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GTA Liberty City Stories Cheats For PSP (PlayStation Portable)

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is one of my favorite games for the PlayStation portable. Why? Because as a teenager I used to love playing GTA: Vice City. Unfortunately nowadays I rarely have enough free time for gaming. Luckily the PlayStation Portable has a perfect solution: I can play almost all of my favorite games on the go whenever I need to take a break from work or other everyday activities.

GTA: Liberty City Stories

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I love open world games where I am free to cause all sorts of trouble. And while Liberty City stories doesn’t take place in my favorite city, Vice City, the game still allows me to let off some of the steam by punching an unsuspecting pedestrian in the face or beating up a cop with a baseball bat. Hijack a bunch of cars, line ’em up nicely and blast ’em with a rocket launcher- a perfectly normal way to spend the afternoon, don’t you agree?

Cheat sheet for GTA: Liberty City Stories

Doing missions for respect and money is one thing, but soon enough you will get tired of all that. I promise. Eventually you will find yourself wandering around town causing all sorts of carnage just for kicks. But even that can get tiring after a while.

Fortunately the game comes with some pretty decent built in cheats that you can use to make the gameplay a little more interesting. For example, would you fancy every driver in the game drive their car like you instead of being a model citizen?

Below is a list of my all time favorite cheats for GTA Liberty City Stories. There are more than what I have listed here of course, but most other cheats are plain crap compared to these. When you combine all of the cheats below I will guarantee that you’ll have yourself a pretty insane setup.

Aggressive Drivers Cheat

Use the Aggressive Drivers cheat below to make the drivers, well, more aggressive. When you activate this cheat all the drivers in the game ride around recklessly. They drive over pedestrians, ignore red lights, bump into others for no reason and go way above the speed limit. All in all they will drive just like You!

Aggressive Drivers Cheat for GTA Liberty City Stories

Destroy All Cars Cheat

Fancy playing a God? With the Destroy All Cars cheat you can easily blow up every vehicle around you in one swift move. Be careful not to blow yourself up in the process!

Destroy All Cars Gta Liberty City Stories Cheat

 

Never Wanted Cheat

You can easily make the police look the other way with the Never Wanted cheat. When active, no matter how much trouble you cause, the police, the secret service and the military will all leave you alone. Go on a killing spree without being shot down!

Never Wanted Cheat GTA Liberty City Stories PSP

 

Pedestrians Attack You Cheat

Most pedestrians in GTA are wussies. They get scared easily and run away when you shoot at ’em. How would you like to make them more violent, just like you? When you activate the Pedestrians Attack You cheat, all the pedestrians around you will come running towards you in rage and fury!

Pedestrians Attack You The Player GTA Liberty City Cheats PSP

 

Pedestrians Have Weapons Cheat

Having more aggressive pedestrians in the game is great, but most of them come at you swinging their bare fists which is kinda boring if you ask me. When you activate the Pedestrians Have Weapons cheat, however, you give them a fighting chance against you. Once active all the pedestrians carry random weapons. Yes, that includes the rocket launcher.

Pedestrians Have Weapons GTA Liberty City Stories PSP Cheats

 

Pedestrians Riot Cheat

With all of the above cheats combined, this is the final step towards a city-wide apocalypse. When you activate the Pedestrians Riot cheat the entire town goes batshit crazy! You will see people breaking stuff, stealing stuff, beating each other up and driving recklessly in their cars. In my opinion this cheat is best combined with the Pedestrians Have Weapons cheat.

Pedestrians Riot GTA Liberty City Stories Cheats PSP

 

Random Pedestrian Outfit Cheat

The best way to fit in is to look like everyone else. When you activate the Random Pedestrian outfit your character will turn into a random pedestrian. Keep applying the cheat until you get your favorite!

Random Pedestrian Outfit GTA Liberty City Stories PSP Cheat

 

Weapons Cheats (Set 1, 2 and 3)

There are quite a few handy weapons in GTA: Liberty City Stories. You can unlock all of them by using the three cheats below- each one unlocks a set of weapons to inflict pain upon your enemies. The choice of the weapons set depends largely on your overall gaming style.

Weapons Set 1 GTA Liberty City Stories PSP Cheats

Weapons Set 2 GTA Liberty City Stories PSP Cheat

Weapons Set 3 GTA Liberty City Stories PSP Cheat

 

 

 

Most INSANE setup for gameplay?

With the list of my favorite cheats for GTA: Liberty City Stories above you can enjoy one of the most insane gaming setups possible within the game without hacks or mods.

If you’re up for some serious challenge I recommend a combination of the following cheats:

  1. Aggressive Drivers
  2. Pedestrians Attack You
  3. Peds Have Weapons
  4. Peds Riot
  5. Weapons Set (1, 2 or 3)

As you can see I excluded the Never Wanted cheat to make the game even harder. Not only do you have to handle the mad pedestrians, you’ll also have to watch out for the police.

Can you make it from one side of the map to the other in one piece?

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Run games comparison: Which Run game is better and why?

The Run game series hasn’t changed much since the first game came out back in 2008. When compared to Run 3, you can notice only slight changes in the physics engine. The alien creature has remained virtually untouched over the years. The biggest difference between the first Run game and the games that follow is the setup of the levels themselves. All levels in the original game were essentially simple tunnels with 4 walls while the newer versions feature more complex shapes. Word is out that the 5th Run game comes out soon so make sure to bookmark the Run 5 Unblocked website for future reference!

Run games comparison

Run 1 Gameplay reviewWhile all of the Run games are essentially 3D infinite runners, there are certain aspects that make each game unique. I already mentioned the original Run game or Run 1 which was released way back. To be fair, it opened the door for a whole new game series, but it really lacks that professional touch.

Run 1 gameplay isn’t all that intuitive and smooth. And while it won’t be a problem for the most part, you’ll feel it immediately when you rotate the level around by jumping on the walls. The game essentially stops for a brief moment and it can become an annoyance when you’re after a more continuous experience.

When compared to Run 2, the music in Run 1 is way better. What the hell were they thinking when they came up with soundtrack for the 2nd game anyway?

Run 2 overview

Run 2 Gameplay Review ScreenshotWhen you play Run 2 you will notice that a lot of the levels don’t have walls around them. Instead you are to navigate the floating platforms and move upside down occasionally in order to progress.

Run 2 can be quite confusing at first because there is no clear path for you. You have to figure out where to jump off in order to rotate the level and land on the ceiling. If you have ever played Kula World on PS1 then you’ll know what to expect from Run 2.

Oh and what’s up with the music? It almost sounds like the developers tried to create 8-bit retro music and failed. Miserably.

Run 3 overview

Run 3 gameplay review ynef.net pictureWith the release of Run 3, however, you can clearly see progress in terms of game development. Right off the bat you have the more user friendly and beautiful menu screen waiting for you.

Dig a little deeper and you’ll find various other perks not present in the previous games.

For example your alien creature moves much more elegantly. The arrow keys as well as the jump key seem to respond a lot better. The overall gameplay feels “cleaner” than in the previous games and I will probably never grow tired of the music present in Run 3.

There are only 3 music tracks available (to my knowledge) but they’re really, really good. One of them seems to use the Cube preset from the Sytrus synth. Which is one of my personal favorites. I used a slightly modified Cube for my latest music track, the Wandering around the 3:12 mark. Go ahead, listen to it!

Conclusion

Run 3 is hands down the best Run game out there. Run 2 tried to be a little different, but in my opinion failed to deliver. And finally Run 1, while mostly suitable for the nostalgia, is still a better choice than the 2nd game.

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Happy Wheels: A game featuring ragdoll physics and flying body parts

Do you like weird games? How about a game with crazy, death defying stunts done by a crippled man in a wheelchair? Or how about a ride through a meat grinder as a father with his son in the back of a bicycle? If this got your attention, you will probably enjoy spending the rest of your afternoon playing Happy Wheels Unblocked. It’s a game that features hilarious ragdoll physics and lots of flying body parts. Indeed, the game is very gore-y when you consider the fact that even the smallest bump or crash has the potential to rip you apart. Literally.

Happy Wheels Main Logo Screen ynef.net Review

Happy Wheels Overview

Happy Wheels, originally created by Jim Bonacci in 2010, is a simple and minimalistic browser based single-player game.

Your goal as a player is to traverse the various levels using different, often atypical vehicles including a SegWay and a Wheelchair, just to name a few.

If you remember the motorcycle stunts game, Elasto Mania, then Happy Wheels should feel very familiar. The game has a similar concept with the added gore element.

Whenever you fall, hit your head or crash in some other horrible way, you can be sure to lose a limb or two.

There’s lots and lots of blood and guts flying around in Happy Wheels which makes the game’s title even more comical. In a dark humor kind-of way. I love it!

How to play Happy Wheels

The main controls are the arrow keys which control your movement. Press UP to accelerate, DOWN to decelerate, LEFT and RIGHT to lean in that direction.

Additionally every character has a special move depending on their vehicle. You can trigger that using the SPACE key.

For example the crippled bum in a wheelchair will activate its nitro boost when you press SPACE. Or if you’re playing with the SegWay guy, it will make him jump in the air.

Furthermore, the CTRL key will allow you rotate the nitrous oxide tank on the wheelchair and will eject the kid off the bicycle when you ride with the father and son character.

Happy Wheels Controls

Here’s the tldr; version of what I just said:

  • UP – Accelerate
  • DOWN – Decelerate
  • LEFT – Lean left
  • RIGHT – Lean right
  • SPACE – Special move (or grab when ejected)
  • CTRL – Rotate nitro, eject kid, etc.
  • Z – Eject

How to grab stuff

You can also eject yourself from the vehicle completely using the Z key. If you then press the SPACE key, your character will perform the grab move.

If you pay close attention, you will see how his fingers move as you press the SPACE key. Make sure to keep holding the key down otherwise you will release and fall.

Happy Wheels SegWay Guy Grabbing Ledge Ski Lift

Grabbing is useful in the Snowy Mountain level, for example, where the only way to continue from the start is to grab the ski lift.

Video of me trying to finish the “It keeps happening” level

To finish off the article here’s a video of me playing one of my favorite levels in Happy Wheels. I think it’s a decent representation of what the game is all about.

Sure, it can be annoying at times, especially when you keep failing over and over again like me. But it’s fun at the same time. I love it how certain levels have clever traps for you. Or the landmine that rockets you straight into deadly spikes.

The game is full of surprises and plenty of “wat moments”. And that’s what makes it so epic.

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Run3 Gameplay And Short How To Play Guide

Run3 is an amazing 3D forward running game and a predecessor to Run 4 developed by Kongregate. The game features simple, yet beautiful space-like graphics and the background music is literally out of this world. Because the entire Run game series is one of my personal favorites, the following article might be just a little bit biased. That said, let’s take a closer look into Run 3 and find out what this game is all about. If you are having trouble playing the game, you might want to try the Run 3 Unblocked website.

Run3 Gameplay

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Run3 is very similar to all the other Run games in the series. The goal of the game is to run forward, avoid obstacles and reach the end of the level. What’s notable in Run3 is the fact that you can choose to run forever. The infinite run feature makes it so the game never ends. Combined with awesome, slightly psychedelic/DNB background music, the entire game looks like one big mind trip.

Highly addictive space game

The fast-paced music along with the immersive and seamless gameplay make Run 3 quite addictive. Oftentimes I would spend hours playing the game when originally I only intended to take a break for about 15 minutes.

Run3 offers numerous hidden levels and various other unlockables like different characters and game modes. And when you consider the infinite run game mode, it isn’t hard to imagine why you would spend way too much time behind this game.

Don’t let the cute little alien creature and very basic game graphics fool you. It’s a serious game where levels get incredibly complex as you venture deeper into the infinite space.

How to play Run 3

The controls are rather simple and consist of only the arrow keys and the space key. Naturally you move the character around using the arrow keys and jump over gaps and other obstacles with the space key.

Additionally you can pull up the menu by pressing the esc key. In the home screen you can take a look at the Galaxy Map which tells you exactly where you are and how far you have progressed. Because the game automatically saves your progress you can come back the next day and continue your journey from where you left off.

Obstacles you should avoid

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One of the most annoying obstacles in Run 3 is the breaking floor. These tiles have a grey color with a distinct cracked pattern. Similarly to other games, the breaking floor falls off shortly after you step on it.

What makes it so bad in Run 3 is the fact that if you step on one, all of the other tiles connected to it will start to fall as well. This leaves you with very little room to stand on. Your best chance is to avoid the breaking floor tiles for as long as possible.

In certain levels you will find various blocks and other shapes on the ground. Avoiding these is rather simple, just run past or jump over them.

And just in case you didn’t know, you can walk on the walls as well. Simply move the character against the wall and it will become the new floor as the whole level rotates around you. How cool is that?

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Vice City Multiplayer: The Glitch Hunters from Ankeborg’s Playground

GTA Vice City Multiplayer or VC-MP for short is well known for its numerous bugs and glitches. Oftentimes all you have to do in order to glitch into a wall, for example, is to jump towards it at a right angle and let the game’s crappy physics take care of the rest. With a couple of tries you should find yourself stuck inside a wall of a building in no time!

Back when me and Comendante were regulars in the Ankeborg RPG server, we started a group called The Glitch Hunters. The goal of the group was simple: seek out and document all the glitches and bugs in Vice City.

We would upload gaming screenshots and post them in the forum with a brief description that explained how to replicate the glitch.

It didn’t take long for the group to gain popularity and soon enough most of the regulars like Sprinter, Falcon, Tuntis, Bandit, Feron, etc. were all glitching into things and posting their screenshots on the message board. Man, those were the times.

Too many glitches!

After we discovered the first couple of glitches we were naturally excited and wanted to share them with everyone else. However we soon realized that pretty much every building, tree and dumpster could potentially be glitched into.

This grim discovery was one of the reasons why we eventually decided to just stop. I mean come on, the whole game was one big glitch!

Noticeable Vice City Multiplayer glitches

While most glitches in Vice City Multiplayer just make you disappear into the wall from the other guy’s perspective, there are some that actually look kinda cool. Here’s an example where I successfully glitched into a booth in Escobar International airport:

GTA Vice City Multiplayer Escobar International Glitch Booth

Here’s what it looks like from the inside:

GTA Vice City Multiplayer Escobar International Glitch In Booth Inside View

As you can see it’s pretty boring on the inside. But most of the glitches in Vice City are like that. They just look so much better from the outside.

However more often than not, when you glitch into something, you will be able to see through the walls. Take a look at this glitch found Downtown in the Roxor building:

Downtown - roxor building Vice City Multiplayer

I don’t have a screenshot from the outside view, but the other guy can only see your username somewhere inside the walls. They can’t see you at all!

Starfish Island Balcony glitch

This one is one of my personal favorites. It’s located in the middle of Starfish Island, inside a small house with a lot of trees and bushes in the backyard. In single player mode you can find a yellow Stinger near the garage.

The glitch is my favorite because it looks awesome and provides excellent cover from deranged criminals. You’re essentially inside the wall so nobody can shoot you. The bullets just bounce right back. I also love it because I happened to own the house in the RPG server.

Starfish Island - Ynef's house - Vice City Multiplayer

Getting there

If you want to glitch onto the balcony you have to first glitch inside the room below.

  • On the ground floor jump on the railing. Try to position yourself facing towards Little Havana while your head is inside the ceiling.
  • When you jump from here you should end up within the walls of the building.
  • The next step takes a little more practice, but your goal is to do a running jump and get through the transparent wall onto the balcony.
  • Beware of stepping onto the transparent ground as you will fall through the game and be teleported in the middle of the street just outside the yard.

Useful teleportation glitch

While most of the glitches found in Vice City Multiplayer are pretty much useless because you can’t get out of them afterwards, there are some which can be rather useful.

For instance, how would you like to be instantly teleported from Prawn Island to the police station in Little Havana?

How to Teleport from Prawn Island to Little Havana

Prawn Island - Inside The Wall - Vice City Multiplayer

  • While riding any type of bike go into the wall from the side as shown on the above screenshot.
  • Continue riding deeper into the wall on your bike until about 5 bike lengths.
  • Press enter to get off the bike.
  • The loading screen should appear and next thing you know, you’re in Little Havana!

I’m still not sure why this glitch teleports you so far away, but nevertheless it works every single time. Most of the time these types of glitches only teleport you to the closest solid ground.

This glitch can become in handy next time you’re running from the police. Oh and It also works in single player mode!

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3 best games that your loyal netbook can handle easily

Is it just me or are the laptops nowadays just not made to last? Take my old MSI Wind U100 netbook for example. It has fallen out of my bag and onto the pavement. I have spilled coffee on the keyboard more times than I’d like to confess. I have dropped it from a height of at least two to three feet many times. It has lost almost all its screws and the casing is completely busted. Yet somehow it’s still alive!

Indeed, the MSI Wind U100 is one resilient beast. While all my other laptops have eventually worn out and died over the years, this ancient netbook still works. While most of the time it’s only useful for simple tasks like browsing the web or writing articles, I still find myself occasionally playing certain old-school games for pc on it that have low minimum system requirements. Continue reading to find out three of the best games you can play on an old netbook.

Max Payne 1Max Payne 1

If you like action packed third person shooters then you will absolutely love Max Payne. The entire game is essentially a flashback where the player finds out what happened to the main protagonist, Max Payne. A former NYPD officer who comes home one night from a hard day’s work to find his wife and their newborn baby brutally murdered. He also learns that the killers were high on a new designer drug called Valkyr.

Max gets transferred to the DEA shortly after the funeral in hopes to find the killers responsible and maybe, just maybe put an end to the Valkyr craze which has escalated into a full blown epidemic throughout New York City.

Three years later, as luck would have it, he finally gets assigned as an undercover agent with a mission to infiltrate a notorious drug trafficking ring, the Punchinello family. Unfortunately the mission goes south and he finds himself wanted by the NYPD for killing his colleague. He must also run from the mafia because they now know his real identity.

Tomb Raider 1 Lara Croft Core Design

Tomb Raider 1

Wow. I still can’t believe that this epic third person action-adventure game is two decades old already!

In 1996 a British video game developer, Core Design, did what nobody had ever done before. They managed to gracefully combine beautiful scenery and landscapes with violence and gore typical to action games of the era.

On top of everything they stuffed the gun in the hands of a sexy female! With complex puzzles to solve and tombs of long forgotten kings to uncover, this game is unlike any other.

The plot revolves around a young woman, Lara Croft, who is on a mission to retrieve a mysterious and powerful artifact from the tomb of Qualopec somewhere within the mountains of Peru.

However shortly after she finds the artifact, she realizes that there are two more hidden away in different parts of the world. Additionally the rich businesswoman, Natla, who sent Lara on her quest seems to have her own hidden agenda.

GTA Vice City Tommy Wrecking CarGrand Theft Auto: Vice City

Released in 2002, Vice City is the 4’th edition in the GTA game series. For all the open world game fans out there, Vice City will probably stand out the most for many years to come.

The plot revolves around Tommy Vercetti who is a former member of the Forelli cartel. He arrives in Vice City to take care of a cocaine deal which unfortunately ends badly and he loses both the drugs and the money to unknown thugs.

Now he has to answer to Sonny Forelli, the head of the Forelli family, and recover the lost merchandise. On his quest for finding the cocaine Tommy makes contact with various criminals until he climbs high enough to find out who ambushed the deal.

As the game progresses, Tommy quickly becomes one of the most feared and respected men in Vice City. A fictional place that closely resembles Miami in the 80’s.

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Haunted Motel is a VR Horror Game For Android (Google Cardboard)

Virtual reality horror games have quickly gained popularity among gamers after Google introduced their first VR headset prototype, the Google Cardboard, back in 2014. Now, for the past two years developers of vr horror games have been busy working on their projects and we can already enjoy some of the most insanely terrifying games like Silent Home, 11:57, House of Terror and Sisters, just to name a few.

These games, coupled with my overall fascination in virtual reality technology, have inspired me to start developing my own vr horror game for Android phones. The game is called Haunted Motel.

VR Horror Games Haunted Motel Android Cardboard

Haunted Motel – A work in progress

I don’t remember the exact date any more, but I think it’s safe to assume that I started developing Haunted Motel somewhere in the second half of May, 2016. I know this because, earlier that month, I had published a very basic how-to guide on virtual reality game development.

On a side note, I didn’t intend to give the game a lame name (wow) such as this. At first, I was considering a fancier name like the Lakeview Motel, but because it’s a demo, I figured Haunted Motel will work just fine for the time being.

That, and I was just too eager to publish it on the Play Store to bother with the tedious name picking process.

horror games vr virtual reality haunted motel screenshot

Why do I say the game is still a work in progress?

Because I don’t plan on ending the game any time soon! In fact I’m hoping to get enough feedback and NEW ideas from gamers themselves and implement those directly into the game as we move forward.

I think it would be epic if this project would turn out to be a kind of social vr horror game where anyone can add a piece of their imagination.

Of course I am going to add more content to the game on my own as well, but that requires time and being “in the zone” which is, unfortunately, kind of rare to happen these days. Come to think of it, adding other people’s ideas will require the same amount of work, if not more. Damn. Anyone willing to lend a helping hand?

At this point, I am still unsure where the game will “end up” as I am planning to, eventually, leave the building altogether and get the player on the streets. You know, Silent Hill style, but as a vr horror game.

Haunted Motel’s Storyline

As of right now the game doesn’t have a decent storyline. Instead it’s meant to kind of show off my skills as a game developer in general.

The only real story that I have added into the game so far is the note which you can find under the main staircase. In the note the motel’s administrator briefly welcomes a newly appointed janitor.

Short walkthrough

That said, the game starts after you’ve entered the motel building. To your right you can see the administrator’s office (locked) and to the left there’s a small storeroom with a bloody newspaper on top of some shelves.

As you move forward, you’ll eventually find yourself in the center of the building with stairs going to the 2nd floor (unfinished) and two narrow corridors leading both left and right.

virtual reality vr horror games android haunted motel cardboard headset

At the end of these corridors, on both sides, there’s a small room where people can hang out and smoke a cigarette, for example.

Each corridor leads to two additional apartments so on the 1st floor there are a total of 4 apartments. But since it’s a demo, you can currently only enter one of them.

It’s up to you, the player, to figure out how to enter that room. All I can say at this point is that you will first need to enter the administrator’s office where you’ll find (surprise surprise) a key. It’s not really that difficult.

The hauntings

In the demo the player has a chance of meeting a ghost. Well, sort of. While you can’t interact with it directly, it is supposed to scare you from afar. For those afraid of jump scares, you’re in luck because right now there aren’t any. Promise.

Haunted Motel vr horror game virtual reality cardboard android

While not directly hinted throughout the game itself, the ghost is in fact a burned man who died in a fire a few years earlier. The 2nd floor is still unfinished, but *spoiler alert* there will be a room completely burned down. This is where the guy used to live. Anyone care to tell his story?

Future plans

For the more observant bunch, I’ve added a few subtle clues on the noticeboard in the main hallway. These should give you an idea on what to expect from the vr horror game in the future. You will have to actually play the game though. I’m not going to reveal anything else.

And, as I said earlier, I am eventually hoping to be done with the motel building and put the player on the streets where they can wander around and enter other, more interesting houses.

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Silent Hill 2: Who was Maria and what was her purpose in the game?

Silent Hill 2, despite being more than 15 years old, is arguably one of the best old school psychological horror games ever developed with a solid, well written and highly engaging storyline. I could go on for hours at a time trying to dissect every aspect of the game’s twisted plot and I’d still be merely scratching the surface!

Below is a spoiler filled article which mainly talks about Maria and her role in the game. Bare with me as I try my best to explain who she was and, more importantly, who she was to James, the main character of Silent Hill 2.

Silent Hill 2: Introduction

Silent Hill 2 Director's Cut CD Cover For PC

The game begins with the main protagonist, James Sunderland, 29, arriving in a town called Silent Hill after receiving a letter from her wife who apparently has been dead for the past 3 years.

In the first scene we can see James talking to himself in front of a mirror in a run down public restroom. Naturally he is confused about the letter he got from his supposedly dead wife, but at the same time he’s hopeful that perhaps Mary (the name of James’s wife) is in fact alive thanks to some sort of a miracle. And so James begins his journey to find out exactly what happened.

Maria from Silent Hill 2Who is Maria?

Maria, a 25 year old former dancer at a club called Heaven’s Night, is the second most important antagonist in the game alongside James’s worst nightmare, the Pyramid Head (more on that later).

When James first meets Maria in a local park, he is stunned by how similar she looks to his late wife, Mary.

At this point it’s worth noting that the town (Silent Hill) draws upon the psyche of its visitors and ultimately creates alternate versions of itself for every character.

The fact becomes more clear later in the game when James meets a runaway teenager, Eddie, who experiences all of the same creatures that James sees as horrific monsters, as people laughing and taunting him towards violence.

Maria’s personality

While Maria is almost identical to Mary in every way (physically speaking), she has a much more sexually extroverted personality. She dresses in bold and revealing clothing and is found flirting with James throughout the game. She’s sensual, caring and more dependent than Mary.

Silent Hill 2 Maria Sensual Pose

In fact the game’s instruction manual describes her as being the complete opposite of Mary: a more fun, energetic and overall cheerful woman, albeit with a more clingy and intrusive personality which eventually leads James to reject her later in the game, at which point she tries to kill him by transforming into the final “boss” monster.

But… is she even real?

When you consider all of these personality traits in Maria and the fact that occasionally she seems to possess Mary’s memories of James and her being together, it becomes apparent that she is in fact a manifestation of Jame’s lonely subconscious mind that is desperately looking to fill the void left behind after his wife passed away.

In many ways Maria seems to be a “better” version of Mary, at least from a guy’s perspective, as she is much more easy-going to downright slutty, for lack of a better word.

Furthermore, we never actually see her around when James interacts with other people who are also lost in Silent Hill and coupled by the fact that she is desperately trying to remind James how “real” she is, all confirm the theory that Maria doesn’t exist in the first place.

For example when James first meets Maria in Rosewater Park, she says: “I don’t look like a ghost, do I? See, feel how warm I am”.

And then later, after being killed in front of James and then miraculously resurrected, she tells James that “It doesn’t matter who I am. I’m here for you, James. See? I’m real.”

She also happens to know James’s name almost immediately after meeting him for the first time even though he never told her his name. Of course James, being completely engulfed in his own delusion, doesn’t seem to notice it.

Not your typical “monster”

Silent Hill 2 Maria Smiling EerilyMaria, even though considered to be one of the two main antagonists in the game, is not necessarily malicious towards James (except for the part where she tries to kill him in the end), but she is definitely trying to keep James from leaving Silent Hill.

For example, in the Rebirth ending (yes, the game has multiple outcomes depending on your actions throughout the game) Maria says to James:

What?! But I’m what you wanted! Mary’s dead. Don’t you understand? She’s not coming back! But I can be yours… I’ll be here for you forever… I’ll never hurt you like she did! So why don’t you want me?!

Is she trying to keep James from learning the truth?

In the beginning of “Born from a Wish”, a prequel to Silent Hill 2, she mentions that she’s scared of being left alone and afraid of being in pain and in the main game seems to be highly bothered by the fact that James is more interested in finding out what happened to her wife instead of protecting and taking care of her.

At one point she lashes out to James and accuses him of being rude and selfish for only caring about his dead wife and not her by saying:

Why didn’t you try to save me? All you care about is that DEAD WIFE of yours!

Maria’s purpose in the game

Before we can start to understand the purpose of Maria in the game we have to dig a little deeper and figure out exactly what’s going on with James because, believe me when I say, It’s not all what it looks like!

James’s guilt

As James ventures deeper and deeper into the “rabbit hole” he eventually comes to terms with the fact that he was directly responsible of Mary’s death by suffocating her using a pillow some time after the doctors said there was nothing they could do to cure her illness.

Pyramid Head Abusing and Raping Two Helpless MannequinsSo he’s a hero then? No. James didn’t do it out of compassion. Instead he killed his wife mainly due to sexual frustration. There are subtle hints about this throughout the game, for example the infamous scene where Pyramid Head is seen abusing two mannequins.

Another reason for killing his wife was, of course, the sickness itself as it gradually changed Mary’s personality. In the end she was having constant mood swings and she would lash out at James in bursts of anger for no reason.

As Mary’s illness progressed, James started to resent her in almost every way, yet he still felt love towards her which in turn lead him on a downward spiral of self destruction and self pity. It took James 3 years to finally snap and end Mary’s life.

James’s delusion

After losing his wife, James’s life took a turn from bad to worse as he was now in complete denial of having killed Mary and so he created a story in his mind that she had been dead for 3 years because of her illness.

It’s very likely that the letter he received, which led him to Silent Hill in the first place, was just a hallucination and because of his numerous irrational and reckless actions throughout the game, it’s safe to assume that James was, in fact, suicidal and went to Silent Hill to kill himself.

Maria’s purpose becomes more clear

When you consider all of the above, it would make sense that Maria, being a figment of Jame’s imagination, was there mainly to provide comfort.

I guess, deep inside, James knew that he had killed his wife, but because what he did was so awful, he chose to ignore it and instead created Maria in the image of Mary so he could be together with her, oblivious to reality.

Silent Hill 2 – True [Remix by Ynef]

Almost a year after I published this post I decided to make a remix out of one of my favorite Silent Hill 2 music tracks, “True”. You can listen to it below and hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as me.

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Bored of Slither.io? Here are a couple of fun challenges for You

I’m sure that by now almost everyone has heard about the infamous Slitherio, a highly addictive browser based massively multiplayer online snake game inspired by Agar.io and developed by a man named Steve Howse. The game gained popularity after its release very quickly mostly because of its unique “snake” approach. Show me a person who wouldn’t want to play the original snake game found on old Nokia mobile phones in multiplayer mode!

Ynef is playing Slitherio

Slitherio challenges

Despite of its popularity among gamers the gameplay is rather dull when you compare it to other, more complex multiplayer games and as such it’s very likely that sooner or later you’ll simply grow tired of it. It’s not that I’m trying to lure you guys back into playing the game or anything but I just found a couple of interesting challenges on the internet that can make Slitherio enjoyable once more.

Boost only challenge

A Youtube gamer called Jelly has recently announced the boost only challenge and in order to participate all you have to do is kill the most players and overall survive the longest all while moving around the arena using the turbo boost feature at all times. If you run out of power and are unable to use boost any more, you have failed. If you die, you have obviously failed.

In case you didn’t know, you can turbo boost by either pressing the space key or clicking and holding down the left mouse button and since boosting requires “fuel” in the form of cute little glowing balls, you have to eat pretty much all the time. To be honest it’s actually a rather fun and addictive challenge, but I haven’t cashed in a single kill yet because my Slitherio strategy usually relies on moving around slowly. Or maybe I’m just not that good…

So, How many players can you kill in boost only mode?

Blindfolded challenge

Another, even more insane challenge is called the blindfolded challenge or Blind Challenge for short and the goal of this challenge is, you guessed it, to survive the longest while being completely blindfolded. You are not allowed to peek. Not once.

I just tried the blind challenge, but because I was alone and had no-one around to let me know when I had died, I decided to cover up my laptop screen with a piece of cardboard leaving only a small corner visible. This way I couldn’t see the game at all, but I was still able to figure out the moment of death because when you die, you stop moving. Brilliant!

To my surprise I survived for a good 2,5 minutes, but my final length was only a measly 10 points. I guess I must have been running around avoiding almost all of the food. Mannor from Youtube on the other hand did the same challenge and got a whopping final length of 19. It’s crazy!

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Feedy.io How to play guide and winning strategies

Think no-one would be mad enough to create yet another Agar.io clone? Think again! Someone has just launched a new cell eating game called Feedy.io and I have to say, it’s pretty damn impressive. With new and unique features like friends lists, special attacks, different game modes and a lot more, Feedyio is gaining popularity among browser based game fans around the world. But how do you play the game and what’s the best Feedy strategy? Keep on reading to find out!

Feedy IO Ynef Winning The Game Like A Boss

Feedy.io introduction

If it’s your first time playing the game, I advise you to register a free account because you will have access to two of the most important functions in the game: Add mass and Bomb. You can still play the game as an anonymous user, but you will soon realize just how important these two features are if you are planning on staying on top of the scoreboard. As a sign up bonus you’ll get 200 free gold coins and I will explain what they’re used for in just a minute.

The goal of the game itself is very simple! It’s just like in Agar.io- you grow bigger by eating smaller cells and you survive by avoiding cells that are bigger than you. Additionally the game has “rounds” that last for 30 minutes and if you manage to stay on the high scores list after each round ends, you’ll earn gold coins as a reward.

What are gold coins used for?

Gold coins in Feedy.io are used to carry out the two special moves which allow you to turn the odds in your favor very quickly. The cost of using a special move is 2 gold coins and both of them have a cooldown time of about 3 seconds. This means that you can’t cast a special move right after another and therefore careful planning and timing is the key to winning the game.

What are the special moves?

There are two main special moves you can use in the game after you have registered for a free account and received your first 200 gold coins. You can either grow yourself bigger on demand or throw a bomb at your enemy and split them in half.

Add mass (Press “A” on your keyboard)

The add mass feature allows you to grow bigger in size and is best used in situations where a slightly bigger enemy is just about to eat you. Wait for the right moment and allow your unsuspecting enemy to come towards you, then press A on your keyboard to grow bigger and eat them instead.

Bomb (Press “D” on your keyboard)

You can also throw bombs at your enemy which will split them in half. It’s advised to use this move when you’re either cornered and have no place to go or when you simply want to destroy an enemy much bigger than you. Just press D on your keyboard while directing your aim towards the enemy cell using your mouse and watch them split in half, then enjoy gobbling up the pieces.

Watch out for virus cells

The virus cells are noticeably bigger than the average cells meant for eating and have distinct toothed edges. If you happen to crash into one, you’ll be split into multiple smaller cells and will be vulnerable against an attack!

On the other hand, if you’re completely surrounded by your enemies, you might want to crash into a virus cell deliberately in order to escape because when you’re smaller, you’ll also move faster. Your enemy might swallow some of your bigger pieces, but even if just one of your tiny cell manages to escape, you’re good.

Tricking your enemies

A good strategy of mine is to trick the bigger enemy into eating a virus cell. Sometimes they’re just too eager to kill you and won’t notice the virus cell right in front of them. Since you’re smaller, you have better maneuverability and can easily move around the virus. It’s a good idea to use the Add mass special move right after your opponent has eaten the virus and split in half because you’ll eat all of the remaining pieces in one swift move.

Clearing the way with smaller cells

Another great trick, especially if you are grown so massive that it’s getting hard to avoid virus cells, is to split in half using the space key and drive the smaller cells straight into the them. This way you’ll clear the road for your big “mother” cell.

Feedy IO Ynef Cell Army

Good luck!

I hope this article and the strategies mentioned here will help you win a round or two in Feedy.io. If you found this information useful, please like and share this blog post to your friends!

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