Stealth games are great but hard to make

What Makes A Good Stealth Game

So simple yet so rare.


Stealth games have always filled a different role in the gaming world. Instead of being an invincible badass that can mow down hundreds and hundreds of enemies, the player is weak and must use their brains to prevail instead of their brawn. Over the years the stealth genre has grown and become more complex. Other genres have even borrowed stealth elements. However, some studios took the idea to use stealth elements but never learned how to do stealth, so here is what makes good stealth games.

The first thing that makes a good stealth game is arguably the most important, detection. If the detection isn't clear and consistent then the player can't plan around it and be detected will feel like the game cheating instead of the player screwing up. An example of bad detection is Styx: Master of Shadows.

In Styx, the player is able to use the shadows to conceal themselves. However, whether or not a guard will see you is, at best. a crap shoot. Some enemies can see through shadows and some can't, and the only way to find out is through trial and error. Another thing that is necessary for a good stealth game in regards to detection is when the enemy calls for reinforcements.

If the enemy immediately opens fire upon detection, it will feel more like aimbot instead of being found by the enemy. This is an area Styx does well. When the player is detected the enemy recoils slightly and calls out to his friends before he attacks. This gives the player options. They could go for the assassin option and try to kill the guard before he tells his friends or they could get a head start on finding a hiding place.

Another thing that makes for a good stealth game is what happens when you get detected. Many games make the player run and hide for a while till the guards stop looking. This makes sense since that is what a lot of people would do. However, from a gameplay view, this isn't great. Forcing the player to sit in a location waiting for the guards to lose them just so they can try what they were doing again is not a great idea. The forced stealth sections of the Assassin's Creed games sometimes do this.

Sitting in a hay bale while waiting for the guards to go away is not fun. This means Stealth games need to do something contrary to the rest of the gaming world, they need dumber AI. Well... that's not exactly right but it could be a solution. Stealth games need their AI to continue the process a human would when finding an intruder.

Humans, after finding an intruder and losing them, will either search for that person in the immediate area or to secure other means of entry. Putting that into game terms means that after getting to the last place the player was seen, the AI will need to have some of the pursuers look in the areas around where the player was last seen. The AI will also need some of the guards to look at other entryways for this to be believable.

The final major thing stealth games need is to have failures be recoverable. What does that mean? It means that if the player screws up, they have a way to recover the situation without needing to fully retreat or reload a save. I'm going to use Metro: Last Light as an example here. Say the player rounds the corner and is confronted by two guards that haven't seen him yet.

The player has options to keep him hidden. They could throw knives at the guards, use silenced weaponry, they could use their pneumatic rifle to silently kill them, or, if the lighting allowed, be quick and go back around the corner and let luck determine their fate. The point is there are a lot of ways in that situation to keep the alarm from being raised. Something that makes this hard to achieve is what I like to call, Hive Mind Syndrome.

We've all seen cases of Hive Mind Syndrome. You accidentally let one guard see you and now every guard in the whole complex knows exactly where you are. Hive Mind Syndrome can be very annoying and result in a player putting the game down out of rage instead of satisfaction

Those are the things that make a good stealth game. Clear and consistent detection so that the player can adequately plan around guards, AI that doesn't punish a player by making them wait forever, and systems that make minor mistakes not mean complete failure are all crucial to making a good stealth game. Hope you enjoyed

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100 Instagram Captions You'll Want To Use Right Now

Quotes, lyrics, sayings, and other ideas for Instagram captions!

When it comes to Instagram we are often thinking about what to use as a caption for our photos that we take that we really want to post on Instagram. Sometimes we post the photo without a caption and sometimes we just use an emoji because we're stumped on finding a good caption to use for the photo. So we go the short route and just put an emoji as a caption for our photo. Well whether it is a selfie, a friend pic, group pic, or just need a caption for the photo, here are 100 captions to use for a photo. Some are lyrics, some are quotes, and some are just a quick caption to use on your photo. Also here are some accounts that are worth following:
















Here are Quotes To Use As A Caption/ Lyrics To Use As A Caption/ Quick Little Sayings To Use As A Caption: for your Instagram photo that you wish to post!

1. Life goes on, with or without you.

2. Don't Worry Be Happy! Bob Marley

3. Be Happy.

4. Be Confident.

5. Be Positive.

6. Don't be a liar, everyone hates a liar.

7. Chillin' with my peeps.

8. Go big or go home.

9. What's the deal?

10. The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it's all that matters.

11. Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

12. Life is a gift.

13. You couldn't handle me even if I came with instructions.

14. Forgive, yes. Forget, never.

15.There's a hole in my heart where you used to be.

16. I don't need any part-time people in my life.

17. Get the gist.

18. Boy, it's the 21st Century, get with the program.

19. Hey, I just met you, this is crazy!

20. I woke up like this.

21. Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.

22. Beauty is power, a smile is its sword.

23. Last day of class!

24. I donut care!

25. Got my donut and coffee today.

26. Happy as a clam

27. Beach days are the best!

28. A friend will always make you smile, especially when you don't want to…

29. Always classy, never trashy, and a little bit sassy.

30. If only we could turn back time...

31. With you, I forget all my problems. With you, time stands still.

32. Life's a climb, but the view is great.

33. "Ohana, means family, family means no one gets left behind or forgotten." — "Lilo & Stitch"

34. We come to love by not finding the perfect person, but by learning to see the imperfect person perfectly.

35. If I ever write a story about my life, don't be surprised if your name appears a billion times.

36. She's got that red lip, classic thing going on.

37. I don't know what's tighter, our jeans or our friendship!

38. Best friends make good times better and hard times easier!

39. Not sure what I did to deserve you as my best friend :)

40. I don't need your approval to be me.

41. So call me? Maybe?

42. "I am who.I am, I am what I am, I do what I do and I ain't never gonna do it any different. I don't care who likes it and who don't." — Buck Owens

43. Take me as I am, or watch me as I go.

44. "Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars." — Ed Sheeran

45. Cause you're a sky full of stars — Coldplay

46 . I keep dancing on my own — Calum Scott

47. Can't keep my hands to myself — Selena Gomez

48. I just want to look good for you — Selena Gomez

49. Kill em with kindness — Selena Gomez

50. I am not perfect. I make mistakes. But when I say sorry… I mean it!

51. Me? Weird? Please! I am limited edition!

52. Turn that frown upside down.

53. Smile, it's the best thing a girl can wear!

54, Stay true.

55. Laughing is the best medicine you can ever get!

56. "You're the king, baby I'm your queen." — Taylor Swift

57. Best Friends Forever!

58.Throwing it back to the good ole days!

59. Ugg Life.

60. I know you like, first-name-basis.

61. *Sends selfie to NASA cuz I'm a star*

62. Basic white girl.

63. Frisky Friday!

64. My thoughts are stars that I cannot fathom into constellations. — "The Fault In Our Stars"

65. "Maybe our okays will be our infinities." — The Fault In Our Stars

66. So hold onto me because I'm a little unsteady — Unsteady

67. This has got to be the best day of my life.

68. She's the beauty and he's the beast.

69. "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." — Walt Disney

70. "If you can dream it, you can do it." — Walt Disney

71. "Hakuna Matata, it means no worries for the rest of your days." — "The Lion King"

72. "The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it." — "The Lion King."

73. "Remember you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." — "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"

74 ."The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." — "Mulan"

75. "You don't have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring." — "Beauty and the Beast"

76. "All it takes is faith and trust." — "Peter Pan"

77. "A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference." — "Winnie the Pooh"

78. "If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead." — "Ratatouille"

79. "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." — George Bernard Shaw

80. "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." — "Hercules"

81. "Life's not a spectator sport. If watchin' is all you're gonna do, then you're gonna watch your life go by without ya." — "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

82. "The things that make me different are the things that make me ME." — "Winnie the Pooh"

83. "Giving up is for rookies." — "Hercules"

84. "Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own." — Donald Duck

85. "Change is good." — "The Lion King"

86. "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." — Abraham Lincoln

87. "An unexamined life is not worth living." — Socrates

88. "Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." — Rabindranath Tagore

89. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." — Helen Keller

90. "The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire." — Pamela Hansford Johnson

91. "Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success." — Swami Sivananda

92. "Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices. Today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity, but embrace it." — Kevyn Aucoin

93. "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'," — Audrey Hepburn

94. "Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you." — Walt Whitman

95. "My power's turned on, starting right now I'll be strong." — Rachel Platten

96. "Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." — Buddha

97. "Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf." — Rabindranath Tagore

98. "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'" — Muhammad Ali

99. "Why don't you be you, and I'll be me." — James Bay

100. Life is like a camera, we focus on the positives and develop from the negatives.

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The Arizona Gas Shortage: When Will It End?

What will you do when gas prices raise up to $5 a gallon?


As of late, there has been a gas shortage in the Phoenix and Tucson areas of Arizona. For more than two weeks, Circle K stores have struggled to keep gasoline in stock. While Circle K has not provided an estimate of how many stores are without fuel, a spot check states that about 1 in 5 stores are without gas in the metropolitan areas of Arizona. While other chains of gas suppliers are open, it has been hard for many to get gas.

Fry's gives discounts on gas to members at Circle K, making this situation extremely difficult for those depending on those discounts to afford gasoline. While this discount is on our minds, so is the fact that prices are raising for gas. Affording gasoline is not a luxury everyone has so when prices go up, that makes things more difficult for those that depend on it. Students, part-time workers, and those working for minimum wage are definitely feeling the effects of the gasoline shortage.

This fuel constraint could last through the summer!

The severe weather our country has experienced the last few weeks has a lot to do with the shortage. The storms have closed various railroads and ethanol plants; this is hindering the process to get gasoline across the country. Ethanol is a fuel additive made from corn and other plant materials. Throughout the summer, the price increase will only get worse.

While we are not in a state of emergency due to the fuel shortage and it is only affecting Circle K stores so far, it is still concerning according to experts. If we do begin to have a major issue in our state, suppliers can request a state waiver of the fuel requirements, which must be approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The fact that this issue is projected to last throughout the summer is concerning due to the fact that gas prices always rise during the summer months. This rise is due to people going on vacation and road trips causing it to be more expensive to produce gas for everyone. The natural rise of vacation season on top of the rise due to the lack of ethanol supplies is very concerning. When will the rise in price end? Will we be up to $5 or $6 a gallon before things begin to get better?

How do college students feel about this?

When I asked fellow college students how they feel about the gas shortage the overwhelming answer is that college students already do not have money and this shortage is going to be hard on our wallets this summer. Personally, this is my first summer living in Arizona, which I decided on due to the cost of living being lower than what I am used to. Having such inflation on gas prices due to this ethanol shortage scares me. I am afraid of how much of my monthly budget will end up going towards gas that normally would not. This is a reality that many of the people in Arizona will experience, not just college students.

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