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Monthly Archives: November 2016

5 Most Horrifying Pokedex Entries in Pokemon Sun and Moon

There is no better glimpse into the real world and everyday life of the Pokemon universe than Pokedex entries. These snippets of exposition were a key world-building element in the anime that also guided Ash along his journey. The Pokedex provides a wealth of information about how this universe, its various ecosystems, and even the traits of the various Pokemon species come together to tell a story.

A terrifying, soul-crushing story.

Don’t be fooled by the cutesy, candy-coating of Pokemon Sun and Moon: Not all Pokemon are friendly and adorable. Let’s take a journey through the world of Pokemon Sun and Moon via the 5 most horrifying Pokedex entries.

 1. Bewear (#760)

Aw, he’s adorable. Don’t you just want to hug the big, fluffy bear? Much like bears in real life, that particular course of action has one end result: being squashed to death.  After all, the danger indicator is in this Pokemon’s name. “Bewear” of this adorable monstrosity, because said beast might just hug you to death.

2. Primape (#57)

The early days of the Pokemon anime played up the unstable and inconsolable rage of Mankey andPrimeape for laughs. I hope you got your chuckles in folks, because you were laughing at a creature in eventual life-ending pain. Good job, everyone.

3. Bounsweet (#760)

The mental image of Bounsweet being swallowed whole by a giant bird due to an inability to not be delicious is another reminder that Pokemon are the animals of this universe. That’s fine – circle of life and all that jazz. That said, I don’t need to think about an entire industry centered around forcing a specific animal to sweat out a fluid for consumption.

4. Phantump (#708)

Real talk: Not everyone can become a Pokemon Master. Few ever reach the pinnacle of “catching ’em all.” For every trainer like Gary Oak, there’s twenty losers who stubbed their foot on a dead Metapod, fell into a ravine, and were left behind. What I’m saying is that the woods are probably brimming with loads ofPhantump, ya dig? That Pokemon life isn’t for everyone, kids.

5. Salazzle (#758)

For those that are unaware, the ratio of male to female Salandit is skewed in such a way that the probability of finding a female isn’t in the player’s favor. This must be due to the fact that the females are busy planning their all-male harem for once they evolve. Regardless, it must be tiring being Salazzle. When you aren’t being farmed for gas by the perfume industry, you’re surrounded by a gaggle of smaller, more inferior males all trying their best to get the attention of Senpai.

Tips to Survive Longer in “Battle Field 1’s” Multiplayer

  The violence of The Great War was merciless. Soldiers faced bombs, organ-melting gases, rifles, artillery, and a myriad of diseases. Battlefield 1 can never truly be a simulation of the inhumane terror that the war’s victims endured; but it does try and feed gamers a taste of the chaotic bloodshed in the trenches. When you consider the bloody rainbow of deadly instruments that the game supplies your enemies with, it’s a wonder how players survive more than a minute.

  • Billy Don’t Be a Hero

If you have a vision of yourself in Battlefield 1 as a war hero, solo capping objectives and bayonet charging to break the enemy line, here’s what you do with that thought: You take it out back behind the shed and beat it in with the dull side of an ax. Take it to the river and hold it underwater till it stops squirming. Burn it, bury it and salt the Earth around the grave. If you rush a tank alone you will die. If you try to go head to head with five supports as a sniper you will die.

Battlefield 1 is all about team coordination even if you are solo-queuing as a scout, working in conjunction with your front line counterparts will bring victory. The pack is where your strength lies. In the game you aren’t the unstoppable force you may be in single player. Each match is a single battle and you play as a single soldier in an army–a cohesive fighting unit.

That’s why the class based system is in place, to encourage cooperation between players. Risky maneuvers are sometimes necessary but if it is the entirety of your play style, prepare for a frustrating count of casualties.

  • The Behemoth is a Giant Fighting Shield

If you’re lucky enough to snag a seat in these harbingers of death, don’t let go. A Behemoth spot is to be guarded like it’s a Red Cross blood drive van driving past Dracula’s castle. The top seat in the Zeppelin should be kept empty, because allies can use it for a spawn point, essentially turning your team into the 101st Airborne.

It will naturally vacate due to weak firepower and lack of targets. When you’re in one of these dangerous daddies almost nothing can hurt you. Enemy infantry will fire everything at you and still your cannons will pound away at them like they’re pizza dough. Parts of the Behemoth can be damaged, resulting in the pilot’s death but the targeted area will absorb unthinkable damage before this happens, and even then your kill count will soar.

This is especially true when playing in the dreadnought, which is out of the range of most counter weapons. A player in a behemoth seat is near unstoppable, with a good pilot and talented gunners, it can really change the tide of battle, as well as it can protect you.

  • Play to your Weapons’ strengths

This may seem like it’s a given, but in many lobbies you’ll find players trying to snipe you with optical submachine guns, firing anti-aircraft rounds at infantry, or getting gunned down as they try to use a revolver for crowd control.

This isn’t to discourage unorthodox weapon combos, but acknowledge that the effectiveness of these weapons are primarily reliant on surprise, and will suffer when enemies adapt, after they notice X_slippersticker_X killed them twice, with a syringe. Each weapon can offer you a powerful strategy for breaking through the enemy line, but only if you use them accordingly.

If you know your weapon and its limitations, you know best how to support and lean on your team, bringing you much longer lifespans, and a much happier gaming experience. For an in-depth view of Battlefield 1 weapons go here.

  • Everything is Cover

This Battlefield is much different than other games in the franchise. Most of the games in the series contain sweeping maps, and gunfights are typically mobile, located in areas that sometimes impact on the outcome of a capture point. WW1 provides the developers with the ability to streamline map focus on the objectives, which is not to say that the maps aren’t massive, but the design seems to encourage firefights around objectives, where most of the cover lies.

The weapons seem to be designed for this play style as well, favoring high impact weapons that take seconds to liquify someone. A combination of all of these factors demand the use of environmental shields. Hug the ground like it was your favorite aunt Cathy that you haven’t seen in years. Laying down and crouching will not only narrow your window of vulnerability to enemy fire, but also keep you hidden from vehicles, if you choose a good hiding spot. The Great War was all about digging in and holding off waves of enemies crashing into your position, remember that as you defend and attack strongholds across the map.

  • Don’t Be Afraid to Spawn on the Objective

It’s tempting, you were sprinting to get the flame trooper kit. Your allies are following you racing for the same prize, but your way ahead. Your heart beats fat. You smile, and even start bouncing your foot out of excitement, then a sniper takes you out right as your about to hit the pickup button. You may be feeling a lot of emotions, anger, disbelief, an itching feeling that the universe gets off torturing you.

You’d like nothing more than to spawn on your squad mate, charge the sniper, and bash his head in with the shovel as he raises a useless hand in terror to defend himself. The position has been swarmed and your allies are dropping. Take a deep breath and spawn on the closest objective. If you spawn anywhere near your allies and they are certainly losing a fight, or if you know they are exposed to fire, don’t spawn.

When you die you’re only going to be mad at yourself for the match’s score. It’s safer to just spawn on the objective and try a new strategy, instead of spawning and throwing yourself in fatal droves at a fortification.

8 Best Games Where The Illuminati Secretly Rule The World

 The Illuminati is the most prominent secret organization that is thought to be ruling the world from the shadows; a series of symbols, such as the all seeing eye and the owl, being associated with it. Even though there is no proof that this mysterious society really exists, the video game industry cashed in on the idea. And because this subject is a highly exciting one, we are going to reveal the best 8 games where the Illuminati rule the world.

Resident Evil 4

Los Illuminados, The Enlightened Ones in Spanish, is an occult group and it is considered the main antagonist in Resident Evil 4. Worshiping a breed of parasitic organisms that could control their hosts, known as Las Plagas, this dark organization first came into being sometimes in the 18th century. An army of Zealots, Villagers and Combatants is used to do the biddings of the cult’s leader: Osmund Saddler, the ultimate goal being to take over the world.

Max Payne

The Inner Circle from Max Payne is a secret society that has influence over the organized crime groups of New York City as well as over the federal government. Acting very much in the same vein as the famous Illuminati, this mysterious organization is ruled by shadowy figures that have ties to the criminal world, the political parties, the church and some other private business sectors. They are notorious for using other people to do their dirty work, even Max Payne gets to be recruited for some of their missions.

Half Life 2

The Half Life 2 equivalent of the Illuminati is most definitely the immensely powerful inter-dimensional organization known simply as The Combine. Composed mainly of an immense variety of both allied and enslaved species, the goal of this influential organization is to build an inter-dimensional Empire and dominate the entire Multiverse. Its leader is a mysterious entity but the alien species called Advisors are doing all the administration work for The Combine.

Samoliotik

Samoliotik is not a big video game that offers an intricate plot and tons of hours of gameplay but it certainly is enjoyable enough to keep you entertained for quite a while. Described as a “stylish shoot-em-up with different enemies, bosses, color palettes and power-ups”, this endearing title allows the players to fight The Illuminati, Adolf Hitler and some other squirmy creatures. Samoliotik is easy to master and it definitely is the ideal title if you would like to gain some fast achievements.

Crackdown

The Agency is the secret organization that controls the futuristic dystopian city where the story from Cracdown takes place. Keeping a low profile, much like the Illuminati, this society’s goal is to completely eradicate the city’s organized crime cartels with the help of their wide resources and genetically modified super soldiers known as Agents. The war on crime is difficult and, in order to succeed, many sacrifices have to be made.

The Black Watchmen

The gameplay of The Black Watchmen really takes things to the next level. This Permanent Alternate Reality Game uses the real world as its in-game universe, heavily blurring the lines between fiction and reality and turning every day interactions into game mechanics. In a world dominated by occult secret societies that plot to overthrow the status quo, The Black Watchmen are the paramilitary task force that has to protect the people.

The Secret World

Three Secret Societies rule the world in the MMORPG The Secret World: The Illuminati, the Dragons and the Templars. Each of them is a playable faction and you can choose to become a member right from the start from the character creation panel, because there are no restrictions based on race, abilities or ethnicity. The Illuminati are a group that is operating in the shadows, acting silently unless the situation really calls for gunfire, they are ruthless and dominate the world in total secret.

Deus Ex

In the dystopian cyber punk society of a future Earth, several organizations compete to gain full control over the world. Of course, the most prominent and constant appearance in Deus Ex is certainly the Illuminati. Dedicated to the spiritual perfection of the individual, this secret organization has a very clear ultimate goal: to establish a New World Order that will allow them to govern the entire planet without facing any kind of opposition.

What to do if Money is Dropped on You in GTA

 The Problem

An increasingly common misconception among GTA Online players is that getting money dropped on you by hackers will result in your account being banned. The ban resulting from the sudden increase of cash you’re carrying around. However, there are a number of ways to minimize any sort of harm that hackers may inflict upon you when and if this occurs. We’ve put together a hacker avoidance guide before, but that touched on different topics than this guide.
What’s next?

Dropped Money ≠ Ban

First of all, getting money dropped on you won’t get you banned, and it has never caused false bans. Another misconception is that whether or not you bank the cash actually matters. Some claim banking it will save you from a ban, others that banking it is what causes the ban. Neither are true, because banking the cash makes no difference whatever which way. You’re not getting banned for this, period.

Avoid Hackers and Switch Lobbies

One more thing before we proceed: the quickest, safest and overall best way to avoid issues caused by hackers is to simply hop to a different lobby. No method beats this right now. Even though a recent upgrade to the in-game anti-cheat allows for the mid-session banning of hackers, reporting someone won’t insta-ban them since that system would be open to abuseby trolls and griefers, especially considering that absolutely every ban isnon-negotiable.

However, if for whatever reason you decide to risk it all and stay in a lobby with a hacker, there are some precautions to take. Again, we’d just suggest switching sessions, but hey, some of you folk are off your axels. Sometimes you might meet someone who is a ‘nice hacker’, someone who doesn’t crash the lobby with the spawning of infinite Titans, or doesn’t take all your guns away from you.

Nice Hackers Don’t Exist

First of all, there are no ‘nice hackers’. They might not be screwy right now but you can bet that they cocked up other lobbies for kicks before, and will do so again. Any and all forms of hacking are in breach of GTA Online’s EULA and ToS, and bans are issued in these cases.

Don’t Enter the Vehicle

Now, while dropping cash on you won’t result in the banhammer descending upon you, hackers can get you banned in other ways. A golden rule is never, ever to get into a car with a hacker. A number of hack effects, like god mode, are transferrable this way, meaning if you hop into a car with an invincible player, you’ll be invincible too. But without any of the anti-ban precautions these hackers have set up you’ll probably tick off the anti-cheat within seconds.

God mode isn’t the only effect that is transferrable this way, but all of them will get you banned. The thing with hacking is that for all the masking techniques out there, none are fool-proof and even the best can only buy you time before you’re banned. If any of you think it’s a great idea to set up a mask of some sort and hop into a hacker’s car as an easy way to get an unfair advantage, be warned that you’re just signing the death sentence of your account.

Losing Your Weapons and Ammo

A common thing to experience is having all of your weapons taken from you by hackers. This particular problem is quickly resolved with a single loading screen, like going to your apartment or something. However, you’ll reinitialize without any ammo, even though your weapons are back. Not only does this mean that your carefully cherished firework rockets are adiós, but you can waste a bunch of cash on buying it back.

We risk repeating ourselves, but here, session hopping is your best best. Even if you’re stuck it out with the hackers up to this point, unless you want to waste hard earned money on ammo you never fired, switch sessions as quickly as possible. Dallying too much will make the issue ‘set’, but if you’re swift you’ll load into the new lobby with all of your weapons and ammo on you.

Beat the Titan Spawners

Evidence for this next tip is anecdotal at best, but hey, if it works for just one guy out of ten, it’s still helping (and with the number of players playing GTA Online, one out of ten is still almost a million a week). When a hacker begins to crash the lobby with infinite prop spawning, turn your in-game field of view to the ground as quickly as possible and try to switch session before it boots you out.

The idea is that even though the props will exist within the game world, the hardware will be less taxed – this can even be tested on mid-range PCs ambiently. Have an FPS counter on, look out into the distance so many objects need to be rendered. Then look down right at the ground, and you’ll get significantly better framerates due to the fewer objects.

Sometimes, hackers will spawn props into your character model that persist after several lobby switches. In these cases, a full reboot of the system is suggested, though simply switching to singleplayer then back to multiplayer also works most of the time. We have yet to hear of this causing a ban. However there is a likelihood of having an altered player model trip the anti-cheat, so for your safety we’d suggest rebooting your system entirely.

Avoid Their Gear

Another way to avoid bans is to not interact with hacker-spawned vehicles or other items. Occasionally you’ll meet an alleged ‘nice hacker’ who spawns a dozen Duke O’Deaths into the lobby for players to have fun with. Except the hack is kind of like a virus that spreads from carseats. Like sharing a car with a hacker, sitting in a hacked car is like painting a target on your colluding ass.

Don’t Beg

Speaking of collusion, there is one thing that is rarely spoken of but does cause bans. See, people can’t only report hackers, but people who outright ask for cash. Chat-log screencaps of you polishing gizzard for easy money (since money drops don’t cause bans) are all Rockstar Support needs to let loose the dogs of ban to feast upon your greedy shins.

Stay Informed

If you’ve possibly, even inadvertently, done anything stated above to put you at risk of a ban but haven’t been banned yet (and are actually, genuinely innocent), we’d suggest keeping an eye on the forums. Usually whenever there is a banwave, pissed hackers whine about it in drove so they are hard to miss. Ban waves themselves come in smaller sub-waves, and if you’re not caught by the first, staying offline for a while might save your account.

Final Thoughts

That said, none of this is a guarantee. For your own safety, just burn the lobby-hopping suggestion into your mind and use it as your go-to method for hacker avoidance. If you’re ever in a situation where you’re tempted to stay in a lobby with a hacker, just ask yourself whether risking your account, and all progress on it, is worth it all.