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8:45 PM on 09.22.2013

iOS 7.0 First Impressions

- - Oh Apple, how you've once again made us happy that we own your over priced leash to the universe. You gave us a new look, a new feel, all the while not alienating the "hip" parent trying to relate to theirs kids by buying into the Apple community.  Even if you don't like the new iOS 7.0, I bet you, at least, tried to seem happy as you showed it off to all your non-iPhone friends; all 2 of them. Not because you don't have very many friends, but because that's how many people in the world don't own an iPhone.

The most obvious thing you will encounter is the new home screen.  I'm sorry to start off with a negative but... this is one of the worst things Apple has ever done.  They took a modern, clean, professional, neutral yet relatable home screen and turned it into a neon-circus that makes my eyes bleed.  The only backgrounds that go with this new color scheme are characters from Happy Tree Friends.

That aside, this new iOS has some really awesome features. The most ambitious one is the introduction of the new iTunes Radio.  Basically it's Pandora, but built into the phone.  Pandora is more accurate in terms of playing songs similar to the original band; though to be fair Pandora has had time to perfect it's magic. iTunes itself is awesome! They combined the album view and song view together.  So brilliant and simple I can't believe it wasn't done years ago.

Siri, got a new face lift as well and voice lessons to match! However her listening skills, not too unlike my girl friend's, still has a ways to go.  "T.G.I. Friday's" is not "T.J buy Thai plays".

One of my FAVORITE new features is the lock screen apps.  Besides being able to set an alarm every 5 minutes on your friend's locked iPhone, you can do actual productive things like turn on the new built in flash light and adjust the brightness of the screen.

There are probably hundreds of things I've missed worth mentioning but there's just not enough time in a day. Overall, solid upgrade, I can't wait to see what's on the drawing board of iOS 8.

~Roll6   read

8:01 PM on 09.18.2013

Darkest before A New Dawn - League of Legends Season Rewards


     With the League of Legends Season 3 Championships becoming the focus of much of the gaming world, it signals the coming of another event; the end of Season 3.  A year of seeing a facelift for Summoner's rift and Twisted tree line. A year for the addition of the much needed spectator feature. But also a year for showing off ranked rewards for the previous year.  The anticipation of Season 4 does not come without its tensions though.  Everyone seeing the eye candy from the awards given for Season 2, are now keeping their eyes focused on the ranked prizes for Season 3.

Season 3 Rewards

     Ranked prizes were awarded to those who reached certain levels of rank on the ladders.  These prizes ranged from custom champion skins, to summoner icons, to the more taunting loading screen banners which outlined champion portraits.  The higher the player rose on the ladder, the more robust the rewards became.  All of which is for purely aesthetic value; these rewards do not grant a gameplay edge of any kind.  For example, one thing a lower level player in the "bronze tier" received was a bronze colored loading screen banner.  It was very simple, plain, and relatively dull. On the other hand, a very high ranked player that was apart of the "diamond tier" received a banner that was more elaborate, ornate, and literally diamond incrusted.  The latter is generally more desirable to say the least.

     In a related note, the League of Legends community is not known for its forgiveness and kindness; quite the opposite. It is something that if survived, will make salty men from boys, and women immune to sexual harassment.  The #1 advice from pro's advising readers on how to get better at the game, is to keep calm and not rage, at your own teammates. What makes this community so tough you ask?  The strong desire to win in a highly co-dependent team game, and simultaneously not take blame for any mistakes. So what does this have to do with ranked rewards and eye candy.  

    In a realm of a harsh community competing to all be #1, having visual proof of performance status can win arguments alone. Even if player 'A' was completely at fault for player 'B's death, player 'A' could throw all of his weight on his ranked status and seem right. 

Example Chat Log:

*Player B has been slain*
Player A: Nice one noob
Player B: I saved your life
Player A: If you had done "X,y,Z" we would have lived and gotten the kill
Player B: That makes no sense!!
Player A: There's a reason I have a Gold banner and you have a bronze one!

This happens often. Very often.  In fact Riot has just released a PSA video showing fancy animated statistics on how teamwork and a friendly environment wins games. The sad thing is that this video is completely necessary and true. Why did they release this video now?  Season 3 is ending, and the stakes are getting very high as time is running out to grab some ranked rewards.  With the stakes rising, so does the tension.

Riot's Teamwork Video

If League of Legends is your choice of poison, you have 2 paths. One, stay the hell out of ranked mode.  Enjoy your life, enjoy your happiness, play for the fun of the game until the dawn of Season 4 arrives. Or Two... Prepare yourself for the most emotionally rugged trip of your life and join the fray to grab yourself a piece OF THE GLORY!

The choice is yours.  What will you be when the dawn arrives?

~Roll6                read

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