Understanding the Xbox One Price Structure

The Internet can’t get enough of complaining about the way the Xbox One system is priced, and the people in China are generally not happy with their launch price either. When Microsoft realized they made a mistake with the MSRP of the home console, they changed it and brought it down to be comparable to other systems on the market. It is the inclusion of Xbox Live Gold membership to unlock certain advanced features; that is the next thing that people are complaining about.

When you look at what you get with Xbox Live Gold, it is still a bargain. Microsoft also made all of the packages so you don’t have to pay for the Live Gold membership to play the game, there are just certain features that require it to be unlocked. That isn’t a way of just getting more money out of you, the interactive nature of the advanced features place more of a demand on the data structure that has to be maintained.

What Xbox Live Gold Delivers

While many people have complained that the more advanced features that the Xbox One is capable of require an Xbox Live Gold membership account, when you look at what Xbox Gold delivers, and break down the price per day – it is more than a bargain. With the Xbox Gold you can access more of the integrative features of the system and receive faster updates and specialized program expansions.

Bundles like the Xbox One Fitness pack offer integrative workout programs via the Xbox Live Gold membership that can deliver more to you in regards to feedback and tracking of your progress. The same holds true for games that have options for Live Gold. Almost all the games and offerings on Xbox One that offer Live Gold features can also be played with less features and no gold account. This is a fair way of testing out the package before committing to the gold.

Bundling in the Kinect system

Some of the most popular games offered for the console work best when bundled with the Kinect System. The Kinect allows for an integrated experience when using it. The best example of its purposeful use is how it integrates with the Xbox One Fitness pack. You can monitor you pulse, energy level and see a map of the muscles being used during each exercise in order to target your training and keep your motivation up. It isn’t required to get results from the Fitness pack, but if you want better and faster results then it is a good investment.

Add-ons, Apps and Accessories

The console is expandable with a host of add-ons, apps and accessories but you don’t need all of them, or any of them in the beginning. Your best bet is to play and begin to discover what you want Xbox One to do. With that in mind you can hit the store and get exactly what you need to customize your playing experience. They even have special protective sleeves that come in patterns and colors if that is your thing; or you can just stay with apps to increase the media you can stream and hardware controllers to improve your game play.

Minecraft – An Awesome Experience for Game Lovers

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Minecraft is a creative sandbox game where players can construct buildings with different types of blocks like Sponge, Cake, Beacon, Piston and etc. in a 3D gaming environment. This famous game was developed by Mojang and is one of the top video games in the market. The official release of this best-selling video game was in November 2011, followed by a long period of beta testing those further impressed game lovers to a great extent. Minecraft has been appreciated by Game Developers Conference with five famous awards in 2011.

What’s Minecraft All About?

It is a basic game which kids would love to play as they explore through the creative gaming environment. Although the game appeals to younger players, people of all ages love this game. The players get a chance to construct their buildings from scratch using props which they have to harvest from the virtual world of game. The game becomes challenging as angry monsters appear in between, and players have to fight with them using bows and arrows. The game can be played by small kids as the graphics of the game are quite positive as there is no bloodshed environment, just the tiny monsters appear suddenly from somewhere, but that too is not that scary. Players perform various other activities in the virtual environment including gathering resources, exploring over world, crafting and fighting with monsters.

How to Play Minecraft for Free

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Normally you would have to pay $26.95 for a premium account in order to play Minecraft. However, you can play Minecraft with a free version through a browser. To play online, just find a server that has online mode disabled. All the features are the same with some small exceptions. If you are low on cash, maybe you would like to give it a try.

The Basics

When a player starts the game, he is greeted and asked to enter his login information. Once valid credentials are entered, the Minecraft launcher starts. The launcher provides information about upgrades, updates and bug fixes in the game. The main menu screen is displayed after pressing the Play button. The menu screen has various options like Single Player mode, Multi Player Mode, Minecraft realms and Options, which lead to different features provided by the game.
The commercial release of this game has four main modes.

First one is Survival mode, in which players have to gather and collect resources for maintaining their health. The second one is Creative mode, in which the players can fly, experience no hunger or health and have an abundant supply of resources. The third one is hardcore mode, which has the highest difficulty level. This mode is another version of Creative mode. In this mode, the players are forced to get their world deleted upon death. The last one is the Spectator mode, in which just has the ability to view and no ability to interact, almost with anything. More information can be easily obtained from online resources.

Taking a Look at Counter Strike 1.6

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Have you ever wondered what Counter Strike was before it got big? Remember CPL and CAL and http://www.hltv.org, the only way to record and stream your game? Counter Strike 1.6, based on Valve’s Half Life engine, offers three basic maps that define style of play in the game. You can play through as an assassination game, bomb hunting or straight out hostage game. No matter which game you decide to take your team into, there are choices to be made. Understanding the basics of the different map types will help you select the game you want to start.

Choosing Terrorist or Counter Strike

The first thing you have to do is choose whether you want to be a terrorist or a member of the counter terrorist team. Once you join a team you will be able to see all of your team member’s stats that will tell you who’s got the bomb, who’s dead and who may be a VIP. Each of these designations is important depending on which map type you are playing. You will not be able to see the information about the other team for obvious reasons.

Bomb Map

The Bomb Maps are the most straightforward to deal with from either side, and is the preferred choice for competitive play. There are designated “hot areas” on the map that the terrorists want to bomb and the counter strike team wants to protect. The game starts with the terrorists racing time to plant a bomb in one of the locations (or several) and then they have to hold off the counter terrorist team until it explodes. If the bomb goes off, the round is over and the terrorists win. The counter strike team is trying to get past the terrorists to defuse the bomb. This map is played in timed rounds. If no bomb successfully detonates, then the counter terrorist team wins. Competitive teams usually play best of 30 rounds per map, where after 15 rounds the teams switch sides.

Hostage Map

This is another timed round in which the terrorists are holding hostages in an undisclosed location. The counter terrorists must locate and rescue the hostages before the time runs out. The only way to recuse the hostages is to kill all of the terrorists. This is map is more of a challenge for the counter terrorist team, but it is considerably smaller than the Bomb Map to make sure that game play stays fast and furious.


This map is a mix of playing bodyguard and a type of capture the flag. One member of the team is designated a VIP. The rest of the team has to safely escort them to a pre-designated location before time runs out in order to win the round. The terrorists will be the ones trying to kill the VIP, and it is up to the counter terrorists to stop them.

What Happens When You Die?

One of the perks of playing Counter Strike as a multi-player game is that if you get killed you are re-spawned as a spectator in the game. That means you can’t be killed again, but you also can’t interfere with the game play. You can stay in communication with your original team and see all the action as it unfolds. This is a brilliant way to handle the issue of team members being removed from play, without also shutting them out of the game. You will also respawn the next round, so you usually won’t have to wait very long to start shooting again.

Bungie’s Destiny Beta is the Biggest Console Beta

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Publisher Activision and developer Bungie found that over 4.6 million people have played Destiny Beta! Started on July 17, it just recently ended for players on the PS3/PS4 and Xbox 360/One. Just ending on Sunday, a total of 4,638,937 players were accounted for. No other console beta has even come close to this number and so this is a record breaking feat.

Launching in September 9, the developers were astonished to see this many players on the beta. Activision’s already got popular titles like Call of Duty and Skylanders, and they predict Destiny will become their next big franchise. Currently there are no plans to port the game into PCs, but I feel like it would be crucial in expanding the franchise’s reach.