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For sale – Yugioh cards

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Jinzo Yugioh card

I’m clearing out my old collection of Yugioh cards, there are some good old ones such as Jinzo as well as old staples such as Exiled Force. All my cards are in great condition having been filed or sleeved and there are more than just what are pictured. Some I’m also trying to sell on eBay but if there are any you would like please make a reasonable offer!!!

Examples of a selection of cards:

I’d also be open to doing a bulk sell to a shop or individual, and would be willing to negotiate on price!

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Valve and the Steam Universe

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So, the triple-play week of announcements for Valve is done, and we have some things we expected, and some we didn’t. Still no Half-Life 3 though!

I must say, I’m intrigued. SteamOS, combined with a hardware platform (Steam Machine) and an innovative controller, Valve is making an interesting push into the console market. And it’s the right moment, too. I’ve been commenting for a while about how disappointing the “next-gen” consoles are, and how their decision to go with an x86 architecture (except, our outcast, the Wii-U) will lead to almost every game being ported to PC. This is great for me, as I prefer PC gaming, and means I won’t need an XBone or PS4. I’ll stick with my PS3 as 3D blu-ray player and Xbox 360 thanks!

Valve have taken advantage of a weak play by Microsoft and Sony, and can capitalise on something both lack – a great release line up. They’ve clearly been plotting this move for a while, with their gradual move to Linux support and creation of Big Picture mode. It’s all been steps on the way, and quite clever too. When they launch, they’ll have all of their exclusives, Portal, Team Fortress, Counter-Strike and more, as well as the Linux titles. Admittedly, the Linux titles are lacking, for now, but clever collaboration with nVidia have resulted in proper graphical support incoming (see https://developer.nvidia.com/sites/default/files/akamai/gamedev/docs/Porting%20Source%20to%20Linux.pdf), and with this announcement, all the major players are porting or soon will be.

I’m excited to have an opportunity to beta test the console, controller, or both. Whilst I think that I’m not the target market of the Steam Machine (having a PC already) I’d love to be able to tweak it and play around. The controller looks like a proper development, and it genuinely could be the controller us keyboard+mouse wielders have been waiting for.

Check it out here – http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/ – Busy week for Valve – what do you think, worth the go?

– Zuki

Zuki Magic Life Counter launched on Google Play!

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Zuki Magic Life Counter Icon


Hey everyone! I’d like to announce the successful publishing of my first (of hopefully many) apps to go onto the Google Play store. Just a simple one to get started, it’s a little Magic the Gathering (and similar) life counter app, that is a bit different to the others in that it is designed to be clear, simple and readable for both players – Zuki Magic Life Counter.

It’s very simple, tap the top of one life total to increase it, tap the bottom to decrease it! There’s a reset button, and a small help button. There’s more features to be added as time goes on, but as the first app I’ve actually gone through the Google publishing process with, I wanted to get things moving!

Zuki Magic Life Counter Screenshot

You can see all my apps at this link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Zuki
As you can see, there is a free, ad-supported version, and a 69p version that has no advertising. Either way, I appreciate your support 🙂 so please, download and use the app, and give me whatever feedback / ideas for new versions you want!

– Matt “gyaku_zuki” Leebody

Living in the Nexus

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I recently purchased a new Asus / Google Nexus 7 tablet, and I’m writing this entry on it! It’s awesome, and at a great price, I recommend it to anyone considering a tablet – whilst it is smaller than the iPad, and with a slightly less good screen, its specs measure up well otherwise, and the price is ace. £160 or £200 (depending on storage space) and generous current offers from Tesco Direct for £20 off (see HotUKDeals.com). You even get £15 worth of Google Play credit, to spend on music, movies, books and apps.

As I already said, you get a 7 inch, HD screen, covered by Corning Glass (although jury is out on whether it is their ‘gorilla’ brand – some report yes, some report no but with a scratch-resistant coating, some report a so-called ‘gorilla glass v2’). Regardless, the screen is good, clear and durable – I can tell as I already dropped mine! (Actually I think it was a poltergeist – it was sitting on a flat desk yet slid off). As usual, it collects fingerprints like most touchscreens…
The processor, for those interested, is an awesome quad-core ARM Cortex A9 at 1.3GHz, running on an nVidia Tegra 3 platform. This gives it great power both at regular tasks as well as multimedia. It multitasks brilliantly, and thanks to this power as well as Project Butter, transitions are smooth and seamless. It just feels NICE to use, and as an Android user, I admit that has been a problem in the past – but not on the Nexus 7.

One side point, the original release was a bit of a mess, with many more preorders than expected. This high demand led to a bit of a nightmare for Google, with a considerable quantity of preorders arriving late, in some cases after the brick and mortar stores had received them. This is something that Google will need to improve upon if it continues to supply physical devices for sale on its Play Store. Some users who had preordered from the beginning ended up cancelling and walking into stores to get it there. It’s a heavy criticism, mitigated by the much higher preorder numbers than expected.

That aside – I can’t express how happy I am with it. It took all my current Android apps from my phone fine, it took my email accounts, my Facebook, Twitter. Chrome runs beautifully and looks just like my desktop. Battery life is fantastic – definitely the quoted 8 hours of moderate to heavy use it was quoted for. Streaming video and music works great. It feels nice in the hand, perfectly portable, with a nice rubberised feel to its back cover.

So, if you are considering a tablet, whether its for gaming, movies, reading, on-the-go documents, you could do worse than the Nexus 7 – and its worth having a play with while you look at that shiny iPad, and it is a fraction of the price, courtesy of Google selling it at cost.

Give it a look – you might find it to be just what you want!

TR3N – Tron 3 greenlit?

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The buzz has been around the ‘net the last few weeks, and it now seems to be confirmed, as a quick Google News search will tell you. From reports of Bruce Boxleitner stating at an expo ”Oh, it’s already a done deal. It’s already in the works, my friend.” to reports that Tron 3 out-sold other major franchises. From Deadline:

“Its performance certainly compares well to other 2D films that launched franchises. Tron: Legacy out-grossed the Chris Nolan-directed Batman Begins ($373 million) and the Abrams-directed Star Trek ($386 million), both of which were based on brands far more famous than the long-forgotten 1982 original Tron. For that matter, Tron: Legacy out-grossed The Bourne Identity ($214 million) and its sequel The Bourne Supremacy ($288 million). It also bested X-Men Origins: Wolverine ($373 million), National Treasure ($347 million) and The Fast and the Furious ($207 million).”

Whilst noting that factors such as 3D prices are not taken into account in this analysis, I agree that, whilst Tron Legacy was far from perfect in a storyline sense, I have seen SO MANY WORSE films that spawn infinity sequels (hello, Fast and Furious, Transporter, Transformers) and given the stunning visuals, fantastic soundtrack, and cult status of the original, I think Disney could do a lot worse.

If nothing else, it had the best ‘Disney Castle‘ intro ever.

I hope that the project moves from ‘unofficial done deal’ to ‘official done deal’ sometime soon – we already got a TR3N teaser on the DVD / Blu-Ray, and it’s widely reported that a script for the third was already in progress before Legacy was shown, so it sounds like they’ve already invested so much in marketing and merchandising that it would be mad NOT to make it a trilogy.

I’ll try not to be cynical and say that reloading (see what I did there) TRON after all this time is a sign of the lack of innovation in Hollywood, as TRON was always a childhood favourite of mine. Hopefully, the uncredited Cillian Murphy will have some role to play – seemed like a possible thread left dangling, especially with the teaser. The only shame in my mind is, given the storyline of legacy and teaser, whether Jeff Bridges will be back. If not, that would be a real shame.

Flynn Lives 😉

Source:
TRON 3 is An Unofficial ‘Done Deal’ | Screen Rant

Disney Moving Forward with ‘TRON 3? | Screen Rant