Posted by Shannon O'Grady on December 24, 2008
A personal holiday shout-out to my Dolfo: You are very loved; I wish I could slip 10 000 little love letters under your door.
So I was thinking of what to put up here over the holidays and I realized that this time of year is all supposed to be all about giving and sharing. So I’d like to share with all of you a link, that is also, all about sharing.
The story goes that one day a man went around leaving blank postcards around town. Each postcard had the man’s address on it and a simple request that the finder write their secret on the postcard and send it back to him. Years later postcards are still flooding in, but now the man posts them on a website every Sunday morning to share them with the world. The postcards come from all over the world and contain everything from the most lighthearted gossip to the hardest hitting pleas.
And everyone can read them.
The point of PostSecret is to encourage people to share their stories in hopes of inspiring others to share as well. Even if the readers don’t share, they never feel alone.
I wish I could share my own secret with all of you, but I lack the anonymity to feel safe in sharing. Maybe someday my own postcard will grace PostSecret. Maybe I’ve already read one of yours.
Either way: we aren’t alone.
Have a Happy Holiday of Choice, and a wonderful Gregorian Calendar Roll Over and remember to share with your family and friends in this festive time of year.
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Posted by 1forfun on December 4, 2008
I’ve spent the better part of these last three months talking about my favourite video games, and now I’d like to share my dirty little secret for when I get frustrated, which invariably happens. The secret is game guides. In the general sense this applies to any sort of game aids, though they originated as actual magazines. The information that can be found on games now ranges from hints and tips to cheat codes and glitches to full blown walkthroughs, most of which are available freely on the internet.
There is certainly some dispute as to whether or not one should use game guides, some feel that you are essentiallycheating yourself out of the challenge and experience of the game. I can appreciate this point of view, but I also have very little patience on occasion. http://www.ctrlaltdel-online.com/comic.php?d=20070618
I really never found the vague hints and tips exceptionally helpful, since they usually don’t apply to what’s bothering me at that particular moment. I know however that when I’m trying to not feel quite so much like I’m cheating, the hints are helpful however if I haven’t specifically got something that’s bothering me, though sometimes they give away plot lines.
The cheat codes and glitches are another bad sign for the game. I am especially bad for using these in games such as Grand Theft Auto, though it’s usually a sign that I’m already bored with the game. Invincibility and unlimited money are the game’s last leg.
Admittedly the walkthroughs are my favourite, because they have all the help I might concceivably need. I don’t often use the walkthrough for the entire game, it is nice when I get stuck. The walkthroughs come in two varieties. Usually I use the written walthroughs such as this one. However it recently came to my attention that game walkthroughs also come in video form, I find that a bit excessive…
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Posted by Susan on November 24, 2008
ALL I CAN SAY IS – I Just wanna play all day!
Great job Blizzard – you nailed it.
Well the expansion has been out just over a week and I have to say that I am pretty impressed with its content. The landscapes are amazing, and the quests are pretty cool. Blizzard has tried very hard to make the environments very interactive, users can now destroy buildings, and hijack vehicles to complete quests. This makes levelling your character an interesting experience.
In contrast to the previous expansion, blizzard has developed this one on previous Lore, this gives the user a more personal feeling to the game – we aren’t just going to a new place to complete objectives, we are learning about how our characters came to be allied the way they are, why we have the abilities we have, and the story about how we all fit together in this vast and creative world.
Users are enjoying the variety of moving through the world – in previous experiences there were only two ways to travel the world a griffin or a hippogriff (well for the alliance anyway). Now you can take a bird, a dragon, a plane, a tank, the options are endless. Blizzard has out done themselves.
Now that isnt to say that I dont have problems with blizzard’s expansion. Levelling may be fun with all the new things to see, but its hard to level with your friends. Blizzard has made it that you unlock zones but doing chain quests, one after another, you finish a quest, more become available. The problem with this is if you are levelling with your buddy and you do even 2 or 3 quests without him/her and you both are way off in terms of doing the same quests.
The New Dungeons in the expansion, are interesting, making the events of killing them very interesting – bosses may summon clones of themselves, or create a shadow of you that attacks you – this makes the events interesting and challenging.
Well, so far I have only heard good things about Blizzard’s latest baby and personally i have had no problems myself – more to come later in the week, I gotta go PLAY!!
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Posted by Susan on November 17, 2008
What can I say? The Expansion is out and we are all busy playing. I will say that I am suprised to see how many people were scouring the net for information on what to expect as the expansion approached. It seemed like this blog exploded with views the night before. But thats to be expected, we all want to know what happens, what to expect, and how to plan our time.
I think thats what scares me, with all this new content, all this stuff to accomplish and do, I think that I, among many other gamers, will feel like there is so much, that sleep will be somewhat of a commodity. I myself am already feeling that addiction kick in again like when I first started wow. That feeling like it is the only thing to do, hell its 3 am and I am playing as we speak. Its just crazy.
It makes me wonder, do we have addictive personalities? or is the game just addictive? I am not sure if that makes sense, but its 3am, cut me some slack, I am open to opinions and thoughts… Goodnight gamers! GAME ON!
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Posted by 1forfun on November 15, 2008
I have the good fortune to be spending this weekend with my grandparents, so this weeks post is unfortunately going to be bare bones, not because I don’t have the time (everyone is already in bed) but because I have to write this on my grandma’s computer, and it’s frustrating when it can’t keep up and I’m always afraid that I’m going to crash it.
On the technological up side however, I did get to play Wii sports tonight. My general impression from the people I spoke with during Bingo was that everyone was enjoying the games, particularly the bowling. Even those who are physically unable to take part enjoy watching everyone else learn to control the Wii-motes and the concept behind the split screen. My grandma laughed quite hard when I couldn’t correct my left hook in bowling. This incidentally is another bonus, it’s a great way to distract grandchildren when they come to visit…
As for the games themselves, there are 5 to choose from, tennis, baseball, bowling, golf and boxing. Due to time restraints I only got to try out tennis, bowling and boxing. There isn’t much to say about tennis, since my granny had a bit of trouble returning the ball, but I found the game somewhat frustrating anyways. It was difficult to figure out where the area was in which the racket would connect with the ball, and even once I did manage to hit the ball, there was really no telling where I had sent it flying off to. I would definitely give the game another chance, but overall I wasn’t impressed by first impressions.
Bowling by far seems to be the favourite game among the residents here, and it is certainly good. Though I found the constant right hook frustrating, game play was very similar to what actually happens when I go bowling (yes I actually have a bad right hook). The range of motions available in positioning my Mii to correct this problem was also pleasing. Aside from simply being able to move my Mii side to side, I can also rotate the direction in which it will toss the ball, so though my granny beat me by alot in the first three or four games, by the fifth and sixth games i had worked out a system for correcting the hook, which worked quite nicely.
Finally was the boxing. I played this one solo since there was only one nun chuck available. I really enjoyed the boxing, though I found the controls a little slow. I would punch in rapid succession, but my Mii wouldn’t be able to keep up with my motions. It was still relatively simple to connect with my opponents face or torso and though I couldn’t explain exactly why I really enjoyed trying to knock out the opposing Mii. Anger issues possibly?
Overall I think this is great for the residents here, and I know that they enjoy it, because it’s becoming a popular option on card nights, even replacing bingo night last week. An impressive start.
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