Sunday, March 20, 2011

Twenty Five Best First Levels In Video Games, Facebook Status Leads To Stopping A Burglary In Progress, New Game Involves Your Cellphone And Your Voice (Possible Screaming Required), Man Charged With Polygamy After First Wife Sees Second Wedding Photos On FaceBook, Awesome Tree houses, Jennifer Aniston On Smart Water, Future First Person Shooter By FreddieW, KassemG’s California On Ireland

Hello everyone, sorry for the lack of blog yesterday, I did go see Paul and the UFC Pay-Per-View both of which are amazing. Maybe I will review the movie in the next week. I am sad to see Cro Cop in such a bad state, but his age is catching up to him and UFC is a lot different then Pride. I watched the first half of the GSL 3 which was co-commentated by HuskyStarcraft, my favourite commentator. It got me into the spirit of StarCraft 2 again so I may re-install it. Anyway, now for your news!

Twenty Five Best First Levels In Video Games has another excellent list of video games which has an awesome first level. Before I throw this list at you, I’d rather rant about their pickings above rather then below the list. I agree these first levels are very amazing, but some of these games don’t deserve to be here. I don’t even know if they are in order as to Ugo’s favourites but the list is lacking. I am sure that many of these games do have good introduction levels but we are missing many better games. Where is Dante’s Inferno? In which you kill Death and obtain his scythe. That is just the only one I can think off the top of my head, but there are a few good games I remember on this list. I will put bold on the ones I remember. Here is their twenty-five top first levels:

25. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
24. Super Mario Bros.
23. GoldenEye 007
22. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
21. Half-Life 2
20. Deus Ex
19. Metroid Prime
18. Sonic the Hedgehog
17. Bioshock
16. Fallout 3
15. Mass Effect 2
14. Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
13. Mega Man X
12. Metal Gear Sold 2: Sons of Liberty
11. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
10. Medal of Honor: Frontline
9. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
8. God of War 2
7. Heavenly Sword
6. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
5. Final Fantasy 6
4. Knights of the Old Republic
3. Resident Evil 4
2. Dead Space
1. Strider

Facebook Status Leads To Stopping A Burglary In Progress

Apparently FaceBook statuses can be used to save lives, as a man named Nitesh Bhakta has proved. He spotted burglars in his living room so he grabbed his laptop and snuck into his attic. The burglars tied up his grandmother and sister and began to collect their loot. He updated his FaceBook with a status saying “HELLLLLLLLLP!” and his best friend saw the message and called 911. Nitesh was lucky his friends were online to read his status because police were able to snatch up on of the three thieves.

New Game Involves Your Cellphone And Your Voice (Possible Screaming Required)

Many games are multiplayer but not many involve a group of people standing in front of a television, on their cellphones. Peptone was created by three people, Elie Zananiri, Hugues Bruyere, and Mathieu Leger, and was shown in Montreal at Place des Arts during the Nuit Blanche festival last month. The interactive installation uses both openFrameworks and MegaPhone and it combines an arcade environment with an entertaining spectator sport. There can be fifty players at once and you enter the game arena by dialing a number into your mobile. This creates a character, which is controlled by your voice and the keypad. It is a great excuse to shout at your phone, although these days we really don’t need an excuse. This is a quote from their page:

Local design firm Departement, specialists in interactive media, plugs in and powers up Peptone, their digital “ecosystem,” on big screens in the halls of Place des Arts. Using your cellphone, you (like several dozen others, concurrently) dial up to create a lumpy little organism and whoop ’n’ holler into your phone to keep it alive—but beware, the same noise that sustains the lil’ bibitte also attracts toxic bacteria! Special “combo” numbers afford extra life points to keep the creature wiggling and wandering.

Man Charged With Polygamy After First Wife Sees Second Wedding Photos On FaceBook

A man in Grand Rapids, Michigan by the name of Richard Leo Barton Jr. had gotten married to his first wife in July. His wife lived in Rhode Island which is his first problem. He failed to divorce his current wife when he decided to get married again. The Rhode Island woman thought it was weird that her husband unfriended her after being married for seven years. She contacted  the state police and told them that one day in 2004, her husband Barton, did not come home from work and it turns out he had been arrested. In 2000, he was convicted of home invasion and the next year again for uttering and publishing. He did his time and when released, he went to Rhode Island which violated his parole. He spent more time in prison and was released October 2009. The married couple apparently considered divorce but it had never happened. The woman did some online investigation and found that her husband’s friends and family uploaded pictures of him being married to someone back home. He was charged with polygamy and may serve up to fear years.

That’s it for today. I leave you with pictures of amazing tree houses by Mother Nature Network. For all of the trees featured go to this link: I have three videos for you as well as Jennifer Aniston advertises Smart Water, FreddieW’s Future First Person Shooter video from December and KassemG’s California On Ireland, since we just had St. Patrick’s Day recently.

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