Review: The Banner Saga is tactical themed Viking role playing game of video that has got its development by Stoic which is trio of game developers of Indie, of BioWare formerly. It has acquired publishing by Versus Evil which is independent US based publisher of video game. The Banner Saga has been released as 1st game of trilogy projected and player campaign singly on 2014 January 14th. It is released as free-to-play separate multiplayer online game too.
Developing factors: Developers of game namely John Watson, Alex Thomas and Arnie Jorgensen had left BioWare after doing work in studios of MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic with idea of creating game which will fulfil purpose of own enjoyment of theirs. Financing of project was by platform namely Kickstarter which was crow funding. On 2012 March 19, it had been done pledge openings and meeting of goal of funding of USD 100,000 in next day courses. Project accumulated eventually from backers 20,042 in number and earnings of USD 723,886.
In year of 2014 January 14, there was releasing of games with helping of Versus Evil by means of digital Steam distribution. It was released initially for MAC and Windows platform ports to iPad. Android had been released in 2014 October with numerous ports to Xbox One, Linux, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 which were planned for year of 2015.
Playing of Game: Most important factor of game is player campaign singly of engagements turn based combat which is inspired with gaming like Shining Force and Final Fantasy Tactics. Player controls and possesses ability for building up character party with abilities complementing. In accordance with developers their intentions were creating adult mature games in vein of The Black Company or Game of Thrones. Their aim was emotionally engaging players by providing them allowance to building of relationship with character of game and shaping story outcome by means of choice of conversation of array.
Game conducts eschewing of some conventions of computer that is action oriented with games role playing like focusing on buying and looting items, to reload and save sate of game after being defeated or hero story of young lone. In its place, developers have idea of telling story of caravan of player in total and encouraging players for dealing and accepting with encountering of defeats consequently. 1st game in Banner Saga centres on Dredge return which is a race warlike which does despising humans. It is led by Bellower who is Dredge night invincible and leads to warpath to them. As being wandering army who is left to fight in front of Dredge and find Bellower’s weakness, caravan makes numerous tough decisions which shapes fate of Varl and man both.
Factions of Banner Saga: Multi-player turn based component of combat had been released in Steam as standalone free game known as The Banner Saga: Factions. It was prior to releasing of game singly played. Factions had its availability to backers in 2013 February 18 and to general masses on February 25. It provides allowance to players to pit teams of 16 chosen classes, 6 combatants in front of one another. Style and settings, track of sound and reception are other factors.
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Golf – A game for elite class
Games are played by the people all over the world for the sake of relaxation and entertainment. Normally games are played by individuals without any profit motive or remuneration. But there are certain games played by the players for remuneration or for recognition. The most popular games played by people all over the world are different types of ball games including foot ball, basket ball, tennis, hockey, rugby and golf. These games are played for both recognition and remuneration purpose. All these games have world famous celebrities that motivate common people to play the games not essentially for any recognition or profit. Among these games golf is considered as a classic game played by the elite class of people form medieval period till date.
The most important characteristics of golf are that it requires vast amount of land or ground. Golf is defined as a game that, “playing a ball with a club from the teeing ground in to the hole by a stroke or successive strokes in accordance with the rules”. Hence golf is always considered as a game that involves clubs, holes and balls. The golfers or the players use clubs to hit the holes in the grounds with different types of strokes. The strokes must be fewest in numbers when hitting the balls in to the holes. The golf is played in ground that has several holes arranged in the progression of 9 or 18 holes.
The history or the origin of golf is still a topic of dispute between the historians. Some trace back the history of golf to the ancient Roman period. Chinese also claim about the origin of the game during the reign of Ming Dynasty in China. Persians also claim about the origin of golf form a game of Persian descendent namely Chaugan. Later it is believed that the game was brought to the European continents in the medieval period by the travelers. A primitive form of modern golf were existed in England named as Cambuca and in France named as Chambot.
Some certain evidence about the game is traced back to the 15th century in Scotland. With the help of the historical evidences, it is decided that the modern form of golf originated in Scotland during the 15th century where there is recorded evidence of banning of golf by King James 2nd in the year 1457. A golf links course at Saint Andrews supposedly erected in the year 1574 is considered as an importance place or “pilgrim centre” for golfers and golf lovers. The oldest golf course according the Guinness world records situates in Mussel burgh links in East Lothian in Scot land. The world’s oldest golf tournament was played in the year 1860 at Prestwick golf club in Ayer shire, Scotland. The compilation of rules of golf was done in the year 1774 for the company of Gentleman Golfers and alter it was renamed as The Honorable company of Edinburgh golfers and was played in Leith, Scotland. Even today the rules and regulations follows the rules designed in the year 1754 at Saint Andrews. The international rules of golf is the merging of the Royal and ancient club at St. Andrews and United States Golf association. These rules are jointly governed by the R&A. in addition to the recognized rules the golfer has to observe etiquette guidelines that directs the golfer to follow the elements of safety, fairness, players’ commitment and obligation to the game and respect for the co- players. Today there are major men’s and women’s championship tournaments are played world wide. Golf is also termed as stokes play.
Even though the game has many standard rules and etiquette that make this a classic game in terms of popularity, with comparison to other form of games does not have a steady graph. It is still considered as game for elite class for the lack of participation of common people.
Most Important Aspects of Games
The struggle of man to survive on the earth was eventful. Several historical evidences show man’s resistance towards many incidents where he fought for his existence. Even in many circumstances where he had to face disasters his capability to overcome the crisis with ease is an exceptional attribute of human race. To be engaged in any activity that brought him relief and rejuvenation resulted in the creation of games. Games are defined as a form of play or sport. It was invented for the recreation of individuals. In ancient period hunting was recognized a royal game. One of the most important aspects of game is that it is played more by children. The informal games are usually played by children without any particular rules and standards. Games usually played by adults have certain norms with specific scheme and timings. Often several games played by adults are treated as an enjoyment and sometimes it is considered educational tool. Majority of games are not played for any remuneration or for payment. It is only played for relaxation and entertainment. But certain games are played for remuneration and many follow those games as their occupation or profession. Generally games involve both physical and mental activity. Games are normally played for various reasons including education, exercise, development of skills, psychological relaxation, stimulating physical and mental activities and in rare cases as a cure for many diseases. One of the important aspects of games is it is present in every country and culture in different forms.
The definition by the French sociologist Roger Caillois gives all the important ingredients of a game as it is an activity that should have the elements of fun, uncertainty, non productivity, rules, and separation and should be fictitious. According to him the fun element is for the light hearted character of the game, separation meant for uncertainty in time and place, non productivity for not accomplishment of any thing productive or useful, fiction is to differentiate it from reality and the rules that are not strict and different from everyday or any common rules. The other two important definitions that support the definition of game that includes every ingredient put forward by Roger are by Clark. C. and Kevin. J. Maroney. According to Kevin, game is a play with goals and structure. According to Clark, game is an activity among two or more independent decision makers seeking to achieve their objectives in some limiting contexts.
Most of the games have definite tools for playing. The most popular games have ball as it main tool. Foot ball, volley ball, basket ball, cricket, tennis and rugby are the most famous games that are played by majority of the people in the world. Next to games involving balls are card games. There are several types of card games and some of the card games involve wagering or played for getting remuneration. Chess is another important game played all over the world involving mental exercise and brilliance. Tug of war and wrestling need good physical skills. Archery and target shooting are the games that require physical as well as extreme concentration. The most often played games by children are hide and seek, snake and ladder, treasure hunt, toffee collection and musical chair. These games are purely played by children for the sake of funs and entertainment.
Apart from the traditional games with the advancement in technology many sophisticated games have been introduced through online computer games, mobile and video games.
The games had many forms form the pre-historic period onwards and in the primitive age it was developed in to many forms including hunting, racing and warring. In the modern context games play an important role in the stressful and pressurized life. It is definitely and important factor for stress relieving, relaxation and entertainment.