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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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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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Steve Rogers has been, for the better part of a century, the quintessential symbol of the American way of perseverance, or at least, a stalwart of the old American way. He is everything envisioned as a symbol of a country; he had been a war hero, a Brooklyn native during the time of the great depression, and he overcame oppression and prejudice to become Captain America, bearer of the flag of his country, and a symbol of hope.

Yes, there were many events he managed to overcome, and there was also the incident where he was assassinated, and was virtually dead; but he managed to come-back, defying limitations and odds, and assumed the mantle of the shield once again.

However, in a news from Marvel, the shield was being passed on to someone else. This was revealed during an announcement on the Colbert Report, in fitting fashion right after their equally shocking announcement on The View. Yes, the announcement was as shocking as the fact that we now have a female Thor: Steve Rogers is no longer Captain America.

It is interesting to note, however, that this someone is Sam Wilson, previously known as The Falcon, and a close friend of the Captain. Wilson’s also reknown as being the first African-American superhero in the Marvel continuity, and it might also be fitting that Steve Rogers is bequeathing the shield to him. Starting in October’s Captain America #25, Wilson will be donning the shield. After figuring in a fight with a villain, Cap discovers that he has lost the powers the supersoldier serum was giving him, and thus figures that he would no longer be fit for service. He will still be around, though, but only to give support to Sam Wilson.

The announcements on The Colbert Report and The View were seen as a move to diversify their audiences and bring in more readership to comics. Comic books are seen as a niche interest by many, with some considering them as no more than just garbage literature. However, in recent years, moves made by Marvel are seen as an attempt and a drive to make comics more than just that.

These moves have been received widely and with positive reviews coming from fans of the Marvel Universe, citing these progressive moves as a dig at DC Comics and their failure to adjust to the times. Through the years, it has been seen that DC lags behind Marvel in a rivalry that is both competitive and constructive for the two. Marvel has since taken the lead in trying to appeal to a more diverse range of audience.

So far, tweets in reaction to the revelation have been constructive and positively so, with quite a few saying that the move to have a female Thor and a black Captain America may “reshape biases” and  “is even more exciting and interesting” than what DC had to offer. The best that DC had to offer, according to one tweet, was that DC had redesigned Batgirl’s costume.

This change is not the first to have happened, though. In the past, there have been a lot of characters to have used the Captain America alias. Bucky Barnes did it on the behest of a Tony Stark that was director of Shield. And in response to having a black Captain, in publication history, Isiah Bradley holds the distinction of being the first black Captain America.

In the world of comics, though, anything and everything is possible. And for those purists who are worried about the future of the Odinson and Rogers, there is an entire universe’s possibility that they’ll be holding the hammer and the shield just yet.

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Years ago, we were all hyped up by the release of a brand new Command and Conquer title. This was Red Alert 3, a title which was popularized by its plot. In it, you play one of three factions: the Soviets, who are rebuilding from the ashes of the Yuri debacle, the Allies, who are grappling with the sudden rise of their former enemies, and the Empire, a Japanese-based side which had control over massive technology and a very own Yuri-like weapon of their own.

While Red Alert provided a little comic relief in its games, the same cannot be said for Command and Conquer: Generals. These were a series of games wherein things got a little serious. Most of the units, like the Raptor, and the factions, like the Chinese Army and the GLA Army, were patterned after real-world units. Heck, a mod was even made for this series, featuring, of all persons, Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein as selectable GLA generals. There was even George Bush employing a ‘Shock-and-Awe’ campaign as a General for the USA Army.

There were some very promising games that came out of Westwood Studio’s game factory, but sadly, those days have long been gone since Westwood went offline in 2003. EA took over on the business end of selling the Command and Conquer title, going on to spawn follow ups such as the more recent Red Alert 3, and Tiberian Twilight, which has been widely vilified.

What Happened?

image courtesy of commandandconquer.com

image courtesy of commandandconquer.com

The last that we’ve heard from a Command and Conquer title was when Victory Games announced continuations and reboots for the games. However, as of this writing, Victory Games has succumbed to the pressure of reviving a hugely successful franchise that has since gone to slumber. And as a result, Victory Games was forced to cancel the projects they were working on that was C & C related and not short after, they themselves packed camp.

What was the issue with this? Was it because of the RTS that Westwood Studios successfully sold, even if it was a red flag to most other studios? This red flag is the resource gathering introduced in games like Red Alert and the Tiberian series, and of course, in the popular Blizzard series StarCraft. Other studios just didn’t see the sense of it, or didn’t know how to make it work; hence, it is pointed out as one of the reasons why Red Alert and similar titles in C & C’s fold just didn’t survive.

Still, the concept of making a game like this, which explored possibilities that could’ve happened, is too great to put down. Games like this that are found in the graveyard sometimes come back as a wholly different game, but lord forbid C&C becomes a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA). The proliferation of MOBAs in the market could make even a title such as C&C suffer considerably.

Many gamers say that it is entirely EA’s fault why the whole C&C line became the farce that it became through the years. A game like C&C certainly doesn’t deserve this, not after all those games they’ve managed to put out and made into household names through the years. EA either needs to fix their act, or bring the entire C&C line to a studio who knows its significance.

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It seems our Heroes of the Storm developers are busy rushing the game. Earlier this week, they released a big patch mostly dealing with the out-of-the-game leveling system and hero progression. This time around, Blizzard has added another interesting feature to the game—Artifacts.

So how does the Artifact system work? Think of them as power-ups. They are out-of-the-game enhancements to your hero that you can avail later on. Once you reach Player level 15, you will automatically unlock an Artifact slot. This first slot will be for your Gem Artifact slot. After unlocking the first slot, there will also be two additional slots that you can unlock by paying Gold. These slots will be exclusive to the Relic and Trinket Artifacts. They cost 2,000 each and can be purchased in no particular order.

Before a match starts, you can select which Artifacts you would like to use. But remember that you can only use one of each type of Artifact and up to three in a match. For example, you can use one Gem, Relic, and Trinket, but you cannot use a combination of two Gems and a Relic or three Trinket Artifacts in the same match. However, you can use your other Artifacts later on a different game if you choose to.

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You can select up to three Artifacts of each type

These Artifacts can later be purchased using your Gold, and you can equip, purchase and upgrade them in the Hero Selection screen.

Each Artifact will have its own attributes and can be upgraded through Gold. To upgrade, purchasing the first level will cost you 100 Gold, and upgrading it will increase the cost by 100 Gold in accumulation. This means upgrading an Artifact to level 2 will cost you 200 Gold, while upgrading it to from level 9 to level 10 costs 1000 Gold.

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Choose which Artifacts best suits your hero and game style

So far, the devs have revealed some of the Artifacts that will be released in the next patch. Check them out and their attributes:

GEM SLOT

Bold Amethyst

  • Increases maximum health by 1.5% per rank, up to a maximum of 15% at Rank 10.

Brilliant Topaz

  • Increases ability damage by 1% per rank, up to a maximum of 10% at Rank 10.

Nexus Sapphire

  • Grants a shield equal to 1% of the Hero’s maximum health per rank, up to a maximum of 10% at Rank 10. (Shields recharge after a player hasn’t taken damage for approximately 8 seconds).

Primal Ruby

  • Increases basic attack damage by 1% per rank, up to a maximum of 10% at Rank 10.

Royal Diamond

  • Reduces cooldowns for abilities by 1% per Rank, up to a maximum of 10% at Rank 10.

Skyfire Emerald

  • Increases speed of basic attacks by 1% per rank, up to a maximum of 10% at Rank 10.

 

RELIC SLOT

Alexstraza’s Scale

  • Increases health regeneration by 0.1% of your maximum health per second per rank, up to a maximum of 1% of your maximum health per second at Rank 10.

Nathrezim Blood Orb

  • Basic attack damage dealt restores health by 1% per rank, up to a maximum of 10% at Rank 10.

The Coin

  • Increases mana regeneration by +.1 mana per second per rank, up to a maximum of +1 mana per second at Rank 10.

Worldstone Shard

  • Increases damage vs. minions and structures by 1.5% per rank, up to a maximum of 15% at Rank 10.

 

TRINKET SLOT

Goblin Jumper Cables

  • Decreases death timer by 2% per rank, up to a maximum of 20% at Rank 10.

Khaydarin Amulet

  • Increases maximum mana by 4% per rank, up to a maximum of 40% at Rank 10.

Riding Crop

  • Increases Mount Speed by 2% per rank, up to a maximum of +20% at Rank 10.

Wirt’s Leg

  • Increases base movement speed by 0.5% per rank up to a maximum of 5% at Rank 10.

Image Source: Heroes of the Storm Official

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