Posted on March 4th, 2015 No comments
Kid from Florida, asks friend over Xbox Live, “What games did you play this winter?”
Kid from New England responds, “Well, in early January I started playing this game called Snow Removal. It’s a very small world RPG without much of a story. It’s the typical single life and a health bar kind of thing. Although the game has a crazy amount of white in it, the graphics are are as real to life as they get. Started off pretty fast with fast collection of XP, and had some basic achievements to get, Shoveling, Snow Blowing, stuff like that.
Then the advanced levels were unexpected.
Right when you figured it would be more of the same, just harder, it took a real turn. Had to scrape snow off a roof before the roof collapsed. This involved getting at it from the ground, frustratingly hard, but boring. Then the real tough part was climbing on the roof either from ladders or out windows, to shovel it off. At that part, everything is so slippery and has a steep pitch, that one wrong move will lead to immediate death. It was best played in co-op. That gets you the Roof Raking achievement.
But, the challenges continue, where you have to shovel, snow blow, roof rake, and other stuff, while in sub-zero temperatures. You actually have to dress your character properly, or he will get frost bite and lose health.
What’s crazy is, I thought I’d get over this free-to-play game relatively fast. By the time March came, I was still playing….TWO months later.
After you gain the most XP, there’s some type of Prestige mode, which basically starts you all over, just with only one bar of health. That’s where I’m at now.
I wish this game wasn’t so addicting, but it is.
So, what have you been playing this winter?”
Posted on January 18th, 2013 No comments
Today, less than five years after creating my Xbox Live account, I surpassed the 10000 gamerscore mark. What game was I playing at the time? Well, I will have you know it was Rock Band Blitz. How fitting for a guy (and his blog) that had a major transition 4+ years ago when getting deeply addicted to Rock Band. (The blog had the major transition, not the guy).
In today’s post, I look at rhythm games in general, Rock Band and Harmonix specifically, and my gamerscore. Let’s find out if Rock Band had a major contribution to my gamerscore 10k mark, or if something else got me here.
Gamerscore as of January 18, 2013: 10010
The first game I played with my gamertag, AppleTrak, was Rock Band on April 21, 2008.
Rock Band – Gamerscore: 455
The game was released on November 20, 2007. Friends mentioned to me a game that players can play drums with and it got me interested. As a long-time drummer, and a former obsessive gamer, I decided to jump back into gaming. After five months of hearing about this game and playing it at Best Buy occasionally, I picked up an Xbox 360 and the Rock Band bundle.
Posted on November 25th, 2012 No comments
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Posted on October 18th, 2012 No comments
We are getting a new dashboard update for Xbox 360. Simply, it just keeps getting better, step-by-step. This time around we get Internet Explorer, Search for Kinect, and more parental controls.
First up, IE makes its first appearance on Xbox. Can you believe, it took 7 years for Xbox to get a web browser? It’s crazy to think the Wii has had this capability since inception. Well, the good news, you can now browse the web on your couch using your 80″ LED display, versus your 10″ iPad. Hooray!
Kinect gets some incremental added updates too. Search is now throughout the dashboard, including video searching. This is a minor update, and some would argue that feature already existed. It did exist before this update, but was limited to only portions of your data/services. Now, Kinect Search gets more full integration across all of your services, we think.
The last big piece of this update, is improved security, including more controls for parental monitoring and time limiting. Also in this update, requires child and teen accounts to use multi-factor authentication, which is fancy lingo for phone number, email, or something like that.
So, these are all incremental updates on what is already a fully feature rich dashboard. IE is definitely big news, as we’ve been waiting 7 years for it. Also note, with Windows 8 arriving on store shelves this month, another dashboard update to support Windows 8 is right around the corner. The coming update will introduce Xbox Music (the rebranded Zune) and SmartGlass (a feature that integrates with phones and tablets).
Come back for updates on what’s coming.
See the press release here.
Posted on April 5th, 2012 No comments
Posted on April 5th, 2012 1 comment
This weekend marks the 3rd annual Penny Arcade Exposition East (better known as PAX East) at the Boston Exhibition and Conference Center (BCEC) on the Boston, MA waterfront. There are some basic guideline’s to think about before traveling to such an event. First off, tickets are sold out. Don’t expect to buy a ticket at the door. 70,000 (or so) tickets are sold for this event on an annual basis.
For those going to PAX East this weekend, I’d like to give a few tips to help you stay safe, comfortable, and avoid the highly toxic PAX flu (which generally invades your body 2-4 days after closing day of PAX).
- Wear comfortable shoes. The BCEC is huge, and you will walk several miles throughout the weekend just traveling around the convention center.
- Have cash on hand. Not for the muggers, but for cabs (if you want to explore the real side of Boston, which is about a 2 mile walk), and food. Credit cards are welcome just about everywhere, but cash will be handy for those times when it’s the only accepted option.
- Dress in layers. It will get warm indoors, but outside will likely be windy and cool as the BCEC is right on the waterfront.
- Bring a backpack. To carry your layers, and all the swag you will pick up each day. Trust me, you will get a ton of swag, like it or not.
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Posted on February 2nd, 2012 No comments
Today we dive into one of my favorite games of all time, on one of the mobile devices I use daily. How do you think Rock Band will hold up on BlackBerry? Will it rock or not? Read on…
PUBLISHER: Electronic Arts
GENRE: Rhythm Game
TRY IT: N/A
WHAT IT DOES: Are you aware of that console game with plastic guitars, plastic drums, and karaoke style vocals? If you are on this site, I’m sure you are aware of Rock Band. Well, this is a BlackBerry mobile version of that game. It’s actually, the second version of Rock Band for BlackBerry, the first being titled Rock Band Mobile. Rock Band Reloaded does not actually use any plastic instruments or karaoke vocals. In their place, are dots scrolling across or down the screen that you need to tap in syncronization with the music. For touchscreen BlackBerry’s, all the commands work well on-screen. For non-touchscreen BlackBerry’s the keyboard has commands to simulate screen touches.
As for the music, you do not actually the real songs, or the full songs. What you do get is 16-bit renditions of the songs without vocals. Think of the sounds from Sega Genesis games. As for song lengths, after about 2 minutes, the in-game songs fade out and end.
Graphically, the game is fine. The background looks like what is on Rock Band 1 on consoles. The notes coming at you look nearly identical to what you get on consoles too. Instead of having your band rocking out on stage in the background, you just get a static image of a band or a player.
Now, let’s talk gameplay. With easy, medium, and hard modes available, you get the ability to tap a few or a lot of bars coming at you. I found it ok in tapping the screen for guitar, bass, and drums. It’s not overly responsive, but not frustratingly poor either. For the simulated vocals, you tap notes on-screen due to the lack of real vocals. I found the side-scrolling of vocals impossible to get the full 4-stars (and difficult to get 3-stars).
There are single song playlists and a World Tour mode like in Rock Band 1 for consoles. With World Tour mode there are achievements encouraging you play the songs multiple times to achieve the necessary score or goal to gain the achievement and unlock other songs.
You won’t find any DLC available for Rock Band Reloaded. You get 20 songs.
DO I WANT IT: As an extremely hardcore Rock Band player on Xbox 360, I have played Rock Band Reloaded many times. I have also played the iPhone and Android versions as well (those have full-length real versions of the songs, high resolution graphics, and DLC). This BlackBerry version is no comparison to its Xbox, Android, or iPhone brethren. This game is better to play with the audio turned off, since the lo-fi audio is terrible and does not always sync to the notes on-screen.
I almost wish Harmonix did not put their name on this version of Rock Band, as it is by far the worst implementation of a Rock Band game on any platform. Unfortunately, there is not a free version to try first, so I did buy the app at the steep $7 price point.
In summary, stay away from this abomination. BlackBerry has never been known as a good gaming platform, and this game proves why.
“Worst game you could ever buy for your phone”
“It doesn’t hav full songs and no singing”
“I’m a Rock Band fanboy…And this version of the game is an embarrassment. The music is all MIDI renditions of the original (think 8-bit Super Mario Bros theme song). Songs fade out about 3/4 through the song. There are no vocals, they are all replaced with synth MIDI sounds. Graphics are decent, achievements are nice, menus are good…looks like the iPhone version. The music issues heavily outweigh the decent look of the game.” <– Actually I left that review in BlackBerry App World
Posted on January 28th, 2012 No comments
Welcome to our new feature app-a-day. It’s pretty simple, we pick an app (chosen either by you or our editors) and walk through its details. You might get a mobile app, console app, browser app, or something else. We will work on making this a regular feature, based on traffic to the site and feedback in comments. If you like this feature, or hate it, let us know.
To start things off, read on…
NAME: Airport Mania 2: Wild Trips HD for Tablets
PUBLISHER: Reflexive Entertainment
PLATFORM: Android (also available on Windows and Mac)
GENRE: Casual Game
PRICE: $1.99 Android tablets, 99¢ Android phones
BUY IT: http://amzn.to/wrVIiI
WHAT IT DOES: Basically, you act as air traffic controller and lands planes. But, there is more to it. You guide planes to terminals for unloading/loading, you direct them the the garage for repairs, fueling, etc. So, you are the eye in the sky. It gets frantic quickly with many planes looking to land/take-off with limited runways and terminals. You also earn money to upgrade your airport. There are plenty of “achievements” and in-game mini-games, like popping ballons in between slinging jets around.
DO I WANT IT: The graphics and audio are very nice, looks great on a 10″ tablet. The game is very fluid, and well developed. You can play this game on a phone, but the touch screen gestures make it difficult to tap the right spot accurately. (For phones, I suggest going with the 99 cent non-HD version). The developer is also regularly adding updates and levels to the game.
This game is addictingly fun, and the challenge grows at a good level. So, yes I want this game. It’s worth the two bucks.
“I’m not very good at these time/task management types of games, but I found this one to have a pretty good difficulty curve. It was relatively simple in the first few stages, then slowly started to get more hectic and difficult. However, the “minimum score” to pass the level has generally been pretty low, so I think even people who are worse at these types of games than I am could still have fun and progress!!”
“this game surprises, it’s a feel good kind of game,something you can play for 5 minutes or hours. the concept is simple but the game itself can be challenging. you wont regreat buying this game.“
Posted on January 26th, 2012 No comments
Months have gone by, many months. No Rock Band news or rants. No updates on my gadget obsessions. No shameless plugs for online deals to support our sponsors. Nuthin! So what gives?
Our first four years were very active (2007-2010), with multiple writers and sometimes many articles per day. (Remember, we run this site pro bono, make gilch, for free). Well not entirely true. It cost us money to keep it running. We do on a very rare occasion make a coin or two if you check out our sponsor links or buy from one of our Amazon links.
2011 had a turn (not for the worse, no one died or anything), just a turn. Shawn started a side-project in the smartphone security space (of course MyGGGo was already a side-project). He also started another side-project developing technical training courses. And finally started another side-project playing drums in a couple bands. Oops…I think that’s 3 too many side-projects.
Where are all the other writers from MyGGGo? They have faded into their lives, and we haven’t worked at replacing them. Our bad.
MyGGGo has suffered. I can’t say 2012 will return us to previous levels, but here’s a first ditch effort. Coming this week, will be our new feature, known as App-A-Day.
Since we have literally hundreds of apps (from business to games to time wasters) for many platforms, We are bringing (sexy) back all three G’s to MyGGGo (Gadget, Game, and Gizmo Obsession) with this new feature. We will have a standard format for App-A-Day and will walk through the details of an app, the good, the bad, the malicious, the free, the ridiculously expensive.
Get ready for stuff from the Android Market, iOS App Store, Mac App Store, Chrome Apps, Xbox 360 games, Xbox 360 Dashboard apps, BlackBerry apps, Wii games. We will go all over the map. Why the whole map, well we actually use them all.
Join us later this week for the first real blast-o-news for 2012 with App-A-Day. If you have any preference of platform, type of app, or a specific app you’d like us to highlight on App-A-Day, drop us a line below.
Posted on November 7th, 2011 No comments
You are sure to find a classic that you love now, or grew up loving. Check out this deal at Amazon today. It’s a no brainer if you are on this site.
I’ve setup a link from the post (hint, hint: it helps me pays the bills to keep this site running).
I’m off to pick it up now, and I bet you are too.
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