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How to Survive Your First Night in Minecraft (Part 3)

Make Torches in Minecraft

You should make some torches to light up your home using some coal and sticks. Lucky if you have already got some.

But, if you didn’t find coal, you must make Charcoal. Whilst digging, you should find at least 8 blocks of Cobblestone. If not, dig until you collect enough.

Make a Furnace

Place the furnace somewhere convenient, then right-click on it to open interface and place 3 blocks of Wood in the section Ingredients and 2 Wooden Planks in the “Fuel” slot.

By then, you should see flames, and the Wood will be turned into Charcoal. Use the Charcoal to make torches.

Light Up The Room

Holding your torches, right-click to place them on your floor or wall to light up your home at all times – no corner should be more than 6 blocks from a lit-torch.

Shut The Door

The last thing to do is building a door to keep monsters out by using 6 wooden planks and lay them out on the crafting table. Then place the door by right clicking on the doorway of the house. It is now a safe refuge for you to survive the night, and you are ready to get started on some home improvements.

Home Improvements

You should use any remaining daylight to collect more wood, coal, and other resources so that when it’s dark, you can expand your new home, and maybe build some new rooms.

Upgrade Your Tools

Use your Crafting Table, you can make better tools using Cobblestone instead of Wood Planks

Make Windows to see the outside world in the morning.

If you have some sand, you can make a window by using your furnace to make sand into glass. Then, you can use a glass block as a window, to make proper window-panes.

If you don’t have any glass, use a single block hole to make a window. It’s small so that monsters won’t get through.

Tip: Make sure you light your home by placing plenty of torches, otherwise monsters may enter! A good tip is that no square of your floor should be more than 6 blocks away from a torch. 

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How to Survive Your First Night in Minecraft (Part 1)

In this beginner’s guide, you will find brief explanation on how to stay alive on the first night in Minecraft which full of the terror of sheltering in a dark burrow. This tips will help you to get things done properly.

Assuming you begin on a daybreak, you have 15 minutes to gather all the resources you need. Begin by scouting out the area; you will need to punch trees for wood, and you would really like to look for some coal and some sheep. Keep an eye out for everything.

Step 1: Punch a Tree

The first thing you’ll need to get is wood. Find a tree, and punch it (by pressing the left mouse button) until a chunk of wood comes off. Repeat the action until you have gathered all the wood from the tree. You should have 3 – 5 blocks of wood.

The next step is to make some of the things you’ll need. First thing first, let’s start with converting the wood you just harvested into wooden planks.

Inventory – Press ‘E’ to open your inventory menu.

Try to move items around on your inventory by left-click the mouse to pick up your whole stack of wood then right-click on any square to put a single item into place, or you can also left-click to drop the whole stack. 

Crafting planks – Try to convert a few blocks of wood to Wooden Planks or crafting a table

You must use 4 Wooden Planks to create a Crafting Table. 

Place the Crafting Table in your Toolbar, and click ‘E’ to close your inventory. Pick up the Crafting Table by pressing keys 1–9 (or use a scroll wheel) then right-click to place it on the floor. Then right click on the table, until  another screen with your inventory and a crafting area open up; this time the crafting area should be a 3×3 square.

To Crafting Table Interface – Placing two planks on the Crafting Table, one above the other, to get some sticks. Then, use sticks and planks to create a Wooden Pickaxe. 

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The Best Harry Potter Games Worth Playing (Part 2)

#3. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
Following the tradition that started with LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, the LEGO-infused series based on the second half of the Harry Potter book series and introduced a collection of new destinations, characters, and an unsurprisingly dark tone that increase with the stories, similar to the film version. It’s hard to keep any sort of serious content when relegated to LEGO bricks, but somehow the developers managed to make it happen —while still remain the same charm of the first LEGO Harry Potter title. There’s no lack of adventures to keep players busy, and plenty of thrilling moments to wade through as well.

#2. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
Warner Bros. and Traveller’s Tales cooperate to work their magic on Harry Potter by developing this delightful entry in classic LEGO symbolism. After the first four Harry Potter films, it’s one of the best games based on Harry Potter characters and lore, bringing players to the hub world of Diagon Alley and release them to discover a massive, magical world by finding 167 characters to unlock.

As with many of the other LEGO titles, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 put a lot of emphasis on discovering, puzzle-solving, as well as casting spells. It contains the largest open-world Harry Potter map, making it one of the best path to enjoy life as a Hogwarts student.

#1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The second Harry Potter game ever published also considered the best Harry Potter adventure, in terms of characters, gameline which are filled with pure, unadulterated fun. Players are required to take control of Harry himself while discovering Hogwarts’ secret and its surrounding region, all while attending classes and finishing a variety of challenges. Simple as it is, the game manages to develop intriguing aspects such as a broomstick free-flight mode, and quests based on real events as players would have read in the series.

If you’re expecting to find ways to get closer to the world of Harry Potter, these games are your best ticket to Hogwarts. Enjoy the games although be sure to keep eyes on the Muggles around you every once in a while.

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The Best Harry Potter Games Worth Your Time (Part 1)

What’s the better thing than becoming a wizard? If you can’t, there are options for you to act like one to get the feeling by playing as a wizard in a magical serie of Harry Potter video game. There’s been no lack of gaming imitation of the adventurous journey of The Boy Who Lived, and ever since J.K. Rowling’s amazing fantasy series published, fans have been crazy with its video game installments like candy.

There’s just one catch: Not every Harry Potter game was developed equally. In fact, there are quite a few stinkers in the collection of imitation out there. So which games should Harry Potter fans try to spend their times with? This article ranked the best Harry Potter games so player don’t have to wander around checking every single game available. Grab a butterbeer and get ready.
Here they are:

#5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

With multiple Harry Potter games under EA Games’ brand, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban takes advantages of a wide range of gameplay mechanics, consist of new spells and an intriguing feature that enables players to swap between Harry, Hermione, and Ron at their please. Each character is designed with their own unique abilities and spells and has varying degree of familiarity with each puzzle that represents itself. It provides a new take on the Harry Potter games and, when it was first published, set a new standard for other games to follow.

#4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The game that started a long line of classical Harry Potter adventurous koi is also one of the best to date. After Harry’s first trip to Hogwarts and his initial encounter with magical training, it enables accessible third-person gameplay for gamers of various skill. With excellent content, fantastic voice acting, and impressive art graphics, it gives a wide array of delights for Harry Potter fans.

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How Angry Birds broke the limits for mobile games

Rovio’s recovery has been blocked somewhat by the rising costs of user acquisition and marketing, which is more and more relevant to survive the competitive free-to-play market. It must also go through the lengthy process of upgrading the brand itself. The games have been developed to suit the style of the movies, and Rovio has targeted popular audience to keep Angry Birds visible — the most recent example being this year’s launch, Angry Birds Dream Blast. It’s even combined with VR and AR with Isle of Pigs, which reinstating the classic slingshot gameplay in 3D.

Angry Birds in 2009 is quite different to what it is today. In 2016, there were big upgrades in the brand — the birds now are named, can speak with unique voices. Rovio did quite well to evolve and came out to be a fresh and relevant looking brand.

Revenue has also been consistent for Rovio in 2019 despite lacking of growth and lower profitability due to the rising costs of user acquisition. Fortunately, the next hit games are about to come which is Dream Blast, with Sensor Tower data showing it has created $43 million in user spending so far which has coincided with a decline in terms of revenues from Angry Birds 2’s in-app purchases. However, combination of spending of both games is slightly higher than Angry Birds 2 in its best month of October 2019, as it brought about $11.4 million.

Angry Birds took off faster than Rovio could have expected and keeping that momentum has been a challenge. Yet the series continues to prove it’s resilience, being ranked at No.32 in the list of 2019’s most popular games in terms of revenue thanks to its place at No.1 in terms of downloads. The birds’ popularity continues as long as Rovio stay focus on what they are doing and try to be the best at it.

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How Angry Birds broke the limits for mobile games (Part 2)

The game proved Rovio was chasing something with its casual but compelling formula. Rio and Seasons became the third and fourth most downloaded games of the year while the original was still on top of the list, making Rovio to own three out of the five biggest mobile games of 2011.

The next year, it occupied four positions in the Top Ten in both iOS and Google Play, thanks to the launch of Angry Birds Space. And while Temple Run took the top spot in both list, the original Angry Birds was still took No.1 place on Google Play.

The original Angry Birds initially attracted players by its free-to-play Lite version, but regular updates to the full game worth $0.99 will keep it on top of the full-year download on both iOS and Android.

Success in the mobile market allowed Rovio to gather resources to invest elsewhere, and the full potential of the brand’s was soon tested in other fields. Fast forward to today and the Rovio studio has launched two full-length animated movies — which, the company claimed that, are just merely becoming a $500 million franchise in their own term — plus animation series broadcasted on Netflix and YouTube that have attracted over 10 billion views. More than 1.8 billion consumer products have been manufactured and sold in over 100 countries worldwide, and there are even theme parks and play areas which similar to the concept of Disneyland.

Kati Levoranta, Rovio representative shared that

“We show how our brand can grow. Of course, that requires continuous innovation and creative mindset. Angry Birds has proved that this is definitely possible, and Rovio can even go as far as making a feature film. The success of Angry Birds helped set the scene for Finland’s mobile games industry, likes those of Nokia and Digital Chocolate.

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How Angry Birds broke the limits for mobile games (Part 1)

On the occasion that the Angry Birds original game’s ten-year anniversary, we take a look at the impacts that the series had on the industry.

Besides, Angry Birds, there maybe no finer example of how rapidly the mobile market has evolved over time.

Rovio’s bird-flying, brick-smashing, pig-smashing game was a phenomenon and one of the earliest successes of the new smartphone gaming world. Angry Birds was launched on December 11, 2009, almost one and a half year after the iOS App Store was launched.

Originally debuted by Chillingo, Rovio gain back control a year later. By that time, the game’s broad appeal had began to appear — the initial free-to-play Lite version was the most downloaded game in 2010, followed by other hits such as Cut The Rope, Paper Toss and many others. Even the self-published premium version with low price of $0.99 was named the eighth most downloaded game over the hits such as Farmville and Hungry Shark.

App Annie announces Rovio was one of the most successful independent developers that gained benefits from the single development and short publishing cycle self-published in the App Store. Meanwhile, the other established game studios and developers were struggling to adapt existing game franchises and mechanisms for mobile with unintuitive controls and were attempting to emulate the console or PC experience on a touch screen device.

“Angry Birds changed the way we develop games for smartphones” – Donny Kristianto, App Annie shared

Its exceptional success had number of notable factors to thank for, one of which was its mobile-focus design. Besides, being one of the first ever games in touch screen devices that truly leverage the possibilities and capacity of gameplay on smartphones with touch and gesture instant control to be translated into innovative feedback. Besides, Rovio built on this success with unique animal-centric content development and constant updates themes.”

This was first introduced in 2010, when Rovio released Angry Birds Seasons I, which demonstrated themed levels with their own subtly different unique mechanisms. The 2011 movie inspired by the game Angry Birds Rio added boss fights and different business objectives to the franchise

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2019 the most lucrative year ever for Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go has been a viral sensation all over the globe, and through time, the game is earning more money than ever before.

According to recent report, Pokémon Go had a peak year in 2019, taking in revenue of an estimated $900 million only by in-app purchases, surpassed its launch year after a decline in both players and spending in 2017. It’s a rare phenomena for a free-to-play game, many of other games are random successes and fade quickly into obscurity.

Normally, free-to-play games either become a huge success in revenue and popularity and then slowly decrease as time goes by, or the app begins small and develops toward a top pof popularity and financial success. Pokémon Go didn’t follow either ways. After a blockbuster 2016 in which the game reach a viral sensation and earned roughly $832 million, before declining sharply. In 2017, the game only generated an estimated $582 million.

But through the introduction of new features — like raid battles, trading, and improved AR camera effects — Niantic carved out a dedicated and highly lucrative niche in the mobile industry. By the end of 2018, in-app purchase revenue for Pokémon Go once again soared, this time to an estimated $816 million.

Sensor Tower estimates Niantic has invested more than $3.1 billion on Pokémon Go. Although not all of that money is invested in the app developer, as the company has established revenue sharing system, which has never been announced publicly, with The Pokémon Company, of which Nintendo owns a significant amount.

Still, Pokémon Go’s success has contributed to put Niantic in the position of a top augmented reality developer and one of the top lucrative mobile app developers in the industry. The company has since developed its app-building and AR toolset, the Niantic Real World Platform, Harry Potter AR game in partnership with Warner Bros., as well as a renew its original AR game Ingress known as Ingress Prime.

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Richest Video Game Companies (part 2)

Capcom
Capcom is one of the oldest video game developers with some of the greatest hits under its flagship, including Street Fighter, Resident Evil, and Mega Man, Capcom,… generating revenue of $952 million. People all around the world still play their classic arcade games although the company regularly releases new editions of its popular franchises.
Ubisoft
Ubisoft is a French video game company and publisher started since 1986, well-known for its smashing games, such as Far Cry, Assassin’s Creed, and Tom Clancy. Through time they have built themselves into the ranks of the elite video game companies of the world at the same time expanding and opening stores across the globe to stay relevant in the biggest markets. Such a smart strategy!
Sega
SEGA is a Japanese company that has given us some of the best classic games ever such as Sonic the Hedgehog which is still making new and updated editions bringing the highest grossing franchise of all time to SEGA.

Electronic Arts
We all know Electronic Arts (EA) as father of FIFA. No one would have believes that it EA once considered soccer games as a joke. It’s such a twisted that FIFA has become their flagship game with the highest selling franchise in the industry. EA is also known as the king of sports games with new editions of videos games of the most popular sports every year with better graphics and updated players. At the beginning, EA was considered as being one of the worst gaming companies in the USA, it stepped up its game throughout the years to become one of the richest.
Nintendo
Nintendo was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi in 1889, developing for gaming enthusiasts some of legendary characters, like Mario and Zelda, bringing huge profits out of them, as well. Besides, Nintendo also producer of game consoles that directly compete with PlayStation and Xbox. The most famous gaming franchises of Nintendo are Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, and Pokémon.

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Richest Video Game Companies (part 1)

Gaming is a lucrative,multi-billion dollar industry, both for the gamers, as well as the companies that operate with teams of creative and intelligent people. 

Since the games were invented, it has become a mean of relaxing things for people from all over the world to do in their free time. Games today are much more evolved, with the use of advanced graphics and sound so that gamers can enjoy an experience of simulated reality. The more enjoyable players get, the richer video companies get. In this article, let’s look at the Top Richest Video Game Companies in the world.

Square Enix

Square Enix is one of the oldest video game companies in the world, developing well-known games like Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts and Dragon Quest, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Hitman. Square Enix then become one of the best and richest Japanese companies with over 110 million copies of the Final Fantasy series have been sold as of June 2014. They are also co-developers of the game Kingdom Heart with Walt Disney. Over 20 million copies was sold as of March 2014. The company is now valued at $1.26 billion owning the massively popular Tomb Raider franchise after buying Eidos in 2009.

KONAMI

Konami – one of the richest gaming companies in the world valued at $3.24 billion – was founded in 1969 by Kagemasa Kazuki. Initially, it was a jukebox rental and repair business in Osaka. Konami developed many famous games series such as the Dance Dance Revolution, Pro Evolution Soccer, Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid franchises and so on. Besides thriving as video game developers in the gaming business, Konami is also a developer and publisher of numerous children toys, trading cards, anime, slot game machines, arcade cabinets and health & physical fitness clubs in Japan.