2009 December

December 31, 2009

Number 1 — TheGamersBlog.net

And the number 1 coolest tech/gaming thing of 2009 is . . . US !!!  This is a given : )  Thanks for checking us out, be sure to register and leave us ur comments.  Have a good holiday season and Happy New Year, and don’t drink and game, Noobs r the only victims.

December 29, 2009

Number 2 —- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

This game brings the hits.  Check out thesoundman’s review of the game on our site at : http://thegamersblog.net/?p=373 .   Straight out, this game delivers, if you don’t have it, get it, if you already have it, get it again and give it to an orphan, (one with a nice gaming rig) and let others enjoy the multiplayer and single player experience that only the COD series can bring to the table.

December 28, 2009

Number 3 —- YOU!!!!

We’ve been up and rolling for a couple of weeks now and are happy to know at least some ppl are checking us out, thanks for your support and keep da gaming alive.

Viva la Game!!!!

December 28, 2009

Number 4 —- All things HD, Blu-Ray

To have HD or to not have HD.  Yea, I’ll take HD for 300 Alex.  Well now you can take HD for much less, with the average cost of Blu-ray players and movies going down and demand that keeps rising, Bluray players make the top 8 list here.  Blu-ray has been around since 2006, but not very well known, and just recently has become more popular and will soon become the standard for movie watching and possibly game playing.  A single layer disc is able to have 25GB of storage and a dual-layer with 50GB… wow.     FYI the 1st movie ever released on Blu-Ray was Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.  In other words, HD is in, and non HD is out : )

December 26, 2009

Number 5 —- iPhone

The iPhone is cool, maybe u have one, maybe all ur friends have one and you want one.  Or maybe you’ve only had the pleasure of using one for a short period of time.  I am in the category of ppl that want one and have only used a friends : (  But this invention of Apple is nothing less than sweet.  Some functions include: Camera phone, text and voice communication, mp3 player equivalent to a video iPod, Internet with e-mail, web browsing and Wi-Fi, and a multi-touch screen.  Introduced in the States in June 2007 this cool phone has made its place in the market.  The newest version, or the iPhone 3GS that came out in June of this year has a camera with higher resolution, video capability and voice control.  The total units sold as of the 4th Quarter of 2009 are around 21.17 million.  Cool. . .

December 25, 2009

Number 6 —- Inglorious Basterds

Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, need I say more?  Well I guess I could.  This movie rocks, from the witty dialogue to bloody action, I basically love anything Mr. Tarantino puts out, a list and a pic of the goofy basterd  if I may: Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill 1 & 2, Death Proof, Inglorious Basterds and many other projects that he has his thumbprint in.  In the opening scene a German officer makes his way to a country estate to question a faithful French supporter of the Nazi regime.  He has sworn to inform the German officer of any information about hiding Jews in the area.  The sad thing is that this really happened in Germany and Nazi occupied Europe on a very disturbing scale.

Anyway, the officer begins speaking to the man in French, and they carry on with an intriguing accent and subtitles.  It is obvious that the country farmer feels less than at ease with this German visitor.  They talk and smoke, with the Nazi officer smoking from an extra large pipe.  Then the officer proceeds to ask the French man if he may speak in English, ever so politely.  He accepts and they continue their conversation in English, quite a nice transition for us here in North America, to have the movie be in English and not with subtitles for the whole thing, which tends to draw the eyes away from the action towards the bottom of the screen for reading.  Anyway, they continue their conversation, and the officer points out that he suspects that the French farmer is hiding Jews in his house, he then indicates that his reason for switching to English is because that the Jews that could be potentially hiding in his house would not understand English and therefore would not be the wiser as to what was about to happen.  Then they switched back to speaking French after the fact had been revealed by the farmer that there were indeed Jews hiding under his floorboards. They continue to speak in the farmer’s native language as if nothing had happened, the officer says goodbye and thanks him for his time, then steps outside… and lets his enlisted men step inside the house and spray the floor with bullets blood and cries.  The survivor from that massacre becomes one of the main characters later in the movie.  Did I mention that Quentin rocks!!!!????

December 24, 2009

Number 7 —- Windows 7

I had been using XP since I can remember, and up until a little more than a year ago I switched to Vista, with my (outdated) hardware I found that Vista made my PC experience much more enjoyable and faster (so it seemed).  Then about a couple of months ago I got Windows 7 and tried it out.  It moved all my music and movie files and personal setting into the newer version without a problem, which was cool.  But I then began to have some problems with my online gaming, BIG PROBLEM.  So I tried for about a week to tweak setting and change things, but I could not stop having lag spikes though steam servers I was playing on Condition Zero.  But with Source I didn’t have a problem, but being that MOC’s server on CZ is one of my favorites and I could not let them go yet.  So, u guessed it, I had to downgrade back to Vista.  And as you can imagine there are no easy downgrades.  So I had to back up all my files, do the downgrade, install all my favorite programs again, install files and get the updates, aka Pain in da Ass.  But, besides not being able to support my gaming on an outdated game, the experience I did have just using the OS was sweet.  It looks better, functions better, boots up faster, and is easier to use.  So possibly after I decide to outgrow my CZ habit I’ll do the upgrade for good and enjoy every minute of Microsoft’s new and improved OS.

December 23, 2009

Number 8 —- Google Chrome

Initially released in September of 2008 this is my web browser of choice, for sure superior to Internet Explorer and in my opinion more likeable that Firefox.  Only accounting for 4.4% of worldwide usage, to me Chrome, or almost anything Google is superior to its competitors (Gmail, Google.com, Chrome).  No doubt that Google Chrome accounts for less than 5% of worldwide Internet browsers is that PC’s come preloaded with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer : (        Ok, so some cool features that I like about Chrome is that the address bar is Google’s search engine.  So I can type www.thegamersblog.net in the address bar and it will take me directly to our site, or I can type “the gamers blog” and it will show me though the Google search engine results that you would find if 1st going to Google.com and then typing in what you’re looking for, Sweet.  Another cool feature is its open look, it leaves more space for page viewing and less space for crap.  And possibly one of the coolest features is under the options tab, a little feature called Incognito Mode, and you can use ur imagination as to how this feature could help guys all across the world not worry about clearing their browsing history ;   )  And, as quoted by an author from Wikipedia: “Several websites performed benchmark tests using the SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark tool as well as Google’s own set of computationally intense benchmarks, which include ray tracing and constraint solving.  They unanimously reported that Chrome performed much faster than all competitors against which it had been tested, including Safari, Firefox 3.0, Internet Explorer 7, Opera and Internet Explorer 8.”

To get this superior web browser, download here :  www.google.com/chrome.com

December 23, 2009

ToP 8 of 2009 !!!!! Da Countdown 12-24 to 12-31 2009 *Check it out*

Why top 8 u might ask, well, it’s because there are only 8 days left in the year, and I’m lazy too, so, the following series is based off of PCWorld.com and their top 100 list of 2009, I trimmed it down, weeded out da crap (like 97 of their choices) and now we have our top 8 things that should be cool in the eyes of Gamers Worldwide and ppl that like cool things  : )  These posts will be a mix of apps, accessories, video and also of all things GAME!  They are in no particular order… or are they?   Hmmmm…  Enjoy.

December 23, 2009

Modern Warfare 2

Despite reservations about the low blow IW pulled on the PC community I decided to give MW2 a try, and why wouldn’t I, my friend let me borrow it for free.  Having played the original in it’s entirety I can honestly say that the single player lives up to the original in every aspect.  The game is truly tense for the entire campaign.  Unfortunatly, like it’s predacessor, is entirely way to short.  The campaign for me totaled in at about 6 hours.  I would of liked to of had a longer campaign with a little more story.  The game takes you across the globe from the slums of Brazil to USA, Russia, and Afghanistan.  The game is full of fast paced, brutal bloody action, the action sequences are well scripted and the story is full of sorrow, betrayl and some happiness here and there.

There is a moment in the game, yes we all know about it, that you have to mow down a group of civilians in an airport.  While I did play through this in it’s entirety and while I understand this is just a game.  I did find myself hesitating to pull the trigger.   I’m a fairly desensitized guy so I found that sort of interesting.  While I don’t believe that there should be some law against this kind of depiction I hope they don’t start including children in these types of virtual massacers.

Unlike the previous game I was VERY satisfied with the ending.  It ended on a much higher note then the previous installment.  The games setting is far more grim.  Seeing the destruction of US cities and seeing open warfare taking place on residential streets is a chilling expereince.  It’s pretty intense calling down predator missle strikes, especially when you viewing them  from a distance.  The game has a wide array of weapons to choose from.   One thing I really did enjoy although not really neccesary for the gameplay is some of parts of the game that don’t include killing enemies.  Climbing the wall of ice on the side of the mountain, crawling to grab a gun while your wounded, repelling off the side of a cliff or my personal favorite pulling a knife out of your chest.

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