Published on Thursday, 09 April 2015
Written by Georgina
Continuing from our Betcha Didn't Know This article, we discussed how amazing Minecraft is as a game. From unintuive marketing strategies to becoming a worldwide phenomenon, how the game became a success still confuses many. It is surprising that despite its minimalistic graphics, its vast amount of possibilities with regards to gameplay has garnered it a mass following, with more joining the community with each passing day. Playing Minecraft is not free, however, as you would have to spend around twenty-five dollars in order to get an account. Still, for those who do not have the budget but would like to have the means to do so, there are various ways that you can get to enjoy and play Minecraft for free.
What is Minecraft?
Minecraft is a 3D openworld game that allows players to use their imaginative side in progressing through the game using the blocks that surround them. Various game modes are present for the different users.
The Different Modes of the Game
The game modes are Creative, Survival, and Hardcore. In Creative mode, the players are given a chance to show off their creative side. They enter into a peaceful world where unlimited resources are present, allowing them to create their own structures. They can fly around and create whatever they like.
On the other hand, adventure and endless battles await the players who enter into the Survival mode. The player’s skills in crafting and their creativity are put to test as they create things out of necessity. They are forced to protect themselves from the dangers of the night as each monster is generated from every pixel around them.
The third game mode is Hardcore. It’s similar to Survival but differs in difficulty. It is set to the hardest setting, forcing the player to delete their worlds during death because respawning is disabled. The player enters maps created by the player. The gameplay is limited and requires diligence on the player’s side. Having the right tools is needed to survive in this game mode.
Minecraft has proven to be one of the games that provide a full load of entertainment. Playing Minecraftcan be enjoyable for everyone especially since its multiple game modes provide limitless possibilities to the different users. There is also no specific age group that Minecraft is aimed at – as long as one is already knowledgeable in basic computer controls, he can already enjoy this game. For a more enjoyable game play, enthusiasts are advised to learn the basics of the game first. A lot of these instructional can be found online, so it shouldn’t be a hassle.
For more resources, visit the IGN Minecraft Wiki.
Published on Thursday, 05 March 2015
Written by Georgina
Developed by Haemimont Games, Tropico 5 was made available on the PC in May last year and was the best selling installment of the Tropico franchise. The game will be ported to next-gen consoles sometime in the future. However, Thailand does not seem to happy with its release and banned the game from their country.
Why the Ban?
After declaring martial law last year in May, Thailand refuses to allow distribution of Tropico 5 because the game (to my guessing) may promote violence and rebellion. According to New Era Thailand, they stopped selling the game because “some part of its content might affect peace and order in the country,” and that the game” might affect peace and order in the country.” Although they didn’t give much explanation to this ban, they clearly don’t want any terrorists or what have you go against their military.
It makes a lot of sense since the game depicts you as a nation’s leader. You can do anything you want, including setting the laws and more nerfarious acts like rigging elections and manipulating the media. Apparently the third and fourth installments of Tropico were okay to distribute but the fifth one went a little overboard. Quoting Nonglak Sahavattanapong, “the storyline has developed further and there might be some part of it that’s not appropriate in the current situation.”
Expectedly, New Era Thailand doesn’t have any plans to appeal to this ban since it would be a waste of time. Don’t you see? You essentially are the Thailand Army in Tropico 5. Unexpectedly though, Thailand is censoring videos and images containing booze and cigarettes on TV, and are focusing on any bad “stuff” they see like porn. In addition, they are also censoring specific articles, magazines, books, web links, and more.
Published on Saturday, 03 January 2015
Written by Georgina
When a person has no money to pay his debts, the state may take over his property and sell it, dividing the sums obtained from the sale among the people whom he owes money. When this happens to a person he is described as being bankrupt. In the Middle Ages creditors broke the benches, or trading counters, of Italian merchants who failed to pay their debts. The word "bankrupt" comes from banca rota, meaning bench broken. (In England and Australia corporations and limited companies cannot be made bankrupt, but they can be liquidated, or wound up, if they cannot pay their debts.)
With a few exceptions--such as ambassadors from foreign countries--any person may be made bankrupt. He may himself ask to be made bankrupt when he realizes that he cannot pay his debts, or any of the people to whom he owes money, who are called his "creditors", may ask the court to take over his affairs.
When a person is made bankrupt the court appoints a trustee (in England called the "official receiver") who takes over and manages the bankrupt's property. He may run the bankrupt's business for the benefit of the creditors or sell all the bankrupt's property and divide it among the creditors.
Without this bankruptcy system each individual creditor might demand complete payment of all the money owed to him--which of course the bankrupt person would not be able to make. Under this system, however, the state protects the bankrupt from these demands, and when he has paid his creditors as much as he can, he may be discharged from bankruptcy owing nothing at all. He can thus begin business again with a clean sheet. The court will only give the bankrupt his discharge of he has behaved with complete honesty, not hiding his property or deceiving his creditors or the court in any way. If he borrows money or makes business deals without telling the person concerned that he is an undischarged bankrupt, he may, in certain cases be sent to prison.
The present bankruptcy law is less severe than the older laws. In Anglo-Saxon and early Greek and Roman law, for example, a creditor was allowed to sell his debtor into slavery. When the bankruptcy system grew up at the end of the Middle Ages, it was confined to businessmen, or merchants. In England it was not applied to ordinary debtors until 1869; before then, ordinary debtors were usually sent to prison.
In the United States, Congress enacted the first bankruptcy law in 1800. In Canada the various provinces could make their own bankruptcy laws after 1880. In 1919 the Dominion parliament adopted a Dominion bankruptcy act for all Canada. In Australia a federal act governing bankruptcy came into force in 1928 to govern the whole country.