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Everything about Hearthstone’s Battlegrounds mode that you need to know

Hearthstone is one of the great PC games you should not miss. If someone is playing Hearthstone without updating the Battlegrounds mode, you should definitely read the following article.

What is the Battlegrounds mode in Hearthstone?

Battlegrounds mode is one of two Hearthstone expansion modes besides the Arena. In this mode, you will confront 7 other players, using your resources of money to buy minions to increase the squad strength. The last survivor will be the winner.

How is the game rule in this mode?

Every time you start a match, you will have to choose 1 Hero among 3 randomly chosen generals, all of them have their own Hero Power and the player will have to take advantage to win.

There are two stages of continuous repetition including Recruit and Combat. At Recruit stage, you will use the money you have to buy minions at the table of the store, the quantity and quality of minions will be based on the level of the store (from 1-6 stars). Minions when purchased always cost 3 money (regardless of level) and when you sell you always get 1 money.

The quality of minions you can buy in the store will increase according to its level

At the Combat stage, you will encounter an opponent randomly, the minions will attack automatically in the order from left to right, the target is completely random, unless there is a Taunt effect minion.

After this period is over, the side with minions remaining is counted as the winner, the amount of blood lost is calculated by the total level of the minions alive plus the shop level of the winning side.

Tip & Trick in Battlegrounds

When you buy the same 3 minions, they will automatically merge into a stronger unit. When playing a minion that has been upgraded to the ring, you will receive a card to discover one more minion. The discovered minion level is always 1 level higher than the current level of the store, so before using the upgraded minion, level up your store to get a better quality minion.

Units with Battlecry plus stats for minions on the table should not be upgraded, you should use the effect and then sell to get money to buy other minions with better stats.

Hopefully, the information about Hearthstone’s Battlegrounds mode above will help you get acquainted and experience the game even better.

Is cloud gaming the future of PC games? (Part 3)

If you are interested, you can download the OnLive client to try out the experience (currently the OnLive client supports Windows, Mac, Android, some smart TVs, and a dedicated device to play games on the OnLive system).

However, you can play the full version of each game for 30 minutes, a period just enough to feel the smoothness, image quality, and game lag.

OnLive’s biggest rival is Gaikai. Gaikai once used their technology to provide game demos that you can play in the browser  a much easier way for gamers to try the game before deciding whether to buy or not. However, after Gaikai was acquired by Sony in July last year for $ 380 million, the feature was disabled.

Sony’s acquisition of Gaikai indicates that it will participate in Cloud gaming in the future. Some rumors say Sony may use Gaikai to bring its PlayStation 4 games “to the cloud”. Other rumors claim that they can use Gaikai to stream PS3 games to PS4.

Future of Cloud gaming

So far, Cloud gaming has not been called success. The number of OnLive customers speaks for that. However, with the acquisition of Gaikai Sony shows that the “big” are very interested in this technology.

Nvidia recently introduced Project Shield, an Android-based handheld gaming console that enables PC gaming to stream from a computer to play on this machine (PCs must use Nvidia’s graphics cards).

Nvidia’s idea is that users only need a gaming PC, then they can use the computer’s hardware to play games on TV (The back of Project Shield has a micro HDMI port for outputting images and sound. TV), or a handy handset like Project Shield itself.

Game latency on Project Shield will also be lower because you are streaming the game through the home network. If these devices are connected via the intranet, the bandwidth problem will also be overcome. Nvidia seems to be very interested in their idea because this will take advantage of the strengths and overcome weaknesses of Cloud gaming.

Conclusions

It can be seen that it is difficult to predict whether Cloud gaming is the future of PC games or not, but the fact now is that cloud-based game services have not shown signs of development strong enough to “destroy” PC games or consoles, like tablets can’t replace computers. However, in some cases it will still be an interesting and rewarding option.

Is cloud gaming the future of PC games? (Part 2)

Playing immediately

When playing games in the traditional way, maybe some games will require the player to download a large amount of data to the device, maybe 10 GB or 20 GB, before you can play.

Meanwhile, cloud-based games will allow you to play games immediately, because the server has pre-installed games on it.

Easy to follow

You can easily follow professional game matches without having to install them.

Limit game … pirated

This is a benefit, but obviously for … the publisher. Since the game runs on remote servers instead of running directly on the user’s computer, there is almost no way to play pirated games.

Limitations of games cloud background

Despite many advantages as above, but cloud game also has its limitations as follows.

Video quality

The videos we watch on YouTube are often compressed videos to save bandwidth. For the same purpose, the gameplay videos that you receive from cloud game services will also be compressed. As a result, the image you receive will not be as sharp and detailed as it was when rendering on PCs with powerful hardware.

Cloud gaming requires huge amounts of bandwidth. Playing cloud games via the OnLive service on the smart TV may consume up to 3 GB of bandwidth per hour. Imagine if the demand for cloud gaming increased, the amount of bandwidth required would be extremely large.

Latency

This is hard to avoid. The game will respond much faster to the commands you give when playing games on a PC than when playing through Cloud gaming. This is about the nature of the technology. The images in the game must be rendered and compressed on cloud servers before being transmitted to the player’s device.

Unable to play games … pirated

In contrast to the interests for the publisher mentioned above, it is limited to gamers.

Requires high internet speed

Playing games via the “cloud” requires you to have a strong internet connection, which is currently not popular.

Cloud Gaming today

Currently, many cloud-based game services have been launched and put into operation. OnLive is one of the most talked about services, although their number of customers so far is still very small.

According to a report, before the restructuring in August last year, the number of people using this service was only 1800 people. So far, OnLive has received good feedback on latency and quality Count images. At the same time, with a properly configured PC or console, the OnLive experience is also great.

Is cloud gaming the future of PC games? (Part 1)

Cloud games have many advantages but also exist many weaknesses. Cloud gaming is a concept that was born a long time ago but so far not many people have envisioned it.

Overall, the idea of ​​this technology is to take all the processing tasks that gamers had previously needed on PCs, on “cloud” servers, eliminating the need for a powerful gaming PC, have discrete graphics card; or gaming consoles today.

Cloud games have many similarities with video streaming technology, but the difference is that cloud games have interaction and video streams are not. Basically, the cloud-based game server will run the game, then transmit the gameplay to the player. Game control operations via mouse, keyboard, controller will go through the network to send to the remote server. The server does the heavy lifting, and your PC just receives the video and audio it transmits.

The benefits of Cloud Gaming

In theory, Cloud gaming has a lot of benefits, including as follows.

Reduce input costs for players

You do not need to spend money to invest, upgrade expensive hardware (PC, Console). With cloud-based games, you can play new games with your existing hardware. You can also buy a device to stream the game and a controller plugged into the TV and network at home to play games.

Play games on any OS, and on any device

Most of today’s high-end games are only for Windows or console platforms. However, in theory, with Cloud gaming, this limit will be removed. It can help any device (PC, tablet …) running any operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome OS, Windows RT …) can play games that are only for Windows .

Integrating games into other devices such as TVs

TV manufacturers can integrate Cloud gaming support capabilities into their smart TVs. The TV also doesn’t need expensive, expensive hardware. Any TV with a software that supports the same controller can enable Cloud gaming experience through BigPicture BigSoud’s OnLive service or Sony’s Gaikai. There are also some smart TV models that integrate this feature like Samsung or LG TVs.

The most successful online PC games in 2020 (Part 2)

In this part, let’s continue with the rest of the most successful online PC games in 2020!

Dota 2

Dota 2 is a very popular MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game developed by Valve. The full name of this game is Defense of the Ancients 2.

Dota 2 has hundreds of generals, and your task is to pick one of them, join your team, take money to upgrade the weapons and skills of the general, destroy the enemy forces, and win. It is too simple.

I know, there will be many people who look at this game and just … scratching their heads because they didn’t know how to play, they were chased and killed forever. Me too. But because of The International annual tournament with fierce combat, handling spectacular situations from the world’s No. 1 players has made me unable to take my eyes off. In addition, its prize value is also the largest in the planet, as this year’s TI9 award amounted to $ 34.4 million. Terrible!

Fortnite

Fortnite is currently the largest battle royale shooter. Epic Games confirmed earlier this year that Fortnite has set the record for the most crowded game in a game with 7.6 million players, surpassing PUBG easily (PUBG is at its peak. There are only 3 million players in the same session.) That’s enough to see how big Fortnite is.

Fortnite attracts so many players thanks to its accessible gameplay, cheerful fresh graphics in an animated style, and especially a unique “home building” mechanism. In addition, because this game appears on many different platforms and can play “cross-platform” (cross-play), such as PS4 gamers can play with Xbox One, so the more it has player.

This year is the first year Fortnite has an official tournament, and Fortnite World Cup 2019 has a total prize value of up to $ 30 million.

Mortal Kombat 11

Mortal Kombat 11 was developed by NetherRealm Studio, and it is famous for bloody action, cracking the brain, spinal fractures, and of course, those are the “finishing” phases that when you finish watching I don’t want to be spoiled for days.

Thanks to the improved movement mechanism and new attack and defense mechanism, Mortal Kombat 11 has been praised by many gamers. Currently, the official Mortal Kombat tournament is called Mortal Kombat Pro Series.

13 false prophecies about PC gaming in the past decade (Part 1)

In the past few years, you will more or less have heard the information, the “solid” statements on the gaming forums, or in the gaming community that “PC master race is dead”, “PC gaming is out of date”, “anyone who plays PC games is outdated”, and actually, until now, PC gaming is still living well, if not healthy.

The reason people are so angry is because over the past decade, there have been many events that have made PC gaming “die and die” five times seven times, such as generations of gaming consoles. launch, pirated PC game downloads, laptop & smartphone configurations are getting stronger year by year.

Here are 13 times the gaming PC was “prophesied” that would die in more than a decade.

2009

Gizmodo: Goodbye desktop PC, you’re so bad already

A report shows that sales of desktops are on the decline at this point, and laptop sales are on the rise. Plus reading the wrong statistics, it was more than enough to declare that the desktop PC would not live any longer.

CNET: Alienware M17x is the best gaming laptop currently, do we still need to use the desktop to play PC games?

At that time, the Alienware M17x was a very cool gaming laptop that cost about 5000 USD and can handle all AAA games. This means the desktop PC will disappear, and with it the PC game. However, a laptop is a computer, and if we don’t play PC games on a gaming laptop, what will we play now?

Chipchick: PC Gaming is dying, but consoles are not the culprit, but it is too difficult to buy PC game discs.

Before online shopping became popular, PC gamers had to go to the disc shop, and this was the source of Chipchick’s statement. In fact, up to now buying a game disc still has certain difficulties, especially for those who have a slow internet connection, but somehow PC gaming is still going on today.

How will PlayStation 5 affect the future of PC Gaming?

Competition is an essential part of life. With the arrival of PS5, PC Gaming will surely have to race fiercely. In the end, the one who benefits the most is gamer.

The current generation of gaming consoles is helping to make PC gaming “spring”, and whether the next-generation PlayStation 5 will help PC gaming thrive?

At first glance, over the years, it seems like such a plausible theory. Games are becoming increasingly complex, often costing tens of millions of dollars to create.

Developers and publishers are interested in selling as many copies as possible, which means they target the mid-range PC market. And with gaming consoles that have been in existence for five years or more, a lot of games have to be ‘in the water’ to ensure that those consoles can still run them. Or for some reason.

How many PC gamers are really using modern hardware platforms?

Relying on hardware surveys Steam can provide the fastest look for PC gaming hardware in general. Based on Steam’s survey, about half of current Steam computers have a graphics card that is more or less powerful than the GPU in PS4.

PS4 is five years old and 35% of Steam’s GPU is equal to or faster than PS4 Pro. In addition, 40% of the computers surveyed were running CPUs clocked below 3GHz and 82% were 2-core or 4-core processors.

In other words, if gaming consoles are not used to play PC games, they are only part of the equation. Old and slower PCs are also partly to blame, because they are at least two-thirds of those who have purchased new computers, with increasingly complex configurations. The good news is that “mid-range PCs” are also getting faster.

13 percent of all Steam PC surveyed had GPUs not equal to PS4 Pro, but obviously faster than it. That’s about 20 million gamers and the number of PCs in this elite group is growing, it’s up two percent since the beginning of 2019 and is likely to reach 20% or more of total PC gamers by the end of this year.

By the time PS5 arrived, more than a quarter of gaming PCs were able to provide the same performance.

10 games that marked the development of PC game graphics (Part 2)

Wolfenstein 3D (1992)

For those who have played the game since the 90s, few people can forget the game “shoot Nazi” or “Rambo”. Wolfenstein 3D was developed based on John Carmack’s Wolfenstein power supply, which makes use of ray casting to create graphical objects in the game.

It also helps to draw geometric shapes by using algorithms to give a three-dimensional feel. Actually, Wolfenstein 3D is not really “3D” as it is today, but it was still very impressive at the beginning of the era of computer boom.

John D. Carmacksinh August 20, 1970. He is a game developer and co-founder of Id Software. Carmack led the way in writing such popular titles as Common Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake, Rage and others.

Carmack is best known for his contributions in innovating 3D graphics, such as the Carmack Reverse algorithm to create shading. He also likes missiles and spacecraft, so he founded and concurrently served as chief engineer of Armadillo Aerospace. In August 2013, Carmack became Chief Technology Officer for Oculus VR.

Doom (1993)

Based on the Doom engine – also developed by Carmack – this Doom game is extremely popular and has a lot of fans around the world. At the time of launch, the game represented a huge leap forward compared to the previous Wolfenstein engine.

As a result, Doom has more advanced 3D graphics features, every surface in the game is covered with patterns or colors, the lighting of each area is also different, the color is also more diverse. But the real innovation of Doom is that the game can run on hardware without having to be too strong because the developer has applied many tricks to reduce the level of resource consumption.

Quake (1996)

This is considered the most important game at the time 1996 in the field of computer graphics. Unlike Doom and Wolfenstein, Quake’s engine builds polygonal models based on sprites (2D images are often used to describe moving objects without affecting the surrounding environment).

Quake also started to apply true 3D game design with pre-set lighting, and users can also refine the game through the installation of mods. Quake was later upgraded to support OpenGL3D and by 1998 it supported hardware acceleration.