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Half-Life: Alyx is a first-person shooter game for virtual reality devices developed and published by the American company Valve. It is the first awaited game in the Half-Life series after a break of more than 12 years since Half-Life 2: Episode Two was released in 2007.

The game tells the story of Alyx Vance, who appears as the protagonist for the first time in the series, her father Eli Vance, and their fight against the occupation of Earth by the alien civilization, the Alliance. Half-Life: Alyx had 43,000 gamers playing simultaneously on release day. According to Niko Partners analysts, it was a successful launch by virtual reality standards.

The game has a fantastic atmosphere, beautiful graphics, and VR-grounded gameplay. Source 2 (a video game engine developed by Valve) physics allows the player to manipulate in-game objects in virtual reality. The game is suitable for a variety of game environments, modes of movement, and input devices. Some actions are difficult to perform, for instance, aiming, but it makes the game feel much more realistic and emotional.

Half-Life: Alyx

The world's environment is built in such a way that it is interesting to explore, and the VR controls make encounters with enemies much more epic. All this is enhanced with great music in the style of the Half-Life series.

It is certainly creepy to play Half-Life: Alyx in VR glasses, but it is worth it. Of course, the emotions are fundamentally different in VR than playing on the PC, which is very cool.

Today we have on our table Frostpunk, a city-building and survival simulation game. The gamers are finding out that the Earth is covered with snow. The player will be challenged with severe cold and discontent of your people.

Plot

In the summer of 1886, Britain was frozen. Snowstorms destroyed the fields, leaving the whole country without food. Hunger and cold quickly drove the country into turmoil, but the real trouble was ahead - there was an ice storm coming from the south that mankind had never seen before. To save people from death, the government sent construction expeditions to the north. They decided to build steam generators in order to heat entire cities on resource-rich lands. In the eternal cold, scarcity of resources, and lack of any help from the outside, the generators proved to be the last hope for humanity's survival.

Gameplay

The very first campaign, New Home, is training players with many resources, preparation time, and workers. The map is a crater in the middle of the ice. The game is constantly reminding the players of the problems throughout the event. For example, when there are not enough houses, your people will demand to build them. Then you are given a choice: build all the houses in a few days (only a few) or not build at all, taking into account that the dissatisfaction of people will grow. The mechanics of the game are so simple, but their cumulative nature makes the game more complex. There are 2 indicators: dissatisfaction and hope. Dissatisfaction cannot be raised too high, and hope cannot be lowered too low. Moreover, there is also the temperature to be supported, the need of your people for food and houses, the risk of disease, the need to keep the reactor running by consuming coal, the importance of scouting the surrounding area for new people, resources, and even automatons, and the law book in which you set up rules.

Atmosphere

This game is a story. The story of a bunch of survivors near a generator in the cold desert. People here want to live and to do so they work in mines, manufacturing, kitchens, and hospitals. The atmosphere of the game is bleak and hopeless. Even the music subtly hints that you will not survive in this cold desert. Here, as a

leader, you will have to make choices, find compromises, and develop your city.

The game features several DLCs that unlock new scenarios. And the sequel, Frostpunk 2, has already been announced and we are looking forward to the announcement of the dates.

Today we have a legendary game on the table. You may know it as a popular sandbox game in a pixelated, cubic style - Minecraft. In Minecraft, you can do a range of different activities, such as building houses, growing crops, killing monsters, breeding animals, finding a desert temple, killing a dragon edge, and so on.

In fact, Minecraft is the whole phenomenon, because no other sandbox game has yet been so popular. Today Minecraft is played all over the world for 10 years and

people still love it!

Only Minecraft has servers with total anarchy, in which one story is stranger than another. For example, 2b2t server, where was a war of the trees, spawn was destroyed to the ground at 1000 blocks, and cheats were commonplace here. In addition to 2b2t there are other servers. They are mostly represented by popular minigames, variations on the theme of survival and so on.

Gameplay

In terms of gameplay, Minecraft is simple and complex at the same time. For example, to mine a diamond you need to cut down a tree and make a board from them to create a workbench and sticks. On the workbench to build a wooden pickaxe, a wooden pickaxe to get the stone, make a stone pickaxe and oven, if possible, in advance to get coal. After you have to go down into the caves or to build a mine, to get and melt the iron, forge an iron pickaxe and only after that obtain the diamond.

There are many items and blocks in the game. They allow the player to do anything in any anyway they want. In the game, you can build your own house, a map to pass, a themed building, or your own paradise.

Do not forget that the character, Steve, needs to eat. Moreover, the monsters that are hostile to you may appear in the darkness. Steve is not immortal, and you should keep this in mind when you are about to fall from a height, swim in the lava, explore the seabed or fight the enemy.

There is also a female character, Alex. Besides these two, in the old days, there was Notch and Herobrin, Notch is the character skin of the game's developer, and Herobrin is a mythical character. Once upon a time, the community believed Herobrin was either Notch's dead brother or the ghost of a dead miner. But in 2011, Notch himself confirmed that Hirobryn had never existed.

Varuna, Minecraft
Constructed by Varuna, photo from eurogamer.net

Earning money in Minecraft

Now let's get off topic and talk about how you can earn money by playing this game. Even though there is no direct monetization in the game itself, I'll talk about the possible ways.

The first thing that comes to mind is streaming on Twitch or YouTube and getting donations. Also, you can rent a server. First, you would need a server, so you can place there your services to sell for real currency. For example, clients upgrade to the VIP status, which expands the possibilities or sale of resources as well as real currency. To achieve this, you need to entice the audience with a new idea or active marketing through social networks.

If you like to create in Minecraft, you can try yourself as a builder. Those players mostly work for themselves or servers and create a professional décor for sale.

There's a story about a high school kid who loved playing Minecraft, and now he's making money from it. Thomas Sulikowski at age of 19 started a professional Minecraft construction company called VARUNA. As soon as Thomas started playing Minecraft, he surprised everyone with his creative nature, sharing screenshots of his builds on forums. Later, when Thomas began to gain popularity, along the way delving into the topic of construction, he realized one thing: What he was doing was not just construction, it was an industry with its own direction and stars. And that's when he got the idea to create his own company, VARUNA, a team of professional builders in Minecraft. VARUNA is not just a bunch of geeks with their peculiar idea, as it may seem at the first time. Indeed, it was a business on the servers with donations. Their services are used by server owners, some companies, and charities, and they even work with Mojang and Microsoft.

Minecraft is so entertaining, so the graphics take a back seat here. What is more important here is the music and gameplay.

Speaking about music, in the early days of Minecraft, in 2009, when it was an independent indie game, Marcus Person asked Daniel Rosenfeld to write the soundtracks for his game. Under the nickname

C-418, he wrote the first soundtracks for the game. Those soundtracks became, if not the most memorable game soundtrack in history, then very popular for sure. In the beginning, C-418 created 3 tracks "Minecraft", "Sweden" and "Clark".

All the tracks are very atmospheric yet minimalistic. The soundtrack was suitable for any situation in the game. It was the reason Minecraft music stood out from the rest of the games. In 2018, when the sea update came out, C-418 composed "Axolotl," "Dragon Fish," and "Shuniji". That was the last time C-418 composed music for Minecraft.

But after all, the genuine pearl of the game is its stories. These stories create a community, and you can join it, create things that others have not done before, join the construction of the "real" world, and just enjoy the game.

Adello is continuing the game overview. Today we have Project Winter on our agenda. Project Winter is a multiplayer game for 8 players, based on two teams - traitors and survival.

Project Winter did a good job of taking the fundamentals of "Among us" and expanding it with more refined gameplay,

diverse roles, and giving survivors the tools to survive.

The aim of od survival is the following: a team of several people has to find a way to survive by gathering resources, repairing buildings, and calling for rescue vehicles. Just beware that there are traitors within the group working to sabotage any chances of survivors getting out alive.

Project Winter

Gameplay

The gameplay of Project Winter is quite interesting. Survivors have three main items: tools for extraction, tools for repair, and weapons. The additional tools include: a campfire kit, radio or walkie-talkie, trap disarming kit, energy drink, vodka, can-shaped stimulant, flare, stretch, quick trap removal kit, poison, and backpack.

There can be a total of 4 or 5 items in the inventory, along with a backpack. There are also bunkers in the game that are used as storage buildings scattered all over the map.

The player can communicate with other game characters, however, they will only hear each other at a small distance. The further you are from each other, the quieter your voice is. Also, in the game there are 3 types of radios, each gives the opportunity to communicate with the carriers of the same radio for an unlimited distance.

Design

Graphics and design are very pleasing to the eye. The music that accompanies you throughout the game is very pleasant and does not get monotoned, which allows the player to focus on the game. The sound effects of snowstorms or footsteps in the snow will help the player to immerse in a special atmosphere.

Gamers can customize their character. The skins are obtained from the cases, which are purchased for in-game currency.

Today we are reviewing the NFT game – Splinterlands. Splinterlands is a digital trading card game where every card is a collectible NFT. Originally built on Steem blockchain, it was moved to Hive blockchain in 2020. Each game battle takes only a few minutes. The game features daily quests, seasonal rewards every two weeks, guilds, a tournament system, and an in-game marketplace that includes secure card rentals.

NFT technology allows players to earn cards and tokens by playing. The cards are divided into two types: summoners and monsters. 

Monsters feature seven different types: fire, water, earth, life, death, dragon, and neutral. Each type belongs to a different element. 

Summoners determine the class of monsters, where a card of the monster can give a lot of information.

Splinterlands

Gameplay

At the beginning of the game, the player chooses a summoner and then collects a card deck of monsters. The battles are automatic, hence, you don't choose the sequence, the game builds it according to its algorithm. Always remember that the first monster in the list will be on the first line.

Each monster has 3 types of attack: melee, ranged, and magic attack, as well as 3 types of stats: speed, armor, and health. Close combat means that the monster can only attack the target in first line, exceptions are abilities. Ranged means that the monster can only attack at range. There are some rules for melee and ranged combat. Damage can only be done if there is no armor or its destruction, and the opponent can dodge. The magical attack is ultimate, it can hit any line, it completely ignores armor, and it can't miss. Speed determines the order of the card's attack and increases the chance of dodging. Armor, on the other hand, dampens damage and doesn't allow you to deal damage. Health is the easiest if it reaches zero monster dies.

The game has a system of 6 leagues. Those include bronze, silver, gold, diamond, and champion. As you move to a higher league, the seasonal reward increases. Ranking and card strength are required for the transition. The rating is given when you win and taken away when you lose. Card strength, in its turn, depends on rarity, version, and card level. 

Splinterlands

How To Earn By Playing Splinterlands

There are three tokens in the game: - Credits - In-game currency not withdrawable, used to buy packs of cards. You can buy for cryptocurrency.

 - Dark Energy Crystal (DEC)

 - In-game token for winning tournaments or quests, as well as being withdrawable.

 - Splintershards (SPS) is a control token given to holders of any assets in Splinterlands. 

There are different ways of earning. Those are, for instance:

- Renting cards. This option may appeal to players who rarely play or do not want to sell their cards. 

- Tournaments. If you are an active player, you can participate in tournaments, the prize fund may start from 1 dollar up to several thousand, and each tournament has its own rules. 

- Ranked games. If you don't want to take part in tournaments, you can just play in ranked games, so you'll gradually earn money. 

In general, the game can seem a bit boring at the beginning because of limited card selections. However, if you play regularly, earning additional cards and increasing your ranks, the game becomes really engaging.

Today on the agenda, is a game in which the dwarfs drink beer on a space station, and then go to crush the alien bugs along the way mining minerals. In this edition, we will review the blockchain game Deep Rock Galactic.

Deep Rock Galactic is a team-based First-person shooter in which you and your team have to descend into the massive cave system of the planet Hoxes 4. The new unique cave systems are constantly generated in the game.

There are four classes in the game. Engineer, Gunner, Driller, and Scout. Each of the classes has its own gameplay and equipment:

Engineer

Engineer, a class supporter, with standard equipment has a shotgun, a 40 mm grenade launcher, a platform gun, and a turret. The essence of the engineer to help the team, to put a platform on steep cliffs, which scout could get Nitra, put the turret to keep the fire or shoot from a grenade launcher at a crowd of enemies or one big. Of other equipment, instead of a shotgun, he can take a submachine gun or a homing rifle. And instead of a grenade launcher, a cutter.

Gunner

The gunner, almost the main shooting force, carries a machine gun, a revolver, a tether gun, and a shield generator. The gunslinger can do a lot of damage with the machine gun and revolver, pull ropes for the team across the chasm, and cover or sometimes even save the team with the shield generator. Other equipment includes, instead of a machine gun, an autocannon or a rocket launcher, and instead of a revolver a serial fire pistol.

Driller

Driller is similar to the Engineer Sapper but more independent. He has a flamethrower, a pistol, a C4 charge, and reinforced titanium drills in his equipment. The driller's main job is to dig or at least undermine the team's way through the rock, ignite, and control the bulk of the enemies. Of the other equipment, instead of a flamethrower, a cryo cannon, or a corrosive sludge pump. And instead of a gun a plasma gun.

Scout

Scout class carries an assault rifle, a double-barreled rifle cutter, a hook, and a flare gun. Must light the way of the team, as well as extract resources in inaccessible places. Of the other equipment, instead of the assault rifle, he can take a semi-automatic rifle or plasma carbine, and instead of the double-barreled pistol, a machine gun.

Each class weapon is upgradeable: The player can customize the weapon so it will suit the gamer’s style. Also, all classes have different types of grenades.

Adello Game Review: Deep Rock Galactic

The Aim

The aim of the game is to choose a job at the station and its complexity. The players have to carry out the primary and optional secondary tasks. The players need to destroy everything around in order to reach the task goal. According to developers, there is no same path to complete the mission.

The players can explore a network of procedurally generated cave systems, which are filled with enemies to fight and riches to collect.

It may seem that the game is boring and monotonous at first glance. However, there are 8 main and many secondary tasks that differ from each other.

The game also has perks. They are divided into passive and active perks. They can be

bought at the terminal in your room for stars, which are obtained for performing tasks in the same terminal.

The game is full of different skins. The players can obtain new skin by buying them in the store at the station, passing the battle, or finding them during missions.

Surprisingly, the game doesn’t have Go donate. Indeed, by donation, the gamers can buy only skins. Even Battle Pass is free, which allows the users to not think about how much money they have to invest to get new equipment.

Adello Game Review: Deep Rock Galactic

The game has remarkable mechanics - overclocking. Overclocking can be earned and obtained in different ways. The players can get them as a reward for completing one of the stages of the deep dive, as well as getting them as a reward for completing core hunting missions. Another way to acquire weapon overclocks is to get them as a reward for advancing in the forge. All overclocks can be selected in the equipment terminal, which is located on the first level of the spacecraft, right next to the mission terminal. The slot responsible for modifying overclocks is at the bottom of the modification table.

Unlike regular weapon modifications that need to be unlocked, the overclock slot is available from the start.

Before you can add overclocks to your weapon, the gamers first need to unlock at

least one additional modification for each level.

The overclocks alone are more than 30 per class, and each of them partially or completely changes the gameplay of the class. But the game doesn't dump them on you all at once.

To achieve this, gamers need to upgrade a dwarf. When players reach level 25 of the class they are given a task to upgrade. After completing, you can go to the memorial hall and get the promotion.

Those are only the basics of the game. The playing process is more interesting while gaming rather than on paper.

Make friends, have fun, and drink beer with them at Deep Rock Galactic.

It’s not a secret that the gaming industry is expanding and developing very fast. More and more gaming platform has been opened very recently. One of them is Luna - a gaming platform from Amazon. What is especially remarkable, Amazon Luna is a cloud gaming service. In fact, the new technology significantly impacted the game market development, and cloud computing is one of them.

Once again, what is cloud computer games?

Cloud gaming and cloud computing have become popular topics of discussion recently. Meanwhile, the tech giants are releasing their own cloud computing platforms. What does actually cloud computer gaming mean?

Cloud gaming, as the name suggests, is related to cloud computing. The essence of cloud gaming arises in a portable computing load with a remote device on the server or a more powerful computer.

Simply put, cloud computer gaming provides an opportunity for players to have a high-speed and quality gaming experience even though they don’t have suitable hardware. All you need is a high-speed Internet connection and any device with a screen, which can be even a weak laptop or a smartphone. Consequently, this leads to reducing the price of gaming will be cheaper. Previously, players would have to invest a certain budget to make the gaming process smooth and fast. Thanks to cloud computer computing, users can save more than a thousand dollars just for not buying computer equipment.

Cloud gaming is a promising market segment. It is forecasted that by 2028, the cloud gaming market could generate $1.861 billion in revenue. Furthermore, the development of cloud gaming and the transfer of computing to the server-side will positively impact the industry: It will help reduce the level of piracy.

What to expect from launching luna

Indeed, Luna already seems to be a very promising gaming platform. Many users still wonder what to expect from a new Amazon service. Here are some characteristics of the platform.

Amazon announced several expanded gaming channels: Prime Gaming Channel, Retro Channel, The Jackbox Games Channel, Ubisoft Channel, and Family Channel. More channels are expected to appear on the platform. Let’s take a closer look at each of them.

Prime Gaming Channel

Starting 1st of March this year, Amazon Prime members have access to a Prime Gaming Channe. This channel offers its members play a rotating library of Luna games, such as Devil May Cry 5; Observer: System Redux; FOGS!; Memory; and Immortals Fenyx Rising. New games will be announced regularly as part of the Prime Gaming member offer.

Retro Channel

Retro Channel features favorite classic games from publishers like Capcom and SNK so subscribers can relive fan-favorite games like Street Fighter II - Hyper Fighting — Metal Slug. 3, Castlevania Anniversary Collection and many others.

Jackbox Games Channel

The Jackbox Games channel on Luna is the only place where you can play all eight Jackbox Games Party Packs with a single subscription. Gamers can play popular games, including Quiplash, YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, Drawful, and Trivia Murder Party. These games support Luna Couch, a cloud-based feature that allows instantly invite others to join a multiplayer gaming session, even if they don’t have a Luna subscription.

Ubisoft channel

Amazon has partnered with game studio Ubisoft to create a gaming channel exclusive to Luna that will give Luna subscribers access to Ubisoft titles on the same day they are released. Ubisoft+ channel costs $17.99 per month.

Family channel

The family channel offers a selection of games for all ages such as Monster Truck Championship, Heave Ho, and Sponge Bob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom. This channel will be a perfect option to spend time with a whole family.

Amazon Luna

Moreover, Luna has certain features, such as:

Stream to Twitch Live

With the latest update to Luna on PC, Mac, and Fire TV, a new broadcast button lets the users to stream gameplay live with a camera screen. Gamers would simply have to scan the QR code to connect the phone as a webcam and microphone.

Luna Phone Controller

Users can now try Luna on Fire TV using only their iPhone or an Android phone as a controller through the Luna Controller app. The on-screen controller is an option for new or casual gamers without a controller who wants to try out side-scrolling, turn-based RPGs, quizzes, and more.

Luna is launched as Amazon’s competitor to other cloud gaming platforms such as Stadia, Xbox Cloud Gaming, PlayStation Now, and GeForce Now. For the moment, Luna is only available in the US. In the future, the gaming library will expand. As the service develops, new channels of publishers or selected genres will be added.

The gaming industry, its news, and updates will be another blog topic in Adello. We will keep you updated about the recent gaming industry news, game overviews, shortlists, and many others.

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