Among Us: Impostor Guide

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard about Among Us as it is all the rage in the gaming community right now. This tacky multiplayer game is one of the best mobile games available currently. If you have been playing it, then well, we have a guide for you on how to play as the impostor in this fun game.

Source: Among Us Wiki

Try not to stand out – If you’re the impostor, the worst thing you could be doing is stalking other players in order to kill them early on. Instead, just try to act as if you’re part of the team by completing tasks and always being near a console or computer to blend in. Another good tip is to be active in the discussion when a dead body is found. 

Source: Malavida

Don’t be seen – As an impostor, this should be of utmost priority and you should be using stealth to your advantage. Take note of the security cameras as most impostors are caught on one while they do the killing so be vigilant at all times. Avoid using the vent system as it is an impostor only ability and if you’re seen using it early game then it may spell trouble. Use them when you need to leave the murder scene quickly. 

Source: AIR Entertainment

Use the environment to your advantage – While looking like the most innocent lad on the server is all well and good, impostors need to kill off the other crewmates too, and doing this is not as easy as it seems. In order to do this, you need to sabotage whenever possible and keep shutting doors to one out your enemies and kill them. 

Source: APK Pure

Know the crewmates – You should try and take out the more seasoned players first as they will realize who is the impostor if allowed to stay in the game for a longer time. Note how one navigates the map, if they’re sure of what they need to do and are moving around very quickly and efficiently it means that they are probably old players who know how the game works. Try and kill them first. 

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta- All you need to know

Following the reveal of the multiplayer which received a mixed reaction, Activision has announced the format of the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta program. The Beta program will be opened first to PS4 players. There are different variables including your platform or whether you have pre-ordered the game which will determine when you get to play the beta. 

In the end, it doesn’t matter whether you pre-ordered the game or not, you will be able to take the game for a spin. 

All you need to know about the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta-

Activision announced that there are gonna be two weekends, over the course of which the beta will take place. Though the weekends constitute 5 days each(wish that happened in real life).

The first test will be exclusive to the PS4 and only the people who have pre-ordered the game will be able to access it.  It will later open to all PS4 users.

The second run of the beta will include XBOX One, PS4, and PC with the support of cross-play.

This beta run, like the previous one, will first open to users who have pre-ordered the game before opening up to everyone. XBOX Live Gold will be required to play the game on XBOX. 

Beta weekend 1 dates (PS4 only)

  • October 8-12
    • Early access (PS4/PS5 pre-orders): October 8-9
    • Open access: October 10-12

Beta weekend 2 dates (PS4, Xbox One, PC — cross-play enabled)

  • October 15-19
    • Early access (Xbox One/Series X/PC pre-orders, all PS4 owners): October 15-16
    • Open access: October 17-19

Best Gaming Phones Under 20000

If there’s one thing that I absolutely love about mobile gaming, it is that you don’t need to have a top of the line phone to have a good gaming experience. The sub 20k budget is the sweet spot for many mobile gamers in India. In this article, we’ll be going through the best mobile phones under 20000 in India. 

Source: ET

RealMe X2 – Sporting a 6.4 inch super AMOLED FHD+ display, this phone looks beautiful. The camera is also something to write home about with a 32 MP selfie shooter to accompany the quad-camera located at the back. 

Screen Size:6.4″ (1080 x 2340)
Camera:64 + 8 + 2 + 2 | 32 MP
RAM:6 GB
Battery:4000 mAh
Operating system:Android
Soc:Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730G (8 nm)
Processor:Octa
Source: GSMArena

POCO X2 – This one is a powerhouse. The POCO X2 packs a Qualcomm 730G Chipset which has been fine-tuned for gaming. The large screen size also makes the experience much more immersive. Another highlight is the 120HZ display. 

Screen Size:6.67″ (1080×2400)
Camera:64 + 2 + 8 + 2 | 20 + 2 MP
RAM:6 GB
Battery:4500 mAh
Operating system:Android
Soc:Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Processor:Octa-core
Source: ET

REDMI NOTE 9 PRO MAX – One of the best performance phones in the market right now, this device from Xiamoi is the best bang for the buck phone. It sports a quad-camera along with a 32 MP selfie camera. It also features 33W fast charging.

SPECIFICATIONS
Screen Size:6.67″ (1080×2400)
Camera:64 + 8 + 5 + 2 | 32 MP
RAM:6 GB
Battery:5020 mAh
Operating system:Android
Soc:Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
Processor:Octa-core
Source: Amazon

REALME 6 PRO – This phone packs a lot of punch which is made clear via its 120HZ display and the Snapdragon 730G chipset. The camera is also good and supports RAW image capture.

Screen Size:6.6″ (1080 x 2400)
Camera:64 + 12 + 8 + 2 | 16 + 8 MP
RAM:8 GB
Battery:4300 mAh
Operating system:Android
Soc:Qualcomm SM7125 Snapdragon 720G
Processor:Octa-core
Source: Times of India

REDMI NOTE 8 PRO – One of the best phones under 17k the Note 8 is cheap, all thanks to its MediaTek SoC. The performance is also good with features built in to improve gaming performance. 

Screen Size:6.53″ (1080 X 2340)
Camera:64 + 8 + 2 + 2 | 20 MP
RAM:6 GB
Battery:4500 mAh
Operating system:Android
Soc:Mediatek Helio G90T (12nm)
Processor:octa

Could Free Fire Get Banned In India?

After the ban of 118 Chinese apps including PUBG Mobile, many are left wondering about the possibility of games like Free Fire also being banned by the government. Players have been looking towards alternative games such as COD Mobile, Free Fire, Fortnite, and many more to fill up that void left by PUBG. One of the major outliers here is definitely Free Fire.

There have been many reports of the game being considered for a ban and having connections to China. While in reality, it is highly unlikely for Free Fire to get banned in India.


WHO ARE THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE GAME

The game is developed by a Vietnamese app development company called 111dots Studio and it is published worldwide by a Singapore-based organization called Garena. The current CEO of Garena Free Fire is Forrest Li who was born in China, however, he is currently a permanent citizen of Singapore.

However, it seems Tencent is one of the major stakeholders of Garena’s parent company is Sea Limited, which has its headquarters in Singapore. Previously, the Chinese conglomerate had a 39.7% share in Free Fire’s parent company while now it only has a 25.6% share in Sea Limited.


CAN FREE FIRE GET BANNED

The main reason for the government to ban an app is if its a Chinese origin app which is in suspicion of leaking user data to the Chinese government. In Free Fire’s case, one of its major stakeholders is a Chinese company such as Tencent who has seen many of its apps being banned.

Despite that, the actual development and publishing of the game are handled by 111dots Studio and Garena respectively both of which are not associated with the Chinese government.


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GamingMonk Weekly Recap: September 11

Last week was an exciting time for us at GamingMonk as we had a slew of tournaments including some brand tournaments. Here’s a quick recap of what happened and the prizes won last week. 

BRAND TOURNAMENTS

  • Logitech G PUBG PC Week 3 Finale Rounds
  • ASUS ROG VALORANT Tournament where Team Tamilas won $300 steam codes against 1TAP
  • Microgravity Qualifiers – Semi Finals happened today and now we have Top 48 participants who will have to play League (BO10) matches for the next 10 days (1 match/day)

GAMINGMONK TOURNAMENTS

Ubisoft Forward: All you need to know

The latest iteration of Ubisoft Forward was held recently where the Quebec based gargantuan game studio showcased a preview of a slew of new video games they had lined up for fall. The titles revealed include the likes of Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and wait for it….. A Prince of Persia Sands of Time remake helmed by none other than Ubisoft Pune.

The most significant announcement that was made was in fact not related to gaming but about accusations that were made against Ubisoft for being noninclusive of marginalized groups as well as rampant sexism and sexual misconduct. 

The video which was not part of the actual even but posted as a VOD is below:-

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Immortals Fenyx Rising

Ubisoft showcased more details about their surreal Greek mythology-inspired game including a gameplay video.

Release date: December 3(XBOX One, PS4, Switch, PC and Stadia)

Prince of Persia: Sands Of Time Remake

Ubisoft’s classic title, the original Prince of Persia released in 2003 is getting a complete makeover. The game has been built from the ground up using the Anvil engine and is stipulated to be released in 2021 for XBOX One, PS4 and PC.

Release date: January 21

Riders Republic

The extreme sports bike racing game is being taken to new heights with a plethora of activities set in real locations. Release date: February 25(PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, Google Stadia, and PC)

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game

Fans have been waiting for over a decade and it seems our prayers have been answered as the adaptation of the iconic comic book series is making a return.

Release date: Holiday season(XBOX One, PS4, PC and Stadia)

Rainbow Six: Siege coming to next-gen consoles

Ubisoft’s tactical shooter is making its way to the next-gen consoles with 4K and 120 fps support along with details revealed about Sam Fisher, the newest agent in the game. Existing owners will get a free upgrade to next-gen consoles.

Watch Dogs: Legion Stormzy and Aidan Pearce Missions

Ubisoft also revealed that their upcoming open world title will contain exclusive Stormzy and Aidan Pearce(the protagonist from the first game) missions.

Hyper Scape getting a limited time “Turbo Mode”

Inspired by Fortnite’s Solid Gold mode, this game mode will be fast-paced and will only contain rare weapons. 

Release date: September 15.

PUBG Developers Looking For Indian Partners?

After the recent ban on PUBG Mobile, the developers have cut ties with Chinese publisher Tencent and according to multiple reports are now looking for an Indian partner to revive the game.

According to a report by Mint, PUBG is working on a new licensing agreement with an Indian gaming firm to pass on the rights to run the PUBG Mobile game in India. PUBG Corporation will now retain the publishing rights for the game, with the Indian partner handling the distribution. However, with no official confirmation, this information should be taken with a grain of salt.

“Ownership is only one of the concerns. But there are several other issues, based on which the ban has been ordered. The concerns are related to data privacy security, activity inside the phone, etc.,” a senior government official told Mint.

The game also became a beacon for the anti-Chinese movement in India, resulting in bad PR and damage to the PUBG brand. The sentiment over this situation is divided right now between fans of the game and worried parents.


POTENTIAL PARTNERS

Having an Indian partner will not only help PUBG enter the Indian gaming market once more but might also help repair its brand image in India. But there are only a few companies who are capable of handling a game as big as PUBG in India.


RELIANCE JIO

There are also reports that suggest Reliance Jio is in discussion with PUBG Corporation and can take over the PUBG License to operate in India. It would make sense if this turned out to be true as the RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani himself has showcased his interest in the gaming market with Reliance also investing heavily in the industry.



PAYTM

Despite various rumors, it seems very unlikely that Paytm will go forth with this partnership considering they already have a partnership with Free Fire, a competitor for PUBG.


NAZARA TECHNOLOGIES

Navara is another company based in Mumbai which is quite capable of publishing the game for India and according to sources, they also seem to be interested in exploring a licensing relationship with PUBG.


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Free Fire: Play As Hrithik Roshan

Free Fire has teamed up with the famous Bollywood actor for their “Be The Hero” event in which players can get a chance to unlock Hrithik Roshan as a playable character. Through this event, the developers are looking forward to bring together two extremely popular industries in the country (Gaming and Film).

Players can get the in-game character named ‘Jai’ right now by completing missions in the game. They can even get additional rewards just for logging in.


HOW TO UNLOCK ‘JAI’

To unlock the Hrithik Roshan’s in-game character ‘Jai’ players would need to obtain all 16 pieces of the jigsaw puzzle. This is all part of the “Be The Hero” event and pieces of the puzzle can be earned by the following methods.

  • Players will get one puzzle piece just for checking in to the event from 10th to 13th September.
  • Players will also get four additional puzzle pieces for checking in to the event on the 13th of September.
  • Players can also help other Free Fire users by clicking on their unique event link. This can be done up to 3 times a day. Players have to be above level 10 to be able to help others.
  • Players will be able to purchase pieces from 13th September to complete the entire puzzle.

Players can also claim Jai’s exclusive costume bundle by collecting 30 golden magazine tokens through daily missions between 5th to 15th September. Players can also log in on 13th September to win five additional golden magazine tokens and a permanent gun skin — the AK47: Justice Fighter.


CHARACTER ABILITY

The new character named ‘Jai’ is a SWAT agent who is trained to operate in high-risk situations that belong to New Delhi, India.

His special ability is called Raging Reload; once an opponent is taken down, the gun’s magazine automatically gets reloaded by up to 25% of its capacity for ARs, SMGs, and pistols. This will prove to be quite a useful ability in firefights which can turn the tide of a battle very easily.


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Free Fire Map Guide: Kalahari

Kalahari was the latest map to be added in Free Fire and it’s an arid region with a variety of buildings and terrain including rolling hills and extensive plains. The varied terrain makes for short and long-distance engagements. But before you even begin playing you need an overview of the best drop locations on the map. We will cover this in our article today:- 

Source: GuruGamer
Source: SportsKeeda

Refinery – One of the more extensive areas in Kalahari, Refinery has lots of tight corners along with big complexes. There are lots of valuable items strewn around the map including sniper rifles and fully kitted weapons. The zone is also highly contested right from the beginning of the game so be wary of lurkers who are trying to get free kills.

Source: Sportskeeda

Command Post – Popular for its early game firefights, Command Post has good loot but is also not very large which makes looting that much easier. A lot of people usually try to land here so you gotta fight your way but trust me it is worth it in the end.

Source: Sportskeeda

The Sub – Popular for its armor kits, The Sub is a good place to land if you know how to navigate tricky areas. It’s very easy to spot enemies and take them out so try landing here as early as possible and loot quickly. Be careful when you run on the submarine though and don’t fall off. 

Source: Sportskeeda

Stone Ridge – Known for its amazing loot as well as serene atmosphere, Stone ridge will soon become your favourite place after you begin landing on it regularly. There’s basic as well as high tier loot which makes the place really balanced and you can be ready to fight in a jiffy.

Source: Sportskeeda

Santa Catarina – Known for its scenic view as well as the availability of loot, Santa Catarina contains good armour as well as fully kitted weapons. Snipers are commonplace here. A lot of people land here so be ready to get aggressive right off the bat. 

Every Upcoming DLC Character In Marvel’s Avengers

Marvel’s Avengers have a great roster of characters but it seems that the developers are planning on adding more to the game post launch. Currently the game features the most iconic characters from the team such as Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and more.

Characters such as Spider-man, Hawkeye, as well as Black Panther are coming to the game post launch, according to Square Enix. Along with this there’s also a list of leaked characters that are rumored to join the roster in the coming future.


BLACK PANTHER

In a recent live stream, Square Enix paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman and decided to not showcase any gameplay featuring the character. It can be assumed that the character will be coming right after Hawkeye and hopefully the developers will do right by the late actor’s memory.


LEAKED FUTURE DLC CHARACTERS

Just after launching the beta, there were reports of a data miner finding files related to future playable DLC characters. The post from the Reddit user has since been deleted but if its true the game will be adding the following characters post-launch.

  • Ant-Man
  • Captain Marvel
  • Doctor Strange
  • Falcon
  • Mar-Vell
  • Mockingbird
  • Quake
  • Scarlet Witch
  • She-Hulk
  • Vision
  • War Machine
  • Wasp
  • Winter Soldier


SPIDER-MAN

According to Square Enix the web slinger would be coming to the game by early 2021. However, the character is exclusive to PlayStation so bad news for PC and Xbox players.


HAWKEYE AND KATE BISHOP

Another post-launch addition to the game is the marksman duo Hawkeye and his partner in crime Kate Bishop. Kate would be coming to the game in late October whereas Hawkeye will coming in November. Both characters would be introduced through a story event called “Taking Aim”.


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