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Video Games: Watch Dogs Vs GTA V


Watch Dogs Vs Grand Theft Auto V

It is rather difficult not to take notice of the extraordinary success of Grand Theft Auto V.  This game made video game history by selling over 800 million copies at launch and over 1 billion copies in three days.  That is quite an accomplishment for a video game that has not been in the public eye and playable since April 2008. If some video game players seemed to be in awe of GTA V, it is not surprising that competing video game companies perked up and noticed all the hoopla about GTA V.  This is especially true of a video game company that is bringing out what has been described as a highly anticipated game, introduced about two years ago at the E3 Expo that was held in Los Angeles, California.  The company being referred to is  Ubisoft and the video game is Watch Dogs.


Watch Dogs Video Game

It's probably a known fact that success is copied.  This holds true for video game companies as well. The question is does Ubisoft plan to try to duplicate the success of GTA V by including some of the video game play, actions and other GTA V facets in Watch Dogs' game play.


According to Ubisoft's Watch Dogs' director, Jonathan Morin, the answer to this question is a resounding "No."  To paraphrase Jonathan Morin, Watch Dogs in no shape or form will try to resemble GTA V in order to try to match or surpass its success.

He compares any attempt to try to do so to that of trying to keep up with your neighbors, aka the Joneses.

In his words:  "What you don't do is start copying or start feeling the pressure of your neighbor, like "Oh my God, we need a chopper."


Scene from Watch Dogs Video Game

With Watch Dogs within days of being released, the impression may be that it is impossible to make changes to this video game within such a short time-frame.  However, with the magic of downloadable code (DLC) as well as the option to push the release date back -- changing the game play of Watch Dogs may not be as difficult as it may appear.

That being said, Watch Dogs will not have any discernible changes to emulate GTA V when it  launches on November 19, 2013.  This may be good news for Watch Dogs fans who are anxiously awaiting, not a clone of GTA 5, but an original game that is expected to deliver a video game experience like no other.

Watch Dogs is a rated M new generation PS4 and Xbox One launch title video game which will also be available for play on the WII U and the PC.  The PS4 video game system releases on Novemenber 15, 2013 and the Xbox One will be available on November 22, 2013.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 13 October 2013 23:17

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Would You Rent a Video Game System?



Can you think of any circumstances where you may rent a video game system?  Suppose you are out of town, visiting friends and there is an epic video game that you would like to play on a video console system vice a mobile device, maybe to show the game off.  Would you choose to rent a system for this purpose? 

The above is a hypothetical example of why you may want to rent a video game system, even though there may be others.  If you are thinking of renting a system, I would caution you that doing so can be an expensive proposition.  In fact, renting other items, such as furniture, appliances, etc. can prove to cost a lot more than you bargained for.  Instead, you may want to to either lay- away the item, or even use financincing instead of renting.   Rent-A-Center has an option to rent to own, which still, in my opinion could cost more than just paying for the item outright at a retail establishment.


Video game system rentals at Rent-A-Center

Based on my visit to Rent-A-Center as part of my video game field trip for Mom's Minute Video Game Show -- here's what involved in renting -- in this case a video game system, the PlayStation 3.

--You need to provide at least four references

--There is no credit check

--You will be asked to provide proof of income as well as how often you get paid

-- Your rental payments has to be made at the specific rental store where you made your rental 

Regarding  the price of renting a video game system -- the initial quote given to me was $24.99 per week -- which was reduced to $19.99 a week, maybe in an effort to lure me to rent a system.  Of course, rental rates may differ at other rental stores.  In my opinion, the $19.99 price is still a lot to pay -- especially when the rental costs increase as the weeks go by.


Renting can drain the funds in your wallet quickly.

Of course there are other rental centers other than Rent-A-Center, who may have different policies; however, the similarity, in my opinion, is the overall high cost of renting.

Also at this particular Rent-A-Center, you could rent a video game system; however, interesting enough, there were no actual video games at the establishment to rent along with the system.  So if you rented what could be a very expensive video game system, you would either have to already have video games in your possession or go elsewhere to obtain video games to play on the system.

I strongly advise you not to go the rental route for a video game system, due to the cost as well as all the personal information you have to divulge.   However, if you are contemplating renting a video game system for whatever reason, remember to read all the fine print and follow this axiom:  "Buyer beware."



Last Updated on Monday, 12 August 2013 23:13

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Remembering 9/11


Remembering 9/11

We will never forget.  Today, September 11, 2013 marks the 12th year since the terrorists' attack on the United States that happened on September 11, 2001.  As with major catastrophes and tragedies of this magnitude,  you may remember exactly where you were when you heard the news that not one, but two planes had crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. You may also remember the memorable words  of "Let's roll" as a courageous hero led a group of airline passengers and bravely fought evil on that day.


We will never forget

As we go about our daily lives, let's remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  If you were in the United States on that day, you may have experienced the atmosphere of bewilderment that seemed to embrace and engulf the greatest nation in the world.  As the realization of what happened permeates your mind, you may have been one of the many who wanted to do something to help those affected by this tragedy in any way that you could.  Maybe you pitched in and gave of your time  to somehow try to diminish the horrors of that day, whether it was volunteering, giving to the Red Cross, or a myriad of other things, that could help the families of the 9/11 heroes.

Personally, I coordinated a fund raising drive, collected money and drove to the local Red Cross and donated the money a group of us had raised.  I still remember the exhilerating, emotional feeling I got when I handed the donation envelope to the Red Cross administrator and stated that the money was collected for the families of the victims of the 9/11 terrorists attacks.  I felt that in some small way, we had done something that would ease the pain from this tragic event. You may have done something similar or you may have simply kept the families in your thoughts and prayers.


In memory of the heroes of 9/11

On the day of and the days following 9/11, you may have also marveled at how America showed the world that we are a proud and resilient people.  I still recall seeing lots of people driving around with the United States flag flying from the roof of their vehicles.   We were telling the world that if  they try to knock us down, we will stand back up  even taller and stronger than before.   I also recall seeing televised around the world the divided members of the U.S. Congress standing together on the steps of the White House in Washington D.C. in unison, praying together as if they were seemingly one.

With the subsequent U.S. victory in destroying the terrorist who masterminded a plan that would end the lives of innocent Americans on that day, America showed its muscles as well as why it is the greatest country in the world. With the stepped up security and other measures being taken, we demonstrate that today and in the days to come, we remain vigilant.

During your busy day today, hopefully you took the time to observe a moment of silence in honor of the unsung heroes who gave their ultimate sacrifice for freedom.  Know that even though they may not be here in body, they are here in soul and spirit knowing that the tragic, fateful day, September 11, 2001 will never be forgotten.

May America remain the leader and victor of the world, and even more importantly, may God forever bless the United States of America.

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 03:35

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Video Games: Xbox Live Beta Update 2013 Invitations Available


Xbox Live 2013 Update

If you would like to take an active role in Microsoft's Xbox Live 2013 update, you may be interested to know that the company has begun inviting video game players worldwide to participate in its 2013 live beta update for the Xbox 360.   included in the update will be overall improvements to the system, as well as conducting transactions using money and other payment methods, instead of Microsoft points.  As you may know,  Microsoft plans to retire or eliminate the usage of Microsoft points some time in the near future.  If you decide to sign up and are selected, I caution you to be extra careful with any information you give out, given the sketchy reliability of some of Microsoft's security features.


Xbox Live Beta Testing

If you are interested, you can sign up directly via your Xbox 360.  According to Larry Hryb, the emphasis was to streamline this experience by having you to access the programs via your Xbox 360. More information will be posted on the Xbox 360 dashboard.  You will also be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.aaaxboxlive 

Remember to read the non-disclosure  in its entirety and that these agreements are to protect the company -- instead of you.  That being said, participating in this beta testing may be a way to get your voice heard if you have any recommendations about improvements to Xbox live.

Last Updated on Saturday, 06 July 2013 04:07

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Video Games: Day After Labor Day Video Game Releases, Sept. 3, 2013


Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

As you kick back and enjoy the Labor Day holiday, you may be interested to know about video games that will be released on September 3, 2013 -- the day after the holiday.  If you are in the video game buying mood after Labor Day, you will have lots of choices of video games to choose from.


Diablo III

To help you choose, here are some of the video games that will be released on September 3, 2013 -- in no particular order. 

--Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse:  Rated E; PS3 

--Brothers:  A Tale of Two Sons: Rated T; PS3

--Diablo III: Rated M; PS 3 and Xbox 360

--One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 (in English): Rated T; PS3

--Rayman Legends: Rated E; PS3, PS Vita, Xbox 360, WII U and PC

--Kickbeat: Rated T; PS Vita

--Atelier Meruru Plus:  The Apprentice of Arland: Rated T; PS Vita

--Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate: Rated M; PS3 and Xbox 360


Rayman Legends video game

By the way, Downloadable Code (DLC) will also be released the day after Labor Day, which includes Borderlands 2 "Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2", DC Universe Online "Sons of Trigon", Soul Sacrifice "The Iron Lady Tears of Red" for the PS Vita, and the Metro:  Last Light "Tower Pack" for the PS Vita.

Hopefully this selection of games coming out on September 3, 2013 is enough to whet your appetite for new video games.

 Enjoy the holiday and be safe.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 September 2013 19:05

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