Face it, Farmville is an addiction.  For many, symptoms include extreme attentiveness to time, late nights harvesting crops and constant badgering to play through Facebook “gifts.”  If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the digital farmer, plant a few Farmville-themed gifts in their stocking.


One idea is to ruralize your friend’s home, office, car or body with merchandise.  The online store Cafepress offers a variety of Farmville items and apparel from country mugs, t-shirts, and tote bags to bumper stickers and magnets.  These items range from 4 to 30 dollars.

Outhouse Materials

A Tips and Tricks manual for Farmville is another option.  By flipping through the pages, the player can learn how to maximize crop production, become a master breeder and increase acreage.  Think of it as a digital “Farmer’s Almanac.”  These periodicals can be purchased online for 15 to 20 dollars.

Farmville Gift Card

Buying a gift card is generally seen as thoughtless.  Not in Farmville.  With a Zynga gift card, users can buy a desired animal, item or tool, rather than spending hours sifting through fields to earn it.

Shop around because there are a variety of gift card deals.  Walmart offers the lowest price, a $10 Farmville gift card.  For a few dollars more, shoppers can buy a 15 dollar gift card for 12 dollars at Target.  Going all in?  Best Buy offers a 25 dollar gift card.

Cuddly Plush Ornaments

A new item to the Farmville collector’s line is Plush Ornaments.  These Best Buy exclusive decorations mimic the cartoon animals from the game.  The eight decorations include a chicken, cow, duck, goat, horse, pig, sheep and rabbit.

Each toy costs approximately 10 dollars and includes a limited-edition code for a in-game version of the animal.  If you want to collect them all, Best Buy offers this deal.  Rather than paying almost 100 dollars for the set, spend 25 dollars on a game card and each plush you purchase will cost only 99 cents, a 47 dollar savings.


New Section

Today, December, 8, 2011, I’m unveiling another section of this blog called “APP or Crap.”  Catchy name, I know.  This area of Resume of Life is devoted to application reviews.  Whether it’s a mindless game, news feed, photo editor or social media hub, the technology is tested for usability, practicality and enjoyability. Will your creation pass?

Dirty Mouth?

Gum line constantly aching? Tongue covered in white, inflamed taste buds? These symptoms may stem from Thrush, a condition caused by excess of oral fungus.
Candida albicans, a microorganism that aids in digestion, lives in human mouths. Although generally harmless, this fungus can spread rapidly in people with low immune systems.
With their bodily defenses down, the fungus, normally kept in check, can accumulate in large quantities along the mouth’s lining. If this occurs, the fungus can cause sensitivity, gum line aching and white lesions on the tongue and inner cheeks.
Thrush got your tongue?
Before visiting a dentist or physician for a cure, give yogurt a try.
According to the Mayo Clinic, young adults and children who are healthy, other than being orally compromised by Thrush, should consume unsweetened yogurt or acidophilus capsules.
Rather than eradicating the fungus, these remedies promote normal bacteria levels in your body and can restore your oral health.
If daily dairy doesn’t do the trick, your physician will prescribe antifungal medications in either the form of tablets or a garglable liquid to decrease Candida albicans levels.

[Similar to the campaign’s introduction, this review starts with a disclaimer.  The following article contains graphic imagery and spoilers. While reading, a prompt will notify you of this content and suggest skipping the material.]

The Call of Duty Franchise returns with the most complete first-person-shooter (FPS) campaign to date.

Following the campaign of its predecessor, Modern Warfare 3 (MW3) the most action-packed storyline of the series.  From the moment the character emerges from a downed helicopter on the combat-stricken streets of New York, the game doesn’t stop moving.

Unlike previous titles’ choppy stories, MW3 spells out exactly where the war left off, after the airport incident in Modern Warfare 2, and uses dynamic voice, images and video clips to explain the imminence of the situation.

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After capturing a terrorist vehicle in Mind the Gap, the story follows a first-person account of a family vacation in England.  Looking through a camcorder, the player acts as father recording the Davis family’s trip.  As his wife and daughter walk down an urban street discussing plans to see Big Ben, a delivery truck blocks the street and explodes, killing the family and releasing a biological weapon into the air.

This advanced storytelling is relatively new to the series.  Titles like Call of Duty 3, World at War and Modern Warfare offered little story prior to a level and relied on the characters action in levels to progress the story.  For some, this may have worked, but others were confused as to what the war’s overall picture was since they’d been fighting in Europe and would be transported to an island in the Pacific.  Although many criticize Black Ops, the storytelling method was perfected the suspenseful crossing of Alex Mason.

Activision and Infinity Ward also embed the campaign in advanced level design.  Players are forced to be a well-rounded warriors.  Rather than simply dodging bullets flying past your head, sprinting for cover and tossing a few grenades, the entire battle is in your hands.

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The level Iron Lady is a great example.  After colliding and flipping terrorist-bomb supplier Volk’s escape vehicle, Frost is challenged with dragging their captive to the extraction point across Paris.  As the player, you have to be prepared to switch back and forth between suppressing enemy fire from AC-130 to spearheading the extraction as a Frost member.  Covering your own back by switching is an empowering experience.

The only weakness in this campaign’s vast arsenal is the difficulty.  The AI isn’t as difficult as past games and action sequences allow for extremely wounded players to progress.

Multiplayer is Modern, Not Futuristic

Millions of players worldwide live for Call of Duty’s multiplayer action.  Whether setting a Bouncing Betty, propelling a “Noob Tube,” or calling in an air strike, players crave the realism of this series.

The newest addition to multiplayer is death streaks.  Similar to kill streaks, death streaks offer players who consistently get bludgeoned, gutted, blown up and shot an advantage next respawn.  Players can also look forward to more interactivity with the maps.  There are more boxes, window sills and buildings to climb on as well as gas-filled cars to shoot.

Spec Ops also satisfies with its shooting practice, behind the scenes missions and survival mode.

That said, the game’s multiplayer feels redundant.  Other than a few new perks, attachments and guns, the gameplay feels the same as every other Call of Duty.  The maps, although new, also constantly remind of previous titles’ combat zones.  This isn’t a bad thing if you crave this format.  It’s just easy to get sick of enemies camping, being aerially hunted by Predator missiles and respawning in combat.

In the future, I’d like to see the developers challenge the series’ multiplayer.  For instance, allowing players to slide toward cover rather than sprinting constantly.  The game could also use attainable items to shift the balance of power.  One suggestion, put vehicles back on the maps.

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The following blog, Resume of Life, is my online playground.  As I pursue full-time communication employment, I need a place to get away from monotonous cover letters, resumes and online applications.  Here, on this very homepage, I plan on writing and producing anything and everything that peaks my interest at any given time.

For you, the reader, this may seem random, but, in reality, this website is far from spontaneous.  Resume of Life is a place where I’ll be writing how-to articles, information sheets, news articles, press releases, reviews, short stories, poems and journal entries.  At the same time, I’ll be posting photographs of my recent photography and videography endeavors.  Overall, I implore you to browse the provided content as you see fit and make suggestions.  In the end, this website will add clips to my professional portfolio.