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This week I was sent a short story by author “Alex Leu” about a female cyborg in a who dreams of more. A female lead, sci-fi, cyber punk, thriller — This screams my genre, so here is my review on this unique short story.

Amy is different from those around her. She was destined to be a star, but instead she works the same factory job for 30 years and wonders if she is the only one around her with the same wish to be more human.

I really enjoyed this short story, and it left me wanting more! I wish there was more detail on the city where Amy lived, and how they all came to be. However, it also leaves this great mystery and the feeling that the author has left you hanging. (On the edge of your seat!)
The story is quick, precise and very to the point. It fits my style completely, and I read it in one sitting… leaving me with my thoughts afterwards.
I would love to hear more about Amy and her adventures! Thanks for giving me this opportunity Alex, and I cant wait to see what is next.

If you would like to learn more about “Skin 2.0” or Alex Leu, you can check out his word press here.

Alexandra Eve joined Resident Entertainment in 2016 as our Sims writer. She has always enjoyed the Sims series and as one of the biggest fans of the game, we think she is the best choice out there to cover The Sims. She has been playing video games since her father introduced her to the Commodore 64 in the early 90's. She enjoys retro games, family games, puzzle games, some role playing games and also, Simulation Games. Her favourite games include Pokemon, The Sims, Animal Crossing, Kirby and Lego Games.

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Star Wars Propel Drone Launch Event In Sydney

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Propel Launch event

Recently I was lucky enough to attend the Star Wars Propel Launch event in Sydney and got to preview all three of their drones. If you’re a Star Wars fan, these toys are an interesting release this year as they’ve created a drone for three well known Star Wars ships. These include the Star Wars 74-Z Speeder Bike, Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Starfighter and the Star Wars Tie Advanced X1.

When flying them, the drones do look quite like the famous Star Wars ships. I had thought initially that they would move more like helicopters because of their done setup. But surprisingly when you do fly them, they do look pretty good in the air and can move back and forth rather well. It was explained to me while there that the propellers on the drones are made to be transparent rather than coloured so that when they spin, it’s hard for the eye to see them. I couldn’t really see them at all when the drones were flying so it does give the appearance that the ships are flying on their own (without propellers). I spent a good amount of time with both the T-65 Wing Starfighter and the Tie Advanced X1 models and was impressed with how they manoeuvred.

Star Wars 74-Z Speeder Bike you can see the clear propeller's under the drone

Star Wars 74-Z Speeder Bike you can see the clear propeller’s under the drone

At the event there was a short presentation from a few people from Propel who demonstrated and explained what types of things these drones could do. Interestingly, if you know a few people who own one, you can actually create your own battles. Each of the drones comes with a LiFi capability, which is a mode of data transfer that is faster than WiFi and functions by transmitting light. With the LiFi added to the drones, they were able to use the technology to allow the ships to fight each other. Basically you can shoot another ship with your drone and if you hit the other ship, it will recognise it as a ‘hit’ and this will be recorded as a point. Points are recorded in battles using the Propel app, which players also use to learn to fly the ships as well.

I found all this to be interesting, having not really flown a drone at all myself, it was a fun experience learning to fly one for the first time. If you’re a Star Wars fan, then this is certainly something that’s appealing. They will however cost you $199 for the standard edition and $299 for the collector’s edition. If you do choose to buy one, they are really the same ships and drones as far as I could see, but the collector’s edition does come with an extra nice box and is quite well presented. There’s a little surprise when you un-box it, in that Star Wars music will play. Your ship will be nicely presented in a clear case and mounted on a stand, which are things that don’t come with the standard edition purchase.

Star Wars 74-Z Speeder Bike - Limited Edition Box

Star Wars 74-Z Speeder Bike – Limited Edition Box

I thought I’d include a little of the product details for these drones and they’re as follows:

· Batteries: 4 AA 1.5v alkaline batteries (not included) for wireless remote control

· Charge time: 30-40 minutes average

· Run time: 6-8 minutes

In my view the products were impressive. There’s an app you can use which will teach you the basics of flying, so you don’t break them when you first get it. The ability to battle other people who have drones is also an interesting option. Depending on your budget, these might be a little expensive for some, but it is quite an advanced toy. If you’re looking to just have the drone and have some fun and really want this, I’d recommend the standard edition over the limited edition set. They’re a lot of fun to fly and kids will really love playing with them, but keep in mind the battery time for each use, which I think is the only limitation these toys have. If you’re buying this for a kid, you’re going to spend a lot of time charging it back up for them.

With Christmas coming soon, these will likely be popular toys and a common ask from kids who are Star Wars fans. If you’re buying one of these, keep in mind flying these about does require a big area, your backyard might be okay, but I do recommend taking them to a park to fly instead as it also will help you to not crash it into walls or fences at first (although the toy is quite durable, I wouldn’t recommend doing it). If you’re learning how to fly them, more space is always good.

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EB Expo 2017 Gold Coast

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This last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend the EB Expo on the Gold Coast, while I have attended many conventions before and given my full-time job as a worker in a hotels conference department, I have been behind the scenes of many conferences and expos in the past, the EB Expo was something on a whole new scale.

Over the two days that the show was open I spent a lot of my time in queues or standing back and watching as people played games all around me but I did not spend all my time in idle thought. I was extremely lucky to be able to play a good number of the biggest titles coming out in the next few months. While a couple of the triple A titles held no appeal to me, there were enough other games to keep me more than busy.

Since I am fond of lists, I will do a quick list of my personal highlights at the expo. Some of these games are coming out very, very soon and a couple are still a few months off, all of them were excellent.

Wolfenstein 2: A New Colossus

Bethesda have been going from strength to strength with their first-person shooters, the company previously only known for Elder Scrolls and Fallout now have a solid reputation with both Doom and Wolfenstein to their name. In this case, the good reputation is well earnt.

The gameplay is just as smooth as Wolfenstein: The New Order and the gore is all there as well. This game is not for the faint of heart. In fact, the booth at EB Expo was a closed room that was restricted to people 18 and over. While I think that might be a little excessive personally, if you don’t want your young teenager to very graphically tear digital enemy’s limb from limb then perhaps get them a different game.

The demo I played, I believe, was the same one shown at E3 earlier this year, so no new information about the game was given out, but that’s ok. Wolfenstein 2 launches in Australia on the 27th of October. I can’t wait to see what happens after the cliffhanger that they left me with.

At the Bethesda Booth during EB Expo 2017

At the Bethesda Booth during EB Expo 2017

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 is the only Ubisoft game that I could bring myself to play. Partly because of the enormous lines but also because after my experience with ‘Watch Dogs’ I have been a bit sour on the studio. I feel like most of their games are just clones of the previous one, except with maybe a slightly more powerful graphics engine and a new story. Far Cry 5 was not massively surprising in its execution, meaning that it was nothing new.

Playing it reminded me a lot of my time playing the first game back when I was in high school. The aiming felt clunky and the movement controls were very normal. Nothing about Far Cry 5 stood out to me, but about 90% of the crowd at EB Expo would probably disagree with me. If you like the previous games, then Far Cry 5 will probably not disappoint you.

Ni No Kuni 2

Ni No Kuni 2 is one of the handful of games that I was very excited to get my hands on and it did not let me down. I love the aesthetic of this game. Not only is the art amazing but the controls are easy to understand and very smooth to play. Instead of the exploration and boss fights that were available to play on the demo, I decided to try the new feature that has been added to the game.

It’s something of a RTS/Beat em up mash up that reminds me of the paper/rock/scissors method of gameplay in a lot of games these days but with a touch of Dynasty Warriors style of smashing away huge swathes of enemies. I’m told this new mini game is how the characters travel from region to region, probably for the first time, as the story moves along. It was great fun and an excellent addition to the franchise. I look forward to playing Ni No Kuni 2 again soon.

Sonic Forces

The return of sonic to the major consoles is a huge thing. Not only that, it’s a well-done variation. For the last decade Sonic fans have had to make do with older games or the honestly sub-par releases from the primary studios. But now, finally, a Sonic game that lives up to the previous ones is on the verge of release.

Of course, my judgement on the game is a bit skewed. I was never very good at the original sonic games and Sonic Forces is no different. The boss level that I was playing on, destroyed me. A lot. It was embarrassing. But since the original games did the same thing, while I could progress a decent amount in some of the more recent releases, I think they have managed to capture my Sonic nostalgia very well.

I look forward to hearing what more rabid fans of the franchise think.

Detroit: Become Human

From the studio who gave us the masterpieces of ‘Beyond: Two Souls’ and ‘Heavy Rain’ we get yet another highly cinematic game. Quantic Dream never fails to amaze me with how gorgeous their games are. The scene that I got to play was just a short part of the game, hardly even 5 minutes long, depending on how much time you took it could be longer. I was told that that one scene has six different endings, everything from a ‘happy ending’ all around to a ‘very, very bad end’. I got somewhere in the middle I am happy to say.

The controls on this game are a bit strange but not so stupid that it requires a long time to figure them out. My only possible complaint it about how the camera follows and controls but hopefully in the full game there is some customization there. Overall though ‘Detroit: Become Human’ is probably going to be one of the biggest names in early 2018, if you enjoy the heavy story type of game then it’s a must have.

Super Mario Odyssey

I had to get in very early to play Super Mario Odyssey, and with good reason. The lines for this game was on par with the Ubisoft lines, because this new Super Mario game is amazing fun. It was my first time using a Nintendo Switch and I was able to figure out the controls almost instantly. Not only did it play extremely smoothly but it looked amazing. This game is going to be a great addition to the library of any Switch owners, it’s fun gameplay and the portable nature of the Switch put it miles above any Mario game on the DS.

After playing Super Mario Odyssey I am now sorely tempted to get a Switch. A financial move I was not even considering before last weekend. That’s just how good this game and the console are. This comes out the same day as Wolfenstein 2 in Australia, so it’s a great alternative pick up for anyone who doesn’t want to bath in the blood of their enemy’s.

Overall, EB Expo was great fun. The chance to spend a couple of days playing games that are not even released yet, some of which won’t even come out till next year, is something that I never thought I would get without first going to the United States. So EB Games bringing a small taste of E3 to Australia shores is something of a dream come true.

I can’t wait for next year, I will do my best to attend, regardless of where it is going to be held in 2018. I can’t wait to play more exclusive and meet more amazing people.

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UPDATE: “The Sims 4: Bowling Night Stuff” Pack Announced!

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If you like neon lights, knocking things over and sharing shoes with strangers — then this Stuff Pack might be right up your alley.

Since they dropped the HUGE update including toddlers at the beginning of the year, the team at The Sims 4 have been a bit quiet. Either they are all taking holidays to get away and let us play with our sim children, or they are working on something big. Anyway, with a new update on the way and a new trailer showing more details for the latest stuff pack “The Sims 4: Bowling Night Stuff”. There is lots to keep the simmers busy, all in time for the Easter holidays!

The pack features heaps of new items, objects, fashion and new animations related to Ten Pin Bowling. It seems a bit extreme to dedicate a WHOLE pack to just one hobby, but hey, it’s EA after all. There is a new Bowling community lot included and you can also place Bowling Lanes in your house! Become the Ultimate King Pin and level up the new Bowling Skill and unlock trick shots and additional balls and more!

You can click here to view The Sims Official Trailer, or watch the video below for my thoughts and opinions as I dissect this trailer and leave nothing to spare…

“The Sims 4: Bowling Night Stuff” is set for release on the 30th of March 2017!

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