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Sparklite Review: A Roguelite with Emphasis on the Lite

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Sparklite is an isometric action-adventure rogue-lite developed by Red Blue Games. Previously a mobile developer, this is Red Blue’s first effort on consoles. As such, Sparklite does have some elements that make it feel like a mobile game at times, but I’ll talk more about that later.

I come away from Sparklite with conflicted feelings. The responsive combat and competent upgrade system make for a fun time, but it’s held back by some grindy mechanics that feel out of place in this Zeldainspired title.

 

The Fractured World of Geodia

 

Sparklite begins with our protagonist and amateur mechanic Ada crash landing on the world of Geodia. After being allowed to explore for a bit, we encounter a boss fight that Ada has little hope of defeating with her current tools. After your likely demise at the hands of your enemy, Ada awakens in the game’s hub world and we learn what that whole ordeal was all about. It turns out Geodia is being exploited by resident bad guy ‘The Baron’, for personal gain. That thing we just encountered was one of his servants, and with the help of the nice folks on our new hub world, we might just have a chance at taking it down.

This is when we get into the meat of the game, and we’re introduced to various mechanics that make up Sparklite’s gameplay. For now, I want to talk about the plot and worldbuilding of Sparklite, so we’ll get into the guts of the gameplay later.

Image taken from Sparklite. Depicts player interacting with an NPC

There are some NPCs you encounter throughout your time in Geodia.

Sparklite’s story isn’t really anything special, but it manages to sell its world through visual storytelling. Each area you visit tells its own story, be it a desert full of goblins or a swamp full of venomous insects. As you find ancient vaults you learn more about how Geodia was formed, and surprise surprise: Ada is the hero destined to save it. This ham-fisted attempt at telling a generic fantasy storyline feels unnecessary, as each area tells its own story well enough on its own. The aforementioned desert area is very open, and only has walls on the edges of the map. Each room is connected, so it really feels like an open space. It makes sense that the goblins are here too, as this is the harsh environment that the Baron has recruited them from. It’s little details like this that tell Sparklite’s narrative, accompanied by a pretty catchy soundtrack.

 

Wait, Wasn’t I Here Before?

 

Sparklite’s bouncy flora and fauna match well with the upbeat music and colorful particle effects, I just wish that the art direction had a little bit more personality. Sure it’s cutesy and vibrant at times, but it’s not memorable due to its large similarity to plenty of other indie titles of recent times. Years down the line I think if you showed me a picture of Sparklite, I would have trouble differentiating it from other Zelda inspired indies of its time. I don’t find Sparklite to be an ugly game by any stretch, I just don’t find its cutesy style interesting and I’ve seen it far too many times to be wowed by it now.

Image captured from Sparklite. Depicts player at the starting point of the Acid Bog area

Sparklite

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Super Mario Maker 2: an update full of content is on the way

Released last June on Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Maker 2 was a big hit among the fans of the franchise. It must be said that the game was highly anticipated, especially by the fans of the first game, which allowed Nintendo to achieve record sales. The game sold more than 2 million copies worldwide, only three days after its release.

Like its predecessor, it allows you to not only play with the world’s most famous plumber, in a classic platform game, but it primarily lets you create your own levels. Super Mario Maker 2 includes the universe of Super Mario 3D World in addition to those present in the first game, namely, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U. In addition to the graphic aspect of the title, this adds to the game a variety of new elements and gameplay options.

Those who have already been experimenting with the game since it was released will be happy to hear that an update will be released soon for Super Mario Maker 2. From December 5 you will find a number of novelties in the game, starting with two new enemies. The first one, Spike, can also be a great help to overcome various obstacles, thanks to its spiky ball. The second one, Pokey, can put your nerves to the test because of its size. It will be available in several variants and can be defeated with fireballs or swallowed by Yoshi. Speaking of fire, this update also includes frozen coins. To collect those you neet to use a source of fire to melt the ice around them. You can also use the P block, to reveal invisible blocks, and the Dash block, specific to the universe of Super Mario 3D World, which will allow you to create frenetic courses.

But the most notable addition to this update to Super Mario Maker 2 is without a doubt the Master Sword. It will transform Mario into Link, allowing you to use his abilities too. You can use his sword and his shield, but also a bow and the bombs. This opens up a huge field of opportunities for creating new interactions. Finally, a new Ninji Speedrun mode will be introduced too. It will challenge you with crossing levels made by Nintendo as quickly as possible while competing with other players.

Super Mario Maker 2 – The Master Sword

You will be able to find all this new content in Super Mario Maker 2 from December 5th. If you do not have it yet, do not hesitate to visit our comparator.

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Star Citizen raises over $250 million through crowd-funding

Controversy seems to follow Star Citizen everywhere since its development started. Countless threads on every forum about videogames back this fact up with legions of fans and haters that voice out their opinions about the multiplayer space trading and combat game from Chris Roberts, creator of the Wing Commander series. The release of Star Was originally planned for 2014 but it is still under development due to the expansion of its features, which adds even more fuel to the fire in the discussion about the game. But the only truth is that Star Citizen keeps getting more and more funds from backers as time passes, and it has surpassed the $250 million crowd-funding milestone.

With no official release date in sight, developer studio Cloud Imperium Games keeps receiving money that primarily comes from players who buy spaceship for Star Citizen, which actually only exists as an alpha version. Some of those can be really expensive, costing hundreds of dollars. More and more content is being added to this alpha version, primarily in the form of those spaceships. That is exactly one of the things that makes some players a bit worried about the development of the game. Even though you can notice the progress in the development of Star Citizen, as the money keeps coming, the number of objectives, features, and possibilities added to the game seem to be increasing exponentially too. The problem with that is that Star Citizen may have become a monster that swallows everything that you throw at it. Nobody knows where it will stop, when will it be ready or what limits it will have.

Star Citizen doesn’t seem to be able to satisfy its creators during development, and if things continue like this, it may even never get a chance to satisfy the players. But as the money keeps pouring in, it doesn’t seem to be much of an issue and players that support the game seem to be happy with what they are getting. Let’s just hope that we can see a finished version of the game that we can enjoy at some point in the future.

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Modern Warfare expands Gunfight mode

It’s quite likely that when Gunfight mode was released for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare nobody in Infinity Ward expected it to become the most popular gameplay mode in the game. Gunfight has enticed Modern Warfare players with its hectic and thrilling action. Fast thinking, coordination, and lightning speed reactions are the key to success in a multiplayer competitive mode that pits two pairs of players against each other in competitive matches. The mirrored weapon loadout system allows players to just jump into a game and fight with whatever weapons they have in rounds of 40 seconds.

As a result of the huge popularity of Gunfight, Infinity Ward is planning to expand the gameplay mode with new options for 3v3 and 1v1 players. This fact has been revealed by Joe Cecot, co-design director of multiplayer at Infinity Ward. When he was asked about a 3v3 mode he answered that they are adding it “at some point” along with a 1v1 mode too, surprising everyone.

Rumor says that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be also getting a Battle Royale mode, that could be already in the works. Considering that such a mode is something that has been either present at launch or added later to any shooter recently launched, Battle Royale might have to start being considered as a staple mode in the genre.

Adaptation seems to be the keyword here. Not only it is something that you need to have to be good in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Gunfight, but it’s also what Infinity Ward seems to be doing with the game, giving the players what they are demanding. There is no official release date for those additions but we hope they will be soon and if they also bring some new Gunfight maps with them it will be even better.

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How to Install Docker CE on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8

Docker is a daemon-based container engine which allows us to deploy applications inside containers. With the release of RHEL 8 and CentOS 8, docker package has been removed from their default package repositories, docker has been replaced with podman and buildah.

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If are comfortable with docker and deploy most the applications inside the docker containers and does not want to switch to podman then this tutorial will guide you on how to install and use community version of docker on CentOS 8 and RHEL 8 system.

Docker is available in two versions,

  • Docker CE (Community Edition)
  • Enterprise Edition (EE)

In this guide we will learn how to install Docker CE (Community Edition) on CentOS 8 or RHEL 8 Server.

System Requirements for Docker CE

  • Minimal CentOS 8 / RHEL 8
  • Sudo or root privileges
  • Internet Connection

Installation Steps of Docker CE on CentOS 8/RHEL 8 Server

Step:1) Enable Docker CE Repository

As we said above, docker packages are not available anymore on CentOS 8 or RHEL 8 package repositories, run following dnf command to enable Docker CE package repository.

[[email protected] ~]# dnf config-manager --add-repo=https://download.docker.com/linux/centos/docker-ce.repo

Step:2) Install Docker CE using dnf command

Once the docker ce repo has been configured successfully then run following command to verify which version of docker is available for installation

[[email protected] ~]# dnf list docker-ce
Available Packages
docker-ce.x86_64              3:19.03.5-3.el7                                           docker-ce-stable
[[email protected] ~]#

Now, use beneath dnf command to install latest version of docker,

[[email protected] ~]# dnf install docker-ce --nobest -y

After the installation of docker, start and enable its service using the following systemctl commands

[[email protected] ~]# systemctl start docker
[[email protected] ~]# systemctl enable docker

Run the following command to verify installed docker version

[[email protected] ~]# docker --version
Docker version 18.06.3-ce, build d7080c1
[[email protected] ~]#

Step:3) Verify and test Docker CE Engine

To verify whether docker ce engine has been setup correctly or not, try to spin up a “hello-world” container using below docker command,

[[email protected] ~]# docker run hello-world

Output of above command

hello-world-container-centos8

As we can see the informational message in above output which confirms docker engine is setup correctly on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8 Server. Let’s move to docker compose installation.

Step:4) Install Docker Compose

As we know that docker compose is used to link multiple containers using a single command. In other words, Docker Compose is useful where we need to launch multiple containers and these containers depends on each other. Examples like launching LAMP/ LEMP applications (WordPress & Joomla etc) insider containers.

Run the following commands to install docker compose on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8,

[[email protected] ~]# dnf install curl -y
[[email protected] ~]# curl -L "https://github.com/docker/compose/releases/download/1.25.0/docker-compose-$(uname -s)-$(uname -m)" -o /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

Note: Replace the “1.25.0” with docker compose version that you want to install but at this point of time this is the latest and stable version of docker compose.

Set the executable permission to docker-compose binary

[[email protected] ~]# chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-compose

Verify the docker compose version by running the following command.

[[email protected] ~]# docker-compose --version
docker-compose version 1.25.0, build 0a186604
[[email protected] ~]#

That’s all from this tutorial, I hope these steps help you to setup docker and docker compose on CentOS 8 and RHEL 8 server.

Read Also: How to Use docker-compose to launch containers

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Death Stranding Gets Characters Trailer


Get acquainted with the characters of Sony Interactive Entertainment and Kojima Productions’ Death Stranding with the latest trailer for the game.

In this short video, the characters Fragile (Lea Seydoux), Mama (Margaret Qualley), Heartman (Nicolas Winding Refn), Deadman (Guillermo Del Toro), Higgs (Troy Baker), Die-Hardman (Tommy Earl Jenkins), Cliff (Mads Mikkelsen), Amelie (Lindsay Wagner), and Sam (Norman Reedus) make an appearance.

You can watch it below:

Death Stranding – Characters Short Trailer | PS4

Death Stranding tasks players with delivering supply cargo to a number of different isolated cities known as KNOTs. Along the way, players will have to contend with both “beached things” (BTs) and a cult of rogue, bandit-esque porters known as MULEs.

The game is now available for the PlayStation 4, and will come out for the PC in the early summer of 2020. You can read our review here.

Source: YouTube
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How To Store Emails In An External Storage

When the first computer debuted for the public, most people used it as a form of communication. When emails made it to computers, the communication world was opened even more. You can reach anyone around the world. All that’s needed is one account. Or more. Today, you can choose from different email providers like Zoho, Gmail, Proton, Outlook, Yahoo, and more.

Like our documents, photos, videos, and other media content, programs and software, our emails can be just as important. They are forms of documented conversations between two parties that can come handy and helpful one day. Therefore, they should be stored in another storage device or the cloud as well. Simply put, emails are important too and should be backed up.

Storing your email archives for a long time can be done in different ways. There’s external storage, network, or cloud. Let’s take a look at each of them.

External storage includes external storage devices such as USB, memory cards, external SSD, or the more popular and widely used external hard drive. They are more popular because they offer large storage capacity, portability, and efficiency at a relatively affordable price.

External hard drives are easy to use too. But they can be prone to physical damage.

External hard drives are an attractive solution to long term data storage needs because of the extreme ease of use. In nearly all cases, all you need to do is to plug the hard drive into your computer with a USB cable and the drive is displayed to you in the file manager. From this point, all you need to do is to drag and drop your data files, such as your email archives, directly to this drive and they are copied. The only possible concerns for these devices arise if you travel with them or move them around often. There is only one hard drive inside and the reliability of that hard drive depends on the precision of the mechanical parts of the drive being able to read the disk. Dropping the drive can cause internal mechanical damage which, in some cases, can result in loss of your data.

(Via:https://www.techwalla.com/articles/how-to-save-emails-to-an-external-hard-drive)

 

Saving through a network, or more commonly called Network Attached Storage (NAS) is another way. But it can be complicated.

Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are a bit more complex than simple USB-based external hard drives. This is because NAS devices include the ability to connect to your home’s network using either Wi-Fi or Ethernet and then to offer data archive access for any computer connected to your home network. Such devices can be made more reliable than an external hard drive because you can configure some models into various RAID options to minimize the risk of data loss. A RAID configuration is one in which each disk in a multiple-disk system is a backup for its partners; if one disk fails, its data can be recovered from another. It also possible to create a NAS solution yourself if you have a desktop computer in your home with an internal hard drive bay that is not being used. Adding an inexpensive hard drive to such a machine is a solution you can consider if you like the idea of

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The Grand Tour Game Review – Thru The Aphex

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Honestly, Top Gear ten years ago was unstoppable.

 

The charisma and stupidity which oozed from the musings and adventures that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May went on, and it was adored by everyone, even non-car lovers. In fact, when Clarkson had that “fracas” that jeopardized the future of the trio as TV personalities, it was close to a national disaster– A tragedy that Amazon foresaw, which is why The Grand Tour was quickly made.

 

Starting in late 2016, The Grand Tour quickly became one of Amazon Prime Video’s biggest hits for the service, raking in a fair few million viewers. Emulating the now-world-famous Top Gear but with a more bombastic edge to it, it was a perfectly acceptable return to form from the trio. It’s also an apt time to give the trio their long-awaited video game.

 

An in-game screenshot of The Grand Tour Game, showcasing James May's small compact car trailing behind Richard Hammond's larger truck.

 

Seriously, with the three lads being as much of a cultural pillar as they are, it’s surprising that it took until 2019 for a video game to be made on the escapades, creatively titled The Grand Tour Game. Maybe it’s the difficulty of trying to capture the show’s format and energy, but nevertheless, Amazon Game Studios tried their hardest with this game being their console debut.

 

The plot is– Well, there is no plot. What Amazon Game Studios have done is quite smart and commendable. Instead of you being stuck in an open-world, or a TV studio attempting to cook up half-baked ideas, you’re actually playing the episodes… kind of. In-between various driving montages that would usually fluff up the commentary and “journalism” present, you flawlessly transition to a driving challenge relating to the vehicle or challenge they’re about to partake it.

 

This presentation is, quite frankly, a fair amount of genius. There has never really been a chance to show this kind of tech off or a show that could easily translate to a video game like The Grand Tour, and the game does it superbly. One minute, you’ll be watching Clarkson wax what can begrudgingly be called poetics about the latest Lamborghini, the next, you’re actually driving that Lamborghini and playing as Jeremy Clar– Hey, wait a minute.

 

An in-game screenshot of The Grand Tour Game, showcasing a blue BMW speeding through The Grand Tour's Eboladrome.

 

For some reason, it broke immersion for me every time I turned the camera to see that Jeremy, James, or Richard weren’t actually driving the car in-game. You can’t even play as their professional driver, Abbie Eaton, either. It’s just some berk in a black helmet. It may not sound like much, but when you’re playing an episode like “Survival of The Fattest”, which has the trio in a 4×4 together with no windows, all you see are three nameless men, lifeless in black helmets.

 

Furthermore, the game continues to break immersion with the locations, or rather lack thereof. Season 3 of The Grand Tour had them trailing across the likes of Detroit, Southwest USA, Colombia, China, Georgia, Malaysia, France, Italy, so on and so forth, yet their environments are swapping between what feels like four or five preset ones. European locations swap between the same mountainous areas and the Scottish Highlands, Colombia and America are apparently the same. There are more examples, but my point is made already.

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Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Gets Systems Trailer


Take a look at the different gameplay systems that will be featured in Bandai Namco’s Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot with the latest trailer for the game.

This action-RPG will have players reliving the story of Goku, fighting, fishing, eating, and training with this legendary Saiyan warriors. As players jump into the different battles of the title, they will be able to grow their character through different side quests and building relationships with others.

See the different systems in place with the trailer below:

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will come out on January 17, 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Those that pre-order the game will be able to unlock a new sub quest, and will also get Early Access to Bonyu’s Training and and a cooking item that offers a permanent stat boost of both melee attack and HP.

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Fairy Tail Launching March 19


The world of Fairy Tail will make its way to the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC when Koei Tecmo’s video game adaptation of the anime series launches on March 19, 2020.

To go alongside this news, Gust has announced five of the more than 12 playable characters making their way to the game. These denizens include the “Shadow Dragon” Rogue Cheney from Sabertooth, the “Strongest Fencer” Kagura Mikazuchi from Mermaid Heel, the “Handsome” Blue Pegasus mage Ichiya Vandalay Kotobuki, the “Sky God Slayer” Sherria Blendy from Lamia Scale, and the “White Dragon” Sting Eucliffe.

See them in action below:

FAIRY TAIL – Character Reveals & Official Release Date Trailer

Based on Hiro Mashima’s work, the Fairy Tail video game will cover several arcs from the anime series. Players will be able to accept missions and requests, and can also recruit supporting members to join your guild.

Source: YouTube
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