Playstation Plus Reveals First Free Game

PlayStation Plus is a subscription service offered by the gaming giant that allows customers to get special features for their PlayStation 3, 4, and PS Vita. Gamers are invited to join so they can take part in the online multiplayer platform on PS4, receive massive game discounts, and take advantage of PlayStation’s online game save service. The subscription is relatively inexpensive, being around US $10 for one month and around US $50 for a year.

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Still, PlayStation is constantly trying to attract new people. This is why it recently revealed the first of its free PlayStation Plus games that will be on the PS4 platfrom. The game, called Drawn to Death is from the creator of such epics as God of War and Twisted Metal, David Jaffe.

Drawn to Death is a multiplayer game and is similar to Twisted Metal in that it is an arena-style type brawl. The graphics have a distinctive, sketchbook style, paying tribute to the classic Twisted Metal series (back when Sweet Tooth was still a clunky ice cream truck). According to Jaffe, Drawn to Death has been in creation for nearly three years. Producers of the game wanted to make something nostalgic for die-hard brawl fans but relevant enough for modern gamers. The highly competitive game is rumored to come with some amazing features, which haven’t been revealed yet. Inside sources though say that there will be many hidden missions that will unlock bonus costumes, characters, and taunts.

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The game takes place inside a high school kid’s notebook, making the game incredibly fast-paced and over-the-top. The best part is that this will be free for all PS Plus members.

This is Diana Wylde, computer science major and lover of sushi. One of my goals in life is to explore all the Santa Barbara County in California. So far, my favorite is Solvang. Learn more about me when you visit this blog.

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Nostalgia Overload: Classic Games That Will Make Their Comeback In 2017

The new year is shaping up to be an interesting one in the gaming world. Popular franchises are gearing up for an epic comeback in different consoles. My fellow gamers, get ready because these titles are coming soon.

1. The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild impressed critics and hardcore gamers in last year’s E3 convention. If you’re a Wii U user or if you’re saving up for the new Nintendo Switch, you’re in for hours of fun with Zelda and the gang. When I told my dad about this, he was ecstatic. I guess other old-school gamers will have the same reaction.

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2. Crash Bandicoot

Sony Playstation’s mascot is making a grand return via the PS4. In Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, gamers will get a chance to revisit the first three adventures of the whole gaming franchise. For someone who only heard about the first incarnation of Crash, this sounds interesting. Loyal Playstation users are in for some throwback action.

3. Tekken 7: Rage and Sorrow

If you’re a big fan of fighting games, this would be a treat. This new Tekken title is predicted to be Bandai Namco’s entry to the e-games biz. Story-wise, there’s a lot to look forward to with the characters and the fights. The gaming franchise is older than I am but I’m so impressed with how much it has evolved in the last 23 years.

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Are you excited about these games? I know I am! I cannot wait to get my hands on these soon.

Hello there! My name is Diana Wylde and I’m a 19-year-old computer science student from North Carolina. I’m a computer game fan and a wannabe sushi connoisseur. Visit this page for updates in the gaming world.

Nom Nom Nom! Talking About The Health Benefits Of Sushi

Admittedly, the thought of eating raw fish scares most people. The more adventurous ones laugh heartedly at the concept, thinking it as another challenge to add to their bucket list. Tamer people, however, shy away from the idea entirely. Yet there is nothing challenging or scary at all about sushi. This Japanese delicacy has taken root in the country. More people are finding the dish to be not only interesting but incredibly delicious – despite its initial serving as raw.

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Beyond its taste, sushi also offers incredible health benefits. Some of these are listed below:

It’s good for the heart: Sushi has high concentrated forms of omega-3 fatty acids. Nutritionists encourage the intake of this good cholesterol for its observed positive impact on one’s heart. Eating sushi regularly balances cholesterol levels and decreases the levels of bad fat. Consequently, sushi prevents various heart conditions such as clogged arteries and increased blood pressure.

It regulates hormones: The seaweed wrap that accompanies most sushi is high in iodine. This helps regulate and control the endocrine system, particularly the thyroid gland. Eating proper amounts of iodine ensures the proper production of various hormones.

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It helps with metabolism: Sushi is high in protein and low in calories and fat. This helps with the body’s ability to function and create new cells. This helps metabolize energy more efficiently and keeps people feeling energized and strong.

Sushi has also been found to have anti-carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic properties due to its antioxidant properties. These, along with other benefits, make the dish a must-have for any foodie.

Diana Wylde from Solvang CA loves to try out different sushi restaurants. Learn more about what she does when you follow this Twitter account.

Girl Power: Video Game Heroines I Love

I don’t always pick women characters when I play, but I will admit that seeing strong female characters in games, especially playable ones, does make me feel empowered and represented. And over the years, I’ve come to have a couple of favorites.

First off, from one of the more recent games I’ve played, is Max Caulfield from the five-episode graphic adventure game “Life is Strange.” Perhaps I love Max mostly because she’s a mostly relatable character – I don’t have the power to rewind time (yet), and because she’s a smart, creative, mature, and kind person and players can see her grow from being very self-conscious to more confident during the game.max_plays_guitar-wordpress-i

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And there’s Samus Aran from the “Metroid” series. Admittedly, it was a big surprise when I realized Samus was a girl just like me because up to that point in my life, I was only exposed to women being saved as opposed to being the heroes of the game. Thanks to her Power Suit, Samus has enhanced strength, but she was also endowed with superhuman agility and has a strong sense of justice that makes her the perfect hero.

And then while I do realize that most people who played the epic “Final Fantasy VII” game were attached to Aerith, and I do love her, I mostly gravitated to Tifa Lockhart. For some reason, playable girl characters were typically relegated to healer or mystic roles before then but then there was Tifa, who used her fists to beat up monsters and villains. Her independence, loyalty, and bravery were inspiring to me, as were her awesome boots.

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Other favorites of mine are the ultra-cool free-running protagonist of “Mirror’s Edge,” Faith Connor, Crash Bandicoot’s adorable, tiger-riding sister, Coco Bandicoot, and Nana, the pink-clad mountain climber from the retro game, “Ice Climber” because she’s an equal to her companion, and she has a huge mallet that she’s not afraid to use.

Hey there! I’m Diana Wylde a computer science student who’s familiar with spending hours upon hours playing video games. Check out my Google+ account to find out what I’ve been playing recently, as well as updates on my other interests.

Why Grand Theft Auto 3 is the Best Game in the Series

Okay, let’s just make one thing clear: Grand Theft Auto is really about destruction. For the most part, the series revolves around stealing cars, running away from the police, and earning as much money as you can. Each game features a different city and protagonist. The game is inherently funny, and a lot of the characters are endearing despite their more questionable life choices.

My favorite game from the series is Grand Theft Auto 3: San Andreas. Allow me to explain why.

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There is an actual story: Fine, it’s not an Earth-shattering story, but it’s good enough to keep the ball rolling and make you want to exact revenge of Tenpenny in the end. Unlike the other games that have vague storylines, GTA3 keeps you readily involved in Carl’s life. Additionally, a lot of the side stories are fun and engaging. My particular favorite was the mini storyline involving the Triads.

Best.Soundtrack.Ever: GTA3 was the first game that introduced a fully comprehensive radio list that suits everyone’s needs. When the game first came out, the top comment was that it had the best soundtrack ever. Most games have their own composer, but GTA3 made it truly like real life, with several stations to choose from, each with their own DJs, song selections, and commercials. It is arguable that while the previous GTAs had their own radio list, none were as comprehensive as GTA3.

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Grand Theft Auto 3 is quite a long game, especially if you’re interested in completing all the mini-games and submissions, but I found the entire experience to be incredibly fun and exhilarating. There is something uniquely special about GTA3 – perhaps it’s the soul or the story – but I’ve never felt the same way I did when playing the other games in the series.

My name is Diana Wylde and I love playing computer games. When I need to take a break from my games, I dream of traveling to Santa Barbara, CA, and its charming cities, Santa Maria, Goleta, and Solvang. Learn more about my interests when you subscribe to my blog.

The Mind Is a Dangerous Place: Why Silent Hill 2 Is The Most Psychological Game Ever

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The horror of Silent Hill is the fact that the creatures are all in your head. This is the core of all the games: Silent Hill is a representation of the dark aspects of the protagonist’s mind. It is true that there are common enemies across the series (e.g. the Pyramid head) but at its very essence, Silent Hill is scary because you are inevitably fighting your own demons. It is psychology taken to the extreme; where “evil” is defined by what you’ve done.

The second game in the series is considered by many fans to be the epitome of inner horror. More of a remake than an actual sequel, Silent Hill 2 takes you further into the protagonist’s past than the first game. Producers of the game still give us the creepy factor, but there is something inherently unnerving as to how the game shifts depending on your actions. There are three different endings (and a bonus one if you complete all three in a single game file) based on key decisions you do throughout the game. Like with real life, the endings and subsequent clues are based on the past.

What is truly unnerving about this game though is that the alternate endings are not an assured thing. The game does not unlock a specific ending just on what you did, but how you did it. The game shifts to the protagonist’s state of mind. Thus, the ending is a mere representation of how you handled the situation.

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I find the entire game incredibly sinister, but also somewhat cathartic. It can be taken as is, as one hell of a creepy game, or as something deeper than that. It makes you question your own life and how you ultimately create the life you lead. The game emphasizes little, seemingly inconsequential actions, as having profound effects in the future.

Diana Wylde loves computer games in all its various forms, regardless of platform, age, or genre. There is always something to be learned from these games, and I like to write about them and post them on Twitter On days I need a break from my games, I daydream of the charming cities of Goleta, Santa Maria, and Solvang, in Santa Barbara, CA.

Videogame History: Pac-Man

Lately, I’ve been having the desire to play old videogames. Aside from those that are easily available online like Space Invaders and Asteroids, I have been enjoying Pac-Man. Unlike the other two games I’ve mentioned, Pac-Man is pretty much alive in other platforms like the X-Box Live.

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Like a true videogame fan, I dug up the history of Pac-Man and realized that it has been around since my parents were teenagers. I remember hearing a lot about the 80’s from my parents and this is one of the things they loved from the era. Since 1980, Pac-Man has been capturing the hearts of players fr0m Japan, to the US, to the rest of the world. Released by videogame giant Namco, the brains behind the Tekken and Soul series, Pac-Man was the front-runner of arcade games. In the 90’s it raked in approximately $2.5 billion as the highest-grossing videogame of all time.

But did you know that creator Toru Iwatani was inspired by pizza? I get his love for pie, but apparently, the two missing slices from a box resembled what would be Pac-Man’s shape. Aside from this, Popeye’s spinach-fueled strength also inspired Toru and his team for the Pac-dots. The maze and the ghost elements of the game were added to appeal to audiences other than teenage boys who spent most of their time in the arcade. The cute ghosts Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde are an annoying bunch but I have to say that they are an effective addition to the game’s fun factor. What would the game be like without these apparitions chasing our hero all around the maze?

Like Pac-Man, it’s nice to know that the games we enjoy have a legacy. It reminds me that good things take time and last long. In the meantime, I’ll go back to playing my classic videogames. See you around!

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Hi! My name is Diana Wylde and I’m a 19-year-old Computer Science student from North Carolina. I love videogames and sushi. Though my parents are Danish, I have only been to Solvang, CA, USA’s “Little Denmark”. It’s my happy place. Visit this Facebook page to know more about me.