The Best Dungeon Crawl Video Games

Dungeon crawl may be familiar to those who love role-playing games and encounter different obstacles and enemies in a labyrinthine location called a dungeon. Fortunately for those who love dungeons, there are games that devote a lot of time on such a location.

Here are the best in the genre.

Diablo (1996)

Well-known as a hack-and-slash game, Diablo also allows the player to control one character who must save the world from the Lord of Terror by completing the different challenges in sixteen dungeons.

Legend of Grimrock (2012)

This game was based on other titles like Eye of the Beholder and Dungeon Master, but has a real-time gameplay with tile-based movements. The player can control up to four characters, which are used to solve puzzles and defeat enemies.

Rogue or Rogue: Exploring the Dungeons of Doom (1980)

The goal of this game is to find the Amulet of Yendor by controlling one character, who must get to the lowest levels by fighting monsters and collecting items.

Darkest Dungeon (2016)

Unlike the other games, Darkest Dungeon allows the player to control different characters who are exploring a mansion. The gameplay also utilizes turn-based fights with real-time movements. As if that isn’t enough, the game also includes a stress level that can affect a character’s ability to finish the missions.

Etrian Odyssey (2007)

This role-playing game spawned several sequels and spinoffs with its unique use of time to create different encounters and combats.

Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss (1992)

Part of the Ultima series, Ultima Underworld features an underground cave system and a utopian civilization that the character Avatar must explore to find a baron’s daughter.

Stonekeep (1995)

More popular for the length of its game development, Stonekeep is the ultimate model for a dungeon crawler that features underground caves systems filled with enemies and treasures. The player controls the character Drake who must make use of different items and a rune-based magic system.

NetHack (1987)

Inspired by the game Rogue, which is also on this list, the player controls a character who must find the Amulet of Yendor, which unlike in Rogue, is generated randomly in a total of about 50 levels.

Grim Dawn (2016)

Based on the Titan Quest engine, Grim Dawn introduces the player to the world of Cairn where humans are nearly wiped out and are trapped between entities called the Chthonians and Aetherials.

Don’t Starve (2013)

The player controls Wilson is this survival game, making sure that he is fed properly and is physically and mentally healthy while avoiding enemies that are trying to eat or kill him. This is also one of the few games that includes a permanent death in the gameplay if the player fails.

Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition (2013)

Anyone who has played Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Throne of Bhaal will enjoy this enhanced version and some new content.

15 Oct 2019

Important Vaccinations for Adults

Despite what anti-vaxxers claim about the effects of vaccination on children, herd immunity is still the best defense against contagious disease outbreaks. Even as adults, there are vaccines that you might need to protect yourself against deadly diseases.

Influenza

One dose annually from the ages 19 to 65. This isn’t recommended if the person is allergic to eggs or has a Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis or whooping cough (Td/Tdap)

One Tdap dose, then Td booster every 10 years between ages 19 to 65; women are also advised to get a Tdap vaccination every pregnancy. This isn’t recommended to persons who are allergic to Tdap or have seizures.

Zoster (Shingles)

individuals aged 60 to 65 or older should get one dose of Herpes zoster vaccination. This isn’t recommended for pregnant women or those allergic to antibiotic neomycin or gelatin.

Pneumococcal

The one- or two-dose vaccination for PCV13 and PPSV23 are recommended for individuals aged 65 years and above, but it may be given to people younger than 65 years if there is a risk of contracting diseases. This isn’t recommended if the person is allergic to the vaccine.

Meningococcal

The one- to three-dose vaccination for MenACWY/MPSV4 and MenB may be given to individuals aged between 19 to 65 or older if there is risk of contracting diseases

Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)

One or two doses for ages 19 to 59 years if the individual did not get this vaccination as a child or the vaccination was not completed at 21 years for men and 26 years for women. This isn’t recommended for people who are pregnant or who have HIV/AIDS, blood disorder, cancer or who had surgery and vaccination within the last 4 weeks.

Human papillomavirus

Women can get a three-dose vaccination between ages 19 to 26, while men can get three-dose vaccination at ages 19 to 21 or until 26 years if needed. This isn’t recommended to pregnant women or to people who are allergic to the vaccine.

Varicella (Chickenpox)

The two-dose vaccination for chickenpox is given at ages 19 to 26 if the individual has not completed the vaccinations as a child or before 21 years for males and 26 years for females. This isn’t recommended for pregnant women or those who have HIV/AIDS, cancer or had blood transfusion

Hepatitis A

The two- to three-dose vaccination may be given to an individual between ages 19 to 65 if the individual has not completed the vaccinations as a child or before 21 years for males and 26 years for females. This isn’t recommended if the person is allergic to the vaccine.

Hepatitis B

The three-dose vaccination may be given to an individual between ages 19 to 65 if the individual has not completed the vaccinations as a child or before 21 years for males and 26 years for females. This isn’t recommended if the person is allergic to the vaccine.

Haemophilus influenzae type b

The one- to three-dose vaccination is given between ages 19 to 65.

15 Oct 2019

Why Do More and More People Listen to Podcasts?

Before, radio shows were the only type of audio entertainment aside from music to be consumed by people. Then came audiobooks. And now, we have podcasts. Podcasts have definitely become more and more popular around the world today. Here are some reasons why people enjoy them so much, and maybe you’ll be convinced too.

They’re basically free

Once you download a podcast, you already able to listen to it without actually paying. Sure, you can go to podcast streaming websites and donate, but most podcasts are up for free listening. To compare, audiobooks are priced but you’re listening is still limited since every book has an ending. But that won’t be the case for podcasts at all.

They’re like actual conversations

Another reason why people enjoy podcasts is because they feel like actual conversations and not just someone telling you a story. This is because most podcasts involve more people talking. Aside from the host/s, there are also guests who share their own stories and ideas. When you listen to a simple narration, it will be easy for you to lose focus and become bored.

You can listen anywhere

Another great thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them anywhere. You can listen on your commute, you can listen while doing boring chores, you can sometimes even do it while working. If you want to listen to a podcast while jogging somewhere in Singapore early in the morning, you can definitely do it!

Podcasts are time-efficient

In relation to the point above, listening to podcasts can also help save time. If you watch a television series, for example, you’ll have to just sit there and focus on what’s happening. For podcasts, you can walk around and do other things while listening. You can dedicate your time to more things than one.

You can learn and stay updated

Another common reason why people listen to podcasts is that they provide a lot of information that you can actually pick up. There are a lot of podcasts that teach certain fields of study. Whether you want to learn about arts, business, or even languages, you’ll be able to find a podcast for that. Even some of the more popular podcasts are those that teach productivity and self-help.

It’s also a way to get over a creative slump

There are many ways to get over writer’s block or any type of creative slump. But if you’ve exhausted those other means and still have it, try listening to a podcast. It doesn’t need to be a podcast related to your work. Pick one that you actually find interesting. Due to the conversational vibe you get from podcasts as said earlier, you might find some interesting points and ideas that you can use yourself.

18 Sep 2019

Common Causes of Memory Loss

There are always situations when we simply forget things. But it’s a whole different story if you keep having memory slips time and time again. Not taking care of our mental health can make us more and more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. That’s why it is important for us to find out what causes memory loss. So, let’s just jump right to it.

  1. Too much stress and anxiety

Stress is one of the most common reasons why we get memory loss. It’s understandable that we get memory loss as we age, but because of too much stress, we’re getting more and more prone to having memory slips. Stress affects our ability to focus which then makes it harder for the brain to retain new information and process older ones. That means not only our short-term memory is affected, but now also our long-term memory.

  1. Depression

Memory loss can be both a cause and an effect of depression. For one, depression can make you less and less interested in your environment. That simply means your memory and awareness will be affected negatively. You feel so down that you start paying less attention to everything happening around you. It can also lead you to have trouble sleeping. Which leads us to our next point…

  1. Not having enough sleep

The lack of sleep is probably one of the biggest causes of memory loss. When we don’t get enough sleep, our mind is not given time to rest and recover. That means it will be more and more difficult for our brain to retain information. It can also cause massive spikes in our hormones which in turn will lead to more mood swings. Our mood can also significantly affect how we process information.

  1. Certain medications

Blood pressure medication, sleeping pills, some painkillers, even antidepressants can also affect our memory. Certain drugs can affect our memory because of their effects. Those that cause sedation like painkillers and hormonal changes like sleeping peels can definitely affect our memory since they influence our minds directly. This is why depression is such a complicated case. Depression itself affects our memory and antidepressants also affect our memory negatively.

  1. Drinking too much alcohol

Drinking too much alcohol impairs our short-term memory. If you get wasted too often, it can be more detrimental than you think. Alcohol is a diuretic which basically means it dehydrates us. When we’re already dehydrated, that’s what causes our brains to just shut down while drinking. Doing this frequently can cause significant damage not only to our memory but our overall mental health. Yes, there are a lot of great places to drink in Singapore, just try not to get wasted too often.

18 Sep 2019

Ideas to Jazz Up Your Date Night

Tired and bored of only going out for dinner or watching movies with your date? Here are more fun ways you can add to your date night and spice up your time together with your partner.

1. Henderson Waves
Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge can be a great place to catch the sunset or go for a romantic walk. The atmosphere can be especially at great night when the scenic and intimate lights and views of Singapore come to play.

2. Escape Rooms
To begin with, escape rooms can give a unique experience. Compared to, let’s say, watching a horror movie, being in an escape room can let you live the experience firsthand and get your adrenaline pumping. Plus, you won’t have to worry about “dead air” between conversations because you’ll be focusing on helping each other out.

3. Galleries and Museum Dates
Another ideal place to go for a stroll, arms linked, would be in galleries or museums. The National Museum of Singapore, because of its incredible exhibits and astonishing digital exhibitions, makes it a naturally romantic setting.

4. Pet Cafés
Whether you or your loved one like dogs or cats, there are a lot of pet cafés all around Singapore. Going to a pet café can be good for a first date because you are in an atmosphere that is fun and relaxing. Dropping by pet cafés can also help you relieve stress with your partner, as petting dogs or cats naturally gives a boost in endorphins.

5. Nature and Hiking Trails
There are so many nature trails to check out in Singapore. Whether you are a hiking-junkie couple or simply want to take a walk around a lush, green environment, there are many places you can go for an experience with nature. You can take the trails of the largest nature park in Singapore, Chestnut Nature Park. Or have a trek on TreeTop Walk and wonder at the great views from above the trees.

6. Saint Games
If you and your partner have a knack for gaming, go and play at Saint Games. The video game café offers sports games, music and rhythm games, 2-player Co-op games, fighting games and a lot more that you and your date can enjoy.

7. Bowling
Orchid Bowl is the place to be if you and your partner enjoy bowling while there’s heart-thumping music and neon strobe lights on the background. With its cosmic bowling sessions, you and your date can unwind and have a fun time simply with the game and the music.

8. Ice Skating
Playing around in the ice rink can lead to a fun and romantic date, especially if your date is new to it. If you’re looking for ways to get your partner to hold your hand or live that “girl slips and guy catches her” moment from the movies, ice skating is the answer.

22 May 2019

5 Common Shoe Problems Your Cobbler Can Fix for You

Your shoes are an investment, so it’s important to not just take care of them, but also to have tem repaired and adjusted by a skilled cobbler when needed. This way, you not only get to save money, but you also extend the life of your footwear or even make it brand-new again.

To get you started, here are five common problems with your shoes that a cobbler can easily fix for you:

1. Slippery sole
A slippery sole is usually a sole that has worn down over time, and when you find that you have a hard time walking on your shoes without slipping, don’t hesitate to take them to a cobbler to install new non-skid ones.

2. Broken heel
A broken heel can easily ruin your day, but that doesn’t mean that your heels can’t be saved or even turned into something different entirely. For instance, your cobbler can easily narrow your wide heel into a stiletto, or adjust your stiletto into a wide heel.

3. The in-sole is too stiff
Your cobbler can add the right padding that suits the insole and arch of your shoes, which is great if you find yourself needing to walk a long distance in heels.

If you have a pinched toe or a tight heel, a cobbler can also stretch that part of your shoe for you using a stretching machine, as well as adjust the back part of the shoe in order to keep your heels from getting blisters.
Other problems include your shoe itself being either too tight or too loose, and if the latter is true for you, the worst thing you can encounter is accidentally flinging your shoe off and being unable to retrieve it.

4. Too long/short straps
Sandals or sling-backs can either be too long or too short for your foot, but a cobbler can adjust the straps for you to make them fit just right.

5. Not being weather/waterproof
When you’re stuck with bad weather and need to get from one place to another quickly in the rain, it’s important to have footwear that can stand up to the rain without soaking your feet.

But while you may think that getting boots for rainy days is a little too much, there’s a great fix for that. You can easily make your shoes waterproof by taking them to a cobbler and have any gaps tightened to prevent any water from going in.

Shoes eventually wear down with time and constant use, even with proper maintenance, in which case you need to take it to a cobbler who can fix it for you. But the good news is that there are many cobblers in Singapore who can do it for a reasonable price.

26 Apr 2019

One More Thing You Need to Know: Dangers of Information Overload

Ever since the internet began, the amount of information that you can access has increased exponentially, and it continues to grow every day. And with more information accessible at your fingertips, the harder it is to process and consume it.

This result is what’s known as information overload: because there’s so much information, you end up feeling that you need to consume everything, which leaves you little time to act.

Understanding Information Overload
Our brains are sophisticated and powerful computers, processing millions of signals from your sensory organs every day. However, you can still be overwhelmed with the amount of content that you’re processing with the time you spend online.

This is particularly true when you’re researching certain topics and end up being distracted with content that isn’t related. Whether it’s at work or outside of it, you can be sidetracked with all kinds of information that have nothing do with your task, but you feel compelled to look for them “just because”.

You should also keep in mind that this is different from “sensory overload”.
Where the latter means being constantly bombarded by all kinds of images, sounds, and sensations, the former is something that’s more difficult to process since your brain hasn’t evolved to process huge amounts of this kind of information yet.

How to Handle Information Overload
You can protect yourself from feeling overwhelmed with data and information using the following steps:

• Skim – Skimming blog posts and website content means taking only the important notes, and this lets you process more content faster and more easily while getting everything you need to know.

• Filter information – You can sort emails by priority to make sure only the important ones get through. If you’re searching for information on a subject online, it helps to have a list of related terms or topics, and narrow your search.

• Don’t multitask – One of the easiest ways to burn yourself out through overload is taking on multiple tasks at once. You can avoid this by focusing on only one task at a time.

• Prioritize – Find out what you can act on right away and what you can’t. If you can’t do anything immediately with the information that you currently have, it’s best to shelve it and focus on the ones that you can do something with.

By taking the right steps, you can make sure that you stay on track and keep yourself from being overwhelmed by the amount of information you’re faced with every day. Whether it’s in your work or outside of it, knowing how to find out what you need and what you don’t can spell the difference in your productivity.

26 Oct 2018