Hammerfall – Social RPG Games Taking Off

Social RPG games like Hammerfall are taking the Internet by storm. There are many reasons why this phenomenon is taking place on the Internet. Let’s take a quick look at which such games are taking off.

Reason #1: Great game play.

Everyone who has ever played an RPG game before knows that such games can be highly addictive. The level of addictiveness depends on the quality of the game play. Usually, you start by choosing a special character. This character will belong to a particular race, and will have certain attributes. For example, your character may have enhanced stamina, or it may have great magical abilities. In the Hammerfall game, your character will have health, energy, power, stamina, and toughness points.

As the game progresses, the plot and story of the game slowly unfolds. You take on quest after quest. And if the adventure is exciting and interesting enough, you find yourself glued to your computer, as you are completely drawn into the fantasy world.

Reason #2: Rise of the social networks.

RPG games have been successful for years. When you purchase an RPG game, you will be able to log on to a game server and play the game with other players online. The game server hosts the virtual world. There are regularly updates that add more items to the game, and to fix bugs.

However, in the last couple of years, gaming has evolved to something different. First of all, many RPG games, including Hammerfall, come free. Secondly, instead of being hosted on a game server, you can interact with other players online using a social networking platform like MySpace.

Social networking platforms allow developers to create third party games and applications, and host it on the platform for the benefit of all members of the community. For instance, as long as you are a member of MySpace, you can access the applications and games for free. That is the spirit of social networking – everyone shares.

The open platform allows enterprising developers to come up with their own games, and place it in front of millions of members.

Reason #3: Viral effect.

The social community can be fussy at times. If the community doesn’t like a game or an application, the application dies a quick and natural death. But if there is a killer game or application, word spreads around very quickly across the Internet. That is just the nature of social networks.

Every member has a network of friends. If one friend invites another friend to join the game, that’s one more person learning about the game. And if the game is really good, this process continues indefinitely, and games like Hammerfall can ride on the viral effect and grow and grow.

To learn more about RPG games, play Hammerfall and try it out for yourself. Take a look at the map. That’s a good place to start.

How to Be a Better Twitch Streamer

While it may seem that streaming on Twitch.tv is all about the games, the reality is it’s the personalities behind the games that people really come to see. In fact you may be a more successful streamer if you take more time to practise your small talk, rehearse a few jokes, or rehearse some tips to give the audience while your playing. It’s with this in mind that we take a look at some important tips that will help you become a better streamer,and if you’re really good, the next big gaming personality.

Interact with the Audience

Probably the biggest mistake streamers make is not including their audience in the presentation. Imagine you’re giving a presentation on a stage in front of a live audience. The first and most important factor in this is the inclusion of a webcam in your stream. Nothing makes a larger impact on audience interaction than letting the people watching your game play be able to see how and how you are reacting to it.

Respond to user questions and comments.

You don’t have to answer everybody, but if a certain question or comment catches your eye or is popular among the crowd take a second to address it. It will help encourage further conversation and let them know that you are listening and not completely focused on the game.

Entertain

When you’re streaming it’s a one man show with the spotlight firmly fixed on you. Keeping all of your audience entertained and happy is near impossible as everyone wants to see different things,but there are a few basic paths you can take that most people enjoy.

The teacher. Impart your gaming knowledge to the masses. Strive to be the best a the game, or even the champion/race/player you usually stream about. Word will soon spread of your prowess, bringing those who want to learn in droves. Staying current with the latest patches and updates will also ensure you always have something to talk about.

The joker/entertainer. You’re the life of the party off screen, so why not bring this talent to the monitor. Pop culture, current events, you can riff off of all of it. If you’re not gifted with the power of witty banter preparation and research is your friend. Jot down some quick notes on subjects you could talk about if there’s a noticeable lull. Or you could just be the guy who tells bad jokes all the time and make that your thing. The point is to have a second act that compliments your gaming and makes it a more complete and unique experience.

The Pro. If you really are all about the gaming and fancy yourself the best but don’t feel like sharing the knowledge (vocally at least), you’re a pro. Despite the fact that you wont be talking as much due to being almost completely focused on the game do not abandon the web cam. A picture is worth a thousand words so let the audience enjoy the small smile you give as you force the enemy team to GG.

Stream Often and on a Schedule

To get that initial interest sparked in you you’re going to want to stream quite often, at least several times a week.The more your face is out there, the more people will come to recognize you and become familiar with you resulting in more repeat visitors. TO increase this exposure you’ll want to make sure people know when you’re online. Twitter and Facebook are great ways to get the word out shortly before, but a more long term plan will let people plan well in advance to make time for their favourite streamer.

The best way to think of your streaming schedule is like a TV Show. Pick the days and the hour you want to run each week and stick with it. Also try to keep the length more or less the same. People should want you to keep streaming when you leave and not be tapering off slowly out of boredom. Keep them wanting more at the end of each session and they’ll be sure to tune in next time!

These are some simple methods that anyone can use to improve the quality of their stream. Couple these pieces of advice with some decent gaming skill and you’ll be on your way to the front page in no time!

COVID-19 Update: Technology Proves "Game-Changer" for Black Urban Youth

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit inner-city urban kids disproportionately and has led K-12 educators and administrators to direct many elementary and secondary schools to remain closed indefinitely. To ensure children are not deprived of important knowledge, the classes and assessments have been switched to an online format, as the schools aim to remain viable and on schedule. However, America now tackles the issue of a group of students not having reliable access to the internet or computers at home, especially those from African American households.

In this article, we will discuss some key specifics regarding the digital divide plaguing Black children as they try to face the challenge of online classes and homework. We will conclude with an appeal that will benefit a non-profit organization, From Boys to Men Network Foundation, Inc., that has been at the forefront since 1995 to even the playing field. Consider the four monumental points contained herein:

  1. It has been found that most eighth-graders in America largely depend on the internet to successfully complete their homework. A study by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2018, was assessed by Pew Research Center to reveal that about 58% of students, that is, 6 out of 10 students, have affirmed they use the internet almost daily to assist them with their homework. A meagre 6% of the respondents have claimed they never use the internet for assignment purposes. Needless to say, these trends varied based on the backgrounds of the students, and specifically their community type and their parents’ educational qualifications. For instance, among students attending schools in suburbs, about 65% stated they use the internet almost every day for completing their homework. Contrastingly, only 44% of school-goers from towns claimed the same thing. For students attending schools in cities and rural areas, the numbers were 58% and 50%, respectively. It was also found that students with parents who have attended and graduated from college, are more prone to using the internet at home while finishing up their assignments. It was found that among such students, 62% make use of the internet’s resources when they stumble across a challenge while completing their homework. Interestingly, only 53% of the students whose parents have some post high-school education use the internet at home at a similar frequency. For those whose parents have only a high school education or no high school education, the numbers plunge to 52% and 48%, respectively.
  1. Recently, the term “homework gap” is being used to indicate school-goers who lack adequate resources to complete their schoolwork at home. This gap has been observed to be more substantial in the case of Black, Hispanic and economically weak families. Pew Research Center analysis of 2015 U.S. Census Bureau data established that about 15% of Americans who have children who attend school were reported to not have high-speed internet connectivity at home. Understandably, children hailing from families with low incomes are less likely to have strong broadband connections at home. It was found that in households with an annual income of less than $30,000, where children between the ages of 6 and 17 live, about one-third lack good internet connectivity, which amounts to 35%, as opposed to the 6% in the case of households with more than $75,000 income per year. Again, these gaps are more pronounced when these low income households are from Black or Hispanic communities.
  1. Some children from low-income households have asserted they do not have access to resources required to complete schoolwork at home. In a survey conducted in 2018 by Center, it was noted that one in every five teenagers (about 17%) disclosed that several times they do not get to complete their homework since they either do not possess computers or a stable internet connection. It was found that Blacks and teens from low-income households have more commonly cited this reason for not finishing assignments. To further substantiate this idea, about a quarter of Black teens disclosed that, either frequently or sometimes, they find it impossible to complete their homework due to the lack of internet connection or a computer, as opposed to 13% of white teens and 17% of Hispanic teens. Similar to the previous aspect, teenagers who come from families with an income that is less than $30,000 per annum tackled this issue more (24%) than those with an income of minimum $75,000 every year (9%). The same survey also reported that about one in every ten teens (12%) frequently or sometimes use public Wi-Fi to complete their school-based assignments since they do not possess a stable internet connection. Black and lower-income teenagers are again more likely to resort to these measures. While one in five Black teens had to succumb to these measures (21%), only 11% of white teens and 9% of Hispanic teens also faced the same problem. While 21% of teens coming from households with an annual income of less than $30,000 per year had to use public Wi-Fi to complete their assignments, only 11% of teens living in households with an annual income ranging from $30,000-$74,999, and 7% of teens from households with over $75,000 per annum income reported the same problem.
  2. Among lower-income teenagers’ households, a quarter do not possess a computer. This problem can be observed in every one teenager among four who come from households that earn less than $30,000 per year. Only 4% of households earning more than $75,000 per year do not have a computer, according to the survey conducted in 2018. Variation based on race and ethnicity is observed here as well. Hispanic teenagers are less likely to not have a computer at home, with 18% stating this as a problem, as opposed to 9% of white teens and 11% of black teens.

As mentors representing From Boys To Men Network Foundation, Inc., we are requesting your assistance in order to purchase computer equipment for the purpose of facilitating the e-learning process brought about by the shelter-in-place demands facing deserving school-aged children. Many of our parents do not have the necessary computers, laptops, desktops etc. to facilitate this progression, so we are asking for your support. COVID-19 has devastated the demographic we represent, which has been exacerbated by the fact that technology is almost non-existent in the homes we service. We want to raise a minimum of $50,000 to assist over 30 needful families in our network.

Since 1995, the From Boys to Men Network Foundation, a type 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, has had a commitment to changing the lives of African-American males, particularly in the areas of urban America. As part of our efforts, we conduct programs that dissuade antisocial behavior among this demographic in communities, families, schools and other group settings by equipping the participants with valuable skills such as conflict resolution, peer mentoring, job readiness and offering them various support services, such as counseling, field trips, medical and dental assistance, etc. Please consider a donation to our GoFundme campaign. Your gift of any amount helps us to continue the effort to even the playing field and give these kids a chance at a better life!

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