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We all know both the new xbox & PlayStation are going to be annouced very soon.  In fact Sony is set to announce PlayStation 4 this week!  This is a very exciting time for the gaming industry, however, there is an equal amount of uncertainty.  I’m a HUGE 360 fan.  I had a PlayStation 3 but ended up selling it about 2 months later because I simply did not play it.  If a game came out for both consoles I always got it for 360 vs PS3.  All that to say, this current gen I have been a HUGE Microsoft fan.  However… as more and more rumors are starting to be revealed as very possible truths, I think it may be time for me to jump ship to the PS4.  Here are my reasons:

The New XBOX May REQUIRE Constant “Kinect” Signel to Operate The Console.
This may not seem like a big deal at first.  It won’t actually cost you any money because apparently the new Kinect will be bundled with the system.  Many 360 users are use to having a Kinect now sitting on top of their TV…. even though most never actually use it.  So at first glance it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but consider this horror:

A constant connection means Microsoft can monitor you not only while playing games, but listening to music, watching next flicks, surfing youtube, anything you do on their console could not be monitored for THEIR benefit.  Microsoft had also apparently submitted a patent request so that they could charge families based on how many people are consuming the media.  Think of it like a movie theater – the theater makes money based on how many people they sell tickets to.  But at home they have to just sell the content to the home for a flat rate.  This new patent could allow Microsoft to charge you based on how many people this “new” kinect sensor can see.
If you unplug it, or try to put a blanket over it, its very possible the console might pause until you’ve “fixed” the problem with your kinect not being able to see you.  It is very unsettling and I don’t want Microsoft staring at me in my living room.  As I mentioned before yes I have a Kinect, but it is always unplugged until I’m using it for a game (which has been well over a year at this point…)

XBOX LIVE is still going to be around.
Now, back when Xbox live first came out, there was no stable way to play multilayer games.  Live was primarily a paid way to ensure you could have a stable server to play halo, call of duty, etc.  Over the years they have vastly expanded the service to include many other things.  But 50 bucks a year for something that PlayStation has been offering for Free since the beginning seems like a bit much.  If they try to charge for LIVE with this new generation of consoles I def will not be buying it.

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Some more Perler Beading!  Super Mario this time.  Feel free to use this patter to make your own!

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IMG_0790Its amazing how 6 colors of perler beads can give an image such a 3D look.  This is Hobby #25 “Perler Beading”.  Took about 15 minutes to create and iron.  Now it is proudly hanging on my wall.  Whoohoo!

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Very Relaxing.  Love Perler Beading.  Makes for a great hobby.  This would be Samus from Metroid, nintendo.  Took about an hour to do.

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At 6:30pm EST Jan 31, the PlayStation website released a 45 second ad which which showed off the iconic 4 PlayStation controller buttons.  The fairly epic music followed by the Feb 20th date seems to suggest that PlayStation is finally going to announce their next generation console.

Rumors have been running wild over the last few weeks as more details about both the “Xbox 720″ and “PlayStation 4″ have been becoming far more detailed.  This is a strong indication that more and more people are beginning to get their hands on what could be close to the finished product.

PlayStation 3 was revealed at E3 back in 2005 and was launched in 2006 for a high retail  price tag of $499 for 60GB of storage.  Here we are eight years later from the PS3′s reveal and all signs seem to indicate that it is indeed time for PlayStation’s Next Generation.  This would be a highly surprising, and bold move by Sony as that have historically chosen to be the last to give such announcements.  Even last week Sony made a statement saying that they would rather let Microsoft show their hand first so they could then make adjustments to their system and come out with something better.  But obviously at this stage in the game few adjustments could realistically be made.

So what does Feb 20th hold for gamers?  Check back here at to get the latest on this developing story.

It’s good to be back blogging!  While I was going from my blog, over the holidays I discovered this FANTASTIC new hobby called “Perler Beading”  Basicly you buy these special kinds of beads and peg boards.  Line the beads up on the pegs and then iron them.  After about 30 seconds the plastic melts, fusing them together.

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…No it’s not a girls hobby!  Well… It just depends on what you decide to make.  Case in point:  Old school video game character sprites are some of the best things I love to make.  I started off by buying s starter pack from Joe Ann’s Fabric (not the manlyest store around but whatever…)  and making a few simple sprites.
Once I got the hang of it I began to make a few more complex sprites with shading and everything.  I realized that I was running out of colors quickly so I went online and ordered 40 more shades of colors so I had a more complete color selection to work from.  I wish I could say I made all of these from my head – but no.  I copied them from what i’ve seen others do.  But it is so relaxing!

123231I love just putting on some music, and relaxing while placing bead after bead.  I made so many over the Holidays that I’m taking a short break now.  But please check out what I’ve done so far.  Everything next to this text is a picture of some of the 8-bit sprites I have made that are hanging above my patio door.  Tried to make a small scene from “Super Mario World” If you have any suggestions on what to make next, please leave a comment in the window below!

Among my many hobbies (139 apparently) console gaming ranks at the top.  This past year we had some MAJOR block busters release.  Batman Arkham City, Skyrim, BattleField 3, Modern Warfare 3, Portal 2, Zelda, I mean the list goes on.  But this year… This year is slim pickings. And even the “Blockbuster” games coming out still seem to leave an empty hole in my heart.  Let’s take a look at Final Fantasy 13-2 for example.

 

Top 5 Reasons I’ll never play Final Fantasy 13-2

  1. I buy video games to play, not watch a movie.  FF13 had such massively long cut scenes!  I only got half way through the game before I had had enough and returned it.  Square Software…err…Enix, has really strayed from its roots of core game play.  13-2 is likely to have the same length cut scenes.
  2. The Original FF13 was the most linear game I’ve ever played.  Of course there is mainly one path to walk down, its a game.  But no towns to explore?  No mini games? no alternate paths?  No world map?  No freedom to just relax for a minute?  No thanks.
  3. FF-VII spoiled me.  It was the first FF game I’ve ever played and still holds onto the title of “All time fav game” in my books.
  4. Square has been losing public trust big time after they admitted FF13 could have been more polished and the utter failure of FF14
  5. Unless it gets amazing reviews (And it only got an 8.0 on IGN.  Gamespot.com review isn’t out yet but I’ll expect they’ll give a 7.5 ) I won’t have any motivation to finish the first one in order to play this sequel.  I don’t feel right playing a sequel to a game I didn’t finish the first one, you know?

There you have it.  My two cents before the game official comes out.  Maybe I’m being too hard on the franchise, got second opinion?  Leave a comment!

With all the wonderful major advances in medicine, bioengineering & the world’s connectedness, I think we can all agree we are but a few short years away from something going horribly wrong in a lab (probably in Europe) thus bringing on the inevitable Zombie Apocalypse.  Are you ready?

A sign I saw in "Five Below" today. We laugh now, but one day these signs will replace "No Parking" signs.

This is a new hobby of mine.  Preparing for these creatures was never really on my radar until a friend of mine, (who also has a gaming website, Confidant Gamers, check it out.) was driving in the car with me.  We were talking about video games and the people we play with.  Then the conversation took a turn, after mentioning another person he said, “He’s one of the people who would be on my team when the Zombie Apocalypse begins.  You gotta have the right people with the right skills, for example…”  The next 10 minutes revealed 3 things to me:

  1. His thoroughness was unsettling. He had really thought this through!
  2. His list made for a team of people that could rival the skills of “Seal Team Six
  3. I was not on this list…

What do I have to offer?  Nothing!  No skills worthy of fending off the undead.  I would last a week at best.  But no worries, I’ve got at least a few more years before the inevitable break out.  I must figure out what skills I need to learn to become valuable in this new world.  Being able to play guitar just won’t cut it, unless I equip that guitar with a semi-automatic?

All I know is that this sign in Five Blow that I took a picture of today was a chilling reminder that I need to get better at my Zombie Apocalypse skills if I’m going to survive.  Archery Class here I come!  Maybe… Unless I get distracted by something else.  Leave a comment telling me how you are preparing!

-Theo

Introduction!

What’s Up World!  My name is Theo Davis and I’m a hobbyhalic.  Very excited about the start of this Blog of mine.  I’ve always wanted to do something like this, but it has been terribly difficult for me to narrow my blog down to one thing.  Once I saw word press allowed me to create Categories it sparked the idea to blog about all the hobbies I love!  And I love a ton!  I’ve started 18 Categories today which I will slowly start to fill with posts.

Why 139?

Well… I have my reasons.  But my goal is to name 139 hobbies to blog about and entertain the world 😀

The Goal?

Some day I would love to start an actual website, but for now blogging just makes sense.  If you like a post PLEASE leave your thoughts!  I would love to hear your feedback, it might prompt me to blog more about that particular topic.  Well… Here we go!