Author: Chris Smith

Featured - Future

What’s Next for Gaming?

Change is inevitable. While this can be unfortunate in some cases (as I detest change for change’s sake alone), it’s an inescapable fact. Nowhere is this more evident than in the world of technology, which has seen such rapid acceleration of development over the past two decades that what we have in the palm of our hands today would seem like alien technology to the good folks of 1995.

I am now considering just how many of you reading this won’t be old enough to remember the year 1995.

Now, I am contemplating the number of you who weren’t even BORN in 1995 and I would like to cry a bit about it if that’s alright. Read more …

Featured - SWE

How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition

This review has been a long time coming.  By that, I mean I’ve put it off for far too long and it’s about time that I get something posted before my editors show up at the proverbial door with a metaphorical tire iron and some choice words regarding what constitutes “enough time”.

Just kidding.  They’re awesome and haven’t pressured me at all.  Which is good!  Because this delay was actually warranted.  The reasons are specific to me, but that doesn’t make them any less valid. Read more …

Featured - RIFT

RIFT Review – Part 3

It’s a terrible feeling, having a review hanging over your head.  Or perhaps a better term is “perched upon your shoulders” like some sort of raven, pecking at you every now and then.  A constant weight that is always reminding you to get it sorted.

It’s a stark contrast to its reason for being there.  I’ve been playing a lot of RIFT since my last two entries in my multi-part review.  I’ve been enjoying myself, because it brings back familiar memories of playing WoW back in Vanilla while being fresh enough to remain engaging and full of plenty of lore for me to feast upon. Read more …

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Weight Loss Through Gaming

I used to be heavier than I currently am.  Then I lost weight and that was nice.  But a year later, I’ve put back on some weight and that’s not so good.  But it’s the New Year!  It’s practically required that I make some token gesture towards losing some extra pounds.  But while most people would do something silly like sign up for a gym membership or buy some jogging bottoms and trainers in bloody January, I am taking a much more sensible approach.

It’s the same approach that I took to lose the weight in the first place.

I am going to play games. Read more …

Featured - RIFT

RIFT Review – Part 2

RIFT, people.  RIFT.  Somewhat less than hot off the heels of my previous “introduction” article on this game, behold the greatly-anticipated second instalment.  We shall call it Part 2, because that is what it is.

It has become something of a habit of mine to underestimate things.  How long it takes to walk to work in Winter when the paths haven’t been gritted.  The length of time it will take to install those final Windows updates before leaving for the day.  In this case, it was how much of RIFT I’d have to play to get a decent idea of what the early levels were like.  This is an MMO unlike any other, yet at the same time it is immediately familiar in many ways.

Confused?  Excellent, so was I. Read more …