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Have You Heard Of Ingress?

4 Jul

Ingress is a game/app for Android and iOS devices. It is technically an AUGMENTED REALITY MASSIVELY MULTIPLAYER ONLINE ROLE PLAYING LOCATION-BASED game (which is a real mouthful!)

Developed by Niantic Labs, a start-up within Google, it uses Google Maps as the basis of the game. It has a big, multi-layered plot that has been developing over the last few years.

The gameplay consists of establishing “portals” at places of cultural significance, such as public art, landmarks, monuments, etc., and linking them to create virtual triangular “control fields” over geographical areas. Progress in the game is measured by the number of “mind units” (MUs) captured via such control fields, i.e. people nominally controlled by each faction (as illustrated on the Intel Map).

The necessary links between portals may range from yards to miles or even hundreds of miles and teams of people across the entire world work together to complete control fields (for their side) or to block or disrupt control fields belonging to the opposing team.

Events take place where hundreds of players will gather together, representing both teams, and these are often tied in with charitable events or other sponsored activities. There is a definite community that has been built up around this game, which is taking place “invisibly” around us at all times.

Twitch: Social Video For Gamers

6 Jun

Are you a die hard gamer rotten to the core? There’s a universe of gaming video waiting to be discovered on Twitch. Whether you’re into retro favorites, strategic esports titles, first-person shooters, or massively multiplayer pasta cooking dating simulators, if you love playing it, you’ll find it on Twitch. The site is where you’ll find online video shows and events dedicated to gaming. Have you tried Twitch, if so, what do you rate it?

GameStop’s Device Trader

11 Dec

Do you have a device or game you’ve been thinking of getting rid of? You can check the value of it at GameStop’s Device Trader site. Whether you have a game from Xbox, PS, PC, or WII you can discover it’s trade-in value or cash value. You can even check the value of your phone, media player or and laptop value too.

Video Game Ratings

16 May

I personally can’t remember the last time I purchased a video game; I would estimate it’s been a decade. However the other day in Target, I picked up a pamphlet that outlined the video game ratings and instructions on how to read that chart. Above are the ratings established by ESRB.

When choosing video games:
1) Check the rating the symbol on the front of the package
2) Read the content descriptions on the back the package (they vary from game to game)

Is the video game OK to play?

Best Video Games of 2008

29 Dec

As the year ends, we are inundated with a steady stream of “2008 top 10 lists”. In this last week, Leading Hands is going take a look at the best of technology. I think if we understand where were came from it gives us a better sense of where we are going.

I was watching the Cavs game the other night and IGN took a full two minute commercial spot to count down the best video games of 2008. I only jotted down the top two video games with the hopes of finding the rest online, however after further research, the official listings won’t be available until January 16th. 🙁

Best Video Games of 2008
#1 Wii Fit
#2 Rock Band 2

I’m All About This Blog Series!

28 Dec

Want to discover everything about music, movies and games? The “all” family of blogs features in-depth stats and facts about each of these topics written by their staff of experts/fanatics.

What I like about this series of blogs is that from one search you can discover and connect facts. For example, if you are a fan of the band U2 you may discover that they were influenced by David Bowie, the Hothouse Flowers followed their sound, Duran Duran sounds like them, and that many artists covered their music. You can literally get lost on these sites for hours by clicking around from one fact to another.


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