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Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 | 2 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 | 5 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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Vorld of Panzers (Tanks)

Posted by on May 23, 2013 | 0 comments

Okay, so I went out of my way to make one – ONE – video where I actually play a game and talk while playing. The game was World of Tanks, which is a tank driving … MMO … I guess? Basically, you buy tanks, drive them around and kill each other for more money to improve your tanks to kill more tanks to make more money etc. It’s a fun war game, if games about war can be considered fun in a lighthearted way. So, enough rambling. On vit da video!   Yeah, that’s me, talking with the horrible German accent while driving a teeny tiny German panzer. And...

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Poker Night 2

Posted by on May 6, 2013 | 0 comments

Firstly, a disclosure of interests: I love poker. That’s not to say I’m very good at it, because I’m not. But I frequently check out new casino sites as well as hosting live sessions at home at least once a month, so in terms of interest levels, a game like Poker Night 2 is always going to get a slight bias from me. That said, I’ve played my fair share of dreadful poker games too and after enjoying the first Telltale title I was really worried that the sequal wouldn’t live up to – or improve upon – the original Poker Night at the Inventory gameplay...

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Big Rigs: Over The Road Racing

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 | 0 comments

I did it. Fourteen hours spent playing – perhaps ‘playing’ is too strong a world, let’s go for ‘enduring’ instead – Big Rigs: Over The Road Racing, the unanimously-decreed Worst Game of All Time. Why? Why would I do such a thing? Because ever since I read about Iron Man Mode gaming, I’ve felt a queasy desire to apply the ‘no saves, death is game over’ rule to a game that offers neither saving nor dying. Join me as I struggle to enjoy, then desperately try to break, a game that drove accredited game reviewer Alex Navarro to declare the...

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Grabbin’ Some Land

Posted by on Mar 18, 2013 | 0 comments

Do you like land? Do you sit up at night just thinking about the land you’re on and how lovely it makes you feel? Do you love land so much you try to avoid ever living close to, or in, the ocean? If you’re anything like me, and I know I sure am, you’ll love LandGrab: A couple of weeks ago the benevolent and impossible-to-dominate admin team over at LandGrab.net gave our charity fundraiser a shout-out, and many of the old hands in the forums rose to the challenge and selflessly donated a large chunk of cash. Whoever said that a bunch of land-obsessed, global marauders...

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Free Steam Key Giveaway – A Valley Without Wind (1 AND 2!)

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 | 2 comments

*UPDATE 09/03/13: According to the Steam forums, there’s a dodgy keygen for Valley Without Wind doing the rounds. Some people have diligently pointed out that in light of this, the post below looks suspect – just wanted to acknowledge that the Steam keys referred to below were given to us directly from Arcen Games and are 100% legit. We’ve been giving away keys to their games in the last few weeks to anyone that donates a dollar or more to our charity fundraiser; nobody profits from the giveaway except Child’s Play. Free Steam Key Giveaway for Feb. 19 Do you like free...

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