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Blazin’ Hot Video Game Gifts for 2009

As a longtime video game playing junkie that picked up video game fever with the creation of the second home video game console ever made, the Atari 2600, I as well as anyone, know a great video game or video game-related product when I see it.
Having said that, this article will give avid associated content video game enthusiasts spanning the globe, all the inside information they need to pick out – and pick up – the latest and greatest video game items that have hit the market in 2009.

With the holiday season quickly approaching – and video game junkies like myself expecting some video game product from good ‘ol Santa, let’s take a look at five of the hottest video game products to hit the market in 2009.

R4

One day, my lovely wife Theresa came home from work going on and on about how one of her fellow co-workers had the King James version of the Bible on her Nintendo DS and movies and so forth and so on.

Well, living in the high-tech computer age we live in, I immediately went online, typing in ‘Bible on Nintendo DS’ in my Google search box. Well, let me just say readers, it was one of the best things I ever did.

One of the websites that popped up was http://www.r4-ds-card.com.

I immediately immersed myself in everything R4-related and eventually went online to purchase on, along with several discs that contained over 3,00 Nintendo DS games – and now, I have just about every game ever made for the Nintendo DS and can get all of the new releases at http://www.romulation.net/.

Simply put, the R4, is a small device that uses a Micro-SD card and allows users to play games, listen to music, watch movies or read books with the greatest of ease.

With both of my children having a Nintendo DS (okay, me too) I now have the pleasure of watching all of my DVD movies, MP3’s or books, which I have formatted using this DPG converter http://www.xilisoft.com/dpg-converter.html to use on my Nintendo DS.

Simply put, I believe the R4, which is also available for the Sony PSP, is the greatest video game product that any parent or child can purchase, particularly with the prices of video games these day.

Call of Duty – Modern Warfare 2

My good friend and super-knowledgeable Schertz, Texas GameStop video game adviser, Kevin Nakamura emphatically says that Call of Duty – Modern Warfare 2, which will be released on Nov 10th, “Is going to be the biggest game ever released.”

Nakamura then went on to animatedly say, “For the moment it’s going to be the pinnacle of video gaming.”

Big words from a knowledgeable video game professional.

Nintendo Wii MotionPlus

For all you Nintendo Wii junkies (like myself) the creation of the Nintendo Wii MotionPlus is a treat that goes a long way toward replicating actually 1to1 actual movement as I can attest to from firsthand knowledge.

“It actually feels like you’re finally fully interacting with the video game,” Nakamura said. “The Wii MotionPlus is the start of the next wave of revolutionary gaming.”

If you think the realistic movements of the Nintendo Wii were ingenious, just wait until you add the Wii MotionPlus, which easily attaches to the bottom of the Wii controller and really enhances the game-play of the Wii system. Of course, Nintendo is making a line of games that is compatible with the Wii MotionPlus, digging in consumers’ pocketbooks even further, but hey, that’s the video game world we live in nowadays.

Rock Band Beatles

Nakamura absolutely gushed about Rock Band Beatles, calling it “absolutely fantastic” while also saying that the latest Rock Band installment would introduce young gamers to one of the greatest bands of all-time.

“Not only are people going to see the genius of Beatles,” Nakamura said, “but it is also going to introduce the younger generation to the greatest band ever.”

If you like the music genre games that have taken off in popularity the last few years, Rock Band Beatles will be an unadulterated smash hit

Nintendo DSi

The latest version of the Nintendo DS, the DSi, is another smash hit according to Nakamura, which is only going to get better with time.

“You can do almost anything with the Nintendo DSi,” Nakamura said. “They’re [Nintendo] releasing applications for the DSi like they are for the iPhone that are easy to use and very fun. The DSi has got it all.”

So there you have it video gamers – or parents of video gamers, the most incendiary video game gifts on the market for 2009.

Supreme Commander Review

Ratings: Gameplay: 22/25, Graphics amp; Audio: 21/25, Creativity 20/25, Fun 23/25
Total: 86/100
THQ and Gas Powered Games team up to put you in command of hordes of robots to defeat other hordes of robots commanded by two other factions. Sounds like an over simplified explanation but it works and is very literally the truth. Supreme Commander is a real time simulation with a science fiction twist and an interesting story line but the biggest thing that this real time sim has going for it is the sheer size.

Most of the story gets lost in the gameplay and action as you battle for domination on a wide variety of map terrains and sizes. That is not to say that there is no story here or that it is not a good one, it’s just that it is not really required in this excellent real time sim game. But the story does add nicely to this overall very well made and exciting real time strategy and tactical simulation.

In all the real time simulations I have played Supreme Commander has to be the largest playing field possible. Many of the maps in the campaign start you out with a smaller map about 5 kilometers square only to have the map increase every time you complete a major goal. By the end of each campaign section your playing on a large 81 KM square map with a large peninsula, a few islands and open sea.

The gameplay is simple in theory but anything but to carry out; you command all the forces on your team of robots to win the battles and carry out mission objectives. Many of the goals of the missions will change according to an introduction of new elements during gameplay but basically you build your forces to defeat your opponents. You’ll get not only land but sea and air units such as tanks, ships and planes very reminiscent of modern vehicles but with a futuristic slant to them. There is a very good variety to the units but each of the three factions has basically the same kinds to keep the playing field even.

The storyline is basically a familiar one of a distant future and some different paths that humans have taken to get to the three distinct factions in the year 3844. The three factions have been battling for a thousand years and you have to leap into your command suit to defend your side of this galactic wide fight. Which ever side you do take in the campaign there is a good six missions per faction for a total of eighteen missions in the entire campaign.

The campaign is basically the same storyline told from three perspectives with missions and goals to match which ever side you take. The main story revolves around the building of a new super weapon that the United Earth Federation or humans are developing to wipe out the other two factions. This super weapon or Black Sun as it is dubbed is a major step forward for the humans but a definite leap backward for the other two factions who must prevent it’s completion.

While the story is not all that important to the game it does add a unique flavor and style that shows just how far humans will take a fight. The story of a thousands years of fighting is not the only part of the story but most of what I get out of story lines in most games is who I need to fight and what they want the most from my side. I found the story to add something unique to Supreme Commander but not all that much as the gameplay and graphics were more than enough to keep the game going on its own.

The gameplay is easy and pretty straight forward for a real time sim but this game does have a steep learning curve. You have a command suit and you need to start out by building your army and defense. To build you need to either build your factories or engineers as well as being able to build from your command suit. The economy will be familiar from most any real time simulation but boiling it down to very simple terms of mass and energy. You will produce mass and energy to build everything else in the game and you need to carefully balance this the entire time your playing. Some of the mission will start you off with already built factories, production facilities and units but many times you start with nothing.

Building is easy and it will soon be a matter of dividing your attention to so many things you have going on that the time you need to spend on one thing is very limited, even with a speed up and slow down time option. For the most part you start by deciding what you think you’ll need and pacing things for the best defense of your bases and mission objectives. Some of the missions will be traveling ones like moving parts of a base or the final Black Sun parts but usually you have some definite areas of concentration you will work on for that part of the mission.

When you complete objectives though, nothing can be more frustrating than to have built up defenses along one line only to have the next attack come from your rear. That’s the variations that war plays and you learn to live with it. The hardest part of Supreme Commander is the economy, building mass and energy production units to be able to build your army is tricky. The game has some very picky sets of factors when it comes to building and placing units that create your mass and energy. You need both mass and energy to create whatever units your building in a Star Trek kind of replication.

There are some nice tutorials that help you but trial and error is an even better and more understandable way to learn the basics in the early missions. Just building sets of units to see how it affects your production gets a better understanding than plopping things down and hoping they work according to what the game or some help on forums will give you.

After you get the idea of how to place your units for your economy you get to settle down to some nice tactics and work at achieving the goals of each mission. The first missions of each campaign section is just more for getting the basics of the game and they get a lot tougher the farther you go. The game does have a very nice and tough AI that can really punish you for small mistakes, thank god for the save. But an automatic save would have been nice so when you do forget you could have a point to jump back into. Most of the time it is not necessary but for the last mission it is a definite help to save at several points to be able to try different strategies and tactics against the AI.

The campaign is very good and will take a while to get through, each mission has several parts and each time you finish one part the map increases in size as well as the game getting more difficult. The end mission is very tough and having the right mix of units at the three levels will be a necessary part of your tactics. Each unit can be built by either you or a robot engineer and each unit can have three levels of technology. The lowest or level one is the fastest to build and the least powerful while the level three items take more time, mass and energy to build but are better weapons or units. Even the robot engineers are at different levels so the lower ones will only be able to build up to their level of technology.

You find a balance to the levels of technology and building things for your particular needs when playing and trial and error become your friend when trying to accomplish your missions. Several times I went to a prior save when completing a part of a mission so I could concentrate my tactics in a different way or area.

There is also a nice skirmish section that allows you to jump into a battle that you start on one of several maps that is a simple build and survive against other commanders. The start of the skirmish missions will plop you down on the map of your choosing and you need to build your base and defend it against the others that where placed on the same map. You also need to attack them as they will certainly be going after you sooner or later, usually sooner. You can play on maps from 5 KM up to 81 KM square and against one other AI player up to the total of 8 commanders in the fight.

Supreme Commander plays very well in the gameplay with the graphics adding a lot to the overall gaming experience.
The visuals are nice but at a cost considering the gameplay area involved and the number units on any particular screen. The AI and game engine does a nice job of accomplishing its goals and tasks but you will need a good PC to play this game on anything above medium settings. The final mission of any of the three factions allows you to have up to 500 units on the map and the other sides will have something less. That’s a lot for the engine to keep track of and I found my very good computer to slow down some on the larger maps when things got busy.

The graphics look very good on any of the settings with a good assortment of futuristic shields and laser weapons as well as the conventional types like artillery and of course nuclear weapons. Supreme Commander’s sound was a bit of a disappointment but I have not found any real time simulation to have much in the way of great sound effects when you are zooming in and out and moving all over a battlefield at any one time. The best thing to be able to say about the sound during the gameplay is it worked well without any problems and did add to the game overall.

The multiplayer portion of Supreme Commander is much like the skirmish battles available with the game but with a real live and thinking opponent to battle against. This is where many have looked forward to the release of Supreme Commander and find the most fun and enjoyment. Multiplayer is better than the single player campaign and skirmish mission as far as realism and difficulty but it does get very difficult playing against a real person. There is no set patterns that often happen with the AI and having to continually try to out think the person on the other side of the Internet is a constant challenge. But again Supreme Commander plays very well here and shines as a real time simulation game with multiplayer.

Joining a game over the Internet is easy with the included GPGNET program that sets up games and rankings on their website. You can also watch replays of games on your computer that are downloaded from the site to try to hone your skills as well as just figure out the game and how to play. This is another nice way to find out more about the game and how to build your economy by watching the experts who play often and really well. You can play against other players in free for all fights for survival from one on one games up to eight players against each other or there are also coop multiplayer settings available. During setup of multiplayer games you can allow players to team up with each other to cooperatively play against the others on the map for team based multiplayer action.

Over all Supreme Commander is an excellent game and gets high marks from me as a real time simulation. Graphics and map size were excellent and the game does not stick to a simple pattern of attack or defend when trying to accomplish the goals of the AI side of any particular fight. Often times you do find out the general way to beat the game as it were but Supreme Commander has done a very nice job with the games overall feel and is extremely fun.

How the Video Game Runescape Gives My Deaf Child a Much Needed Escape

I am writing this review from an unusual perspective as a parent of an avid runescape player. This game has truly changed my son’s life. When he first started playing it I thought it would probably come and go like so many other things teenagers do. Not true of this game. It is a multilevel role playing game where you get to create your character, acquire different skills and get ranked on your levels of skill as you progress. It lets you look at how you compare to other players in all your skill levels. You also receive different color crowns as you progress through the game.
For my deaf son who doesn’t feel like he always fits in in the real world, this game is an escape where he is an expert and has built quite a reputation for himself and his character. He has spent countless hours refining his skills and getting to the level he is now. You can interact with other players by talking to them as your character, helping them get to a certain level, trading items with them by making an offer and they can decline or accept. You also have gold that you acquire that allows you to purchase items. He is constantly saying a new word to me and I’ll ask him where did you hear that or learn that concept and he’ll say on runescape. He is what they call a “mod” now where he has the ability to watch other players and ban them if they are breaking the rules of the game. It has really been a confidence booster for him because it puts him in a world where he is “top dog” and everyone comes to him and wants help or wants to know how he got this far in the game. I let him contact Jagex, the makers of the game, with my supervision via email to tell them he was interested in possibly working for them when he got old enough. He wants to be a character designer or help develop aspects of the game. They responded saying when he became old enough to contact them again and we’ll see.

I am not a big supporter of video games as a rule because I know there is plenty of bad out there. There are a lot of games I won’t allow him to play simply because they are suggestive or they have mature themes. I have to say this one is an exception. If there are rules broken such as profanity used or someone tries to hack into your computer and steal your character that you’ve worked so hard on, you can report it to Jagex via their complaint form and they take immediate action to investigate and ban the players involved if necessary. This has definitely been a positive experience for my son because it allows him to go somewhere where he not only measures up but surpasses others. That is important for a child with a disability who deals with lots of rejection in the real world. I’ve always taught my son to focus on his abilities not his disability and he can definitely apply that to runescape and hopefully build enough confidence to do it in reality on a daily basis. My hat is off to the makers of this game and hopefully someday he will get the chance to show his skills by becoming part of their staff. His dream is to develop video games and become a character designer and I will help him in any way possible to achieve it. It is truly his gift!!

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In a modern world there are plenty of games are available in online and its all belongs to the different genre such as strategy game, puzzle game and so on. But if you are playing clash royale game then you can thoroughly enjoy this game. Basically this game is consisting of wonderful gameplay and most of the players are willing to play this game. It is published by Supercell so it is contains more interesting levels. If you are planning to win this game then you have to spend your real world currency. Without spending your currency winning is quiet difficult because of your opponent. Fortunately players can use the clash royale hack to win this game and you no need to spend your real world currency.

What are the features of using clash royale game?

In a clash royale game is consisting of none arenas and each arena are awarded by the certain types of trophies. Players can also fight with their clanmates for private battle to win a resource and they can also get unique cards. When it comes to buying gems with real world currency that is quiet difficult task. At the same time players are not interested to spend their money at game but technology has improved a lot. If you are looking to win this game without spending your real world currency then you can use clash royale hack. It is the tool which is really helpful to increase your resources instantly. If you are choosing the best and perfect hack tool then you can get plenty of advantages so choose the best one.

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Significance of different resources:

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  • Like the gems, gold, elixir and dark elixir are also the most important types of the resources in the CoC game play to build or train something for ensure your success. When the players are willing to speed up your time and wish to earn instant amounts of resources, it is always essential to make use of the coc hack.
  • Use of hack tool for the clash of clans game is really beneficial to earn unlimited amounts of gaming resources which are all helpful to do various important tasks like construction of buildings, troop training, upgrading troops and buildings.

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