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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.

*UPDATE*

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

KARATE CHOP!

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Rolls Royce x Ada Wong Orgasm

So the other day I went to go see Resident Evil in the theaters. Some have Star Trek, others Star Wars but my Holy Grail is Resident Evil so I couldn’t resist!

The movie kind of sucked compared to the others but there were two things that made the movie worth my time. Well three is you count Michelle Rodriguez. RAWR! For those of you who don’t know I was Michelle Rodriguez from Machete for Halloween last year. I should have pictures somewhere but it’s just me in my bra. Go figure right? Haha.

But anyways, besides Michelle Rodriguez (appearing multiple times), Ada Wong fuckin made that movie! God was she drop dead gorgeous! I know who I want to be for Halloween! Ugh…do I have time though? Or anything to do? Meh. Plus I look kind of strange with short hair.

I could NOT stop staring at her the WHOLE movie. She’s one sexy fox. This was also pretty surprising because they usually pick ugly ass Asian girls to star in movie roles like Lucy Liu or Brenda Song or even Devon Aoki. I KNOW there are much prettier girls than those three.

And if Ada Wong wasn’t hot enough. I got to see my baby on the Big Screen! If you watch the youtube clip I attached above you’ll see what it is. Not only is she driving a brand new Rolls Royce through the fake streets of Russia but this car is bad ass! It survives almost any damage imaginable! Like she would survive if she were in a Honda Civic or something. Psh. The movie would end right there.

It was well worth the $8.75 I paid to go see it.

And I’m so disappointed in my Broncos! I’m glad they were at least able to catch up from a 13-0 at the end of the 1st.

 

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Hong Kong Part 1

Well right before we left for Hong Kong I got The Walking Dead video game for the PS3 and I found it pretty entertaining. It’s less fighting zombies and more making the right decisions so that you’ll live and everyone won’t hate your guts. I finished the first episode and I’m just waiting for the other 4 to come out. Apparently they’ll come out every month so that’ll be good. I’ll have something to play since Mark informed me the other day that the release date for Bioshock 3 has been moved to February from October. Bleh. Not fair!

I tried playing Dead Island again yesterday but I got pwned by the zombies and some 17 year old kid in Chicago. Well he was level 50 and he came and rampaged my level 20 game. Whatever.

Anyways, we got a pretty awesome hotel in Hong Kong.

We had a pretty snazzy restroom and everything too.

There wasn’t really a view but we didn’t mind. Most times we were out and about anyways so it didn’t really matter. And the times we were back at the hotel trying to get out of a freak storm we’d be warm and cozy in our nice bed watching some good ol’ Adventure Time! Hahaha.

There were only like 6 shows on Cartoon Network Asia that were all in rotation. I’m serious. And most of these shows I’ve never even heard of.

1. Adventure Time
2. Gumball
3. Some bug show
4. Chowder
5. Tom & Jerry
6. Camp Lazlo (once)

But when we weren’t watching Adventure Time we’d be watching Wipeout on AXN. Hahaha. It was on every single morning and that’s some priceless stuff right there!

And for those of you who have yet to catch on here’s a clip just to show you how awesome this show is!

New Season starts soon! Mark and I can’t wait!

And I thought I was going to buy a lot of clothes throughout the whole trip but I did most of my splurging on the first day.

I bought a Lebron jersey for less than half the price of a real jersey back home. YES! I kind of wanted more jerseys but I restrained myself. I got some cute stuff though so I’m happy. I took some mini polaroid pictures with the instax mini camera I bought so I have quite a few of those too. Maybe I’ll scan them sometime.

We both had to deal with a little shower here and there but we got to eat good food and see some amazing shit so we didn’t really mind all too much. I wanted to take a picture of the food we ate but I felt like that would just make me very stereotypically Asian that I had to stop myself.

This wouldn’t really be a Hong Kong post if there were no pictures of Hong Kong right? Hahaha.

A lot of the buildings in Hong Kong were beat up and dilapidated but they still looked pretty neat. It looked like that scene in Inception where he goes back to his dream island/world and all the buildings are like falling apart around him.

Kinda like this but less intense. YUP!

And we saw these ADs everywhere! It’s for this jewelry store called TSL but they’d use the same girl and dog for each ad. Sometimes she’d be holding the dog, other times they’d be far apart and every once in a while there would even be another dog.

TSL and Chow Tai Fook’s (another jewelry store) are like the ABC stores of Hong Kong. They are EVERYWHERE! I don’t know how these people make ANY money! I’m going to see if I can find the other ads online somewhere.

I found one where she’s with 4 dogs. Just absolutely ridiculous but so awesome!

And we went to McDonalds and not only are the portions really small but they have different sections to the McDonalds. There’s a drink section which is like for Ice Cream Shakes and Smoothies and stuff and then there was another counter for desserts. Like when I say different section I mean whole different counters and registers just for that one type of thing. It was pretty neat. Again, I was too chicken to take a picture but I’m sure I could find one online.

See theres one side with Hamburgers, and then two other counters on the right hand side where it says “McCafe”. Sometimes the drinks (like coffee and shakes) and dessert counter will be the same but it depends on where you go.

But why I wrote about MickeyD’s is because I took this picture (or Mark took a better one actually).

BITEME. FRESH. CLASSIC.

One last thing before I go. When I looked up “Hong Kong McDonalds” on Google I got a “McDonalds Hong Kong Wedding” result instead…

Weird. To each their own.

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Before cars and the NBA there was…Call of duty

God I used to play Call of Duty ALL THE FUCKIN TIME…but it’s like what happens every year. As soon as the new one comes out I take a couple days off of EVERYTHING so I can prestige the fuck out of it and then…soon after I get tired and stop playing.

Sucks because I actually started a clan this time around. Seriously, the day AFTER I made my clan I just stopped playing. I feel bad but I’ll be back and IHTM will be back better than ever! Hahaha. I play with so many people though it doesn’t even matter about clans. All my friends are serious BEASTS!

But do you know what the best thing is about COD? Being a girl and playing with a mic. I get the best responses from people it’s hilarious.

One time…

Kid: Hey, is that a girl? It sounds like a girl.
Me: …
Kid: It must be Justin Bieber!
Me: Kid, even if I WERE Justin Bieber, I’m still better lookin than you, richer AND I can pwn you at call of duty.
Kid: No, you have to be Justin Bieber because you sound like a girl.
Me: We all know you have a gay crush on Justin Bieber so just shut up kid.

or that other time…

Guy: Hey, is that a girl? You must be lonely…
Me: Uh huh…
Guy: I know you’re lonely and that you just want to be with me.
Me: You’re already a bottom bitch. Who would want to be with you?

but most times guys just call me a cunt when they lose but that’s when I say:

I am prettier than your prettiest girlfriend will EVER be.

And the world is right again.

Ah~ Call of Duty…I’ve missed you.

Those were the days…

I also KICK ASS at Zombies but that’s a blog entry for another time.

OH and knowing people who work at Activision and TreyArch is pretty cool too. I got to meet a lot of cool people at E3 and play MW3 before everyone else had a chance to because I’M AWESOME. Hahaha. That reminds me…I have a subscription to Elite…where did I put that receipt? Hmmmm….

Yay for modifying men’s shirts!

Fun fact? Sure.

I started playing Call of Duty because I saw them play it on the American Office.

That’s right, you read correctly. I started playing because it was on The Office. I started on World at War so I’m more partial to it than the Modern Warfares.

It’s also on an episode of South Park too. Sad part was that I knew because I played on that map all the time.

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