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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:06

Time Waster - Glitch Lab'

'Glitch Lab' is a fun little pixel platformer with minimal graphics where you have to figure out what glitch will allow you complete the level. Sometimes it's pretty easy, and sometimes you can be led astray.

You play a little figure trying to get from one door to another. Each level has a different glitch you need to exploit in order to win. It forces you to look beyond just your little sprite and take in the entire environment while you're playing and think outside the level. Games are played with forced-perspective, color dynamics and in-game physics. The game also riffs on other gaming conventions, in that there are little coins to collect, but you are told that they are meaningless. Sometimes the environment can kill you, and then sometimes it won't - you have to figure out when it will.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:04

Son

A letter to the soon-to-be

Dear Reuben,

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 22:40

Free smartphone workshop in Bangor area

BANGOR On Saturday, June 21 from 9 to 10 a.m. at 403 Wilson Street in Brewer and Saturday, June 28 from 8 to 9 a.m. at 33 Mid Mall Boulevard in Bangor, U.S. Cellular is offering a free Device Workshop where current or potential smartphone users can ask questions and learn about any device they are interested in. The workshop is open to everyone, and you don't have to be a U.S. Cellular customer to attend.

The iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry options offered by U.S. Cellular enable customers to transform a smartphone to a device that meets their exact needs. Please call U.S. Cellular's store in Brewer at (207) 989-3291 or Bangor at (207) 942-5218 to RSVP to this Device Workshop.

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 22:35

Everyone's at E3

Highlights from gaming's Mecca

E3 is just over. The streams have gone quiet, the roadies have piled the pomp and circumstance into giant boxes and trucks and there is a peace about the show floor. However, the show this year came with quite a few surprises, not to mention a few things we were expecting but turned out even better than we thought. Here's a quick breakdown of the highlights from the news of E3.

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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 22:30

Time Waster - In Pursuit of Hat 2'

The first 'In Pursuit of Hat' you were doing much of what the title implies, conquering obstacles in order to be reunited with your headwear. Like the original game, in this sequel you are a blobby, adorable dude that flubs around the map. When you need to hold down a button to open a door, raise a wall or place a gangway over a gap, you can pull off a limb (four limbs and your torso can be removed and reattached as needed but you'll want to keep track of where you left them).

One of the biggest changes from the first game is that your hat doesn't seem to be enthusiastic about living on your head and will actively run away from you. Makes you wonder about the nature of your relationship. But it does add a fun dynamic to the game, because if you lose your hat off a ledge, you lose the level. Sometimes, you have to lose just to see what's going to happen and how different environments work. There are these little polka-dotted squishy things that will suck in and spit out small objects (your limbs or your hat, for instance). There are blobs of black glue that will prevent the hat from making a suicidal dive off a cliff.

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Monday, 26 May 2014 13:40

Time Waster - Decision: Medieval'

The legions of dead are rising and threatening your cozy medieval lifestyle. In 'Decision: Medieval' it's up to you to reclaim parts of the city, fortify and defend it against the stinky dead people.

To say this game is in-depth isn't doing it justice. For a free Flash game, this has got chops. And it comes from a popular series of 'Decision' games - games that I haven't had the pleasure of playing, but make me want to go and waste even more of my time.

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014 22:30

Time Waster - Spewer'

This game has a revolting premise that in execution is actually adorable and challenging. You are a little life form that is being used in various experiments that you have to navigate. Your power: vomit. Oh yeah.

You use your projectile powers to manipulate your environment. It can give you a boost for jumps, you can swim through it, you can - erk eat it and use it again. You have to avoid pitfalls, like razor traps, acid and more. And the nature of your barf can change. Typically, it follows the laws of physics (i.e. your puke follows gravity), but certain experiments allow the substance to act differently like float, allowing you to fly in your vomit.

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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 22:23

Homebuying goes mobile

For homebuyers in Bangor, smartphones and tablets have become the latest tool to find new listings, the best mortgage rates and even help with home improvements after you close the sale. According to Digital House Hunt, a joint survey done by the National Association of Realtors Research and Google, 20 percent of real estate searches are conducted on mobile devices, such as the iPhone 5s or iPad Air. Additionally, 48 percent of people who used a mobile device in their home search used it to get directions to homes for sale, and 45 percent used the device to request more information about specific home features or real estate services.

Smartphones and tablets can make it easier to connect with your real estate agent while on the go and can help simplify and enhance the home buying process. And with access to 4G LTE speeds through U.S. Cellular, you can browse through hundreds of listings, with pictures and online home tours in a matter of minutes without wasting needless money or time running around Bangor.

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Tuesday, 06 May 2014 22:21

Time Waster - 'Look Up'

We spend lots of our time telling you how to plunge extra time into your devices, so it only seems responsible to point you to a new viral video about how that may not be the very best idea. 'Look Up' is a spoken-word film about how we are isolating ourselves while immersing our social lives in our technology.

The video blends poetry with imagery of people wandering through life missing big moments because of being drawn into the highly editable version of our online selves. It isn't lost on anyone, author or audience, that the medium in which we view the video is part of social media (I saw it on Facebook first), but it's a really good reminder to maybe switch off for a moment and waste your time on something a bit more worthwhile. Take five minutes, watch the video, then grab your bestie and go outside.

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014 18:49

Time Waster - Glean 2'

I'm not going to lie: I do not know all of the ins and outs of this game. For such a simplistic game, it is vastly complicated, and I've only scratched the barest surface of what it has to offer. Basically, you are an extra-terrestrial miner. You go to various different planets in search of new minerals, crystals, gasses and other items to study.

You can also find artifacts to research and pick up various trophy items from defeating critters that can cause damage to your exploratory vessel. 

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