16 October 2021

FACTORY293


The Second World War is raging and in the blizzard struck hinterlands of the USSR Factory 293 is in trouble.  An inspection is due and the power has just gone out but that is just the start of the day’s difficulties for war-hero Grigori and his female workforce.

Written and directed by Roderick Mackay for Meaning Maker and Digital Media Arts, you may not believe this but FACTORY293 was filmed entirely in the much sunnier climes of Perth, Western Australia.  Yet although this is surprising in itself the strength of the film lies in its direction and the wonderful performances of the actors, particularly its stand-out leads Lizzie Schebesta and Myles Pollard.

The Biology of Risk Taking: Why Do Teenage Boys Put Themselves in Danger?


If you have ever wondered why teenage boys act so, well, stupidly, then this should give you an insight.  Created by Stefane Lefort for an exhibition about risk in La Cité des Sciences et de l'industrie de Paris, it follows young Maxine who is enjoying a day out at the pool but wants to impress some girls. Should he leap off the top of the diving platform or retreat back to his friends, tail between his legs?

The biological processes around risk are set in motion, starting in his brain.  Will the fight or flight impulse kick in and advise on discretion being the better part of valor or will Maxine jump? As he is a teenager you can guess what happens but this is a fascinating insight in to how, in so many ways, as a teenager he just can’t help himself.

Metrolapse: The Beautiful Metro Stations of Naples


Naples is associated, primarily, with things other than its metro stations.  This is hardly surprising when you consider that this city of almost a million people has an almost 3,000 year history.  Yet they should not go unremarked and neither are they.  Here, Andrea Buonocore takes us on a tour of these architecturally rich stations which put those of much more populous cities somewhat to shame!

Monkey Symphony


Planet of the Apes this ain’t.  Or maybe it is – it’s all about timelines, after all.  Two talented chimpanzee pianists are forced to go their separate ways but years later their paths cross again.

This enjoyable animated short was created by a group of very talented students at ESMA, the world renowned graduate art school in Montpelier, France.

Baxter


Baxter likes candy.  No wait.  Baxter loves candy.  So when he sees Granny’s Candy Shop one evening he can’t resist going in.

Yet once in a while a stronger obsession of his takes over from his desire for candy.  Written and directed by Ty Coyle, Baxter was a collaborative project created at the Savannah College of Art and Design. 

Paper Marbling: This is How to Do It


Filmmaker Oguz Uygur is a very lucky man.  He has incredibly talented parents who practice the art of paper marbling. This is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other stone.  It is intricate work and is simply fascinating to watch from beginning to end.  Watching this does not make me want to rush out and start studying the ancient art of Ebru, however, as it just looks horribly difficult and I do not have the patience of a saint!

The Kalash – The White Tribe of Pakistan

In the mountains of the Hindu Kush in Pakistan, six thousand or so people live who look and sound very different from their neighbors.  They claim to have lived in the area for thousands of years and they look to all intents and purposes, European. 

14 October 2021

Top Tips on How to Choose a New Online Casinos in Canada

Tons of new online casinos grace the iGaming industry with their presence every day. With such a broad range of options, it can be rather confusing when you want to try a new online casino. Look, not every online gaming house at your disposal is perfect for your unique gaming needs. Some of them could be scams waiting to fleece you of your hard-earned cash.

This article covers crucial tips that go a long way in helping you make an informed decision when looking for a new online casino. So keep reading!

Factors to Consider When Choosing a New Online Casino in Canada

No experienced online gaming enthusiast joins a casino that exhibits the signs of a scam. But what when you are a beginner interested in learning how to start online gaming? Chances are, you don’t even know how to distinguish between a scam and a legit online casino. Well, here are the fundamental factors you should consider when choosing a new online casino in Canada:

Licensing and Regulation

This is one thing beginners often overlook when looking for an online casino. A licence is the first thing we consider when choosing a new online casino. Equally important, the casino must hold a licence from a renowned and trusted gambling licensing and regulatory authority. We are talking about the likes of the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), Kahnawake, the UK Gambling Commission, and so on.

Safety and Security

Your safety while transacting at any online casino should never be negotiable. Hackers lurk in cyberspace intending to cause harm to vulnerable internet users. And the online casino industry is one of the places they look for loopholes to execute their malicious plan. Precisely, the casino you choose must have industry-standard security protocols, including SSL (Secure Socket Layer) data encryption.

Customer Service

 It makes no sense playing at an online casino where you are all alone when you need some help. Indeed, we’ll never recommend a casino that has no customer service. We won’t recommend one with poor customer service, either. Therefore, the new online casino you opt for should have a customer support crew comprising competent and responsive agents. Furthermore, there must be effective support communication channels such as a live chat facility, an e-mail, and a phone number.

Game Variety

The casino should have a game library packed with various cutting-edge titles. Moreover, the game collection should be diverse. In other words, it should consist of different games like slots, roulette, blackjack, poker, baccarat, etc. The games should also be from verified software providers. That way, you are sure they are fair, and their quality is impeccable. And that points to a seamless gaming experience.

Bonuses and Promotions

Whether a novice or an expert, every online casino fan will appreciate a casino that gives them some goodies. When joining a new casino, you want to explore its game collection for real money before you start spending anything from your cash account. In this case, a risk-free welcome package is all you need to achieve that. Therefore, the new online casino you choose should have a welcome pack for new players. It could be in the form of bonus credits, free spins, or both. Apart from that, there should be other regular and seasonal perks.

Wagering Requirements

 Some casinos will give you bonuses with unfair wagering requirements. For instance, we have seen casinos that provide you with mouth-watering bonuses. But then, they require you to wager your bonus even over 100 times to withdraw any winnings you derive from it. This is a common trend with scams. For that reason, always check whether the play-through indicated is attainable within the specified time frame.

Responsible Gaming

Problem Gambling is real. When you realize you have no control over your gambling habit, we advise you to take a break and seek help. Thankfully, most modern online gaming platforms come with an in-built responsible gaming tool. It helps you set your gaming limits. For example, you can set how much you want to spend within a given time frame, how much to place per bet, how frequently you wish to play, etc. So, the casino you choose should have this vital tool. What’s more, the site should have information on how to play responsibly.

User Experience

The site should be a breeze to navigate. Besides, the design should appeal to the eye and the sections neatly laid out with legible labels. Also, nothing annoys you like a site that takes ages to load on your device when you try to access it. Therefore, ensure the one you choose has a fast loading speed. Better still, it should be compatible with different gadgets, including mobile devices and personal computers.

Payment Options

Banking is core to your gaming experience at any online casino. For that reason, the new casino you choose should accept various payment options. That gives you the freedom to opt for the deposit and withdrawal methods that suit you. Popular payment options online casinos accept include e-wallets, bank transfers, credit/debit cards, mobile wallets, and cryptocurrencies.

Payment Processing Duration

Playing at an online casino that takes an eternity to process withdrawals can be so frustrating. Note that withdrawal processing duration varies from casino to casino. Further, banking service providers take varied time to process withdrawal requests. Generally, e-wallets are some of the fastest payment options across online casinos in Canada and other corners of the world. On the whole, payment processing at your preferred casino shouldn’t go beyond ten days.

Advantages of New Online Casinos

        VIP programs: Most of them come with VIP programs to reward players for their loyalty.

     Irresistible welcome bonuses: New online casinos have generous welcome packages to attract as many new players as possible.

      24/7 customer support: The casinos tend to focus much on customer experience. In most cases, they offer customer support around the clock.

    Advanced Technology: New casinos take advantage of the latest technology. As a result, the platforms offer more in terms of functionality.  

Now you know what goes into making the right choice when looking for an online casino in Canada. As aforementioned, there are numerous options on the internet. It is, therefore, entirely upon you to choose a new casino that piques your interest and fits your gaming needs. So look for one and have fun!

 

 

10 October 2021

Star Stuff – Inspired by the Life of Carl Sagan


This is really something rather special and will give you goosebumps if like me you have only fond memories for the work of Carl Sagan and his great contribution to humanity.  Here you get the opportunity to watch Sagan as a child, developing his curious mind and the questions he would ask throughout his life.  

Star Stuff was written and directed by Ratimir Rakuljic.

Woody


Have you ever wanted to be something but know it will never happen no matter how hard you try?  Well, spare a thought for Woody.  He has always wanted to be an acclaimed pianist.  There’s just one thing holding him back – he has wooden panels for hands. This makes him ideal for one certain job but it doesn’t stop him from dreaming. Unfortunately, as he discovers in this wonderful animated short by Stuart Bowen, dreams can quickly turn to nightmares.

The Uses of Envy


Were you ever told off as a child for being envious of someone else? Whether you coveted their wealth, good looks or animal magnetism, envy is something that is generally frowned upon.  In fact a certain book places it in the top seven of sins which might prove fatal.  Yet Alan de Botton has a little something to add to the debate and together with great animation from Lara Lee and Hannah Jacobs and narration from Anna Martine you have to admit one thing – he has a point.

Meenakshi Amman Temple – India’s Dazzling Shrine Saturated with Statues

The city of Madurai in the South Eastern Indian state of Tamil Nadu is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world and has been a functioning metropolis for over two thousand years.

At its heart lies something extraordinary – a temple to the Hindu Goddess Parvati and her husband consort, Shiva. 

The Story of Zero


Is zero a number or not? Yes it is but the debate has raged for centuries. This very educational and informative (as well as entertaining – a hard trick to pull off) video by the Royal Institution gives us a potted history of zero from the times it eluded capture (metaphorically) up to today where it is pivotal in most if not all of the mathematical breakthroughs of the last 50 years.  It was animated by Andrew Khosravani.

The Beauty of Lofoten


If you are a regular reader of Kuriositas then you will already know that Lofoten is one of our favorite places in the entire universe not only because of its outstanding beauty but because it really shouldn’t be there.  However, thanks to a weather anomaly it is and Dennis Schmelz was lucky enough to visit northern Norway to capture its almost unspeakable beauty from the air. The result is jaw-slackingly gorgeous.

4 October 2021

How Technology Makes Casino Games Possible

We have come to expect more from our technology and for the companies we visit to take full advantage of the conveniences that new technologies have made available. One industry that is an undisputed leader in technology is casino gaming, both online (like casinogorilla.com) and in brick and mortar casinos.

Aria Casino Las Vegas
The first true high-tech casino to open was the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, which is part of the CityCenter complex. The Aria uses technology to offer visitors a mixture of luxury and convenience in every aspect of the casino from guest rooms, to dining options and on the casino floor.

The Aria has over 200 individual telecom rooms, which power the data and communication system. A broadband antenna network covers the entire resort, and provides constant wireless connectivity along with touchscreens, information kiosks and 3D monitors.

All of the more than 4000 guest rooms feature in-room automation. The system opens the curtains, sets the temperature, turns on the TV and plays music. When the guest leaves the room, the lights turn off, the curtains close and the TV and music systems deactivate. While in the room, guests can control virtually every in-room function from a remote control or through the HDTV. Guests set their preferences when they first enter the room. That information is saved and the preferences are loaded to the room the next time a guest returns.

On the casino floor, technology is used to make the gaming experience more enjoyable. The slots, video poker and other electronic games are monitored in the data center and can be updated and changed on the fly. Everything except the expected payouts, which once set cannot be changed without a gaming commission review, can be modified with just a few mouse clicks. For example, if the video poker stations are nearing full, slot machines can be converted to video poker to meet the demand. Likewise the stakes can be changed at a touch of a button based on player demands.

Plans are to use the technology to send information to players’ smartphones. Currently special offers are routinely sent for specials and deals. Sending information tailored to guests’ stated preferences, such as announcements that a new table of their preferred game is opening, is the logical next step in providing a personalized gaming experience.

Online Casinos
Advances in technology have provided the key in the development of online casinos. The online gaming market is one of the fastest growing and most popular. Players desire realism, a wide selection of games, and a safe and secure gaming environment. The also expect that the games faithfully mirror the conditions of the brick and mortar games.

Whether it is slots, video poker, or blackjack, some online Casinos use Random Number Generators (RNGs). An RNG is a piece of software that assures that the next card that is dealt (whether in video poker, poker or blackjack), or the stopping place of a slot reel is totally random. This is the software that makes online casinos possible. Online casinos have long been a driving force in the development of RNG technology, which is also used in brick and mortar casinos where the software resides in each machine.

How RNGs Work
Basically RNGs first select a starting or “seed number” and then, through a complicated algorithm, calculate a new random number. That number becomes the new seed number and the process repeats. The range of numbers from which is seed number is selected is commonly in the quarter of a million range.

Certification
Brick and mortar casinos and online casinos share more than just a similar game menu; both are subject to stringent oversight. As we mentioned with Aria’s programmable electronic games, the basic payout structure cannot be changed without approval of the gaming commission. Each game in a brick and mortar casino is inspected to insure that the game is fair. This includes every aspect of the game including the RNG.

Online casinos are subject to the same inspection process. The leading independent international testing agency is eCOGRA, which was established in London in 2003. The agency is fully accredited and specializes in online gaming software.

eCOGRA not only certifies the RNG, they also focus on protecting the privacy of customer information and ensure that players receive prompt and accurate payment, that the operating environment is secure, safe and reliable, and that the casino’s marketing is responsible.

2 October 2021

The Honduran White Bat

No, they’re not mutant hamsters although you might (just might) be forgiven for thinking that. It’s a rare beasty called the Honduran White Bat and is found only in handful of Central American countries.  It’s not albinism either; the species has evolved its white fur as a form of camouflage. You may think that would warrant inclusion in this year’s Darwin Awards, rainforests being predominantly green, but the Ark in Space website has the answers.

Image Credit Flickr User Wanjah Krah

Beyond – Action Adventure Short


Fancy a Spielbergian adventure movie but only have ten minutes to spare? Then try Beyond – it has all the required elements but has the additional attraction of being quite brief on its side too.  Written and directed by Jeremy Haccoun, the short film centers on young Leo. When a rock fall traps his parents inside a burning car, he must find the hero within him in order to save their lives...

Fact about the Flu Vaccine you Need to Know


Are you thinking of having a flu jab?  There are many myths around the flu vaccine and the side effects it can cause – in fact around its efficacy in general.  Questions like whether the vaccine damages your immune system or even gives you the flu, how long the virus is effective for, what age groups are affected by flu and whether antibiotics can treat the flu are answered in this short video created by We Are Formation.

Jabuticaba – The Tree that Fruits on its Trunk

No, this is not a belated April Fool’s prank. They look as if they may have been pinned there by an over enthusiastic gardener to impress the neighbors but the fruit of the Jabuticaba really does grow off the trunk of the tree.

Otherwise known as the Brazilian Grape Tree (Plinia cauliflora), this plant is native to South America, notably Paraguay, Argentina and (obviously from its name) mostly from Brazil.  The fruit, a succulent looking purple color can be plucked and eaten straight from the tree.

Dancing on Air: When Indoor-Skydiving becomes Ballet


This is quite incredible to watch.  Professional dancer Inka Tiitto just happens to be a champion indoor skydiver too.  However, at some point she decided that to combine the two was a great idea.

She is right – it is – and she is something to behold as she seemingly effortlessly counters high speeds of up to 180mph.  However, when you watch this you realise that her hope – that indoor skydiving can evolve in to a performing art – is not unrealistic.  Can you imagine Swan Lake being recreated like this?  This video was created by Great Big Story.

29 September 2021

Life in Text


Nostalgia sets in for a 20-something guy (Tyler Ritter), as he travels through a virtual text message world and revisits old messages between him and his ex-girlfriend (Alexandra Daddario). The digital drama begins at the end of the couple's history, when they are no longer speaking, and ends at the beginning of their relationship: their first text message. Life in Text was directed by Laurence and Jessica Jacobs.

Quiet on the Set


A young actor struggles to find work – and with the illness which will terminate his life in the near future.  The only job that he can find – with some irony – is as a zombie extra in a new apocalyptic horror movie. Yet this role may well define his career.  Sensitively written and directed by  RJ Berkelew, perhaps some journeys can only be fully understood by those who take the same path.

Unimagined Friends


Did you have an imaginary friend when you were a child? Then spare a thought for those creatures that may never be imagined. They spend their time in a kind of limbo, waiting for someone to imagine them in to existence… and if you are a scraggly cat like Carl then that may take some time.  This delightful animation is courtesy of students at The Animation Workshop in Denmark.

Shifter


Los Angeles - 2023. James Striker is on the verge of bringing down the oppressive government that has crushed all freedom in the United States in Shifter, a short live action science fiction movie by the Hallivis Brothers. But before he can take them on, Striker must get past a homicidal drone and an elite squad of EFT soldiers. His only advantage is the SHIFT, a process that allows Striker to transfer his mind into an identical clone body. New body, Same mission: Bring the whole system down.

Life is Beautiful


Life for Anton has been marred by a thousand little cruelties dealt to him because of his tiny stature.  He calmly decides to end it all, he is done with life. Yet as you will see, life is not done with Anton.  The subject matter is such that this could have gone very wrong but Life is Beautiful is quite delightful – especially when you get to the end. This wonderful animated short was directed by Ben Brand and made with support of the Dutch Film Fund and the NTR.

The Modern Muses


In ancient Greece the Muses were a collection of nine goddesses who stimulated the conception of literature and the arts.  What if the Muses were to reinvent themselves for the twenty first century?  Would their modern day guise be any different from the time of the ancients?  What objects might they adopt as their symbols?  Let’s have a little fun.  After all – if they were to return, they wouldn’t want to look as if they belong in a museum, even if the very word was inspired by them.

Calliope
Perhaps the most famous of the muses, Calliope is the muse of heroic writing – it is said that she inspired Homer to write the Iliad and the Odyssey.  In art she has always been seen with a writing tablet in her hand.  That, of course, would have to go.  Were Calliope to descend from Olympus, she would soon discover that a laptop is the tool of choice for most writers in this day and age.

As the oldest of the muses she would no doubt need that processing power to keep her younger, more errant sisters organised.

Clio
Clio was the muse of history.  In ancient art she was often represented with a scroll of paper or a tablet.  Perhaps today she would record the passage of time using a camera.  She is seen variously as a researcher, one who ignites the need to record events but also to investigate and to ensure that events are accounted.  Clio’s aim was to record the past in order to inform the future – and what better modern platform for that than the art of photography?

If You Have Never Wanted to Visit New Zealand, You Will After You Watch This


In March 2016, Francis Gagnon flew to New Zealand. For more than a month, he traveled across the country seeking images and adventures. During this journey, he drove 4000 km and hiked over 250 km. His journey took him from the glaciers in Mount Cook National Park to mountain-ringed Lake Te Anau and the volcanic rock in Tongariro National Park.  The result is Moods of New Zealand, an amazing timelapse film of the sights he encountered on his trip.

How Long Does It Take to Create a New Video Game App?

With mobile devices in use, video games have seen a surge in usage in the present age. Several improvements are fast coming into the industry, and the pace at which video gaming is going isn't one to stop soon.  This is because video games are an equal part of entertainment and stress release for game lovers. Even those who are inconsistent in playing games can become avid video game spectators, watching live matches and live programs as experts play them. In addition, through video game playing, many have fought loneliness, depression, anxiety, and much more mental health issues.

Another amazing aspect of video games that goes beyond entertainment is playing video games and making some income for yourself. This is achievable by playing in casinos. There are tons of games in casinos, such as:

     roulette,

     baccarat,

     video poker,

     blackjack,

      table games,

     and slots.

The popular Cabin Crashers slot is one of the number of slot games that can be played as video games in online casinos and make good winnings in cash.

As a result of mobile devices in use and the number of people who now play video games, more people, individuals, and teams are considering creating their very own video game apps that game lovers can easily play. With this, gamers will have fun and make good money by wagering. In creating video game apps, there are lots of things to be considered and put to work. And one of those things that a game creator and developer should think of is the time required to get all the work done.

Developing of Video Game App

In creating a video game app, developers must do the accurate workings before embarking on it. According to the Thunderstruck Wild Lightning demo, different stages will see the success of the video game app's creation. Each of the stages is important to work on.


Making an accurate plan

Adequate planning or lack of a plan has an impact that will be played in the path of developing a video gaming app. Before you embark on creating a video game app, it is crucial to set out the type of video gaming app you intend to make

     a 2D or 3D video gaming app,

     a racer gaming app,

     a Puzzle video gaming app, and the likes.

This should be thought of before creating. Other aspects of the game creation to plan on are the characters, storyline, playing the video game on the app, and the type of gameplay. The devices that can use the video game apps should be pre-planned if it is on Android, iOS, or windows.

Choose the right software

There are simplified ways to create a video game app if you are not a guru in writing app codes. You can make use of the advanced development tools/software that helps you out with the coding. There are a multitude of tools that can do this ranging from the free-to-use ones to the paid ones. Some of the tools you can use do not require coding knowledge. Some powerful tools can make your video game app compatible with Android, iOS, and windows.

Learn programming language

Knowing a programming language is essential in developing a video game app. It doesn't matter if you're using software to help with coding or not, being able to write programming code goes a long way with app creation. Knowing a C#, C+, and other programming languages will be advantageous as a video game app creator. In addition, there are several other points to learn with programming that will inevitably help you when creating your video game.

Start the Project

Once you have done your planning, gotten the knowledge of the useful programming language, and chosen the software to assist in the coding of the game app, the next thing is to start the app creation. Starting the project might be a bit intimidating to scale through, keep the process simple. Start with the basic mechanics of the video game app, design the first level and implement the graphics. With this simplicity, you will be able to get a result. In creating the game app, keep testing to know what to do or make changes on.

Graphics implementation

Graphics are an essential part of video game creation. The graphics of the game app gives a better gaming experience. There are two choices to implement the graphics, going for 2D graphics or 3D graphics. You can create the graphics yourself by using tools for creating graphics, and you can also outsource a proficient graphics designer to handle it for you in line with what you want.

Promote your video game app

Creating a video game app is not the end of the journey. Game lovers need to play the game to succeed with the video game app. The game app should not pixelate to compete with other video game apps that players are playing. Let the storyline be interesting, and the background tracks that will accompany it should be intriguing. The controls should also be intuitive and smooth.

Launch the game

After you have tested the video game app and all is working as you have planned, the next thing is to release your video game app. Don't make the mistake of wanting the app to be ultimately perfect before you launch it. The audience you get for your app will let you know where to improve, and you can later update it after working on it.

Having known the steps for creating a video game app, let's look at the duration it will take to complete it and launch it for gamers to use the app on their devices in playing video games.

New Video Game Creating Time

The first thing that will strike your mind whenever you think of creating a video game app is the time involved. It is important to know this as it will help you determine the timeline meant for the app creation and set up plans to launch the app. The time for creating a new video game app cannot be entirely predicted; it varies based on the scope of the video game app to create and the process you intend to make use of.

Creating a simple video game app will take less time than creating a complex app with outstanding features. The graphics used also have their take on how long a developer will take to finish up to launch. A 2D graphics video game app development will require less time than a 3D graphics video game app. The length of video game app development also has to do with

     the genre of the video game app

     Scale

     Development platform

     And the number of assets.

Excluding that, you also have to consider the developer's speed, the features they plan to incorporate, and much more.

App Creation Timeframes

On average, depending on the type of game being created with its features, the video game app can take between 2 weeks to ten weeks. However, developing a Triple-A (AAA) video game app, whether you are creating it with a brand new IP from scratch or adding tech to it, the time to get this done is always between 3 to 5 years.

In video game app creation, there are stages of this process, and each of these stages has its own time, which is required. Generally, the stages for the video game app creation are five.

There is the research and idea forming/creating stage. This stage for a non-AAA video game takes between 2 to 3 weeks. After you might have come up with an idea and a good developer to handle the video game app, brief needs to be generated about the video game app. It will allow you (if you are developing it yourself) or your developer to have a clear understanding and picture the type of people to use the video game app, make decisions on the requirements for the app, and so on. Things to include in the brief in this stage should cut across the kind of video gaming app, the user base, and how it should be developed.

The entire app planning stage takes nothing less than a month, while the actual development stage is around 12 to 14 weeks. The development stage is the crucial stage that requires more time. This stage will require flawless coding of the video game app. In the app creation stage, the front-end and back-end development contribute to the excess time of this stage. For both front-end and back-end, different developers handle this. And the front-end development takes between six weeks to eight weeks.

The time needed for testing the video game app after development takes between three to four weeks. This testing stage is imperative because it's the stage to find bugs or any glitches that may affect the video game app. Enough time is given to this stage so that the app functionality will not be jeopardized. The testing will make the app filtered and fully functional and verify the app's compatibility.

The app deployment is the final stage which takes roughly a week. This also adds up to the time involved in the creation of the new video game app. After the test has been completed and certified to be free of bugs or glitches, the next is putting the app on the market. And this requires procedures to follow for deploying the app on Apple Store, play store, or windows. Each of the platforms has its policy to adhere to for the app to be available there.

Is Video Game App Creation Difficult?

Talking about the difficulty of video game apps, we can't say that creating the app is a complicated process that consumes both time, energy, and money. More will depend on an individual's knowledge and how well they can write a programming language. Some see video game app development to be easy. Those who don't have coding abilities may be faced with some challenges. The difficulties may be in the cost of development, lack of experience in video game app creation, and getting the right team of developers.

Conclusion

As video game playing keeps getting prominence, app developers are also working tirelessly to get different and latest video game apps out for players to get entertained. And since mobile devices become available at their fingertips, having a video game app makes gaming convenient for players. With it, players can play at their comfort anywhere. As a developer considering developing a video game app, the right knowledge should be used, and in addition, the timeframe should be worked with for accurate delivery. The time duration for each stage is not absolute; it may be less or more.

The Use of Cryptocurrencies in Online Gambling

The world's first digital currency - Bitcoin – came into existence more than 10 years ago. And it has managed to firmly gain a foothold in the financial market. Despite being negative its rate continues to grow and there are more and more people who want to invest in cryptocurrencies.


Today, there are many types of cryptocurrencies showing positive dynamics. The VISA payment system and a number of other financial companies announced the possibility of making the relevant transactions. Even in Las Vegas casinos, there are special terminals to exchange cryptocurrencies, and it will not surprise anyone if digital funds are soon accepted from the casino's customers directly. After Elon Musk's statement about accepting such funds as payment for Tesla electric vehicles, it became clear that the future belongs to virtual money.

The online gambling industry was one of the first to pick up the trend, introducing the possibility of paying for online games like Buffalo Blitz slot online with cryptocurrencies. Leading and new online platforms provide an opportunity to use crypto wallets on equal terms with fiat funds, and some casinos have begun to deal with cryptocurrencies only. Despite certain fluctuations in the capitalization of digital money, online gambling shows a positive trend in the use of blockchain technology.

What blockchain technology is about

Blockchain is a database containing information about all transactions made with cryptocurrency. It does not have a centralized server but is distributed among network participants. Access to such operations is open and transparent, but this does not mean that you can take someone's funds. On the contrary, such openness excludes the corruption component, and only the owner of the key has access to digital money.  

Information consists of an infinite number of blocks, which contain all the data. Information is transmitted via P2P networks, and new data are accompanied by previous ones, excluding errors or substitution. In general, despite the efforts of many enthusiasts to create an alternative tool, no one has been able to come up with a better solution.

Online casinos that operate on the basis of blockchain technology are considered the most reliable and convenient for cryptocurrency transactions. With this innovative tool, users get a number of benefits:

     absolute anonymity - the absence of intermediaries, such as banks and other financial institutions that track the actions of the wallet owner and can block the payment at any time;

     high speed of the payment transaction - direct interaction between the casino and the gambler's wallet eliminates payment delays, and also minimizes intermediary services for which interest is charged;

     no conversion - the cryptocurrency is international, and it is not tied to any country or continent, so there are no conversion fees to pay, while gamblers can play from anywhere in the world.

What is the difference between a crypto casino and a regular online platform?

In fact, crypto casinos are the same gambling establishments, but they accept the digital currency. Payments can be of a mixed nature, that is, gamblers can pay with fiat or crypto money, or an establishment can focus on payments with cryptocurrencies only. Otherwise, the casino provides similar services, including:

     slot machines;

     roulettes in various modifications;

     card tables with poker, Blackjack, and Baccarat;

     lotteries, tournaments, bonuses, etc.

Despite the use of blockchain technology, gamblers may face scammers online and lose their funds. Therefore, the license and user reviews should be checked before depositing digital or any other currency.


Crypto casinos are in some aspects even more reliable and profitable than regular portals. First of all, it is due to confidentiality.  There are also no records in the bank account statement about using the funds for gambling. Furthermore, virtual institutions that work with cryptocurrencies only do not require gamblers to register and go through the verification procedure to play, for example Archer slot machine, which is a significant advantage for many users.

Another argument in favor of a crypto casino is the speed of the transactions, which are processed in a few minutes, and not hours or days, as can happen with a bank card.

And finally, the ultimate advantage of cryptocurrency is that it can be paid in those countries where there is a restriction or prohibition on payments to online establishments from bank cards. Such, for example, is the United States and China. Having a crypto wallet at their disposal, gamblers can play anywhere in the world, provided that they have an internet connection.

What cryptocurrency do online casinos accept?

Bitcoin is still the most common due to the primacy of capitalization, although many platforms expand the list of used units, such as:

     Ethereum — it is the second in terms of cost and popularity;

     Litecoin — it is a derivative of bitcoin;

     BCash — it is a bitcoin fork with new blockchain rules;

     Monero — it has the highest level of payment anonymity;

     Dash — it demonstrates a rapid growth in value;

     Zcash — it is a promising cryptocurrency that guarantees complete anonymity;

     Dogecoin —it is a remote fork of bitcoin with high mining speed.

Disadvantages and risks of gambling at crypto casinos

Considering the positive factors, do not forget about certain disadvantages that should be taken into account. First of all, the cryptocurrency has an unstable rate, which is not supported by fiat funds, thus it is very volatile and unpredictable. In addition, the romanticization of digital money regarding their security is exaggerated, since there is still a bare chance that it can be hacked.

Summary

The use of cryptocurrency in online casinos is a promising trend that is only gaining momentum. A large number of gamblers have switched to this type of game; however, classic establishments remain in the majority. Considering all the pros and cons listed above, each user can decide whether to use innovative technologies or not to risk and invest regular money. In any case, the main thing is to choose a reliable platform and be successful in gambling.

26 September 2021

Iconic Dance in Film


This will put a spring in to your step if all else fails… The students at AMDA (the American Musical and Dramatic Academy) in New York studied rigorously for their Fall Dance Concert of 2015. Named Iconic, it was a modern celebration of 20th Century dance on film re-imagined through live performance. Cain DeVore, an independent filmmaker and screenwriter, actor and teacher put this video together to inspire the students.

It is a whistle-stop tour of the best dance in movies from the 1920s up to the present day. Pop Dancin Fool by Barry Manilow over the clips and you get a truly exhilarating few minutes. As well as a reminder of what has been achieved in the past this video, in its own way, lays down the gauntlet for today’s filmmakers – get dance fully and properly back in to the movies now!

The full list is below if you want to see how many movies you spotted correctly.

Caravanserai – Staging Posts of the Desert


There were once thousands of caravanserai, staging posts for the weary traveler, dotted throughout Asia, North Africa and the South-Eastern parts of Europe.  The Silk Road, an important and extensive trans-continental network of routes, was dotted with them.  Many still survive, but more, like the one in the Lut desert of Iran (above) are abandoned and slowly turning to dust.

Modern methods of transportation have meant that the caravanserai, where they are not fortunate enough to be restored and made in to hotels, slowly but surely rejoin the sand of the desert.  However, you can still see the rising columns in the Lut example, above, which one day perhaps looked something more like the interior of the one to be found in Meybod (also in Iran, below).

The Cutty Sark Story


If you might  not get the opportunity to visit Cutty Sark, the British Clipper ship which is preserved as a museum ship in Greenwich, London, then this will get you a little closer, at least imaginatively.  Created by Beakus director Steve Smith for the Cutty Sark, it tells the story of the ship’s years of service as a tea and wool cargo ship, and its record breaking round-the-world voyages. It has been screened on a loop in the actual ship's lower hold from September 2014.

Flawless


Flawless is a short film looking at the loving relationship between a father, Ansel and his gifted daughter, Iniko. One grey day a major incident causes a deep fracture that changes their lives forever, causing Iniko to long for a time when things were perfect. Created by Badshoes Film in February 2014 in Leicester and released on to the festival circuit in June 2014, Flawless was selected for 23 festivals over 18 months including Festival de Cine Lanzarote 2015, Cineglobe 2015 at CERN Institute, Cannes Short Film Corner, CineFiesta 2014, New York Independent Film Festival 2015, Aesthetica 2015 as well as a pretty good run at the BAFTA's too.

23 September 2021

3 online hobbies you should consider trying in 2021


Finding a new interest or hobby can be a fantastic way of developing a new skill, meeting new, like-minded friends, building your self-confidence and having a lot of fun.

There is no shortage of avenues to pursue, which can make the process of deciding which hobby to pursue daunting and not a little confusing. After all, when you live in an age of unlimited information and unprecedented levels of entertainment in the forms of YouTube, streaming services and social media, sticking to one interest is difficult. 

On top of this, there is the very real challenge of fitting your new hobby within your existing lifestyle. If you work full-time, have a family or a busy social calendar, then you may think it is impossible to find time for a new hobby. 

However, as long as you are organized, plan your weeks carefully and are prepared to sacrifice time-sapping pastimes like social media or watching movies, then you will free up more time than you might imagine.

This is why online hobbies work so well. They allow you to participate in your hobby without needing to waste time traveling to a set location or putting it on pause every time you need to travel. 

Here are three great online hobbies you should consider trying in 2021:

Gaming is going from strength to strength

One of the most popular online hobbies is gaming, which has gone from strength to strength over the past decade. Far from simply being a pastime popular with teenagers, gaming is now a thriving industry that offers a variety of immersive thrills.

Indeed, there is no shortage of games to choose from. You could, for example, become involved with esports, which hold both amateur and professional tournaments based on virtual versions of real sports - such as football and Formula One, as well as gaming titles like Dota 2 or League of Legends. 

Alternatively, there is a range of role-playing and sandbox games such as the Elder Scrolls series or Grand Theft Auto, which boast huge online communities. 

Online gaming is a great way to become involved in a passionate community of like-minded people, as well as relax after a long day at work. You can get started relatively cheaply, too, if you find gaming laptop deals

You could start meditating using online resources

Another great online hobby you should consider trying is a meditation app or course. While meditation has been around for thousands of years in various forms and practices, it has never been easier (or more important) to start, thanks to the variety of online apps, tutorials and courses on offer.

This means you can practice meditation easily wherever you are, whether at home, on the train, or even on your lunch breaks at work. Given how stressful and fast-paced modern life can be, meditation offers a rewarding experience, with minimal costs or discipline needed to start.

Learn a new language via an online course

One of the most useful hobbies you can start is to learn a new language. While this is nothing new, language learning is considerably more accessible and easier now that you can engage with online content - such as apps, courses and podcasts - which allow you to learn wherever you go. 

This accelerates the learning process and helps you to master a new language faster, which is ideal if you want to explore a particular country or learn more about a certain culture. 

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