This is the third post in the blog post series “Guild Wars 2 vs. Rift vs. Trove”. The title may suggest that at the end of this series, I will tell you which games is the best of the best, … But I will not do that! While the purpose of this series is to compare those games to a certain degree, my goal is to give you a thorough overview to help you figure out which game is the best for what you want from a game. Or maybe just to figure out whether those three games are interesting for you at all, independently of each other. If you missed the previous postings, you can find them here:Part 1: Basic informationPart 2: Lore In this part, we will look at the character creation. I previously already covered it in the “Basic information” post, but I felt it deserves more space than that. I know that some people just hit “randomize” and they are done. If you are one of those, you may want to skip this part. ;) Others, like me, can easily spend hours in … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2 vs. Rift vs. Trove: Part 3 (Character Creation)
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The most popular PHP – Mysql based content management system that has taken out all the technicalities from owning a simple blog to a complex website – WorPress is biggest craze among those who want a web presence without any technical knowhow. WordPress itself brings in core CMS functionality which can be tremendously extended by using plugins and the looks can be customized as to one’s wish by using the available themes. In this post we will be looking at some of the plugins that extend the core functionality of WordPress and are indispensable for any blog or website owner who is using or is intending to use it. What is a plugin? A WordPress plugin is a piece of code written that complies with WordPress coding standards and extends the core functionality of WordPress. The WordPress plugin directory has nearly 25000 plugins, which give a tremendous amount of choice to a WordPress site owner on how he wants to build his website. Here are some of the most popular … [Read more...] about 10 Absolutely Essential WordPress Plugins To Have
Trove launched last Thursday and a lot of people are curious whether this game is any good. I will try to give you an impression of the game, but will try to keep it short(ish). There is a quite simple reason for this: This is the 4th time that I’m writing down my impressions of Trove. The first time was in July 2014, when Trove was still in alpha. The second time was during closed beta in October 2014. The third time was during open beta in February 2015. You may also notice quite a lot of similarities between this post here and the one from February. I had tried to write a new impression piece, but found that so many things from the post in February still hold true that I decided to rework this blog post and bring it up-to-date instead of writing everything again. An additional note: An online game’s launch is usually accompanied by queue times etc. when a lot of people want to play the game at the same time. I will not write about this here, though, as I’m certain … [Read more...] about Post-launch Impressions: Is Trove a good game?
Remember earlier this week when I was talking about the difference between leveling as a part of the game vs. leveling as a chore? We can all agree that World of Warcraft sees leveling as a chore, right? It’s so clear in every aspect of its demeanor. The last time we actually got a new ability through leveling was in Warlords of Draenor if you count talent points, and even longer if you count “expansion level band actually teaches new abilities.” This is old hat and we all know it, and this is not the issue in Battle for Azeroth. It’s been a problem for a while, but as this is one of the many issues that did not originate with this expansion, it also is not a reason why people are mad at this expansion. No, this comes from the addition of scaling and absolutely no sense that you’re getting more powerful… a problem that Legion managed to sidestep nicely with the artifacts. And we just spent last week talking about why the Heart of … [Read more...] about WoW Factor: Why people are mad at Battle for Azeroth, part three: Leveling and scaling
If you are regularly blogging, you will encounter a lot of images. Sometimes you will use royalty free images, but many times you will use screenshots. For how to tutorials and visual guides, a lot of good screenshots are useful to create a helpful blog post. There are hundreds of tools available to take screenshots. Some are good, some are not. Some are paid; others are free.With this guide, I will show you which are the best screenshot tools available and what are the strengths and weaknesses of each of them. Before I list the tools, I’ll jot down the basic features that we as bloggers need in any screenshot tool. Save images in multiple formats Take screenshots of specific resolution Annotations (Arrows, Highlight, Tags, Blue, Text) Easy Share to cloud services Fast Loading and Lightweight Full-Screen Capture (For Long Web Pages) Screen Recording5 excellent high-quality tools to capture screenshots Support for shortcut keys Basic Image Editing Features like cropping, … [Read more...] about 5 Best Tools For Taking Screenshots For Bloggers [ With Pros-cons]