What is Overwatch Boosting?

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll have noticed that I occasionally do posts about Overwatch, whether it’s about their PTR changes or Doomfist release rumours, I actually enjoy playing this game, so I tend to make more articles about it. You’ll also notice that sometimes I will publicly endorse the services provided by Boostards, and today I want to talk about this service specifically!

Boosting in Overwatch

Overwatch Boosting has been growing really fast due to the competitive nature of the game as Overwatch can be quite a tough hurdle to vault if you lack a good team. After all, it is a team dependent game and if you are regularly stuck with terrible teammates who constantly hold you back or find yourself not performing up to par. This can be frustrating and demoralizing.

Therefore, you may find yourself in need of some additional assistance from competent players to aid you with your quest to reach Top 500. Boosting is a service offered by companies of your choice to help you reach any rank in the game, either by letting them “pilot” your account or grouping up with them while you play on your own account. They would then do their utmost to carry your account, or yourself, during the competitive matches, to great victory!

A number of websites have started to appear since this service’s inception and Overwatch boosting just seems to appear to start getting quite competitive itself. Some of these sites charge a hefty price tag that can go into the range of hundreds of dollars, but it seems that with how competitive the game itself is, and how much money people are spending online these days, boosting in Overwatch won’t be going away anytime soon.

However, one needs to be more careful with the malicious security risks of granting an unknown person unrestricted access to your account. They may charge your account with hefty in-game purchases, and in the worst case scenario, they might delete it completely. This is why I would recommend doing your research and making sure you are certain that the boosting company you have selected is trustworthy before giving them your account details.

This is why I would recommend doing your research and making sure you are certain that the boosting company you have selected is trustworthy before giving them your account details. Either that or you can opt to go with the “duo queue” option which is exactly what I did when I purchased my Overwatch boost from these guys.

Furthermore, boosting is not restricted to only PC players. Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players are also offered the service by most of the sites providing this service.

The History of Nintendo Consoles

I’ve always been a big fan of Nintendo consoles. In fact, my very first console was the SNES, and I will never forget playing Power Rangers and Donkey Kong on it back when I was 11 years old. It’s amazing how time flies, huh?

Nintendo has been around 27 years now. It’s a great company, and their products were very popular before we had Microsoft and Sony. So today, I want to look at how Nintendo has progressed, from when it was opened on 23 September 1889 to our present day.

Before you get started on this read, you might want to check out my other article on the epic battle between the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS!

First, the evolution of their consoles. Their first home console was the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It is an 8-bit system that introduced Nintendo’s most popular franchises, like The Legend of Zelda, Kirby’s Adventure and Super Mario Bros. This console’s successor was the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). It was released 5 years after the (NES). It’s a 16-bit system and was a global success. This introduced more popular franchises, like StarFox and Mega Man.

The SNES was followed by the Nintendo 64, which was released along with Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64. Then, Nintendo released a system similar to the Xbox, the Nintendo Gamecube. This system was the first to use discs, unlike its predecessors which used cartridges. But, the Gamecube wasn’t able to sell as much as the SNES, or the Nintendo 64. Although, its successor is the most successful home console of all time – the Wii.

The Wii brought a whole new experience to video games with its controllers that can detect motion in three dimensions. The drawback of the Wii is that, unlike the other consoles in its generation, it can only achieve 480p, while the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3 can achieve 1080p. In 2012, the Wii U was released. Although a good console, it didn’t sell the way Nintendo wanted it too. The system brought a new controller, the Gamepad. The Gamepad is a tablet-like device with two joysticks, the four buttons which are the same as the buttons on the 3DS. Super Mario 3D World, Mario Kart 8, Splatoon, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Mario Maker were all games that boosted the sales of the console.

As well as Nintendo’s home consoles, they manufactured portable consoles as well. The Game and Watch was the first system. It used two screens and had two buttons; Button A and Button B. Only one game was able to be played, so you’d have to buy different systems for games, for example, you could buy a Game and Watch with Donkey Kong 2, then another with Zelda.

This was followed by the Game Boy, which was a best-seller in its day. They were also able to release the Game Boy Color, which was the same as the Game Boy, but the games had color, and the Game Boy Advance, which shares a similar design to the Wii U Gamepad. The Virtual Boy was the first console to display true 3D graphics, but it was discontinued a few months after its release. The Nintendo DS, released in 2004, gets its design from the Game and Watch, but the lower screen is touchscreen.

The system also has a built-in microphone, a stylus (a pen for the lower screen) and WiFi. Other consoles in the DS franchise were the DSi and the DSi XL. The latest portable console is the 3DS, which is the same as the DSi, but it has autostereoscopic 3D effects. Autostereoscopy is a process that sends different images to the left and right eyes to enable the viewer to view the screen in 3D “without the need for special glasses”. (A good scientific fact!) Other systems in the 3DS franchise are the 3DS XL and the 2DS.

Hopefully, you picked up some information and you can now go to your other friends who like Nintendo as much as you and show them how much more you know about Nintendo’s long-standing history than them!

5 More of My Most Anticipated Games of 2017

2016 was a great year for us with lots of amazing releases. However, 2017, new year new me right? Here are 5 more of 2017’s tiles that I’m really looking forward to playing, and why. These are different titles that I posted in my previous “Top Games” article, so please give it a read!

1. Legend of Zelda remains (RPG)

There are currently over 40 Nintendo switch games confirmed for release in 2017. However, the Legend of Zelda remains. This game was expected in 2016, but it was pushed back and will now be released in 2017, with the developers already picking March 3 as its launch date. The game will also be released alongside the Nintendo switch, making it available for both the Wii U and the switch platform. This game contains some peculiar game mechanics with a cooking link, sliding down on his shield and many other quirky stuff. This game promises to be the best Zelda game ever.

2. Batallion 1944 (FPS, Multiplayer)

The battlefield 1 came with a lot of thrill, but all focus has shifted to Battalion 1994 on its announcement, because of the back to basics feel of a World War II shooter it gives. From the preview, the game has a beautiful outlook; it will also be multiplayer ONLY and will be available for PS4, XBOX and PC. You can definitely look forward to this title if you’re an FPS buff.

3. Nioh (Action RPG)

Personally, I am a huge fan of samurais, and Nioh promises to be another great one from the team ninja, the RPG game is expected to be available by February and we can’t wait to get our hands on it. From its demo, it is garnered that you will play the role of a western samurai who would attempt to slay all enemies (both humans and supernatural) in a typical ancient Japanese setting. The game is quite dark in nature but full of excitement. I’m definitely looking forward to role-playing a western samurai.

4. Shenmue 3 (Action Adventure)

This game was expected in 2016, but it is now set to be released in 2017. It is a continuation of the Hazuki story of the Shenmue 2, with Lan Di and a new antagonist featuring as well. The game created a record on Kickstarter after it reached an initial target of $2 million under 8 hours.

5. Vampyr (RPG)

Vampyr is yet another great game from Dontnod, it involves a vampire doctor who struggles to fight his vampire condition. He tries to abide to the Hippocratic Oath despite the thirst for blood. The game is a set in 1918 during a flu pandemic in London, and Dontnod has noted that it is possible to complete the entire game without spilling a drop of blood. This game is a master piece that vampire fans can’t wait to start playing.

These are 5 titles that I’m looking forward to playing in Q1 of 2017. I know there are a bunch of other game titles that I’ve missed out here, but that just proves how amazing of a year 2017 will be for gamers worldwide. Looking forward to it!

Why Playstation Vita Lost to Nintendo 3DS?

In the past few months, there had been a growing rumor that the Playstation Vita will soon be discontinued by Sony. There had been many reports of a steady decline of Vita’s hardware and game availability from numerous retail stores in North America. On the other hand, its rival the Nintendo 3DS, still continues to steadily make a good number of sales. So what caused the downfall of the Vita?

Since the early days of the “Console Wars”, Sony has always relied on the superiority of their hardware to promote their products – better graphics, faster processors. While this is still true today on their handheld devices, it is somehow no longer significant to the consumers as reflected in the market figures. The initial reception for the Playstation Vita was quite good with combined sales of more than 500,000 units in North America and Japan! From there however, figures had a general decline in the succeeding years. Here are some of the factors that may have contributed to the downfall of the Vita:

Emergence of Mobile Games

Mobile phones are considered to be one of most essential devices of this generation. Its emergence heralded the demise of many technologies in the past – pagers, FM radios, digital cameras and PDAs, among others. This also poses a threat to handheld consoles now that the market for mobile games rises in popularity not only for casual gamers but to hardcore ones as well. Many consumers would rather purchase a phone with tons of practical uses that one that is designed specifically for games. Titles like Mobile Strike and Clash Royale are the favoured on-the-go games for many gamers.

Game Titles

Let’s face it. When people hear the word Nintendo, a face of Mario instantly pops out of their minds. One of the strongest reasons why Nintendo kept a tight grip on the handheld market was their own set of exclusive titles. The Pokemon video game franchise alone has sold about 279 million games worldwide as of February 2016. This together with Monster Hunter, Super Mario, Super Smash Brothers and The Legend of Zelda, among others ensure that a steady number of fans will support their devices. Sony might also have notable exclusives under their name, but numbers prove that it is not enough to keep them afloat in the market.

Game Production

Apparently, hardware superiority is also one of the downfalls of the Vita. Its advanced specifications made it harder for developers to create games. They find it harder to utilize some of the PS Vita’s features. It also poses a great risk for game developers to produce a high budget title given the uncertainty of Vita’s consumer base. This is possibly one of the reasons why Nintendo chose to produce cheaper consoles and focused their strength more on innovative ideas.