For years now, COUNTER-STRIKE has been one of the most popular online multiplayer games on the internet. Its addictive team-based mission gameplay has hooked many gamers, and even now my close friends are still frequently playing it. A couple years ago, the game screamed "stinker", but since then, it has shaped into a something that will likely be a staple of console online gaming for months to come.

SOCOM is a tactical team-based shooter. The game's one-player mode consists of the typical hostage rescue/sabotage situation, with an interesting twist. It plays like a blend of a fast action game and the more realistic RAINBOW 6. You and a team of Navy SEALs are dropped in to the situation where you will have to use stealth, wit, and teamwork to complete the mission.

The one-player game is fairly well done, and provides a decent training run for the multiplayer mode. The only gripes about the single-player mode aren't enough to keep you from playing, though. The first of these is that the enemy AI is generally pitiful. Usually you won't get killed because of a smart enemy - rather just walking into a trap. The other problem is that a lot of these scenarios seem to be just tried and true, and nothing really stands out from the other team-based shooters that have been released.

Both complaints are fairly minor because most gamers will spend the majority of their time online with the title. First, you'll need the Network Adapter and a Broadband Connection. Once you log into the servers, you'll have to select a briefing room and a mission. The sol republic whole process isn't that difficult, but could be frustrating if you haven't ever done this sort of thing before.

The games are set up for a maximum of 8 on 8, with different levels and scenarios (kill all the enemies, rescue/protect hostages, bomb enemy base). For the most part, the game runs well online if you have a decent connection. I have had some major lag issues on occasion, and that can make the game lose its appeal quickly. But for the most part, the team element works really well, especially when you add in the voice function.

The headset included with the game lets you speak and hear your teammates calling you and issuing orders, or letting each other know which way the SEALs are taking into the building. It adds a lot to the game when you can yell to the guy next to you "Throw a grenade!"

The online mode adds tons of replay value. I have no doubt that gamers will soon be joining Clans, and attempting to make their name known or, even better, feared by the online community. If nothing else, playing with 15 other players is by far much more interesting than playing against the computer.

While you could easily argue that SOCOM fails to impress graphically, it's the little things that make the difference. There's a lot of attention to detail in the levels and environments, from weather effects to volumetric lighting. It all makes up for the simple character models and sometimes less than spectacular visuals. Another nice aspect is the excellent animation in characters, especially the death sequences.

The soundtrack in the game is dynamic, and changes based on the situation you are in. It's done fairly well, and adds a lot to the atmosphere of the game. Other elements, such as the voice acting and sound effects are great, and put you right into the action.

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In October of 2012, image-sharing website Pinterest overtook Yahoo to become the fourth-largest traffic-generating site in the world, quite an achievement for such a young website.

Businesses looking to increase website traffic need to consider a Pinterest presence as part of their SEO strategy. Below are some tips to get traffic moving through your pinboards.

Backlinking Profiles and Pins

Your Pinterest profile should include a keyword-rich description of your business, including who you are and what you offer. Be sure the profile includes a backlink to your website, so curious pinners can visit.

In fact, every image you pin should include appropriate keyword descriptions and a backlink to your site. Remember Google sees rePins as valid and valuable backlinks, improving your search engine results. Repinning is also an organic means of improving your online presence.

Consider Your Keywords

Create clusters of related keywords for each board on your profile. Don focus on one or two keywords to the exception of all others, which Google may see as keyword-stuffing. Brainstorm alternate versions of keywords and use relevant long-tail keywords (key phrases with high relevance but limited traffic). Your goal is a board where image keywords form a network of relevant keywords.

Whether you selling cloud computing services or trying to find oil investment scams, make it as easy as possible for users to find your images. Add hashtags to images for users to search by. For instance, a cloud service may use a hashtag like #inthecloud, while a pest-control manufacturer might opt for #zapbugs, #killmosquitoes and similar tags. Remember to add a hashtag based on your company name and popular products.

Should You Watermark Images?

This one tricky. Many companies watermark their images with their website URL. This ensures no one tries to pass the image off as their own, and the image is always connected to the business.

On the other hand, pinners often find watermarks distracting, and chose not to repin watermarked images, reducing your Pinterest presence. Some businesses opt for a balance, watermarking their most important images while leaving less-sensitive images clear.

Pinterest and Website Images

If you using Pinterest to drum up traffic, make it as easy oil refinery machine as possible for website visitors to pin your site images. Adding Pin It buttons to your WebPages along with other social media links is essential.

Optimize your website images with repinning in mind. Each image should have a well-written description and title in the Alt text. It this information Pinterest captures by default when a user repins from your site, so make sure it contains useful information and relevant keywords.

Watch Your Repins

You can establish a presence on Pinterest without repinning other people images. A little care is advisable here though. Before repinning everything, check image links to ensure you not connecting to link-farms, spam or disreputable sites. Instead, schedule when you pin images around popular pinning times. Peak pinning times include 2:00 to 4:00 pm on weekdays. Weekends are more oil press fluid, with people pinning at all times of day. Outside tools such as Pingraphy let you schedule pins ahead of time.

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As one of the most popular Swiss watch brands in the globe, Chopard is famous for its timepieces of high quality, accurate timing and top craftsmanship. Especially its jewelry watches, they are of fantastic beauty and luxury. At the corner of its 150th anniversary, Chopard especially arranged a luxury feast to meet the demand of its watch addicts. Chopard timepieces of ultimate refinement and perfection will be displayed in front of its distinguished guests. Below, let us have a general knowledge about several.

By the first sight, I would consider this lady wristwatch a jewelry bracelet rather than a timepiece. Its full diamonds design can soon catch your attention. The pentagon-cut diamonds plus other dazzling diamonds totally weigh 21.48 carats and the diamonds on round dial weigh 2.70 carats. Housed inside the case is the hand-winding mechanical movement. The wristwatch is waterproof to 30m and has the functions of hour and minute display, power reserved for 46 hours. The platinum arc-shaped bracelet strap is encrusted with 80 rectangle-cut diamonds and 290 round-cut diamonds.

As to me, Chopard "Polar Bear" wristwatch is an artwork crafted from 18k platinum. On the mother-of-pearl dial, there comes the polar bear fully paved with diamonds. What is more, the watch bezel and crown are also encrusted with dazzling diamonds. Such kind of timepiece is equipped with quartz movement and is attached to light grey satin strap, waterproof to 30m. And the "Monkey" wristwatch of the same series is crafted from 18k rose gold with the dynamic diamond monkey on the MOP dial and golden satin strap. The "Penguin" one is also crafted from 18k platinum with dynamic penguin on the MOP dial and black stain strap. The other details of omega watches the latter two styles are the same as the Polar Bear style.

However, the timepieces just seen from the pictures are definitely not so beautiful as the real entities. Seeing is believing. Suppose you are not satisfied with appreciating these pictures, you can have face-to-face luxury feast the day after tomorrow.

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