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Awesome online comic!

Posted on 20 October 2009 by nicolespag

So I ‘Stumbled’ across this great web comic about a female WoW gamer and I had to share.

The comic is NPC Comic and this is one of my favorite strips below – something I can totally relate to! http://www.npccomic.com/2009/02/19/lies/

Enjoy!

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Episode 3 – Leggo My PS3!

Posted on 18 October 2009 by nicolespag

In this packed episode of Ladies of Leet we discuss Fat Princess, Uncharted 2, Sims 3 for the iPhone, WET & Champions Online. It also looks like Nicole has talked about the PS3 1 to many times, so both Kim and Stephanie discuss their experiences purchasing the console. We also discuss the our World of Warcraft toons and how and when they came to be.

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Amazon.com video games buy 2 get 1 free – till 10/17

Posted on 14 October 2009 by nicolespag

Amazon.com is running a special right now: buy two video games from a special selection and get another one free! Plus there’s free shipping on orders over $25! Hurry, the offer ends Saturday 10/17! That’s three games for the prices of two.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_85716851_2?docId=1000436751

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Game Review and Guide: The Sims3 for the iPhone

Posted on 09 October 2009 by nicolespag

The Sims 3 for the iPhone

$6.99 through the iTunes store

Excuse me, can you two leave so I can get back to fishing?

Excuse me, can you two leave so I can get back to fishing?

The Sims and I go way back. If you’re not familiar with the game’s concept it’s essentially like playing with a virtual Barbie dolls. You control a Sim and help them navigate through the world by helping them conquer everything from eating, sleeping and basic hygiene to climbing a career ladder and finding true happiness with another Sim. Or multiple Sims!

If you’ve played the regular version computer version of The Sims you know how graphics intensive it is. Everything is fully 3D rendered, able to be manipulated and/or altered. It’s a huge game with a heavy draw time so I was dubious about how it would work on the iPhone.

To my surprise, it’s actually quite nimble. The designers have done a good job giving detail to what you want to see and scaling back on what is not necessary for close up detail. For example, when your Sim walks through the town, your icon is reduced to a small blue figure against a 2D background. This helps with navigation and load times.

Game Play

As with any of these types of games, the first step is the creation of your Sim. You pick the gender, hairstyle, clothes and personality. Be careful about the styles you pick here because unlike the full version of the game, you cannot change these later. You’ll be stuck with that outfit the whole game!

The basic needs of your Sim are displayed for you in the bottom left of the screen. Touch the green bar and you’ll be shown the current status of each need. Hungry? Tired? Bored? Lonely? It’s up to you to take care of your Sim! Interaction with objects is very intuitive. Touch the bed and select the option to sleep. Click on the TV to watch and get some good wholesome entertainment.

A Career and Money

Once you’ve mastered the basics of caring for your Sim you’ll find you have another need – money! You need a job! You can find a job by picking up the phone or going into town. I started out in the restaurant as a cook. Don’t be afraid to wandering around and see what appeals to you. Once you’ve got your job, make sure you note the days of the week you work and what hours. You don’t want to be late!

Gameplay Tips:

Getting around quickly – You can’t go to work until 30 minutes before your start time. But once it’s time, the quickest way to get to work is to use the Diamond button in the lower right hand corner. Click on the Diamond and then the button that looks like a desk. This will take you to work instantly. This also works for getting home quickly by selecting the button that looks like a house.

Cooking – Interested in improving your cooking skills? Go the restaurant in town and purchase a recipe or two. Click on the Diamond icon and scroll to the inventory page. Scroll down to the bottom and you’ll see your recipes! You’ll also see if you have the ingredients to make that meal! Need breed and cheese for the grilled cheese sandwich? Head to the Quickmart! Once you have all the ingredients you need to cook the recipe head home and click on the stove. Choose the recipe you want to cook and a minigame starts. Pots on a stove must be picked up and shaken as they start to glow red to help them cool down. You must shake your iPhone or iTouch to shake the pots. You must then touch the next pot to shake and cool it.

Fishing – Once you’ve purchased a fishing rod from the Hobby store you can head to the Lake and start fishing. The fish will appear in the water and you’ll need to tilt the device gently to get the line in front of the fish. Eventually the fish will be hooked and a green fish hook icon will appear in the water. Quick jerk the iPhone or iTouch to catch the fish and reel it in.

Money, money, money – There are lots of ways to make money in the game besides your job!

-Be sure to meet everyone in the town because many have ‘quests’ that will earn you good money. Walter would like a trout. Kia needs a catfish. Marcelle pays for an egg.

- Fishing in the lake is an amazingly easy way to earn money. Catch the fish and then sell them back to the Quickmart.

- Find out who your boss is (Diamond icon and then scroll to your job panel) and make friends with them. Eventually you’ll get the option to ask them for a raise!

- Once you’ve upgraded your home you’ll get a backyard garden! Grown seeds purchased at the Hobby store and sell the extras back to the Quickmart.

Woohoo – If you want your Sim to be intimate with another Sim you need to choose the Romantic options when talking. It starts with a flirt, then a pick up line, a tender embrace and then a hot smooch. But where’s the woohoo? Scroll up the options and it should be the last option in the Romance – if your Sim is into you!

What’s good?

The gameplay is snappy and the graphics are very smooth and beautiful. The ambient sound was pleasant and soothing. I enjoyed exploring the town, meeting the different Sims and improving my Sim’s life. It’s strangely addictive, just like the full version of Sims.

What’s bad?

The original version spoils you with the amount of choices allowed. Because of the limitations of the iPhone/iTouch sacrifices had to be made. No changing hairstyles, no changing clothes, furniture upgrades are limited, and no real interaction with other Sims that changes you. By that I mean you can’t move in with your spouse, can’t have children nor do you age.

Overall

I had a lot of fun playing this game and I’m going to keep playing it. If you’re a fan of the original Sims I think you’ll enjoy this scaled down version. It’s beautifully rendered and there’s a lot of fun to be had with this game. I look forward to their next offerings!

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Game Review – Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

Posted on 09 October 2009 by nicolespag

I’ve always been a big fan of the Mario and Luigi RPG series. The latest introduction to the series is Mario and Luigi: Bower’s Inside Story does not disappoint. They have a quirky story, amazing visuals, fun dialog and great level design.

The Beginning
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The story starts out in Mushroom Kingdom. There is a mysterious illness, called the blurbs, ravaging the poor little villagers. We find ourselves in Princess Peach’s chambers discussing the situation, when Bowser decides to stick his big ugly nose into the situation. After Peach banishes Bowser, he eats some bad mushrooms, as he does sometimes. Who is behind the “vacuum” mushroom? Fawful (from the Superstar Saga and Partners in Time) has reappeared in this series to cause mayhem at every turn. Bowser uses his new “vacuum” skill to suck up everything in the room, into his body, including Peach, Mario, Luigi and the mushroom villagers.

Game Play

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The mechanics of the game are pretty much the same as the other stories in the series. However, the game designers have gone a step further and use the top screen, being Bowser and the bottom screen, being Mario and Luigi, to their full advantage. I felt like there were two complete fighting venues and it didn’t feel like they forced it in. There are fights where you actually use Bowser and then swap to the inside the body to fight with Mario and Luigi. As the story progresses, the designers build upon the battle moves you have already learned and makes it possible for Mario and Luigi to team up with Bowser to fight the baddies. The addition of this mechanic adds a great dimension that was missing in Partners in Time.

Now I am a little squeamish sometimes, so being inside of Bowser is a little icky. Instead of lava, they have stomach acid and the “save” blocks are called “emoglobins”. Mario and Luigi is referred to as O’s, like we are blood. So yeah, um…gross! The little mushroom villagers even went as far as building stores inside of Bowser.

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The Good:
It’s a fun Mario game, with controls that if you have played the previous games you’ll know, with new fighting tactics using Bowser in the upper screen. The story and dialog are really fun and I am thoroughly enjoying playing it.

The Bad:
The inside of a body would not have been my first choice of venues.

Overall, I would recommend this game if you like Mario. It doesn’t disappoint and the story is fun. This is one of those games I just didn’t want to end.

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Dante’s Inferno: Boobs Get Their Revenge

Posted on 08 October 2009 by nicole

So a few years ago X-Play previewed a game that had a story line that excited me. It involved a women going through the 7 layers of hell to find her son (at least that’s what my fuzzy memory remembers). The game was to be based on the poem The Devine Comedy, but unfortunately never came out and I pretty much gave up hope. So image my surprise when I stumble across a preview for Dante’s Inferno today. It’s the same concept of the 7 layers of hell, but instead of a woman it’s a badass dude. After watching the intro preview I immediately thought of one of my favorite games, God of War. Which pretty much means I’ll buy and play this game the day it comes out. The game isn’t going to be released until February 9, 2010, but previews of the game are being release. One level I’m sure that will cause a bit of a stir is Lust and fitting in with the theme of the level, the main boss has huge boobs with babies that come out of them and try and kill you. haha ya you heard me correctly. Check out the 2nd video below (warning there are cartoon boobs in this clip) to get a peek into the game play. I wonder if one of the developers was watching too much Austin Powers and got inspired by the fembots :)

I’m still not sure how I feel about the boobs, considering I know the audience they are trying to attract is male and I do understand they need to make the Lust level, well lusty. But it makes me think would it be appropriate if it was a giant penis?

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Playstation 3 – Which one should I buy?

Posted on 05 October 2009 by nicolespag

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I am ready to bite the bullet and buy a Playstation 3. Looking out at Amazon.com, there are basically 3 options for new systems.

Playstation 3 120GB System – This is the Playstation slim for $299
Playstation 3 80GB System – This is the original for $299
Limited Edition Playstation 3 160GB – This is the original that includes a larger hard drive and a copy of Uncharted: Drakes Fortune Bundle

So, for those of you that have PS3′s, how much of the hard drive do you use? Is it worth it to get the larger one? I am also confused why would anyone buy the original one, with the 80GB hard drive, when you can get the slim with more room for the same price. I looked at the stats on these and look exactly the same except for the size of the console it self.

Any recommendations on which system to buy or your experiences would be a huge help! Can’t wait to play with everyone!

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Episode 2: Circle of Wind

Posted on 03 October 2009 by nicole

This is episode 2 of Ladies of Leet. This week Nicole, Kim & Stephanie discuss obtaining the Brewfest Brewmaster title in WoW, playing the first 10 levels of AION, and puzzle game Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box. We discuss the new PSP Go, an interesting marketing tactic by Gamestop, the confirmed price drop of the Wii and share some great bargains on games and using AppShopper.com to find deals on iPhone apps. In our WoW segment we take a moment to look back at some of our most embarrassing noob moments in World of Warcraft. We’re all friends here right? :)

Mophie and the FastMac Vi were both recommended by a listener as great extender batteries for the iPhone

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