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29
Apr
11

The Gadget Show Live 2011

I apologise for the lateness of this article, the weather looked like it was going to be nice over the Easter weekend (and it was wasn’t it!) so I took a trip down to Devon. Anyway, AJ, Akardo and I all went to The Gadget Show Live at the NEC this year.

This is my take.
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14
Mar
11

It’s Magickal: Magicka



I have written an article for GTN about Magicka.

Go Read!

14
Feb
11

To Infinity…

Infinity is a massively multiplayer online game set in a persistent futuristic universe, currently in development.

I’ll be honest, the idea of this being an MMO does not interest me hugely, I would much prefer a Freespace type game. The tech that is being used however…
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13
Feb
11

Blown Away

Game fan art. Far too often it includes game characters with far less clothing than they would normally wear or it simply puts them in a compromising position with another game character. This is not good, and it can’t be a healthy mind who draws such things.

However, when you throw out the cartoon pornography, there are some very talented artists out there who have done wonderful pieces of art based on games they clearly love.

Here follows a selection of the best I have found, prepare to be blown away*;

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03
Nov
10

And how much is this free weekend?

If you are a reader of Rock Paper Shotgun[1] then you are probably already aware of this but Shattered Horizon is having another free weekend.

Shattered horizon is a brilliantly original competitive shooter but sadly lacking in players. it is DirectX 10 only and when it was first released Vista was the only option for playing it. I just hope that this free weekend and the increased number of people with DX10 capable machines will save it, because it would be a shame if all shooters were clones of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. You can read my thoughts on the game here.

As well as being an excellent shooter set in space with jet packs there are no unlocks to worry about, so new and old players are on the same footing apart from practice, which is how it should be and makes it easier to get into for a free weekend.

The pre-load should go live on Wednesday night and the game should be free to play from Thursday night until Monday, though as Valve and time differences are involved this may vary.

It will also be reduced over the period so keep an eye on the store page and be sure to download and have a go when it goes live.

It’s free right?

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[1] if you are not you should be, a better blend of humour (not humor) and game journalism can not be easily found elsewhere.

24
Sep
10

Kerrigan, imaletyoufinish.

Yo Kerrigan, I’m really happy for you imaletyoufinish, but Bob Page was the greatest Video Game Villain of all time!
OF ALL TIME!

Gamestop have announced the results of their competition to find the greatest video game villain of all time.
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11
Sep
10

Forging a Battle: Part 4

Some time later…

I have not played Battleforge in some time, and as I don’t intend to go back to it I think it is time for me to finish off this feature with my reasons why and my final thoughts on the game. I mostly played PvP, these games are more fun than the PvE campaigns in my opinion but I did find that the standard free deck is not suitable (unless you organise a game with someone else who has the free cards as well) as you will get quickly trounced.

In the end I gave in a purchased some more cards, like with all trading card games you don’t know exactly what you are going to get in a booster pack. Going back into PvP I found I faired little better. But in the end I as still getting trounced buy people who had handed over more cash.

This is where the free to play model falls down, games funded by adverts are fine, games where you pay for purely cosmetic enhancements are fine but when the game is competitive and paying gives you an advantage it is simply not fun any more.

Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the game, it is an original take on the RTS, the lore could do with a bit of work, but the mechanics of the game were very interesting and I really wanted to like it.

Battleforge may be free to play, but you have to pay to win…




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