22
Apr
2017

All The EA/Origin Access Free Games

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Electronic Arts' Xbox One subscription service, EA Access, launched in August 2014 with four free games, including FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4. Since then, EA has added over 30 more and launched a version of the service on PC called Origin Access.

We've now rounded up all the freebies into lists, which you can see below. We will update this post in the days, weeks, and years ahead when more games are added. EA has vowed never to remove any games from the "Vault" of freebies. "I think one of the key things is that once a game goes into the Vault it stays there, it's not going to be taken out, that's a commitment we've made," Peter Moore said.
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No version of EA Access is available on PlayStation 4. According to Sony, the service does not offer the kind of value PlayStation fans have come to expect. That being said, Sony maintains that it is open to having a dialogue with EA about how it might be able to bring EA Access to PS4 someday.

In addition to free games, EA/Origin Access members can play some games (but not all) ahead of launch; most of the time, subscribers get a five-day headstart. Another benefit is that subscribers save 10 percent on all EA digital content, which knocks down the price of a $60 game to $54.

The service costs $5/month or $30/year.
EA Access Free Games (As of April 21, 2017)

New and upcoming games are bolded

22
Apr
2017

Splatoon Game Gets Manga

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Hold on to your ink, squid kids, because we’ve got some news for you! Japanese-American entertainment company VIZ Media has just announced on Twitter that the Splatoon manga series, originally released in Japan, will be making its way overseas in late 2017. We originally received word of Japan’s release last year when the manga was announced to appear as bi-monthly comic in CoroCoro. At the time, there was no indication about it heading overseas, but we always hoped we’d get word of an American debut.

The manga’s entry in the states couldn’t have come at a better time. With Splatoon 2 hitting the Switch this summer (July 21st), and the positive attention Nintendo’s new system has been receiving, the ink splattered series branching out into literary territory over here is more than welcome.

22
Apr
2017

Travel: Buddhist Temple Lodgings

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Spend a night in shukubo temple lodgings; a fantastic way to understand the simple, traditional lifestyle of Japan's Buddhist monks.At first glance, Buddhist temple lodgings on Mount Koya are very similar to any ryokan (traditional Japanese inn). You'll stay in a private room with sliding fusuma doors and sleep on futon mattresses on tatami-matted floors. Some rooms may have en suite bathrooms, although at most shukubo, communal baths (separated into male and female facilities) are common. Heaters are provided in winter which are essential for mountaintop temple stays.It's at mealtimes that things get a little different. The included breakfast and dinner are shojin ryori - that's strict vegetarian Buddhist cuisine. Ingredients are fresh and simply dressed, making the most of the subtle, natural flavours of the tofu and vegetables. In the early morning guests are invited to join the monks in a morning meditation service, which typically lasts around 30 minutes. You may also view the temple's cultural treasures, halls and gardens.

Courtesy of: insidejapantours

22
Apr
2017

Oh, Japan! - Yoga Ball Life Hack

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If you're like me, you have someone in your household that insists on having a yoga ball that they consistently leave in the middle of the floor which kids, pets, guests, and the elderly fall over at regular intervals. Sure, it would be simple enough to tuck the ball into a closet, but our friends in Japan have come up with different solution.

Owners in Japan have taken to storing their yoga balls in the corner.. of the ceiling. But not with nets or racks, no... these balls are held in place with science! Sort of.. They're held in place with friction. The reason that this works is that many Japanese homes are fitted with not only textured ceilings, but textured walls as well. These cloth-like wall coverings, coupled with the rubbery material of the yoga balls, creates just enough traction to keep the ball in place.

I'm sorry to say, but since most western homes don't have textured walls, this probably won't work for anyone in Europe or the Americas. Of course, you're free to try.

Source: RocketNews24
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The official website of the Berserk television anime began streaming a promotional video for the anime on Thursday. The video previews the anime's opening theme song "Sacrifice" by 9mm Parabellum Bullet.The anime will premiere on WOWOW on April 7 at 10:00 p.m. In the following weeks, the previous week's episode will air at 10:00 p.m., with new episodes airing at 10:30 p.m. MBS and TBS will air the premiere on April 7 at 26:40 and 26:25, respectively (effectively April 8 at 2:40 a.m. and 2:25 a.m., respectively), while BS-TBS will air the premiere on April 8 at 24:30 (effectively April 9 at 12:30 a.m.) The premiere will show the first two episodes of the new arc (episodes 13-14).