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GMS stands for “Geek Menstrual Syndrome”. It is the feeling that one is having PMS, onset by experiencing the stupidities of society. While the symptoms of “PMS” can include feelings of tiredness, pain, and weight gain, GMS symptoms are typically less physical than the symptoms of PMS. Possible GMS symptoms include: feelings of confusion, frustration, anger, anxiety and a need to rant/voice your opinions strongly.

This week’s GMS is onset by – The Mass Effect 3 face import glitch. Read more…

The Assassin’s Creed III ‘Announcement’ Trailer from Ubisoft

My previous article on Assassin’s Creed III featured the first official photos and screenshots leaked about the upcoming video game.

Now, we also have the first official Assassin’s Creed III trailer from Ubisoft. You can watch it below.


If just that trailer wasn’t enough to get you excited, you can watch this ‘Assassin’s Creed III Trailer Breakdown’ from (@gamespot) where they analyze the trailer frame-by-frame.

Tell us what you think about the trailer in the comments!

Music Monday: ‘Mass Effect’ Soundtrack Review

Happy Music Monday!

Last week’s Music Monday introduced a new feature to AureliaDiesel: polls! You can now visit our polls page to vote on any polls we post in articles, etc.

And the winner of the Music Monday poll is – video game music!

Per the poll results, this week’s Music Monday will be celebrating one of my favorite video game soundtracks – Mass Effect by Sam Hulick, David Kates, Jack Wall and Richard Jaques. Read more…

GeniusMods: A Company Specializing in Modded Xbox 360 & PlayStation 3 Controllers

This morning, I was sent an article from BusinessWeek about the custom gaming technology company, GeniusMods. I suggest checking out their website here, because from what I can tell, the modded controllers are gorgeous. Featuring ‘rapid fire’, LED, and graphic controllers, I can tell you that I definitely plan on ordering from GeniusMods. I’ve already fallen in love with the ‘Clear Pink XCM LED Xbox 360 Modded Controller’ featured on the front page, and since I am a Gears of War (and shooter) fan, the ‘rapid fire’ controllers look excellent as well. One of the best parts about GeniusMods is the ability to custom design your own controller!

So, if you’re a gamer looking to express yourself with some custom, modded controllers (or you just want to impress your friends), be sure to check out GeniusMods and have a look at their selection!

My Xbox Withdrawal: How I coped with the loss of my Xbox (and how you can too!)

Original CC Image courtesy of Mylk Roventine on Flickr

4 months ago, (…for undisclosed reasons…) my Xbox was put in temporary storage. I now have my beloved console back, but those 4 months were some of the hardest times in my life. It was as if I had to re-learn how to go about my life. I couldn’t even read one of my favorite magazines, GameInformer, because just the mere mention of video games drove me into a state of (unproductive) mourning.

Now that my withdrawal has come to an end, I would like to impart knowledge to my fellow gamers. I actually learned a lot during those 4 months. But above all…I learned how to LIVE again! Nah, just kidding, a gamer’s life is nothing without their console. So, if you are an ‘addict’ gamer who is ever put in a similar situation as I was, I would like to give you some tips for coping with your loss.

1. Mobile Gaming. If you absolutely MUST play something, then mobile gaming (iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.) may be your saving grace. Don’t diss the power of Fruit Ninja. You’ll be surprised how desperate you become without a console. I was playing endless rounds of Temple Run on my iPhone, not because it was entertaining, but because it was mind numbing. I didn’t want to think about how I still needed to finish Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood (after getting the Xbox back I finally finished the storyline) or that I was in the middle of Gears of War 2 and I couldn’t finish it in time for Gears of War 3 (this is still true, I haven’t finished GoW 2). I just wanted to play something so stupid, it would get my mind off of things. However, there are a few exceptional ‘mobile games’ out there that may curb your hunger for console gaming. For the RPG fan, Infinity Blade by Epic Games (the same people responsible for the Gears of War series) is the way to go. If you have an iPad 2 (I don’t…I’m waiting on the 3) you can play Infinity Blade 2 and continue the storyline. If you’re a shooter fan, the classics Doom and Castle Wolfenstein have both been converted to the iPad. It may not be Gears of War (or Halo), but they’re still fun.

2. Computer gaming. Since this article is purely about dealing with the loss of you’re console, I’m going to assume that you have other outlets to game with. If you’re dealing with total ‘gaming’ withdrawal (a HIGHLY unlikely scenario in the world today…at least where I live!) then the tips after this will apply to you. Now, I really didn’t use computer gaming much in my withdrawal. Why? Because I have a Mac. If you’re a Mac user, you know that Apple chooses to neglect it’s gaming community, and that the evil PCs have all the fun. I did try to find decent flash games on the internet, but nothing did it for me. However, if you have a PC, then you can pretty much forget about this article and just go have fun playing Mass Effect on your computer, while the rest of us Mac owners have to play it on our Xbox console.

(If you aren’t satisfied with mobile and computer gaming, but you have access to transportation, then continue to tip #3. If you are without transportation services and are bored with your life, continue to tip #4.)

3. Gaming Elsewhere. Yes, this means giving up the privacy that comes with gaming in your own home, and sharing your ‘mad’ skills in public. This means socializing, being around people, and gaming at the same time. If you’re a gaming social butterfly (like me!) than going to an arcade will definitely help you cope. I visited my local Dave & Busters 5 (…or 10) times during my withdrawal. No, they’re not as HUGE as I would like them to be, but there’s still something for everyone. Personally, I got addicted to the coin games. And through this experience, I was introduced to a whole new type of gaming: Casinos! No, I didn’t like the fact that the machine kept eating my hard earned coins, but it was SO addicting. I also won a huge Dave & Busters punching bag from the ‘Big Claw’ machine – on my first try. I got ‘mad’ claw machine skills, yo! Other than going to an arcade, I also went out for Laser Tag. What’s one thing that is just as awesome (or better) than playing a console game? Running around like you’re IN the game! What’s more fun than getting to run around and shoot lasers at complete strangers?

4. Board Games. Hopefully, you have some old-school board games laying around your house like Monopoly or Risk. You can even go out and buy the Gears of War Board Game or Halo Risk if you’re that much of an addict. If you’re a loner when it comes to your gaming, you might want to start actually playing with other people. If you’re a fan of multiplayer gaming on Xbox Live, all you have to do is play you’re old-fart board game with friends. And get this – you don’t need headphones to talk to your buddies during the game. You don’t even need a keyboard. All you have to do is open your mouth, and they’ll hear you. Magical, huh?

5. Reading. This may not work for everybody, but if you’re desperate it may not hurt to spend you’re time catching up on some books you never finished. You may be thinking that ‘reading’ should be your absolute last resort in life. However, the good news about books, is that just like how there are lots of video games to choose from, you’re selection of books is pretty infinite. And just like video games, new books are coming out all the time. Each book has a new storyline to explore, just like video games. Books have characters, just like video games. Books have conflict, just like video games. Hey, you could even say that video games came from books! Reading comics and graphic novels could help you as well, especially if they are based on you’re favorite video game. I also took the time to catch up on my Manga (Japanese comic books).

6. Explore your local ‘Geek’ Scene. Okay, so this another one where you need transportation. But I really don’t want to bore you with the average ‘books, music, movies’ approach that many people try to take. If you’re an isolated gamer, take this time without your console to get involved in your community – and I mean that in a non-cheesy, ‘hold hands around the campfire’ way. If you’re like me, than you see being without your Xbox or gaming console as a weakness. You may be surprised though, how this can actually earn you sympathy from fellow gamers. Think about it, it’s a great conversation starter!

“So, man, I was shooting up so many Locust and it was awesome but I don’t have my Xbox right now.”

“Aw, I feel your pain man. You should come over to my place and game with me and my buddies.”

See!? Conversation starter! There were also a few conventions happening in my area during my withdrawal (See my blog post on Katsucon 18) so if you have any events or conventions around you, this may be a good way to make friends and to have fun! If you have access to a computer (I’m trying to be politically correct, okay? It doesn’t hurt to ask!) than check out the website Meetup, where you can RSVP for get-togethers happening in you’re area!

7. Be an Active Internet Partcipant. Tweet about how much your life sucks at the moment. Blog about the horror you’re experiencing. Tweet @XboxSupport with random/obnoxious questions that you don’t actually need help with. Start an ‘Xbox Addicts’ forum thread. Vlog and get famous on YouTube. Tell you’re Facebook friends how they will never be as awesome as you’re fellow Xbox LIVE gamers. Relieve your stress on Pinterest. Imagine, you’ll gain a sympathetic internet following, (possible) internet fame, and stress relief worth more than your counselor. See what a great tool the internet is?

Tech on the Toilet: What your digital bathroom habits say about you

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In the digital age, everything is changing – from the way we keep in touch with friends to how we get work done. But as technology increasingly becomes apart of our daily life, it seems even the simplest activities can become “high-tech.” One of these daily activities is going to the bathroom. This isn’t a post about technologically advanced toilets (though I’m sure I’ll write about it at some point), but rather a post about how people use technology ON the toilet, and what that can mean about their personality and approach to life.

Below, I have identified the 6 “tech on the toilet” types of people:

1. The Social Pooper – You are the person that checks Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin all while taking a dump. To put it lightly, your social life has no limits. You are open about who you are and you love letting people know exactly what you are doing all the time. You post about anything and everything, as long as it gets you more friends and more likes. You keep your profile(s) as public as a Porta-Potty, allowing friends, friends with friends, and friends of friends of friends to freely contribute to your dumpster…err, wall. The downside to your “no limits” approach to life – you may become too obsessessed with your social media profiles, to the point where you can be caught tweeting while driving. Your ideal tech toilet accessory? A LifeProof case for your iphone, so you can update your status anywhere, whether in the shower or a snow storm.

2. The Rear Reader – You are the person the likes to stay informed, both on and off the crapper. The innovation of smartphones has allowed you to get instant information, anywhere and everywhere. You love to read, and though bringing a book or newspaper into the bathroom seems easy enough, you know that reading your tech toy on the ol’ John is more socially acceptable. The downside to your love of digital literature? You easily get lost in what you are reading, resulting in long periods of time spent on the toilet. You may suffer from hemorrhoids and chronic butt pain. Your ideal tech toilet accessory? Since you already own 3 e-readers (one for each bathroom in the house), a simple e-book gift card will make you happy.

3. The Bowel Mover – You are the person that grabs for your iPod every time you feel the tingling of a BM ready to rock. Your headphones are in before you even sit down, and you turn the tunes up loud. You have a special playlist just for the bathroom, including all your favorite “toilet themes.” Whether dumping to dubstep, or peeing to pop, music is a part of your life no matter where you may be. You believe that music can make any day-to-day situation better, so why not enhance your bathroom experience too? The downside to your “bowel moving and grooving” – your frequent trips to the John may result in hearing loss later in life. Your ideal tech toilet accessory? Beats by Dr. Dre Wireless Bluetooth headphones (So you don’t have to worry about your headphone cord falling in the toilet…or worse).

4. The Gluteus Gamer – You are the person that likes to play games on the toilet. You believe that “taking a crap” means dropping all other responsibilities for your own enjoyment. Since you are too afraid to get caught playing “Words with Friends” in the workplace, you use your bathroom break as a way to “play it safe”. You like to have fun in every aspect of life, and technology allows you to do just that. For longer “log” sessions your go-to game is always an RPG like Infinity Blade. But if you are just taking a short tinkle, a level (or two) of Angry Birds satisfies you. The downside to your “fun on the rump” lifestyle? You may start to enjoy the bathroom more than your real-life responsibilities, rendering you a possibly less-efficient individual. However, you may just invent the next great mobile game inspired by your toilet-tastic lifestyle – Angry Turds, maybe? Your ideal tech toilet accessory? The iPhone Pinball Magic (Pinball Machine) accessory or the iPhone Jackpot Slots accessory, so you can mix things up.

5. The Thinking Turd – You are the person that takes notes while taking a crap. You are always generating new ideas, and you couldn’t live without your Evernote app. You love the portability of your smartphone, and enjoy having a place to always type ideas or thoughts. Some of your best work has come from inspiration thought out on the toilet, and you even liked the page “Thinking on the Toilet” on Facebook. Never before have you been able to ponder “the key to solving world peace” so eloquently on the pot, and you plan to thank Apple Inc. during your acceptance speech for your Nobel Prize. The downside to your “ponder and poop” lifestyle? Your brilliance extends far beyond your bowels, and sometimes you become so satisfied with just thinking that you forget to act on your great ideas. Your ideal tech toilet accessory? A stylus for your iPad (and iPhone), so you can allow for your thoughts to flow more freely by writing them out instead of typing.

6. The Ana-Log – You are a wise, well-balanced person with an immense amount of self-control. You don’t even think about using a digital device on the toilet, and you don’t understand the people that do. When it comes to the porcelain throne, you sit on it like a boss. You know how to do your business, and get it done well – the old-fashioned way. You are a hard worker that values simplicity and getting the job done right. The downside to your efficient lifestyle? Your lack of addiction to digital things will exclude you from certain social circles. Your ideal tech toilet accessory? None, you are satisfied with just a bowl, a hole, and two cheeks.

Of these 6 types of people, which are you? Are their any other “types” that you think should be mentioned in this post?

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