Opera’s New Technology, Opera Unite, opens endless possibilities

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With all the sad stories of attempts in changing how the web works, it’s a good thing Opera did something that works very well even in a premature state(still in beta as I type)

Watch the following video to get the hands up of things: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5hr-6cw4M8

Think of Opera Unite as creating your own server without any hassle at all! The browser itself serves as your gateway with communicating to the outside world (this is through the use of P2P technology), if you want to share your files, stream your music from anywhere, chat with friends(or anyone) everything is done with 0 configuration. You simply install the Opera 10 Browser (here), that’s it! it’s already preinstalled, click on the door with an arrow icon found on the brower’s corner (top left) and click on the propeller-like icon (hover on it and you’ll see Opera Unite), a list of available services (Media, File Sharing, Photo Sharing, Lounge and possibly more in the future) will show up. Double click on the service you want to run then login(registration is also hassle free) and that’s all there is to it! You will be given a url that you can share to friends or use for yourself so you can be connected to your files at all times! You can make your service available to everyone, limited(this is the default, a password is displayed that you can share to your those who you want access to your services to), or Private(for yourself only)

So that’s it!, once you have your services turned on, simply give your url to your friends. Remember to give them the password to your services that has Limited access’ passwords as well(each service has their own password, setting them up yourself is much preferred of course!)

Oh and did I mention that your friends don’t need to have Opera installed to access your services? Firefox, Chrome, Safari and other next generation browsers works fine! You only need Opera 10 if you want to run your service.

I’m using Opera Unite to:

  • Chat with Fellow Developers
  • Stream my music from anywhere
  • Share my photos with my friends and family

With more services to follow, Opera Unite will always be in one of my “must-have” software installed in my computer.

With all the joys and positivities surrounding the new technology, there are still some quirks that needs to be patched up(namely the webservice server isn’t living up to what all web developers are expecting) but to be fair Opera 10 is still in it’s beta stages so with all the good things it have right now, we are bound to see more surprises soon.

Kudos Opera! You have won yourself a fan.


Demigod vs DotA vs League of Legends

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Perhaps the most entertaining versus title ever, I’m here to pit Demigod, Defense of the Ancients and League of Legends (still unreleased) against each other.

Demigod

Although Demigod borrows heavily from DotA’s gameplay (which is essentially a team of heroes pummeling each other until the mother structure of the opposing team is destroyed), a common misconception i’d like to clarify is Demigod isn’t DotA, the feeling of DotA is there but after a few games of playing it, you can see that it’s not. Play it like DotA and your team might falter, from that I’ll say Demigod is more team oriented than hero oriented. I have to say, after playing DotA for quite some years now, my ultimate goal for every game is to prevent enemy heroes from leveling up while shaping my character up to become a very powerful entity.

Buggy online multiplayer aside, my dislikes about Demigod stems from what I love in DotA, one thing the developers should fix is that psychological bind we DotA players have with DotA, you just can’t stop comparing it to DotA while playing, this is only natural as the reason why DotA players will play Demigod is because of that DotA gameplay element. Well to put things down in a more constructive manner, here are my thoughts:

  • It really bugs me that some Demigods feel like regular creeps, maybe because of the Demigod’s size. When everything is a battle between god-like beings, you are expecting grand spectacle whenever demigods are colliding.

  • Along with the sizes of some of the demigods, the health bars are also very small to notice, put that next to a bunch of creeps and it’s hardly noticable.

  • Some details to add depth to strategies. Details like what items the enemies are holding is missing, the game clock should be displayed on the top right at all times.

  • Online match is broken currently being fixed.

What Demigod got right.

With how things are right now, it seems that.

Why Demigod is not DotA.

Demigod is great. It’s really fun and doesn’t have much of that headache. It’s all about capturing the right flags and supporting your team. Practicing your hero isn’t really a problem as a single player mode is available, there are many

There’s just one real dislike about Demigod:

As things stands out, killing another demigod feels like a game of chance rather than strategy, you don’t have details about the items other Demigods are carrying and Life points are just too high to consider using math.

I haven’t taken other things like limited heroes(DotA started with just a few and LoL will be starting with 8), buggy online multiplayer but im sure it will be resolved soon by the passionate guys from Stardock.

Stardock Representative frogboy also interacts very well with the community and judging from his name’s similarity to DotA’s icefrog, this guy is definitely a DotA fan. It’s hard to argue that frogboy is one awesome fella and should be one of the reasons why you’ll love Stardock.

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DotA

DotA is a very intense game, my words will never do justice on how intense every match in DotA is. If you don’t believe me, check out these videos. While Demigod is more team oriented, DotA is a game of precision where relaxing bares many consequences. Every move must be well thought.

Bottomline: DotA is not for the weak hearted.

Pros of DotA – Community Support, since it’s debut in 2003, DotA is still going strong with updates, features and fixes.

  • If there’s one thing I doubt

Cons of DotA – Imbalance, a lot of heroes and a lot of combination is available which is both a good thing and a bad thing, – Unfriendly to newcomers, Beginners and newbies beware,

League of Legends (LoL)

As of right now, League of Legends (LoL) is not released yet so I will only assume what it could be from the screenshots and videos posted in their official website, from the looks of things LoL is going to be very similar from DotA, it is going to be very interesting to see what happens when the DotA community splits up.

Im playing Demigod now because it’s a very fresh break from DotA. I have to admit, the real fight isn’t really about Demigod vs DotA but rather, DotA vs LoL and Demigod vs Starcraft DotA. Just think about it.