Alto's Adventure Is One Of My Favorite Games, And Here's Why

Alto's Adventure Is One Of My Favorite Games, And Here's Why

Alto’s Adventure is an interactive piece of art that doesn’t revolutionize gaming, but does offer a charming experience with its endearing design and game-play.
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We’ve come really far with video gaming, and this goes beyond the ginormous graphical upheaval games have received, where the blocky humanoid figure of Lara Croft initially blew us away in 1995. We’ve not only revolutionized our games but our consoles as well: no longer must we limit ourselves to our living room couch to play a game, even ones with imagery that blows us away.

When our mobile devices entered the age of smart technology, gaming naturally came along with it. Sure, Snake is fun, but the ability to play a fully-developed adventure game in 3D simply by whipping out your cell phone is incredible.

Despite these technological advances, however, we realise there isn’t always a need to push our devices or our consoles to their limits. With enough creativity, good level design and style one can create a game that manages to grab our attention far more and earn a place in our heart because it stands out to us.

For me, this game is “Alto’s Adventure

(2015): a gorgeous, painterly piece of interactive art produced by a collaboration between Snowman and Harry Nesbitt.

Alto is a young shepherd boy, one of a few snowboarders living in the snowy mountains with an understandable desire to shred the humongous slopes trailing down endlessly. The aim of the game is to catch the Llamas that Alto seems to always inexplicably lose control of, but the objectives you receive often have you focusing on everything but this.

As you fly down procedurally-generating hills you’re given goals to allow you to level up, with a successful completion of all three current objectives moving you up another level. As you reach every 11th number you unlock another character, be it the fast-flipping Maya; the speedy, flame-shooting inventor, Izel; and even Felipe, a llama that just happens to know how to snowboard.

But, it’s not so simple as collecting a certain amount of gold coins or performing a certain distance in grinding. Along the way you’re met with perilous chasms, rocks jutting out of the mountain along with the Elders; a group of guardians that watch over the mountain… when they’re not asleep.

Since it’s an endless game there’s not really a way of beating it, but completing all 180 goals gets you an achievement on whatever device you’re playing it on, along with the satisfaction that you’re ~really cool, man~.

Alto’s Adventure has been said to not have brought anything new to gaming, and while what its gameplay offers isn’t revolutionary that’s hardly a justification for such a statement. What Snowman and Harry Nesbitt have created is a game that takes traditional platforming and sports gaming and combined it with a glorious, minimalistic design to make something not only challenging but beautiful.

As you careen down the mountain you’re met with an ever-changing day and night cycle, the sun and moon cropping up casting a gorgeous warmth or coolness across the dense forests and glistening snow.

Akin to the UK, my home country, the weather never likes to stay the same either, but in Alto’s Adventure, it’s more than every five minutes. An outpour of rain or thunder and lightning suddenly casts into the sky, the mountains fixated in the faded background zapped with lightning.

You can be hurtling down a slope as the sun emerges from the snow, a lush sunset radiating over the snowy ridges; or, the moon soon growing in full bloom as night falls across the mountains where archways and house windows cast a peaceful light, and lanterns float across the stars.

I cannot help but describe "Alto’s Adventure" like a painting because it’s more than a game: it’s interactive art. It understands the need for a challenge in a game and presents it to you when needed, but it also rewards the player with new characters, items, and skills to make the game last longer.

What’s more, the creators knew the game could be more than just avoiding obstacles and beating objectives: Zen mode lets the player just glide across the snow without any fear of a game over looming over their head. When you’ve got earphones, the soothing soundtrack and ambiance of the snowy region complete the picture, the wind chimes twinkling and the blustery air of the mountain top an incredibly relaxing soundtrack.

All of these factors are what makes Alto’s Adventure one of my absolute favorite games, not just on a mobile device but on a console, as well: it combined excellent game design, gorgeous graphics, and simplicity into a journey that keeps you fully entertained throughout.

It’s a game that can quickly pass the time, or it’s a game that can really take all of it if you focus on the many goals it offers you. It’s a game that challenges you, but also one that knows sometimes you don’t feel like overcoming anything and just need to wind down. It’s a game that knows that it doesn’t need to overload you with over-stimulating imagery and a vivid palette and instead utilize simplistic shapes, colors, and lighting to create something that looks exquisite.

It's won so many awards for a reason. Alto’s Adventure is a free-to-download game that doesn’t revolutionize gaming but does offer a charming experience that makes it entirely worthwhilesomething you definitely should check out.

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5 Games To Play In School That They Never Block

You used to play these games in school, and so did everyone you know.
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Even though some games were blocked on the school's internet, these games were not (for most people) and we used it to our full advantage. Also, one of the pictures on this article will take you to the actual game itself, it is up to you to find it. Good Luck!

1. Poptropica

This game was always so fun but 99% of the time I would only play on spy island.

2. QWOP

This is the source of misbehavior in schools because this game was so aggravating.

3. playretrogames

This entire website was never blocked so it was constantly being played on the computer.

4. CoolMath

Again, an entire gaming website that was never blocked and had what was honestly some really fun casual games.

5. The Impossible Quiz

THIS NEEDS TO DIE

If you are kids are in school and looking for some fun during the day, these websites are almost never blocked by the school's wifi. (Just don't get caught). I hope you enjoyed this article and if you did please feel free to follow myself and the Anderson Universtiy page and I will see you all next time, bye!

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Would You Know How To Help Me During A Seizure?

It can happen at any time, and in any place.

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It's November, and you know what that means! Nope, not Thanksgiving, but good guess! November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. As someone living with epilepsy, I consider it my responsibility to educate others about the disorder. I encourage you to keep reading. That way, if you ever come across someone having a seizure, you'll know just what to do.

But first, what the heck is epilepsy, anyway?

Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain that induces recurring seizures. Seizures are caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain aggravated by neurons sending out the wrong signals. A seizure affects mental faculties, physical functions, and levels of consciousness in a person. Signs and symptoms of a seizure include aimless fidgeting, confusion, incomprehensible speech, and uncontrollable muscle spasms.

However, having one seizure does not necessarily qualify someone for diagnosis. Seizures occur for innumerable reasons, and oftentimes a person has a seizure with a clear cause and never has another one. 10% of people are likely to have a seizure in their lifetime, but only 3.8% are likely to develop epilepsy. A person must have two or more spontaneous seizures to qualify for a diagnosis of epilepsy.

Sounds complicated, but…well, it is complicated. The brain is a complex organ, and doctors are still trying to figure out exactly how it works. And although epilepsy has a variety of causes, such as genetic inheritance, head trauma, and brain abnormalities, in 60% of cases the cause of epilepsy is unknown.

With treatment, most epileptics can lead a relatively normal life. However, in some cases people are diagnosed with refractory epilepsy, meaning the seizures are drug-resistant at one time or another during their lifetime. Some epileptics haven't had a seizure in years, and others have ten seizures a day. Regardless, it is important to be prepared to help someone having a seizure at a moment's notice.

Now that you know the basics about seizures and epilepsy, let's talk about how you can help someone in the event of a seizure.


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What You SHOULD DO:

1. Stay with person until the seizure ends and he/she recovers.

2. Time the seizure, and call for emergency assistance if it lasts longer than five minutes.

3. Check for medical ID.

4. Pad the person's head with a soft, folded piece of clothing to prevent injury.

5. Remove the person's glasses and loosen tight clothing around the neck, like a shirt collar.

6. Keep onlookers away, and give the person plenty of space to prevent injury.

7. Reassure the person after the seizure ends. A seizure can be a scary experience.

8. Call 911 if:

- the person has no history of seizures.

- the seizure lasts longer than five minutes.

- the person stops breathing.

- the person is injured during the seizure.

- the person is non-responsive after the seizure.

- the seizure happens in water.

- the person has another seizure before recovering.

- the person is pregnant.

- the person has another medical condition, such as diabetes, that may be a concern.

Now that you know how to help during a seizure, let's talk about what you should avoid doing during a seizure.

What You SHOULDN'T DO:

1. Don't panic. Try your best to remain level-headed in the event of a seizure.

2. Don't restrain the person during a seizure. It won't stop the person from seizing, and you could potentially injure him or her by doing this.

3. Don't give the person mouth-to-mouth breaths (CPR) during or after the seizure. Usually, a person resumes a normal breathing pattern after a seizure is over. If not, call 911 and wait for trained professionals to handle the situation.

4. Don't offer water or food until the person is fully alert and can consent.

5. Don't put anything in the person's mouth during the seizure. People make this mistake with the common misconception that the person may be in danger of swallowing their own tongue. It's not true, so don't do it. The person's jaw may seize up during the seizure, and you could injure yourself and the other person.

Thank you for taking the time to read. Every day, I walk out the front door with my phone at immediate access to call for help, my medical ID around my neck, and the hope that nothing will go wrong. However high my hopes, I still may need your help someday.

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