Call of Duty: Elite – “Lite” on Features, Value

During a conference call in February of last year, Activision Blizzard announced the formation of Beachhead Studios, a new development team whose focus was to create a “digital platform” for the Call of Duty franchise. What they created we now know as the freemium service Call of Duty: Elite. Similar to other web offerings from developers of popular multiplayer games (e.g. Bungie.net and Electronic Art’s Battlelog), Elite service allows players to keep track of their in-game progress and compare stats and accomplishments with friends and the rest of the world. Additional services and content are given to paying subscribers. But what exactly are you getting for your money ($49.99 annually), and is it really worth it? Continue reading →

REVIEW: Avril Lavigne, “Goodbye Lullaby”

I am somewhat of (i.e. completely and incredibly) a big fan of Avril Lavigne’s, ever since 2002 when I met a girl who, at the time, loved Avril and couldn’t shut up about her. I initially shrugged her off as being not any good since she is Canadian (nothing good ever came from Canada, right?), but after I gave her a listen I immediately fell in love. The girl’s love for Avril, and my love for the girl, didn’t last, but almost ten years later and Avril Lavigne is still my number one girl, and single-handedly responsible for my love of all girls Rock. Continue reading →

Cell Phones Make it Hard to be a Gamer

Cell phones have come a long way from the days of the Motorola RAZR playing Breakout with the number keys. Over the past several years, due in large part to Apple’s iPhones and App Store, the world has seen it’s share of smartphones functioning not only as mobile phones, and mobile computers, but also as handheld gaming systems. Late last year, Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 7 with built in Xbox LIVE functionality. Earlier this month, Sony revealed the Ericsson Xperia Play (pictured above), the first in a new line of gaming-centric smartphones they plan on rolling out later this year. For gamers such as myself, this serves as a major headache more than anything. Continue reading →

TV Rewind: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

I’ve watched a lot of television in my life, yet I still find shows that I either initially shrugged off as being no good, skipped because I found something I thought was better on at the same time, or was completely unaware of. With all of the time I have on my hands, what with being unemployed and all, I’ve decided to go back and catch up on some of those shows. With this new segment, TV Rewind, I’ll go back and watch every episode of the shows that I’ve previously passed by. In this inaugural post, I’ve decided to go with the FX comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Continue reading →

REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

The Harry Potter film franchise is one of the longest running, and, according to Box Office Mojo, is the highest grossing film franchise in history, when not adjusted for inflation. With all the success and praise the films have received over the years, many other films have tried to bank on Harry’s success, such as Twilight, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Lord of the Rings. While some of these films have large followings of their own, most do not come close to the vastness of the Harry Potter legacy.

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TOP 5: Capcom Characters for Marvel vs. Capcom 3

To compliment my list of Marvel characters who should be included in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, here I’ll be running down who I think should be joining the ranks from Capcom’s side. Now, Capcom doesn’t have nearly as many characters to choose from, but two of the characters I previously had on this list (Bionic Commando‘s Nathan Spencer and Ghouls ‘n Ghosts‘ Arthur) were recently announced, showing that Capcom may be included characters from lesser-known or older franchises. Hopefully they continue that trend and don’t just fill up the roster with characters from Street Fighter.

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TOP 5: Marvel Characters for Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Two weeks ago, at New York Comic Con, Capcom announced four new characters for Marvel vs. Capcom 3, bringing the total now up to 26. With a reported roster being “over 30 characters” deep, we’re coming down to the final few character announcements on each side. So, this week for TOP 5, I wanted to go over my suggestions for who to include int he game. But, since I felt it would be unfair to include both Marvel and Capcom in the same list (since one would have more slots than the other, and it was too damn hard to narrow it down as is) we’re going to have two TOP 5s this week. Click here to view my list of Capcom characters if you haven’t given it a view already.

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Why Nikita is This Season’s Best New Show

If you read my initial review of Nikita from a few weeks ago, you’ll remember how much I enjoyed the first few episodes. I’m happy to report that the subsequent episodes have not let me down. Each episode is giving us more information about each of the characters, gradually building the story, all while giving us new and interesting events each week. Last night’s episode, while a little light on the action, had me wondering where everything was going to end up in the end, at least in regards to Alex’s story. We didn’t get to see much progress in terms of Nikita and Owen this week, but I for one hope he becomes a series regular on the show.

Warning: minor spoilers ahead, for those who haven’t seen the most recent episode.

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REVIEW: Hellcats

The first information I read about Hellcats was, as with Nikita, just a few days before it premiered. The show was described as Glee meets Bring It On, so two of my favorite things. I was also told that it appears to be a show all about girls showing their midsections, making it three of my favorite things. I can forgive you for not seeing how a someone (especially a young, heterosexual male) can like both Glee and half-naked girls. I don’t think I’m Hellcats‘ target demographic (or maybe I am, as I’ll describe later), but that won’t stop me from watching.

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