Kindle Fire $139 today only

Amazon’s Kindle Fire is on sale for $139 (refurbished but with a one year warranty included). The regular refurbished price is $169 (which it will return to tomorrow) and a new Fire is $199.

The Fire is an incredibly capable tablet that is affordable and can do a lot of what a $600 iPad can do. The Fire is great for reading books, but it does so much more than that. The Amazon video store is convenient and affordable. Most new release movies can be rented for a 48 hour period for $3.99 (or $4.99 in HD which looks amazing on the Fire). When you rent a movie you can choose to stream it or download it to your device, and the rental period starts when you begin watching it. If you choose to stream it you can start on the Kindle and continue on your PC or vice versa. It should be noted that there are plenty of movies available for $2.99 and under as well.

The Fire has plenty of apps available as well including Netflix and Hulu which also work great on the device. Android apps can be purchased for the Kindle through the Amazon app store and most will work on the Kindle (all that I have tried have worked so far) however there are certain apps that are optimized for the Fire (which will say so in their names) such as Angry Birds Space HD. These optimized / HD apps look great and function smoothly on the Kindle Fire.

The Fire’s web browser functions well and it has one advantage over Apple devices as it can play Flash video.

I’ve had a Fire for about two weeks and have no regrets. I’ve enjoyed reading books and magazines on it and watching movies both through Amazon’s video store and Netflix. Definitely worth the purchase and it’s hard to pass it up for $139.


Mass Effect 3

I started playing Mass Effect 3 on release day and I was amazed by just how action packed the first few hours of the game was. The combat is much more frantic than it was in the previous two games and there’s a fight for survival feeling that keeps you on your toes, always anxious about what could happen next. Many characters are forced to make sacrifices and not even Commander Shepard can save them and every loss has a toll on Shepard’s emotions as well as the emotions of the player. The game just seems to be perfect all around.

Yet I keep reading about this ending controversy and it has me worried. At about 14 hours in I took a break from Mass Effect 3 to return to Dragon Age II, Skyrim, and lately MLB 2k11. I’m not sure if being worried that the ending will disappoint me has caused this break, or if it’s the fact that a lot of times missions have been feeling pretty repetitive (shoot your way into some building / cave / camp, find someone or something and defend this area while waves of enemies are all of a sudden dropped off until you reach a climatic battle against an Atlas that ends in a cut scene). Or maybe I’ve just been in the mood for something different. I honestly don’t have the answer.

Part of me wants to reach the ending of Mass Effect so that I have an idea of what everyone’s talking about (and also every week I come closer to having the ending spoiled for me by overhearing a conversation or glancing at an article on the internet), but another part of me wants to wait to see if there will be an alternate DLC ending that will make my Mass Effect experience more enjoyable so that I don’t suffer any disappointment at all.

Maybe I’ll jump back into the battle soon, but for now I think I’m going to continue to leave it alone.

It’s been awhile

I haven’t made a post in awhile which makes me mad because I want this blog to be pretty steady. The truth is, I’ve been busy and then I was sick for a week. Not only with video games (Mass Effect 3 has a lot of my attention right now) but also with preparing for graduation from tech school. I graduate on 12 April and have to make all of the necessary preparations to outprocess, go home on leave, and inprocess into my first duty station. Sort of stressful.

Hopefully I’ll have some time to blog soon, I’d like to make a post or two this weekend yet so we’ll see how things go.