Top 10 Natural Wonders of the World to See

The Earth is an incredible planet that holds many spectacular places to see. From snowy mountains to the heated air of the desert, this world pulsates with life and never ceases to amaze us.

8 Autombiles That are Forbidden Fruit in America

Whether safety restrictions, marketing plans, or distribution issues stand in the way, American auto consumers can’t get some of the hottest cars drivers around the world enjoy. It doesn’t mean they aren’t worth a look (or a little lusting after). Here are eight automobiles U.S. consumers would love to have but don’t even have the chance.

The Most Anticipated Geek-Friendly Movies of 2015

Looking at this year's calendar of premieres, here's what I'm most excited about over the next 12 months:

10 Best Xbox Games of 2014 That Nobody Can Forget

2014 was a bizarre year. It was a year of HD premasters and “Conclusive Editions” on Xbox One, or more heaps of cross-gen games discharged on both Xbox 360 and Xbox 1. Few games genuinely emerged – especially on 360 – so making our yearly Game of the Year list in the not so distant future was troublesome. So here is the list of 10 best Xbox games of 2014 that no buddy can forget.

Problems Only 90s Gamers Could Understand

With the PS1 turned 20 last December it’s got us thinking about gaming in the 90s. We complain a lot these days, but there were a lot of problems with gaming back then that we all seemed to ignore. If you were a gamer in the 90s you’d know all about these particular problems…

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Top 5 Games of 2016

It was a good year for games. So how about we forget all the bad stuff, and focus on the good things that came out of this year. These are my top 5 games of 2016.

*This list is in no particular order*

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End


It’s been one heck of a wild ride following Nathan Drake and company from one adventure to another. He took us on journeys through the golden city of El Dorado, the fabled land of Shambhala, and to an Atlantis in the sands known as the Iram of the Pillars. But as they say, all good things must come to an end. And what an ending Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End was. Naughty Dog has once again outdone themselves and set an industry standard for compelling storytelling. Not only does Uncharted 4 provide a satisfying conclusion to the tale of Nathan Drake, it also answers many lingering questions we’ve all had about the main protagonist. Couple that with spectacular visuals and a little nostalgia peppered in, and you have yourself a game of the year candidate.

Inside

This dark and haunting 2.5D side scrolling puzzle-platformer (that’s a mouthful) has made it onto many favorite games of the year lists and for good reason. From storytelling, to gameplay, to mechanics, Inside just does everything right. The game is short so I won’t go too far in depth about it, but I do want to highlight what Inside does best, creating moments. There are certain points in this game that are crafted so well that it will make you feel genuine moments of dread, panic, and/or anxiety. Now I know that probably sounds awful, but I mean it in the best possible way. All I’m saying is that game does a phenomenal job producing visceral reactions in its players. On top of that, the controls are tight, the puzzles are clever, and the animation of the main character is exceptional. It’s the culmination of all of these aspects that make Inside a truly standout experience.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

If you know me, then you know that I absolutely love a good cyberpunk game. In my opinion, no one does it better than the Deus Ex franchise. And in a year where people seem to be more divided than ever, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided couldn’t have been released at a better time. What makes Mankind Divided worthy of being one of my favorite games of the year is its deep story, plentiful secrets, engaging dialog, action, and meaningful gameplay choices. The addition of new abilities also opens up new creative avenues for ways to handle certain situations. When it all comes down to it, I had a very hard time putting the controller down while playing this game, even after I beat it.

Hyper Light Drifter

Some games are all style and no substance, others may have substance but can lack in style. When a game manages to have both qualities, that game is special.
Hyper Light Drifter is one of those special games. Heavily inspired by The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Diablo, this indie action rpg provides thoroughly satisfying and challenging combat through its variety of complex and dynamic enemies. It also boasts some of the coolest artwork I’ve seen in a game all year.

Dishonored 2

One of the main reasons why the original Dishonored was a great game is because of the freedom it gave its players. Thanks to the creative level design plus Corvo’s plethora of supernatural lethal and non-lethal abilities, players could choose the way they wanted to accomplish their objectives. Dishonored 2 takes what worked in the first game and improves upon it in every aspect. For instance, in the first game, you couldn't really use your lethal abilities if you wanted to finish a mission with low chaos, obviously because killing is a no-no. In Dishonored 2, the devs found a way to work around that by incorporating mechanical enemies. One of the highlights of this game, however, was the clockwork mansion. The whole level is basically a puzzle. Rooms can shift and shuffle around offering different ways to bypass enemies, lead you to secrets, or even open up new pathways to your destination. This level is so intricate and impressive that I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that it may be the most ingenious level design I’ve ever seen in any game.


*Honorable Mentions: Firewatch, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, SUPERHOT, Doom, Oxenfree

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Vinyl on track to become a billion-dollar industry in 2017


If someone told you 10 years ago that Vinyl would become a billion-dollar industry by the end of 2017, what would you say? If the answer is somewhere along the lines of “no way,” you should probably check out the data compiled by Deloitte and reported by the Financial Times.  It’s interesting to note that this number of $1 billion hasn’t been surpassed for vinyl ever since the ‘80s during its golden era. As pointed out by The Vinyl Factory, the renewed interest in vinyl is continuing to grow at an unbelievable rate. BuzzAngle Music analytics service has compiled similar data in its yearly report on US music consumption. As it shows, vinyl sales rose 26% in 2016.

Once you put plummeting physical album sales into the equation, vinyl’s resurgence becomes even more puzzling and astonishing, considering how much customers have begun to gravitate toward streaming services. As Paul Lee, head of technology, media, and telecoms at Deloitte, notes, “Consumers are choosing to buy something tangible and nostalgic and at a price point that provides record companies with significant revenues.”
Vinyl is expect to once again record double digit growth in 2017, which would make the seventh consecutive year this has happened. An estimated 40 million records will be sold, which might push the industry over the $1 billion mark (along with the sales of turntables and other listening accessories) by the end of the year.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Glastonbury Festival will be moved from Worthy Farm to another location, Michael Eavis has said


There has been a change of plans related to the Glastonbury Festival. Purportedly, it will no longer take place at the Worthy Farm, but instead at another location in 2019. Michael Eavis, the founder, claims that this needs to happen in order to protect the site. The new location will be approximately 100 miles away from the original spot.


Eavis’s first festival at Worthy Farm took place in 1970. He also stated that he found a place in the Midlands, but chose to keep the details to himself.

"I am arranging for one year off, say every fifth year or so, to try and move the show to a site that's more suitable, I have to say. But it would be a huge loss to Somerset if it went there forever, would it not?" he said.

Eavis told the BBC: "We've got a wonderful product, what we do, and we can do it almost anywhere. I love my own farm... I might have to move it eventually.

"Most people are on side now and it's a wonderful, wonderful boost for the whole of Somerset and beyond as well."

The founder also said that the move is not a permanent one, and added, "I don't want to lose it forever, no way."

Local residents and Glastonburywere given a year to give the land it takes place on, to recover from the disruption. The next scheduled one is to come about in 2018.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Player has managed to build a working Atari 2600 emulator in the Minecraft


Over and over again, Minecraft players do not fail to amaze the rest of the world with their creativity. From floating cities to high-resolution paintings, there’s no limit to what you can create. This has been proven once again by a Minecraft player who goes by the name SethBling, as he managed to build an Atari 2600 emulator – a working one, at that!

The user released a video where he explains how his creation works, and there’s a brief demonstration of it. Through use of thousands of command blocks the original ROMs that were stored on Atari cartridges can run, as well as the processor and memory, as these blocks provide enough power to run the game and deliver up to 60 frames every four hours.




This amazing emulator was built without using any plugins or mods – so, in vanilla Minecraft, which is quite a feat. If this emulator has you interested, the files are available for download here.
If you want to know more technical details about the emulator then you can check the following video

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Syfy Confirmed Z Nation Season 4


Zombies hit mainstream popularity in the last 5 to 10 years with shows like Death Valley, The Walking Dead and of course, our favorite Z Nation. The captivating, gritty and dramatic nail-biter keeps on drawing in new fans, which is why Z Nation is picking up Season 4 in 2017.

One minor change will occur as far as the number of episodes goes; instead of 15 episodes, Season 4 of Z Nation will have 13. The creators of the exhilarating show are co-creator Craig Engler and co-creator, show runner, and executive Karl Schaefer (Eerie Indiana).

SyFy confirmed Z Nation’s new season arrival in the year of 2017; however, the specific date is TBA.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Top 5 games coming out in November

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare


What would November be like without a new Call of Duty game? Definitely at least a little bit empty. Luckily, the new release is right on time, this time set in space with all the gimmicks that come with that, such as zero gravity. And apparently Activision noticed the people’s love for Game of Thrones and MMA, since Kit Harington and Conor McGregor are also featured in the game. The multiplayer isn’t top notch like it used to be – there are certainly some improvements to be made in that field, but it’s still pretty fun.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was released on November 4th for PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Eagle Flight


Ubisoft have made mistakes in the recent years, but one thing is undeniable: their open world games indeed have open worlds. Eagle Flight is no exception, being the publisher’s first try in virtual reality. Set in Paris during the post-apocalyptic future, it allows you to soar into the skies. If you have a HTC Vive, Oculus or PS VR headset, you’re free to put it on and start your flight.

Eagle Flight was released for PC and PS4 on November 8th.

Dishonored 2


Bethesda have generated high expectations with the first installment one of the most critically acclaimed new series, Dishonored, and we hope for greatness from the sequel as well. This time the character you’ll control can be one of two supernatural assassins in Karnaca, a fictional city.

Dishonored 2 will be released on November 11th for PC, Xbox One and PS4

Watch Dogs 2


The first installment in the series didn’t live up to the hype, but we’re ready to forgive Ubisoft if they learned from their mistakes, which, it seems, they have, so we’re hopeful for the sequel. The announced doubled hacking elements in the game and letting the players go down non-lethal routes is a welcome addition compared to open world mass murdering and constant collecting plus a forgettable protagonist we had to endure in the original Watch Dogs. And the best part? There’ll be a co-op mode.

Watch Dogs 2 will be released on November 15th for PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection


The best parts of the Assassin’s Creed games, the ones with Ezio Auditore, will not avoid the inevitable remaster on current-gen. Probably a smart move by Ubisoft, considering there was no new Assassin’s Creed entries this year (and better, because they deteriorated in quality constantly since our good friend Ezio has been gone), this can keep old fans engaged with the series and still introduce some new ones. No multiplayer modes will be included, however, but we are still looking forward to playing this in updated graphics.

Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection will be released on November 17th for PS4 and Xbox One.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Top games coming out in November

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare


What would November be like without a new Call of Duty game? Definitely at least a little bit empty. Luckily, the new release is right on time, this time set in space with all the gimmicks that come with that, such as zero gravity. And apparently Activision noticed the people’s love for Game of Thrones and MMA, since Kit Harington and Conor McGregor are also featured in the game. The multiplayer isn’t top notch like it used to be – there are certainly some improvements to be made in that field, but it’s still pretty fun.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was released on November 4th for PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Football Manager 2017

The new manager simulator from Sports Interactive brings a few new things to the table to entice players to get it. There are a few smaller changes, such as support for new league rules in matches and some new camera angles, but one of the main things is considering some recent political developments and how they may affect the game. Namely, Britain leaving the EU may mean that your star striker will, perhaps, need a work permit.

Football Manager 2017 was released for PC on November 4th .

Eagle Flight


Ubisoft have made mistakes in the recent years, but one thing is undeniable: their open world games indeed have open worlds. Eagle Flight is no exception, being the publisher’s first try in virtual reality. Set in Paris during the post-apocalyptic future, it allows you to soar into the skies. If you have a HTC Vive, Oculus or PS VR headset, you’re free to put it on and start your flight.

Eagle Flight was released for PC and PS4 on November 8th.

Dishonored 2


Bethesda have generated high expectations with the first installment one of the most critically acclaimed new series, Dishonored, and we hope for greatness from the sequel as well. This time the character you’ll control can be one of two supernatural assassins in Karnaca, a fictional city.

Dishonored 2 will be released on November 11th for PC, Xbox One and PS4

Watch Dogs 2


The first installment in the series didn’t live up to the hype, but we’re ready to forgive Ubisoft if they learned from their mistakes, which, it seems, they have, so we’re hopeful for the sequel. The announced doubled hacking elements in the game and letting the players go down non-lethal routes is a welcome addition compared to open world mass murdering and constant collecting plus a forgettable protagonist we had to endure in the original Watch Dogs. And the best part? There’ll be a co-op mode.

Watch Dogs 2 will be released on November 15th for PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection


The best parts of the Assassin’s Creed games, the ones with Ezio Auditore, will not avoid the inevitable remaster on current-gen. Probably a smart move by Ubisoft, considering there was no new Assassin’s Creed entries this year (and better, because they deteriorated in quality constantly since our good friend Ezio has been gone), this can keep old fans engaged with the series and still introduce some new ones. No multiplayer modes will be included, however, but we are still looking forward to playing this in updated graphics.

Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection will be released on November 17th for PS4 and Xbox One.

Pokémon Sun and Moon


With the appeal of Pokémon GO now gone with the coming of winter, GameFreak and Nintendo have got something new in store for us. Nobody is going to walk 10km to hatch eggs when it’s freezing outside, but perhaps people can be enticed to hunt down over 800 critters from the warmth of their own living room sofa. The setting is in Alola, which is a fictional version of Hawaii, where all Pokémon look a bit stranger than what we’re used to. (Just check out Dugtrio and you’ll see what we mean).

Pokémon Sun and Moon will be released on November 22nd for Nintendo 3DS.