Niconico is a Japanese video-sharing service on the web. "Niconico" or "nikoniko" is the Japanese ideophone for smiling. As of September 2015, Niconico is the tenth most visited website in Japan, according to Alexa traffic rankings; the site won the Japanese Good Design Award in 2007, an Honorary Mention of the Digital Communities category at Prix Ars Electronica 2008. Users can upload and share video clips. Unlike other video sharing sites, comments are overlaid directly onto the video, synced to specific playback times; this feature allows comments to respond directly to events occurring in the video, in sync with the viewer—creating a sense of a shared watching experience. Together with Hiroyuki Nishimura serving as director at Niwango until February 2013, Niconico's atmosphere and cultural context are close to 2channel's or Futaba Channel's. Many popular videos on this site have otaku tastes, such as anime, computer games, pop music. Niconico offers a feature for users to tag videos; each video may have up to eleven tags.

This functionality can be used not only as categorization, but as critical commentary, satire, or other humor related to the video's content. The site is known for its MAD videos and its medleys of popular songs on the website, most notably Kumikyoku Nico Nico Douga. Niconico distributed some original net animations, such as Candy Boy, Tentai Senshi Sunred, Penguin Musume Heart. Other features include: Mylist: Each user may create "mylists", which function to a list of bookmarks. Users can have up to 25 mylist folders, but the number of videos per folder depends on the user's membership status. A basic account can have 100 videos per folder. Under this limit, a free member can have up to 2,500 mylisted videos, while premium members can mylist up to 12,500 videos. Daily mylist activity is used to compute the default ranking view, although one may sort by view or comment count. Mylists may be optionally made public and linked to. Uploader comments: The uploader of a video may attach permanent comments to the video.

This feature is suitable for some cases as lyrics, or corrections. Nicoscript: By using special commands in the uploader comments, the uploader can add special effects to the video, including voting, automatic transfer to another video, quiz scoring, other features; the first version of Niconico used YouTube as a video source. When the site grew, YouTube's server infrastructure strained due to increased traffic and bandwidth, forcing YouTube to block access from Niconico; as a result, Niconico ceased operations, but two weeks the site relaunched with an on-premises video server. On May 7, 2007, Niconico announced a mobile phone version of the website. Since August 9, 2007, "Nico Nico Douga Mobile" has serviced mobile phones of au; as of October 31, 2011, Niconico has over 23,690,000 registered users, 6,870,000 mobile users and 1,390,000 premium users. Due to the limited server capacity, Niwango limits the number of free users who can access the website at peak times, based on the time of registration.

The website is in Japanese, the majority of the site traffic is from Japan, although four percent is from outside Japan, notably one percent from Taiwan. Niconico launched a Taiwanese version of the site on October 18, 2007. In July 2008, Niconico launched German and Spanish language versions of the site, followed by an update for the Taiwanese language version. An English-language version was added on October 17, 2012, superseding the website, with translation functionality allowing users to translate video descriptions into English or Chinese. On April 27, 2012, Nico Nico Douga announced; the site introduced a new "Zero" update, which improves video resolution, along with various other upgrades. Niconico launched for the Nintendo Switch in Japan on July 13, 2017, was the Switch's first third-party media app in any market. In 2010, a version in English was in the works, in April 2011, an English language beta website, was launched. Unlike the Japanese counterpart of Niconico, hosted videos from YouTube, DailyMotion, Niconico.

Similar to the pre-2007 version of Niconico, users can view the hosted videos via a version of the Niconico player, complete with commenting and tagging systems. introduced video upload and live streaming functionalities. The site simulcast select anime titles from June 2011. On October 14, 2011, Niconico announced a partnership with Funimation Entertainment to form Funico, to handle licensing of anime properties for streaming and home video. With the implementation of English language features into, was retired on November 19, 2012, now redirects to the Japanese website. In March 2018, Niconico announced the end of English language community services; the main income of Niconico comes from premium membership subscriptions and Nico Nico Ichiba. Premium membershipUntil early 2019, users need to register an account to watch videos on Niconico. There are two types of registered accounts; the premium membership fee is ¥ 6,600 per year. As of January 2, 2012, they reached 1,500,000 premium members.

Users can purchase a premium subscription via PayPal. Japanese users can pay with mobil

Metal Dungeon

Metal Dungeon is a turn-based role-playing video game developed by Panther Software for Microsoft's Xbox game system. The game takes place in a fictional alternate reality where countries have access to advanced magitechnology. In the process of creating monsters with this technology using an ancient creature named "The Gods of Magic"; the player is a commander in charge of the Cyborg Enforcer Teams sent into the dungeon to reclaim it. The game featured 100 levels of randomly generated maps, the first ten being the games main story mode; the other 90 were extended play for players wanting to continue playing with their strong characters. As the game starts, you create a team of Enforcers for your expeditions into the dungeon, with the option to create over 40 total; when creating your characters you are given the ability to alter height, ethnicity and hair style as well as given a choice between the Fencer, Analyzer, Striker, or Broader classes. Several Advanced classes were available by finding Class Chips in the dungeon and applying them to your characters.

Once inside the dungeon, the players team must move around, find monsters and equipment while leveling up. A major point unsaid in game is that you are not expected to be able to beat a level's boss on the first time entering the level. Dungeons were randomly generated, most adhering to a typical design that made the map seem less random it was; each level has a control room that could be locked, holding a boss monster that must be defeated to win the level and unlock the next one. Fencer Fighter class that could use Hammers or Swords and had the rare chance of performing a move like a Final Fantasy "Limit Break" that would damage all enemies at once. Analyzer Ranged class. Without an Analyzer in the party, the player is unable to know how much health enemies have and their current HP amount. Analyzers used firearms ranging from laser beams, to machine guns, to rocket launchers that all shared the same in game model. Caster Basic Spell Caster that could be wired with a variety of Spell Chips either bought from the in-game shop or found in the dungeon.

Each spell had a number of charges. Casters automatically blocked. Broader The Jack-Of-All-Trades class that had a flat rate for all skill gains at the expense of leveling up slowly and was reserved for advanced players that foresaw spending a large time grinding. Striker A barbarian class that used combat gloves as their weapon; each strike had a rare chance of killing a non-boss enemy. Metal Dungeon was rated poorly for its simple game play, transparent story, character creation system; the game's setting turned it into a cult classic near for its magic-punk stylized world

Sonia Cruz

Sonia Yesenia Cruz Ayala is a Salvadoran beauty pageant titleholder, crowned Nuestra Belleza El Salvador 2010 and represented her country in the 2010 Miss Universe pageant. A resident of San Salvador, Cruz is pursuing a bachelor's degree in business management at Universidad Centroamericana "José Simeón Cañas" and will graduate in 2012. Prior to her participation in Nuestra Belleza El Salvador, Cruz was elected queen of Fiestas Agustinas, a traditional Salvadoran festivity in memory of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Cruz, who stands 1.73 m tall, competed as one of 15 finalists in her country's national beauty pageant, Nuestra Belleza El Salvador, held on June 25, 2010 at Telecorporación Salvadoreña studios in San Salvador, where she became the eventual winner of the title, gaining the right to represent El Salvador in Miss Universe 2010. As the official representative of her country to the 2010 Miss Universe pageant broadcast live from Paradise, Nevada on August 23, Cruz participated as one of 83 delegates who vied for the crown of eventual winner, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico.

After Miss Universe 2010, Cruz represented El Salvador in Miss Continente Americano 2010, held on September 18, 2010 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Official Nuestra Belleza El Salvador website