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It’s hard to imagine a situation in which a videogame console is deemed “too popular”, but it seems as though the Playstation 4 may just have found itself in that situation. North American video gamers may have access to an abundance of consoles, but this doesn’t seem to be true for people across Europe. Sony has announced that they are continuing to struggle with producing enough units to fill the demand for the Playstation 4 all across Europe.
The end of 2013 was marked by a much needed wrench in the cogs of the video game industry, a console war. After the long lives of the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3, the gaming world needed a breath of fresh air. Sadly, we didn’t really get that. The Xbox One and Playstation 4 are both impressive consoles in their own right, but neither has brought truly innovative positive changes to the gaming world. Both Microsoft and Sony plagued social media networks with unending ads, Microsoft tried to bribe YouTube users to endorse the Xbox One, and a stream of negative media ruled supreme as the two companies seemed to be arch rivals. During all of the news storm, redesigning of consoles, and removing controversial features (Microsoft), one company was surprisingly out of the spotlight.
With Christmas less just around the corner, this is about the time of year that shopping gets frenzied as gift givers everywhere go into spending overdrive. It seems there is always just one last gift to buy, or one last person to buy for. All that gift giving can be hazardous to one’s wallet, especially when your list includes large families. I learned long ago that in those situations, it’s wise to give a gift that whole family can enjoy together, rather than purchase individual presents for each family member. With that in mind, I’m sharing some of my go-to gift ideas for whole family giving. Even better news? All of these items are readily available for last minute shoppers.
As we got older, sure our schedules became a little busier. I was involved in school events, my brothers had football, wrestling and other clubs, but we always had dinner together. We laughed, shared stories and were close to our parents.
Do you find yourself wanting a Nintendo 3DS without the hassle of having to flip the unit open and closed? Want to play 3-D games in glorious 2-D? You’re in luck! Nintendo is releasing the 2DS this October for $129.99.
Little sleep came to them that night in Russia. Scared, nervous and emotionally charged, Brian and Pam Freeman could not get a small redhead, brown-eyed boy out of their minds. Tomorrow they would meet him for the second time, but this time he would leave his homeland of Russia and fly across the ocean to his new home in the United States.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is over, and the world must find something else to watch on TV. The banners are being pulled down, TV displays are being pulled off of mounts, and stands are being broken down. Within a few days the hundreds of video game developers and thousands upon thousands of gamers will be making their way home. During three days, the slate of upcoming video games grows exponentially as developers like Ubisoft and EA showcase what they hope will be the best previews and gameplay trailers at the conference. This year’s E3 took place in Los Angeles June 11 through June 13.
Right about now you are likely asking yourself “what the heck is an Ouya?”, and rightfully so, as pretty much the only people familiar with this system are avid gamers, developers, and those who happen to frequent Kickstarter.com.
On Jan. 22, a Marana citizen called the Marana Police Department to report suspicious activity.
On Dec. 12, students, police, and community members gathered for an annual shopping spree at the Oro Valley Target as part of the Shop-With-A-Cop program. The 18 students selected to Shop-With-A-Cop spent an afternoon stocking up on clothes, toys, and Christmas presents, courtesy of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #53.
Want to win an iPad Mini before the holidays? What about a custom-made necklace and bracelet, or a family four pack to visit Out of Africa in Sedona? This year, The Explorer is collecting toys and goodies for the children at the University Medical Center Diamond Children’s Center. The Diamond Center has children of all ages from newborn, to pre-teens, to teenagers who are often overlooked in medical centers.
Nintendo Wii U
Last year, The Explorer Newspaper asked readers to take some time and donate food or toys to our office, which were then taken to local organizations to help the underprivileged have a nicer holiday.
Last week, residents at The Fountains teamed up and competed against the residents from Sunrise Senior Living in a Wii Bowling Tournament.
Bob Muhlrad, a Fountains at La Cholla resident, competes in a Wii Bowling competition last week.
Using a wireless remote controller for the Nintendo Wii, participates were able to bowl in the lobby of the Fountains at La Cholla.
Sunrise Senior Living resident Elvia Peña bowls as Bob Muhlrad and Pat Vedder watch.
Fountains residents Gordon Clough, left, and Bob Muhlrad compete in a friendly Wii Bowling competition last week at The Inn, at the Fountains at La Cholla.
Ribbons and a trophy were given out to the winners and participants in the Wii Bowling competition held last week at the Fountains at La Cholla.
Explorer names Grimes editor, hires reporter
On Friday, Nov. 25, at 3:32 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to the Church of the Apostles at 12111 N. La Cholla Blvd. in response to a burglary. A door to a bathroom on the outside of the church had been opened using a pry bar. Once inside the bathroom, the burglars forced open a door to a utility closet. The subjects stole a new case of Costco brand toilet paper valued at about $30. The estimated damage to the door was $1,500.
Thursday, Oct. 27
During the month of August, the Oro Valley Public Library will not offer its children’s storytimes or teen programs. This includes baby, toddler, family and preschool storytimes, as well as Crafty Readers, Read to A Dog, family movie night, Teen Expressions, TeenZone Movie and Popcorn, Wii for Tweens, Teen Advisory Board, teen music and teen games, according to L. A. Burnett, a library technical assistant.