Silent Hunter

Silent Hunter may prove to be the best WWII submarine warfare sim ever to hit the market. It recreates the feel of being aboard an actual WWII sub with great detail and authenticity, yet still provides a simple, intuitive interface that won't force you to join the Navy just to get things moving.

The geography of the coastlines you'll prowl are also executed with fine detail. Accurate models of coastal cities, ports, and harbors were created for Silent Hunter, based on actual period maps of the wartime pacific theater. There are nine of these coastal patrol zones, extending from the Solomons to the Sea of Japan, and all boast the same emphasis on realism. The graphics are SVGA throughout, with digitized recreations of over 40 Imperial Japanese Navy and merchant ships.

Run silent, run deep. Good advice in this very accurate - and enjoyable - WWII submarine sim.

From up on deck, you'll view the picket boats and destroyers in a hi-res window.

SSI also retained the services of William ‘Bud" Gruner, commander of the USS Skate, as a technical advisor to the designers. Gruner is the recipient of the Navy Cross and Silver Star for sinking thousands of tons of enemy steel, including a light cruiser. Gruner also provides narration of technical and tactical matters, and shares some of his real-life anecdotes.

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Ultraviolet Review

This movie came out a while ago on DVD and I was tempted to buy it. The trailers made me think of an Equilibrium type movie, albeit a bit over the top, and I was about 5 minutes from walking out of my door to go and pay good money to see Ultraviolet when I glanced at Rotten Tomatoes and decided to wait until the DVD release. Well, I didn't buy it on DVD and I didn't rent it (I'll let you speculate on how I managed to watch it) and I am so thankful now that none of my money will reach the studio, the actors, the writers, the directors, or anyone associated with this movie. In case that last line didn't give it away, I hated Ultraviolet. Actually, hated my not be a strong enough word. Ultraviolet is anathema to my very being, it is the antimatter to my matter. I feel like I could just keep making absurd analogies concerning the horrific nature of this movie, but I don't have the energy after watching it.

The acting was non-existent. Unless the "actors" were actually trying to be that bad, because in that case they should win an Academy Award because you cannot even try to act as poorly as the cast of this movie. The action sequences were crap. I guess the writers (although I don't see how it could take more than a drunk monkey and a typewriter to write this script) and the director watched Equilibrium a few times and decided to copy its fight sequences but to make them so horrible that the audience would develop a subarachnoid hemorrhage as a defense mechanism. That's right, the movie is so bad that it will actually cause your ophthalmic artery to form an aneurysm and compress the ipsilateral optic nerve. That bad.

The only redeeming part of the whole movie was the end. I don't mean how the movie ended, just the fact that it did end. DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE. Please. If I hadn't just taken two English finals today and finished up two papers last night, I would probably spend the next few hours writing a dissertation on how bad this movie is. I give it zero stars out of infinity. If giving it a negative infinity out of infinity actually made made a mathematical difference, I would give it that. This movie is bad, please don't watch it.

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Doom 3 Review

ID Software set the standard in first person shooters back in 1993 with the release of the original Doom. With its violent graphics, vicious demons and demonic plotline, Doom wormed its way into the hearts of many. Building on that success, ID Software also went on to develop Quake, another successful franchise.

Doom is set in the future, 2145 to be exact, and the United Aerospace Corporation (UAC) is the most powerful company in the world. With limitless funding, they’re able to engage in many enterprises, including research on multiple scientific frontiers, whether ethical or not. The sheer arrogance of going into unethical research causes the gates of Hell to open and therefore, lead to the fall of UAC Mars Research base.

The level and environmental design bring to life the chilling UAC Mars base. The dark setting of the whole game tends to block aspects of the background. This can be a bad thing at times because too much darkness in the game can cause eyestrain; even with the flashlight available. You really do not want to be relying on the flashlight alot as it takes more than that to dispatch some of the horrors lying in wait for you.

The creatures of Doom 3 are truly frightening. A lot of the creatures found in this offering are remakes that appeared in the original game. The Imps have a new fierceness to them and in the dark, you’ll definitely be wondering when the next one pops out. Cacodemons’ “creep” factor has been taken up a notch with its new biological/mechanical design, complete with flaming trails. You will meet these and more terrifying monsters as you progress through the possessed UAC Facilities. The developers of this game did not stray from the original, as a lot of the weapons return in this version. You have everything from your fists to the BFG9K, giving you a lot of options on dealing with the enemy at different intervals. Its not advisable to use the Rocket launcher or the grenades in a closed area, and its impractical to try and pick off enemies from a distance using the shotgun.

A majority of Doom 3 is played out in the dark. A truly frightening thing when all you have to illuminate the way is a flashlight (unlike the flashlight attachment on the assault rifle in HALO). A flamethrower would’ve been good too but its absent from this game. The flashlight as a weapon is okay, but its insufficient for a lot of the possible situations that could happen to you within the game. It wouldn’t be wise to engage large hordes of possessed corpses or the stronger demons with only a flashlight.

Counting against Doom 3’s favour is the fish-bowl effect caused by minor warping at the edges and corners of the screen. It definitely produces a headache should you try to spin around, which can happen a lot when you’re surrounded by an assortment of monsters. The effect is subdued later on when you become used to it, but it never goes away completely, and is a major annoyance later on when facing hordes.

The controls of Doom 3 are definitely responsive, which allows for weapon changes and rapid movements. If it weren't for the fish-bowl effect, it would be a joy to string together multiple strafes and spins to counter encirclement by various creatures. The control scheme is rather intuitive, for those who are familiar with HALO, the white button used to activate the flashlight is certainly a familiar sight. The Black button used to activate the PDA may become a bit fiddly at times, especially during those moments when a creature appears out of nowhere and you have to quickly switch weapons.

With the current selection of difficulty levels in Doom 3, you should be able to pick the right one for you. Keep in mind though that a lot of the attributes of the game are changed with each level up. The monsters become harder and also multiply in number, supplies are limited etc. At 27 levels, Doom 3 has a good length without being dragged out or coming up short. This is of course assuming that the reader is a casual gamer, the more hardcore of you out there will find this a little short. Especially if you play this in 8 hour chunks at a time.

A major fault with Doom 3 is its lack of Autosave. The fact that this is absent from the game causes you to frequently go into the options screen and save manually. We all know how much fun that is and how frustrating it can be to keep saving manually when you’re at full health. Checkpoints should have been setup at regular intervals so there wouldn’t need to be any manual saving, which can very much detract from the experience.

The music is very subtle in Doom 3 and done very nicely. The music blends in with the creepy mood of the game and adds to the impact that the sound effects have. As the old adage goes “less is more”. From the whispers in the background to chaingun fire, Doom 3’s sound effects are definitely one of its strong points. The combination of these elements give a truly immersive experience, especially for those with high-end speakers. Doom 3 has some very fine performances put in by the voice actors. The voices definitely suit their respective roles and the screams are definitely blood curdling, just try and convince yourself its not real within a 5.1 surround sound setting.

A lot of people will definitely enjoy the extras that ID have included with this Doom release. Ultimate Doom and Doom II have definitely found a place in the hearts of a lot of gamers, who will become very nostalgic upon setting foot in the original classic and its hair raising sequel, included on the disc. Doom 3 is definitely a worthy sequel to the infamous series, although some of its more glaring faults; such as the lack of autosave and the headache inducing visuals may detract from an otherwise immersive experience. Nevertheless, it is still very much an excellent game and a worthwhile addition to any games collection.

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Judo and Jujutsu

Judo is a form of wrestling used mostly in self-defense, and made popular by MMA tournaments such as UFC. It is based on a a knowledge of where the weak points in the human body are located. As a sport it is known as jujutsu or jujitsu. These are Japanese words, for it is most popular in Japan.

The object of judo is to kill or so injure an attacker as to make him completely defenseless. Judo was taught to men in the United States armed services during World War II so that they could defend themselves against enemy soldiers, especially the Japanese, in hand-to-hand combat.

A student of judo is taught how to press or strike various nerve centers and muscles of his opponent so as to temporarily paralyze him. Some of these centers are the solar plexus (just below the ribs), the Adam’s apple, the area behind the ear, and the upper lip. These centers are struck with the side of the hand, stunning the opponent and leaving him open for more direct attacks. Such attacks may often result in serious injury or even death due to damage of the nervous system, brain, and other sensitive areas of the body.

Jujutsu is a scientific way of wrestling. Balancing himself on his right hand, a Japanese expert places his opponent in a leg “scissors” while pulling him down and back with his left hand. He combines a throat-lock with an arm twist, and at the same time throws his opponent off balance by pushing his right foot into the knee.

Another important part of judo is to get your opponent off balance by striking or “clipping” him below the back of the knee with our leg, throwing him back and off his guard. There are various other ways of unbalancing the opponent, such as grasping the hand and quickly turning your back toward him, throwing him over your shoulder. This requires much practice and fast footwork. Such methods of attack make it possible for a small person to overcome a bigger person with little trouble. In fact, the weight of the bigger person is often a disadvantage to him, because the bigger he is the harder he falls.

Judo is often said to be a “dirty” form of jujutsu in which no holds are barred. Jujutsu was first developed by Chinese monks thousands of years ago to defend themselves against robbers. It was taken over by the warrior class of Japan, the samurai, who secretly passed it on from one generation to another. In modern Japan it is taught in schools to children in the form of physical training, and many Japanese soon became very good at it. The secrecy surrounding jujutsu has given many people the idea that it is the best method of defense and attack. However, a good wrestler can hold his own and even win over a jujutsu expert. Many jujutsu holds are used in modern wrestling and MMA.

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Unlock your Imagination - Play Games Online

Playing online games can be beneficial somehow for all ages. One of its good benefits is that it can improve your intellectual skills and creativeness. You will also be exposed in a real world as some games convey and depict characters and settings in the real world. The graphics of most games are of high quality too. This is one reason why most people want to play online games nowadays. And they become knowledgeable in three-dimensional settings too just like the one they can perceive in reality. With this their mental skills are enhanced. Besides heightening their intellectual skills their boredom will also vanish. This is because they are entertained and have fun playing online game. A game that has all the above mechanics is the very challenging game called Minecraft, as explained in this article.

All About Minecraft

You will unlock your imagination when you play MInecraft. This game can be downloaded at its official website or in some online gaming site for free or with small amount. You will certainly enjoy this game! You will be given blocks that you are going to use for building your materials and world. You can build a castle, bridge or houses, and many more.

The game has two active modes namely the creative mode and the survival mode. In creative mode you will not die. You will not experience hunger too. And you will not sleep. You can build tools and materials that you need to survive. And you can even fly and see the world you have created. Then if you are ready to a more challenging level you will then try the survival mode. With this mode you have to be resourceful on how to survive and defend yourself. You must create tools for fighting against the attackers at night such as the monsters, spiders, and zombies. You will also experience hunger in this mode. And you need to find food by harvesting vegetables and fruits. You need to sleep too just in the real world. To protect yourself you may also build barricades out of the blocks that you have. These blocks can represent stones, woods, or dirt, among others. There is also an adventure mode for the version 1.3 of Minecraft. With this mode the player can experience adventures and custom maps. The play is just like in the survival mode. You can also interact with other players with this mode.

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Minecraft - The Greatest Game of the Decade

In 2009, Markus Persson released the best game of the decade: Minecraft. Minecraft is a sandbox game, this means it is a game based on the real scenarios of life. This includes the need for survival, so the players must feed the character in order for it to live. The player should also be able to provide the character the necessary shelter for protection. This is because, just like the real world, the night holds a lot of surprises, which are usually deadly for the character. But the best part, is when the players get to create their own world.

Creating A Place

Minecraft is a game that is all about creation. The players must destroy the things around them in order to create something. One of the first things they have to make is a shelter. This is because the shelter is something that will protect them. Aside from that, their shelter is one of the things that will serve as the masterpiece of the player’s imagination. There are no limits when it comes to creating something, as long as the player can imagine it, he can do it using the things that are around him.

To add to the already exciting game, the developers added other modes like quests and PvP’s. This will allow you to earn funds in order to add a piece of land to your properties or buy some items that will make your character live longer and stronger. Surviving the quests and other modes will also depend on these things. The character should be strong enough or the character should carry special items to help him. All of these things can be created and crafted with the things that surround the player. All they have to do is to destroy using the pickaxe, and create a sword with the debris.

This game is a mixture of real life and the greatest role playing games that people play online. The characters will live like human beings and they will do the things like fantastic characters in an online game. This is a kind of game that will give the player a lot of creative freedom. This will not limit them to the things provided by the game because the game gave them the right to create something for themselves. You can try Minecraft for free on some secure websites like or by answering some online surveys that will not even take 30 minutes of your time. By then, you’ll have the time of your life.

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