Zelda's First DLC Ramps Up The Difficulty

Zelda's First DLC Ramps Up The Difficulty

A quick review of the first half of Breath of the Wild's Expansion.

I have played a solid two hundred hours of “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” since its release on Nintendo Switch several months ago. I’ve beaten the main storyline, completed almost every shrine and side quest and found just about three hundred Korok seeds (why there are nine hundred of the damn things I’ll never know). Even still I find myself coming back to the game to explore every nook and cranny I may have missed and to fulfill that still elusive one hundred percent completion rating. Now that the first of the game’s two scheduled DLC expansions have been released there is even more to do, and even a new way to play what came before.

First off are the two small utilities that Nintendo has added to the game. The new map feature, Hero’s Path, provides a trace of the past two hundred hours of your adventures. It can be seen as a static, finished path or an actual replay of your entire time with the game, deaths and all. There’s something oddly enjoyable about watching days of your life that have been dedicated to “Zelda” whiz by in a matter of seconds or minutes and it can be a great help in spotting unexplored areas. The second feature is a usable fast travel point that allows you to return to a specific area that may not have a shrine nearby. Overall they are pleasant additions to the game, but certainly are not the meat of the DLC pack.

Next comes a smattering of outfit and armor pieces scattered throughout the game’s world. Each one is a cosmetically interesting reference to older games in the franchise. Midna’s headpiece, the Phantom armor set, Tingle’s jumpsuit and yes, even the ever unsettling Majora’s Mask. Each of these unique pieces of armor grants some passive bonus ability, but are generally fairly weak on defense compared to most of the enhanced base game outfits. In order to obtain these additions, you are sent on several cryptic treasure hunts which, for me at least, led me to a handful of easily ignored areas.

The bulk of this expansion lies in its two most difficult additions. The Trial of Swords -- a sprawling, three part, multi-room, gauntlet -- is the main course. Each section of the Trial that you complete adds a permanent plus ten damage to the Master Sword, though a lot of the reward comes from just surviving to the end. It is a real challenge, stripping you of all your weapons, gear, and supplies before placing you defenseless into the midst of an unforgiving survival mode. Rooms having varying environments, themes and effects, and each is populated by a different mob of baddies that must be cleared out in order to advance. In order to make your way through the Trial of Swords, you will have to juggle resource management, weapon durability, and a strategic approach to combat. Think the base game’s Eventide Island on a massive scale.


The last feature added to the game is Master Mode, a hard mode that pulls no punches. Allotted to its own separate save slot, Master Mode starts the game with increased damage to the player, rearranged enemy spawns and a variety of other tweaks to really give the most hardcore players a run for their money. Example? A lynel spawns in the start area. Yeah, good luck.


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Is the Deep Web Safe for Teenagers?

The internet, together with modern technologies, is taking over virtually every aspect of everyday life for human beings.

Our kids are getting introduced to web platforms at tender ages and continue to explore their extensive benefits as they grow up. With the internet, they have been able to quickly go through their education systems, develop their communication and even spark up their leisure.

And while this is advantageous, the unfortunate thing is that the internet is not entirely safe. In recent times, it has gradually become more vulnerable to threats that specifically target teenagers.

With this in mind, one significant internet peril—although massively underestimated—is the deep web. Unfortunately, only a few parents and guardians are informed about it compared to their kids, particularly teenagers whose curiosity for going against norms leads to them trying various experimental projects.

This excerpt seeks to provide a broader understating of the problem at hand. Here, you will get to understand “the deep web mystery” and its implications for internet users below 18 years of age.

What is the Deep Web?

There are numerous definitions and phrases surrounding the mysterious non-visible internet, and if you are to understand how it could be dangerous, then it is crucial that you know what it means.

In one of the simplest definitions, the deep web represents every web page which is unidentifiable by standard search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, and the likes. To give you an idea of this concept, you can find a comprehensive, categorized list of deep web links here.

Another commonly-used term associated with the deep web is “the dark web,” which mostly represents sites with illegal content of criminal nature. The dark web, which exists within the deep web, is also the home of various trading platforms that allow users to buy and sell illegal items and services.

In summary, the term “deep” represents online content that is not identifiable using standard search engines. Many sites on the deep web are not nefarious or illegal in nature—in fact, many deep web platforms (outside of the dark web) are meant for legitimate purposes like peer-to-peer communication using various forums or even academic research using databases such as WWW Virtual Library.

But within the deep web is the dark web, which tends to be a comfortable venue for criminal activity. Though many of the sites on the deep web can be visited using standard web browsers such as Chrome and Firefox, they’re also accessible with the software tools inclusive of those used for the dark web.

The Danger in Complete Anonymity

To access the dark web, you need a special software program, namely the Tor Browser. The software allows you to remain anonymous online. Tor prevents a third party from being able to know your identity or online behaviors, including your location, the sites you visit and even the messages you send. And while this sounds remarkable, it is the reason why kids want to access the deep web.

Unknown to them is the looming danger that they’ll be exposed to malicious users on the other end looking to exploit unsuspecting visitors. This danger is particularly rampant on the dark web.

The aspect of anonymity attracts all forms of illegal and illegitimate activities including hacking, cyber-bullying, drug dealing, fraud, among others. In reality, it is impossible to quantify the degree and types of threats underage kids can get lured into when they’re browsing the dark web.

Illegal Access to Drugs

Imagine being able to go online, buy drugs (even illegal) and have them directly delivered to your doorstep. This is not some fancy joke, but a blatant reality on the deep web. Sites on the dark web in particular, such as the infamous Silk Road market, allow users to access and purchase all sorts of illegal drugs and have them delivered while maintaining their anonymity.

Minors with the ability to bypass the typical barriers to the deep web have unlimited access to a flurry of potential destructive and illegal drugs. And considering the number of scammers and malicious individuals also using the network, it is unimaginable what would happen if such cases went undetected.

Child Exploitative Content

Possibly the most unsettling thing about the deep web is the numerous cases of child abuse. Although the contraband and drug activities make up for most of the events within the dark web scene, it is horrifying to what extent the deep web also promotes despicable acts of child abuse.

And what’s even more worrying, one study found that more than 80 percent of the users accessing dark websites using Tor visited websites associated with the pedophilic content.

Summary: What’s the Prognosis?

As awareness of the deep and dark web continues to grow, its popularity is also following a similar trend. Unfortunately, this may subsequently push more kids to search for ways to access and explore it.

And while the deep web can also be beneficial for anyone looking for information that isn’t available on standard internet platforms, it should only be accessed by users who can completely discern their actions.

It is advised that parents and guardians take an active role in finding out what their kids are doing online and set boundaries on what they are accessing. Even so, there is a need to create awareness about the dark web and its impact—this serves a purpose to educate teenagers about its existence while also minimizing the mystery and anonymity behind it.

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Health and wellness sector stares at touching $233.3 billion mark by the end of 2020. This is well illustrated by the rise in the awareness of the people who turn to using mobile applications focussing on particular sports like cycling, boxing, football or simple routine fitness exercises like jogging and running. 2016 witnessed as many as 3.2 million downloads for the mhealth apps. 

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Until now, your data would be locked with one provider without allowing you to integrate it, aggregate it and use it for your own benefits. Furthermore, you are most probably only able to share your fitness achievements with your friends on social media, but not with your physical therapist or even a doctor. The promise that the whole healthcare sector will benefit from the user-generated data did not come true yet.

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The one major benefit of using the Lympo app technology is that you can collect and share all your data at any place and to any one you like and have a complete picture for your body fitness unlike the apps which separately monitor different aspects of your health and do not bother giving you a full picture and have no data sharing facilities as well which even successful apps like Sweatcoin were not able to do. Sweatcoin has an app of its own while Lympo provides you with the facility to store and control the data flow from the apps and wearables you already use. Also, Lympo offers you money for a whole lot of fitness and running exercises unlike many specific apps like Sweatcoin which only measure steps. 

Thus, the Lympo app provides you with a lot of additional facilities and the motivation to get healthier is the biggest of them all. As the user size for the platform increases, Lympo CEO Ada Jonuse feels that the health brands will be joining the platform to sell their health and sports products and services using the Lympo tokens. That will be a great motivator for the Lympo users as they would be directly able to trade their wellness achievements for getting health supplements or fitness advises. 

Read more on www.Lympo.io 

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