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Making ‘The Last of Us’ a Better Survival Game

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The Last of Us was great. The relationship between Ellie and Joel, the graphics, lighting, atmosphere, combat and even the multiplayer were all amazing. Unfortunately, for a game supposedly based around the gritty reality of survival in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the actual survival aspects were thin on the ground. At the start you had to ration your bullets and use anything you could to get an advantage over your opponents, and that gave the game a brilliant moody tension. But as the game moved on you found yourself with weapon after weapon and enough ammo to be able to take on a small army. The unrealistic weapon upgrade system and personal upgrade system didn’t help much either. The actions of friendly NPC’s when you’re trying to sneak around leaves a lot to be desired too – it often sounded like you had a herd of elephants stomping around behind you, but they would never alert enemies to your position. This is how I would deal with these issues.

The number one biggest issue is the amount of ammo you have. It needs to be significantly reduced. I would have it so that there is very little ammo scattered around the environment. Instead, enemies should all spawn with a set amount of ammo each. If they fire those shots their inventory ammunition goes down, eventually forcing them to come after you with melee weapons. This would encourage stealthy play, as it would be better to kill an enemy and get his four revolver bullets rather than have him fire them at you and use them all up. This system would also mean that the infected would rarely have ammo on them, making it sensible to sneak past them whenever possible. Ammo would still be inside lockers and desks if it made sense, but not in areas that would have been scavenged long ago.

I would also make some serious changes to how weapons and weapon ownership works in the game. It’s not bad that there’s a variety of weapons – what is bad is that you can carry all of them at once inside a back-pack. I would limit the player to two side-arms and two main weapons, and they would all always be visible as being carried on Joel’s person. Perhaps you would only be able to carry one heavy main weapon, like the flamethrower, and one light main weapon, like the bow. This would mean that you would end up swapping weapons out when you ran out of ammo for them, picking up and scavenging enemy weapons as you proceeded. You would still end up using all the weapons, as some sections would end up using all your shotgun ammo, forcing you to switch to the hunting rifle or bow that your enemy just dropped. Ammo would be kept if you swapped out a weapon. Perhaps some kind of weapon degradation system could be used too, so if you go in water or use a weapon loads it slowly becomes less reliable until you have to throw it away or repair it.

The weapon upgrades and repair benches need some attention too. I would do away with the current upgrade system, as using screws and cogs to create a sniper scope is ridiculous. In my version of TLOU, each weapon would have a semi-random set of attachments and upgrades already on it. A bandit’s hunting rifle might have a scope but only be able to fire one shot before reloading, whereas yours might be able to fire two shots but be scopeless. Perhaps you could try to take the scope off of the bandits gun with a chance to break it, and be able to attach it to your weapon at a repair bench. If we still want to have the scrap in the game it could be used just to repair weapons that are damaged rather than create entirely new components.

I would do away with the “collect pills to level up” and instead have things like reduced scope sway and more health happen through a natural system where, for example, successfully shooting enemies levels up an aiming stat (think GTA’s stats system). Equally valid would be a system where Joel is just given upgrades at certain points in the story. I would also take Joel’s health back down to baseline or even lower after he recovers from his wound during the Winter section of the game. On the hardest difficulty Joel should be able to take no more than 2 shots from most weapons before being killed, and one shot should be enough to kill if it hits a vital area. Ellie wouldn’t be able to carry as many weapons as Joel, nor would she have as much health. I would make it so she could only carry one primary weapon and two side-arms, to reflect her smaller size and strength.

It would be great to see enemies flee once you’ve taken out a certain number of them. This could be done by implementing a basic morale system, whereby if their leader – or the guy with the biggest gun – gets killed, enemies are more likely to run away. Blowing people’s heads off and attacking with flamethrowers, molotovs and explosives would also strike fear into their digital hearts, increasing the chance of fleeing. They could sometimes come back with re-enforcements or set up ambushes for you further along in the level. This would be even more incentive to not get spotted and make tense stealth situations even more interesting.

Finally, the friendly NPC AI has to be addressed. The current system, where NPC’s run around like nutters when you’re trying to be stealthy simply does not work. Having Ellie get stuck walking into an infected while trying to pass through a door is ridiculous and completely breaks the immersion the rest of the game so impressively builds up. It also makes it feel much less like you have to protect Ellie and more like she’s your invincible little companion, just there to occasionally call out the location of an enemy, give you a health-kit or reach a ladder for you. I would make it so that enemies could see and attack the NPC’s, but you have a few basic commands you can use to direct your allies – go there, wait here, follow me, stop, hide, cover me. When progressing through a level with Ellie you might leave her behind a short way while you dealt with enemies, then call for her to catch up. You wouldn’t be able to leave her in one spot miles behind you because she could be attacked. This would make the game even more tense than it already is, forcing you to think even more tactically about every encounter. NPC’s wouldn’t necessarily always listen perfectly to what you told them, either. If you are attacked by someone you might find Ellie helping you out even though she’s meant to be a room or two over, as she hears the struggling and came to your rescue.

These are just a few things that I think would be very interesting to see implemented into The Last of Us, adding realism, increasing your feelings of protectiveness towards Ellie and making the late-game much more challenging. Enemy numbers would need to be tweaked and ammo dumps might still need to exist just before big infected attacks, but overall I think my changes are workable and would improve the game. What do you think? Am I completely wrong? would some of my ideas damage the balance of the game or do you think I’m right on the money? Let us know in the comments section below, and let us know of any ideas you have for making this already great game even better.

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Creating Story Worlds Together Using Web3: The Rise of Tokenized Lore

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Creating Story Worlds Together Using Web3: The Rise of Tokenized Lore

In the ever-evolving landscape of digital storytelling, a new chapter is being written, one that merges the realms of blockchain technology and creative storytelling. This innovative approach is not just changing the way stories are told but also how they are created and owned. Welcome to the world of “Tokenized Lore,” where blockchain, companies, Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs), and fans all converge to create immersive story worlds for mutual benefit.

The Concept of Tokenized Lore

Tokenized Lore is a revolutionary concept that we’ve been developing as part of our CLAN project.  We have taken inspiration from Japanese manga’s “Doujinshi” culture.  In Doujinshi, fans create their own stories based on existing, popular characters and worlds. They not only write stories but they publish them and sell them.  And this is tolerated in Japan as a core part of the Manga culture.  Marvel, DC, and American comic book companies don’t allow this and would surely serve a cease-and-desist lawyer’s letter to any fans that tried to sell comics with their copyrighted characters.

Similarly, our Tokenized Lore allows fans to become co-creators, not just passive consumers. By tokenizing elements of a story – characters, plot points, worlds – fans can own a piece of the story, both literally and figuratively. This not only incentivizes fan creations but also monetizes their efforts, turning passionate followers into active stakeholders in the story’s universe, who promote and grow it.  Everyone wins.

More about Tolkenized Lore has been written by Sasha Kapustina, where she also coined the word “Tokies” to describe this particular type of non-fungible token.  Read about that here:   https://thedefiant.io/age-of-tokies 

Blockchain: The Backbone of Tokenized Storytelling

At the heart of Tokenized Lore is blockchain technology. It ensures the authenticity and uniqueness of each story element, making them collectible and tradable. Blockchain’s transparency and security enable a trustless environment where creators and fans can collaborate without fear of unauthorized duplication or loss of ownership rights.

LightningWorks has additionally layered on Forging, to help create scarcity through diminishing supply.  This mimics the real world scarcity of print comics, adding a much needed cornerstone to digital collectibles in general that I hope will be copies across the space, since it adds so much value.

LightningWorks and Alien Worlds: Pioneers in the Field

Two notable players in this arena are LightningWorks and Alien Worlds. These companies have invested years and millions of dollars to develop deep tech stacks that will make Tokenized Lore a reality. Their platforms are not just storytelling mediums; they are ecosystems where creators, fans, and investors can interact, trade, and build together.

Following the success of Starblind Zero, LightningWorks first introductory comic created for the Alien Worlds community with a Galactic Hubs grant, they are now greenlit for a double-issue of the soon to be released, Starblind #1. https://alienworlds.io/galactic-hubs/ 

The Role of A.I. in Creative Acceleration

An inevitable aspect of this new storytelling paradigm is the integration of A.I. tools. These technologies empower artists, colorists, writers, and comic book creators to accelerate their production processes. 

By automating certain tasks, A.I. enables creators to focus more on the creative aspects of storytelling and less on marketing or administrative duties. This shift allows for more time to be spent on innovation and artistic expression. Fans benefit too, because they get stories faster, keeping them more emotionally connected to the events of their favorite characters.  

At LightningWorks we believe that with the right tools, comic book artists, writers, and others with real talent and creativity, will find new ways to gain financial and creative freedom using their experience and skills, rather than being replaced by A.I.

From Disney’s Ashes, A New Hope Rises

Interestingly, the missteps of giants like Disney with their handling of the Star Wars and Marvel universes have inadvertently opened doors for new storytelling ventures. Disenchanted fans are currently seeking fresh narratives and more respectful treatment of beloved characters.  We want them to find solace in these new, decentralized story worlds. Here, their voices and contributions are not just heard but valued and rewarded.

The Future of Storytelling

As we step into this new era of storytelling, the potential is immense. Here are some key points to consider:

  • Empowering Creators and Fans: Tokenized Lore blurs the line between creator and consumer, empowering fans to be an integral part of the storytelling process.
  • Monetization and Ownership: Fans can earn from their creations, providing a new revenue stream for creative endeavors.
  • Decentralization of Storytelling: By leveraging blockchain and DAOs, the storytelling process becomes more democratic, with decisions and developments influenced by a wider community.
  • Enhanced Creative Process: With A.I. integration, creators can enhance their productivity, focusing on storytelling while technology handles the mundane.

In conclusion, the marriage of blockchain technology and creative storytelling through Tokenized Lore represents a bold new direction in the world of entertainment. It’s a world where fans are no longer just spectators but active participants, where their passion and creativity are not just welcomed but rewarded. 

As we witness the rise of platforms like LightningWorks and Alien Worlds, one thing is clear: the future of storytelling is here, and it’s decentralized, democratized, and dazzling.

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12 Inspiring Ways to Fuel Your Dissertation Writing Motivation

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The writing process is inherently complicated. But once you take ownership of your writing, things begin to change. What does that mean to take “ownership” of your writing? It means your writings belong to better or for worse, to you and you alone. If you screw up your courage to write, your ownership of that writing must be respected by your audience-of one or a thousand. Being overly stimulated can also be harmful, as some scholars push to write their academic papers more than their set goals. That is why you need to have dissertation writing motivation so that you can find yourself able to meet your goal the next day.

As William G. Perry Jr. said, “First you make a mess, then you clean it up.” So, don’t give
up if you make a mess first. But if you’re allergic to handling this mess, it’s recommended
that you look for a dissertation writing service online.

In this article, we are going to explain some inspiring ways to fuel your dissertation writing motivation. Continue reading the Article if you need motivation for your thesis or dissertation writing journey.

In this article, we are going to explain some inspiring ways to fuel your dissertation writing motivation. Continue reading the Article if you need motivation for your thesis or dissertation writing journey.

Staying motivated while writing your dissertation is as important as having your dinner because you need food to live and motivation to complete your dissertation. Keeping up with the motivation to write a dissertation becomes harder when you see everyone on a break. Losing motivation can cost you low grades. So, we have provided some top tips to keep your motivation going.

1. Free-writing and Making a Mess

You might think how making a mess can help you get your dissertation writing done. Freewriting is one of those activities in which two and two sometimes add up to five. Freewriting can support you develop an addiction to writing. And don’t worry, almost everyone starts out writing crap.

Start with the small task, learning to write 10 minutes daily. Just start writing no matter what you write. Once you start following freewriting, your thoughts will start to get clearer and cleaner. Once your thoughts get clearer and you seem familiar with your topic, you start out writing good stuff, and then gradually, writing a dissertation becomes easier.

2. Using Behavioural Principles

Using behavioural principles for motivation for your dissertation writing, keep in mind the positive and negative reinforcement. It’s possible to train your mind by punishing yourself for doing something wrong, but it’s inhuman.

So, think of positive reinforcement, like rewarding yourself for each accomplishment. Like using the “Grandma’s mashed potatoes law”: “No dessert until you’ve eaten

your mashed potatoes.” Translated into a writing strategy, say you will get something as a reward for writing 2 or 5 pages that you don’t want to live without. For example, if you don’t feel the day is complete without reading the newspaper or talking to a friend, don’t allow yourself to do so unless you have completed your writing goal for that day.

3. Recognise External vs. Internal Motivation

When you start your degree or write your dissertation, motivators like a degree, a good job, and praise might drive you. However, over the period, one needs to develop internal motivators, like personal interest, passion for the topic, or will to bring a change to the field.

To get long-term motivation, it is necessary to develop an interest in the field. Once your work or profession becomes your passion, you no longer need external motivators.

4. Set Your Daily Writing Goal

It’s important to set daily goals for your dissertation writing motivation. There are three methods for setting goals, but before that, you need to commit to setting realistic goals and dividing them into small chunks.

  1. The first method is the “Sit There Method.” In this method, you sit down to write your dissertation forcertain hours, maybe three hours, a day.
  2. The second method is the “Motivation Method” In this method, you plan on writing each day until you come up with one or two decent ideas.
  3. The third method is the “Many Pages Method”. In this method, you have to pick a fair number of pages and keep the count the same every day.

In our opinion, the “Many Pages Method” performs the best. This method produces a large volume of writing, at least some of which is likely to be useful.

5. Don’t Overwhelm Yourself

Getting stuck and getting out of mind while writing a dissertation is normal. Don’t overwhelm or frustrate yourself on that. If you feel you are going in a circle and not moving forward to some achievement towards completion of the final draft of your dissertation. Just continue writing anything other than your papers. Try limiting your writing time. Say to yourself, “You’re only allowed to write for half an hour.”

Also, try consulting some mentor or advisor to discuss the overall situation of your writing process. If you find no way out, reaching out to a professional dissertation writer is still an option.

6. Funky Exercises for Times When You’re Stuck

If you were always inspired to be a poet, it’s your chance. Write in other forms of writing. Take some time to re-evaluate your writing goals. Many people get stuck in their dissertations because they set unrealistic goals for their writing process.

out of reach goals may kill your motivation. You need to decide practically, not ideally, what a doable writing goal is for you and then start working. Revisit the notes made in the research process and evaluate if you’ve missed any important points. Instead, trying to ask yourself questions or writing about why you feel you’re stuck is a good exercise to do.

7. Keep Encouraging Yourself

Keep repeating encouraging and motivational phrases to yourself. Like “I am capable of completing this dissertation, challenges are opportunities for me to grow and improve.”

Remind yourself of why you started. What did you want to accomplish on the task when you started? Remind yourself that completing this dissertation will open new doors for you.

Saying these affirmations regularly will give you more energy and keep you on track with your dissertation writing motivation.

8. Overcome Procrastination

Procrastination is delaying the work at hand without any reason. In writing a dissertation, procrastination is when you delay writing even though you want to finish it. You face it when you have to make a lot of decisions. Decisions drain your energy and make you feel procrastinated.

That is why you need to pre plan your dissertation writing process. Pre-decide things like which information to add and which to avoid. Don’t think before you start writing about how many pages to write today or if you should write or visit some friend for an outing.

9. Develop a Writing Addiction

Addictions get pretty bad press. But there are bad and good ones. Writing can be one of the good habits to have, or we say, fortunate habits to have. Having an addiction and developing an addiction are two separate things.

To develop a writing addiction, you need to start writing in the first place. A good option is to start writing your dissertation with a freewriting style. Once you find joy and fulfilment in the writing process and a sense of accomplishment from your crafts, you will build a habit of writing.

Habits slowly and gradually become addictions as you get addicted to pouring your heart out and getting praise from your crafts.

10. Overcome Interruptions from Inside and Outside

The interruptions from inside can be your mental conditions, like having anxiety or depression due to some personal or family issues. And factors like unexpected illness or death of some loved ones or a cold that clogs your nose and throat.

You need to overcome these interruptions to focus on writing your dissertation. Everybody can thrash these obstacles to focus on the work. If they had not, they might not have come thus far.

11. Don’t Isolate Yourself

Isolating yourself while writing your dissertation can drain all the motivation you had when you started working. We have seen scholars suffering from isolation while writing their dissertations.

You should try to abstain from writing for longer periods, distract yourself through family time and make plans for healthy activities. You can join some feedback groups; observing the dissertation and engaging with the group will help you think critically about the text, and you will get rid of solitude as well.

12. Join a Summer Dissertation Camp

Joining a summer dissertation camp or fellowship will keep you motivated and active. You can also find time to analyse your dissertation critically and make changes in the writing process.

Plus, you will not get stuck at any stage. If you get stuck, you will have the fellows or someone to advise you on the process, someone who can point out what you’re doing wrong. Joining a summer dissertation camp will save you from isolation as well.

Conclusion

Dissertation writing motivation may disappear more often, and you might think to quit. But quitting is not the solution. In this article, we have tried to inspire and motivate you in different ways. We have discussed how overcoming procrastination and setting your daily goals can help you stay motivated.

We have heard the stories of people who are in their third, fourth, or even seventh year, yeah, you heard it right, seventh year, and some people isolate themselves in the struggle to be focused. That’s not a good thing to do either. Those scholars who don’t find the motivation to write their dissertation or are not into writing can buy dissertation online. Hand over your worries to some trustworthy expert who can write original content for your dissertation and complete it quickly.

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Top 7 Video Game Based Movies You Must Watch on Hulu in NZ

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Are you tired of playing video games all day long? Why not take a break and watch some video game-based movies on Hulu in NZ? With its vast collection of movies and TV shows, Hulu is the perfect platform to satisfy your gaming cravings.

From action-packed thrillers to heartwarming dramas, we would recommend you to get Hulu in NZ, because Hulu has it all. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the top 7 video game-based movies that you must watch on Hulu in NZ.

Assassin’s Creed (2016)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Director: Justin Kurzel

Major Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons

Runtime: 1 hour 55 minutes

The first on our list is the movie adaptation of the popular video game franchise “Assassin’s Creed.” Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, this movie follows the story of Callum Lynch, who discovers he is a descendant of a secret society of assassins. With stunning visuals and breathtaking action scenes, this movie is a must-watch for any Assassin’s Creed fan.

Rampage (2018)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Director: Brad Peyton

Major Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman

Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes

If you’re a fan of monster movies and video games, “Rampage” is the perfect movie for you. Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, this movie is based on the classic arcade game of the same name. The movie follows a primatologist who teams up with a genetically modified gorilla to stop two other genetically modified animals from destroying the city. With its over-the-top action and humor, “Rampage” is a fun-filled ride from start to finish.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Director: Jeff Fowler

Major Cast: James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz

Runtime: 1 hour 39 minutes

For all the Sonic fans out there, “Sonic the Hedgehog” is a must-watch movie. Starring Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, this movie follows Sonic as he teams up with a human cop to stop Dr. Robotnik from taking over the world. With its fast-paced action and lovable characters, “Sonic the Hedgehog” is a movie that both kids and adults can enjoy.

Mortal Kombat (2021)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Director: Simon McQuoid

Major Cast: Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson

Runtime: 1 hour 50 minutes

If you’re a fan of the Mortal Kombat video game franchise, you won’t want to miss the 2021 movie adaptation. With its gory fight scenes and iconic characters, this movie is a love letter to the fans of the game. The movie follows a group of fighters who are recruited to participate in a tournament to determine the fate of the world. With stunning visuals and non-stop action, “Mortal Kombat” is a movie that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Warcraft (2016)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Director: Duncan Jones

Major Cast: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster

Runtime: 2 hours 3 minutes

Based on the popular MMORPG game, “Warcraft” tells the story of the battle between humans and orcs. Starring Travis Fimmel and Paula Patton, this movie follows a group of human heroes as they try to stop the orc invasion. With its epic battles and stunning visuals, “Warcraft” is a movie that will transport you to a world of magic and adventure.

Tomb Raider (2018)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Director: Roar Uthaug

Major Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins

Runtime: 1 hour 58 minutes

Based on the popular video game franchise of the same name, “Tomb Raider” stars Alicia Vikander as the iconic Lara Croft. The movie follows Lara as she sets out on a dangerous journey to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance. With its intense action scenes and captivating storyline, “Tomb Raider” is a movie that will keep you hooked from beginning to end.

Resident Evil (2002)

Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

Major Cast: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius

Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes

Last but not least, we have the classic zombie horror movie “Resident Evil.” Starring Milla Jovovich as Alice, this movie is based on the popular video game franchise of the same name. The movie follows Alice and a group of survivors as they try to escape from an underground research facility infested with zombies. With its tense atmosphere and pulse pounding action, “Resident Evil” is a must-watch for any horror or action movie fan.

Conclusion

So there you have it, the top 7 video game-based movies that you must watch on Hulu in NZ. From the high-flying action of “Assassin’s Creed” to the terrifying zombie outbreak in “Resident Evil,” each movie offers its unique take on the beloved video games that inspired them.

Whether you are a die-hard gamer or a movie enthusiast, these movies are sure to satisfy your craving for pulse-pounding action and adventure.

Hulu in NZ offers a fantastic selection of movies and TV shows that cater to a wide range of tastes and preferences. With these top 7 video game-based movies, you can immerse yourself in the world of your favorite games and enjoy them on the big screen.

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