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Written By: Adrian Valdez

Microsoft Conference Information and opinion.

It’s E3 time and if you are a gamer you are probably going to be glued to your tv screens for the next few days. Today was E3 day 0 where the two 8th gen titans held their press conferences to show the world what we should expect within the next coming year. When we think about the main 8th gen systems a certain patterns have begun to show themselves and left many (including myself) worried about this generation. Issues with games coming out broken, an extreme focus on remastering old games for the new hardware instead of making a new game (even if it is a sequel to a last gen game). But after today I think it is safe to say those days will soon be behind us (at least on the new game department).

Im going to start with The Microsoft Conference,
We finally got a glimps at Halo 5 gameplay, and I have to say the game looks good. They maintain the feel of Halo that we have all loved but have it nicely wrapped up with beautiful visuals. We also got a release date of October 27 2015 so prepare to throw your wallets at the screen.

Forza 6 was revealed and got a release date of september 15 2015. As a car fan I always love to see how these companies take our experience to the next level, and forza 6 does not let down. What we saw were beautiful visuals and everything you could ask for in a racing game. I will be throwing my wallet at the screen the day it comes out.

We got a glimps of Rise of he Tomb Raider and got a release date November 10 2015 The game looks really cool and is very nice to look at and its great to see.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition was announced it is a full 1080p Remaster of gears of war.

The indie game segments of Microsofts conference was one of my favorite segments.
We got a look at a game called Ashens, an action rpg the visuals from the trailer looked interesting. As an indie game lover I can not wait to see how this game turns out.
Now we take a dive into the past with a game the screams classic cartoon. The music, The artwork, the animation its all there. They even nailed down the slight blur. This platformer looks amazing and I really can not wait to get my hands on it. It will be released for the Xbox One and PC.

A new title was also announced called Recore.This is  a game that takes place in what seems like a mech filled world, where the source of power comes from these orbs in their body. This sounds interesting but when you hear about who is developing this game the interest meter will go off the charts. Keiji Inafune Mr Megaman / Mighty No 9, and retro studios. These are two people/studios who have released great games in the past and that leaves me hopeful for this games success.

Dark Souls 3 was announced with a release date sometime during 2016

Rare announced Rare Replay a collection of 30 classic rare games all for the low price of 30$. This is a dream come true for anyone who was around for the erra when rare was king. We will finally get to play some of our favorite games on 8th gen systems, and I can not wait.

Rare also announced The pirate theme multiplayer game called Sea of Theives

Xbox One is finally getting backwards compatibility. in order for it to work all you have to do is pop in your 360 game into the drive and it will download onto the hard drive. This feature is currently very limited in the games that work flawlessly but over time like with the 360 to xbox the library of games that work will grow.

The final big announcement was Microsoft’s partnership with Valve VR to add a new layer of experience to the console. We got a demo of minecraft and the uses the Holo Lense has within the game.

Overall Microsoft had a pretty nice line up, it wasnt anything groundbreaking , but they kept their word that they would show us new Ips and they did. This is the beginning of a great console life span for the Xbox One.

Sony’s conferense followed a similar trend. They started strong with revealing The Last Guardian… Yes they finally gave us this game and so far it looks great. The visuals are really nice and I’m just really happy to have this game coming to life.

Next was my personal favorite announcement that night. Guerrilla Games’s Horizon Zero Dawn. This game takes place after modern civilization as we know it is over. and Machine creatures rule all. If you have ever seen a kill zone game you know that they look amazing, and this game does not let down. I can not wait to be able to play this game.

Street Fighter 5 got some new character reveals and I can go days talking about the little things you notice in the reveal, but today we will keep it at the character. Cammy is making her return from street fighter 4 and you can really see the age becoming a factor for these characters. The second character reveal was birdie…. He’s not the same birdie you remember from your child hood though. This man has gained some weight.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is finally a thing. They are not only bringing Final Fantasy 7 to the next gen platforms, they are remaking this game. The tiny bit of visuals we get from the trailer looks amazing and I know any fan of that game can not wait for its eventual release.

Sony also announced that a kickstarter for Shenmue 3 had started and everyone was stunned. Shenmue is coming back  14 years later? Fans of this series had dreamed of this day for soo long and now they finally have the opportunity. The game met its 2 million dollar goal effortlessly.

Sony revealed a partnership with activision to become the new home for Call of Duty. We also got some gameplay of Black Ops 3. The game honestly felt like more of the same. It took what Titan Fall did and brought it to CoD. While the multiplayer didnt impress me the revamped campaign experience was a nice change. now you can play with friends online and offline in the campaign up to 4 people at the same time. I would be lying if i said it did not look like a fun time.

Finally The conference ended with some gameplay of Uncharted 4. There isn’t much to say its uncharted they got the formula down, and I’m sure it will be great.

Overall Sony had a great conference this year I left wanting to play most of the games revealed.  Like i said with Xbox we are looking at the beginning of a great lifespan for these systems.

Best Buy- Your Education Technology Partner

If you remember, I recently posted about Best Buy’sEducation Technology initiative. I think it’s important to keep kids in the loop of the latest technology and a lot of times teachers want to make it a possibility but, the budget constraints make it an impossibility.

I donate regularly to funding events that friends of mine create in order to have their classrooms up to date which is why I thought this was a great program from Best Buy. They’re open to giving teachers suggestions on improvements without requiring a purchase which is incredibly helpful.

I want to break down once again what teachers will gain from reaching out to Best Buy.

Best Buy Education will help your school every step of the way
Their Account Managers and Education Specialists are eager to listen and understand your technology needs, then use that knowledge to provide unbiased advice. They’ll assist you with product purchasing, installation, service and support.

The right products for your school or district
From the latest tablets, laptops and chrome devices for students to office equipment to classroom white boards and carts, Best Buy has the reliable educational technology you need to outfit your schools.

They offer complete technology solutions, from simple to complex
Best Buy Education has the experience you need to assist with commercial service plans, pre-sales engineering, project management, installation, complex logistics and multi-location delivery. Volume purchasing, including imaging and asset tagging, is also available.

Technology support and services
Geek Squad® can keep your school’s or district’s technology running smoothly with IT support provided by phone, online, remotely or on site. Geek Squad Agents can install and upgrade hardware and software, troubleshoot problems that arise and repair devices right in your offices or classrooms

Flexible payment Options
Best Buy honors your tax-exempt status and offers education customers a variety of payment options including leasing, purchase orders, wire transfers and checks. We also offer our Business Advantage Account with Net-30 terms and 24/7 access to your account through a customized Web site.

If you are attending ISTE Conference and Expo on June 28 – July 1, Best Buy Education will be in booth #2262.  Make sure you come by and check out the daily demonstrations being held throughout the conference.

For more information visit Best Buy For Education.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Transform Your School With Best Buy for Education $25K Sweepstakes

I have quite a few people in my circle who are teachers from elementary school to college level and as a friend and a parent I applaud their tireless efforts to give their students the best educational experience despite the often limited resources.

I had one friend who set up a donation page a couple of years ago to get instruments and sheet music so her students could have first school band. She was successful in raising the needed funds and the band continues to thrive to this day.

So, when I was given the opportunity to share this new initiative from Best Buy, I jumped at the chance knowing I’d reach the people that needed to be reached and hopefully help make a difference.

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What is Best Buy Education?

Best Buy for Business (BBFB) Education is a program for teachers and educators that purchase or influence the purchase of technology in schools. A direct-channel division of Best Buy®, the program makes it easier than ever to give students the tech tools they need to succeed.

They have a dedicated staff to consult with schools, offer knowledgeable, unbiased advice and personal attention to guide you to the product and service solutions that best meet the needs of your students and budget of your school.

Whether you are rolling out new devices in the classroom, launching a BYOD initiative, or upgrading the technology throughout your school, they can provide the products, support and protection you need.

For more information you can head over to the Best Buy Education Site and take a look around and schedule a consultation.

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Win $25,000 for your school or classroom!

In conjunction with spreading the word about the amazing Best Buy Education program they are running a sweepstakes to win $25K to overhaul or build on the current technology in your school. The contest is valid for Pre-K to High school teachers and educators.

The sweepstakes is running from now through July 4, 2015 with a grand prize of $25,000 in Best Buy credit, as well as additional prizes of Gift Cards and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets with keyboards.

This is an amazing opportunity to win the technology tools and services your students need to succeed.  Visit to enter for a chance to win and view complete details.

Good luck and happy teaching!

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

#Gadget Corner: Sentey Red Arrow Gaming Headset w/Microphone (Review)

I did this call outside with a plane flying overhead and my friend couldn’t even hear the plane.

My first guest blogger is an avid gamer, I get a lot of inquiries from gamer companies to cover their products so, I'm happy to bring Adrian Valdez aboard to cover gaming and gadgets on a montly basis. His bio is below for those who wish to contact him.

Written by Adrian Valdez

If you are like me, when you are gaming you need a pair of headsets that not only give you great quality audio for those moments you when you need to track that last enemy in a first person shooter but also have the ability to communicate with your team and set up your strategy. Today we will be looking at Sentey's Arrow Gaming Headset.

First, we will look at the packaging. The headsets come in a nice red and black box with a small viewing area where you can see the headsets inside. The packaging is fairly simple as it mainly tells you what is inside and a few specs. When you open the box you get the headset on a red cardboard mount as well as a small instruction manual.

My first impressions of the headphones after taking them out of the box is that they are built pretty well. The ear cups are made of a nice sturdy plastic the head band is the same. Both the over head and over ear padding felt really nice. The headphone also features an inline audio controller and a microphone both felt fine the audio controller however does have some flex if you press too hard so be careful with that.

My only real dislike for the headphones out of the box was the cable it has two 3.5 mm jacks for the microphone and headphones. The cable looks nice , and it has a decent length to it, but I really didnt like the feeling of the braided material they used on the cable.

After unboxing the headphones I quickly pulled out my laptop and went straight to testing.

My first test was audio. While listening to music I was pleasantly surprised by the audio quality it was really enjoyable. The songs sounded great, and the bass was decent. I even put all my settings to max to see if it could handle it without distortion and it passed the test flawlessly. 

One thing to note that these headphones do not cancel sound so while it will make the outside noise lower. You will be able to hear things going on around you.

The microphone was a next concern for me. When getting a headset microphone combo you need your microphone to both hear your message and sound good. For that I used two services. First was Facebook calling. If you have used that service you know that it is not the best calling service around, but after talking to my friend a little bit I am happy to report it sounded good. 

On another note I did this call outside with a plane flying overhead and my friend couldn’t even hear the plane. Next, I used skype and the story was the same my friends all told me I sounded great. The headphones are comfortable, and even after extended use of them my ears barely got sweaty.

There are a few cons to the headphones, however. One is the plastic on the ear cups. Shiny plastic is a huge fingerprint trap, and I honestly feel that companies should really stop using that. 

Next is the microphone. The microphone tucks away really nicely on this headset but, I would have liked a detachable microphone.

These headsets overall are pretty good. I am enjoying my experience with them so far, and If you are looking for a gamer headset I would recommend you check them out.

You can purchase the Sentey Red Arrow Gaming Headset w/Microphone on for the very affordable price of $14.99.

Here are some more specs on the headphones:
  • Headphones Headphone High Definition Stereo / Gaming Headset In-Line Controller / Heavy Duty Braided 2 Meters / 6.5FT Cable
  • 3.5mm Sterero Plug Connector / Omnidirectional Directivity / Adjustable Headband / Shinny Black Finish Upper Enclosure
  • 32Ω Impedance Microphone / 600-1200Ω Signal to Noise Ratio - Computer Headset with Microphone - Headset with Mic - Computer Gaming Headset - Computer Gaming Headset - Skype Headset - Gaming Headsets - Gaming Headphone Gaming Headphones
  • 20~20KHz Frequency Response / 20 Ω±15% @ 1000Hz Impedance Speaker
  • Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and MAC and any 3.5mm Connection

About the Author: Adrian is a retired college student and a future baller who sometimesplays video games. Also loves Hearthstone. You can find him on twitter @Therealadrian_v

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