The History Of Online Games

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The history of online gaming can be traced back to the early 1980’s with the advent of the personal computer and the internet. Instead of playing a game by yourself, you suddenly had the ability to play either against or cooperatively with another person somewhere else.

Although email based games were available much earlier earlier, the first real online games were text based role-playing games called ‘MUDs’ (Multi-User Dungeon, Domain or Dimension). These games allowed multiple people to play at once in the same scenario. MUDs were in much of the same format as current day titles like WoW (World of Warcraft). Both games are relied on chance, similar to rules used in the popular board game ‘Dungeons and Dragons.’ The only difference being that MUDs used textual descriptions in replace of graphics.

The next revolution in online gaming came with the first person shooter. Unlike MUDs before it, first person shooters replaced the text descriptions with graphical representations on the screen. Wolfenstein 3D was the first notable title to do this. Equally, if not more popular, was DOOM. First-person shooters typically allowed a small number of users (10 or so) to play at once. As computer technology grew, games became more and more graphic intensive. With the internet being more readily available, online games were able to support massive amounts of simultaneous players. Hence, the MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Game) was born. Players could now form entire online communities in a virtual world. Popular MMORPG titles include Everquest, Guild Wars, WoW, plus many others. WoW currently has over 10 million subscribers.

The following was taken from the Blizzard website: “PARIS, France. 22 January, 2008 — Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. announced today that subscribership for World of Warcraft, its award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), has continued to climb, recently passing 10 million worldwide. Interest in the game has remained high in all regions, with thousands of new and returning players signing up through the holiday season. World of Warcraft now hosts more than 2 million subscribers in Europe, more than 2.5 million in North America, and approximately 5.5 million in Asia.”

MMORPG ratings are based on several factors and some are entirely subjective. The deciding factors include popularity and community. Some of the most well known MMORPGs are: 1) World of Warcraft 2) Lord of the Rings Online 3) Eve Online 4) Final Fantasy XI 5) City of Heroes/City of Villains 6) Warhammer Online 7) Age of Conan 8) Pirates of the Burning Sea 9) Dark Age of Camelot 10) Star Wars Galaxies


How To Fix Slow Internet Explorer

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Is the Internet Explorer on your computer running tremendously slow? Surfing Internet has become next to impossible? If, the answer is yes, this is the article for you. Like you, there are many computer users experience the same. There are many reasons which result Internet Explorer to run sluggishly. Diagnosing the issues and fixing it the only way to counter this problem. If you dont have expertise to perform this task, you can consult a remote computer support provider. In this article, you will also find some tips with which you can troubleshoot the slow Internet problem on your own.

The first thing you should do is to install the latest update of the Operating System. An updated operating system is a must to enjoy fast internet. Alongside, you should also install the latest version of Internet Explorer. Have you installed any program recently, and after that the problem has started? If yes, then uninstall that program, the problem might get resolved.

If you find that the problem has been building up slowly over time, then it could be due to viruses or registry issues. In most of the cases, it is seen that Registry errors or corrupt registry is the prime reason for which Internet Explorer runs slow.

Every time you install or uninstall a program, it leaves some entries on the Windows Registry. After uninstalling the program these entries are not deleted. Gradually, the number of entries increases and this makes the computer perform slowly. Computer Registry is considered as the heart of the computer. When your computer starts, shuts down or loads programs, Registry plays a very important role. If there are too many corrupt entries on the Registry, your computer will perform slowly.

To fix Registry issues, investing in a professional registry cleaner is a wise choice. Although, there are many free registry cleaners available in the market but it is not wise to use them as they can do more harm to your computer instead of repairing the registry. You have invested a good amount of money for your computer, so why not invest some more for a professional software. This will help it run smoothly and efficiently.

Once a webpage is opened, files are downloaded from the site and it is stored in the temporary folder. Over time, the number of files in this folder increases and it gradually reduces the speed of the browser. Remove all these files, it will speed up your browser.

Sometimes, spyware and ad aware also reduces speed of Internet Explorer. These software programs work on the background eat up all your resources and slow down performance. Using anti-spyware and anti-adware is the only option to counter this problem.


Review-The Maynwarings A Game of Chance

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The Maynwarings: A Game of Chance, Digger Cartwright, 2012 (Kindle e-book, B008VR6JGI)

Set in the Nevada Territory just after the Civil War, this novel is about a family for whom things suddenly start going very badly.

The Maynwarings are one of the founding families in Carson City, the territory’s capital. Barron, the family patriarch, is a United States Senator. They own several buildings in town, along with an immense cattle ranch outside of town.

A well-dressed stramger named Giddeon Van Thorn rides into town, and offers to purchase several businesses, including a saloon and the local mercantile, for a very generous price. Those who decline his offer have a nasty habit of ending up dead. Van Thorn says that he is part of a shadowy Association from back East, whose intention is to develop Carson City, bringing jobs and tax revenue (sound familiar?).

A neighboring rancher, Dan Arkin, is found dead, several hours after a poker game that went bad. Suspicion falls on Jeremy Foster, a recluse, and another participant in the ill-fated poker game. The Maynwarings set up a search party to ask Foster some hard questions; the circumstantial evidence against him is pretty strong. Several of Van Thron’s thugs are unknowingly included in the search party. They reach Foster first, and lynch him, preventing the Maynwarings from following the law. The body count starts to rise. The local judge is in Van Thorn’s pocket. Things get serious when anthrax is found in their cattle; it can wipe out an entire herd very quickly. Things get even more serious when one of Barron’s sons, Houston, is shot and seriously wounded by an unknown assailant in broad daylight. Is all of this Van Thorn’s fault, or is there some other explanation? Can Van Thorn’s plans be stopped? Will the Maynwaring ranch survive?

The author does a very good job from start to finish. He puts the reader right in the middle of the story, and the characters feel like real people. Here is a first-rate piece of writing.

Paul Lappen is a freelance book reviewer whose blog, Dead Trees Review, emphasizes small press and self-published books.


Get the Best Polish Language Programming from DISH Network

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The sphere of satellite TV entertainment has got a new shape with the introduction of DISH Network international packages. All these packs have been designed to keep the needs and taste of the international viewers in mind. Those who speak Polish and live in the US for them plenty of exciting choices are offered by DISH Network. The best of Polish language programs are delivered under DISH Network Polish programming packages. The viewers can watch multitude of Polish programs with 100% digital-quality picture and sound.

When it comes to DISH Network packages in Polish language, there are several options. A total of 6 packages are there where the viewers can take pleasure in everything from entertainment, movies to sports, current events as well as news, series, dramas, documentaries, and sitcoms. Wide selection of programs is also there for the children. Polish Super Pack, Polish: Premium, TVN Complete Package, Polish: Polsat2, Polish: ITVN, And Polish: TVN-24, etc. are some of the notable packages.

Enjoy 100% digital quality picture and sound 24-hours-a-day with Polish Super Pack. This DISH Network package features 5 exciting Polish-language channels. By paying just $39.99 per month, the viewers can watch the latest news, children’s programming and movies, current events, entertainment direct from Poland.

For the latest news, current events, entertainment and children’s programming Polish Premium is another exciting pack from DISH Network. Featuring 3 extraordinary Polish-language channels, this pack is available at just $29.99 per month. Enjoy round the clock entertainment in Polish language with DISH Network.

TVN Complete Package is another Polish language pack where the viewers need to pay just $19.99 and can enjoy two fantastic channels TVN 24 and ITVN. Hottest entertainment programs including sports, news, reality shows to series, sitcoms, children’s programs, and documentaries are telecasted directly from Poland.

For both young and old, Polsat2 package is a very good package. Enjoy the best of Polish soap operas, popular sitcoms, game shows, sports, world and Polish news, live reports and documentaries, etc by paying just $14.99 per month. There are educational programming and talk shows as well for the students.

Pay just $14.99 per month and enjoy exclusive ITVN. The pack has been designed exclusively for the Polish people living in the United States. Wide and diverse array of programs like reality shows, series and sitcoms, Polish movies, sports, documentaries as well as cartoons for children are telecasted 24/7.

These are some of the most stunning packages available for the Polish speaking viewers living in the United States. All the above mentioned packages are reasonably priced and have been intended according to the requirement and choice of the Polish speaking viewers in the United States. You can also choose your preferred pack and enjoy watching TV.


Paid Video Game Tester Jobs – 4 Ways To Get A Game Testing Job Fast

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Don’t kid yourself; you’re not going to be the first choice of a major game developer when you first start applying for video game tester jobs. However, if you follow the few simple tips below, you most assuredly won’t be the last!

– Don’t quit! This may seem obvious to you, but it’s the main reason why most starting game testers don’t make it. They apply for their first video game tester job and are rejected, leading them to believe they don’t have what it takes to be a game tester. This is simply untrue. Just because you’ve been denied once, twice, 3 times, 4 times, or more it doesn’t mean you can’t hack it as a tester — it just means the developer needs someone more experienced for the job.

– Don’t be afraid to test games for free. Testing video games for free, although hard to stomach, is a great way to get your foot in the door. Developers won’t have to worry about wasting money on another “newbie” tester because you’ll be testing for free. If you do a good job, not only do you have a potential employer, but you’ll have a great reference for future video game tester jobs.

– You’re not going to find testing jobs in the local newspaper, so stop looking! Seriously, testing jobs are not going to find you, so stop pretending that they will. You won’t find them by asking your best friend, you won’t find them by reading an ad, and you won’t find them by reading the classifieds section of the newspaper — it’s just not that easy. Yes, testing jobs are out there, but they aren’t being advertised on a large scale basis. Game developers know that professional testers will come to them; not the other way around. That being said, get yourself out there and head directly to the companies!

– It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. This couldn’t not be more true when it comes to video game testing. Knowing more people (in the video game industry) ultimately means more testing jobs for you in the long run. Networking with others will not only make it easier to find available testing jobs, but you’ll have more references to offer future employers, you’ll get insider information on the newest gaming developments, and you’ll even learn about long-term positions that have opened up with some of the most powerful game developers in the world. In short, you’ll be way ahead of the curve with a network of reliable contacts.

Is this all you need to know about professional video game testing? Of course not — But, with these 4 tips, the challenge of landing video game tester jobs should be drastically easier!


Immortalize Your Hero – Ultimate Online Mercenary Trading Card Game

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Unit Command by Wildcat Gaming is a smart and refreshing military trading cards game. The game allows you to form your own army, complete with officers, fighting units and reinforcements, each represented in form of a trading card. Two players compete against each other using their armies to accomplish a mission. Each mission is based on a certain terrain, and a player with army more suited for that terrain has a higher chance of winning. Unit Command has features of RPG based games, free online strategy games, collectible online trading card games, and free online military games. This makes Unit Command the ultimate online trading card game. Whats more, the game requires no download, and is absolutely free to play. Cards can be traded by players, and cards can be won from the opponents army.

Recently, Wildcat Gaming introduced a new feature called “Immortalize Your Hero”. The real heroes are not in the virtual world but in the real world. They are the soldiers that keep us, our families and our homes safe from domestic and foreign threats. They should receive the respect and appreciation that they deserve. In order to honor the real heroes, Wildcat Gaming came up with the “Immortalize Your Hero” campaign where trading card adaptations of some of the peoples favorite soldiers will be developed and inducted into Unit Command. The general public has been asked to submit the photographs of their favorite soldier. Along with the photograph, people have been asked to submit the reasons for the soldier being their favorite. Some of the peoples favorites will be immortalized in form of a trading card in Unit Command.

This is a brilliant campaign on two counts. Primarily, it is an excellent way of honoring the unsung heroes, who deserve a lot more than this. Secondarily, this is a good way of differentiating Unit Command from the other military based games. Other games have cards that are figments of the design teams imagination. Unit Command has additional trading cards that are based on the real heroes. Imagine the excitement of the player on seeing his real life hero as a part of his army in Unit Command Trading Cards Game.

In order to honor your hero, you too can log on to and submit photographs and descriptions of your favorite soldiers. Who knows, your favorite soldier might be a part of Unit Command by your next game.


The Newest Happenings in Game Development

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Life without mobile phones is unimaginable in the world today. But cell phones nowadays are not only used for communication, they are like the perfect -entertainment box- with everything in it. Playing games on our mobiles and tablets is the most entertaining of all. The first game on a mobile phone was a Tetris game on the Hagenuk MT-2000 device.

Then three years later Nokia launched the very successful Snake game on selected models which was also very popular. Games like ‘Angry Birds’ have gained immense popularity recently because of their addictive nature and attractive graphics. Even though it was initially released only for Apple devices in 2009, nowadays it can be accessed from any type of platforms like Android, Windows Phone and Symbian.

Many big companies are also introducing a mobile version of awesome games like ‘NFS’, ‘Assassins Creed’, ‘FIFA’, ‘GTA’ (Grand Theft Auto), etc. Today, Mobile Game Development has surely become a very popular profession for the youths and a highly profitable domain for the companies.

The latest statistics of state revenue from mobile gaming has reached sky high. Nearly 80% revenues of today come due to mobile games in all the leading app stores in the world. Another revolution in this field came with the Introduction of Kryptanium.

It now allows programmers all round the world especially western developers to build and optimize games for the Chinese market. A trend is spreading all round the world where developers are turning classic physical board games into virtual multiplayer games.

Unity for Mobile Development

A Mobile Game Development Company designs top class games which are suitable for today’s market and are adored by the current generation. The top mobile game development companies now prefer to use unity for developing high end products. These comapnies have an entire mobile game development system that consists of a powerful rendering engine and a simultaneously updates development toolset with Unity 4.

It allows development of a number of powerful new generation apps which are very convenient for developers. Features like shadows, dynamic fonts and full multi-screen AirPlay are the primary reasons for its high popularity. It allows iOS devices with 4.3 or later versions to access Airplay and stream the content directly on their HDTV. Mobile games development is a booming branch of IT, which will only grow with time and with a large number of skilled developers available, the processes have become simpler, faster and more efficient.

Author Bio

A technical writer at SynapseIndia has compiled this informative article for the users. The writer is well versed with the latest IT industry technology applications including CMS development, game application development etc. A Microsoft Small Business Specialist, SynapseIndia is a CMS development company that is engaged in rendering high quality Software development, Flash development, mobile app development, PHP Development Company India etc to industry clients.


Discover The Little Known Facts About Kakuro Game

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If you have always been fascinated by puzzle game then try playing Kakuro game and check if you are brilliant enough to tackle all sorts of puzzle games. You must be aware about Sudoku and if you master them easily then accept this game as a challenge. This is certainly more difficult and challenging than Sudoku and all witty people would definitely appreciate this crossword puzzle game comprising of just numeric digits. Those who play Sudoku known how addictive it is and this game provide the same addiction.

This game can be played in different levels and if you are beginner then it is advisable to choose the Easy level. Once you understand the game well then you can proceed to the advancing levels and increase your efficiency. If you are a champion of Sudoku and have full faith in yourself then you can begin with the Wicked or tough level. Albeit there are starling differences between both the games but those who play Sudoku on a regular basis wont find it that much difficult as beginners would.

Kakuro is thus available to play in varied levels of difficulty and a special level is meant for kids. You have the option of choosing the Kids level if you are a young boy or girl in your primary school. You can also take the assistance of your elders while trying to understand the game in a better way. So, instead of wasting your time chitchatting with your friends or indulging in violent games, you can play this puzzle game and increase your IQ. This is a great step to enhancing your intelligent quotient and progressing towards becoming a more intelligent person.

What more, if you can master Kakuro you are bound to receive praise and adulation from your friends and teachers. This game provides the much needed mental workout for your brain and thus helps to keep the soft and delicate mass inside your cranium always active and fit. And if you have an intelligent mind, it would not only come to aid during games but in all the fields of your life. You would be ranked among those superior lots who are given extra importance because of their high IQ level. You certainly would enjoy all the appreciation and adulation. This game is good mental workout and there is no doubt about it but above all it is one of the best means of keeping yourself engaged in some productive work at home during your hours of leisure.


You Can Not Run Microsoft Exchange Server Services After Event ID 7011

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Is your Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 system behaving unusually? Are you unable to start various Exchange Server services? Is your EDB (Exchange Server Database) inaccessible? Such behavior indicate Exchange Server database corruption, which may occur due to a wide range of reasons, ranging from simple user mistake to catastrophic system crash. It leads to critical data loss and needs Exchange Recovery to access your mission critical data.

Consider,
A) You get Event ID 7011 while working on Exchange Server.

B) The SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) service on Exchange Server computer stops responding or terminates improperly.

C) System freezes when you run – IISADMIN, W3SVC, IMAP4SVC, RESVC, and POP3SVC services. You need to restart your computer when it occurs.

D) The services fail to stop when you try to stop and restart them.

E) You may encounter error messages, similar to the followings:

i. Timeout (30000 milliseconds) waiting for a transaction response from the RESVC service.
ii. Timeout (30000 milliseconds) waiting for a transaction response from the IISADMIN service.
iii. Timeout (30000 milliseconds) waiting for a transaction response from the W3SVC service.
This behavior of Microsoft Exchange Server renders your valuable data inaccessible. In order to get your Exchange Server data back, you need to first identify the root cause of this problem and then fix it with Microsoft Exchange Recovery.

Grounds of the issue

You may come across this behavior of Microsoft Exchange Server due to any of the below reasons:

1. A message is received by the MS Exchange Server 2000 system, which has a damaged time stamp.

2. The message has an invalid FILETIME attribute.

3. Exchange Server database is corrupted due virus infection, improper system shutdown, and application crash situations.

Resolution

Microsoft has a hotfix for this problem. You can download it from Microsoft’s website and install it on your MS Exchange Server computer. However, it can not fix the database corruption problem and the database remains inaccessible. In order to solve database corruption, Exchange Server Recovery is needed.

You can easily repair and restore damaged EDB file using Exchange Recovery Software. They are powerful enough to systematically scan the whole database and extract all damaged mailboxes from it. They extracts all the mailbox objects such as emails, notes, contacts, tasks, calendar entries, and more.

Exchange Server Recovery is an easy-to-use and safe exchange database recovery application for insured recovery of damaged database. The software works well with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, 2003, 2000, and 5.5. It also recovers deleted Exchange Server mailboxes.


Whats Trending In The Internet Explorer 10 Consumer Preview

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Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) is currently Microsofts trump card in the browser wars, and the latest in the lineup of Microsoft products. Does it make the cut? Read on to find out more.
To begin with, the Internet Explorer 10 comes in two versions, Metro IE 10 for touch based devices and IE 10 for the desktop model. Key differences: the desktop version allows you to install plug-ins, whereas, Metro IE 10 does not; while the former looks and feels like IE 9, Metro IE 10 is a whole new galaxy in itself. The latest IE10 now runs only on Windows 8 systems, so, if you are planning to take a test drive, you need to install its Consumer Preview version before October 26 or have to upgrade to it after its launch.
Metro style IE10 enables mobile or tablet PC users to navigate left or right through a swipe gesture. You tap the screen twice to zoom in or out and pinch to pan. Even better is the snap mode, which allows you to view the browser and other applications side-by-side.
IE10 optimizes your browsing experience in more ways than one. Tiles representing most frequented sites or pinned tabs are shown on the startup screen. These tiles display the website logo with the respective colors to make identification faster. As you type a URL into the address bar, IE sifts through history, favorites and popular sites to display relevant tiles.
Thats similar to the auto-complete feature only but it is now more visual. To switch between tabs, you swipe in from the bottom or top and tap on any of the tab thumbnails that show up. A clean-up tab option allows you to close all tabs save the one youre on currently. If you face any Internet Explorer issues, you can readily avail the support of third party Internet Explorer support.
Technology-wise, IE 10 incorporates the most recent of HTML 5 and CSS 3 features including: CSS Transforms and Transitions, CSS Animations, CSS3 Shadows and CSS3 Gradients, but leaves out WebGL. If by any chance you face Internet Explorer script errors, you can take the help of third party Internet Explorer help.
On the whole, theres a plethora of new features waiting to be tried out on the Metro style IE10.
For resolving Internet Explorer problems, one can avail third party tech support. Their services are brand and version independent. All the calls are instantly replied to. The technicians are experienced enough to deal with the issues. They instantly troubleshoot the errors with complete efficiency. If you are planning to upgrade your browser to IE10, you can contact third party Internet Explorer help.