Since Pokemon Go has launched, the game has generated its share of headlines. Pokemon, a series of video games developed by Game Freak and Creatures Inc and published by Nintendo based on a cartoon series. The cartoon series features 10 year old Ash who aspires to be the greatest Pokemon trainer in the world. In his effort he enlists the help of two friends, Misty and Brock, and his own Pokemon, Pikachu who also becomes more his friend. Together they search their world for all Pokemon while avoiding Team Rocket and their Pokemon, Meowth.I myself have recently been pulled into the game and found myself walking around looking for Pokemon. Some being rather unreachable due to having to trek into other people’s backyards that may or may not have dogs while Pokemon gyms are located near bus stops and state buildings. I will probably head out after this on my own quest to “Catch em all.”
Now some headlines have been true like 4 teens using the game to rob Pokemon Go players. Another story is about a lady who found a dead body while playing the game. CNN has mentioned these incidents while also mentioned that people’s private homes are being turned into Pokemon gyms. You gotta read the CNN article as it mentions some more interesting things revolving around the game.
On the opposite side of things there is a lot of fake news out there involving Pokemon Go. Let me just get straight into it.
- Pokemon GO, a mobile game that has captured the attention of millions of fans worldwide, is yet again the cause of a tragedy. Timmy Richards, A 15 year old Florida teen, was arrested Sunday morning after stabbing his 13 year-old brother to death because, according to authorities, he thought his younger brother had deleted his Pokemon, when in reality, he had simply logged him out.Since the release of Pokemon GO earlier this week, it has been a hit, attracting millions of players from all age ranges. Encouraging players to travel on foot to find and capture the various Pokemon available. “Tragic, tragic, tragic” said Officer Gary Philips, who arrived at the scene a few minutes after the murder, “It’s sad to see a game capture it’s players so much that they are willing to kill others. Especially in this case, as it was all just a misunderstanding”. According to his family, Timmy was a very smart and peaceful person, rarely seen angry or agitated.
- Some users are having problems logging into or playing Pokemon Go the infamous terrorist group know as ISIS is taking responsibility for this attack.ISIS leader Ahmad Aklahar HanhJob says “America will feel the pain of not being able to catch them all” he claims the terrorist group has stopped purchasing illegal firearms and is now moving the war online. He claims they own several computer with over 500gb of ram something that could cause mass destruction.Using a simple dial up connection they have managed to shut down Pokemon Go’s servers.Stay woke and keep updated by checking back as this story develops.
- Charley Lewis claims he was walking home when he felt a vibration from his phone upon checking it the notification was from the Pokemon Go app.He told his family that he didn’t feel the car hit him he simply awoke at the hospital with fractured skull and both his legs broken doctors say he might never walk again. His friend who wants to remain anonymous recorded the incident and immediately dialed 911.Charley Lewis says his life goal was to “catch them all” but with his inability to walk his dreams have been crushed he said “I felt like they set me up for disappointment” he is expected to live but he might never catch them all.His family has already started the suing the Pokemon Go company they feel that a 500 million dollar settlement will be enough to satisfy his disappointment. We have yet to hear from the Pokemon Go company.
- 26 Year-Old Lamar Hickson is accused of causing one of the worst highway accidents after stopping in the middle of the highway to catch a Pikachu.Lamar Hickson admitted to police that he was playing the newly released Pokemon app game know as “Pokemon Go” while driving. He said “Sh*t if you wanna catch them all you gotta risk it all so I put my car in park and started tossing these balls”.Charges against Hickson are still unknown, nobody was seriously hurt but this raises concerns about future accidents. We spoke to one of the car accident victims and he also says he was also playing the game.We spoke the officers Fredrick Jones who says “Texting and driving was already a very serious issue, but now playing Pokemon Go and driving could make things worse.” He said this could double or triple the amount of incidents that happen due to driving while using a mobile device.The hashtag #dontpokemongoanddrive has since started trending on social media.
These four are the main rumor/articles going around that are fake works of fiction originating from the CartelPress website. CartelPress looks like a normal news site but its stories are actually manufactured stories. See if you scroll down to the bottom of the site you will see a link to their Term and Conditions. Once you click on it you are shown this at the top:
So…..there you have it. I have done some research of the site and apparently Huzlers.com regularly publishes fake stories and that CartelPress may be just a mock-up for another site they plan to create which will allow its users to create their own stories and share them on social media. The guy behind the idea even tricked Facebook users into believing he had predicted many milestone events in 2016.
TOLEDO, Ohio — Police say two people in Ohio have been arrested while playing “Pokemon Go” after they climbed over a fence at the Toledo Zoo. The pair was arrested early Thursday after they were spotted on a zoo security camera. Police say the two went over a fence near the zoo’s tiger enclosure in search of the smart phone game’s cartoon monsters. Officers say the pair was walking through the zoo when they were caught. Both were charged with criminal trespass. Twenty-five-year old Robin Bartholomy and 26-year-old Adrian Crawford, both of Toledo, are due in court Friday. Court records do not list attorneys for them. A message seeking comment was left with Crawford. There was no telephone listing for Bartholomy. WTOL reports that Bartholomy posted on Facebook just days before her arrest: ‘I am not above breaking and entering for a Pokemon.” *** True
You can hire a professional Pokemon Trainer…. You gotta read this one.
Some are being led to some not-so-great places.
The whole point of Pokémon Go is that you have to go out in order to play the game. In theory, this is great. So many games we play on our phones keep us stationary, but Pokémon Go has us exploring the world. However, the game’s creators might want to rethink where they’re stashing the Pokémon: Users have reported being led to a strip club, cemeteries, private homes and even a Holocaust museum in pursuit of their prizes.
So with all that has been going on be careful when playing the game and limit where you go. Pokemon appear everywhere even across the street in a neighbor’s backyard that owns two big pit bulls………………………………..
Today smartphones come in larger sizes and you can go out and buy a tablet which will have larger size screens but at times there are trade-offs depending on which tablet you buy. There are also the large following of people who have discovered the Android Emulator. I feel as if I have to back up a little bit to explain what this is and it starts with the word emulator. In this context an emulator is hardware or software that enables one computer system (the host) to behave like another computer system (the guest). Emulators are typically used for running software and games from another system. To make it more clear I can play Playstation games on my computer by installing an emulator. Next step in this definition is an AVD (Android Virtual Device) which by definition is an emulator configuration that lets you model an actual device by defining hardware and software options to be emulated by the Android Emulator. So AVD is a set of settings (basically). In the Android world we have many different Android phones that run several different versions of Android as well as several different graphical overlays (all those icons that you tap on); and, different hardware. So it is possible to create an emulator that can behave just like the phone you bought, whichever phone you have.
I hope that was clear for you and I will be discussing mostly about an Android emulator called Bluestacks who have come a long way since its start in 2011, which was known for being one of the first ways to run Android apps on your Windows computer. Bluestacks is on version 2 now, the latest version of its platform with one big upgrade: the ability to run more than one Android app at the same time. This sounds really cool to me and I will have to put it more through its paces but I can see it adds a tab interface for jumping between several Android apps. It looks a lot like a web browser and Bluestacks 2 can also play mobile ads in separate tabs on click, which is a better idea to keep the ads from interrupting your game. Bluestacks company-wise says it’s reached more than 109 million downloads, with users running more than 1.1 billion Android apps every month. Bluestacks now has the 7th largest Android user base in the world, which is more than Xiaomi and Sony. (According to data from the research firm Gartner.)
Are you a PC gamer interested in playing mobile games? Are you a mobile gamer with the need for a larger screen? Android emulators may just be the thing for you. I will also add there is another big Android emulator that also works well. It is called Andyroid, which tends to be more for the overall Android user that may not need the functionality for gaming per say. You do have to try both out to see which one you like better or which works better for you because from my experience they do come at times with issues. Both companies though give you ways to ask questions in getting those issues worked out. Oh before I go I will add in that some game creators are adding in security software into their games that block these emulators due to some using them to hack those games with the intention of getting harder to acquire items and content. (Someone always has to mess things up for everyone right?)
Floating on the web I find an article on the Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation website (Not sure how I got there. So don’t ask.) whose headline catches my attention, The feasibility of a brain-computer interface functional electrical stimulation system for the restoration of overground walking after paraplegia. So I think the article is basically saying how feasible would it be to make a paralyzed man walk using a computer. As I read on I find that has become very feasible.
Well the University of California has been researching this question and has made it possible. How was it done? The scientists used a computer to link 28-year-old Adam Fritz’s brain to his legs over, get this, a Bluetooth connection. The idea here is bypass the severed region of his spinal cord to in effect complete the missing connection by using an EEG to pick up the signals from his brain which were sent by a B.C.I. (brain control interface) computer to electrodes on his knee(s). I found a youtube video of it and the guy was supported and did walk about maybe 13 feet. Even so this is like a very cool thing. What comes to mind is stuff I have seen in movies, you know, and how movie theory is literally coming true. From what I read paralyzed patients have only been able to walk through the use of some sort of bionic suit. (The Million Dollar Man)
The article mentions alot of training involved and if I read it right (which took awhile to make sense of…lol) the participant had to go through hours of training before and after final testing. So Fritz basically had to go through alot of physical rehab to strengthen his muscles and learn how to use the BCI device. The article talks about a “decoded model” which translates to me as some sort of virtual figure of maybe a person, an avatar of sorts. (Cool he was playing a game with his head.) Here check out the video:
I would again say this is getting more and more feasible because today I found another article that says that Case Western Reserve University has attempted the same thing and have been able to allow a patient the use of his arms using the same idea. You can read more on this if you click here. Yeah I was geeking out today.
Okay now for you all you sneaker freaks who are losing closet space because of all the pairs of sneakers you just have to have. Technology of today now can help you stack up on pairs even more now. You can have your next new pair of ‘kicks’ 3D printed. How about that Kanye West? In case you missed the memo, Kanye West seems to think that 3D printers will destroy the fashion industry. Sneaker companies are now embracing the concept and are making their own 3D printed sneakers. Let’s start with Adidas shall we?
The idea from Adidas is something we all know and run into eventually in our lives. You ever want the best and most expensive sneakers and yet when you buy them… Your feet hurt in time and you begin to think why you bought them in the first place. Yet those things look good on your feet so you tell yourself you are okay with them. Well no foot made is created equal. Funny thing is even your own feet are not identical to each other. Adidas has announced today the Futurecraft 3D, its first 3D printed shoe.
The Futurecraft 3D looks to me like a running shoe but the shoe has a midsole which can be customized to anyone’s foot “matching exact contours and pressure points,” as Adidas is saying. Adidas is involved with Materialise who is a leading 3D printing software provider. I looked into Materialise and they did some work with some fashion designer named Melinda Looi back in 2013. I don’t really know how that is but apparently that is a big thing.
Now this trend has been in the heads of companies for some time now. Nike was the frontrunner by being the first to release a shoe with 3D-printed compoents. The Vapor Laser Talon had a 3D printed plate. If you don’t believe me just ask Olympic sprinter Michael Johnson. After that Nike released the Vapor Carbon Elite. You know I’m not one to throw a lot of letters at you so just scroll down to watch the videos.
So it is coming people… The day where you will be able to buy your ‘kicks’ and have the midsole talored to your unequally sized feet. This can be huge though really especially for anyone with foot problems. If you have flat feet you will possibly be able to buy that casual shoe, like the Nike Cortez or the Air Force Ones and just simply have the midsole made for your feet and you will be good to go. Now so far Adidas is talking this game and Nike started it but as we all know, others will follow suit to compete.
I have setup a list of the best Android games to help you get through the Play Store’s many titles. So read on as I explore the different game genres in an attempt to find all the best titles to install on your phone or tablet this year.
Gameloft makes a lot of games for Android and they know how to do it well. Gameloft is a video game developer and publisher headquartered in Paris, France. The company also has subsidiaries in 28 countries around the world. They have created a number of games for mobile phone handsets, tablets, games consoles and other platforms.
Founded in 1999 by Michael Guillemot, one of the co-founders and owners of video game publisher and developer Ubisoft, Gameloft has expanded to employ a staff of 5,000 at the end of 2011. Gameloft began to be profitable in 2003. Gameloft’s consolidated revenues were €10.2m (2003), €23.2m (2004) and €46.8m (2005). Gameloft has posted consolidated revenues of €68m in 2006, €96m in 2007, €110m in 2008 and €122m in 2009. In 2010, Gameloft consolidated sales reached €141m and went up to €164m in 2011. In 2012 the revenues continued to grow and crossed the €200m-mark, reaching €208.3m in 2012 and €233.3m in 2013. According to the preliminary data, the revenue for the end of year of 2014 were €227m. Through agreements with major telephone carriers, handset manufacturers, specialized distributors and its online shop, Gameloft states it has a distribution network in over 100 countries. As of 2013, Gameloft had development centers in 20 countries. (Wikipedia.org)
Gameloft, having made games like Asphalt 8, Modern Combat 5 and N.O.V.A. 3 you can pretty much be sure you are playing a game with high-production value and a free-to-play price structure. Brother in Arms 3 is a great game. People are saying it may be Gameloft’s best action game so far. I don’t know about that but the game is cool. The game is a 3rd person shooter game where you guide your character through a World War 2 area as you do the normal weapon and ability upgrades as you play. The graphics are great and the game is not for every Android phone that you run into. If you have any flagship phone or tablet you should be okay to play it. Fun to play and you get into it until boom a purchase is needed but that is how it goes now with most games right?
Keep checking as I look into the coolest fighting game.
While searching for games I ran across a game that caught my attention. I was skeptical at first due to the numerous games that lead on to being cool but just turned out to be the average card/summoner games. I noticed the game was free which always looks good and so I went and found a youtube video of it so I can get an idea. Well the game has my attention. The first thing that comes to mind when viewing the game is the Marvel vs. Capcom type of game. I also notice the graphics of the game are rather pleasing…especially for an Android game. I began to think,”Oh can my phone handle this game.” ………………………………..I pulled my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 out (What can this phone actually not handle…lol) and installed this game.
First thing I noticed is how long it took the phone to open the game. I though that was weird but then again lately the internet has not been up to its normal quality so I ignored this. As I started to play I started to remember something. See the storyline of the game is something I have seen before in the comics and cartoons.
The heroes are controlled somehow and force to fight in a contest tournament. I forget the details but nothing you can’t just google to find out more about. As for the game… The game is fun to play while not having complex controls. Some would say that takes away from the game especially since Marvel vs. Capcom is available for mobile phones. There is also Injustice too which I will get into playing also. Differences between Injustice and Contest of Champions is mainly that more work was put into Injustice. Now this is just something I read which just makes me wanna play it. Trust me I will play it and once I do I will post a video but for now here is a lil look at the game.
So try out Contest of Champions and feel free to post a comment on what you think. Get it on Google Play.
World of Warcraft for those that may not know is a MMORPG (Massively Multi-player Online Role Playing Game) for which, I would say, all newer similar games are based on (Like Aeon, Rift, Wildstar, and Star Wars: The Old Republic.). All of these type of games create worlds that millions of players can get lost in. World of Warcraft is about the constant struggle of two factions (the Alliance and the Horde) control of power in the world of Azeroth. I have setup an image gallery slider which goes up the timeline of the Warcraft series. You will be able to get the story this way (for the most part. There is so much to the game actually.) and if you need more time to read each slide just move you mouse over it. This will pause the slide for you.
Slider content Copyright Blizzard Entertainment
As you can see there is a rather large story to the game. They should make a movie out it. (Actually there is talk of a movie floating around the internet. I wonder when that movie will come out.) It would make for a cool movie. Anyways, Warlords of Draenor is another chapter to the World of Warcraft storyline that requires some history in order to get the full idea. Blizzard has done a great job at making sure you know what is up with this new expansion. I could go on and let you read the long story behind it but quite frankly, that won’t quite do it. I like visuals, do you like visuals. In fact you just simply have to see it for yourself to really get a feel here of the game.
LordsOfWar Part One – Kargath
Lords of War Part 2 – Gromash
Lords of War Part 3 – Durotan
Lords of War Part 4 – Kilrogg
Lords of War Part 5 – Maraad
Warlords of Draenor Cinematic
The game has really changed over the years and has only gotten better. I am not an old school World of Warcraft fan. I remember the game talked about during the years but I never got into actually playing it. The game has been been referred to as crack. Having its name changed to World of Warcrack by gamers due to its addictive nature. I have even seen an actual news story of a guy who played the game 19 hours a day while neglecting his family. I’m telling you this guy brought the bathroom to his room. There was a parody done of the game on South Park. It was rather funny cause I understood cause for a time I was addicted. Now…I still play but just not I used to. Although the day still arises when the addiction kicks in and you start playing and next thing you know the whole day is gone leaving you with your hands and fingers hurting from all the typing and you still play through it anyways. Can anyone say Carpal tunnel? The news story talked about this guy as if he was a drug addict. You have to see how it has changed. So I put together some Youtube links of the actually gameplay of all the Warcraft games that I will place at the end of this post. Enjoy…but first I recently was given access to the beta of Warlords of Draenor. The video starts off at the portal and the battle is on from the start. I was checking things out to get a look at the starting area. So far the game looks cool and I like the changes. You are like pushing your way deeper into the new area. I am not gonna get into too many details though if you want detail of all the additions and changes you can find them here.
This next video is of a new dungeon, The Bloodmaul Slag Mines. Now the FPS (Frames per Second) got crazy at the end of the video during a boss fight so I had to stop it but it gives you an idea of how players in the game can work together to pass huge obstacles. Each player in your dungeon group has a role to player whether damage, healer, or tank. The tank is who has the higher gear and get in the fight first to get all of the attention and to keep that attention while the healer keeps him alive during the fight. The rest are damage whether ranged (Like I am) or melee. Damage job is to get those enemies down faster. Dungeons are usually 5 man but there are Raids with can go from 10 to 25 players to knock out much stronger bosses. The point of it is for better gear. The bosses drop higher level gear that is passed out in a raid in a sort of chance process.
Gameplay History of Warcraft
World of Warcraft is though a subscription based game. Some may not be into having to pay monthly for a game but really even mobile games you may end up paying something. The usual pattern for World of Warcraft is once major updates and expansion are out players come out the woodwork to play. Once said players acquire the all the content by leveling their characters and have seen all there is to see with the new updates they usually take a break. So you see up times and down times but for the most part World of Warcraft stays busy enough to play and still have fun doing so. In the game there are different ways you can play, see its a player vs. player game, but; you do do not want to get into that part of it you do not have to. You simply choose what is referred to as a PVE (Player Versus Environment) server when creating your character. Although it is fun to kill other players. Even when you have seen all there is to see you can still have fun in battlegrounds. Once you get 1 or more high level toons you can use them to acquire heirloom gear that adapts to your level as you play with those new toons. You buy it then mail it to the low toons you just created. Blizzard has added more to this in allowing you to enchant (a way to add to the stats) the heirlooms. The enchants will also adapt to your current level. This takes a lot of the work of finding gear at lower levels and makes you quite frankly overpowered at your level until a certain level where it becomes better to find other gear. Using this idea player create what is referred to as Twinks. A toon with the highest or close to the highest gear you can get at a particular level making them dengerous in lower level battlegrounds. If done correctly some can take you out with 1 to 2 hits. If you are the one killing it makes for a very fun game. I have 3 videos to show you of this. In the videos I am in the battleground called Arathi Basin. The basin is rich with resources and both the Horde and the Alliance want it. You are fighting for its resources so you assault and defend locations or resource nodes and the first to gain 1600 resources wins. (note: I did not record the whole battle it would take up too much hard drive space initially if I even have enough space to hold for a bout 30 mins.)
Arathi Basin Starting Area
Arathi Basin – Taking Lumber Mill
Arathi Basin End of Battleground
So I got about 38 kills. It’s okay. I prefer to get about 50 kills but I only died about 3 times. That’s good so I can’t complain. Now on to the Warcraft gameplay videos. I’m gonna post the first few. I don’t really need to take it World of Warcraft because I just showed you me doing a little bit of battlegrounds plus the latter videos showing the newest expansion in beta coming out in November. If you do decide to try out the game do it now. Basically buy the game. You can get it at a discount now and pre-order the expansion: Warlords of Draenor. Why? Well Blizzard is giving away level 90 character boosts to those who pre-order. Best case scenario: Buy the game and preorder then play your new toon to level 60. Remember to choose professions on your toon too. Doing this will get you an extra edge come expansion day because under these conditions the boost you get to 90 will also level your professions to their max level. A lot of time will be save in that trust. So get playing. If you need help let me know. Post a reply and I will get back with you. If you play already feel free to post your server and use this post to find freinds.
Warcraft: Orcs and Humans
Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness
Warcraft 2: Beyond The Dark Portal
Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos
Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne
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