Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Quick Start Guide to 5-Empire

5 Things that Support Players Hate

Every one of us has had a bad experience of being a support player in an online multiplayer strategy game. Whether you are a part of the guild, clan or a team, there is always that one thing that you hated about being the support player. In this post, we will list some instances that really tick support players off. You can read on and see if any of your guild mates have ever done that to you in 5-Empires.

Running out of the Healing Range

One of the main responsibilities of support players is to cast healing spells for heroes and major players leading the attack. What is frustrating is that when you are casting spells or activating an item that will heal those players, they run out or leave the area. Most healing spells don’t work from a distance, so stay in range when your support player is doing you a favor by restoring your health.

Save Players and they still Choose to Die

You may have heard the phrase ‘live to fight another day’; well, support players hate leaders that cannot grasp the concept of this phrase. Sometimes a battle proves to be too much, and a support player will give the lead player time and space to make a run for it. It is really infuriating when they don’t recognize the gesture and dive back into the fight, eventually getting the whole team killed.

Exploration or Attack

Players who cannot distinguish between an exploration party and an attack party shouldn’t be play online strategy games. So, you are out and about exploring new settlements and land and they decide to pick a fight with the first monster they meet; that’s just plain stupid.

What is Cast or Attack Delay?

In most multiplayer games, there is a simple concept of attack or spell cast delay. Meaning you have to wait a while after attacking or casting a spell, essentially a global cooldown. Players who cannot grasp this concept keep asking support players to keep attacking and casting spells in the delay period. Let’s just say that it doesn’t go over well among support players when lead players do that.

Have anything else to add to the topic? We know that there are many things that can irritate support players; so if we have missed a few things, let us know by mentioning them in the comments below.

Offence vs. Defense in Strategy Games

In this blog post, we decided to tackle an age old debate among strategy war or RPG gamers – which is the best strategy- offence or defense? Depending on the gameplay style, players take the approach which they think will give them victory over their enemies. But, does it completely depend on a player’s preference or is there some sound strategy behind each approach?

Offence is Best

When you enter the world of a strategy war game, online or offline, the first thing on your mind is how you can create the strongest military units. Whichever world you enter, the goal is to dominate it; and what better way to do it then with a large attack force? Players that take the offensive approach don’t pay much attention towards securing their borders or settlements. They believe in the sports metaphor ‘the best offence is a good defense’, so their main objective is to amass an army that will help them destroy all the settlements nearby.
But, there is a huge flaw in this strategy; when players are out carrying out an attack, they leave their base completely unprotected. If someone else has the same idea as them, they can get flanked and lose the game even when they have a huge army.

Defense is Key

On the other side of the equation are players that have a defense first mentality; when they start a strategy war game, their first thought is about securing their base in the best way possible. Instead of building up an attack force, they focus more defensive upgrades and protecting their settlement from external attacks.
The negative side of this approach is that, players often get too defensive and forget about the main goal of the game – which is to defeat your enemies. They spend most of their resources on erecting defensive structures, they get attacked and the structures get destroyed. They spend more resources to build new ones, and the cycle continues. I remember a Red Alert 2 match where both I and my opponent focused primarily on defense and neither one of has had enough offensive power to defeat the other; needless to say, the match dragged on for hours and we had to leave it undecided.

The Perfect Balance

By looking at both the strategies above, you can safely conclude that going with one or the other is not the best approach. So, the best ‘strategic game winning formula’ would be to create a balance between the offence and defense. Secure your base, but don’t forget to build or summon an army. Depending on the game you are playing, you could slightly lean towards one or the other, to conquer your enemies.

So which approach do you think suits 5-Empires best? We believe it is an offensive one; you can let us know what you think by leaving your comments below.

Life Lessons Learnt from Games

Non-gamers are always harping on about how games take players out of reality, and that gamers tend to lose touch with the real world over time. We are here to tell them that they are totally and utterly incorrect in their assumptions. Yes, games offer a respite from the stresses of real life, but they never let players get out of touch with reality. In fact, games actually teach players the following very important life lessons:

1.       Games teach us how to make wise investments; if you purchase the right kind of armor at the right time, you will be safer in the future.
2.       Work ethic is a very valuable quality in an employee, and games can instill that work ethic in players. If you work hard and don’t get side tracked, nothing can stop you from leveling up.
3.       Strategy games teach us to keep our priorities straight; don’t mount an attack until you have built up a defense.
4.       Role-playing games teach us that life isn’t fair; no matter what weapon you have, you will never be able to beat the invulnerability spell’s effects.
5.       You can learn about stranger danger by playing multiplayer games online; players you don’t know could kill you and steal all your stuff.
6.       You learn to try and try again until you succeed; there will be bosses that you will not be able to defeat the first, second, or even the third time around.
7.       Self improvement lessons are aplenty in all types of games, as you work hard and improve your skills you will be able to defeat the strongest of demons.
8.       War games teach us about the horrors of war and how to survive them letting someone else control you.
9.       Learning to be a part of a team is an important part of many online multiplayer games, sometimes you have to be the support while other members do the heavy lifting.
10.   Games teach us that there is no point in going back, all you have to do is look forward towards the future.
11.   And the most important lesson of all; if you can’t figure something out, you can always Google it.

What do you think? Have you learned any of these, or other, lessons from playing 5-Empires? If yes, then let us know by leaving your comments below.

Corporate Benefits of Strategy Gaming

Many corporate professionals believe that playing strategy war games online will be a waste of their time. We are here to tell them that, they don’t have complete information about the benefits strategy games can provide them with in their professional life. You can ask any gamer and they will tell you, gaming can be advantageous for any aspect of life; even corporate professions.
Here are some lessons that games like 5-Empires, can teach you, which will be beneficial for you at work:

Keyboard Usage

Typing, and computer usage in general, is a big part of a corporate professional’s daily work load. Strategy games can help you become more familiar with your keyboard. This may sound ridiculous at first, but if you take a serious look at it, you will feel differently. When you are playing strategy war games, you have to pay a lot of attention to the screen and control your empire at the same time. You will have to use the keyboard extensively, to control everything on screen.


Handling different tasks at the same time, dealing with allies and enemies, and keeping your reflexes sharp, is all part of a winning strategy game approach. And you can really use all of these skills in the corporate world.

Strategic Thinking

Corporations have something in common with empires in strategy games; they are both working towards besting their rivals. When you enter the fantastical world of strategy games, you will see these similarities with the corporate profession very clearly. You will be put into situations where you have to deal with sudden disasters, manage resources to survive and using each unit to the best of their ability.

Part of a Team

When you play a MMORPG game online, you will truly know how to work well as a team. In these games, you have a single goal and each team member has a part to play. You and your team members have to work together to win, there are no politics or arguments. You each just go in and do your job to achieve the given objective, sound familiar?

So, give our game a try and maybe you will find yourself being more productive at your corporate offices.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Some Advice for Parents of Gamers

It seems that the people talking about games almost as much as gamers are the parents of the said gamers. They even have forums and websites dedicated to discuss their concerns, well we thought we could do out bid to give them some information about video games in general to ease their mind. They can use this information to learn more about the gamers they are raising and maybe promote healthy amount of gaming in younger players.


All games come with an appropriate rating assigned to them by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board); you should look at the rating of each game before allowing your kids to play it. Ratings that are appropriate for young gamers are Early Childhood, Everyone and Everyone 10+. If you are still not comfortable with your child playing the game, you can observe them playing for a while to see the content of the game.

The Gaming Devices

The list of gaming devices just keeps on growing; consoles, computers, laptops, handheld players, smart phones and tablets all have the capabilities needed for gaming. It will be very difficult for you to monitor every device, so restrict gaming on devices that you can keep an eye on.

Have a Discussion

Although it will be painful for your kids to talk to you about games, they will still listen to you if you have a serious discussion about them. Let them know that they need to maintain a balance between gaming and all their other activities. Be sure to talk about online gaming with them, the people they may encounter online and how to interact with them.


This is the last thing any gamer, even a budding one, wants to hear; but you need to set some boundaries for playing games. Allow them a limited time per day or week for playing games. And if they go over their time limit and you want to pull the plug, please for the love of God let them save their game first. If they are playing games online, check the websites they are visiting and whether they are appropriate for their age or not.
This is some basic information that will help keep the peace between gamers and their parents. And remembers to play some games with them, this will help you understand video gaming better and it will be a great bonding activity.

Gamers, Where is the Love?

Gamers tend to agree on a lot of things that they don’t like about games. The thing that is very rare, gamers agreeing on things that they love about games. And this fact holds a lot of power in the gaming industry, if you can get gamers to agree about liking something about game; basically that game is on its way to enjoy enormous success.

Things Gamers Love

Here are a few things that gamers love about games, if all these qualities can be squeezed into one game; you have a recipe for a top selling game:

Great Music

Putting the right music in a game is an absolute crucial part of the immersive experience of a game. You don’t want a Mozart tune in the background when you are slashing and hacking your way through a horde of enemies; or do you? If the right situation and fighting style could be created, even classical music could work in a battle scene.


The story of the game is what it’s all about; it should be compelling enough to make the gamers feel that the world as they know it will end if they don’t save it. A history behind the main storyline and some extra tidbits can make the gamers love the games even more.

Beautiful Heroines and Martial Artist Heroes

An essential part of any piece of entertainment is a hero and heroine. Games take their importance even further, because you get be in control of them. We want to be in charge of people who can defeat a legion of demons and look good while doing it.

Multiplayer Feature

Nothing is worth doing if you can’t share the experience with the people you love. Multiplayer feature can be the tipping point in the decision to buy a particular game or not. To be honest, the multiplayer feature is there so you can brag to your friends about your virtual accomplishments.


Witty one-liners are not just important in action films; they are also needed in video games. Gamers love a leading character who can deliver that exclamation point after defeating a boss. First you beat them and then you humiliate them with a few words, is there anything better then the feeling you get when that happens.
So, you see games are not all about violence and hate, there are so many things that can make you fall in love with them. Go online now and find a game that you can fall in love with!

What Gamers Hate!

What quality is common in every hardcore gamer? Well, realistically speaking, there may be a lot of them, but the one we are looking for here is their common love of hating things. Complaining is considered to be a part of being a true gamer; it basically means that you know games and the industry well. And you can choose to complain about it if you want.

What Gamers Hate Most

Normally gamers like to complain about almost everything that has to do with gaming. But there are certain hate trends that are more popular among them and these trends are:

Ratings and Scores

You know how gaming review sites, magazines and shows review every game when it comes out and assign a rating or a score to them? Yeah, true gamers hate that. It is a belief among gamers that any big reviewer, whose scores matter, is probably doing the bidding of a developer.


So there is more to the game that we paid full price for, interesting. And you will let us access the additional content for a price, what?!? DLCs are one of the most awaited and equally hated parts of video gaming. Gamers want to have access to new areas and gear, what they don’t like is the developers charging money for them.

Movies Based on Games

A note to Hollywood producers, don’t make a film about a game you know nothing about. Least you could do is take the time to learn a bit about the game or, God forbid, play the game for a bit before your turn into a profit. There have been some decent films based on games, but most of them are plain old terrible, no other word for it.

People who don’t get Real Games

For all the people who don’t play games and know nothing about them; don’t ask gamers to answer every question you have about a game, it annoys the hell out of them. And please don’t ask them to join you to play a game on your Wii, you may find a game controller or a mouse hurtling towards your face if you do; you have been warned.
These are just some of the things that are commonly hated by hardcore gamers. This list could be longer, but we have to stop here because this could go on forever, as we already mentioned; gamers love to complain.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Into the Future!

Imagine a virtual reality gaming room built for one purpose: to give the best gaming experience possible! The whole surface of the room is lined with sensors that can capture every little movement you make. The room comes alive with visuals once the game starts and transports you to the virtual world. That is a gamers’ ultimate dream, diving into the gaming world head first with the help of state of the art technology.
Although gaming tech has surpassed players’ expectations, it is still not quite to the point of providing the ‘dream room’ mentioned above. But, it is getting pretty close. Recent revelations of game technology, which will be available as soon as the later part of this year, proves that the ultimate gaming experience is not that far away.

Tech of the Future

The techies and game developers have a single aim; make the gaming experience as realistic as possible, with an added goal of blurring the line between reality and the virtual world.

Virtual Reality

Talk of virtual reality has been around for decades; many companies have started and failed to produce virtual reality gadgets for gaming. But in the near future, as soon as the end of this year, virtual reality is coming back with a bang. Many different projects have been tested and perfected; they are ready for mass production. Oculus Rift 3D is chief among these virtual reality gadgets, with wide HD screens and all the other required tricks, it will give gamers the first real taste of virtual reality gaming.

Gaming in the Clouds

Just as films and TV programs are easily accessible for viewers via cloud services, developers will soon offer the same convenience to gamers. With a reliable high speed internet connection gamers will be able to download any game they want, no more waiting in line or paying high prices games. Games will be instantly available after they are launched and will be much cheaper.

Augmented Reality

Introducing elements of games into the players’ surroundings and letting them interact with the said elements will give video games more realism. Primitive forms of this technology are already being utilized in some mobile apps. Possibilities of using augmented reality in gaming are endless.

Virtual World meets the Real One

Many game developers are working on technologies which will allow their games to spill out of the screens. Like Microsoft’s IllumiRoom; this technology will map out the room it is placed in and project some of the game’s environments into the room.
It is the developers’ objective to make this technology user accessible as soon as possible. They are trying to give the gamers a complete immersive experience by creating these technologies, so hold on to your controllers when you step into the future of gaming.

Author Bio

 5 empires is a free browser based game. Those looking to play war strategy games definitely check this out. Try this if you like to play online strategy games and are looking for a war game where you can be the battler."

Touching, Gesturing and Overclocking!

Game and console developers are always looking for new ways to enhance players’ gaming experience. They are constantly coming up with upgraded hardware and newer technologies to give the gamers the best experience possible. The best and most prominent of these technologies are:

Motion or Gesture Controls

Gesture controls were revolutionized by Nintendo in their gaming console. Now companies like Microsoft have taken it a step further, with the new XBOX One Microsoft has introduced state of the art motion controls. The new version of Kinect will respond to simple and natural movements of your body.

Touch Screens

The newest trend in game controls is the inclusion of the second (touch) screen to the controllers. Sony’s PS4 has a small screen on top of the controller which lets users control many actions in the game without having to pause the game.

3D Gaming

Game consoles and 3D TVs have provided a new dimension of excitement while playing games. Now the action can be experienced outside of the TV screens. Environments can be seen in more depth, some elements, rain water, can seem to come out of the screen and action sequences can be more intense with the help of bullets and explosions reaching outside of the screens.

The Hardware

The people behind the development of consoles are always putting more powerful hardware in their consoles. The recently launched PS4 and XBOX One, both contain an AMD processor that has an 8-core CPU. This mega power processor clocked at 1.75 GHz. Now that is some powerful hardware, coupled with a powerful GPU, these consoles will provide tremendous graphics and a seamless playing experience to the gamers.

Game Streaming

All the big names have recognized the players need to share their games with their friends. This is the reason for the recent announcement of game streaming services by both Sony and Microsoft. Using these services gamers can easily stream their games online while playing them, sharing their progress with other players.
Some of the technologies mentioned above are already available for gamers. The other will soon arrive in the market. And as cool as these tech all sound, they will soon be replaced with something better, faster and cooler, so enjoy them while you can.

Author Bio

 5 empires is a free browser based game. Those looking to free online mmorpg games no download should definitely check this out. Try this if you like to play online strategy games and are looking for a war game where you can be the battler