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    I, Hope – Xbox One Review

    A Worthy Cause, A Not-So-Worthy Game

    Let’s this out of the way first:

    You should totally go out and buy I, Hope. 100% of the proceeds go to GameChanger Charity, a charity devoted to helping kids battle cancer. Here’s what GameChanger Charity stands for:

    We Leverage technology  & innovation to ease the pain and suffering of children facing life-threatening illnesses.

    The have visited over 40 hospitals and helped changed over 14,000 lives by donating more than 2.7 million gifts. With the price point only being $9.99 that’s an easy $10 donation to charity! Everyone wins.

    I, Hope stars Hope, a young girl who needs to battle a monster called Cancer that has landed on her island and is corrupting it. Along the way she visits different parts of her island to get the tools she needs to battle Cancer. Strength, Wisdom, Courage and Hope are just some of the tools you will gather to help overcome cancer.

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    I, Hope, in theory, sounds like it could be an amazing game. It’s got an important message and the fact that 100% of the proceeds go to help kids battle cancer make it a worthy purchase. However everything else about the game sullies the otherwise noble cause that I, Hope champions.

    The controls are frustrating and all over the place. Most of the time Hope would miss jumps, or land incorrectly. Camera angles only to the frustration as many times Hope would get caught in parts of the environment and I would have to exit the game and start over. Having to replay puzzles over and over again because easy jumps were missed was infuriating.

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    I, Hope is also incredibly short. It can be completed in just around two hours. While that’s fun for people with not a lot of time on their hands, the bad control scheme and shoddy camera angles aren’t worth it. It really pains me to say that because there is such a great cause behind the game. Bad controls, lousy camera angles and bland gameplay just tarnish so much of what could have made I, Hope great.

    I, Hope suffers from poor execution of an otherwise valiant idea. Should you buy it? Yes. Because you can net some easy Xbox Gamerscore and feel ok knowing that proceeds go to charity. At the same time, you can also just donate to charity and get the same sense of satisfaction knowing you did something great, without having to slog through a bad game.

    The reviewer was given a copy of I, Hope for review purposes.

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    Thor: The Dark World 3D Advance Screening Raffle

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    The story of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, continues in Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013. Can’t wait to watch it? Maybe you won’t have to!

    We are raffling off  on pair of tickets to an advance screening of Thor: The Dark World in 3D.

    When: Monday, November 4th at 7:30 p.m.

    Where: AMC Regency 24
    9451 Regency Square Blvd.
    Jacksonville, Florida

    How to enter the raffle:                                                                                imgres
    We are fund raising for Extra Life, a 25 hour video game marathon on November 2nd to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. To enter this raffle, simply donate $5 to anyone on Team Jax. Make sure to write “Thor” in the “message to fundraiser” section when you make your tax deductible amazing charitable donation. Each $5 donation to help sick kids, counts as one entry into the raffle, so $50 gets you ten entries and so on.

     

    Winner will be selected on Monday, October 28th at 12:00 p.m. (EST) and tickets will be mailed out that same day!

    *Special thanks to Max Michaels of Movie Mob for donating these tickets to Extra Life and Team Jax

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    The Legend of GAAM Show – July 13th

    Do you like video games, costumes, art, music, dancing, and prizes? Then you definitely want to be at The Legend of GAAM Show, Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM at The Museum and Gardens in beautiful downtown Jacksonville, Florida.

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