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Why you MUST grab a copy of Loop Hero in the Steam Summer Sale

Why you MUST grab a copy of Loop Hero in the Steam Summer Sale

If you’re a PC owner but are yet to take advantage of the Steam Summer Sale, then now is your last chance.

The Steam Summer Sale comes to an end on July 8 at 6pm BST UK time.

There are thousands of deals available, but arguably none as tempting as the excellent Loop Hero.

Loop Hero is currently being sold at the discounted price of £8.36, which is amazing value for one of the most unique games of the year.

Indeed, it’s pretty difficult to describe Loop Hero, because I really can’t think of anything else that’s remotely similar.

It’s a hands-off micro-RPG in which your character performs a series of loops around a randomly-generated path, battling monsters and unlocking items along the way.

You don’t control the hero character directly, but you can pause the action to equip new weapons and items, and to lay down new terrain cards on the board.

While your character’s first loop may see them battle the odd slime and unlock some basic armour, placing enemy cards, buildings and terrain means the next loop will be much more dangerous, but also more rewarding.

However, you need to be careful not to overextend yourself, because if you place too many enemy cards close together in the early stages, then you’re unlikely to survive a loop and make it back to camp with all of your materials.

Things get even more complicated when you factor in mystery card effects – some positive, some negative – which you’ll need to discover for yourself.

For example, placing nine Mountain cards in a grid will give you a HP boost and lots of stone for your camp, but will also spawn powerful new enemies. Meanwhile, adding a tenth Rock or Mountain card results in the appearance of a goblin camp along the path.

Fortunately, while it’s easy to become overwhelmed when enemies begin to spawn in droves around the loop, it’s even easier to pause the action and enter the planning phase.

Hitting the space bar lets you quickly equip new armour and weapons, place new card tiles – including villages that heal your character and unlock new quests – and even potentially remove an obstacle if you have the Oblivion card.

The speed with which you can alter the map and make changes to your character is part of what makes Loop Hero such an addictive joy to play, and partly why it’s hard to imagine it working as well on other platforms.

You’ll constantly be tinkering with the map and player character, trying to find the right mix between unlocking the best rewards, while maintaining a strong hero from loop to loop.

You can continue to place cards and eventually unlock the boss battle, or you can decide to bank all of your materials in order to build up your camp.

Your camp is where you’ll spend your time between expeditions, and where you can unlock new cards, character traits and other boosts to make the next run a little more manageable.

Use your materials to unlock the Field Kitchen, for example, and you’ll heal additional HP every time you complete a loop. The Herbalist’s Hut, on the other hand, adds some potions to your hand, while also unlocking a new card tile to lay down.

As you can probably tell, this is only really scratching the surface of what Loop Hero has to offer. Considering the basic 16-bit visuals and the fact that you don’t even directly control your character, it’s remarkable how deep the game runs.

And for less than a tenner during the Steam Summer Sale, Loop Hero needs to be top of your wishlist.

Author: Liam Martin
Read more here >>> Daily Express :: Gaming

Eek! The Physical Copy Of Monster Hunter Stories 2 Might Require A Download

Monster Hunter Stories 2© Capcom

Here’s some news that physical collectors will find quite concerning – the retail version of Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin could potentially require a download. And it may be more than just a day-one patch.

According to Nintendo Everything, photos it has received of the game’s box (from a retail worker) seem to indicate a download will be required in order to play the hard copy of the game. On the front, it says “download required” and on the back, it’s mentioned how the game requires a download of at least 15GB. The eShop file size listing is 13.5GB.

While storage requirements aren’t necessarily a problem – especially if you own a MicroSD card, there’s still the issue of the physical copy not featuring the entire game on it, which some might feel defeats the purpose of purchasing a hard copy in the first place.

Capcom has made no mention of the game requiring a download of this size previously and there’s no reference of it elsewhere, so with any luck this is just a misprint. If we hear anything else, we’ll update this post.

Read more here >>> Nintendo Life | Latest News

This number is illegal – whatever you do, don't keep a copy of it

This number is illegal – whatever you do, don't keep a copy of it

As more and more of our everyday lives become dependent on computer code, these random strings of digits, letters and punctuation are becoming increasingly valuable. So maybe it’s not too surprising that some numbers are now illegal to own.

Keeping a record of this number, whether it’s on a series of Post-It notes, your teenage diary, or as a digital file on your computer, is against the law in the United States. Quite how many officers they have checking scrawling to make sure nobody is breaking this law is unknown.

So, why is this particular string of numbers illegal?

Well, it all comes down to encryption. Before the surge in popularity of video streaming services and digital movie rentals, people had to watch the latest Hollywood blockbusters on DVDs. Available to rent from the likes of Blockbuster, these discs were encrypted to stop anyone from renting a film once, copying the movie and saving it to their computer at home to rewatch indefinitely.

After all, that would have killed the lucrative market for DVD sales. DVD copies of movies became available after a brief exclusivity window where the latest films were exclusive to rentals.

For a while, the encryption worked pretty well. But in March 2001, Phil Carmody uncovered the 1,401-digit prime number that unlocks the encryption on DVDs and made wholesale copying possible.

In the United States, the Motion Picture Association of America argued that anyone in possession of the 1,401-digit number could be capable of making an attempt to circumvent copyright. The prime number was made illegal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which criminalises the production and dissemination of tools that could be used to break copyright measures.

The Motion Picture Association of America won a number of cases because a judge ruled that computer code did not constitute protected speech.

This unresolved issue recently flared up again when the FBI demanded that Apple write a new version of its iPhone operating system, iOS, to allow federal agents to break into a smartphone. Granted, it’s unlikely the Motion Picture Association of America will launch a lawsuit against you over the possession of the illegal prime in 2016 – but possession of the digits remains illegal.

There is an unlimited number of prime numbers, since there is an unlimited number of numbers. However, because of the sheer amount of computing power required to find new prime numbers, there is a limited number of known primes.

These numbers are invaluable when it comes to encrypted – whether it’s used to protect DVDs, your online bank account, or the saved text messages and location data on your smartphone.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Tech Feed

'William mirrored Kate' from 'moment they were engaged' – sweet desire to copy his wife

'William mirrored Kate' from 'moment they were engaged' - sweet desire to copy his wife

Prince William has been imitating Kate Middleton‘s friendly royal wave from the moment they became engaged, body language expert Judi James told Express.co.uk. The sweet gesture has taken place since they announced their engagement.

“Her wave is even more confidently personal-looking, as though she is greeting or hailing a friend.

“The hand is often held quite low to lower the perception of superior status and the sense of greeting or acknowledging a friend is also created by her trait of raising her brows and opening her mouth as she smiles.

“This rather personalized greeting forms the same kind of connections to individuals standing in a large group as techniques used by high charismatics like the Clintons when they are working a crowd.

Judi suggested Meghan’s look helped the public to like her.

Judi said: “Meghan used this very sweet, cute and tentative wave to bond instantly with the public, though.”

She said: “Her hand was held low and her facial expression included raised brows and a rather pursed-lip smile as though she was requesting to be liked rather than demanding.”

In fact, the expert compared Meghan’s first appearances to the late Princess of Wales.

“Her wave technique, with the eye-check to camera, was very similar to the kind of greeting Princess Diana used to do with the press and public, as though sharing thoughts and recognition in a very powerful type of tie-sign.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Life and Style Feed
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Michael Jackson had 'secret' songs – and there's only one copy of them

Michael Jackson had 'secret' songs - and there's only one copy of them
After Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, a lot of information came out about how much unused music he had recorded. A compilation album was released in 2010 titled Michael, showcasing some of the music the King of Pop never had the chance to release. However, composer David Michael Frank previously revealed the star had also written and recorded some classical music before his death.
According to Digital Spy David explained he spent a lot of time with Michael discussing classical music.

He said: “He had two demos of two pieces he’d written, but they weren’t complete.”

The musician revealed he owned the only copy of one of Jackson’s classical compositions.

David continued: “One of them, he had a whole section of it done in his head.”

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Michael added: “I’m a big classical fan. We’ve been influenced by all kinds of different music.

“Classical, R&B, folk, funk – and I guess all those ingredients combine to create what we have now.”

The star also played classical music in his leisure while at home in Neverland Ranch.

The star had a speaker system that played whatever he wanted while he spent his off days there.

Anthony King, author of Michael Jackson and Classical Music, previously revealed: “I met Michael many times, so I can put the truth out there and it cannot really be disputed.

“I can exclusively reveal that Michael played classical music through the speaker system in his Neverland estate.

“One of the pieces was [Carl] Bach’s Sonata for Flute in A-minor.”


This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Does Your Copy Of Pokémon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire Still Work?

Glitch ORAS

It’s time to dust off your 3DS and your copy of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, because people have been reporting that their cartridges are no longer working, almost seven years after the release of the game.

A few people on Reddit and ResetEra are making sure to test their copies, and it seems like only the PAL version is affected, although it’s not clear what might have caused the issue yet.

One player notes that their copy hasn’t worked “since Spring 2020”; another (in Italy) says that their copy of Alpha Sapphire hasn’t worked since at least 2019, and says it’s a “widespread issue”; other people have managed to get their games to work fine despite being in European countries.

This wouldn’t be the first time that games have ceased to work after a certain amount of time. The original GBA Ruby and Sapphire games had a “berry glitch” that stopped berry trees from growing after 366 days from when the game was first played.

This glitch was in the pre-internet-on-consoles era, so patching the game was very difficult, and involved either owning a different Pokémon game that would add a patch to Ruby and Sapphire, or going in to specific game stores to download it from their special GBA. You could even send in the cartridge to Nintendo, up until August 2012.

Needless to say, it’ll be easier to patch Pokémon ORAS, as long as the issue is a simple one.

Is your copy of Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire still working? Let us know in the comments.

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

Your iPhone can now copy this slightly creepy Amazon Echo trick

Your iPhone can now copy this slightly creepy Amazon Echo trick
If you missed the news, Amazon recently put a new Echo Show – its Alexa-powered smart home gadget with a touchscreen – on its digital shelves. Dubbed Echo Show 10, this new device has a motorised stem that lets it follow you around the room. Yes, when talking to chatty AI assistant Alexa, the device will rotate to follow your movements, so that its screen is always in view. If you’re asking Alexa about the latest headlines, juggling a few cooking timers, bingeing a boxset on Netflix, or making a video call… it can be really useful to always have the screen just a glance away …so, what’s all this got to do with the iPhone in your pocket?
Well, thanks to popular accessory manufacturer Belkin, Apple’s best-selling smartphone will soon be able to copy the Echo Show 10’s new party trick. Yes, really.

Belkin has launched a number of new magnetic accessories for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. These take advantage of the new MagSafe connector built into the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro series. This small ring of powerful magnets lets you connect a wallet, case, or Hockey Puck-like MagSafe charger to the back of your smartphone.

Belkin is using these magnets to secure the iPhone in place without the need to bother with straps or plastic clips. It makes these new accessories look much more streamlined and minimal.

As mentioned above, one of these magnetic accessories takes the form of a stand that, when combined with a custom-designed app from Belkin, allows your iPhone to recognise your face and swivel to make sure your handset is always facing you – exactly like the £239.99 Echo Show 10.

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According to Belkin, this newly-announced stand has full 360-degrees of rotational coverage and has magnets powerful enough to support an iPhone 12 in landscape and portrait orientations. Of course, since you’ll need to have the Belkin app loaded-up to use the face-tracking, you won’t be able to load-up your favourite app – like FaceTime, or Pokémon Go – and continue to have the stand rotate to face you as you move around your home.

However, Belkin has built-in support for a number of popular social networks, including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube. So, you’ll be able to watch your favourite YouTube creator while cooking in the kitchen – and your iPhone will stay within view even as you dash back-and-forth from the fridge and oven, for example.

There’s no word on a release date quite yet, but Belkin has confirmed that its new face-tracking stand will come with a $ 65 (roughly £50) price tag when it launches.

Elsewhere, Belkin is using Apple’s MagSafe technology to create a fitness-focused phone mount that lets you attach your iPhone to indoor gym equipment. Placing your iPhone 12 on the mount will engage the magnets to keep it in place, and then Belkin includes a strap to attach the mount of the handlebars of a fitness bike or a treadmill. If you’re using a weights machine with some metal – Belkin’s built-in magnets can stick the mount to the machine without the need for a strap, which is nifty.

To round out the new magnet-powered accessories, Belkin debuted a portable 2,500mAh power bank that attaches to the back of your iPhone magnetically for $ 50 (£35, converted).