Call Of Duty:Black Ops

For all Call Of Duty fans out there this one’s for you,the game whose information I would like to share is

Call Of Duty : Black Ops

Call Of Duty

Preview:

Black Ops belongs to the first-person shooter  games genre.It was developed by Treyarch, published by Activision and released worldwide on November 9, 2010 for consoles such as Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3,Wii and Nintendo DS version which was developed by n-Space. Announced on April 30, 2010, the game is the seventh installment of the Call Of Duty franchise, and the first to be set in the Cold War. It is the third in the series to be developed by Treyarch, and is a sequel to Treyarch’s Call Of Duty :World At War

It broke the record set by Call Of Duty:Modern Warfare 2 within 24 hours of going on sale, the game sold more than 7 million copies, 5.6 million in the U.S. and 1.4 million in the U.K.,It leaded Modern warfare by some 2.5 million copies.A subtitled  and an Japanese-dubbed version were released in Japan on November 18, 2010 and  on December 16, 2010 respectively.

System Requirements(Windows):

Operating system: Windows XP/Vista / 7

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750

Memory: 2GB Hard drive space

Hard Disk Space: 12GB

Graphics hardware: Shader 3.0 or better 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT / ATI(AMD) Radeon Radeon X1950Pro

Storyline:

Call Of Duty - Story Line

Black Ops is set during the Cold War, Most of the missions in the game are presented as flashbacks between 1961 and 1968.The main protagonist of the game is Alex Mason with the player sometimes controlling CIA Jason Hudson and some other characters. The story focuses on the CIA’s Special Activities Division(SAD) Studies and Observations Group (SOG) – backed clandestine black operations. These missions take the player to various locations  such as the Ural Mountains in central Russia,Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam.

The single-player mode the whole plot revolves around revolves around an experimental Soviet chemical weapon codenamed “Nova-6”.Mason often works with Frank Woods and Joseph Bowman, while Hudson teams up with Grigori Weaver, a Russian field operative. Viktor Reznov, a key character from the Soviet campaign in World at War returns. Its Russian protagonist Dimitri Petrenko also makes an appearance. Black Ops features several historical figures such as John F. Kennedy, Robert McNamara, and Fidel Castro. The game shows an archive footage of President Kennedy prior to his assassination,with the broadcaster and Mason narrating random numbers.In the archive footage, Mason’s appearance in the crowd, as well as Dragovich’s final words suggesting that Mason followed his original programming and that he assassinated Kennedy.

Gameplay:

Battle Ground

Black Ops is a game of the first-person shooter genre. The player assumes the role of a foot soldier who can use several weapons,A player can carry only two weapons at a time can,he can throw grenades and other explosives; and use other equipment as weapons. A player can also kill to an enemy with one knife blow if he is close enough. A player can have three stances: standing, crouching, or prone with each affects having different rate of movement, accuracy, and stealth. The player can dive prone from a standing position when running. The player can momentarily sprint but with the possibility of growing tired. The screen glows red to indicate damage to a player’s health. The game provides weapons such as crossbows with bolts and explosive ammunition, Dragon’s Breath rounds and ballistic knives.

Single-player mode:

The player can play the role of various characters during the single-player mode.The characters are special forces operatives conducting Black Operations .The objectives are shown as in the previous COD games. The player is accompanied by other troops.The player can also pilot a Hind helicopter to guide friendly troops from a SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft.

Multiplayer mode:

The multiplayer mode allows the player to go online  and the game also retains the experience points and unlockable reward system that has been kept since Call Of Duty 4 The “Create-a-Class 2.0” allows enhanced personalization with appearance.Weapons can be customized with writing, emblems, attachments and camouflage painting. The players are allowed to buy weapons, accessories and clothes. Players can also get involved in a game called a “Wager Match”, which has four game modes in which the players acan bet their COD points.Online split-screen is re-introduced on Xbox 360 and PS3. Steam is the  platform for Black Ops on PC, and the game is protected by Valve Anti-Cheat.

The clips from online gameplay can be recorded,which is introduced for the first time in the COD franchise . The Wii version of the game includes in-game voice chat. This is also the first time that a game in COD franchise includes the voice chat feature for the Wii. Nintendo and PDP have partnered to release the first headset to be used with the Wii known as PDP’s Headbanger Headset.

Zombies:

A zombie cooperation mode, titled “Zombies”, is included in the game. Originally being featured in World At War. It is a four-player online and two-player split screen co-op mode (which can also be unlocked online). In the map “Five”, players take the roles of John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Robert McNamara, and Fidel Castro as they fight zombies at The Pentagon.Limited editions of the game offers four zombie maps from World At War.

Development:

Animations


In May 2009,David Kim a former employee of Treyarch’s revealed on his LinkedIn profile that he would work as a senior animator on Call Of Duty 7.In November 2009,Before the release of Modern Warfare 2,Activision officially announced a new Call Of  Duty for 2010 through their third quarter financial call. In February 2010, a casting call for Call Of Duty 7 led to speculation that the game would be taking place during the Cold War era with some battles taking place in South Vietnam.,Black Ops was officially announced on April 30, 2010.

Special forces veterans from both sides of the Cold War like Major (US Army-Ret.) who served in the MACV-SOG during the Vietnam War, and former Soviet special forces operative Sonny Puzikas were consulted during the development.Puzikas helped  Treyarch regarding the Spetsnaz soldiers combat skills and techniques, such as rolling out of the line of fire. Spetsnaz AI’s in the game have been modeled after him, from his tactics and his movements to his face.

The game runs on the same engine as World at War but a little enhanced at 60 frames per second on consoles.Black Ops supports 3-D imaging as well.A motion  capture technology similar to the one used in James Cameron’s film Avatar, which allows accurate facial expressions, capturing the whole performance of the actor was used by Treyarch.

Reviews and Critical Reception:

Black Ops has received generally positive reviews from critics. Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the Xbox 360 version of the game has received an average score of 88, based on 65 reviews.Gamespot awarded it 9.0 out of ten and said “Call of Duty: Black Ops bears the series’ standard superbly, delivering an engrossing campaign and exciting competitive multiplayer”. Edge magazine gave it a 7/10, stating “As polished and pretty and fun as Black Ops often is, it feels more like a yearly update than a sequel which isn’t distinct from its predecessors in any important way”.

Reviewers pointed out that PC version of the game had bugs and had a number of  problems. Players have also reported serious bugs with the PS3 version.On November 12, 2010, three days after the release, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC versions of the game held average user ratings of 3.1, 3.1, and 1.8 stars on Amazon.com, respectively (on a 1 to 5 scale), with many PC users complaining about lag, stuttering and bugs.

The Official Nintendo Magazine awarded the Wii version 90% and stated “Black Ops on Wii is a fantastic shooter packed with all the features of its HD brothers, with the only exception being split-screen multiplayer.”

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James Bond: Blood Stone

The game about which I am going to share some information is the 24th game in the James Bond game franchise. So our favourite spy James Bond returns with

James Bond : Blood stone

James Bond : Blood Stone

Preview:

Blood Stone is an action,adventure video game which is developed by Bizarre Creations and is published by Activision for the PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS and Windows platforms.Bizarre developed the PS3 and Xbox versions while n-space developed the Nintendo version. It is the 24th game in the James Bond franchise although it is not a direct sequel to any game and is the first game since Everything Or Nothing to have an original story. The game was confirmed by Activision on July 16, 2010.The game was released on November 2, 2010 and  November 5, 2010 in North America and Europe respectively.Activision’s Golden Eye(2010) was released on the same day respectively in each region .Blood Stone features the voices of Daniel Craig, Joss stone and Judi dench.

System Requirements:

OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
System: Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 x2 4000+ 2.0 GHz Processor or better
RAM: 1 GB Windows XP, 2 GB Windows Vista, 7
Video Card: 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT or better, ATi Radeon X1650  or better
Sound Card: Sound device compatible with DirectX 9.0
Hard Disk Space: 12 GB

Storyline:

In this story Bond is looking for a missing researcher Malcolm Tedworth who works on the cure of different biological weapons.while looking for the researcher Bond must now stop conspiracy about smuggling of biological weapons and must unmask those involved in it.During the search Bond travels to  Athens, Monte Carlo, Russia, Thailand and other locations.

During his search he meets a famous jewelry designer Nicole Hunter(Joss Stone).Judi Dench reprises her role as M the leader of MI6.Bond encounters some terrorists like Greco,Stefan Pomerov and Rak who are ultimately killed by him.In the end it turns out to be that Nicole was the one who kidnapped Tedworth to prove herself to a rich and powerful man.before she could reveal who the man is she is killed,with bond standing alone with her dead body.

Gameplay:

Looking For Enemies

It’s a third-person shooter game.The cover to cover system from the previous game Quantum Of Solace was removed.Bond seems to be accurate with any given weapon and with good hand to hand combat skills. Bond’s gadgets include his branded mobile phone, and his whole vision changes, as it highlights enemies, even in cover or behind walls, shows explosive elements and the waypoints the agent must go to. The cars, whether they are an Aston Martin DBS, Koenigsegg CCX or even a tow truck from Thailand,are very easy on hand and the game allows you to drive cars on ice,through fire and many other different environments.

Blood Stone’s stealth elements are pretty well done, and with a bit of patience, you can take out a lot of enemies using just stealth takedowns.Bond can easily lurk in the shadows and wait until the guards reach certain positions and then go and take them out through lots of different executions. If you get fed up with waiting until the AI enemies get out of sight, you can just pull out the weapons Bond can collect and start killing all of them.The game also introduces a new “Detective Mode” for the spy.

There is also a multiplayer mode consisting of up to 16 players that will pit spies versus mercenaries. Along with deathmatches and other standard game modes there are massive objective-based battles where players have to work as a team to attack or defend various spy-themed goals. It has also been announced that players will pilot a number of vehicle types throughout the course of the game.

Development:

Daniel Craig

The game was first hinted on April 21, 2010 when British store HMV listed Blood Stoneas “coming soon”.Then on April 23, Activision reserved a web domain name called bloodstonegame.com. The game was officially announced in an Activision press release on July 16.James Bond film writer Bruce Feirstein was chosen to pen the story for the game. The game itself is built on developer Bizarre Creations’ engine, which was first created for the game The Club.Ben Cooke, who is Daniel Craig’s stunt double in the films, has provided the motion capture choreography for Bond’s digital animation.

The characters look pretty basic and the gadgets and  other weapons sometimes look like cardboard cutouts in the hands of the chaacters.one can say that the engine’s starting to age.

The game’s soundtrack is composed by British composer Richard Jacques. Joss Stone provides an original musical track to the game titled “I’ll Take It All” written and performed by her and Dave Stewart. The song will be featured exclusively in the game.

Reviews and Critical Reception:

It has received mixed reviews from critics. Video game talk show Good Game’s two presenters gave the game a 7 and 5.5 out of 10 saying “It’s not a AAA game, and it’s not very long… But he only just got here but it’s got some class.” They said the story  was confusing but there were some cool moments and exciting cutscenes. They said the cover system was standard but slick and that fights in the game felt too repetitive in nature. However, silent takedowns are very satisfying.
GameZone gave Blood Stone a 5.5 score out of 10 adding that the takedowns were the best part of the experience, but was overshoadowed by the numerous faults in the game. “Even at six hours, this game just felt like it went on for four hours too long. Not content to deliver a substandard singleplayer, however, Bizarre crafted an equally ho-hum multiplayer.”

And lastly me being an James Bond fan would like to give the game a score of 3 out of 5,Because at some part you get totally involved and in some parts you just wanna skip it.But for a true James Bond it’s worth a play.

For any queries and support of any kind regarding any game contact asim_nrjnk@pckoders.com.

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City Video Guide : Share the videos

Dear friends, we have lot of video sharing sites like YouTube, DailyMotion, Veoh etc. We daily browse, upload and download thousands of videos. Now one more new project is founded by City Media Foundation which aims to develop websites for each city in the world to share the videos related to particular city. Its just like any other video sharing site. They are planning to make a network of around 68000 sites belonging to each city in the world. If are staying at NewYork then you can browse and upload videos related to NewYork in the website with URL http://newyork.vi where “vi” stands for videos. Each city will have its own website having URL like http://cityname.vi. Uers can register at the website and share their videos related to their city.

One more thing, this project is still in beginning stage, so the organizers are looking for active bloggers who can participate in the project to become the administrators for the site particular to their city. If you want to become the administrator your city video sharing site, you need to offer some amount and the person with highest offer is selected. Once you become the site administrator then the revenue generated from ads and other things will be yours. But this membership is not permanent. It will be for limited period like One year or two yeras etc depending how many years you mention while making offer. Afterwards also you can continue but you need to renew your account. So make hurry and become the administrator of your city’s video sharing site. To mke an offer just visit http://city.vi

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How to make your blog appear in Search Engines

Hundreds of blogs are created every day. And every blogger wants to have maximum traffic to his blog.  To have maximum traffic, two things are considered very important.  First “Good Website Content” and “Good Promotion”.  Website content depends upon the main domain (subject of matter) in which the blog is based on. Then the blogger should post articles in accordance with users’ interest. The unique content will be most appreciated.

Then comes the promotion aspect. Here people should come to know about your blog. Normally to get more visitors, we need to make our blog appear in serch engines such as GOOGLE, YAHOO and BING etc.  But how to do that? This is the main thing of this post……………………………….

Search engines provide various tools among which WEBMASTER TOOLS are most essential and most used. Here a blogger needs to register his blog at search engine’s webmaster tools. If you register your blog in all search engines then more traffic you will get. I will tell for each search engine how to register your weblog:

I.       Google:

Since Google is the most popular and efficient search engine, people usually search Google for any content. So to get more traffic don’t forget to register your blog at Google.  Open http://www.google.com/webmastertools. And create your account. Then you can add a listing of your website. But you need to verify that you are the real owner of the site. There are three ways of your weblog  verification.

Google WebMaster Tools

1. By uploading the HTML file to your server  where you have hosted your blog.

For Ex: I have saved (hosted) all my website related files in www.hostgator.com. Then I need to upload the HTML file given by Google to “HTDOCS” folder or  “PUBLIC_HTML” folder of www.hostgator.com. After uploading you need to click on the link provided by Google. Then click on “VERIFY” button. If the file is found then it show “SUCCESSFULLY” verified. Else you might have made mistake somewhere.

Entries of Websites added

2. Add a meta tag to your website’s homepage

In this method , Google will provide you some code (tag) which you need to paste into your website homepage i.e. index.php. After adding this code, just save the chnges and Click on “VERIFY” button in Webmaster Tools.

Verification options

3. Add DNS record to your domain’s configuration.

This option is newly added to Webmaster Tools. Here you will be given a TXT record. It will be an entry in Domain Name System(DNS) that provides information about your domain. After adding it click on “VERIFY” button.

One more option is given i.e. Link to Analytics account which is for advanced users who already have many blogs and using Analytics service.

II. Yahoo!

To register your blog in Yahoo log on to http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/. And the options provided by YAHOO are similar to those given by Google. But you should have YAHOO account or you need to create an account. In Yahoo Webmaster Tools is called “SITE EXPLORER”.

Yahoo Site Explorer

III.   BING:

Bing is another search engine provided by Microsoft. To register your blog at bing go to http://www.bing.com/webmaster. And here also you should have either Hotmail account or MSN Live account etc. Otherwise you need to create one. Here it is called “WEBMASTER CENTRAL”.  And you are done!

Bing WebMaster Central

There are lot of other search engines such as “ALTAVISTA” or “ASK.COM”  where you can register your blog. But remember maximum traffic can come only from Google. Because Google is the no.1 search engine and it will most appropriate results.

So after registering when some user searches for topic related to your blog content, then they will be shown with your website and they will visit you blog.

There are lot of tools that Google provides for webmasters to increase their traffic and get revenue. If you interested in such tools comment us or contact us either through our FORUM or mail us. Thank you for reading…..

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Browse With Text Browsers

Have you ever  tried to surf the web in text browsers?  There are several web browsers such as Internet Explorer , Firefox and Chrome etc. But all those browsers will show graphical web pages. Then how to browse only textual content?

On UNIX/LINUX platform there are various text browsers available. Using your Linux Terminal/Console you can browse the webpages with the help of these text browsers.

I would like to mention two most popular text browsers available on LINUX platform.

1. ELINKS:

Elinks is the most widely used web browser on Linux platform.  To browse the web with Elinks follow below steps:

Step 1: Open the Terminal.

Step 2: type “ELINKS WWW.GOOGLE.COM” in small letters ( because terminal will interpret it differently).

You will get Google’s homepage with only text written. No images will be displayed.  There are several options available to move forward, come back and all other navigations.

If any website contains images and videos etc then only the text will be displayed. Other graphics related things will not be displayed. Just give a try to it.

2. LYNX:

Lynx is another text browser for the same purpose.  The procedure to browse web using LYNX is similar to as shown for ELINKS.  But ELINKS is more convenient.  But LYNX is also not bad.

You can open any website by entering its URL in terminal preceded by either ELINKS or LYNX.

One big advantage of using text browsers is, if you have internet connection with limited data usage then it can save your lot of usage. Because data usage will be more if images and videos are loaded.

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Listen To Google Music

Google has recently announced a search for music. Yes, you can search for the music you want to listen.  URL for this is http://www.google.com/music. Since it is in the initial stage and not available in some countries. It is available only in few countries such as US, India and others. Indian users can visit http://www.google.co.in/music. Till now they have not given any option to download the songs. But you can listen them online.

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Experience Google Gravity!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello friends,

just a small magic for you. Go to http://www.google.com and type “GOOGLE GRAVITY” in the search tab and click on ” I AM FEELING LUCKY”. You will see something interesting. Comment me if you like it.

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Remove your Temporary Files

Most of us use Windows PC. And using it for a long time collect some junk files,  temporary waste files in a specific folder known as Temporary folder in C drive. The exact path of this file is C: Users->Admin->AppData->Local->Temp. So to delete these files manually you need to locate this directory. Following the above path is time consuming. So what you can do is………

Press on START.

Select RUN.

Type  %temp%  and hit enter. It will directory open above Temporary directory. Then you can select all and Press SHIFT+DELETE to remove them completely.

Many of you may be using CCleaner and other softwares to do this automatically. But its better to know it.

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Browse Earth without Google Earth

Most of us need to use Google Earth to locate any city or island or country etc.  Google Earth is off course an excellent tool to browse geographic locations. But to use Google Earth , you need to download it and install it. What if you don’t want to do so?

Here is an alternative to Google Earth………….!  No i am not talking about any other software or tool but a website.  Yes to browse Earth without Google Earth, log on to http://www.wikimapia.org and start browsing. It provides all the options provided by Google Earth.  Have fun!

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DBMS LAB Queries and Tables

Friends click on below link to download 5th sem DBMS Lab Termworks.

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