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EA Mobile Summer Game Lineup

EA Mobile has officially announced their upcoming late-summer lineup of new game offerings. Since the iPhone was first released, EA Mobile has been one of the leading players in the gaming apps field. Popular games from the company have included Scrabble, Tetris, Monopoly and Battleship. In 2009, their game The Sims 3 was the #1 best-selling game on the app store.

Following are nine of the new games that you can expect to see hitting iTunes in the near future:

  • MADDEN NFL 11 – This game will be available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. This is considered to be the most authentic NFL game in the app store. This iteration is purported to be even better than before! In Madden NFL 11, fans and gamers will be able to play BOTH sides of the ball using Total Defensive Control. You’ll enjoy less time in the playbook and more time on the field with the new GameFlow feature. You can now draw Hot Routes everywhere which literally draws a player’s movements on the field pre-snap. This creates the play YOU want to run. This game is slated to be released this fall.
  • Reckless Racing – Reckless Racing will be released for the iPhone and iPad. The game features roaring engines, squealing tires and amazing graphics. It mixes top-down racing game play with engaging multiplayer features. The balanced controls let you skid, slip and slide through some gorgeous tracks. It features a fully-stocked multiplayer mode, online leaderboards and the ability to trade “ghost races” with other players from anywhere in the world. Reckless Racing will hit the streets soon.
  • Need for Speed™ Nitro-X – This new iteration of the popular game is coming to the Nintendo DSi. This arcade racing game features stylized cars and thrilling racing environments. Players will experience original Need For Speed Nitro fun with some new and unique features including 18 licensed cars and police units, custom tags for in-game use with your DSi camera, 16 updated tracks from all six original Nitro locations, career mode and new rewards. The game is scheduled to be released later this summer.
  • NCAA® Football − This game is slated for the iPhone 4 and iOS3.x. This is the first game by EA Mobile designed specifically for the iPhone 4. It takes awesome advantage of the phone’s new Retina display. Players can choose from 55 of the most popular colleges or create a new one. Lead them all the way to victory in the BCS National Championship. Multiplayer rivalries with head-to-head play and broadcast commentary from Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit bring more intensity to the gaming experience. Rules and plays reflecting the actual NCAA Division 1 experience. It’s available now through the app store!
  • SimCity™ Deluxe – This game created for the iPhone and iPod Touch allows you to build and manage your dream city. It’s designed to be enjoyed by either casual fans or those of you who are hard-core Sims fanatics. You’ll find easier controls, optimized performance, improved graphics, starter cities and new scenarios. SimCity Deluxe will be available later this summer.
  • The Sims 3 Ambitions – The Sims 3 Amibition is coming to the iPhone and iPod Touch this summer. It has all of the fun, customization and social interaction of the entire Sims franchise. Players can now pursue their Sims’ passions and turn them into professions! In the game, players decide whether their Sim will be a town hero or cause trouble amongst their neighbors. Their future is entirely in your hands.
  • YAHTZEE™ – YAHTZEE for the iPad hits the app store in just a few weeks. The big iPad screen and touch interface make gameplay on the device simple. Shake the cup to roll your dice, select the ones you want to hold and keep score with tap controls. There are four different gameplay modes including the iPad-exclusive “Duplicate Rainbow Mode”. You can become a YAHTZEE adventurer and take on in-game characters designed to test your skills. Not only can you play alone… you can also choose Pass ‘n Play for up to four people. Post your scores and issue challenges to your family and friends.
  • RISK – Enjoy the real RISK experience later this summer for your iPhone or iPod Touch. You’ll pursue world domination with this original game of strategic conquest. Mobilize yourself against realistic AI adversaries or challenge up to six opponents.
  • R-Type – R-Type puts the ’80s video-arcade game experience back into the palm of your hands this summer, only on the iPhone or iPod Touch. Players will Blast off and strike the evil Bydo Empire, pilot an R-9a “Arrowhead” fighter and attack wave after wave of Bydo bad dudes in this old-school style shooter game. R-Type includes original game features such as having eight unique levels – each with eight different bosses.

What other must-have games do you recommend for mobile platforms?

Trim Your Turf: Geek Style

It’s a well-known fact that I love to collect wacky gadgets and gizmos. I seem to have a fetish for furniture and decor that reflects who I am, which I proudly display in nearly every room of my home.

A few weeks ago, I posted an article showing off some very cool Geek furniture I had come across. The response was so positive that I decided to take the concept to another level, and found other items you may suddenly feel the need to own.

ASCII Curtains are sure to add spice to any room of your humble abode.

The CPU Desk was made from scratch using 800 computer processors. This may be a great way to reduce computer waste in our landfills, but it won’t make your computer run any faster.

The LunaBlocks bricks make me drool a little every time I see them. They are designed and created by Thierry Nahon & Philippe Landecker, and come in multiple colors and materials that are easily stacked together.

Using guts from two old Apple G4 computers along with an ATI graphics card, Justin Adler created what is likely the sexiest table on the planet.

I am glad I paid attention in math class back in high school. This clock has had all of the numbers replaced with the equivalent notation.

If you’re a fan of RSS, then this lamp shade will brighten your day (or should that be “dim” your day?).

As December 25th draws near, these Game Controller ornaments may help you get into the Christmas spirit.

I love Tetris! I would keep a glass of ice water beside me at all times if I had a few of these Tetrice ice trays in my freezer.

ThinkGeek never ceases to amaze me. The Space Invaders cutting boards are all hand-made.

I had to save the best for last. Forget about reading a book while in the bathroom. If this bathroom was in my house, I don’t think you’d ever see me in my home office again. Feast your eyes on this work of perfection, fellow Geeks. This “Souped-Up John” features a TV, TiVo, DVD, XBox, laptop, refrigerator, megaphone, Ipod dock and a way to get some exercise!

Will someone please hide my credit cards? I feel an urge to shop coming on.

Playing Tetris Eases Stress

It’s no secret that I am a Tetris fanatic. That is pretty much the only game I play and truly enjoy. Forget the fact that the game is addictive. Researchers at Oxford University have suggested that playing Tetris can assist in the treatment of post-traumatic stress.

According to the research, playing Tetris after a shocking event can help reduce the number of horrific flashbacks that a person may have. According to Dr. Emily Holmes, memories become permanent six hours after trauma. She feels that playing Tetris will interfere with the process of memories being kept by people’s brains. She further speculates that in the future, Tetris could be used to help people who are suffering after accidents or during wars.

I am grateful that I have never suffered a severely traumatic experience. However, I still maintain that playing Tetris is good for keeping my stress levels down.

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Remix My Burps!

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Yes, I burp. Don’t claim you don’t do it. We all know you do! Burping is a natural part of life. And let’s face it – for us dudes, burping is funny.

I decided to upload my burp video, and am asking all of you to get your creative juices flowing. Go ahead… remix my burps! Use them to create something unique and fun of your own. Make sure you leave it as a follow-up video response to this on YouTube, so that everyone can take a look at what you’ve come up with.

One of the best video responses so far on YouTube was done by Owen1150. Since I’m a Tetris fanatic (who obviously likes burping), I thought I’d share his creation with you, as well!

Get busy creating your remix of my burps!

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Where to Play Tetris Online for Free

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Tetris is my favorite game of all time. I still love buying new versions to play on just about any platform. I recently discovered that Tetris is finally online – in an official capacity! Tetris Friends is a website that allows you to play your favorite game – and mine! – for free.

You don’t have to register to play, but registering gives you a lot more benefits, such as being able to earn Tokens. Use Tokens to unlock more Tetris games and accessories. Most accessories are little enhancements to your playing experience, such as new Mino and Ghost designs.

There are several different game modes, both of the single and multi-player variety. Each game offers a fresh twist to the world’s most popular puzzle video game. You can create a profile for yourself if you choose, share your scores with others, and even have a chance to land yourself on the site Leaderboard.

I still remember the first night I played Tetris on the old Nintendo NES. I was Tetrisized. That’s what they called it! It’s where you close your eyes, and can still see the game. I was hooked from day one – all those years ago.

Tetris Friends is totally worth it… SO AWESOME! I will be playing Tetris until the day I die. Actually, I hope I’m playing Tetris when I die! I love it that much.

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What iPhone Apps Make You Smile?

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Sometimes when I review an iPhone App, I tend to groan just a bit inwardly. There are just so many, you know? But this one just makes me smile. It’s no wonder the name of it is Smiles. It’s actually three games all wrapped into one fun time. You’ll find Zen, Drop and Avalanche.

SMILES is three great games with 14 different game modes. Created for players of all skill levels, the games are designed NOT to pressure you in to acting before you’re ready. Play at your own pace. Experienced players don’t have to wait. You can make moves right away! Extend combos and score big!

  • DROP is inspired by games like Bejeweled and Tetris. Make matches, break Ice and Rocks to score points. Twist your way to high scores with REAL GRAVITY!
  • ZEN is inspired by games like Solitaire and Mahjongg, with the depth of Sudoku. Light up the board to win.
  • AVALANCHE consists of the Drop style of play, but every new piece that falls is frozen. As the avalanche slowely creeps down the screen, your job is to match up regular pieces with the frozes ones to clear them out.

There’s nothing about this game not to love. It has extremely slick animations, very clean graphics, awesome art style and colors, and fun menus. This game is fun for kids of all ages, even ones as old as I am!

If you’re looking for a good, casual game, this is the one for you.

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Have You Played Tetris on the iPhone Yet?

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That’s right… I can play Tetris on the iPhone! It is absolutely worth the $10 you pay in the App Store. It’s no secret that I am a Tetris fanatic. Since I also happen to be a tad fanatical about my iPhone… it’s no wonder I love this app!

The controls are all on-screen, responding to touch. You can maneuver pieces with ease, with a simple tap. You can turn on “ghost piece”. Also, you can choose between slow drops, or immediate drops. Rotate your pieces in any direction you choose. There’s also more than one mode that you can choose from. The features include:

  • Drag, Flick and Poke your way through 15 challenging levels and two different modes including Marathon and Magic.
  • Unique touch screen exclusives including shrinking or drawing game pieces and collecting Power Ups.
  • Dynamic backgrounds respond to your performance and play style.
  • Groove along to 4 original music tracks.
  • Track your statistics and try to improve on your best score.

If you know of other excellent ways to play Tetris, let me hear from you. Likewise, if you’re using this particular app already, what do you think of it?


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How to Play Tetris

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Tetris is my favorite game. Don’t tell me you never knew that! How could you not know? Dude! Tetris is like the best game EVER made!! Anyway, whether you’re a novice player, or an advanced one, here are some game tips to help you.

  • When the game starts out the blocks are falling fairly slow. It is in your best interest to pick a pace that you are comfortable with. Drop the pieces with the auto drop this way you are playing faster than the blocks are falling. This helps because you do not feel the increase in the actual speed of the game.
  • Have a pattern that you always follow. For example, I always start on the left side of the screen and work my way to the right. I leave the far right of the screen empty. This way I can build a stack to get a tetris faster and increase the number of points that I have.
  • Just because you can fit the piece there that doesn’t mean that it goes there. Remember that the goal of the game is to clear 4 lines with one piece. Try to make the piece lay in such that you have a board that has flat areas and jagged areas. This allow you to have a place for every piece.
  • This may sound obvious but don’t allow your stack of pieces to rise too high. Try to keep your stack as low to the bottom of the board as possible. If you start feeling uncomfortable with your playing start clearing single lines and work your way down. This will prolong your game play and allow you take your time when playing.
  • When the game starts getting really fast, slow your pace of dropping pieces down. This will help you gain precious seconds to think things through. Since you are already.
  • Use the next piece preview to your advantage. By the time that this piece is queued up in the preview you should already know where you are going to place that piece. In essence you are working ahead of the game.
  • Last but not least, do not make mistakes. One mistake in dropping a piece can cost you a game of tetris. In the chance that you do make a mistake move past it stop thinking about it. Thinking about one mistake can lead to more mistakes which means game over for you.


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Tetris Game Without a Download: Netris!

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It’s no secret that I am highly addicted to Tetris. I love to play, and I’m quite competitive at it. I absolutely love this new online version, where I can play against others from my live community.

This is a “Net-Tetris” game online. I’ve been playing against six others from the chat room. I found this link via Twitter. By going to iminlikewithyou.com, you can play Tetris and other games against others. You can also customize your experience to show your current weather, choose people to play with based on where they are from, etc.

Iminlikewithyou.com isn’t just a site to play games on. It’s also a Social Networking site. You can invite friends, make new ones, and chat together during a game. It’s free to sign up for an account, play some games, and make new friends. What more could you ask for?


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Let's Meet the Tetris Pieces

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The first time I played Tetris, I was hooked. I played it for seven hours straight. When I closed my eyes, I could “still” see the Tetris pieces falling. Imagine my surprise when Colin emailed me his Top 5 list… of Tetris pieces!

I write this top five list, even though I know that there are only five different pieces in Tetris, because I fell that it is important for people to know which pieces should be valued over others, and to inform people of each piece’s full potential. Pieces shouldn’t be wasted just because people have no idea how to use each one. And thus let the countdown in order, of the five best pieces in Tetris.

  • The “Z” piece I have found is extremely useless. If you get it on the first move, then you have to struggle to get an “L” Shaped piece under the top, or some other strategy to prevent any possible gaps. It isn’t a hard thing to do, but it can easily be messed up. The mere fact that something as difficult to use as the “Z” shape also comes in two ways, only makes the process even more difficult. Now you have to worry about having the right kind of “Z”, and it just becomes a mess. I have also noticed that there always seems to be a block sticking out in the wrong way. The “Z” piece in my opinion is just too much hassle. However, this list isn’t meant to bash on the pieces, but is meant to help people improve their scores, so here are some tips in using the “Z” shape. The “Z” Shaped piece can be used in a “T” shaped gap so that when you get a “T”, rather than putting it in, you won’t have to worry about making a gap with the annoying “Z”. Unless you have an army of square and line pieces coming up, it is always a good idea to have bumpy terrain so that you can fit things into the right spots.
  • The square shape, for the most part, is useless. I don’t mean to say it cannot be used at all, but simply that I, and many others who agree with me, could live without it. There really isn’t much to say about the square piece. The complexity is the downfall of the “Z”, but I would say that the simplicity of the square is its downfall. I have to say that it isn’t really a hard piece to use, and I’m sure everyone who plays Tetris knows when it can and can’t be productively used. It’s just to me, the odds that you will get them in a place where you have a two by two gap is unlikely, and there are many other ways to fill up the space (but not with the “Z”, which only illustrates my first point further). A tip for dealing with the square shape is to, before you get it, build towers of blocks with two-space gaps between them. This doesn’t always work, but it would prevent potential gaps.
  • The “L” shaped piece is a very powerful piece. I have to admit, it has saved my butt more times than I can count. It isn’t in the third space for any particular reason, besides the fact that I prefer the next two pieces over this one; this is because of two main reasons. One: There are two kinds of them. If you don’t know what I mean, allow me to explain. If you have an “L” or even “Z” shape, you can have it in four different positions, let’s say with the L. You can have it base down, like the letter “L” is written, you can have it base to the left, which is like a lowercase “r” with the top extended and without the curves, you can have it base up, which is an upside-down “L” which some people might say looks like the number 7 and finally, you can have it base right, like it is lying on the long side with the base perpendicular to the floor. But what if there is a gap that doesn’t fit the 7-like shape of the “L”? What if the gap is backwards with the line on the other side? This is why they make two different kinds of “L” and “Z” shapes. This is why it is more difficult to use. You need to have the right kind for the right gap. The second reason why I dislike the “L” shape is because when you have one by one boxes, from other shapes, sticking out, you can’t lay it on its side without making one or more gaps. It isn’t big, but it is really what separates it, from the other “power pieces”. How can someone use the “L” shape you must wonder? The “L” shape has a big advantage over other pieces because of its length. The “L” and the line pieces are the only pieces that can fit, gaplessly in a deep hole. Even if the space is more than two pieces deep, the “L” shape will do the trick when a line piece is unavailable. It may be a small detail, but very helpful when you are pressed for time and space. Another tip, although it is well known, is to lay the “L” shape, long side down when it is on a flat surface, or bottom down in a two by two gap, to allow a “T”, line, or even the backwards ”Z” shape to fill the space.
  • The famous line piece, is well known throughout the globe as being the best, greatest, or even holiest piece of them all, but it seems a bit overrated to me. I do love the line piece, but there are still flaws that cannot be overlooked. I know you can knock out four lines at one time with the legendary line piece, but as legend states, “thou shall not get thy line piece when thou need-eth it, however, when it be-eth the worst time for it to come.” Fact is, you never get it when you need it. Maybe it is just bad luck, or a joke by the programmers when they were designing the game, but no one seems to ever get the line when they need it. This fact only amplifies its flaws. When you get the line piece when you don’t need it, the line piece seems to generate unneeded and definitely un-liked gaps. For the most part, the line piece is great though, and it is the easiest piece to use. While the square shape’s flaw is its simplicity, it is the line piece’s greatest strength. The line piece is so simple, I don’t really think I have to get into much detail with it, it speaks for itself.
  • The “T” shape is my personal favorite shape of the five. Most people right now are thinking, hey, how is the “T” shape better than the line? People my whole life have told to me and explained blah blah blah. Honestly, the “T” shape is the ultimate shape, and doesn’t get as much credit as it deserves. So what if it can’t fit in four-space gaps, those are reserved for the line piece. The line piece is more of a finisher piece to knock out multiple lines at a time, while the “T” shape is more of a strategic building shape. It can fit into almost anything, with the exception of long gaps and two by twos, but if you play right, you can easily recover, if not automatically recover from using the “T” shape in those situations. Not only is the “T” shape the most reliable, but it is also a very common shape. It could come multiple times in a matter of seconds. The “T” shape is also a one way shape. You don’t have to worry about having the wrong kind of “T” shape, because there is only one. Honestly, if you think that the “T” shape isn’t as good as the line, or even another shape, think about how useful the “T” shape is next time you play Tetris. It is an easy piece to use, and shouldn’t take more than a level or two to master it and wield its power to its fullest.

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