A “Ghostly” Display

ghostbusters_symbolWith the release of the updated and recent reboot of the classic Ghostbusters film, we here at The Fountaindale Public Library are taking the time to showcase a Spook-tacular display. This month’s lobby tree display contains a plethora of books to choose from as well as a smattering of audio books that take a look at all things paranormal; including ghosts, haunted houses, and all other manner of things that go “bump” in the night.  …And, it’s all conveniently located for you on the 1st Floor, right when you first walk in!

Here is a sampling of some of the titles that await you:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits by Troy Taylor
  2. The Everything Ghost Hunting Book: Tips, Tools, and Techniques For Exploring the Supernatural World by Melissa Martin Ellis
  3. Ghost: Investigating the Other Side by Katherine Ramsland
  4. The Truth Behind Ghosts, Mediums, & Psychic Phenomena by Ron Rhodes
  5. Your Neighborhood Gives Me the Creeps by Adam Selzer

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So, come on in and get a sample of all things ghostly!

-Brian S.

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COD: Ghosts’ – 5 New Multiplayer Options

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I’m sure every gamer out there is anticipating the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts on 11/5/2013. While I would prefer to play Battlefield 3 over Call of Duty, I am really looking froward to COD: Ghosts. That is because Activision Blizzard Inc. is boasting 5 new game options for multiplayer. These new multiplayer options include: Girl Power, Map Quest, Dirty Dog, Crank and File, and Hear Me Now.

GIRL POWER: For the first time in Call of Duty multiplayer mode, players now have a choice between male and female soldiers. It’s just one of the very many customization options for your character in multiplayer mode. Many other types of personalization options will include race, body type, gear and different styles of clothing.

MAP QUEST: Unlike the multiplayer maps in previous Call of Duty games, Ghosts multiplayer maps will include ever changing environments. Specifically there are certain tricks that players can do to trigger such events to dramatically alter the map. Some of this tricks can be very simple to very elaborate. Such as a closed door blocking access to a secret hideaway, or something such as a gas station that if ignited can easily explode and massacre any nearby enemies.

DIRTY DOG: (This is the mode that I am really excited about) This is introduced as one of the 20 new “killstreak” rewards. This is based on the dog character Riley, the German Shepherd who helps you out throughout the single player campaign. Your companion will growl at approaching enemies to warn you, he will also scout the battlefield for you and take out any nearby enemies who get to close for comfort.

CRANK AND FILE: There are 7 different multiplayer modes coming to COD: Ghosts, but the most intense and anticipated game mode is called “Cranked”. I assume they got the idea from the movie Crank starring Jason Statham. But the gameplay is pretty simple and a pretty cool idea on how to make Call of Duty gameplay even more fast paced and intense. For each kill a player gets they get “cranked”. The players reload time and movement speed increases, but the catch is there is a 30-second countdown clock. If that clock reaches zero before the player can get another kill to reset the clock back to 30 seconds, the player will spontaneously explode.

HEAR ME NOW: The game developers are boasting more realistic sound effects. The sound effects will closely resemble what they actually sound like in the real world. Such as gun shots fired in a large metal filled container will sound much different from gun shots fired in an enclosed carpeted room environment. The battle chatter has become more realistic also; such as teammates calling out grenades or calling out enemies that appear near specific landmarks.

While I have yet to actually pre-order this game, not on my pre-order list, I am very eager to play it and see how all these different options enhance the multiplayer gameplay in Call of Duty: Ghosts.  If you have preordered the game already and the anticipation is just killing you, I added a short video of some of the crank gameplay that will be in Call of Duty: Ghosts. Enjoy!

-J-

My Top 10 Halloween Movies

Halloween is right around the corner, and since I am considered to old to Trick or Treat I usually watch horror movies on Halloween. I usually try to mix it up with some classic horror movies as well as really, really bad horror movies. To make my Halloween Horror movies even more interesting I top it off with some pizza, good beer, and friends. This list is what I will be watching this Halloween.

1. The Stuff (1985) : A hilarious not so scary horror movie about an ooze that tastes so good two gentlemen decide to market it as ice cream. The only draw back is  that it turns people into mindless zombie-like creatures.

2. Dead Snow (2009) : A group of Norwegian medical students go on an Easter Holiday to a ski cabin in a remote location  near Øksfjord, Norway. Only to find themselves being hunted down by a sinister evil: Nazi Zombies.

3. Toxic Zombies (1980) : Another horribly good horror flick. A hippy marijuana crop is sprayed with a government chemical to kill the plants. The hippies accidentally get sprayed and turn into hippy zombies! They roam around the forest attacking unsuspecting campers.

4. Child’s Play (1988) : A child, Andy Barclay, gets a good guy doll for his birthday from his mother. It turns out the gift was much more than both of them bargained for. The doll is possessed by the soul of a serial killer, Charles Lee Ray or Chucky. Even in the form of a doll the serial killer can’t stop his need to kill.

5. Children of the Corn (1984) : A young couple find themselves trapped in the town of Gatlin, Nebraska while on a road trip. They find that the town is deserted and all the children in the town are controlled by a child named Issac. Issac has convinced the children to murder all of the adults in Gatlin. Will the young couple make it out alive?

6. The Thing (1982) : Scientists in Antarctica find an alien life form that can take the shape of anything it kills. While trying to find out which one of them the alien has taken over, they find themselves turning against each other.

7. Dead Dudes in the House (1991) : Eight friends go to fix up an old house and turn it into their party house. They are unaware though of the house’s haunted past. Once inside they find themselves stalked by the spirit of the old woman who lives there. The house locks them in, and as the old woman kills them off they soon find themselves being stalked by their recently deceased friends.

8. Dead Alive (1992) : Lionel’s mother is bitten by a Sumatran Rat-Monkey. She gets sick and dies, only to come back to life later. She begins killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and strangers; turning them into the undead. Lionel is soon overwhelmed with zombies and has no other option but to fight back.

9. Maximum Overdrive (1986) : When the earth passes through the tail of a mysterious comet, the green gases given off by the comet make machines come to life and turn homicidal. Some survivors trapped in a truck stop by, you guessed it; homicidal semi-trucks try to devise a plan to stop the machines, before the machines can kill them.

10. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) : A child murder, Freddy Kruger, stalks the children of the parents who killed him years before on Elm street. Only they can’t see Freddy because he stalks them and murders them in their sleep. Whatever you do, don’t fall asleep…or you’ll meet the terrifying Freddy.

If you choose to watch, hopefully you’ll enjoy these frightfully horrific horror films…don’t get to scared!

-Jake L.-