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It is a rare scenario when a game’s inspiration directly comes from something that is musical. Yes, there’s a good amount of musical games like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Just Dance, Dance Central, Drum Mania, etc. The list could go on and on, but this one video game is putting the “Music Game” into an entirely different level, and for the better. Sentris is a puzzle AND a music game, where you solve puzzles WHILE making music.

“Making music is a feeling unlike any other. It’s an intense emotional rush, being surrounded by music that’s coming from inside you and your friends. The first time I experienced it, I knew I needed to find a way to share it with everybody.”

Sentris is a far cry from replicating notes and tunes from a certain song like how the music games mentioned above are meant to be played. This game gives you all the tools and the instructions you need to learn in order to create something that is from your own musical imagination, while effectively having you complete certain goals.

Even if the visuals are kept into a minimalistic nature, it helps the game get the meditative feel.

“One thing that’s been interesting to me, is the gap between beginner and expert play. I get to see a lot of beginner play, and everyone is a beginner when they first play the game, and the way it gets talked about is being a very meditative experience, but it becomes less true as you get more advanced. When you become an expert player in Sentris, a huge element of what makes that true is that you’re performing your own music. You become more of a real musician as you get better at the game.” Samantha Kalman, designer of the game told Gamespot.

Though this game may not look as polished like how games like Rocksmith are, once it hits Steam Early Access in August, there’ll be tons of updates for the game like new sounds, new music, better quality analog instrument recordings and other nice stuff.

Check out the video for a preview of how this great game will play out.

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League of Legends is one of the most popular games worldwide, but it is not without its own problems (and partly, these problems contribute to the game’s popularity as well). It always had issues with the community’s “rude” patrons. While the developers at Riot is trying to deal with this in a very nice way, they won’t stay being too nice to some jerks who don’t know the boundaries of being an ass with other players.

Developers of the game are currently testing a combination of human review and “machine learning” method to single out players who are crossing the lines of mild trash talking like racism, death threats, gender discrimination, and even homophobic insults. It is going through a test phase for now, to see how much accurate it can do the job, and how few false positives it will return.

If it does work, then we can expect more “hammer of justice” from the developers for those who are causing the game to be less enjoyable and spreading pointless hate towards others. Players involved in such violation could be banned for 2 weeks up to forever, depending on the severity of the violation, and if it isn’t the first time that they engaged in such banter.

However, some players are complaining about their bans. If these players are caught by the new system and they argue about their innocence in the scenario, Riot will publish transcripts in order for both parties to see the transparency of the issue.

“Some players have also asked why we’ve taken such an aggressive stance when we’ve been focused on reform; well, the key here is that for most players, reform approaches are quite effective. But, for a number of players, reform attempts have been very unsuccessful which forces us to remove some of these players from League entirely.”

Riot developers are working non-stop in order to bring its players the best gaming experience they can provide and we’re more than happy about this. Who wouldn’t be?

For now, let’s just enjoy the game, and its new cinematic video about “A New Dawn”.

Many games of today rarely have that lasting appeal. They’re barely the same as the games in the past. (like Super Mario Bros. 2, Metroid, Sonic The Hedgehog, Golden Axe, etc). With modern games, you just breeze through them, and once the story is done, you could hardly push on any further, and you start to wonder if it was worth the money you spent.

This doesn’t mean that there are no more games that cast their spell on you to keep playing them. There are tons of open world games, but few of them actually makes you keep reaping those trophies, achievements, unlockables.

Grand Theft Auto 5

This game is a serious bang for the buck. At $39.99, you will be blasting your way in a crime-spree city for more than hundreds of hours as there are tons of neat things to do after clearing the main story. You don’t even need to finish the main campaign to get distracted with other things to do here, with the ultimate goal in mind to become a millionaire playboy, and by owning Los Santos, literally.

Pokemon

So you’ve defeated all the gym leaders, walked the path of champions in the Victory Road, caught some nifty legendary pokemons, and even smashed the Elite Four. Are you done? Barely. Finishing the main quest in Pokemon only gives you the stuff you need in order to properly play the game. Badges to collect, breeding, uncovering secrets, and of course, CATCHING THEM ALL.

Borderlands 2

The True Vault Hunter Mode is going to be unlocked once you cleared the already lengthy main campaign of the game. Yes. You go back at the beginning, but this time, you’ve got all your guns, XP, kit, and the most important factor for a game’s replayability; TOUGHER enemies and BIGGER challenges.

Shadow of Memories

This one’s an old game that was released for PlayStation 2, but worry not, you can still find a copy of this somewhere for the PC. Either way, if you have access to the game, you can play as Eike. A man who was destined to die, but had the ability to prevent his death, only to find out that other things will cause his death eventually. The game practically starts at the end of the story as it goes backwards. This means that, you can only get into the real deal of things once you finish the game once. Not only this, but certain actions and investigations also affects the outcome of the game for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th time that you beat it. This will get you the REAL ending. The game’s relatively short, so replaying it is not going to be much of a hassle.

Honorable mentions are;

Red Dead Redemption, Dark Souls, Dragon’s Dogma, Star Ocean (1,2,3, and 4), Valkyrie Profile 1 and 2, GTA San Andreas

There’s probably more, but it’ll take a while to properly evaluate them if it’s actually worth giving them another shot once the main campaign is over. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes anyone?

Image Credit: YouTube

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Can you imagine losing a parent only at the age of six? While you may vaguely recall some of the happy memories from that short time spent together, surely the pain will never go away, ever.
You just cling to those wonderful memories dearly, and pray that over time you will not forget.

Apparently, this scenario is real for  one teenage YouTube user (00WARTHERAPY00). And in a YouTube video about whether video games can be a spiritual experience, he shared his touching story in the comments section.

“Well, when I was 4, my dad bought a trusty XBox. You know, the first, ruggedy, blocky one from 2001. We had tons and tons and tons of fun playing all kinds of games together – until he died, when I was just 6. I couldn’t touch that console for 10 years, but once I did, I noticed something.  We used to play a racing game, Rally Sports Challenge. Actually pretty awesome for the time it came, and once I started meddling around… I found a GHOST. Literally. You know, when a time race happens, that the fastest lap so far gets recorded as a ghost driver? Yep, you guessed it – his ghost still rolls around the track today. And so I played and played, and played, until i was almost able to beat the ghost. Until one day I got ahead of it, I surpassed it, and…
I stopped right in front of the finish line, just to ensure I  wouldn’t delete it.
Bliss.”

The boy’s story moved many YouTube commenters to tears, and there’s one saying: “Dude I can’t handle this. This hits me so hard. I used to play video games with my dad too. We’d play Mario Kart 64 and Zelda. He died when I was 16. How I envy that Ghost racer.”

Sadly, the boy’s identity has not been confirmed up until now. Various publications in Asia picked up his comments and it’s gone viral. The teenager has been overwhelmed by the people’s response and said that he “never expected any of this” and saying he “just commented on a video, which happened to be about spirituality in video games.”


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OudXR36e2g

 

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Come and take a trip down  memory lane with me and reminisce the good ol’ days of the 90’s

Remember the time where kids play outside with their friends, use the telephone to call them and ask them to hang out at your place to play with your new toy? Or maybe pretend the floor is lava where you jump from sofa to another chair so that you won’t burn and die?  Those were the days where kids really “interact” with one another or do kid “stuff”.

Here I bring you some memories from those times. These are the hip and coolest Gadgets and Games of the ‘90s that you had when you were a kid.

Game_Boy

 

Gameboy – who can forget about gameboy? This baby right here is a time-machine. It lets you travel forward in time without you even noticing it. One minute you were playing it, the next BOOM! It’s already bed time.

 

SNES-USA

 

SNES (or Super Nintendo Entertainment System) – the coolest console (during that time) is the SNES. Why? Super Mario of course! That’s why.

 

Contra: Hard Corps! For The Win!

Contra: Hard Corps! For The Win!

Sega genesis 2 – I remember when I first got this console in ’96 or ’97, it  was then I realized that 4 hours of sleep is not enough for me.

 

Your first virtual pet that you probably killed more times than you can count.

Your first virtual pet that you probably killed more times than you can count.

Tamagotchi – before I got my first pet, my dad bought me this. It taught me how to be responsible and when you feed your pet too much food, it will get sick and die.

 

Headbanging to your favorite kiddie song pretending it is a rock song because your dad won't allow you to listen to them.

Headbanging to your favorite kiddie song pretending it is a rock song because your dad won’t allow you to listen to them.

Discman – THE COOLEST THING EVER! When you have a discman, you are definitely one of the cool kids in school.

 

Let’s not forget about games from the ‘90s. Here I present to you some of the famous games back then.

Super mario

Super Mario world – one of the best games of the ‘90s. ‘nuff said.

 

starcraft

Starcraft – one of the greatest strategy games ever created. I bet all of you know what showmethemoney or blacksheepwall is LOL.

 

diablo

 

Diablo – I don’t know why but this game scares the living bejesus out of me especially when the butcher is chasing you.

 

earthworm jim

Earthworm Jim – a game from sega that is quite the fun to play.

 

vectorman

Vectorman – at first I thought vectorman was a couple of mutated peas that were put together through an experiment by a mad scientist.

 

It feels good to remember the days that really brought you joy and happiness.

Thank you for reading The Hip and the Cool: Gadgets and Games of the ‘90s . More gaming and tech related news here on TheBitBag.

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http://www.nintendo.com.au/catalogue/super-mario-world

http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/games/sc/

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Need a selfie app to enhance your daily selfie posts? Check out our list!

If you still haven’t heard about selfies, (congratulations!) that cave you’ve been living in may just be one of the most tech-proof places in the world. If you ever come out of hibernation, here’s a cool info: “Selfiehas been named as 2013’s Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionary — and it comes to the surprise of absolutely no one. It has evolved to so many variants; those daily outfit photos (#OOTD),  close up snaps of the face, bathroom mirror reflections, the after-party drunk face, and SO MUCH MORE. So if you’re trying to find a selfie app that will help you put your best face forward, check out our short list below.

Best selfie app - Perfect365

Best selfie app – Perfect365

Perfect365

Download: Android / iOS

This selfie app has a built-in face recognition feature to automatically detect and edit images; it has pre-set styles so you can enhance photos in a single tap. Perfect365 also lets users apply makeup, improve eyebrow and skin color and texture, whiten teeth, and much more. As with all other photo editor apps, Perfect365 allows you to share the revised images to your social media accounts directly from the app.

Best selfie app - YouCam Perfect

Best selfie app – YouCam Perfect

YouCam Perfect

Download:Android / iOS

YouCam Perfect has an Auto Beautifier feature that enhances selfies by lightening dark spots and mattifying shiny or oily skin. With the app, you can erased unwanted objects or even people (goodbye, photobombers!). It also lets you add frames and make photo collages. Furthermorre, all of YouCam’s editing tools can be adjusted acording to intensity.

Best selfie app - Frontback

Best selfie app – Frontback

Frontback

Download:Android / iOS

This selfie app has been used by many selfie addicts since it can take two photos simultaneously using the device’s front and rear cameras. Frontback is the right app to have if you want to capture your own reaction to the scenes that your rear camera is trying to snap.

Best selfie app - Selfie360

Best selfie app – Selfie360

Selfie360

Download: Android / iOS

What’s more exciting than selfies and GIFs? Selfie GIFs! Apart from selfies, our Facebook and Twitter feeds are flooded with cute and sometimes nasty GIFs (those little moving pictures) of people and animals. Selfie360 is apparently trying to capitalize from these two trends by letting users combine and create them using a single app.

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