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Jun

iPad – Mystery Agency: Secrets of the Orient Review

If there is one word that can sum up Mystery Agency: Secrets of the Orient it is “tedious.”  However, to be harsher one might instead give it the moniker of “boring.”  Mystery Agency: Secrets of the Orient is a shining example of how great the hidden object genre truly was…ten years ago.  Then again, even back then the game would have a hard time standing out from the crowd due to the truly horrendous gameplay pitfalls that make the title a true slog.

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25
Jun

Marketing – You have to be joking…

Every so often I like to pull up the list of the most expensive movies of all time to take a quick look to see how many of them I ended up liking and thinking that the money was well spent.  I remember back in high school I kept asking people how much certain movies cost and more often than not everyone got it wrong…very wrong.

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23
Jun

Photography – Fairview Mall Food Court

My next set of pictures come from Fairview Mall which is probably my most visited shopping mall of all time.  I don’t know whether or not that is a positive or negative factor!  Regardless, here are a few shots from different angles of the food court area which was renovated a few years ago.  Before the renovation this area used to be empty space that was only utilized for special events such as building Santa Claus’ castle during X-Mas season.  The food court was previously located upstairs near the cinemas but I figure that the owner decided on a major redesign.  I can’t say it has hurt as the food court is almost continuously packed and is about impossible to find a seat on weekends.

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20
Jun

WP7 – Harbor Master Review

I find it ironic that my first game review for Windows Phone 7 ends up being a port from Apple’s iOS series of devices which, for the uninitiated, means their iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad line of products.  While Microsoft fans are probably still bawling their eyes out now that Apple has surpassed them in every which way imaginable to become the number one tech brand we should treat this news with a grain of salt.  Every industry is cyclical, a phenomenon that Apple is much too well aware of due to their history.  That said having major iOS titles grace Windows Phone 7 is not such a bad thing and Microsoft fans should at least smile that they have them instead of the other dreaded competitor which rhymes with Boogle.

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17
Jun

iPad – Awakening: The Dreamless Castle HD Review

Awakening: The Dreamless Castle from Big Fish Games is yet another in a long line of hidden object games that more or less follows the genre blueprint to a fault.  However, the game has an incredibly pleasing fairy tale art style coupled with an appropriately moody soundtrack and though the story could have been ripped from Sleeping Beauty the final product manages to acquit itself enough to stand apart from other genre heavy-weights.

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16
Jun

Movie – The Little Mermaid (1989) Review

* The following review was written by me in 1989 (22 years ago!) for my school’s Entertainment News & Views publication and presented here for historical record*

When one thinks of animated films, the first thought that comes to mind is Walt Disney.  For generations Disney has produced animated classics ranging from historical legends such as Robin Hood or King Arthur to fairy tales such as Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty.  Now Disney has released its twenty-eighth animated feature, The Little Mermaid coming nearly one year after Oliver and Company became the industry’s biggest animated film ever (domestic gross of 52,600,000)

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14
Jun

Photography – iPad 2 Launch

For my first photography post I looked into my recent photo backups and realized that I might as well start from a recent event thus here are two shots I took while I was lining up on iPad 2 launch day at the Best Buy at Markville Shopping Mall.  I can’t say that they are the most interesting or dynamic shots I’ve ever taken but as is customary with these types of events I find people tend to take shots of the huge lineup as a kind of memento.  In hindsight I wish I had taken a photo of the iPad 2 launch in Fairview Mall since people were lining up from the Apple Store all the way to the other side of the mall – we’re talking hundreds of people!

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13
Jun

iPhone – Kung Fu Panda 2: Be The Master Review

If imitation is the highest form of flattery then it must follow that the developers of THQ’s Kung Fu Panda 2: Be The Master absolutely love Doodle Jump and Fruit Ninja as they have in essence copied those games so well that you would expect a team of lawyers to descend immediately on THQ’s head office.  Make no mistake, Kung Fu Panda 2: Be The Master is certainly a fun and enjoyable title but it in no way adds a modicum of originality outside of its glossy veneer and expensive movie license.

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