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Siri, what’s the best smartphone ever?

Took it some time, but at least it got the answer right.

I realize this blog is becoming more smartphone/WP7holic than videogameholic, but yeah. Games will have to wait until my holidays, unfortunately.

15/5/2012 update: Well, looks like the Apple Police tweaked a few things.

Don’t trust the machines.

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Hello My Windows Phone 7 – The Awesome

Well, I actually wanted to post this some time ago, but as usual… So, I’ve been using Windows Phone 7 (or 7.5 to be exact) on my Nokia Lumia 800 for more than two months now, and I’m still in love with the fluidity and beauty of the OS and the phone. Thought I would just do a write-up on my mostly dead blog (and finish it before my exams start real soon).

The Awesome is Part 1 part of a (most likely not-soon-to-come) series of posts about the platform. Here, I’ll talk about what I love about WP7/Lumia 800. I planned to have a numbered feature kind of thing, but I decided to scrap the numbers since I might add even more articles about WP7 in the future. That’s the plan, anyway.

As it turns out, this might as well be an in-depth review for Windows Phone 7.

My not-so-new phone (Image: Nokia)

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RPG (Real-life-role Playing Game) – Powered by Google Maps

Ever wanted to live out an RPG in the real world? Now you can, with Google Maps 8-bit. Developed for the NES, but you can also use it on your browser. It’s still a trial version though, so you can’t add your own landmarks and stuff like in Dragon Shout.

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I used to be an iPhone user like you, then I took a Lumia in my…

… Hands. And actually I’m still using my iPhone 3GS. Just that it’s temporarily shelved aside while I explore my lovely new phone. First things first, about my 3GS and its not-quite-demise.

What Ails You

It (as with other 3GSes, it seems) started becoming rather laggy many months ago. But it’s not like I couldn’t live with it, having lived with old PCs and stuff. Then iOS 5 came, and my it breathed a new life into my withering 3GS. Not sure if I could’ve achieved the same effect by restoring my phone/re-installing the OS, but too late to find out I guess. So yeah, it breathed new life, but it also inflicted the curse of -40% battery life (disclaimer: figure is arbitrary). Often it would also shut itself down at ~18%. It improved somewhat after I tried the steps recommended on various sites, but the curse proved too strong to lift completely.

iOS 5.0.1 rolled along somewhat later, but it didn’t seem to solve the problem (beyond the aforementioned improvements). It started dying at ~2-5% as usual, although once in a while it would still die at ~18%. Fast forward to present day, or rather, a few days ago, my 3GS started to die at around 25-30%. 2 days later it died at 50%. All of these happened when I was running an app (with the exception of WhatsApp and regular messaging etc.). It’s not like I was running Infinity Blade either, it was just a transport/bus guide. That’s when I decided I would definitely need a new phone. Although iOS 5.1 will supposedly fix the premature death issue, I have no idea when it’ll be out, and this is a good excuse so I have no choice but to get a new phone after all.

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Year in Review – 2011 (A Really Late Post)

*Checks post date* Last edited on 24 December 2011. *Checks current date* 3 February 2012. Ah, procrastination. If I had made a resolution to stop procrastinating, post more often on my blog or something along that line, I would’ve failed. Anyway, since I already have some stuff up I’ll just add a few paragraphs and post it as-is. I was actually waiting for X360A to post their annual achievement awards but they didn’t, and now I realize they only put it up in February, so… Maybe a week or two later?

2011 was a year which saw many AAA releases, and a bunch of sequels of sequels (i.e. the third game in the series) such as Modern Warfare 3, Gears of War 3, Saints Row: The Third, Marvel vs Capcom 3. There are a bunch of 4s too, but you get the point.

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25 Things I Want for Christmas in 2011 – Part 2

Finally managed to get this done up, what with all the crazy Steam stuff. Check out Part 1 for the Games and Hardware wishlist.

Accessories

GAEMS G155 Personal Gaming Environment

GAEMS G155 Personal Gaming Environment
US$269.99 at Amazon

This sweet device doubles as a 360/360S/PS3 Slim carrier, and, more importantly, lets you plug in your system and play on the go as it also sports a 15.5″ 720p LED display and speakers (you can also plug in 1 or 2 headphones). It connects using HDMI, so if you have an old 360 model it won’t be supported, but it’ll support other hardware with HDMI ports. You’ll still have to plug in the system and your console (or at least, I think it’s both) to a power supply, but there may be an external battery in the future. If you want to play your console games at a friend’s house, at school (hmm), overseas, or if you just want an easy to set-up setup, this if for you.

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Weekly Roundup December 19 – December 25

Yet another delayed post, although I think this was because I was waiting for the end of the week for new articles.

Modern Warfare 3’s First DLC Dated For January (360, PC, PS3)

For once, it seems that it would be just a map pack. There will also be new Spec Ops missions and stuff “players have never seen before”, whatever that may be. Elite subscribers on Xbox Live will get first dibs on 24 January. No date on other platforms/non-Elite subscribers, but presumably it should be about 1 month later for the PC and PS3 if Black Ops DLC are any indication.

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Steam Holiday Sale – The Great Gift Pile Objective/Achievement Guide – Part 2

Decided to split it in sections since all the embedded videos might make it kinda laggy.

While going through the list I decided to make a guide for Steam’s Great Gift Pile. Credits go to the sites/videos as linked, although a few are written by myself, namely because I actually have the game. While I’m crazy enough to buy something just because it’s cheap (well, it has to look nice too), I’m not crazy enough to buy all the games just for this. For the other games I’ll comment based on the videos. I’ll update the list daily when there are new ones.


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Part 2: 24 December | 25 December | 26 December | 27 December | 28 December
             29 December | 30 December | 31 December
Part 1: 19 December | 20 December | 21 December | 22 December | 23 December

According to the details page, you will have until 2 January 10 am PST (GMT -8) (click to see the respective timing in various cities) to finish your objectives.


Day 13: 31 December

Steam
Turn on Steam Guard
Best way to have visions of sugar-plums dancing in your head is to sleep soundly at night. Learn more here.

Today’s freebie. If you already have it on it should unlock automatically. If not, you can activate it in Steam -> Settings -> Manage Steam Guard Account Security.

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Steam Holiday Sale – The Great Gift Pile Objective/Achievement Guide – Part 1

While going through the list I decided to make a guide for Steam’s Great Gift Pile. Credits go to the sites/videos as linked, although a few are written by myself, namely because I actually have the game. While I’m crazy enough to buy something just because it’s cheap (well, it has to look nice too), I’m not crazy enough to buy all the games just for this. For the other games I’ll comment based on the videos. I’ll update the list daily when there are new ones.

So far I have Bunch of Heroes, Orcs Must Die!, Dungeons of Dredmor, Defense Grid: The Awakening, Jamestown, And Yet It Moves, Anomaly: Warzone Earth, Bastion, Killing Floor, Frozen Synapse and the free to play games. Bunch of Heroes‘ Holiday Survivor was pretty crazy, as you’ll find out if you try getting it.

Part 2 (25 December onwards) is in another post.


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Part 2: 24 December | 25 December | 26 December | 27 December | 28 December |
             29 December
Part 1: 19 December | 20 December | 21 December | 22 December | 23 December


Day 5: 23 December

Steam
Get what you want – trade!
Go to your Friends List and make a trade! Games, coupons, coal. . .sorry, fruitcake doesn’t fit through our pipes. Read more about Steam Trading here.

Just trade 1 coal for 1 coal with a friend, and both of you will get it. Or trade anything, really. Or you can check out the Steam Trading forums for other traders.

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The Great Holiday Sale EVERYWHERE!

It’s Christmas and the New Year soon, and there are a whole TON of discounts everywhere.

Xbox Live Marketplace – 12 Days of Xbox Deals

First off, Xbox Live is having a Christmas/New Year sale. For the next 12 days (until 2 January 2012), there will be a daily offer on top of a bunch of special offers. Today’s deal is Bastion, going for 600 MSP (down from 1200), a game which I have been wanting to get for some time. As for the other deals (which are mostly 50% off), there’s the L.A. Noire DLC pass for 480 MSP, which is what you want to get if you have more than 1 case to download (there’s 4 in total at 320 MSP each, and the pass also nets you various suits and The Badge Pursuit Challenge).

Other Xbox Live Arcade titles (all 50% off) are: Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (600 MSP), Renegade Ops (600 MSP), Plants vs Zombies (600 MSP), Peggle (400 MSP), Peggle Nights (Peggle DLC; 200 MSP), BloodRayne Betrayal (600 MSP), After Burner Climax (400 MSP) and Portal: Still Alive (600 MSP). There are also 2 full games, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga. Prices for both vary by region. The remaining offers are for avatar items, if you’re into those. The next few days’ offers should be pretty good too, so better get ready your Microsoft Points.

Click for Steam and Apple App Store sales →

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