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Things To Consider When You Play Casino Slots Online

Did you know that you can play casino games online?. Many people are amazed when they learn that they can play exciting games such as craps, roulette, blackjack, and slots online as well as enjoying the full casino experience at home instead of at a land based casino.

However before you play slots online, you should know a few guidelines as to the best sites to play with. If you are interested, be sure to check out this article about playing casino slots online.

To begin, you should always check for the legitimacy of a site before visiting an online casino. While there a number of exceptional casino sites, there are also numerous dangerous ones. Some sites are frauds which will simply try to steal your money. Others do not provide an adequate level of security and protection for your personal information. Some sites can even infect your computer with harmful malware and viruses, so be careful when searching for new sites.

Many sites offer a plethora of information about online slots as well as casino games. For starters you can find all the latest casino news, reviews, jackpot progressives as well as the most popular slot machines to play. Not to mention information relating to slots bonus deals which are available in your area.

Live casino games are also available from the comfort of your own PC. These types of games allow you to watch live dealers, deal the cards in Blackjack and spin the wheel in roulette, this eliminates the threat of playing with corrupt software. As you get to see in real terms the cards being turned over and where the ball lands.

With slot machines however we do not have this luxury, so we have to rely on certain aspects of casinos that can not be so easily played over the web. To help with this you will need to look for accredited casino sites that are industry recognised and regulated by independent auditors. Which ever casino you choose make sure that they have some governing jurisdiction that they are accountable too. And make sure you check the percentage payouts are audited on a monthly basis. Most online casinos have this information printed on their website, usually in their help files.

Another thing to remember when you play casino slots online is to check out the bonus section and wagering requirements. There are many casino sites that offer huge bonus deals, that rely on the wagering requirement to negate any withdrawals. As players will need to wager the bonus up to 50x before any cash out is permitted. This is obviously way in excess of what is required when it comes to preventing bonus abuse.

There is a lot to think about when choosing the right to casino, and finding the best online slots that are regulated enough to prevent any serious tampering with. For all these details and more you should check out the resource box at the bottom of this article for the best online slots website for playing slot machines online.

Different Types of Video Game Platforms Popular Today

Video games are the most common forms of electronic games today. These provide human interaction with the help of user interface, input and output devices. Video games are played with the help of different devices namely the input controller, main console and a visual display unit. The users use a certain input device also known as game controllers to generate a visual feedback on the video device and all this is controlled by the main console.

The platforms via which video games are played have been evolving since the beginning. From simple pin ball machines to arcade machines, they have been played with different units. There are several platforms available for playing electronic games these days. The popular ones are namely: Personal Computers, Video Game Consoles and Mobile Devices.

Personal Computers

Personal Computers are one of the most convenient types of video game platforms available today. They can be desktop PCs or Laptops with special hardware configuration that helps users load up and run these games on their system. The hardware should include a powerful main memory and also a graphic processing memory known as GPU. Powerful GPUs are considered better for generating excellent output. Together with these and other common hardware of PC such as a display monitor, keyboard and mouse games can be easily played.

Personal Computers can also be configured with additional devices like joysticks to make the experience better. The experience can also be improved by connecting computers to big TV screens with the help of cables like HDMI or VGA cable that the TV supports. Together with all these, Personal Computers serve as a great gaming platform.

Video Game Consoles

Video game consoles are devices that are specially created just to play video games. They normally come with input devices such as a joystick and a main unit that does all the processing work. They usually are connected to TV screens in order to see the visual feedback of the consoles.

There are several types of consoles available in the market today. The popular ones are Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 for example. These have become a handy name for electronic game consoles. There are also handheld consoles such as Nintendo DS and PSP Vita. These handheld consoles are light in size and feature their own display unit. So, the video game consoles are another popular platform which is widely available these days.

Mobile Gaming Platforms

The rise of mobile devices introduced mobile gaming to the scene. Mobile games are played on cell phone devices or handheld tablets. These two are the main platforms for playing mobile games. Mobile games are available in various forms. The mobile games are normally built for the operating system that the phones have. Today the popular ones are Android Mobile Operating System and iOS for iPhones. There are also other mobile operating systems such as Windows Mobile and Firefox OS.

Thousands and thousands of games are available on the mobile platform. This might be due to the fact that the mobile devices are getting really popular every other day. Games are available for free or for a fee, they can be simple or even be filled with complicated high graphics. Whatever the types of games there are, they are available on mobile devices. Hence, mobile devices seems to be a promising gaming platform.

Interesting Facts About Songbird and His Involvement in Bioshock Infinite

If there is any villain character that many gamers will try to avoid in their favorite video games, then Songbird might be one of them (and the other one would be Shahdee from Prince of Persia: Warrior Within). Booker Dewitt, which is the main and the only playable character in Bioshock Infinite, is given a job by Lutece twins, Robert Lutece and Rosalind Lutece, to help a girl named Elizabeth to get out from Columbia and bring her safely to New York.

However, Comstock, who possesses many technology inventions that were created by Luteces, especially the one that allows him to travel to many different realities and timelines in the world, obviously won’t let that happen. Therefore, thanks to Luteces’ technology, he then orders Songbird, a robotic bird, to guard Elizabeth in the tower of Monument Island and protect her from any threat of outsiders, especially Booker Dewitt.

With the time and reality machine invented by Luteces, Comstock will surely know and can precisely predict that in the future, there will be someone who will try to rescue Elizabeth and bring her out from Columbia.

And Comstock sees this as the most dangerous threat for him and his position in Columbia because if that comes to fruition, people in Columbia, especially the group from Columbia government called “The Founders”, will no longer trust him as a leader of the city, thus ruining his plans to keep reigning Columbia until his only heir, Elizabeth, replaces him. Therefore, with the help from Luteces, Comstock decides to create Songbird, an extremely powerful guard that his main job is to protect Elizabeth from Booker Dewitt.

Who is Songbird and What is His Job in this Game?

Songbird is a bird alike robot. It is a robot, in the shape of bird, and his main and only job is to protect Elizabeth in the tower from any threat, especially from Booker Dewitt. Given the fact that Elizabeth is the most important person for Comstock (since Elizabeth is the only heir to his throne), so no wonder if Comstock creates Songbird as a really, extremely powerful guard for Elizabeth.

Having been armed with solid metal armor all over his body, plus a really large and strong body, there is no way Booker can ever beat Songbird in this game, even with all of his powerful guns or telekinesis super powers.

The Facts About Songbird

One interesting fact about Songbird is, despite its role as one of the biggest enemies for Booker in Bioshock Infinite, it’s actually rare to see Booker get involved in the direct battle against this giant bird. So don’t ever expect that you’ll be able to defeat this bird in this game as Songbird appears only in several cut scenes.

The other interesting fact about Songbird is that, the eyes of this bird has 3 different colors: green, yellow and red (similar like the Big Daddy in the previous Bioshock games). But most of the time, his eyes appears to be red, especially when seeing Booker around Elizabeth. And if you see red color in Songbird’s eyes, then it means this bird is full of rage and will do harm to anyone who gets close to Elizabeth.

However, you don’t have to worry anything about this bird as Songbird will only occur in some cut scenes, not in the direct battle against Booker. Unless at the first part of this game when Booker tries to help Elizabeth escape from the Monument Island. This is when you can fire your weapon at Songbird, although it cannot harm him at all.

Anyway, besides red, the eyes of Songbird will turn into yellow if he feels alerted with Booker’s presence around Elizabeth. Finally, his eyes will turn to green if his rage comes to an end or in this case, he already throws Booker away from Elizabeth or even kills him. However, most of the time, it’s Elizabeth who always manages to reduce his anger to the low, thus sparing Booker’s life.

But then again, it’s great to hear that you don’t have to fight against Songbird face-to-face in this game because i believe it’s gonna be really tough or even impossible for Booker to beat Songbird even with all of his most powerful guns or telekinesis powers. And seeing how huge his steel-made muscles and wings, not to mention, his giant claws, then there is no single doubt that this bird will torn Booker’s body into parts before killing him. Long story short, Songbird is simply unbeatable, or at least by Booker Dewitt.

Songbird’s Weaknesses

However, despite the fact that Songbird is unbeatable by Booker, there are still some weaknesses that are possessed by this robotic bird. First of all, as we already know, Songbird is really loyal to Elizabeth given that Songbird has been programmed to do so. So this bird will never do any harm to this girl no matter what. And that’s the weakness that Booker can always gain advantage at. So every time Songbird is angry at Booker and almost an inch away from killing him, Elizabeth always comes to the rescue and calms him down, thus saving Booker from getting killed.

The second weakness of Songbird is that this bird can be controlled with a special flute called “The Whistler” given by Elizabeth. However, this doesn’t happen until Elizabeth (when she already becomes the leader of Columbia, replacing Comstock in the future) drags Booker to the future and gives him the special instrument plus the song notes that can be used to control Songbird. This is when the last weakness of Songbird is finally revealed to the players. And that is the full power of Elizabeth to open the tears.

Surprisingly, it’s Elizabeth, not Booker, that can really defeat and kill Songbird for good. After receiving the instrument called “The Whistler” from Elizabeth and also discovering about the song notes, Booker then uses that special flute to command Songbird to destroy the siphon. Apparently, this siphon has been controlling Elizabeth from using her power to open the “tears” at the fullest, thus preventing her to escape from the tower.

Therefore, after the siphon has been destroyed by Songbird, Elizabeth can finally use her full power to transport her, Booker and Songbird to the city of Rapture, an underwater city used in the previous Bioshock 1 and Bioshock 2. And given that Rapture is an underwater city, under the deep blue sea, then the pressure is extremely huge and powerful enough to kill any living thing in this ocean.

And thanks to Elizabeth’s full power, she then transports Booker and herself inside the building in the Rapture, while Songbird is transported by Elizabeth outside the Rapture building. So the huge pressure of the ocean finally kills Songbird.

The Bright Side of Songbird

However, despite all the bad things that we already know about Songbird, interestingly, there is still some shed of goodness inside the heart of this bird. If you’ve already played and finished this game, then you obviously know that the moment after Booker kills Comstock, Songbird surprisingly decides to help Booker and Elizabeth to prevent Vox Populi group from destroying the Zeppelin of the airship, some kind of machine that is really crucial to get them safely to Monument Island. So at this part of the game, Booker can give order to Songbird to attack any threat from Vox Populi people around the airship.

So yeah, there you go. The story about Songbird. Hopefully, this article can help you learn more about Songbird in Bioshock Infinite. What about you? Do you have any opinion regarding the existence of Songbird in Bioshock Infinite? Well, if you do, then feel free to shoot your opinion on the comment section below.