Soccer Physics

How to Win at Soccer Physics

Soccer Physics is a really funny football game, crafted by Otto Ojala. Just one button is used to control both players on your team. Press it and it will make them jump upwards, flinging a leg out to kick air like puppets. The gameplay is that simple but it’s not easy to win. So let’s see how to play it wisely to embrace victory.

Don’t spam your shots!

The best way to score an own goal is to shoot first. At the start, the ball falls between the strikers. If you shoot first, your striker and your goalkeeper will jump together. Then the ball will bounce against the opposing striker and roll into your cage, right before your players land on the ground. 1-0. Next round. Yes, it’s that simple to give one away.

Patience pays off

The artificial intelligence of Soccer Physics is as dumb as an oyster. The opponent team jumps randomly when the ball comes close to it. So the easiest way to win is to let it play alone. When the game starts, let the opponent shoot first. The ball will bounce against your own striker and roll under the opponent striker. Then the goalkeeper will hit it and the ball will bounce in the back of his partner right into their cage. In fact, you just have to let the opponent team spam their shots.  So be patient, don’t touch the button and let the computer make a fool of itself.

Be on your guard

Now, the tactic becomes tricky. While you wait for the opponent team to score an own goal, the easiest way for you to lose is to see the ball fly above your goalkeeper. It happens very often. Too often. But, as you certainly noticed, goalkeepers jump higher than strikers. So hit the button as fast as you can to let your goalkeeper jump and send the ball far away from your cage.

Out of play

In Soccer Physics, the ball can go out of bounds. So when your team is in danger, don’t bother to keep the ball on the field and to risk a point. Kick it out of play with your goalkeeper or your striker. Then the game will restart and you will be able to play with better odds to win this round.

How to score a goal

Sometimes, at the start of Soccer Physics, the ball lands closer to you than to the opponent. So wait for the other team to jump randomly and strike the ball to send it under them right into their cage before they land on the ground.

The essence of Soccer Physics

The physics of this game are so random that you can’t control everything. Sometimes the opponent scores an own goal in seconds. Sometimes you lose after several attempts to control the ball. And to endure a 5-0 score is not that rare. But this is why Soccer Physics is a funny game! Nevertheless, you can increase your odds of winning by applying  the tactics I described previously.

So have fun playing Soccer Physics on your computer or on your Apple device. And if you’re tired of the dumb artificial intelligence, try the multiplayers mode!

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How to Take Better Photos

No matter how many pictures you take with your camera, if you don’t use your brain, they will look very ordinary. Therefore here is an article to learn how to make great shots.

Note : This is a résumé of the first chapter of Joel Sartore’s Fundamentals of Photography, a video course available here. If you are interested in taking better pictures, I highly recommend it.

Rule of three

A great pic is about three things :

  1. great light,
  2. great composition,
  3. something interesting.

1. Great light

Of course great light often is found at sunset and at sunrise. But you can make great pictures in an overcast day too. Shadows are smooth and light is soft. Just remember that shooting portraits of people squinting in harsh summer light won’t get you good results. So choose what to shoot according to the light of the moment, which is different each and every day.

2. Great composition

This one is a bit more tricky. Composition is about the subject of your picture, the space around it, the background and the way you shoot it altogether.

So try to get a better background. Get closer, or more remote to include something in the picture. Try new angles. Climb upstairs, crouch or get behind a window to create a frame around your subject. The key is to move around your subject to find the best composition.

3. Something interesting

A great picture is not necessarily about something rarely shot, like an endangered species or an amazing car. It’s also about going way beyond the original situation. You can shoot great pictures everywhere! Even in your own backyard. No need to travel far. For example, if you’re shooting your dog in your garden, it may result in ordinary and boring pictures. But if you’re shooting it in an interesting situation, like jumping to catch a ball in the morning light, it will give you better images to show.

To sum up the rule of three, a great picture is made when what you see becomes bigger than the original situation. So, go way beyond the original situation. Make it epic!

Good pictures and gear

The gear

Making great shots is not about the gear. Or the money you put in it. It’s about thinking critically and seeing well. Without using your eyes and brain, even the fanciest camera won’t get you a good picture.

And remember that control buttons are easy to master. You just have to read the manual of your camera. Seeing well is the real challenge.

But still, master the basic control buttons, so, no matter the camera you’re using, you’ll be able to get good pictures.

Always have a camera with you…

If something interesting is happening, you’ll be able to take great pictures… But only if you carry a camera with you. Always have a camera with you : a DSLR, a point and shoot or a smartphone.

… but don’t shoot everything!

If you’re shooting an important event of your personal life, you’re missing it. And later you’ll probably regret it. Sometimes, it’s wiser just to put the gear down and enjoy the moment.

Learn from others

Now, the next time you see a great picture, ask yourself these questions :

  • Why is it a good shot?
  • How did the photographer manage the light of the moment?
  • How is the image composed? What is in the background?
  • What is the subject and what makes it interesting?

To sum up this article, taking better photos is about using your eyes and brain to solve visual problems.

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