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Awesomesauce | My Favorite #E32015 Trailers

I know I know, I’m super “late” when it comes to posting this, especially in the realm of social media. But hey, give a girl a break. I’ve got a busy life, a demanding career, a relationship, bills, and an adorable stubborn cat(her name is Tibby).

But somehow, in the mist of everything I’ve been dealing with, I managed to watch the live streams of #E32015 and walk away incredibly impressed by the forthcoming titles this holiday season.

If you’re like me and declare yourself an avid gamer (I’m on #teamxbox), then you already have immersed yourself in the #E3 coverage of the most anticipated games: Fallout 4, Halo 5: Guardians, Mass Effect 4, Need for Speed, and (for some) Gears of War. 

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Being the sci-fi enthusiast that I am, I’m insanely stoked about Mass Effect: Andromeda.I’ve been a huge fan of that IP (cool kid slang for “intellectual property”) since its inception. And seeing how the events unfolded in the last game, I’ve been craving to see what BioWare will amaze us with next.

If you saw the announcement trailer, then you too were beyond amazed. But if you missed the heavy dosage of awesomesauce, then experience the greatness right here:

Fallout 4

If any game were to encourage my boyfriend to get another geeky gamer tattoo (along side his badass Skyrim wrist tatt), then Fallout 4 would be the game.

Sidenote: yes, my boyfriend has a Skyrim tattoo and it’s quite the conversation starter wherever we go. Fellow geeks always comment on it, and it helped us get through several TSA checkpoints when we travelled to St. Thomas.

Anyways, before I digress any further, let’s get into Fallout 4.Wow, did you see how amazing the gameplay looks? If the trailer reveal two weeks ago wasn’t enough to amaze you, then the #E3 coverage will knock your socks off! This time around, we’ve got better graphics, enhanced weaponry, an intuitive “homestead” building feature, and more nuclear wasteland awesomesauce.

Check it out:

Can’t get enough? Then here’s the 30 minute showcase.

Halo 5: Guardians

To be honest, I never played much of the story for Halo. When I first switched from Sony to Microsoft, I got sucked into playing Gears of War and following the story (can’t help but to love Dom).

However, this next game in the Halo franchise looks incredible! It will certainly satisfy my need for a FPS (I’m over COD). But once Xbox One gets backwards compatibility, I”ll have to revisit some of the earlier games to learn more about Master Chief and the Halo  universe.

We’ve All Got a Need For Speed

Forza 6 might be the most beautiful racing game coming out this Fall, but Need For Speed is where my love for going fast begins.

I remember when my mom used to make trips to Blockbuster to rent video games for me, and she’d always bring back new games. I always played the typical shooting and adventure games, but she introduced me to racing by encouraging me to play Need for Speed. I never knew I wanted to go fast until I got my hands on that game, which is probably why I secretly dream of having the skills to be a badass driver at 120 MPH.

For now I’ll stick to driving the speed-limit (5-15 miles above), and I’ll let video games continue to fulfill my racing dreams…and after seeing the gameplay footage of the new NFS, I’m falling back in love with the idea of going fast.

#TeamXbox

There are so many great games coming out this Holiday season, and I’m enthused that backwards compatibility will allow me to play some of my oldschool Xbox favorites.

If you happen to be on Xbox, feel free to add me @thinksoul25.

What games are you looking forward to the most? Comment and share your thoughts!

 

 

 

 

The Sims 4: Create The Sim Of Your Dreams (Video)

There are a lot of upcoming games I’m looking forward to. From Watchdogs to more details on the forthcoming Far Cry 4 to the next Mass Effect title, I’ve got my eye on a few titles, as well as upgrading to a gaming laptop and finally getting either a PS4 or Xbox One.

But one of my #nerdlife obsessions is without a question of doubt, The Sims. I’ve been simming it up since the first base game, as well as the expansion packs. With every generation of Sims, I’ve found myself loving the endless possibilities to create a variety of sims, but one thing that has always seemed as though it hadn’t reach full potential was the CAS (Create-A-Sim.)

Even with mods and skins I was able to tweak my sims, but they never felt totally adjustable. When it came to even creating my own sim, it was difficult because I wanted my sim to look like me: medium waist, big butt, thick legs, and 6feet of coolness. :) But, it seems very soon I might be able to finally create a sim that looks like me.

Say hello to The Sims 4 and the brand new Create-A-Sim.

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The new Sims game is supposed to hopefully come out this Summer/Fall, and the new CAS is way more powerful than it’s predecessors.

Unlike the few sliders in Sims 3, now you can select on any region you want and just push/pull to shape it the way you want. This allows for ultimate customization, resulting in sims that look more realistic in terms of body shapes, faces, and diversity.

When it comes to creating my Sims, I easily spent an hour last night creating my boyfriend, me, and the dog we hope to have one day. But now with the Sims 4, I could totally see us taking like 3 hours to create our family!

And if the CAS allows for this high-level of customization, I’m sure the Live Mode is going to have some great new features as well.  One thing we keep hearing about it having to “control your sims emotions” and not just their well-being (bathroom, hunger, sleep, etc.) So hopefully( very soon) we can get some more insights on what to expect!

Check out the new gameplay trailer below:

 

Geek Alert | Show Off Your Awesome Finds On The Collectionary

Aren’t you tired of spending hours searching the web for rare collectibles? I mean, sure you can go through thousands of listings on Ebay, Craiglist, and if you’re lucky, find some collectibles on Amazon, but to get to the heart of collecting, you need the ultimate guide.

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Introducing: TheCollectionary.com, the ultimate “dictionary of collectibles.”

The Collectionary.com is where awesome stuff belongs, and it has become a massive community for collectors worldwide to share their items in specific “collectors clubs.”

Are you a comic book geek? Whether you are a die-hard Marvel fan or a hate/love it DC Comics fan, one club that is quite popular at the moment (especially with the movie coming out soon) happens to be the Spider-Man Collectionary Club. 

Q&A With The Collectionary?

What is “the collectionary?” Why is there a collectionary just for Spider-Man? Can any you find any type of collection on the main site? What makes something a collectable?

So many questions! But to get a better understanding of it, let’s chat with Josh Lohrenz of The Collectionary to get to the root of it all. :) Continue reading Geek Alert | Show Off Your Awesome Finds On The Collectionary

Awesomesauce | Grand Theft Auto V Mythbusters: Episode 1 [VIDEO]

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First off,  I must declare that Grand Theft Auto V is one of the best games ever! Okay, GTA:San Andreas is still the best, but GTA V comes pretty darn close! I’m obsessed with it and you should be too!

I’m especially stoked for the online play to go live. Man, I can’t wait! If you’re #TeamPS3 then you should add me and we should crew up. My PSN: funk25

Okay, so now that I got those important notes out the way, let’s get down to business. Defend The House, a channel on YouTube, decided to play mythbusters Grand Theft Auto style. Basically, we all know how crazy the game is and the madness of the open-world allows you to do almost anything and everything…but can you really do everything?

Some of the myths:

You can’t knife a shark.

You can tow police cars while they are pursuing you.

You can hide from cops in the bushes.

You can ignite a gas trail with the backfire of a car.

These are just a few of the myths, and in this video below, Defend The House confirms (and busts) the myths and shows us just how crazy GTA really is!

Awesomesauce | Behold ‘The Sims 4′ Trailer x Gameplay Video

We’ve waited, we’ve anticipated the “what ifs,” and now we’ve finally got a tease of what to expect in the next generation of The Sims. 

That’s right, my fellow simmers I’d like to introduce you to The Sims 4 and all the simming glory to behold sometime in 2014.  With a brand new arrival trailer and some exclusive gameplay, we’ve got an up close look at the new CAS (Create-a-Sim,) new interactions, new building options, and so much more!

No longer will you have to download Mods to change the breast and booty size of your sims; click anywhere on your sim to make cosmetic adjustments. That new feature (which we get a taste of in the gameplay video) is ingenious! No longer do all your sims have the same body type, with generic adjustments of skinny, average, and fat.

Aside from the new updates to the CAS, your sims now have new emotions that are more life-like. Sims can get jealous easily when another sim in the vicinity is flirting up their chick. The emotions and response to the happenings around your sims are a vast improvement from the previous games. See for yourself in the gameplay trailer below.

So, what do you think? Will you plan on upgrading and getting The Sims 4 for your PC/MAC? Share your thoughts below!

EA Announces The Sims 4: Any Hope For Mac Users to Play Without the Doom of Crashes & Glitches?

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Two days ago via Electronic Arts’ TheBeatblog, it was announced that The Sims 4, the next generation in the Sims series, would be coming to PC and Mac in 2014. Simmers throughout social media networks and forums expressed their excitement, shared open-ended questions we’ve all had for years, and most Mac users expressed concern with compatibility; will it actually work on Mac?

As a proud owner of a 2011 Macbook Pro 15″ and a longtime simmer whose been down with The Sims since it’s release in 2002, I too found myself warped with the concerns of whether it not I’d be able to fully enjoy everything that The Sims 4 will offer.

You see, prior to owning a Mac, I played The Sims strictly on Windows and even had a computer built/modified just to meet the specifications of the main game, as well as the expansion packs. I’ve owned almost all of the expansion packs over the years (a few of the stuff packs) and when I switched over to my Mac, I was excited about the gaming possibilities.

At first, nothing seemed wrong. I was able to play World Adventures, Ambitions, Late Night, and Generations without any cause for alarm, but ever since updating to the latest patches and installing Supernatural, I have become one of the thousands of Mac user plagued with random crashes. I can’t even play my game, let alone make it past ten minutes in Create-a-Sim. 

Troubleshooting sounds like it would be an easy fix to the problem, but after many failed attempts of fixing the crashing, I did a little research and found out that many Mac users face the same issues; I’m not alone. The Sims 3 proudly showcases a PC/Mac  logo on the box, but what that really means is that it will play better on PC and it can work on a Mac, but if you have Windows installed on your Mac…well, then you shouldn’t have any problems. Don’t have Windows on your Mac? Then, say hello to random crashes resulting in a base game and tons of expansion packs) that are virtually unplayable.

Electronic Arts/MAXIS, unless living under Patrick’s rock in Bikini Bottom, know that Mac users are frustrated, so will they make an attempt to fix this? Die-hard simmers (like myself) who have been committed to the franchise since inception might (they should be) be unhappy about the crashing. but sadly…we just have to pick up the slack of EA/MAXIS and tailor our Mac’s to the game. What does that mean? Mac users who are experience crashing while playing any of The Sims  games, even after uninstalling all custom content and cleaning out the cache files, will have to restort to installing Windows on their system via Bootcamp or Parallels. Once that is done, you shouldn’t have a problem playing the game; sim on for hours.

Installing Windows on your Mac isn’t the worst thing in the world, but if you don’t have Windows, then you’ll have to flush out the cash, buy it, and then install. Take it or leave it as an option, but considering all the highlights The Sims 3 has, it’s a pretty good option. But my hope is that The Sims 4 won’t have all this messy confusion of crashing, glitches, and random debug error codes.

Electronic Arts should listen to our years of complaining and finally release a Sims game that works for Mac. Details of the The Sims 4 and it’s entirety haven’t been released yet, but in these early development stages the developers will find a way to make it playable for Mac users on OS X Mountain Lion.