Sometimes, it's neat to take a step back and really appreciate the little things in life that make a big difference. Take, for example, air. It's not like it's on your mind 24 hours a day, but it is utilized by you constantly. How does it hold the oxygen we need? How does it refresh through plant life? There are many other questions that can be asked of air, and education can prove to answer most all of those mysteries.
Today, I'm discussing the life staple of video games: boxes. In the form of pixels, they give us the graphics we need to thrive. But built together into in-game boxes, they provide just as much life saving need as they do mystery and intrigue.
Somewhere someone is laughing. Why? Well, Star Wars Kinect came out recently and it received average reviews. But for some reason this game has been selling like crazy, and the question is why?
The biggest question to be asked about the video game Game of Thrones is, does one need to be a fan of the show to understand what’s going on? The answer is, No, not really. Other questions include, does the game live up to the amazing TV show? Who is the game marketed at? Is it worth a gamer’s time to pick the game up right now? Continue on for the answers and more.
Even though the last Disgaea game that I played was on the PS2 almost 6 years ago I found myself getting excited for Nippon’s latest offering on the PSV - Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention, which is more than just a port of Absence of Justice on PS3. While I don’t remember many of the specifics I did have memories of strategic combat, humorous dialogue and ridiculous character stats come rushing back to me as I popped D3 into my Vita.
Minecraft is a truly puzzling game. The graphics are reminiscent of the early days of gaming and the game controls are simple and basic. The game play itself seems staggeringly simple when you first begin. And yet, this game will kick you in the ass. I'm currently playing Minecraft on the Xbox 360 through the Marketplace.
(Even if you don't read this entire article, at least scroll to the bottom to see the screen capture I found online of someone's creating in Minecraft.)
Gamers and fans of Blizzard have waited a long time for Diablo III to come out. After 12 years of waiting and Blizzard’s rocky launch of the online services for the game, it was well worth it. When the game works it's like a drug. Gamers everywhere cannot put it down, and the question is why?
Regular readers of GoozerNation might have noticed that I haven't written very many articles lately. That's because I've switched my focus from blogs to book writing. My first book, Chilean Jungle, was published today on Amazon and can be read on Kindles and free Kindle apps for iPads, smartphones, tablets and PCs. The cover art for the book was created by GoozerNation contributor Mark Del Rio and I received excellent feedback from Steve Haverda during the editing process. If you are an Amazon Prime Member, you can download the book for free; otherwise it is $2.99.
I also now have an Author Page set up on Amazon.
Here's a description of the book:
Chilean Jungle introduces the world to Agent James McDougal and the Assassins Intelligence Agency. Agent McDougal teams up with a rogue vigilante who goes by the codename, “Blue Scorpion,” a sexy, dangerous assassin who operates by her own rules. Together, they must take down criminal mastermind Vicente Moreland deep in the Chilean jungle before he can complete his evil plan. This is the first book in this series.
Michael Rohde’s writing style has been compared to fan favorite, sci-fi author Eric Nylund, who has written a few Halo books (Halo: The Fall of Reach, Halo: First Strike and Halo: Ghosts of Onyx). The story and characters will draw you in and each chapter ends with suspense so that you’ll want to keep reading.
“AWESOME ENDING!!! Chilean Jungle ends with you wanting to start the next book. As you read the book you get a feeling of how a VERY YOUNG and NEW James Bond must have started out, before he became silky smooth.”
--Steve Haverda, after reading a sneak peek of Chilean Jungle
This novel features action in an exotic locale with a sexy hero.
In an industry that ranges from giant companies like EA to tiny start-ups like Pigsels Media, there are many versions of the "rules" under which game companies relate to their customers. One of the most noteworthy aspects of any game company is how it handles customer service and support, particularly around the time when a given game launches or receives a significant update. The speed of an Internet-connected world means that happy and angry customers alike can voice their feelings instantly to the rest of the world, and potentially shape the buying decisions of millions of would-be players. In this environment, where big-ticket games promise epic thrills and millions (billions?) of dollars are spent on games of all prices and types, there is much debate about what constitutes an acceptable release.
I looked through my old articles for a bit of inspiration. I saw the "Fit to Game" section, wherein I documented a whole year of exercise via video games. Granted, with my life emergencies, it wasn't the best year to do that, but I lost a good fifteen pounds in the process.
Then, I looked down. At that belt I was two notches in on. The partially used notch mocked me, used but then forgotten. At one point, I was all about having to get a new belt/pants the other direction, and here we are creeping back on.
Have you been playing the Spirit Tales beta this past week? I have and it's a really fun free-to-play MMORPG. If you haven't downloaded it yet go do it already. Maybe a free in-game item would persuade you? Read on to find out how to claim your item as well as get signed copies of artwork from the game.
Download the 7-page Spirit Tales coloring book, color it in, and send it to the Koramgame office where the artists of the game will sign it and send you an in-game item code. While most of the pages in the coloring book are detailed illustrations ready for you to color in there is an "easy mode" page that makes it easy for those that aren't confident in their artistic abilities.
Demos are a perfect way to get more people to buy a game. Specs Ops: The Line gives gamers a well rounded taste of the game and it looks to be the action title gamers will need come this summer.
The latest Mortal Kombat was released last year. I was shocked by the game and based on my review, the game was nothing short of amazing! Mortal Kombat had really fallen on dark times before this semi-reboot. Other fighting games could learn from MK’s success.
Who doesn’t enjoy an fps with lots of action? Amazon has a great deal on the Serious Sam games next week. Most of these PC Downloads are regularly anywhere from $10 or less to $50 or more. Amazon will have most of the games for less than $10.
You thought you met the love of your life: the perfect one to spend forever with. Then, another came along. Together, they made a complete package. Who could ask for more? Suddenly, you're having so much fun with your new love that you forget the old love: the ex, despite the flaws, had a special something...and you miss it.
No, I'm not talking about old girlfriends or boyfriends, I'm talking about your old games. Newer, better models keep coming out, but sometimes some awesome experiences get lost in the shallowness of the upgraded system. Today, I want to revisit the older games and talk about what made them special, and why that something special is missing in the newer versions.
Here is another entry in our series "What are You Playing?" With no big releases this week, it seems everyone is headed to their backlog to fill their gaming time. If you're looking for something to play we've got a variety of suggestions across all platforms.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 670’s are here. The lineup is the GTX 670 (2GB and 4GB), GTX 670 SC (2GB and 4GB), and GTX 670 FTW (2GB). If you’re one of those people who are waiting for the prices to drop for the GTX 680, the GTX 670 might be what you want if you don’t want to wait. It packs the same features as the GTX 680, but has slightly lower base and boost clocks, texture fill rate, and CUDA cores.
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