THE DAUGHTER OF BLADE RETURNS, BISHOP LEADS A NEW X-TEAM, AND GHOST LIGHT DEBUTS IN THREE NEW MARVEL SERIES ANNOUNCED AT NEW YORK COMIC CON! Straight from the Marvel Voices: The World Outside Your Window panel at New York Comic Con, get the scoop on three limited series launching this February!
In addition to the special anthology one-shot MARVEL’S VOICES: WAKANDA FOREVER, the Marvel’s Voices: The World Outside Your Window panel at New York Comic Con just revealed three all-new limited series coming in February! Launching during Black History Month, these series will spotlight iconic and newly introduced Black heroes in thrilling sagas brought to the page by an all-star lineup of Black creators!
Introduced earlier this year in Free Comic Book Day: Avengers/X-Men, the daughter of Blade makes her long-awaited return in BLOODLINE: DAUGHTER OF BLADE by the new hero’s creators, writer Danny Lore and artist Karen S. Darboe. Brielle Brooks is a good kid, no matter what her teachers say–it’s not her fault she’s developing vampiric super powers and the undead want to brawl! And as if problems at school aren’t enough, Bri’s got a wild ride ahead of her… she’s about to discover she’s the daughter of the infamous vampire hunter and Daywalker known as BLADE!
Eisner Award winners John Jennings and artist Valentine De Landro (Bitch Planet) introduce a new Marvel Super Hero 54 years in the making in SILVER SURFER: GHOST LIGHT! Toni Brooks and her family have moved into the quiet town of Sweetwater. But nothing is quite what it seems with their new home. What mystery did Toni and her family unravel that would call upon the Sentinel of the Spaceways—the Silver Surfer?! And just who or what is GHOST LIGHT?
From celebrated TV writer J. Holtham (Cloak and Dagger, Jessica Jones) and artist Sean Damien Hill comes a blockbuster brawl with the fate of all Krakoa at stake! See the X-Men like you’ve never seen them before in BISHOP: WAR COLLEGE! Krakoa is an island paradise, and it’s a vulnerable one…but not with Lucas Bishop on the case! Armor, Surge, Cam Long, Aura Charles, Amass – these are his students. Their course objective: Get strong. Defend the island. Keep Mutantkind safe. Their first lesson: HOW TO FAIL. And they’ll do it in spectacular Marvel fashion. What does any of that have to do with Bishop’s vision of the X-Men – and this new X-Men team? Guess you’ll have to read it, True Believer.
Check out the covers of all three series now and stay tuned in the coming weeks for more news about these highly-anticipated titles! For more information, visit Marvel.com.
Did you know that Pennsylvania casinos brought in a record-breaking amount of revenue in 2021? The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board released the figures earlier this week, and they show that when it comes to making legal bets, online gambling was the big winner. The total take for the state’s casinos was $35.19 million, up from the previous high of $27.06 million in 2020. Even more, Pennsylvania online casinos took in $136.19 million, an increase of more than 100% from the 2020s $66.09 million.
Pennsylvania’s casinos have leveraged their popularity as a tourist destination to attract new players. Still, they are also benefiting from the increased number of people staying at home during the pandemic, looking for new ways to gamble online. Pennsylvania has been a leader in the growth of gambling. The state will likely continue to see even more increases in revenue as newcomers try out online casinos and other forms of iGaming. You can check out the best PA-free slots sites that Pennsylvania residents preferred in 2021.
Gambling Booming in Pennsylvania
The gambling industry has been booming since 2015 when the country legalized daily fantasy sports, and this state is one of a handful that has fully embraced it as well. Pennsylvania launched its lottery in 1971, and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) was created in 2004 to regulate casino gambling in the state. They also work to prevent gambling problems by promoting responsible behavior.
The only form of gambling that the PGCB does not regulate is social gambling, including games like poker or bridge played among friends for fun and without betting money. There are no age restrictions on social gambling, but players cannot bet on the game’s outcome. PGCB has an excellent relationship with law enforcement and regularly collaborates to investigate illegal gambling operations.
The board oversees 14 casinos and Pennsylvania’s online gambling operations. Pennsylvania is also home to several horse racing tracks and many off-track betting facilities, which allow people to place bets on races while they are on the way or nearby.
Pennsylvania Online Poker Rooms
Pennsylvania is also home to many online poker rooms. It is famous for residents who want to play online games like blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, slots, and poker. You can also find lesser-known games like Pai Gow and Three Card Poker at some sites. The state also has some of the best casinos globally, consisting of over 150 slot machines and more than 100 table games on hand. They also offer a large selection of video poker machines, which are perfect if you’re only looking to relax and play some low-stakes cards with friends or family members at home. Pennsylvania casinos have something for everyone.
Pennsylvania also allows visitors to play online games such as slots, poker, roulette, baccarat, craps, blackjack, and video poker at any time of day or night throughout their desktop computers, laptops, tablets, phones mobile, smartphones, smartwatches, etc. Players can play from anywhere within their borders without needing a license from an offshore casino operator.
In addition, the growth of online gambling has benefited Pennsylvania’s casinos, which have been able to offer more games and attract new players. Pennsylvania has over 12 million people, and there are already more than 800,000 active online casino players in the state. The number will only grow as casinos expand their offerings and new players try out online gambling for the first time. Pennsylvania online gambling has helped generate more than $400 million in tax revenue, and it shows no signs of slowing down.
At all licensed liquor stores, bars, and restaurants serving alcohol by the glass, the minimum drinking age is 18. So if you’re looking to have a good time, be sure to bring your ID! Also, it’s essential to consider that the legal age for gambling in a casino or on racetracks and betting parlors is 21 years unless accompanied by an adult.
Pennsylvania has been vying for second place in gaming revenue with New Jersey, which is the No. 2 state in gambling income behind Nevada, but Pa is likely to surpass New Jersey in the coming years.
The gaming industry is booming, and there’s no end in sight!
The PGCB expects Pennsylvania’s gross terminal income (GTR) for online casinos to be between $120-$130 million per month by 2023 or 2024 – an impressive number considering the current GTR is just over $100 million/month now! Pa is one of the few states in the US that has seen a continuous increase in gambling revenue since 2004.
Pennsylvania’s gambling industry is booming, and it looks like this trend will continue in the years ahead. The state has been a leader in the growth of online gambling, witnessing an increase in revenue. Pennsylvania officials have been pushing to legalize online gambling for years, and it looks like the state is finally starting to see the benefits.
In 2017 the Pa Gaming Control Board issued its first licenses for online gambling, becoming the fourth state to legalize online. Pennsylvania has been a leader in the growth, which will likely continue to see increases in revenue as more people try out online gambling.
The state has a long history of gambling, and it looks like this trend is only going to continue in the years ahead. The casinos brought in a record-breaking amount of revenue in 2021, and there is no doubt that online gambling was a big part of this success. Time to double down on iGaming, I’m I right?
New York City’s Comic Con is a key annual fan event dedicated to Western comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, movies, television and more. First held in 2006, this classic event was canceled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, devastating fans who look forward to this mainstay of popular culture. Yet this year, Comic Con made its triumphant return, though it looked a little different in the attendance of both its exhibitors and fans. 360 MAGAZINE got the full scoop from well-versed fan Rodney Ramlochan on how this event has changed. He offers comments on the good, the bad, the Covid, and the in between for 360 readers. Read Ramlochan’s full testimony below:
To say that I love New York Comic Con is an understatement. For over a decade, as a pop-culture geek, I’ve enjoyed the fantastic guests, panels, original art, unique exhibitors, industry merchants, and one-of-kind exclusives. It has always been one of my favorite events to cover, and as a die-hard fan, I was deeply disappointed that the pandemic caused last year’s convention to go virtual. However, I was thrilled to hear that the event was coming back in person this year. Since much had changed over the past eighteen months, I thought it would be cool to experience the event as a fan rather than cover it as press. I also wanted to test-drive ReedPop’s Metaverse membership for ordering in-person tickets and focus on the overall fan experience, including Covid safety precautions and notable differences between this year and cons from yesteryear. Here are my post-Comic Con impressions.
I purchased tickets a few months ago in July using the MetaVerse presale process. Of course, this was before the uptick caused by the Delta variant strain. I didn’t expect any issues with purchasing online as I’ve never really had a problem buying 4-day or single-day passes in the past. Still, I was interested in trying out the new Metaverse Membership that gives you first access to NYCC badges, photo ops & autographing tickets. My mission this year was to get both an autograph and photograph with William Shatner, epic space captain of the Starship Enterprise and now a real-life astronaut. In addition to getting first dibs on NYCC in-person tickets, the Superfan membership allows you to buy MCM Comic Con, Emerald City Comic Con, and C2E2 tickets. You can also get paid digital experiences, exclusive access to video content and celebrity panels, access to exclusive NYCC merchandise online.
The Superfan Membership process was relatively seamless. I signed up at the end of June using the Metaverse Membership email and bought tickets using a dedicated link on my profile page within a few days. I purchased single day passes for each day of the convention, and I was contacted for the opportunity to purchase photo ops and autographs in addition at the end of September. Overall, I’d say the membership was worth it. It’s perfect for the fan who would rather have a more significant window of time to purchase tickets. Outside of remembering to click on the notification reminder emails and follow the presale, photo ops, and autographs links, ordering is straightforward. There are no worries about getting tickets for the exact days you want to attend. If you are good with the allotted time frame afforded by the standard ordering process, then paying for the Superfan membership may not be beneficial at this time. However, I do wonder what the future holds for purchasing tickets in the future. Suppose the Superfan method of buying in-person tickets becomes more popular. Will it impact the standard order process and make it more challenging to obtain single-day passes post-pandemic? Only time will tell.
As far as Covid safety protocols, enforcement, and logistics, the ReedPop and the Javitz Center team did a great job managing this. Before attending, I was uncertain why New York Comic Con needed a partnership with CLEAR Health Pass. Especially since vaccination proof was a requirement for attending and could be validated using vaccine cards and existing apps like the NY Excelsior Pass. In hindsight, standardizing the application that everyone uses for admission was a smart move. At the very least, it streamlined the process and expedited entry for most. I picked up my green ReedPop vaccine wristband at the Javitz Crystal Palace a few nights before opening. It took me less than 5 minutes to show the CLEAR app and retrieve the band, and in many ways, this process foreshadowed the overall feel and attendance for the convention. NYC began requiring proof of vaccinations in early September, and the event was following suit. The mandate may have impacted attendance, as I read many social media comments from individuals that stated they wanted to return or sell their tickets because they didn’t know the vaccine would be mandated before purchasing. But, as a whole, most people in attendance complied with the requirements. I was there all four days and only encountered two individuals not wearing masks on the main floor. I didn’t notice security enforcing the mask mandate, but I did hear that a vendor and few individuals had been removed from the showroom floor for not following the rules. At my William Shatner autograph and photo ops sessions, plexiglass partitions protected Shatner and the fans. Partitions were used at all reserved signings and photo op sessions. According to ReedPop, 150,000 paid in-person attendees were at the event this past weekend compared to 250,000 in previous years. Even with 100,00 fewer people, this was the largest indoor in-person event held in New York since 2019, showing a great evolution from where things were at the start of the pandemic. It was good to see that all of the proper safety protocols were in place.
One of the most significant differences between this year’s Comic Con and past shows was the notable absence of large exhibitors like Disney, Marvel, DC, Image, Sony, Amazon, SYFY, and distributors like Funko and Midtown Comics. Of course, it didn’t come as a surprise, as we had been receiving no-show notices practically every week leading up to the event. I’m sure it deterred some folks from attending, but I think it helped provide a unique experience for those who did. It minimized the crowd and offered other smaller exhibitors an opportunity to showcase their properties and spend more time with fans. As a result, I spent a lot more time than I would typically have at smaller booths. For example, I met the great folks at Plunderlings, a boutique toy line presenting a fresh take on fantasy universes from a Caribbean perspective. Although some of the major players weren’t present, there was an excellent turnout for anime fans from Toei Animation, Funimation, VIZ Media, and Tamashii Nations. Without having to compete for floor space, it seemed as if their exhibits doubled in size. If you were a fan of these companies, it was probably the first time in years that you could casually stroll through their exhibits without waiting in line. Although it was less crowded, the show floor did not feel empty. As expected, Saturday and Sunday saw an increase in volume of attendees, but nothing compared to the previous years.
One of the most extraordinary changes this year was the unveiling of the new Javits Center expansion project. It took a few minutes to figure out exactly where floors 4 and 5 were, but once you found them in the building adjacent to the old center, you were treated to the fantastic skyline and river views on the way up to the panel rooms and the new Empire Stage. There were a few blockbuster live panels, including Ghostbuster and The Boys; however, many panels like Sandman Act II and Wheel of Time were pre-recorded videos. I did sit in on the Sandman panel, but post-viewing, I felt a bit underwhelmed – watching a video of writer Neil Gaiman, audiobook director Dirk Maggs, actor James McCoy (who voices the title character), and actor/filmmaker Kevin Smith (who voices Merv Pumpkinhead) was not the same as seeing them in person. In addition, ReedPop introduced a new reservation system for the larger panels instead of the “badge tap-in” process used in the past. I have mixed feelings about this, as it didn’t appear that anyone’s reservations for the panels were being checked. It may have been because there was excess capacity remaining at the events I attended. However, I will note that the folks at the Tamashii Nations booth to purchase their exclusive Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Son Goku figure did check for reservations.
Overall, expanding the panels to the new venue resulted in two significant outcomes. First, it allowed more space to return to smaller fan-focused panels, which featured creators interacting with their fandom instead of pitching major studio events. Second, moving the panels out of the main building allowed for Artist Alley to take back a prominent role I felt it had lost over the past few years. This year, the Alley was front and center, featuring principal mainstays like Fabian Nicieza, Chris Claremont, Rob Leifeld, and Scott Synder amongst many others. I especially enjoyed chatting with Ben Bishop, one of the key artists on TMNT’s The Last Ronin.
Undoubtedly, many of this year’s Comic Con changes resulted from how best to host an event during a pandemic, but many of the changes also focused on improving the fan experience. As a result, NYCC 2021 felt more like the NYCC of 2011, but with a few notable improvements. Creators were able to connect more with their fandoms, fans were able to stop and appreciate exhibitors and artists more, and ReedPop unveiled a few new processes to streamline crowd control and help fans maximize their time at the event. It wasn’t perfect, but as a fan, it exceeded my expectations, and I’m even more looking forward to a pandemic-free NYCC next year.
JASON AARON AND MAHMUD ASRAR RETURN TO THE HYBORIAN AGE TO TELL THE LAST STAND OF CONAN!
Writer Jason Aaron, artist Mahmud Asrar, and color artist Matt Wilson will return to the saga of Conan the Barbarian this December in KING CONAN! The superstar creative team relaunched the tales of the Robert E. Howard hero in 2019 to critical acclaim and are back in this long awaited limited series that will take the story of Conan further than has ever been revealed in ANY media to date!
As Robert E. Howard posited, when King Conan grows restless on the throne, he sails west, toward land and adventure unknown. Now see the first step of King Conan’s fateful journey from Aquilonia, as an old and terrible danger threatens to end the saga of the Cimmerian once and for all!
“I knew as soon as Mahmud, Matt and I finished “The Life and Death of Conan” in CONAN THE BARBARIAN, one of the absolute personal highlights from my career as a comic book writer, that I wasn’t done hanging out with everyone’s favorite Cimmerian,” Aaron said. “As King Conan rode into the sunset at the end of that story, with his son, Prince Conn, by his side, I always knew where I wanted that story to take us next. Now at last comes that next chapter, as Mahmud, Matt and I reunite to reveal a pivotal moment in Conan’s life as a king, as a father, as a mortal enemy of snake-worshipping Stygian wizards and as a barbarian who was born to chase the wind, even to the ends of the earth.”
“By Crom, we’re finally bringing the barbarian-turned-king to the readers,” Asrar said. “It’s criminal how much I’m enjoying drawing each panel in this book considering what we’re putting him through.”
Don’t dare miss the first issue of the adventure of a lifetime when KING CONAN #1 arrives on December 15th! For more information, visit Marvel.com.
Online gaming should be a fun and rewarding experience that, critically, does not have any lasting impact. Staying safe online is vital, especially when gaming, as it is all too easy for a fun and innocent activity to become malicious when the right steps have not been taken. That does not mean to say that gaming online is a dangerous activity. In fact, when you take the right steps, online gaming can be just as safe as playing in person with friends.
Use a VPN
A Virtual Private Network, otherwise known simply as a VPN, is a great measure that everyone should use while gaming online. When you connect to a VPN, you connect to an encrypted server, which means that it becomes a lot more difficult for cybercriminals to track your movements. Not only does a VPN allow you to play anonymously, but it also hides your IP address, which makes you even more difficult to track.
Only Play on Trusted Sites
Before you begin playing online, it is important that you check to see that a site is trustworthy. There are many ways that you can check to see how trustworthy an online gaming site is; you could:
Check player reviews – looking at reviews of a gaming site, particularly the negative reviews, should help you learn if the site is unsafe. Make sure to check reviews at a respectable website.
Check for the right icons; some sites, like gambling sites, should be regulated by a range of international organizations. You should check to see if the site features the icons of the gaming authorities before playing.
Do your research; simply just reading up on the best gaming sites to use can help you to find the best, safe sites. Rather than doing the research yourself, you can easily compare the sites in one place and get playing a lot faster, safe in the knowledge that you are using a trusted site. Click here to compare.
Keep Your Personal Information Private
Of course, sometimes, when you are buying an online game or signing up, you will have to input your personal details (only after checking the site is safe), but in other situations, you should keep your information private. For example, if you are playing an online multiplayer game, you should avoid using or giving out any personal information, including your name or location. Even if a player seems to be a friend of yours, you should never exchange personal information.
It is also vital that you use an appropriate username that does not give too much of your personal information out. You should also make sure to have a different password for every online gaming site that you use.
Install Anti-Virus Software
If you have taken the previous steps, then you can be pretty confident that you will be safe while playing online, but it is always better to be safe and sorry. You should install anti-virus software on your device to give you that extra layer of added security.
If you are playing games on a free site, it is common for these sites to use adverts, some of which might host more harmful, malicious software. You should be using a VPN and anti-virus software at all times to make sure you are staying safe online, whether you are playing a game or reading Wikipedia.
The large insects, which are 1-2 inches long, are part of the largest brood of periodical cicadas in the nation. The last time they came to New York in 2004, they arrived around May 13.
Dozens of LEGO Cicadas have overtaken iconic NYC attractions like the Statue of Liberty in LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester‘s MINILAND attraction, a LEGO replica of New York City. Matthew Graham, Master Model Builder of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, was able to replicate these intriguing insects with 22 LEGO bricks including bricks like bucket handles for legs. These LEGO creatures will be on display until mid-July for guests to spot.
Also at LEGOLAND Westchester, you can enjoy the ultimate two-story indoor LEGO playground and escape the summer heat! Surround yourself with millions of LEGO Bricks, take flight on Merlin’s Apprentice, blast skeletons on Kingdom Quest ride adventure, see your favorite characters on LEGO 4D Theater, and build epic LEGO creations alongside master builders! More information on LEGOLAND Westchester activities can be found on the official website.
LEGOLAND Westchester is consistent with updated guidance from the state of New York and the CDC, following all COVID protocols. Face coverings for guests who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required, but still recommended.
Hours are 12pm-5:30pm, last entry at 3:30pm. Limited capacity, tickets available here.
Contemporary tendencies, as well as the crisis, are forcing many specialists and even students to change jobs or even completely alter their professions. You have to learn new skills and gain new knowledge. In this case, the profession of a programmer can be an excellent choice. It’s profitable and highly demanded nowadays. In this article, we will try to focus on how to begin a career as a programmer from scratch.
You should start your path to a career as a programmer by answering the questions, “Do I need programming at all? Will I be able to withstand all the difficulties of the profession?” These questions do not apply to those who study or studied in a specialty close to programming. If you were better at math than in the humanities at school, if you like spending a lot of time in front of your PC, if you want to learn something new, then programming is the field suitable for you.
Where to Start
There are several options for the development of events, as a result of which a person is destined to become a programmer:
The first one is the parents-programmers who taught their children. These kids don’t even need to go to university.
The second option is the fashionable profession of a programmer that attracts a school graduate. After school, a young person chooses a major related to the programming field.
The next option is a hobby that has grown into work.
If none of the above is about you, then you have a choice of four options:
Self-education. This option can be used both independently and in conjunction with other methods. The Internet is full of sites, books, and applications that help you learn various programming languages and technologies. Even though it is the hardest path for beginners, it is not worth giving up at the very beginning. If you are a student, even in a programming field, and hesitate if you can find enough time for self-education, make use of the professional programminggeeks services that will help with too complicated tasks. Meanwhile, you will be able to concentrate on the relevant topics and aspects.
Higher education. If you graduate from high school and want to be a programmer, then go to college and choose a major related to the field. But don’t forget about the necessity and importance of self-education as well. The choice of a college should be approached with high responsibility. Study the programs carefully and choose a college that meets your expectations for the future profession.
Mentor. It is beneficial if you manage to find someone who will agree to help you and direct you. This person will suggest suitable books and resources, review your code, and provide helpful advice. You can look for a mentor among familiar programmers, at IT parties and conferences, on online forums, and so on. The most crucial is not to be too shy. Ask an IT specialist you are fond of, and quite probably, you will get a positive response.
Specialized practical courses. Try looking for courses near your place of residence where you will be taught a programming language or technology. Select courses attentively. The best option is to find a course that provides a possibility of employment after graduation.
As you can see, almost everyone who would like to become a programmer has got plenty of opportunities. If it is your dream, select one of the above options and start implementing your dream into reality.
Cupid has been slacking this year. Singles need to settle for virtual dates if they want to maintain social distancing regulations and have a love life, and relationships have been falling apart all across the globe. So, we need to change the direction of Cupid’s arrow towards ourselves and start practicing self-love.
Loving yourself and caring for yourself first will help you find the happiness you are capable of having. Society has placed a stigma against single people as if it is a condition brought upon by them being unworthy of love, and some people allow this mindset of others to enter their own thoughts. Allowing these outside variables to influence your opinion of yourself will only amplify the negative feelings you have about what it means to be alone. You have the ability to challenge these feelings and these thoughts which will lead you to seeing your own worth.
An effective way to help change your mindset and guide you to a more positive outlook is to practice hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is essentially meditation but with a goal. So why not take meditation practices a step further? Hypnotherapy, as the name suggests, is a therapy. Counter to pop culture depiction of hypnosis associating people clucking like chickens while being hypnotized, hypnotherapy is a proven tool. Albrecht Wobst, H. K. MD, from Anesthesia & Analgesia writes “Contemporary clinical investigators claim that the combination of analgesia and hypnosis is superior to conventional pharmacologic anesthesia for minor surgical cases, with patients and surgeons responding favorably.” Research on the effectiveness of hypnotherapy continues to grow.
So, how can we use hypnotherapy to help with loneliness? First, we need to understand hypnotherapy. Certified clinical hypnotherapist, Christine Deschemin, shares “A typical approach of hypnotherapy is for the hypnotist to deliver verbal suggestions that are tailored to the needs of the client.” She also shares that you can practice hypnotherapy on your own, with just an audio guide from her app, UpNow, to get you started. “Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of awareness. This state achieves the ‘bypass of the critical factor’ and as a result enables you to make changes to the self-defeating behaviors and self-limiting beliefs, bringing you then to your desired target state – sleeping better, becoming slimmer, and managing pain more easily for instance.”
So, we can target the negative feelings triggered from loneliness due to the adverse connotations we associate with being alone through self-hypnosis. Our subconscious thoughts have a strong impact on the way we view and approach different things in life and by practicing self-hypnosis, we can help change those thoughts. We can learn how to enjoy our own company and grow to value it. We can also help diminish anxiety about the future, and the depression and hopelessness that sometimes comes with being single and actively searching for a partner with no avail.
When you work on yourself first, and you start to manage your own struggles, you will also start to attract better people around you. Building up your confidence and independence will help you to fearlessly work towards your goals. The closer you get to your goals the more confidence you will have. Working on yourself and your independence will become your priority, as it should always be.
Remember, being in a relationship is not the determining factor of success, but there is nothing wrong with wanting a partner either. Yet, in order to love someone else you have to learn to love yourself first, practicing self-hypnosis will help you get there.
With the pandemic bringing a new type of challenge for those looking for love and happiness, we are in a constant search for new methods of how to cope and navigate those struggles. Christine Deschemin’s app, UpNow, was created to enable people to practice hypnotherapy on their own in a safe and affordable manner. You can use hypnotherapy audios from UpNow to bring you to your full potential and find what you’re looking for.
Online darts are getting more attention than ever. They were always popular with a certain class of players, but now people want to know what online darts are really about and if they can replicate the real-life experience. And in many ways, yes, online darts can be a great substitute for live play. There are even many areas where they offer a better experience, though they are still not for everybody. You will have to conquer the learning curve of online play if you’ve only played the traditional way all your life. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of online play.
Online Darts are More Accessible
One of the best things about online darts is that you don’t have to leave the house. As long as you have your setup, you can pick up a game with anyone in the world. While you won’t have the same ambiance as if there was an audience watching you, you can still have other people watching and commenting. People love discussing and interacting with players. You can even stream a game live or post it on platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, or IGTV.
Playing Online Can Feel Lonely
Many people love the social aspect of darts as much as the game itself, so playing alone may not have the same charm. However, you could do things to make the game feel more interesting. You could get your family involved or have a few friends over if it’s possible. If not, a zoom call or group FaceTime could help you to regain the community experience.
The People You Can Play Will Challenge You
Online dart can take your skills to the next level. You’ll get access to a much wider talent pool, and you’ll have the chance to test yourself with players you would probably never play against in real life.
Many pro players like to play games against casual players for fun. Having a pro watching you play could help you work on your technique and strategy. They may give you some great general tips like what their routine is and what they did to improve the way they play. Being able to have this kind of one-on-one chat with some of the greatest players is one of the advantages of online darts.
Online Play is not Intuitive
The biggest thing about online darts is that darts is not a game people associate with online play. To play online, you will need to invest in a good setup. Some people use a smartphone mount for video, but it would be better to invest in a high-quality webcam.
Contrast that with something like online casinos. If you check Onlinecasinos.co.uk, you’ll find tons of casinos that replicate the online casino experience to a tee. Some of the sites featured on Onlinecasinos.co.uk are even better than live casinos in many cases. For instance, very few in-person casinos will give money to new players just so they can play. The gameplay is also very immersive on some of the games, and they can be much more exciting than traditional options.
However, the same can’t be said about darts. While it’s a fun way to play, it’s also not an improvement over real play.
Competition is Easily Accessible
Know that while many people decide to play online darts for fun, there are also leagues when the tournaments are played 100% online. The Webcam Darts Association is a great example. They will allow you to compete against top players from all over the world, and they hold regular tournaments and keep rankings. They are one of the first and most recognised online darts organisations in the world.
You can decide to join a team or play solo. That is great if you want to get that feeling of camaraderie that you would get in a real team game. While it may not have the same intensity, the more interactions you have the more fun and life-like the game will feel.
All you will need to get in the league is darts, a dartboard, and a webcam with a mic. That’s it. The league will provide the rest. And the best part is that it’s totally free to join. They also have a massive community, and you can connect with available players in minutes. Any time when you get an itch, you can log in and join a game. They are the closest to the real darts experience that you can get. If you’re intrigued, we strongly suggest that you check out online darts leagues and their requirements.
The Best Aspects of Online Darts
Online darts are probably the best way to get some real practice in. You get to play with other people who match your game or better and work on your technique. The difference is that you won’t have the pressure of having other people watch you, which can take a lot out of your game.
Online darts is also a great way to get ready for a big game. Again, you’ll have much less pressure and will be able to work out some of your kinks.
However, don’t expect online darts to replicate the pub experience. Playing one-on-one against someone or having your teammates congratulate you when you make a difficult out is something that can be hard to reproduce online. There is still a strong social component to them and a huge online community, so you won’t feel completely isolated.
If you weren’t sure about online darts or whether the game was for you, hopefully this guide helped you better understand the game and its community. We suggest that you at least give a few games a try and see how it feels. Playing online darts may be all that you need to take your game to the next level.
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The video game console scene these days is quite settled, boring even. Sony and Microsoft have a stranglehold on the market, with the PlayStation enjoying a healthy lead on the Xbox. And then you have Nintendo doing their own thing with the Switch on the handheld segment, despite the rise of mobile gaming.
All this is a far cry from the early decades of video game consoles. Consoles had some crazy innovations in the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, as the designers were experimenting quite a lot. Naturally, the technology was also quite primitive in terms of computing power, graphics, and display, resulting in some extra weirdness.
These are some of the vintage gaming consoles that never made it to the big leagues in the cut-throat video games market. Some were from small brands while others are from the big names we still see churning out consoles and games today.
Fairchild Channel F
Despite being the first home console to use cartridges and a microprocessor, the Fairchild Channel F failed in the console market. Pitted against the legendary Atari 2600 (home of Pacman), the Channel F ended up decidedly second-best.
Before the Fairchild, other consoles like the Magnavox Odyssey came with games built-in, which severely limited choice as well as graphics quality. The Channel F came with two built-in games and a library that eventually expanded to include over 26 games.
The cartridges for these games were called “videocarts” and had games like Tic Tac Toe, Space War, Spitfire, and Shooting Gallery. Though it had a decent list of games, the Fairchild Console could not match Atari’s popular arcade games.
And the controllers were also decidedly poor quality, breaking rather quickly. The F in Channel F stood for “Fun.” The fun stopped for Fairchild in 1983 as sales declined and they ended production after a six-year run that started in 1976.
Radica Games Consoles
The modern handheld consoles like PSP, GameBoy, and Switch are designed to play many different games. But in the past, we had consoles that were basically one-trick ponies – they only came with one or a few handfuls of in-built titles.
Radica Ltd is a name that many who were kids in the 1980s and 90s may not remember. Though not as famous as Sega or Nintendo, the US manufacturer was quite prolific in the handheld consoles market, mass-producing devices between 1983 and 2006.
Though they became famous for consoles that carried titles from the biggest brands like Sega and Taito, Radica actually started in the gambling business. The company initially launched collectible game consoles for casinos.
These had classic games like Blackjack 21, Poker, and Solitaire. Though thoroughly outdated by modern standards, the vintage feel of the games does make Radica consoles great from a nostalgic POV. Online variations have been designed to model modern blackjack tables as found in top land-based casinos.
Radica did not do anything innovative in the design department. Their consoles largely copied the design set by others. The company was eventually acquired and fully absorbed by toy giant Mattel in 2006.
We take screens for granted these days – be it on handheld consoles or mobile phones. But there was a time when consoles had to depend entirely on an outside video output source (and they still do for PS5 and Xbox Series X).
The Vectrex was an idea that came far too soon – in an era when screens were still bulky, monochrome, and highly pixelated. Launched in the early ’80s, the Vectrex came bundled with its display, which was like a mini-TV.
The display was black and white, with a series of plastic color overlays that you could place on the screen to make the objects look red, green, or blue. Though it had way better graphics than contemporary consoles, thanks to vector graphics instead of bitmaps (smooth lines), the console was ultimately a failure.
Virtual Reality is a cutting edge technology that holds a lot of promise in gaming. Yet in 2021, it is still a niche in the video games landscape – a fast-growing one at that, but still in need of evolution. So you can imagine how primitive a VR-based console must have been way back in the 1990s.
Launched by Nintendo in 1995, Virtual Boy was a good 20 years ahead of the technology. The 3D game system came with a cool VR headset and a connected controller, and games in full monochrome glory.
Yes, Virtual Boy games had to be enjoyed in red, as the hardware was not capable of outputting in any other colors. It had a real “Terminator vision” vibe to it, which was probably intentional given how popular those movies were back then.
The hardware was quite bulky, with the headset being quite cumbersome. And it was also quite notorious for causing headaches and eye strain to users. The one major game available on the Virtual Boy was Mario’s Tennis.
Though the stereoscopic 3D was quite impressive for its time, the console was widely panned by critics and users. It was a commercial failure as well, due to insane pricing. Nintendo did try to make it more appealing by dropping the prices but to no avail. The Virtual Boy sank without a trace.
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