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Minecraft’s developer, Mojang, recently revealed that more than a million players were playing the game at one time. This was in January.

Nathan Adams, a Mojang developer, took to twitter and talked about how the number of players had reached more than 998,000. Surprisingly, it was not even peak time when the number was revealed.

The number of players included those on Linux, Mac and PCs. In fact, the real number would be much higher than the one declared by the developer because only online players were being counted. Keep in mind that there are still a lot of people who prefer to play the game offline.

Steam’s most popular game is Dota 2, and its concurrent players do not even come close to those of MineCraft.

The mobile version of Minecraft has sold more than thirty million copies till now.

Minecraft has really revolutionized the gaming world, hauling in more player than most people thought an indie game could. If you’re wondering whether to play, you might be helped by visiting a site where you can try Minecraft free. It’s almost guaranteed that you will enjoy it more than any other game that you’ve ever played.

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Type-moon is a company that seems to have found a good formula of success with its anime and manga becoming increasingly popular among fans. Starting with the Fate/ Stay Night anime, it seems that the developer has been releasing hit after hit. Today, we preview its latest offering: Fate/Zero.

Fate/ Zero is a prequel to Stay Night, and is set ten years before its story. It is the story of the Fourth Holy Grail War, and what happened before and during it. In its story, Emiya Kiritsugu, also known as the notorious Magus Killer, is hired by the Einzbern family to be its champion in the war. Kiritsugu is the ultimate anti-hero; quite willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants.

At the same time, the other two magic families- Tohsaka and Matou- are also getting ready for the war. The Church is also a part of the struggle, but their representative in the war is hidden in the Tohsaka household: Kotomine Kirei.

Fate/ Zero may seem like a run of the mill action anime, but this isn’t true at all. The series is very different from all the previous Fate installments, and achieves a very dark and brooding tone. It has a much more detailed plot than that of the previous installments, and combined with the acute characterization, the story is made quite beautiful. You will need a bit if familiarity with the other Fate anime to fully understand the plot of Fate/ Zero.

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Fate/ Zero is set apart from the pack by its mature storyline that is actually a pretty good representation of the real world. The characters seem to be real people with real motives, and you’ll rarely see two people fighting pointlessly.

Truth be told, Fate/ Zero reminds me of Game of Thrones. Both shows are realistic, beautifully made, and mature. Alliances form and shift, and others form and shift alliances to counter them. The lines of battle aren’t clearly marked, and even when characters form alliances, those alliances aren’t strong because everybody suspects everybody. Both shows focus more on strategy and tactics than on brute force. Both plots are wide and all-encompassing.

The anime has also been produced beautifully. It looks so great that even a cynic would love it, and it is animated superbly. Even the visuals add to the dark tone of the show, which is quite an achievement.

There are many new characters in the show, but the design of main, recurring characters really steals the show. Characters like Saber don’t look any different than from how they originally did, but if you look closer, you’ll find them sharper and more precise.

The anime also has had great work done on the audio side. Each episode starts with “Oath Sign” by LiSA, and the ending theme is “Memoria” by Eir Aoi. You’ll also find dozens of scores in the series, as there is music to fit any scene. That is something which really adds to the appeal of the show, since whatever happens on-screen is perfectly matched with the background score. Audio effects also have high quality, and every sound seems perfectly rendered. From lighting booming to swords clashing on shields, it all sounds very realistic.

The dialogue in this prequel is as close to perfect as it can be. There are a few times when conversations continue for too long, but the quality of the dialogue makes up for that. The lines are well written and evocative. If you listen to the show, you’ll quickly realize how much effort the voice actors have poured into this project.

Saber’s character (and voice actor) has changed in this installment. She sounds and behaves much more coldly and before, and she always seems to be on the brink of violence, ready to cut down someone with Excalibur. Even Gilgamesh, from the class Archer, is prouder and more arrogant than before. But the real star of the show is Iksander/ Rider. His blend of wisdom and temper is amazingly shown, and he is one of the pillars of the show.

There are very few series that have a large cast and each character has a well-defined role and a powerful impact on the viewer, but Fate/ Zero is one of these. Even the minor characters have well-defined roles, and their presence adds to the depth of the story. All the characters are extremely detailed and have distinct personalities and attitudes, which makes the show that much more relatable.

In more ways than one, the series mirrors real life. It talks about things like betrayal, love, honor and manipulation. The Masters are like chessmasters, planning their approach while also preparing themselves to defend from any blow from the other ‘Masters’. It’s not like a huge number of series which are just about a hero bashing goons into pulp; Fate/ Zero has a complexly woven story where morality is surprisingly important. You’ll quickly realize that there is nothing that is pure evil or pure good in the show.

Unfortunately, there are also a few problems with the series.

There are more than a few scenes in which it seems that characters have just been added in because they are also present in Fate/ Stay Night. Tohsaka Rin, in particular, seems to have been given a lot of unnecessary screen time, even though some argue that her presence was necessary. Personally, I don’t think that her role fit in very well with the rest of the characters’. It just seemed a clumsy attempt to ride on the success of Fate/ Stay Night.

As you can see, Fate/ Zero isn’t perfect in any aspect. However, it is an ambitious project, and in some ways, it fulfills its ambitions. It has a tight storyline, great characters, well-written dialogue and fast-paced action scenes. The great thing about Fate/ Zero is that it has so many good points that it’s not only anime lovers who’ll be able to enjoy it; even lovers of drama shows will become totally addicted to it.

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YouTube is the website that millions of people access whenever they want to watch videos online. However, a major annoyance with YouTube is that you have to keep on signing in again and again so that you can watch age-restricted videos.

YouTube should have a method where you don’t have to keep on signing in again and again, because this gets irritating really fast. Having to enter and reenter your information shaves precious seconds off your video-watching time!

  1. Redirecting to another site

All you have to do is write the letters “nsfw” before the YouTube URL. For example,

…will become…

https://www.nsfwyoutube.com/watch?v=UhQz-0QVmQ0

This will take you to a website where you can watch all the NSFW videos on YouTube.

  1. Without redirecting

If you mind being redirected from the YouTube website, then this method is for you. All you have to do is change a little character in the URL and you’ll be good to go. For example:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhQz-0QVmQ0

 

…will become…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v/UhQz-0QVmQ0

You can watch the video without being bothered by the age confirmation prompt.

 

Unfortunately, if you are dealing with a video that has been blocked in your country, you will have to use some other method to unblock the YouTube videos.

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Fantasy Life

This is the ultimate game for lovers of side quests. It will only appeal to you if you belong to a certain niche, so beware. If you belong to its niche, you’ll love it! You can spend all your time competing tasks to collect component items to create more equipment to do still more tasks! It may seem like repetitive drivel at first glance, but it’s actually a pretty solid game to play. In fact, you don’t even have to engage in fights if you don’t want to. You can simply quest your way to the top of the game!

D4

D4 is a game that’s crazy in all the right ways. Playing it is a bizarre experience, especially as it is a mash of point and click and detective style gameplay. You’ll encounter weird characters and long sequences that are extremely addictive, especially if you’re using a Kinect. There’s only one issue with the game, which is the fact that it’s incomplete and the only season ends with nail-biting suspense.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Square Enix’s newest rhythm game does not disappoint. Themed on the Final Fantasy series, and intended as an expansion of the original Theatrhythm, this game has actually turned out to be a much better version of Theatrhythm. It has most of what Theatrhythm already had in terms of content while expanding on several areas. If this game looks so good, what about the next one expected in the series? We’ll be waiting eagerly for that one.

Escape Goat 2

This is a platforming game where the stars are a goat and a magical mouse. Sounds crazy? It is, but you’ll love it!! It brings new features on every new level, and the gameplay mechanics are just spectacular. It also has highly developed physics engine, and playing it can be a tortuous yet rewarding experience.

Fantasia: Music Evolved

Created by Harmonix, playing this game is an amazing experience. It mixes music-remixing and motion-tracking in a way that will take your breath away. Moreover, it is fun to play, but explaining the game is like trying to explain color to a blind man; you can’t know it till you experience it.

Hay Day

Hay Day is a creation of SuperCell, the company behind Clash of Clans and Boom Beach. It’s free to play, and it isn’t exploitative. It’s also lots of fun to play and it can addict you very quickly.

Honorable mention:

This game has made a huge impact on the mobile games market and in honor of that, we’ll tell you a secret. Everybody has heard of clash of clans… I was lucky enough to get free Clash of Clans accounts from http://mannahattathegame.com/ so I tried it out and got very addicted. I thought I was only gonna try it out for a week to review it, but looks like I’m even considering paying money for it.

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Not many things can be given the tag of ‘greatest’. But sometimes you come across something so amazing that it alters your entire view of the world, or opens your eyes to something that you had never understood before. These ten animes are that type of show; watch them and feel the amazement!

  1. Akira

This is an exquisitely rendered anime by Katsuhiro Otomo. Even though it was released in the late 1980s, it was one of the (extremely) few animations that targeted adults, and made everyone realize that anime was not only a child’s pastime. Set in the near-future, the show dealt with teens facing a military government carrying out experiments to learn more, and even unlock mental powers. The series is totally Japanese, but its story and characters appealed to everyone, and still continue to do so today.

  1. Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind

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This is a show that can make you laugh, cry, and laugh and cry at the same time. Written in a post-apocalyptic world, it leaves you hanging on to every word said in the hope that the suspense will be broken. It makes you choose between two sides, where one is clearly wrong, and that is mankind. In a world where Mother Nature is slowly purifying itself, how does man cope with new circumstances? Can he put down his destructive side and see the error of his ways?

  1. Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

The original masterpiece that inspired a lot of the anime you see today, Evangelion was decades ahead of its time. It explored concepts that are considered sophisticated today, blending them into an enchanting storyline that left viewers helplessly addicted to it. This show was a completely new re-imagining of a dusty old genre, the giant robot genre. Its raw power and characterization appealed to millions of viewers.

  1. My Neighbor Totoro

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Miyazaki’s most liked work is Spirited Away, which broke a dozen records when it was released. However, his best work might well be My Neighbor Totoro. Written from the perspective of two young sisters who move and go to the countryside, this show seems very simple and one-dimensional at first glance. But the deeper you get into its story, the more you will be amazed at the mesmerizing genius of Miyazaki. Watching this show brings back memories of youth, and how it used to feel without any stresses and problems except the ones you gave yourself.

  1. Ghost in the Shell

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Masamune Shirow’s creation wasn’t considered important at first. All that changed when the anime movie was released in 1995. Originally a story about the effects of the Internet and modern technology would affect crimes, the movie was about a cyborg that was exploring life and trying to understand it. Things are complicated by technology, since technology had created a virtual world as real as the real world. Not many movies achieve such levels of introspection, but Ghost in the Shell was undoubtedly one of them.

  1. Macross/ Robotech

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Macross is an epic story spanning several interesting concepts. It has had more than five versions released, and it is still known as one of the best romantic animes ever. It taught a whole generation about love, about how it can easily become a dysfunctional thing, about how it can be a beautiful thing. Macross was an unexpected hit, a romantic show when blow-it-up action shows were the norm.

  1. FLCL

FLCL

FLCL was a weird hodgepodge of things that Kazuya Tsurumaki thought were cool. Lasting only six episodes, it was a surreal mixture of rock bands, robots, bass guitars, and even baseball. Most people would think that such a show would be a dumb attempt at something nice, but most people would be wrong. FLCL managed to be an entertaining and immersive coming-of-age story about how a twelve year old kid tries to cope with an alien girl crash-landing into his life.

  1. Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain

Set in a virtual world, this show is similar to Ghost in the Shell, but it focuses on completely different issues. Serial Experiments deals with a woman called Lain who has several aspects of herself in the virtual world. She has to try and figure out who she really is, and what makes the show so successful is that we can all relate with that. Trying to figure out exactly who you are? We’ve all been there.

  1. Grave of the Fireflies

grave of the fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies is perhaps one of the saddest shows to have ever been made. It is a war film, but it shows one of the most realistic and poignant sides of war. It concentrates on the civilians, those who have nothing to do with a war but are hurt the most by it. Watching small children become orphans and slowly starve to death is an emotional experience, and anyone who watches this will leave with a heavy heart and the desire to embrace pacifism.

10. Perfect Blue

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The first film by Satoshi Kon, this is a heart rending story about a young woman pushed to the razor-sharp line between sanity and madness. It is a crime thriller, and unexpectedly for an anime, does not use special effects. The realistic style of the film cannot be discredited, and the relatable story pulls you into it. From the beginning to the end, the suspense is palpable, and when the mystery is solved, you will be left gaping at the sheer, amazing genius of the director.

All this shows are powerful and moving animes, and if you want to watch them right now, head right over to My Anime, and take advantage of their free anime streaming service!