Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Amazon Kindle


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So here it is, a review of my kindle, I have had it for about seven months now and in them months I have read more then I have in the past few years! I just love it and can not imagine going back to physical books. It can last months on a single charge and even holds upto 1,400 books.

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When I first took it out of the box I was taken back by how light it is (170 grams) and even thought it had a screen protector on but I got a nice surprise when I realised it shows different screens when turned off.

After turning it on I was really impressed with the 6" E Ink display, I was expecting a normal glass tablet screen that reflects light but was treated to what I still keep thinking is witchcraft! It is just amazing/mind blowing that it looks and reads just like printed pages.

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I got it linked up with the Wi-Fi and signed into our Amazon account so I could use the kindle to browse the store and yet again I was impressed at how easy it was, I was expecting a cut down version of the kindle store but I couldnt of been further from the truth, you can search and buy directly from the kindle itself or you can browse on the computer and have it send over their whispernet to any of the kindles you might have registered to your account and they will download it automatically when connected to Wi-Fi. They even 1000's of free books from authors like Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley through to up and coming authors.

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One nice little touch is the experimental web browser, yes its not the most amazing thing but it is a nice little touch.

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with the kindle being highly portable I would advise geting some sort of case for it and there is a really wide range out there for every budget from leather wallet style with lights through to basic slip cases. I went for a basic Düssel for £6.99.

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So yea I really would recommend the kindle to anyone who reads as its smaller and lighter then a paperback book and fits in your pocket.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Attack The Block

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Rating 8/10
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Attack The Block is a 2011 Sci-Fi/Action/Comedy written and directed by Joe Cornish who is well known as one half of Adam and Joe (Link goes to a Fansite) and stars a fair few not so well known actors (But all are amazing) Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail and Nick Frost in a small roll.

Out of the main five "heroes" four of them still live at home with parents/grandparents (One of them keeps getting calls from his mum telling him to be home soon) and that makes me chuckles as its true of most "hoodies" that they are kids who still live at home and like to act different when away from home. The fith one lives alone and I guess this is used to justify the fact that he pulls a flick knife out one the woman at the start of the film.

I did like how they put a spin on the typical British gang films by taking the stereotypical badboys and turning them into the goodguys for once in how they defend their tower block from the Space Invaders (I said Space Invaders as they look like the alien on the side of the upright Space Invaders cabinet).

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To round it up if you are after a film to put on and enjoy without having to think too much then this is for you.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Brains: A Zombie Memoir


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Written by Robin Becker.At times I did find this book to lean strongly towards the young adult side of things but then it would pull back with little nods at older horror films. I have read a fair share of Zombie books and this is the first I have found that comes from the Zombies point of view which I did find quite funny and entertaining.

Brains: A Zombie Memoir is the testament of Jack Barnes, Contemporary American Literature professor-turned-zombie. Professor Barnes is bitten during the outbreak of a virus that creates zombies, and learns upon waking to his unlife that he is not mindless like his fellow undead. Indeed, he has retained the ability to write, though he can not speak.

Jack (The main Zombie) is a little bit different from all the others......he can think, write and care! He decides he needs to track down the Doctor who made the virus and so starts a journey across America where he finds other Zombies with gifts and founds a rag-tag group of the undead.

In a nutshell I really enjoyed the book but at times I did find it dragging.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 Care Package.

So here it is, a review of my (a little bit later then I had hoped for) Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 Care Package. Here in the UK its a GAME exclusive and I was lucky enough to land myself one.

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At £159.99 it is the most expensive game I have bought but it's worth every penny, the Care Package was alot bigger then I thought it was going to be and feels really sturdy and well built and looks amazing! The colours come from the in game care packs and follows through to the care pack exclusive multiplayer gun camo.

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The first thing you see upon opening the pack are 2 boxes which contain a scaled down version of the MQ-27 Dragonfire scorestreak and the remote control.

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Uner the boxes are the game itself and the challenge coins. The game comes in a stealbook case with custom artwork, one side is Black Ops 2 while fir the first time ever the other side is for Zombies. The challenge coins are a nice addition, one coin had a Dragonfire and the other has the Black Ops skull logo, each coin has a "II" on one side and also has a unique code which gets you all the DLC.

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The DLC includes Nuketown 2025, Nuketown Zobmies a digital download of the soundtrack (Which includes the amazing title song done by Trent Reznor) and some xbox avatar clothing and props.

I can honestly say that I am over the moon this this special edition and hope that the people behind the series carry on the excellent work.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

My #PerfectGAME

This is an entry to the Perfect GAME competition for the chance to win a Wii U from GAME

Well seeing as this competition is to win a Wii U I thought my game would be for that console.

In games I have a love for in depth character creation and open world gameplay so thought my game would be a third person science fiction survival horror based in a alternative dystopian future. The player has no idea how the world ended like it has but all they know they need to survive while being haunted by nightmare and the fear of never knowing what is out there. The colours would look really drained as if all the life has just upped and left, everything feels cold.

There is a sparse population and not everyone will treat you as good as you hope so looting would be a big part of the game as you never know what could be of use for building or trading (and even to bribe people to leave you alone).

Food, water and even sleep are important to survive, take one away and things will start to get tricky.

Food: Lack of food would make you weaker so movement would be impaired and defending yourself would be nigh on impossible.

Water: Well to put it short no water would mean death.

Sleep: Don't get enough sleep and not only will concentration go out the window but you will also start to get more paranoid.

The soundscape would be extremely important, you hear some rocks fall....was it the wind? or ws it someone or something stalking you? The music would be a mix of orchestral and digital music, string sections with the hard hitting sound of keyboards and electronic drums to bring home the feeling of being alone. Imagine a mix of The Book of Eli meets Blade Runner and you will be spot on.

The game would make the most from the new Wii U GamePad functions.
Touchscreen: This would be used for building things to help you in the world, picking locks and even looting.

Microphone: This would be used for sneaking moments, any noise made by you and anythhing around you could raise the alarm.

Was it aliens? A virus? Governments collapsing? War? Or is it just the world getting its own back?

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Black Ops 2 Midnight Launch Grimsby

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So here it is "The big one" Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 is finally here and again GAME have given me the opportunity to take part in the midnight launch.

I got there a good half hour before the doors opened and you could feel the excitement from the large crowd, I even had the chance to ask the excited gamers (Who ranged from hardcore gamers through to parents and even girlfriend/boyfriends) about which part of the game are they looking forward to........well its fair to say that the online multiplayer won hands down.

23:45 and the doors open, some of the fans made a mad dash towards GAME just to be the first in and the first out (Got to get home and play it ASAP). Again I get to talk to the customers about the game and which version they are getting (Standard, Hardened or Care Package).
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A massive thankyou to Martin and the guys from GAME Grimsby for allowing me to take part in one of the largest game launches of the year.

P.S A review of the Care Package Edition will be coming up

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

The Crow

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Rating 8/10
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"People once believed, that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens, that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes the crow could bring that soul back to put the wrong things right."

The Crow is a 1994 Action/Thriller based on the comic written by James O'Barr and directed by Alex Proyas and stars Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott and Ernie Hudson.

The director of this movie, Alex Proyas, has a very inventive visual style which is very dark and gothic. He uses this style to full effect in order to get the best out of this film. The plot comes from a similarly dark graphic novel written by James O'Barr, and follows the adventures of a man who along with his fiancée was killed by a gang of thugs and resurrected by a crow to get his revenge.

There will always a bit of mystery about this film as Brandon Lee died while making it. Was it the Chinese Mafia? Was it the Triads? Was it the "Lee Curse"?

"If the people we love are taken from us, the way they live on is to never stop loving them. Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever."

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Halo 4 Midnight Launch Grimsby

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I was lucky enough to have the chance to tag along for the launch of Halo 4 at GAME Grimsby to review for The Digital Bites.
Although I am not a Halo fan I was excited by the buzz in the air of those who are. I got there for 23:30 and was questioned by the police about why there was a large group of people waiting outside the shopping centre. ( I guess they are not Halo players ).
After finally getting in the store the excited fans had to wait no longer ( Well maybe a few minutes for the tills to turn midnight ) to buy the game they have been waiting for as well as a few extra purchases.
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Over all a great night to be part of and have a chance to attend. I would like to thank Martin and the team for letting me be involved.

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Monday, 29 October 2012

In Time

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Rating 5/10
Image and video hosting by TinyPic A 2011 action film written and directed by Andrew Niccol and stars Justin Timberlake , Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy . People stop aging at 25 and from there on have to earn time by working and keep track of how long they have by a display in their forearm, the main problem is that time is also the currency so spend too much and its lights out.
The film did remind me of Logan's Run a little bit in that people live for so long. Some people might recognise a certain tunnel from the Dark Knight Rises (The geek in me squealed when I clicked on) and I dont know if its just me but at times I kept thinking that Justin Timberlake looked extremly similar to Wentworth Miller 's character Michael Scofield in Prison Break (Minus the amazing tattoos).
So in a nutshell if you are looking for a nice easy to watch action film thats different then give this a whirl.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

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Rating 8/10
Image and video hosting by TinyPic A 2011 Drama/Mystery film directed by David Fincher based on the best selling novel by Stieg Larsson staring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara and Christopher Plummer.
I will admit that the main reason I was drawn to this film is that I am a big fan of Nine Inch Nails and heard alot about the soundtrack that was done by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross and I was blown away by it(Loved the little nod towards Nine Inch Nails when you see someone wearing their t-shirt)this is one of the few films out there where the music helps so much with the mood and feel.
The film itself is dialogue driven and you do need to pay attention to what is said because if you miss one little bit you could be lost later on in the film. at 2 and a half hours it is a long film but does not feel like it, looking forward to the other two films.
If you are in the mood for an amazing piece of cinema then this really is the perfect choice for you.

Book Of Blood

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Rating 6/10
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Book Of Blood is a mystery/drama/horror film adapted and directed by John Harrison from one of Clive Barker's Books of Blood and stars Jonas Armstrong , Sophie Ward, and Doug Bradley.
The film is rather dark both in the lighting as well as in the plot, I will not be going into the plot because I don't want to be giving anything away. The story had some nice twists and turns that I did not see coming. Not overly gory and does have a few jumps.
Would recommend this for fans of Clive Barkers other works as well as people who are looking for a drama with a little bit more bite.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

First post, no idea wht I am doing and talking a load of poop!

So then, this is my first bolg as the girlfriend has been banging on about how I should start one. No idea what I am blogging about due to the fact I have spent all day doing naff all! I think I will start with a description/rant so here it goes.

Name: Scott Hutcheson
Age: 31
Partner In Crime: Emily
Job: Nothing at the moment but I m working hard at trying to get a job
Hobbies: Reading, Films, Gaming, Cooking and reading about Tech
Gamertag: iMucka Z
Where Do I Live: The small dock town of Grimsby
Love To Do: Review films/games/tech. I Can do films and games easy but need a job ASAP!

So blah blah blah here is my blog, no idea how often I will be blogging but will be trying a few times a week.

Adios!