Displaying articles for: 08-26-2012 - 09-01-2012

Review: Sleeping Dogs

by Blogger ‎09-01-2012 01:25 PM - edited ‎09-07-2012 01:42 PM

sleeping-dogs-na____.jpgThe open world, criminal simulator.  A genre oft attempted, but rarely successful, best left to  big boys like Rockstar.  But a little Vancouver studio went and made one anyway, and despite a rather large setback, managed to see it released.  So,
is Sleeping Dogs head of the family, or sleeping with the fishes?

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Plug in with the Belkin WeMo

by Blogger ‎08-31-2012 02:23 PM - edited ‎08-31-2012 05:46 PM

wemo-lockup.jpgI had the opportunity to test out the Belkin WeMo this week, and I have to say, I liked what I saw.

 

The Belkin WeMo Control Switch plugs into any outlet and lets you control your lights or appliances with your smartphone or tablet. Put that together with the Belkin WeMo Motion Sensor, letting you activate the WeMo Switch just by walking past the sensor, and you have a really cool way to automate your house.

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Go Coin Crazy With New Super Mario Bros. 2

by Blogger ‎08-30-2012 06:00 AM - edited ‎09-04-2012 04:25 PM

In New Super Mario Bros. 2, Princess Peach has been captured (yet again!) by Bowser and the Koopalings. Mario and Luigi race off to save her but they soon discover that the Mushroom Kingdom is now jam-packed with coins. Get out your old coin purse because the levels are filled with these shiny gold doubloons. Get rich and save the girl? It sounds like every man’s dream!

So what has changed between Super Mario 3D Land and New Super Mario Bros. 2? In New Super Mario Bros. 2, the classic Super Mario side scrolling gameplay is back. This game requires tight control of Mario to navigate the onslaught of Koopas and Goombas while still managing to collect as many coins as possible. Super Mario 3D Land levels move at a lot slower pace and is forgiving when you miss a jump or encounter timed obstacles. In short, 3D Land lacks the same precision platforming that the New Super Mario Bros. series games require.

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Getting Ready for Pandas: World of Warcraft patch 5.0.4

by Blogger ‎08-29-2012 10:53 AM - edited ‎08-29-2012 10:59 AM

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Last night's World of Warcraft patch 5.0.4 prepares Azeroth for the upcoming Mists of Pandaria exapansion in September. Logging in now will allow you to prepare your character for the new content. Here’s an overview of the key features of the patch last night

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Dorm Room Décor on an Endless Budget

by Blogger on ‎08-28-2012 11:42 PM - last edited on ‎02-19-2013 04:25 PM by Regular Member

BigIdeas_dorm.jpegWhen I was in high school, I was a bit of a nerd. It’s true. I was the bookworm, straight A, love to do homework, teacher’s pet kind of girl. But once a week on Wednesday nights, I would set aside my homework in favour of something a little more important – watching the oh-so-true-to-life antics of Kelly, Donna, Dylan, Brandon, David, and all the others on a certain little TV show called Beverly Hills 90210.

 

Needless to say, when it was my time to go to university, my expectations of “university life” were a little bit skewed. Because of 90210 I had imagined that my post secondary education would involve living in a beautiful beachfront apartment. It would be meticulously decorated and have ample room out front for my convertible BMW. Sufficed to say, that’s not exactly how things went down. Instead, for five of my six years of university (I changed majors, so don’t judge), I lived at home and commuted back and forth every day. I ate my parent’s food, lived in my childhood bedroom, and drove a 1984 Mazda GLC Sport (with a crank sunroof) that I bought for $1,000 and that consistently overheated and leaked oil.

 

But imagine for a moment that you are a Kelly, Donna, Dylan, Brandon, or David and you have the ability to live in the lap of luxury when you battling your way through university. What then would your dorm room look like? 

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Supersize Your Game With the Nintendo 3DS XL

by Blogger on ‎08-28-2012 05:00 AM

Nintendo has been a big name in handheld gaming for generations. From the Game Boy (1989) to the Nintendo 3DS (2011), each generation has been innovative in the industry and has offered people of all ages a rich gaming experience. The Nintendo 3DS XL is no exception as it builds on the success of the Nintendo 3DS and offers an even bigger gaming experience with the largest screen that Nintendo has ever built into a handheld system.

 

Let’s start off with the major new feature on the Nintendo 3DS XL: the screens. The screens are 90% larger than the screens on the 3DS! The top screen is a whopping 4.88 inches diagonally, the biggest yet on a Nintendo system! If you own or have played with a 3DS then you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how it feels to play with that much more screen real estate. The 3D effect looks as great as it does on the original 3DS and it’s even easier to become immersed in your favourite DS or 3DS games. Although since the resolution of the screen is identical to the 3DS some games may look jaggier than others and you may not get the same range of viewing angles in 2D mode (although the 3D effect is entirely limited to one angle). It’s a small complaint that is easily forgotten while diving into the latest Super Mario game.

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Getting started with Windows 8

by Blogger on ‎08-27-2012 09:07 PM - last edited on ‎02-19-2013 03:55 PM by Regular Member

Windows-8-Charms.jpgBe prepared – Windows 8 is not Windows as we know it. It bears little resemblance to the traditional system so there’s going to be a bit of a learning curve. But stick with it. You’ll be rewarded with a more sophisticated system that has improved performance, security, privacy and system reliability. 

 

Follow these intro tips to get familiar with Windows 8.

 

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