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5 Need to Know Features of the XBOX One

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5 Need to Know Features of the XBOX One

If you’re curious to see what the XBOX One is all about, read my quick article on all the new features!

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Top 5 March Video Game Releases

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Need a little reward after a grueling midterms week? Lucky for students, the month of March is filled with new and exciting game releases week after week. Everything from a brand new reboot of the Tomb Raider classic to the next installment of the ever popular first-person shooter BioShock Infinite. The only hard decision is…which one to play first.
Tomb Raider

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The first on the list is Square Enix’s Tomb Raider, which is set to be released on March 5th. Unlike the previous Tomb Raider games, Square Enix has revamped the story to make this the first of a series of games to follow. The reboot was used to overhaul the beginnings of the ever popular character Lara Croft. Her transformation from an unsure young woman to an ass-kicking superstar is tracked through this new story, made for both the newer generation of gamers as well as the long time followers. It is also the first Tomb Raider game to be given both an “M” (Mature) and a “18+” warning on the label. The art style also greatly resembles that of the Final Fantasy series.
A perfect fit for the island of Hawaii, the story takes place on an unknown island where a young Lara Croft has become shipwrecked with her crew, while on her way to make something of herself. And it is up to her to survive and help her shipmates while fighting off deadly inhabitants turned mercenaries that are out for blood.

This action-adventure platform game will be available for the XBOX360, PS3 and PC. There are two versions up for sale, the Tomb Raider: Final Hours Edition will be the usual $59.99 + tax, while the Tomb Raider Survival/Collector’s Edition is $99.99 + tax. The Collector’s Edition comes with: 1) a copy of the game, 2) Play Arts Kai Lara Croft Figurine, 3) Endurance Survival Kit Packaging, 4) a Lithographic Print, 5) Experience Shields, 6) CD Soundtrack, and 7) Downloadable content.

God of War: Ascension

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The next must have for this gaming season is God of War: Ascension, which is set to be released March 12th. This will be the seventh installment in the God of War series and it will be a prequel to the entire series.
God of War: Ascension takes place about 10 years before the original God of War series and is mostly centered around the theme of vengeance. Gamers will be playing as Kratos, but what will be different about this game is that Kratos is much more human. After being tricked by Ares into killing his wife and son, he is on a quest for redemption which also leads to his attempt to break bonds with Ares.
This third person action-adventure game will be released exclusively for the PS3. What’s more is that this will be the first game in the God of War series to have a multiplayer feature, as well as extra downloadable content. God of War fans won’t want to miss out! The regular edition is set to retail for $59.99 + tax, while the God of War: Ascension Collector’s Edition is set at a price of $79.99. The Collector’s Edition will include: 1) a copy of the game, 2) Exclusive 6″ Kratos Statue, 3) Premium Steelbook case, 4) a digital copy of the Official Soundtrack, 5) PS3 Dynamic Theme, 6) PSN Avatar Pack, 7) Multiplayer XP Boost Unlock, and 8) a pass for future downloadable content.
Gears of War: Judgment

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And with every PS3 exclusive game there comes an XBOX360 exclusive game. Gears of War: Judgment is set to release March 19th. This game will be the fourth in the Gears of War series.
Like most of the games being released this month, Gears of War: Judgment is a prequel to the other three in the series with the chronology of events in this game predating the rest. The protagonists in this game being Damon Baird and Augustus Cole. Gamers get to follow the Kilo Squad battle their way to try and save the city of Halvo Bay in the subsequent aftermath of Emergence Day.
Made for the XBOX360, this epic third-person shooter is priced at $59.99 + tax for the regular copy and $78.00 + tax for the Gears of War Judgment EB Games Special Edition. The special edition, which is only available at EB Games, comes with a Steelbook and multiplayer skins. The game will also feature two new multiplayer modes for gamers to try out.
BioShock Infinite

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Third in the BioShock series, BioShock Infinite is set to be released on March 26th.
Set in 1912, BioShock Infinite does not follow the same storyline as the first two in the series. This new game is instead set in the floating air-city of Columbia where gamers get to play as Booker DeWitt, a former Pinkerton agent, who has been sent to rescue the long time captive Elizabeth. Although Booker is successful in saving the 12-year detainee Elizabeth, it is up to them both to fight off the different factions of the city of Columbia. But not to stray too far from the original series, gamers will still get to use the same style combination of weapons, gear and psychokinetic powers. A plus that gamers can look forward to in this new game is the expansion of available combat challenges due to the open-air nature of the setting.
This first person shooter will be available on the XBOX360, PS3 and PC. The regular edition is set to retail at $59.99, while the premium edition is set at $79.99. There is also a rare Ultimate Songbird Collection that has been seen priced at around $300 to $550.
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

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And the ever popular StarCraft series is finally releasing the long awaited expansion pack for StarCraft: Wings of Liberty. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is also part two of the StarCraft II trilogy. The expansion pack will include additional units as well as changes to the multiplayer mode. Also featured is a continuation campaign of the main story that focuses on the Zerg race.

Set to take place two years after the events of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the main focus of this game will be on the Zerg race and on Sarah Kerrigan, who will be the protagonist as well as the anti-hero. Having regained her human form, Sarah is on a crusade to gain back leadership of her swarm, that has now been divided into many factions, while exacting vengeance on Arcturus Mengsk, Emperor of the Terran Dominion.

This military science fiction real-time strategy game developed by Blizzard is set to be released March 12th on PC and OS X. The regular edition will be priced as an expansion pack and will cost $39.99, where the collector’s edition is set at $79.99. In the collector’s edition gamers get: 1) a copy of the game, 2) exclusive behind the scenes dvd & blu-Ray 2-disc set, 3) soundtrack and art book, 4) Zero Rush mouse pad, and 5) exclusive in-game content.

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I CATCH YOUR POKEMON! I CATCH THEM ALL!

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I know this is an old video but I’ve been so addicted to it lately!

And for those of you who haven’t seen There Will Be Blood, here is the original clip:

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It’s just missing the bowling alley scene.

Ah~ Classic.

I DRINK YOUR MILKSHAKE! I DRINK IT ALL!!!!

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‘The Walking Dead’ Game Review

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I wrote a review for the ‘Walking Dead’ video game by Telltale games for my University paper and they published it today!

Hooray! Hoorah!

Here is a link to the online version of the article.

I’ll post the article on here as well!

Game review: ‘The Walking Dead’

Zombies and apocalyptic themes remain popular in the video game world today, but if you’re tired of the run-and-gun gameplay typical of the genre, Telltale Games has taken advantage of the popularity of “The Walking Dead” television series and created a video game that will satisfy any zombie fanatic – even those who aren’t fans of the show.

“The Walking Dead” is a decision-based game that is more focused on actions and emotions than the typical first-person shooter. It is available for platforms such as iOS, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and has five episodes that were released between April and November 2012.

While most “Walking Dead” fans are familiar with the characters from the television hit, this particular game is based on the original comic series by Robert Kirkman. Like the show, it has the same basic concept of a zombie wasteland, but also adds new story elements that allow the player to decide the outcomes to each story.

Gamers play from the point of view of Lee, a “criminal” charged with murder – the specific details are kept secret. It is the gamer’s job to choose which path Lee takes – whether it be one of aggressive, brutish behavior or compassion ¬– and if he is to do the right thing in any situation.

Each new decision has lasting consequences and changes the outcome of the overall story. While other action-based games are only fun the first time through, the same cannot be said about “The Walking Dead.” I’ve gone back several times to see what other alternative endings I could encounter, and I’ve watched many “Let’s Play” videos of situations that I haven’t even come close to yet.

Telltale Games has made a thrilling action-based game; players are made to anticipate each cliffhanger and life-changing event. With the use of quick-time events and timed responses, you have no time to zone out or get bored.

The action and situations presented are intensely realistic – whether it be jumping onto rooftops or deciding whom to side with in arguments among the group. I’ve flinched more than a couple of times when exploring unknown territories, having the lives of others solely in my hands and when hit with sudden “walker” attacks. A sense of urgency lurks in the background with risky and uncertain decision-making. Mix this with fear and anticipation, and you’re never sure what could happen next.

At the end of each episode, the game will display statistics of your actions compared to the choices that other gamers have made during the same situations. Were most people good, or did most people choose to sacrifice the safety of others for their own benefit? The outcomes can be surprising.

“The Walking Dead” is definitely one of the best games of 2012 and well worth the investment. It is suspenseful but also has a gripping storyline with developed characters. Fans of the television show, try out the game to get your “Walking Dead” fix before the series returns in February. For those of you who have already enjoyed “The Walking Dead” game series, look out for the second season, set for release sometime in 2013.

Five torches out of five

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Heavy Rain Pillowcases DIY

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For those of you who know me know that I LOVE video games so why not do a video game DIY right?

I made these bad boys 2 years ago but they were at my mother in law’s place but she thought I might like to take them home so we could have them here.

Boy did I forget how creative I could be!

For those of you who haven’t played Heavy Rain here’s a little background info:

Basically there is a murderer committing a string of unsolved murders to which you must play different characters in order to figure out who is the culprit. And the key evidence that was left at each murder scene was a piece of origami.

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While walking through Ikea I came across this fabric and I instantly KNEW what I was going to do with them.

My boyfriend (now husband) and I were geographically separated due to work and school so I wanted to make pillowcases for him.

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I bought the black and white fabric from downtown LA. The white fabric I bought is normally used for baby products and is very soft because of it.

So here are the materials that you need for this fun DIY project:
(Measurements are for 2 pillowcases, divide for single pillowcase).

1.75 yards of fabric for the Main Body fabric
(You can always just round up to 2 yards if you are afraid of mistakes or are worried about the fabric shrinking or fitting larger pillows).

2/3 yard for the Band fabric

1/4 yard for the Trim fabric

Cutting Measurements :

2 panels of 27″ x 42″ for the Main Body fabric
(The seams will be about 1/2 inch so if you need to change the length or width of the cut due to pillow size remember to take that into account).

For the Band and Trim fabric you can adjust depending on how you want the finished pillowcase to look .

The length will have to be 42″ to match that of the Main Body fabric but the width can be varied on preference.

For my band I cut 1 ½” x 42″ while for the trim I did about 4″ x 42″.

Don’t pick fabrics that shrink (unless you prewash), are hard to sew or are hard to maintain unless it is for purely decorative purposes.

Sewing Guidelines :

All seams are 1/2″.

First, take your band fabric and your trim fabric and fold them lengthwise so that the pattern that you want is facing the inside of the fold (wrong side). Take an iron and press both pieces of fabric.

The right side is the pretty side which is seen when the project is done.
The wrong side is the back of the right side, it usually is not as bright or pretty.

Next, baste the folded trim strip to the band 1⁄8″ from the raw edges along the length of the strips.

Basting is long easily removable stitches, sewn by machine or by hand. Basting stitches are sewn to temporarily hold fabric together. 

Next, pin the band with the trim positioned in the middle by aligning the raw edges together. Sew all three pieces together.

Now it’s time to fold the pillowcase with the right sides together. Make sure to align and match the band, seamline and lower edges. Sew all the raw or open areas together.

Trim any excess fabric there may be and then turn the pillowcase inside out and iron it one more time and PRESTO! You’ve got yourself a homemade pillowcase!

You may double stitch, zig zag or finish the seams if you are worried that they are going to come lose or fall apart.

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Adventure Time DS Game Review

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Since I got it for Christmas and have already finished it I thought I should post a review.

The game is called, “Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?!” and it is about $29.95 for both the DS and the 3DS.

Being a huge Adventure Time fan I couldn’t wait to play the game even though I had read some so so reviews about it before it had come out. But like any game, Adventure Time too has its pros and cons.

Cons:

1. Game was WAY too short. I think I’ve played longer games of Tetris! (And I’m not even good at Tetris). All jokes aside, the story was pretty straightforward and you basically had to follow the storyline. No open world capabilities made it a little boring. If it had a few substories thrown into the mix I’m sure it would have been a lot more enjoyable.

2. The enemies that Finn and Jake come across are puny, at best. Not really a threat to your life but more just annoying to get through. I’m pretty sure I’ve died more times missing jumps rather than from enemy encounters. Although, for making the enemies weak they sure do make the bosses surprisingly strong. I was pretty confused as to what was going on at first. But I just figured that was how the game was designed.

3. There is nothing to do after you finish the game except to play the game over again but with your saved stats. But with the lack of substories or alternate quests it doesn’t matter if you have all your stats saved because it doesn’t really make any sense to play through it again. Instead of leveling up with Boss battles, enemy encounters and such  like in Pokemon, leveling up seems to be pretty systematic and predetermined. Bleh.

Pros:

1. The game has pretty cute graphics and all your favorite Adventure Time characters floating around everywhere. Finn does an adorable dance when he wins a fight or gets an item.

2. The story is very well written. For those who are used to crazy Adventure Time antics this game will be a barrel of laughs. Who else would think of making an Adventure out of searching for their missing garbage can? The Ice King’s attempt to make several garbage princesses is pretty amusing as well.

In conclusion, I think this is a cute simple game for kids or for those who want a non-thinking game to play while they’re bored, on a plane, or waiting for their next class. It is what it is and I don’t regret asking for it because I enjoyed all I could out of it.

Here’s a link to a gameplay video for those of you who are interested in the game:

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Walking Dead Video Game Episode 5 No Time Left

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SPOILER ALERT!

So I was talking to a classmate after I had played through the last episode of the Walking Dead video game about what had been going on and what he thought of it. He doesn’t play the game but he just watches a let’s play on youtube, just as an FYI. So when we were talking about the crazy guy at the end and how he has a head in the bag he told me that Clementine punches the stranger in the back of the head and I was like WTF?

You’re supposed to look to the left and either pick the wine bottle, butcher knife (if you had decided to put it down and tell the truth), or the lamp at the end of the table and when you would look at a specific item Clementine would go and pick it up and use it against the stranger. So I had to see this “alternate” version for myself.

I can’t even find it on Youtube!!! UGH

I’ll have to ask my friend about it…

Oh and since I hid my bite no one came with me…so I had to cut off my OWN ARM! My classmate was like, “So did you cut off your own arm or did Kenny do it?” And I was like WTF? KENNY WASN’T EVEN THERE!

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Out of everyone who played the game I am of only 6% who got no one to come with them. How fucked up is that?

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Yes I killed the boy and I let Ben die.

Hey, Ben almost let Clementine die and he threatened the safety of the whole group! Of course I had to drop him. He would’ve died anyways, right?

And who would think that revealing your bite to the group would convince them to come with you? You’d think if you told people of your bite in real life that they would just shoot you right then and there…I know I would have if someone came up to me and showed me a bite.

Whatever.

I can’t wait for the new walking dead video games…

The commentary on this one is pretty funny too.

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*UPDATE*

My friend sent me the link for the video!!!

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KARATE CHOP!

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