Save money on gaming accessories at Zavvi!

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Feel like customizing your controller or purchasing some cool new video game accessories? Then you need to check out Zavii.com. We were able to find a few coupons at VoucherSky including 10% off your first order from Zavii.

Other Coupons Include:
- 10% off £100 spend at Zavvi
- Extra £15 discount on SMS Audio Street Star Wars Edition Headphones
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 Get an extra 10% off HBO Titles

To see a full list of Zavii coupons check out the site below:Voucher_Sly

PlayNSwap soon to launch in the United Kingdom

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Hello mates!

Due to the huge demand and amount of email requests we have received from gamers in the UK, Play’N’Swap has decided to start working on branching out our free service to users who live in the United Kingdom. As of right now, we don’t have a definite launch date yet, but we will keep you posted on that.

The UK site’s domain will be PlayNSwap.co.uk, and the first few users will be getting some goodies from the Play’N’Swap staff. If you know of anyone who lives in the UK who would like to volunteer to spread the word, please let us know. Thanks and Happy Gaming!

FREE Xbox Live Games for March 2015

For the month of March, Xbox Live Gold members can download these games for FREE!

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Rayman Legends ($39.99) is FREE to download during the entire month of March

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Tomb Raider ($19.99) is FREE to download through March 1st to March 15th

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BioShock Infinite ($29.99) is FREE to download through March 16th to March 31st 

*Titles are available as free downloads for qualifying Xbox Live Gold members in all markets where Xbox Live is available. Some regions may offer different titles depending on market availability. 

Game Reviewer Gets Revenge on Trolls

Trolls.

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No NOT those trolls, we are talking about Internet Trolls.

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Yeah, you know those annoying people that have nothing better to do with their time, but harass you online. Ranging from the making fun of your grammar to the craziness of sending death threats, these trolls hide behind the anonymous walls of the internet. Most of the time there is little you can do…maybe you quip back a witty remark or two, however, sometimes the best approach is to simply to ignore them and remember the good old saying “Dont’ feed the trolls”.

Well one Youtuber had enough. She decided to get some payback, and did it in the one of the most epic ways possible…

Alanah Pearce reviews video games for Australian radio stations and television. She also has her own Youtube channel, which is quite popular. Over the years, she has received a number of hateful comments ranging from annoying to straight up scary. Well one day she had enough. Using the power of the “INTERWEBS” she decided to track down some of the worst offenders and it turns out…they were kids.

Video Game Reviewer Is Contacting the Mothers of Her Online Harassers

“A while ago, I realised that a lot of the people who send disgusting or overly sexual comments to me over the internet aren’t adult males…It turns out that mostly they’re young boys and the problem is they don’t know any better, so responding to them rationally didn’t resolve the situation. And it got to the point where their comments were starting to make me feel really uncomfortable.” – Alanah

 

So whats a girl to do…?

How about contact their mothers? Yep that’s right, she contacted their moms.

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Alanah explains that it was surprisingly simple to find out the boys names by looking at their profiles and searching the internet for contact information. She took screen captures of the comments they wrote and contacted their mothers.

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Beautiful. Turns out at least one of the mom’s contacted were quite upset once they found out what her son had been doing online. Here is one text conversation Alanah had with one of the kids’ moms:

“Hi Anna, I don’t know you, but I was wondering if [blanked-out] is your son?”

“Yes he is. Why?”

“I have never met him before, but he sent me a concerning message to my public Facebook page today that I was wondering if you might be interested in discussing with him. (Shares Picture Link)

“Omg, little sh*t. I’M SO SORRY. YES I WILL TALK TO HIM!”

Hopefully he learned his lesson.

How to Create your Own Logo!

Ever wanted to create your own gaming or company logo? Here is a quick tutorial and some tips to get you started

Tutorial

First you need to find a good logo creator. For this tutorial we will use one of my favorites:

DesignApp.io
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DesignApp works on any computer device you can think of so it’s my go-to Logo creator.

Step 1: Visit Design App (this site is completely free)

Step 2: Click Launch App

You will be presented with a blank canvas:

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Step 3: Click the + symbol

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Step 4: Choose a Icons/Shapes and enter Text

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Step 5: Choose your color scheme

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Step 6: Finalize your design

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My little cousin is a fan of LEGOs so I decided to create a cool LEGO character for him. He also likes stars and shields so I added that too.


Tips for Good Logos:

1. Use intersecting and complementary shapes

A fancy way of saying the logo has two or more pictures wrapped seamlessly into one.

Good Example:
ESPN

Bad Example::
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2. Make sure the text is clear and readable

Not like this:

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3. Use color schemes that are pleasant to the eye

Not this:
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4. Use the right colors depending on the emotions you wish to display:

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5. Look at your logos from different perspectives (not everyone sees what you see).

London 2012 Olympics Logo

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A clothing line in Italy

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A Satellite company (http://www.mont-sat.pl/)

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Do I really need to explain what’s wrong with this logo?

Feel to post some examples of logos you created in the comments below!


Special Thanks to:

BoredPanda.com for bad logo examples
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Olympic.org for London 2012 Summer Olympics logo

Design App for the logo maker tool and allowing me to make my cool LEGO logo designDisplay_psdFacebook Twitter

 

Top 8 Most Influential Arcade Games

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This is a hard list to come up with given there are so many to choose from, but here is our Top 8 Most Influential Arcade Games of all time:

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NBA Jam is a basketball arcade game published and developed by Midway in 1993. The game was soon a huge hit amassing over $1 billion dollars in quarters. This arcade game introduced a new genre of sports games based around fast action-packed game play and exaggerated realism. In sports culture, the phrases “He’s heating up”, “He’s on fire’ and even “Boomshakalaka!” can be attributed to NBA Jam.

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Street Fighter II was released in 1991 as the direct sequel to the original Street Fighter, which was released in 1987 by Capcom. Street Fighter II is regarded as one of the most influential video games of all time, especially the fighting game genre. It featured one of the most accurate joystick and button scanning routine in the genre thus far, and allowed players to execute special moves and combos. It is considered by many to be the first arcade machine responsible to introduce the combo mechanic in fighting games. By 1994, the game had been played by 25 million americans both in homes and arcades. The gross revenues of Street Fighter II and Street Fighter II: Champion edition arcade machines exceeded $2.312 billion dollars. It also introduced us to that amazing fireball move…HADOUKEN!

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Donkey Kong was an arcade game released by Nintendo in 1981 and is one of the earliest examples of a platform game. You jumped across platforms to save a damsel in distress named Pauline from a giant ape named Donkey Kong. This was also the first game to introduce us to “Mario”. Needless to say if Donkey Kong arcade was never created, the most famous Nintendo characters would be very different to say the least.

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Mortal Kombat is an arcade fighting game developed and published by Midway games in 1992. It had a major impact on the fighting game genre. Mortal Kombat became a best-selling game and remains one of the most popular fighting games in history, spawning numerous sequels. It was also shrouded in controversy over its violence, which prompted the introduction of age-specific content descriptor ratings for video games.

Just in case you haven’t seen all the gruesome Mortal Kombat fatalities here is a quick video of some of them:

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Asteroids is an arcade space shooter released by Atari in 1979. The object of the game is to shoot down asteroids and alien saucers while not being hit by them. Asteroids was one of the first major hits of the golden age of arcade games.

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Space Invaders is one of the video gaming all-time classic arcade games. Numerous references have appeared not only in video game culture, but popular culture in general. The arcade machine was first launched in Japan in 1978. Space invaders is accredited to rejuvenating arcades around the world. Despite its simplicity, the music to Space Invaders was revolutionary to the gaming industry. The alien-inspired hit featured continuous music consisting of a four-note loop, uninterrupted by sound affects. The game became so popular in japan some specialty arcade stores opened with nothing, but Space Invader cabinets.

In the rare chance you have never played it, below is a link to the flash game:

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Can you imagine an arcade or world even without Pac-Man? It is definitely one of the top video games ever, no doubt, but the affect it had on video game culture and arcades was huge. The game was created by Namco and first released in Japan on May 22, 1980. It paved the way for future arcade games and become an icon of 1980s pop culture.It is often credited with being a landmark in video game history and is also one of the highest grossing video games of all time, having generated more than $2.5 billion dollars in quarters by the 1990s.

In the rare chance you have never played Pac-Man, click below to play a flash game of it.

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Without Pong it is suffice to say Arcade gaming could have never been as popular as it became. Pong is attributed to being one of the earliest arcade video games. It paved the way for future arcade machines of its kind to come.

Special thanks to:

–  Doraemon Games for the Pac-Man flash game link
–  Galaga Game for the Space Invaders flash game link
–  Kombat Kronicles for the Mortal Kombat fatalities video
–  RahStradamus Productions for the NBA jam gameplay footage

Total War: Attila

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Total War: Attila has launched this week and so far it looks great. It brings back all the stuff you loved about Rome: Total War (family trees, in depth army and general management, etc), and has the graphics of Rome 2 without the bugs.

Most of the comments on steam are positive, which is always a good sign. Let us know what you think of the game.