Eminem’s New Album

Possibly the greatest rapper of all time is coming out with a new album sometime this summer. He’s been relatively quiet over the last few years, with his last solo album being in 2010. He’s finally decided to come out of the shadows and release an album that will most likely be the greatest thing since sliced bread. Eminem’s “mentor”, Dr. Dre, said at an interview that Eminem’s new album is inspiring and makes him want to make new songs. Maybe that means Dre will finally release the album Detox, which was announced over ten years ago. Anyways, Eminem’s new album is supposed to release before his tour, so a release date of late June or early July sounds reasonable. I have been waiting for this to happen for the past three years, so I am anxious to see what the GOAT of rap has to offer to his listeners.

Sneakers: Are They Really Worth It

To most people sneakers don’t mean anything but things you put your feet in. But to some people they mean much more. I wouldn’t hesitate to spend $250 on a pair of sneakers, but some people consider that crazy. To me and other sneakerheads out there, it would be worth every penny. The reason why I got into this craze is that it makes you feel elite. To me it is like getting a fancy new car. Everyone notices and immediately thinks that this person has class. Most of the time I judge people just by what kicks they have. Although collecting shoes is expensive, it is a fun hobby. The sneaker that got me into shoes were the Lebron 9 Breds. When I wore them I felt amazing. Even though they don’t do anything, you feel like you have purpose. I knew I needed more. The issue was, and still is, convincing my parents to let me buy them. For some reason, they feel sneakers are a waste of money, and I’ll always be interested in getting the next new pair. Although they are right about the later, to me sneakers are everything. It’s a sign of class, personality, and style. Whenever I buy shoes it comes right of my own pocket, so I don’t see why they would have an issue about it.

 

Shoes are not worth their price tags, but how much they mean to you. Most sneakerheads have a “Holy Grail” pair of sneakers, that they would give an arm and a leg for. Personally, mine would have to be the Galaxy Foamposites, but those are pretty much unattainable unless you are willing to pay $800. The main issue in the sneaker game is the crazy resale prices. If you aren’t willing to camp for a pair of sneakers, you will only be able to get them for double the price at a third party store. Sneakers mean a lot to me and lots of sneakerheads around the world.

What Will Make the New COD Be The Best

As most gaming enthusiasts know, Call of Duty Ghosts will be coming out November 5, 2013 for the new generation of consoles. This will be the tenth installment of the multi-million dollar franchise and as many people agree, the series is growing stale. It seems like after Modern Warfare 2 that there seems to be a cycle players go through. The first three months every is saying the game is the best, the next three months the game gets boring, but everyone still plays it, the next three months everyone goes back to playing the game released before it saying it was much better, and then the last few months everyone gets pumped for the new COD that everyone forgets about the old COD. What COD Ghosts needs to do to keep players into it is something we’ve been asking for a long time. They need to run dedicated servers for each game mode. This reduces lag to almost nothing, which means if you don’t pull host you’ll have just as good as a connection as the person who did pull host. If Infinity Ward and Activision put as much time into this as we assume, it will revolutionize the way we play video games.

Xbox One

The Xbox One was announced on May 21, 2013. This console was made to revolutionize the way you play video games. It has an 8-core CPU, 8 gigabytes of RAM, and 500 gigabytes storage, this console is taking a leap to the future. With an entirely redesigned look for everything (Xbox, controller, and Kinect), it is going to put the PS4 in a bad position going into E3 this summer. All eyes are going to be on Microsoft’s presentation instead of Sony’s because their presentation in February was so bad that they didn’t even show the console. I think that the Xbox franchise is going to greatly expand because of how cool this console is. Although they only gave the public a tidbit of information, E3 will certainly shed some light on how amazing this console is going to be. Although pricing and the release is unknown, it is rumored to be $400 and release this holiday season.

Black Ops 2: DLC Season 1

Black Ops 2 has been out for about three months now and has taken gamers by a storm. After a long wait, the first of four downloadable content is to be released on January 29, 2013. This is to be called Revolution and for good reason. This DLC is to offer so 4 new multiplayer maps, a zombie map and a new zombies game mode, and for the first time in Call of Duty history, a new gun.

The multiplayer player maps are called Hydro, Grind, Downhill, and Mirage. What makes each of these maps so unique is there is a key feature to every map. In Hydro the map plays normally, at least until a gate opens up and water picks you up and throws you out of the map. This is going to be a very interesting feature because if it is placed at a major hot spot for kills it will factor how each team plays. It might encourage sniping so they don’t have to be wiped away in the stream of water. The next map, Grind, shows a cool new way to build a multiplayer map. Based in a skate park, there are not the usual “square” terrain you usually see. This map has has concave walls, jumps, and so many other interesting build up. This map is going to be a very fast paced map due to the lack of head glitching spots and no long lines of sight. Downhill is the first snow map in Black Ops 2. It is based at a ski resort where chairlifts come through. If you get hit by a lift you die. This is probably going to be the worst map because the snow environment hides enemies. Lastly, Mirage is based in a Chinese desert and palace. It has a sandstorm, which is unique because it has never been done in Call of Duty before. This map will probably be bad if you rush because of the long lines of sights. Also, Treyarch is putting a new gun in the game. The Peacekeeper is a SMG-assault rifle hybrid. It has a slow rate of fire and low damage but makes up for it with range and low recoil. I haven’t used it, but I bet it is going to be a very good addition to the game.

For the first time ever, you can be the zombie. In the new mode called Turned you attack the humans and if you successfully kill them you spawn in as the human. This is going to be fun if you’re playing with friends, but if you don’t mess around in this gamemode your not going to have a good time. Also, a new map called Die Rise is incorporated into the game. It is based in China where you play in run down buildings. This is the biggest map ever for zombies, meaning there is so much to explore.  Continue reading

Scuf Controller: For the Serious Gamer

Scuf is a gaming company that has skyrocketed throughout the gaming community. MLGs, famous youtubers, and even serious gamers are all purchasing these. What makes their controller so appealing is its custom features. First of all the Scuf controller offers … Continue reading

Oculus Rift: A Step into the Future

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Taken by: Juns World

Every gamer has always wanted to have the experience of being in the game they’re playing. Imagine playing Call of Duty Zombies and being to feel like your life is in danger. With the Oculus Rift this is possible. The Rift is a revolutionary way to play video games. First debuting at this years CES it has wowed millions. Although it is only in its beta phases, this fine piece of machinery will change the gaming market forever.

What sets this apart from all the other failed attempts of virtual reality games is its field of view. It has a FOV of 90 degrees horizontally and 110 degrees diagonally. Also, when it comes out for consumers it is going to have a 1920×1080 display. This best part about this device is that it isn’t going to cost a fortune. For a low price of $300 it can be sitting in your living room. As of now it is only compatible with PC and Android and the games are limited. The good news is that many companies will be lining up at the doors of the company to get their games to be compatible. The Rift is set to be released for developers in April, but if you want to get your hands on it you can pre-order from their website oculusvr.com.  Continue reading

Galaxy S3: King of the Phones

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Credit by: Stereopoly Blog

The Samsung Galaxy S3(GS3) has been a huge hit, and by far the most popular phone besides the iPhone 5. The reason people all over the world seem to have it in their pockets is because it is covered by the four biggest cell phone carriers: Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T. This is huge because this is one of the few phones to be offered by all of these carriers. Even though this makes more people want to get the phone, the main reason why everyone loves this phone is because of its specs.

The Galaxy S3 has very impressive specs that competes with any of the top phones on the market. If you think of a phone with the best screen you would most likely think of the iPhone 5. If you look at the screen specs on both phones the GS3 is actually a little better. For starters the screen size of the GS3 is a whopping 4.8 inches compared to the iPhone’s tiny 4 inch screen. Also, the iPhone is acclaimed for having a “revolutionary” resolution and pixel density(PPI or pixels per inch). The GS3’s resolution is 720 x 1080 pixels and a PPI of 306, while the inferior iPhone has 640 x 1136 pixels and a PPI of 326. The GS3’s screen just manages to be better than the iPhone, but the GS3 is still dominant. Another key spec for the GS3 is its blazing fast quad core processor. It is always smooth running with it and even with a million apps running in the background it will still run almost completely lag free.  Continue reading

What Makes a Good Baseball Team

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Every year baseball fans wonder what team will win it all. This year it was the San Francisco Giants, a team that was not even considered to make it to the World Series. Even if the team did not win it all, they still would have been the best team in the MLB. Although the Giants’ team isn’t the strongest or the fastest, they have something special that allows them to win.

This “something special” is being clutch. Look at their postseason run. They were down 2-0 in their first series against the Reds, looking elimination square in the eye, and they managed to win their next three games to move on. After that, they were down 3-1 in the series against the Cardinals. Almost everyone had them counted out, but their amazing resistance to defeat lead them to their second World Series in three years. There is no other team that has the ability to do this besides them.  Continue reading

Outsourcing: The Death of a Strong Economy

Outsourcing: The Death of a Strong Economy

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One of the main issues in the spotlight of the United States presidential election is the poor economy. People can place blame on many different factors that they believe contribute to this problem. However, I think that the obvious culprit to our financial situation is outsourcing. Outsourcing is a cheap way to make items by finding a manufacturer out of the country with low labor costs. They in turn sell you the items at a lower cost than what you would find in the US, but usually at a lower quality level.

Therefore, the job unemployment rate rapidly rises in the US because businesses have less of a need to hire people. It is an outrage that we still do it and the solution to turning around our economy is quite apparent. We need to realize that companies trying to save a few bucks are bringing the downfall of the American Dream.

Many people argue that outsourcing is good because it saves money and makes businesses more profitable. Honestly, it may save a wealthy business owner a pretty penny up front, but in the long run it ends up hurting them, too. This is because taxes continue to rise in an effort to support unemployment benefits. The money that they are supposedly saving is being spent in taxes in the end. I wonder why we have not stopped this, but hopefully, we will all see that the way to an industrial and economic boost is by stopping outsourcing.