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Depending on the way players interact with a game, this game will be assigned to a category or genre or to another. This way, the first thing you need to understand is that games are not classified the same way as books or movies, since games do not depend on the content or the scenario but it depends strongly on the player’s activity.

If you were to ask us what is a video game genre we would answer that is a category of games that share similar gameplay features or what is the same: that share how the player exists in the game’s world. To better understand this concept, we will next explain the most popular video games genre that exist. Let’s go!

Action Games

It’s one of the most popular video games genres and the most basic of all of them, we could say.

Action games have their focus on physical challenges that require hand-eye coordination and, of course, quick reflexes. Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter are perfect arcade examples of this kind of video game genre, but also some other games like the platform ones, or first-person shooters or survival games. This way, we can also include as action games Call of Duty or even Fortnite, with features a battle-royale style.

Adventure Games

In this kind of games, it’s the player who has the control of a character who moves through the game’s plot and has to complete some tasks. Being like this, we see that adventure games also include the need to pay attention to the game and use the logic, especially to solve some riddles and find clues to the next step of the scenario.

Adventure games can also feature minimal combat but they will definitely focus on the puzzle-solving characteristics to progress in the game.

Action-adventure Games

Action-adventure games are a perfect mix of both the previous genres we explained. They have the high physicality of action games but also the narrative puzzles and the need to solve some obstacles of the adventure ones.

To mention some examples, we can talk of Resident Evil or The Legend of Zelda.

Role-playing Games

Also known as RPGs, this games are the ones where players are connecter with a specific character or team leader, making the experience a lot more immersive and using an accurate worldbuilding with details and more details of the game’s world.

Some of the most popular games inside this genre are Final Fantasy or Pokémon, but also Diablo or World of Warcraft.

Role-playing games are often combined with action games, but the most popular subtype of this genre is MMPRPG (which stands for Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games) where real players interact with each other through the Internet.

Strategy Games

As you can imagine, strategy games focus on using strategic thinking to go through the game, rather than physical features. This games are often based on building a defense and can be turn-based or real-time, but also can be played on a multiplayer online battle arena, like happens with League of Legends, a strategy game where you need to use your cleverness and that or your group in order to succeed and beat your rivals.

This kind of game genre need for the player to develop a strategy and the player will not only control one player but an entire army or universe. Some examples of this genre are Civilization or Age of Empires.

Simulation Games

Games that simulate some aspects of real life are included in this genre. These kind of games simulate feature like building cities, creating people with their own lives or operating businesses. Simulation games allow the player to form an idea of reality and can be technical, arcade, sports game, etcetera.

Some clear examples of this kind of game genre are The Sims or even Animal Crossing.

Sports game

Even if the vast majority of this genre can also be considered as simulation games, we thought it correct to have a whole entity to itself. Sports games allow players to compete with the machine or real-life players and also compete against them. A great example of this kind of genre would be FIFA.

Even if computers may look to you very different, the components installed are quite standard, being the major difference among most machines the brand of the hardware they have installed. This way, even if the brand changes, the main hardware components –video card, processor, memory, motherboard and hard drive- are always the same for all computer systems.

5 parts of a computer

It doesn’t matter if we are speaking about a home PC or a gaming system, the five main components that build a computer are the next ones that we will explain next.

Motherboard

To better understand this part of the computer you need to know that all components of a PC communicate through the circuit board, which is called motherboard. It’s the bigger board in a computer chassis and serves to allocate power and to allow communication to and between the CPU, RAM and the other hardware components, providing connectivity to all of them.

The motherboard is located inside the computer case and is the place where most of the parts and computer peripherals connect.

CPU (Central Processing Unit)

The CPU is considered the brain of a computer because it has a direct plug connection to the motherboard, but also because it has communication with all the other components. Its function consists in translating the lines of code you write (being C++, Java, Python or any other programming language) into assembly language, the one the processor can understand. This way, the CPU fetches the code, decodes and executes all the instructions –calculations, actions, running programs, etc-.

CPUs are present in all sorts of devices from laptops and computers to smartphones, tablets and even your smartTV. They are usually located onto the motherboard.

GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)

The GPU is one of the most important parts of a computer for gamers, who obsess over graphic cards. The reason is that the GPU makes possible for computers to generate high-end visuals, which is really important in many video games.

But the GPU is not only important to video games, optimal graphics are also important for many professions like designers or 3D modelers who use resource intensive software. It is also important to understand that GPUs are often communicated directly with the display monitor, so a very much potent graphic card won’t be of use if you don’t also have a good monitor connected to it.

RAM (Random Access Memory)

The RAM stores data about the accessed programs and processes of the computer. It is also called volatile memory because this data gets erased every single time the computer restarts itself. This way, this component helps programs (or games) to start up and close quickly.

It stores information that your computer is actively using for a short-term, so this data can be accessed easily and fast. It is obvious to understand that the more programs your system is running, the more memory you will end up needing.

Storage

As you can deduce, this part is where the computer stores its data. The computers today can use a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or a Solid State Drive (SSD). The first ones are cheaper, but it looks like they are getting more and more obsolete every year. They are made with and actual disk where the data is stored and that is read by a mechanical arm.

SSDs, on the other hand, have no moving parts and are way faster than HDDs since there is no need to wait for a mechanical arm to find data on the disk.

Basic parts of a computer

Of course, if we have to talk about the parts of a computer, we cannot forget the most basic ones, which are the case, monitor, keyboard and mouse. We will explain them all next. Do keep up!

Computer case

It’s nothing more than the plastic and metal box that contains the main components explained before. The front usually has the On/Off button. The case can come in many sizes and shapes like desktop cases or tower cases, but there is one kind of computers that come with all the main components built into the monitor, so there is no need to have a separate case.

Monitor

The monitor displays both images and texts on the screen. The newest options have LCD (liquid crystal display) or LED (light-emitting diode) displays which makes them very thin and flat.

Keyboard

There exist many types of keyboards, the main way to communicate with a computer, but almost all of them accomplish the same basic tasks. There are some keyboards specialized on video games so that the gaming experience gets better.

Mouse

This is another of the main ways to communicate with computers since it lets you point objects on the screen, but also click on them and move them.

There exist two mouse types: mechanical and optical. The first one has a rolling ball to detect movement and the optical one uses an electronic eye instead.

Also, there are some alternatives to the mouse, like the touchpad or trackpad, a touch-sensitive pad that allows you to control the pointer with your finger. This alternative is very common on laptops.

Poker nowadays is one of the most played card games in the world, if not the most popular among the thousands of card games out there. For people that are trying to join this wagon however, it’s not very easy to choose a Poker variant, as there are so many types of Poker out there that it makes it very hard to choose which one is the perfect Poker variant for you.

Look no further, because in this simple guide you will learn all you need to know about the main poker variants and we’ll show you which poker games actually use them. At the end if you wish to put this new knowledge to the test, we recommend you to check Easypppoker, where you’ll find the best places to play poker online.

The three main poker variants

Most (if not all) types of poker can be identified as a modified version of one of these 3 variants:

  • Draw poker.
  • Stud poker.
  • Community card poker.

No matter which country you’re reading this guide, you can easily identify which variant each type of poker fits in comparing it to these three. Every poker game has each set of rules, but they will always be a interpretation of one of the three variants but with a few twists and new rules.

Draw poker

The most common variant and perhaps easiest to learn how to play, this variant is slowly declining it’s popularity thanks to the rise of more demanded types of poker that do not fit in this category. Draw poker main rule, as the name implies, is to draw a certain amount of cards and try to form your poker hard. Usually you’ll also be able to discard and replace cards to improve your hand.

The most popular example of a poker game that is considered a draw poker variant is Five-card Draw (or Cantrell Draw). In Five-card Draw, each player gets 5 cards and in a “Draw” phase they can discard any of the cards to get replacements (ending the “Draw” turn always with 5 cards). At the end of that draw, the “Showdown” happens, where the remaining players compare their hands.

Stud poker

Our second main variant, there are two significant differences between Stud poker and Draw poker: Usually you won’t draw all cards at once, instead a certain amount of cards are drawn, mixed with face-up and face-down cards. No cards can be discarded, while you’re getting new cards, new betting rounds begins. Because of the face-up cards being visible for every player on the table, this offers a new layer of strategy, as you’re betting having a slight idea of what the opponent’s hands might contain.

A popular stud poker game is Five-card Stud. In this version you get 2 cards at the beginning, this first one is face-down and the second is face-up. After the betting phase ends, a new card is drawn face-up and so on, until each player has 5 cards: 2 face-down (the first and fifth card) and 3 face-up.

Community card poker

For last but not least, the third and final variant is community card poker. It’s very easy to compare community card with stud, which the main difference being the face-up cards are put on the table and shared by every player. Each player will have a incomplete set amout of cards in hand and they will try to match poker hands.

The most popular type of poker based on comunity card poker and perhaps the currently most popular in the world is Texas hold ‘em. In this version, each player is dealt 2 cards and a betting phase begins. After that, “the Flop” is shown (the first 3 cards on the table) and a new betting phase starts. This repeats two more times with “the Turn” (fourth card) and “the River” (fifth card).

If you play poker at online cash games sites, you’ve likely heard of those high-profile attackers targeting players using malicious software in order to hijack people who play online poker. Between the ideal targets of this hackers are poker pros, especially since they have considerable balances in their poker accounts with hundreds or thousands of dollars or another currency. Because of their healthiness, pros are an attractive target in this industry.

Thinking that your personal information can be public online it’s scary, making people to wonder if it’s safe to play poker online. Along this text, we will give you the keys you must always consider to stay safe while playing online poker and to ward off cybercriminals.

If you’re new to web design, the large amount of options in terms of hostings can be so overwhelming. Also if you’re new to this, you need to actually choose a hosting that works with a control panel that is intuitive for you as a “newbie” to this. Thankfully, nowadays there are so many hostings with also so many panels that surely there is something perfect for you and your projects.

You may have a great team of developers, designers and all kinds of professionals in order to make the most ambitious projects ever, but without the ability or capacity to manage all personnel, it’s bound to fail. As in any team sports, a team without someone in charge or / and with the propor tools and knowledge to do so will never succeed. The same happens in business model, and in the game development industry is no different.

The dream is there for most people that enjoy games: build their own. While becoming a game developer is a great decision, there are several steps needed to take into account before diving in the world of making games. We will sum some of the most important steps in order to become a game developer.

How to fund your own game

Many of us dream to develop our own game. We have a great idea, the necessary knowledge and know exactly how to start. However, depending on how ambitious is our project, we may need some funding, and the amount really depends of how much we want to invest.

To help you particularly in this part of any game project, we’ll show you many options on how to get the funds you need to fulfill your dream.

Casino games, a genre that is still important today

Every now and then we heard of new game genres showing up on the market and suddenly dozens and dozens of games show up following the trend, since that’s what people look for. But there is a genre that never gets old, and there’s always a market for: casino games.

Be it with real money or fictitious coins, casino games very popular, doesn’t matter which platform we’re talking about, there is always people looking for them. Inside this games category we can find card games like Poker or Blackjack, roulettes, slot machines, etc.

Nowadays we don’t need to go to a casino in order to play such games, even if you want to bet real money. There are several websites that offer such games, or even through your Android or Apple device you can find on their respective stores so many casino games, which really shows how popular these games really are.

For example, on StarGames you can find several casino games, being one of them their famous slots game, Book of Ra. Playing these slots games on the internet is no different as playing video slots on any casino. And just like this game, you can find so many more games that try to take a slice of the casino games market.

As it’s not always possible for everyone to go to a casino, playing casino games through your computer, tablet or phone is a great way to have fun and actually have a chance to make some real money while at home, work or anywhere else really. Even the ones that simply use fake money are very popular since while you don’t win or lose real money, you can still have fun while playing them. The big amount of variety of casino games makes it easy to reach almost any kind of player of any age.

Tips to stay safe on public Wi-Fi networks

Being a developer, a gamer or just a casual user that wants to access the Internet, sometimes we have the necessity to connect to a non-private Wi-Fi connection. Everyone has already heard about the dangers of surfing on public Wi-Fi networks, but sometimes it’s just impossible to avoid it.

To help you increasing your odds of being safe while using such networks, we’re going to show you some quick tips that will surely help you and might just save your life.

Navigate only on HTTPS encrypted sites

If you really need to use personal / sensitive credentials, you should look forward to only connect to websites that are HTTPS encrypted. They can be identified by having this prefix on the URL bar. These sites usually do a great job protecting your from any hackers that could be connected to the same network.

Select Wi-Fi networks manually

Our phones, tablets and PCs have this nifty option to automatically connect to certain networks when they are available. If you’re not currently using a public Wi-Fi, you shouldn’t allow your device to automatically connect to it.

Use different tools to protect yourself

You have several security tools that protect your against hackers even when you are connected on a public network. Another related suggestion is to use a VPN network, especially if you really need to connect frequently, as some of these can almost 100% protect you from any kind of attacks.

Connect only to password protected networks

A open Wi-Fi network can be accessed by anyone in the area, which increases the chance of having bad intentioned people connecting to such network as well. If you connect to a password protected Wi-Fi, that means not everyone will have the credentials to connect, lowering the chances of being hacked.

If the public Wi-Fi owner also changes the password regularly, that makes this network even safer. Remember that if people know how to hack wifi, they will still be able to use that network anyway.

Use two-steps login protection

The two-steps login is basically a very safe mechanism to protect your accounts. Everyday more and more services include such security measures (such as Facebook and Google, for example). When you put your credentials (first step), the second step is that if the app / site you’re not using the same site / app / IP as usual, it will send you a code to your phone. This makes it so even if someone knows your password, they  need to have  physical access to your phone in order to use your accounts.