MAKING new mates takes time, patience and a little luck – but there are a few tricks you can use to make the process easier. Whether it's smiling more or handing out plenty of compliments, science has come up with a bunch of psychological "hacks" that make you easier to be around. We've built a list of seven tricks you can use to build better friendships.1) Smile often Smiling is the key to new friendships. That's because people tune in to positive vibes when they meet a stranger, and shy away from people expressing anger or sadness. Showing your pearly puts across that you're courteous, likeable, and competent. Happiness is also rather infectious, and people are always more likely to like you if they're in a good mood. In a 2015 study, scientists at the University of California found that people tend to feel closer to strangers who display positive emotions. They also found that people can easily pick out a fake smile, so don't plaster on a grin unless you really mean it.2) … [Read more...] about How to make people immediately like you – science reveals 7 easy psychological hacks anyone can do
How to get bigger shoulders
What is the best Resident Evil game? For a series so beloved, the core titles in Capcom’s survival horror series vary wildly in quality. With the Resident Evil 2 Remake set for release in January and looking really impressive, it’s time to look back at the main, numbered Resident Evil games and work out which ones are still worth your time. Here are the core Resident Evil games, ranked from worst to best. Resident Evil 6 An absolute mess of a game. Three separate campaigns and barely a single good idea between them, it’s bloated, far too long, and far too focused on action. Resident Evil 6 is not a survival horror game – it’s a game suffering from a serious identity crisis, resulting in this mismatch of styles. First, the good – what little of it there is. Leon Kennedy’s campaign is alright: a nighttime jaunt through a city full of the undead, this comes the closest to capturing the essence of survival horror and the pacing of Resident Evil … [Read more...] about Resident Evil – all the main Resi games ranked from worst to best
Despite having a blast with it, I cannot recount a single major plot point of Dying Light, Techland's zombie survival FPS. I can't tell you the main character's name or his motivations. I can't even remember the name of the vaguely Turkish city it takes place in. For all of Dying Light's successes—the fluid first-person parkour, the gory combat, and rewarding if lightweight RPG systems—storytelling and worldbuilding were not one of them. And lead designer Tymon Smektala agrees. During E3, I got an extended hands-off preview of Dying Light 2 and also spoke with Smektala about how this sequel plans to not only expand on the ideas of the first, but also fix one if its biggest weaknesses. "We also felt like the narrative in Dying Light wasn't as strong as it should or could be," Smektala says. "But it was a new franchise so there were a lot of risks and a lot of uncertainty. We just had to focus on the things that we were comfortable and good with, and that was gameplay. … [Read more...] about Dying Light 2’s stunning setting promises to fix the first game’s biggest flaw
Fantasy Flight Games have a long history with tabletop gaming in the Star Wars IP. They already have every other type of tabletop gaming covered with card games; dice games; role-playing games; X-Wing; which allows you to re-enact the space skirmish warfare that Star Wars is famous for; Armada, which took those space battles to a bigger scale and allowed you to play out entire fleet battles; and Imperial Assault, which combined a board game with roleplaying game elements and allowed to you fight small skirmish missions on the tabletop. With Star Wars Legion, Fantasy Flight Games are moving Star Wars fully into the wargaming hobby genre. There are several different groups of people that are going to be interested in this product, each for their own reasons, but we’re going to look at this product in three areas: The hobby side (the models themselves) As a stand-alone core box product (for those who want to dip in but not commit long term) The wargaming side (how the product … [Read more...] about Star Wars Legion Core Set Review – Pick Dark or Light and Go to War!
VIDEO: We discuss what we want to see in The Division 2 on this week's stream of The PC Gamer Show . At E3 this June we’ll find out more about The Division 2, the recently announced sequel to Ubisoft’s contentious Clancy-verse looter shooter. It’s been a bumpy road for The Division, but with the aid of regular updates and expansions from developer Massive, what released as a fun co-op shooter with almost no incentive to play beyond the campaign has since become an easy recommendation for anyone that likes a little RPG with their stop-and-pop. And as connoisseurs of the young and precious looter shooter subgenre (and in the wake of Destiny 2’s perplexing design choices), we have some strong opinions about which pitfalls The Division 2 should avoid, and which new or existing ideas it should embrace. Be careful with the loot boxes (or leave them out entirely) Let's get this one out of the way. Loot boxes shouldn’t contain anything … [Read more...] about What we want to see in The Division 2