• Nintendo Switch Game Release Update and Download Sizes!

    Hey guys,

    With the switch release around the corner let’s take a second look what updates have been made to the game release titles on launch. As we know a console’s launch lineup can be important in helping it get off to a good start. With the Wii U making a complete mess up of its launch, Nintendo is surely hoping the Switch gets off to a strong start in March.

    While the Switch’s full launch lineup has yet to be 100% confirmed, we now know at least a few of the titles that will debut alongside the system on March 3. As confirmed during the Switch news event on January 12, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Nintendo’s new party game 1-2-Switch will be launch titles, as will Ubisoft’s Just Dance 2017. Super Bomberman R and Skylanders: Imaginators are also launch titles, according to Nintendo on Twitter. These appear to be the only confirmed launch titles at this stage. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ has been delayed and won’t be a release date!

    We will round up all the Switch launch titles and those coming later in this post, adding more to the list below as they become confirmed.

    By comparison, the Wii U, released in 2012, had 23 launch titles.

    Nintendo Switch Games:

    Launch (March 3):

    • 1-2-Switch
    • Fast RMX
    • Just Dance 2017
    • Human Resource Machine
    • I Am Setsuna
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
    • Little Inferno
    • Shovel Knight
    • Skylanders: Imaginators
    • Super Bomberman R
    • World of Goo

    March/Spring:

    • Arms (Spring 2017)
    • Has-Been Heroes (March 2017)
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (April 28)
    • Puyo Puyo Tetris (Spring 2017)
    • Snipperclips, Cut It Out Together (March 2017)

    Summer:

    • Rime
    • Splatoon 2
    • Beyond/TBD:
    • Disgaea 5 Complete (TBD)
    • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 (2017)
    • FIFA (2017)
    • Fire Emblem Warriors (TBD)
    • Minecraft (2017)
    • Minecraft: Story Mode (TBD)
    • Rayman Legends (TBD)
    • NBA 2K (2017)
    • New Shin Megami Tensei (TBD)
    • Skyrim (Fall 2017)
    • Sonic Mania (2017)
    • Steep (2017)
    • Super Mario Odyssey (Holiday 2017)
    • Syberia 3 (TBD)
    • The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (TBD)
    • Ultra Street Fighter II (2017)
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (2017)

    Game Download/Install Sizes

    Now we know what titles are going to be release at launch, the next question is will you have enough space to play these games or will you need to buy a micro SD. depending on if you’ll be using the download service from the nintendo store or buying the hard copy.

    For example Dragon Quest Heroes 1 & 2 is a 32 GB download, which is exactly the amount of onboard memory that comes with Nintendo’s new console. Set aside 6.1 GB for the Switch’s operating system and other software and there’s no way to fit this on the console itself. Dragon Quest Heroes 1 & 2 launches with the Switch on March 3 in Japan; it hasn’t yet been dated for the west.

    Of course, this isn’t much of a surprise and there’s always the option of buying the retail version of some of the beefier games. We already knew The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes up 13.4 GB of storage space. Still, it’s looking very much like extra memory is a hidden cost, one that will take some real file management discipline to avoid.

    Here are the other Switch games’ file sizes according to their official Nintendo pages.

    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – 13.4 GB
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – 7 GB
    • Snipperclips: Cut it Out, Together! – 1.60 GB
    • Disgaea 5 – 5.92 GB
    • Puyo Puyo Tetris – 1.09 GB
    • I Am Setsuna – 1.40 GB
    • Dragon Quest Heroes I·II – 32 GB
      Nobunaga’s Ambition – 5 GB

    SO what do you guys think? Will you be buying a Switch day 1 or will be waiting like me until the console gets cheaper, with more titles to play, improvements made and bugs fixed? leave your interesting comments below and lets have a discussion.

  • Beginners Guide to Meal Preperation

    Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!

    To ensure that you stay on track with your nutrition plan make sure that you always have plenty of healthy options on hand. Food preparation is not just for the athletes and fitness models, but it’s something that we should also get in the habit of since it help us manage our food intake, making sure that we don’t go overboard.

    Knowing exactly what extra ingredients are in that take away dish or how much fat/sugar there is, can go a long way toward helping keep your calories in check and your macros in line with your goals.

    In fact, scientific research from Johns Hopkins University found that subjects who cooked their own dinner six to seven times a week consumed fewer calories, fat, and sugar on an average day compared with those who only cooked dinner once a week or less.

    Having your food ready to eat when hunger hits will also keep you from going on a binge on snacks, takeaway or prepackaged convenience food. As both a scientist and an fitness specialist, I not only encourage my clients to organise their meal prep in advance—I also practice what I preach.

    Here are my top tips for keeping your menus on track and your body adequately fuelled.

    Tip 1: Organise your meals

    Plan on eating about every two to three hours, with or three main meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and snacks in between. Organise each meal around a quality protein (chicken, fish, or beef), a complex carbohydrates (sweet potatoes, brown rice, or fresh steamed vegetables), and some healthy fats (avocado, olive oil, nuts, etc.).

    Tip 2: Go shopping prepared

    Making sure you have a shopping list in hand with all your necessities. Now a day you can use you mobile phone to make notes or even get an app like AnyList, which allows you to easily share your must- gets with your spouse or roommates so everyone knows what you need. Some basic to keep on hand: canned foods like tuna and beans, frozen veggies to use in a pinch, and brown-rice pasta.

    Tips 3: Experiment and get creative

    Experiment with low- salt, low-sugar seasonings (remember some mixed seasoning have a tonne of sugar so check the label), such as turmeric, sesame seeds, or spice blends. Try mixing different veggies together (onions and mushrooms, tomatoes and bell peppers) to add colour and variety. Use flavoured vinegar and hot sauces, but be careful of added sugars, and look for hidden sources such as high- fructose corn syrup and artificial additives.

    Tip 4: Measure out your portion for each meal

    Remember to weigh and measure your food to keep your serving sizes on point and to ensure your macro-nutrients meet your needs. Try aiming for three to five ounces of protein, 1⁄2 to 1 cup of complex carbohydrates, and 1⁄2 to 1 tbsp of healthy fats, like olive oil or coconut oil, per meal. Pack up fare in easy-to- transport containers and use food-cooler bags to keep your stash safe.

    Tip 5: Get yourself a good container

    Having a good container can make your life and eating so much better. Depending on what you have available you might need to get yourself a thomoflank, which will help keep your food nice a warm when it comes time to eat, or if you’re putting your food in the fridge (maybe at work) than make sure it has a good seal, so it won’t leak in transit. Don’t forget you might need to take a fork and spoon with you.

    Tip 6: Stay Prepared

    Remember that things might not go according to plan so keep some emergency healthy snacks on hand. These can include a shaker cup with some quality whey/casein protein powder in a plastic baggie (just add water or low-fat milk or almond milk when you’re ready to sip), some mixed nuts and fruit, or a few quality high-protein energy bars (remember to check the label since lots of protein bars are full of sugar and fat).

    Tip 7: Keep a Drink bottle With you

    Buying water from the shop cost more then buy fuel for your car!!! That’s right, we as a people spend a lot of money on buying bottled water when we can get it for free from a drink tap, so why not bring your won drink bottle that you can fill up at the work place kitchen. It’ll save you money, help you control your appetite and keep you hydrated!

    So what do you guys think? What tips would you give someone when it comes to food prep? Leave your interesting comments below and let’s have a discussion.

  • 10 Tips For Buying Nutritious Food On A Budget

    Like a lot of people money can be an issue when it comes to eating better, but not to worry here are 10 easy shopping tips to help you keep eating healthy food and won’t break the bank!


    1. Use Digital And Paper Coupons

    Using a shoppers’ club card doesn’t mean you automatically get all the discounts. Download your store’s apps, then attach digital coupons to your club card. Grab the food flyer on your way into the store and find the paper coupons you want. Combine paper coupons, digital coupons, and your shoppers’ club card for great deals. And by using shopping cards and digital coupons, the store can track what you buy and give you more coupons for the things you like to buy.

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    2. Buy In Bulk And Wholesale

    Big-box stores like Costco Wholesale, Sam’s Club, and BJ’s Wholesale Club stock high-quality bulk foods, including all-natural and organic products. You pay more up front (plus any membership fees) for large quantities of food. But the price per unit is usually much lower than at a regular grocery store.

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    3. Shop Seasonally And Locally

    Shop at your local farmer’s market, and you can often snag very fresh food at seriously discounted prices—plus you’ll be supporting the local economy. Be prepared to pay cash. You can also join a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. For a flat fee, CSA farmers will give you a box filled with whatever fruits and veggies they picked that week. Go to localharvest.org to search for farmers markets and CSAs in your area.

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    4. Be A Flexible Shopper

    Sometimes, you need to be flexible to be frugal. It might take shopping at multiple stores to maximise your savings. Check the paper and the internet for the best local food buys. That ritzy store up the street might have a special that knocks the socks off the big-box store across town. And you may find not only great prices but also new foods to put on the table. Just be sure to factor the amount of gas and time involved into your cost calculations.

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    5. Plan Your Shopping With Your Freezer In Mind

    With enough freezer space, you can save money by buying in bulk and in season. Affix labels so you know when you packed each item. Then, plan a meal using one or more of your frozen foods each week. That way, you won’t end up with those mysterious, freezer-burn-covered shapes in the bottom of the freezer drawer.

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    6. Plan Ahead To Avoid Waste

    Healthy foods are often fresh foods (think fruits, veggies, meats, dairy) that don’t last long. Before you buy them, make sure you know when you’ll use them. If you have lots of leftovers, put a date (and maybe the name of the dish) on the container. And if something is about to go bad, cook it into something good before it does. Example: Got lots of extra bananas? Make banana bread before they all turn black.

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    7. Compare Apples To Apples

    When comparing prices, make sure you’re comparing the same units. If you find a bag of pre-cut broccoli at $5 per bag and heads of broccoli at $1.59 per pound, do the math. If the bag has four pounds of broccoli in it, that may be the better deal (it helps to be able to look inside the bag to see what you’re paying for). Some stores provide price tags on the shelves that show cost per unit, which makes comparison shopping a lot easier.

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    8. Mix It Up!

    Mix cheaper foods in with the more expensive stuff. Cabbage is super cheap (and delicious). Combine it with costlier asparagus to give yourself a full plate of veggies without the high cost. Instead of serving each person an entire chicken breast, mix less chicken with more vegetables and grains to make a well-balanced and less-expensive meal.

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    9. Do A Shopping Post-Mort em With Your Receipts

    What do you spend your grocery money on? If it’s for reasonably nutritious things that you like to eat, then consider it money well spent. But if you buy things because you think you should be eating them—but never finish what’s on your plate—find better foods to spend your money on.

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    10. Account For Your Protein Supplements

    When budgeting, remember that every dollar you spend on supplements is a dollar less you have to spend on protein from whole food. Make sure your shopping and food budgeting reflects the fact that, for all intents and purposes, supplements are food too!

    So what do you guys think? what tactics do you use to keep food shopping on budget? Leave you interesting comments below and lets have a discussion! 🙂

  • Top 5 Things for Single Nerds to do on Valentines

    Hey Guys and Girls 🙂

    It’s that time of year again, with the prices of roses and chocolates going through the roof and couples getting ready to go through their mating ritual! So as a single nerd, what can you be doing on this day of “love”. Here a list of things to make this day enjoyable!

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    1. Watch a Comedy

     

    Laughter is food for the soul as the saying goes, and there is merit to this. Studies have shown that Laughter boosts your mood, reduces stress, and makes you feel better.

    So why not on Valentine’s day, have your own funny movie/tv/anime marathon, enjoy some stand-up comedy and “lol” yourself to your hearts content. So get comfy, put on some air popped popcorn, and a little of dark chocolate and enjoy.

    Need some ideas of what to watch, here a list of some funny stuff you can watch.

    Movies:

    • White Chicks
    • 21 Jump Street
    • Rush Hour
    • Guardians of the Galaxy
    • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
    • Idiocracy
    • Zoolander (2001)

    TV:

    • The Big Bang Theory
    • Friends
    • Scrubs
    • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
    • South Park
    • BoJack Horseman
    • Family Guy
    • Simpson

    Anime:

    • One Punch Man
    • Gintama
    • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
    • Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
    • One Piece
    • No Game No Life
    • Boku no Hero Academia

    Stand Up:

    • Chris Rock – Bring the Pain
    • Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
    • Eddie Murphy: Delirious
    • Dave Chappelle, Killin’ Them Softly
    • Russell Peters: Notorious

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    1. Have a Singles Lan Party!

    Why not have some of your single friends and have a get together! Why not get them to bring over the PC rig and have a lan party, or if not than why not play some split screen co op games and enjoy some healthy snacks.

    Here is a list of some games you guys can enjoy:

    Local PC Co op games

    RTS:

    • Rise of Nations
    • Rise of Legends
    • Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War + expansions
    • Sins of a Solar Empire
    • Age of Mythology
    • Company of Heroes

    RPG (and RPG-lite):

    • Neverwinter Nights 1
    • Freedom Force
    • Titan Quest + expansion
    • Diablo Battle Chest

    FPS:

    • Unreal Tournament series (UT2004 probably has the best multiplayer mode in Onslaught)
    • Quake 3: Arena
    • Battlefield 1
    • Enemy Territory: Quake Wars
    • Team Fortress 2
    • Counter-Strike: Source
    • Overwatch
    • Left 4 Dead

    Console Split Screen Games

    • Rocket League
    • Resident Evil 5
    • Portal 2
    • The Gears of War Franchise
    • Halo
    • Borderlands 2
    • Super Mario 3D World
    • Mario Kart 8
    • Army of Two
    • Gears of War

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    3 Home alone? Never!

    So if you can’t get access to friends or family, and you might be home alone. So what to do? Remember when you’re online you’re never alone! So why not play a online co op game, or even a competitive game online! Or if you want why not join an online forum and chat about nerdy stuff you like.  

    Online games you can play

    • Minecraft
    • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
    • Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator
    • Saints Row IV
    • Far Cry 4
    • Diablo III
    • Killing Floor 2
    • Divinity: Original Sin
    • Dawn of War 2
    • Borderlands
    • Titanfall 2
    • Overwatch
    • Battlefield 1

    Top Forums to chat on

    • Animenetworks
    • IGN
    • Gamespot
    • Gamefaqs

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    1. Go to the gym, and TRAIN!

    Why not make today and for self improvement and hit the gym! Training can really be beneficial not just for the body but your mind and mood.

    Here a great workout you can do to challenge yourself.

    Click here for our Free Two Video Daily Workout 

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    1. Treat Yourself

    Why not treat yourself to something nice, you can enjoy a cheeky naughty meal, but try not to go over broad. Or even check out some of the sales that are on, maybe get yourself some nice new clothing, even a new game (steam sales)  or something for your PC like a new gaming mouse or headset. Treat yourself because you are awesome

    So What do you guys and girls  think? How will you be spending your valentines days? Leave your interesting comments below and lets have a discussion.

  • 10 OF THE COOLEST GADGETS AT CES 2017

    With CES 2017 wrapping up in Las Vegas, the event was full of a mix of a lot of interesting gadgets that will be making there way to us in the near future. Here a 10 top that i found interesting and that you should keep an eye out for, so in no real order let’s begin.

    Plume Pollution Tracker

    Now with our cities become more power hunger and our reliance on focal fuel, pollution can be a really problem to our health and overall wellness. The Plume is a wearable device that tracks pollution around you –similar to a Fitbit but for air quality if you will. It tracks particulate matter (part per million 2.5), nitrogen dioxide, ozone, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), temperature and humidity. So in theory you could attach it to you bag, had anaylsis your journey pollution level, which in turn can lead you to make informed decision on the route you may choose.

    The Milo Breathalyzer

    Now i’m not much of a drinker, so personally i won’t have much need for this, but anything that has the potential to save lives and improve a person’s health without them having to give up a something that they are passionate by helping the user make informed decision, knowledge is something i can get excited for. Milo Sensors is a company built around wearable sensors that detects various chemicals in your body based on perspiration from your skin with this wristband.

    Motiv’s fitness tracker ring

    With fitness tracker becoming all the crazy in recent years and now with Motiv’s fitness tracker it’s all been squeezed into a small titanium-encased  ring. It tracks sleep and fitness, including steps, calories and distance. It also manages to pack in an optical heart rate sensor, boasting a battery life of three to five days on one charge.

    Osterhout AR/VR glasses

    AR and VR is still in its early stages with Microsoft, Hive and Oculus being the front-runners. Osterhout Design Group (ODG) unveiled its first consumer combo AR/VR glasses, using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip. The R-8 and R-9, two models of augmented/virtual reality smart glasses aimed at a wider range of consumers and light business users. Price wise it look like it’s not gonna be cheap around $1,799 and released Q2 this year.

    Razer’s Project Valerie

    Razor showed of something that i think looks cool, a laptop with not one but 3 screen! Razer’s Project Valerie concept adds two fold-able displays that expand out from the primary screen in the centre. Each display is 17 inches diagonally and supports 4K resolution, and Razer says they can be used independently or together as one giant display. But all that comes with a hefty weight, around 12 pounds.

    TPCAST ‘s 60Ghz Wireless Transmitter


    So this is what i have been waiting for, when it comes to VR, the ability to walk around with no cable, allowing for a truly immersive experience. The TPCast-designed add-on that makes your HTC Vive VR experience completely wireless. The company also launched a bunch of new software, most notably the world’s first VR subscription service, which it claims will be “Netflix for virtual reality.” HTC has confirmed that the TPCAST wireless VR solution for the Vive VR headset will be available worldwide in Q2 this year at $249. As predicted in our recent VR retrospective, there were a lot of companies showing solutions that promise to cut the cord on desktop headsets via wireless video streaming. The solution that HTC themselves have been promoting exclusively up to now however is the TPCAST ‘Wireless HD’ powered 60Ghz solution, developed inside company’s own ViveX incubator program.

    Cerevo shoe VR sensor

    How to move your feet in VR has been the prevailing question over the past year, and with the Cerevo VR shoes, that question may be answered. Interestingly, Cerevo isn’t initially targeting high-end headset owners with Oculus Rifts, HTC Vives, or PlayStation VRs, but instead Google DayDream owners. Considering the steep price starting at $1000, we’re not to sure how it’ll take to become more affordable for the general public.

    LG W-Series TV

    LG hopes to make large-screened TVs blend into the living room as naturally as wallpaper. The company’s new 77-inch TV is incredibly thin and light for its size, weighing just over 27 pounds, Similarly-sized smart TVs from Samsung and Sony weigh around 80 and 73 pounds respectively. That’s because LG’s new TV is designed differently; the screen itself is separated from the guts of the system, which are contained in a Dolby Atmos sound bar that also includes I/O ports for connectivity.

    Giant USB Flash Drive

    For sheer guts at CES 2017, you’ve got to admire Kingston, who, amidst the slew of snazzy new TVs, high-spec laptops, and shiny smartphones, announced a USB stick at CES. Except it’s not just any ol’ USB stick. It’s a big USB stick. A USB stick that, metaphorically speaking, is piled higher than Cartman’s plate would be at a Vegas buffet. Yes, we’re talking about Kingston’s new DataTraveler Ultimate GT, a monster 2TB USB flash drive that’s now the world’s largest device of its kind.

    Lego Boost

    Okay first of i’m a massive Lego fan, all the way back from my childhood. And now Lego new Boost set lets you build five different motorized creations and program their actions with the accompanying tablet app. It’s similar to Lego Mindstorms but much simpler — created with younger builders in mind. Naturally, too, you can augment your creations with any other Legos you have tucked away in the closet. While this kit seems great for kids, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested in checking it out myself.

    HoloLamp

    How about a game of Dejarik? Star Wars fans everywhere can finally play the board game first seen in Star Wars: A New Hope with this new AR machine. No special glasses or smartphone is needed, and the lamp can even be controlled with a PlayStation 4 controller. The device will ship early this year with an animated chess game attached. this has great potential and i’ll be keeping an eye out for it. 

    So what do you guys think? has CES 2017 got you pumped for new upcoming gadgets? Leave your interesting comments below and lets have a discussion.

  • Nintendo Switch Details Released

    Now that Nintendo’s event is over, we finally got more information about their flagship console. The Switch will release globally on March 3, 2017 alongside the likes of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and 1 2 Switch, Nintendo is sprinting out of the gates with a surprising price point and some strong exclusive titles for £280/$299. The European price will be set by retailers, with pre-orders yet to open.

    The number of games announced throughout Nintendo’s recent presser was pretty overwhelming, so we’ve listed all we have so far below:

    • 1 2 Switch
    • Arms
    • Splatoon 2
    • Super Mario Odyssey
    • Xenoblade Chronicles 2
    • Fire Emblem Warriors
    • Shin Megami Tensei Switch
    • Project Octopath Traveler
    • No More Heroes 3
    • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
    • Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
    • FIFA 18
    • The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
    • Super Bomberman R
    • NBA 2K18
    • Ultra Street Fighter 2
    • Minecraft
    • Just Dance 2017
    • Disgaea 5
    • I Am Setsuna
    • Rayman Legends
    • STEEP
    • Redout
    • Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
    • Sonic Mania

    The Spec’s

    As we know the Nintendo Switch is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra processor with a GPU akin to architecture found in some of the company’s top-notch graphics cards.
    When in “Nintendo Switch Dock” that is used to connect to your TV. Once removed from the dock, it will automatically transition to portable mode. When away from the dock the Switch will use only 40% of its potential GPU power.
    The GPU will run at 768MHz when plugged in and 307.2MHz when used on the go. This could change before release, but it’s unfortunate to see such a drop in performance when using what is arguably the console’s biggest selling point.

    Other details announced:

    • Console comes with 32GB of storage – expandable with a MicroSD card slot
    • Plans to end regional locking – meaning games could be played on all consoles – no matter where in the world they were bought
    • Multiplayer online gaming – initially free but later paid-for
    • A smartphone app for social aspects of games including chat function

    The reveal trailer also gave us a glimpse at the new and improved gamepad, which will be rechargeable through the console itself and capable of accepting cartridges: Switch’s primary form of physical media when it comes to games. The battery life can range from 3 to 6 1/2 hours depending on the game you’re playing. For example, Breath of the Wild will keep you going for 3 hours after a full charge.

    A Pro Controller, in the style of a traditional console controller, costs $69.99 (£57.50), additional Joy-Con controllers are $79.99 and a spare dock to use the Switch with another TV or monitor is $89.99.
    As previously rumoured, the gamepad’s screen will render at a native 720p, and can be used to project any and all games to your TV of choice.

    Top Nintendo Switch games to watch out for

    Super Mario Odyssey

    Release Date: Winter 2017

    Odyssey is a fully-fledged 3D Mario experience, echoing the open world design found in Nintendo Gamecube’s Super Mario Sunshine. The reveal trailer showcased a mixture of realistic and fantastical environments alongside a slew of innovative new gameplay mechanics. Mario can now hurl his signature red hat at enemies while also using it as a handy platform for reaching precarious new areas.

    Splatoon 2

    Release Date: Summer 2017

    None of us were expecting a direct sequel to Splatoon so soon after the first, especially one that oozes such a charming sense of lovable style. The inklings are back with new weapons, maps and fabulous outfits to duke it out with. The objective remains the same: cover the map in as much gooey paint as possible before time run outs. Alongside new game modes, Splatoon 2 will also support local multiplayer for the very first time using the Switch’s Joycon controllers.

    1 2 Switch

    Release Date: March 3, 2017

    1 2 Switch is essentially a collection of traditional and motion controlled minigames that can be played by using the Nintendo Switch’s Joycon controllers. These games are designed to showcase the system’s capabilities while also encouraging you and your friends to get off the sofa and have some fun. Experiences range from a western shoot-out to a fast paced game of table tennis. There is plenty here that should entertain family and friends at launch who are trying out Switch for the very first time.

    Xenoblade Chronicles 2

    Monolith Soft arguably stole the show with this surprise announcement, blowing us away with a trailer featuring some truly gorgeous environments and a goosebump-inducing orchestral score. Acting as a direct sequel to the Nintendo 3DS original, Xenoblade 2 will likely provide us with a vast open world to explore filled with monsters, quests and characters to encounter. The last game in the franchise, Xenoblade Chronicles X, was a masterful swansong for Wii U, and this could usher in a new age for JRPGs on the Switch.

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

    Release Date: March 3, 2017

    After months of rampant rumours and speculation, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is finally confirmed as a launch title for Nintendo Switch. The happy news was broken with an achingly beautiful new trailer that shows Princess Zelda and a range of other characters speaking for the very first time. Breath of the Wild marks the first time in history where Hyrule will be dotted with voiced NPCs, interacting with Link as he explores the world in search of mythical treasures and dungeons.

    The games listed above are just some of titles coming to Nintendo Switch in 2017. We’ll be putting a together an upcoming games round-up in the near future, so keep an eye out for that.

    So what do you guys think? Are you excited for the switch or do you feel like its massively under powered and overpriced? Leave your interesting comments below and lets have a discussion.

  • Is the mass i gained from taking Creatine just water?

    Hey guys,

    Danny here, I just got asked a interesting question the other day and thought I’d write a quick piece on it.

    So for you guys who are taking the supplement creatine probably noticed that your body weight has gone up as well as your muscle look and feel more fuller, logic tells you that the weight gain is almost all water.

    That may be largely true after you first begin taking it, but even then, the increase in weight appears to be proportional to the total weight gained. Remember guys that muscle is around 75% water, so if you put on say 10 pounds from using creatine, about 7.5 pounds of that is water.

    When it comes to creatine it does cause cellular volumization and that’s an important determinant of protein breakdown and protein synthesis in skeletal muscle (and other cell types, too). Working out turns on protein synthesis while simultaneously breaking down protein, but creatine shifts the balance towards protein synthesis.

    Yes, creatine supplies an extra phosphate group to help regenerate ATP during high-intensity contractions, but cell volumization is an even more important cause of creatine’s muscle-building effect.

    Long-term use is a slightly different scenario because that’s when creatine increases fat-free mass without a concomitant increase in total body water. Muscle fiber diameter goes up, along with strength, so long-term effects appear to be caused largely by increased muscle mass.

    What Creatine Product is right?

    First of all make sure it’s from a reputable company. Remember supplements are Not FDA checked so don’t go buying supplement from so dodgy drug store or warehouse! When it comes to what type, simple creatine monohydrate is fine. Dosages wise, about 3-5 grams pre workout is good (follow the instruction on the label). One last thing remember to keep hydrated to prevent cramps or stomach issues!

    So what do you guys think? Do you guys take Creatine? If so what type? And what was your experience like, leave your interesting comments blow and lets have a discussion.

  • Anime 2017 Thats Got You Pumped!

    Hey Guys
    First of hope you had a great X-mas and New Years holidays! now we are in 2017 i was wonder what up coming anime series/movies have go you guys pumped!!
    For me i can’t wait to see:
    • One Man Punch Season 2
    • Attack on Titan Season 2
    • Blue Exorcists Season 2
    • My Hero Academia Season 2
    • SteinsGate Zero
    • Sword Art online Season 3
    • Boruto
     Movies wise, i could find much:
    •  Overload
    • Sword Art Online
    • GANTZ:O
    These are Just a few i’ll be watching over this next year, what about you guys?
  • New Year’s Resolution Top 10 Tips On How To Do It Right

    It’s that time of the year, we done with 2016 and now we are welcoming 2017 and it is an opportunity for us to reflect on our past success and challenges. It will also be the time of year where lots of us will be making new year’s resolution and one of the biggest will be get healthy, maybe to lose weight, quit smoking or drink less – but what’s the best way to stick to it?

    Now new years resolution can be hit and miss but studies and psychologists have found we’re more likely to succeed if we break our resolution into smaller goals that are specific, measurable and time-based. So let’s go over the top 10:


    Top 10 Goal-setting tips

    1. Make only one resolution. OK guys I know there will be the temptation to want to much but you have greater chances of success when you channel energy into changing just one aspect of your behaviour.Look for internal desire/wants to drive you.
    2. External factors such as it being new years can be useful as a trigger but will fade as times goes by, this is one of the main reason that so many people fail to keep their resolution/goal. So look for the reason why you want to get healthy and it’ll drive not just for the next few weeks, but for the whole year!
    3. Avoid previous resolutions. Deciding to revisit a past resolution sets you up for frustration and disappointment, so to help you keep a positive mindset try focusing on something new .
    4. Don’t run with the crowd and go with the usual resolutions. Instead think about what you really want out of life and what is important to you.
    5. Break your goal into a series of steps, focusing on creating sub-goals that are concrete, measurable and time-based. This will help you keep focused and but achieving smaller goal will help you reward yourself and keep going to the next sub-goal.
    6. Tell your friends and family about your goals. You’re more likely to get support and want to avoid failure. But be careful, not everyone will support your goals, maybe due to their own failures they are unable to see what possible. So create a support group of other positive people and work together.
    7. To stay motivated, make a checklist of how achieving your resolution will help you. Remember having the smaller goals will help you keep track!
    8. Give yourself a small reward whenever you achieve a subgoal, which will help to motivate you and give you  a sense of progress. But remember rewards does not have to be a binge of food or drink, but something more positive like some new gym clothes!
    9. Make your plans and progress concrete by keeping a handwritten journal, completing a computer spreadsheet or covering a notice board with graphs or pictures. Remember visual cues can help you keep on track!
    10. Expect to revert to your old habits from time to time. Treat any failure as a temporary setback rather than a reason to give up altogether. Remember success is never straight road and the ability to bounce back is keep, so keep moving forwards!

    So what do you guys think? what new years resolution will you be setting for yourself? what tips do you use to keep on track? Let us know and lets have conversation below.

  • How to Host a Healthy XMas Dinner

    Hey Guys

    So we talked about some tactics you can use to help prevent you from getting massive weight/fat gains over the X Mas holidays, now we are gonna talk about some tips for you all who will be doing the hosting/cooking for the festivities and how you can help keep it healthy, enjoyable and your guests will thank you for it!

    Cooking Methods Tips  

    Use Spray Oils

    Use Spray Oils

    OK when it comes to cooking we can’t always boil everything, for one the food tends to lose it flavour and can become quite soggy, and the last thing we want is to be suving our guest some bland and soggy food. So what can we do about it? Well this is where spray oil can be a life saver for light frying food, it’ll help keep the calorie count down, while providing the food with a nice crispness to it that we all enjoy. Which one to choose can be down to your personal preference and can depend on what your cooking, personally i use coconut oil spray since it give the food a nice nutty tasty and coconut oil is very stable at higher temperatures.

    Use A Light Fryer For The Dishes That Need To Be Deep Fried

    Use a Air fryer for the dishes that need to be Deep Fired

    So some dishes like chips, battered meats and fish will sometimes need to be deep fried, but we can work around this by investing in a air fryer. These machine a pretty handy and will usually only use about a tablespoon of oil to cook a large portion of foods that normally would need a 1 litre or more to deep fry. Yes it can got a bit to get especially if you’re looking to cook for a large group of ppl, but with their mart function and health benefits i think it some you guys should look into getting.

    Roast Rather The Fry

    Roast rather the fry

    As we mentioned some dish usually are cooked by deep frying, but another alternative to this is to oven roast your food. Again for glaze try using spray oil rather than drowning the food in oil and use lots of herbs and spices to help bring out a lovely tasty and aroma.

    Recipe Tips

    Replace sugar with natural sweeteners

    Replace sugar with natural sweeteners

    OK we all love a nice home made dessert, the amount of time and care put into them is kind of like mix of art and chemistry, however they can tend to be filled with lots of sugars in the baking process. So to help keep the levels of sugar down and to enough that no one goes into sugar shock, try replacing sugars with a natural sweetener, sweetener are much for potent the sugar so you’ll need a lot less of it and will help keep the calorie count down.

    Make sure there is plenty of veggies available for guests to snack on

    Make sure there is plenty of veggies available for guests to snack on

    OK giving your guests the option of veggies to snack on will help fill them up and provide fibre for them, this is turn will help their bodies process the more indulgent food more effectively and help stop them binge too much. It’ll will also help keep your food bill low since veggies can quite affordable and what’s not eaten can be cooked later in the weekend. So this one will help your guest waistline and your wallet! Just be careful of dips that you might offer with these since some of the can have lots calories.

    Make Your Own Dips

    Make Your Own Dips

    As mentioned above, there are lots of dips on the market and most of them will be heavily processed and be filled with “empty” calories and lot of preservatives. So one way to avoid this is to make them yourself, from humus to salsa dips, which are very easy to make and tasty even better fresh. So why not give it a try your guest will love it!

    Try Skinless Poultry Meats

    Try Skinless Poultry Meats

    OK cooking with can help the meat from drying out and does have a lot of flavour, but with that comes an increase of fat. To help keep your meats nice and healthy try cooking your meats skinless, it have a massive decrease in fat, mainly consisting of protein. To help prevent the chicken from drying out try making a nice saucy marinade to coat the poultry in when roasting. This will help the meat keep it moistness and allow the meat to absorb the flavour.

    Try Getting Lean Cuts Of Meat

    Try Getting Lean Cuts Of Meat

    When it comes to selecting your meats, try buying lean cuts of both red and white meats. In the case of red meat especially since  going for anything under 10% fat would be great. And in the case of white meat, ideally chicken breast is the leanness, but you’ll be ok with thigh to, just keep it skinless as we mentioned above.

    Drinks

    Serve Sugar Free Drinks

    Serve Sugar Free Drinks

    Of diet drinks are a bit hit and miss, some studies have shown that even though diet drink have no calories they can cause the body to increase its appetite, which can result in guest eating more food. But you have to take into account that calories from solid foods are broken down much slower than from liquid, meaning that there will be a reduce insulin pike in the blood. So as long as there is heathy food available this shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

    Keep The Alcohol To A Minimum

    Keep The Alcohol To A Minimum

    OK i’m not much of an alcohol drinker, but i can understand a lot of ppl are, and as a host you want to cattier to your guest needs, so having some available to them is not going to be the end of the world, but having too much available can lead to ppl getting pissed and really missing up the festive atmosphere. Also alcohol have 7 cal per gram, so for example 1 pint of beer has around 200 cal, which is a the same as a slice of pizza or dessert! Out the to i know which i would choose. So keep drinks to a min, and really focus on creating a festive atmosphere.

    Make Tea and Coffee Available To Guest

    Make Tea and Coffee Available To Guest 

    I am a massive fan of tea, from both my Asian culture and the health benefits. Have herbal tea available will help your guest with aiding them digest their food, keeping them warm and herbal teas have shown to help suppress the appetite. When it comes to coffees, having both caffeine and decaf would be great, since later in the evening your guest might not want to much caffeine and this is where the decaf comes in handy. Again with these option provide sweeteners rather than sugar to your guest, with skimmed or semi skimmed milk to help keep the calories count down.

    Have Plenty Of Water Available To Guest

    Have Plenty Of Water Available To Guest 

    Remember to have plenty of water available for your guest to drink, this will help them keep hydrated and feel full, stopping them going over boards.  So remember water is cal free and comes straight from the tap, so FREE!

    Desserts

    Serve Smaller Portions Of Dessert

    Serve Smaller Portions Of Dessert

    OK as mentioned above if you are baking from scratch try using sweetener rather than sugar. But if you’re purchasing your desserts, try getting desserts that are already in small portion, like mini cakes. The reason being that this means each guest has a fixed about to eat, and will help stop them going over board. If you’re getting a large dessert, try cutting it up into small portion than serving rather than have your guest do it, since some may go a bit over board!!

    Serve Dessert On A Smaller Dish

    Serve Dessert On A Smaller Dish

    It science fact now that if you use smaller dishes to serve food, ppl will end up eating less, so this one is a no brainier! It help stop your guest going overboard on food and save you money to, so win win!

    So what do you think? What tactics will you be using to keep your festivities healthy yet fun? Let us know in the comments below and lets have a discussion. And HAPPY X MAS to you all!