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Why Stars Like Jennifer Aniston and George Clooney Love Cabo San Lucas

Cabo is a Mexican get-away spot that’s a favorite draw for celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and George Clooney. In fact, the stars famously rang in the New Year in Cabo San Lucas just two years ago, joined by Justin Theroux, Jimmy Kimmel, John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt. The most decorated Olympian of all time, swimmer Michael Phelps, has also been seen partying at this top tourist destination.
 
Much of the attraction to the area is due to its location, known as “Land’s End,” Cabo is right at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. The area has been developed with a line of gated communities and exclusive hotels called the Corridor, which is where many of the Hollywood elite gather. High-end resorts there include Las Ventanas, Esperanza and the One & Only Palmilla.
 
From December to March every year, movie stars and regular folks alike can enjoy whale-watching. From waterfront resort balconies, pods of whales can be seen having completed their 6,000 mile trip from Alaska to bear their calves in the warm southern waters.
 
Whether it’s big-game fishing, kayaking or laying prone somewhere on a beach, the area is diverse enough to offer it all, and of course the resorts feature spas, fine dining and a wide range of nightlife and entertainment choices. With some 3 million tourists flocking to the area every year, from families on a budget to honeymooners to Hollywood A-listers, the variety is endless.
 
Golf fans like George Clooney, for instance, might well be attracted by the world class courses that dot the landscape. The natural desert terrain, reminiscent of Arizona, is made unforgettable with its vivid backdrop of the Sea of Cortez.
 
Over the years, other celebrities spotted vacationing at Cabos include Fergie and Josh Duhamel, John Travolta, Eva Longoria, and Jennifer Lopez. Although celebrity-sightings aren’t unusual, many of the famous faces choose to stay away from the hordes in private resorts in the Corridor. This potent mix of paradise and privacy is a proven magnet for celebrities on vacation.

 

 

Top 10 Tourist Destinations In Australia!

Heading for some fun in the Land Down Under? Here are 10 must-see travel spots to make the most of your Australian adventure!
 
Melbourne Cricket Ground
 
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The Melbourne Cricket Ground (aka the MCG) is the largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere, seating 100,024 people. In a country that’s extremely passionate about their sport, this is the beating heart of it. In the summer, it’s a great place for a relaxing afternoon of cricket or, in winter, an exciting evening of Aussie Rules. Check it out at the end of September for the nail-biting final.
 
Shark Bay
 

Shark Bay is way across the country, at the westernmost point of Australia. It’s known for its stunningly beautiful scenery and aquatic life, like the manatee and the sea grass.
 
But what Shark Bay is really known for are its stromatolites, living fossils that are up to 5,000 years old. They provide an insight into what life was like 1.9 billion years ago, and were a critical factor in the area being declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
 
Fraser Island
 
Fraser Island is another example of incredible natural beauty. It’s an island off the Australian east coast that had for the most part avoided modern development. Fraser Island is now a destination for camping, canoeing, fishing, four-wheel driving, or just lounging around the numerous freshwater lakes. From sand dunes to eucalyptus wonderlands, it’s no wonder Fraser Island is a tourist hot spot.
 
Bondi Beach
 
Bondi Beach is a few miles from the Sydney core and an opportunity to see Australia at its best. Favored by backpackers, Bondi is a great place to relax in the sun, be a part of big crowds (while keeping an eye out for celebrities) and just generally kick back, Australia style. Just remember to bring extra sunscreen.
 
Twelve Apostles and the Great Ocean Road
 
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The Great Ocean Road is one of the world’s most dramatic road trips. Stretching 151 miles along the southeast coast of Australia, this winding piece of tarmac hugs the ocean, giving you spectacular views all the way.
 
The twelve Apostles are towering limestone formations in the ocean, huge hunks of coastline that are being slowly eroded by the waves. Only eight of the twelve remain, so make sure you see them while you can.
 
Port Arthur
 
If you’re more of a history buff than a nature fanatic, head across the Bass Strait to Tasmania’s Port Arthur. An old penal colony from the mid-1800s, it was a prison for crooks who reoffended once they landed in Australia. It’s a beautifully preserved collection of old buildings and open-air style museum exhibits and is definitely worth the trek southward.
 
Surfers Paradise
 
Surfers Paradise is, as the name suggests, a surfing hot spot. It’s all about beach relaxation during the day and partying at night. With a host of high-end shops, restaurants, bars, and clubs, Surfers has a little something for everyone after the sun goes down. It’s the perfect combination of soaking up rays and urban highlife.
 
Uluru
 
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Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock or the ‘red center of Australia,’ is a natural and cultural wonder. A rock formation 200 miles from the nearest town that rises abruptly 1,100 feet out of the ground, it’s the sacred site for the Anangu, the local Aboriginal people. They now guide tourists, helping point out scared writings and local flora and fauna. It’s also a famed photography destination, as the rock is known to change color depending on the time of day.
 
Sydney Harbor
 
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Sydney Harbor, a distinctive site for anyone who’s seen Finding Nemo, is home to the architectural marvel the Sydney Opera House. Arguably the most recognizable symbols for Australia, this architectural marvel is a great place to catch a show.
 
The harbor is also home to the Sydney Harbor Bridge. You can walk to top for an incredible view. The Sydney Harbor is one of the world most picturesque harbors.
 
Great Barrier Reef
 
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The spot that everyone HAS to visit is always going to be the Great Barrier Reef. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, visible from space, and the world’s largest living organism, this is truly something everyone should see. You’ll see more amazing sea-life on the Reef then almost anywhere else in the world. Colorful fish, coral, rays, and sharks, the Great Barrier Reef has it all in abundance.
 
Australia’s a wonderful country with an incredible amount to offer visitors. These are the top 10 to get you started, but in a nation so big, there’s always more to see. So get out there and start planning your trip down under!

 

 

Bike Thieves Get Treated To Swift And Hard Justice

Many people have always complained that delayed justice is justice denied. However in this instance, justice is served in hard-hitting fashion and speedy manner. These would-be bicycle thieves were certainly treated to instant, humiliating and painful justice after falling for a trick set up by pranksters in Brazil.
 

The clip shows thieves attempting to make away with an unlocked bicycle left by a tree not knowing that the bike’s rear wheel is actually tied by a rope on the tree. As the first crook tries to cycle off on the bike, he surprisingly and unknowingly comes to a sudden halt in his tracks, thanks to the rope. The impact sees the would-be thief fly over the handrails and land painfully, face first on the ground. A man is then seen emerging and chasing down the thief who runs for his freedom, perhaps to escape another humiliating justice.
 
The fate was also shared by the second and third thieves who were completely oblivious that the bike was held back by a rope. While they all appear to escape, the way they fall in almost a similar face first way serves as enough justice.
 
The video, which was uploaded on YouTube by pranksters who call themselves OS Primitivos, was been viewed more than two million times in less than 48 hours. It’s hilarious!
 

 

10 Essential tips to success in Fallout Shelter

We’ve broken Fallout Shelter and created a must read guide that will ensure you get the most out of the game.
 

1. Bigger rooms win the long game


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When it comes to building new rooms, electricity, food, and water – in that order of importance – are always first priority. Try to expand a room, if reasonable, rather than a build singles side by side. It’s better to have a large, three-room long structure contributing just one type of resource. It gives better payload.
 

2. Upgrade is the first option, building is the second


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Ever heard off unmanageable growth? It’s a principle people learn at fancy business schools, but Fallout Shelter will pound this idea into your gut sans an expensive textbook. In general, it’s always better to upgrade something before you decide to build a new structure, unless you’re positive that new room is exactly what you need.
 

3. Make your vault a love shack


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Need population? Sure, you can build yourself a radio room – it helps with vault happiness – but it doesn’t have a good yield, even if you upgrade it. The best trick to boosting population is letting people do what they do best. Screw. Pardon my crudeness, but it’s true. Build a living space (always try to upgrade before building another one) and find a man and woman ready to play the birds and the bees. Mixing favorable genes doesn’t give satisfying results, so don’t bother using your most talented, especially if you’re on a tight resource schedule.
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If you happen upon a pair of nightclothes, don’t sell them. They’re a perfect equip for speeding up the mating process. Be careful how many women you get pregnant, though (we’re talking about the game here). Jokes aside, if you max out you’re population limit, you’ll be stuck with a bunch of pregnant women until you upgrade, which is dangerous because pregnant women are useless in emergency scenarios.
 

4. Rushing is great for medical bays


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The Med Bay is the perfect rushing room. Build a good size med bay, equip some residents well with stat boosting gear and good weapons, and then spam rushes in this room as much as possible. When you win you’re rushes, you’ll earn caps and stimpacks. Fail and you can spend a few stimpacks keeping them alive. You’ll have to let off eventually to let their mood recover, but the benefits to this technique are borderline ridiculous. Take advantage.
 

5. You need a road warrior, or three


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You need at least a few vault residents who are built for the wasteland. These are going to be you’re most prized assets, you’re item farmers. Equip them with the best possible gear. Send them out with as many stimpacks and radaways as you can spare. Then, keep your eye on them. Send them home before you fall asleep. You don’t want to lose these characters because you forgot about the game for few days.
 

6. Guns are better than stimpacks always


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Understand that the more guns everyone in your vault has, less often you’re going to find yourself frantically healing them during a crisis. Raider attacks can be an annoying and potentially devastating. But if everyone in your vault has guns, you’re vault residents will take care of them easily.
 

7. Training rooms require patience


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You’ll start unlocking training rooms one after another. Don’t buy them right away. Before you build anything, evaluate your resource management. Are you in good shape? When you do build a gym or an armory, be patient. It takes a while to get a wastelander maxed out in one of their SPECIAL attributes, but it pays off.
 

8. Complete objectives


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It sounds like a silly tip, but it’s regrettably overlooked. Most objectives in Fallout Shelter are not only doable, but they’re unlimited, easy and many of them yield you lunchboxes. The beauty of Fallout Shelter is you really don’t have to spend money, especially if you’re doing objectives.
 

9. Don’t leave your app open


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This is a golden rule, and the fact that people don’t follow it is a dangerous habit. When you’re done playing Fallout Shelter, quit the program. If you leave it running in the background, you’ll drain your resources and even be absent when incidents occur. Many people have complained that Fallout Shelter punishes them when they are away. It’s usually because they left the app on all day in the background. Turn it off. Otherwise, you may come back to a ghost town.
 

10. Upgrade your arsenal


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Giving every resident a gun isn’t going to get the job done, especially if it’s a rusty .32 pistol you had laying around. However, it is a start. Once you’re scavengers keep finding better rifles and shotguns, be sure to replace them. It’ll put you in a much more capable spot when you start facing higher-tier enemies, like molerats and deathclaws, down the line.

 
 

5 of the Most Underrated Places in the World

When most people think of traveling, they think of traveling to the most extravagant, beautiful places around the world. According to Travel and Leisure, Kyoto, Japan was the world’s best city of 2014. Although the entire world is beautiful and has so much to offer, travelers tend to follow the status quo and visit what is known to be a good visit.

Each city is different from the next, offering a variety of foods, cultures, races, languages, fashions, and more. There are so many places in the world that fly under the radar simply because not enough people know, or talk about them.

Taipei, Taiwan

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Back in the 1980-1990’s, Taipei was home to about three million and enough smog to clear every single one of them out. Today, Taipei is one of Asia’s most beautiful cities to visit. The city has come a long way since the smog issues after adopting a more environment-friendly route. Taipei is now covered in acres of greenery, hiking trails, and bike paths along the mountains. This city is perfect for the outdoor and adventure lover! The public transportation system is very easy so there are no more worries of a smog overload. Taipei is known to have some of the world’s best Chinese food, which also makes this the perfect place to visit for a foodie! Locals tend to be very friendly and resourceful for those that don’t speak their language, so don’t be shy.

Tucson, Arizona

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Most people, especially Americans, never think of an American city to be an extravagant place to visit. Tucson is surrounded by mountains and Saguaro National Park, which gives this city so much of its beauty. The city of Tucson also has a rich heritage and cultural roots implanted so deep that nowhere else is like it. Downtown Tucson is filled with historical buildings that have been brought back to life, including the theater The Rialto that was built back in the Roaring Twenties. Downtown holds a large variety of shops, restaurants, and bars, so you will surely never run out of things to do! On every second Saturday, a few blocks are closed off for the street fair. There are artisans, street performers, some live music, and plenty of good food.

Glasgow, Scotland

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Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and the third largest city in the United Kingdom. People tend to think that London and Manchester have the best music scenes in the UK, but Glasgow has them both beat. Performers like Franz Ferdinand and Belle and Sebastian started their road to success in Glasgow’s clubs. Keeping the artsy theme, Glasgow is the perfect city for an architecture enthusiast. The city’s architecture is astounding, and the Glasgow School of Art holds a bright and promising future. Glasgow is also known for having the cutest little vintage shops, so don’t forget your wallet!

Nara, Japan

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As mentioned earlier, most people travel to Kyoto, Japan since it was named the world’s best city of 2014, but many will never get to experience the beauty of Nara. While Kyoto is home to beautiful gardens, shrines, and Buddhist temples, Nara is filled with just as many gardens, shrines, and temples. Nara also has a large amount of machiya, which are traditional wooden townhouses. Nowadays, a lot of machiya have been transformed into restaurants and cafes. This creates more business for the city, but also keeps the beautiful, serene atmosphere that you can only find here, making it a one of a kind experience.

Adelaide, Australia

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Adelaide is nicknamed “the city of churches,” so to some, that can a bit off-putting as a vacation destination. Most visitors tend to travel to the bigger, more well known cities of Australia, so Adelaide is often left as an afterthought. If you ever get the opportunity to visit here, you will see some of the most beautiful art and scenery you can lay your eyes on. Adelaide is very well known for its 125-acre botanic garden that’s open all year round. This city holds a variety of art festivals at the beginning of the year, and also has several art galleries that you can enjoy any time of the year. The cafe scene is very lively and gives Adelaide a specific ambience that you can only find in this city. A lot of Australia is hot, but Adelaide was graced with a mild climate so you can enjoy virtually everything year round, making it a great place for anyone.

 

 

Fistful Of Dynamite: The Red Dead Series

We’ve always had a fascination with stories of the American frontier. So many images surface in our minds: the dusty towns and endless dry trails, peppered with tumbleweeds and painted every dusk by the deep red sun setting in the Western face of the frontier.

But Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Revolver wasn’t so much a love letter to the cowboy myths of our American zeitgeist, as it was a piece of bold storytelling, taking the traditional revenge tale and wrapping it in the guise of a stale Spaghetti western, complete with the outlandish characters, rugged heroes and gun-slinging action that defined an era of legends and hardship.

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You play as Red, a tough bounty hunter, orphaned at a young age when his parents were murdered by an amoral Mexican general. Red moves through the vestiges of the West, giving help to the helpless and laying law to the lawless. When Red discovers his parents’ killers are still at large, he sets out to avenge his family and settle the score once and for all.

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Red Dead Revolver sounds more like a movie than a game, and that’s no mistake. It’s an homage to the many Italian Spaghetti Westerns of the 60s and 70s. You can see it in the grainy effect on the visuals, which mirrors the cheap film they had used, and the soundtrack that reproduced the classics originally scored by Ennio Morricone (think of the wha-wha-wha in “The Good the Bad and the Ugly”).

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The game originally was owned by Capcom, which had been developing a game in the spirit of the 1985 classic Gun.Smoke. Capcom soon decided to cancel the project in 2002, though, which is what led to Capcom picking up the project and giving it to proprietary developer Rockstar San Diego.

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Rockstar had already built their reputation on the highly successful Grand Theft Auto III and Mafia: City of the Lost Heaven, so fans and critics alike were excited to see the publisher wind the clocks back to the beginning of the 20th century, when cowboys were fading but the West was still just as wild. The game got positive reviews from critics, released on May 3, 2004, on the Xbox and Playstation 2.

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Where Red Dead Revolver was about revenge, Red Dead Redemption was a story about, you guessed it, redemption. Protagonist John Marston, a former outlaw, has his family kidnapped by the government. In exchange for his family, Marston must become a bounty hunter to track down the remaining three members of his old gang. But there was a whole lot more to Red Dead Redemption that made it such a compelling sequel.

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For one thing, Red Dead Redemption follows an open-world format, where players can explore the West on foot and horseback, interacting with the world as they please and discovering new areas. Choices are important to the game, as making amoral ones can affect how NPCs interact with the player. Much like Grand Theft Auto, the game also uses a wanted system, which is triggered when Marston kills an innocent civilian nearby witnesses. Marston can evade his pursuers, but a bounty will still be placed on his head.

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Gunplay is tweaked considerably in Red Dead Redemption, as players can use a well-designed cover system to avoid enemy fire. Players can auto target enemies, free aim and even use blindfire in these situations. Players can also target specific body parts of their enemies, in case they intend to take down their target non-lethally. The added gunslinger mechanic also gave players a bullet-time ability akin to Max Payne, where they could take out multiple enemies in a flash moment to level out the odds.

Combine this addictive gameplay with a pseudo-RPG setting in the cinematic Americana that Rockstar created – it’s no surprise Red Dead Redemption now is considered one of the best video games of all time. It won numerous awards in 2010, going on to sell over 12.5 million copies.

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Rockstar even put out a standalone expansion, Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, which plunges the Wild West into a classic zombie epidemic, where Marston must find a cure to stop the infectious horde from spreading.

While a novel, and somewhat humorous, way to expand Red Dead’s universe, the expansion has become something of a fan-favorite for multiplayer enthusiasts, as the online mode allows up to 16 players to fight against and with each other in a recreation of the single player setting.

 

Breaking It All Down: The History of Red Faction

When developer Volition, Inc. dropped production on their game Descent 4, they took with them a new technology that was radically different from what video games could do at that time: destructible environments. Very destructible environments.

Some games had dabbled with this concept before (try Duke Nukem 3D) but never before had a game placed players in a world where they could shape the environment to their will, blasting gigantic craters into walls and tearing buildings down to scratch.

Today, we take that idea for granted, thanks to Minecraft and Battlefield. But before Red Faction, gamers had never seen anything like that. Red Faction blew up FPS gaming, literally.

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Released May 21, 2001, Red Faction showed off its destructiveness, utilizing the innovative Geo-Mod engine. Standing for geometry modification, Geo-Mod doesn’t destroy objects through specific, scripted sections. Instead, players alter the terrain and environment at their will, scripting-free. This capability was so impressive, Red Faction even came with a “Glass House” extra level, where players could chisel out endless tunnels and caverns to their heart’s content.

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Indeed, Red Faction was far different from other first-person shooters at the time, and critics raved about the limitless possibilities of reshaping levels through big cinematic explosions and frantic action-packed destruction. No more narrow corridors and walls impervious to bullet holes – the deep, cavernous architecture of Martian tunnels and desert wastes had a feel that any fan of Total Recall could admire, and Red Faction’s story similarly carried distinct dystopian sci-fi elements, with a flair for the revolutionary call, of course.

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Set in 2075, the Earth’s natural resources have become so depleted, the ubiquitous Ultor Corporation has taken to using exploitive mining operations deep inside the Martian depths, and Parker, a downtrodden miner with a revolutionary heart, sparks a rebellion that sees him going toe to toe with Ultor and its ruthless hired guns.

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The game’s sequel, Red Faction II, was released October 15, 2002, and it continued where the events of the first game left off. With the Earth Defense Force (EDF) now controlling Ultor, the top secret nanotechnology revealed in the previous game is revealed to have changed hands with Mars’s deadliest factions, including the Commonwealth, a dystopic military group led by a deranged despot.

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Red Faction II didn’t go over as well with critics when it was first released. The campaign runs a bit shorter than the original, and with no online multiplayer, Red Faction II wasn’t cashing in on the online craze at that time. There is a local multiplayer, though, with an exceptional split-screen mode, as well as a bevy of interesting new features to the gameplay, like the ability to dual-wield weapons. Red Faction II’s graphics were also updated greatly (the PC port was less impressive), with sophisticated AI bots making solo-play on multiplayer a fan favorite.

Red Faction: Guerilla

Not so often does a franchise take a tried and true formula and go for a risky change, but that’s exactly what Volition did with Red Faction: Guerilla, and fans were all the more grateful for it. Released June 2, 2009, seven years after the last installment, Red Faction: Guerilla, took the franchise out of the repetitive tropes of FPS action and switched perspective into third person. But perhaps the biggest change was Guerilla’s introduction to a more non-linear, sandbox style to its campaign mode. Roaming through an open world environment, a terraformed landscape of harsh Martian terrain, players had to seek out six separate regions of the map, completing missions to “free” those areas from the authoritarian grip of the EDF

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Guerilla was a darling title for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Running on the highly enhance Geo-Mod 2.0 engine, players could level whole buildings to the ground, decimating their enemies as they decimated the terrain. The game featured a handy weapon upgrade system, where players could scan the land for “salvage,” a currency spent on new improvements to their arsenal. Many times, the more generous the destruction, the more salvage a player could yield, which obviously led to endless fun. The new installment also got its own online multiplayer, an addition fans and critics alike had been clamoring for since the beginning.

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The game was a huge success, and while critics found the story slightly weaker than past installments and perhaps more repetitive because of its open-world structure, to many, Guerilla is one of the best Red Faction games the series ever produced.

Red Faction: Armageddon

Guerilla’s success may have made some fans scratch their heads when Volition decided to go back to the game’s linear roots with Red Faction: Armageddon. Released June 7, 2011, the game was a strong return to the IP’s history of mission-based campaigns, incorporating some new toys into the mix, like the novel magnet gun, as well as plenty more destructive fun.

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The new decade also saw the franchise branching out into spin-off titles with the vehicle-based Red Faction: Battlegrounds coming out to promote Armageddon’s release. Fans even got to enjoy their first Red Faction feature film adaptation.

Red Faction: Origins, a television film produced by the Syfy network, tied together the storylines from Guerilla, giving fans some juicy canon to enjoy before jumping into Armageddon’s highly cinematic campaign.

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But despite the creative success of Armageddon, the title proved to miss out on being a financial one, and publisher THQ quickly fell into bankruptcy by the end of 2012, leaving this beloved franchise out in the cold.

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For a year, many thought Red Faction would be lost to obscurity, that is until Nordic Games picked up the IP at the last moment. While Volition’s general manager Dan Cermak made it clear the developer wouldn’t be making anymore Red Faction games, there is still hope for this IP. Today, fans continue to speculate what developer may be game for the challenge of bringing back those Martian wastelands, so we can tear them down all over again.

 

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Chile Eliminates Spain

In stunning fashion, Spain will be one of the first teams eliminated at the 2014 World Cup (along with Australia).

 

Alexis Sanchez provided the set up for Eduardo Vargas as he scored Chile’s first goal of the day in the 20th minute. Chile added another goal before halftime to add salt to Spain’s wound. A routine freekick by Chile was inexplicable punched by Iker Casillas directly to a Chilean player in the box. Charles Aranguiz was perfectly positioned and just chipped a shot into an open net while Casillas was rendered helpless to stop it.

 

Spain tried to regroup in the second half, but they seemed to lack the type of energy, determination and desire needed to come back from such a deficit.

 

With this 2-0 loss, Spain becomes the fifth reigning World Cup holder to be eliminated in the group stages. It happened to Italy twice (1950, 2010), Brazil in 1966 and France in 2002.

 

 

The Top 3 Most Exotic Getaways In The World That You Probably Didn’t Know About

Everyone’s idea of what makes a location exotic is different and deserted tropical islands likely top your bucket list of places to go. But if exotic encompasses the strange and the unusual, then you can see how the entire world opens up.

In no particular order, here is our list of the top 3 most exotic getaways in the world that you probably didn’t know about:

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This destination favorite is a South Pacific archipelago first put on the map by British explorer, Captain James Cook. The remote location of the nation’s nearly 900 islands and islets (with neighboring New Zealand being some thousand miles distant), is part of its draw, but it’s really Fiji’s picture-perfect beaches and warm tropical climate that attracts visitors from across the globe.

Fiji is more than just perfect white-sand beaches, of course. You can hop on cruises or take day trips to islands, including Monuriki, the one made famous by Tom Hanks in his movie “Castaway.” From trekking through mountainous tropical forests or participating in traditional village life on Fiji’s second largest island, Vanua Levu, there is no limit to what you can do in this piece of paradise.

Alabama Gulf Coast

Really? We know the world may think Alabama is exotic for other reasons, the fact is its becoming a diving paradise! When you find out that southern Alabama has more than 17,000 artificial reefs, you begin to understand why the area is a magnet for divers. Last year, the state’s first whole-ship artificial reef, called the LuLu, was created with the sinking of a 271-foot retired coastal freighter. The bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, between Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, will see more ships go down for reef building, providing future opportunities for divers and snorkelers alike.

In a National Geographic article, the president of the Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation, Vince Lucido, explains what divers can expect to see 115 feet below the surface of the ocean: “Nature has coated the LuLu with a layer of algae, the basic food source for many marine organisms. The interior is covered with thousands of baby scallops; the hull is dotted with spiny sea urchins; and the whole ship is swarming with snapper, grouper, triggerfish, and clouds of baitfish looking for an opportunistic meal.”



Hear that?…that’s the sound of a whole lot of bucket lists being changed!

Lofoten, Nordland, Norway

For something very different, why not go on a sun safari? You need to plan your visit in spring through mid-summer when the sun never sets in the Arctic Circle. Norway’s archipelago called Lofoten is in the Norwegian Sea, and is one of the best departure points for the midnight voyage, sailing away from small fishing hamlets dwarfed by towering mountain peaks, past colonies of seal and cormorant to open water. The tours are only a couple of hours long, but deemed to be unforgettable.


Once you’ve been on the cruise, you can try your hand at rock climbing and mountaineering, learn to surf at Unstad (with after-surf saunas and hot tubs ready to warm you up), or join the locals in their passion for cycling. They have a dedicated cycling ferry to avoid steep climbs and feature tunnels that go straight through the mountains.

Other exotic getaways of course include well-known destinations like Bora Bora, Easter Island and Hawaii, to name just a few. But by comparing famous getaways, like Fiji, with places you may not immediately think of (Norway and Alabama), it might just spur your imagination so that you can ultimately go off the beaten path.

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2014 World Cup Cities: Brasilia

Considered the youngest city in Brazil, Brasilia serves as the federal capital of the South American country and its Federal District. It sits along the Brazilian Highlands to the Central-west region and was founded in April, 1960 to serve as the new Brazilian capital. With an estimated population of 2,789,761 as of 2013, the city is one of the most populous cities in the country and boasts of one of the highest GDP per capita among the major Latin American cities.

 

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Brasilia has a unique, modernist landscape which was designed by renowned urban planner Lucio Costa & architect Oscar Niemeyer. It boasts of a mix of urban zoning and swooping freeways featuring a restaurant sector, a banking sector and an embassies sector, with the lower-income population being forced out to the nearby satellite cities (cidades-satelites).

 

Food options available

 

Believe it or not, Brasilia does not have its own traditional, regional cuisine, probably due to the fact that it’s relatively young. It’s inhabited & visited by Brazilians from all over the country including many international guests and has arguably one of Brazil’s best restaurant bases. Here, you can find delicacies from various regions with bias on the Midwest. Additionally, there are many great places with rich influences from French, Arabic, Japanese, Spanish or Italian cuisine.

Things to do in Brasilia

 

Explore the Metropolitan Cathedral

One of legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer’s greatest masterpieces, the Metropolitan Cathedral is a completely unique building both in Brazil and in the world! Tourists come from different parts of the world to see the stunning glasswork inside the building.

 

Metropolitan Cathedral - 2014 World Cup

 

Take a tour of the TV Tower

One of the world’s tallest buildings, Brasilia’s TV Tower offers breathtaking views of the city and the surrounding areas. You can choose to go all the way to the top or simply tour the bazaar & street fair at the base of the tower during weekends.

 

Visit the National Park

The Park boasts of numerous hiking trails that takes you to the thick, lush forests in the middle of the Brasilia’s center. The two popular ones are the 20-minute Capivara course and the hour-long Cristal tour (which is ideal if you’re the more hardy hiker), and both will take you around the park. One of the biggest activities here, however, is visiting the mineral springs which are located at the heart of the park. You will find 2 areas of mineral springs, both which are believed to aid in healing.

The Estadio Nacional de Brasilia (Stadium)

 

Estádio Nacional de Brasilia - 2014 World Cup

By Danilo Borges/Portal da Copa (Portal da Copa) [CC-BY-3.0-br (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/br/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Soccer is one of the major passions of the people of Brasilia so it’s little wonder that the strikingly beautiful Estadio Nacional stadium was given a significant role in the 2014 FIFA World cup. A multi-purpose stadium, Estadio is currently used mainly for football matches and has a capacity of 72,788.

 

The present day stadium sits at the same location where the Nacional Mane Garrincha, named after legendary Brazilian footballer Garrincha, stood. Designed in 1974 by Icaro de Castro Mello, the original stadium was completely demolished in 2010 to pave way for the new stadium. Estadio Nacional features many bells & whistles as well as a lowered pitch for better viewing for the spectators.

 

Additionally, it was built on carbon neutrality which makes it a great venue for both the world’s famous sport and Mother Nature. With a total cost of US$900 million, the stadium is the world’s 2nd most expensive football stadium after Wembley Stadium of England, and will play host to seven games during the World Cup, including an important quarterfinal match.

 

Getting to Estadio Nacional de Brasilia

According to the Stadium Guide, the stadium is found just 2 kilometers from the city’s metro station Central and can be accessed using public transportation. It’s easy to get to it from the center of Brasilia.

 

Food options available

There are numerous restaurants near the stadium offering a great variety of dishes. One common delicacy is the typical Brazilian steakhouse concept that goes casual with burgers & grilled steaks and a side of rice & beans, which is the national staple. Other dining options include Brazilian Pizza served rodizio-style and traditional churrascaria.

 

 

Upsets - 2014 World Cup

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5. East Germany defeats West Germany at the 1974 World Cup

 

This match is still regarded as one of the most politically charged matches ever played in the World Cup. Germany was still divided between East Germany and West Germany and the match at Volksparkstadion was going to be intense. East Germany did not have much reputation in the world of football, whereas West Germany had made a name for themselves and were considered as one of the favorites to win the 1974 World Cup. East Germany surprised everyone on that day and they managed to score the lone goal of the game in the 77th minute. West Germany failed to equalize and went on to lose the game. West Germany had the last laugh, eventually moving on to win the 1974 World Cup.

 

4. Algeria defeats West Germany in the 1982 World Cup

 

Algeria was participating in the World Cup for the very first time and West Germany was the reigning European champion at that time. Everybody expected West Germany to just roll over the inexperienced Algerian team. However, Algeria stunned everyone when they took the lead in the 54th minute. West Germany eventually tied it up in the 66th minute, but Algeria shocked the world again when they scored another goal off a one-timer. This goal from Algeria turned out to be the match winner and the reigning European champions were defeated by the first timers at the World Cup.

 

3. Cameroon defeats Argentina at the 1990 World Cup

 

Argentina had previously won the World Cup in 1986 and were expected to remain at the top of the tournament at the 1990 World Cup. The team from Cameroon did not have any big stars in their lineup and Argentina was expected to win without much effort. This was just the second World Cup for the team from Africa and this was the very first match in the 1990 World Cup. The football world was stunned when Cameroon managed to take the lead in the 67th minute with an incredible header. They managed to hold onto this lead even though they were down to only 10 players after the 54th minute of the game. Cameroon finished well in the tournament and managed to reach the quarter-finals, the furthest they’ve finished in their history at the World Cup.

 

2. USA defeats England at the 1950 World Cup

 

England, in the 1950s, were considered to be the best football team in the world. England was tipped to be the favorites along with Brazil and Uruguay to win the 1950 World Cup. United States, on the other hand, did not even have a full-fledged professional team. England was widely expected to beat the United States team with ease, however, the first and only goal of the match was scored by USA in the 37th minute. USA managed to hold them off until time expired. This defeat proved to be a big loss for England who could not manage to enter into the final round. USA also did not win another match in a World Cup until 1994.

 

1. Uruguay defeats Brazil in the 1950 World Cup

 

Brazil was hosting the 1950 World Cup and this was the final match of tournament. Approximately 200,000 people were watching this game live at the the Maracanã Stadium. Brazil started the tournament as favorites, were playing on home soil, and they only needed a draw to win the World Cup, whereas Uruguay needed to win to lift the World Cup. The Brazilians started the match by continuously attacking and they were rewarded when they scored the first goal in the 47th minute. But Uruguay responded with a goal in the 66th minute. In the 79th minute, Uruguay scored the last goal of the game and held on to win the match and the World Cup title.

This match is widely known as Maracanazo, which roughly means “The Maracana Blow”.