We have had great fun this last week, reviewing two new games for the PS3. We reviewed the original Wonderbook game : Book of Spells last year HERE after attending an amazing launch event in London. Well now, just in time for Christmas there are two new games to add to the series.
So what is Wonderbook?
Wonderbook is a virtual story book that comes to life in front of the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Eye camera. You experience the game, with a magical book, which enables you to feel that you are in the middle of all the action on screen. It uses augmented reality technology to transform the world around you, bringing adventure, mystery and discovery into the heart of your home. We love it! Continue Reading
We actually don’t own any handheld consoles at The Ana Mum Diary house. Apart from our phones we really don’t have anything else to play games with on the move. With the school holidays coming up, we have been considering what we could buy. Whilst doing my research I heard about the Playstation Vita Mega Pack.
PlayStation® Vita Mega Pack, which features 10 of the best family-friendly games alongside the PlayStation Vita handheld console. This looks fantastic, whether you are looking to play at home (whilst someone is hogging the Playstation 4) or whilst travelling and away on holiday. Crikey, it would make the plane journey and long car rides we need to do a lot easier! It is available now from selected retailers, including for example Argos and Amazon, retailing at £169.
So why buy this console over others?
- Amazing PS3-quality 3D graphics
- Wi-Fi & 3G
- Great mix of traditional, touchscreen and motion controls. which is great for encourage hand/eye co-ordination
- Fantastic sub-HD OLED 5 inch screen
- Fab built-in apps and it also many games to buy – 10 included in this pack – WipEout 2048, LittleBigPlanet, MotorStorm RC.
- Lots of reviews I have seen, call it the ‘Ultimate in handheld games machine’ …very impressive!
A more detailed Review HERE
The pack also includes an 8GB memory card to store lots of additional games, apps, videos, music and photos, something for all of the family, if you can pry it away from the kids! It also has front and rear cameras, how cool is that to capture all those special summer holiday moments, really making it the ultimate family travel companion too.
So what do you think, do you have a Playstation Vita? Whats you favourite game?
Thank you for reading
As more and more of our digital technology becomes mobile and designed for use on the move, we are seeing interesting trends relating to user demographics. Statistics show that the modern mum is one of the earliest adapters of mobile technology and one of the largest user demographics, making them an important consumer group in an industry that perhaps didn’t consider them overly important in the past.
So, why are mums suddenly making the most of modern mobile technology and what does this mean for future developments?
Recent studies have shown that one potential reason for the popularity of mobile technology and devices amongst modern mums is the way in which they allow them to multi-task. Most mothers will understand just how important multi-tasking is to their daily routine and this skill is made far more manageable with a device that neatly contains all the technology necessary for easy communication, working, internet browsing, media consumption and online shopping.
It’s now easier than ever to organise everything concerning the family with one single device but it’s not just smartphones that are responsible for the change. Products such as Virgin Media mobile broadband allow mums to connect any of their computing devices to the internet and reap the full benefits of the services.
The importance of mobile technology to family communications has also grown incredibly over the last few years. Mums and their children now utilise the instantaneous communication found on smartphones and certain computer software, making this technology vital to the feeling of closeness to loved ones.
However, it’s not just for the essential day-to-day organising and communication that mums are turning to mobile technology. Such devices are now a major part of leisure and down time; whether it’s streaming videos, playing games or browsing social media sites.
There is no doubt that the effect mums are having on the mobile technology market is impressively large and, in a lot of respects, they are driving forward important developments. It’s generally accepted that mums also have a great deal of control over household finances and, in many cases, will be the ones choosing between services in the home.
This means that, not only are mums a force to be reckoned with in the mobile technology market but they’re also important players in home broadband, TV and entertainment services. You can be sure that future technology will reflect these important changes to the demographics using them.
Elementary My Dear Watson!
My husband (Tall Dad) has been away for a week, so last night we have had a bit of Sherlock themed night in, together to catch up, thanks to some Sherlock Holmes goodies that had been sent to us. We are big fans of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle classic, even watching the new American series called Elementary. There is something quintessentially British about each of the adaptations, even when they have been set in America. We also love challenging one another to solve the mystery first.
So we decided to have some Moriarty’s (our newly named cocktail) kick back, and watch some of the DVD’s we had been sent and play a Sherlock Holmes game, while Tall Dad, attempted to get over his jet lag.
First up was the Guy Richie film -Sherlock Holmes. I have always had a bit a thing for Robert Downey Jr (who plays Sherlock) I think its the rebellious streak that he has in real life that he seems to always put into parts so well when he is acting. I first noticed him in Ally McBeal, and that maverick streak he has brought brilliantly to the screen in the Sherlock Homes films.
Saying all this, I think I prefer the UK series named Sherlock, where the story has been brought bang up to date, as it is set in 21st century London. Its humorous, very fast paced and the stories each week are very cleverly interwoven. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman star in this version, which brings together perfectly Sherlock’s fascination in solving weird and wonderful cases.
Next up, we had been sent Cluedo, which has been adapted to include all of the elements of the UK Sherlock series. It’s such a long time since I’ve played Cluedo, I had forgotten what great fun it is. It also brings out the inner competitive streak I have, so of course I won! No, I honestly didn’t cheat, whilst a jet lagged Tall Dad, wasn’t looking.
So all in all we had a great night, I can confirm that an evening with Sherlock is very enjoyable, and even though I spent it without Robert Downey Jr himself.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Gala Bingo for sending me these items in celebration of the new Sheerluck Holmes Game.