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…

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Foo Fighters Win 2015 Brit Award for Best International Group

If someone has a good reason to celebrate after this year’s Brit Award, it’s definitely Foo Fighters, being awarded the Best International Group in 2015!

They won in a race with War on Drugs, 5 Seconds of Summer, First Aid Kit and the Black Keys. Dave Grohl and his band mates accepted the award via video call from California.

Actually rock music was quite well represented at Brit Award this year, since the Brit for the Best British Group went to Royal Blood. Royal Blood is actually one of the bands that will accompany Foo Fighters on a numerous dates this year.

This is actually Foo Fighters’ 4th Brit, after receiving the Best International Group in years 2008 and 2012 and, in 2007 the Best International Album Award for Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.

But, this is not the only recognition for them this year – barely a week passed since they were chosen the Best International Band at NME Awards.

Rather fruitful start of the year for the guys!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Nicolas Cage Joins Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’

“Snowden”, a controversial story by Oliver Stone, is getting a new addition to the cast, the famous Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage is going to be playing as an ex-Intelligence Official of the U.S. government.

A non-fiction take on the Snowden story called “Citizenfour” by Laura Poitras has already won an award in the “best documentary” category.

Scenes in the “Snowden” will be filmed all around the world until the middle of the May, currently taking place in the capital of Germany, Berlin.

In addition to the main character played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, many other actors like: Zachary Quinto, Shailene Woodley and Tom Wilkinson, will help in filming.

The rights to the two book titles regarding the Snowden controversy were acquired by the Stone Path Films, who are in charge of production in partnership with Moritz Borman and Eric Kopeloff. The titles were “Time of the Octopus” by Anatoly Kucherena - a Russian lawyer who was defending Snowden, and “The Snowden Files, The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” by Luke Harding.

For those not informed, Edward Snowden was charged with breaking the Espionage Act and stealing the government secrets from NSA. He temporarily took refuge on Russian soil after his passport was revoked.

The film is scheduled to be released on December 25. In the U.S. and December 30. In France.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

How a Romanian Monument Became a Charming Bookstore

Bucharest’s Old Town has become one of the most popular places.

The bookstore is already fully equipped with numerous books. However, this is not just an ordinary bookstore – it is THE place where all art buffs are gathering to enjoy various artistic activities, apart from browsing through books. The store itself in in six elegant levels/floors offering its visitors over 10,000 books and more than 5,000 albums and DVDs. There’s also a bistro for all the bohemian souls at the last floor, and the basement is reserved for fans of contemporary arts.

The bookstore provides an amazing mix of classic inter-war atmosphere with the minimalistic contemporary architecture. It is designed to join old and new in a charming way in an effort to appeal to the young, as well as to those a bit more experienced ones. That alone should do the trick. The picture can be easily imagined – all the book-lovers gathered together, sipping coffee and discussing love and arts; soft music in the background adding to the atmosphere.

The Carusel is actually a part of the chain, but it is also so much more than that – it is a place guaranteed to become the cultish place for many of its customers.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Best video game characters of 2014

Looking back at 2014, it was a pretty good year for video games. Of course, there were some let downs and disappointments, but the truth is that we also had a lot of great games. And what makes a great game is a great character and not only by how cool or funny it is, but also by how much it contributes to the story and the gameplay. So let’s take a look at what we think are some of the most memorable video games characters we saw in 2014.

Delsin Rowe (Infamous: Second Son)

The Infamous series needs no introduction and Infamous Second Son was one of the most anticipated video games of 2014.  And since Cole MacGrath, the main character in the first two games, died in Infamous 2, we were all pretty excited to see what happens next and how was the new main character. And we weren’t disappointed, even though not all fans and critics were happy with Delsin Rowe. First of all, what we liked about him is the contrast to MacGrath. While Cole was feeling burdened by his powers, Delsin is actually enjoying them. We also think he’s a compelling character, noble and genuine when being Heroic and completely hate-worthy when being Evil. And since he’s also the most powerful conduit in any Infamous game, we had tons of fun playing as Delsin, earning him a place on our list.

Bloody Mary (The Wolf Among Us)

We really loved what Telltale did with The Wolf Among Us, the video game based on Bill Willingham’s Fables comic book series. We liked the story, we liked the atmosphere, we liked the action scenes and we definitely liked the characters, especially Bloody Mary, one of the most memorable villains we saw in a while. I mean, we’re talking about a character that’s extremely sinister and evil but also really, really cool at the same time, not to mention that she’s the only villain in Fabletown that’s not afraid of the Big Bad Wolf. So she’s definitely a must have on our list.

Talion (Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor)

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2014. I mean, yeah, it’s a video game whose story takes place in Tolkien’s universe, one of the greatest ever created, but we weren’t expecting so much fun from this game. And of the main reasons we had so much fun was the main character, Talion, a ranger of Mordor who seeks revenge against Sauron. Voiced by on the greatest voices in video games, Troy Baker, Talion is the protagonist of a classic “revenge story”, but which he takes to the next level. The games creators also managed to bring us a character with a great back story, emotional depth and of course, the wraith part which is magnificent. Without a doubt, one of the best video game characters in 2014.

Varric Tethras (Dragon Age: Inquisition)

Last year, BioWare and EA brought us Dragon Age: Inquisition, which was by far one of the best games we played in 2014. Combining elements from the highly acclaimed previous installments, the game was amazing. And one of the best parts of the game was VarricTethras, the surface dwarf and “storyteller”. The character first showed up in Dragon Age 2 and is one of those sarcastic and quick witted dwarves that you just can’t get enough of. Besides being a useful member of the squad, he also offers the best conversations in the game and if you take into consideration his mysterious background, we’re definitely looking at one of the coolest characters we saw last year.

Bigby Wolf (The Wolf Among Us)

And here we have The Wolf Among Us again. Besides having one of the coolest villains, Bloody Mary, the video game also has one of the best main characters, Bigby Wolf (formerly known as Big Bad Wolf), the sheriff of Fabletown. And while all the stories and characters are great, Bigby Wolf stands out from the crowd as the most compelling character. He’s always interesting, emotional, not to mention cool, and the story makes the player get attached to him like no other character. Add the great voice of Adam Harrington and what we’ve got is probably the coolest video game character of 2014.

Honorable mention: Arno Dorian (Assassin’s Creed: Unity), Pagan Min (Far Cry 4), Rhys (Tales From the Borderlands)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

3 games that might disappoint us in 2015

One of the worst feelings a gamer can experience is being disappointed by a video games he or she was extremely excited about before its launch. And, unfortunately, 2014 offered us a lot of these moments. First there was The Elder Scrolls Online, who was un unworthy successor to Skyrim. Then there was Watch Dogs, with its famous graphics issue. Then Destiny, which was nothing of what we expected.And not to mention Assassin’s Creed Unity, one of the biggest disappointments of the year. But I guess that’s what always happens when expectations for something are huge. For example take a look at Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. It was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2014, but one can’t help wonder what would’ve happened if the level of anticipation was as high as with the other titles.

Anyway, we have a few very interesting titles scheduled for 2015 and while some will definitely impress us, we’re pretty sure others will be big disappointments. And we already have three video games we think will be on our “Most disappointing games of 2015” list by the end of the year, so let’s take a look at them.

No Man’s Sky

The upcoming video game is being developed and published by Hello Games, the British studio known for the successful Joe Danger series. No Man’s Sky will feature an open world where players fly a spacecraft and explore countless planets with all that comes with it, including interacting with the flora and fauna and fighting hostile forces. Of course, this is not something new, but we always get really excited about this kind of games. But the truth is we also have a lot of doubts about No Man’s Sky. First of all, we’re skeptical that a small studio like Hello Games is able to sustain such a huge universe. Then there’s the multiplayer aspect, Sony not being known for how stable and secure are their servers, especially with big launches like this one. Add things we don’t know about the game’s mechanics and gameplay and we have some serious reasons to expect the worst from No Man’s Sky. Of course, we’d be more than happy to be wrong with this one, but I guess we’ll have to wait for its launch, later this year.No Man’s Sky will only be available on PlayStation 4 at launch, but a Windows version will follow later.

The Order: 1886

Another PS4 exclusive, The Order: 1886 has all the ingredients to become a success, but also to become one of the biggest disappointments of 2015. It was first announced at E3 in 2013 and we were all impressed with its steampunk setting and the amazing graphics. It is scheduled to be released on February 20 and it is being developed by Ready at Dawn, a gaming studio composed of former members of Naughty Dog and Blizzard, which we have to admit, makes us excited just by hearing those names. But from what we heard so far, The Order: 1886 might not be that great game we’re all anticipating. First of all, the splendid graphics might be kind of an issue, since choppy frame rates have been reported, plus a pretty limited gameplay. Also, when you buy the game, you only get the single player campaign, which rumors indicate will be extremely short. And if all these are true, then we’re definitely looking at one hell of a disappointment for 2015.

Tom Clancy’s The Division

From what we saw so far, Tom Clancy’s The Division looks absolutely stunning and saying we’re really excited about it would be quite an understatement. But the truth is that we’re also quite skeptical about it, mainly because of its developer, Ubisoft, which is not exactly known for its smooth launches, especially lately. I mean, last year, Ubisoft offered us two of the biggest disappointments, Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed Unity and we have no reason to believe things will be different with The Division. Will the graphics be as smooth and impressive as what we saw in trailers? Will the multiplayer experience live up to the expectations? Will Ubisoft kill the experience with microtransactions? A lot of questions to be answered. But on the other hand, we really hope they learned something from last year and they will start offering gamers a quality experience once again, without all the glitches, graphics controversies and all that.