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Manuel is a passionate, driven, and techsavvy AV technician, artist and music composer with over ten years of experience, specializing in the captivating world of music and entertainment.

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Choosing The Right Video Games

At the core of the process lies research. No, reading just one review from your favorite gaming website doesn’t count. What you need to do is read multiple reviews from a variety of sources, including professional and amateur. This will help you discover different perspectives. Next, watch videos. Look at ratings, trailers, and gameplay. However, try to focus on gameplay videos to get a feel for how the game plays. YouTube offers an excellent research tool for the savvy consumer. Another aspect to consider is the game’s replayability. Investigate what the game has to offer beyond the main campaign. Lastly, if possible, play the demo. A demo reveals more about a game than any review could ever tell you. If you don’t have access to a demo for the game, consider renting it. However, be aware that spending extra money to rent a game and then eventually buying it might seem like a waste.

Keep that possibility in mind when deciding to rent before purchasing.

Finally, review the information you gathered and compiled through your research. Then, use the information to make an informed decision. Ask yourself questions: Will I enjoy this game? Are there add-ons for a …

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Umbra Quest And Other Unique Quests From Oblivion

I have compiled a list of unique quests that I have completed during my time playing Oblivion. Be aware that there may be spoilers, so read at your own risk. Whenever more specific quests become available, I typically update in another post. Thank you for reading.

A Brush of Death

This quest is one of the most unique experiences I have had in Oblivion. I do not wish to spoil the quest, so I will only provide the starting point. The quest is called “A Brush of Death.” First, visit the city of Cheydinhal and speak to a woman named Tivela Lythandas. To find her home, enter the west gate, turn right, and walk until you reach a large statue. Her apartment is the first one on the right when looking to the left. She will tell you that her husband has disappeared, and the last time she saw him, he was painting in his room. Once you open the door, the quest will begin.

Umbra Sword

The Umbra Sword is one of the best swords in the game. The location of the sword is easy to find, but the woman wielding the sword is more challenging. Head …

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Video Game Addiction – The Addictive Potential of Offline Games

Imagine yourself in a video game store, with walls and shelves covered in various game titles. How do you choose a game to play responsibly? The first thing to consider is whether the game has an online component. If not, then it is an “offline” game.

Offline games have been around since the 1970s, originating from arcades. They reached their peak in the 1990s and have been declining since, as the market hasn’t been growing as rapidly. Although excellent offline games are still being purchased, the focus has shifted towards online gaming.

A typical offline game may offer 20 to 100 hours of gameplay and can be relatively easy to put down. There’s no pressure to play more than you want to.

Offline games can be divided into two main categories: story-based and skill-based. Story-based games follow a character through a narrative, but after a while, the story may lose its appeal as there’s nothing new to discover. Skill-based games, on the other hand, require a significant amount of skill and experience to play, such as sports games. Many people can play these games at a beginner level, but to advance, practice is necessary.


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Elven Legends Rise of the Nightshade

Mr. Yap is the genius mind behind Elven Legends Rise of the Nightshade, developed by his company Nexgen Studio.

1) Dear Alvin, we know that Elven Legends has been published in the past, what can you tell us about that release?

Elven Legends won several accolades in the past for being too advance in its time. It was on JAVA phones, now we are bringing it back to life on iPad and tablets etc. using UDK to develop it.

2) So, Elven Legends has been resurrected, what exactly means this?

This means part two of the game product. Basically we are creating a side story line to the world of Elven Legends, focusing on the species created by the Dark Elves during the first Elven civil war – Nightshades.

3) Why this new edition will be an impressive edition for all fantasy games enthusiasts?

It will focus on a new ‘spell’ system and allow users to really affect environments and enemy units to creatively get out of tricky situations.

4) Are you planning right now more quests, battles, items and expansions to be added in the future?

Right now we are in the pre-production stage. Conceptualizing, talking to …

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Left 4 Dead 2 – The Best-Selling Zombie Shooter Improves on the Original in Every Possible Way

In 2008, Valve introduced Left 4 Dead to the world, which quickly gained recognition as one of the greatest multiplayer games, zombie games, and overall games of the decade. Despite its flaws, the innovative gameplay captivated both critics and players alike. Just a year later, Valve released Left 4 Dead 2, initially met with dismay from fans of the original and sparking outrage among thousands. Many saw it as a rushed sequel or an expansion, but upon its release, the game dispelled all concerns. This sequel exemplified what a proper sequel should be and more, enhancing every aspect of the original and satisfying players’ desires for a true follow-up.


Left 4 Dead 2 elevates its presentation, featuring a noticeable upgrade from the original title. The environments, survivors, and infected all boast significant visual improvements. Now, the game includes both day and nighttime settings, with the addition of sunlit levels providing a fresh take on scenery and maintaining player interest.

One major issue in the original game was the severe reduction in graphic quality during split-screen play. Fans will be pleased to find that even these graphics have been significantly enhanced, offering a more enjoyable experience …

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Review of Batman Arkham Asylum Videogame

Superhero Heroes in Daily Life: The Art of Triumphing Over Adversity - In a previous post, I broached the subject of how, like heroes, we too can triumph over adversity. Our optimism is our shield, and positivity is our strength. Life's challenges are villains to conquer, not threats to fear. With an upbeat spirit, we turn trials into triumphs, problems into possibilities, becoming heroes. Each new day… games range from uninspired and dull to genuinely enjoyable, but those in the latter category are quite rare. For example, Superman has suffered from one poorly conceived title after another, as has the Batman games scene. Even the best of the Batman games over the years haven’t truly captured the feeling of being under the cowl, facing down maniacs with fists and wits.

Batman Arkham Asylum, released in August 2009, broke the mold, and all the ratings we’ve seen seem to be unanimous in their praise. It appears to be a brilliantly refined and completely engrossing game to us. Few licensed titles have captured the ethos of their inspiration as credibly and thoroughly as Arkham Asylum. With Warner Bros. and Rocksteady producing such an exciting, atmospheric experience, Arkham Asylum is destined …

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