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How To Win Games: A Simple Guide To Dominate In Online FPS And BR Games

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Ever since the introduction of video games, since the days of Nintendo and Sega consoles, first-person shooter (FPS) styles games, and the more recent battle royale (BR) style games have become the most popular choice. Even though we see a lot of racing, arcade, and MMORPG-style games being released, FPS games still have a special place in the hearts of gamers.

In recent times, the popularity of video games in general, and specifically FPS style and BR style games, has increased tremendously. One of the contributing factors over the past few years was the pandemic. With people on lockdown at home, video games were a viable option for killing time and connecting with people.

Games as Social Environments

Another feature that has made FPS-style games a lot more popular is the introduction of the social element in the games that allows people from all over the world, or even a player’s friends and family, to come together through the game and play as a team. This is enhanced through the ability to voice chat during gameplay and to collaborate during the game.

In the past, even FPS games were isolated games in which the player was just playing the AI and there was no concept of connecting the game to your social media so that our friends and family can join. There were no regional servers that you could play on. Things are changing.

Mobile Gaming

Another big change is the shift towards mobile gaming. In the past, video games were dominated by consoles and desktop PCs. Ever since the inception of the smartphone,  both those platforms have decreased in popularity. As mobile devices get stronger and smarter, they are able to offer a gaming experience that nearly matches a console or gaming PC.

However, one problem that still persists is the game itself. Sometimes you are faced with opponents who see you before you see them. They move faster, their weapons do more damage, and it becomes impossible to even stay in the match, let alone win. Regardless of what platform you are playing on or which title you are playing, everyone has experienced that moment in an FPS game where the competition just seems too powerful. Here we have compiled a list of a few things that can help change that. Get ready to win with these useful gaming tips.

Hardware

Hardware has a huge impact on your gameplay. Especially if you are playing from mobile, having substandard hardware can cost you the game. Everything from the screen you have to the speakers you are using to the GPU that is processing your game is important. When playing from your desktop you have a slight advantage, in that the screen is much bigger and you can have external audio through headphones or speakers, but the GPU is still a limiting factor. On mobile, everything is being delivered from a single device. If your speakers aren’t working well, you won’t be able to properly detect where the sound is coming from. However, the most important thing is the GPU. A fast processor and a powerful GPU will give you that buttery-smooth gaming experience which is crucial if you want to react within milliseconds and see the competition before they see you. Moreover, if your GPU can’t handle the stress of the game it will cause your device to overheat, and eventually, this will impact gameplay, often costing you the round. If you want to get serious about gaming, upgrade your hardware first.

Control Sensitivity

In PC gaming, control sensitivity is still important but not as important as it is in mobile gaming. For PC, you most likely have the sensitivity already set for your mouse and the controls from the keyboard don’t require sensitivity. At most, your mouse is only controlling one of two actions in the game. This is different in mobile gaming where all your controls are on-screen. The sensitivity that you select here can have a huge impact on how you perform in the game. More is not necessarily better. The key is to understand how the controls perform under certain conditions. If you need it, you can also get thumb grips to help you contact the screen better and input your controls more effectively.

Proficiency of Controls

In all kinds of video games, you have the ability to change the controls. In some cases, this is limited to changing what each button will trigger while in other cases you can completely remap the default controller settings. In mobile games, you can reconfigure the on-screen controls to suit your needs. For instance, in PUBG, some players choose to play with two fingers while others choose to play with four. The controls for each style are completely different. Similarly, when you are developing your own style of playing, there is no need to be confined to the standard controls. Move them around and see what works for your particular style of playing.

Player Advantage

Sometimes you will be playing against another team or you will face an enemy who just won’t die. Sometimes you will face someone who has locked onto you and no matter what you do you can’t avoid getting damage from them. In some cases, you might experience that another player is continuously firing and they just aren’t running out of ammo. There are countless bugs, loopholes, and Game Hack issues with popular shooter games that some players take advantage of. There is no reason for you to not do the same. After all, it is about establishing a level playing field. There are different kinds of hacks for different games and the way they are used depends on the game itself. In some cases, you just have to enter in command during the game and the cheat becomes active, in other cases, it is a more elaborate process that requires third-party software to alter the game’s code itself. Whatever game you are playing, there are countless hacks for it. Look into what you can use to improve your game and gain a competitive advantage.

Maps

Maps on modern games are getting bigger and more complex with every new update. While the biggest maps still belong to roleplaying games and other simulation-style games, FPS games are also getting extremely elaborate with how the maps are designed. You will notice that at the professional level, gamers often specialize on a certain map or even a certain part of a map when they play as a team. Professional gamers practice the same map for hours and hours on end because they know it will make a massive difference to their overall strategy. Ideally, you should know the map so well that you don’t have to think about it when you are playing the game.

You should know the map better than you know your own real-life neighborhood. This way you have the tactical advantage when you are navigating that area because you can outsmart your opponent with how you position yourself, and how well you are able to uncover their position. This applies to both small maps in close-quarter combat situations and larger maps where you are covering different kinds of terrain. You need to know where to find things, where you can get cover, where you have a good view of the area, and all other things related to knowing that particular map.

Patience

FPS games are action-packed, but there is also a need for patience. Whether you are wielding a sniper rifle or an SMG, it always pays off to take a second to scan the situation and plan your next move. It’s true that the element of surprise is important, but it is just as important to make calculated decisions. Too many players rush into situations where they are relying on brute force to win. Unfortunately, they run into a competition that is strategically placed, waiting for the opposition to do exactly that. Take a second to gauge the situation before making your move.

Technique

Each player is different and each has its own style. Some like to surprise opponents by throwing a stun grenade and following that up with a burst of an SMG while others like to sneak up on opponents and take them out with a dagger silently. How you approach your enemy all depends on you. There is no right or wrong way to do it; all that counts is that you get the job done and stay alive. That’s why it’s important to test out different techniques in different situations to see what is most effective.

Even if you personally enjoy playing in a certain way, the aim here is to win, not just do what you enjoy. If your approach isn’t working, try doing it another way. Also, if you are playing the same opponents on a frequent basis, they will eventually start to understand your approach and develop countermeasures. So, it is good to have a few different techniques up your sleeve so you can always surprise your enemy.

Weapons

FPS games are all about the weapons. Some come as standard, some are unlocked at a certain stage, and some are only available for the most elite players. In reality, the kind of weapon you choose will not have a huge impact. Certainly, using a better quality weapon will always be better, but that doesn’t mean you need to have the best. In fact, having the best weapon could be a problem.

Those high-powered weapons also require the player to be proficient in the game and to understand how to properly use that weapon. Otherwise, you will be missing shots and exposing your location, just because you aren’t using the weapon right. On the other hand, a tactical player might be able to beat you even when you are armed because they know your weakness and their strategy is better than yours. Weapons are important, but having the best weapons won’t guarantee that you will win. This is only one part of the puzzle.

Accessories

FPS shooter games are getting smarter and more complex and one part of this complexity is the many different accessories that players need to have. For instance, wearing the right color clothes for certain terrain, having the right explosives, having the right attachments for your weapon, or even having the right kind of medical kits to help you in a bad situation. These are things that will have a huge impact on how well you are able to handle the competition, especially when you are on a solo campaign.

This is also a challenge because there are so many accessories available that you may not know which one to choose or how much of each to carry. These decisions will depend on the situation that you are in and what your playing style is. This is a very important part of the game that cannot be overlooked.

Teamwork

The real fun is playing with friends or, more formally, as part of a team. Playing in a group has its own challenges and its own advantages and in this scenario, you need to not only be a good player, but you also need to be a good team player. At the same time, the team needs to have solid communication and needs to have a game plan. A lot of teams disintegrate because there is no clear direction that everyone is working towards.

Once the game begins, every player follows his or her own route and when players really need each other, there is no one to help out. They are essentially playing solo, but they just start off as a group. If you start playing with a team, stick to that team and develop your skills as a unit. Playing with new people is fun, but it does make it difficult to develop a good plan and strategy that you can follow game after game.

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Just like anything else in life, playing FPS games is a skill. Many of the things that we have discussed here are not specific to one game. In fact, if you can develop these skills on any given platform you can carry them over into other games. No matter if you are a newbie or an advanced player, these concepts remain the same. The only thing that changes is how you implement them and how intricate your strategy gets. At the end of the day, it is a game. Remember to have fun.

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Games Lift 2024: These five developer teams will receive the Hamburg incubator funding

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Five teams have won over the Games Lift awarding committee with their game projects. On September 9, the Games Lift Incubator will start for them as a unique support program in Germany. Included is a one-year workshop and mentoring program with international industry experts and 15,000 euros in financial support, as well as room for collaboration and exchange with the other participating teams. More than 30 experts in game design, product development, pitching, business development, press relations and marketing from the Games Lift network will share their experience with the teams to give their projects a professional start. Starting this year, the program also offers participating teams a joint trip to an international industry event. The Games Lift Incubator is organized and implemented by Gamecity Hamburg on behalf of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

A total of 21 teams and solo developers applied for the fourth Games Lift Incubator. The decision for the five participating teams was made by the awarding committee, consisting of Kristin von der Wense (Publishing Producer Daedalic Entertainment), Ole Schaper (Managing Director The Sandbox Hamburg (Sviper GmbH)), Heiko Gogolin (Managing Director Rocket Beans Entertainment) and Tobias Graff (Co-Founder, Programmer and CEO Mooneye Studios).

Margarete Schneider, Project Manager at Gamecity Hamburg, on the award committee’s decision: “We are delighted with the large number of applications for our incubator and the high standard of the pitch decks submitted once again. It is particularly pleasing that we are receiving more applications from outside Hamburg, who see the city as an attractive location for starting a new business. The Games Lift Incubator provides gaming start-ups with comprehensive starting support and enables them to forge connections in Hamburg’s diverse games scene.

The five winner projects and teams for Games Lift Incubator 2024:

  • ForeFeathers by Team Honeybeak
  • Frisia – Cozy Villages by Rouven Cabanis
  • Light of Atlantis by Duck ‘n’ Run Games
  • Pubcrawler by Triflgard
  • Tiny Garden by Tales from the Garden

ForeFeathers by Team Honeybeak is a 3D Puzzle-Platformer where players slip into the role of a penguin, who explores the sky-high ruins of an ancient civilization of birds. Traversing the flying islands with the ancient powers of flight, solving tricky puzzles and keeping the penguin’s friends away from trouble are some main aspects of the game.

In Frisia – Cozy Villages by Rouven Cabanis the player gains control over an uninhabited Northsea island and is tasked with building a functional, yet cozy and beautiful little town. Inspired by the frisian architecture of the Dutch and German Northsea coast, Frisia aims to create a cozy gameplay experience in harmony with simple town-building and strategy game mechanics.

Light of Atlantis by Duck ‘n’ Run Games is a 2D puzzle metroidvania in which players take on the roles of various robots with individual abilities to explore the sunken ruins of Atlantis. By draining and releasing water into the various rooms, the robots shape their environment and improve their chances against different enemies. Light of Atlantis was part of the Gamecity Hamburg prototype funding in 2023 and received in the same year the German Computer Game Award (Deutscher Computerspielpreis) in the category “Best Prototype”.

Pubcrawler by Triflgard is a co-op PC game in which up to four players need to work as a team, to navigate a giant, mechanic, wandering pub through an apocalyptic wasteland. In the process, they must complete a variety of challenging tasks that can only be mastered as a team. Working together efficiently, pleasing the different guests and keeping a cool head even when the giant pubcrawler faces technical issues are the key to a successful journey.

In Tiny Garden by Tales from the Garden players slip into the role of a deity who fills a deserted planet with life. Together with their servants, a group of cute leaf creatures that must be protected from evil spirits, they plant a constantly growing garden. As soon as the garden is fully grown, the evil spirits can be soothed and the player can move on to the next planet in help.

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MainStreaming Announces Appointment of Nicola Micali as Chief Customer Officer

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MainStreaming, an iMDP INTELLIGENT MEDIA DELIVERY COMPANY, which is redefining the CDN market with its innovative Edge Network services, announced the appointment of Nicola Micali as its new Chief Customer Officer (CCO).

With a track record of improving processes and efficiency and creating go-to-market strategies, Harvard alumnus and former Akamaite, Nicola Micali joins MainStreaming with the goal of solidifying a customer-centric organisation that prioritises long-term relationships, customer experience (CX) and satisfaction, ensuring MainStreaming’s continued business growth and market leadership.

Nicola brings a wide range of professional experience as a Leader of Customer Success & Professional Services at Akamai for over 10 years, where he was responsible for services and overall revenue. He developed the services strategy for the Americas’ media & entertainment, gaming and partners verticals exceeding all revenue targets year after year. Nicola’s expertise in leading technical customer-facing teams has resulted in higher customer satisfaction and successful worldwide streaming events.

With a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Harvard, Micali’s educational background further enhances his capability to lead and innovate in the Edge video technology sector. As Nicola steps in as CCO, he will play a pivotal role in guiding the entire customer lifecycle journey. His expertise in customer success positions him perfectly to lead MainStreaming’s efforts in providing world-class service to a global clientele.

MainStreaming’s CEO, Antonio G. Corrado, said: “QoS for our customers and QoE for end users are at the core of our streaming business. It is the best proxy for customer satisfaction for us. We are happy to welcome Nicola Micali, who demonstrates his expertise in customer success. Together, we are set to strengthen our commitment to being a customer satisfaction-oriented company, leveraging our world-class services directed to broadcast-quality standards that are requested by industry players.”

MainStreaming’s video delivery technology is meticulously developed in-house, offered as managed private Edge Network to help broadcasters, OTT TVs and content owners overcome the toughest challenges of live streaming at scale, addressing the limitations of classic CDN and enabling new application solutions on the Edge.

“I am honored to join a team that is on a mission to write a new chapter in video streaming delivery, setting new standards, and paving the way for the future of TV. I am ready to contribute to MainStreaming’s innovative approach and customer-centric philosophy. Together, we are set to revolutionize how the streaming industry approaches Edge Network architecture for live streaming, emphasizing a more distributed, ultra-low-latency, energy-efficient, and globally scalable design,” Nicola Micali said.

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Illuvium: Fastest Gaming Studio in History?

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Mark your calendars: Illuvium’s triple-title debut is set for the 25th of July, full of endless exploration, material harvesting, and conquest. With the studio boasting world wide talent, such as Jaco Herbst – previously Blizzard Entertainment, and Kostiantyn Bondar – previously Ubisoft, Samsung, and Gunzilla Games, Illuvium is guaranteed to cater to a wide audience with its various mechanics and gameplay across one singular universe offering three separate games.

Key Links:

– Epic Store Page
– Official Release Date Trailer
– Website
– Twitter

Most gaming studios take years to build their debut title; Illuvium, a non-existent studio four years ago, is on the cusp of releasing three interconnected gaming titles developed simultaneously. Founded by three brothers from Sydney, Australia, the studio quickly grew to over 250 people, boasting talent from Ubisoft, Activision, CD Project Red, and many other AAA studios. The studio is on a mission to develop the fastest AAA gaming universe in history. Armed with over USD 100 million in funding and 1 million eager fans, the universe opens on the 25th of this month.

Kieran Warwick, CEO of Illuvium, reflects on this journey, “Our original intention was to build one title, but being brothers and highly competitive, we couldn’t agree on the genre and ended up building three games in different genres. We’ve probably wiped a collective 30 years off our lifespan, so we hope it’s worth it.”

Beyond being a single game, Illuvium is part of an expansive ecosystem, where in-game progress and items carry over into the studio’s other games, Illuvium: Arena and Illuvium: Zero. This interconnected universe allows for a more rewarding and beginner friendly experience, where nothing players earn or learn goes to waste, and enhances gameplay with each new adventure.

Illuvium: Overworld

This is not the paradise promised.

Explore a breathtaking alien world, gathering vital resources to repair a stranded ship. Hunt and capture magnificent creatures known as Illuvials, harnessing their reality-bending powers. As you venture across diverse and perilous landscapes, uncover the mysteries of this enigmatic planet—and your own forgotten past.

With a companion drone at your side, you’ll brave harsh environments, craft advanced gear, and forge bonds with the Illuvials you encounter. But survival is just the beginning. Every discovery brings new questions: What secrets does this world hold? Why did your ship really crash here? And what role will you play in shaping destiny?

In Illuvium, your choices ripple across an entire ecosystem of gameplay. Traverse seven stunning regions teeming with otherworldly flora and fauna. Encounter Illuvials, mythical creatures that defy reality, and engage in heart-pounding battles to build your collection. Harvest exotic resources to craft essential tools and equipment for survival. Jump from region to region through arcane gateways, your world limited to these scattered, habitable zones—piece together the fragments of an expanding narrative hidden within this dying alien landscape.

Illuvium: Arena and Illuvium: Zero

So, what are Illuvium: Arena and Illuvium: Zero, and how are these connected with Illuvium: Overworld?

Illuvium: Arena allows you to bring your captured Illuvials and showcase your tactical prowess. Begin by honing your skills in the Survival arena, and when ready, enter our multiplayer game modes featuring ranked, casual, and custom matches. With a deep and strategic combat system, you can train your Illuvials to gain an edge in competitive multiplayer battles and tournaments. Customisable battle tactics and team formations add layers of strategy, while the upcoming 8-player round-robin auto-battler will provide a fresh and exciting challenge. Whether engaging in PvE Survival Mode against AI or competing in PvP with ranked, casual, and custom matches, every battle will test your tactical skills.

Illuvium: Zero: A mobile city-building game combining resource management and strategic growth. In Zero, you play as a reconnaissance drone jettisoned from the ship before impact, tasked with developing your land, extracting valuable resources, and managing your operations to thrive in the Illuvium economy. Your mission is to reconnect with the crew and provide them with the fuel they need. The game integrates seamlessly with the broader Illuvium economy, supporting your adventures in Overworld and Arena. Strategic planning will be crucial as you optimise resource extraction and engage in collaborative and competitive interactions with other players. Available across PC, Mac, and Android, players can grow their digital industrial complex on the go.

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