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Website Spotlight: Spirited Away In Minecraft

I’ve seen Final Fantasy 8 recreations in Minecraft, but I never thought I’d see one from Spirited Away! Spirited Away is my favorite anime film of all time, and this website called “Spirited Away Minecraft Recreation” is constantly adding new updates to the Minecraft world. Check out the website here, and watch the Spirited Away in Minecraft trailer below:

Picture of the Week [#136] Squirrel Surprise!

The picture of the week feature is back with a special update from a photo I (Silvercube) took on Saturday, at Breakthrough Miami. The students had pizza for lunch (from Pizza Hut) and one of them must have dropped a slice on the ground, which resulted in the squirrel taking the pizza for a mid-day munch!

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Even squirrels love Pizza Hut pizza!

Happy (Very Belated) Anniversary to Silver.Peace!

Time is really flying by so quickly (yes, it’s been said a lot). With so much going on (4 volunteer jobs, 2 part-timeannivers jobs, and 4 PhD courses) there has not been much time to post any new articles.

Nevertheless, this blog has not been forgotten, so please look forward to occasional posts. Of course, the top lists (now my top 5) video games of 2014 will be released here by next month, followed by my top 5 films of 2014 (which will be posted much later). 

There’s so many films released in a year, and it’s surprising how people have their top lists so quickly since many films slip under the radar.

Happy very belated anniversary to Silver.Peace, and thanks for visiting! More to come…

Video Game Review: Hello Kitty and Sanrio Friends 3D Racing (3DS)

As of this writing (November 18, 2014), I have yet to see any reviews for Hello Kitty and Sanrio Friends 3D Racing, so I thought I’d write one. From my understanding, this 3DS game is very similar to the Wii U game Hello Kitty Kruisers, except it has less features and is $10 more expensive than the Wii U game!

Retailing for $29.99, this game is rather expensive for such little content. There are three modes in this game: Quick Play, Tournament, and Adventure. Quick Play allows you to quickly jump into playing one of the sixteen race levels, Tournament mode consists of playing four consecutive race tracks (divided into four sections), and Adventure mode has twenty quick (some you can finish in thirty seconds!) objectives to complete, ranging from collecting apples (rather frustrating) to going through gate checkpoints.

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List of Songs from A Different Drum in Dance Dance Revolution

Below is a list of songs that A Different Drum has in the Dance Dance Revolution series. This may not be a complete list, butDIFFERENTDRUM perhaps the only list on the internet that is most comprehensive. I have also labeled “***” next to some of the songs to indicate some of my personal favorites.

Check out adifferentdrum.com to support their collaboration with DDR and the artists!

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Quote of the Week [#157]

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.”

- Woodrow Wilson

Why I haven’t upgraded to the “current-generation” of video game consoles

indexSince creating this blog in 2007, a significant amount of articles have been video-game related. However, as the years go by, things change. I am currently heavily involved in my PhD program, work, and three volunteer jobs. While I did purchase a Nintendo 3DS (which gets the most usage, along with the Original Xbox), this was back when the 3DS first launched and I had more time to immerse myself in video games.

I also purchased a Playstation Vita on launch day (because I really wanted to play Lumines Electronic Symphony and soon after, Gravity Rush). However, the Playstation Vita mainly collects dust as there are not too many games that have been released. My brother finds the Vita a great entertainment device for watching movies though.

With the Wii U, Xbox One, and Playstation 4 console releases, I did not feel any compelling reason to “buy me now” (as so they say on infomercials). Here’s a rundown on why I have yet to purchase these consoles (despite my busy schedule, which will not be a reason listed):

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