Visit Museum of Illusions in Riyadh: Your Break from Reality

Escapism is an essential aspect of our existence, it provides temporary relief allowing us to recharge and return to our busy day-to-day life with more hope and vitality. If you’re wondering what to do this weekend, and don’t fancy going to past-visited places, we’ve got just the right entertainment for you! Whether you choose to visit with your friends, family or go solo, at the Museum of Illusions (MOI) you’re sure to have your mind and all senses blown.

One-of-its-kind Museum

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Immerse yourself into the illusions of the Vortex Tunnel, a first of its kind in this part of the world. It will drive you insane, by altering your stance on what’s real and what’s not. Be prepared to lose your balance, and don’t forget to hold on tight. What ensues is a battle of the senses – sight vs touch in this case. Your hands gripping along the bridge reaffirming that the body hasn’t moved an inch throughout, whereas the beaming tunnel spiraling endlessly, counters the previous assumption. In the end, you might feel a bit light-headed but wouldn’t mind another helping of this thrill ride.

A Perceptual Play

 

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“The more I see, the less I know for sure,” said the legend John Lennon, and never has this quote held more truth than for such an illusionary spectacle. Prepare to get your perceptions completely bedazzled with this one. Who would’ve known that your surrounding environment played a key role in determining how others perceived you, philosophically and metaphorically speaking. Don’t believe me? Try this chair for yourself. 

Not Everything is What it Seems at Museum of Illusions

Head-on-the-platter.pic.Museum of IllusionsNever knew Shawarma platter would be a thing of the past, ever since the launch of the “Head Platter”. One look at such an exciting exhibit and I am sure you’d roll your eyes or scream out loud. But fret not, as things are not always what they seem. Surprise your friends this week with your head on the plate because having a body along with it is too mainstream.

Is size just an illusion?

 

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Don’t think so? Then try out this mysterious room, it’ll make you question a lot of things. At first, it may look like any normal room, but your size is altered as a function of your position, an excellent opportunity for taking pictures and sharing them with your friends to freak them out.

Here, the Law of Gravitational Attraction Doesn’t Exist

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Get ready to have your brain dazzled, with a surface that’s neither flat nor slanted. But that’s not the only out-of-ordinary thing that you’re going to notice, with objects being drawn into the sky, water streaming uphill, things that are beyond expression that you have to witness yourself in the hopes of making sense of it.

Are you interested in art? You will enjoy reading this article.

A Room Where Your Imagination is the Limit

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Ever wanted to stand upside-down but the circumstances didn’t allow it? Well, now you don’t have an excuse. Experience what life looks like from multiple angles, quite literally.

And much more…

We don’t want to spoil the experience for you, so hurry and get tickets to this one-of-a-kind museum. Tickets to the Museum of Illusions are available through their main website or you can buy them directly at the museum. 

Tickets costs:

SAR 80 for Adults
SAR 60 for Children
SAR 250 for Family discount (2 Adults + 2 Children)

The museum is open Saturday to Thursday from 10 am to midnight and Friday from 1 pm to midnight.
Location: Click here

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Top 5 Most-Visited Historical Places in Riyadh

The capital city of Saudi Arabia has grown from a mud-bricked trading hub in the middle of nowhere with barely any visitors to being one of the busiest and wealthiest cities in the world. Despite the well-reserved and traditional social upbringing that many of its inhabitants have had, they are among the most welcoming, generous, and kind people you’ll ever come across. As Saudi Arabia continues to focus on growing its tourism sector through the means of attracting international visitors, as well as its local people, one can expect to see a lot of historically rich places being open to the public. So if you’re looking for the most-visited historical places in Riyadh, you’ve come to the right place! 


Al Masmak Fort:

Al Masmak Fort

Built-in 1865 and located in the central part of Riyadh. It’s home to a museum that’s rated as one of the most visited tourist destinations in the city. The word “Masmak ” stands for high and forfeited, and it has served multiple functions throughout its existence. From being a warehouse for weapons and ammo to turning into a prison and later overseen and maintained by King Salman Ibn Abdul Aziz who was responsible for establishing Al Masmak Historical Museum in 1995 AD. The SCTH launched an app for a virtual tour through 3D images of Al Masmak Fort to chronologically display the history of modern Saudi Arabia. The museum houses a wide variety of historical artifacts and is an excellent place for those who want to learn about the country’s heritage. The entrance is free.

 


Deerah Souq:

Deerah Souq

Not so far from Al Masmak Fort lies quite a noteworthy shopping center, immensely popular for the gold shops that some people call it the Deerah Gold Souq. It has a plethora of small shops selling carpets, traditional clothes, and many eye-catching antiques and handcrafts. And what makes it so special is the existence of a wide variety of options selling the same commodity but with slight differences that only an expert such as yourself would be able to notice, so it’s an excellent opportunity for bargaining (most of the shop owners speak English) and comparing merchandise in order to end up with the best deal possible.

 


Murabba Palace:

Murabba Palace

Built-in 1938 as a governmental facility for hosting official meetings and conferences, it was here where the convention of opening the country for oil inspection was signed. And it was also King Abdul Aziz’s personal residence, a spacious and comfortable place to accommodate the King’s family. The Murabba Palace houses many historical artifacts and photos about the country’s creation, as well as personal belongings and gifts that the King had received.

 


The National Museum:

National museum

Part of King Abdul Aziz Historical Center, it was established in 1999 as a historical and cultural center while being the Kingdom’s biggest museum. The museum consists of 8 exhibitions walking the visitors through different periods of time in chronologically correct order: Man and the Universe, Arabian Kingdoms, The Pre-Islamic Era, Prophet Mohammad’s Mission, Islam and the Arabian Peninsula, First and the Second Saudi States, The Unification, and The Hajj and the Two Holy Mosques. It’s a charming scenery for those who seek to learn more about the history and heritage of the Arab Peninsula.

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Historical Diriyah:

Historical Diriyah

 How can we finish an article on the most-visited historical places in Riyadh without talking about the home of the Saudi Royal family and the first Saudi capital, the city of Diriyah. It’s among the 5 Saudi historical sites identified by the UNESCO List of World Heritage. One of the largest Arabian Peninsula cities before it was later destroyed in 1818 by the Ottoman armies, the city is now one of the most sought-after places worldwide, a  bright and shining cultural, historical, and tourist attraction spot.

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Your Top 10 Destinations For Winter in Saudi Arabia

Under the cool January breezes, we welcomed the New Year full of hope, happiness and FUN. Quite many things might change this year, except our mission at Hala Yalla – to find the best ways to keep you happy, especially in this beautiful season with our amazing destinations for winter in Saudi Arabia.

Here we have some exciting winter experiences and adventures you can easily book to give your New Year a special start.

Top Places to Enjoy Winter  in Saudi Arabia

 

 

  • Open Skies & Campfires at Rawdat Tinhat⛺

 

Winter in Saudi Arabia - Rawdat Tinhat

See a different side to Arabia at Rawdat Tinhat. Located adjacent to the Rawdat Khuraim nature reserve and park – also known as the King’s Forest – take an overnight trip during these cool winter months to watch the desert transform into a beautiful green oasis.

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  • Bicycle Path – North Corniche🚴

 

Ride your bike by the sea and breathe in the fresh air. Enjoy a fully equipped walkway for athletes and a spectacular view for exercising.

Book now: https://app.halayalla.com/venue/jeddah/north-cornaish-bicycle-path 

 

 

  • Two days in King Abdullah Economic City🌇

 

Time passes quickly in this beautiful city, with a multitude of high-end restaurants, charming beaches, and a lot of activities that must be tried.

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  • King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture – Ithra🗿

 

Ithra - your winter in Saudi Arabia
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A place not from anywhere, if you’re looking for a place that inspires you, nurtures you with creativity, and satisfies your curiosity, then Ithra must be your next stop.

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  • Explore the Eastern Province😍

 

Boasting endless views of the tranquil Arabian Gulf, the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia is your ultimate arts, sports and entertainment destination. Dip into science and innovation at SCITECH, dive deep into Saudi’s history at Ithra or enjoy scenic views at the beachfront. There’s so much to do!

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  • Dadan Kingdom🌄

 

Visit the most exciting display of more than a dozen tombs at Al Ula’s historic city of Dadan. Built meticulously from stone between the late 9th and early 8th century, you can view ancient inscriptions, rock sculptures and statues among the ruins of the city. 

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  • A’arif Fort🌴

 

Visit this beautiful and historic landmark that offers a wonderful sight of the northern city. Perched on top of a mountain, A’arif Fortress was built in order to guard the city against possible enemies and still stands as a majestic tourist spot.

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  • Wadi Namar Lake🌊

 

True Winter in Saudi - Wadi Namar Lake

Experience nature up close and spend your time in a breathtaking landscape surrounded by palm trees and winding roads.

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  • Wadi Tayeb Al Ism🌄

 

Winter in Saudi Arabia - Tayeb Ism Valley

Tayeb Al-Ism – also known as The Valley of Moses – is one of the magical natural wonders of Saudi Arabia that’ll take you by surprise. This incredible canyon of Tabuk Province is located on the Gulf of Aqaba, just 15 kilometers north of the coastal town of Maqna. 

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  • Aseel Resort🏄

 

A luxurious and private space awaits you at the Aseel Resort in the heart of Diriyah. Enjoy a peaceful ambiance on the other side of the bustling capital city, shaded under palm trees and amazing food. 

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How did the Esports Industry Evolve into a Market Worth Billions?

Evolution of the Esports Industry

 

Here’s one of the most fascinating histories to read about. Gamers and non-gamers would be equally interested to know how a home video game business turned into a billion-dollar esports industry over the last few decades. This history goes back to our childhood, an important part of the memories of many generations, creating huge revenues that stunned the world. With record speed, esports caught the attention of global markets and companies and made first-class stars compete with the most famous singers and actors, and provided us with adventurous, imaginary worlds that simulate our reality.

Many esports companies crossed boundaries while introducing the latest gaming technology in the hands of gamers. One such futuristic technology being the telo GameZ Lenovo Legion gaming phone. Looking ahead of market trends, telo GameZ has launched the most technologically advanced smartphone, specially designed for gamers who like to play on the go. Its revolutionary architecture has the world’s first customized horizontal UI, that allows the players to play in landscape mode. Never miss your moment of glory, with the first horizontal, front-facing camera that you can activate in 0.5 seconds. It’s a live broadcast room you can take with you anywhere!

 

how did esports industry evolve

 

Now get ready for a beautiful journey through time with esports history dating all the way back to the seventies.

 

Esports in the ’70s

  Arcade Games - Esports 

One of the most important features of this period is the spread of arcade games which were played on electronic machines located in gaming stores and markets and worked using coins.

We can say that video game consoles lived their early childhood in arcade machines. These games provided unique experiences for players, entering venues that mixed bold colorful lighting with sounds of games getting louder each second. These venues were teeming with players of all ages, choosing among many enticing options for the most popular games. It became an ideal place for young players to gather with their peers on weekends and summer holidays.

In 1973, the first electronic games championship was organized at Stanford University for Space War – created in the 1960s – where participating students competed to win a one-year subscription to Rolling Stone magazine.

The 1970s games were characterized by their simplicity and their reliance on text technology. Space Invader and Pong are one of the most famous games of that phase. Pong was released in the early ‘70s by Atari, an electronic table tennis game that gained great popularity and led many Atari competitors to imitate it. Space Invader also tops the list, as one of the oldest digital shooter games designed by Japanese developer Tomohiro Nishikado.

 

Esports in the ‘80s

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The 1980s saw a technological and creative shift in the esports industry. Games became somewhat complex, having a wider narrative, and advanced gameplay levels, thanks to the use of 2D technologies that provided innovative visual styles not present in the ‘70s. New devices like Nintendo and Sega Genesis conquered all homes and captivated the hearts of players, young and old. Nintendo was one of the most beautiful gifts you could give to any player of the ‘80s!

Pac-Man topped the gaming scene around the world, followed quickly by Super Mario. Everyone loved the little red hat plumber who lived in the Mushroom Kingdom trying to fight bad guys and prevent Princess Peach from being kidnapped.

One major highlight of the ‘80s was the release of Tetris on Game Boy. Distinguished by its simple design, Tetris enabled users to enjoy 20 hours of playing with only a few batteries. Many portable gaming systems that came after Game Boy couldn’t compete or achieve the same popularity.

 

Esports in the ‘90s

   

The esports industry continued to develop rapidly in the 1990s. New features in electronic games were introduced using advanced technologies that mix 2D and 3D graphics, professional music, in addition to the emergence of PC and mobile games.

Read: Without Ralph Baer, we wouldn’t know video games.

Not to forget the internet’s massive contribution in revolutionizing the world of video games and forever changing the culture of esports. With the advent of online gaming consoles, hundreds of thousands of players around the world are playing and communicating like never before, despite their different geographical locations and cultural backgrounds.

The most famous games of that period, Sonic the Hedgehog and Street Fighter with its upgraded version, achieved widespread popularity and were among the most played games of the ‘90s. Sonic was Sega’s brainchild brought to life in 1991, characterized by its high speed, to compete with our beloved Italian plumber – Mario. The game was instantly popular and gained international recognition with a movie released in 2020 too!

Another major milestone of this era was the release of PlayStation, a device that replaced all previous gaming technologies. PlayStation came with many amazing features that gained the confidence of gamers and removed many competitors from the arena. Discs with expanded memory, allowing music lovers to put CDs of their favorite songs and many such cool features. PlayStation also introduced players to a modern-day gaming console.

 

Esports from 2000 – present day

   

It’s quite difficult to summarize this era within a few lines, but the most important thing that distinguished it was the creation of our mega-star YouTube in 2005. Grabbing the attention of gamers worldwide and providing them with an apt platform that they’ve waited decades for, players raced to create their own broadcast channels on YouTube, allowing fans to interact with them directly.

YouTube gained in popularity and the number of views and subscriptions for game channels reached millions. YouTube succeeded in being a leading platform for educational and entertainment content for esports. Gaming giants like Fortnite and FIFA created their own YouTube channels.

Entering the arena was Twitch in 2011, to compete with YouTube as a video broadcasting platform specializing in video games. The platform received nearly 15 million daily active users to view the content provided, equivalent to the total population of New York and Chicago combined! The platform also broke a record by hosting 436,000 viewers for a live broadcast of Bungie’s and Activision’s Destiny 2 premier.

The esports industry evolved massively in this period, using advanced technologies such as first-player perspective, third-player perspective, and fixed 3D graphics.

Famous games such as FIFA, Fortnite, PUBG, and Call of Duty have brought a lot to the esports scene, all of which we’re witnessing nowadays. Many world championships for the most popular games are being held at Kafu Games, and many players in KSA have made esports their primary source of income. As for the investments, they are estimated at billions of dollars from giant sponsors.


These are quick glimpses from the history of esports across the most important historical periods! The evolution of video games won’t stop here as industry leaders are promising us incredible technologies.

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5 Ways Gaming Technology has Evolved over the Years

 

Evolution of Gaming Technology Through Time

Human civilizations and societies have known games since time immemorial. You can imagine the evolution of gaming technology since the first game was discovered in Egyptian cemeteries, dating back to 3500 BC, through the first board game after the 17th century, which led to creating card and table games in vibrant shapes.

In the 20th century, Mrs. Elizabeth Maggie invented the Monopoly game and that’s when the board games industry started to grow exponentially. The first computer was built in 1937, nearly ten years later, computer scientists began designing simple games as part of their research, and the first-ever digital game was the XO game. After nearly 70  years, we began to look around and watch the development of electronic games, which began from a very primitive digital game to an accelerated revolution in the world of video games, with the future promising us a lot.

The first computer game ever, tic-tac-toe called Bernie the Brain (1950): https://youtu.be/U2Jtz2veWlE

Read here about the father and pioneer of video games – Ralph Baer

 

Mobile Gaming

 

Evolution of Gaming - Mobile

 

Mobile gaming has picked up momentum in the last few years. The change in the scenario due to the pandemic has made mobile gaming an integral part of everyday lives. Although led by gaming enthusiasts and pro gamers, it also boasts a dedicated user base of lifestyle gamers who subscribe to non-competitive mobile games as part of everyday routine.

The first mobile game was our classic Tetris, released at the beginning of the 20th century. After that, the famous Snake game was released on Nokia phones. Today, the App Store and Play Store are crowded with a huge number of games from varied genres. The development of the gaming industry has accelerated adaptation to new technologies.

Today’s games are more engaging and require powerful hardware to get the best experience. There’s an urgent need and a clear direction for the manufacture of mobile phones dedicated to video games that meet the desires of the players. Looking ahead of market trends, telo GameZ has launched the most technologically advanced smartphone. telo Gamez Lenovo Legion is the ultimate gaming mobile phone, specially designed for gamers who like to play on the go. Its revolutionary technology architecture has the world’s first customized horizontal UI, satisfying the aspirations of gamers everywhere.

Tetris: https://youtu.be/2MzT-Yas5Yo

Here’s everything you should know about Lenovo Legion gaming mobile.

 

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

With the introduction of artificial intelligence into the world of games, we interact with greater enthusiasm because the course of the story and its endings are no longer exclusively one dimensional. It’s quite natural that your end is similar to the endings of other players by only 20%, and the gap between the similarity of the endings continues to expand. Thanks to the sandbox principle that allowed us to play in open worlds we’d never seen before.

In Watch Dogs, for example, the characters learn and interact with you in a smarter way. Be vigilant in your interactions, in this game the characters won’t forget your side troubles, and with the passage of time the game will become more difficult every time as if it grows with you.

In competitive games, playing against virtual players on the computer is no longer a trivial matter. Be ready to face opponents of your own level, who learn through you, as we watch now in FIFA 21.

AI in Watchdogs: https://youtu.be/HTK-bVRzp5k

 

Extended Reality (XR)

 

Extended Reality in Gaming Technology

 

Extended reality includes all gaming technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and reality technologies that haven’t yet launched. Imagine playing with these technologies in the amazing explorations that Ubisoft provided in Assassin Creed, which enables you to play just for adventure without the need to perform tasks. Immerse yourself in the exploration of ancient Egyptian civilization as if you were in the era of Pharaohs.

Let’s imagine you’re in the midst of a crowded port market, sun beaming in the sky, the voices of people surround you, cats hovering nearby and the types of commodities grab your attention.

It’s an opportunity to enjoy discovering a world from the present to the future and back in time to the distant past. Go on a journey that knows no boundaries of time and space whenever you want.

Below, you can watch an expedition by NatGeo to the frozen North Pole through virtual reality: https://youtu.be/QjLjeSQYQh4 

 

Cloud Play – Play on Demand

All it takes is a screen and internet to enter a world of games stored in the cloud. Enjoy playing wherever you are and regardless of your device. It’s a real leap in the world of games, worth noting that there are few who speculate that cloud gaming will be the end of consoles.

Among the most famous gaming clouds are Stadia by Google, Xcloud provided by Microsoft for Xbox and PlayStation Now from Sony.

 

It’s in the Name

Games Industry – a leading website for news and all things gaming – once tweeted:

“Call of Duty earned more than twice the Marvel Universe box office, and double the Star Wars earnings.”

Players loved the development of characters’ dialogues, storytelling, graphics, and music, which caught the attention of international directors, composers, writers, and even actors, and many of them flocked to the gaming world. We saw Elliot Page in Beyond, Rami Malek in Until Dawn, and Norman Reedus in Death Stranding.

In addition, we’ve seen giants such as Coca-Cola and Red Bull now offer exclusive sponsorships for esports tournaments, not to mention the sponsorships provided to video game heroes and stars just like international celebrities, as the sites circulate their news and millions of fans cheer for them.

Finally, the big prizes for the tournaments indicate huge profits, like Dota, for example, in its tournament presented major prizes with a total of $34 Million.

Gaming technology is a lot more than it shows. It’s the next big thing in digital.


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Without Ralph Baer, we wouldn’t know Video Games

Ralph Baer – The father of video games

Mobile gaming is the future of leisure time – as Newzoo pointed out, the mobile gaming industry is expected to top $100 billion by 2021. There’s no doubt that this era is defined by what game developers can fit in your pocket-size smartphones. Looking ahead of the market trends, telo GameZ has launched the most technologically advanced gaming smartphone, telo Gamez Lenovo Legion – specially designed for gamers who like to play on the go. The games have developed and advanced multifold from the time of its inception. Have you ever wondered who created the first gaming device on earth? Players around the world should thank Ralph Baer, the father of video games as he is called, who invented the kernel of the video game atom that never stopped fission, but rather accelerated and swept the whole world, generation after generation, to this day. Let’s read more about the inventor Ralph Baer, who opened doors to a new fictional world for us…

 

Who was Ralph Baer?

Baer was born in Germany at a critical period, before the outbreak of the Second World War, which prompted his family to move to the United States. A few years later, young Baer found himself working in an electronics company as a TV engineer. He thought of adding games as an additional feature to television screens and display them. His company needed to stay on par with other television companies, so the idea was rejected. Years passed as he worked for Sanders Associates, a company specializing in building military equipment, and the idea resurfaced. He wrote a letter and tried to use terms related to the company’s interest, as the term ‘games’ was used in the army, and this time he received support. His inventions didn’t stop after this creation, he contributed to the invention of the famous memory game Simon, in addition to 150 patents registered in his name.

 

Thinking outside the box and creating a magical one

His idea was a guaranteed start to an industry that exceeds $100 billion. In fact, the gaming industry outperforms the film and music industry combined. Ralph Baer worked on many prototypes before presenting what we see in the following picture, the first version of ‘Brown Box’ – the first home video game console licensed by Magnavox, which later became the blueprint for Magnavox Odyssey  

Ralph Baer's Brown Box
Ralph Baer’s Brown Box

 

Magnavox Odyssey
Magnavox Odyssey

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The Red Door of Inspiration

In the basement of his home, Ralph Baer built a personal retreat. His workshop had its own character – a front wall, its own door, an address, and even a mailbox.

Ralph Baer's basement and his first workshop

 

In his late eighties, the museum wanted to acquire Baer’s workshop but he was still inventing, so the museum reached out again when he reached his nineties. They wanted to present his initial workshop set up in the museum and agreed to provide him with a much more modern workshop.

 

Ralph was sad when they packed the workshop and took it away to install it in the museum, yet he was excited that visitors from all over the world would be able to see the special place in his home that brought about the greatest innovation of his life!

 

Here you can see some prototypes and game consoles invented by Ralph Baer, which are currently housed in the National Museum of American History.

In 2014, Baer passed away at the age of 92. He once told PBS in 2013, “I am no different from a painter who sits there and loves what he does. Would you ask a guy who’s been painting all his life ‘why do you keep painting? Why don’t you retire?’ Retire to what? Stop painting? This is insane. Why would you want to do that?”

If we could look into Mr. Baer’s mind, I think we’d have an exciting ride in a world of adventure, thrill, games, and more! All thanks to his genius mind that paved the way for future gamers to follow, a gift of skill and talent.

Leading a promising future full of suspense and excitement for all gamers, we wonder how our favorite games would’ve been today without this historic invention!


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telo GameZ Lenovo Legion gaming phone: Everything you should know

Promising a futuristic gaming experience, the telo GameZ Lenovo Legion phone is all set to become the next big name in mobile gaming. A sizable advancement from previous gaming phones, Lenovo Legion is truly a performance beast with an impressionable list of specs. 

From its underlying dual architecture to the world’s first deep customized horizontal UI, find evolution on every level in the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel – and reign supreme with more style and savagery. 

Have a look at our detailed breakdown of its features: 

 

World’s first deep customized UI gaming phone

The world’s first deep customized horizontal UI

Experience a huge library of apps and customizable themes that have been redesigned from the ground up and optimized for landscape-mode usage.

  • First true-optimized landscape UX
  • Best tactile feedback from an optimal, ergonomic design

 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus

Speed of light

Powered by the world’s fastest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 Plus 5G processor, the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel is the first gaming phone to harness its industry-leading CPU and GPU performance and deliver it into your hands. 

         

Dual Batteries, Turbo Charging, Dual Liquid Cooling System

More than super-fast charging

Its cooling system is inspired by top-of-the-line gaming PCs, you’ll always be battle-ready with a dual battery setup for maximum power and the fastest charging experience ever. Together with a revolutionary dual-liquid, mid-thermal, floating cooling system for better thermal distribution, you can run for longer and cooler even in the heat of battle.

  • 10-minute charge for 50% battery life
  • 30-minute charge for full battery life
  • Dual-liquid mid-thermal, floating cooling system
  • Dual 2500mAh batteries
  • Dual Type-C 90W turbo-charging

telo GameZ Lenovo Legion Gaming Phone

Dual Vibrators, Dual Shoulder Keys, 3D Motion-sensing Control

Multidimensional vibration control for total dominance

Bring masterful precision to your every move with dual ultrasonic shoulder keys that let you quickly trigger in-game actions like firing, and dual x-axis linear motors that provide finely-tuned vibration feedback for greater immersion. The best part? With 3D motion sensors, you can simply incline the phone to adjust your angle for the perfect headshot.

 

Control & Display

Fastest response for the win

The control and display of the Lenovo Legion phones are stunning, delivering vibrant colors and a consistently stellar visual experience. Gain the upper hand with ultra-fast touch latency and experience incredibly fluid and blur-free gameplay with its 144Hz refresh rate. With the FHD+ AMOLED display and dual front-facing stereo speakers, you can now see and hear the enemy coming your way in vivid detail. 

  • Dual front-facing stereo speakers
  • 240Hz touch sampling rate

Horizontal Pop-up Camera

A live broadcast room you can take with you anywhere 

Never miss your moment of glory, with the first horizontal, front-facing, pop-up camera that you can activate in 0.5 seconds. Armed with 20MP resolution, quad-mic noise cancellation, background-removal, and beautification software, you can now optimize your live streaming anywhere, anytime. 

  • Two rear-facing cameras (64MP ultra-high-definition + 16MP ultra-wide-angle)
  • Wi-Fi 6 & 5G connectivity

 

Desktop Gameplay Mode, Keyboard & Mouse Keymapping 

The power of Lenovo Legion on the big screen

Expand your gaming experience to the desktop with a type-C connector hub and keyboard and mouse keymapping. Turn it into a game console with gamepad support via cable or Bluetooth. 

  • Seamless expansion to desktop-style gameplay

 

Every hero needs a sidekick

Manage and access your entire library of games on Legion Realm. And personalize your phone’s performance with Legion Assistant, a dashboard you can summon to see real-time metrics or to activate “Overclocking” mode. 

  • Legion Realm 
  • Legion Assistant

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telo GameZ Lenovo Legion at a glance

  • World’s first deep customized horizontal UI
  • Dual batteries and Dual Type-C 90W Turbo Charging 
  • Dual liquid, mid-thermal floating cooling system
  • World’s first Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 865 Plus processor
  • 4D motion-sensing control
  • Side-mounted charging port
  • 33ms touch latency with 240Hz touch sampling rate 
  • 1ms response time and 144Hz refresh rate
  • FHD AMOLED display with Dolby Vision™
  • Dual front-facing 3X stereo speakers
  • Customizable LED lighting
  • First horizontal, front-facing, pop-up camera
  • Ready for live streaming gameplay anytime, anywhere
  • Wi-Fi 6 and 5G
  • Desktop gameplay mode (keyboard and mouse keymapping enabled)
  • Dedicated game launchpad (Legion Realm) and assistant (Legion Assistant) for an optimized experience

 

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Top 10 Retro Games that defined our childhood: ‘90s edition

‘90s retro games that changed our childhood

Today the world has moved to 5G and gaming has become self-expression with on-the-go gaming devices like specialized power-packed gaming smartphones. But the ‘90s was an era charged with creativity and the renaissance of retro video games, ask any millennial today and most of them will tell you what an amazing time it was to be a kid in the ’90s. Retro games welcomed and revolutionized the technology era with dial-up internet and chunky monitors.

Here’s your trip down the memory lane with some of the best retro ‘90s games that shaped our childhood:

 

  1. Doom (1993)

Retro Games - Doom 1993 A game that needs no introduction. The father of dystopian murder simulation, Doom was a game-changer (pun intended). What Mario did for jumping, Doom did for first-person shooting games. Distinguished by being a pioneer in its field, the game was way ahead of its time with 3D graphics, violence, an intense storyline and hordes of gory demons from Hell. As a tribute, 27 years after its initial release, the first 3 versions of Doom were made available for purchase on Steam.

Platforms: MS-DO, Android, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Saturn

Watch: https://youtu.be/jP2jI0BVG0w

 

  1. Tomb Raider (1996)

This game was the beginning of the famous Tomb Raider series, a game inevitably stuck in the minds of 90’s players. Lara Croft, a bold archeologist, takes you on her rich adventures in a world unlike any other. Tomb Raider was inspired by Egyptian antiquities and cult classics like Tank Girl and Indiana Jones. It wasn’t all about fighting opponents and jumping around guns-blazing, the game included exciting puzzles mixed with remarkable graphics and music. Tomb Raider was first released on Sega.

Platforms: Sega Saturn, MS-DOS, PlayStation, Mac OS, N-Gage, Pocket PC, iOS, Android

Watch: https://youtu.be/byJ5to20C6I

 

  1. Mortal Kombat (1992)

Finish him! Did someone say martial arts and street fighting retro games in the ’90s? Mortal Kombat hands down remains one of the most popular fighting games in the history of the genre. An arcade fighting game developed and published by Midway Company, Mortal Kombat was issued on almost every home platform at the time. Praised by critics and raved by fans, the game was an instant bestseller with its recent version, Mortal Kombat 11 out in 2019.

Platforms: Sega Mark III, Sega Genesis, Microsoft Windows, Super Nintendo Entertainment System

Watch: https://youtu.be/hvo-Yep16FY

 

  1. Prince of Persia (1989)

Prince of Persia is a fictional cinematic game designed and implemented by Jordan Mechner for Apple II and published by Broderbund, set in ancient Persia where players control an unnamed hero who must wade through a series of dungeons to defeat Jafar and protect the imprisoned princess. The game won the approval of critics and is often considered a huge leap in computer graphics of the ’90s.

Platforms: Apple II, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, MS-DOS, iOS, Amiga

Watch: https://youtu.be/Xv20j8ChtRY

 

  1. GTA: Vice City (2002)

Retro Classic Game - GTA Vice City Another cult classic behind the digital revival of the ’90s, our kickass GTA: Vice City. An open-world, action-adventure game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games as part of the Grand Theft Auto series, the game takes place in a fictional ‘Vice City’, and follows the exploits of a gangster, Tommy, after his release from prison, slowly building a criminal empire in Miami.

With iconic music, versatile storylines and game-changing characters, GTA: Vice City lived up to the reputation of GTA: III.

Platforms: Android, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, Xbox, iOS, PlayStation 3, macOS, Fire OS

 

  1. Sonic: The Hegdehog (1991)

Retro Games we loved - Sonic: The Hedgehog Taking the gaming world by storm, for an entire generation of gamers, this is where it all started. Sega’s brainchild against a mustached Italian plumber (ahem… Mario), Sonic attempts to defeat Dr. Robotnik, a scientist who has imprisoned animals in robots. Gameplay was fairly simple, like collecting rings as a form of energy, and an even easier control system, with one button to jump and attack.

Platforms: Sega Genesis, Sega Mark III, Microsoft Windows

Watch: https://youtu.be/Stqo8KmTz2A

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  1. Death Race (1990)

Nintendo players described Death Race as the “spiritual ancestor” of the GTA series. A mighty high claim we’d say.

Death Race is a combat vehicle video game developed by American Values ​​Cartridges, set in eight American cities that the player visits consecutively: San Diego, Phoenix, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, Chicago, Raleigh, and New York.

In each city, the player drives an armored sports car equipped with surface-to-air missiles and fast fire cannons, where his performance is measured by the number of kills. Players can use the money earned in the game to upgrade their car’s engine, tires, rifles and missiles.

Platforms: Nintendo Entertainment System

Watch: https://youtu.be/7GMWZOHhV40

 

  1. Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)

Retro Games - Street Fighter II Seen as a unique revolutionary moment in its kind, Street Fighter’s launch is credited with promoting the fighting genre during the 90s and inspiring other producers to create their own fighting video series. The game sparked a renaissance in the video game industry, having an impact on competitive video games and wider pop-culture such as movies and music.

If you are one of the select few who hasn’t been introduced to its awesomeness, Street Fighter II is a 1v1 competitive fighting game developed by Capcom, originally released for arcade systems, and is the second installment in the Street Fighter series.

Platforms: Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Arcade game, PlayStation

Watch: https://youtu.be/xI284D4y1q4

 

  1. Metal Gear Solid (1998)

Retro Games - Metal Gear Solid Redefining stealth in the ’90s was Metal Gear Solid, a mission game absolutely unparalleled in its time, developed by Konami and released for the PlayStation, it was directed, produced and written by Hideo Kojima.

Unlike other games, Metal Gear Solid knew how to tell a story. Players control Recruiter Snake, a soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons facility to neutralize the terrorist threat from the defected Special Forces unit. Snake must free the hostages and prevent terrorists from launching a nuclear strike. Techniques used in the game are still of incomparable magnificence.

Platforms: PlayStation, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows

Watch: https://youtu.be/5SA5VVBb2bU

 

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)

Retro Games - Legend of Zelda An action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo, The Legend of Zelda was the first game in its series with 3D graphics. Developed by Nintendo and led by five directors, the story and music were given great attention.

Praised by critics for its visuals, sound, gameplay, soundtrack, and writing, it has been widely cited as one of the greatest retro games of all time, with numerous publications ranking it the greatest video game ever. The game was a commercial success with more than 7 million copies sold worldwide. Ocarina of Time truly shaped the future of RPG games.

Platforms: Nintendo 64, GameCube, Wii

Watch: https://youtu.be/pF7p9hruSeY

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Move To Game – Saudi Sports Federation’s new initiative

Move to Game is KSA’s 1st  initiative combining physical sports & esports

Move to Game is an initiative launched by the Saudi Sports for All Federation and the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports (SAFEIS) in April 2020. Supported by the Quality of Life Program as part of the nation’s Vision 2030 goals, Move to Game is the first initiative of its kind that combines physical sports and electronic games, with the aim of encouraging community members to move and practice sports activities in the Kingdom. 

The initiative is focusing on two major categories. The first one being specifically for physical activities such as walking, exercising and achieving the biggest goal of 10 billion steps. The second is Esports challenges for the most popular game titles, with the aim of enhancing a players’ mental health.

Let’s Move 

There are many ways in which you can move while staying at home, whether you’re watching TV or reading a book, or playing exciting video games with your family!

The initiative aims to motivate citizens and residents to walk and get physically active. You can choose any challenge you like from a variety of great options:

  • Fitness Challenges

Quick challenges that don’t exceed one minute, for various exercises such as squats, jumping jacks, and shuffle.

Try to change your routine by trying these exciting sports challenges and level up your fitness goals.

  • Step Challenges

Count your steps and reach the set target, for a chance to win exciting rewards.

The challenges are spread over a week, where you can choose from a two-day or a continuous 4-day walk challenge. 

  • CSGs Challenges

Challenges between registered Community Sports Groups on the SFA platform where local and professional groups compete to win. 

 

  • Sports Federations Challenges

Introduced by the Saudi Sports Federation, these challenges are focused on sports of your choice, like basketball, football, tennis, and many more. Find like-minded people to compete with and enhance your skills in a professional manner.

Read more on the official website!

Let’s Game 

The goal of this initiative is to improve the mental health and physical health of all esports players. Let’s Game gives you the chance to join a gaming hub and choose between two kinds of challenges. Either you join Esports tournaments for all your favorite and popular games such as FIFA, Rocket League, Fortnite – as solo, duo or squad – or you can join online tournaments for classic fun games such as Uno and Ludo.

For now, the initiative spans the citizens and residents of KSA with promises to expand to other countries in the near future.

 

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Hala Yalla is the super team behind the technology that has powered many of the biggest sports and entertainment events in the Kingdom over the past 2 years in partnership with the most prominent federations and governmental entities – Jeddah Season, Diriyah Season, WWE, Baloot Championship, Formula E and more.

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Top 10 Hala Yalla App Groups & Communities You Must Join

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Top 10 Hala Yalla App Groups & Communities You Must Join

Our top 10 Hala Yalla app groups you should join

We live, laugh, and learn together from the people in our communities. And communities come to our rescue in trying times like these. Hala Yalla app groups are here to do just that. 

As humans, we feel a strong need to belong. To one another, to our friends and families, to our culture and country. This is because belonging is primal, fundamental to our sense of happiness and well-being.

We’re dependable creatures and need to be part of something. Being in a group, belonging to a community, feeling part of a club, a team or a movement helps us to live better.

At Hala Yalla app groups, we give you a place to share, organize, host, join and do so much more with like-minded people. Read on to find the top 10 public groups you must be part of… 

 

  • Jeddah

One of the oldest cities in the Kingdom, Jeddah is the historic crossroads between ancient and new, traditional and modern. From its enormous Red Sea coastline to spacious architecture, Jeddah is fast-paced and a little rough around the edges.

If your heart belongs in this cultural gateway and you’d like to meet fellow Jeddah-lovers, join the group today!

 

  • All About KAEC

Bird-eye view of the advanced KAEC

Know everything about this next-gen city in KAEC’s group on Hala Yalla. Live a modern and healthy lifestyle, with immense business and development opportunities in King Abdullah Economic City. 

Expand to meet your business aspirations, take your career to new heights, or just visit for a weekend getaway – KAEC is Saudi’s future. 

Join the group today and stay up to date with all things KAEC!

 

  • All Things Apple

All the latest Apple products including MacBook Pro, iWatch, and iPhone X for all Apple-lovers

If you’re a true, ardent Apple fan whose faith in the brand is unshakable, then this is the perfect group for you. 

Obsess over the newest, greatest updates with other iOS lovers, fawn over recent gadgets and get support for all things Apple.

Join the group now!

 

  • Ecommerce Apps UX & Design – Saudi

Good UX design example for Ecommerce apps

Ecommerce apps are changing how you interact with your consumers, it’s a retail outlet in their pocket. When it comes to UX and design of these eCommerce apps, it’s important to understand user behavior and psychology that make your app stand out from the rest. 

Join some of the brightest UX minds to transform Ecommerce in Saudi by being a part of this group.

 

  • Hala Yalla Football Group

Footballers playing on the field

Football is played, broadcasted, and loved all over Saudi Arabia. It’s the Kingdom’s pulse that binds and connects people from all regions. A sport that brings folks together with feelings of belonging, loyalty, and passion. Everyone can be a part of a football community. 

Join the largest football group on Hala Yalla to host, organize, or be part of community matches as well as large-scale tournaments. Cheer for your favorite club as the field calls you, join Hala Yalla’s football group today!

 

  • Adrenaline Adventure Team

An adventurous person jumping between two cliffs

Explore the world outside your comfort zone, whether it’s mountain biking, desert safaris, snorkeling or any other adventurous sport. Nurture your wild spirit and join the group of adventurous explorers on Hala Yalla.

Here are the adventurous places in Saudi you can visit with your team!

  • Sports Group

An assortment of all sports gears placed circularly on a grassy field, including a tennis racket, football, baseball gloves, etc

Sports play a crucial role in building communities and connecting people in a society. As part of our nation’s Vision 2030 goals, we’d like to facilitate mass participation in sports and physical activities among people.

Join the sports group with enthusiastic members on Hala Yalla, find the best sporting activities around you and bond over your favorite games. 

 

  • Nutrition and Health

Essential fruits and vegetables placed in a beautiful heart shape on a wooden surface, teaching you to eat healthy is the nutrition group on Hala Yalla

Good nutrition has a direct effect on the overall wellbeing of a community. The combination of changes in food patterns and sedentary lifestyles among people in the Kingdom has contributed to various health hazards. 

Join the Health and Nutrition group on Hala Yalla to get the perfect support on your fitness journey.

Read more about the Top Benefits of Healthy Eating. 

 

  • Arab Hiking

An adventurer with a backpack heads towards the Saudi mountains in summer, learn more by joining the Arab Hiking group on Hala Yalla

Whether you have thousands of miles logged in the forest or you’re a newbie interested in learning more about the benefits of hiking, joining a hiking group will help you expand your horizons and get outdoors more often. 

Meet avid hikers in Arab Hiking’s group on Hala Yalla and scale the tallest peaks of our magnificent desert. Join the group today!

 

  • Dive Point Divers

A diver surrounded by hoards of fishes near the seabed, among the groups on Hala Yalla

Diving is a team sport. Even though you believe this activity is your solitary, personal chance to connect with the world below the surface, it can get a bit lonely down there, with only fishes for company. 

If you feel like you’re not getting in the water that often, or need your crew to expand, join Saudi’s top divers & explore the deepest parts of the ocean. Join the Dive Point Divers group on Hala Yalla today. 

There you have it! If you’re part of an existing thriving community, reach out to a wider audience through multiple community features on Hala Yalla Super App. 

Let’s come together, the time is now.

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