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AUGUST 2010 
Discover the hero in you
By: Ask Bob                   Aug 23, 2010


Heard of Hero Fighter? Little Fighter 2? Some online gaming experts would have by now played these browser-based games, which we are told, have become somewhat of a rage in the Asia-Pacific region. So all you upcoming gamers out there, here goes.... HeroFighter has to be downloaded on a Window's desktop before you can start battling it out.Launched late last year, HeroFighter comes with 2 options, after you have finished downloading it – single-player mode or network mode. In the 1st option, you obviously are ranged against a computer. For the network mode, which allows you to then take on “fighters” (real people) from anywhere in the world, you need to click on a “room server” program, which is basically a list of servers and you need to select one, and then start playing. The maximum the network play allows is 4 computers. HeroFighter, as you may have guessed it by now, is a kinda medieval fighting game, full of swords and battle-axes.  Designed by Marti Wong who describes himself as an “Indie game maker” based in Hong Kong, newer versions of the game are released quite frequently. Eg: In March this year, Wong released an Army System where the gamer can form an army and fight. The gaming site also has a forum in English and Chinese where if you get stuck, you can ask questions and get help. 

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Name: HeroFighter                                                                                 23/08/2010
Design - 3/5       Utility - 2/5     Nav - 3/5     Download - 4/5                                Score - 12/20
 Attention all gamers! Don't give this blog a miss.
Towards the very end of 2008, Boing Boing had launched a blog for gamers. Called Offworld, the blog was supposed to turn the spotlight on the gaming industry, especially the games that were adding excitement to the world of gaming, both in gameplay and in design. Well, recently our webspiders tracked this gaming blog, and have now reported that it is fast becoming a converging spot for many amateur as well as professional gamers and designers. Offworld, we must admit, is one vast repository for almost all online and even 'Real World' games and news related to them.

Offworld by Boing Boing is a blog that tries to keep abreast of all the developments in the world of online gaming. It has interesting posts filed by independent designers and not so-famous and the very famous gamers on issues ranging from PC-based to 'Real World' video games. Then, there are blogposts on what has gone into designing a game. Eg: There is one post by Rob Beschizza on July 22 that talks of how an entire album of 8 bit-inspired music was created to go with a game called 'Knife Tank' by Crashfaster and Doctor Popular. This is hardcore stuff guys, as the blog continues to have posts on a daily basis on the offline and the online action in the world of gaming. So, if you are at the beginner’s level or a pro, a visit to Offworld on your daily menu will keep you glued to your console (and perhaps help you in understanding the world of online gaming better).


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Name: Offworld 
Design - 3/5       Utility - 3/5     Nav - 4/5     Download - 4/5   Content - 4/5             Score - 18/25