Charles Martinet to step down as voice of Mario
August 21, 2023
Charles Martinet, legendary voice actor of Mario, will no longer voice Nintendo's popular plumber.

Nintendo confirms that the legendary voice actor Charles Martinet will be stepping back from voicing the videogame character Mario. Nintendo posted this tweet and added that both Shigeru Miyamoto and Charles Martinet himself will be posting more info.

Charles Martinet also reposted the news on his own Twitter account. Charles will still be involved in the Mario gaming world as Nintendo's brand ambassador instead. Fans will be wondering what will become of the next voice of Mario: will we hear something similar to Lou Albano? Similar to Charles again? Or a momentum toward similar to Chris Pratt's voice?

Also, an interesting note that Charles Martinet voiced Paarthunax from Skyrim. We hope that Charles enjoys his retirement and certainly wishes him well.

Here we go with Lenovo Legion Go!
August 18, 2023
Leaked images of a Lenovo handheld named Legion Go surfaced.

Lenovo wants to enter the handheld PC gaming market (which is a win for us). Legion Go product images also leaked via (Windows Report). If the images are confirmed, Legion Go will have detachable controllers similar to Nintendo Switch. Note that Lenovo had handheld plans with Legion Play, an Android device similar to PS Vita. Legion Go will be a Windows OS handheld gaming PC which will compete against ROG Ally and Steam Deck.

TLDR Life Privacy Policy
August 14, 2023
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COD is saved thanks to upcoming Nicki Minaj Operator!
July 27, 2023
Nicki Minaj will be an operator to Call of Duty.

Nicki Minaj is coming to Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Warzone along with Snoop Dogg and 21 Savage. No further comment necessary.

U.S. Serviceman runs to North Korea through the DMZ
July 20, 2023
U.S. soldier defects and runs to North Korea through the Korean demarcation line to avoid disciplinary actions.

A U.S. Soldier willfully defected by running to North Korea through the demarcation line. He was also reportedly seen laughing while crossing over to the North Korean side of the DMZ. He is believed to have been facing disciplinary actions due to assault. North Korean guards have detained him up after crossing. If he wanted to escape his disciplinary actions, and ease his border crossing crime by supplying military information to North Korea, I think it's safe to conclude that a US soldier nonetheless serving time in US soil would be better than serving time in a country hostile to the United States. North Korea is not exactly a friendly state to the United States. Except for Denis Rodman.

Microsoft's PC Manager tool is free and useful
July 12, 2023
Microsoft PC Manager (currently in beta) is now available for free to keep your OS safe and clean.

You can download Microsoft PC Manager from the Microsoft website if you have a Windows 10 or Windows 11 PC. It features:

  • A Boost function to clean up temporary files.
  • A more detailed disk cleanup tool.
  • A PC health checkup tool.
  • And an antivirus which is works together with Windows Security.

  • I've downloaded Microsoft PC Manager and it reminds me of CCleaner with an antivirus tool. It looks easy to use and I'm delightfully surprised on keeping me informed on some available updates for my computer - those I haven't found on the Windows updates list. PC Manager acts as a separate (or another layer of) antivirus as Windows Security is still running.

    Note that the software is still in beta, so we're not on version 1.0 yet. Although I think it's an instant welcome addition for all Windows 10/11 machines. When Microsoft came up with Windows Defender, Microsoft Security Essentials, and now Windows Security - it's a huge relief on my budget to abstain from purchasing cumbersome and expensive antivirus out there. They all worked too.

    Children's Choir stopped while performing the US National Anthem because it's offensive
    June 05, 2023
    A Children's choir was silenced during their performance of the US National Anthem as it was offensive.

    The news comes from The Blaze while referring to a Twitter video that captured the scene. A Children's Choir was performing The US National Anthem in the US Capitol when they were told by security (or police) to stop during the third verse. According to Christina Chapman Hefferman, believed to be affiliated with the choir, the performance was seen as offensive or as a protest.

    Source: The Citizen Free Press Twitter screenshot

    Christina posted the video on her Facebook. She clarifies that their guide had approached the choir director before the end of the third verse. She also stated that the performance was stopped as it might have offend someone / caused issues. Christina also adds that the choir performance was approved on multiple levels.

    What can I say? Imagine having a problem listening to the US National Anthem in the US Capitol (no less).

    May 08, 2023
    Clone High will be showing on HBO Max and will resume what was left off in 2002.

    Clone High is an adult cartoon sitcom about the clones of famous historical figures and their high school lives. It left a void from its abrupt and hilarious cliff-hanging finale back in 2002. I only discovered it in 2008 but Clone High became an instant favorite as it aired a familiar humour from Scrubs. I found the news from Tommy Walter (Abandoned Pools) social media. Check out the Clone High reboot trailer.

    The Clone High reboot will premiere on May 23, 2023 via HBO Max. Abe, JFK, and Jean will be back. New characters will include Confucius, Harriet Tubman, Christopher Columbus, and Frida Kahlo. So we address the elephant in the room, Gandhi may not (most likely will not) be returning notably due to his controversial portrayal in the 2002 Clone High. If you've seen the original season, you'll see some significant changes (such as JFK and Jean), but this also hints the direction of the storyline.

    MAKE WAY! Age of Empires II coming hot with a big expansion pack!
    April 26, 2023
    Age of Empires II drops in a beefy expansion pack that adds a fan-favorite civ and all the civilizations of the first Age of Empires from 26 years ago.

    Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition will have a new beefy expansion pack! It's 2023 and we're still playing Age of Empires II! Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - Return of Rome (what a mouthful) will release on May 16, 2023! The new expansion will feature 17 civilizations from the first Age of Empires, a new civilization, and of course the fan-favorite civ of the Romans. There will be 3 new fully voiced campaigns too. I haven't even purchased AOE 4 yet (while AOE 3 seats daintly on my library), and here we are turning our heads back to the classic.

    Kimi ni Todoke live action series on Netflix
    April 03, 2023
    Sawako graces the live film once again with Kimi ni Todoke on Netflix.

    The first live adaptation of Kimi ni Todoke (Reaching You) ran in 2010 but it seems like another live adaptation of Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You) is on Netflix (since March 30, 2023). Note that the two english translations of the title are simply synonymous. Sawako Kuronuma is a friendly yet misunderstood high school girl whose appearance resembles the horror film character Sadako. She meets the popular guy in class, Kazehaya Shouta, while looking for the assembly. Sawako and Kazehaya become friends. More importantly Sawako's world changes and the class notices the real Sawako - sweet and helpful. Love blossoms as they try to live out their high school lives.

    Kimi ni Todoke is one of the popular rom-com titles back in late 2006 because the theme was attractive at the time. Early 2000s also had similar manga of The Wallflower, with a shut-in Sunako and a group of ikemen trying to pull her out of being a NEET. Then you have Say I Love You, with a "gloomy" Mei and a popular Yamato. Heck His and Her Circumstances in the late 90s also catered to both shonen and shoujo fans with rom-com and coming-of-age themes. If Kimi ni Todoke is your cup-of-tea, check it out on Netflix (as well as those mangas I mentioned).

    Self-driving car will repossess itself if you miss payments
    March 08, 2023
    If you miss payments, this new technology will reduce comfort in your car. Then the car will self-drive itself back to the dealership after more missed payments.

    According to Daily Mail UK, Ford patents a technology for self-driving cars that repossess itself. This news has been picked up by several news outlets such as The Independent, The Guardian, Gizmodo, etc. Based on the report, Ford is trying to implement levels of system prompts when the owner misses payments. It would display messages, disable comfort features, and ultimately drive itself back to the dealership after more missed payments.

    Depending on the car's mileage it would even drive itself to the scrapyard. Another possibility would be to lock the owner out. Of course the car has to be connected to the Internet so it's aware of said "missed" payment.

    Safety is the biggest concern. In times of crisis or emergency, would you have a usable car? What if the car glitches and suddenly decides to leave? It seems like a meme. The safety involved on self-driving cars (let alone getting to your destination safe) is still questionable. We also have to be wary and cautious on this development as other car manufacturers may be interested to install similar tech. The customer may not feel safe with this feature, but having this tech implemented to all cars of the future certainly is another discussion for another day.

    Decidueye will join Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
    March 07, 2023
    A new Decidueye 7-star raid will occur on March 17-19 on Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
    We got a Pokémon remake, but it's not what you think.
    February 28, 2023
    Almost four years after its announcement, Pokemon Sleep is finally making its way to mobile devices and a new accessory that looks familiar.

    Pokemon Sleep is a spin-off game for mobile devices namely Android and iOS. Not to fall behind on introducing a new accessory, the Pokemon Go + PLUS will arrive this July. It feels like a remake of the Pokemon Go + but with the addition of the Pokemon Sleep functions.

    Personally it feels like it's a remake of the Pokewalker. The humble Pokewalker is a pedometer that you carry or strap with you where curious Pokemon you encounter would "follow" you along the trip. You would first transfer your "lead" mon to the Pokewalker, measure your steps, and then transfer any mons that followed to your box. The Pokewalker and the 3DS system would communicate via the handheld's Infrared. The Pokewalker was such a cool concept. I kept two of which - since I bought Pokemon HeartGold and Soulsilver. It made my commute a little more pleasant and fun back in 2010.

    Pokemon HeartGold and Soulsilver with a couple of Pokewalker.
    Image by: Sam1

    In Pokemon Sleep, you're sort of collecting your hours by keeping track of your sleep and rhythm. And Pokemon Go involved catching Pokemon on your commute (err... journeys) although in a much grander scale. Little did we know that the Pokewalker was the pilot for future accessories. It was a freebie inside a game box. Whether it's worth getting the Pokemon GO Plus Plus (sorry I still can't help laugh) that would be a discussion for another day.

    Throne and Liberty to be published by Amazon Games
    February 22, 2023
    Upcoming MMO Throne and Liberty developed by NCSoft to be published by Amazon Games.

    After Amazon Games have come to an agreement with NCSoft, Amazon Games will publish Throne and Liberty MMO. The upcoming MMO will be playable on PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC. This comes as a big surprise which also makes me uncertain as Throne and Liberty looks similar to New World. Note that Amazon Games is also set to publish Blue Protocol - an online ARPG.

    Obviously Throne and Liberty is different from New World. But it begs the question of how will it fare among MMO published by Amazon Games. As mentioned, TnL looks similar to New World. And New World's player count sits around 20k which is not a good sign when it peaked at almost a million after launch. Although we're optimistic because of the developer's roadmap. And the Lost Ark actual player counts cast doubt due to bot problems.

    On another note, how will this also affect Amazon Games' previous MMO? In my experience with EA on Battlefield and Medal of Honor, the former ate the latter's player base. My uncertainty lies on conflict of interest. But Throne and Liberty does look promising and is set in a medieval fantasy - different from New World's age of exploration setting. It is the spiritual successor (if not the sequel) to Lineage. I'm not labeling it as the next big thing. There's too much pressure and I believe we should leave it to do its own thing. We're still waiting whether it's Play model. Don't forget about Ashes of Creation though.