Labyrinthes and Mazes

In the stories told by the ancient Greeks, the labyrinth was a large tunnel built by Daedalus, a great inventor, in ancient Crete. It was built for the Minotaur, a fierce and cruel monster with a bull’s head and a human body, whose favorite food was young men and girls. The labyrinth was a long path with so many twists and turns that no one who entered it could ever find his way out again.

The Greek hero Theseus was sent to Crete to kill the Minotaur. He persuaded Ariadne, the daughter of the king of Crete, to give him a long thread. He tied one end to the entrance of the labyrinth and then entered and killed the Minotaur. He was able to find his way out by following the thread.

Any passageway that is full of twists and turns is still called a labyrinth. Many still use the word “maze” and “labyrinth” interchangeably, but the biggest difference is that mazes are designed to be difficult to navigate through, like in Maze Runner. In Pan’s Labyrinth, all the main character had to do was follow a one way path until she reached the destination.

Mazes have many paths that branch off, which may not necessarily lead back to the center. In the Scary Maze Game series, there is a single path that leads to the end. Technically it’s a scary labyrinth game, but I do agree it’s easier to just call it a maze game instead. No one seems to know what labyrinths actually are, and just assumes everything that resembles a labyrinth is a maze.

 

The Glorious Abacus

abacusThe abacus is the earliest “adding machine” known to history. It has been used forthousands of years, especially in oriental countries, and it is still much used in China, Japan, and other countries. The colored beads struong on wires on the side of a baby’s play pen are an abacus, and nearly everyone has seen one though very few know what it is.

There are several forms of abacus. The one shown in the picture is a Chinese abacus, which they call a swanpan or reckoning board. The beads above the middle bar are called quints and count 5 each when pushed down to the bar; the beads below count 1 each when pushed up to the bar. Each wire strung with beads is called a column because it reppreseonts one column of figures. Suppose the operator of an abacus wants to record the number 7; in the extreme right-hand column he pushes down one upper bead and pushes up two of the lower beads. In the second column from the right would count 70; in the third column, 700; and so on. The operator actually does the arithmetic in his head, step by step, and records it on the abacus as he goes along, just as we do with pencil and paper (and in fact abacuses were used in prehistoric times, before men could write), but it was faster with an abacus than with pencil and paper.

A Chinese expert compares his abacus with one of the newest, most complicated electronic calculating machines. With long practice, one can do arithmetic at lightning speed on an abacus, and in very large numbers–the beads on the abacus shown in the pucture total 1,050,558,775.

Competitive Play in Assassin’s Creed on Playstation 4

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Assassin’s Creed is one of the best multi player combat game experiences around.  On the Playstation 4, you can play against the AI, or you can log on to play with friends or to play against teams that register for competition rounds using the multi-player game network system. Whichever you prefer, if you are going to compete in Assassin’s Creed it is a good idea to have a basic overview of the different styles of multi-player competition that is available on PS4.

Building Up Your Avatar

Once you have a good grasp of the controls of the game then it is time to make sure that you have a strong enough character to take into competitive play. You don’t want to be walking in with a green avatar with no weapons and no skills. Not only is this a good way to get absolutely slaughtered before you go ten minutes into the game, but it makes you undesirable as a member of a team. Team play is one of the best ways to experience this game, but it requires that the other members of the team know that you have got their back – not that you are putting them all at risk.

Team Play

Team play is hugely popular. This is one of the best ways to spend time online with your friends playing on the Playstation 4. You are limited to 4 team members and join up to solve the game and gain the most points. You can work together to defend each other, launch attacks or solve challenges. It is essential that all of you have good quality VOIP enabled headphones to play as most of your in game communication will be done via voice messaging during the actual game play.

League Play

There is such a thing as league play in Assassin’s creed. This is when a set of teams register and agree to play during a defined period. The winner of the league play is the one who can post the evidence of the highest kills and stats gains within the defined time period by the team members. Some of the leagues can get really brutal as they will make it OK to attack other teams while you are also trying to complete the criteria for winning the league competition.

Solo

One of the best things about the way in which Playstation 4 is set up is that almost all of the games designed for it have a strong solo play feature. You don’t need teams or leagues to have a challenging, and exciting time playing Assassin’s Creed. This can be a great way to enjoy yourself; it can also be the best way to gain skill in the game while building up your avatar before launching yourself into a larger scale combat. Whether you are playing with the intent of winning the game by yourself or not, you can still post recordings, screen shots and other uploads documenting your achievements to the community.

The Importance of Alliances in Clash of Clans

Management is the key to coming out ahead in Clash of Clans. One of the most common mistakes that players make is to focus in one of two extremes, either they build up their villages with the advantage of strong battlements to protect themselves from attack, or they are too open and concentrated on creating a center crossways for trade routes – leaving them vulnerable. Another essential part of management comes in forming alliances –  if you don’t do this early enough, you can easily get overtaken by a stronger alliance while your town sits with no friends.

What is the True Nature of an Alliance?

Clash of the Clans is a multi-player strategy game. This means that there is a lot of emphasis on growing, building and positioning yourself within the game to make your clan the best of all. It also means that you are going to have to either engage in defensive behavior, or offensive behavior.

Whether it is to protect your village from marauders, or an important trade route, battle is going to happen. But that isn’t the only reason that you will want to engage in alliances. Clans don’t just come together to defeat other clans, they also agree to trade together and to allow for things like grazing permissions to happen. Alliances are also an important part of building a solid adventuring team.

The Promise of the New Hero Update

The New Hero Update is going to increase the effectiveness of many of the characters in your roster, and it is also bringing back some old favorites. One of the most hotly anticipated is the melee attacking master. If you have one of those, you are going to be a highly desired member of an alliance or adventuring team. You also have the greatest capacity to be betrayed. You have to remember that unlike other role playing games, there are more levels here.

Clash of Clans is available on multiple platforms from the Xbox to the Android. Fortunately, the designers and engineers of the game made keeping the navigational aspects of the game as fluid as possible. This means that going from platform to platform you will always be able to access your inventory or communication screens without a lot of hunting around. The navigational controls are the ones that may be the hardest to learn. To go from a touch screen interface to a hand held controller may take some getting used to, but in the end it will be as intuitive as the game itself.

Getting Connected with other Players

You can connect with other players through your primary network, or you can use the Clash of the Clans wiki to get into the world. The wiki is a great place to discuss plans, ask questions and tried to get advice on how other players overcame certain troubles in guiding their clan into wealth and power within the game.

Games Like Minecraft Increase Mental Abilities

kid plays minecraft at school

Games can be a major source of entertainment for today’s generation. It doesn’t matter how old you are, as groups of all ages play games on a daily basis. In fact, it was recently discovered that the average gamer is 30 years old! Due to technological advances, video games are everywhere. They’re on your Facebook, phone, computer, and etc. Although players of all ages love games, most of them are young children and teenagers. Some games have a large impact on education, such as Minecraft. These types of games are preferred by the parents and teachers alike. Many of the cyber café and game parlours provide opportunities to play games in a relaxed atmosphere. The simulation of real situation creates a great deal of excitement in the mind of the player.

Playing computer games keeps the mind alert and makes it sharp too. That is why even elders and working professionals like to play certain games. All kind of skill enhancement games are available online and aside from relaxing, basically are used for increasing one’s concentration, creativity and mental ability. Some of the games that increase mental ability are Minecraft; Sudoku puzzles on computer, ‘More Brain Training from Dr Kawashima and many more.

Minecraft as an Educational Tool

In a previous article, we discussed how Minecraft could be used in education. It is a creative game that requires the player to think critically in order to build creative structures.  Other skills that benefit are decision making skills, reasoning abilities, and above all, sharpness of the brain. Especially young people, school going children, and old age people like to play this game for fun and increasing their alertness. I suppose you don’t really find middle-aged people in the working class playing too many games.

Another thing about Minecraft is that it allows the player to play on the multiplayer servers and that increases the alertness. There on the platform the player has to create different structures, artwork and other creations. It sometimes tells the player to mine the ore, fight with mobs and construct blocks by finding resource available on the game. That increases one’s searching and reasoning ability. Moreover, there is interaction with other players and that in itself builds communication skills.

The game allows the player to play in a 3D generated world. As the game includes exploration, creation of structures, gathering resource and crafting, it uses the brain in various directions. The virtual atmosphere where the player has to play the game works as a brain stimulator. It also increases the ability of the youngsters to handle digital images which can be useful while completing their school projects.

Minecraft as a brain stimulator increases the mental ability of every age group of players. Even old age people can try this to make their dull world an exciting one. As it gives the brain a lot of opportunity to use it in various ways, it can benefit every kind of player. To put it bluntly, it intellectually stimulates the mind, creating a more open mind.