Monday, December 31, 2012
I enjoyed playing Need for Speed Most Wanted when it came out on my PlayStation Portable simply known as the PSP. However, I didn't buy the game for my console until earlier this year. Much to my surprise, NFS MW was still on the shelf at GameStop for $35. It is rare to find any copies of this game or Carbon in any store or available online because of how valuable the games are.
So I've been playing more and more since buying the game and loving the game just as much as if I bought it new. I've been rising through the ranks, customizing my cars, buying new cars, unlocking territory...all the good stuff the newer, blasphemous title doesn't have. Tonight, I felt like hopping online to play against some people with my cars but was shocked to get the error saying "Attention EA servers are currently experiencing problems. Please try again later."
I Binged the error to see what was the problem and came up with this website saying that EA had shut down the servers back in 2011. I read through the comments to find that I wasn't alone. That many more gamers enjoyed playing this game. Others even expressed outrage that EA would continue to allow the game to be sold without warning gamers that the online wasn't available or without simply removing the game from being resold. Some even said that they bought it in digital format expecting to play online to read this same message.
For those playing on PCs, an option has been made that allows players to play with others however I have yet to see something like this for console gamers. Anyone out there know any methods for us? I really enjoyed playing this game, don't want any of the new NFS titles, and want to play online on my 360. This is what I'd expect of EA though. Probably not enough people buying the newer NFS titles.
Over the holiday weekend, before Christmas, my family turned on the television and we saw a sketch from Saturday Night Live. My mom held the remote and my dad were both watching it. I was sitting on the couch, every once in a while glancing up at the television but more interested in my Nintendo 3DS. I overheard my mom and dad watching it quietly; not a sound or peep was made through the entire two sketches until my mom asked, "Should I change it?" And they changed it. I turned on the television last Saturday and flipped through all of the channels before landing back on SNL. I'd watched it before but never found anything funny. I decided that I'd give it one last shot and sit and watch an entire 15 minutes of the show. Like my parents, not a single sound was made while watching the show. I didn't giggle, didn't laugh, didn't even smile. Sometimes, while watching something that is utter crap like Death Racers made by the guys behind Insane Clown Posse, I actually do laugh at how terrible it is but SNL was just terrible. I couldn't even laugh at how bad it was.
The laugh track (or supposed live audience) seemed to laugh at everything somehow trying to force the audience into laughing when laughing was scheduled.
I had disagreements with the show before because of its bias, but still found the show unfunny. The few sketches that I viewed on Saturday and the Saturday beforehand contained nothing that I could disagree with. The sketches simply weren't funny. Other sketches, I couldn't understand what was the pun. Some shows often mock a celebrity for something they're known for like poking fun at Johnny Depp with something having to do with pirates. SNL sketches aren't built this way. They'll have Mark Wahlberg associated in a joke with animals and I wonder if I'm missing some sort of news story where he was abusing animals or something. And then for others like the classic SNL sketch with Christopher Walken doing Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson, I found none of it funny even though I understood why Bruce was being mocked for having cowbell but it just wasn't funny at all.
I'm not sure if it's me but I just can't see anything funny in the shows. I've tried watching them even watching the "Best of" episodes on Netflix and still can't find the show funny. I like other shows like MadTV, In Living Color, and other similar shows but never could get into SNL. I wonder why it's been on for as long as it has and why people love it so much.
I love the actors on the show when they plan on other things but when they're on SNL, somehow they bring out this side that is absolutely unfunny. (The same can be said of others like MadTV's cast when playing in movies but hilarious when on the show.)
Anyone care to chime in?
Simply opening one of these e-mails while inside of your e-mail client (e-mail client is the place where you view your e-mails such as a program like Outlook or through your web browser). However, opening an attachment can invite harmful infections into your computer.
The one that my relative received was a fake IRS e-mail. She downloaded the attachment, and her computer was immediately infected with a terrible virus.
There is a common misconception that simply viewing an e-mail can give you a virus when that is not true...at least as far as I've seen. It's when your computer actually downloads files that that is when your computer becomes vulnerable to attack.
I received a recent couple of e-mails from people about "Checking out my photos!". What was interesting is that the file appears to be a legitimate jpeg file except that it ended in a .zip instead.
.zip files are usually what contain these harmful files that will destroy your machine. .jpeg files usually can't simply because they are just files for pictures however they can also contain files attached to them that have viruses.
The best thing to do is to simply be cautious when viewing e-mails. Immediately click the spam button on obvious spam e-mails, do not open them if you can help it, and do not download attachments unless you are certain that the attachment comes from someone trustworthy that has not had their account hacked into. Also, beware of links listed in e-mails especially if those links are the only sort of content inside of the e-mail. Beware of bit links too as these can send you anywhere on the internet.
Many men may be looking for naked chicks to meet online, however, a large majority of the "free porn cams" and "meet ups" have been nothing but obvious scams. I've never followed through on most of them, but there are obvious signs that they are fake. You will find your own when you study each e-mail very closely.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
We apologize for the absence of posts. We have been enjoying time with friends and family and haven't been involved in the latest technology news nor used any new games, etc. to write about.
We expect that new posts won't be written until after the new year hits but I wanted to stop by really quick and wish everyone a happy holiday.
Monday, December 17, 2012
BlackHood4 has had a 3DS for a while but hasn't felt the need to write any posts about the console or its various games. I, on the other hand, feel like I may have some things to write about in future posts.
If and when I buy a Wii U, posts will be made about it. I want to wait until I am sure that there are hacks and good homebrew for the system and at that point I will be writing on things in those areas.
So far, the 3DS is a solid handheld and has exceeded my initial impression. I prefer Microsoft and Sony games over Nintendo's because they seem to have more 3D games but now Nintendo seems to have some good games like that. Not 3D in the sense of popping out at you but 3-Dimensional like how Halo or Killzone play where it's not 2D like an older Mario game. Don't get me wrong; the old Mario games are classics and great but I prefer 3D games and Nintendo has these. This Mario game that I just bought is one of these that I'm talking about. It's great to play another 3D Mario title and I can't wait to get some more like this one.
Of course the next game on my list is Mario Kart. I've been a fan since playing the Nintendo 64 version when I was younger. I've seen the Mario Kart titles for the DS and am very impressed by what I see.
I'm looking for some of the older games like from the Nintendo 64 playable on the Nintendo 3DS but I am doubtful they will ever be ported over.
Friday, December 14, 2012
I'm in the process of tracking these three people and will do anything and everything to fight back against them and anyone who is supporting them. I contact all companies that are being "advertised" in these hacked messages and do all possible to ensure that they discourage anyone from hacking to advertise their business.
My war with these pathetic individuals will never cease. They can threaten me, hack my blog and other accounts...I don't care. I will never stop fighting them. Actually, them targeting me makes me want to go after them even more and learn more about attacking them. I will gladly share all my information with everyone when I can to help you guys combat them too. I loathe these people. I feel violated and wronged. I will not stand for this and I will do all I can to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else.
My war with these people will never stop. This blog will never stand nor support these idiots and will continue to expose and undermine them.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Currents utilizes some RSS feeds available from most websites and blogs and allows you to read them just as you would on a regular webpage. I added Whenever I Feel Like It: Tech Edition as well as other feeds to my own app to read on the go.
I have just begun using the app but I believe that it's been around for quite some time.
I am in the process of making a better version exclusively for the app as we speak but it may not be available for some time due to some issues. I will keep you guys posted as soon as it becomes available.
If you would like to add our page, you can do so by downloading and installing the Currents app, then searching for our blog. You can do so with just about any other blog or website. Some websites even have official versions made specifically for the app versus this just making it more device-friendly.
Does anyone else use this app? What are your thoughts on it?
Saturday, December 8, 2012
The topic was circling around Twitter and other places online about people complaining about the lag. My Kill/Death ratio was going lower and lower because of lags like forcing my character to pass through the same area multiple times until an enemy came from behind and killed me. The game is much more enjoyable now and actually playable. I had zero lags through the three rounds that I played with different players on different maps.
Upon launching the game, my Xbox alerted me that Call of Duty Black Ops II had a new update ready to be downloaded which I think was the fix needed.
How have your matches been? Have you been playing through the lags? Have you seen any problems since the update's release?
You know what I love? A bit of Skyim every now and again and I'm glad to see Bethesda delivering.
This new DLC adds the island of Solstheim to the map which is around half the size of Skyrim. The only way to get there is to take a boat from Wyiterun to there.
Nostalgia! I used to play Morrowind a bit with a love hate relationship but with a sense of admiration and respect. the music was bland but unforgettable. It seems like Bethesda just redubbed Morrowind's sound track onto this expansion which I could not agree further was the right choice.
The enemies are all new as far as I remember. Ranging from unusual like these clear spiders to freaking awesome like these were bears. The ash spawn are a bit annoying but tollerable.
The loot! So much loot! I think I've probably been over encumbered at least fifteen times. By level 15, I had already made about 11 thousand bucks.
the armors are super awesome. I haven't been able to make all of them because I'm such a low level but they look positively badass.
Right now there's a lot of freezing. There's two different freezes in Skyrim: music freeze and full stop. Music freezes usually happen when thx auto save pops up, freezing the game but you can still hear the music which means the game hasn't completely frozen while the other means a total shutdown. Eventually I know Bethesda will fix this but for now its just annoying.
The main baddie is a bit too easy to beat. I'm not mad about it but the way everyone was talking about him I thought he would be a lot harder to kill.
There's a big need for the Elder Scrolls wikia site to be updated. If you didn't know, you have to be at least up to the Horn of Jurgen Wind caller to even be able to start the Dragonborn main quest. Otherwise, going to Solestheim will completely lock the quest, forcing a reload or a completely new game for me. Also, if you don't complete a quest before the last mission, an awesome armor and weapon set will be completely locked.
All in all, its fun and worth the money I paid.
Friday, December 7, 2012
I bought the special Far Cry 1 &2 edition for the Xbox 360 a few years ago but was never able to get into it. I tried playing the first one then moving onto the second once I completed it, but the game was much too difficult for me as I kept having to retry again and again. However, I did enjoy the map editor which was lots of fun playing around with. Don't get me wrong. The game itself, with its premise, was awesome. I just wasn't able to enjoy it due to frustration. But this game...this is a much different game.
I have been playing, literally, nonstop since I got home at about 5 pm and now it's 10:36 pm. This is the only time that I've stopped to actually do something and that's to write about my experience thus far.
For those of us who are fans of open world games, this is our game. Fallout 3 and New Vegas, the Elder Scrolls series, Just Cause 2, Mercenaries 2, Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, Assassin's Creed, and many more open world games come to mind when trying to describe this game. Not only those titles, but also FPS shooters as this is a game with FPS action.
This is one of those games that I'd like to call an RPG, but seriously, I don't think it fits well into that genre. It would fit under the same genre that Red Dead Redemption and Just Cause would go under plus the feel of an RPG.
The only reason why I have a hard time classifying this as an RPG is that the game allows for customization of the character, but not in the appearance nor in individual attributes like in games like The Elder Scrolls.
The game is pretty messed up in the way that it begins but you soon forget the gruesome beginning. As with most open world games, I haven't been too focused on the main quest but rather trying to do the other things like just exploring and hunting.
For those familiar with Assassin's Creed...this game will definitely make you feel at home. Do you remember having to climb church steeples and other high buildings to synchronize and update the map? This is the same concept in FC3. While you may not climb up the side of a building, the game requires that you climb a radio tower from the inside and reach the top to disconnect a piece of equipment and update the GPS map. Once that's done, you can search the area much more efficiently just like with the AC games. The game even makes a reference in the beginning to AC when the main character, Jake, jumps into a pool of water and says something about "taking the leap of faith" ;)
The game allows players to decide how they will encounter the enemy. The player can stealthily watch the enemies and make silent moves or go in with full force and have a full on firefight. I have had the pleasure of trying both multiple times. Often times, I'll sneak from behind, knife a few people, then go full auto on the rest of the enemies.
Ubisoft included perks which allow the player to perform special tasks like cooking a grenade, receiving more health, regenerating health faster, and others.
While human enemies are a huge part of this game, you have to remember that this setting takes place on an island with many creatures. The game not only encourages players to hunt but forces. In order to upgrade your ammo pack, pack for general items, and others, you must kill and skin animals to get the material to make such items. The game even goes as far as limiting the amount that the player carries until he/she makes new wallets to hold more money. FC3 has many side missions with some being hunting missions where the player is asked to pick up a certain weapon, go to an area, and begin to hunt the prey. Often times, the prey is a predator and you can find yourself looking for an animal and the next minute being attacked by that target. Animals in the game come in all shapes and sizes from small chickens to Komodo Dragons.
Getting back to the topic of stealth...the game has many options for players to use for stealth if the player wishes. Players can buy attachments for their weapons which can be silencers, larger magazines, scopes, and more. A bow and arrow is included in the game as well as the knife which are the most used weapons for stealth.
At this point, I have two problems with the game and one lies in the area of realism and the other in the upgrades. While the game is as real as it gets, sometimes it's too real. I've only died about 4-6 times but you can lose health very quickly just from walking around and not even engaging any sort of enemy. Sometimes you may fall off of a rock and be hurt instantly. However, I don't have that much of a problem with it because health isn't too hard to come by. As well as hunting animals, the game has a variety of plants that the player can pick and combine to create various mixtures to do all sorts of things like healing. And the process for making these concoctions can be done anywhere in the game. The other area that I have a problem with is with upgrading. I haven't been able to upgrade my weapons' pouch because I can't find any goats to make the material. I've been playing for about five hours and still can't find goats. Every other animal has been easy to find except this one. Either that, or the animals get too afraid. It could be due to my own performance. Either way, the problems that I have at this moment are little to none.
As always, I'll keep playing the game and if I find anything else worthy of being written down, I'll come back and update this blog. While most of my other reviews have been positive then turned negative in the update, I don't think that will be true for this game. This game was well made and I am having lots of fun with it.
I've been playing through the game and I am thoroughly impressed and love the game. It has surpassed my initial impressions of the game.
The only thing that I seem to have a problem with is that there are no driveable aircraft...at least at the moment where I am in the game (I'm near completing it, but not finished yet). I also have a problem with the cut-scenes They are long and can't be skipped. I like the story, I just want to skip some of the cut-scenes sometimes especially if I replay the game.
But the game is still really cool. The gameplay is loads of fun, the map is very big and enjoyable to explore, the vehicles are fun and feel fairly realistic, the camera angles are well done, the fire-fights are engaging and fun...the game has been really well done.
I would highly recommend this game to anyone who is into open world games and first person shooters. These are the two genres that seem to best capture this game.
Below are some links to help you buy the game online. While the purchases don't cost you anymore than usual, they would generate revenue for myself at no extra cost to you. Each link connects to a different retailer.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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Both political mindsets stand on both sides of these issues with some supporting the measures and others standing on the opposition.
Bills and legislation like SOPA threaten us directly on this website and anywhere else on the internet. Governments around the world have continually tried to find ways of getting control of the internet from their citizens. While some countries have been successful, others have continued trying to do so in discreet ways that deceive the population.
Around the time of the SOPA legislation, I wrote my local politician regarding my frustration with the bill. It was the first and only time that I've ever directly contacted a politician except through other ways like petitions. I was shocked when she actually replied back to me and actually broke down my e-mail, letting me know that it was a human writing this e-mail and not a pre-written response. She disagreed with me in supporting the legislation and explained why. To her, she didn't see it as control over the internet but a way to combat piracy. Many other Americans felt the same way; however, just as many of us felt a different way about the bill.
Groups like the Tea Party, Occupy Movement, and many more have voiced a strong disagreement with the measure in that it would allow control over us.
What's written in bills like it and itself threaten just about every area of the internet and we must be careful when voicing support for things like it before actually taking the time to read what it says. And while the bill may not directly threaten my website, it could lead to it later on with additions.
The idea that I share with many others is that governments need to stay out of the internet and allow us to keep our freedom. We can see with countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and China where the government is allowed so much control that the citizens are constantly denied access to some websites. It gets even worse when we see nations that are just now granting their citizens the right to use the internet. Our own government does it like when the FBI confiscates a website like those hosting torrent downloads, but it's rare.
I enjoy having the freedom to say and write what I want. I enjoy also having the ability to share what I want too. These and more rights are being threatened with laws like the one listed above. We, in our own regions, need to make our voices heard that we want the right to use the internet freely. Contact your local politicians when your rights are threatened and keep up with the news to be alerted when new laws are trying to be passed that may threaten your rights.
I am so happy with this website and the buzz it is creating. I am so grateful to live in the 21st century with these new innovations and inventions at my disposal. I am so grateful for each and everyone of you guys who takes the time to read our posts. We truly appreciate it. I look forward to a time somewhere in the future when we can all enjoy the internet freely regardless where we live.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
I am very dissatisfied with the way that many online websites handle passwords. I have over 15 different passwords that I've used since joining the internet community for different websites. 15 of those passwords each have their own variations because of these password rules.
My latest password change came about because of my PlayStation Network account. The account had too many rules such as no repeating characters, no letter/number is allowed to begin...on and on with so many rules.
I recently forgot my Google account's password (don't know how cause I never changed it) and they wouldn't let me use one of my used passwords because it was one that I had previously used. I don't understand what's the big deal with using that one.
The same thing has happened with my Craigslist account. I don't even log in there anymore because that whole system is screwed up. Every once in a while, they randomly reset my account and force me to pick a new password. To make matters worse, they won't let me use any of the passwords that I've had before, even if the password was used over a year ago.
I understand why we have the password rules because some people would literally have passwords like 123 or simply 1 and would get mad when they got hacked. I understand, but some of these rules are ridiculous. Would you agree or disagree? What sort of rules have you encountered that you thought were absolutely ridiculous? In what ways do you think that these websites can change?
Saturday, December 1, 2012
This week's Humble Bundle is for a list of THQ games such as Darksiders, Metro 2033, Red Faction, Company of Heroes, Company of Heroes Opposing Fronts, Company of Heroes Tales of Valor, and if you beat the average of $5.67, you can get Saint's Row The Third. The only game that really peaks my interest is Saint's Row, but the other games are cool. I've always wanted to try Metro and Company of Heroes sounds cool.
As of right now, you have 10 days, 21 hours, and 41 minutes to get this deal before it goes!
Anyone planning on getting this?
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