Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Why A Horse Racing Game Could Have Transformed The Wii’s Revolutionary Tracking Sensor Technology From Outsider to Favourite

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There is no doubt that the Nintendo Wii was a game-changer. The issue was that the core of the videogame community didn’t want a shake-up of the rules. Whilst casual audiences loved the added immersion, and accessibility, offered by the PixArt's Multi-Object Tracking™ engine (MOT sensor™) technology, hardcore gamers remained firmly unimpressed by the lack of a traditional control scheme or gamepad. The ability to swing a tennis racket or pull on a horse’s reins came to be seen as the pinnacle of quick-burst fun for non-gamers and an infantile novelty and gimmick for hardcore gamers. Moreover, Nintendo’s decision to focus on this new control system, rather than improving the graphical and processing capabilities from the Gamecube era, was equally derided by both fans and critics of the Japanese video game giant.
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However, this was not always the case. Back when Nintendo first announced its plan for a console controlled through motion sensors contained in a nunchaku-like device, the gaming community was intrigued and impressed. So much so that, although never proven to be connected, Sony – only weeks after Nintendo’s revealing of the Wii - announced the addition of a mini-motion sensor in its PS3 controller. Needless to say, Nintendo fans were livid. However, despite developers such as Incognito claiming that the additional technology was haphazardly introduced post-Wii, Sony have continually asserted that it was in development for months.

Despite this minor Sony-shaped hiccup, the Wii was a huge sales success upon its release. Indeed, only two years after its release in Japan, the Wii had already sold more units than the lifetime total of its predecessor the Gamecube: at 4,618,479 to 3,629,361 respectively. But even whilst its sale figures were soaring, the Wii’s reputation was falling. The crux of the issue being that the Wii was being viewed as a casual entertainment machine, aimed towards families, rather than as a serious and reputable videogame console and this problem was later admitted by Nintendo godfather Shigeru Miyamoto. This perceived identification of the Wii as nothing more than an electronic parlour game – combined with its lacking hardware – saw many major developers abandon the console or refuse to enthusiastically market the console.

But why did this happen to the Wii? Mainly, it was because developers couldn’t create games that utilised the system’s strengths correctly. Either titles were poorly made, simplistic uses of the sensor technology or they were exceptional games dragged down by needless motion sensor embellishments. Moreover, games that were perfect for the console – such as horse riding game Final Furlong – were never released or were postponed for long periods.

The example of Final Furlong is a quite potent one as it symbolises exactly the sort of title that should have been released on the Wii at regular intervals, especially in the UK market - where National Hunt horse racing events regularly attract huge television audiences and generate reams of column inches. In a market where betting is such a key component, it would seem logical for Nintendo to have utilised an audience so happy to part with their hard-earned cash in pursuit of horse racing action. 

Moreover, finding a celebrity endorsement for the product - such as renowned jockey AP McCoy, who is fast approaching his final Cheltenham Festival before retirement when the event takes place in mid-March, prior to the Grand National in April - would have added some much needed star power to both the game and Nintendo's appeal on a whole.

Horse riding was an excellent subject for the Wii’s control system, yet few if any titles based on this pursuit were released worldwide. The ability to steer, whip and balance on a horse would have been the perfect use of PixArt’s technology. This is because horse riding’s core physical dynamics would have organically and effectively transferred to the Wii’s motion sensor control system. It would neither have been a needless use of the senor or indicative of shallow or superficial gameplay.

Moreover, the wealth of gameplay options intrinsic to a horse racing title – such as training, breeding, racing etc. – would have meant the game would not have been one dimensional - a common critique of Wii games. Additionally, with horse racing games being all about fluid and vibrant animation not high-tech graphics, the sports-simulation sub-genre would not have shown the Wii’s graphical limitations either.


Ultimately, if more concepts such as horse racing had been utilised by Wii developers then the console could have been transformed from an early-favourite turned-outsider to a sure-fire bet. Unfortunately, as it transpired, if the Wii had run the Grand National it would have fell at the second hurdle.
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What makes online gaming fair?

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Of all the different gaming you can do online these days, one of the biggest growth areas is with online gaming. Only a few years ago, playing games for real money online was a concept that few people considered. Yes, there were some sites around in the late 90s and early noughties, but before you started, you had to download the software to play the few available games on your pc, and relatively few people could be bothered with that.
Today, however, it’s a different story, with online games such as 32red or Mr Green being advertised on TV and all of them offering players great incentives to sign up and start playing. With instant play a possibility on nearly all of the gaming websites, there’s no need to download any software. You can simply register an account and be playing within a couple of minutes. You can get £10 free at 32Red when you first sign up, without even putting in any of your own money. Most gaming sites offer a similar deal. Suddenly, almost everyone you know has either tried online gaming, or does it on a regular basis.

So what is it that gives a player the reassurance that they are going to be playing games that are fair when they’re playing online? With a land-based game, you can see what’s happening with the cards as they’re being dealt by a dealer or you can stand next to the roulette wheels as it spins. When you play a game of roulette or blackjack online, how can you be sure that the results aren’t fixed in a games favour? Technology, of course, provides the answer. All online games that require random or simulated chance results, have random number generator (RNG) systems in their software.

The role of RNG in games

What RNG does is replicate the chance element that you get in a physical game – for example, the roll of the dice in a craps game, or the spin of the roulette wheel and the simultaneous movement of the ball around the wheel while it’s spinning. The results in both these cases are random – it’s impossible to predict the outcome.

In the RNG systems used for online games, a series of algorithms are used to produce long sequences of random numbers. In the case of a game like French roulette, the software has to produce an integer between the numbers 0 to 36 (the numbered pockets on a French roulette wheel). Multiple digit numbers are produced using RNG, and then reduced down to fit the numbers on a wheel until one number is generated. This is how the outcome of a spin of an online roulette wheel is decided.

The use of RNG for online games means that the player can trust in the games being authentic. They can check the player odds before they place any bets (all game list this info for each of the games they have on offer) and know that those are the genuine odds they are up against when they play. And, just as the RNG gives players reassurance that the game is playing fair, it’s also impossible for a player to ‘cheat’ in a game through the use of any kind of system. So RNG is good for both the players and the game.

The online casino gaming industry is huge, and any game that didn’t offer fair games would quickly lose any customers it had and go out of business. While RNG doesn’t mean that a player is any more likely to win and make a profit, it does offer that sense of security that they won’t be ripped off when they play at an online game center.
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Monday, 6 October 2014

The Technology Of Powerful Games

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A weekly poker game at a friend's house requires technology that's no more advanced than that of the Roman Empire -- a table, chips, and cards are all you need to gamble with friends.  For those who prefer to play on their own schedule, and for higher stakes than a buy-in of a couple bucks, there's a bevy of online casino games at Platinum Play that incorporate much more advanced technology than wood and plastic.  How are online games and next-gen gaming parlors incorporating high-tech features and new mathematical algorithms?

Mobile Mania

In an age when there are more smart phones in the country than there are actual people, games have realized that they need to offer mobile platforms for gaming in order to compete on the digital market.  Mobile users can input the same payment information that they use to browse shopping sites, while competing against friends (or bragging about big winnings) by sharing their victories on social networks.  Designers have realized, furthermore, that there's a lot of advantages to making an iPhone game: no machine to build, no maintenance to perform, no cash to collect, and no need to worry if the power goes out.  

Odds Makers

A generation ago, sports bookies had to rely on little more than their gut feeling when it came to laying down the best odds for betting.  Today, technology exists to analyze sports and horse racing down to the thinnest of margins -- making it possible to attract bets from all sides who think the line is a good return on an investment.  Three dimensional image profiling allows bookies to determine a player's precise ability to hit a ball, throw a football, or a horse's ability to close the distance in a race.  With better numbers to crunch, oddsmakers can predict the outcome of a game to a higher degree of accuracy, so that there's no shortage of winners off the field.

Digital Currency

Have a problem with getting the right amount of cash for a visit to the game store, or the right money if you visit another country?  It's no problem at all, provided that you have an Internet connection.  Digital currency like Bitcoin allows users to purchase digital playing chips or parlay bets of their choice without ever needing to think in dollars and cents.  Bitcoin is entirely digital, and stores have realized that offering games with Bitcoin-friendly betting means that there's no regulation and no risk: anyone can bet a Bitcoin in any country so long as there's WiFi to be had.  

Virtual Gaming

You can play roulette on a roulette table, but why not enjoy speeding up the game and playing with people on the other side of the globe?  Virtual gaming at a gaming zone allows gamers to connect with gambling enthusiasts in any place at any time simply by linking up to active camera networks and spinning the digital dice.  Since most game zones operate 24/7, it means that there's always a virtual game of craps or blackjack to sit in on, and the cards come much faster without a human taking the time to deal them.
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Sunday, 8 September 2013

Nokia Phablet - The Nokia Lumia 1520 - A 6 inch phablet from Nokia[Microsoft]

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As Nokia has been bought by Microsoft recently, Microsoft has taken not much time in creating its own first smartphone. A smartphone which Nokia [Microsoft] had not revealed till date. Yes, that is the Nokia Phablet - a 6 inch phablet from Nokia [Microsoft].

Microsoft had publicized that it had bought Nokia just to make better smartphones in the world and there were some rumors dangling over the internet that Nokia [Microsoft] is working on several new smartphones and tablets of different sizes. And now, one this has been made sure that Nokia [Microsoft] is going to release the biggest smartphone it has ever released - Yes, it is the Nokia Phablet which would be a 6 inch phablet from Nokia [Microsoft].

EVLeaks - a twitter user who has a good name for leaking lots of smartphone and tablet images has now successfully managed to leak the New Nokia phablet which is the Nokia Lumia 1520.

 The new Nokia Phablet will be a Lumia Device and is expected to launch in this month itself.
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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Apple Working On 6 inch iPhone

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6 Inch iPhone

In the present generation, Smartphone manufacturer giants are working on various phablets. Companies like Samsung have released the Galaxy Note as a phablet, and Galaxy Note 3 is about to come. Sony has released the Xperia Z ultra and has also entered the phablet race. Like these, many other companies have released phablets but Apple?

If you are a iOS lover and you wanted a phone which would have the features of a tablet, in short a phablet   running on iOS then this news is definitely gonna amaze you. Almost all the big mobile phone manufacturers have released phablets and are getting good sale results. Till date Apple was lagging behind in releasing phablets but now, it might not be.

After the continuous noise of the Galaxy Note 3 buzzing around the internet, Apple has finally decided to work on a phone which would have a decent screen size. It would not be a tablet, it would not be a phone. It will be a phablet.

If you had felt that iPhone is too small for your business and an iPad is way too big and you wanted an apple product then now you might feel satisfied because apple is currently working on phones which would have a good screen size.

An American Newspaper - The Wall Street Journal, has reported that Apple is currently working on iPhones with different screen sizes ranging from screen size of 4.8 inch to a screen of 6 inch iPhone.

WSJ reported that the company was showing keen interest on creating iPhone Prototype which would have a screen size of 4.8 inch but due to the continuous production of phablets in the markets like the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Samsung Galaxy Note and many other, Apple has finally decided to work on a smartphone which would be more like a 6 inch iPhone.

However the Wall Street Journal says that it is not sure whether Apple will ultimately choose to release the 6 inch iPhone but till now, apple has just worked on testing some 6 inch and 4.8 inch models. Above all, apple will only release the 6 inch iPhone only if it meets the Apple's Standards.

Above all, apple has called a press meet on September 10 which would give us all the information about the new 6 inch iPhone.


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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Sony Xperia Z1 Announced Along With The Sony DSC QX Lenses

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Xperia Z1


Sony, one of the world's biggest manufacturer of smartphones in the world has now undergone a major step in making a camera for a smartphone which could actually make up the world's best camera in a smartphone.


Sony on 4th September announced the new Sony Xperia Z1 which would have a camera of all big 20.7 Mega Pixels which could actually make up the world's best camera in a smartphone.


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Sony on Wednesday told the press that the Sony Xperia Z1 is gonna have the latest camera lens technology Sony has developed and told that the phone will be having the best camera than available in any other smartphone. Sony told that the 20.7 Mega Pixels camera in the Sony Xperia Z1 could actually click better quality photos than the 41 Megapixels camera in the new Nokia Lumia 1020.

While the camera is the main attraction of the Sony Xperia Z1, it is also a premium smartphone like all other Sony Xperia Z devices. The smartphone is said to have a 5 inches touch screen display with a Full HD screen resolution of 1020x1920 pixels. The phone is said to be having the world's fastest smartphone processor which is the Qualcomm s800 processor and which would accelerate the processing speed up to 2.1 Giga Hertz. Along with the Full HD display, the Sony Xperia Z1 is also said to get a Adreno 330 graphics chip which would deliver high quality graphics from the phone.

The Sony Xperia Z1 is said to have a RAM of 2 GB along with an internal memory of 16 GB. The memory of the Sony Xperia Z1 also can be increased by a micro SD card which would add as an addition to the 16 GB internal memory. On the outer side of the phone, it is said to get a aluminum and a glass body.

Just like all other Xperia Z devices, the Sony Xperia Z1 is also going to be dust-proof and water-proof. Above all, the phone is said to be runnion ond Android version 4.2.2 - An Even Sweeter Jelly Bean.

Sony said that the smartphone will be available in to the world in the coming weeks. However Sony has not released the price of this phone, it is said to be a bit costlier than the original Sony Xperia Z smartphone.

Sony DSC QX Additional Lenses


The newly released Sony's additional lens for smartphones is also compatible with this Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone. The Sony DSC QX 10 and the QX 100 lenses for smartphones is also said to be released along with this smartphones adding some more happiness to the users. The Sony DSC QX lenses would actually turn a smartphone camera into a super cool DSLR camera. For more information about the Sony DSC QX10 and the Sony DSC QZ 100 lenses, do check the following link: http://techiewizard.blogspot.in/2013/08/sony-dsc-qx10-and-sony-dsc-qx100.html

Sony's introduction of the new lenses for camera has become a great move. Most of the users in the world use their smartphones to click photos and this new addition would now allow users to capture even better smartphones.

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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Samsung Galaxy Gear or Apple iWatch ? Who Will Reveal the Smart WatchFirst ?

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Samsung Galaxy Gear Or The Apple iWatch?


The nano tech powered revolutionary Smart Watches have become the targets of all the major tech giants like Google, Apple and Samsung. The thought of installing a smartphone into just a small thing like a watch is first of all amazing. Above that installing Android or iOS in it is just mind blowing. Smart watches have become the trend changing gadget for all the mobile phone manufacturers which would become a gadget to do almost all what a smartphone can do and would fit on a wrist of a person's hand.
Smart Watches - Samsung Galaxy Gear

Few years ago, Sony became the first manufacturer to produce a Smart Watch. Though there were not much functions in the Sony smart watch, it could do what a normal user did in his phone. Sony smart watches though were not smart enough, became a gateway for the new generation smart watches.

Inspired by the Sony smart watches, now Google, Apple and Samsung have also made preparations to hop into the track of smart watches. Although Samsung has approached its final stages of launching its first smart watch, yet Google and Apple are not lagging behind. Google and Apple being silent doesn't mean that they are not manufacturing any smart watches. You might have also come across some news few months ago about some new and redefined smart watches by apple and also Google but a strange fact is that Google and apple are showing scarcely any interest in continuing their thought of developing smart watches.

Sony has already released its newer version of smart watch and it is said that Sony now is also in a verge to create a new generation smart watch which would be slimmer than the current Sony smart watch, lighter than the current Sony smart watch and better than the present Sony smart watch. Sony says that this time the new smart watch will be running on Android and will be much more powerful than the old ones. but a question remains whether the sales of the smart watches will increase rapidly or will be lagging behind however there is a new smart watch which is going to hit the markets soon. Yes, it is the Samsung Smart watch.

Samsung Smart Watch, that is the Samsung Galaxy Gear is the next smart watch which is going to be released. Defeating Google and Apple, Samsung has now taken its final steps in revealing its first smart watch - that is the grand new Samsung Galaxy Gear.



Today, Samsung is taking its final steps in releasing its Galaxy Gear. The new generation smart watch is on its way to hit the markets today itself. yes, just today Samsung is revealing its Galaxy Gear smart watch which might make a revolution in the era of Smart watches. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is very much awaited by everyone and now only the question remains whether the sales of smart watches will go on rise or not. Answers awaited even by us and you so, lets just wait and watch whether anything happens or not.

Read About the Samsung Galaxy Gear Over Here:

http://techiewizard.blogspot.in/2013/09/samsung-smart-watch-can-click-photos.html

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