they need to go back to the drawing board and revamp this series, taking all of these new factors into account. Then maybe after hiding under the rocks of the gaming industry we can see once again Setzer spinning his slot machine and this time for the luck of the whole Final Fantasy series and the future of great RPG’s in general.