Special One-Offs

One off posts that don’t warrant their own category

What’s up

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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Scariest Video Games EVER… Now With Real Blood!

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 | 0 comments

If you’re reading this, I can only assume you’ve made it safely through Halloween without being butchered by an axe murderer or getting so frightened by a spooky retail display at Walmart that you heart-attacked. Heart attacked to death. So, good job! That’s you done for another year. Just remember that it’s not acceptable to accept confectionary from strangers until next October, and you’re on easy street. I, however, didn’t make it through Halloween totally without injury. In fact, I can’t think of any other way to describe ‘stabbing...

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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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The Next Generation (Not Star Trek Related)

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 | 4 comments

Lately, gamers have been bombarded by tons of press and magazine articles and the like about the next generation of consoles. And exactly what we should (or shouldn’t … or even maybe) expect about the games that will be right around the corner at launch date. So much misinformation has come out that most of us have gone to I-No-Longer-Give-A-Flying-Shit-Land. About 60% of us play games on the PC, so that’s a no-brainer about how we’re going to game in the future anyway. But I’ve taken the liberty (or had the liberty taken of me) to look into these mythical...

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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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Free Steam Key Giveaway for This Week – Tidalis

Posted by on May 15, 2013 | 0 comments

Hola, Iron Persons! Are you having a good week? If you’re not, I bet it’s because of work. Man, screw that. Seriously. Just quit your job and make sure you steal something on the way out. And not something small, either. Go for a cash register, or a big flat screen monitor. Anyway, I’ve got something here which might just make your week. I sure as hell knows it has made mine! How about a free Steam key for Tetris *cough* Tidalis? I’ve got three to giveaway, once again courtesy of the lovely folk at indie studio Arcen Games, who have already given us a bunch of Steam...

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Papers, Please – A Course in Gaming Ingenuity

Posted by on May 3, 2013 | 1 comment

I thought it would be a good idea to review a few Greenlight submissions on Steam while I had some downtime (not playing SimCity or Star Wars or whatever). They can be either an exercise in creativity, or futility. I feel sorry for some of these people who have submitted games, but they lack the skill or the unique ideas to sell an indie video game to the rest of the world. Some just need a little cleaning up and tweaking, but some are pretty interesting to the point that no matter how dated the graphics are or what the subject is, they might just make it. Take Papers, Please by Lucas...

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A Quick FAQ on The Planet Earth Minecraft Map

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 | 2 comments

A few months ago I started a little Minecraft experiment on YouTube, purely just to brush up on my video editing skills and practise talking while playing games (turns out I’m about as coordinated as a mentally handicapped gibbon). I didn’t expect it to get any real following – god alone knows the world has enough dudes playing Minecraft on YouTube – but alas, it ended up tickling a lot of people. As people keep coming across the series, the same questions keep coming up. To save everyone a bit of time, here are the answers all in one place. In case you don’t...

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