Top 10 Forgotten First Person Shooters

1. Star Wars: Republic Commando (2005)

This one didn’t make it to big-time popularity levels. A spin-off of Attack of the Clones, this game will disappoint you if you want Jedi. In the game, you control an elite battle squad of Clone Troopers. Even though you cannot use the Force, you can still experience the Star Wars world fully without light-sabers. Here you have an awesome interchangeable DC17 weapon system with which to fight.
2. Bulletstorm (2011)

This game didn’t sell many copies but as history has shown good games often fall through the notice of the public. The developer dubbed it as an anti-thesis to Call of Duty. The violent gameplay is amped up to epic proportions and will give you more than enough reasons to play through multiple times.
3. Clive Barker’s Undying (2011)

The designer of the game, Clive Barker is a best-selling horror novelist. He also voices a character in the game called Ambrose. The protagonist is a paranormal adventurer who investigates the happenings in a large house. Along with a set of weapons, you can also use magical spells to fight your way through this game. There are some puzzle solving elements in this game. It is overall a great adventure game making you wonder why it is so undervalued. Fight the evil undying king and have fun.
4. Prey (2006)

This is a unique shooter game. The game tried to bring about a new twist to the FPS genre but did not do very well. However, a unique element that you will be surprised to find is that portals are a main element of this game, long before Portal was even conceived. The game mechanics are brilliant and innovative and there is no in-game death. It has a lot fresh ideas packed into a very generic shooter, maybe this is what stopped it from being a success.
5. Shogo: Mobile Armor Division (1998)

Love blowing up stuff and giant robots? Give this game a try. You run around in a city either as the main character or can control a giant robot from inside. The visuals are fast and fluid and the art style unique.
6. SiN (1998)

This futuristic cop-game has a host of stunning features unique for that time. A non-linear gameplay and extremely interactive environments. The game boasted elements such as turret actions, the voice in your head and unique death sequences. The reason this did not do well was the unfortunate timing of its release, which clashed with Half Life. The realistic tone of the game lends it depth and quality rarely seen in FPS.
7. Kingpin: Life of Crime (1999)

This game was unlucky in the release timings as well; its release came after the Columbine shooting incident and the popularity suffered owing to the nature of the game. It is a violent shooting game set in a dystopian world. After its release politicians and lobbyists criticized it harshly. This led to the game not even being released in some stores. The game is truly violent and contains graphic language, seems like it was designed to make controversy.
8. Tron 2.0 (2003)

Welcome inside the world of the computer, you have been digitized. This is a cool game with some stunning elements that you will love. Disc throwing fights, light cycle races and weapon animations -all were stunning. This game did not sell really well, but do not be deterred by this. The scenarios are unique because the game is set inside a computer. A particularly fun part is when you have to escape a wall of destruction because the hard drive you exist on is being formatted!
9. Blood (1997)

This has plenty of violence, apart from the usual bag of weapons, the player gets a pitchfork, which is meant for vicious stabbings, and a flare gun that can set enemies on fire, even a voodoo doll that can wreak havoc. Blood is freaky and violent and will have you scarred for life.
10. No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.’s Way (2002)

This game is clever and parodies classic spy movies. The protagonist is a female super-spy Kate Archer, who is tasked with stopping a group of villains named H.A.R. Mand. While doing so she has to travel the globe and visit exotic locations. You get access to loads of cool spy gadgets that even Bond will envy. This game is the most Bond-esque game and we think you will love it.

Violence Franchised: The History Of Hitman

Fans of stealth action video games have probably heard of Agent 47’s gruesome exploits. This genetically engineered super killing clone first started carrying out hits in 2000 when he made his debut in Hitman: Codename 47.
 
Since then, Hitman has grown into one of the most popular stealth franchises in video games and developer IO Interactive’s crowning achievement, arguably. Films, novels, mobile spinoffs – the Hitman franchise is still growing.
 
Could 2015 be the year we see a new Hitman AAA title? There’s a good chance we’ll get more details, at least. For now though, here’s a brief history on the Hitman series of video games, mobile games and movie adaptations.
 

Hitman: Codename 47



 

This was gamers’ first chance to step into the shoes of a cool killer. 47 is a chilling figure, his ghostly visage neutral of emotion, with the infamous barcode tattoo on the back of his neck, but there was more to Codename 47 than its disturbing, antihero protagonist.
 
In many ways, Codename 47 changed the way gamers thought about completing a level. While there was still a point A and a point B, so to speak, how players got to point B could be very creative. 47 is a man of violence, as his job description would suggest. But aside from garroting unknowing victims from behind or releasing a frenzy of automatic gunfire at a group of assailants, the game still rewarded players for employing stealth over shooting.
 
For instance, by donning the clothes of security guards or henchmen, 47 could access restricted areas, blending in with the crowd. The sneak feature also enabled him to evade detection or zero in for a silent hit. Codename 47 was one of the most popular games of 2000, praised by critics and fans, alike. It was also one of the most graphically innovative games for the start of the millennium, one of the first to use ragdoll physics, cloth simulation and foliage physics.
 

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin


 
In the franchise’s first sequel, players were further encouraged to avoid the run-and-gun concept prevalent in other shooters. Instead, players could use tactics of disguise and problem-solving to traverse past layers of security, nail their intended target and land a “Silent Assassin” rating at the end of the mission.
 
A fan-favorite, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin advanced the concepts of Codename 47 with more creative detail, but it also was more user-friendly, with shorter levels and easier AI to handle. Players also got some deadly new toys to play with, including chloroform to incapacitate enemies quietly and a crossbow for killing covertly from a distance.
 

Hitman: Contracts


 
Hitman: Contracts is much like a re-master of Codename 47, featuring recreations of four levels originally introduced in the first game. Many of the same concepts make a return: The emphasis of stealth and subterfuge, a suspicion meter that enables players to see whether they are under suspicion by guards and henchmen, as well as a myriad of creative ways to take down targets, such as spiking poison in drinks or arranging “accidental” deaths.
 
Hitman: Contracts also used an interesting narrative change of pace. As 47 relives the memories of past assassinations, the player goes through those classic levels in reverse. Upon awakening in the present, details are revealed that allude to missions found in the next game Hitman: Blood Money, as 47 also discovers that a mysterious group is targeting him.
 

Hitman: Blood Money


 
Hitman: Blood Money continues this storyline, as players complete missions based off an interview between a journalist and a former Director of the FBI that had been tracking 47 for a number of years. From climbing obstacles, using melee combat and taking enemies as human shields to open-world styled levels, enhanced character models and an entirely new game engine, Hitman: Blood Money is another fan favorite. The sheer amount of changes greatly revised the experience of being the world’s deadliest assassin.
 
Players could dispose of dead bodies in containers to hide them from view. Weapons could be upgraded – bombs and armor entered the arsenal, as well. Accidental deaths are in every level, where players can take out targets in a variety of inconspicuous ways, like rigging chandeliers to fall, BBQ grills to explode and prop guns to fire real bullets.
 

Hitman: Absolution


 
The fifth installment of the series and the first game under the new leadership of publisher Square Enix, Hitman: Absolution goes for a more user-friendly experience, while still maintaining the detailed elements of subterfuge and stealth that have made the game a success. Hitman: Absolution also introduced some novel elements, such as allowing players to create their own missions, called “contracts,” to share with other players online.
 

Hitman goes mobile


 
The Hitman series has also begun expanding into mobile games, with the release of Hitman Go, a turn-based puzzle game developed by Square Enix Montreal. Carrying a board-game aesthetic, Hitman Go uses a turn-based approach, taking away the use of gunplay and setting up accidental deaths for a simpler, more grid-based feel.
 

The next Hitman game


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IO Interactive has gone through some tough times recently, but the developer announced that a new Hitman title for the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC would be coming out this year. While details are sparse, the “Contracts” mission editor will make a return, and the game is intended to have a more open-world feel.
 

Hitman in the movies


 
Two movie adaptations based off of Hitman have been produced, so far. 2007’s Hitman, starring Timothy Olyphant and Dougry Scott, has a different continuity from the games, and while it was a critical failure, it proved to be a financial success.
 

A new adaptation, titled Hitman: Agent 47, is scheduled to come out August 21, 2015. The film, which will star Rupert Friend as 47, is being directed by Aleksander Bach. Paul Walker was originally intended for the role of 47, but following his untimely death, Friend was cast for the titular role.

 
 

Straight Friend Asks Gay Friend To Prom

We hunt down inspirational stories from all over the world so we can bring them to you and sometimes, even we are surprised at how they can come from the most unexpected areas!
 
The prom season has teenagers all over America going crazy over who they’ll take as their prom date, and what they’ll wear on this special day. Of course, when it comes to the gay community, the problem of finding someone to go with gets a little more difficult.
 
Anthony Martinez, from a Las Vegas high school, had this predicament troubling him and this was the message he sent out through Twitter.
 


 
While he was getting ready to simply show up at the prom alone, his good friend Jacob Lescenski asked him if he would be his prom date.
 
It sounds like just another run-of-the-mill story of just another prom date problem solved, right? Not really. What makes this story extraordinary is the fact that Jacob is straight! And he did it in style too. He didn’t just drop a note to Anthony or text him. He elaborately went through the routine of preparing a huge banner for his friend and made sure everyone knew he was asking his gay friend to be his prom date!
 
Here’s Anthony sharing the great news – and an image of the amazing banner that Jacob made for him – with everyone.
 


 
The story has now reached the farthest corners of the Internet and both Jacob and Anthony are receiving loving messages from everyone – congratulating them on their beautiful friendship that goes beyond the usual hiccups that different sexual orientations seem to bring.
 
Jacob of course, in Anthony’s own words, is being hailed as “a real man,” not allowing Anthony’s sexuality to come between a friendship that not only rocks, but also shows the way to all those around! The duo later posted a message thanking everyone for all the support that came their way.
 


 

Well done guys!
 
 

Guide To Traveling When You Feel It’s Risky

So maybe you’ve gotten afraid of traveling because of recent attacks around the world which targeted popular tourist spots. But how do you manage this when you’ve already made your plans and cancelling is just not an option?
 

We know that living in this world means that a terrorist attack can occur at any time – in any place – and for any reason, or no reason at all. So how do you determine which country is safe to visit and which is not? We can judge our own comfort levels and decide accordingly. What main factors impact our judgment? There are two: risk perception and risk tolerance. Risk perception has to do with our understanding of the risk that has been ingrained in our minds based on what we have heard and what we consider the level of threat to be. Risk tolerance is based on your individual tolerance of danger. So when making a decision, you need to first estimate how much risk is there and then are you able to tolerate it or not?
 
Connect and Read Other Travelers’ Reports
 
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Sign into TripAdvisor and go ahead and ask questions relating to your trip or read the already present reviews. You can sort the reviews based on places and dates to ensure that you go through the latest posts. For any unanswered questions, post your own and mention the location!
 
Advice by Your Government
 
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The government regularly issues updates on which countries to avoid. Many consider it an excessively worded list, but it is a good starting point on which countries to avoid and which to cover.
 
What Are Others Saying
 
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You can also view other countries embassy sites for information on where they are limiting their citizen travels. These are found on their websites and popular countries on whose embassy sites to check include USA, UK, Canada, and Australia.
 
Map the Locations and Your Stays
 
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Identify which locations are high target threats and then map them. Carefully assess what the distance is between those locations and your destinations. This will help with the risk tolerance aspect as you can get a feel about the level of threat your destination faces.
 
Go Over the Local News
 
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Mostly English newspapers focus on the crimes against foreigners and hence will give you a clear view of what is going on in and around your chosen destinations. www.onlinenewspapers.com is an amazing collection of English newspapers from around the world.
 
Perspective Is Important
 
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Normal people are impacted by terrorist threats for a maximum of a day or two. They have to continue with their lives as they have mouths to feed and lives to carry on. Before believing into the news reporting of only the bad, think about all the good that must be going on as well.
 
Security Is Always Higher After Incidents
 
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Normally, the aim of terrorist attacks is to cause panic and confusion by using the element of surprise. So if you’re going to a place that has been recently attacked, be assured that there will be extra security around ensuring a much higher level of security that includes metal detectors and visible guns.
 
Waiting it out until the situation gets better will probably take forever so here are some measures you can take for your own safety:
 
STEP Enrollment:
 
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The US government has created a program under the State Department titled Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) which is aimed towards making it easier for them to track your movements and get in touch with you in case of any emergencies.
 
Crowds Are a No No
 
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When terrorists attack at any location, their aim is to cause the maximum damage with the least amount of casualties to themselves. This is only possible if they attack large crowded locations so try to avoid them as much as possible.
 
Twitter Feeds
 
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Follow major global news and twitter feeds along with your country’s and the visiting country’s major police and rescue services to get the main news as soon as things happen. Twitter is the most updated so ensure to keep an eye on it.
 
Monitor the News
 
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Stay connected via international news channels and online by ensuring your room has these channels included as a part of their package and pay for the Internet connection so you can view news as and when you want.
 
Save the Emergency Numbers
 
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Find out what the numbers are for emergency services in your destination country and save them. Along with this, save the number to your hotel and any others you know in the city.
 
Satellite or Local Phone Rental
 
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Normally in emergency situations, a roaming network becomes weak or cut off. So ensure you have a local number handy for such situations or rent a satellite phone so that it continues working and you can call for help.
 
Vetted Taxis
 
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While it will cost more, having a hotel driver or a hotel vetted taxi to take you around will allow you the peace of mind from traveling in crowded public transportation. So go for this option and book a hotel car for the whole day.
 
Identify the Risks Most Likely to Impact You
 
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Make sure that you take necessary precautions when out and about like you would at your home. Avoid flashing too many monetary things like jewelry and phones or shopping from expensive outlets in one go. These things identify you as rich tourists. Of course, this is something you should not want.
 

 

The 10 Greatest Sports Icons In History

In the world of sports, every generation will get to witness several stars. Some of these stars succeed and fulfill their destinies while others may fail in their journey. In this melee of stars that come and go, there are those who leave a mark in the world that simply doesn’t fade with time. While some can come to achieve great things, a few outstanding elements raise others above and beyond the rest. This list of Top 10 Sports Icons is a tribute to such superstars of the sports world – heroes who will never fade over time.
 
Pele
 
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The Brazilian is an icon not only in the football world, but in the sports world in general. Every sportsman worth his trade respects Pele for all that he has achieved. A phenomenon, Pele is known not only for his amazing skills in soccer, but also respected for his humility and composure. Among other accomplishments, his time with the New York Cosmos in the 70s is probably the biggest boost the game received in America! As a global icon, Pele has played his part in several charitable efforts as well, making him more than just a sports sensation. Even decades after retiring from the game of football he gave so many memories to, Pele remains a part of the world of sports and will remain so for a long time to come.
 
Muhammad Ali
 
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Cassius Clay, or more commonly known as Muhammad Ali, this man’s punches are louder than anything the boxing arena has ever seen. So what if he called himself “The World’s Greatest”? His feats in the ring, and sometimes off it, proved that the world could call him that one day anyways! His controversial comments and daring beliefs outside the ring matched his boxing prowess inside of it and for these reasons and many more, Muhammad Ali finds a permanent place in the Boxing Hall of Fame, and of course, in the hearts of his admirers across multiple generations.
 
Michael Jordan
 
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The towering figure of Michael Jordan flying towards the basketball hoop is an image that surpasses many other memories in the world of sports. His Airness is probably the only athlete to have an impact on his sport that created a ripple effect across other sports too. Today, he heads the Charlotte Hornets and no matter how many basketball superstars tread the basketball arena after him, few will ever come close to the enigma that MJ has proven to be. While fans scramble to get their hands on their favorite Jordan brand sneakers, here’s a man who will remain, as the NBA website proclaims, the greatest basketball player of all time!
 
Tiger Woods
 
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In recent times, Tiger Woods has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, but that doesn’t take away from what he has accomplished in the realm of golf. Tiger Woods singlehandedly revamped the image of golf, and for years, has ruled the best courses in the world through grit, focus, and determination. The first African American to make such a huge name for himself in the sport, Woods is probably the greatest influence the sport has ever had.
 
Jackie Robinson
 
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April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball and even his No.42 retired with him. These are not the only two elements that speak to the man’s greatness. During a time when being African American was enough to keep you out of sports in America, Jackie Robinson used his skills and strong personality to break through the color barrier, opening up the gates to many more colored players after him. He remains a sports icon even today, not only for his contribution to the game, but also his influence he had on the sports world around him.
 
Wilt Chamberlain
 
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The NBA may have seen amazing players come and go in all its time, but the man who got it all started though was Wilt Chamberlain. This is the guy who set all the records while hundreds of players after him made it their life’s dream to try and break them. Did you know he was the only NBA player to score a mind-numbing 100 points in a single game? Only Kobe Bryant’s 81 points in a single game comes close, but even that is 19 points short of the record! Averaging 30.1 points and 22.9 rebounds per game, Chamberlain was a man playing among boys.
 
Jim Thorpe
 
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While most sports icons, even the ones on this list, are known for their dedication to a single sport, Jim Thorpe’s skills, talents and determination just could not be limited to a single one. A proud Native American, Thorpe was a phenomenal sportsman who made a name for himself across a string of different sports, including professional football, basketball and baseball. He even won two gold medals at the Olympic Games in 1912.
 
Vince Lombardi
 
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If there’s one man’s numbers every coach in the NFL would like to replicate, they would be the ones attained by Vince Lombardi. The man did not know what a losing season was throughout his career as a coach in the NFL and this is only one of the reasons the Super Bowl trophy is named after him! When he wrapped up his amazing coaching career with the Green Bay Packers, he had five NFL championships and the first two Super Bowl wins to his name.
 
Babe Ruth
 
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George Herman “Babe” Ruth is the player who made baseball a popular sport in the 20s. “The Bambino” remains one of the most prolific players the game of baseball has ever produced. It’s been almost a century since Babe Ruth hit those loud 714 home runs and winning seven World Series championships, and yet, he still remains a well-known name in the world of sports today. Need we say more?
 
Wayne Gretzky
 
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They don’t call Wayne Gretzky “The Great one” for nothing! Arguably the most influential hockey player to ever step on a rink in the NHL, Gretzky has a string of records to his name. These include 15 playoff records and 40 regular season records, he remains the only player in history to record more than 200 points in a single season, and he managed to do that a whopping four times! Teams across the NHL have retired his No.99 jersey and even that doesn’t seem to be enough tribute to the man who remains one of the most iconic hockey players of all time.
 
This list of Top 10 Sports Icons teaches us the true meaning of excellence in the sports world and beyond. The records these players have set may be broken along the way, but the memories they have given us will remain with us forever.
 

 

Top 10 Movies based on True Crime

The lives of men have always found stimulation in true stories and legends and movies are no different. And when you think of movies, what could be more intriguing than stories based on true crime! This list of must-see Top 10 Movies based on True Crimes tell you of stories that have been so influential that they have even found their ways on to the big screen.
 
Monster
 

 
Charlize Theron’s outstanding performance won her seventeen awards for her portrayal of Aileen Wuornos, a Florida prostitute who turned into a serial killer. The beautiful actress had to undergo some truly hideous cosmetic changes, including a weight gain of 30 pounds and false teeth, in order to resemble the terrifying Aileen. Charlize plays the role impeccably, making viewers want to sympathize with the character, and simultaneously be terrified. The story ends tragically with the execution of Aileen, after being tried for the murders she committed.
 
Catch Me If You Can

 
This 2002 film is based on a true story about Frank Abagnale Jr., who was a skilled con artist and who managed to con millions of dollars’ worth of checks before his 18th birthday. He did so skillfully by posing as a doctor, a legal prosecutor and a Pan Am co-pilot. Leonardo DiCaprio, who with his impeccable talent in acting, portrayed the role of this master-of-deception and brought before the audiences a perfect image of the actual Frank Abagnale Jr.
 
Donnie Brasco
 

 
This 1997 American crime drama film was directed by Mike Newell. This is a true story about an FBI undercover agent, Joseph Pistone, played by Johnny Depp, who infiltrated one of the major Mafia families in New York and started identifying with the mafia life more than the regular one he was living. Initially, it was an undercover mission, but slowly and gradually, as Pistone started to identify with the mafia, he developed a relationship of friendship with the mob hit man. The movie depicts Pistone’s mental ordeal of making a decision that will end the life of his newfound friend.
 
Alpha Dog

 
This true story of Jesse James Hollywood was made into a feature film in 2006. Starring Justin Timberlake, Sharon Stone and Bruce Willis, this story depicts the life of a young drug dealer who was one of the youngest men to be on the FBI’s most wanted list. He was only 20 years old when he was caught by the police. The movie ends with a text on the screen that informs the audience that the young drug dealer is currently in California awaiting trial and will face a death penalty if proven guilty.  
 
The French Connection

 
In the 1960s, the Turkey-France-United States drug-trafficking scheme exploded, causing a New York City police detective to be fixated on capturing the French heroin smuggler. This incident was created into a feature film, starring Gene Hackman as the police detective. Directed by the talented William Friedkin, this movie won awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay.  The movie has been voted to have one of the best car-chase scenes in the history of films. The film ends on a vague note and doesn’t quite tell the audience who is killed in the end.
 
Goodfellas

 
The talented Martin Scorsese created a feature film based on a true event highlighting the rise and fall of the Lucchese crime family. The story is spun around a young man who works his way up the hierarchy in a mob, but eventually faces a downfall due to his drug addiction and uncalled-for actions.
 
In Cold Blood

 
This true story of the brutal murder of the Clutter family is made into a novel and a film adaptation. The 1967 film portrays how two ex-convicts break into the home of a rich Kansas family, hoping to find a lot of wealth, but instead find nothing. Infuriated by the whole ordeal, they murder the entire family in a heartless manner and flee. They are later caught by the police, found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging. The illustration of the killers’ last moments and the execution is presented at the end of the movie.
 
The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street is based on a true event, portraying the life of Jordan Belfort, who started his own brokerage firm by the name of ‘Stratton Oakmont’ and who along with his team of brokers, made a huge fortune by deceiving investors. Jordon’s character is played by Leonardo DiCaprio. The story started in 1987 when Jordan Belfort started his career at a Wall Street brokerage firm. Jordan was, as most fraudulent criminals, arrested by the FBI and his entire wealth and empire was seized. To his fortune, he was only sentenced to imprisonment for 36 months, following which he was released in the early 2000s. He now makes a living by hosting seminars and conducting training sessions on improving sales techniques.
 
Zodiac

This 2007 American thriller movie is based on one of Northern California’s unsolved crimes. The movie depicts the ‘Zodiac Killings’ and the terror that grips the city of San Francisco as a serial killer stalks its citizens. The Zodiac killer continues to kill victims and send cryptic messages in an attempt to taunt the authorities. While a couple of investigators and reporters become obsessed with finding this serial killer, the killings continue. The movie doesn’t have the solution of the case in the end and only revolves around the work of the investigations.
 
Dog Day Afternoon

 
Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 film based on the event of an inexperienced criminal who robs a bank to pay for his lover’s surgery. The robbery evolves into a hostage situation and the media have a field day with the whole event. The actual event upon which the movie was made, involves two robbers who face a similar fate.
 
These Top 10 Movies based on True Crime are a must-watch as they spill the story of criminals and mafias in the world of money, drugs, murder and more – all the elements that make for an intriguing storyline.

 
 

Short Film Showcase- Shadows

You know how in a movie that goes on for around a hundred minutes or more, it’s only a couple of sequences lasting only a few minutes that actually keep you on the edge of your seat? Well, Shadows is made up of those few minutes. You don’t have to sit through 90 odd minutes in order to watch the most interesting part! It is indeed difficult to pull off a short, maybe that’s why only the gutsiest filmmakers do it. In the case of Shadows: Director Colin Berry, Writer Eric Walker, Producer Kyle Sevier and lone actor Corey Sevier all come together to give effect to a tight, interesting plot that makes the audience’s hair stand on end.
 
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The storyline is simple. It’s based on a simple looking guy in a simple shirt and tie, simply getting the s**t scared out of him. Well, that’s where the simplicity of it all ends. Shadows then moves on into territory that is quite difficult to fathom and capture. One that holds both horror and science fiction.
 
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The creature in the dark could very well have been a ghost. Except that it does something inexplicable to the Glen- The protagonist. Showing him images and taking his mind to bright blue places.
 
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Ghosts don’t do that you know, they simply whack the hell out of you and ask you to get out of there! The sci-fi angle in Shadows is gripping and makes you think twice about all that went down. It makes you think about what could possibly happen next! That’s part of the magic that makes a good short and Shadows accomplishes that element just fine.
 
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The film is well paced and doesn’t rush you into things. It takes its own sweet time to get into the groove and even then, keeps the element of horror and surprise alive by allowing you to catch your breath at the right times. The sound in the background is great and the visual effects are surprisingly convincing for a piece that has been made on a micro budget! – A lesson for the biggies perhaps?
 
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So what does Shadows leave you with? One thing’s for sure – the next time you have to wait back at the office late in the night to wrap up some work, you will end up taking it home instead!
 
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Oh, and did I tell you the bad thing about shorts? They leave you wanting more. That’s what Shadows does to you. And when you know you can’t get any right now, you simply go back and watch it again. Or ask the makers to make some more. So, here we are, asking the Shadows team for just that – more! Stop by their FaceBook page and tell them what you think.

 
 

USA - 2014 World Cup

USA Stuns Ghana

The match started off with one of the quickest goals in World Cup history (5th it turns out) at the 31 second mark by Clint Dempsey. The US had a great chance to make it 2-0 in the 19th minute, but the Ghana defense was able to keep the ball comfortably out of the net.

 

USA’s Jozy Altidore was lost due to a hamstring injury in the 22nd minute and then Dempsey suffered a broken nose in the 33rd minute, but he was able to return.

 

Ghana started to turn things around in the second half as they began to press hard for the equalizer. Their effort was rewarded in the 82nd minute when Andre Ayew took a backheel pass from Asamoah Gyan and made a superb left-footed strike to tie the match at 1.

 

The celebration was short-lived though, as only 4 minutes late, John Brooks powered home a header off a corner kick to reclaim the lead for the US.

 

USA avenges their losses to Ghana from the two previous World Cups where the losses resulted in elimination on both occasions.

 

L.A. To Las Vegas By Bus? Don’t Miss These Sights!

Two entirely different and opposite worlds exist just 269 miles apart. With reputations as “the city of Angels” and “Sin city” respectively, traveling from one to the other takes you from the exotic California coastline and beautiful beaches to the heart of Nevada’s Mojave Desert. Nevertheless, the journey is something you will never forget.
 
Famous for being “The Entertainment Capital of the World,” Las Vegas has 24/7 entertainment for you which includes shopping. It’s a great place to enjoy yourself on a long weekend particularly in cooler months from October to May.
 
GOOD THINGS ABOUT TRAVELING ON A BUS FROM LA TO LAS VEGAS
 
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The journey from Los Angeles to Las Vegas can be pretty tiring, but it is 80% cheaper than traveling by air. You can opt for a luxury bus, sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful and ravishing scenery.
 
Traveling by bus means that you will also save yourself from paying heavy car parking fees that many shopping malls and hotels charge in Vegas. You can take a cab from your drop-off point or ask the hotel you are staying in for a free pickup utilizing their courtesy shuttle service.
 
Megabus, Greyhound, and other bus services are available that regularly travel between LA and Las Vegas. These are luxury buses and have all upgrades including WiFi, reclining seats, enough legroom, power outlets, air-conditioning, and an onboard restroom. Some of them also offer beverages and snacks.
 
ROAD JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS
 
Board the bus at the departure point of your particular bus service. The journey takes almost 5 hours, but it also depends on the route. Here are some of the things you should keep an eye on during this trip.
 
1. San Bernardino National Forest
 
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As the journey starts, the city life is gone and you climb uphill in the forests. The route goes through San Jacinto Mountains with the San Bernardino National Forest in the east and the Los Angeles National Forest a little further towards the west. These forests are really famous for trail riding, hiking, bicycling, off-road vehicles, fishing, camping, and other outdoor activities. Due to the high elevation, this area is used for snowshoeing and alpine skiing during winters, unlike what you expect in Southern California! These forest areas also protect wildlife such as bears, birds, bighorn sheep, squirrels, reptiles, deer, and amphibians including endangered species.
 
Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear Lake, and Silverwood Lake are vacation points within the San Bernardino National Forest. There is a Wild Trout Stream at Deep Creek and also Thermal Springs.
 
2. Victorville
 
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After the beautiful forests, you will now enter a main town, Victorville – also known as “The Key City of the High Desert.” It was the Victorfield Army Airfield during WWII and later, it became the Georges Air Force Base until 1992 when it got decommissioned.
 
The U.S historic and famous Route 66 runs through the Victorville and it is marked right where the California Route 66 Museum is located on South D 7th Street. Towns on Route 6 are still famous for film and dramas location for western, military, and action films.
 
3. Mojave Desert
 
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Victorville ends at the southern edge of the Mojave Desert, and so you will feel a sudden change in the vegetation, scenery, and landscape. The desert plants which line the road would be creosote, cacti, yucca, and Joshua trees. This area is extremely cool and has dry weather during winters with temperatures dropping below the freezing point while it’s much warmer than LA in summers. Annual rainfall is minimal, just six inches, but in January 1949, Victorville did record 38 inches of snowfall!
 
Due to the higher elevation of this region, it is also referred to as the High Desert. It is windier and cooler during winters as compared to the Low Desert region of the Mojave.
 
4. Barstow
 
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When you reach Barstow, it means that you have completed half of your journey. It is 130 miles northeast of LA and 125 miles Southwest of Las Vegas which was also known as the Mormon Corridor. It also marks the juncture of I-15 with Route 66, the I-40 heading east to Flagstaff and S.R.58 heading west to the Bakersfield.
 
If you want to discover the old-fashioned ghost towns, then you should at sometime later visit the Calico Ghost town that is just outside Barstow. It was built in the year 1881 to house the miners coming to try their luck from the silver strike. In 1904, the mine was played out, but the town still remains and has maintained its fascination with tourists.
 
5. Mojave National Preserve
 
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Mojave National Preserve was formed in order to preserve the region’s natural and cultural resources. It lies within the Mojave Desert. You will see an abundance of wildlife here and will see golden eagles and hawks soaring in the skies. You may also find coyotes, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and desert tortoises that are searching for water, food, and shade in the scorching desert sun.
 

 

11 Easy And Effective Tips To Lower Stress

Everyone faces stress in their life, however, coping with stress is important before it goes out of control.
 
Excessive stress and tension have serious effects on one’s health and numerous research studies demonstrate the significance of alleviating stress. A study by the University of Rochester School of Medicine in 2010 indicates that individuals having work stress suffer from a greater body mass index (BMI) as compared to others.
 
Research done at Tel Aviv University, Israel, in 2006 stated that employees suffering from extreme stress have more chances (1.8 times more) of getting type 2 diabetes. Moreover, research conducted at the University of California, San Francisco, in 2006 found that excess stress hormones can lead to various skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis.
 
If you’re worried about stress issues, here are 11 easy and effective techniques to overcome them.
 
1. Perform Yoga
 
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Yoga has various benefits. It not only maintains the shape of your body and enhances flexibility, but it’s also effective in reducing inflammation and stress.
 
According to “The Science of Yoga and Why it Works”, in some cases, inflammation is effective as it is an immune response while dealing with infections, however, if it reaches overwhelming levels, it leads to severe health issues like depression, heart diseases and asthma.
 
Research conducted in 2010 at Ohio State University stated that people with stress, during an activity such as dipping feet in ice cold water, resulted in lower inflammatory responses in yoga experts as compared to yoga beginners.
 
2. Adequate Sleep
 
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that getting enough sleep greatly enhances your health, reduces stress, and improves your appearance. Stress and sleeping disorders work like a vicious cycle as a stressed day leads to improper sleep at night, making you tired which increases stress levels.
 
The Clayton Sleep Institute in Saint Louis conducted research in 2010 which indicated that individuals suffering from severe stress have disturbed sleep patterns.
 
 3. Talk Therapy
 
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Another effective stress reduction technique is psychotherapy or talk therapy, helping to alleviate anxiety and stress. In this technique, psychotherapist and patient talk about issues faced by the patient and devise ways to lessen disturbed or deleterious thoughts.
 
Common talk therapy techniques include group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT); however, all of them rely on converting pessimistic thinking of patients into optimistic thoughts while handling everyday stress.
 
4. Exercise Daily
 
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In order to alleviate stress, choose one exercise and do it every day as it lessens the quantity of cortisol, which is a hormone from the adrenal gland causing stress, anger, anxiety and fear. If cortisol levels increase too much, then it leads to inflammation and organ damage.
 
While talking to Live Science, Debbie Mandel, writer of Turn on your inner light: fitness for body, mind and soul by Busy Bee Group in 2003, stated that exercise reduces cortisol, making individuals healthy and happy. Additionally, exercise boosts pituitary glands to produce endorphins, the neurotransmitters causing happiness.
 
CDC suggests doing some kind of aerobic movements like speed walking for at 2.5 hours a week or doing activities that strengthen muscles in the body (back, leg, chest, arms, hips, shoulders, abdomen) for 2 to 3 days a week.
 
If you go for a walk of 10 minutes, three times a day for five days a week, that gives you 150 minutes of aerobic activity weekly.
 
5. Contemplate
 
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Meditation has many advantages like comforting pain, relieving stress, lowering blood pressure, and avoiding relapses among depression patients.
 
Research at Emory University, Atlanta, in 2008 demonstrated benefits of Zen Meditation in boosting awareness and getting hold of the thought process along with concentrating on breathing. This leads to controlling problems associated with stressed feelings like hyperactivity and attention deficiency disorder. Meditation has all various types and it’s not only about sitting cross-legged. A few of them concentrate on clearing thoughts, whereas, some others motivate the person to think about improving health, and reflect on positive aspects of others and one’s own self. Meditation can be done by lying down or sitting on a chair.
 
6. Don’t Forget to Laugh
 
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Laughing is an ideal treatment for reducing stress. Research carried out in 2001 at Loma Linda University indicated that participants who watched a funny video showed reduction in stress hormones like epinephrine and cortisol. Their endorphins and human growth hormones were raised. They’re the neurotransmitters causing happiness, alleviating depression and strengthening the immune system.
 
Laughing is effective in controlling physical pain as well as in maintaining emotional pain or stress. A study by Oxford University stated that laughing increases our capability to endure pain as it releases endorphins.
 
7. Schedule Stress Time
 
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Research by Penn State University in July demonstrated if the employees take out some time to contemplate on things that worry them, then it would be really effective.
 
If individuals allot a certain time, say 30 minutes a day for stress, it might be useful as they won’t be worrying all day and adjourn stress for a specific time. Furthermore, it is effective in maintaining stressful habits and concentrating on good things happening in their lives.
 
8. Stop Complaining
 
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Researches demonstrated that whining about your stress even to your closed ones is ineffective in dealing with such issues.
 
Research by Kent University, England showed that individuals who are perfectionists suffer from stress every day and complaining makes their situation only worse. Stress increased after these individuals discussed their condition with friends.
 
According to Brad J. Bushman, social psychologist, researcher of aggression & coping and teacher at Ohio State University, whining about stress is useless for all whether they are perfectionists or not. While talking to My Health News Daily, he said complaining boosts stress instead of alleviating it.
 
In order to deal with stress, try these 3 approaches: humor, acceptance and positive reframing (seeing positive things in all situations).
 
9. Massage Therapy
 
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Research in 2010 indicated that a massage not only brings comfort and releases tension in your muscles, but also positively influences your hormones. Participants of a study at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, Los Angeles, were given a 45-minute massage, leading to reduced vasopressin, a hormone related to aggression and declined cortisol levels.
 
10. Start Writing
 
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As per the study by National Institute of Health (NIH), keeping a record of stressful feelings can actually reduce them. Writing your emotions during stress makes you realize that you can control and change your condition. It’s effective in devising ways to solve the issues.
 
NIH states that reviewing your writings can highlight most stressful things, which in turn helps to get rid of things that cause stress and how to avoid them in coming times.
 
11. Hug
 

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Oxytocin, a cuddle hormone is linked with social relationships is effective in decreasing stress. It is released from brain’s hypothalamus, goes to pituitary gland and sends hormones to the blood.
 
Various research on animals suggest that hormones can relieve anxiety and stress. A research done on isolated prairie voles (Midwestern rodents) in 2007 demonstrated symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, but these symptoms faded away after inserting oxytocin.
 
Oxytocin is naturally released during childbirth, sex, and breastfeeding. It’s also produced by ordinary physical contact like hugging. Oxytocin is heightened by playing with your pets as suggested by research published in Hormones and Behavior Journal.

 

 

Top 10 Survival Horror Video Games

If you are passionate to explore horror games more than a sports-related gameplay, then this may interest you the most! Here are the top ten survival horror video games you should check out!:
 

1. Alan Wake (2010)
 

 
You play as a writer who is suffering from writer’s block and is now in the clutches of an evil power. The creatures you have to defeat are scared of light, so your battery-powered torch becomes your main weapon. Shine a light on them continuously and they will eventually die. This makes the game more challenging. Make sure you keep track of recharge times and new batteries. Humanoid monsters attack you and watch out for inanimate objects as well. These will spring up at the most unfortunate moments.
 

2. Condemned: Criminal Origin (2005)
 

 
A survival horror classic, this game has you dealing with serial killers. You play as an FBI agent trying to escape a city that has gone mad. The gameplay is visceral; you use pipes and metal bars that will let you experience the gore up close. Fight your way through the dozens of killers and survive if you have the wits.
 
 
3. The Last of Us (2013)
 

It seems to focus more on the survival part of the genre than the horror, but it is still a solid game. The story is engaging and the combat system intense. Joel and Ally navigate through a wasteland that used to be the United States. The world has been devastated by an outbreak of fungus that turns people into zombies. The trickiest parts are the ones where you have to avoid the blind “clickers” that seemingly attack out of nowhere.
 

4. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem (2002)
 

 
This is a psychological-horror action-adventure game, you play as the protagonist Alexandra Roivas, who is trying to solve the mystery of her grandfather’s death and happens to stumble upon a world of magic and horror. You also control a set of characters that eventually tie into the main storyline. The game also has a sanity meter. If it gets low, then the game seems to merge reality and dreams and gets scarier and confusing.
 

5. Amnesia: The Dark Descent (2010)
 

 
You play as Daniel, a protagonist who has lost all his memories and has to figure out who he is. The only thing he knows is that he must find and kill a mysterious baron. You are not given any weapons and must travel through the haunted castle, solving puzzles. Whenever any creature happens to appear, you need to hide behind objects and avoid it.
 

6. System Shock 2 (1999)
 

 
This game is a sequel to System Shock. You play against a horde of zombies and need to outwit an unstable AI system. Scavenge the ship for upgrades and supplies in this classic RPG. The gameplay is a bit slow but the atmosphere more than makes up for it. The techno soundtrack is a bit distracting. You can turn it off.
 

7. Fatal Frame 2 (2003)
 

 
Japanese horror is the most effective. This game uses the camera obscura from the first game, and you play through a damned village trying to find your lost sister. The vengeful spirits are vulnerable to the different types of films that you have at your disposal. The game has great shock moments that will make you jump more than a few times.
 

8. Dead Space (2008)
 

 
This sci-fi horror game combines all the best elements of movie classics such as Event Horizon and Alien. This game gives you a glimpse into deep space survival and its horrors. Similar to System Shock 2, Isaac Clark moves through a ship full of zombie-like aliens that attack from all sides. Use the plasma cutter and other innovative weapons to cut down the mindless creatures limb by limb. Dismember them before they do the same to you.
 

9. Resident Evil Remake (2002)
 

 
If you want to see what a remake done right looks like, check out this game. The original game is the seminal title in this genre and its remake is stunning as well. Play as Chris or Jill, navigate a creepy mansion, and defeat the undead horrors contained within. The graphics have been greatly enhanced and the voiceovers seem better. The in-game puzzles are different so the old players will not get bored.
 

10. Silent Hill 2 (2001)
 

 
A brilliant sequel, in this title, James, the husband of the original protagonist, ends up stranded in the creepy town after receiving a letter from his deceased wife. The tension builds up throughout the game as you encounter strange characters and monsters. The psychological elements such as the limited visibility and the strange soundtrack lend the gameplay a unique touch of creepiness.
 

Scott Sterling, The Best Goalkeeper In The Game!

Studio C brings us a soccer match to determine the winners of the 2014 Men’s College Cup.

At the end of regulation, the Yale Bulldogs and the UNC Tar Heels are forced to decide the outcome on a penalty kick shootout – and it’s one of hte most epic shootouts you will ever see!

Yale takes an early 1-0 lead in the shootout and in comes Scott Sterling to try to hold the fort. “The Cannon” unleashes a 116 km/h howitzer, but is no match for Sterling’s prowess. After Yale misses on the next kick of their own, UNC is stopped once again by Sterling’s face – and this shot clocked in at 129 km/h!

By now, Sterling is in no shape to continue. When Yale misses their next attempt, guess who’s back in net? That’s right – good ol’ Scott Sterling! Sterling avoids the ball at all costs, even curling up in the corner in a fetal position – and somehow still manages to keep the ball out of the goal!

Sterling’s teammates have to bring a chair for him to sit on in order to face the 4th shooter. Then the impossible happens! UNC has a wide open net and strikes a 158 km/h bullet – right into Sterling’s face!

The score stays at 1-0 and by now the commentators are beyond excited to see how Scott Sterling saves the next one. In an unbelievable twist of fate, the UNC player strikes the ball off the crossbar only to bounce back into Sterling’s face once again.

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Ladies and gentlemen, we give you, Scott Sterling!