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The Amiibo Bubble

5 Aug

Once upon a time, a company produced lots of cute little toys for a reasonable price. They were so popular they zoomed off the shelves, hitting eBay where prices skyrocketed. Rare toys reached thousands of dollars. People made a living off of that resale, quitting their jobs to make sure their fingers poised for online sales. Obsession gripped the market. Then the Beanie Baby Bubble crashed.

Oh, you thought I was talking about Amiibos? Continue reading

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Top 5 Games of 2014

19 Jan

With all the games that came out last year, it shouldn’t have been easy to pick the top five games of the year. Instead it was effortless. With no further ado, let’s get down to it (especially since I’m half a month late)! Continue reading

How to Support Net Neutrality

10 Sep

There are a lot of tweets and facebook posts asking people to help support Net Neutrality (or as John Oliver calls it Preventing Cable Company Fuckery), but I haven’t found everything we can do in one place. I’m compiling a list that will take you 15 minutes to complete. Take the time. If everyone doesn’t stand up, we’re all going to get knocked down. Continue reading

Tweet Fallout

3 Sep

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Murdered: Soul Suspect – Killer Action and Adventure

25 Jun

Created by Airtight Games and published by Square Enix, Murdered: Soul Suspect is an incredibly detailed mystery where you solve your own murder. Set in Salem, Massachusetts, history can be found around every corner, both ancient and recent.

The opening cut scene hooked me as soon as it began playing. You watch as Detective Ronan O’Connor chases a suspect into a building without backup. Soon he finds that his quarry is more than his match as he is beaten and thrown out of a two story window. Lying there in the middle of the street, Ronan is not yet dead, but has left his body. The hope that our protagonist will survive this encounter is short lived as he has to watch helplessly as he is shot seven times by the same masked man who threw him from the window. Continue reading

Adventures in PC Crafting – Part 2

26 Feb

Part 1 of Adventures in PC Crafting can be found here.

We’ve all made that mistake, jumped before we had done enough research, spent a little more than we’d intended. All I wanted was a new motherboard and CPU. A small upgrade, just $400. Good God, did I not have a clue what I was getting into.

Gearing up for Battle

Waking up on Sunday, I have one purpose in mind. Church? Ha, very funny. No, I’m headed to any store that will sell me a mid or full tower case to house all my shiny new PC parts. Unfortunately, I live in a part of Texas where there isn’t a single large retail store close. The nearest Best Buy is thirty minutes away (thanks to traffic and there is always traffic). I’ve determined that, while it will cost me quite a bit more, I’ll pick up a nice case at said Best Buy. Sometimes, you pay for convenience.

Getting ready, I hop in my trusty Chevy and hit the road. Continue reading

Adventures in PC Crafting – Part 1

10 Feb

We’ve all made that mistake, jumped before we had done enough research, spent a little more than we’d intended. All I wanted was a new motherboard and CPU. A small upgrade, just $400. Good God, did I not have a clue what I was getting into.

The Journey Begins

After a little help from a friend, I was told a good upgrade for my CPU would be to an Intel Core i5 Processor which I picked up for $225. Doing some research, I find a good motherboard for said CPU is an ASUS Z87 Plus DDR3 which runs about $160. More than pleased with the price, I pull the trigger and (thanks to Amazon Prime) have my parts within three days.

At this point, I know that I have to unplug everything in the case, then reattach it to the new motherboard, but I’m not daunted. I’m excited! This is going to be awesome. My PC will run all my games faster, I can stream a little faster, everything will be amazing. Nothing could go wrong because I’m an independent female and I can totally do this.

A Slight Detour Gets me Lost

Turns out, I can totally not do this. Continue reading

Ignorance is NOT Bliss

6 Feb

Let’s get this out in the open: I am a big fan of Nintendo. Sales are down and the Wii U is not performing as hoped. I blame this on their game line up, which looks great – when the games eventually come out. Most people disagree, claiming that Nintendo hasn’t had a good line up of video games since the GameCube. While I can’t speak about that system – I played it, but didn’t really care too much since it was high school and there was a thing called boys – I can talk about the Wii.

The first system I every bought the month of launch, I’ve been a fan of this system since the beginning. Zelda was coming out, Paper Mario, but I didn’t get a Nintendo game as my first Wii purchase. I bought Trauma Center: Second Opinion. Why? I honestly have no idea. I seemed like a good idea at the time. I loved this game. Continue reading

Is It Over? When you should abandon a video game.

4 Feb

It’s a question every gamer faces. When do I put down the controller/keyboard/phone? I can’t get my money back, I can’t get my time back, so when is enough, enough?

The answer should be simple. Since video games are a form of entertainment it’s time to quit once the game stops being fun, right? Wrong. Fun means different things to different people. Many gamers are completionists or feel that they ‘have’ to play the original game before its sequel. For these people, it’s not about the fun factor, it’s about the accomplishment. Being able to say, “I beat Ocarina of Time with EVERY hearts,” or, “There wasn’t a boss in Final Fantasy X I didn’t take down,” or, “My best time beating Super Mario Brothers on the NES is 6 minutes,” is worth the hours of nothing but tedious work. Continue reading