Hector: Badge of Carnage Microreview

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Hector: Badge of Carnage Microreview – 17/20!

Hector: Badge of Carnage is an episodic graphic adventure game developed by Straandlooper and published by Telltale Games.

Hector is a drunken, violent and vulgar detective inspector with the Clappers Wreake Police Department. “Everyone is guilty” is his credo and although he has a personal penchant for certain criminal activities, he struggles to eliminate the truly warped and perverse criminals infesting Clappers Wreake; the crime capital of England and the town that took the ‘Great’ out of Britain.

This game is funky good! Picture a crime drama, with a large injection of vulgarity and offbeat humor and you’re in the plot of Hector: Badge of Carnage. The animation style is quirky and unique, but shouldn’t be mistaken for crude (unless we’re discussing subject matter). The sound quality (not to be confused with the voice acting) of the first episode was a little rough and hollow, but improved with each episode.

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Happy Independence Day!

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It’s Independence Day here in the United States of America, and while I’ve never really been a person who is interested in politics, this year has really made me think about what being an American is and what independence means to me.

No worries, I am not going to shovel my deep thoughts on you, let’s keep it light! What I will say that I am thankful I have been given the right to live my life the way I want to live it due to others before me standing for what they believe in. I am also thankful for those who are doing what they can now to ensure that we still have that freedom. I hope you have the freedom celebrate this holiday in your own way.

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Mission: To Drink More Water!

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One of my 2017 New Year’s Resolutions is to start drinking 100 oz. of water daily. At the beginning of the year I was attempting this with a 16 oz. glass water tumbler, but with frequent refills I found myself losing track of how many ounces I had already drank throughout the day. To make this easier, I purchased a 40 oz. water bottle from 45 Degrees Latitude so I would only need to fill it 2 1/2 times for the whole day, and it is the best water bottle I’ve ever owned!

WaterBottleBesides it’s nifty volume size, my 45 Degrees Latitude water bottle is so well insulated it keeps my water cold for at least 12 hours or more. Their website claims that these bottles will keep cold beverages chilly for up to 24 hours and I’d believe it based on what I’ve experienced. Twelve hours is how longest I’ve let water sit inside of mine before finishing it off and it was still cold and fresh. It’s made drinking water so much easier and tastier!

Back to the subject of water intake, I made this resolution because I’ve read about the many benefits of water for our bodies and since I’ve increased my intake I’ve felt so much better internally and externally. I’m now on a mission to encourage my friends and family to increase their water intake too!

Here are the potential benefits of drinking water:

  • Alleviate back pain
  • Boost energy levels
  • Boost immune system
  • Banish headaches
  • Improve complexion
  • Improve digestion
  • Improve mood
  • Flush out toxins
  • Prevent hangovers
  • Prevent kidney stones
  • Promote weight loss
  • Regulate body temperature
  • Relieve constipation
  • Relieve fatigue

Mass Effect: Andromeda Microreview

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Mass Effect: Andromeda Microreview – 18/20!

Mass Effect: Andromeda is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts.

The player assumes the role of a male or female Ryder twin, a relatively inexperienced military recruit who joins the Andromeda Initiative and wakes up in the Andromeda universe after a 600-year journey. Shortly after waking, Ryder is thrust into the role of humanity’s Pathfinder, whose job is to find a suitable living environment, but also finds himself or herself dealing with an antagonistic alien race called the Kett.

If they wanted separation from the original series, they achieved it. This game has the general feel of a Mass Effect game, but with a greater focus on exploration and discovery. Overall I enjoyed this game, but I was disappointed in the lack of closure in several plot points and how unpolished the game was upon release. I’m excited to see what the future of this series holds and hope that they really focus on ironing out the technical details before delivering.

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The Benefits of Meditation

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For positive reinforcement I’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of the benefits of meditation. Please share with us if you’ve had personal experience with any of these benefits or experienced any other benefits.

EMOTIONAL

  • Boosts positivity
  • Decreases feelings of loneliness
  • Helps with depression
  • Reduces stress

HEALTH

  • Boosts your immune system
  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Lowers your oxygen consumption
  • Minimizes pain
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces your cortisol levels

PRODUCTIVITY

  • Boosts your creativity
  • Improves multitasking
  • Improves your memory
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Lengthens your attention span
  • Makes you more attentive

SOCIAL

  • Builds on your compassion for others
  • Helps regulate your emotions
  • Increases social connection
  • Lowers anxiety

Dragon Age: Inquisition Dragons

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In Dragon Age: Inquisition there are 10 different dragons roaming the continent of Thedas that will require careful planning, proper gear and companions to defeat.

I thought it best to keep this simple. I’ve created the chart above for a quick guide to the name, level, area found, strengths and weaknesses of each Dragon breed.

  • Gear up with items that resist each dragon’s strength.
  • Bring potions that resist each dragon’s strength.
  • Bring weapons and companions that attack with each dragon’s weakness.
  • Keep warriors at the front of the dragon to take the brunt of all the attacks.
  • Melee rogues need to flank the dragon, far enough forward to avoid tail swipes and far enough backward to avoid breath and claw attacks.
  • Ranged classes need to be to the side, far enough away to avoid physical attacks, but close enough not to trigger the Vortex ability that sucks all long range characters in and does massive damage.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Dragon Age: Inquisition Microreview

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Microreview – 20/20!

Dragon Age: Inquisition is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts.

The player guides their character, the Inquisitor, through closing a tear in the sky called the “Breach”, which is unleashing dangerous demons into the world. The Inquisitor recruits many allies from different races and backgrounds to help him/her seal the Breach and settle the civil unrest or war throughout the continent of Thedas. Together they can defeat enemies with swords and magic, complete side quests, interact with non-playable characters, and progress through the main story.

This game is so beautiful and enjoyable to play! I am always a sucker for dragons and here there be dragons aplenty! While you need to reach an acceptable level to challenge each different breed of dragon, it’s definitely worth it once you see them in action! The way they sound and move is the epitome of how I believe a wild dragon would act in most imaginations. Beyond the dragons, I appreciate how Bioware is always working to improve the ability for players to customize their experience while still telling a great story and many side stories, I couldn’t have asked for a better chapter in the Dragon Age universe.

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