If you find yourself playing a colourful game with retro graphics but the outstanding gameplay, you’ve most probably come across an indie game. Following these norms, the Indie games are almost all the same, with exceptions of course. The AAA titles simply can’t offer the same experience, and since it’s hard to make a top-notch AAA game that will follow the indie standards, these games were rare to find.
Amazing Graphics, stunning story and top design are really expensive to make and since there were not enough indie developers to shift that, it was a taboo up until released, the place where you can find awesome indie games with a lot of versatility and awesome graphics. Check some of the best indie games that are far better than you can possibly imagine.
2009 was a year where the Chilean developer ACE team came out of nowhere and they began shocking the world. They made Zeno Clash and made an outstanding impact on indie games up until that point were just receiving the primal acceleration and not many were found around.
Zeno Clash had sick visuals and still has some of a unique gameplay. A first-person fighting game where you are constantly throwing punches and countering attacks. There are some ranged weapons, but they are of a secondary importance.
You can get Zeno Clash for £9.99 on Steam, and we suggest you start from the beginning as the sequel has worse reviews.
The fresh air that was more than necessary within the Action RPG gender, and although it’s a really short and simple game, it’s still fantastic. Runic games made a game with old values – you don’t need a connection to play the game, you can’t respect the character, there is a plethora of loot all around the map in every corner and hidden inside objects. You will receive absolutely lovely experience, and the boss fights are something that you should look forward to, as they are made absolutely fantastic.
Torchlight 2 is one penny short of £20.00 and can be found on steam. If you are an indie game lover, this is a must try.
Path of Exile
Grinding Gear Games has developed a free Action RPG game that is not so similar to Torchlight 2 and many of the people are explaining it as the perfect free alternative for Diablo III. Unlike Torch 2, PoE needs an internet connection because of the constant changes that are happening on the map, and the online challenges that are frequent.
When graphics are a concern, it’s a nice, solid game, while the gameplay is really slow compared to other action RPG games. Here, you have time to think and plan your best move while the other games require a split-second decision.
Also, in Path of Exile, you can customize your character to a level never seen in an Action RPG before, as the game provides more adjustable options compared to others.
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Gambling, in one form or another, has always been present in the life of humans throughout their entire existence. So, it should come as no surprise that has inspired many authors to create their stories, books, and novels. On the other hand, there are also many online slots that are themed on different books.
That is why we have decided to compile a list of Famous Books with a Gambling theme. These books range from classical writings to more recent issues that either have gambling as their main theme or describe a variety of games in some chapter.
Risk and Gambling in Bestsellers
Our list of Famous Books with a Gambling Theme comprises three popular books which have managed to become world’s bestsellers and are either themed on or feature gambling on their pages. Without further ado, here are the three famous books with a gambling theme:
Fear and Loathing by Hunter S. Thompson
Hailed as the best gonzo journalism work by many book critics, the action of Fear and Loathing takes action in Las Vegas. The book’s protagonists, Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, arrive in Vegas with a coffer full of drugs taking every opportunity they get to try a new substance while doing everyday tasks. The book was so popular that it was turned into a movie starring Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro.
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Casino Royale was the first novel by Ian Fleming that was released in 1953. It is the first of the 11 books depicting the adventures of the secret agent James Bond with his famous code name 007. It tells the story of 007 gambling at the casino in Royale-les-Eaux against the bankrupt Le Chiffre, who is the treasurer of a French union and part of the Russian secret service. Le Chiffre tries to kill 007 because of a card debt, but Bond constantly wins. This book has also been turned into a movie in 2006 starring Daniel Craig.
The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky
This one is a sort of a biographical book, since Dostoevsky wrote it hoping to pay off his debts which have been accrued as a result of his losses in roulette. Being one of the classics, it describes the author’s unbridled passion for card games. The main protagonist in the book is traveling through Europe together with his family anticipating the death of his grandmother, wishing to receive her inheritance. However, grandma has managed to lose all her wealth in a casino.
We’ll end this post with three gambling quotes from different eras showing that gambling has always been present:
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- “Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well”. – Jack London
- “Baccarat is a game whereby the croupier gathers in money with a flexible sculling oar, then rakes it home. If I could have borrowed his oar I would have stayed.” – Mark Twain
- “Las Vegas looks the way you’d imagine heaven looks like at night” – Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
Henry David Thoreau once said, “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” Is there anything that we cannot agree with about this thought and ultimate truism? We can just guess the number of people Thoreau has encountered who have fancied themselves good writers but could not form an idea that is original and unique. Just like today. There are many aspiring writers who struggle to find their voice or who have no idea where even to begin when it comes to penning down their first page. We think that we may have something of an answer so read along and find the answer to the burning question: what lies in the essence of the stuff that makes any person a good writer? Or even better, what makes you a good writer?
Stand up to live
What does Thoreau mean by this? Most people are alive but do they really live their lives? This is a labyrinthine philosophical question to say the least, but it does point in the direction that every aspiring writer should follow: live live live. To live means to break old habits, old thought patterns, old friendships and relations. If you are worried about “losing yourself” please don’t be because the point exactly is to lose yourself in something new. Everything that you are leaving behind is actually still with you, as it is part of your memory, part of your being, part of what made you who you are up to one point in time.
Old habits, old concepts
To break old habits means to break your concepts of whatever opinions, convictions and perceptions you have that form your awareness of the world. So if you have reserves about working an odd job, reconsider what makes you think that way. Could you imagine yourself working as a street sweep? Do you want to be a writer? Then become a street sweep and see the world through a whole new radius of perceptions. Whatever job you take, whatever occupation you have will lead to new people, new stories, new so to say “friction” between you and your world. But that is just a harmless idea to get you thinking about different challenges and opportunities that exist out there.
Reconfiguring the World in Your Head
Everything that you see and do, and everything who you know or have known, can be given a new name and new personality. The essence of things remains but you are giving them a new face and that gives the freedom to expand and go to bigger depths. So when you are facing the challenge of building a character, think of all the people whom you have met, that is, the people and what made them.
Reading the books of others can be injurious to your own writing. You may get sidetracked from the idea at hand that you need to put down on paper but you can’t because you are parsing the sentences of another person. That may in turn compel you to parse your own writing and you may go on an infinite adventure of arranging and rearranging and looking for the “perfect stab”. Why not quit reading for awhile? Let your mind cruise the infinite waters of the world that we inhabit, so that you may discover possibilities for new feelings and new states of mind, not necessarily of your own.
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