5 Halloween Games You Should Play

 

 

 

 

Outlast – I don’t get scared too easily by most video games. Unlike movies, where I can’t control what happens on the screen, games tend to let me feel like I can get out of any situation. The exceptions are games like Outlast, which don’t give you a way to fight — only run and hide. You will be legitimately unsettled while sneaking around a decrepit psych ward, looking through the lens of a video camera! This is perhaps one of the scariest games you could play! Google it for some terrifying screenshots…

 

Alan WakeA “darkness” is taking over humans, animals and objects. These enemies, dubbed the “Taken”, are murderous shadows that attack Wake, wielding weapons of their own, ranging from mallets and knives to shovels and chainsaws. The Taken are protected by a shield of darkness, initially rendering them impervious to attack; they can only be injured with a firearm after exposure to light, which burns the darkness away. Truly terrifying.

 

Resident Evil 4 – The story of Resident Evil 4 follows the U.S. government special agent Leon S. Kennedy, who is sent on a mission to rescue Ashley Graham, the U.S. President’s daughter, who has been kidnapped by a sinister cult. Traveling to a remote rural area of Europe, Leon fights hordes of violent villagers and mutated monsters. (Interestingly, this game pioneered and popularized the “over the shoulder”third-person view perspective in video games).

 

 

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Slender: The Eight Pages – Is well known as one of the scariest games ever conceived! You must collect eight pages in a forest. But beware, Slenderman is after you! He gets faster and faster… There is no escape!

 

 

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs – The first Amnesia game, The Dark Descent, is one of the scariest games out there, and one that’s easy to recommend every Halloween. Its new sequel, A Machine for Pigs, is a bit less scary but still very creepy, and is a great game to play with the lights out. It’s another game in which you have no way of fighting the things that go bump in the night, so it’s easier to fear for your life.

 

 

 

There are many, many more! Tell me about your favorite Halloween game in the comments!

 

 

Top 5 Email Providers

1. Outlook.com

In my opinion, the descendant of Hotmail is the best web-based email provider. Why? Well, it has a brilliant UI and general appearance. It is fully integrated with Skydrive via a tab at the top, and provides unlimited mail storage. And you can have up to ten aliases with it.

2. Gmail

Gmail is very good, but not quite as good as Outlook.com. For instance, it only provides you with 10GB of mail storage (a lot, but it still runs out). Also, Google Drive is not as integrated as Skydrive is to Outlook. The UI is more complicated and the appearance is not as good. Not to mention the new system of 5 inboxes which makes it hard to find anything unless you spend a long time setting it up!

3. iCloud Mail

iCloud.com has a sleek interface and is simple to use, and comes with unlimited mail storage. It also has Find my iPhone built in, which is quite invaluable. It doesn’t have a free cloud service, but a paid one is in beta.

4. Yahoo

Yahoo mail is more limited than the others in terms of cloud storage. It does, however, have a great interface and appearance, and comes with unlimited mail storage. Plus it comes with pretty cool @rocketmail.com addresses!

5. K.st

While not very loaded with features, K.st (K Street) comes with the shortest domain names on the planet, making an 8-character address possible! The appearance is pretty mediocre, and there is no cloud service and a lot of advertising, but hey, who cares when you have such a sweet email address?

 

Also, don’t forget http://www.fakemailgenerator.com/

This allows you to make a temporary email address for signing up to dodgy sites. It even lets you receive confirmation emails! The account is then deleted as soon as you close the webpage, but you are now signed up for a website someplace.

Top 5 Google Chrome Extensions

Here’s my guide to the top 5 Chrome extensions out there. Feel free to let me know of any others!

1. Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus is the world’s most popular browser extension, and is used by millions of users worldwide. It is a community-driven open source project, and hundreds of volunteers are contributing to the success of Adblock Plus to make sure that all annoying ads are automatically blocked.

The good thing about Adblock, compared to other ad-blockers, is that it has a setting to allow unobtrusive advertising. This encourages advertisers to be more subtle (and less annoying!).

2. Stop Autoplay for YouTube.

This handy add-in prevents YouTube videos from playing as soon as the page is opened. This is especially handy if you have several videos lined up. Not only does it stop them playing, but also allows them to buffer and load while waiting!

3. IE Tab

This is a simple app which allows you to view pages designed for IE without  leaving Chrome. It simulates IE inside a Chrome tab, and automatically detects when it needs to!

4. Session Buddy

This allows you to save an open set of tabs to view later. It basically allows you to have several different sessions at once! You can re-name, delete and re-order the settings from the control panel.

5. StayFocusd

StayFocusd increases your productivity by limiting the amount of time that you can spend on time-wasting websites. It means that you can set time limits, ban websites, and it even has a nuke mode which prevents you changing the settings after your time limit for the day is up!

There you go – my top 5 Chrome extensions and add-ons!

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OB 25/07/2013

5 Things You didn’t know About Google

1. Dragons guard your spreadsheets!

If you go into your Google Drive and open a spreadsheet, there will be a dragon that needs slaying. To kill it, and claim glory, just press Shift + F12.

2. Tilt!

If you Google “Tilt” or “Askew”, then the results page will be wonky!

3. Funky Beats!

Open Google Translate and select English to German. Enter “pv zk bschk pv zk pv bschk zk pv zk bschk pv zk pv bschk zk bschk pv bschk bschk kkkkkkkkkk” and hit the speaker button on the German side. Lo and behold, it beatboxes”

4.010010010010000001101100011011110111011001100101001000000111100101101111011101010010000001100100011110010110110001100001011011100000110100001010

If you Google “Binary”, I wonder how many results it’ll say you get…

5. The lonely one

Google’s calculator will confirm that one is in fact the loneliest number. Type “The loneliest number =”.