Xbox One Stereo Headset Review

Game Reviews, Games

Xbox One stereo headphones packaging

Today I received my Microsoft Xbox One Stereo Headset.
Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter

In the box

First off, very cool packaging.  The box opens up to reveal the headphones in a foam wrapping, but well presented.  Underneath the headphones are the Micro USB cable and the headphone adapter.

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Baby Ultrasound Looks Like Tori Spelling

Left Field, Movies/TV

Tori_Spelling_Baby_Ultrasound

Filmmaker Scott Parejo was on facebook perusing his news feed, when a picture caught his eye.  It was a picture of an ultrasound, shared by a pregnant friend.  What should have brought to mind precious things like baby clothes and play things, instead conjured up something entirely different in his mind.

When Scott looked at the ultrasound he saw,…Tori Spelling.  He illustrated his point and now I see it too.  And so do you.  As they say, #CannotBeUnseen.

Photo credit: Scott Parejo/ultrasound tech

Tomb Raider: The Definitive Edition – Review

Game Reviews, Games

gameplay Screen Shot 2014-02-10 07-17-32

Last year, Crystal Dynamics created one of my favorite games of the year, Tomb Raider.  A reboot of a franchise that I am very familiar with, since it’s initial release.  The new Tomb Raider looked great, even on the aging hardware of the last console generation.  And though console gamers didn’t get the fancy TressFX and high resolutions that the PC release saw, the gameplay and story showed up in a major way and Lara became fresh again, if naïve and vulnerable.

Having thoroughly enjoyed Tomb Raider last year, I wasn’t thrilled about the announcement of a new and improved “Definitive Edition” on new gen consoles.  Was this just a gussied up rereleased cash-in?  Was there enough here to warrant the infamous “double dip”?

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Why do hackers bring down video game servers?

Blog, Games

Seriously, why?

Some hackers brought down the PlayStation Network in 2011.  Were they Xbox fanboys?  Did they hate Asia based Video Game companies?

This week we have hackers running a DDOS attack on EA (Electronic Arts), preventing servers across all platforms from doing their jobs, that is, to serve data to paying customers.  Customers that have paid for a game in order to access it’s online features, such as multiplayer.  Do these hackers hate EA?  Do they hate Battlefield?  Are they head-over-heels in love with Call of Duty so much that they want to eliminate it’s closest competition? Continue reading

Hardcore Gaming on a Budget

Deals, Games

dollar sign cut in half

Originally published January 15th, 2013.  There have been updates to the way gamers can save money as well as what systems are available.

As far as hobbies go, you can get more expensive than gaming.  That is not to say that gaming is an inexpensive hobby, but if you are playing more than just Angry Birds on your phone, you are going to start clocking up dollars pretty quick.  And if you consider yourself among the “hardcore” gaming crowd, you might be paying 500 dollars or more every year if you want to play the latest Halo, Battlefield, Call of Duty, Madden, FIFA, or other annual releases.

But if you are on a tight budget, or just looking to save a few bucks here and there, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the best that gaming as to offer.  Here are some money saving cheat codes to power up your game collection and your wallet.

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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood Review

Game Reviews, Games

 gameplay Screen Shot 2013-12-22 04-17-36    A review of Max: The Curse of Brotherhood from Press Play, on Xbox One, Xbox 360

When Max comes home to find his little brother, Felix, playing (rather aggressively) with Max’s toys, Max reaches his last straw and decides to run a web search on “How to make your brother disappear!”  He finds an incantation that, when recited, summons a portal and seconds later Felix is gone.

Max has a rather instantaneous change of heart and jumps in after Felix and his monster captor.  This brief cutscene is all you get before jumping into Max’s beautiful adventure.  The gameplay starts soon after and has you control Max in an effort to bravely acquire Felix from the evil kidnapper that has claimed him, the mustachioed Mustacho. Continue reading

Xbox One Game DVR clips, The Epic Collection

Games

The Xbox One includes the ability to record the last 5 minutes of gameplay and save it as a video file, which you can later upload and share to your personal Skydrive.  I took advantage of this feature and decided to compile some of my greatest clips here.

This here is a collection of all of my best personal game clips recorded using Xbox One Game DVR and uploaded using Upload Studio to my Skydrive account.  The clips herein may have been shared because of a funny moment in-game, or an exciting kill streak, or because something truly rare and special happened. 

My first Ultra Combo

From: Killer Instinct, Xbox One

My “Kool-Aid Man” Impression

From: Battlefield 4, Xbox One

A Sniper Rifle, some C4, and a Knife

From: Battlefield 4, Xbox One

Genevieve plays Monkey See, Monkey Do in Zoo Tycoon

From: Zoo Tycoon Demo, Xbox One

FIFA 14 OWN GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!

From: FIFA 14 Demo, Xbox One

Stan Lee as The Incredibly Grey-Haired Hulk

From: Lego Marvel Superheroes, Xbox One

Pulp LEGO Marvel

From: Lego Marvel Superheroes, Xbox One

Brutal Assassination

From: Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag,Xbox One

M-M-M-M-Monster Kill (Shotgun Spree)

From: Battlefield 4, Xbox One

I can’t upload my Xbox One Game DVR videos to Skydrive

Games

If you are having a problem locating your Xbox videos uploaded from Upload Studio.  Try checking your “Pictures” folder for a folder called “Xbox Game DVR”.  Why is it in the “Pictures” folder?  Your guess is as good as mine.  They are moving ‘pictures’, so maybe that’s why.

Upload Studio won’t upload to Skydrive

Columbo: The Complete Series is on sale, today only

Deals, Movies/TV
Columbo is so happy to see you
Columbo is so happy to see you

If you love Columbo, as you should, but don’t own all 69 episodes and all 24 television movies yet, then today is your day.  For under 60 dollars (regularly $150) you can have 34 DVDs shipped to your door and have nearly 6000 minutes of the best detective television series ever aired.

 

Oh and just one more thing.  It’s today only.