Posted on 28 July 2011 by @brihannajoi
Posted on 29 June 2011 by @brihannajoi
Games, games, games. Since the immense success of Angry Birds, the App Store is flooded with games. Some good, some bad. It has turned this little gadget we call a phone into a portable gaming system. And with most at .99, or even free, it
Posted on 27 June 2011 by @brihannajoi
In Gameloft’s BackStab, the gamer becomes Henry Blake, an officer in the Royal Navy currently battling the Spaniards. Immediately thrust into battle, the beginning of the game gives a good tutorial in moving and battling with your new found hero. Armed with only a sword at first you thrust and slash your way through enemies, even sparring sword to sword with them in defense. You are tutored through your companion Kane, who you follow throughout the beginning levels. The missions involve multiple weapons including cannons and pistols, all which allow for a slow reloading time, giving it more of the period feel. You can aim at targets at a distance and are even challanged with adjusting for moving enemies.
The controls are very well done, giving you the feel of a console version, complete with analog stick control and attack buttons. I especially liked that that the analog button was able to be moved depending on your thumb’s placement. This made for less mistakes when moving the character around the world. The graphics are definitely Gameloft’s best, with the opening sequence a beautiful scene to watch. The world is 3D and as you move Blake you are able to adjust the camera. Though this is a nice touch, sometimes the camera angle would would cause you to fall if it wasn’t placed right. The option of an automatic follow for the camera, or at least a way to center it behind the character would have been helpful. There are a few other gliches with the geometry of the levels and some characters floating in air, but nothing that messed with the actual gameplay.
As the storyline progresses Blake finds out his buddy Kane has flipped sides, thus the name BackStab, and Blake is captured and imprisoned. On his day of his execution he is rescued by a busty heiress and escapes. Once back in his hometown, Blake changes his appearance and becomes a rogue killer seeking revenge. The story is basic but a good one to layer gameplay on. Once in the town the world is open and Blake is free to roam around, buying goods, weapons, houses – or even getting frisky with the ladies of the night. Though be careful, not all characters are as they seem and will rob you at the drop of a hat! The open world is very familiar bringing back all the enjoyment of a Grand Theft Auto type game with the freshness of a new time period and storyline. It makes for excellent replay value as there is always more to discover. At the price of just $6.99, BackStab is a great value and is sure to keep you coming back for more.
Posted on 16 June 2011 by @brihannajoi
Posted on 01 June 2011 by @brihannajoi
How creative are you? Think you can make a stylized, interesting video in 15 seconds? This is the question asked by Viddy.
Viddy is a video sharing app from Viddy, Inc. Much like Instagram, it is all about creating and sharing with the world, but instead of a still picture, you get 15 seconds of video.
After creating an account, you are ready to record. You can record straight from the app or choose a piece of video that has already been recorded. Once you’ve filmed your 15 second masterpiece you can begin adding effects. There are tints, vintage looks and junked and scratched film cells. Each effect also comes with a music track. You can adjust the volume on the music including turning it completely down. You can also customize the opacity of the added effect. Once completed it’s time to share.
Aside from submitting your video for the Viddy community, you can add Facebook, Twitter and other social accounts. Even your location can be added once linked to Foursquare.
Shared videos can be liked and commented on like a mini YouTube. You can follow other users which will show in your stream and see the most popular and trending videos. The interface is very user friendly, especially if you are an Instagram fan.
I really like the concept of Viddy. It is definitely not as complex and feature rich as the Vimeo app, but it’s not trying to be. It’s a simple shoot and share idea that gives you an instant gratification and encourages you to create. And it does all this without bogging down your phone. There has already been an update of improvements with more to come. I expect to see more effect packs along the way, and I cannot wait.
Junkies, get Viddy and your phone will thank you.
Posted on 25 May 2011 by @brihannajoi
Junkies, apps for music seem to be everywhere these days. Some far exceed others. Some crash incessantly and are more trouble than they are worth! But there are a few rare gems out there. One of these gems is Slacker Radio.
Slacker Radio is available for iPhone, iPod Touch and, more recently, iPad. Now, I am a longtime fan of Slacker Radio, my favorite feature over other apps being not the music, but the comedy stations. And not just censored comedy collections, but explicit as well. Their selection is varied and rarely do I hear repeats. Slacker Radio allows you to listen to their over 150 expert-programmed radio stations or create your own. This app gives you access to the entire Slacker music library featuring millions of songs from thousands of artists. And now there are brand new features added just this week.
You can now browse the songs and artists on Slacker stations and make your own custom stations within the application. Search or simply browse station and artist pages for new music. Slacker also offers subscriptions with additional features. A Slacker Premium Radio subscription, gives users the ability to create playlists as well as play songs, albums and artists on demand, a feature I would gladly pay for! In addition to being able to stream on-demand content, Slacker Premium Radio subscribers can also cache stations, playlists and albums to their device to listen without a network connection! No Wi-Fi or wireless needed. Enhanced music discovery featuring artist bios, album reviews & lyrics is also included with paid subscriptions.
With all these features, there
Posted on 19 May 2011 by TH3 No08
This week on Noob Radio Richard and Christian discuss what’s in store for Will Ferrell and Mark Walberg, whether Gear box and Duke Nukem made the right decision in dropping the gay robot character, as well as review 3 great comics in this weeks Comic Break. All this and much more on this episode of Noob Radio…
Posted on 18 May 2011 by @brihannajoi
Posted on 12 May 2011 by TH3 No08
This week on Noob Radio Richard and Christian discuss whether or not his new house is haunted, if Dinosuars vs. Aliens is the greatest movie idea of all time, as well as a ton of comic reviews in this weeks Comic Break. All this and much more on this episode of Noob Radio…
Inro, new house chat, whats that like? Plans for geeking it out? What
Posted on 04 May 2011 by @brihannajoi
Posted on 27 April 2011 by @brihannajoi
Posted on 13 April 2011 by @brihannajoi
Posted on 11 April 2011 by TH3 No08
It’s Monday morning and you know what that means, It’s time to find out what movie’s you spent your money on this weekend. This weekends big winner for a second week in a row is “Hop” who continued it’s strong run with a 21 million dollar take. Despite it’s 42% drop from last weekend it still had enough to take out the Russel Brand vehicle “Arthur”. The remake of the 1981 comedy pulled in 12 million dollars for a rather anemic second place. This puts Brand in the rare position of having the two top grossing movies of the weekend, a feat that hasn’t taken place since Decaprio did it in “Man in the Iron Mask” and “Titanic” in 1998.
The two big surprises of the week got to the number 3 and 4 spots with “Hanna” and “Soul Surfer” posting strong debuts.Positive reviews for Hanna and a nearly 80% female audience for Soul Surfer drove these movies to strong positions and word of mouth may keep them there for a while.
The biggest disappointment this week was the stoner comedy “Your Highness”. The action/adventure/weed comedy failed to find it’s audience after it was mistakenly marketed as a movie starring Oscar award winners instead of marketing it to the people that drove Pineapple Express and Half Baked out of the red. Look for this film to disappear from theaters rather quickly much like Sucker Punch who has now dropped out of the top ten after just two weeks.
|this week||earnings to date|
|Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules||$4,885,000||$45,462,260|
|The Lincoln Lawyer||$4,600,000||$46,454,810|
Posted on 06 April 2011 by @brihannajoi
Posted on 30 March 2011 by @brihannajoi
Posted on 25 March 2011 by TH3 No08
Over the next couple of weeks we are going to take a look at some of the talented comic writers and artists we spent time with at Staple-Austin over the past weekend. We had a great time meeting and interviewing these guys and girls and want to give you a chance to check out some of their work.
Paul is an Austin based artist and writer whose work has been featured by Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Heavy Metal, Ubisoft, Metro, Image, Criterion and Mirage Studios. You can find his work in book stores everywhere or for more info visit paulmaybury.com. You can also read his original webcomic Party Bear for free here. So make sure you check out his stuff and support artist who are out there doing good work. I’d recommend Strange Tales #2: Little Lies. Classic art style, good stories, Definitly worth checking out…
Posted on 24 March 2011 by TH3 No08
This week on Noob Radio, Richard and Christian discuss why Variety insiders are “Liars”, what they think of Steven King writing for The Walking Dead, as well as full discussion of the disaster known as SXSW 2011. All this and much more on this episode of Noob Radio…
Posted on 23 March 2011 by @brihannajoi
Ok App Junkies, so you are lost, again. Despite the free Google Maps application that came with your iPhone, it has sadly let you down. What is the point of this new technology if you can’t even get to where you are going? And even if you do get there, good luck maneuvering without a navigator. Trying to look at the map on your phone and drive through traffic is not an easy task. But where oh where is there a turn by turn voice navigation app that you don’t have to pay out the nose for? Well I have found it my friends, and it’s name is Skobbler!
Skobbler is the first free voice assisted turn by turn navigator app to offer true street level navigation. A companion to the Skobbler website, the app allows you to enter an address and navigate there without having to look at your phone. There are several voices to choose from, all which are pretty pleasant, and it gives adequate warnings for upcoming turns or exits that might be coming up.
The best thing, is it’s all free! No subscriptions or in app purchases. Just sign up for an account and you’re off and navigating. How does it stay free you ask? It uses the OpenStreetMap mapping system which is an open source, similar to that of Wikipedia. This kind of set-up allows you to improve the maps yourself by reporting any errors directly through the app! Of course, because the map is created by users, there may be a chance you find areas that are not fully mapped out, especially if it is more rural. But the more you update those areas around you, the more accurate the map becomes. Skobbler also updates its maps during each use and it only uses a tiny share of your iPhone
Posted on 17 March 2011 by TH3 No08
This week on Noob Radio Richard and Christian return from their busy week of wedding festivities (not to each other, that’s not legal here) for a jam packed show. This week the guys discuss why the new Conan trailer sucks, Can David Slade save Daredevil, as well as take on a super sized edition of The Comic Break brought to you by www.comicbreak.com. All this and much much more on this episode of Noob Radio…
Free comic book day party, May 7th
The Beverage Bar
2950 Thousand Oaks Dr.
San Antonio, TX
Come meet local comic book writers and artists!
Plus, comic themed Live Art Show!
Come meet us and hang out