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How you can relieve lockdown stress with video games

In these stressful, uncertain times, it’s not too late to play

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We are at an unusual and uncertain period in our lives. The pandemic has forced most people indoors, and honestly, it’s just been stressful. My day-to-day activities already include work on the weekdays, which is already stressful in its own way. But the news, the case count, and the amount of things that are NOT being done right to deal with the virus, what else is there?

I’m pretty sure everyone else is feeling the same way. I’m also certain that everyone is finding a way to relieve themselves of stress while indoors. Some of you turn to physical activities that serve as an equivalent to, say going to the gym. Some even try learning new things while at home, or catch up on that Netflix series you keep blowing off.

And then, there are some of us who remembered they have an untouched console in their room. Or, they remembered that they have games installed on their phone that they’ve hardly touched. I’d even go as far as saying that some of you didn’t even know that there are websites where you can play games with your friends online.

Gaming is everywhere, and is for everyone

I’ve always had this belief that everyone has been exposed to a video game at least once in their lifetime. My own personal history with video games started when I was three years old, when I received a PlayStation. Nowadays, kids receive much more advanced technology to play popular games like Fortnite. And recently, people realized that you can even play games on your phone.

Playing video games, when you have access to it, is one great way to pass the time. Whether you play online or have some playmates at home, it’s a great way to just relax and enjoy your “me-time.” When you’re feeling a little stressed with work or you feel down, a good game can get you going.

So how does one actually do that?

A way to connect with people

I had a brief chat with Ian Tan, Asia-Pacific Gaming Lead at Lenovo over the topic of video games in the face of this pandemic. One of his key insights into how gaming is shaping the world at this very moment is that people are finding more ways to communicate with one another. He mentioned how Discord, which is basically the “Skype for gamers” had opened features like its Go Live to accommodate large groups of people.

We live in a time when human interaction has now been severely limited. You can’t even visit your relatives who live nearby for fear of contracting the virus, as well. Video games provide an avenue for people to simply connect with one another, when physical interaction seems impossible. As Ian said, the challenge was simply to “keep each other engaged,” especially with their company’s initiatives during the pandemic.

Keep yourself in shape

Imposing a quarantine means that you will remain indoors at all costs, so outdoor physical activities are a no-go. In fact, in some countries, some gyms and fitness centers are temporarily closed while there’s still a pandemic. Any sort of physical activity you plan to have is now basically limited to just the confines of your own home.

Lucky for you, there are some video games you can lean on to for some physical activity while indoors. One popular game is the Just Dance series, which features a ton of songs and choreographies to choose from. Of course, for the current version of Just Dance 2020, you can enable Sweat Mode, which calculates how many calories you’re burning while dancing.

For Switch users, there’s also Ring Fit Adventure which uses real exercise routines while giving you an adventure. Of course, for the most part you need the accessory to play it properly so be sure to get it if you wanna give the game a try. For both these games, to some extent, you’ll be able to get some exercise going. Or, possibly get your mind off the stress of the world.

Time to “git gud”

Now, the stress of the pandemic may get to you when you’ve been stuck at home for a long time. But if you’re a gamer, you do appreciate this extra time on your hands to focus on one thing you want to be: the best there is! Even if you just casually play a game you love, this is also the time for you to learn how to be better at it.

Ian shared with me some initiatives Lenovo Legion had to engage their consumer base while on lockdown. One of these initiatives is the rise of Legion where they host a series of online mini-tournaments designed for amateur and semi-pro players. They opened the invitation to most parts of Asia, across most eSports titles like CS:GO and DOTA 2. Even in competition, their emphasis was more on the fun aspect of it.

In these uncertain times, you need some form of stress relief. It can be working out at home, trying out new things, or attending to your old personal projects. Of course, if you picked up a console along the way, there’s always that option too!

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The secrets behind iPhone 13’s Cinematic Mode

Together with Apple’s VP for iPhone Product Marketing as well as their Human Interface Designer

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For the first time ever, we had a three-way interview with Apple’s VP for iPhone Product Marketing, Kaiann Drance as well as one of their leading Human Interface Designers, Johnnie Manzari. If you’re not starstruck enough, both of them appeared in Apple’s September 2021 Keynote event!

Other than new camera sensors, newer camera features are also found on the new iPhone 13 Series. One of those is the new Cinematic Mode.

If you’ve watched some of our latest iPhone videos including the Sierra Blue iPhone 12 Pro Max unboxing, we’ve let you take a sneak peek on that new video mode.

We’re not gonna lie, it’s one amazing camera feature Apple has managed to deliver.

But what are the secrets behind it? And are you curious how technicalities work?

Watch our 16-minute interview with the Apple executives explaining why Cinematic Mode is the next big thing in mobile videography.

 

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Apple iPhone 13 and 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on

Which iPhone 13 is your GadgetMatch?

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After we unboxed the Sierra Blue iPhone 13 Pro Max and gold iPhone 13 Pro, it’s time to do the same to these iPhone 13 babies.

Changes with the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini aren’t just about the “odd” camera placement. Other than the new wide camera sensor, there’s a more powerful A15 Bionic Chip, smaller notch, and more.

Watch our iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini Unboxing and Hands-on video now to find out more!

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Huawei nova 8i: Huawei’s awesome SUPER midranger

An awesome midrange comeback

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Midrange smartphones have been the middle ground for people who want the premium of a higher end smartphone but don’t want to burn their pockets. Huawei gives in to this demand and claims the title of midrange king as they dethrone all other midrangers with their new nova 8 series — the nova 8 and nova 8i.

Here, we’ll put the spotlight on the Huawei nova 8i.

Build and design

Inheriting the Huawei P Series’ signature stylish aesthetic, the Huawei nova 8i has a fancy and premium design. It is slim, sleek, and has exquisite curved edges, which makes it really easy to grip.

Checking out its back, you’ll definitely notice the quad camera setup that’s surprisingly not bulky at all. It also has a noticeable resemblance with the Huawei Mate 30. But we’ll talk more about the cameras later on.

What also caught our attention is the gradient finish of this Moonlight Silver variant that we have which is absolutely stunning.

Fantastic display

The Huawei nova 8i has an edgeless 6.67-inch display with ultra-narrow bezels around it. This results in an immersive viewing experience for browsing your social media pages or watching your favorite music videos.

The Huawei nova 8i also sports full HD+ resolution and DCI-P3 color gamut, giving us that rich and vibrant color reproduction. Once again, Huawei taps on Tuv Rheinland for certification on low blue light emittance to ensure eye comfort for long hours of work and play. It also has a natural tone feature which automatically adjusts the colors on the display depending on your surroundings.

Gaming

Just as you would expect from a midrange phone, gaming is also something you can do with the nova 8i. With its 180Hz touch sampling rate, your favorite mobile games feel very responsive, making the gaming experience really enjoyable.

When you’re deep into gaming, the last thing you want is to be interrupted by a call or message. Well, you don’t have to worry about that since the Huawei nova 8i has a gaming assistant. You can enable settings so you won’t be disrupted and you can indulge yourself fully to the game.

But the experience is not the only thing that’s fast with the nova 8i. The 66W Huawei SuperCharge can juice up this phone up to 68 percent in just 20 minutes and can fully charge it in just 38 minutes. You can literally stare at your phone as your battery indicator rises.

Cameras

Here’s where the fun part starts. Cameras: 64MP f/1.9 main, 8MP f/2.4 ultra-wide, 2MP f/2.4 macro, 2MP f/2.4 depth, 16MP f/2.0 selfie.

The nova 8i has a quad camera setup with a 64MP main camera which uses a big 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor. It means its camera sensor has the ability to let in more light. This results to a cleaner image and better low light performance.

And we’re telling you, this sensor is not messing around.

It lets you capture the highest resolution images you could probably ever need. Different from the usual software upscaled images typically seen on an ordinary smartphone. This gives you the capability to zoom in and crop your captured image yet still maintain a tremendous amount of details.

With the powerful cameras that the nova 8i has, you can definitely maximize its features to create your content whether just for leisure, a passion project, or social media content for your business.

EMUI and multitasking

As for its software, the Huawei nova 8i runs on EMUI 11 bringing in a bunch of convenient features that boosts your efficiency. For one, if you’re someone who loves multitasking, the multi-window feature is perfect as it lets you operate multiple apps on your screen.

Speaking of apps, Huawei’s app gallery is loaded with great ones from top shopping apps like Shopee and Lazada, to the most trending ones like TikTok.

And if in case you’re having trouble finding the app for you, Petal Search has got you covered. Just type in the app or whatever it is you’re looking for and Petal Search looks it up for you on different sources making sure you get the absolute best results.

Taking screenshots has never been this easy. You can do so by just swiping down using three fingers.

And for security, a new safe sharing feature has been included on the nova 8i. We now get the option to delete information of your phone and other details before sharing your photos or screenshots.

nova 8i — easy to recommend

Jam packed with features, the nova 8i just enables you to do so much. From capturing great photos and videos to having a seamless gaming and online experience, the nova 8i is an easy phone to recommend. At its price point, it is truly worthy of its crown.

The Huawei nova 8i retails for PhP 13,999. It’s available via online Huawei Store, Lazada, Shopee and Huawei experience stores.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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