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  • Do You Play (Do?) Crosswords?!

    Erin G-Homes 10:00 am on February 13, 2010 | Comments: 0 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: app demo, app review, Crosswords, , , ErinGames, , eThusiasm, eThusiasmTV, , Stand Alone Inc

    Want to play awesome Crosswords on your iPhone? This app will let you do that AND it will download brand new crosswords daily from major newspapers and other outlets. Plus, you can automatically post your finish times to Twitter!

    More app reviews on eThusiasm TV! Go sub!

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  • Finally on Farmville! Need Your Help ;)

    Erin G-Homes 9:00 am on February 12, 2010 | Comments: 2 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: app, build your own farm, , ErinGames, , Facebook, Facebook game, Farmville

    I need your help! I just joined Farmville on Facebook but have no idea what to do… Leave me a comment with some helpful hints!!

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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Quarry & Invasion Maps

    Erin G-Homes 10:43 am on February 10, 2010 | Comments: 0 Permalink | Reply
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    Want to know the starting positions for maps in COD:MW2? This video will show you three of the popular starting zones and typical routes of both teams.

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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Rundown, Rust, Highrise and Terminal Maps

    Erin G-Homes 1:52 pm on February 9, 2010 | Comments: 0 Permalink | Reply
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    Want to know the starting positions for maps in COD:MW2? This video will show you three of the popular starting zones and typical routes of both teams.

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  • Review: F.E.A.R 2 - Beginning to Post-Chamber in Hospital

    Erin G-Homes 7:32 pm on March 20, 2009 | Comments: 3 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ErinGames, , , Fear, Fear 2, first person shooter, FPS, game blog, , game reviewer,

    With all of the hype I heard about F.E.A.R 2, I had to pick up my copy and try it out for myself.  When I was telling the audience on my last Erin Games TV LIVE show that Fallout 3 and Resident Evil 5 freaked me out, everyone told me to get and play FEAR 2 (short forming without the dots).

    Let’s just say that after an hour of playing the game, the fear factor did not disappoint.  You start out as Sgt. Michael Becket and your first task is to take Genevieve Aristide of Armacham Technology Corporation into private custody.  You move through her condo building the way most special task force teams would except you are also visited by hallucinations.

    The game developers did an amazing job here.  The movement between your “normal” vision and the “paranormal” vision is seamless and offers great moments of sheer terror.  I say great moments because even though I HATE being scared, I do still appreciate the amazing job the developers did.

    Shooting in the game is a bit sensitive – I really do wish there was a snap to character aiming option.  Pressing and releasing L2, as the game recommends, doesn’t really do much I’ve found.  You still need to get pretty close to being on top of the enemy before it’ll really work.  I would also say that while the PDA feature is cool, it doesn’t seem like something I am referring to often (I am usually hearing weird noises and trying to run through the area as fast as possible!)

    There is a good story line – keeps you really engaged – and I love the character interaction… offering suggestions, help when you are playing.  The usage of the flashlight in game and the dark graphics is a very cool feature but definitely had me turning me head away from the TV and trying to cover my eyes… Just can’t quite control the character and look away at the same time!! lol

    Moved through the condo building (zone one) quite nicely… Very scary however as the little demon girl keeps popping out of nowhere making me scream out profanities and is making me want to throw my controller across the room.  Earned the trophy “Sanctuary” and moved on to the hospital after a cut scene forces you there (don’t want to give too much away!)

    The hospital is scary and there are tons of dark hallways and creepy rooms to explore.  You spend the first bit searching for a weapon and you really only find one when you are right on top of the enemy.  Then you fight your way through to a labratory where you enter a chamber only to get stuck there.  The enemy is on top of you and you have to continue fighting to get out.

    This is where this review leaves off.  So far, I have to say I am enjoying the game.  If the aiming was a bit easier, I would love it that much more but so far so good… I also think that there should be more items that are interactive… Right now it feels a little like you are a puppet with strings… Just moving through exactly what the game wants you to with little decision-making ability.

    What are your thoughts on Fear 2?

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  • Wish I Would’ve Spoke Up Sooner!

    Erin G-Homes 5:00 pm on March 15, 2009 | Comments: 0 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , ErinGames, , , , , The Sims 2

    This is just a light-hearted funny story.

    When I was a young girl, my sister and I spent all of our free time either playing Barbie dolls or gaming on the Atari and the Commodore 64 (affectionately known as the C64).  We also had a huge interest in paper dolls.  We would spend hours drawing our own paper dolls, drawing houses and spreading it all out on the floor to play with these self-made creations.

    I remember playing Spy vs. Spy one time and if you all remember that game, it was a pretty well done 2-player game for the C64.  We would play it all the time and because it was based in a house with rooms and pretty decorations, it got our minds wandering.

    I remember clearly one day, talking to my sister about a game I wish existed…  In this game, you’d be able to create people and make houses and go and buy groceries.  You’d be able to act out a simulated paper doll and a paper doll house without all the work of actually drawing them yourselves.  Everything would be highly customizable and you’d be able to control these people to do whatever you wanted with them.

    Fast forward a few years (okay – ten!) and out comes the Sims.  My sister and I freaked.  We were srsly addicted to this game forever and we could not believe the very game we dreamed of had become a reality.  The progression of the Sims games has been amazing to watch.  It’s been surreal to see the very thing we dreamed of come to life but I’ve also appreciated it more than EA Games / Maxis will know.

    The thing I can’t wait for is to see more of my gaming dreams come to life…  What am I praying for next?  I have no idea but when I do think of something, I’ll be sure to document it on the blog for real proof that these crazy thoughts of mine can actually turn into real games.

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  • Resident Evil 5 Launch Party in San Francisco - March 12

    Erin G-Homes 12:13 am on March 12, 2009 | Comments: 1 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ErinGames, , , game release party, , , Resident Evil 5 Launch, , , Union Square

    I’ll be headed to the launch party of Resident Evil 5 and picking up my game… Will you be there?

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  • Got to Level 80 in WoW and OMG...

    Erin G-Homes 3:23 pm on March 9, 2009 | Comments: 3 Permalink | Reply
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    Okay, so this past weekend was my Grind Hard to Level 80 party and wow – it was successful!  I had a few people helping me throughout the day – Gangstamike, Angelofevil, Darkmayhem and Nastya – and we went from 4 bars away from Level 79 all the way to Level 80 in about eight hours… With food breaks and stopping to chat with people coming into my live broadcast.

    I’m not a quest fan… At all.  I’ll do them if there is an achievement involved and I’m okay with about eight-ten quests but then I just want to fall off my chair in pure agony.  Srsly.  It can sometimes be the hardest thing EVER for me!  I get bored… I want to quit… I just need some change!!  Luckily, my sweet friend Pixelated Geek, helped me get through it with words of encouragement (and some moderating of the chat session… yikes!)

    When I hit 80, I squealed like a girl, jumped up and down (in my chair) and then proceeded to fall into what Nelson coined the after 80 glow (which I kept calling the Level 80 After Glow haha) then I was like huh… Now what?

    So, I cleaned out my bank, handed in old quests and ran in circles in Orgrimmar.  People told me to create a new toon (NO!) and other people were congratulating me… I threw off my Dalaran celebration fireworks and then attempted to run Black Temple with a group that wiped and failed epically (sorry, it’s true!)  First night as level 80 was sort of just glowy… Didn’t go hardcore, just enjoyed the glowy-ness of it all.

    Fast forward to Sunday… OMG.  When you’re 80, people ask you to do A LOT and they are srs about it all.  Holy cow. (I said holy cow again! haha) I got pulled into doing:

    • Wintergrasp (which we won – YAY)
    • 25 man Vault (where I found myself afterward saying, ‘psssh… I’m saved yo!’ – it seemed appropriate, believe me.)
    • Alterac Valley battleground (which we won – YAY)
    • Arathi Basin battleground (which we won – YAY)
    • Heroic Nexus
    • Heroic Drak’Tharon Keep
    • Heroic Utgarde Keep
    • Did the achievement where you kill the boss without letting adds hit the floor
    • Changed profession from herbalism to tailoring (but kept alchemy)
    • Handed in ALL quests that I had including ALL reputation items
    • Got some gear upgrades
    • Spent all my gold on enchants for said gear upgrades
    • Ran Durnholde Keep for cloth for tailoring profession
    • Nearly passed out at computer around 9AM this morning

    Sooo… Level 80 is teaching me one thing.  It causes insane amounts of CRAZINESS!  People want you everywhere… It does not help people who aren’t addicted but could slowly fall into addiction and you realize, you are way under-geared, way under-knowledged and way in over your head.

    I suppose my coming of age is here with a vengeance.

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  • Review: Fall Out 3 for PS3

    Erin G-Homes 2:27 pm on March 9, 2009 | Comments: 2 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Call of Duty 4, COD 4, COD4, Cormac McCarthy, , ErinGames, , , Fallout, Fallout 3, , , , Rainbow Six Las Vegas 2, Sony, Sony Playstation, ,

    OMG… Watching the intro videos to Fall Out 3 and they are already making me shiver. This game is going to be good isn’t it?  Somehow, it has a Cormac McCarthy feel to it (not somehow… it makes sense!) and I do love post-apocolyptical stuff.  It’s intriguing and scary and exciting all in one.

    What I didn’t love about Rainbow Six Las Vegas 2 was the lack of customization… This game however is THE BOMB in terms of customizing your character… Holy cow.  Haha… I said holy cow.  I made a female character who actually is pretty cute… Well, as cute as Fall Out 3 allowed me to make her ;)   Her name is… *drum roll please* Rayanna.

    I started out as a baby as everyone does in Fallout 3 and I actually think this was SO smart in terms of getting you involved in the game play and learning the ropes.  Most games fail epically at this – they toss you in (ie: Call of Duty) and just expect you to learn rapidly how to play the game… Fallout 3 eases you into it which eliminates the anxiety IMO.

    The baby stage was easy enough to understand… Not much to do and you really only just learn some controls and set some “talent points” (sorry, WoW reference!)  Once completed, you move into the nine-year old phase where you’re at your birthday and you can steal a bunch of stuff like mugs, forks, plates, glasses, etc.  Why?  I have no idea.

    Then you go into your teenage stage where you complete the G.O.A.T exam and what’s neat here (and this carries through the entire game) is that your entire game play is changed by your choices.  You can choose to be a good person or a naughty person all in how you answer questions, talk to people, etc.  The G.O.A.T is no exception.  This helps to determine what your particular skill set / profession will be.

    I’m currently at the stage right after that… My father in-game has fled the compound and now I’m running after him.  I haven’t left the underground stage yet but I am SO excited to and I can’t wait to see what awaits above ground…  I heart post-apocalyptic things so hopefully this doesn’t disappoint!  Although, from what I’ve seen so far… It totally won’t.

    Fallout 3 is getting the nod as one of my favorite PS3 games thus far.  Srsly.

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  • Grind Hard to Level 80 Party!! (On World of Warcraft)

    Erin G-Homes 2:59 pm on March 3, 2009 | Comments: 1 Permalink | Reply
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    I’ll be broadcasting LIVE from my home office to have all of you celebrate with me my coming of age so to speak… Aka, hitting level 80. The game of choice is World of Warcraft and it sits near and dear to my heart… It even makes me sing and fist pump the air. Srsly. Check out the video here:

    (PS – Go to YouTube and Subscribe to Our Videos!!!)




    You can register in the meantime to get all the details here:

    Register to Get Your Partayyy Details!!

    Bring your chips & pop, Redbull or your favorite alcoholic beverage (if you are of age!! xoxo) and we will see you there!!!!!!

    MWAH!!

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