Play Blade & Soul nowBlade & Soul players, have you ever looked at a sword and thought, “That’s great and all, but it just looks far too sensible and practical”? Well you’re in luck: The upcoming Warden class has got you covered. NCSoft has released a new overview of the Warden, whose weapon of choice seems to be a greatsword so great as to make even the likes of Cloud and Guts feel woefully inadequate. Despite what you might initially assume about a class that wields a sharpened hunk of iron easily visible from space, the Warden boasts “exceptional defensive and regenerative capabilities” in addition to its formidable offensive skills, and the official site says the Warden can “maneuver around enemies with incredible ease.” We’ll leave it to you to work out the logistics and physics of that last bit. As Wardens attack and use their abilities, they’ll build Blood Rage and acquire Sunsparks. With enough of the former, … [Read more...] about Blade & Soul gives players a look at the upcoming Warden class and Shadowmoor heroic dungeon
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For what amounts to a PlayStation 2 game from 16 years ago, Final Fantasy XI looks really good, even now. But… well, that’s the caveat right there, isn’t it? The game was designed for a PlayStation 2 in 2002. It has aged very well, but it’s still an older title with older models and animations and textures. What a good thing, then, that one fan has decided to overhaul all of the textures in the game with an HD texture pack to draw out all of the game’s potential. You can check out a trailer for the pack just below; the modder, Amelila, had worked on an adaptation of Ronfaure into Skyrim before he realized that the same skills could be used to make FFXI more attractive. Modding the game has always been something that enterprising fans have engaged with, but it’s good to see that even as time has marched onward, fans have continued to find ways to make the game that much prettier. Source: YouTube via PC GamerSHARE THIS ARTICLE … [Read more...] about Check out one determined modder’s Final Fantasy XI retexturing project
Crowdfunded indie PvP sandbox Albion Online officially launched last summer, finding so much initial success that its servers were hammered and it even suffered a round of extortion-centered DDOS attacks before settling into a scaled-down MMO live team and playerbase. So it always surprises me that the game never came to Steam, in spite of the fact that it was Greenlit on the platform four years ago. The team announced in March it was rectifying that oversight, and as of today, we now have a date: May 16. That’s for PC, Mac, and Linux. “With its availability on this new platform, the sandbox MMOPRG will now also offer standard Steam features, including achievements – and as a thank-you to veteran players, all achievements developed for the Steam launch will also be available in the native Albion Online client.” There’s a bonus expies event too. “To celebrate the release on Steam, the Berlin-based … [Read more...] about Albion Online is coming to Steam on May 16 – check out the latest trailer
UX has a long history… going back way beyond the digital era. Restaurants have always been concerned about User Experience, and so have museums and hotels. The chef, the curator, the innkeeper—these people have always had a vested interest in your comfort, your enjoyment… your experience. Today, however, ‘UX’ is most often applied to software applications and websites. How easy is it to navigate a site? Is there a steep learning curve to using the site/application? How frustrating is it when the user makes an error? Is the site trustworthy? Do users find what they expect? Do they get what they need? From a visitor’s very first impression right on through to the engagement you hope they’ll pursue, every minute should be effortless. Interacting with your site/app should be pleasurable, easy, engaging, and efficient. That, in a nutshell, is ‘User Experience’ (UX). Tech changes at a lightning-fast pace. Every day, … [Read more...] about 12 Easy UX Improvements You Need to Know About
Today is a special day. It’s the 8th anniversary of ShoutMeLoud. And all of this started with a conversation between two friends… Me (Harsh): Hey Dude, can I borrow your credit card!? Ankit: Why? Me: I want to buy hosting & a domain name for my blog. Ankit: You are mad! Are you sure about it? Me: Yes, I’m sure. And he gave me his credit card. It was on 30th November 2008 when I made my first ever online purchase (technically someone else made the purchase because it was his credit card). This purchase was for a domain name and hosting. It seems like yesterday since I launched ShoutMeLoud. It’s something which started from a one room flat and has become a global enterprise. It’s inspired, guided, and touched the lives of many people around the globe. Today, on 1st December, ShoutMeLoud turns eight years old, and it’s been an epic journey thus far. Something that I started out of passion has turned into an identity of itself. Here are some … [Read more...] about ShoutMeLoud is 8 Years Old!