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Total War: Three Kingdoms, strategy in the China of legends

Creative Assembly had us accustomed to a very credible approach to history on the strategy games of the Total War series. A solid historical background has been the base of all of the elements that have given form to their games over the years. From the units in the armies to many of the combat mechanics and the detailed scenarios, one could get immersed in perfect recreations of massive historical battles and truly feel like general commanding troops on the battlefield. There were some doubts about the direction that the franchise was taking when Total War: Warhammer came out first. Those came mainly from the fact that nobody could guess if the change to a fantasy setting would affect the franchise, but time has proven that the adaptation of Games Workshop’s tabletop game was a very good idea given the success of the game.

Total War: Three Kingdoms is the next step for Creative Assembly, and once more it´s headed in a different and quite interesting direction. This new installment of the Total War series will take us to ancient China during the Thre Kingdoms period. It’s the year 190 AD, and the fall of the once glorious Han dynasty is followed by uncertainty and turmoil, with several factions trying to rise to power in a conflict that will decide the future of China. Each of those factions is led by a warlord that will be the center of the most character-driven Total War title up to date.

Battle in Total War: Three Kingdoms

The game offers a new type of blend between historical accuracy and a fantasy setting based on the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and it does it with two different game modes that will allow players to experience the best of both worlds.

Romance mode puts a heavy emphasis on individual heroes. In fact, you won´t choose a starting faction but a hero instead. You will then use him to recruit more generals, and each of those will have their own troops. The composition of your army will depend exclusively on what heroes you bring into battle. You can even command your hero separately, putting his extraordinaire abilities to the best use. This fact only gives more relevance than ever to the individuals and the dynamics between heroes, as they will not only affect your battles but also the kind of actions you can perform on the campaign map and the bonuses you get. Being aware of the heroes’ abilities and traits will be more decisive than ever before if you want to pave your way to victory and be the next one to unify and rule China.

On Records mode, based on the historical text Records of the Three Kingdoms, the quasi-divine powers of the mighty heroes are removed, and they can no longer be commanded as individual units. This alone allows the player to experience the game in a new, different way, one that feels more similar to the classic Total War games.

In the end, Total War: Three Kingdoms manages to deliver a great turn-based strategy experience, full of epic battles with legendary heroes, that can be played however you choose. Whether you are into historical battles in …

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Tangledeep Switch Review: Platonic Ideal

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Tangledeep sure is a roguelike. It does roguelike things and does them pretty well. It looks nice (for the most part), sounds nice, and makes sure every replay is a completely new experience while also making sure the early sections you’ve played repeatedly aren’t an annoying grind. If you like roguelikes, you’ll probably like Tangledeep, and if you don’t, you probably won’t, and I’m giving this game a solid 7.5/10.

This review of Tangledeep was based on the Nintendo Switch version of the game, and a review code was provided.

all screenshots courtesy of gamespress

 

In all seriousness, I found Tangledeep to do everything right in somehow the most ambivalent way possible. I should love this game, I like roguelikes, I like fantasy, I like the soundtrack, I like class-based RPGs, I like having progression between runs, but Tangledeep feels like it’s missing something, and the worst part is I don’t have any idea what. Let’s look further, maybe we’ll figure it out.

At the start of the game, you can pick from a number of classes, each with different abilities and playstyles, and you can unlock more as you progress through the game. You can also pick from different game modes: adventure, heroic, and hardcore. Heroic mode is the standard game mode: if you unlock a class during the game, you can play as them after your next death, and that character will be allowed access to any money or items stored in the bank. In adventure mode, permadeath mechanics are turned off and you maintain all your items and level, losing your experience towards the next level, your JP to buy new abilities, and half your money. In hardcore mode, death is the absolute end, and you have to start over entirely, with no progress carrying over. On top of all that, you can pick additional gameplay modifiers to make the game easier or harder, customizing the experience to be just how you like it. This is all great, making Tangledeep both a nice intro to roguelike newcomers and a challenge for veterans.

Outside of the main dungeon, there’s a campsite-esque area for you to stock up before going in. Here you can buy and make food, get items, heal up, change your class, and learn new techniques. You can return here from most points in the dungeon and then return to the floor you left off on, so you’re always able to heal up, refresh your inventory, or put your money away so you don’t lose it when you die. Going south leads you to another area, which has some other important amenities. One is a tree farm, where you can plant seeds you find within Tangledeep. These will drop food and cooking items as you adventure, and you can chop them down for exp and jp. This is a great way to get yourself caught up to where you left off after death, and it’s a good idea to plant a few in the early game and let them grow a lot before the late game. Another is a monster pen. You can tame monsters you find in the dungeons, and keep them in the pen until you want to take one of …

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Learn and use fork(), vfork(), wait() and exec() system calls across Linux Systems

It is found that in any Linux/Unix based Operating Systems it is good to understand fork and vfork system calls, how they behave, how we can use them and differences between them. Along with these wait and exec system calls are used  for process spawning and various other related tasks.

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Most of these concepts are explained using programming examples. In this article, I will be covering what are fork, vfork, exec and wait system calls, their distinguishing characters and how they can be better used.

fork()

fork(): System call to create a child process.

[email protected] ~}$ man fork

This will yield output mentioning what is fork used for, syntax and along with all the required details.

The syntax used for the fork system call is as below,

pid_t fork(void);

Fork system call creates a child that differs from its parent process only in pid(process ID) and ppid(parent process ID). Resource utilization is set to zero. File locks and pending signals are not inherited. (In Linux “fork” is implemented as “copy-on-write()“).

Note:-Copy on write” -> Whenever a fork() system call is called, a copy of all the pages(memory) related to the parent process is created and loaded into a separate memory location by the Operating System for the child process. But this is not needed in all cases and may be required only when some process writes to this address space or memory area, then only separate copy is created/provided.

Return values:-  PID (process ID) of the child process is returned in parents thread of execution and “zero” is returned in child’s thread of execution. Following is the c-programming example which explains how fork system call works.

[email protected] ~}$ vim 1_fork.c
#include<stdio.h>
#include<unistd.h>
Int main(void)
{
printf("Before fork\n");
fork();
printf("after fork\n");
}
[email protected] ~}$ 
[email protected] ~}$ cc 1_fork.c
[email protected] ~}$ ./a.out
Before fork
After fork
[email protected] ~}$

Whenever any system call is made there are plenty of things that take place behind the scene in any unix/linux machines.

First of all context switch happens from user mode to kernel(system) mode. This is based on the process priority and unix/linux operating system that we are using. In the above C example code we are using  “{” opening curly brace which is the entry of the context and “}” closing curly brace is for exiting the context. The following table explains context switching very clearly.

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vfork()

vfork –> create a child process and block parent process.

Note:- In vfork, signal handlers are inherited but not shared.

[email protected] ~}$ man vfork

This will yield output mentioning what is vfork used for, syntax and along with all the required details.

pid_t vfork(void);

vfork is as same as fork except that behavior is undefined if process created by vfork either modifies any data other than a variable of type pid_t used to store the return value p of vfork or calls any other function between calling _exit() or one of the exec() family.

Note: vfork is sometimes referred to as special case of clone.

Following is the C programming example for vfork() how it works.

[email protected] ~}$ vim 1.vfork.c
#include<stdio.h>
#include<unistd.h>
Int main(void)
{
printf("Before fork\n");
vfork();
printf("after fork\n");
}
[email protected] ~}$ vim 1.vfork.c
[email protected] ~}$ cc 
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The World Of Data

Whether big or small, data is undoubtedly a big part of our lives. And in this highly technologically-savvy world, data has become digital and proliferates the world both online and offline. With the growing number of data being shared on a daily basis, the issue on storage is a problem we always face especially if the storage capacity of your device can’t keep up with your data use. Gone were the days when devices have so little storage capacity, storage is much bigger now and you can always buy a secondary storage device if your device does not have enough storage space.

The use of flash drives and external hard drives have become the norm now. People usually purchase them for additional storage, so they can clear their device and add more files that will eventually be transferred to a secondary storage much later. Most tech users are always on the lookout for the best secondary storage at a reasonable price because it can free them of their constant worries of running out of storage space. Most external hard drives (EHDs) have bigger storage space now and they are generally reasonably priced too. They are fairly easy to use, so you won’t have any difficulty transferring your files from one device to the other.

The Seagate 8TB USB 3.0 desktop external hard drive is down to $129.99 on Amazon. This hard drive has been selling for around $150 since a drop in late September. Before that, it regularly sold for as much as $180. Today’s deal is the best price we’ve ever seen.

Seagate’s drive is meant to be as easy to use as possible. It has plug-and-play compatibility, so you can just immediately start using it, as well as drag-and-drop utility so it’s easy to get your data where you want it. It transfers at USB 3.0 speeds and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0. You’ll need to reformat it to get it to work with Mac. Users give it 4.6 stars based on 99 reviews.

(Via: https://www.windowscentral.com/thrifter-deal-grab-8tb-storage-130-seagate-desktop-hard-drive)

Data saved on a secondary storage will likewise stay safer because these devices are rarely used to connect to the web, so there is a slimmer chance that it will be infected by an online bug or a virus or the more popular malwares these days. Unlike your computer or smart device that you use in your day-to-day to connect to the web. Regular use can wear out your device that can lead to premature breakdowns and the dreaded data loss that follows. Many of your data are irreplaceable so saving it on a backup device is the most logical thing to do if you don’t want to deal with costly data recoveries that do not have a 100{c4f60b86d58bd0bb42d7d202d81274380459a85a5d81d139dd8bd0c48cc6a02e} assurance you’ll be able to retrieve your lost files.

Sometimes, there are always some important data on the external hard drive. Thus, you always ask these questions: is it possible to recover data from a formatted external hard drive? If it is possible, you may still ask: how to recover data from external hard drive becomes a recovery.

MiniTool Power Data Recovery is such a piece of data recovery software which can be used to recover data from different kinds of

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‘Radiant One’ Full New Episode “The Secret” Now Available

Last month we learned that Radiant One (Free), the trippy adventure game from developer Fntastic that released in August of last year, would be receiving new episodes every month, and a playable teaser for the newest episode titled The Secret went live inside the game. This week that episode has finally launched in full and is now available inside the Radiant One app. The Secret has you playing as a woman named Rachel who wakes up in a creepy old mansion and finds herself being followed around by a dark cloud of anxiety. Like, literally a dark cloud follows her and grows as her anxiety grows. And I don’t know if you’ve ever found yourself waking up trapped inside a creepy mansion, but that’s what I would consider a “high anxiety” situation. Your job will be to help Rachel escape the mansion by exploring and solving puzzles, and along the way “learn a great secret that will change her life forever.”

As we detailed in our previous story, new episodes are planned to release each month in Radiant One, and while originally you’d need to subscribe to a $2.99 a month subscription plan to access them, Fntastic has actually added some additional payment options into the game. Those who owned Radiant One before its switch to free to play will have access to the original episode The Awakening just as they always have, and as a bonus you’ll receive The Secret for free too. If you’re new to Radiant One, both episodes have playable teasers and you can buy the full episodes outright for $5.99 each, and there’s also a limited time special bundle offer that will get you both episodes for just $4.99. And of course you can still subscribe for $2.99 a month if you want. Whatever route you take Radiant One is well worth your attention and we enjoyed the original episode a lot in our review from last year. I’m excited to dig into The Secret and will be looking forward to next month’s episode as well.

from TouchArcade https://toucharcade.com/2019/02/26/radiant-one-new-episode-the-secret-now-available/…

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‘Stardew Valley’ for Android Finally Has a Confirmed Release Date

Last year, The Secret Police and Chucklefish brought the fantastic Stardew Valley ($7.99) to iOS. The port was awesome at launch and has constantly been improved. Read our review of the iOS version. We even featured it as our Game of the Week. After launch, they even added more control options.

They recently announced pre-registrations for the Android release that was “coming soon” and today, we learn the release date. Stardew Valley for Android releases on March 14th worldwide. It will also be localised in Korean, Italian, French and Turkish in addition to earlier localisations. These will be patched into other versions (including consoles) later on. Save transfer from PC will be supported and if you aren’t sure how to do it, read this.

If you’ve been patiently waiting for Stardew Valley on Android, you can pre-register for the game on Google Play. The Android port will cost $7.99 just like the iOS version. Here’s our forum thread on the game for more discussion. Have you been waiting for this port?

from TouchArcade https://toucharcade.com/2019/02/26/stardew-valley-android-release-date-confirmed-price/…

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SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘Rad Rodgers: Radical Edition’ Review, ‘Resident Evil’ Games Coming to Switch, ‘Trials Rising’ and ‘Warhammer Quest’ Out Now, Today’s New Sales, and More

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for February 26th, 2019. Today we’ve got news of some nice titles set to bloom in May, a review of a new release, summaries of all of the other new releases, and details of the latest sales. It’s a busy Tuesday and we’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so let’s get to the action!

News

Capcom Unleashes Some Classic ‘Resident Evil’ on the Switch on May 21st

We’ve known for a little while about Capcom’s plans to release some of its older Resident Evil games on the Switch, but no one was quite sure of the exact release dates until now. And it turns out that all three of the planned games will be coming on the very same day. Resident Evil 1 Remake, Resident Evil 0, and Resident Evil 4 will all be available digitally on May 21st. Resident Evil 1 Remake and Resident Evil 0 will also be available at retail in the Resident Evil Origins pack, but as usual, only one game will be on the cartridge, with the other provided via a download code. Unfortunately, Japan won’t be coming to the rescue this time as there are no physical versions of Resident Evil 4 or Resident Evil 1 Remake planned for the region.

‘Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package’ Arrives May 10th

The Resident Evil games aren’t the only adult-oriented re-releases hitting the Switch in May. Publisher Deep Silver announced that Saints Row: The Third – The Full Package would be coming to the Switch, but you know, announced Saints Row games and Nintendo platforms have a bit of a history. But on May 10th, dreams will become reality. A Saints Row game will actually come to a Nintendo platform as planned, and it’s a pretty good one, too. Open world mayhem with more inside jokes and pop culture references than you can shake a … well, that’s not a stick but I won’t say what it is, at await all those who visit the Saints gang a couple of months from now.

Reviews

Rad Rodgers: Radical Edition ($29.99)

This could be a ‘me’ problem, but I’m not entirely sure what Rad Rodgers really wants to be. On the surface, it says it’s a throwback to the good ol’ days of DOS platformers like Commander Keen, the pre-3D Duke Nukem games, and Jazz Jackrabbit. And yes, I can sort of see that. There’s a certain level design sensibility to those games that is at least vaguely recognizable here. It also kind of seems to want to parody those games, though, with its fourth-wall breaking sense of humor and how heavily it leans into 80s/early 90s slang. Then again, it seems to have the over-the-top crassness of Duke Nukem 3D on its mind, too. And yet instead of going with a pixel-art style, it’s kind of just mid-range modern polygonal graphics.

I could pull out more details, but my point is that this game is just all over the place. It is absolutely to its detriment. Even in terms of its mechanics, Rad Rodgers throws in a lot of weird curve balls while failing to properly land its core action-platforming …

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Dead or Alive 6 PC Requirements unveiled

The system requirements needed to play the PC version of Dead or Alive 6 have been officially released in its Steam store page. All the requirements are quite manageable except for one, the recommended CPU. Dead or Alive 6 recommends an Intel Core i7 8700, something that it´s on a whole new different level compared to other triple-A games out there. The game is coming out this Friday, but we are still waiting for news as to when it’s available for pre-order on Steam. If you can’t wait for it though, you can try to pre-order it in PlayStation 4 or Xbox One just visit our comparator to check other retailers.

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What is Dead or Alive 6?

Dead or Alive 6 is a fighting game developed and produced by Koei Tecmo Games that features awesome graphics and multi-tiered stages. It is set to release on March 1, 2019, across all platforms – PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The DOA series started as an arcade game in 1996 and I clearly recall my younger self in my school uniform almost destroying the arcade machines in our local mall. Those were the days!

In its 6th installment, DOA is more visually enticing and exciting, the combat system is updated, and it promises a new level of fighting entertainment to players. The story will pick up where the DOA 5 left off. This time, it focuses on two separate narratives; the battle between ‘Nina and DOATEC’ vs M.I.S.T lead by Donovan, and the events in the 6th Dead or Alive Tournament.

If you are getting hyped just hearing about it, check the PC requirements below first and see if you’d need to free up some space.

Dead or Alive 6 coming out this Match 1

System Requirements

Minimum:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 (64bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4690 or over
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 11 or over

Recommended:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 (64bit)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 8700 or over
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 50 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 11 or over

If you want to know the best deals for Dead or Alive 6 available online, better check out our comparator before you decide to buy anything!

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Choose the Best WordPress Theme for your WordPress 5.0 Website

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Intro
Review of the Best WordPress Themes for your WordPress 5.0 Website
Conclusion

Intro
Creating your own website is a finicky job that requires a lot of time and effort. No doubt, WordPress CMS greatly simplifies this process, making it accessible to any user with no coding skills. However, even in this case, you need to make sure you are choosing the right WordPress theme to meet your needs. You should consider not only its design but also compatibility, functionality, and some other parameters.
Since almost everyone is talking about WordPress 5.0 as the major version of WordPress with a new set of improvements and changes, let’s stop here and discuss WordPress 5.0 compatible themes. The new version of WordPress 5.0 uses a completely new editor – Gutenberg. The main features of this editor are delivering information in a form of blocks and enhanced editing. The new version of WordPress allows you to easily work with the widgets (shortcodes, comments, posts, and others) and experiment with the capabilities of the new editor.
How to choose the best WordPress theme for your WordPress 5.0 website? Collections of portfolio website templates offer various options to meet any need and budget. Sure thing, your WordPress theme should be Gutenberg-friendly to run smoothly on your site. Moreover, you should take care of 100{c4f60b86d58bd0bb42d7d202d81274380459a85a5d81d139dd8bd0c48cc6a02e} responsiveness to look great on any types of screens. Rich features and high customization options will help you bring your business to a new quality level.
Let’s check my list of the best WordPress 5.0 themes in details. Below each theme, I have included the most asked WordPress themes questions & answers. I am sure, beginners will find them useful. Let’s go. By the way, I would like to recommend another great resource for newbies MasterBundles has an excellent set of design bundles for all types of businesses.
Review of the Best WordPress Themes for your WordPress 5.0 Website

Monstroid2 – Multipurpose Modular Elementor WordPress Theme WordPress Theme

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Monstroid2 is a revolutionary solution to build a fully-fledged website with just a mouse in your hand. The theme is perfectly adaptable for mobile devices and cross-browser compatible. It is a great choice for both small business and corporate websites. The built-in Live Customizer will allow to easily change the available theme’s settings with a few clicks. You will be surprised by a high loading speed, numerous pages and ready-made section in Magic Button, lots of skins on different topics, and etc.
Main features:

Drag-n-Drop page builder
frequent and regular updates
user-friendly wizard
WooCommerce plugin
competent 24/7 support

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Where to install WordPress themes?
In order to install a WordPress theme, take the following steps:
In your WordPress dashboard, go to Appearance > Themes > Add New.
From there you’ll see an option for “Upload” at the top of the screen. Click the “Browse” button, navigate your computer files and select the .ZIP file for your downloaded extension.

Hayford – Investment Consulting Services Responsive WordPress Theme

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Hayford belongs to the group of investment consulting services responsive WordPress themes. You will get access to numerous Google fonts and full control over the layout. Additional features include mobile compatibility, bonus images, WPML ready layout, and etc. Whether …

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Nintendo DS RPG ‘Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer’ Is Coming to iOS and Android in Japan Soon

Over the last few years, loads of Nintendo DS and 3DS game franchises have seen mobile ports. My favourite ones of the lot are definitely the Ace Attorney and Dragon Quest ports but we’ve had some interesting things happen in the last twelve months with Professor Layton as well. The Shiren the Wanderer franchise has had an interesting history in Japan and the West. The first game released on the Super Famicom (SNES) in Japan in the mid 90s and saw a port to the Nintendo DS in 2006. This finally had an English release in 2008 thanks to SEGA on the Nintendo DS. That game is seeing a mobile release in Japan soon.

Spike Chunsoft is bringing Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer to iOS and Android for 1800 Yen soon. This port is based on the DS release which had added content and enhancements. If you’ve never played a Mystery Dungeon game before, these games usually have a procedurally generated dungeon with turn based movement and combat. Each action you take will have a reaction. Even moving in the correct or wrong place can turn the tide of a situation later on. If you die, you lose everything usually. Information about this mobile port barring the few screenshots and pricing is sparse but hopefully this one sees a release outside Japan since a localisation exists already for the DS release.

For a lot of people, the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games were the first taste of the Mystery Dungeon franchise. I quite like these games even though my favourite, Etrian Mystery Dungeon is super hard. The most recent one I played is actually from the Shiren the Wanderer subseries which ended up on the Vita a few years ago. Check out the official website of the Nintendo DS game in Japanese here. Have you played a Mystery Dungeon game before and are you looking forward to checking this out on iOS or Android?

[Source: Gematsu]

from TouchArcade https://toucharcade.com/2019/02/26/mystery-dungeon-shiren-the-wanderer-ios-android-port-japan/…

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