This is Forza Horizon 2

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Alright so I am in the middle of the Winter Break and I was meaning to release this video for quite a while now. College just takes an unimaginable amount of time away from my video-making hobby.

So here is my Forza Horizon 2 cinematic video!

By the end of the year I plan to release quite a bit of Halo 5 Beta videos to share the awesome new gameplay with the world.

Until next time

RobVaivodiss 8)

Halo 5 Guardians: The Abilities

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Hey guys!

The Halo 5: Guardians Beta is nearing. It will drop on December 29th for everyone that has bought the Master Chief Collection. 343 Industries has revealed 7 abilities that will be present for all spartans playing the game. These are similar to armor abilities in Halo 4 and Halo Reach, but now everyone has a fair roster of abilities rather than just choosing one. So, I will be discussing these 7 abilities in greater detail below:

Thruster Pack is a returning ability from Halo 4 that has barely changed. It provides a short but effective speed boost into the direction you want to go. You can go forward and backward as well as side to side. However, the thruster pack has a 4 second cooldown between uses.This ability is perfect for dodging bullets and droping into cover.

Sprint is also a returning ability from Halo 4, where everyone had sprint, and also from Halo Reach as a loadout ability. Sprint is kind of an obvious ability, but it has changed. Now, your shields and health will not recharge while sprinting. Other tactical methods of escape are needed to survive in Halo 5.

Slide is activated once a player reached the top sprint speed and presses crouch. The player then slides (duh). I don’t know how this will be useful in close quarters, but this might give players and ability to slide into cover in BTB.

Charge is another ability that works hand-in-hand with sprint. When you are sprinting and press the melee button you will charge towards a player and bash them. If you bash them from the front or sides they will lose their shields. However, if you bash them from the back it is an automatic beat down.

Clamber helps out when you screw up a jump onto a ledge. This is similar to what you can do in most other shooters and is a welcome addition to Halo.

Ground Pound pretty much lets you become a superhero (is this Saints Row IV?). While in the air you can activate ground pound and get a short period of time to select the location (you’re completely exposed to snipers). This is an area of attack ability, so kill are not guaranteed. Damage to vehicles is unknown right now. This is by far my most anticipated ability of Halo 5.

Smart Scope is the most controversial ability in Halo 5, yet it does not add anything new. It looks like the aim down sights mechanic in most shooters, but in reality it’s not. Smart scope is simply an animation and a field of view enhancer. It works exactly like a traditional Halo zoom. It does not improve accuracy at all, so there is nothing to worry about.

Additionally, there are more mechanics that aren’t listed as official abilities. You can hover in mid air for a second or two to get a good shot at someone, and also your shields and health work differently. The health recharges but at a much slower rate than your shields. I also noticed that there is a high-pitched sound when you land a hit on someone.

I can’t wait to play Halo 5 Beta as it will truly evolve Halo gameplay.

Until next time

RobVaivodiss 8)

The Physics Behind Interstellar

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Hey! I am going to try something new for this site.


Recently, I saw the movie, Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan. The movie was simply incredible, so I searched for interesting facts about how the movie was made. I discovered some compelling facts, facts that would change how we think about black holes and relativity. Before I start explaining these facts, I will warn you that there might some minor spoilers about the movie if you have not seen it yet (Go see it!).

First of all, the most interesting information I found out was about the black hole within Interstellar, called Gargantua (such a cool name). Apparently, the black hole is not some neat special effect; it is in fact a simulation of a real life black hole based on the equations of astrophysicists. Christopher Nolan hired these physicists to create a realistic black hole in the movie, and it sure looks awesome.

To process the numerous equations, the special effects team worked with physicist Kip Thorne days on end to render out Gargantua, which took up nearly 800 terabytes of digital space! This rendering was so accurate that Thorne discovered new things about gravitational lensing. Since the simulation of Gargantua is so accurate to the real life equations, aspiring physicists can turn their eyes onto this virtual black hole to understand the various phenomena that occurs near a black hole. Even Neil de Grasse Tyson approves of the science withing Interstellar, although he is not so keen on landing on a planet withing the accretion disk of the black hole. In the movie, Cooper (McConaughey) landed on this planet and experienced the devastating effects of relativity, a concept that Interstellar portrays effectively.

You may have heard about Eistein’s theory of relativity and his famous equation. Combining a whole theory into one equation may seem far-fetched, but it a theory that is very real. In fact, NASA has to adjust time for relativity in the spacecraft they launch. Objects orbiting faster than the rotation of the Earth are technically traveling into the future, as time relative to us on the ground travels much more slowly. Interstellar shows relativity in action in quite an extreme case. Upon landing on the first planet, due to the extreme gravitational pull of the black hole, Cooper knows he will see his children back on Earth grow up in mere minutes. On this planet, one hour was equivalent to about 7 years. Unfortunately, Cooper spent a little over 3 hours on this planet, but on Earth 23 years has passed. Basically, Cooper saw his children as teenagers grow up to have kids of their own in a couple of minutes of video logs.

Overall, this movie was mostly science fiction (or science that hasn’t been proved yet), but the concept of relativity and the first accurate visualization of a black hole makes this movie unique and deserving of numerous awards.


I hope you enjoyed this new type of post. I’ll be updating this site more frequently with these kinds of posts as well as personal updates like I did in the past.

Until next time

-RobVaivodiss 8)

Xbox One Review

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Hey guys!

The first and only time I have ever gotten a console on day one happened on November 22nd. Yes, I did get the Xbox One. For many this console was to be looked down upon, but I thought otherwise. The games lineup for Xbox interested me more than Playstation’s, so I had to choose Xbox. Now that I have had the Xbox One for a few days, I will give you my first impressions, starting from the setup.

The Xbox
After I completely took out all of the contents of my Day One edition, I quickly set up the console in my living room. The provided HDMI cable was a great bonus. The first thing the console asked was to connect to Wi-Fi. This part was a little finicky, but eventually I figured it out. The update took about 15 minutes, and the console was ready to use. Now, the home screen looked pretty confusing at first, compared to the Xbox 360 dashboard. It took me a while to find the Settings app, but it was just a few controller clicks away. After playing around with all of the menu items, I realized that there are absolutely no advertisements on the home screen. That is a welcoming change. Overall, the interface runs extremely smoothly and, when accustomed, it is easy to use. One downside is that I cannot find where the hard drive settings are. The snap (multitask) feature works very well, but sometimes the frame rate of the snapped app can drop quite significantly. I used Game DVR with Forza 5, and it is really useful and fast. It records in 720p, which is acceptable for a built in recording app. However, a capture card would work better. The Upload Studio that is used to edit clips has some pretty generic filters, but allows you to record yourself playing or add commentary (Great feature for Youtubers). Unfortunately, for livestreamers, Twitch support is coming soon. Overall, there is much potential for the new system to develop over the coming months and years.

The design of the Xbox One got a lot of hate after its reveal. People called it the VCR. I gotta say though, it is a really nice looking VCR! The overall design of this console carries over to the Kinect, controller, and even the cables. The Xbox itself has a ton of vents, and after running Forza for 3-4 hours, the console was a little warm. However, the fan is giant, but surprisingly quiet, and it is very effective. The fan runs for about 5 minutes after the console is off to fully cool it down. I noticed a weird beeping sound every now and then, but I’ll have to look at the power settings to completely turn off the Xbox One. It seems like it is the fan controller or the hard drive.

The Kinect
This new gen Kinect is huge and quite heavy! However, compared to the original Kinect, this Kinect hits it out of the ballpark. The webcam in the Kinect is 1080p, and the quality is definitely there. It also can also work in the dark. This new high quality camera allows instant sign in (and I mean like split second sign in). Now, the question is How well does it work with voice commands? I gotta say that the Kinect actually works this time around. I found that the Kinect voice commands work better in a smaller room, as I had to repeat myself sometimes in the living room. Otherwise, you can definitely do a lot more with this Kinect. I found it really neat when you say “Xbox On” and both the Xbox and the TV turn on. There is little input lag for Kinect 2.0, so voice commands work even better now.

The Controller
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? The Xbox 360 controller was quite a masterpiece, and many people preferred it over any other controller. Fortunately, Microsoft came up with an even better controller. The Xbox One controller is extremely familiar with the first touch, but it is a new experience. The advertised rumble feedback in the triggers worked so well that I had to get used to them; after I got used to them I was tearing up the tracks in Forza like a pro. That new feedback definitely enhances the experience. I can’t wait to see how they will use it in other games. Although, the rumble motors in this new controller are a tad bit louder than on the 360 controller. The sticks are slightly smaller around, but they are not flimsy like on the 360 controller.

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In conclusion, the launch went extremely smooth, and the console works perfectly like it was intended to. All advertised features work very well. However, there are some features that are not done yet that might cause some inconvenience for some gamers. Overall, the console is a must buy if you enjoy consoles and Xbox games.

Verdict:
9/10

-RobVaivodiss 8)

Cube 9 Adventure Map

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It’s been a long time but hey!

Recently I had an idea to create an adventure map in Minecraft. So, instead of tossing that thought aside like usual, I began developing a somewhat massive adventure map. Now if you don’t know what an adventure map is, then let me explain. Basically, its a type of map where some standard rules of Mincraft are thrown away and the creator of the map adds in their rules and creativity. The player must play through the map using the rules that were established. Some of these maps also have a story.

Now on with Cube 9. It is a testing facility part of the Cube Research Centers. A few test subjects were hired and secretly transported to the research center. Many test subjects lost their abilities to move and some even went insane! Eventually, the one last subject, the player, moved on to Cube 9, the final research facility. And so, when you load up the map for the first time, you will be transported to Cube 9 to begin your adventure.

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So, what do you do in Cube 9? Some of the basic things that the player must face are definitely parkour puzzles. What would an adventure map be without parkour? Some other gameplay would include exploration and some puzzles that may require you to think.

The mechanics of this map are going to be complex. I am using my new skills with command blocks to their best to tell the story of Cube 9 and enhance the gameplay. Also throughout the adventure map a lot of redstone is used to create a feeling that this is a testing facility. Since this is a pretty big project, I will probably not work on it during the weekdays because of school. So, expect Cube 9 to be finished in Summer 2013.

Now some Halo 4 stuff. I leveled up to 50 and started the Tracker specialization. Basically, at level 60 I will gain the ability to have a second choice at ordnance just in case if I don’t like the first choices. Also this week Spartan Ops resumed with Episodes 6-10. 343 Studios made new maps for spartan ops this time around and they will require a 2.2 GB free download. Check out the episode 6 cinematics below. It pretty much sums up 1-5 and starts on 6.

And finally, I want to end of this post with some video info. I’ve been really lazy with my video making, but I have a few projects I want to squeeze in sometime this year. I have a Forza Horizon video up my sleeve which is barely 40 seconds in. When I finish the Cube 9 map I will have to make a trailer for it, so I can make an epic forum post on the Minecraft forums. There is another project on my Minecraft Server that I am meaning to finish for a while now. It is called Oceanopolis. It’s a city on three islands with pretty modern architecture. I don’t know when I’ll finish it, but one thing is certain… I am 1/3 done. And to add to all of this I will have to make a video for my Health class later on in the semester. Hopefully, it’s optional. Now if you don’t see any new videos from me in a while, then you might be surprised with a random Minecraft tutorial or Need for Speed World garage showcase.

That is all for now! Btw lockers are the most searched item on my blog, LOL!

-RobVaivodiss 8)

Halo 4: New Trilogy, New Beginnings

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Hey there people! It was a long time…erm…really long time since I posted anything new on the blog. Here in this post I have compiled a lot of the revealed information on Halo 4, made by 343 Studios. 

Halo came a long way ever since CE. There were obviously improvements made throughout the whole series, but its it getting a little bit dull? I think that Halo 4 can revive the series and bring it back to #1 on the video game leaderboards with the new Reclaimer Trilogy. So what can we expect from this new trilogy? Forerunners definitely! The Covenant enemies are returning as a separate coalition because of the destruction of the Covenant in Halo 3. There are going to be plenty new weapons. In fact, one new weapon is confirmed to be the Assault Carbine. A new multiplayer called Infinity is going to be included in Halo 4. This mode is like the classic multiplayer with Team Slayer, Cooperative mode (Spartan Ops), and Forge. Spartan Ops is a new feature that is replacing Firefight. The core of this mode revolves around weekly missions that you and your friends can play. So basically this is a second Career mode. On the other hand, Career mode is very sketchy right now as on what The Chief is fighting and what happens after the rebel attack of the partially destroyed Forward Onto Dawn. 

So what do you think? Do you think 343 will freshen up the Halo series? What do you think of the new Spartan Ops? Everything will be revealed on November 6th, 2012 when the game comes out. Until then, I will keep updates on what is happening with Halo 4 developments. 

-Rob 8)

Bertone Mantide

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Bertone Mantide; it is probably the most unrecognized car today that could compete against Corvette ZR-1.

It’s basically an Italian Corvette ZR-1 fit with an amazing 636 HP V8 engine. What really stands out on this car are the aerodynamical features. Everything is made of carbon fibre to make the car 200 pounds lighter than the Corvette ZR-1. All of the body panels, trimming, seats, and wheels are made out of carbon fibre. 

The Bertone Mantide has some resemblance to the Corvette with the low hood and the high rear bumper. It uses the Chevrolet Y-Body as the hood features an embossed Y-shape. The improvements made on this car increase the down force by 30% when comparing it to the Corvette ZR-1. The total drag reduced is up to 25%.

This car might not be a Bugatti buster but it can definitely pack in a punch with its impressive acceleration. It accelerates 0-62 mph in just 3.2 seconds! The top speed is 218 mph, which is close to what the Corvette can do. But is it really worth it to buy this car when they finally are produced?

The answer is no, because Bertone plans to make only 10 Mantides within a year with a price tag of $2 million each. So in the end, the Corvette ZR-1 is the winner, since it has a more powerful engine, but goes a little bit slower and has a starting price of $110,300. Also, who would ever buy a Mantide? XD

I bought a Bertone Mantide in Forza Motorsport 3 and I made it go over 250 mph with a cool design. Check it out:

 

 

Now here are the stats of the car if interested:

 

 

-RobVaivodiss 8)