Hi, I’m Diana Wylde. I’ve been a fan of computer games since I was 7. Now that I’m 19, I don’t see myself letting go of the hobby. In fact, my love for computers is the reason I decided to take up computer science at Duke University.
If you’re the proud owner of a PS4 or PS4 pro, or are still considering buying one for Christmas, then you’re in for a treat as this list of Ps4 exclusive games slated for release in 2018 are going to be some of the best games released.
Shadow of the Colossus
Release date: February 28
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Shadow of the Colossus was a massive hit back in the days of the PS2. It got a remastered version in the PS3. However, the PS4 version won’t be a remastered game, but it will be a completely remade game. Like its predecessor expect this game to be a cult hit.
Ghost of Tsushima
Release date: TBC
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
We haven’t seen any gameplay clips of this game, but since it is a samurai tale, you can bet this one will be good. The game will be developed by the team behind the Infamous series, Sucker Punch.
Release date: TBC
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
This has been one of the most awaited games. We got a 9-minute gameplay sneak peek of Spider-Man, and so far, it shows only great potential. It’s also worth noting that this game will be open-world, meaning you’ll be the one choosing how the story plays out.
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Probably next to the Mario series, the Legend of Zelda has been on top of the Nintendo mountain for a good three decades, and with good reason. If Mario games brought on the fun, the Zelda lineup has been the epitome of class. Being the only Nintendo games to have gold casings (the rest are in dark gray), Zelda has clearly been marketed to be the flagship adventure/fantasy Nintendo game.
A few months ago, Nintendo released “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” for the Nintendo Switch. It has been hailed by many gaming magazines as one of the year’s best. It’s brilliant as is all Zelda games, and is being dubbed as the greatest Zelda game of all-time, what with its innovative gameplay and unrivaled depth.
However, many traditional gamers still recognize one Zelda game to rule them all, one Zelda game that will never be topped. That is “The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time.” Released for the Nintendo 64, the Ocarina of Time was to the Zelda series as “Final Fantasy VII” was to Final Fantasy. It was that one game that changed everything. Every game since Ocarina’s release had the Ocarina influence in it. From open worlds that could be explored in 3-D to endless dungeons, even Breath of the Wild owes some of its magnificence to Ocarina.
Hi there, Diana Wylde here. I’m a computer science student at Duke University. Since I’m from a Danish family, I look forward to visiting Solvang in Santa Barbara County in CA, which is also called Little Denmark by locals. That’s if I’m not busy with my games. Follow me on Twitter for more of my adventures.
Overwatch has been released to the public for over a year now. But unlike most games, its player base is still growing. The game has amassed multiple awards including Game of the Year in 2016.
After only a year of release, Overwatch has already hit 35 million users. So, what made this class-based first-person shooter so successful? Here are three reasons:
1. New updates come every few weeks
This makes Overwatch feel new even after months of its release. The developers are doing a great job to push out balance tweaks. And then you have the seasonal events that give you new skins to grind out for. New heroes, maps, and unlockable skins have already been added to the game, and there are more planned ahead.
2. Content can be unlocked by playing rather than paying
This is one of the biggest draws of the game, especially during the seasonal events where new skins are available during the event. You can grind out for loot boxes just by playing. And you don’t need to win to get it.
3. It encourages teamwork
Overwatch veered away from the usual FPS game where one player can carry a whole team like CS:GO. In Overwatch, each player has a role to play to reach their objective. There’s a certain level of respect in the Overwatch community that you don’t often see with various gaming communities.
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The Asian cuisine has some of the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted. And some dishes can only be truly enjoyed when eating them with chopsticks. Chopsticks are probably the most versatile utensil ever. It’s a fork, a spoon, a knife, a pair of tongs, and a whisk all rolled into one.
For some of us who weren’t born to using them, eating with chopsticks can be a bit of a challenge. So, here’s a step-by-step guide:
Place the first chopstick on your dominant hand between your pointing finger and thumb. Balance it using your ring finger.
Place the second chopstick in the valley between your index finger and thumb, along with the first stick, but this time, balance it using your middle finger.
Use your thumb, pointer, and middle finger to grasp the second stick more tightly. It should look like your holding a pencil.
The first chopstick should be stable and should never move. Your index and middle finger should do the work in moving the second chopstick. Practice moving the second stick up and down until you get comfortable. If your chopsticks form an “X,” then you’re doing it wrong, and you won’t be able to pick up food.
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Santa Barbara is often deemed a playground of the rich, but this doesn’t mean that this part of California doesn’t offer enough free attractions and activities for visitors of different ages. Here are some ways to enjoy it in style without breaking the bank, according to 10Best.com.
Old Mission Santa Barbara
This structure, founded in 1786 by a Franciscan friar and with its architectural details reworked until the 1830s, is called the “Queen of the Missions” for its sheer beauty. It’s the 10th of the 21 missions built in the state, and it boasts twin bell towers and outstanding city views.
This popular hiking destination provides a scenic view of Santa Barbara coupled with an intimate look at the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands beyond. Start on Tunnel Road and venture into a 3.5-mile hike taking about one to two hours.
Santa Claus Beach
A favorite among locals, this beach is among Santa Barbara’s well-kept secrets, with its soft white sand, mild waves for a range of watersports, and array of shops and restaurants.
Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara
Founded in 1972, this free museum is steps away from West Beach and features carriage-related art, including historical pieces. It’s open on weekdays for free and unguided tours.
Opened in 2000, this skate park is open to guests of all ages. It’s right on the beach, too!
Coronado Butterfly Preserve
From late October to early March, monarch butterflies migrate here to spend the winter, hanging in clumps and clusters from eucalyptus tree branches. It’s free to the public, and it showcases rich wildlife, trails, and open areas for gatherings.
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Japanese dining has its own nuances and there are quite a number of rules for eating sushi in a traditional restaurant. There aren’t any absolute requirements besides general politeness and dining etiquette, but there are do’s and don’ts that can enrich one’s sushi experience when observed. Here are some of them, according to Thrillist.
Don’t: Use a lot of wasabi
Chefs typically grate fresh wasabi to-order on the piece of sushi. The stuff could overpower the fish’s delicacy when there’s too much.
Don’t: Get scared when the sushi chef yells in Japanese
They say “irasshaimase” really loud when customers arrive, and it’s to welcome guests and express enthusiasm about new people coming into the sushi place.
Don’t: Discount the rice
There’s a great deal of time and sushi chef skills spent on the rice, and it’s a show of one’s excellence in sushi making. Don’t let it go to waste.
Don’t: Rub chopsticks together
You likely won’t get a lot of splinters when dealing with wooden chopsticks. And it’s rude practice, meaning you believe they are giving you poor-quality chopsticks.
Do: Eat your sushi right away
Eat a piece of fish right away when the sushi chef hands it to you, as it’s when the quality is at its peak.
Do: Observe cleanliness
Trust your instinct when you see a sushi place dirty, disheveled, or cannot be bothered to keep up appearances. Imagine what they could be doing with the fish where you can’t see it being prepared.
Do: Eat sashimi with chopsticks, nigiri with your hands
Sashimi isn’t served on rice or anything on top, so eat it with chopsticks. With nigiri, turn it upside down and put it in your mouth.
Do: Wipe off your hands with the towel
It’s to get refreshed and to cleanse one’s hands, as sushi involves plenty of eating with hands.
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Known as Little Denmark, Solvang is as scenic and beautiful as the Santa Ynez Valley in California can get. This wine country offers a roster of distinctly Danish architecture and historic attractions that one definitely shouldn’t miss.
In this Danish village, one may have a luscious taste of history by visiting Old Mission Santa Ines, a well restored Catholic Mission established in 1804. One may also tour the Wilding Art Museum, or see a performance at the Solvang Festival Theater. One may also simply admire vintage motorcycles at the Solvang Vintage Motorcycle Museum. There are further options for families with kids in tow, including the Hans Christian Andersen Park and the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art.
Indulge in authentic Danish pastries at one of the many world-famous bakeries, or stroll through the village and be in awe of old-world European architecture. Get a souvenir or two at the charming boutiques and shops, or ride the Solvang Trolley, an historic, wooden, horse-drawn street car that’s just one example of how Solvang brims with cultural heritage.
Food and wine lovers are in never in want of things to do here with the over 120 wineries and vineyards to explore near Solvang. Rusack Vineyards, for instance, is a boutique winery and vineyard producing world-class wines as it’s nestled among the oak-dotted rolling hills of Ballard Canyon. The family owned Lincourt Vineyards, too, is a wine estate tucked away in the hills between Buellton and Lompoc towns in Santa Barbara County.
A well-planned visit to Solvang is a delight for visitors of any age and eyeing historical, art, or culinary adventures. Make it happen today.
Diana Wylde is a 19-year-old computer science student at Duke University in North Carolina, and she is keen to learn more about her family’s Danish roots. Learn more on this page.