Virginia (Game Review)

505 Games, Xbox One
First Impression “review”

Ahh…The Unfinished Gamer has returned! I’m a little rusty here, so bear with me as I review a new game.

The game VIRGINIA was recommended to me by my friend, fiance and gaming cohort, and I picked it up on the Black Friday sale solely on impulse but also convinced by the trailer provided in the story. The trailer itself showed very little, but what was said about the game immediately reeled me in.

I am an auditory learner and a sucker for music and sound design in games because–quite frankly–I don’t think those departments get enough credit. Right  off the bat, this thriller gets you right in the zone with a chorus of strings and piano that will chill you right to the bone. The opening credits pays a subtle homage to crime dramas of old and sets a tasty morsel of the atmosphere you are about to dive into right on the tip of your tongue.

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Recharge is BACK

As stated in our “…New Us” video (that Steve loved so much), Hyton has made his glorious return to the Recharge “booth”. So far he has reviewed Kickstart’s Midnight Grape that was made famous by the big game’s commercial – #puppymonkeybaby, with Rockstar Pure Zero Watermelon coming up at 5pm PST!

Head on over to OUR CHANNEL to check them out!

More videos to come!

Life is Beautiful…

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL … so far.

LIFE IS STRANGE

Earlier this year, Dontnod released the first chapter of their new game entitled Life is Strange. The episodic storytelling experience follows the tale of Max Caufield, a young woman who returns to her hometown in Arcadia, Oregon to attend an institute to follow her dreams of becoming a professional photographer. Rich snobs, bullies, jocks and all of the inevitable tropes of being a teenager all fall to the story’s B-Roll when Max discovers that she is something special. The story unfolds and begins to tie knots in the web of ultra-realistic characters in this setting.

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This War of Mine – Review

This little War of mine…

Developed by War Child, experience war from a different perspective: the torn lives of the civilians. Take the run and gun method of a first person shooter, the ease of utilizing resources readily available and tactics of a real time strategy, and the creative freedom you get with an RPG. Combine them in a mixing pot and you get a nice balance found in the game which is an atmospheric phenomena dragging you through the pits of despair that is war.

It may even be possible to survive without firing a single shot, but that could be at the risk of your own peril.

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Supernatural Celebrates it’s 200th Episode

Carry On, Dean and Sam.

…and Cas.
…and Bobby.
…and understudy Jody Mills.

Last night, the Twitterverse blew up during the episode Fan Fiction, when the actors and crew of the CW’s show Supernatural participated in their weekly live-tweeting session with fans during the airing of the show. Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins and guest stars Katie Sarife and Joy Regullano were among those stars (as well as William Shatner!!) and it made the experience of the episode itself even more exciting.

Warning: minor spoilers are ahead, so be prepared for those if you decide to Carry On.

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John Wick – Review

Why yes, there is honor among assassins.

John Wick is a suspense thriller that was brilliantly told in just under two hours of film.  That being said, it’s safe to mention that Matrix-star Keanu Reeves is back and in John Wick, he’s back with a vengeance.

Any of you curious to know the mystery beyond the surprise-hit of John Wick, please read on. Mind the spoilers ahead, that’s your only alert.

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Seeing Stars!

This blog is long overdue, and I apologize for its delay to my friend Ellie Potts, who has been patient with me as a mentor and writing motivator.  Note that this blog is not gaming related or metal related but it is very dear to me, as it has to do with the book written by my dear friend. 🙂 So for those of you readers out there, enjoy.

Before the release of this book, I actually helped with a cover reveal for this novel, and shortly after that, I became a beta reader.  Little did I know what I was actually in for.

Seeing Stars is a novel about a young woman named Alisa who is going through some very troubling times.  After leaving her cheating husband and driving down to Los Angeles, she finds a new life in the city and is guided by her new found friends in fame: Dawn Blackmon, Ray Day and the ever dreamy Logan Rider.  Rider is one of the leads in a hit show called “Family Insurance” and in his downtime, managed to get a hold of one of Alisa’s books to adapt to film because he was so enthralled by her writing he wrote the script!

As the pages fly by (and believe me, you won’t even notice it, the story is that good), Seeing Stars gives an insight to the night and day life of an actor, and the trouble found when Alisa, a writer who is naive to this world, is thrown into this fast-paced, paparazzi filled, rumor driven world.

With multiple 5-Star reviews on Amazon (including mine), Seeing Stars has had great praise from readers.  For those of you interested in contemporary romance, this novel is a fantastic read.  I love books but I generally don’t find too much time to read.  This story, however, caught my attention as the characters (especially Alisa) were easy to relate to and believable.  I couldn’t put this book down, except as I got closer to the final pages, because I was sad that it was coming to an end. The situations they are put in and the resolutions of some of the more dramatic scenes are realistic and sometimes guttural, that it punches you right in the heart.

I highly recommend this book to any and all of my fellow readers, so feel free to check out a free sample or Buy Seeing Stars on Amazon.com!

Now for an exciting announcement: I am a writer, and have been working on a handful of projects left and right. Music, books, a concept for my band’s new album, and when I happened upon this story and its ending, I couldn’t help but find myself attached so much to the characters that I went to Ellie with some questions kinda like this:

“What happened to…”
“Where did this plotline end?”
“Did we ever see this happen?”

It’s not to say that I wasn’t satisfied with the ending, I was just so delighted by these characters and this star-studded life that I wanted to see a bit more.  After much pestering (haha), Ellie was gracious enough to grant me permission to continue the story of the Stars.  It is definitely in its early stages right now so bear with me. The story may continue. 🙂 Huge thanks again to Ellie for being so kind as to allow me to do so, and I hope it will do the story, that you have so beautifully created, some justice.

Much excitement on my end, believe me. So please, support my good friend and check out this wonderful book, Seeing Stars!

Thanks for Reading!

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