Monthly Archives: May 2011

Flipkart – A new option for Online shopping

Most of you would have seen a television commercial where a mouse keeps running inside a wheel. So you guys must be familiar with the name FLIPKART if you have watched the advert. If not, let me tell you what Flipkart is.

Flipkart is an Indian electronic commerce company headquartered in Bangalore, India. It is the largest online bookstore in India.Flipkart was established in October 2007 by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal. Both are alumni of Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and worked forAmazon.com before quitting and founding their own company. Initially they used word of mouth marketing and social networking websites to popularise their company. Flipkart broke even in March 2008 and claims to have had at least 100% growth every quarter since its founding. The store started with selling books and in 2010 branched out to selling CDs, DVDs, mobile phones and other electronic gadgets. During financial year 2009-10, it reported a sales of Indian Rupee ₹ 20 Crores (200 million). Initially funded by the Bansals themselves, Flipkart has since then raised two rounds of funding from venture capital funds Accel India (2009) and Tiger Global Management (2010). The company has 1000 employees.

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The Run – The latest from the Need For Speed series

EA Games recently unveiled the first look of the latest iteration of the Need For Speed series – Need For Speed -The Run. The game as the trailer suggests takes you away from the boring track racing back into those narrow lanes of the city. This ensures a heavy dose of drama and superb racing experience.

The game has a simple plot: The gamer has to make his way through the country while the Bad guys and the Police chase him throughout the gamer’s journey. To put it in simple words, its quite similar to the Fast and Furious series.

Need For Speed - The Run

Is this an extension of the Underground series ? We don’t know as of yet as the game is set to release on 15th November 2011.

Below is the official trailer unveiled by EA Games. Though it is a short clip but it reveals quite a lot. From what I observed, I found these cars:

  • Audi R8
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Mustang (Probably the Shelby GT500)
  • Ford Taurus Police Interceptor

This might not seem quite a lot but the Official Need For Speed website says this about the game:

“It’s called The Run. An illicit, high-stakes race across the country. The only way to get your life back is to be the first from San Francisco to New York. No speed limits. No rules. No allies. All you have are your driving skills and sheer determination as you battle hundreds of the world’s most notorious drivers on the country’s most dangerous roads. In Need for Speed The Run, you’ll weave through dense urban centers, rocket down icy mountain passes and navigate narrow canyons at breakneck speeds, all the while evading a relentless police force prepared – and willing – to use lethal force to take you down.

PLATFORMS: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii, Nintendo 3DS”

So all you Need For Speed fans out there, start polishing your racing skills as Need For Speed – The Run is about to get your pulses running.

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F1 2010 in depth review

This post will give you in detail review of the F1-2010 game for PC.

Also one thing I want to make clear is that DO NOT DOWNLOAD this game from the Internet. I am warning you people because this game has to be activated using a Windows Live account. So Piracy will lead you no where.

Now lets begin with the review.

Starting up……

Well as soon as you start the game you feel that this is the game of the year. This is because the way the game starts you feel like you are a Real F1 driver. The game starts with the press conference at which you give your introduction. This introduction of yours and the choices you make decide which team you can join. I f you are expecting to race with a team like Ferrari or Red Bull directly then its not going to happen. You have to start with a  rookie team like HRT Racing or Virgin Racing.

Moving on, after the Press conference you enter your Van where the Agent greets you and tells you all the necessary things about your contract and stuff. also you can check the Team Objectives and the Race conditions from the Van.

Then comes the Paddock. This is where you get the different menus like any other game. Here you can hone your driving skills by going for a Time Trial also.

And yes if you really want to drive for the Big Teams you can do so using the Single Rae mode.

Going into the race……

Now lets discuss about the gameplay. Another warning-This game is not for the ones who like Rash Driving. It requires a lot of Skillful driving and Great Patience. Don’t approach this game like any other racing game. It is not.

The gameplay is just awesome. This game puts you right into the seat of an F1 driver. After playing this game you understand how hard it must be in real life to drive an F1 car.

The weekend starts with 3 practice sessions, 1 Qualifying session and the Race. All the rules in real F1 are followed in the game as well. So you get a limited set of tires for the weekend that you have to use wisely. So the key here is Be Wise.

Next before the race starts you start it on Full fuel load. So the car does not behave really well. Understeer is what you have to tackle at the start. As you progress through the race the fuel load starts going down and the car starts behaving differently (starts Oversteering ).

Also the tires wear out during the race duration and you start losing grip, thus the car slips and slides and you start losing time. Changing the tires at the right time can reap big results. Thus strategy matters a lot. Again Be Wise.

Another aspect of the game that makes life worse is Engine wear. Engine power goes down as you reach the end of the race. Also an Old engine might give away making you retire from the race. So try preserving your engine during the race or you might lose it all in the last lap. So again Be Wise.

And to top it all the competition is hell tough.

Now since we have finished discussing about the Gameplay lets move onto the Graphics.

Graphics

The graphics are just awesome. Every detail from cars to tracks to drivers and pit crew is perfect. The lighting is also very good which makes the game all the more beautiful. Every race has its own weather which is according to the weather you get at that time of the season.

Even the Paddock and the drivers have been detailed to the T. Also the Pit crew and the Pits are truly great in terms of detailing and characterization. Track surface detailing and spectators are also designed with great attention.

Overall graphics are really great.

Overall

Codemasters has done a great job in creating the best F1 game till now. This by far beats the NFS series for PC gaming. You can’t get better Graphics and Gameplay than that in a PC game. Its almost equivalent to playing on a console.

So my vote for the Best game of 2010 goes to F1 2010 just because of the Gameplay and the Graphics.

Now lets discuss about the gameplay. Another warning-This game is not for the ones who like Rash Driving. It requires a lot of Skillful driving and Great Patience. Don’t approach this game like any other racing game. It is not.

The gameplay is just awesome. This game puts you right into the seat of an F1 driver. After playing this game you understand how hard it must be in real life to drive an F1 car.

The weekend starts with 3 practice sessions, 1 Qualifying session and the Race. All the rules in real F1 are followed in the game as well. So you get a limited set of tires for the weekend that you have to use wisely. So the key here is Be Wise.

Next before the race starts you start it on Full fuel load. So the car does not behave really well. Understeer is what you have to tackle at the start. As you progress through the race the fuel load starts going down and the car starts behaving differently (starts Oversteering ).

Also the tires wear out during the race duration and you start losing grip, thus the car slips and slides and you start losing time. Changing the tires at the right time can reap big results. Thus strategy matters a lot. Again Be Wise.

Another aspect of the game that makes life worse is Engine wear. Engine power goes down as you reach the end of the race. Also an Old engine might give away making you retire from the race. So try preserving your engine during the race or you might lose it all in the last lap. So again Be Wise.

And to top it all the competition is hell tough.

Now since we have finished discussing about the Gameplay lets move onto the Graphics.

Graphics

The graphics are just awesome. Every detail from cars to tracks to drivers and pit crew is perfect. The lighting is also very good which makes the game all the more beautiful. Every race has its own weather which is according to the weather you get at that time of the season.

Even the Paddock and the drivers have been detailed to the T. Also the Pit crew and the Pits are truly great in terms of detailing and characterization. Track surface detailing and spectators are also designed with great attention.

Overall graphics are really great.

Overall

Codemasters has done a great job in creating the best F1 game till now. This by far beats the NFS series for PC gaming. You can’t get better Graphics and Gameplay than that in a PC game. Its almost equivalent to playing on a console.

So my vote for the Best game of 2010 goes to F1 2010 just because of the Gameplay and the Graphics.

TechAshram is back !!

Sorry guys for being away for such a long time. Actually I was busy with my website Technanimous and my Final year project. Now since Technanimous has been established, I felt it’s my duty to concentrate on TechAshram as well. So from today onwards, TechAshram will get  updated regularly and you guys will get your share of latest technology related news and more importantly my personla view on them.

So, gear up for some latest updates now !

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