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Houseparty App

Houseparty the biggest app right now during lockdown. Available on Android, iOS, iPad OS and macOS, the face to face social network focuses on video chats, quizzes and games to bring people together. Which is perfect when we can’t be together physically.

Houseparty has been around since 2016, but has surged in popularity during being stuck at home for long periods of time.

Houseparty has been called a more informal version of Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams and Zoom. As Houseparty has quizzes and games in it too. So it’s more than just talking in front of a camera.

How to

Simply enter your name, email address and mobile number and choose a unique username!

Next link up your contacts, either your phone book or link up your Facebook.

Houseparty will then recognise them and add them allowing you to dive into chats instantly.

On the mains creen you’ll see your face in the selfie screen. The plus icon in the top right hand side of the screen will allow you to add in contacts and group people together for houseparty group calls!

Below that there’s a dice icon, which allows you to start some games, including pictionary game Quick Draw and Heads Up.

Select a game and then add friends to play with you.

To start/join a game swipe up! You’ll be able to see your friends recently spoken to and join House Parties which are basically group chats (max of 8 people). Even join ones that are on-going!

Grab a mate’s attention by hitting the hand wave icon next to their name and send them a notification. Tap the phone icon to give them a call!

Swipe right to go to the inbox to send a private video message when they are not around. You are also able to switch between cameras by using the toggle and a padlock icon to lock the chat to prevent people joining and have a private conversation.

To exit a call, just hit the cross icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Download Houseparty: iOS / Google

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Super Nintendo World

All Nintendo fans rejoice! There is going to be a Super Nintendo World Park this summer ahead of the Olympic Games! It’s all thanks to Universal Studios Japan. They recently released a teaser which features a song from Galantis and Charlie XCX

It’s just a teaser, with mostly CGI, so you won’t get an idea of what the rides or areas look like. But nonetheless we’re still very very excited to see what’s in store!

However, there was a site that launched and this detailed some rather interesting things. Such as a real life Mario Kart experience and being able to travel around the park on Yoshi’s back. How cool would that be! We’re intrigued as to how we can throw shells and banana peels at people. As who wouldn’t want to try Mario Kart for real!? Just don’t make us super small!

Also available are “power up Bands” this looks like a wearable park pass, or may be even a fast pass? We’ll know more once the park opens in the summer. There’s also going to be Mario-Style blocks in real life, not too sure if you can start climbing them though!

Furthermore Bloomberg reported that the wearable band and the accompanying smartphone app will allow visitors to the park to battle bosses and collect coins! So as the video says, you’ll get to “play in real world this summer”

Don’t want to go all the way to Japan (although this may be the BEST place to experience it!) Future parks will also come to Hollywood, Japan and Singapore!

(Engadget)

(Pictures below are from Bloomberg Reporter Kurumi Mori’s Twitter feed)

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Legendary Guy’s Night Ideas You Need

A night with the guys. It’s a night for fun, laughing, banter, and drinks, and it has to be one that everyone can remember. It doesn’t have to be a bachelor’s night out for single guys in your circle. You can invite all the guys and have a night to remember – no limits!

 

Men need a way to blow off some steam. So, whether one of you buys one of the many used Aston Martin cars for sale from Dick Lovett and pulls up ready for a road trip, or you simply need a day out at the golf to unwind and bond, we’ve got some legendary ideas that should make the cut. You need to go and have fun every now and then. Let’s take a look at some of the best guys’ night out ideas around.

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At The Grill

You do not have to jaunt up and down the country to get a good night in with your friends. The summer looms ahead, so why not coordinate when everyone is free and book a date in the calendar so that you can come together and grill? A few steaks, cold beers, and damn tasty side dishes already make for a great night. Throw in a darts board, and you have a competition going!

Poker Night

We’ve picked poker specifically based on the fact that the game isn’t hard to learn, and you can play for dares or bets if you don’t want to play for cash. Put a ceiling on your buy-in, and you can all have a good time without going bankrupt. It’s a great way to test each other and challenge one another to win, and you also get the chance to win some cash! You can swap houses for hosting, and then when you get good at the game, hit up a casino and enjoy what they have to offer with much a bigger prize.

Movie Night – With A Twist!

Instead of heading to the movie theater and not talking to each other, why not put your own cinematic experience in the backyard? You can add a large white sheet and get a movie projector to project the latest and greatest action movies. Bring snacks and drinks, and get comfortable. There are so many options for movie night that you are spoilt for choice.

Sports Games

Are you basketball fans? Is there enough of you to be able to play football? Get a team together and add sports games to grill night. You can run up a little healthy competition and get together to trash talk the action one on one.

Road Trip

The ultimate guys’ night idea is the beginning of a road trip. Pick a night you can all leave and throw a dart at a map to hit the city you want to get to. This type of trip can be life-changing for you and your friends, and if you’ve already got the Aston Martin, you can travel in style!

 

Life Is Strange 2

Life Is Strange 2 interview with Gonzalo Martin

Gonzalo Martin Interview Life Is Strange 2

Recently MC Fixer interviewed Gonzalo Martin from Life Is Strange 2 for us and discussed all things Life is Strange 2 and what it's like being a voice actor in a video game!

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Thursday, 16 January 2020

 

Life Is Strange 2 is an award winning episodic video game from Square Enix and is a continuation of the incredibly popular and successful video game series Life Is Strange!

The game is a long awaited sequel from game developers DONTNOD Entertainment. It features the lives of two brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz. They are forced to run away from their home in Seattle. Following the consequences fo a tragic incident. Furthermore they head to Mexico, to get away from it all. While hiding a sudden, yet, mysterious supernatural power.

Sean becomes responsible for his much younger brother. Life on the road is tough for him, as he begins to realise, his decisions will impact the lives of whom he comes in contact with forever.

(Life Is Strange)

Play Through

Life Is Strange 2 is not an all out action game that will have you constantly on the move. It is a movie like game that requires you to make decisions throughout the game via a multi-choice screen. The choices you make will alter the path you take along the way. However, even the small, seemingly mundane choices have huge consequences later on down the line. It is a lot like a movie, a movie that you can control. We certainly had a lot of fun playing it and we’re sure that you will to!

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Life Is Strange 2

Life Is Strange 2 interview with Philip Bache

Life is Strange 2 Interview with Philip Bache

We recently got the chance to sit down with the voice over director and director of performances for Life is Strange 2 from Square Enix Mr Philip Bache. Who told us about the characters, actors and what it was like directing the actors in Life is Strange 2!

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Life Is Strange 2 is an award winning episodic video game from Square Enix and is a continuation of the incredibly popular and successful video game series Life Is Strange!

The game is a long awaited sequel from game developers DONTNOD Entertainment. It features the lives of two brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz. They are forced to run away from their home in Seattle. Following the consequences fo a tragic incident. Furthermore they head to Mexico, to get away from it all. While hiding a sudden, yet, mysterious supernatural power.

Sean becomes responsible for his much younger brother. Life on the road is tough for him, as he begins to realise, his decisions will impact the lives of whom he comes in contact with forever.

(Life Is Strange)

Play Through

Life Is Strange 2 is not an all out action game that will have you constantly on the move. It is a movie like game that requires you to make decisions throughout the game via a multi-choice screen. The choices you make will alter the path you take along the way. However, even the small, seemingly mundane choices have huge consequences later on down the line. It is a lot like a movie, a movie that you can control. We certainly had a lot of fun playing it and we’re sure that you will to!

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Flip Grip For Nintendo Switch

The Flip Grip is a fantastic piece of kit that we LOVED using. We never thought about playing the switch in vertical mode before. But boy does it make a difference! The Flip Grip is the perfect gaming accessory for all those vertical mode games on the Switch.

Such as a variety of classic games such as Donkey Kong Jnr, Centipede, Pac Man or up to date games too such as Pinball on Panic Flip or Star Wars Pinball.

Simply attach a pair of Joy Cons on the rails either side of the flip grip will allow you to flip the Switch 90 degrees. Voila! It’s a simple as that. Vertical handheld gaming action.

Plus you don’t even lose a pixel of gaming real-estate on the screen.

The Flip Grip is a collaboration between video game historian and Retronauts founder Jeremy Parish, engineer and designer Mike Choi, and Fangamer. – Fan Gamer

To find out which games work vertically, there’s two great lists one is from Retronauts and the other is from imore.com

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Marvel's Avengers

Virgin Media hosted an exclusive Marvel’s Avengers event in London

Marvel's Avengers interview w/Shaun Escayg

We recently attended a very special evening set up by Virginmedia and got the chance to sit down and have a chat with the creative lead of Square Enix's Marvel Studios Avengers game!

Posted by How To Kill an Hour on Monday, 16 December 2019

Virgin Media hosted an exclusive Marvel’s Avengers event in London and we got to go! We even got to give the game a little go for ourselves! We cannot say much, but what we can say is that it is FANTASTIC! It’s going to be incredible, not just for single player lovers. But for co-op fans too! It really is a game that you’ll love playing with friends.

Not only did we get to play the game. We got to sit down with Shaun Escayg, creative director of the Marvel’s Avengers game. He spoke to us all about how his cinema background helped shape the Marvel’s Avengers game. In the story line and how players play as different characters. You’ll see from playing the game very early on that it feels very cinematic. That was down to Shaun! It not only plays like a movie, it feels like one too!

We touched on a lot, but we also touched on Kamala Khan a new character in the Marvel’s Avengers universe who shapes a lot of the story of the game. Both Marcus and Shaun are HUGE fans of the character and we think that you will too! She’s a normal person who becomes an Avenger, a lot of the story revolves around Kamala dealing with her new found powers and how she can harness them for good and fit in with the other Avengers.

Marvel’s Avengers – The Plot

This game has a campaign which is set 5 years after A Day. A Day is a day which celebrates all things Avengers. So, things go ary and the Avengers are now outcasts. The team is required to re-assemble and take on a brand new threat. This story is a brand new and original story separate and not related to the MCU that we all know and love.

You get to take on all of your favourite characters from The Avengers, such as Captain America, Thor and Black Widow. You can play as a single player or as Co-Operatively too. Online play is there as you’d expect and can play in teams of four as various different heroes. Whilst new characters and regions will come post launch and for FREE!

Avengers is coming to PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox one on 15th May 2020. Also there will be an early beta access and other unique benefits for Playstation players. Benefits which are yet to be revealed!

(Eurogamer)

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Charge and Store – Nintendo Switch

You have a Nintendo Switch. With plenty of games, a pro controller, joy cons and a Poke Ball. But how do you store them all? Can’t have them lying about and causing a mess or getting dusty. Or even worse, lost or broken! Therefore you need a storage solution! We have been trying out the Charge and Store by Venom for the Nintendo Switch. It’s fantastic!

Not only can you store up to six games safely. You can also charge your pro controller and joycons all at once! How convenient is that?! Especially if you keep your Switch docked and play on the big screen a lot. There’s no need to constantly be removing and plugging in your joy cons. They can stay charged nearer to you and never get lost!

There’s separate charge points for a Pro Controller, 2 Joy Con controllers and a Poke Ball. Better yet, there’s an LED charge indicator for when the controllers are fully powered. Furthermore it’s USB powered so you can either charge via a mans socket or USB powered device!

We think the Charge and Store is a fantastic little device and we think that ALL Nintendo Switch users should have one. You won’t be disappointed.

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Death Stranding

We’ve recently sent Funk the task of giving Death Stranding a go and trying to figure out what the game is all about.

Death Stranding is the blockbuster title from Hideo Kojima that stars Norman Reedus (Walking Dead), Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Hannibal) Léa Seydoux (Robin Hood, Spectre) Lindsay Wagner (Samson, Grey’s Anatomy) just to name a few!

Death Stranding Plot

As, you’ve all seen the meme’s and chatter online all about how no one can figure out what the game is about. We won’t attempt to explain it. Yet what we will say is. We really enjoyed it. It’s a breath of fresh air, something different and Death Stranding, really caught our attention.

Death Stranding is a LONG game so be prepared to wait it out. It’s not a quick action packed type of game. It’s a long slow and rewarding action game. It will require patience. However, that patience pays off with a very good reward.

After the collapse of civilization, Sam Bridges must journey across a ravaged landscape crawling with otherworldly threats to save mankind from the brink of extinction. 

In the near future, mysterious explosions have rocked the planet, setting off a series of supernatural events known as the Death Stranding. With spectral creatures plaguing the landscape, and the planet on the verge of a mass extinction, it’s up to Sam Bridges to journey across the ravaged wasteland and save mankind from impending annihilation.

What did you think of Death Stranding? Let us know via our socials, we’re @howtokillanhour across everything! We cannot wait to hear from you!

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