Games are Expensive! Check Out Some of The Ways To Earn Free Money, Giftcards, and Games. PS: I Hate Surveys – These are all Legit, None of the “Pre-qualify” BS.

My Top Earners and Highest Recommended Programs For You:

DealSpotr: Been here about a month, have made over $60 amazon vouchers. So simple. I get a lot of junkmail, do very little time searching out new “deals” – you get points for sharing deals, coupons, etc, or for “spotting” other users’ deals that they post. I really love this site. Also if you’re a blogger you get double points for life. AND if you use my referral link you get $5000 points for signing up which puts you HALF WAY to your first $10 Amazon Gift card – Sweet! My Linky: https://dealspotr.com/?join=GeekySweetie

MyVoice – A forum (aparently only open to US applicants) where you earn amazon giftcards by taking SHORT VERY VERY SHORT (like 2 to 5 question) surveys, posting on forums, sharing pictures, etc. – All of which relate to viacomm and their networks such as Nickelodean, Comedy Central, MTV, CMT, etc, etc, etc. – Been here about 2 years, probably made close to $300 Amazon Vouchers – New tasks typically get posted every Thursday. Typically 3-5 tasks a week, rewarding between 25-50 points per task – Cashout is at $250 points for a $5 amazon card. The only way to sign up is to be invited by an existing user (or by Viacom themselves.) Here’s the link: http://myvoice.viacom.com/recruitment/survey/1607?ID=Xenokitten&recruitmentCode=DnhI6Ne5C4X3Zmr2x52Q

PostLoop: I’ve beeen with Postloop for about 6 months and have received probably about $100 – if you are a forum owner you can exchange the points for traffic instead. What I love about post loop is that YOU select the topics YOU write about – there’s literally hundreds of forums. Ranging from anime, to being a mom, to couponing, to car repair, to gardening, to health issues, literally everything, really. Forums do cycle in and out, so you have to keep looking for new ones to join. But it’s really profitable – and in my opinion FUN I love chatting about my interests and making friends, and now I’m getting PAID for it? WOAH! You Have to Post in the Postloop Portal a set number of times (It was 10 when I joined, not sure what it is now) – They will give you your initial score, and then you can use that to join other forums – The forum you want doesn’t let you in? Score not high enough? Just find some other forums to join and KEEP WRITING – eventually you’ll get reviewed by other forum owners and have a chance to join the forums you want. http://www.postloop.com/invite/Xenokitten

YouGov – Just joined this one today 5/28/16 – but already almost a third of a way to my first reward ($15 amazon – other rewards also available – you pick). This site is unlike most survey sites, it’s quick, clean, modern, the polls sometimes only have 1 or two questions. Longest survey I took took me less than 10 miinutes. I hate survey sites but this one is different. Check it out. https://today.yougov.com/refer/FCG8iT-S9w85fvMLgRvJWw/

Other Programs I’m a Member of But Not Very Active On, or Newly Joined, and Can’t Provide Much Feedback:

Swagbucks: Watch videos, perform web searches, play games, surveys, offer wall (some free and some paid), exchange for amazon and etc. http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/Xenokitten

MyPoints: Similar to Swagbucks https://goo.gl/18UUMh

Inbox Dollars: Similar to Swagbucks and MyPoints – also get paid just for reading email. http://www.inboxdollars.com/?r=ref24868757&s=7

Perk Rewards: Get paid to watch videos – I just put it on mute and leave it running – passive income! http://perk.fm/4tftw

SocialPubli: https://socialpubli.com/?ref=16843&lang=en – Paid to post stuff on twitter and facebook

Buzzoole: Pays in Amazon Giftcards, also uses social media accounts I believe https://buzzoole.com/referral/invite/gWRqNgw5WxRPNYME

ForumCoin: Like Post Loop but all discussions take place on one forum http://forumcoin.com/index.php?r=2382

Moonbit Bitcoin Faucet:
http://moonbit.co.in/?ref=bf63f716fb08 – What is This? Bitcoin is an electronic currency – you can exchange this currency on https://www.gyft.com/bitcoin/ for a wide variety of rewards – A Bitcoin Faucet rewards you with a very small fractional amount of a bitcoin for absolutely free. Most Bitcoin Faucets limit you to cashout only once a day or once an hour but MoonBit lets you cash out every 5 minutes. If you’re like me, and have never used bitcoin currency before, you can create a free Xapo wallet – it will automatically be created for you – and your wallet will be credited automatically – OR you can choose to deposit directly to your bitcoin wallet once a week.

Other Bitcoin Faucets:

Bitcoin Zebra – 100 to 3000 Satoshi Hourly Faucet: http://bitcoinzebra.com/?ref=08bd3bb66cc3

Get Bitcoin for Looking at Doggies Every 5 Minutes http://www.dailydoge.org/?ref=10100912904828676

ClaimBTC
http://claimbtc.com/?r=f7cd8c4e70

FieldBitcoins – this site seems IDENTICAL to Moonbit – but it doesn’t seem to earn quite as fast.
http://fieldbitcoins.com/?ref=782jo0y3291631

Daily Free Bits: Hourly Faucet. Just solve Captcha question. Pays between 100 – 2000 satoshi each hour. http://dailyfreebits.com/?id=18922485

Dogs Faucet: http://dogsfaucet.su/?r=11184 – This one you can only claim once every 3 hours – but it has really high payout up to 6000 satoshi, and minimum of 2000 every click.

Easy Bit Coins Faucet: http://easybitcoinfaucet.com/?r=9399b9386f

Free Cloud Bitcoin Mining: http://www.bitzfree.com/?ref=YmczczYpbueoesViViRWNmf0fWbQYebeLwtztt5vlrBrlWb2b3

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RobinHood – Sweepstakes site, earn points to get entries into cash sweepstakes https://irobinhood.onelink.me/2131877463?pid=iosapp

The Next Offers Are Paid Offers – But If You’re Thinking of Buying Something Anyways – Hey Why Not Help a Girl Out, Right? Plus Some of Them Have Coupons For You. BONUS! 🙂 :

Get $3 Off Any Geek Fuel Subscription – this is a monthly subscription box for Geeks. Referral Link With Coupon: http://fbuy.me/dT0MG

Get 5% Off at Jlist.com (NSFW) or Jbox.com (SFW) Just Use my Coupon Code at Checkout (Never Expires Ever and Can be Reused). Both Sites feature specialty goods from Japan such as Japanese candy, video games, magazines, comics, anime, etc. use Coupon Code: MOE-22Y-E8BNV5 to get 5% off! (and give me a little kickback hehe)

Other Sites I Can’t, Won’t Or Already Have Joined:

Mindfield Online

Neilsen Digital Voice

I will be updating This List In The Near Future…

If you use any of my referral links please comment below with what sites you’d like for me to join and I will do so *AND BE ACTIVE* too :).

As a side note: I’m really not a fan of survey sites – seems you spend 30-40 minutes filling them out only to be told you don’t qualify and never get any points. Therefore, I would really prefer more the “paid to write” style of sites, or “paid to watch videos” “paid to download apps” etc.

I have a few of those “survey sites” that I already use – If you like these survey sites you can join any of the below – no descriptions given, just “survey sites”:

http://www.spidermetrix.com/smx120.php?refspider=GeekySweetie

http://tracking.surveycheck.com/aff_c?offer_id=1915&aff_id=2619&aff_sub=rafPage&aff_sub2=ZLP0a8y8TbhL0OVUfnyUBIR18uK6yp9h

http://univoxcommunity.com//Account/Join/?ref=734651

Games are Expensive! Check Out Some of The Ways To Earn Free Money, Giftcards, and Games. PS: I Hate Surveys – These are all Legit, None of the “Pre-qualify” BS. was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

Easily Find English Anime Import Games Now on Play Asia

Play Asia has a new section to help you find english text or english voiced games. All english #games in one place! http://www.play-asia.com/info/asiaenglish?sc1=N416324849/?affiliate_id=801127

Personally I’m thinking of picking up the following…

Moe Chronicles – a Hentai / Eroge / Anime / Erotic Dungeon Crawling RPG with Cute Anime Girls  By Compile Heart – makers of Neptunia, among others. It just looks sooo cuuute!!! Kawaii! CUTE!

Moe Chronicle (Chinese & English Sub)

Are you going to grab anything now that you can be sure you can understand the game in English?

Their section of english games is small — one thing I did see that’s sure to make people happy is that they can get and play DOA Volleyball 3 in English thanks to Play Asia. This game was banned from being sold in the United States and considered by many to be sexist. I’ve played some of the earlier games and actually really enjoyed them. I’m against all forms of censorship – and I see nothing wrong with these games – It’s a proven fact that Sex sells. I do think it’s funny and giggle to myself about how Play Asia is marketing the game, talking about the breast-rendering graphical enhancements and performance enhancements to make the boob jiggling super realistic lol. — Anyways I know a LOT of people were pissed when this game was pulled due to complaints by mainstream media critics. — So now fans can finally get to play the game – and YES it’s in English and YES it’ll work on your existing PS4 without needing to purchase anything else!

It comes in a variety of different versions ranging from just $39 to almost $300 for different collector or combo sets.

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune (Multi-Language)

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune – $59.99 at Play-Asia in English Language

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune Collector’s Edition -$129.99 on Play-Asia in English

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Venus (Multi-Language)

Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus $49.99 at Play-Asia in English Language

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 [Saikyou Package] (Multi-Language)

Double Pack – Collector’s Edition – $299.99 Play Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 in English

 

Easily Find English Anime Import Games Now on Play Asia was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

Latest Iphone Rumor Suggests Next Year’s Iphone 8 Will Be “All Glass”

This rumor first began circulating back in April of 2016, but now it seems to be “confirmed”. That is, if you believe Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo , who has a pretty good track record of predicting new features as early as 2 years before they come to reality.

If you don’t want to believe Ming-Chi Kuo, you might be able to believe this. The rumor was “confirmed” this week by Allen Horng, chairman of Catcher Technologies whom Apple has worked with on previous iphone models.

” […Allen Horng] said Apple will make its 2017 iPhone using a glass casing. Breaking down the radical shift, Horng said using a glass chassis would prove expensive and that Catcher requires “advanced processing technology” to pull it off. He also explained that the chassis would need to be reinforced by a metal frame.

Horng said that “As far as I know, only one [iPhone] model will adopt glass casing next year” and, given the range’s pricing, that would suggest the iPhone 8 Plus (Apple is expected to skip the iPhone 7S moniker for the iPhone’s 10th anniversary) or even the hotly rumoured iPhone Pro.” (Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2016/05/27/apple-news-digest-glass-iphone-8-leak-prototype-ios-10/#426ff64d33cc)

What would an “All Glass” phone be like in reality? Gorilla Glass has an 80% chance to not break when dropped from a height of 1 meter (roughly about 3.2 feet). This may be okay when you’re texting – but if you have the phone by your ear, making a call, chances are if you drop it, it’s falling further than 3 feet. Also notice that it’s not indestructible – there’s a 20% chance it’s gonna break regardless of how high off the ground it is – that’s almost a 1 in 4 chance of breaking. And recent studies have shown that the chance for breaking may be even higher than that number.

But an “all-glass” phone does have it’s advantages – such as stronger wireless connectivity, faster charging speeds, and of course a modern look, lighter weight, and more viewing area.

Perhaps Apple is working on something that will be even stronger than Gorilla Glass – It is just too soon to know for sure.

Iphone is not the first phone to go with an All-Glass approach. The Galaxy S6 Edge is one of the first all-Glass phones to hit the market. The Xperia Z3 is also all-Glass, and despite a lot of controversy, it has proven to be quite durable. Check out this drop test below.

You can read more about this drop test right here: http://www.xperiablog.net/2014/12/23/xperia-z3-drop-test-phone-nearly-holds-out-till-the-end/

Also the following article lists the advantages and disadvantages of glass vs metal vs plastic phones.

Build materials: metal vs glass vs plastic

http://www.androidauthority.com/build-materials-metal-vs-glass-vs-plastic-617553/embed/#?secret=Waf74EP0DU

With still a year +change to go before the “next big thing” it is just too early to know if Apple may have some tricks up their sleeves with new technology that could make the glass even stronger than ever. Apple has a great track record of innovating new technology. Things usually appear, not only on their smartphones, but on MAC computers years before working their way to competitor devices.

A Few “Apple Firsts” that come to mind include:

  • First Computer with a Graphic User Interface
  • First USB Ports
  • First WiFi Enabled Devices
  • First Floppy Drive / CD-ROM / Zip Drive / Flash Drives
  • First Color Monitor
  • First “Plug and Play”
  • First Sound Support
  • First Color Matching Screen to Print

The List Goes on —

With all of these amazing firsts (and billions of dollars on hand) – who is to say that Apple won’t find a way to overcome the disadvantages of an all-glass casing.

We’ve also seen instances already where Apple has used Sapphire instead of Glass which is much more scratch resistant. Such as reports of it being used in Iphone screens from http://gizmodo.com/whats-sapphire-glass-and-why-would-apple-want-it-in-yo-1603457905 and Apple Watches http://gizmodo.com/is-a-sapphire-glass-apple-watch-even-worth-it-1714660999

So it may not even be “All-Glass” at all, but instead “All Sapphire” – which would be another “first” for Apple to claim.

Only time will tell. I doubt I’ll upgrade that soon as I’m content with my Iphone 6S. But for those hoping to get the new handset, they’ll just have to wait for the official word from Apple themselves.

Latest Iphone Rumor Suggests Next Year’s Iphone 8 Will Be “All Glass” was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

CrunchyRoll Announces New Anime Violet Ever Garden Details and Trailer

Check out the new trailer for Violet Ever Garden.

I am so excited for this! (and isn’t the opening theme awesome too? And look how cute she is – and just OMG. Geeking out right now so bad lol.) I had never heard of it, until I saw the trailer on CrunchyRoll’s Facebook page. From the comments on the facebook wall and the official website at http://www.kyotoanimation.co.jp/books/violet/ this anime is about Artificial Intelligence / AI / Robots / Robotics – Similar to Chobits, Time of Eve, Metropolis, HAL, and Plastic Memories. – All favorites of mine – I am fascinated by the concept of humanoid AI creatures – especially those who have feelings, or what we would classify as feelings – and how they would fit into society. It might also be quite similar to Tegami Bachi as it looks like she has the power to convey emotions within letters just like Lag Seeing – Tegami Bachi is another favorite of mine as well – so this is shaping up to be a must watch for me.

Violet Ever Garden is a Japanese light novel, written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase.

I also found the below trailer and story synopsis from http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-05-27/kyoani-award-winning-novel-violet-evergarden-gets-anime-project/.102551 

Kyoto Animation describes the story:

Auto Memories Doll.It’s been quite a while since that name caused a fuss. Originally invented by Professor Orland solely for his beloved wife, Auto Memories Dolls eventually spread out into the world, and a machine that allows people to rent out the dolls was also created.

“I will run as fast as I can to wherever my customer desires. I am the Auto Memories Doll, Violet Evergarden.”

A girl who almost appears to have popped out of a fairy tale with her blonde hair and blue eyes said this with her inorganic beauty and sweet voice.

CrunchyRoll Announces New Anime Violet Ever Garden Details and Trailer was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

Third-person Action RPG *Anima: Gate of Memories* due June 3 on Steam (Windows/Linux), PS4 & Xbox One, North American PS4 launch to take place June 7

The folks at Badland Games just emailed me their press release for their upcoming title: Anima: Gate of Memories which is based on a series of books. It is being developed by a small team and heavily involving the author of the novels.

This looks to be a really fun, story-rich RPG with multiple endings, choice-based dialogue system, beautiful graphics, and fun combat system. I’m seeing if I can get a key so I can share some more details and possibly stream or upload some videos for you guys – but until then, enjoy the press release and official trailer below!

Third-person action RPG *Anima: Gate of Memories* due June 3 on Steam (Windows/Linux), PS4 & Xbox One, N. American PS4 launch to take place June 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Action RPG Anima: Gate of Memories Available June 3rd (Steam, PS4, Xbox One)

 

North American PS4 Release on Tuesday, June 7th

 

MADRID — May 26, 2016 — BadLand Games and Anima Project proudly announce that the much-anticipated RPG Anima: Gate of Memories will be released digitally on June 3, 2016 on Xbox One, Steam, and PlayStation 4. In North America, the PlayStation 4 launch will take place on June 7th.  Anima: Gate of Memories will have both a standard and collector’s edition PlayStation 4 box release in select territories on June 3rd.

 

Anima: Gate of Memories is a third-person action RPG focused on combat and exploration. Players will enjoy a deep and multifaceted story where their choices and actions directly impact the journey and decide the characters’ fates. As players travel through the tower of Arcane and the gorgeously animated world of Gaia, they’ll endure epic battles with formidable opponents — each with special features and gameplay.

 

Join The Bearer and Ergo — agents of an ancient society called Nathaniel which for centuries has protected mankind from the darkness — on their journey to recover an old artifact called The Byblos that has been stolen by a renegade of the order. After a long pursuit — crossing areas ravaged by war — they are able to corner the fugitive in the middle of an ancient construction. All at once, the entire area is swallowed by light. Our protagonists awake inside a strange structure where they are no longer alone; strange beings have also been summoned there. Soon, both will discover that something darker than they could imagine is about to begin — a war in the shadows in which they will have a leading role.

 

Based on the international Anima: Beyond Fantasy RPG books, Anima: Gate of Memories is being developed by the author and Anima Project — a small team of developers.

 

Key Features

  • Multiple endings: Your choices and actions will influence the journey and decide the destiny of the characters.
  • Epic battles with formidable opponents: Challenge many legendary entities, each with their own special features and gameplay.
  • Deep combat system: The combat system combines RPG elements with fast-paced action and spectacular attacks and spells.
  • Unique locations: Travel through the tower of Arcane and the world of Gaia across stunning backgrounds and places.
  • A huge world: You can move with great freedom — visiting different locations and having the option to always retrace your steps to revisit areas, discover new secrets, and unlock access to previously inaccessible places.
  • Customizable skill trees: Enhanced your characters’ abilities by increasing their stats.

 

Pricing & Availability

Anima: Gate of Memories will be released digitally on June 3, 2016 for Xbox One, Steam (Windows/Linux), and PlayStation 4.  (In North America, the PlayStation 4 launch will be on June 7th.)  On June 3rd, the title will also have a standard and collector’s edition PlayStation 4 box release in select territories. The game will retail for $19.99.

 

Assets

Trailer

YouTube

https://youtu.be/nimAxpPBoVY

 

Download

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/9186800/announcement_trailer_Anima_Gate_of_Memories_ESRB.zip

 

Screenshots & Logos

IMGUR

http://imgur.com/a/UcDuR

 

Download

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/9186800/screenshots_Anima_Gate_of_Memories.zip

 

Concept Art & Wallpapers

IMGUR

http://imgur.com/a/4H7e0

 

Download

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/9186800/concept_art_Anima_Gate_of_Memories.zip

 

Social Media

 

BadLand Games

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Badland.Indie

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/badland-indie

Twitter – https://twitter.com/BadLand_Indie


Anima Project

Twitter – https://twitter.com/animaps

 

About BadLand Games

BadLand Games is an international publishing company that firmly believes in the need to support emerging talent. We are passionate gamers on a mission to find the diamonds in the rough. Working alongside talented developers, we bring captivating, outstanding games to the masses. We’re always on the lookout for enthusiastic and dedicated developers with all sorts of games from beat ‘em ups and RPGs to puzzle games — and everything in between. To learn more about BadLand Games, please visit http://badlandgames.com

 

About Anima Project

Anima Project is an indie studio formed by just three people who have dedicated their lives to games. After 10 years working on the acclaimed Anima: Beyond Fantasy RPG book series, they have decided to go further using their experience to create videogames. To learn more about Anima Project, please visit http://www.gateofmemories.com

 

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Media Contact

Luis Levy

Co-Conspirator

Novy PR for BadLand Games

luis@novypr.com

Third-person Action RPG *Anima: Gate of Memories* due June 3 on Steam (Windows/Linux), PS4 & Xbox One, North American PS4 launch to take place June 7 was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

Taisho Alice Picked Up For English Localization by E2 Gaming Who Expressed Interest In bringing Other Otome Games Overseas As Well

Taisho Alice has just been picked up for a North American Release by E2 Gaming. I found this news on Tumblr and verified it on E2 Gaming’s Facebook Page, where they’ve also announced a new image song for the English release.

Taisho Alice could best be described as a fairytale crossover. The different routes relate to common fairytales such as Snow White, Cinderella, Princess Kaguya, the Wizard of Oz, and of course, Alice in Wonderland.

It is an Otome Game – this is a type of game (generally a visual novel) (a game in which you read, and are prompted at times to make a decision which effects which parts of the story and which endings you will see) in which the main protagonist is a female – There are often (but not always) dating sim elements and a strong focus on romance and relationships – and lots of “eye candy” if you’re into bishounen (beautiful (often anime) men).

It is developed by a company called Primula and this is their debut work. It just released a little over a year ago in Japan – so it is good to see we are already getting news of an official US release. Also looks like it is a PC Game – and no word yet on if there’s plans to port it to consoles as well.

It looks like it was an episodic type of release in Japan – but no news has been revealed about how it will be distributed in North America. It is listed as having a medium to long playtime (which I estimate to be 20-40 hours).

The main story revolves around you (as “Arisu”) going through your mirror just as Alice in Wonderland did. When you get there, genderswapped versions of famous characters come to greet you – including meeting your own double who seemingly has lost his memories. The setting of the game is supposedly a “blend of Japanese and Western”.

I’m really liking the artwork in this game – and even though the concept of fairytales has been done to death in similar games – this one still sounds interesting and has likable characters.

Not much news is available yet – but you can learn more about the game by visiting the following pages:

NOTE SOME OF THESE SOURCES MAY HAVE SPOILERS!!!!

Taisho Alice Introduction

http://otome-jikan.net/2014/10/17/taisho-alice-introduction/embed/#?secret=gHU5bAcUoU

http://otome-games.wikia.com/wiki/Taisho_Alice

Otome Game Review: Taishou Alice Episode I

http://lamentfulsky.blogspot.com/2015/03/taisho-alice-episode-i-review.html

https://www.facebook.com/e2gaming/

www.e2gaming.com

 

Taisho Alice Picked Up For English Localization by E2 Gaming Who Expressed Interest In bringing Other Otome Games Overseas As Well was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift Pros and Cons

I put together a quick little list of my research on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift – I don’t have hands on experience yet, because I’m poor, and my blog is not popular enough to score me sweet free demo equipment LOL. — But I’m very interested in these – especially the Rift.

In my opinion, I’d buy the Oculus Rift because 1.) Exclusive Games – though it’s early days still, it’s estimated the Oculus Rift will have far more exclusives than the HTC Vive – I kinda view these headsets as actual gaming platforms (though they’re not because they still require a PC to play) – and we all know the most important thing in “living room gaming” is not the specs under the hood (which in the case of the Vive and Rift are pretty equal) – but instead, the importance has always been on Exclusives. — It’s why I have no console bias – If a console has a great exclusive that I want, I will buy the console. Now granted, these headsets are more expensive than a traditional console, but they’re also a lot more technologically advanced under the hood.

The other main benefit of the Rift is that it (supposedly) is much more comfortable than the Vive. This is a huge issue for anyone who does 6-8 hours of gaming a day or in one session (which I think most “gamers” do).

But their price point does make it so that one has to “pick a side” — unless one has a lot of money or one works in the gaming industry and gets products to review for free. So in the interest of helping you to pick a side, I’ve compiled some of my research here for you. I hope that it will be helpful for you.

Oculus Rift Pros:

  • Lighter Weight 1.03 lbs vs 1.2lbs
  • Sleeker Design
  • Includes (removable) headphones
  • Expected to host more exclusive games
  • 360-degree positional head tracking
  • Price $600 vs $799
  • Easy Setup in 10 minutes or Less
  • Great for apartments or tiny living spaces
  • Several sources have cited that the Oculus is much more comfortable on the face (probably due to the lighter weight)
  • Comes with two actual full games for free bundled with the headset (compared to just some mini games on the Vive)

Oculus Rift Cons:

  • No adjustable screen distance
  • No Ability to connect to phone to display and answer messages
  • No Safety Measures to Prevent You from Running into Walls or Tripping over furniture
  • No Augmented Reality
  • VR Space is limited to 5ft X 11ft compared to 15X15ft tracking on the Vive
  • Controllers will cost $150 – $200 Making the price difference of the headset moot.
  • Designed to be played while sitting down (less immersive experience)

HTC Vive Pros:

  • Chaperon Safety System via front facing camera to prevent you from bumping into objects
  • Screen can be adjusted further or closer to your face via an adjustable knob
  • Able to connect to phone via bluetooth to answer calls and messages
  • The controllers are already available — and included for free with the headset
  • Designed to be played while walking around (more immersive)

HTC Vive Cons:

  • Heavier Weight 1.21 lbs vs 1.03 lbs
  • Bulkier Design
  • Expected to have fewer exclusive games
  • When the Oculus Touch arrives it will probably be better than the HTC controllers
  • Price: $799 vs $600
  • More complex setup and installation
  • Requires a lot of space for actually playing the games – not ideal for apartments, tiny homes, or mobile homes
  • Several sources cite that the Vive is not as comfortable as the Rift – probably due to the extra weight.
  • Comes bundled with some minigames to show off motion-control – but ultimately not as fun as the games bundled with the Rift.

Equal Footing:

  • Both are Tethered Devices (cords everywhere)
  • Neither Require a Phone (such as Samsung gear or google cardboard)
  • Both Require a high power Windows PC (Expensive and still an extra component)
  • Both are powered by two OLED panels that combine for a 2160 x 1200 resolution. That means each eye has its own 1080 x 1200 resolution
  • Both have a 90Hz refresh rate
  • Both have 110 degree field of view

Sources:

http://www.techradar.com/us/news/wearables/htc-vive-vs-oculus-rift-1301375/2
http://www.digitaltrends.com/virtual-reality/oculus-rift-vs-htc-vive/
http://www.trustedreviews.com/opinions/oculus-rift-vs-htc-vive
http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/08/oculus-rift-vs-htc-vive/

HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift Pros and Cons was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

Betoyo Anime Figure Subscription Box Launches Website Revival and Lower Pricing

A representative from Betoyo contacted me last week to let me know they’ve recently updated their website and introduced new lower pricing for their monthly subscription box full of geeky anime goods.

I discovered Betoyo when working on my Top 10 Subscription Boxes for Geek Girls Blog Post a few months ago. At the time, their website was outdated, but I could tell from their social media and blog that the site and service was still active. I’m glad to hear about the website revival and new pricing! (and I’ll also go update my top 10 list to reflect the good news).

This subscription box focuses mostly on anime figures, such as nendoroids, capsule toys, and other dolls and collectibles. The new cost is just $28 + $5 Shipping and Handling making it just $33 a month. About the cost of one nendoroid. I dunno if the products are officially licensed or not, but they look high quality and super cute too. I really like this box since I collect dolls and figures such as these. I’m thinking of signing up too when I get paid Friday.

If you want your own Betoyo box check them out at http://www.betoyo.com/

You can check out some of the recent boxes people have received on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/betoyo/

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Betoyo Anime Figure Subscription Box Launches Website Revival and Lower Pricing was originally published on Geeky Sweetie

Pusheen Box – Spring Pusheen Box – Box Opening – Review

I purchased the Spring Pusheen Box which is a quarterly subscription box filled with all Pusheen items (you can learn more at http://www.pusheenbox.com/) – Sorry no video this time; I was so excited that I opened it right away – but I did take lots of pics. I promise I will do a video review for the Summer Pusheen Box. This box is REALLY cute. I have a grey tabby/maine coon too that reminds me so much of Pusheen – that’s why he’s one of my favorite webcomics / characters.

I did have a small problem with one item being broken – however, the damage is REALLY minor and I plan to just fix it myself. The large limited edition Baking Pusheen figurine, mine’s rolling pin was snapped off – however, I can glue it back on easily enough.

Overall I was really super pleased with the quality of all of the items and knowing they’re officially licensed and not counterfeit. They say that most of the items are exclusive and not available in the Pusheen online shop or in stores.

Enjoy the pics – I’ll try and make comments about each item too 🙂

Even the box is cute! He even has little jelly bean feet underneath the box!

Let’s Open the Box and see what’s inside!!

Everything is packed nice and neat.

The first item is an adorable apron – I just wish it wasn’t white because the kitchen can get messy sometimes. Would have been better a bright color I think, Maybe red, or blue, etc. But otherwise, it’s adorable.

The next item is an umbrella – I can’t get a good selfie of it obviously since it’s so big lol – This cute design goes all the way around. It was a lil tough getting it to snap/lock into place, and really dang hard getting it to “snap” back together (when it’s folded it has a strap that you wrap and snap around to keep it all nice and neat, and I think this strap needed to be a lil bit longer) but it is still adorable. 🙂

There was also a 3-pack of socks — THEY ARE CUTE! OMG – One of my fave items in this box (of course its spring now and I’m wearing sandals so not sure if it was good time to ship socks, but I love them anyways. Each one shows Pusheen munching on his favorite snacks, such as donuts and pizza)

Of Course, my VERY favorite thing in this box was the Baker Pusheen Figure – Exclusive only to the Spring Pusheen Box. – As mentioned above the rolling pin was broken on mine but it was very minor damage. I will glue it back on and he’ll be good as new. It was MUCH larger than I expected. I love it. He also can snap off his base which is nice for play or possible interchanging figures/bases etc.

The next item is a 3 piece pin set – when I first saw it, I thought maybe they were magnets, until I read the description – Seems like magnets would have fit the kitchen theme better, right? lol. These are cute though! You could wear them on your clothes, or if you have a corkboard in your kitchen (which we do) you could pin them on there to hold recipes, grocery lists, or other items with.

The best part about the spring pusheen box is this pusheen cookie cutter – I haven’t used it yet, when I do use it I’ll come back and update this post with pics of how the cookies turn out 🙂 I have some friends coming over and we’ll bake lots of cookies together. I think you could also use it to do mini pancakes and lots of other things.

This adorable Pusheen Mini Planter was also inside the Spring Pusheen Box – It is ceramic – and I’m impressed it arrived without any damage (since there was little to no padding in the box.) I am really happy with this item – I’m planing to use it for paint brushes and art pencils and things of that nature in my doll room now.

There were a few small items in the box too such as some sticker sets and a key cover. I like scrapbooking so those stickers will be put to good use!

Overall, I’m very pleased with this subscription box and will continue my subscription. I feel like you get a lot of really high quality items for a great price. It only comes 4 times a year which makes it more affordable for me than paying every month. And I just think Pusheen is the cutest. – I can’t wait for the summer box it looks like it may have a BEACH theme! I’m predicting it might include a summer wearable or big beach towel or maybe Pusheen flipflops lol Or Pusheen Sunglasses – both of which would be sooo cute.

Also check out my list of the Top 10 Subscription Boxes for Geek Girls.

The spring box is now sold out – but orders will soon begin for the Summer Pusheen Box – If you want in, head over to www.PusheenBox.com

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100% Orange Juice Videogame Review

I’ve been playing 100% Orange Juice, a cute little anime-style board game, with my friends, as well as playing it solo in campaign mode, quite a bit the last few days. And we’ll probably play it again tonight too. What I love about this game is that as you play you earn stars (the in game currency) and the characters can level up, which lets you unlock new costumes and new characters.

The characters all have their own stats, such as HP, ATK, and DEF, and there are cards which you can unlock to add to your deck which can further enhance these stats or help you take advantage in battle. This makes replay much higher than a regular board game.  Of course, the cute anime graphics, bright colors, and bright music really add to the overall appeal of this game for any anime or retro videogame fan.

100% Orange Juice can be played by up to 4 players together online. If you don’t have 3 other friends to join you, each empty seat will be filled in by an NPC (computerized opponent) or you can search for and join other players waiting in the lobby.

PS: If you already play and love 100% Orange Juice, check out “A Game of Dice”. You can read my review for A Game of Dice right here. It’s very similar to 100% Orange Juice.

Title: 100% Orange Juice

Genre: Board Game, Card Game, Deck Building Game

Developer: OrangeJuice

Publisher: Fruitbat Factory

Platform: PC

Where to Buy: $6.99 On Steam

Geeky: 3/5 

Sweetie: 5/5 

Overall: 76/90 84% B “Very Good Game For Girls”

Concept: 10/10 100% Orange Juice is a crazy, zany, quirky, charming, and addictive little board/card game. It has many different modes to play in. For example, you can invite up to 3 friends to join you in a multiplayer game in the lobby, or you can play the campaign mode to see each character’s story, or you can play the game by yourself against the computer in free play mode where you won’t be interrupted by the story segments. Each mode rewards you with stars (the in-game currency) which allow you to add new cards to your deck, purchase characters, or other exciting enhancements to add into your game. Some of the rewards are locked at different levels, which makes you want to play more to level up to get the best rewards. There’s also limited edition rewards that come into the shop and sell out which makes you want to keep playing so you don’t miss any goodies.

Gameplay: 9/10 The matches feel just a touch long to me (Each match takes about 35-45 minutes) – I’d like the ability to be able to “fast-forward” some of the animation and the NPC turns, especially in the single player modes. Overall though, the gameplay is really fun. You roll a single dice to dictate how many squares you’ll move. You can also play cards before you begin each turn. There are different types of cards including: Trap Cards, these cards are ones that you place on the board for other players to land on usually with negative effects, though I have seen “trap” cards (cards you place on the board) that allow you to collect stars or warp or other things as well. There’s also Battle Cards, these cards can only be used in battle, and typically they increase or decrease the stats (ATK, DEF, EVASION, etc). Lastly, there’s (what I would call) Personal Cards, these cards are used by you to heal your character, roll two dice, get stars, or deal damage directly to another player.

As you move around the game board, there’s different types of squares that you can land on. For example, a blue square (or “drop” square) will make you roll a dice and you lose that number of stars. The green squares let you draw an extra card. The red squares generate an NPC for you to battle, and sometimes turn into “boss squares” where if you deal the final blow to the boss, you’ll get a huge amount of stars. The purple squares teleport you to another area on the map. The grey “metal looking” squares are basically “safe spots” where nothing will happen to you. The yellow square allows you to roll a dice and collect stars equal to that number.

Lastly, if you land on a square with another player or NPC, you can enter into a battle with that player. Battles consist of rolling a single dice (or sometimes playing a battle card if you have one). You roll for both attack and defense. Your character’s base stats and any card effects are then added into your dice rolls. Your scores are then subtracted from your opponent’s scores. For example, if your opponent rolls a 4 attack roll, and has a character with +2 base attack, and plays a card granting him +1 attack, his total attack score will be 7. If you roll a 4, and have a character with +1 defense base stat, and no defense granting cards played this round, your total defense is 5. So you would take 2 damage subtracted from your total HP.  It would then be your turn to attack, and your opponent’s turn to defend, and the same principles would apply again.  You can choose to roll Evasion instead of defense, but you must score HIGHER than (not equal to) your opponent’s attack roll – otherwise you take full damage (0 defense). However, even if you defense is higher than your opponent’s attack score, you will always take at least 1 damage when you defend, and a successful evasion will allow you to not take any damage at all. If you lose all of your HP you will be knocked out and your opponent will steal your stars. After being knocked out, you will have to roll a specified number or higher to revive and rejoin the game which sets you back quite a bit from the competition.

The objective of the game is to pass by your home point after fulfilling different objectives. After you complete the first objective, which is to collect 10 stars, you may then choose your next objective each time you go home. This can be winning a certain number of battles, or having a certain number of stars. The first player to clear 6 objectives will win the game, while 2nd-4th place will be determined by how many objectives the others have completed, as well as stars, and battle wins in case of a tie. When going home, your hit points are also fully restored, which makes finding your home base a key part of your gameplay strategy. Sometimes, depending on the game board, your home point may be inaccessible except by trying to land on the purple warp squares and praying that it puts you on the other side of the game board. To make it even more challenging, home points can change “owner” (reflected by the color) at any time. You can only use your own home point, so you have to keep track of where your home point (which matches your character’s color) is located at throughout the game.

Story: 7/10 If you like humor, you’d probably rank this score higher. Don’t get me wrong, I like to laugh too. But I much prefer more “serious” or “dramatic” types of stories. This is a bit like “low-brow” “slapstick” humor, but it is cute and “Otaku-pandering” and it gets the job done. I think it’s pretty cool that every character has their own stories. Once again, increasing that sweet replay value. Especially when you get into the unlockable characters and DLC – there’s probably over 30 different characters and each have their own campaign (story) modes.

Characters: 9/10 The characters are also very cute and each one has it’s own unique personality (and story). If you’re a fan of other games by OrangeJuice (which are mostly “bullet hell” games) then you will recognize many of the characters from their other games. For me, not having played those games, the characters are new, but still very loveable. The animation and expressions and enthusiasm each character shows throughout the game is really endearing, even if the story and character development is a bit weak.

Graphics: 8/10 As mentioned, 100% Orange Juice features adorable anime graphics, which yes, maybe aren’t the highest quality, but they add to the overall cute-ness of the game. They are a little bit pixelated, and the characters are very simplistic in design – however, the ability to customize your characters with different outfits, or unlock a multitude of dozens of new characters, as well as the expressions, animations, and personality of each character make it a very “kawaii” game.

Music: 8/10 It has a good soundtrack – although not enough different songs, which can lead to it becoming repetitive if you play many games of 100% Orange Juice in a row consecutively. The tracks that are there though are really cute and catchy. I just wish there was more of them – if there was, this would get a perfect score.

Voice Acting: 7/10 – Well the voice acting isn’t great lol – but it’s funny. It’s all “Engrish” (Japanese people badly mangling the English language lol). There’s not a lot of voice acting, but it’s still something a little extra to add to the Otaku-Pandering nature of this game. Most people use the term Otaku-Pandering in a negative sense, but I love Otaku-Pandering games, so I mean no offense by it. I think it makes the game even more quirky and lovable for any anime fan.

Replay Value: 10/10 There’s so many different things to do, modes to play, stars to collect to unlock a huge variety of in-game content and bonuses, level up your characters, get new cards for your deck, unlock new characters, get cute costumes and outfits, go through campaign mode with every single character, and then of course, the most fun part, play the game over and over again with your friends. This is a game with almost infinite replay value. The matches are short enough (usually around a half hour) that it’s a perfect pick up game when looking to kill time, but the amount of time you could spend trying to get 100% competition on the game is probably hundreds of hours.

For under 7 bucks at regular non-sale price, I can’t recommend this game enough. It’s well worth the money. The money you pay for this lil game will more than come back to you in gameplay value, especially if you have friends to play with online.

PS: If you already play and love 100% Orange Juice, check out “A Game of Dice”. You can read my review for A Game of Dice right here. It’s very similar to 100% Orange Juice.

Overall: 76/90 84% B “Very Good Game For Girls”

100% Orange Juice Videogame Review was originally published on Geeky Sweetie