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Counter Strike: Global Offensive

Counter Strike: Global Offensive was released to the public in 2012 and can be played on various platforms such as OS X, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, Steam, Linux and PlayStation 3.

Counter Strike is a multiplayer game in which a player can join either the Counter-terrorist or the Terrorist team. Its main objective  is to eliminate the opponent. The game is over when all the players in one team are dead, or the objective of the team is completed.

Development of Counter Strike: Global Offensive

A year after the release of the game, cosmetic items were added like weapon finishes. These cosmetic items were obtained through opening virtual crates and game-end drops that could be purchased through microtransactions just like in Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2.

Another update was made in October 2014. This time music kits were added, thus replacing the default in-game music.  The kit could also be borrowed, exchanged or sold within the community market.

The good thing about the new version is that the player needs not download maps by using third party sites. It’s because in Global Offensive, the player can upload content such as weapon finishes. They can also map and customize gameplay scenarios.

Game Modes

The game features five different modes namely:

•    Competitive or Classic Casual – This is the most played mode of the game and it involves Hostage Scenario and Bomb Scenario missions. The players can buy gear and weapons using the money earned after completing the objectives.

•    Arms Race – This mode gives the players a new weapon as a reward for each kill that they make. The first player who gets the golden knife will win the game.

•    Demolition – In this game mode, the player is given rewards, such as new weapon after each round. The reward can be used for the next round.

•    Deathmatch – The player can earn points from each kill that has been made using different weapons. This game mode consists of 10 minutes of matches, and bonus weapons can be obtained if the player chooses to respawn.

Global Offensive also offers offline game modes such as the Weapon course and Offline with Bots. Playing the game online is more exciting because it allows the player to filter the game modes, adjust the built-in system and use maps. The player can also use cheats and have the opportunity to find the player that can match your skill levels, making the whole experience extra enjoyable. Playing Global Offensive on PC is also supported by private dedicated servers that let the player connect with the community server.

Game Tournaments

The creator of Counter Strike: Global Offensive is offering events and tournaments. The prizes are bigger as compared to other online games tournaments and the fund is generated by the community through different sources such as special in-game cosmetics and open in-game cases. Likewise, merchandises are sold during the tournament.

Last October 2015, Counter Strike: Global Offensive tournament was held and more than $7.5 million prize money was awarded. There are major tournaments that are attended by huge audiences watching live and millions of people watching through the internet.

Conclusion

There's no doubt that Counter Strike: Global Offensive has become more popular. With a lot of games, both new and old competing in the market, it has managed to stay on the top. To access more games, you can try JoyLand Free games online.

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Your Brain On Video Games

Thank you Daniels Murphy Communications for sending us a screener for this special!

It has long been debated about the effects of video games on the human brain.  Do they make people more violent?  Can they be addicting?  Are there practical uses for them?  The BBC’s special Your Brain On Video Games which premiered on the Science Channel on November 1st, 2016 set out to answer all of those questions.

More and more violent video games are coming out every year and despite the bad press they are receiving, they only account for 5% of the games that are released.  There are 1.2 billion people in the world who play video games and a majority of them are over thirty-five.  Many of them have been gaming since their childhood and video game addiction is only attributed to less than 1% of them.  Gamers who play extended gaming sessions every day (on the tune of 20 hours a week) did not scientifically qualify as addiction through both the use of personality tests and brain scans.  According to Valerie Voon from University of Cambridge, one of the indicators of video game addiction is requiring instant gratification in many real life scenarios.  

Many professors including Craig Anderson and Doug Gentile from Iowa State University and Brad Bushman from Ohio State University have studied the effects of playing violent video games and how they raise levels of aggression.  Their findings indicated that after playing a violent video game the aggression level of college aged students showed an increase between 4-9%.  Studies have also revealed that gamers are desensitized to real world violence after playing violent video games.  

Despite the desensitizing and slight aggression level increases there is no direct correlation of video games influencing violent crimes.  In fact, many of the professors featured in the special believe the opposite.  They believe the routine activities theory is taking place where less opportunities are available for potential criminals since they are too busy playing video games instead of committing crimes.  

Besides possibly preventing crimes, video games have been shown to restore cognitive brain function in three different areas of the brain.  The game used in the study was Super Mario 64.  Therapeutic games have also been developed to help retirees restore brain functionality. To prove their effectiveness, the patients have scored better than twenty year olds playing the same game for the first time!  

Video games could possibly save lives too.  A custom game has been developed that is used to train prospective keyhole surgeons.  Be warned that there is some surgery footage shown and it’s pretty gritty.  I guess I haven’t been completely desensitized in my thirty plus years of gaming.  I recommend this show to any concerned parent or gamer interested in the impact of video games on their friends and family.

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ZORP (Zombie Oblivion Response pack)

 

ZORP (Zombie Oblivion Response pack)
Developed by: Carl Sommer
Price: $35

Thank you Wonky Rhino Games for sending us a review prototype!

ZORP is a table top strategy game that utilizes fun weapons like flame throwers, grenades, cars, and bazookas against hordes of zombies that are blocking the way to a cure.  Up to four players can play and there are only nine turns for the humans to make it to the limited number of cures available.  One player controls the zombie hordes while the rest focus on clearing a path to the coveted cure.  

Each turn has two movement phases and one action phase and they can be taken in any order.  After all of the humans take their turn, the zombie master gets to move all of the zombies and play an event card if applicable.  The possible zombie events include super zombies, explosive zombies, zombies armed with slingshots, and resurrecting zombies.  

Humans have events of their own including the chance to mow zombies down with a car, throw a grenade, wear faster shoes for increased movement, gain an extra turn via a distraction or recruiting the help of a rescued human.  There’s a wide variety of weapons available at their disposal including bazookas, shotguns, flamethrowers, and pistols.  Each weapon does different damage amounts and has a unique firing radius.  Intentional or not, humans can be hurt by them as well.  In our play-through, my daughter shot me to slow me down and ensure her victory of reaching the cure first.  If nobody makes it to the cure in nine turns, the zombie master is declared the winner.

All of my kids enjoyed playing the prototype of this board game.  Because of the guns and possibility of leaving piles of zombie parts behind, this game is rated 12+.  I can’t comment on the final build quality, but the artwork of our review sample is nicely done.  If you’re looking for a fun and unique kind of board game, then ZORP is worth checking out on Kickstarter.

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Man O' War: Corsairs First Impressions

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To my understanding, the version I have is not the review versions so this is the first impressions write-up.

Man O' War Corsairs is one of the latest Games Workshop licensed games.  Set in the Old World of Warhammer it mainly focuses on the waters off the coast of the Empire and my beloved Bretonnia.  The player takes on the role of the captain of a privateer ship and combines resource management with ship combat on the high seas.

The combat at sea is fast paced.  Very fast paced, and to be honest it felt more like I was driving a speed boat than a tall ship.  The vessel turns rapidly, moves fast and reacts very rapidly to enemy movements.  It's real time, so no time to plan moves or devise strategy between commands.  The primary opponents, at least in the early stages, are Orcs, though there's plenty of room for different adversaries as the campaign goes on.  I learned quickly how aggressive Orcs are, with a ship ramming my own and sending over a boarding party.  At that point the game turns into an almost over the shoulder FPS style game as you defend your ship against boarders.  I have to admit, it was pretty awesome when the Orcs started to pour onto my deck and the camera pulled back and the captain drew a flintlock pistol to dispense a little justice on the invading greenskins.

The game is still being polished and getting the finishing touches, so I'm eager to see how it all settles in!

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Layton v Wright: Dawn of Puzzles (Batman v Superman Parody)

New video out! It's a bit different from our usual Sonic Sitcom cartoons. Any Professor Layton fans out there? How about Phoenix Wright fans? I think you guys would enjoy this one:

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5 Reasons to Play Slither.io

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Fresh on the heels of Agar.io is a new, exciting multiplayer game: Slither.io. Challenging for casual and advanced gamers alike, Slither.io is one of many free titles available at Poki.com. It's essentially a highly competitive and fun multiplayer version of Snake. Below, we've outlined five of the best reasons to play Slither.io.

5. It Really Is Free
Not every "free" game is truly without cost. Many of the most popular online games are free to play, but inundate gamers with invasive advertisements. Or, all too often we start a game at the beginner level, and have a difficult time progressing due to competitors that have paid for upgrades and special abilities. Slither.io doesn't incur any of these issues, because it's completely free, and there's absolutely nothing to pay for. Everyone is on an even playing field.

4. Quick to Start
Slither.io is a casual multiplayer game. By casual, we mean that every player can begin a game within seconds. When you're done playing, simply close the game or your browser, and start fresh next time. There's no lengthy registration process or progress to save. There aren't any introduction videos, cutscenes, or ending credits. Slither.io is one of the most convenient games to join and leave whenever you wish. That's why it works great on desktop computers, tablets, and mobile devices alike—try Slither.io and see.

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3. Easy to Grasp
There's nothing more frustrating than reading a game manual, memorizing complex controls, and losing because you accidentally pressed the wrong button. Slither.io has an extremely simply control scheme and practically no learning curve. During the game, your snake will follow your cursor. Point the slithering reptile in any direction, and it will go there. For a quick speed boost, simply click and hold—that's all there is to it. This type of one-button gameplay is the key to attracting all types of players. Young, old, casual, and hardcore gamers can master the control system instantly.

2. Healthy Competition
Multiplayer games are extremely popular because they bring people together. In Slither.io, there are no teams, but everyone shares the same arena. Every second of gameplay is shaped by individual players. Certain parts of the map may be inhabited by gargantuan snakes, and other sections may be filled with smaller, more defensive snakes. Each player chooses where they want to go and with whom they interact. The always-visible leaderboard is a constant reminder of how you currently compare to other gamers. Jump into the competition, and feel the joy of thriving!

1. Fun, Fun, Fun
The best reason to play Slither.io is for sheer entertainment. It's an undeniably fun game that uses simplicity as a vehicle for addictiveness. Crawl, eat, slither, and grow. The bigger you become, the more you have at stake. Sometimes it takes a minute to climb the ranks, and other times, well, it just doesn't happen. The most important thing is that you have fun trying. Be the best snake you can be in Slither.io!

 

Disclaimer: This article has been provided by one of our donors - Poki.com

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Oculus Snift

VR Has leveled up: Oculus has included the sense of smell with their latest product, the Oculus Snift!

By adding the sense of smell to video games they take gaming to a whole new level! For example, when you burn a meal in the forthcoming VR version of Cooking Mama you’ll take your meal preparation a little more seriously!  A DLC for Lucky's Tale will feature Pepe’ Le Pew as he pursues his love interest, a black and white cat that looks like a skunk.  “Believe me, you DO NOT want to get him killed” says the present of Oculus VR, Brendan Iribe. Some games will feature pleasant smells like the Snift version of Flower which will be coming to PC later this year.  

Owners of the Snift can put their noses to the test with the future release of Jackbox Games'  "Name that Smell!". If your nose isn't very good, doctors are looking into using Snift's technology to strengthen the sense of smell.  Nothing can be confirmed without FDA approval though. Pricing and availability for Snift has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. Snift is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.

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Thank You For Playing

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Thank you Falco Ink For sending us a screener of this movie!

When Joel Evan Green was a one-year-old, he had brain tumors and was only given four months to live.  His parents had a choice.  They could distance themselves and prepare for his death, or celebrate each day of his life.  While the tumors came and went with chemotherapy, Joel lived a few more years and was showered with love each and every one of those days.  Throughout Joel’s treatment, his parents documented their journey for this documentary and their game immortalizing Joel’s battle with “That Dragon, Cancer”.  

Both the film and the game capture the struggles and testing of the family’s faith and hope for saving their son’s life.  Lots of emotions are shown and they’re all genuine.  A couple of swear words are said so keep that in mind for younger audiences.   

It was really neat to see the behind the scenes discussions and work put into the making of “That Dragon, Cancer.”   Ryan and Amy Green worked together on the script and their sons lended their voice talents in the game as well.  While the laughs in the game are Joel’s, the crying is not.  

Though the characters in the game are expressionless, this movie leaves nothing to the imagination and has lots of footage of Joel and his family.  Many videogames promote violence but not too many tell an emotional story.  Too many families have been impacted by cancer and they don’t talk about their struggles.  One of the goals of this game is to break down those barriers and allow people to share, uplift, and mourn together.  At its PAX appearance, many gamers who play tested “That Dragon, Cancer” were moved to tears.  Both the film and game are powerful and worth checking out.  Just keep some tissues handy.

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Top 15 Wii U Games (...So Far)

The following is a list of Wii U games that I have played and can personally recommend as some of the best out there. Wii U games from 2012-13 might be hard to find, but all of them are available on the Nintendo eShop, in case you want to download them.

 

15. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

For all of those SEGA fans out there, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is the racing game for you. Like Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, the game bears striking similarities to the Mario Kart series. However, the overall game is much more enjoyable and creative than its predecessor. Aside from the odd inclusion of Danica Patrick, the amount of characters and tracks has greatly improved. Characters like NiGHTS who should have been in the first one are now playable. Plus, Wreck-it Ralph is in the game. You gotta love Wreck-it Ralph.

 

14. LEGO Marvel Superheroes

LEGO Marvel Superheroes doesn’t branch too far off from the other LEGO games. However, its large cast of playable characters and tributes to the Marvel franchise make it a memorable experience for comic book nerds of all ages. Though none of the characters have as much depth as the characters of Disney Infinity: Marvel Superheroes, the overall experience is more enjoyable, with a variety of missions and unlockables that will keep gamers playing it for hours.

 

15. Disney Infinity

The first Disney Infinity might not be as big or deep as its sequels, but still offers some of the best simplistic fun you can have. It brings out the inner child in you and takes you across the worlds of some of your favorite Disney and Pixar movies. From Pirates of the Caribbean to Toy Story, you’ll find many creative lands to explore in the wonderful world of Disney!

 

12. Scribblenauts Unlimited

As a launch title for the Wii U, Scribblenauts Unlimited was one of the only third-party exclusives that captured the family-friendly fun that Nintendo is known to offer on their systems. Though the game doesn’t rely on tough brain teasers like its predecessors, the emphasis on creativity and the new character creator makes this possibly the best Scribblenauts yet. Trust me, if you are the creative type, you’ll want to try this one.

 

11. Sonic Lost World

Though controversial among critics, Sonic Lost World is a well-developed game that continues the classic revival found in Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations. Arguably Sonic’s best-looking game yet, Sonic Lost World features a beautiful art style and wonderful orchestrated music. The gameplay is slower than previous Sonic games, but allows more control over the character. Sonic fans who can accept the slightly slower pace will have a blast traveling the worlds of the Lost Hex.

 

10. Disney Infinity 3.0

One of the best Star Wars games in years, Disney Infinity 3.0 brings to life the characters and worlds from the seven Star Wars films, along with some of the characters from the shows. The gameplay is similar to the first two games, but with enhancements that make it notably better. The combat, in particular, is well choreographed and is much like the fighting style of the Jedi in the films. Star Wars fans young and old have found much enjoyment playing Disney Infinity 3.0.

 

9. Nintendo Land

Nintendo Land is basically Wii Sports for the Wii U. Like Wii Sports, Nintendo Land is a game aimed at the family and showcases what the system can do. The graphics perfectly show the Wii U’s capabilities and the games are very fun. The silliness to the whole thing created many laugh-out-loud moments for me and my family. Admittedly, it doesn’t display the Gamepad’s capabilities as well as Wii Sports displayed the Wii Remote’s. This, however, is easily overlooked after experiencing the mini adventures found in Nintendo Land.

 

8. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

An HD remake to one of the greatest games of all time, The Wind Waker HD boasts an updated look to the already-gorgeous graphics and some new innovations such as the Quick Sail, Gamepad integration, Miiverse bottles, and an easier-to-understand Triforce hunt. Otherwise, the game is mostly the same. However, all of these updates make the game still worth it. The updates take away some of the only real frustrations to the original title, making an amazing game even better.

 

7. Super Mario Maker

In a sense, Super Mario Maker is a simpler version of LittleBigPlanet. That being said, the level editor still allows a great amount of creativity. The main difference is that its simpler system that allows broader audiences to create great levels. One feature, in particular, that is really fun is the costumes you can unlock via amiibo. Almost every amiibo currently available gives the 8-bit Mario a suit that resembles the pixel art from that character’s game. For those who do not care much about level-building, it also includes a story that features levels made on the editor. If you’ve ever wanted to build a level, or just want a classic Mario experience, this is the game for you.

 

6. Rayman Legends

Despite the fact that Ubisoft’s masterpiece is available on other consoles, Rayman Legends was designed for the Wii U. The gamepad integration works very well with the game, and the painting-like graphic style is very beautiful. Its slapstick violence offers humor to just about every level. Its multiplayer shows that 2D platformers can have enjoyable cooperative experiences. And its music levels are some of the best levels in modern platforming.

 

5. Splatoon

Perhaps the only first-party game that is truly original, Splatoon is Nintendo’s brilliant attempt to create a game that focuses on online play. The result? A third-person shooter about squids playing paintball. The game is even weirder than it sounds, with a sort of punk ‘90s approach to the look and feel. However, this odd style adds to a truly wonderful experience. Boasting astounding graphics, a fairly consistent online performance, and a fun little story mode, Splatoon shows that Nintendo still knows how to create something fresh and original.

 

4. Pikmin 3

Pikmin 3 is sort of an overlooked gem. Despite Nintendo’s promotional efforts, it never really was one of their top sellers. However, don’t take this as a sign that it isn’t any good. In fact, Pikmin 3 is a magnificent game with an engaging (albeit addicting) gameplay style and photorealistic graphics. Like the previous Pikmin games, Pikmin 3 uses a level system based on how much you get done in a day. A day in Pikmin 3 is about 20-30 minutes. This adds a sense of urgency to completing everything you need to get done on time. It may be a bit slow for some of the younger gamers, but it is something that older players will definitely want to try.

 

3. Mario Kart 8

When viewing the trailers to the game, Mario Kart 8 simply looks like a prettier version of the previous titles. However, the game is much more than a graphically enhanced remake. This game offers a smart variety of tracks, both new and old. It also features customizable karts, with options that are much more interesting than the ones in Mario Kart 7. Another great feature is its smooth online functionality, which features a near-flawless performance. What really makes this game notable, however, is the DLC and amiibo integration. Both offer a variety of bonus content that makes the game feel much larger than the previous games.

 

2. Super Mario 3D World

Though Super Mario 3D World isn’t as creative as, say, Super Mario Galaxy, its highly-polished gameplay and jaw-dropping graphics make it one of the Wii U’s most spectacular games ever. The Cat Suit is one of Mario’s best power-ups in years. The simplistic but fine-tuned style is perfect for the classy feel Mario tends to offer us in his previous entries. And, unlike the New Super Mario Bros. games, the multiplayer is very fun and offers a great time for those seeking a multiplayer experience outside of party games.

 

1. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is, to put it simply, the ultimate fighting experience. Featuring a gameplay style that mixes the best of both Melee and Brawl, the latest Smash fine tunes the gameplay to near perfection. This game also boasts a ridiculous amount of content, from dozens of stages, to hundreds of music selections. Gameplay elements such as the Mii Fighters are very well thought out and add a sense of creativity to the already-brilliant fighting series. The number of characters is astounding, and DLC characters such as Ryu, Mewtwo, and the recently-revealed Cloud Strife make the game even better.

 

 

Of course, not all of the great Wii U games are listed on here. I have not played every great game the Wii U has to offer, so I cannot recommend them personally. However, other games that are considered great include Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Trine: Enchanted Edition and 2: Director’s Cut, Yoshi’s Woolly World, LEGO City Undercover, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, the Skylanders games, and Child of Light, among others.

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BuyCostumes.com

Thank you BuyCostumes.com for sending us a deluxe Bowser costume!

BuyCostumes.com, a division of BuysSeasons Inc. was founded in 1999 and is one of the largest internet retailers of costumes and accessories.  Their motto is “Life’s Better in Costume.” While Halloweeen costumes are their biggest market, they sell costumes for events and cosplay all year round. 

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There are costumes for people of all sizes and shapes; even couple’s and group costumes are available.  Costumes for pets are not left out either!  If you’re looking for indoor, yard, or porch decorations, BuyCostumes.com has you covered!

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Gamers may want to check out their video game collection.     BuyCostumes.com sells officially licensed Nintendo costumes featuring Mario, Luigi, Toad, Princess Peach, Bowser, Yoshi, and Pikachu.  Other popular video game costumes include: 

  • Master Chief
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Kitana, Subzero, and Scorpion from Mortal Kombat
  • Batman
  • Arno from Assassin’s Creed  

Minecraft fans may want to check out the block heads for Endermen, Creepers, and the default character, Steve.  Skylander collectors might like the Spyro, Jet Vac, Wash Buckler, and Trigger Happy costumes.  

The costumes vary in price and complete sets on clearance can be had for under ten dollars not including shipping.  Regularly priced outfits are typically between $25 and $50, but some of the more detailed costumes like Edward Conway from Assassin’s Creed goes for $139.97.   Regular clothing can be purchased there like adult combat boots for $45 or Minecraft creeper or ocelot hoodies for $60-70.  Shipping in the continental forty-eight states is regularly $5 but express shipping is available for a little more if you’re in a rush.  Discount coupon codes are also readily available to take off 10% or more from your order!

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I’m very happy with my Bowser costume and it fits my 5’7” frame perfectly.  Despite the extra-large description, taller people like my 6’2” husband should go for the more expensive plus sized costumes as this one has a 5’ 11” height limit.  It would be nice if BuyCostumes.com showed the height info in the item description.  Fortunately, they do have a 30-day return policy and they will price match if you find a better deal elsewhere.

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2015 Christmas Buying Guide

Here’s a quick breakdown of the most family friendly games we have reviewed in 2015. More reviews can be found on ChristCenteredGamer.com! Each game is given a gameplay score for the overall gaming experience and a moral score for how suitable it is for younger gamers. The Amazon and Humble Store links will benefit Christ Centered Gamer by giving us a small % of the sale.

System Game Game Score Moral Score Buy it!
Mobile
Mobile
Splendor
(Android, iOS, PC)
84% 100% $6.99
Mobile
Mobile
UNWYND 80% 100% $1.99
Mobile
Mobile
Star Realms 80% 98% $4.99
Mobile
Mobile
Snuggle Truck 80% 96% $1.99
Nintendo 2DS/3DS
Nintendo 3DS
Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX 88% 87% $39.99
Nintendo 2DS/3DS
Nintendo 3DS
Quell Memento 86% 100% $3.99
Nintendo 2DS/3DS
Nintendo 3DS
Story of Seasons 86% 93% $39.99
Nintendo 2DS/3DS
Nintendo 3DS
Fairune 78% 93% $2.99
Nintendo Wii U
Nintendo Wii U
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse 90% 94% $39.99
Nintendo Wii U
Nintendo Wii U
Nova 111 
(PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox One)
84% 96% $14.99
Nintendo Wii U
Nintendo Wii U
Pumped BMX + 84% 92% $9.99
Nintendo Wii U
Nintendo Wii U
Just Dance Disney Party 2 
(Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
82% 97% $39.99
PC/Mac
PC/Mac/Linux
Crypt of the Necrodancer 86% 90% $14.99
PC/Mac
PC/Mac/Linux
Pix the Cat 84% 96% $9.99
PC/Mac
PC/Mac/Linux
Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball 84% 94% $15.00
PC/Mac
PC/Mac/Linux
Shelter 2 82% 92% $14.99
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4
Disney Infinity 3.0 
(PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
88% 90% $59.99
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4
Shovel Knight
(PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox One)
88% 94% $24.99
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4
Risk
(PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
84% 94% $14.99
PlayStation 4
PlayStation 4
Boggle
(PS4, Xbox One)
82% 100% $9.99
PlayStation Vita
PlayStation Vita
Shovel Knight
(PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox One)
88% 94% $24.99
PlayStation Vita
PlayStation Vita
Geometry Wars 3 Dimensions Evolved
(PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
86% 94% $14.99
PlayStation Vita
PlayStation Vita
Nova 111 
(PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox One)
84% 96% $14.99
PlayStation Vita
PlayStation Vita
Switch Galaxy Ultra 78% 87% $11.99
Xbox One
Xbox One
Leo's Fortune HD Edition
(Android, iOS, PC, PS4, Xbox One)
88% 99% $6.99
Xbox One
Xbox One
Risk
(PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
84% 94% $14.99
Xbox One
Xbox One
Dance Central Spotlight 86% 91% $9.99
Xbox One
Xbox One
NYKO Xbox One Charge Base N/A N/A $24.90
Hardware
Hardware
Gamdias Zeus Laser Gaming Mouse N/A N/A $49.99
Hardware
Hardware
SteelSeries Siberia 200 Gaming Headset N/A N/A $79.99
Hardware
Hardware
Mionix Castor Optical Gaming Mouse N/A N/A $69.99
Hardware
Hardware
Cherry MX Board 6.0 N/A N/A $200.00

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LeapTrade Review

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Thank you Leap Trade for providing us with credit on your website to trade/purchase a game!
Although Leap Trade does advertise with us, it does not influence this review of their service in any way. 

Many of us have games laying around that we no longer play or want anymore.  While GameStop is convenient for trading them in, they give you very little money for them.    If you're not in a rush to sell your games, Leap Trade will give you  more credit for them than Game Stop and Amazon.

There is no cost to join the site and after joining,  you can buy Leap Trade credit at a reduced price for a limited time. The game prices are competitive and updated every couple of weeks.  There is a forum to suggest pricing changes if needed. 

The game price is the final price to your door as shipping is included.  The United States Postal Service shipping labels are paid for by the seller and it's very reasonably priced at $3.50.   Tracking is included and easily accessible via Leap Trade's website.

Buying a game is pretty easy to do.  Their site is easy to navigate by console platform.    All the current consoles are represented along with classic systems like the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Genesis.  Many recent and popular games are available to buy or put yourself down on a waitlist to trade for when it becomes available.    There are plenty of copies of Destiny available, but the game I was the most interested in, Hyrule Warriors, was not immediately available.

There are two forms of trading.  You can trade for credit or do a game swap.  For the sake of this review, I traded in credit for Destiny on the Play Station 4.  The first seller I was matched up with had zero feedback which made me a little nervous.  Sure enough, they never confirmed the trade and after a couple of days the site transferred my trade request to the next seller in line.  That user had positive feedback and shipped the game out to me quickly. I had it in my possession within a couple of days. 

Unfortunately,  they didn't use a padded envelope and the game's case got cracked in transit.  Thankfully the game was in working order (after wiping off some fingerprints).    I left positive feedback regardless.  Had there been a problem, it's comforting to know that Leap Trade 100% guarantees their trades and works with both parties to ensure that the buyer is satisfied. 

Since the game I have listed hasn't sold yet, I can't comment on the shipping label process.  Listing my game took a little bit of effort.  My copy of Just Dance Kids 2014 on the Wii U wasn't available as a sellable title, so they had to be contacted via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to list the game.   If it sells I'll get $20 in Leap Trade credit for it which is very fair.  When listing a game to sell you'll be notified of your selling position.  Not surprisingly, I'm the first in line to sell Just Dance Kids 2014.  

Between  the two adults and three kids in my household, there aren't too many games we like to part with.  There are always exceptions,  and if there's a game we can agree to trade in, we'll do it though Leap Trade in the future.  Besides earning credits for trading games you can earn $5 in credit for every friend that registers and sells a game through your referral link.  Here's mine, if you care to try it out.

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CheapDigitalDownload

Digital gaming on PC is taking off with services like Steam, GOG, GamersGate, Green Man Gaming, Origin, and Uplay.  Electronic versions of games are often cheaper than their physical counterparts.  Consoles also offer games in digital formats in their electronic stores like Nintendo's eShop, Play Station's store and Xbox's marketplace.  Many console games are only available digitally so checking out the shops every now and then is highly recommended.     Instead of comparing prices on several sites to get the best deal, CheapDigitalDownload.com does all of the price comparison shopping for you!  They also anonymously test their suppliers to ensure the confidence of their customers.

CheapDigitalDownload features prices for the latest games on many platforms including PC, Play Station, Nintendo, and Xbox.   Besides games, CheapDigitalDownload also offers competitive prices on gift cards and subscription plans.   While the Nintendo prices are well above retail, there are plenty of deals to be had in the Xbox, PS4 and PC section.  Some games can be yours for less than a dollar!

When I was in the market for an Xbox Gold subscription I purchased my two year code through them.  Instead of receiving a physical code, I was e-mailed a clear photograph of the back of a card and it worked flawlessly.  Why pay fifty dollars on Amazon for a one year membership when I can get a two year subscription for the same price on CheapDigitialDownload.com?  

There are plenty of ways to get free games through CheapDigitalDownload if you have social media accounts.  If you connect your Facebook account with their website you can earn points by registering, visiting, and commenting on the site.   There are also daily and weekly raffles to enter in as well using e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

Disclosure: I was financially compensated for this post. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience

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Brainzy

Thank you Education.com for sending us a one-month trial code!

Kids are getting tech savvy younger and younger these days.  Why not use their computer skills to help them increase their math and reading proficiency?  Brainzy offers over three-hundred games and activities to keep them entertained and sitting still. Their format, which uses catchy music and colorful animations, is similar to Sesame Street.

Brainzy follows the Common Core guidelines and offers both family and classroom versions of their programs.  Families can pay as little as $3.99 a month if billed annually, or in monthly installments of $6.99.  There’s a seven-day trial available to see if your children are compatible with the browser-based program.  ;)  Each family account can support up to three players.

At this time Brainzy has curriculums for Pre-K through First Grade.  My son, who is in first grade, enjoyed using Brainzy while my older daughters watched and chimed in as well.  They wished there were higher level courses available.

Here’s a breakdown of the skills your kids can learn using Brainzy:

Pre-K

  • Math – Numbers 0-20, Addition, Subtraction, Counting, Shapes, Patterns, Sorting, Measurement and Data
  • Reading – There are several animated stories that can be read to or by them including The Lion and the Rat, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Down by the Bay, How the Camel Got his Hump, The Ugly Duckling, My Shadow, and Anansi and the Turtle 

 

Kindergarten

  • Math – Math – Numbers 0-20, Addition, Subtraction, Counting, Comparing, Shapes, Building Numbers, Sorting & Classifying 
  • Reading – Upper and Lowercase, Short a,e,i,o,u, Blending, Segmenting, Sounds M,S,B,R,P,K,T,G,F, N,D,H,J,C,L,W,V,Y,Z

 

First Grade

  • Math – Number Sense, Place Value, Addition, Subtraction, Comparing Numbers, Geometry, Telling Time, Measurement and Data
  • Reading – Sight Words, Short a,e,i,o,u

As you can tell there is plenty to learn and do here.  Brainzy is reasonably priced and worth looking into for homeschoolers and parents who want to give their kids an academic advantage.

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The Sonic Sitcom Episode 3

Here's the next episode of our internet cartoon series!

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Ninendo's E3 Presentation Review

I've been looking forward to this year's E3 for a while now. With the confirmation that a new Zelda title would appear, and the fact that this E3 had to reveal something big about Smash Bros., I new that this E3 would be big for Nintendo. So how exactly did they do?

Unlike Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo did not hold a press conference this year. Instead, they held a digital event that showcases their games.

The conference starts with a stop-motion segment by Robot Chicken. I had never seen Robot Chicken before, but this segment, along with the others they do in the conference, was very funny and entertaining. It featured Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime talking about what was to come in the presentation and responding to a ranter about mistakes that were assumed to be made. Despite it being out of the norm, the stop-motion segments added to the enjoyment of the presentation.

After that, we see Reggie and Nintendo President Iwata duke it out. They try to beat each other up, but eventually decide to take their battle to Smash Bros. Here they reveal that Mii is going to be playable in Smash. You can play as a boxer, a swordsman, or a shooter. It was great to see that you will finally be able to play as yourself, especially with the choice of fighting styles.

They also revealed their new toyline amiibo. Similar to Disney Infinity and Skylanders, amiibo allows you to place your figure and play as them while also storing up data. The figures look very nice, and, as stated in my review to Disney Infinity, I'm a huge action figure collector. I'm definitely interested in how they're going to incorporate this in their future games.

Nintendo then talked about the new Zelda. Though not much was shown, what was shown was beautiful. Featuring a similar art style to The Wind Waker and Skyward Sword, this game looks absolutely amazing! They also clarified that this game will be completely open world, unlike previous Zelda games that were broken up into segments. Finally, the game will feature some sci-fi elements, like transforming mechanical arrows. Though I would have appreciated seeing more, it's nice to see what's coming and knowing that it's releasing next year.

The next games they talked about were Yoshi's Woolly World, Pokemon Alpha Ruby and Omega Saphire, Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors, Xenoblade X, a Toad game, and a Kirby game. Yoshi's new game looks both beautiful and interesting. I've never cared too much for Yoshi, but this game actually looks fun. Bayonetta 2 revealed Nintendo costumes and the ability to play the original game. Hyrule Warriors revealed a multiplayer mode and Zelda and Midna as playable characters. I'm now actually interested in playing it. Both Toad and Kirby did not get much time, but neither look interesting anyway.

One notable mention is Nintendo's new Mario Maker for Wii U. It works similarly to LittleBigPlanet, except with Mario. You get to choose whether you want it to look like Super Mario Bros. or New Super Mario Bros. U. It looks very interesting and will definitely be something I'm going to try.

The last game they revealed was a game called Splatoon. This game has four teams trying to cover as much of the battlefield they're on with their color of paint. Honestly, I wasn't that impressed. It could be a great game. Knowing Nintendo, it probably will. But it didn't look like much more than a downloadable game.

After Splatoon, they then revealed another new Smash Bros. character, Lady Palutena from Kid Icarus: Uprising. Now that they've added Miis, I am glad to see that she has been added. After all, pretty much all Nintendo icons have been covered, so adding a new side character is fine. Also, she was quite funny in the game, and the reveal trailer seems to indicate the she will still be.

The final part of the presentation had Shigeru Miyamoto talking about games he has been developing for the Wii U. One of which is a new Star Fox game, though nothing more than a blurred screen was shown.

In the end, Nintendo's E3 presentation was one of the best (and funniest) I had seen in years. Though I would have appreciated seeing more of the new Zelda, I felt that most of their time was used wisely. Unlike Sony and Microsoft, Nintendo actually revealed a slew of games for their system. I felt very disappointed with Sony and Microsoft. Aside from a couple of HD remakes, the only game that caught my eye was LittleBigPlanet 3. Unfortunately, however, even it doesn't seem like it's going to be that interesting. With Smash Bros., the new Zelda, Yoshi's Woolly World, Hyrule Warriors, and Mario Maker, I think it's safe to say that Nintendo's line-up is definitely worth getting excited for.

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State of Construction

Hey guys.  Long time!

 

As a dreamer and idealist, I like to envision a better, bigger and stronger version of the gaming worlds I traverse.  Now I honestly hate any fiction that has something to do with zombies.  I will admit, there are pretty good series and movies out there that have excellent humour or even profound stories , but overall zombies seem too generic to pique my interest.   

I recently took a risk and got myself State of Decay.  State of Decay was originally an xbox exclusive, but it recently got ported over to PC.  SoD seems to have a few interesting concepts.  Like AMC's The Walking Dead, it's based on a survivalist community rather than just several generic characters.  This simple concept got me very excited, and hooked on the game.  A lot of action games share one characteristic these days - pure destruction.  Whether it's FPS, RPG or RTS, there will be opportunities that allow players to destroy static or dynamic entities in the world.  It has become such a popular theme, that we've forgotten how fun it can be to build up and out.  Minecraft is a prime example of the enjoyment embedded in creative and constructive games, but for someone with a liking of action or strategy - with good graphics - there's just a bulk of linear destructive games.

Back to the point!  So as I was saying, SoD allows you to build communities.  I see it as a pretty revolutionary game as there are multitudes of games covering the survival aspects of apocalypses and dilemmas, but not purposeful building and pursuit of prosperity.  It's fun defying the odds by gathering building materials, food and weapons...and scouting out new lofts.  There's also the issue of added responsibilities,  one has to consider the health and safety of fellow survivors.  

So SoD implements a really interesting concept, but the question arises: would it fly with other genres?

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The Sonic Sitcom: Episode 2

Here's the next episode of our cartoon show The Sonic Sitcom:

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My Thoughts on the Wii U

Nintendo's next generation system, called the Wii U, is the first of the eight generation systems to release in stores. But is it worth your money? Or should you pass it up for another system?

Simply put: No! Do not neglect the Wii U, just because the other systems have more power. The Wii U has so many features and upgrades to it, that you'll definitely want to try it! Let's take an examination of each of the important aspects as to what makes a console a good console:

1. Hardware

The Wii U's hardware is pretty much a mixture between a PS3 and a Wii. On one hand, you have the online functionality and graphics of the PS3 and the Nintendo innovation of the Wii. The two mix very well, taking my favorite parts of the last generation's systems. Top that off with an innovative way to play games, the off-TV play, and you've got possibly the best hardware in gaming thus far!

The off-TV play is much more useful than you might think. Having the Wii U for about a year now, my family and I have used the off-TV play function about as much as the normal function. It's very useful if someone wants to watch the game or their soap operas or even play another system. When someone wants to play our PS3, I can easily play Wii U while they're playing on the pad, which leads to less frustration. Sony tries to mimic this with the PS Vita, but the PS4 and Vita together cost about $400 more than a Wii U.

It also comes with bonus features such as Nintendo TV and Miiverse. I want to talk specifically about Miiverse, because I think it's one of the best additions to the Wii U. Miiverse is an online community where users can talk about any games that are on Wii U. It has a strict policy that doesn't allow vulgar language or anything sexually explicit. This is especially nice for people like me who can't play online due to foul-mouths. However, I should mention that certain communities find it easier to get away with things than others.

The battery life has been criticized, but I don't think it's a big deal. Though it is short, it can be plugged in and charged at any time, without it needing the system on (I'm looking at you PS3!).

2. Graphics

Simply put, the graphics to the Wii U are beautiful! Their slightly better than the PS3 and Xbox 360's, but with Nintendo's talent, they outshine them significantly. NintendoLand, which comes with the Deluxe bundle, has better graphics than anything I've seen on either PS3 or Xbox 360! What took Sony and Microsoft about six years was accomplished by Nintendo in one try! Now it's true that games such as New Super Mario Bros. U don't really push the hardware's limits, but even still, games like The Wind Waker HD and Sonic Lost World show that this system contains some of the best graphics out there.

3. Power

Okay, it's true: the Wii U has the power of the last two systems, while the PS4 and Xbox One have significantly more power. To me though, that doesn't matter. One of my favorite games, LittleBigPlanet 2, had almost infinite possibilities, and that was on a PS3's power. True, there were a few things that could have been improved, but for the most part, it was nearly limitless. Adding as much power as the PS4 and Xbox One does seems to be pointless. Games can't get much better. That is, unless they become more expensive. At the same time, Nintendo has won several game-of-the-year awards on Wii (which has significantly less power than the PS3 and Xbox 360). With the power of the Wii U, Nintendo seems to be even more open to making even higher quality games than before!

4. Games

Possibly the most important, the Wii U's game line-up is the best of the three next-gen systems. Though it's launch line-up started a bit slow, the Wii U's line-up has been increasing with some of the most varied games out there. PS4 and Xbox One both focus more on the shooter type genre than anything, while the Wii U features shooters, platformers, racers, kid-friendly, and mature games of the like. Unlike the Wii, the Wii U features great family games like Mario and Wii Party, while also featuring mature games like Assassin's Creed and Batman. Speaking of which, the third-party support is also a lot better than it was on Wii. Not to even mention that the next Smash Bros. and Zelda are coming out soon on Wii U.

I should also note that the Wii U is the only next-generation system that has backwards compatibility. I really wish that the PS4 or the Xbox One could play PS3 or Xbox 360 games. Sadly, this isn't the case. I know that the Xbox One can play 360 games if you have the 360 hooked up to it, but I'm referring to without the aid of another system. Thanks to this ability, you could download all your Wii game files into the Wii U and sell your Wii, saving you even more money.

The Verdict

If you're trying to decide which of the eighth-generation systems you should get, your first choice should be Wii U. Though it might not have as much power as the other two, the Wii U just has the best amount of content and variety for the cheapest price! I'm not saying that you shouldn't get a PS4 or an Xbox One, but rather that this is probably the best option of the three.

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Capcom 30th Anniversary Character Encyclopedia

So many video game developers and manufacturers have come and gone since I have starting playing games on my Commodore 64 and Atari 2600. Capcom is celebrating its 30th anniversary and have released an encyclopedia containing over 200 characters from their lesser known and popular video games alike. Many are familiar with their Street Fighter and Megaman games. Other popular series include Resident EvilDevil May Cry, Monster Hunter, and Viewtiful Joe. Looking though this encyclopedia I saw several games that were only available in Japan or in the arcade.

Since I have not spent too much time at arcades, I wasn't familiar with arcade exclusive games like Battle Circuit, Red Earth, Cyber Bots: Fullmetal Madness, Three Wonders, or Varth Operation Thunderstorm. Power Stone simultaneously came out on arcade and on the DreamCast (never owned one) in 2000. PSP owners can play the Power Stone collection that was released in 2006. Pirate Ship Higemaru was a Japanese arcade game that is now playable in the Capcom Arcade Cabinet collection on PSN and XBLA. 

Many games have memorable characters and this encyclopedia has bios on the main characters, supporting characters, bosses and ship specifications for games lacking characters. Each character has a dedicated page that shows their unique (and sometimes revealing for both males and females!) artwork and stats like their weapon of choice, height and weight. The character biography mentions how the character fights and how they change (if ever) throughout the series. I like how it mentions the game they first appeared in along with subsequent re-appearances. Many of the classic NES games like 1942 and Ghosts and Goblins are currently still playable on PSN, XBLA, or Wii Virtual Console. 

The book quality with the hard cover and pages is good. While the asking price is $16.99, I have seen this for less than $11 on Amazon. Chances are you may be spending more than that after being reminded of Capcom classics that need to be added to your collection. As I was writing this, my husband was pricing out the remainder of Breath of Fire series that we do not own...

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