If you want to learn running

If you want to learn running, you should start slowly. Start by running half a mile everyday for 2-3 weeks. This will be enough to prep your body for longer jogging routines. Once your body has adjusted to this, you can now move on to running a mile then progressing after 2 weeks until you can run your usual routine twice or thrice daily. This is how you should run, you need to slowly increase the rate in which you are running.

There is a wide range of shoes to wear for sport. You might be imagining that all sports shoes go under the heading coaches, which is right on a path. However, there is a wide range of varieties of mentors. Contingent upon the kind of sport you are playing or what physical activity you are engaged with will rely upon the sort of sports shoe you ought to be wearing.

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Here is a glance at a portion of the distinctive sports/exercises and the sports shoe you ought to be wearing for them.

Ordinarily, sports shoes are studded because of you for the most part play outside, and with typical mentors, you can without much of a stretch go sliding on the grass. The studded boots prevent you from investing a significant portion of the energy in your base and enable you to in any case play the diversion effortlessly and speed. On the off chance that you are playing indoor football than the ordinary sports mentor will do as no studs are required because you are just playing in a lobby with wooden floors more often than not. Furrowed bottomed sports shoes are better in this circumstance since you can in any case slide around which can cause damage, the edges will stop this and enable you to move in various ways expediently decisively.

Running Sports Shoes – on the off chance that you are sprinter then your footwear truly is vital. Running puts weight on your legs and knees, particularly in the event that you are running on hard surfaces, for example, solid streets and asphalts. Running shoes are cushioned and have a significant rear area on them to pad your feet from the effect of the floor. Rather than your foot smacking down on the floor which causes damage the running shoe ingests the brunt of it, so your legs and knees feel almost no or nothing by any stretch of the imagination.

Running shoes provide them with that additional security, so your lower legs don’t hurt the following day. Racing flats are proposed for track and street races. Racing flats are very light in weight to help the feet while running over the track. Added support and padding, for the most part, need in this sort of athletic shoe. As the name proposes, racing flats have the insignificant foot sole area or no rear area by any means. Find more info at http://spryshoes.com/

Trainers – these are the most widely recognized sort of games shoes that accompany comfortable padding and additional help. Trainers are perfect, on the off chance that you are searching for most extreme solace. You can wear them while running or amid other serious physical exercises. They can likewise be worn for more easygoing activities as they are very in vogue, not at all like other athletic footwear. Trainers are ideal for the individuals who pronate or supinate excessively. Trainers have relatively more out of this world with loads of padding and additional help. Be that as it may, lightweight trainers are likewise accessible in footwear stores.

Rec center Trainers – sports shoes utilized for rec center are for the most part a considerable measure littler than your average coach you see for open air sports. This is because in an exercise center you are in an exceptionally controlled condition with delicate padded floors, and the hardware is uncommonly intended to make it alright for you and your body.

Your coaches shouldn’t be as large since they don’t have to assimilate any effect because there isn’t any. On the off chance that you are doing weights or sit-ups, for instance, your feet are particularly secured in core and thin mentors, regardless of the possibility that you utilize the running machines, the transport lines are cushioned to the point that light coaches are fine to use without making harm your knees or lower legs

A walk in the sand- 5 best Miami beaches

Miami, on the south coast of Florida is not only famous as a global city but also for its many beaches which offer a great recreational breakaway. If you are looking out for a family time on the beach, do some recreational activities or just lie down basking in the sun- the many beaches in Miami has something to offer for everyone. Here are few of the beaches in Miami that you could checkout. Have included few of the more famous ones and also not so famous but great beaches to explore.

1. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park:

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

Located in the southern tip of Key Biscayne, it is one of the better known beaches. One of the main attractions is the Cape Florida Lighthouse which was built in 1825. The wide beach offers you a host of activities including Wind surfing, Ocean Kayaking, Inline skating, cycling, shoreline fishing etc. The sunny weather allows you to spend some good time in the sun. There are covered pavilions dotted across the beach which are good for family picnics.

Camping options are also available. The Food at Lighthouse café is good. You can even look at exploring the native wildlife beyond the beach.

2. Crandon Park :

Crandon Park

Crandon park beach boast of being one the best and the safest beach in the country. This two mile stretch is located in the Key Biscayne area, the park is lined up with palm trees. The beach is famous for family outings thanks to the shallow and clear waters, and a variety of family themed options that are available at the beach including a carousel and a roller rink. The mangrove reef is something which you need to explore. Do not be surprised if you spot an Iguana and other exotic reptiles. There is a 200 acre well maintained botanical garden at the Crandon beach.

3. Fort Lauderdale Beach :

Fort Lauderdale Beach

A picturesque beach, wide and lined up with palm trees and a brick promenade which is used by cyclists, joggers and skaters. This beach gives you a feeling of being laid back and is perfectly suited if you are looking for a break from busy life and want to spend some time in solitude. This beach is referred to as “The Venice of America”. A walk through the beach would take you through museums, historical sites and other places worth seeing. Fort Lauderdale is also considered to be the leading places for Yachting on the east coast.

4. Matheson Hammock Park:

Matheson Hammock Park

This is one of the unique beaches to be explored. As the name suggests it boasts of a scenic hammock trial which is a nice walk way. Dotted with palm trees, Oaks and Mangroves it offers a great serene sights and experience. The water is shallow on this beach making it suited for families with small children. The availability of life guards makes it a secure beach for the family and little children. It has various eating joints like the Red Fish Grill and other snack bars. There are many picnic pavilions for the family outings. A man made atoll pool neat the Biscayne bay is a place to checkout without missing.

This place also boasts of some wonderful views of the downtown Miami across the bay. It is also a famous spot for kite boarders.

5. Virginia Key beach:

Virginia Key beach

One of the most beautiful stretch of sand and sea that anyone could find, it is one of the most famous picnic spots for families. A Historic beach, it is known to be one of the earliest beaches open for African- Americans and still continues to be a testament of its inclusivity. The miniature train which transports the visitors around is a must to check out. Many event spaces, playgrounds and other entertainment features make it a great place for the kids.

Preacher’s kid -A classic christian drama

Preacher's kid

Preacher’s kid is one of the more interesting Christian drama films I have watched this year. It is a classic tale of a young child rebelling against a stern, and controlling father by leaving her house. As the name suggests, she is the daughter of a small town preacher who is strict but loves his child dearly.

As the movie progresses, the protagonist Angie King, played by the talented LeToya Luckett, is lured by a handsome star, Devlin Mitchell, into leaving her town and her church. Angie, madly in love, decides to leave her bishop father behind and take the road along with a travelling gospel show.

Any perceptive person would assume right from that start that Angie King’s love story was not going to end well. Smooth talkers who convince you to leave your loving family, and your town behind are not to be trusted. Especially when they are as cunning as Devlin.

As expected, the romance between Angie and Devlin is short-lived. Angie is heartbroken and distraught. The man who she left her poor father behind for turns out to be a devil. At this point, Angie King feels completely lost. She lost her father when she ran away from home with a man who she thought was her world, and ended up losing him too. It’s heartbreaking to see how a smooth talker put poor Angie through so much trouble.

Now since Angie ran away from home and her dad is presumably a very strict preacher, she believes that going back home is no longer an option. She fears that her father would be mad at her, even refuse to let her back into his house. But, to her pleasant and great surprise, her father welcomes his beloved daughter home happily. He, instead of being mad as Angie thought he would be, is glad that his little girl is back home safely.

Despite being a low budget movie, it is a treat to watch! I felt emotionally attached to Angie and even cried at one point. So, it would be wise to keep a napkin near you before you start this movie. The most brilliant yet brief part was played by one of my top favorite celebrities; Clayton English!

Clayton English

Clayton English has garnered quite a following after he won NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2015, I have been following his movies and shows and tours long before he became so mainstream. Before Preacher’s kid, Clayton English had already impressed audiences with his work in “Five Days in the A”. Clayton English’s spontaneity and sheer talent will blow you away. If Clayton English ever comes on a tour to my city, I will be the first in line to get my ticket!

Preacher’s kid only shows a glimpse of the brilliance of Clayton English. To get the full Clayton English experience, one should get tickets for all his tours! Watching him do standup comedy would make anyone laugh! Even poor Angie King would forget her woeful love life if she were to attend one of Clayton English’s shows during his upcoming tour!

How to Set Up an Ubuntu Active Directory Client

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Here I will explain a solution that worked for me to configure an Ubuntu workstation to authenticate with an Active Directory domain. The workstation was able to browse domain resources (ie, filesystem) without having to log in and it pulled the AD group information from the domain controller. A process was used to map certain groups to Linux (Ubuntu) groups, however extensive verification of the results could not be performed.

If you’re using a VMWare client then you must set a static MAC address, don’t allow your VM software to automatically update the MAC address.

Setup your network

First, set your IP to static IP and configure DNS to point to your domain controllers or any other DNS server you may have. This will allow you to call Windows computers by their short names. You must also fill in the Search Domains with your domain name.

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Notice that I used “mydomain.local“. This causes a stupid issue with mDNS that will need to be adjusted. If you use something like “mydomain.com” then you shouldn’t need to do the next step.

Modify nsswitch.conf (fix the .local mDNS issue)

Open the file /etc/nsswitch.conf by starting your terminal (Applications >> Accessories >> Terminal) and type in:

sudo gedit /etc/nsswitch.conf

Modify the line that reads:

hosts:          files mdns4_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] dns mdns4

Change it to:

hosts:          files dns mdns4_minimal mdns4

This should allow a program called Likewise-open to authenticate with Active Directory and create a computer account.

Install Likewise-open

Now, in the terminal, type in

sudo apt-get install likewise-open5 likewise-open5-gui

You can also use Synaptic and search for “likewise”. You’ll notice a likewise-open and also likewise-open5. They both seem to work. I have installed likewise-open5 and likewise-open5-gui.

Join the domain

Once those are installed you can configure Likewise-open by going to System >> Administration >> Active Directory membership. Likewise-open will ask you for a username and password. This user must have privileges to join a computer to the domain.

Screenshot Ubuntu 32bit Running VirtualBox OSE

You can also use the command line to join the computer to the domain:

sudo domainjoin-cli join mydomain.local Administrator

You will then be asked to restart the computer. When the computer restarts you can use the Other User login option.

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Type in “mydomain\username” where “mydomain” is the short name for your domain and “username” is some domain user account. If all of the steps above worked out well then you should be authenticated and logged into Ubuntu. You might get an Authentication Failure notice, which is usually due to one of the network settings from above being messed up or the username being typed in wrong.

When you’ve verified that the account can log in you can log out and return to your normal Ubuntu account. A few more optional steps can be used to complete the process.

Sudoers

Edit your sudoers file by opening up a terminal window and typing

sudo visudo

A vi-style program will show and allow you to edit the sudoers configuration. Under the %admin line you should add the following:

%MYDOMAIN\\Domain^Admins ALL=(ALL) ALL

Make MYDOMAIN whatever your short domain name is (don’t make it MYDOMAIN.LOCAL).

Add users to the login screen

Most domains won’t want this but you might like it for a Kiosk or a sample computer. When using domain logins you will have to type “mydomain\username” using the Other User login option. This can be too many steps for some people so it may be necessary to add a single-click option for their username. The end result will look like the following image.

login screen

Log in as your domain user and open up the terminal. Type “id” in the terminal window to view your UID and GID information. It will look something like:

DOMAIN\username@ubuntu-client:~$ id
uid=1234567889(username) ....

We only really care about the uid at this point. Write it down and log out of this user and back into the normal Ubuntu user account.

You will need to edit your /etc/passwd file. Open a terminal window and type the following command:

sudo gedit /etc/passwd

Make a new line at the bottom and duplicate the following information with the numbers that you wrote down:

DOMAIN\username:x:1234567889:0:John Doe,,,:/home/DOMAIN/username:/bin/bash

The group id (0) is admin to help make this person a local admin, but you should be able to use the uid in it’s place if you don’t want to use the admin group. It should look like this in that case:

DOMAIN\username:x:1234567889:1234567889:John Doe,,,:/home/DOMAIN/username:/bin/bash

Now you can log out of the local Ubuntu user’s account and see the updated login screen. The domain user or kiosk user can click on the big button and type in the password for the account.

Star Trek

Star Trek

All right I guess it’s best I update the site with something.

I’d like to give my take on the new Star Trek movie.
To be perfectly honest I thought it was pretty good.

When I was watching it, I noticed a lot of stuff that set it quite a bit aside from the Star Trek I’ve known in the past and I’m not talking about the incredible CGI and the intense action.
But the reason for the things that are different are caused by a *SPOILER* so I’m not gonna talk about it in any detail.
They really tried to capture the essence of the original series while still making things new and fresh for todays market and with the *SPOILER* that happened things will be a lot different in the Star Trek universe if they ever end up doing TV series based on this.
A sequel to this movie is already in the works, not surprising and I can’t wait to see if they can do good on this second one.

Of course as you’d expect this movie like pretty much any other Star Trek movie as in it is all about the action, if you want Star Trek with diplomacy,techno babble and subspace vortexes and Q this is not the place to look for it. It was fast paced, intense, heartbreaking and really made Star Trek justice in almost any way.

So yeah, it has my full recommendation

Everything I own – Super Mario Bros

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Hello!

Thought I‘d start this review series of mine where I Intend to review everything I own.
Where else to start but with the very first game I ever owned Super Mario Bros.

First the object of the game as pictured by my crappy phone camera.

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So just your typical save princess from dragon scenario, only people are bricks and flowers scattered throughout….wait.

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..Moving on.

At this point there isn‘t really anything that hasn‘t been said a million times before about this game. So doing a review for it is pointless besides I could sum it up in two words.

Kick ass!

I‘m rather going to talk about my experience with the game back when I first played it.

Summer 1988 my parents decided to buy a NES for me. They didn‘t have any special reason for doing so, they just decided to be nice to me (<3 my parents). I had already taken my steps into the gaming world before then. I don‘t think I was more then 3 years old when I first played a game on my mom‘s Sinclair Spectrum. At the local electronics store at the time they always had a NES running the demo for Super Mario Bros and every time I went by the store I ended up watching the demo loop over and over again and be very fascinated with all the pretty colors.

So you can just imagine how excited I was when my dad brought home the NES.

It‘s a 1987 model and it still works (though I‘ve had to make some repairs to the contacts) It came shipped with the NES, one controller, the zapper and of course a Super Mario Bros/Duck hunt cartridge.
I can‘t say I remember my first ever time playing Super Mario bros but I‘m sure it went something like this.

This game frustrated me so much back then that I went all Angry Videogame Nerd because of it, and I‘m sure I‘m not the only one who‘s done that. I have evidence of me snapping on my NES as can be seen on the picture below.

 

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While I could breeze through this game these days with little effort when you were 4 years old, playing games was hard and so I must have seen that game over screen hundreds of times before I eventually managed to beat the game, though mostly with help from my mom, she might actually have played it more than me and I‘d just watch her struggle just as much with it.

When I finally managed to reach the first castle and beat it, and like so many gamers I was pissed that after all that hard work and frustration that that stupid Mushroom had to tell me that the princess was in another castle.

 

This is what I would have liked had happened. *evil laughter*

Rinse and repeat 7 more times and finally defeat Bowser was really frustrating and took forever but it was still satisfying to finally well lets face it, get the p*ssy.

 

So yeah while a lot of my memories about this game are just frustration and dying a lot it was still the first step that cemented my love of games and gaming until this day much like Super Mario Bros cemented that video games were here to stay.

I can say one thing about Super Mario Bros. It has aged surprisingly well, it doesn‘t just have nostalgia going for it, it‘s still a solid platformer in its own right being of course vastly outperformed by Super Mario Bros 3 which is understandable and normal. If I ever have kids I‘d much rather let them play these older NES games first then anything else. Because after all, what do graphics matter to kids? 8-bit games are a positive influence as far as I‘m concerned, they are simple yet unforgiving and since they require patience to beat they teach children to overcome difficulties instead of just doing things the easy way and most of all they are just a lot of fun.

If there is one thing I miss about growing up are the jumps gaming took each generation and being blown away which just doesn‘t happen anymore. Graphics aren‘t going to improve much more at this point and I don‘t think I‘d like them too either and there are some innovations in works like the motion controllers, I grew up with a controller in my hand and so I‘ll prefer that any day over jumping all around in front a camera.

Enough rambling lets get down to ratings.

Nostalgia factor – 10

Everyone owned and loved this game. It‘s nostalgia factor is beyond the scale but 10 is as high as I can give it.

Game play – 8

The basis for virtually every 2D platform game made after the crash, as such it‘s just a tad simplistic to get a 10.

Sound – 9

Even non gamers can hum the level 1-1 theme from start to finish from memory, the music is classic and the sound effects are 8-bit sweetness.

Vitality – 7

It‘s not a very long game even if you take into account the harder second quest after you finish the game the first time(without resetting the console)

Final Verdict – 8.5

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Stuff I’m doing.

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Been awhile but I’d just like to add stuff I’ve been doing.

First of all I’m back wasting my precious life moments on World of Warcraft, we’ll see how long I’ll keep that up this time around.

I’ve also been playing Trine, I think I am pretty close to the end of it now. While I was disappointed when I heard that the game does not have online co-op and only offline co-op it is still a wonderful game and some of the sexiest graphics in any game. Now don’t get me wrong, online co-op isn’t the most necessary thing ever and in fact I much prefer offline co-op over online co-op any day but as there are some people living far away from me that I would have liked to play with, I was disappointed. They have said there is a slight possibility that online co-op will be made available in the future for Trine. It’s still going to be like it was with Castle Crashers. By the time the patch that fixed the useless online mode that came with the game, I had already finished the game and moved on to others. Although I do get cravings to play Castle Crashers from time to time because of how awesome it is.

Now I also got entry into a beta earlier today. It’s a dota style game called Heroes of Newerth. Since I am under NDA I can’t write anything about it in here or anywhere, so I’ll have to wait until that is lifted before I can comment on it, plus I haven’t even played it yet so I can’t comment on anything anyways since the connection I am on currently sucks.

I was happy when I saw this. Lucasart bringing back some of their old adventure games is aokay in my book. I never got the chance to play Indiana Jones: Fate of Atlantis but I had always heard great things, so now I can actually do get my hands on it. What is really intriguing though is that they are looking like they have done with Monkey Island they are interested in making remakes of more of their classics or perhaps some new games in the franchises to which I Can say two things.

Grim Fandango 2 and Full Throttle 2 Plz?

Microsoft Press Conference: My Thoughts.

So, another E3 behind us and it really was a big improvement over last years pretty lame event. It’s even been confirmed that E3 is going to happen again in a year, probably in the current setup so it’s obvious they got it right this time around.

Anyway, there was a lot of stuff announced at this event. Mostly it ranged from good to AAAAAWWWEEESOME, but there was also the stupid stuff that just makes you go like “What the fuck??!”(Nintendo I’m looking at you -_-)

First up I’d like to take you through the Microsoft Press Conference. I’m gonna gather up all the announcements they made and what I think of them.

Their Press Conference was overall pretty good. They did start it off with this huge endorsement for The Beatles Rockband. In fact the first 15 minutes of the conference is all about the Beatles Rockband. Having this 3 minute long trailer at the start, a brief history into the Beatles, A live “band” playing the game and even getting Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono Lennon to appear on stage for like 20 seconds and then ending it off by Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney spend a couple of awkward minutes on stage with very little to say or do..This whole Beatles Rock Band thing didn’t thrill me all that much, maybe because I’ve never played Rock Band and while I’ve wanted to get my hands on it in the past it’s just way to freaking expensive.

Now after what a rather disappointing start to the show (In my opinion), things did get better as Corporate Vice-President John Sheppard announced that the Press conference would be about showing and not telling, so no dry statistic, sales numbers and graphs..which of course led to a pretty powerful cheer from the crowd..They easily are the most boring parts of E3 so skipping over that was just fine and dandy with me.

After that Tony Hawk took the stage with a showing off his brand new Skateboard controller. Kind of like a Wii fit pad, only it’s Skateboard shaped and apparently will make for a much better immersion into being on a skateboard. Now again I’m not really that interested in this. I’m interested in the technology sure, but I’ve never skated in my life and so it just falls outside of my field of interest. Besides I’m pretty sure my rather large body would just crush that controller with ..One jump might just do it…

Next up was the trailer for Modern Warfare 2…….*OMG OMG DROOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLL*

ahem….yes well it looks pretty good and that’s not all but we also got to see some guy play it for six minutes and *OMG OMG SOOO PREEETTY SOO AWESOM!”
….sorry everyone, I nerdgasmed. So yeah the game is just out of this world pretty and clearly they mean to take everything that made Modern Warfare good and improve on that. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

After that Yoshinori Kitase came on the stage to talk about Final Fantasy XIII. Nothing special really, but they did show the first footage from Final Fantasy XIII running on Xbox 360 hardware. It didn’t look too bad. I think it looks a little worse then the PS3 videos I’ve seen but that might just be my imagination. Either way this doesn’t really concern me, I’m gonna get it for the PS3 anyways.

Cliff Blezinski and Donald Mustard of Epic games came to visit to show off a new Xbox live arcade title in development. Of course I didn’t really learn a lot about it because Donald’s microphone was busted, it’s a 2D side scroller style game with some pretty nice 3D graphics. It reminded me a lot of games like Metroid and Bionic Commando, so good stuff.

Joyride was up next. It’s a free 2 play racing game that uses your Xbox Avatar as the driver. You can buy some upgrades, races and cars and stuff. It looks kinda cute but it might be fun for a little while, at least the core game is free.

The hall goes all dark and this very familiar sound starts playing, the sound an orb in Crackdown makes, so much to be my delight it’s a trailer from Crackdown 2. The trailer was great, and it seems this time around you aren’t just fighting humans but something else. If it has all the great things Crackdown 1 had, I’ll be happy, all I ask is that they make the objectives a little more varied this time around, the first game all rinse and repeat but other then that it was such a wonderful game.

Now if that wasn’t enough there is another trailer that follows immediately that has to do with 4 people stranded alone, surrounded by things that like to eat braiiiiiiiiiiinnnss..Give up? It’s L4D-2 of course! I must say I was very surprised to see this, I didn’t expect another game from them so soon. I mean Valve aren’t best known for their speed in putting out games..of course their motto has always been quality over quantity. I don’t know if this need to be a whole new game instead of just a expansion to the first one. I very much doubt that the game will come with some major amount of new Campaign/modes or even storyline, what I saw of it that’s changed is that there are actually melee weapons, so you can have fun chopping the zombies all to hell which is going to be satisfying as hell. There is also a new zombie called the Charger. From what I’ve seen it’s a huge tank like creature, but unlike the tank it’s very fast and when it catches you, it slams you into the ground until death unless someone comes to your aid.

Splintercell Conviction was up next. There was a sweet trailer and then we got to see some guy play it for a little while. I have never played much of the Splintercell games in the past..But man oh man did what I saw there make me want to. It looked really really good. The interrogation scene at the beginning of the gameplay showing was really brutal and awesome and in this game you are obviously going to be doing a lot of killing since Sam Fisher is driven by his emotions after his daughter got killed when she was run over by a car so he shows no mercy in finding who it was that killed his daughter.

Microsoft’s answer to Gran Turismo was up next called Forza Motorsport 3. It had some pretty amazing graphics and with it you can customize your cars however you please…I’m not much of a realistic racing game fan..I’m much more enthused about games like Mario Kart then ever Forza or Gran Turismo.

Bungie was up next with some gameplay from Halo: ODST…what can I say..it’s Halo. So..seen it. It looks a little bit prettier then Halo 3, and it doesn’t star Masterchief so I guess it’s going to be a little bit different. Now after a brief demo from the game..bungie wasn’t finished..oh no they dropped the bomb that a totally new Halo game was in works called Halo: Reach.

I think it’s based of a book that covered events that happened before Halo: Combat Evolved. It will be interesting to see what will come of this. Now, I do have to ask but wasn’t the whole point of Bungie splitting from Microsoft so that they could start work on their own projects..then why are they working on two Halo projects for Microsoft? It just doesn’t seem like Bungie is ready to leave Halo behind it like they said they would…

So.. along came a game that I haven’t seen or heard anything from for years. Alan Wake. It didn’t disappoint in the graphics department and it seems like it could be a interesting little game. It reminds me of games like Silent hill, Alone in the Dark. You get to sneak around creepy houses armed with your flashlight while trying to find his wife, and some manuscripts while battling the “dark presence”. I’m going to be keeping my eyes on it for sure.

After that they anounced that they were bringing Last FM, Netflix that doesn’t require your PC, 1080p instant play for movies/episodes, getting a contract with Sky to give UK residence access to Sky TV stations and movies/episodes and that they had increased the number of countries that have access to their Movies/episode service.

Now this is all cool stuff, but since I won’t get to experience any of this since I’m not in any of the official launch countries for Xbox 360, I really don’t care much about this other then being pissed I can’t utilize it to any degree.

Next up they got Felicia Day to come on the stage to introduce Facebook and Twitter on Xbox live, so you can keep up with your social networks even while in the living room! You know, if I had a living room where my 360 was, I’d rather use my laptop then the 360, mainly because typing out a message on the 360 controller is just annoying and slow and also I’m not that desperate about keeping up with the social networks that I won’t just walk the few meters to my PC to check on them..

It’s big announcement time! Yes Hideo Kojima is on the stage back poking to death! Yep, the next Metal Gear solid is being brought to the 360. Metal Gear Solid: Rising is going to see the light of day on 360 as well as the PS3. I’m sure ALOT of people went like “OMG OMG OMG YESSSSSS!” over this but meh it doesn’t matter to me since I have both.

Now we come to the new experimental stuff from 360 they have dubbed the Natal project. It’s their answer to the Wii’s motion controls. They showed a trailer of their dream for this thing where there would be no controller at all. The Natal camera would read your movements, so you could for example control a car just by moving your hands, it would also have voice recognition so you could issue it commands and face recognition so it could log you in automaticially when you approach it. It’s a really lovely concept and I loved some of the stuff they showed like being able to flip around in the 360 dashboard just by moving your hand and turn on a movie just by saying it.

However, lets be realistic for a moment. Much of the stuff they show is hardly ever going to work as well as they’d like. Like the voice recognition for example, I’m sure that it wouldn’t need a lot of noise and extra sounds to throw that out for a loop and while playing games what would stop the game from going all wacky because you have to scratch your nose if it can at read your body movement well enough so you can actually steer a car just with your hands. Also lets say you were playing a shooting game of some sorts, it’s kind of weird to play a game like that without a gun of some sorts and no trigger..I mean what do they expect you to do, just shout BANG whenever you shoot.

It just seems this isn’t going to be nothing more then a dream for awhile longer.

But then comes along Peter Molyneux that says he has created a link between the real world and the 3D world in a project he calls Milo. Milo is a 3D generated boy that according to Peter is going to be able to interact with you in a real way, forming a sort of connection. They show this girl who’s talking with Milo all the while Peter is talking about how this is not acted out and Milo and that girl are actually chatting about fishing and Milo haven’t finished his homework and she was actually reacting like it was a real person she was chatting with.

Okay….Peter Molyneux has a bad rep for hyping things…and it’s clear most of what he was saying are either lies or exaggerated beyond belief. I watched that girl talk and she was so not doing that naturally, it was all scripted and also, no matter how sophisticated they make milo, he’s still going to feel fake, that’s a fact of life. His reponses are programmed and so he’s always going to be too limited to be called “human”

The idea is clever and of course it’s going to be fun to see how it turns out..But I said earlier that Natal was a dream…well Milo is way beyond a dream, at least the way Peter described it.

So there we are, that’s about everything interesting that was announced at Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference.

Next I’m gonna go through Nintendo’s Press conference.

Trine

So my new love and guaranteed purchase would be this game called Trine.

Trine HD

Trine is a platformer set in a fantasy world where the dead have risen and threaten to take over the kingdom.

You play as The Thief, The Wizard and The Knight that through destiny have had their souls bound together by a magical artifact called the Trine and their struggle to fight off the undead and dark magic and to uncover the secrets of the Trine.

As you might expect each of the main characters have certain abilities that can help you in their own way.

The Knight(Pontius) is well..the strong fighter of the bunch, when there is fight to fought he serves well with his trusty sword and shield, though he isn’t very smart but trying his very best to proof his worth to the King.

The Thief(Zoya) is an expert artisan and can use her grappling hook to grab onto rocks and wood to swing between platforms and areas. She isn’t there by choice and is mainly concerned with getting her hands on treasure for herself.

The Wizard(Amadeus) has the ability to conjure up boxes to reach otherwise unreachable places as well as being able move objects around as he pleases. While his skills come in handy in certain situations, the wizard is a failure at being a wizard. Mainly due to him being much too concerned with getting lucky with girls he has yet to even master the fireball spell.

In the single player you can switch between the characters depending on the situations at will just by pushing a button, but the game also has a co-op mode where you can with two others work together to get through the game where each controls one of the three characters.

It’s the co-op mode that really makes this game seem interesting and I can’t wait to test that out since I’ve only had the pleasure of playing the single player demo.

I’d also like to add that this game has some of the prettiest visuals I have seen in a long time. It has a very sleek fantasy look and is bright and vibrant and perfectly executed. The music also fits perfectly with the fantasy theme of the game.

Now as for the gameplay, well in actuality it isn’t inventing the wheel or anything. It is after all a platformer. However there is a reason why platform games exist to this day, it’s because they are extremely fun and this game is no exception. Adding in co-op mode just makes it that much better then it would already have been without one which is why I don’t understand why so many games do come without the ability to play with others.

I’ve actually heard a lot of people talk about how this game is like Lost vikings by Blizzard, and I do see where they are getting at. That alone makes it well worth a purchase.

I think it’s schedule for a release on PSN and PC on July the 7th, I don’t think Xbox 360 is getting any love in this case which does suck..but who knows maybe it will eventually.

Knowing

I went to the cinema earlier and saw Knowing.

Knowing

To sum it up, it was a mixed bag and had some cliches in it.

The movie centered around a Teacher called John(Nicolas Cage) and his son Caleb(Chandler Canterbury) who are both suffering from the loss of wife/mother after she got killed in a fire. At Caleb’s School a ceremony involving opening up a 50 year old time capsule Caleb is given a letter with seemingly random set of numbers.

Later that night John reads into the letter and discovers that the numbers have a meaning to them. They were predictions for every major disaster in the last 50 years with perfect accuracy the date, how many died and where it would happen. He also discovers some that hadn’t occurred yet.

So we see John trying to prevent the disasters from happening.

Okay I can’t really got any further with this because it will spoil the movie.
All I can say that it had it’s flaws, some things that didn’t really make sense, and it didn’t take me long to see how it was going to play out because frankly I’ve seen it all before in another movie..not going to say what movie that was though.

I’ll give it a 6/10.

So, I say it isn’t necessarily worth seeing in the cinema, but at least worth a rental.