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Is Console Gaming Dead?

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 | 0 comments

A year has passed now since console giants and competitors Sony and Microsoft launched their respective PlayStation 4 and XBox One models. Both products have had their own individual success, with Sony reporting a 200 per cent increase in video games sales, while Microsoft enjoyed $24.52 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2014. What a difference a few months can make, however. By April of this year, Forbes reported that global PC revenue had far surpassed that of consoles, signalling a worrying change for both companies. Of course, this is not nearly as worrying a topic for Microsoft...

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Sports Games & Apps

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 | 0 comments

Video games that allow players to indulge in their favourite sports, safely from the comfort of their sofas, have never been more popular than they are currently. Games such as the FIFA soccer series, NFL, NHL and NBA games are all doing brilliantly in the gaming charts, but developers have been trying hard to ensure their sports gaming franchises are not just confined to the realm of the video game console. As smart phones and tablets have come to the fore, game developers have viewed these new mediums as a way to continue player interactions with their games, releasing companion apps. Here...

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Fitting World Cup Matches Into Gaming Time

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 | 0 comments

 By invited author jDevaun  The knock-out stages of the FIFA World Cup are about to begin and while you may not have been bothered about keeping track of every Group stage match this is when the tournament starts to get a little more serious. But how do you divide your time between gaming and the World Cup? Can you play games and keep an eye on the World Cup progress at the same time? It’s certainly possible if you have an Xbox One. Microsoft’s produced OneGuide, a TV integration feature that users can control the TV output via the console with a program guide display. And for the...

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The Best Video Games for Music Fans

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 | 0 comments

By invited author Crystal Lothbrook Rocksmith  Rocksmith is used for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PCs and is mainly for use with an electric guitar which can be plugged into a console by way of a “Hercules” adapter. The game is recognised as a fun way of effectively improving your guitar playing; a survey showing that a staggering 95% of players improved as a result of using Rocksmith. The game uses a virtual fretboard with colour co-ordination to help you pick out the suitable notes for that particular song, and the screen shows the progress you are making, the difficulty level, the...

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Iron Man Mode Fundraiser Finale

Posted by on May 19, 2014 | 0 comments

On the 23rd of May, myself and a team of people who clearly didn’t have much on that weekend set out on a virtual flight around the world. In a nutshell, this was the master plan:   How did we get on? Well, it did end up taking three days in the end and it was one hell of a gruelling flight, but we manage to do it. More importantly, not only did we meet the charity target, but we got some of our bigger friends together, dragged the charity target around the back of the bleachers and beat the living crap out of it. Behold: And you can still donate using that link above. This...

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What’s up

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 | 3 comments

So the site has been pretty dormant of late, and I’ve avoided talking about it with much the same gusto as I avoid doing the dishes, though it never stops me  pointing at the sink and triumphantly yelling “I’m just letting them soak!” Many of you have been wondering what’s up with the minimal posting schedule… or rather, many of you haven’t. And that’s the crux of the problem. Traffic to the site has always been exceptionally high for a such a humble blog – like, really really really high – but I’ve increasingly felt that this...

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Nature Versus Nurture – Are Amazing Gamers Made, or Are They Born?

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 | 1 comment

There are some incredible gamers out there who take what is supposed to be an accessible hobby to olympian heights – case in point, eSporting is now recognized as an official sport (and profession) in many countries, and the Guinness Book of Records have even created a sideline record book solely to categorize game-related world record achievements. All well and good, but what actually distinguishes a good gamer from a great one? We’re probably all familiar with the abilities one needs to possess in order to be a skilled player of video games: good hand/eye coordination, spatial...

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Protect Your Bubble Threatens to Sue Blogger Over Review

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 | 7 comments

As many of you know, I went through a maddening experience with mobile insurance company Protect Your Bubble last year when I had my iPhone stolen. In my sheer frustration, and because I promised Protect Your Bubble I would, I made my feelings known online. If you want, you can check out the two posts here: Part One Part Two Now, I eventually got a resolution (after fighting tooth and nail) and as far as I was concerned the matter was over. Except if you look at the comments on those posts (or my inbox, or the site’s incoming search strings) – you’ll see that scores of...

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