In May 2011, I was working as a personal trainer in a small gym. I was talking to clients at the treadmills when a breaking news segment came on saying that Osama Bin Laden was dead. Almost a full decade after 9/11, the most wanted man alive had been killed. Kind of a big deal.
America had successfully assassinated a man responsible for the deaths of thousands. Media coverage told us about the elite members of Seal Team 6 and their raid on Osama’s complex. I knew the manhunt was an exhaustive effort, but I really wasn’t aware of the astronomical odds of its failure were.
And these impossible odds are the crux of Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty.’ The film follows CIA interrogation “Maya” (played masterfully by Jessica Chastain) as she wages a seemingly one-woman witch hunt for Bin Laden. Combining documented real events with Bigelow’s grounded direction, Zero Dark Thirty provides a grim, realistic view of these extraordinary events.
Part of the allure of owning a tablet or smartphone is the massive application library of games you have at your finger tips. And for Android, the experience is even deeper, where running your favorite old school video game off an emulator is incredible easy. While running a Wii Remote or Xbox 360 controller has been possible for a while now via bluetooth, dedicated Android gaming controllers are starting to flood the marketplace. Two new competitors are Power A’s MOGA controller, and Nyko’s Playpad Pro. Instead of splitting the reviews, I thought it would be more interesting to put the two head-to-head.
I’m fairly new to the photography game, so I figured it would be good for me to start posting some of the photos I take. For starters, here’s a photoshoot I did for the talented Baltimore rapper Aye Joey Roc. You can follow him on his website JoeyRoc.com. To check out his single “Go Go Gadget,” take a listen on his SoundCloud page. Our photoshoot is below.
Over two years ago, I, Jason Leavey — started DaftBit.com, a blog dedicated to all things gaming, gadgets, and geekery. I had the same ambitious goals as every other tech-obsessed lost soul floating through their mid-twenties; aspirations of revolutionizing the Internet and online journalism by inventing a wheel that was invented years prior. I wanted to develop an immensely popular site which would provide a constant flow of news about the biggest stories and features relating to geek culture, whether that be software reviews, announcements of new technology products, or geekery in the form of the latest Zelda-inspired Etsy creation. In some ways, I succeeded.
Marble Madness featured incredibly difficult level design, where players had to navigate their marble throughout a downward maze of sorts to the finish line.
I’m still blown away that no next-gen sequel has been developed, but I’m still optimistic. After you’re done drooling, I suggest you dust off your old MM NES cart for old time’s sake.
And now the second installment of our Guys With Games series, featuring this Rad Racer with some rad abs. That is all I need to say, really.
Here’s the first entry if you missed it.
I decided to start a new segment here on Daft Bit called “Guys With Games.” Similar to the popular site Guys with iPhones, this segment will feature safe-for-work images of guys suggestively holding games. To start off the segment, I present you with a jock and a NES cart.
Some may be real, some may be photoshopped, but all GWG posts will be enticing… or just weird.
All of this waiting for when Valve is ready is just silly, so I recently decided to take matters into my own hands. I have offered the company that Freeman built something that they can’t possibly refuse, that awesome lamp I made. Now, don’t ask how I did it (after all I wouldn’t want everyone flooding the market with them, and, thus, lowering the value of my offer would I?), just accept the fact that the process lands somewhere between making cookies, and alchemy.
I have approached Valve with an email, and I have to say, I like my chances. Click on to read the email in full.
Being a fan of fighting games, I usually harp on the pre-order and anxiously await the release date following every possible article that comes out about it until the game is finally in my hands. Where some gamers pass over the genre in lieu of the punch, kick, uppercut stigma, I always found myself drawn into the back story of it all.
For me, reading through the character profiles leads me into choosing who I will start the game off with, solely for the fact that I want to see how their part in the game plays out. I think about the good ol’ Street Fighter games and seeing Blanka as this green dude with orange hair and, wait… he has electricity powers?! Come to find out, he was in the plane crash and was subsequently shocked and mutated — oh now it all makes sense.