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Sunday, 24 January 2010

Assassin's Creed II - Collectables:

If you’ve been playing Assassins Creed II for a while, you couldn’t have failed to have noticed the sheer amount of stuff there is on offer for us obsessive collector/completionist types to collect. More importantly 65G in Gamerscore is available as a direct result of collecting Feathers, Glyphs and Statuettes (no G for collecting Treasure I’m afraid), which my calculator tells me is roughly 0.5G per item (thanks technology!).

Now, this thankless task, which involves hunting down 488 individual items would probably take a lifetime, has been made a hell of a lot easier thanks to the guys over at Games Radar, who have most definitely earned their hidden blades, with the walkthrough guides they have created.

So, for posterity and as a thank you to Games Radar I’ve linked all the guides I used in my quest for Assassins Creed II greatness. I should also thank my wing woman, Jenna who has shared her thoughts on the matter here.

Statuettes are unique to Monteriggioni, finding them will net you 2,000 florins for every pair you can reunite on their pedestals, which are positioned around the grounds of the villa. Grab all eight, and the Myth Maker Achievement (5G) is yours.
Statuette Locations

Glyphs, 20 semi-hidden signs left plastered on certain landmarks, which were hacked into the Animus by the mysterious Subject 16. Once you’ve found them – which can be tough considering the size of some of the marked buildings – you’ll then be tasked with solving a brief series of puzzles before you can crack the increasingly horrifying conspiracy story within. You’ll also bag yourself the Vitruvian Man Achievement (20G).
Glyphs Locations

Collecting the 100 floating Eagle Feathers, which replace the flags from the first game, allows you to unlock two Achievements. The first, In Memory of Petruccio (30G), is given for collecting all the Feathers and the second, Show your Colors (10G) is given for wearing the Auditore cape in each city (including the Appenine Mountains) which you unlock after placing all the Feathers in Maria’s chest in the Villa Auditore in Monteriggioni.
FLORENCE (San Giovanni, San Marco, Santa Maria Novella)
VENICE (San Polo, San Marco, Dorsoduro, Castello, Cannaregio)

Collecting the 360 pieces of Treasure won’t provide any Gamerscore (boo!) but is essential if you are looking to achieve 100% completion.

Friday, 8 January 2010

CES 2010 Opening Keynote (Microsoft):

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, and Robbie Bach, president of the Entertainment and Devices Division, unveil developments and partnerships involving Windows, Xbox, and other offerings. Las Vegas, Jan. 6, 2010.

For some reason Microsoft chose to "blackout" the Halo Reach and Xbox Games Room trailers, so for convenience I've included them below.

Halo Reach:

Xbox Game Room:

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

How To: Set off a Sky Lantern:

This is a quick how to guide for setting off a Sky Lantern. I've set off quite a few Sky Lanterns now and each time the instructions included aren't very good, so I thought I'd create my own. The cheapest price I've seen Sky Lanterns for is £1, which was in The Works chain of discount bookstores. The video was created using Pinnacle Video Spin. Thanks to my brother Kev for helping me out with this.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Snow Day:

As this is my first post of 2010 (The Year We Make Contact), I think I’d better start by wishing everyone a Happy New Year! During Christmas we had some snow that eventually melted but over the past few days it has returned with avengence. So yesterday we decided to take full advantage of it and take the Dogs sledging. We all really enjoyed it, so much so that I’d thought I’d share these two random videos I took. The first video ‘Rufus the Worker Dog’ shows Rufus, one of our Dogs being put to work to retrieve our sledge (he is a retriever after all!). Rufus is a unique Dog, some would say a “character” but he always takes his job of retrieving our sledge very seriously. The second video shows the two dogs ruining my girlfriend Jenna’s snow angel – very funny! Enjoy!

1. Rufus the Worker Dog:

2. Snow Angel - Dogs FTW!:

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