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Next Gen: Is Performance the Real Issue?

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next genWith the release of both the Playstation 4 and the Xbox ONE imminent there has been a lot of information and speculation flying around about the performance of both machines with both consoles being underwhelming and disappointing in some cases. The PS4 seems to have the edge over the Xbox ONE for the moment, although the games we have seen have not been fully optimised or designed for the new systems, it still does measure up to the quality that pc gamers are used to. Graphics obviously are something that gamers will always appreciate, we all can appreciate a beautiful looking game that runs perfectly, how much will this actually affect the consoles in the long run?

The Wii is a prime example that the performance of a machine is not the most important factor when it comes to the general consumer. It had it selling point and although the motion controls were regarded as gimmicks by most gamers that did not stop the system selling extremely well for the first few years of its life. However it also shows that if the console is not up to a certain standard then it will suffer when developers have to make sub-standard versions of their games and most people purchase the big multi-platform releases on another console for a better experience.

The Playstation 4, to the delight of “core gamers”, is focusing in the main on creating the best games console it can. Now although that does appeal to your main target market, if you can’t take significant strides forward and offer them bigger and better games then most will simply not upgrade and stick to what they are currently playing on until you give them a reason to upgrade. Most of the exclusives we have seen have are not reaching the same level as what is capable on PC and the games that will be available on both show that the PC version is superior. So far the list of exclusive the PS4 has to offer has been underwhelming for the most part and with a high focus on the games, steps need to be taken to ensure that they have a good adoption rate.
Microsoft seems to be taking a slightly different approach with the Xbox One, trying to create and all-in-one entertainment centre (even if that is the reason behind the name they surely could have thought of something better than that). This as a business decision may sound perfect. If you control the living room, if everyone is watching films and TV and playing games on your system, you will become the platform everyone wants their content on. However this approach has the side effect of alienating your main demographic, the gamers. As we seen after the Xbox ONE was first announced, Microsoft tried to implement a huge amount of systems and mostly anti-consumer changes all of which were going the affect the gamers using the system. They quickly changed the vast majority of these changes after they realised Sony was not going to do the same and that a large portion of the target market would simply move over to the PS4.

However with more focus now being put on the games, the performance of the Xbox ONE has come under a large amount of scrutiny. Exclusives are not what we would expect from so called next gen machines and multi-platform games under perform compared the PS4 version, not to mention PC. The Xbox does have the better line up of exclusives however which should make up for being slightly down on the PS4 in pure performance.

The saving grace for Microsoft may actually be the thing most gamers (including me) were up in arms about when it was first announced. With more apps available and with more options for movies, music and TV than the PS4 with more on the way, despite being technically being the more superior machine, it may appeal to the general consumer who is on the fence on which to buy. This will come down to how it is marketed and if they can justify to people they should do everything on this ONE machine instead of the multiple they already have, but if they can do that, they may be able to have a huge amount of success in the long run.

Both consoles may improve in the future. The initial year or two will be centred on the games and how both consoles perform, with each small difference ridiculed and analysed. Once the dust settles it will be time for each consoles features to take centre stage to try and sell (or convert) people who may be looking for the new high tech piece of kit.

The real problem with them is will they be able to keep up the improvements pc gaming seems to take year after year. Both systems seems to be struggling now but how much of that is down to the fact these are the initial launch games? Is the hardware going to last? Will “The Cloud” make up for any lack of initial performance? Can they produce the games that are a significant step forward? Will they appeal to the general consumer? We will just have to wait and see. If the Wii taught us one thing it’s that games consoles are evolving and performance is not the biggest asset a games console has. It can be so much more than that. If it was we would all be play on PC.

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

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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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