Paypal Contacted by Blizzard to Reduce Gold Transactions

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It’s been a well known fact that MMO’s have always generated true economies around themselves. Not only taking into account the economy from within the game, but rather considering the real world money generated and “moved” around by the said game and its content.

Blizzard’s World of Warcraft is probably the MMO with the most trades occurring in and outside of it. Starting with game characters sold on auctions or on certain MMO related pages, moving on to items or gold being sold within the game for real money, WoW, can generate to a user with enough resources over 2000 or 3000 US dollars a month in revenue. The cost of achieving such revenue is very small and as you can see the profits are rather large.

In an effort to reduce the large wave of gold trading in particular, Blizzard has contacted PayPal in regards to this issue. As such, Blizzard is claiming the “Intellectual Proprieties Violation” clause for the in game gold sales made through the webpage. This generated some issue with Curse Gaming as well, which is advertising this “unorthodox” method of obtaining in game currency. According to GamezIndustry, the gaming portal received a message claiming that “You were reported to PayPal as an Intellectual Properties violation by Blizzard Entertainment Inc. for the sale of World of Warcraft Merchandise.” Pretty harsh words, but you have to be fair about it, they are selling something which isn’t theirs.

Still this has been a known fact for many years and it seems to me that Blizzard fails to realize the magnitude this has already reached. There are plenty of other pages which will help users in exchanging money for gold. Surely this will slow down the gold traffic for a while, but PayPal is losing money no matter how you look at the issue. As for anyone debating that you are giving real money to game money I ask you – what is real money? Is it’s reality defined by the fact that you can hold it in your hands? This can lead for a very long and boring discussion referring to the concept of money as an abstract means of determining value, yet I do consider that Blizzard is overdoing the witch hunt.

As I previously said, this will slow the traffic of gold down somewhat, yet this is an issue which Blizzard will not be able to completely eradicate. The simple reason can be found in smaller and poorer countries where the minimal wage is around 100 dollars a month, so a user playing WoW and selling gold in it for real money can generate a larger income with less physical work. Is it worth it? Apparently to some users it is and as long as those users will consider that this is the most efficient method of obtaining some cash, Blizzard won’t be able to stop the flow of cash in any direction and of any form. Until next time, stop trading gold because Blizzard might just ban your account!

How to Find the Best Minecraft Servers

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If you’ve been playing Minecraft online for a while, you’ll notice that each server has a ton of different properties, including mods, maps, players, community, staff, experience and etc. You’ve probably played on a server where there were a bunch of hackers, griefers, trolls, or perhaps bad or lazy moderators. Let’s not forget the ones that lag like crazy and are down all the time. It is really difficult to find the Minecraft server that fits your needs, and that’s where Minecraft Servers Hub comes in.

What is Minecraft Servers Hub?

Minecraft Servers Hub offers a ranked servers list where you can filter by location, tags, versions, and more. Rest assured that you will only see the best servers, because rankings are determined by votes from users around the world. Once you’ve narrowed down the servers you are interested in, you could check out individual server stats such as uptime, player count, perks, tags, video, and more. For example, for someone who enjoys PvP, just filter the servers by the PvP tag to view all of the PvP servers in the database.

You can easily determine the quality of the server by looking at its ranking and stats. This saves a lot of time if you’re doing it the old way, which is looking at individual server entries on various Minecraft forums. The problem with the old method is that the admins are new and they just started their server. With Minecraft Servers Hub, you can find well established servers whose admins are highly experienced. This way you won’t face a bunch of problems with new server admins who don’t know what they’re doing.

How Does It Benefit Server Owners?

Minecraft Servers Hub allows server owners to advertise their server, free of charge. Simply register an account, add the server details, and submit. The entire process is seamless, and the site will automatically ping the server every 5 minutes. A cool feature is that it also automatically picks up the server favicon, message of the day, player count, and uptime. These promotional details are a great way to attract new players and build your community.

For even more exposure, server owners can also purchase a sponsored slot, which will place their server at the top of the page. Sponsored servers get more attention than regular ones mainly because site users will see them first.

Conclusion

As a veteran Minecraft player and YouTuber, Minecraft Servers Hub is hands down the best way to play Minecraft online without any headaches. I’ve joined a lot of great communities thanks to this site, and it’s always exciting to see new servers break the top 10. The best part about it is how users can vote for their favorite servers, which means that you are guaranteed to play on great servers that fit your criteria.

The Resolution Revolution

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Visceral’s newest game, Battlefield Hardline, is due on March 17th, and has already been released to those who are subscribed to EA Access. It was also recently announced that Battlefield Hardline would have a resolution of 720p on Xbox One and 900p on the PS4. This news follows a string of similar news, with many next-gen titles releasing with a lower resolution on Xbox One or sacrificing features and/or details to achieve visual parity. Until the Xbox One gets a serious hardware change, which is reportedly in the works, this is unlikely to change anytime soon. The big question here is, does resolution matter? Well, it’s all a matter of perspective.

If the sales show anything about this question, the answer is yes, resolution matter. As of March 3rd the PS4 has sold over 20.2 million units. This is in contrast to the Xbox One’s sales, which were reported to be 10 million during the month of November and haven’t been reported since. If the consumers are saying anything here, it’s that they believe the PS4 is worth the higher prices. Now we can’t be sure if this is because of resolution or some other factor, but it is true that the PS4 can achieve higher resolutions and that it is selling better despite higher prices. However, the Xbox One still has a sizable market, which is most likely due to console exclusives, an affinity to Microsoft, or its home entertainment aspect.

It’s also possible that many people simply don’t care. While this may be the seemingly less popular opinion many, me included, probably do not care about the resolution boosts, at least not enough to switch consoles. Personally, I’ve never noticed much of a difference between the different HD resolutions. This may be because of sub-1080p monitors or simply small screens, but side by side I rarely notice a difference. Even of those who do notice a difference, many do not care. There’s a sizable population that cares more about a game than its final resolution. A game can and will look beautiful if it’s well made, whether or not it’s in 1080p. Resolution does not alter gameplay and mechanics of a system, and because of this fact many seem to ignore the differences, opting for whichever UI they feel most comfortable with.

The resolution game has caused strife for developers and consumers alike. Some developers have opted to develop their games with resolution parity in mind. On multiple occasions this has caused an outrage among the community, who believe that the max visual fidelity has been lowered to match even though the PS4 could, in their minds, handle more. Whether or not this is true, resolution parity is a legitimate strategy for developers. Focusing on a constant visual quality can allow a developer to more accurately fine-tune and optimize a game while stemming complaints of sub-par graphics from lower-end users. When the PS4 does have higher resolutions, such as in Battlefield Hardline’s case, many Xbox One owners are outraged. Since day 1 the console has lacked behind in this regard even though the graphics capability of the console was improved with the option to remove a kinect reservation in the GPU.

Does resolution make or break a game? I’d like to think that it doesn’t. After all, it’s a game not a photo or movie. And while games can look utterly astounding, gameplay is the core component here. But on a larger scale, does resolution matter in making a console chose? Well, that’s a matter of perspective.

League of Legends Skin Scam

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Riot Games recently announced that they are doing away with the special codes that allow players to customize the skins they use with their League of Legends accounts. The decision comes after an enormous controversy over a series of scams done using League of Legend skins. As Riot can’t quite stop the scam and keep the skins active that are valid, they are temporarily doing away with the customized skin codes altogether. It remains to be seen if this option is going to come back – or if they will just move on to avoid a repeat of what they just put an end to.

When Riot introduced the special codes that allowed members of certain tiers to access custom skins, they did so with the best of intentions. What they didn’t expect is that scammers would get a hold of the codes and then offer them for sale for upwards of $1,000 USD. The scammers often listed the skins as “custom” or “one-of-a-kind” when in fact they were part of a limited edition gallery meant to be earned, not purchased. The prevalence of the sales by scammers, and then member complaints led to Riot games shutting down the whole coding system.

Why did People pay $1000 for a Skin?

The question is why would anyone pay that much money for a skin for a game? The answer lies in the enormous popularity of League of Legends. This is one of the world’s most popular multi-player games and players are truly dedicated to their experience. The ability to add a custom skin not only personalizes the game play, but it can add to the player’s interest in the game. With the skins set up as a kind of reward, there is also a great deal of satisfaction experienced by having one on your screen.

Unfortunately, many people would rather pay for the reward than earn it and the scammers took advantage of it. From Riot’s point of view, this diluted the entire purpose of the custom skin codes. It was better to pull the codes than to allow them to be sold for profit when they were intended to be rewards for loyalty in the game.

What Now?

It may be hard for Riot to come up with an in game reward for player achievement and loyalty that can’t be monetized by a scammer. Much of it has to do with the desire of players to get what they haven’t earned in order to feel more closely a part of the world of League of Legends. Riot is going to have to come up with a series of rewards, some of which can be bought, to diffuse the attraction of trying to buy one on the black market.

By selling their own line of rewards and skins, Riot can also shut down the scammers from accessing an easy profit that doesn’t benefit the game in anyway. That is the other aspect of all this, scammers selling skin codes didn’t just lower profit for Riot, they took away game development money.

Armies in the 20th Century

The armies of World War I fought in dense formations, usually dug into defensive trenches. Artillery and machine guns took a dreadful toll on both sides, and casualties were high. During the 1920s and 1930s new tactics were developed to make full use of the speed and power of the airplane and the tank. In World War II the German army achieved surprise by its blitzkrieg (“lightning war”) tactics. In blitzkrieg warfare, motorized infantry, tanks, and artillery raced across country, while overhead fighter and bomber aircraft provided support for them. Landing-raft ferried armies across rivers, lakes, and seas.

During World War II the largest armies ever seen were assembled by China, Russia, Japan, Germany, Britain and her allies, and the United States. During the war the United States army reached a peak strength of 8 million men and women, in both ground and air forces. In 1944 the Allies landed enormous armies in France, in the largest sea-borne invasion ever mounted.

At that time many army tactics were introduced that are still in used today. Air support played a vital part. Most armies had airborne assault troops, who were soldiers carried by air. Sometimes they were dropped by parachute; sometimes they landed in gliders towed to the battle zone by other aircraft. World War II armies also perfected amphibious warfare. Troops were carried ashore in special landing craft, and tanks “swam” ashore under their own power.

There were many advances in weapons, chiefly in aircraft and artillery, including rockets and guided missiles. The war was finally ended by the dropping of the atomic bomb, which unleashed a destructive force far greater than that of any army upon Hiroshima, Japan.

Even though the modern army has highly complicated weapons (radar-guided rockets, quick-firing guns, armored helicopters), it has been shown that powerful arms do not always bring victory. During World War II, resistance fighters used guerrilla tactics very successfully. Small bands of fighters would attack suddenly, and disappear into the countryside. In the Vietnam War, the United States faced a determined guerrilla enemy, whose forces in the end proved victorious.

Today’s infantryman travels light and at speed. He carries a self-loading rifle or submachine-gun, and rides in an armored personnel carrier, equipped with anti-tank weapons. He has special clothing to protect him from biological and chemical weapons. The solder’s face-mask allows him or her to breathe safely in the thick of smoke or gas. The “tin hat” worn by soldiers in the two World Wars has been replaced by a molded helmet.

Communications are vital to the modern army. Units keep in touch with headquarters by radio, and signals can be sent by satellite right across the world in seconds. If necessary, today’s infantry can operate as fast-moving independent groups. For their armored vehicles carry not only radio and weapons, but also cooking equipment, food and water, and medical supplies.

I Worship the Sun

As George Carlin brilliantly puts it, he comically worships the sun because he can observe it, and that it is one of the basic ingredients required for all life. I certainly don’t believe in an invisible man in the sky, but I do believe that there must be extraterrestrial life forms out there–possibly those from outside of our realm of observation such as other dimensions or curvatures of spacetime. Anyway, back to the Sun.

The Sun is the center of the solar system, which you probably learned back in elementary school. This enourmous star gives us all the light and heat we need to grow food and keep warm. It was worshipped as the mightiest of the gods by the ancient Egyptians, and for good reason. The Sun, however, is not the largest star in the galaxy. It seems very big and bright because it is only 93 million miles away from Earth. Light from the Sun takes eight minutes to reach us; light from Sirius, the next brightest star, takes eight years! The Sun is made up of gases, mostly hydrogen, and is powered by a natural process called nuclear fusion–when atoms of hydrogen fuse, or join together ot make helium.

Nuclear fusion takes place in the center, or core, of the Sun, where temperatures are around 27 million degreens Farenheit. The Sun has shone in the sky for nearly 5 billion years and scientists believe it has enough hydrogen in its core to “burn” for another 5 billion years, which is over double the age of the Earth. We have a long way to go before we all die from lack of sunlight. Upon star death, it will expand to become a red giant before shrinking to become a feeble white star.

Cloud Activity

Clouds of gas called prominences can erupt from the Sun’s surface. They are best seen during a total eclipse of the Sun–when the Moon cuts off the bright light of the photosphere.

Inside the Sun

Energy is produced in the core of the Sun. It is transferred to the surface zone of radiation and convection. We can see the Sun’s photosphere through the thin chromosphere and the outher atmosphere–the cornea.

The Surface of the Sun

Cool, dark patches called sunspots lie beneath the bright spots seen here.

Energy Burst

Solar flares are huge eruptions that occur near sunspots. They release a massive amount of energy into space.

Ribbons of Light

Solar flares send charged particles from areas aroud sunspots into space. When they hit the Earth’s charged upper atmosphere near the magnetic poles, they cause colorful dancing ribbons of light, called auroras, or Northern or Southern lights. Auroras appear more often when there is heavy sunspot activity.

Managing Characters on Hearthstone

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Hearthstone is one of the fastest growing multi-player game adventures that is available on mobile devices that uses the characters and basic World of Warcraft setting to keep you in the WoW world even when you are away.. It takes the classic role playing setup of characters, skills and inventory and creates an immersive experience where you are role playing life in another dimension. With a heavy social network following and in game networking system, many dedicated players spend more time working on their lives in Hearthstone then they do their real time existence. That is not such a bad thing, if you want to be one of the masters of this game, you have to show a lot of dedication.

Advantages of a Free Game

While free is great, most games use the freemium model in which the only way to really get anything out of the game is to pay for advanced features. Hearthstone isn’t set up like that – you can really play through the entire game without missing anything and without having to pay for a premium feature. Every premium feature that they offer – from weapons to increasing your health and healing abilities can be earned with in game play. The advantage to earning what you use in the game is surprising.

First of all, in earning the points you spend you have to play more. The more time in the game that you have the better you will become at it and the more you will discover hidden within it. The next advantage is that it allows you to create a strategy that you can apply to your characters. You can have one main account, or two separate accounts – one for free and one for premium pay. You should always have multiple characters for each account.

By maintaining multiple characters you can experience Hearthstone on many different levels. How a Paladin plays the game is going to be much different from how a healer does. . As you get to know the cheats better you will also see that many of them can be traded back and forth between characters to increase one of the powers. Trading enchantment is a good example of this. If a warrior gives away enchantment they can wind up speeding up their strength. The same doesn’t hold true for a magician, but they have their own set of unique cheats that work based upon how they use them to help other characters. If the characters you are choosing to help are your own, you can become even stronger than ever before.

What Comes Next?

As Hearthstone continues to grow in membership and in total time spent online the entire culture of the game and supporting game network is slowly firming up. Many of the upgrades that are coming will be less focused on expanding the game play then on working to increase the quality of the play.

What’s Playing on Wii U?

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With a Wii U console and an account, you can log in and discover a whole new universe! One of the best things about the new console is that it integrates the rest of the world into as well. While you are playing on your Wii U, you will also have access to several channels that you can monitor while playing or switch to when you are taking a pause from your game. Here are the top channels that are featured right now.

Miiverse

Miiverse is Nintendo’s social network that is designed for gamer’s by gamers. With the new Camp Miiverse section you can even post your results from different games, take up some of the open challenges that are posted there, enter contests and more. The thing that makes Miiverse work is it is integrated with game play so you can still chat with friends outside of the game while playing.

Netflix and Hulu

Nintendo also got a special deal with Netflix and Hulu to allow their movies and shows to stream over the Wii U tablets and screen controllers. You don’t need to carry special devices and you can tag your shows to your account. This means you can watch, pause to play a game and go back to pick up where you left off. You can also share movies and “watch” them with friends, using Miiverse to talk during the show.

News Feeds

There is also a choice of the top News apps and feeds offered through Wii U so you can stay up with the current news in the world. You can set the categories that you want added to your general stream so you only see what interests you. The posts will come with Yeah! You can also share the posts to other timelines.

eShop

Your Wii U controller will let you access the eShop so you can direct purchase anything from add-ons in the game to new levels, Wii U consoles and accessories, and gaming merchandise. In Japan, you will soon be able to purchase any NTC items using your controller in real stores.

Internet Access and Social Nedia

You can also access the Internet directly and all of your other social media accounts such as Facebook and Myspace. The ability to switch between the Miiverse and open Internet means you don’t have to clutter up your gaming network feed, but can keep in contact with family and other friends separately.

The Wii U Virtual Console

Another channel option is the Wii U Virtual Console. This is designed for those who are fans of older games from other gaming systems to allow them to port and convert the games into Wii U.

Other

Nintendo has plans for an expansion of the channels that are offered on Wii U. The new channels will also include games that are solely designed for channel play. There are also whole new groupings of Wii U apps coming out that will make use of the channel design system. There won’t be one great release of add-on channels, but a steady stream as they are developed.

What Makes Xbox One Different?

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Between Wii U, PlayStation 4 and all the other next generation gaming systems, why is Xbox One considered to be so different? Even before they adjusted the pricing down into the affordability range, not one reviewer ever slighted the game system. Some reviewers even went as far as to call it the best product Microsoft has produced.

It may have initially been too expensive for most people, but why is it now flying off the shelves, especially when other gaming systems have comparable prices and familiarity? The answer lies in the unique approach that Microsoft used in selecting the designers to put the system, console and controllers together.

Why Would Who Designs it Matter?

From the beginning in 2005 when the Xbox 360 was first released, it stood out in the gaming crowd. With the rising market for home gaming systems and multi-player game systems there were companies developing systems like clockwork. Microsoft was the only one to specifically seek out and involve game players in every aspect of the design.

It is one thing to have a play a game designed by someone who games, it was quite another to have every aspect of the system, console and controller designed with gamers involved. It transformed not just how the user interfaces with the hardware, but it also dictated the speed of the machine and other technological selections.

A gaming console designed by gamers is a system that is meant for gamers. It was only in these past few years that Microsoft lost its focus on how important having gaming at the center of the philosophy of a gaming system can be. The result was a loss in sales, a now defunct streaming original TV content studio, and new upgrades and lower prices rolled out to bring gamers back home.

How Much Will Xbox One Expand in the Future?

Microsoft has begun to refocus its priorities on the gaming console and is working to increase how much you can do from the controller platforms. They are integrating 3D Blue-ray technology into the Xbox One which not only adds to the potential gaming experience but also allows the users to watch stand-alone media on their consoles as well. They are bundling back in the ability to subscribe to Netflix and Hulu to also improve the entertainment capabilities of the console as well.

As far as the coming games, the console features everything from Call of Duty to some of the newest and most adventurous titles. They are a favorite of up and coming game designers because they will work with them from the backend design side to make sure that the intent of the game design is preserved fully in its execution.

Many of the other gaming systems are driven by a profit margin only, which means gamers aren’t sitting there making the decisions about features, upgrades and which games to develop – they are left out of the process. With Xbox One, there has been a return to the reason why the game system was so respected and will continue to be so in the future.

Top 5 Cheats in Grand Theft Auto V (PlayStation)

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The cheats available for Grand Theft Auto V are coming out fast and furious. This means that while you can use these to get ahead and win, chances are that there are a bunch more high powered cheats hidden in the game that might take a year to be uncovered. Until they are, there are some common ones that will help make a difference in how you play. Be warned though – use any of these cheats and you won’t be eligible for a trophy anymore.

Cheats are a great way to create a strategy in a game. They can help you to survive a dry run of a course so you know what lies ahead. Then you can select the vehicles and weapons you need to conquer it and beat other players so you can score your trophy without the cheats in play.

Cheat #1 – World Cheat: Change Weather

You can change the weather to get ahead in the game, especially if you have the car that can handle whatever Mother Nature brings. This also means that you can change the weather from bad to good if you need to – simply trigger the R2, X, L1, L2, L2, L2 and Square to make things start to go your way. Don’t rush to use this too often, if people know you have it then they can anticipate it with a few cheats of their own and respond in ways you don’t like.

Cheat #2 – Spawn Vehicle: Duster

Get the Duster that can handle everything on the road with a powerful engine and responsive tranny. To trigger it hit right, left, R1, R1, R1, Triangle, Triangle, X, O, L1 and L1. Make sure you don’t have any delays in the triggering of the controller when you do this, and it will only work with the latest stock controllers.

Cheat #3 – World Cheat: Slippery Streets

This gives you a more specific claim over the weather and is good if your vehicle has the wide tires to handle it and you have mastered the drift. Trigger triangle, R1, R1, Left, R1, L1, R2 and L1.

Cheat #4 – Let Health and Armor Be at The Maximum

This cheat violates just about all the rules for competition but it ca transform your game into a fast and furious explosion of fun. With max armor and health, nothing can stop you. This can be a really great way to learn the ins and out of a course before coming back and doing it clean. Trigger, L1, Triangle and R2 to start, after which you do X, Square, O and Right before taking on Square, L1, L1 and L1 to get started.

Cheat #5 – Explosive Rounds

This last cheat is essential if you are going to be up against tough competition. These explosive rounds can be fired to the front and back to take out structures and other drivers. You can refill the cheat as many times as you like. Trigger right, then square, after that X! Then, you should continue with Left, R1 and R2. After that, the set that comes is left, right, right, L1, L1 and L1.