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E3 2014 Countdown Begins!

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It’s that time of year again, when E-Three-ver hits the town of L.A. We have a very brief run-down listed below!

Monday June 9

  • Microsoft – 9:30am. PDT
  • Electronic Arts – 12:00 noon PDT
  • Ubisoft – 3:00pm. PDT
  • Sony – 6:00pm. PDT

Tuesday, June 10

  • Nintendo – 9:00am. PDT

 

Nintendo announced Super Smash Brothers Invitational, with the best of the best Super smash brothers players will fight at the Nokia Theatre LA for a Wii U.

Microsoft announced “a number of fan-centric events” for everyone, not only in LA…not sure what that means exactly.

Nintendo gets excited about Nintendo Tree-house, a special booth that will feature in depth game demos and talks.

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 K-Zoom

Samsung…Apple…Samsung…Apple…fast becoming the age old question. Since we luckily got our hands on this lovely piece of tech, we decided to review it over Apple!

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Having a camera on your phone is now second nature. Without a camera, your phone might as well be a brick from Fallout 3. But the S5’s built in camera is something of pure awe. Fitting in a whopping 1.23 inch, 20.7 Mega-pixel lens with CMOS sensor and, wait for it, up to 10x optical zoom. To fit this all in, the phones thickness is roughly 0.65 inches thick, a little thicker than its predecessor.

On the outside, the phone still uses the same base shape that all Samsung users have grown to know. On the front, the S5 Zoom maintains pretty much the exact basic shape and size of the S4, with a slightly more rounded bottom edge, to allow room for the lens. The 4.8 inch screen maintains a 1,280×720 display, running Android 4.4 KitKat. On the back, the stunningly studded casing and smooth rounded back feels natural in your hand. The lens, when fully retracted, sits perfectly flush to the phone backing, allowing for maximum portability. Unlike the Samsung camera, the backing of the phone does not have that chunky, ugly part on the edge.

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Inside the K-Zoom, the Samsung rocks a 1.7GHz Exynos 5 Processor, 2GB RAM and a 2,430 mAh battery. 8GB will be dedicated to internal storage with expandable memory option via micro SD.

All in all, it all comes down to what you need and want in a phone. If you don’t use the camera function much on your current phone, then this phone is not for you.

Top 5 Android Games

Between Android and Apple, I would honestly have to incline towards Apple for having the better quality games in their store. But i decided to review a few little hidden trinkets in the Android market since it’s a topic not touched upon much. So here we go!

 

#5 Burger Shop | Arcade

Ever since the Wedding Dash craze started, there has been wave after wave of these arcade, ‘mini-game made larger’ apps available. I honestly love them but I began losing faith in them until GoBit Games, a small unknown developer came out with Burger Shop. Your objective? Make burgers. Sound boring? It kind of was at the start, but slowly but surely as the levels went on, more and more features and objectives made the game harder and harder. You make the burger for the customer based on the picture that hovers above their head, but touching the ingredients that show up on the conveyor belt. Some customers also want fries or ice-cream, which you need to make using the dedicated machines. I know it sounds horrible but it is one of the most addictive games I have ever played!

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#4 Pocket Mind Arcade

Another very addictive touch game by Roofdog Games. It seems like the best games come from developers that no one has ever heard of! Touch a block to clear a path to make your way down the mine. Some blocks like rock or diamond take more than one touch to clear it, which takes life away from your pick. You gain more strength for your pick by buying it using the coins you gain by selling things like coal, gold or diamond. The game is packed with features and obstacles you encounter in the mine, like crates that blow up to clear the mine faster, or some that have special artefacts that unlock MORE features! The game just throws interesting shit your way to keep you entertained, and it WORKS! I highly recommend you play this on a tablet with a stylus. 

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#3 Dungeon Keeper Strategy

A newer, more unique game set in hell. Create and control different minions for different jobs within your own personal hell. You create rooms in your dungeon, each used for a separate purpose. Some hold gold, some make stone to build other rooms, some are traps to attack enemies and so on. Some rooms allow you to train up newer skills for your minions to allow them to defend or attack a little better. Although the game is slow at times, and getting your head around it at first can be a hassle, I wanted to include it in this list because of it’s originality. 

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#2 Royal Revolt Action

Fun! Yay! That’s the best way to describe this charm! You are the general of a very magical army of archers, wizards and soldiers out to destroy the castle of your foes! Tap your army to advance them further down the road towards the castle. As the general, you have the ability to rejuvenate their health, or use special attacks on walls, turrets and enemies. Some special attacks have traits that allow them to be stronger against curtain types of walls and enemies. There are traps and switches that need to be activated to open up parts of the road, which is harder then it sounds. Each member of your army needs to be spawned, which uses some of your spawn bar, but re fills as the game goes on, giving the game a more strategic difficulty.

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#1 Ittle Dew | Adventure

From indie developer Ludosity. Best compared to Link Minish Cap, and, as you already may has guessed, ANY game that is like link will make it to the TOP of any of my lists! Short and sweet, is this game. A little disappointed at how short the game is but it is what it is. There are 3 or 4 areas on the map, with only 3 or 4 different items you acquire along the way. The game is a little more adult than a normal link game, referencing adult style humour and wit within the script making it a little less childish then it looks. The cartoony graphics and sketchy scenery give the fun feel of an old school gameboy game that I love! I would really love if this game had a little more in it than it does. 

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Lucius

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Since forever, the idea of the paranormal has always fascinated human kind! So It’s no surprise that Game developers have been riding the band wagon for years now pumping out anything that is remotely spooky scary or just plain cruel! So without further a due I present to you Lucius, the little demon seed boy that you just want to kick in his grudge ripoff face.

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The idea of going around killing people in gruesome and unusual ways gets you off doesn’t it? YES it does don’t lie, so there’s no question that in theory, Lucius is one amazingly fun game.You control Lucius, a young boy with the the devil as his father, who wonders around his parents enormous mansion gathering souls to bring back to the devil, who apparently lives in Lucius’ bedroom. Your diary, which thankfully your parents do not find, has all your victims written in it. Each kill gains a new power or strengthens an existing power, such as telekinesis, which you use for the next kill, and so on. Each Kill or ‘Chapter’ begins with you waking up in your bedroom, which breaks the flow of the story line a little. 

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Killing people isn’t as simple as it seems though. Each one is like a puzzle, with only ONE specific method to get the job done! each kill requires you to figure out EXACTLY what to touch and press at the EXACT right time while the stars are PERFECTLY aligned above the third hair on your left ball sack! As the game goes on you begin spending 80% of the game play time wondering around the endlessly large mansion trying to figure out what to do or where to go! One kill required me to move boxes from one room to another  which had no relevance to what I actually had to do to progress the Story! I later realized that what I did was a chore which grow your good behavior! Useless! utterly useless! Crucifixes within the house also drain your power unless turned up side down, which is a nice touch. However they do not do anything to you unless you are close enough to practically lick Sacred Jesus’ Feet, so it’s a little redundant! Power regenerates immediately anyway. 

The Game lacks direction, and says FUCK IT! Wonder around on your own and figure shit out by yourself! There’s no proper tutorial or help if you get stuck, making you guess your way through the entire story! I gave up when I was told to kill the head maid. That’s it! I looked it up online and it turns out I had to wait for ages until she got up from her chair then I had to go into the kitchen with something I found in a another room and poison her food and god knows what else!

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Overall the game is fun until you have to close it down every 5 minutes to look up the FAQ online to see what you have to do next, how to use your power or how to play the game in general. The game was not taught out enough, and it is clear that it was pushed out as fast as possible! 2 stars at best.

The Waterproof Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Lately, smart phones have been coming out that all advertise water and dust resistance to a curtain level. But I’ve never been that comfortable to actually test it out underwater. Until now!

I heard about the Samsung Galaxy Active when my regular Samsung S4 was stolen (cure word curse word) but I was more than happy for my network carrier to ship to me the newest flagship from Samsung, the Active, which they ensured was waterproof! After looking up the phone on YouTube, and watching other people put their phone underwater i decided I will try it out! The below photo is the result:

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Amazing isn’t it? Let’s not forget that a PHONE took this, as well as using nothing but the front facing camera! Let’s DIVE into some more detail about the phone!

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Straight away you notice the different look with new hard buttons and more robust backing. The model is a TOUCH taller than the Galaxy S4 but overall they are the same size. It still features 4.2.2 Jelly bean so operating the phone is just the same. 4G is of cause activated on the S4 Active, but can be found to run a little slower than usual at times. The speaker is clear and crisp and the microphone picks up voice very well and clearly when using speaker phone, and just like the S4, is still running a 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset, and 2GB of RAM. Although storage can be expanded to 64GB, there is only 16GB available internally (around 11GB usable) which isn’t too much of a worry unless you are a heavy movie or app installer, which all run for quite a while on the S4 Active’s 2600mAh battery.

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Unfortunately, as much as I do like this phone, there is quite a list of cons that seem to out weight the good. First off, the design. It looks nice and feels nice. But the hard touch buttons eventually begin to feel weak and flimsily, which may open up problems in the future. They are probably put there due to the fact that while underwater, the touch screen is completely useless. The slightest amount of water on the screen renders the touch functionality totally unusable, making the volume keys the only way to take photo’s or video underwater. So, while taking phone calls in the shower technically does work (Yes i have tried it!) when it comes to hanging up or having to use the screen for anything, you may run into a lot of frustrating times. The phone itself takes a while to dry internally, which also renders the speaker and mic useless for a few minutes or longer while it dries. To me, this is a small price to pay to take amazing underwater photos but I thought it may annoy some people to include it.

Taking aquatic photos may also be a good way of cooling the device, as it tends to run a little hot! Utilizing the same battery power as well as more insulated casing sounds not so smart. The screen itself is also LCD, not AOLED, so colours are not so vibrant and the blacks are not so deep. Again, not so much of a big deal. I only noticed because I really looked into it.

The phone is great but I would’n recommend to to anyone that will  not use the waterproof camera. Although being completely waterproof is an amazing feature, it seems that the Active has ONLY this amazing feature.