Yesterday Microsoft announced the release of the successor to the Xbox 360: the Xbox One. While some mothers may be confused as to why their children want a console that came out in 2001 (I stole that joke from my friend Chris’s Twitter), most everyone will know that this is the next step in Microsoft’s gaming development. I had some thoughts while following the press conference and reading about the Xbox One. Check out some of those thoughts below. Read more »
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I couldn’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent playing Angry Birds. When it first came out I played the game nonstop. I’ve also been playing Angry Birds: Star Wars quite a bit since it came out last year. I’ve spent a lot of time playing the game but I haven’t beaten all of the levels, mostly because I won’t move on unless I get three stars. It’s a little obsessive compulsive but I don’t want to stop.
Imagine how short the game would be, though, if it was called Forgiving Birds instead of Angry Birds. Read more »
If you want to be cool with young kids these days then you need to brush up on your Skylanders knowledge.
Skylanders is a video game from Activision. In the game the player controls different monsters that are associated with one of eight elements. The monsters can only be unlocked, though, if the player buys their figurines. So, not only does the game cost $60, but also each of the figures costs at least $10 a piece. There are 32 figures in total, which means the total investment in the game is easily upwards of $400.
And every little kid I’ve talked to would gladly spend $400 or more on Skylanders.
I hope whoever thought up this idea got a promotion. Activision is profiting off of our inability to find contentment. Read more »
As I mentioned before I’ve given up sleeping in for Lent. It hasn’t been too difficult and I’ve spent that extra time in the morning with Jesus. I’m satisfied with my choice of what I give up for Lent. However, there is something else I could have given up that might have produced even more fruit.
I love playing video games but in the past few years I haven’t had as much time as I once did. Instead of playing video games I spend time with my wife, I work and I do a lot of blogging. I’ve made those activities a higher priority than killing dragons and sniping aliens. While I don’t spend that much time with a controller in my hand, I have started spending a lot of time with my phone in my hand. Read more »
My office and home are filled with video games and video game memorabilia. I’m a sucker for special editions of games so I’ve got a statue of Altair from Assassin’s Creed, an artbook from Final Fantasy X-2 and Master Chief’s full-size helmet from Halo 3. I can say with complete certainty, though, that the collectible from Dead Island Riptide will never adorn my shelves.
A severed head and some bloody breasts are definitely conversation starters, but not necessarily a conversation I’d like to have. After announcing the bloody collectible, Dead Island Riptide’s publisher Deep Silver has also had some conversations I’m sure it would like to have avoided. Read more »
2012 was a great year for nerds. The Avengers was awesome. Nintendo released its new console. The world finally got the iPhone 5. There was plenty for nerds to be excited about last year. Looking ahead the same holds true for 2013.
Here are some of the nerdier things I’m looking forward to in 2013.
- Iron Man 3: I love the Avengers and everything about them. I’m looking forward to Robert Downey, Jr.’s third go around as Tony Stark.
Happy New Year!!!
Thankfully Jesus was right and no one knows when the world will end, even the Mayans. We made it through the year and stand at the dawn of another, ready with new resolutions and the resolve to make changes in our lives. Those resolutions and changes probably include getting healthier, spending more quality time with God and loved ones or spending less time doing things that really don’t matter that much.
Those resolutions are great but here are some of my nerdier resolutions for 2013.
Yesterday’s post about the 50 things I like was one of the more popular in recent history. In light of all the negativity surrounding the election, I thought it would be healthy to focus on all of the things I like. As evidenced by its popularity, I imagine a lot of other people wanted to ditch the negativity and embrace some positivity as well.
The second thing on my list, after Jesus, was my wife who plays video games with me. I really enjoy playing video games and God blessed me with an amazing wife who wants to join me in that pastime. Like a lot of other Xbox owners, Alycia and I fired up our assault rifles and entered into the world of Halo 4. We’re about halfway through the campaign and, so far, the game has been great. The new enemies have brought a breath of fresh air to the franchise and I’m keeping my fingers crossed so the Flood don’t show up. Read more »
I’ve been playing video games most of my life so, not only was Wreck-It Ralph a great movie, but it was also a nostalgic walk down a virtual memory lane. I loved Wreck-It Ralph and cannot recommend it highly enough. The movie was funny, entertaining, heart-warming and filled with cameos of different video game characters.
Below are some thoughts I had while watching Wreck-It Ralph. I’ll try to keep things spoiler-free but I was a little shocked to find out that Ralph is the love child of Mario and Zelda. Read more »
Angry Birds has been downloaded over 1 billion times across all its platforms. I’ve downloaded it on every iPhone I’ve had and also on my iPad. There aren’t many games that are easier to pick up and play while waiting for a movie to start or right before going to bed. Come November 8, I’ll be giving Rovio another $0.99 for their latest Angry Birds iteration:
Angry Birds: Star Wars.
While I know it’s nothing more than a cash-grab, I’m excited to launch Jedi birds at Stormtrooper piggies. I’ve played too many Star Wars games where I was a Jedi or a Republic commando; it’s about time I played as a bird dressed in a Halloween costume.
Do we really need another game on our phones, though? Read more »