That’s right, for FREE.
You don’t need a console, and you don’t need a TV. All you need is a reliable internet connection. How is this possible you ask?
This website represents the first steps towards a revolution in gaming. Cloud gaming. Essentially allowing you to use the computing power of Onlive’s servers to play the games they have to offer. There is no need for a graphics card or a high performance desktop. I tested the service out this weekend and it was an absolute blast. Playing as Michael Jordan in his prime against the championship Laker team was a dream come true.
The way Onlive works is you download a desktop app that connects you to the Onlive server. The game is streamed to you via the internet. What really surprised me was the lack of lag time between inputing your commands and seeing the action take place on the screen. The response time was like playing a game installed on your computer. I have no idea how they were able to accomplish this, but I ain’t complaining.
All the games can be played for free, but only as a 30 minute demo. However, you can play the demo as many times as you’d like. 30 minutes was almost enough time for a full length basketball game in NBA 2K11. If you really like the game, you can purchase a playpass which will allow you to play the game for 3 or 5 days at a time. If you REALLY like the game, you can purchase the game in full for much less than retail price at a gaming store.
Besides NBA 2K11, Onlive also offers dozens of other top titles including Batman: Arkam Asylum, Assassin’s Creed, Unreal, and many others. You can watch highlight videos posted by other players, and spectate on other players. There are also many more titles coming to Onlive so better join now and grab a snazzy username!
Here is a video of the Onlive intro and interface:
Video of actual game play:
The game looks absolutely amazing and reminds me of actually watching Jordan footage from back in the day. I will definitely get this game and relive some of the greatest moments in MJ’s career, even if that means getting 55 against the Knicks.
Here’s a little recap of 2009, Google Wave style
Before you react to the title of this post, I did not make a top 10 list for everything in 2009 because that would be crazy. And to the best of my knowledge, I am still relatively sane. The people crazy enough to make such a list, happen to work at TIME.
What I am highlighting here at The best ten, are 10 of their top 10 lists that caught my interest. It’s really a great way to get a handle on everything that went down this year in about half an hour. Catch the viral videos you missed, get some background on that news event everyone was talking about, and even read the top tweets of the year.
Like it or not, these 10 events changed the world to some degree, maybe with the exception of #10, since no one really cares what happens in Sri Lanka. What are they known for anyway? For being South of India? The other 9 events however, either had a direct impact on you, or will indirectly affect you sometime in the future. I’m glad Michael Jackson made the list, because the value of his music on the world is incalculable. Some great Michael Jackson videos here.
1. The lingering economic crisis – After hundreds of billions of dollars spent, the auto industry is dying, banks are as greedy as ever, is the economy actually getting better?
2. Extending the war in Afghanistan – 8 years in, and still no end in sight
3. Political riots in Iran – As people took to the streets and the government cracked down, millions from around the world lent words and prayers of support, to no avail.
4. Health care reform – Despite all the political battles, the reform is making progress. How things will shake out will depend on the next few months of the new year.
5. Massacre at Fort Hood – Major Nidal Mulik Hasan killed 13 people and injured 30 on an American military base. The signs were there, why didn’t anyone react?
6. Death of Michael Jackson – We will miss you.
7. Terrorism in Pakistan – The war on terror rages in Pakistan, potentially American’s greatest threat.
8. Mexico’s bloody drug war – 14,000 deaths and counting. Mexico is so corrupt that it may already be too late.
9. Swine flu – Started in Mexico and spread like wildfire. Luckily it isn’t as lethal as we had feared. 4000 people have died in the US. But what about the next flu?
10. End of civil war in Sri Lanka – That’s all.
Hi. My name is Andy, and I’m a Facebook addict. 2009 was the year of the Facebook. We have all been using it for years but for the first time, parents, grandparents, and even babies got onto Facebook. And also for the first time in 2009, Facebook started making a profit. It also helped to create the Oxford word of the year “unfriend”. So let’s give it up for sharing our personal information and embarrassing pictures online and possibly jeopardizing our future careers!
1. 300 million users – 200 million in April, 300 million by November. 71% of Facebook users are not from the U.S.
2. Farmville - Over 62 of those 300 million are playing Farmville, who knew so many people wanted to be farmers?
3. Twitter fail – Facebook tried to acquire Twitter but failed. Why? No one knows how much Facebook is actually worth.
4. Pranking Techcrunch – A “Fax this photo” prank aimed that Techcrunch. Not really sure it’s actually funny.
5. Rights to photos – If your account is deleted, who do the pictures belong to? Facebook tried to take them, but the users wouldn’t have it. It is still yours.
6. The book about facebook – A supposedly non-fiction book written about Facebook. But how did he write it without ever talking to Mark Zuckerburg? Hmm…
7. Fans of Michael Jackson – Michael Jackson is the most popular celebrity on Facebook, with 10.3 million fans. 2nd place, Obama with around 6 million.
8. Nipples in photos – When the post-mastectomy photos of Sharon Adams were taken off, the public reacted, and now the nipples are back on.
9. Unfriend becomes word of the year – Oxford made the decision on Nov 17. The actual word should be defriend, but who cares about grammar anymore.
10. White house gate crashers – Michaele and Tareq Salahi posted their White House party pictures on Facebook as a publicity stunt. Losers.
A great way of reviewing the cultural changes that occurred this year. From words like sexting to Autotune, these words in their own ways affected all of us. My favorite out of the 10? Beer Summit. As in we have serious issues to discuss, let’s call a beer summit. Just like Obama. Sorry professor, I’m late to class because I had to attend an international *cough beer* summit.
1. Sexting – More than 25% of teenagers are now sexting, or sex-texting. Wish I was a teenager again.
2. Public option – The buzzword used to refer to the health care reform
3. Autotune – A software tool used to make bad singers into popstars became the claim to fame of T-pain, who autotunes EVERYTHING. He now has an autotune Iphone app. I am T-pain.
4. Wise latina – Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, and she popularized the phrase Wise Latina. What can’t she do?
5. Death panel – Sarah Palin’s term for the health care reform, how far will she go to screw up this country?
6. Birther – The movement led by Orly Taitz to prove that president Obama is not a natural born citizen of the United States. It is still going on.
7. Opposite marriage – Term used to refer to same sex marriages by Miss California Carrie Prejean in the Miss America 2009 pageant.
8. Summer of death – Michael Jackson, Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Walter Cronkite, Patrick Swayze, and the Taco Bell Chihuahua died this summer.
9. Beer summit – President Obama invited Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sergeant James Crowley to settle their differences after a racial profiling case over beer. Awesome.
10. Green shoots – Signs of economic turnaround. Maybe this coming spring?
Who doesn’t like gadgets? They are a glimpse into the trends of the coming years. Iphone 3G or Droid, doesn’t matter if we can afford them or not, they’re just so freakin cool! These are the best gadgets and toys of 2009 and things we all wish we owned. Perfect timing since Christmas is just around the corner. Maybe this list will just happen to pop up in front of that generous uncle in Oregon…
1. Motorola Droid – Google’s Android OS combined with Verizon’s 3G network. Iphone watch out! $300
2. The Nook – Barnes and Nobel’s version of the Kindle. Similar technology with a few more features. $260
3. Dyson air multiplier – A fan that uses no blades??? $300-330
4. Iphone 3GS – You know it, it’s faster now. $200-300
5. Canon EOS-1D Mark IV – Everything you’d expect a $5000 camera to do.
6. Dell Adamo XPS – A super thin Dell laptop with a funky design. I like it. $1799
7. FinePix Real 3D WI (3D digicam) – The way of the future. Shoot Avatar like pictures for $600
8. Casio G-shock – Heavy Duty Watch $150
9. Beats Solo by Dr. Dre – Everything the musician wants you to hear and nothing else. $200
10. Panasonic G10 series plasma HDTV – THX certified for true home theater experience. Watch online content too. $1200-2000
How about the economy huh? 2009 was a year when everyone took an active interest in the economy. It is such a complicated thing that no one seemed to understand how it works, except for one man. The sage of Omaha, Warren Buffett. He again proved his investment genius by investing when no one else dared to and coming out the big winner. So far he has made approximately $3 billion on the Goldman Sachs trade alone. All hail Warren Buffett!
1. Berkshire Hathaway/Goldman Sachs – Buffett plopped down $5 billion when everyone else was selling, negotiated a better price than anyone else, and is now sitting pretty with billions more added to his wealth. He is the master of the fundamentals of investing, an art form that is practiced by the few.
2. JP Morgan/Chase – The firm that created mortgage backed securities found them too risky to invest in, and they were right. The non-move earned them $8.5 billion in the first 3 quarters of 2009.
3. BB&T/Colonial – Wachovia is gone, Bank of America is suffering, leaving BB&T to pick up the pieces of the biggest bank failure in 2009 and becoming the eighth largest bank based on assets.
4. Berkshire Hathaway/Burlington Northern – Berkshire acquired all of the railroad company with $26.3 billion of cash and stock. An unglamorous company that makes steady profits. Just how Warren Buffett likes them.
5. Ford – Grabbing a huge loan from banks before the recession, Ford is now the only one out of the big three to be it’s own driver. The other two had to surrender some control to Washington.
6. Blackrock/Barclays – The acquisition of Barclays makes Blackrock the world’s biggest asset manager. A mere 21 years after its founding by Larry Fink.
7. HP/EDS – EDS, founded by presidential hopeful Ross Perot, was acquired by HP in order to compete with IBM in the IT services industry. EDS’s profits were a big reason for HP staying in the black in 2009.
8. Google/AdMob – Omar Hamoui started AdMob 3 years ago, and this year sold it to Google for $750 million. It finds innovative ways to advertise on Iphone apps.
9. Time Warner/AOL – In a time of great change in the news and media industry, Time Warner spun off Cable and AOL in order to better navigate the choppy waters in the coming years.
10. Mead Johnson Nutrition – An IPO in Feb used a century’s worth of history and steady earnings to assure skittish investors. Its stock went up 90% by November from $24.
Oh how America loves their celebrities. They’re Gods living in a human world. It’s no wonder then that some people are willing to go to any lengths to gain the fame they so desperately desire. But there is light in the dark. Like Susan Boyle, who at 47 auditioned for Britain’s got talent and was discovered as a great singer. So fame can be had, but it should be earned.
1. Octomom – single mom who is living with her parents and gave birth to octuplets after already having six children.
2. Susan Boyle – 47 year old Britain’s Got Talent contestant who shocked the world with her voice and attitude
3. Miss California – Famously uttered the phrase “Opposite marriage” when referring to same sex marriages during Miss America 2009
4. Orly Taitz – Led the birther movement which tried to prove president Obama was no born in the United States
5. Dr. Conrad Murray – Michael Jackson’s doctor who prescribed medication that ended up killing the King of Pop
6. Stephanie Birkitt – David Letterman’s assistant, whose ex-bf tried to blackmail Dave based on accounts in Stephanie’s diary
7. Tareq and Michaele Salahi – Crashed a White House party to get onto a reality TV show
8. John Yettaw – Tried to save a Burmese political prisoner, ended up getting her more time in jail
9. Rachel Uchitel – One of Tiger’s mistresses
10. Edgar (patient zero) Hernandez – The first confirmed Swine Flu case
Imagine this world if we had just as many heroes as celebrities. How would the world be different when people will sacrifice themselves to save others in danger? What would change if all bankers weren’t greedy and took care of their employees? How would our lives be if everyone performed above and beyond the call of duty? We should honor these heroes, for they truly make our lives better.
1. Captain Chesley Sullenberger – Landing an Airbus A320 in the Hudson safely and saving all those aboard is one heroic feat. He can be my wing man anytime. Here is the 3-D recreation of the event.
2. Neda Agha-Soltan – The murder seen around the world. Her death in Iran was caught on a camera phone and she became a symbol for resistance against oppression. Here is the video.
3. Mike Perham – The 16 year old who sailed around the world alone in his 50 foot yacht. Pretty awesome.
4. Captain Richard Phillips – Like a scene from a Tom Clancy novel. Captain Phillips, Somali pirates, a hijacking, fighting back, pirates escaping with Phillips as hostage, a U.S. destoryer, Navy SEALs, snipers, and 3 shots that ended the high seas adventure of a lifetime.
5. Kimberly Munley and Mark Todd – The two officers whose heroic actions stopped the massacre at Fort Hood.
6. Ally Jacobs and Lisa Campbell – The two University of California police officers whose instincts helped to rescue Jaycee Dugard.
7. Tan Zuoren – The democracy advocate put behind bars in China for exposing the cheap buildings that killed hundreds of students during the Sichuan quake.
8. Leonard Abess – A bank CEO who split up his $60 million bonus among 471 current and former employees. That’s an average of $127,000.
9. Sultan Munadi – A journalist who was shot to death during a rescue attempt. He went where nobody else would because somebody had to be there.
10. Muelmar Magallanes – A construction worker who saved dozens of lives and finally lost his own in the floods during Tropical storm Ketsana which hit the Philippines.
Filming a great Tv ad is one great challenge. You have to convince people to like your brand or buy something without actually selling it and it all has to be done in 1 minute or less. It takes some creativity and expert film making to get it all done. These may not be my 10 favorite ads of the year, but they were all very memorable. And that’s good advertising. My favorite has to be the Traveler’s insurance one, it so perfectly encapsulates the emotion of worry.
1. Evian Roller Babies – I found it kinda creepy…
2. Hulu with Alec Baldwin – Alec Baldwin is an alien, as if we didn’t know that already.
3. Coca Cola heist – Coke always makes great commercials that sell nothing but good branding.
4. Careerbuilder.com super bowl commercial – Eh… it gets a little weird at the end.
5. Prius “Harmony” – Well done, giving the car a very green image.
6. American Express “Don’t take chances, take charge” – One of my favorites, I call it the “smiley faces”
7. Traveler’s insurance – #1 in my opinion. And here it is.
8. Budweiser with Conan – Hahahahaha Partie startah!
9. Shelter.org.uk – Houses of cards, definitely the saddest one of the bunch.
10. GM: reinvent – Good message and finally some honesty from the company.
Check out some odd commercials featuring Frisbees.
Awww yea, this is what I’m talking about. Too bad I can’t afford most of the consoles needed to play these games. No matter, I enjoy my Rome Total War just as much as these games… Oh who am I kidding. If you’re into gaming, I bet you can guess at least 4 titles on this list. Also check out, 10 hottest girls of gaming.
1. Modern Warfare 2 – I think war games are getting a little TOO close to reality. Is it a good thing? I’ll tell you after I play the game.
2. Batman: Arkham Asylum – Just the cover itself is badass. Not to mention the scenario where you’re trapped in Arkham Asylum surrounded by all your worst enemies.
3. DJ Hero – The era of the musical games is just getting started. I’m waiting for the next DDR…
4. Borderlands – Haven’t heard much about this one, sounds kinda like Fallout, but more open ended.
5. New Super Mario Bros – For those that still like 2-D side scrolling action.
6. Geo-defense Swarm – An Iphone app making it onto this list is pretty impressive, considering the lack of buttons.
7. Scribblenauts – A puzzle game like no other puzzle game before. Very curious.
8. Halo 3 ODST – Just look at that picture, just look at it!
9. Assassin’s creed 2 – The game that’s actually an art history lesson? Hmm… okay!
10. Uncharted 2 – This game won much acclaim and shouldn’t be this low.
My favorite! If you haven’t figured it out yet, I love videos, especially viral videos. I figured I had this list covered but was surprised to learn of the 2 videos which I hadn’t yet seen. Very enjoyable list, enjoy! The Deadline video was featured in a previous post on Post-it videos. And the single babies video was part of my very first post!
1. Susan Boyle – See above
2. Kevin Heinz and Jill Peterson’s wedding – Interpretive dancing to Chris Brown’s Forever at a wedding. There is a sequel, but they tried too hard.
3. David after dentist – Kids on drugs, we should see more of that.
4. All the single babies – Either s/he is gonna be a great dancer, or a great stripper
5. Slate V: The all-star celebrity rant – combining the angry profanity laced rants of several celebrities, starring Christian Bale.
6. Total Eclipse of the Heart (literal version) – Now I understand all that craziness in this video!
7. United Breaks Guitars – Eh…
8. The longest way 1.0 – Walking from Beijing to Germany, one picture at a time.
9. Deadline: Post-It stop motion - See 10 uses for Post-its you never thought of.
10. Flutter – Ya know, I think it could work. Brevity is the soul of wit.
Well there it is, all the most important things that happened in the year 2009. It was a year of great change for me, having moved back from the Philippines after a 3 year extended vacation in paradise. But I have no regrets. It was a great year where I lived a lot, learned a lot, and grew a lot. So here’s to 2010, the best year of our lives.
As gamers, we’ve all had our share of video game crushes. Mine is Renoa from FFVIII.
How can you not love that face…
Unfortunately, she was left off this list of the 10 hottest girls of gaming!
And even though she’s not my favorite, where was Christie from Tekken?
People who voted definitely didn’t play Tekken.
I have to say that perhaps I have been out of gaming for some time and there are new additions that I don’t know about, but comon! Rinoa had to be on there.
Anyway, here are the best 10 hottest girls of gaming.
Do you agree with these rankings? I personally don’t. Lemme know what you think.
What’s your favorite flash game?
We’ve all played through our fair share of flash games. They were great for killing time during lunch periods in high school. Now they great for killing time when the boss isn’t looking. (don’t worry, keep reading, he’s busy.)
Flash games come in all shapes and sizes. Action, puzzle, sports, you name it. But of all the flash games I have played, one genre has stood above the rest. The zombie killing games.
I love killing zombies. Face it, we ALL love to kill zombies. There is no sense of guilt in killing a zombie! If you haven’t killed a zombie yet, consider this.
1. They’re already dead
2. They’re coming after you so it’s self-defense
That should solve any zombie killing guilt you may have.
Killing zombies is great, but I can’t find a good place to do it!
I feel your pain.
Unfortunately, since most flash games are free, the developers don’t always put in their best efforts. They don’t seem to understand the pure joy there is to be found in getting that running head-shot on a zombie. Only by luck will you come across a zombie killing game where the developers are as passionate about finding the best ways to kill a zombie as I am. And now I will share those great finds with you.
A few hints for these games can be found at the bottom of the page.
The finalists: Based on hours of laborious play testing and research
Concept: The zombies are everywhere! Survive 20 days by finding survivors and weapons and defending your base
This is the first zombie killing game I fell in love with. Back in the day when this game first came out the graphics and sound were outstanding. The game play is simple but fast paced and challenging. The weapons selection is great and everyone can find their personal mix. Mine was the hunting rifle and the chainsaw.
Killing on a massive scale: 3/5 (not bad, keeps the game from being too long)
Weapons selection: 3/5 (would have liked to see some explosive weapons)
Graphic content: 4/5 (getting a running zombie with a head shot is an awesome feeling)
Difficulty: 3/5 (not bad, you can beat it in a couple of tries)
Concept: After being rescued at the end of the first game, the helicopter crashes. (surprise surprise) You are again alone running for your life.
The things you can find now are weapons, survivors, food, and traps. More weapons have been added, but I won’t ruin the surprise. Survivors now can be killed by weapon wielding zombies. Traps slow down or help you kill zombies.
Instead of staying at the same place, you have to travel and get yourself to the evacuation center, and food allows you to travel. There are several towns and cities on the map and each have different weapons to be found.
Killing on a massive scale: 4/5 (more zombies to kill, but also faster ways of killing them)
Weapons selection: 4/5 (pretty much anything you could want that’s not vehicle mounted)
Graphic content: 5/5 (some weapons have nice effects)
Difficulty: 4/5 (the traveling makes it hard to finish the game in the allotted time) Hint: at bottom of page
Concept: Kill zombies, get money, buy cool weapons, kill more zombies. Oh, and you might want to escape the city, maybe.
Granted the graphics aren’t much to look at, but what I really love about this game are the weapons and the upgrades. You can hold a weapon in each hand and fire them at the same time. So it can be double pistols, or double rocket launchers, pretty cool. There’s no time limit and you can save, so you could stay in the city and kill zombies all day and play with all the upgraded weapons.
Killing on a mass scale: 4/5 (The zombies keep coming so carry PLENTY of ammo, good thing they’re cheap)
Weapons selection: 5/5 (the dual wield ability is awesome)
Graphic content: 3/5 (there is blood and gore but it’s low quality)
Difficulty: 3/5 (once you get the upgraded assault rifle killing becomes pretty easy, and fun)
Concept: It seems you keep getting lost in these zombie infested cities! This time you have to fight street to street to take your daughter and buddy to the rescue helicopters. Lazy pilots!
The look and feel of the game is top notch, which makes up for its lack of weapons and game play variety. It does have a race against time element which adds some suspense to the game.
Killing on a massive scale: 2/5 (zombies and creatures have a limited spawn rate)
Weapons selection: 2/5 (very few to choose from, but they do offer the Steyr Aug which is an awesome weapon)
Graphic content: 4/5 (great graphics, and creepy monsters)
Difficulty: 4/5 (a hard game, play it on easy first)
Concept: No helicopters in this one and no rescue either. You are just trying to survive by killing as many zombies as you can. And oh it’s not just zombies anymore, there are weird crab like creatures shooting venom at you too!
The first game was bloody and this one is even more so. This game is different in that you see the bullets flying so timing is a skill you need to develop. There is a defense mode and survival mode. I recommend survival for pure zombie killing pleasure.
Killing on a mass scale: 5/5 (everywhere you look there are zombies waiting for a head shot)
Weapons selection: 5/5 (everything you can dream of, plus skill upgrades too)
Graphic content: 5/5 (just look at the screenshot)
Difficulty: 4/5 (some of the monsters are ridiculously hard to shoot, you’ve been warned)
Concept: You seemed to have gotten lost in a cave where glowing zombies pop out of the ground, weird… Oh well, you and your team must build fortifications and fend them off.
There is more strategy to this game than the others. You have to protect your medic and technician by using walls and other gunmen. Design your fortress and set traps for the army of zombies. Since I love strategy games as well, this makes for a great combination of killing zombies and strategy.
Killing on a mass scale: 5/5 (the army of zombies in later levels are hard to hold back)
Weapons selection: 1/5 (you only have the sniper rifle, but it can be upgraded)
Graphic content: 2/5 (the zombies just fall down, but the map layout is pretty nifty)
Difficulty: 4/5 (it will take a few tries to get the hang of it)
Concept: You’re stuck in a room, zombies come through the doors, and you kill them and pick up weapons. Simple enough.
This game is more about your use of tactics than zombie killing, but it’s still a lot of fun. You kill zombies, and the more you kill, the more weapons and ammo you get. Try to kill them in 2s and 3s and get better weapons from their bodies. There’s a boss character that shoots fireballs at you but he’s not too difficult to deal with. This is a classic try to get to the next level game.
Killing on a massive scale: 5/5 (the higher the level, the more zombies. they really will swarm you at the higher levels.)
- Weapons selection: 2/5 (you don’t get to choose, you just get what they drop)
- Graphic content: 3/5 (the zombies look cute, but they do bleed on the white floor a lot)
- Difficulty: 4/5 (the early levels are pieces of cake, they get hard real fast through)
Seeing how successful zombie titles like Left 4 Dead becoming, I’m sure there will be plenty of great zombie flash games on the way. If you have any hints to add to the hint section, please put them down in the comments area, thanks!
The Last Stand
Get survivors early, later levels are impossible without a good number of them
The hunting rifle can penetrate two targets. (double headshot anyone?)
The Last Stand 2
Consider skipping certain places that don’t hold key weapons to save time.
Some places always hold goodies
Zombie Horde III
You don’t HAVE to go to the garage at night, just find a defensible spot and hold out. Creatures at night give more money.
Boxhead: More rooms
The boss’s fireballs hit zombies too, get the zombies between you and the boss.
Dead of Night
Your people are put in those places for a reason, use the existing barricades to your advantage.