Monday, 21 March 2011

Live Your Life Now

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs

How do you feel about your life today? Are you living every day in exuberance? Do you love what you’re doing? Are you excited every single moment? Are you looking forward to what’s coming up next? Are you living your best life?

Your life experience is up to you to create. Why settle for anything less than what you can get? You deserve nothing but the best.
Life is too short to be wasted away, sitting in a corner with a bag of Doritos and a bottle of Mountain Dew, watching movies and playing games all day long.
Get the fuck up! Move your ass. Do whatever YOU want to. Stop thinking about the consequences, unless it’s a major decision :P.
Stop thinking about what people think of  you. Do whatever makes YOU happy.

"You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough."
                                                                             - Joe Lewis

Here are a few tips to help you live your life to the fullest.

Live every day on a fresh new start.
Don’t be held back by what happened yesterday, the day before, the week before, the year before, and so on.

Be true to who you are.
Stop trying to please other people or be someone else. It’s better to be an original version of yourself than an exact duplicate of someone else.

Focus on WHAT vs. How.
Focus on WHAT you want first, before you think about HOW to do it. Anything is possible, as long as you set your mind, heart and soul to it.

Stop putting your life on hold.
Been wanting to do something for too long, but you keep avoiding it? Go Bunjee jumping? Tell that person that you love them? Just go out and have fun? Stop everything else, and go do it. NOW.

Do the things you love.
Because life is too precious to spend it doing anything else. If you don’t enjoy something, then don’t do it. Spend your time and energy on things that bring you fulfillment and happiness.

Be positive.
Is the glass half empty or half full? How about neither? It’s actually all-full – the bottom half is water, the top half is air. It’s all a matter of perception. Take on empowering perceptions, not those that bind you. If you can see the positive sides of everything, you’ll be able to live a much richer life than others. Purge unnecessary negativity from your life.

Let go of relationships that do not serve you.
That means negative people, dishonest people, people who don’t respect you, people are overly critical and relationships that prevent you from growing.

Connect with an old friend.
There is no end to the number of friends you can have. Reach out to people from the past.

Do a kind deed a day.
What is something you can do today that will make the world a better place? Go and do it.

Fall in Love. Forget about tomorrow. Live your life now. Live it for yourself. Overcome procrastination. Relish the little moments of life and Bask in their glory. Laugh more. Embrace change. Embrace disappointments. Love yourself. Love others. Love life itself. Savor food. Take chances. Who knows when you might get them next? Turn off the TV, pull away from the internet and travel :D.

Break out from your daily routine. Do something different for a change.

Basically, life is too short to be wasted on the wrong people. Thinking about what people think of you. Trying to be that perfect someone who doesn’t even care. Delaying decisions.

Go out! Take risks. Shout out your secrets. Stop caring about others. Do what YOU love.

"Carpe Diem"


Sunday, 13 March 2011

Top 10 Zombie Infestation Games

Many gamers believe that the onslaught of videogames themed around zombies, or the apocalypse there of, is a fairly recent trend. While it’s true that the current-generation of videogames consoles offers plenty of shuffling undead to empty those shotgun rounds into or hack apart with your chainsaw, this is nothing new. Every mainstream videogame system has received its fair amount of infestations, and today here's a look at ten of the best.

So what were the criteria for the Top 10 Zombie Infestation Games of all time? Well, the zombie onslaughts had to be unique, or groundbreaking for their genre. SEGA’s House of the Dead is a fantastic game, but a light-gun game downing zombies and mutants was hardly inspiring. D3 Publisher’s underrated Onechanbara: Bikini Zombie Slayers and Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad featured the hacking-and-slashing of zombies whilst wearing, you guessed it, a bikini. But aside from the strange fashion sense, the Onechanbara games were fairly familiar combat-based affairs. Instead, ten games that pushed the boundaries in one way or another follow below.
10. Resident Evil 4
Resident Evil 4
            “But they’re not zombies!” You may well cry, but in truth none of the enemies featured in the Resident Evil series were zombies by the classic definition. Instead, they’re the result of an artificial infection – the modern day zombie as opposed to the traditional rise-from-the-grave horror cliché. So, the Ganados, infected, lumbering enemies with a mind only for killing, are just as credible under the label “zombie” as any in the series.
9. Trapped Dead
            The newest title on this week’s Sunday Special Top Ten, Trapped Dead is Headup Games and Iceberg Interactive’s modern take on the top-down panic-shooter, much like the famous Commandos series. Here, the player must fight their way through hordes of zombies in a fashion not too dissimilar from Valve’s hugely popular Left 4 Dead series, but without reason nor rhyme – just the will to survive.
8. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare
            Perhaps the most popular of all recent zombie infested videogames, Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare surely need little introduction. Originally devised as a downloadable content (DLC) pack for Rockstar Games’ phenomenally successful Red Dead Redemption, the pack soon saw its own retail release at a wallet friendly price, playable without the original disc: essentially making Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare a whole new game in its own right.
7. Carmageddon
            Younger gamers may not appreciate just how much the modern industry owes to Carmageddon. Light years ahead of it’s time, Stainless Games’ violent creation featured the first soundtrack ever delivered by a successful chart band and included some groundbreaking physics and movie-making software. Of course, it also offered the most graphic depiction of vehicular combat the industry had ever seen, and it did it with style. Players received bonuses for their ability to handle the unwieldy vehicles as well as utilising the many ludicrous power-ups wisely, as well as the style with which they ran down the lumbering pedestrians. Of course, in the original version of the game these pedestrians were in fact humans, but due to UK censorship Carmageddon hit store shelves featuring only zombies with green blood – including the cows.
Dead Rising
6. Dead Rising
            Dead Rising makes its way into this week’s Sunday Special Top Ten not so much for its zombies – fairly run-of-the-mill as they are – but for its setting. Willamette Mall was such a stroke of inspiration that, at the time, it blew away audiences the world over. Never had a videogame depicted such a contemporary setting for its over-the-top violence, and rarely has it since. Of course, the incredibly ‘gamey’ mechanics of Dead Rising put many players off: while there were plenty of gamers happy to play the game as intended, battling their way through the story and deadly psychos, many just wanted to hack apart zombies, an activity that quickly lost it’s lustre.
5. Zombies
            A cult classic from videogames’ 16-bit heyday, Zombies (known as Zombies Ate My Neighbors is the US) was an instant success thanks to its simultaneously two-player co-operative gameplay, bizarre weapon set and ludicrous boss fights. Originally released on both the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and Mega-Drive, an eventual Virtual Console release on Wii saw Zombies receive even further praise fifteen years after release. Fans of the title has been calling for an Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network release, reworked to allow for online play, but whether or not te game will ever be presented as such remains to be seen.
Resident Evil
4. Resident Evil
            Resident Evil was undeniably the videogame that put the horror genre at the forefront of the industry. Without it – or without a game as successful as it was, at least – it’s obvious that the horror genre would not have become as popular as it is now. The reason the original title placed so much higher than that of Resident Evil 4 should be obvious to most; while the enemies here are no closer to the traditionally accepted definition of a zombie in terms of origin, there is a significant difference in the looks department, with the basic enemies of Resident Evil fitting the part much closer.
3. Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse
What’s better than surviving a zombie invasion? Causing one of course! In 1933, during the Great Depression, Eddie Stubbs is a traveling salesman trying to make a living. He temporarily finds happiness with a girl named Maggie Monday, but he meets his unfortunate end when Maggie's father comes home, chases him outside and murders him, dumping his body in the wilderness. Twenty-six years later, Stubbs rises from his grave, taking to the newly established town of Punchbowl to enact his revenge.

Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse
In Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse, the player is cast as Stubbs, with the primary goal of killing humans and devouring their brains. Eating brains will convert those humans into zombies, causing them to fight alongside the player, creating a zombie army that has since influnced many titles, including Tecmo Koei Europe’s PlayStation Portable sleeper-hit, Undead Knights. A game surpsingly open to intrepretation, Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse unfortunately missed out on the audience it truly deserved due to arriving too late in the lifespan of the previous generation of consoles, and given that the developer, Wideload Games, was purchased by Disney Interactive back in 2009, it’s unlikely that Stubbs will ever return.
2. Plants Vs. Zombies
Plants Vs. Zombies
            One of the most prolific casual game developers in the modern industry, PopCap Games broke the mould with Plants Vs. Zombies. Rewriting the fairy recently written rules of the Tower Defence genre, Plants Vs. Zombies is not only effortlessly enjoyable, but it is also irrefutably charming. Placing your grooving sunflowers and wild-eyed walnuts as a defensive line as Crazy Dave blathers at you about upgrades, Plants Vs. Zombies is certainly a unique game, and that’s before we even get to the zombies themselves.
            Dozens of zombie types are included in the game, from high-jumping zombies to American Football players, and the infamous removal of a Michael Jackson inspired zombie – redrawn as a more generic disco dancing zombie at the request of Jackson’s estate after the King of Pop’s untimely death. The game has been subject to significant commercial success as well as critical acclaim, reportedly being one of the highest grossing games on the iOS format, the recently released Plants Vs. Zombies Game of the Year Edition is a fantastic package for PC gamers and the Xbox LIVE Arcade edition even goes so far as to include a number of multiplayer modes.
Left 4 Dead
1. Left 4 Dead
            One of the most frequently reoccurring videogame series in Electronic Theatre’s Sunday Special feature, Valve’s Left 4 Dead games are phenomenally popular titles, and with good reason. Featuring four playable survivors trying their best to escape from the zombie apocalypse, and somehow managing to repeatedly find themselves in an even worse situation, both Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 offer one of the most immaculately designed co-operative experiences videogames have ever seen.
            Tense struggles against the zombie hordes, players have to cover each others backs as they attempt to find an adequate escape route, managing their limited supplies and ensuring each player has the right equipment for the job. Left 4 Dead 2 throws worsening conditions into the mix, be it the weather or the seemingly insane obstacles that the players must overcome, and all the while it’s delivered with such distinction that few imitators have tried to take it’s crown for the fear of almost inevitable failure. One of the finest examples of why the current-generation consoles can be used for more than just prettier visuals, Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 are simply the best vision of a zombie infestation that videogames have ever witnessed.

Gears of War 3 Public Beta Kicks Off on April 25th

Microsoft has confirmed that a full public beta will kick off April 25th. You can gain access on the 25th by pre-ordering the game at GameStop. Users that purchased Bulletstorm will get early access to the beta starting on the 18th of April. For Bulletstorm players on the 18th you will have access to Team Deathmatch on 4 maps. When the beta officially kicks off on the 25th there will be 2 new game modes added "Capture The Leader" and "King of the Hill", Microsoft said there will also be special events and playlist through out the beta.

One of the first Xbox 360 betas to my knowledge to do this they will have items that carry over from the beta to the real game.They are as follows

Beta Tester Medal.
Complete one match in the beta to unlock the Beta Tester medal, which will carry over to your gamer profile in the final game. The Beta Tester title will be featured in the Gears 3 multiplayer lobby as well.

Thrashball Cole.
Complete 50 matches in any game type to unlock the Thrashball Cole character variant in the beta. Once unlocked, complete 10 matches as Thrashball Cole during the beta and the character will carry over to your gamer profile in the final game.

Gold-Plated Retro Lancer.
Show your ultimate Gears of War fandom by unlocking the Gold-Plated Retro Lancer. Complete 90 matches in any game type to unlock it for the beta, and score 100 kills with it once unlocked to carry the exclusive weapon skin over to your gamer profile in the final game.

Flaming Hammerburst.
Complete one match by Sunday, April 24 and unlock this weapon variant.

Flaming Lancer.
Complete one match during the week of April 25 and unlock this weapon variant.

Flaming Sawed-Off Shotgun.
Complete one match during the week of May 2 to unlock this weapon variant.

Flaming Gnasher Shotgun.
Complete one match during the week of May 9 to unlock this weapon variant.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think :)

PS3 Hackers now banning each other and unbanning themselves

Last week Sony said that those found to have hacked their PlayStation 3 consoles would have their PlayStation Network access “terminated permanently.” Harsh words that, unsurprisingly, weren’t too warmly received by the hacking community. Destructoid is now reporting that not only have those tinkerers found a way to unban themselves, but that they can in turn ban any other console they want. There’s apparently a catch, though, with the hackers having to know the unique ID assigned to the other console that they’ll be banning, which makes this sound like perhaps the hack is simply swapping a “good” ID onto a “bad” console, but at this point we have no details on the supposed procedure.

+1 for Microsoft.
Xbox 360 FTW

Ten Guilty Pleasures

My first post on my blog :D

Guilty Pleasure:
"Something that you shouldn't like, but like anyway."

But, if you really like doing something, you shouldn't feel guilty about it. ;)

Well... Here are my 10 :D

1. How I Met Your Mother
Greatest show ever created. Enough said.

2. Re-gifting
Everyone does it, hardly anyone admits it. Got a gift you don't like? Gift it to someone else. ;)

3. Halo: Reach

That game is addicting! Best Halo ever made. If you haven't yet, you have to go try it out. You'll be hooked.

4. American Pie and Jackass series
American Pie started a revolution in Unrated movies. And Jackass is well, Jackass :p

5. Facebook
Everyone's addicted and there's no cure. We hate it. We say it's shit. But you know what? We're all back online the next day. :p

6. Tweeting on the move
You're going for a walk. You see something interesting. You whip out your phone, click a photo and send it to twitter. Everyone has done that.

7. Late night walks and then a big scoop of ice cream

Don't knock it until you've tried it. My day isn't complete without this.

8. Music
Give me an iPod and a pair of headphones. I'll zone out. Completely oblivious to anything happening around me. Not responding to any stimuli. While we're at it, where are my headphones? :D

9. Console Games
Need help procrastinating? Switch on your XBOX/PlayStation. You won't even remember you had anything to do. Atleast I don't. :D

10. Megan Fox
Megan Fox. <3 *drool* *stares with an open mouth*
MEGAN FOX! Don't even need to say anything else.

Leave me a comment and let me know yours. ;)