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Batman: Arkham Origins Follow-Up: Cold, Cold Heart

A few weeks back, Headset Buddy posted a review of Batman: Arkham Origins. With its captivating story, enjoyable gameplay, experimental multiplayer, and overall loyalty to the existing franchise, the game was a formidable success. Now we’d like to don the cape and cowl one more time, and take a look at the newly released downloadable content, grippingly titled, Cold, Cold Heart.

Downloadable content (DLC) is a trend that many people don’t know where they stand on. On the one hand, it’s a great way to get a little more play out of your game. You can get new material, maps, characters, and all sorts of things that weren’t available at release, to help extend the game’s life. At the same time, it’s seemingly a marketing tool that can be used to peddle all sorts of schlock to gamers who don’t really need it. Or, even worse, it’s an opportunity for developers to leave pieces out of their games that they can then charge you more to install at a later date.

I’m happy to say that Cold, Cold Heart appears to be neither of these. In fact, if DLC does need to exist, more of it should be held to the standard that Cold, Cold Heart was, and we’re very pleased that developer WB Montreal took the opportunity so seriously.

In the previous installment of the franchise, Batman: Arkham City, the DLC expansion Harley Quinn’s Revenge was launched several months after the main game. In Revenge, players were given a new chapter of the main story, which stemmed off from the campaign and could take anywhere from 2-4 hours to complete. They were granted a new playable character, complete with new moves and gadgets to mess around with, and a new area to explore while they did so.

Cold, Cold Heart fits into this mold precisely. WB Montreal’s entire premise with Arkham Origins has been to not fix things that weren’t broken, and here they did more of the same. We were very content with the amount of extra material delivered at the modest $10 price tag, and want to use this opportunity to send the following message to developers: make sure, if you’re going to charge more for new content, to make the content good. Pretty simple.

The new chapter of the story focuses on the origin of one of the most iconic Batman villains: Mister Freeze. The chapter introduces the villain that we saw previously in Arkham City. It walks the player through a web of corporate intrigue and betrayal and places you there at the creation of a three-dimensional character, who even Batman himself can’t help but sympathize with. And it does this by placing the Bat in newly accessible settings, with new gadgets and challenges, all of which is fully voice-acted and produced with the same quality seen in the main game.

Essentially, Cold, Cold Heart uses the Arkham Origins game engine to deliver a brand new adventure, which stems off the original game but has its own identity. It made Headset Buddy feel glad to revisit Gotham City, and excited to be there for a second time. Nothing about it felt tedious. The action was paced well, and the trials, challenges, and eventual boss fight were done with their own unique flair. In short, it was a real pleasure to play, and worth dropping a couple of extra bucks for.

http://blog.headsetbuddy.com/video-gaming-headset-adapter/batman-arkham-origins-follow-up-cold-cold-heart/
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Batman: Arkham Origins Follow-Up: Cold, Cold Heart

A few weeks back, Headset Buddy posted a review of Batman: Arkham Origins. With its captivating story, enjoyable gameplay, experimental multiplayer, and overall loyalty to the existing franchise, the game was a formidable success. Now we’d like to don the cape and cowl one more time, and take a look at the newly released downloadable content, grippingly titled, Cold, Cold Heart.

Downloadable content (DLC) is a trend that many people don’t know where they stand on. On the one hand, it’s a great way to get a little more play out of your game. You can get new material, maps, characters, and all sorts of things that weren’t available at release, to help extend the game’s life. At the same time, it’s seemingly a marketing tool that can be used to peddle all sorts of schlock to gamers who don’t really need it. Or, even worse, it’s an opportunity for developers to leave pieces out of their games that they can then charge you more to install at a later date.

I’m happy to say that Cold, Cold Heart appears to be neither of these. In fact, if DLC does need to exist, more of it should be held to the standard that Cold, Cold Heart was, and we’re very pleased that developer WB Montreal took the opportunity so seriously.

In the previous installment of the franchise, Batman: Arkham City, the DLC expansion Harley Quinn’s Revenge was launched several months after the main game. In Revenge, players were given a new chapter of the main story, which stemmed off from the campaign and could take anywhere from 2-4 hours to complete. They were granted a new playable character, complete with new moves and gadgets to mess around with, and a new area to explore while they did so.

Cold, Cold Heart fits into this mold precisely. WB Montreal’s entire premise with Arkham Origins has been to not fix things that weren’t broken, and here they did more of the same. We were very content with the amount of extra material delivered at the modest $10 price tag, and want to use this opportunity to send the following message to developers: make sure, if you’re going to charge more for new content, to make the content good. Pretty simple.

The new chapter of the story focuses on the origin of one of the most iconic Batman villains: Mister Freeze. The chapter introduces the villain that we saw previously in Arkham City. It walks the player through a web of corporate intrigue and betrayal and places you there at the creation of a three-dimensional character, who even Batman himself can’t help but sympathize with. And it does this by placing the Bat in newly accessible settings, with new gadgets and challenges, all of which is fully voice-acted and produced with the same quality seen in the main game.

Essentially, Cold, Cold Heart uses the Arkham Origins game engine to deliver a brand new adventure, which stems off the original game but has its own identity. It made Headset Buddy feel glad to revisit Gotham City, and excited to be there for a second time. Nothing about it felt tedious. The action was paced well, and the trials, challenges, and eventual boss fight were done with their own unique flair. In short, it was a real pleasure to play, and worth dropping a couple of extra bucks for.

http://blog.headsetbuddy.com/video-gaming-headset-adapter/batman-arkham-origins-follow-up-cold-cold-heart
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What game are you unwinding with this weekend? #MGS5 was short, but it's loaded!

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That is kind of insane! Does this little robot scare you?

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Headset Buddy Can Help Save the Muppies!

The Headset Buddy team can hear our readers now: “a muppie? What the heck is that?” Well, you’ve probably heard the now-three decade-old term “yuppies” at some point. The nickname for the “young urban professionals” of the 80’s and 90’s became so overused and clichéd that serious use of it is all but erased from human memory. Muppies, though, are the new kids on the block – millennial urban professionals. It’s not just the time frame that separates these two groups, though. It’s also a mindset affected by the events of the past 6-8 years. Muppies are creatures of professional position, yes, but their reliance on the internet makes them especially susceptible to the charms of Headset Buddy’s communication technology product line.

According to this great article from REFINERY29, muppies are hybrids of yuppies and millennials, complete with all the 21st century perspective that description suggests. They share the career ambitions of the yuppies but are more conscientious about their place in society. If a yuppie wanted to be one of Tom Wolfe’s “Master(s) of the Universe,” muppies want to make sure that universe is not overrun with global warming and pollution. A muppie’s life is defined by the internet. They communicate with peers over it, plan their days and careers on it and push their initiatives through it. Without the web there is no muppie generation (there’s also no 21st century, but let’s stay in one place here).

Another excellent Huffington Post article suggests the Great Recession is the dividing line between the Y-U-P generation and our current M-U-P setup. From the Michelle Miller article:

“But when Lehman collapsed, it brought with it the Yuppie Path as one that fulfilled these ideals of success, status, power and cool-ness. Slashed bonuses, media vilification and a stagnant economy made it clear to the millennial sitting in the Yuppie seat that he would not reap the monetary and societal rewards experienced by his predecessors. And all of a sudden, the Yuppie path became not very cool, and, as a consequence, not very Yuppie at all.

And so the would-be-yuppie did a very Yuppie thing: He tossed out the old path like a pair of flared jeans and set about establishing new guidelines for what constitutes the Desirable Life.”

So these young adult women and men want success and a certain amount of power, but they don’t want to leave a trail of desolation in their wake when they make it up the ladder. They live very fast-paced, conscientious lifestyles. And, thus, there are several Headset Buddy products that can keep up with the Muppie rhythm.

The MoovMic Detachable Boom Microphone, as an example, will allow a muppie to use their headphones as a headset. They’re on their phones (or iPod/MP3 player) all the time. When the all-important call for the millennial professional’s start-up rings through, the MoovMic will enable the business meeting without a change of headware necessary. Check out the other specs:

. Great for gamers & audiophiles

. Fits almost any headphones – only requires a half-inch diameter spot to place base magnet

. Attach, detach, and reattach the Moov Mic as needed using the included magnetic clasp

. Customize your fit – adjust the length or side of the flexible gooseneck boom microphone to meet your needs

. Works with most PCs – standard 3.5mm plug fits most PCs

. Combine Moov Mic and your headphones with other Headset Buddy adapters to use with smartphones, tablets, Xbox360, PS3, and more…

Head over the Headset Buddy Website for more products to help that special muppie in your life. Headset Buddy knows it’s quite possible the muppie in question may actually be the person reading this article!

http://blog.headsetbuddy.com/other/headset-buddy-can-help-save-the-muppies
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Headset Buddy Can Help Save the Muppies!

The Headset Buddy team can hear our readers now: “a muppie? What the heck is that?” Well, you’ve probably heard the now-three decade-old term “yuppies” at some point. The nickname for the “young urban professionals” of the 80’s and 90’s became so overused and clichéd that serious use of it is all but erased from human memory. Muppies, though, are the new kids on the block – millennial urban professionals. It’s not just the time frame that separates these two groups, though. It’s also a mindset affected by the events of the past 6-8 years. Muppies are creatures of professional position, yes, but their reliance on the internet makes them especially susceptible to the charms of Headset Buddy’s communication technology product line.

According to this great article from REFINERY29, muppies are hybrids of yuppies and millennials, complete with all the 21st century perspective that description suggests. They share the career ambitions of the yuppies but are more conscientious about their place in society. If a yuppie wanted to be one of Tom Wolfe’s “Master(s) of the Universe,” muppies want to make sure that universe is not overrun with global warming and pollution. A muppie’s life is defined by the internet. They communicate with peers over it, plan their days and careers on it and push their initiatives through it. Without the web there is no muppie generation (there’s also no 21st century, but let’s stay in one place here).

Another excellent Huffington Post article suggests the Great Recession is the dividing line between the Y-U-P generation and our current M-U-P setup. From the Michelle Miller article:

“But when Lehman collapsed, it brought with it the Yuppie Path as one that fulfilled these ideals of success, status, power and cool-ness. Slashed bonuses, media vilification and a stagnant economy made it clear to the millennial sitting in the Yuppie seat that he would not reap the monetary and societal rewards experienced by his predecessors. And all of a sudden, the Yuppie path became not very cool, and, as a consequence, not very Yuppie at all.

And so the would-be-yuppie did a very Yuppie thing: He tossed out the old path like a pair of flared jeans and set about establishing new guidelines for what constitutes the Desirable Life.”

So these young adult women and men want success and a certain amount of power, but they don’t want to leave a trail of desolation in their wake when they make it up the ladder. They live very fast-paced, conscientious lifestyles. And, thus, there are several Headset Buddy products that can keep up with the Muppie rhythm.

The MoovMic Detachable Boom Microphone, as an example, will allow a muppie to use their headphones as a headset. They’re on their phones (or iPod/MP3 player) all the time. When the all-important call for the millennial professional’s start-up rings through, the MoovMic will enable the business meeting without a change of headware necessary. Check out the other specs:

. Great for gamers & audiophiles

. Fits almost any headphones – only requires a half-inch diameter spot to place base magnet

. Attach, detach, and reattach the Moov Mic as needed using the included magnetic clasp

. Customize your fit – adjust the length or side of the flexible gooseneck boom microphone to meet your needs

. Works with most PCs – standard 3.5mm plug fits most PCs

. Combine Moov Mic and your headphones with other Headset Buddy adapters to use with smartphones, tablets, Xbox360, PS3, and more…

Head over the Headset Buddy Website for more products to help that special muppie in your life. Headset Buddy knows it’s quite possible the muppie in question may actually be the person reading this article!

http://blog.headsetbuddy.com/other/headset-buddy-can-help-save-the-muppies
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Headset Buddy Can Help Save the Muppies!

The Headset Buddy team can hear our readers now: “a muppie? What the heck is that?” Well, you’ve probably heard the now-three decade-old term “yuppies” at some point. The nickname for the “young urban professionals” of the 80’s and 90’s became so overused and clichéd that serious use of it is all but erased from human memory. Muppies, though, are the new kids on the block – millennial urban professionals. It’s not just the time frame that separates these two groups, though. It’s also a mindset affected by the events of the past 6-8 years. Muppies are creatures of professional position, yes, but their reliance on the internet makes them especially susceptible to the charms of Headset Buddy’s communication technology product line.

According to this great article from REFINERY29, muppies are hybrids of yuppies and millennials, complete with all the 21st century perspective that description suggests. They share the career ambitions of the yuppies but are more conscientious about their place in society. If a yuppie wanted to be one of Tom Wolfe’s “Master(s) of the Universe,” muppies want to make sure that universe is not overrun with global warming and pollution. A muppie’s life is defined by the internet. They communicate with peers over it, plan their days and careers on it and push their initiatives through it. Without the web there is no muppie generation (there’s also no 21st century, but let’s stay in one place here).

Another excellent Huffington Post article suggests the Great Recession is the dividing line between the Y-U-P generation and our current M-U-P setup. From the Michelle Miller article:

“But when Lehman collapsed, it brought with it the Yuppie Path as one that fulfilled these ideals of success, status, power and cool-ness. Slashed bonuses, media vilification and a stagnant economy made it clear to the millennial sitting in the Yuppie seat that he would not reap the monetary and societal rewards experienced by his predecessors. And all of a sudden, the Yuppie path became not very cool, and, as a consequence, not very Yuppie at all.

And so the would-be-yuppie did a very Yuppie thing: He tossed out the old path like a pair of flared jeans and set about establishing new guidelines for what constitutes the Desirable Life.”

So these young adult women and men want success and a certain amount of power, but they don’t want to leave a trail of desolation in their wake when they make it up the ladder. They live very fast-paced, conscientious lifestyles. And, thus, there are several Headset Buddy products that can keep up with the Muppie rhythm.

The MoovMic Detachable Boom Microphone, as an example, will allow a muppie to use their headphones as a headset. They’re on their phones (or iPod/MP3 player) all the time. When the all-important call for the millennial professional’s start-up rings through, the MoovMic will enable the business meeting without a change of headware necessary. Check out the other specs:

. Great for gamers & audiophiles

. Fits almost any headphones – only requires a half-inch diameter spot to place base magnet

. Attach, detach, and reattach the Moov Mic as needed using the included magnetic clasp

. Customize your fit – adjust the length or side of the flexible gooseneck boom microphone to meet your needs

. Works with most PCs – standard 3.5mm plug fits most PCs

. Combine Moov Mic and your headphones with other Headset Buddy adapters to use with smartphones, tablets, Xbox360, PS3, and more…

Head over the Headset Buddy Website for more products to help that special muppie in your life. Headset Buddy knows it’s quite possible the muppie in question may actually be the person reading this article!

http://blog.headsetbuddy.com/other/headset-buddy-can-help-save-the-muppies
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"Did you know MIT student Dudley Buck was one of the main reasons engineers started building computers in the 1950’s with magnetic cores instead of vacuum tubes? Before his sudden death in 1959 he invented the “cryotron,” a superconducting switch. Its concept is being used today by companies like IBM in the pursuit of quantum computing."
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