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Nintendo Brings You A Unique Gaming Experience

Nintendo Brings You A Unique Gaming Experience

Jan 30, 2016

Over the past few years, the new video game releases we see advertised tend to be centered around war. Games such as Metal Gear Solid and Call of Duty receive mature ratings for the graphic bloodshed seen by the player. Mind you, such games have a tremendous following and are financially successful. The downside is that game developers seem to have narrowed their target audience down significantly by shifting a significant amount of their talent and energy into violent content. This leaves video game fans who enjoy more light hearted fun, such as families and squeamish folks (like myself), in the dark. This realization is the true core of what makes Nintendo so special. My boyfriend is in the living room slashing limbs off virtual enemies in Assassin’s Creed and brewing anger when the screen turns red. I, on the other hand, am comfortably snuggled in my warm bed with my shiny, purple Nintendo 3DS. You may not see these games advertised on television, but believe it or not, there are plenty of options for people like myself. The peaceful, happy-go-lucky music can frolic through my Powerpuff Girls headphones as I explore the virtual world of Animal Crossing. If I’m in the mood for a heavy dose of nostalgia, I pop in The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time 3D. Maybe my emotions need a break, but my brain could use a little exercise – that’s when I play a relaxing puzzle game such as Brain Age. One of my all-time favorite pass time activities is to kick back with one of the sharpest-minded characters in the Nintendo universe – Professor Hershel Layton. There is one key word you hear in a majority of video game reviews – “graphics”. Game critics have an obsession with how advanced the pictures are of a game. If you’re looking for a fancy gaming experience on-the-go, the Nintendo 3DS games can be played in 3D without the need for red and blue glasses. Talk about a console that really STANDS OUT (see what I did there?). If you are hoping to feed your video game cravings, on-the-go, without being forced to choose between bloody game number one or...

Top Five XBOX ONE Games Of 2015

Top Five XBOX ONE Games Of 2015

Jan 29, 2016

Top 5 XBOX ONE Games Of 2015 Last year was a magnificent time for video games, especially the XBOX ONE. Many games have accumulated a large following, earned the loyalty of passionate players, and raked in big bucks. Game developers cater to their fans by churning out new content to add on to existing story lines, so it is no surprise that each game on this list is part of a series. Here is a list of the top five XBOX ONE games which were released in 2015: . 5) Fallout 4 Release Date: November 10, 2015 The Fallout series returned in 2015 for more fun. Your character is one of the few human survivors of terrifying nuclear war. As you roam the post-apocalyptic land, you must fight for survival by gaining experience, learning new skills, and acquiring the new currency – bottle caps to trade for food and other necessities. Fallout 4 is a first-person, non-linear style game. Many gamers, particularly XBOX fans, favor non-linear style entertainment because it allows for flexibility. Instead of following a predetermined order, players can wander the virtual world as they please and complete missions in their own order. 4) Destiny: The Taken King Release Date: September 15, 2015 The Destiny series has earned a widespread following, so it’s no surprise that Destiny: The Taken King made it to the top. In this first person shooter game, you are sent on a mission to defeat the dark entity, Oryx, and his evil army before he gets his revenge and destroys the universe. You can choose between playing as a hammer-controlling Titan, an energy-wielding Warlock, or a alactic Hunter. 3) Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the first sin Release Date: April 7, 2015 A man is cursed with immortality, and goes on a quest to break the curse. Though the game is titled Dark Souls 2, it is actually game number three in the series, following Demons Souls and Dark Souls. The enhanced multiplayer feature, new bosses, and vast customization opportunities make Dark Souls 2 an action-packed gaming experience. 2) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Release Date: May 19, 2015 In The Witcher 3, your character is a monster...

Will “The Ring” Series See A Third Movie?

Will “The Ring” Series See A Third Movie?

Jan 28, 2016

In the year 2002, an American version of a Japanese horror film was released. Based off the movie Ringu, The Ring is a horror / psychological thriller about a VHS tape with a curse attached to it. Anyone who dares to view the tape’s footage would undoubtedly die exactly one week later. It is rumored that exactly seven days after viewing the tape, the ghost of a small girl will appear on the television screen and steal the life of the viewer. A local journalist named Rachel Keller (played by Naomi Watts) takes it upon herself to unravel the mystery of the tape when several teenagers of the town, including one of Rachel’s loved ones, were found to have caught the bait and fallen victim to the dreadful curse. Unfortunately, Rachel has to watch the tape in order to get a lead in her investigation, making herself and her son a target for the ghost. She has exactly seven days to stop the curse before the race ends and her life is taken. The Ring was a hit among horror film fans in America. This resulted in the release of The Ring Two – a continuance of the investigation. With help from Rachel’s new friend, Sam, she hoped to successfully bring this case to a close once and for all. Rachel has confirmed that the ghost is a small girl named Samara, who was murdered by her parents long ago. Rachel’s seven days have come and gone, meaning she is bound to be hunted at any moment. In The Ring Two, dark details of Samara’s life and the tape’s background are discovered. It seemed that The Ring Two brought the story of Samara’s haunting to an end, but rumors are spreading around the internet of a third movie. What more is there to add to the story? According to the seemingly incomplete imdb.com profile of “Rings” (also referred to as The Ring Three and Rings 3D), Naomi Watts will not be returning to the screen as Rachel. Samara will be played by a much older actress than in the previous two movies, and a couple release dates are floating around the web. The trailer...

Risen

Risen

Jan 27, 2016

When a recently buried body disappears, Roman military figure Clavius (played by Joseph Fiennes) is given orders to take charge and get to the bottom of it. Pressure builds for Clavius as the Emperor is expected to arrive anytime. The Roman military believes that the believers of Christ swiped the body from its tomb. Rumors are spreading that the body was not stolen, but the dead man has risen. Clavius finds himself uncertain of what he truly believes. Risen tells the biblical story of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the unique perspective of one of the men who killed him. We have all heard the story of Jesus Christ. He was born to Mary Magdalene, who was said to be a virgin. Most of us have learned many details of what his life was supposedly like growing up. As an adult, he told the world who he was – the son of God. There were people who had faith in him, but many did not. He was ultimately crucified for claiming to be the son of God. As the story goes, Jesus rose from the grave three days after his body was placed in the tomb to be sealed. In the film industry, there have been countless movies made about Jesus. Viewers may hear about this movie and think “great, ANOTHER bible movie!”, but Risen appears to have an appealing difference. Almost all of the other “Jesus movies” are primarily focused on the events that lead to Jesus’ death, or the mere fact that he was crucified. Little is told about what happens afterwards – Risen is different in that sense. It is unique in the way it tells the story of Christ. The main character is not Jesus himself, but a well-respected member of the Roman military named Clavius. The story is not told as a significant point in one religion’s background, but as a historical manhunt. This may not come as a surprise to many, but bloodshed is expected to be seen in this movie. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has rated Risen PG-13 for “biblical violence, including some disturbing images”. This exciting film is set to release in America on...

The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Jan 26, 2016

A human boy has been orphaned and left in the jungle. With no parents, his only hope for survival is a pack of wolves who raise him as one of their own. As the boy, named Mowgli, grows a little older, he discovers that there are some species of the animal kingdom who are far less caring than his wolf elders. Mowgli is faced with a decision far more difficult than a boy so young should have to make – stay in the jungle where he must ultimately learn to fend for himself, or seek the unfamiliar world of human civilization. From the director who brought you Iron Man (Jon Favreau), the classic story of The Jungle Book has been re-imagined using the latest CGI technology. The Jungle Book is a title which multiple generations may recognize. It began as a child’s story. In 1967, Disney turned the book into a light-hearted cartoon movie with lots of laughs, singing, and dancing. Set to release April 15, 2016, The Jungle Book in its newest form may bring a different feel to the audience. There is currently only one trailer that has been exposed to the public. In the trailer, the only character’s voice you hear is the giant snake named Kaa (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). We know that there is more dialogue by the cast list on imdb.com. Bill Murray is the voice actor who plays Baloo, the friendly bear who worries that human civilization isn’t in Mowgli’s best interest. The audience gets to hear Christopher Walken’s voice as King Louie, the “king of the apes”. Idris Elba brings words to Shere Khan, the villain tiger who despises all humans and wishes death upon Mowgli. On the other hand, the music is deep and intense behind several screenshots of little light. Will this version of The Jungle Book have a dark feel? According to a published interview with director Jon Favreau (via twitter), they team hopes to preserve the older generations’ nostalgia with a certain amount of music while placing the new film into the “action” genre. With limited footage, it is difficult to predict the movie’s tone. Fans will be able to make their...

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