Gamers blog party: winter 2017 invitation

Power up Players, the Holiday Blog Party is in full swing over at Later Levels! Come by, mingle and meet new and interesting gamers!

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Christmas is only two weeks away, anticipation is in the air and everyone is getting into the party mood. So put on your best frock and dancing shoes, grab your laptop and join in with the latest blog party here at Later Levels – there’s no better way to celebrate this time of year and meet some new blogging friends.

The rules are simple:

🎉Arrive at the party: don’t be shy – say hello and introduce yourself in the comments below! Give an introduction to your blog to welcome new readers and let us know what you’re all about.

🎉Present your gift: think about the posts you’ve written during the past three months and choose your favourite or one which was fun to write. Leave a link to it in your comment and explain why you’ve picked it.

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CWL Dallas Results!

Power up players! This past weekend was the first Call of Duty competitive event for Call of Duty World at War! We have crowned our first tournament of the season, but before I announce the winning team in the $200,000 prize pool open tournament, let’s talk about some of the highlights of the weekend! You can view my predictions post by clicking here!

The event started on Friday December 8th with the massive open bracket and stacked Pool Play teams. The event was cut short by a supposed bomb threat and that threw off the tournament and the players for the rest of the weekend. The streams and games cancelled for the rest of Friday evening, which set a strict timeline for Saturday and Sunday.

Pool Play

The bulk of the pool play matches took place on Saturday and many of the matches did not have short intermissions like we were used to in previous events. It was one map after the other which was great for the viewers but may have been an added stressor for the players. The results of pool play are below

 

Pool A – Optic and NV

Pool B – LG and Ground Zero

Pool C – Team Kaliber and Red Reserve

Pool D – Splyce and eUnited

 

Open Bracket:

I think the biggest effect that the delay of the event had was definitely on the open bracket teams. The open bracket normally plays Friday nights and Saturday mornings, however, because of the incident, they were forced to play over 10 hours on Saturday. This could have fatigued the teams before being inserted into the deadly pools and having to face some of the best teams in the world. That is not an excuse, but you can wonder how that would have affected some of the matches in pools.

The four teams that came out of pool play were Echo Fox, Allegiance, Faze and Next Threat .

All 4 of these teams are known and I was not surprised that they emerged into Pool Play. Echo Fox moved to Pool A, Allegiance moved to Pool B, Next Threat went to Pool C and Faze went to Pool D (Pool of Death!).

Championship Bracket:

Champ bracket consisted of the top 2 teams from each pool battling against each other in a best of 5 series. The number 1 teams were randomly drawn against the number 2 teams. The remaining teams were not eliminated,but placed in the loser’s bracket in which 1 loss eliminates you from the competition. The Champ matches are displayed below.

 

Winners Round 1:

Optic versus Red Reserve

Ground Zero versus Splyce

Team Kaliber versus Echo Fox

eUnited versus Luminosity

Winners Round 2:

Optic vs Splyce

TK vs eUnited

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Finals: Optic beat Splyce and sent them to the losers bracket where they took on the winner faze. In the winner’s finals, Optic lost to TK and was sent to the losers bracket to take on the winners of Splyce versus Faze! Splyce pulled out an impressive victory over Faze and battled the team that sent them to the loser’s bracket, Optic Gaming in the Loser’s Bracket Finals! Splyce pulled off the 3-0 to send Optic Gaming out of the tournament and advance to the Grand Finals where Team Kaliber was waiting.

Splyce versus TK ended with Team Kaliber winning CWL Dallas! I didn’t see that one coming but TK played fantastically the whole way through. Breakout star Kenny really sealed the deal for Team Kaliber and I can see them being a threat in the coming events.

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Do you watch any competitive Esports? Did you watch CWL Dallas? Who were your favorites? Who were some surprise teams? Let’s talk Esports!

-Luna 🙂

 

Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review!

Happy Sunday Novas! Last night I was FINALLY able to see the new Thor movie; Ragnarok! I know that I am a few weeks late, but I wanted to review the movie and if anyone hasn’t watched it yet, try to give your the insights to the movie! This is a spoiler free review so don’t worry about having to quickly close the post if I say something crazy!

Story: Thor Ragnarok takes place after the Thor Darkworld and Avengers 2 movies in the Marvel timeline. Thor has returned home to Asgard in lieu of dreams that he has been seeing about the destruction of his home in an event known as Ragnarok! After receiving confirmation that his dream is a premonition on what is prophesied to happen, Thor returns home to seek guidance from his father Odin.

(Note: In the lore, Ragnarok is the apocalypse where the gods Odin and Fenrir (a giant wolf ) battle!)

 

Thor must call upon the help of friends, strangers and even his mischievous brother Loki to save his home from certain destruction! thor 3

Ambience: The setting and colors of Ragnarok are exactly what you would want to see in a superhero movie. We have bright vibrant colors on Asgard and the warriors on the planet are strong and worthy of being subjects for Thor’s family.

Characters: The characters and the style of this movie is different from the first 2 Thor movies! Ragnarok, ironically takes on a more comical side of things with everyone throwing out puns. We are introduced to new characters that play their role very well. I’m sure we’ll be seeing most of these cosplay outfits at next year’s conventions! I have to admit, I really wanted to see this movie because I can’t get enough of Tom Hiddleson’s version of Loki! I feel as if he has played this role successfully and there’s plenty of Loki in Ragnarok! Thor 2

It’s that time of the review where I will list my top reasons to Play or Skip Thor Ragnarok!

Play:

  • A refreshing take on the Thor character and events (almost every scene has a joke or pun in it)
  • If you are obsessed with Loki as I am! (He appears quite a bit)
  • To stay up to date with the events happening in the Marvel Universe! (The movie connects to the Avengers and last Darkworld seamlessly)

Skip:

  • If you’re looking for the movie to be a replica of canon (liberal freedom was definitely taken)
  • If you prefer a more action based Marvel movie

 

Final Thoughts: The movie lived up to my expectations! I wanted more Loki, which I received, Action and a great story! All of these elements are presented in Ragnarok with the addition of unexpected comedy. If you have liked any of the Marvel movies so far, you will definitely love Thor Ragnarok.

 

Thank you for reading my review of Thor:Ragnarok! Tune in next week for my review of Star wars: The Last Jedi (my brother reserved us tickets last month lol).  Have you seen the movie yet? What are some of your favorite scenes? What movies are you excited about seeing or have seen this year? Let’s talk movies!

-Luna 🙂

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Holiday Guest Post Challenge!

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Happy Monday Novas! Thank you for reading today’s post which is going to be another community event! The last Guest Post Challenge we hosted on the blog asked bloggers to write a story on the prompt provided! The winner at the end of the week was able to provide a Guest Post on our blog! This time around the rules will be the same, but this time we’re getting festive!

Game Guide (Rules)

  1. Each week on Monday at 11:30am EST, we will post a writing prompt. Interested bloggers will write a post of 800 words or less on their blog, in response to the prompt.
  2. Once your post is live, paste a link to your post and blog in the comments of the prompt post (This post). All responses are due by Sunday night.
  3. On the following Monday, I will post the next prompt and the voting poll for the…

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CWL Dallas Pool Play Predictions!

Power up Players for my Call of Duty World League Pool Play Predictions post! With the release of Call of Duty World War II game last month. If you’ve heard anything about this game, the most frequent mantra was that Boots are Back on the Ground! For my none Call of Duty Players, the last 3 games Advanced Warfare, Black Ops III and Infinite Warfare were games that incorporated some form of jetpacks. This took away from the traditional COD scene and really shook up the pro player scene. Now that we are back to being on the ground, the consensus is that players who excelled in earlier Cod games will be back on top, but is that true?

Now the first tournament of the year is set for this weekend in Dallas, Texas. The pros and non pros have been battling for pro points in weekly tournaments to make it into Pool Play. Pool Play has 16 teams already seeded and sorted and 4 additional teams will be sorted into different pools from the largest open bracket in COD history! Let’s breakdown how the tournament works and then I will get on to the predictions!

Pool Play: 16 Teams are split between Pools A -D. All teams in Pool A play each other in a best of 5 series. The top 2 teams from each group move on to the Championship Bracket.

Open Bracket: Any teams not already in pool play will play Best of 3 series until only 2 teams are remaining.The Open bracket teams usually start playing on Thursday and play all night until Saturday morning.

Pool Play Teams:

Pool A – OpTic Gaming, E6, Unilad, NV

Pool B – Luminosity Gaming, Ground Zero, Vitality, Epsilon

Pool C – Team Kaliber, Red Reserve, Rise Nation, Mindfreak

Pool D – Splyce, EUnited, Ghost Gaming, Evil Geniuses

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Notable Open Bracket Teams: Echo Fox, Millennium, Team Canada

Pool Play Predictions:

Pool A – OpTic and NV

Pool B – LG and Ground Zero

Pool C – TK and Red Reserve

Pool D – Splyce and Ghost Gaming

Want to hear more about my decisions for my choices? Click the audio file below to hear me talk about my COD past experiences and predictions!

Those are my predictions for the first tournament in Cod WWII this weekend! Do you watch any competitive Esports? Are you going to watch the tournament? What are your predictions? Come back Monday for the recap of the event! Let’s talk!

-Luna 🙂

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Rollerblade Pro Mobile Game Review!

Power up players for our mobile game review of Rollerblade Pro! This review is a bit overdue as I received the request from Gerry early in November. Now that I am free from the NaNoWriMo challenge, I am able to catch up on blogging and game requests.

Publisher: Saturn Games

Platforms: Android

Genre: Arcade

Description: Rollerblade through the street and tunnel to prove your rollerblading skills by attaining high scores and collecting coins.Skate for long without being killed by obstacles and become a pro, by ending the game !!! Use in game skills to dodge obstacles, like jet pack to fly high, and slow speed to slow down your skate speed, or double jump to dodge higher, obstacles.

Gameplay: Rollerblade Pro is a cool arcade style game in which your ultimate goal is to become a Rollerblade pro by ending the game! Play by swiping left and right on your screens in order to collect rings and dodge obstacles in your path. These obstacles can come in the for or cars, roadblocks and even stop signs! You will receive power ups such as super jump that can assist in helping you navigate the streets on your rollerblades, but beware, once used you cannot control the direction of your power ups.

Visuals & Sounds: The graphics are standard in this game and the controls are simple to use. I really enjoy the music associated with this game as it makes me feel like I’m about to watch a competitive rollerblader go to work! roller1

Difficulty: There is some skill and a learning curve associated with this game. I have to admit, I have not beat the game yet, but I’m determined to make that happen soon.

Areas of Improvement: The game was fun to review but I do have a few points of feedback for the developer to make the game more appealing and attractive. This is just my personal opinion and preference.

  • View – I found the game a bit difficult to play because the avatar that you use blocks most of the street in front of you. Maybe position the camera a bit higher or shrinking the avatar a bit would fix the problem.
  • Predictability – After playing the game a few times, I notice that I was memorizing the pattern of when a car would come or how many roadblocks were up. Maybe adding a bit more variety would assist.

Final Thoughts: I did enjoy playing and reviewing the game Rollerblade Pro. The easy controls of swiping left to right allowed me to collect rings and attempt to dodge oncoming traffic! There were a few areas of improvement that I would like to see implemented in the game in the future, but it is entirely my opinion on what would have made me enjoy the game more.

If you want to test out the game and become a RollderbladPro, the contact and download information is below:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.SaturnGames.RollerBladePro

Thank you for reading today’s mobile review! Are there any current mobile games that you are playing? Let’s talk mobile games!

-Luna 🙂

 

Coco Pixar Review

Once again, Pixar has outdone themselves with their newest Box Office hit, Coco. Last Saturday night, my boyfriend and his family (who are Mexican-American) went to see the movie and were completely in awe of the storyline, the detail of the characters and colorful scenes, and the realness they captured and portrayed of the Mexican Culture and the importance of family values!

I had no idea what to expect before going into the theatre other then the fact that Coco was about the Day of the Dead which is celebrated in Mexico while also following the story of a little boy. After watching the movie, I have to say, Coco is one of my new favorite Pixar and Disney movies ever and I am pretty sure I am not the only one who thinks that! Coco has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has grossed over 26.1 Million dollars in sales since its release!

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One of the best scenes in the entire movie! You really have to watch it for yourself to understand!

 

To give you a bit of an overview, Coco follows the story of a young boy named Miguel, who is passionately in love with music and wants to follow his dreams of playing the guitar like his beloved idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, even though his family has a generations-old ban on music and anything to do with it. With his whole family against him and his dream, Miguel runs away to prove his talent to his family and ends up in the colorful world of the Land of the Dead! Miguel learns more about his families history and meets a charming trickster named Hector and uncovers the real meaning of family. (I am trying so hard not to give anything away!)

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The orange flower seen throughout the film is the Aztec marigold (known also as the Mexican marigold or the Cempasúchil). The flower is used in the tradition of Dia de Muertos in México to connect the living from the dead.

 

I think it is amazing that Pixar was able to feature the importance of Family, Life, Death, and cultural all in one movie and have it all flow together so nicely. Especially since Pixar’s main audience is children. I also am beyond pleased with how they pictured and portrayed the Mexican culture. Throughout the movie, I could hear my boyfriend and his family whisper about how the town looked so familiar and how relatable it was for them. All of those little details add to the movie and help make it what it is!

One of my favorite characters from Coco was Dante,

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the Xolo dog which is a tribute to Frida Kahlo! Dante was extremely cute and I loved that his tongue hung out from his mouth! His connection to Miguel is so heartwarming and made me think of my fur babies! It probably doesn’t help that I love dogs so much so my love for him isn’t really that big of a surprise!

 

Of course Pixar included hidden Easter Eggs through the movie and I am proud to say that I was able to catch a few! You can spot the Pizza Planet Truck on the street when Miguel is running and at the start of the movie, you can see Piñatas of Buzz LightYear, Woody, Mike Wazowski and a few other characters! I love finding the Easter Eggs and will be on the lookout for more the next time I watch it!

I have yet to visit Mexico, (I also have yet to get my Passport) but I have seen thousands of pictures and have heard hundreds of stories and from my perception., I feel like it properly portrayed the streets and people of Mexico! Now there are people pointing out flaws that the movie had but I honestly didn’t see any and don’t care to find out what they are. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects, I rather enjoy all of the positive elements of the movie!

I highly recommend everyone to see Coco! You do not have to be Hispanic or Mexican to enjoy this movie which I feel is important to say as some people think that you have to be, in order to see this film. I honestly can’t wait to watch it again and again and again!!

Luna’s Rankings: Favorite Holiday Characters!

Happy Tuesday Novas! Thank you for reading today’s rankings post! Before last month, I would post my Top Rankings for a specified topic and give my reasons why. Now that November is over, I can get back to the Rankings Posts and this week we are keeping with the Holiday Spirit!

I will be Ranking my: Favorite Holiday Characters! Let’s see my top characters from least favorite to favorite!

  • Santa Claus – I’m not really a Santa Claus kind of girl. When I think back, I never believed in Santa because my grandmother let us know up front who purchased the presents lol. I also think that I was too smart for my age and I would’ve questioned everything, like if Santa goes down chimneys and we don’t have one (I mean I live in Florida), is he just breaking in our house at night? Rather than having to make up a story as to how Santa broke in and risk scaring me for life, my grandmother just never mentioned Santa until we went to take pictures with him at the mall.
  • Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer The story of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is an inspiring one about being who you are and cherishing attributes that are different. Rudolph went through adversity with having a bright red nose but he never gave up on his dreams of being a part of Santa’s sleigh. He ended up finding his purpose in the world and making friends!
  • The Grinch   grinch I have ALWAYS loved the Grinch. I’m a sucker for the stories of characters finding themselves and coming around in the end and my affinity for villains makes the choice of the Grinch no huge surprised. I watch The Grinch Who Stole Christmas multiple times during the Holiday season and I really love Max, the dog! The Grinch has captured my heart when I was a girl and it grows 2 sizes every year!
  • Gingerbread Man- The Gingerbread bread man is a classic character and treat to have during the Holidays. Specifically, I am talking about Gingy from Shrek. Gingy is an essential part of Christmas for me.When I was younger, each year we would build Gingerbread Houses and have Hot Chocolate in class and at home. The comfortable feeling of the Holidays is inspired by Gingerbread men for me.
  • Frosty The Snowman  snow  The number 1 holiday character for me has always been Frosty the Snowman. Maybe it’s because I have never seen or touched snow in my life, so I end up wanting to build a snowman every year! Frosty was the friend I always wanted growing up and I still get teary eyed when he melts at the end of the movie. Frosty is the pinnacle of friendship and togetherness for the Holidays!

 

Those are my rankings of my favorite Holiday Characters from least favorite to favorite! Who did I miss? What are your favorite holiday characters and why? Let’s Talk Holidays!

-Luna 🙂

Holiday Guest Post Challenge!

Happy Monday Novas! Thank you for reading today’s post which is going to be another community event! The last Guest Post Challenge we hosted on the blog asked bloggers to write a story on the prompt provided! The winner at the end of the week was able to provide a Guest Post on our blog! This time around the rules will be the same, but this time we’re getting festive!

Game Guide (Rules)

  1. Each week on Monday at 11:30am EST, we will post a writing prompt. Interested bloggers will write a post of 800 words or less on their blog, in response to the prompt.
  2. Once your post is live, paste a link to your post and blog in the comments of the prompt post (This post). All responses are due by Sunday night.
  3. On the following Monday, I will post the next prompt and the voting poll for the previous week’s participants. The blog with the most votes will win and be able to write a Guest Post of their choice on GamersUnitedGG.

 

This week’s prompt: It’s Christmas Eve and you find out Santa is missing! What happens next? Do you find Santa? Was he taken? What’s your story on what happens next?

This challenge is open to everyone so have some fun and write with us! Vote for next week’s topic below!

  1. You’re playing a video game and you need to select a partner to join you, who do you choose? Choose 1 Holiday character to help you through the game : Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Reindeer or Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster! Talk about your game, why you chose this sidekick and what you will be doing!
  2. Santa wants to upgrade his sleigh, what recommendations would you make for his new ride?

Make sure to check our the Question of the Month for December, hosted by Later Levels! This month we were tasked with answer Which video game character would do a better job than Santa? Check out the answers from each blogger and vote on this month’s poll!

Have a great day!

-Luna 🙂

 

November Recap & December Goals!

Happy Sunday Players! November was a great month for me in a personal sense, but let’s see what has happened on the blog!

Surprisingly, we published 24 posts in the month of November! I was participating in the NaNoWriMo challenge all month, so I was not as active as I have been due to the challenge. Yet somehow between myself and our contributors we still had a decent number of posts!

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November Goals

  • Complete NaNoWriMo – Since we are in the month of November, I have been working on the NaNoWriMo challenge and my personal goal is to complete it!
  • 1 Steam Game Review  I have a few steam games that I have yet to play so I look to play them and write up a review this month (Thank you Thero159 for Offworld Trading Company and Amello!).
  • Post at least 3 times per week – The blog activity may not be as frequent as previous months because I’m focusing on NaNoWriMo, but I will try to have at least 3 posts per week for the month of November.

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The only achievement that we earned last month was the one for Completing NaNoWriMo! The novel is about 51,000 words (I’ve been editing it) and it is a Young Adult, period drama series.

December Goals:

 

  • Complete a Steam Game Review!
  • Set up the GamesUnitedGG YouTube Channel!
  • Launch a community Guest Blog Challenge!
  • Set up the GamersUnitedGG Podcast

 

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Those are my goals for December! As you can see it’s a lot of prep work for our anniversary in January and the launching of extensions to the blog!

Here are our top  posts from the month of November!

  1. Creating a Compelling RPG Villain
  2. Wooden Block Puzzle Mobile Game Review
  3. NaNoWriMo Update & Excerpt #2

 

Upcoming Posts:

This month we have a few collaboration posts for the holidays so be on the lookout for those!

I’m completing the Memoirs of a Villain post for Bowser!

Launching another community Guest Post Challenge tomorrow Monday 12/4/17!

Thank you for playing with us all year! Now let’s deck the halls and engage in Holiday cheer! Have a fantastic week!

-Luna 🙂

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