Barnes And Noble Nook Simple Touch – Review

Every once-in-a-while there’s that device that desrves to make the list of best devices of the year, and the nook ebook reader definitely deserves to be on that list. Hit up the above link for the full review 🙂

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OS Review – Windows 8

Yes, it’s true, for the first time since 1995 Microsoft has decided to overhaul the user interface on their coveted windows OS. People like me have been screaming “yes, finally!! get rid of that dipshit UI” but those loyal to microsoft are being very annoying regarding their concerns on the modernisation of the user interface.

I installed the Windows Developer Preview on my daily driver, my beloved laptop. Now yes I agree that is a very very stupid thing to do, considering this is just test software and not nearly stable enough to be my daily OS of choice, and all that is true. Although I was and still am truly amazed my the METRO UI on a big screen, especially since I’ve long been a fan of windows phone, this build had way to many bugs and glitches to run any of my software properly, It drained my battery like crazy, giving me a 3hour life span when I used to get 7, the brightness could never be adjusted, sound never worked and WiFi always got disconnected, hell it couldn’t even install the blackberry desktop software due to problems with .NET but I’m here to give you my review of what is to come in windows 8, and so far so good 🙂

We shall start with probably one of the most talked about features of the new OS, the start screen. The start screen was amazingly well thought of and all the work and effort by the entire microsoft team is visible in this dev preview. Even though it’s mainly designed for tablet use and finger touchy touchy, the new UI works great with a mouse and keyboard as well. With a multitouch trackpad, you can use two finger swipe to scroll back and forth around your start screen and pinch to view the entire thing as a map, although I have not been able to accomplish this. The use of keyboard shortcuts also helps navigating around your start screen, such as
“windows key + a” lets you search for apps, all in a very METRO way.

Moving on to number two, the explorer. The new windows explorer is amazing! I never liked the ribbon system, but over here it’s extremely useful and allows much more quick and efficient workflow. I can do all the usual stuff from right on top plus a hell of a lot more stuff I never knew I could, and with 3rd party developers allowed access to add their own plug ins to the ribbon, there’s gonna be some pretty good stuff heading our way. The transfer system is also really amazing, I used to hate copying and moving stuff on the old OS’s because windows explorer would crash or lag if you tried to move too many different things from different places, not to mention the crazy number of pop up windows. the new system allows all the transfers to combine their-self into one window and finally transfers can be paused! thank you microsoft! Oh and not to forget native ISO support! Bowchickawowow

On to my most favorite part of windows 8, the new task manager, now many people don’t even care about this so I shall make this breif, while sitting in my briefs. THE NEW TASK MANAGER IS AWESOME! that’s all I have to say, as you can see in the picture above, it allows us to monitor our memory usage, cpu usage, data trafic, etc. and gives us complete information detailing what’s going on in our computers, sweet!

Applications baby! the most amazing this about this OS are the applications! They’re built atop of html5 and other languages and incorporate metro so they have the best user interfaces and feel completely awesome to use! I do not know how to explain this in words, you will just have to use these yourself to know how awesome they are. Some apps I could really see being built amazingly in metro are Skype, Twitter/TweetDeck, Microsoft Office, Adobe CS’s, Windows Movie Maker, Windows Live Writer, uTorrent and basically everything else! It will just feel completely awesome, awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome!

In conclusion, windows 8 is a very fast, smooth and easy to use operating system thats not only beautiful in terms of the UI but also under the hood. I am extremely excited about the next release of windows and even though I am uninstalling it from my laptop, I will miss it immensely and I am eager and anxious for the next build, which is the beta build, expected to be released by feb 2012 and will definitely be reinstalling it on my laptop.

Trailer Review: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

COMING TO A THEATRE NEAR YOU IN 3D (read this in 6 months)

TTHHHEEEEYYYYY’RREEEEEE BBBBAAAACCCCCKKKKKK!!!! I AM SO EXCITED AFTER WATCHING THIS TRAILER YOU GUYS!

Okay, let’s get down to business…

The first and second movie were directed by Eric Darnell and Tim McGrath. For this latest installment, McGrath will not be joining Darnell in the directors seat, instead Conrad Vernon will take his place. Vernon worked as a creative consultant for the first Madagascar movie, and has previously directed Monsters vs Aliens.

The storyline: The gang arrives in Monte Carlo to find the penguins. Over there they cause a lot of ruckus thus Scary Cop Lady is called upon to catch them. Now, they’re hiding from the law and have apparently made the ‘Europe’s Most Wanted’ list (I guess Inspector Clouseau has caught all the actual criminals – please don’t make a Pink Panther 3). Running, as you can imagine, gets pretty tiring so they decide to lay low for a while and join a circus!

The Voices: Don’t tell me you’ve actually forgotten? Let me tell you anyway,

BEN STILLER. AS ALEX. *crowds cheering* THE LIIIIOOOONNNNN. *crowds cheering*
CHRIS ROCK. AS MARTY. THE CIRCUS-LOVING ZEBRA.
DAVID SCHWIMMER. AS MELMAN. THE TALLEST GIRAFFE IN EUROPE.
JADA PINKETT SMITH. AS GLORIA. THE (BOOTYLICIOUS) HIPPO.
 

Releasing on June 8, 2012 (so far :o). Go watch the trailer, lots of little laughs here in there. Has the same charm as the other two movies and of course contains our favorite song and the Madagascar trademark: I LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT. he likes to move it move it, she likes to move it move it, they like to move it move it, WE LIKE TO, MOVE IT!!

P.S: If you guys recall in the last movie, Melman final giraffed-up and told Gloria how he felt about her. I’m hoping they actually follow-up on this instead of pretending like it never happened. ALSO, it’s been 6 years since the first Madagascar movie?! Wow. Kind of just makes you feel old but still young at heart huh 🙂
 

Game Review: Saints Row The Third

Every once in a while that game comes along that’s both funny and interesting, that really let’s you enjoy yourself, that game is Saints Row the Third. What is Saints Row the Third? Well, it’s basically an open world, action adventure sandbox style game that let’s you roam around and do whatever the hell you want, all while having side missions to complete as well. Games such as these are some of my favorite types of games, they’re not too serious and extremely fun to play. Isn’t that what a game is supposed to be? fun? Well to describe better just how fun saints row is, I’ll be splitting my review up into Pro’s, Con’s and finally a conclusion. Let’s start with the pro’s shall we?

Pro’s:

Vehicle’s and Driving System

yes, the real reason I play these games, the cars. Cars and vehicles as a whole in SR3 are amazing! SR3 has the best vehicle system in an open world game ever! The driving system is smooth and fluent and yet crazy awesome. One great thing about the cars are that you can store them in your garage (yes I am aware that GTA had that too) but in SR3, you get too take a vehicle out, crash it somewhere, and it still remains in your garage, you don’t lose it until you delete it! how amazing is that? Another thing is that customization’s are extremely detailed, you get to upgrade the inside and the outside, this makes it feel like you’re playing GTA mixed with NFS! You can also purchase an upgrade that let’s you call a “homie” and let him deliver a vehicle to you! how fun? oh and did my mention? you get to fly planes, yeah, I said it, planes! boom!

Gameplay and Storyline

Is there really much to say about this? you’re in a gang, you’re leader gets killed, you get pissed, and take out every single lonely jerk that stands in your way! The gameplay is overall comedic and quite fun, light and not too serious, unlike all the other games *cough* LA Noire *cough*. You get to pull out your smartphone and call for a mission, and even if you’ve finished the entire storyline already, there are loads of activities and side missions for you to play, so you don’t get bored 🙂 Also you get to buy buildings and invest in local stores, this earns you an hourly income, so you can buy some pretty slick and gangsta threads, which I’m getting to next

Clothing System and Gangs

Isn’t it more fun to play when you get to customize exactly how you look? from head to toe, SR3 allows you to customize exactly how you want to look. They also have preset outfits, for the lesser creative people or the ones who lack fashion sense (such as myself). The Gang feature is pretty neat as well, let’s you build a gang and customize exactly how you want them to act, from the cars they drive and guns they carry to how they dress (I personally filled up my gang with purple ninja’s who drive muscle cars).

Con’s:

Cops & Levels

yes sadly, every-time there’s a great game, there are flaws to it, and SR3’s biggest flaw is their police AI. Police are everywhere, and I mean everywhere! right outside your house, near the alley, in your mom’s toilet! And the worst part is their super sensitive, you bump into someone on the streets and next thing you know you’re getting shot at. And they’re so bloody hard to kill! No matter which gun you use, it takes at least 3 bullets for them to fall. That’s a waste of bullets, especially with the Luchador’s, Morning Star and Deckers all on your tail as well! And what is up with the level system? Games like GTA don’t ask you if you want it Easy, Medium or Hard, you play it the way it’s meant to be played, not how you want to play it!

Weapons and Shooting

Probably what you will be doing 80% of the time, shooting. Sure the weapons are upgradeable, but there isn’t much variety. Maybe it’s just me, but I like having 5-6 different types of SMG’s to choose from. And the shooting and aiming system isn’t just that comfy.

Conclusion

In conclusion, SR3 is a modern day re-imagining of GTA San Andreas and is really one hell of an amazing game. It brings awesomeness and humor together to really satisfy you’re gaming needs. I’m not saying it’s amazing for everyone, it can be very immature at times and is not for the people who want super serious games, if you want serious, go with Assasins Creed. I’ll  give this game an overall of 83% which is the best percentage I’ve given to a game since Mafia II (89%)