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Total Annihilation and the four hour adrenaline rush

Posted on 11th Feb 2013 at 07:20 by David Hing with 22 comments

David Hing
Starcraft 2 is probably my favourite game that I never play. I fell for the original thanks to a decent demo that captured the feel of the single player game and I loved the campaigns, despite being so unbelievably terrible at the game to never really grasp how to progress into even the later Terran missions, let alone the Zerg and Protoss campaigns.

When the long awaited sequel came out, I threw myself into the notorious multiplayer, which was something I had never had the option to do with the original thanks to my thoroughly rural internet connection that might very well have been carried on the back of cows and a friendship group that consisted of non-LAN compatible Amiga owners.

The multiplayer clicked and resonated with me, although the joke is that just because you understand something, it doesn't mean you can necessarily do anything about it.

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It's time to bin your optical drive

Posted on 8th Feb 2013 at 09:37 by Antony Leather with 132 comments

Antony Leather
I absolutely loathe the optical drive. The only times I've felt remotely attached to this historically flaky device is the first time I used one 20 years ago, when I got my first CD burner, and maybe when they finally started using SATA cables and not mile-wide IDE monstrosities.

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Mind the multiplayer gap

Posted on 31st Jan 2013 at 07:26 by David Hing with 30 comments

David Hing
I worry about single player modes disappearing and multiplayer becoming the norm. When Unreal and Quake started releasing multiplayer-only titles I thought that was the end, but thankfully it was a trend that didn’t really catch on. All the same, my fear is still there, lurking away.

Imagine a chasm. A deep, dark, seemingly bottomless canyon, but when viewed from above the sides appear to be quite close together.

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Just Cloud is a terrible backup service

Posted on 23rd Jan 2013 at 13:33 by Antony Leather with 50 comments

Antony Leather
So, I’ve been duped. The story began in my quest for a hefty online backup service. I was after something in excess of 100GB to backup my important photos and other paraphernalia – stuff I’d probably shed a few tears over if the house was burgled or burned down.

Needless to say, anything like that isn’t totally safe in your home, even if it's backed up. And not one to go through the palava of dumping stuff onto an external backup drive and leaving at my parent's house, I was also happy to ditch the idea of buying a 2TB drive and shoving it in the shed and investigate online backups instead.

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Hardcore Farmville and the games that play themselves

Posted on 21st Jan 2013 at 10:13 by David Hing with 13 comments

David Hing
When the iPad arrived on the scene it was the device that industry commentators liked to declare as "scaring the pants off Nintendo" because of its desirability among the market that the Wii and DS were chasing.

When the iPad arrived in my possession, I could see that traditional console developers had a while before they needed to be too worried about this thing. Mobile gaming has definitely come a long way since my first foray into the Apple App Store, but despite that, its landscape is still peppered with one particular type of game.

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Can it play Crysis 3?

Posted on 5th Jan 2013 at 09:31 by Antony Leather with 72 comments

Antony Leather
Turn back the clocks to 2007. It was the beginning of the GeForce 8800 GTX's phenomenally long reign as the best graphics card around, but also a period that saw more and more PC gaming titles relinquished to mere console ports. They barely touched the surface of Nvidia's graphics cards' pixel pushing - one of the main reasons it had such a long life.

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What We're Playing: CPU Wars & Stronghold

Posted on 30th Dec 2012 at 12:34 by Paul Goodhead with 8 comments

Paul Goodhead
It’s been a little while since we last spoke board games, so we thought we'd have a quick festive round up of what we've been playing over the Christmas break. We’ve got two games to show you today, and you will not want to miss this first one, we guarantee.

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The death of Warcraft

Posted on 20th Dec 2012 at 07:42 by David Hing with 39 comments

David Hing
I feel a great sympathy for the City of Heroes players who have recently lost their favourite MMO to the grim abyss of cancellation. There is something incredibly final about an online game being pulled as there is so very rarely any way of clawing that experience back. Instead, all that remains is an inert double-figure-gigabyte folder sat on your hard drive and mere memories of your polygon-formed world.

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Games I'd like to unplay

Posted on 13th Dec 2012 at 09:06 by Antony Leather with 65 comments

Antony Leather
I had an interesting if slightly odd thought the other day. I like pondering about ‘what ifs’ and considering things like ‘what if this piece of hardware had been around 10 years ago?’ What difference would it have made? I realised that games are actually even more diverse than hardware when it comes to working and being good value for money or even enjoyable.

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Game Zero

Posted on 30th Nov 2012 at 07:06 by David Hing with 14 comments

David Hing
The pie level was what got me hooked on gaming. I probably only saw it twice, but the first time on a quiet Saturday morning actually made me jump out of my seat and run to wake up my parents up in excitement to tell them about it.

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