Top Free Games for Students

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012|Advice, Elexu Team Posts|by Sam Watson|No Comments

As a gamer a free game is a good game as long as its a good game to play. Got it? Well anyway it’s coming up to Xmas and you may not have the money to go out and buy that new game you wanted, so I thought I would use my bast knowledge to hook up the elexu community with free games to download and play.


1) Slender; This is a free to play game the will make you feel fear, maybe even real fear. It’s a horror game created by Parsec Production based on a faceless character called Slender. His aim is to get you, no one really knows what happens to once he gets his long pale hands you but it can’t be good. Your job is wonder round the dark woods and simply find 8 pages stuck on various object. Easy right? Noooooo! Slender tries to get you and the more pages you get the scarier the game gets. One of reasons its scary is because you are not allowed to look at slender for more then a second…s you are not allowed to look at the thing chasing you. Play if you dare.

2) Gotham City Imposers:  This game you have to download steam to play… which ok because its free. Steam is just a gaming client that you can buy games from. It’s easy and totally safe. Then download this beaut of a free to play game. Based on Batman you basically take part in the Gotham Gang war between Batman vigilantes and Jokers mad maniacs.  It has a twisted humor, fast paced action, loads of crazy weapons and power ups. Play it and you will be hooked.

3) Planetside 2: Again is a steam game (most of the best games can be found on steam). Planetside 2 is a massive multiplayer online first person shooter. However matches aren’t between hundreds but between thousands of people fighting across open fields to urban city centers. Fight by land, sea and air to achieve victory. Again this a quality game for free so you really can’t complain.

4) No time to explain developed by tingBuildGames: This game is simply bad ass and can be played on newgrounds (soon to be on steam). Its a platforming game that requires an unnamed male character to chase his future captured self though different levels and time. YES!!. Time Travel! Play it and see what all the fuss is about.

5) Strong Hold Kingdoms: This is a bit of a slower paced game than the others of the list, buts its a pretty good strategy MMO developed by Firefly Studios. Your jobs is to go from bumpkin to baron to king by diplomacy or by the sword. This is also a social network so you play this game with other people trying to do the same. Build alliances, build the perfect village or try to conquer the world, its up to you.

So here is my little list of free games to play. Have a great xmas and if you fancy a game of Gotham City Impostor’s then add my steam account sam0nfire. The o in the name is zero.

Elexu Live Lounge

Sunday, December 16th, 2012|Elexu Live Lounge, Elexu Team Posts|by Sam Watson|No Comments

The brainchild of Elexu interns Sam and Elliot, Elexu Live Lounge is an opportunity for all musical artists in the world..as long at you can make it into our Soho offices. You get to perform, get quality video recordings and access to our social media audience.

Our first Elexu live lounge artist Eloise Rees came down and sang a few songs from her upcoming EP, as well as allowing us to interview her. It was a great day, especially for the staff because we got to listen to some awesome music. The videos and song recordings from the lounge will be available soon once the editing monkeys have finished their work.

 

Come on Down!!

If you would like to come down and perform for elexu live lounge then just get in contact with Sam at sam.watson@elexu.org and just put the subject as “live lounge”. We will do all the filming and editing  all you have to do is perform. All performances will be put on our social media channels and is a great way to generate traffic to your social media sites and awareness of your music. We also like to do a little interview as well which is recorded and made into a video just ready for the internet.

We are open to having all different sorts of musical performers down and we also have some equipment available so just make it clear what you would need in an email.

Contact elexu now.

 

 

Elexu Interns Top Ten Tips for Studying Abroad in London

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012|Advice, Elexu Team Posts|by Sam Watson|1 Comment

At Elexu we pride ourselves with sharing our knowledge with the wider community. In the Elexu office we have a number of interns that are currently studying abroad at a London university. We though it would be a good idea to write a few tips for the wider community that are inspired by the  lessons they have learnt while being in London.

1) Learn the transport system! Before you come over to London just know that there are many forms of transport in London and that there are so many ticket options it is ridiculous. You may end up buying a ticket and not be able to go through the barriers. Try and find out about getting a travel card while your over here which gives you discounts on many tickets, oysters cards are great if you plan on using the tube a lot. Take you time buying tickets and don’t be afraid to ask the staff, they are there to help. Also if your planning a big trip round London then get a travel card since it covers train, tube and bus. Try to never buy single tickets.

2) English humour: English humour is hard to explain. However if you come over to England and make some English friends expect to have the fun taken out you, it’s just part of the English way. We are sarcastic in the workplace, outside of a work and every other situation. You will just have to get use to it and not take it to heart, also you will have to work out whether people are making fun or being rude because most of the time English people are extremely dry, the difference between happy and average can be small.

3) While you should look up the tourist places such as Leicester square and of course most of the museums are free including the Tate. We recommend that you head to Camden Market with it’s alternative market, Soho with its  vintage music and clothing stores. Don’t be afraid to get lost but if you are going to get lost then do it in Shoreditch, Brixton, Hoxton, Southbank and Hackey which have  a unique side of London to offer. Another little sub tip is to buy a local newspaper or magazine and look in the events section for places to go.

4) Get out of London, London isn’t the only place in England. You can head up to Manchester for some great and cheap partying in the city center, to Brighton for its great night life, Wales for is beautiful scenery and mountains, Cornwall for its surfing and Surrey for Thorpe Park one of the best theme parks in the World. There is so much to see and do, so don’t be afraid to leave the city. If you are really ambitious  then pop on the eurostar and have a look round Paris because its not that far away.

5) The last tip is about finding a house. We recommend that you don’t go through an agency because you run the risk of getting ripped off (some people in the Elexu office have had to deal with this). We recommend websites like Gumtree & Moveflat, just make sure you inspect all areas of the house, don’t rush into anything, read through any bits of paper carefully and always get your deposit back. If a person gives off a strange vibe or won’t let you into a secret room or basement it might be best to look somewhere else.

 

 

 

Intern Feature – Ashley Pinnel

Thursday, December 6th, 2012|Advice, Elexu Team Posts|by AshleyPinnell|No Comments

Today’s post is written by Elexu intern Ashley who is from California. She writes about studying abroad and why she wanted to do it.

I was eleven years old when I first knew that I wanted to study abroad.  My older sister was spending a semester in Madrid and my family visited her during that time.  At that moment I realized what it meant to feel comfortable in another country and I saw my American sister acting and showing us around Spain like a local. Fast-forward nine years and here I am sitting in London, spending my own semester abroad. I have been given this amazing opportunity to live, study, and work in the most diverse and amazing city.

With all of Europe right across the channel, I have been able to travel to Croatia, Sweden, Denmark and Scotland. In the same distance I would normally travel from San Francisco to San Diego I can now get from London to Zurich. I truly believe that every student if given the opportunity should spend a semester abroad. It has helped make me more independent and I have more confidence in my capabilities. Also you Europeans don’t know the meaning of a long drive, you think two hours is long.

Only about 1% of undergraduate students in the United States study abroad. Not surprisingly, The United Kingdom remains the most popular destination, with a total of 32,683 American students. The choice was obvious for me, foreign language is not my strongest subject, and the London program my university offered included the chance to have an international internship. For students who hope to gain the most career impact from study abroad, you should choose an internship as part of the curriculum. This experience has reshaped the way I think about my future jobs and career path.

Living in London has opened my eyes to a whole new view of the world that we live in. The daily actions and interactions with people from other cultures has been the best part of the last four months.

Going back to the United States will be a bigger culture shock than when I arrived. I really hope that more American students will take advantage of studying internationally. It is so easy to get lost in the large bubble of the United States and I hope that after this experience I will go back changed and enlightened.

The Power of Blogging

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012|About Elexu, Advice|by Sam Watson|1 Comment

Before I started my internship at elexu I had never written a blog post and never thought of doing one because who would read it? However, after a couple of weeks I found myself in charge of the company blog and was introduced into the new world of blogging.

Here are some tips that I have learn’t while blogging and I think I should share:

1) Blogging isn’t just about having people read your words. To be honest, if one person reads your blog and someone takes something from it, then that’s enough for me. Writing blogs is about exploring your own opinions, formulating your own arguments, polishing up your writing skills (always important) and of course running something in the online world is always good to have on the CV.  Also write how you talk, the way you talk is unique to your self and it comes across this way in the blog which brings more uniqueness to your blog… see where I am going with this. So write for yourself and not for other people, blogs are meant to be you.

2) Guest blogging every now and then is something to consider. Lets be honest unless you are famous or have a legion of online stalkers then not many people want to read daily updates about your life. So reach out to other bloggers and people who have interesting articles to share and post them on your blog. This way you network, get some diversity to your blog and if you pair up with another blogger you can guest post for them and reach their audience. Win win situation.

3) Study other blogs and look to see what makes them successful so you can steal what they do, adjust it to yourself and then BHAM your blog just some more readers. Also look at how the big blogs on the net are really well formatted, a nice looking blog is much more inviting. Nice pictures, easy to read text and good colour combinations are key to a successful blog.

There are some many guides to writing a good blogs and there are many more tips but these are three that I think are important. So good luck and good blogging!

Guest Blogging!!

If you would like to write a guest blog post for the elexu blog then we would like to here from you. We are looking for a huge variety of articles from business  art, music, sports, technology, top 5 lists to crazy rants about vegetables. If you would like to find out more about guest posting then please email Sam at sam.watson@elexu.org to discuss articles, word limits etc.