Symbols in Religon

 

Many religious symbols mean different things to different faiths. However, some have a more rich history than others. I will be looking at 3 religious symbols, the Cross (Christianity), The Cresent Moon (Islam) and the Yin & Yang (Chinese).

Christianity

The Cross is one of the most well-known symbols of religion due to the fact that Christianity has over 2.4 billion followers or 33% of the global population,. This means that a lot of people see the cross where ever they go. Most Citys around the world will have a cross scattered around it. Be that in a church or houses of followers. During the first two centuries of Christianity, the cross was rare in Christian iconography, as it depicts a purposely painful and gruesome method of public execution and Christians were reluctant to use it. In its place, they used The Staurogram. The staurogram was first used to abbreviate stauros, the Greek word for cross in very early New Testament manuscripts such as P66, P45 and P75, almost like a nomen sacrum (Sacred Name), and may visually have represented Jesus on the cross.  It was known also as the Tau-Rho, and the Monogrammatic cross.330px-Staurogram.svg.png The Cross which Christianity uses today wasn’t actually the symbol until the 4th century of the existence of the religion.  Today Many see the cross as a symbol of atonement and remind Christians of God’s love in sacrificing his own son for humanity. It represents Jesus’ victory over sin and death since it is believed that through his death and resurrection he conquered death itself.

 

Judaism

The Star of David is not as big as it other counterparts in the Abrahamic religions. These being Islam and Christianity. The faith had has only a fraction of the followers with 15 Million+ in 2016. It is a generally recognized symbol of modern Jewish identity and Judaism.  Its shape is that of a hexagram, the compound of two equilateral triangles. The Star of David was never a uniquely Jewish symbol, although it had been used in that way as a printer’s colophon since the sixteenth century.  A Star of David, often yellow, was used by the Nazis during the Holocaust to identify Jews. After the German invasion of Poland in 1939, there initially were different local decrees forcing Jews to wear distinct signs (e.g. in the General Government, a white armband with a blue Star of David; in the Warthegau, a yellow badge, in the form of a Star of David, on the left breast and on the back).Star_of_David.svg.png

 

 

 

Islam

Islam is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion teaching that there is only one incomparable God (Allah) and that Muhammad is the messenger of God. It is the world’s second-largest religion and the fastest-growing major religion in the world, with over 1.8 billion followers or 24.1% of the global population, known as Muslims. Muslims make up a majority of the population in 50 countries. Islam teaches that God is merciful, all-powerful, unique, and has guided mankind through prophets, revealed scriptures and natural signs. The primary scriptures of Islam are the Quran, viewed by Muslims as the verbatim word of God, and the teachings and normative example of Muhammad (pbuh).

The star and crescent symbol was the emblem of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century, and gradually became associated with Islam in late 19th-century Orientalism.

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Pagan/Satanic Symbols

Many people see Pagan and think of Devil worshippers how by definition a Pagan is a  person holding religious beliefs other than those of the main world religions. Meaning that many unknown religions that can have perfectly good beliefs.

 

 

The Pentagram/ Pentacle

Many people think about the Pentagram/Pentacle and think about devil worshippers, however, this isn’t strictly true. There are two types of the pentagram and it is based on the placement of the actual star. The first pentagram was actually called a Pentacle and it used as a symbol for Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism. It’s used for protection as in the famous Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram as well as in other rituals.  It is said that the five points of the pentagram/Pentacle represent the five elements: Fire at the lower right, Earth at the lower left, Water at the upper right, Air at the upper left, and Spirit at the top.  However, if the pentagram is turned upside down then it is the sign of some satanic religions.

 

 

The Caduceus

This is the symbol of two snakes wrapping around a knife or blade and is seen on Baphomet which many people believe is what Satan looks like in human form or is a deity/Idol of Satanists.170px-Caduceus.svg.png

 

 

 

Two-finger salute

Two fingers on the right-hand point up and two on the left-hand point down, meaning “as above, so below”. These words and the accompanying gesture are familiar to occultists. They are drawn from the ancient works of Hermes Trismegistus, whose writings became popular during the Renaissance and Reformation. The phrase is also used in relation to science, the universe and God, but Levi wrote that, by making the gesture, his Baphomet “expresses the perfect harmony of mercy with justice”.

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Game Research (Megaman)

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The First MegaMan I ever played was Mega Man Xtreme (Rock Man X: Cyber Mission in Japan ) was released on the Game Boy Color on the 20 October 2000 and wasn’t the first of its kind. 30+ Games included the Character Mega Man/ Rock Man in. Mega Man has to be one of my favourites when it comes to the Sidescroller genre. I love the fact that X or Mega man acquired many permanent upgrades which would benefit you in later stages.

Mega Man Xtreme takes place within the Mega Man X series timeline, during the 22nd century in which humans and intelligent androids called “Reploids” coexist. Daily life is under constant threat by “Mavericks”, Reploids that have turned to a life of crime. The series follows the exploits of Mega Man X and his partner Zero, a pair of “Maverick Hunters” led by the benevolent Dr Cain. This police force has been responsible for suppressing the threat of robotic, criminal activity, particularly that of a dangerous Maverick leader named Sigma. At the opening of the normal difficulty mode of Mega Man Xtreme, a hacker named Techno from a band called the “Shadow Hunters” breaks into the world’s Mother Computer, destabilizing all of the networks and allowing Mavericks to run wild everywhere.

The gameplay is similar of that of Sonic where the player has to traverse many walls, platforms and other such things to find the end of the level and fight the boos waiting at the end. As the player progresses, helpful power-ups such as health, weapon energy, and extra lives can be found or dropped from slain foes. Permanent power-ups include special tanks that extend the player’s life bar and armour parts that grant X new abilities. The Graphics are also similar to that of Sonic and share the same idea that the background matches the level to create a seamless effect so as you move further “across” the level the background moves too.

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Game Reasearch (Sonic)

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Many people would agree with me that Sonic is always going to be one of those games that stand the test of time. I like Sonic due to the fact that over the many games the idea and gameplay haven’t really changed. It|s still for the most part a 2D side-scroller which is how the original Sonic Games that many people remember.

The overall look of the game also stayed partly the same where all the stages are all 2D backgrounds and the “track/path” Sonic would run on the Finish Stages which would be on top of this. However both the two elements would look identical So the layer is not noticeable. The Story has stayed the same as all the Sonic games you are challenged to go through stages to fight Docter Eggman’s Many forms/bosses that you find throughout the game.

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The characters are fairly simple and this can make the character of Sonic stand out a lot and iis perhaps the reason why he is one of the biggest known names in gaming. This comes with the fact that Nintendo Owns him and most Nintendo characters get pretty well known as most Nintendo games are well made.

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Game Reasearch (Legend of Zelda)

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Many people know of the game franchise as it has gained a massive fan base and all the games whatever console they were on were amazing in their own way. My Personal favourite would have to be Majoras Mask Due to the time limit (3 days in game time). This adds a new layer of gameplay. However, I will be focusing on the original LOZ released on the Nintendo NES in February 1986.

The series centres on Link, the playable character and chief protagonist. Link is often given the task of rescuing Princess Zelda and the kingdom of Hyrule from Ganon, who is the principal antagonist of the series; however, other settings and antagonists have appeared in several titles. The games’ plots commonly involve a relic known as the Triforce, a set of three omnipotent golden triangles. The protagonist in each game is usually not the same incarnation of Link, but a few exceptions exist (seen above).

Since the original The Legend of Zelda was released in 1986, the series has expanded to include 19 entries on all of Nintendo’s major game consoles, as well as a number of spin-offs. An American animated TV series based on the games aired in 1989 and individual manga adaptations commissioned by Nintendo have been produced in Japan since 1997. The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo’s most prominent and successful franchises, selling over 75 million copies as of 2016.

The First LOZ game has decent graphics for when it was released but when compared to the 2017 Counterpart the graphics really have improved. And this is the same for all aspects.

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Game Research (CS 1.6)

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CS 1.6 was made by two Modders which altered the code of Garry’s Mod to create this stand alone game, which then spawned Counter Strike Source and Counter Strike Global Offensive: Global Offensive. The Counter-Strike series is an objective-based, multiplayer first-person shooter. Two opposing teams, known as the Terrorists and the Counter Terrorists, compete in game modes to complete objectives, such as securing a location to plant or defuse a bomb and rescuing or guarding hostages.  

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At the end of each round, players are rewarded based on their individual performance with in-game currency to spend on more powerful weapons in subsequent rounds. Winning rounds results in more money than losing, and completing objectives such as killing enemy players gives cash bonuses. Uncooperative actions, such as killing teammates, results in a penalty. This meant that the Game is very much focused on communication with your team mates as if no Info is given you have no clue what to do.

Overall I enjoy the game due to the fact that many people who are good at the game still play it to this day even though the game was released in 2000. 1.6 Counter Strike was the first version to really gain an audience and a player base. Previous versions were bug testing and other things to make the game better.

Visually The game is pretty good for the time that it was released. Since 2000 when it was released there have been several updates to the game that improved both gameplay and the look and aesthetics of the game. 1.6 compared the newest game in the franchise is terrible as many things have been improved. 1.6 had very box like character models and the GUI was the hardest to navigate in 1.6.

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The Buy menu would take up the whole screen and most of the time you would have no clue what buttons to press to get to where you needed.

 

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Game Research (PAC-MAN)

Pac-Man is a Japanese arcade game released in 1980 by Namco and published in North America by Midway. The first sequels were primarily released in arcades, while later titles were released on video game consoles. The original was released on an Arcade Machine where many people because very good at the game and figured out how to get impressively high scores. I love PAC-MAN due to the fact that many people can not beat my high score.

The gameplay is very simple. The map is filled with dots and to complete a level you must collect all of the dots. The HUD is also simple as your lives are displayed at the bottom left of the screen (See below)

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Stop Animation Research

Stop motion animation (also called stop frame animation) is animation that is captured one frame at time, with physical objects that are moved between frames. When you play back the sequence of images rapidly, it creates the illusion of movement.

Clay animation or claymation is one of many forms of stop motion animation. Each animated piece, either character or background, is “deformable”—made of a malleable substance, usually Plasticine clay.

Pixilation (from pixilated) is a stop motion technique where live actors are used as a frame-by-frame subject in an animated film, by repeatedly posing while one or more frame is taken and changing pose slightly before the next frame or frames. The actor becomes a kind of living stop motion puppet.