Games On!

April 1st, 2014 Comments off

With the game season on, it is a boon to be able to catch the excitement of your favourite games on your smart phone or your laptop. With rising cable costs, this is a much better option. In the past, one would have to visit various websites, fill in innumerable forms and download software, leaving your system vulnerable to potential threats from malware. Now, all that is needed is fast Internet connectivity and a Flash Player to get a quick, clear, live streaming of any game that interests you.

Streaming an Internet broadcast on the mobile device or laptop is becoming more and more popular the world over. All you need to know is where to look and to have the right software for effortless streaming.

There are various sites that are easy and simple to use that offer very good online streaming with more than one link to choose from, in case the link you are using breaks down. You also have the unique advantage of the option of refreshing only the link that breaks down, and not the whole page. Some of these sites offer a respectable selection of links that cover all the major matches, so finding your favourite game should not be a problem.

To enhance your experience of an enjoyable game, you might want to consider these points:

• Make sure your service provider gives you a connectivity speed that allows for efficient streaming. Sometimes the quality of the video gets corrupted due to inadequate broadband speed.

• Always subscribe to a legitimate service provider as there are many on the internet that are little more than scams.

• Find a website that gives you details of all the matches in your local time, saving you the inconvenience of having to do a time conversion. It is one of the important things to remember.

• Some websites offer links of the commentary in various other languages.

• With new technology emerging all the time, there now is satellite TV available for smart phones and laptops. You might consider investing in a box that allows you to stream media from your TV to your mobile gadgets or laptop. You can catch a game anytime, anywhere.

Remember to update your software regularly so that there is no compromise on the quality of the video images you receive. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection and you can do away with that expensive cable connection you had all these years.

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Movie Review

March 28th, 2014 Comments off

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the highly anticipated sequel to 2012′s The Hunger Games, ignites the screen with action, romance, courage, deception, violence, and, of course, lots of fire. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, and most of the others from the first film reprise their roles of inhabitants in a futuristic war-ravaged North America.

As in the first installment, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), both from the impoverished mining community of District 12, are paired together. This time, however, President Snow (Donald Sutherland), who governs over all the districts, demands that as previous Hunger Games winners, platonic friends Katniss and Peeta must travel throughout the land in a victory tour where they (falsely) proclaim their love for each other and gratitude toward the government.

New Rules for The Hunger Games

As the tour progresses, Katniss observes a rising dissatisfaction among the people – a spark of rebellion that’s about to catch fire. When a crafty game designer (Philip Seymour Hoffman) teams with President Snow, the game changes yet again. Suddenly faking it for the camera during their victory tour seems easy compared to the latest challenge.

New rules dictate all previous Hunger Games victors are now the only ones eligible to fight in the deadly contest. Not surprisingly, these victors feel anger and betrayal when they are forced to fight against each other. This strange group of fighters – a mix of young, old, kind, cruel, physically gifted, and mentally gifted – makes enemies and forms alliances almost immediately.

A Manipulated Environment

The games, staged outdoors in a manipulated environment with deadly fog, flash floods, and lightning strikes, mean death to all but one Tribute (the name assigned to those required to fight in the games). Defiant Katniss plans to stay alive just long enough to make sure Peeta survives, while he has pretty much the same plan – only reversed – as he hopes she is the sole survivor.

Much like the first film in the series, though with a different director this time, Hunger Games: Catching Fire has lots of story to tell before the game actually begins. This time, however, the tease seems overly long. In particular, the victory tour establishes and re-establishes growing discontent among the people. The film also takes its time showing viewers why and how the government breeds fear among these same people. It’s a long movie, and by the time the game starts, viewers expect a huge payoff for the wait. Thankfully, they get it. This game delivers unexpected twists, character development, non-stop action, and widespread emotions. Let the Hunger Games continue!

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

  • In this futuristic tale based on the popular book series by Suzanne Collins, the two most recent victors of the hunger games are forced by the president to conduct a victory tour through the districts proving they are grateful and in love – neither of which is true.
  • Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Jeffrey Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Amanda Plummer
  • Director: Francis Lawrence
  • Genre: Action Fantasy
  • Run Time: 2:26
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation, and language)
  • 4/5 – Very Good

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