Sunday, August 28, 2011

How To Change The Resolution Of Java Games

One of the few problems with having a phone with a nice big display is that many games do not display full screen. No problem! It's an easy fix that anyone can do and you'll be running full screen games on your phone in no time.

1. Using an archiver such as WinRar, open the jar file.




2. Once you have opened the jar, you will see a folder called 'META-INF'. Open this folder.



3. In the META-INF folder there will be one file called 'MANIFEST.MF'. Drag this file onto your desktop and open it in notepad.



4. Now you must know 2 things to edit the file. First, you must know the original resolution of the game. Ususally this information can be found
on the author's website. Second, you must know the resolution of your screen. Then type the following two lines at the end of the text in the MANIFEST.MF file:
Quote:
Nokia-MIDlet-Original-Display-Size: www,xxx
Nokia-MIDlet-Target-Display-Size: yyy,zzz
In the example above 'www,xxx' represents the original resolution of the game. 'yyy,zzz' represents the resolution of your phone's display.

In the picture example below, the original game resolution is 176x208 and the target resolution of my screen (N80) is 352x416.



5. Now save the changes in the MANIFEST.MF file and drag it back into the META-INF folder in your jar file to overwrite the old one.



That's it! Now install the jar to your phone and enjoy your full screen game.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

New Dragon Ball Z Game in Development For Playstation 3 and Xbox 360

According to Namco Bandai’s fiscal report for 2008-2009, a new Dragon Ball Z game is in development for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

The unannounced title appeared under software forecasts section on the tenth page of the report. It is expected to ship in Europe and Japan in the second half of the 2009-2010 fiscal period (October 1, 2009 - March 31, 2010). Keep in mind that Atari publishes the Dragon Ball games in North America, so the new title will also arrive within the same timeframe in that region. Namco Bandai plans to sell 800,000 copies of their upcoming game in Europe and Japan for the fiscal period.



Although the new Dragon Ball Z title has yet to be revealed, it is most likely a sequel to the Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit fighting game released in 2008 on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Good News About Video Games

It seems that surfing the web and playing video games has become part of everyday life. It is a great form of activity and has a lot to offer. There are lots of good reasons for playing video games.

Video games can be a new way of teaching children. Many schools are using video games as a teaching method. It's a great way to help children improve their academic skills and also help them develop both cognitive and creative thinking skills. Playing video games also improves hand and eye coordination which can be helpful for both adults and children in applying this skill to other activities. There are even some medical facilities that are using video games as a form of physiotherapy. Video games can help people recover faster from certain physical injuries and improve their motor sills and coordination. One of the best reasons for playing video games is to improve problem solving skills. Video games require problem solving in order to get to the next level in the game. Pokemon, which has been around for over ten years has a number of very interesting and challenging games.

Pokemon Diamond:

This game is very good and a bit addictive which will keep you busy for hours on end. You start out as a rookie trainer in the village. You will be asked to go and collect Pokemon data using a Pokedex. Your goal is to collect Pokemon, train them to take on other trainers. You will be collecting badges and so will your rival and he wants to prove that he is better than you. There is also an evil organization called Team Galactic who is looking to take over the world and want all the Pokemon. This is a strategic and in-depth video game and will require a lot of thought as some of the battles require a lot of skill. You will need to construct the perfect team in order to become the champion. You will find lots of secrets in this game including worldwide battles. There are more elaborate Pokemon contests as well as updated graphics and 3-D environments.

Pokemon Platinum:

Pokemon Platinum has some new characters that have been added to the storey. In fact, the storey is brand new and full of adventure with some never before seen forms of Pokemon. There is also a mysterious new world called Distortion World where normal rules of time and space don't apply. One of the added benefits of Pokemon Platinum is the ability to interact with up to 20 players from around the world in the amusement park style found in the WiFi Plaza where you can play games, take part in parades and even watch fireworks! You can even post battle videos! Some of the features including a leap to a piece of land suspended in midair, new ways to challenge yourself with five new Battle Facilities, and a new team leader named Galactic Commander Charon as well as the undercover detective Looker. And if that isn't enough for you, you can also re-battle Riley, Leader Wake, Leader Candice, and Leader Volkner.

Pokemon Emerald:

Pokemon Emerald will give you a new challenge. The story continues bringing together elements and character from Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. This is the third in the adventure that takes place in the region called Hoenn and there are lots of new areas and exciting plot twists to deal with in Pokemon Emerald. Your character, an aspiring Trainer, is new in town and eventually you will meet a challenge that forces you to select three Pokemon so you can begin your quest to become the world's greatest Pokemon Trainer. A lot has changed in Pokemon Emerald from Ruby and Sapphire. Some of the new additions include Battle Frontier, a new Gym Leader and you will be up against some stiff completion. The Battle Frontier brings together seven battle facilities with each providing unique battle experiences. You will be faced with evil, clever and scheming gangs that really spice things up. There will be plenty of opportunities to hone your battle skills so that you can become the world's greatest Pokemon Trainer!

So the next time you or your child sits down to play a video game, just remember that you are honing your skills so you can have better hand to eye coordination. Pokemon has a number of great games that you can play.

The original Pokemon games were Japanese and had an element of strategy and as well are role-playing games with many sequels. The English translations are considered the main Pokemon game when they are referred to by fans. The Pokemon franchise is into its fourth generation which came out in 2006. The fifth generation of Pokemon will be out in the fall of 2011 with the release of Pokemon Black and White for Nintendo DS. There have also been a number of movies with the first one coming out in 1998 and the last one in 2010. As well, there is a Pokemon Trading Card Game with similar goals to the battle in the video games series.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

DOTA game or Defense of the Ancients (DotA)

DotA map
DotA

Defense of the Ancients (DotA) is a custom scenario for the real-time strategy video game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, based on the "Aeon of Strife" map for StarCraft. The objective of the scenario is for each team to destroy the opponents' Ancients, heavily guarded structures at opposing corners of the map. Players use powerful units known as heroes, and are assisted by allied heroes and AI-controlled fighters called "creeps". As in role-playing games, players level up their hero and use gold to buy equipment during the mission.

The scenario was developed with the "World Editor" of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, and was updated upon the release of the expansion, The Frozen Throne. There have been many variations of the original concept; the most popular is DotA Allstars, which has been maintained by several authors during development. The current developer is known by his pseudonym as "IceFrog", and has been developing the game since 2005.

Since its release, Allstars has become a feature at several worldwide tournaments, including Blizzard Entertainment's BlizzCon and the Asian World Cyber Games, as well as the Cyberathlete Amateur and CyberEvolution leagues; Gamasutra declared that DotA was perhaps the most popular "free, non-supported game mod in the world"



Game Play

Defense of the Ancients pits two teams of players against each other: the Sentinel and the Scourge. Players on the Sentinel team are based at the southwest corner of the map, and those on the Scourge team are based at the northeast corner. Each base is defended by towers and waves of units which guard the main paths leading to their base. In the center of each base is the "Ancient", a building that must be destroyed to win the game.

Each human player controls one Hero, a powerful unit with unique abilities. In Allstars, players on each side choose one of ninety-seven heroes, each with different abilities and tactical advantages over other heroes.[6] The scenario is highly team-oriented; it is difficult for one player to carry the team to victory alone.[7] Nevertheless, some heroes, given enough time, can change the outcome single-handedly, while countering the opposing team's heroes. Defense of the Ancients allows up to ten players in a five versus five format and an additional two slots for referees or observers, often with an equal number of players on each side.

Because the gameplay revolves around strengthening individual heroes, it does not require one to focus on resource management and base-building, as in most traditional real-time strategy games. Killing computer-controlled or neutral units earns the player experience points; when enough experience is accumulated, the player gains a level. Leveling up improves the hero's toughness and the damage it can inflict, and allows players to upgrade their spells or skills. In addition to accumulating experience, players also manage a single resource: gold.

The typical resource gathering of Warcraft III is replaced by a combat-oriented money system; in addition to a small periodic income, heroes earn gold by killing hostile units, base structures, and enemy heroes.This gives rise to a technique called last hitting, which is when the player attacks a hostile unit when "its hit points are low enough to kill it with one blow". Using gold, players buy items to strengthen their hero and gain abilities. Certain items can be combined with recipes to create more powerful items. Buying items that suit one's hero is an important tactical element of the scenario.

Allstars offers a variety of game modes, selected by the game host at the beginning of the match. The game modes dictate the difficulty of the scenario, as well as whether people can choose their hero or are assigned one randomly. Many game modes can be combined (for example, an easy difficulty level and a random hero pick), allowing more flexible options.

Development

Warcraft III is the third title in the Warcraft series of real-time strategy games developed by Blizzard Entertainment. As with Warcraft II, Blizzard included a free "world editor" in the game that allows players to create custom scenarios or "maps" for the game, which can be played online with other players through Battle.net.[12] These custom scenarios can be simple terrain changes, which play like normal Warcraft games, or they can be entirely new game scenarios with custom objectives, units, items, and events, like Defense of the Ancients.[12]

The first version of Defense of the Ancients was released in 2003 by a mapmaker under the alias Eul,[13] who based the map on a previous StarCraft scenario known as "Aeon of Strife",[11] After the release of Warcraft's expansion The Frozen Throne, which added new features to the World Editor, Eul did not update the scenario.[14] Other mapmakers produced spinoffs that added new heroes, items, and features.[13]

Among the DotA variants created in the wake of Eul's map included Allstars, developed by modder Steve Feak (under the alias Guinsoo); this version would become the most popular version of the map.[15] Feak said when he began developing Allstars he had no idea how popular the game would eventually become; the emerging success of the gametype inspired him to design a new title around what he considered an emerging game genre.[16] Feak added a recipe system for items so that player's equipment would scale as they grew more powerful, as well as a powerful boss character called Roshan (named after his bowling ball) who required an entire team to defeat.[13]

Feak used a battle.net chat channel as a place for DotA players to congregate,[13] but DotA Allstars had no official site for discussions and hosting. The leaders of the DotA Allstars clan, TDA, proposed that a dedicated web site be created to replace the various online alternatives that were infrequently updated or improperly maintained. TDA member Steve "Pendragon" Mescon created the former official community site, dota-allstars.com, on October 14, 2004.[17]

Towards the end of his association with the map, Feak primarily worked on optimizing the map before handing over control to another developer after version 6.01. The new author, IceFrog, added new features, heroes, and fixes. Each release is accompanied with a changelog.[18] IceFrog is notoriously reclusive, refusing to give interviews; the only evidence of IceFrog's authorship was the map maker's email account on the official website and the name branded on the game's loading screen.[3] Icefrog now interacts with players through a personal blog where he answers common questions players have about him and about the game.[19] He has also posted information about upcoming map releases, including previews of new heroes and items.[20] In October 2009, Icefrog was hired by Valve Corporation, leading a team in a project that he has described as "great news for DotA fans".[21]

Defense of the Ancients is maintained via official forums. Users can post ideas for new heroes or items, some of which are added to the map. Players have contributed icons and hero descriptions and created the artwork displayed while the map loads, and suggestions for changes to existing heroes or items are taken seriously; IceFrog once changed a new hero less than two weeks after the new version of the map was released. Versions of the scenario where enemy heroes are controlled by artificial intelligences have also been released. Mescon continues to maintain dota-allstars.com, which as of April 2009 has 1.5 million registered members and receives more than a million unique visitors each month. New team members have been added to roll out visual and system improvements to the site. IceFrog announced due to conflict of interest that he would be boycotting dota-allstars.com and starting his own web site, playdota.com, while continuing game development.

Because Warcraft III custom games have none of the features designed to improve game quality (matchmaking players based on connection speed, etc.), various programs are used to maintain Defense of the Ancients. External tools ping player's locations, and games can be named to exclude geographic regions.Clans and committees such as TDA maintain their own official list of rules and regulations, and players can be kicked from matches by being placed on "banlists".

Reception and legacy

The popularity of Defense of the Ancients has increased over time. The scenario was featured by Computer Gaming World in a review of new maps and mods in Warcraft III, and was called "the ultimate RTS" by game journalist and developer Luke Smith. Allstars became an important tournament scenario, starting with its prominence at the debut of Blizzard's BlizzCon convention in 2005. Allstars was also featured in the Malaysia and Singapore World Cyber Games starting in 2005, and the World Cyber Games Asian Championships beginning with the 2006 season. Defense of the Ancients was included in the game lineup for the internationally recognized Cyberathlete Amateur League and CyberEvolution leagues. Additionally, the scenario appeared in Electronic Sports World Cup (ESWC) 2008; Oliver Paradis, ESWC's competition manager, noted that the high level of community support behind the scenario, as well as its worldwide appeal, were among the reasons it was chosen.

The scenario is popular in many parts of the world; in the Philippines and Thailand, it is played as much as the game Counter-Strike.It is also popular in Sweden and other Northern European countries, where the Defense of the Ancients-inspired song "Vi sitter i Ventrilo och spelar DotA" by Swedish musician Basshunter reached the European 2006 charts at #116 and cracked the top ten Singles Charts in Sweden, Norway,[33] and Finland.[34] LAN tournaments are a major part of worldwide play, including tournaments in Sweden and Russia; however, due to a lack of LAN tournaments and championships in North America, several teams disbanded. Blizzard points to DotA as an example of what dedicated mapmakers can create using developer's tools.

In June 2008, Michael Walbridge, writing for Gamasutra, stated that DotA "is likely the most popular and most-discussed free, non-supported game mod in the world". In pointing to the strong community built around the game, Walbridge stated that DotA shows it is much easier for a community game to be maintained by the community, and this is one of the maps' greatest strengths. Defense of the Ancients has been credited as one of the influences for the 2009 Gas Powered Games title Demigod, with the video game publication GameSpy noting the game's premise revolved around aspiring gods "[playing] DotA in real life". Guinsoo went on to apply many of the mechanics and lessons he learned from Defense of the Ancients to the Riot Games title League of Legends. Other "DotA clones" include S2 Games' Heroes of Newerth.