Author: Paul Izod

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Football Manager 2017

Right then, another year; another Football Manager release…

As seasoned veterans of the series will be aware, it’s very much been a case of evolution, rather than revolution, for a while with the Football Manager series and this year’s iteration is no different.

The short version is that this year’s experience is, at a base level, the same as you’ve had for the last few years. Functionally, the game plays the same as it has done for a long while now. The fundamentals remain at their solid, industry-leading standard and that’s a good thing. Read more …

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Gaming Fail – The Nintendo Knitting Machine

The games industry has provided us with some pretty amazing stuff over the years. From gaming-on-the-go convenience of the Gameboy to the frankly all-out witchcraft of the Wii controller, gaming has conspired to inspire and amaze the public with newer and fancier technology that has pushed the boundaries of what we perceive as viable or even possible.

As part of this, gaming peripherals have been rife; from basic controllers with an extra turbo button, to full on controller systems for flight or driving games; niches have been identified and filled expertly. Read more …

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Fallout: New Vegas – Retrospective

Following up on Fallout 3 was always going to be a tough task. The eternal question posed of any follow up to a successful title would have been in evidence: Do you change anything? The original worked right? So why change anything? But, if you don’t evolve, you’re likely to be accused of resting on your laurels and turning out a lazy sequel. The virtual catch 22 that all games developers face. Only, with Fallout: New Vegas, Bethesda’s decision was made even harder by the fact that theirs was a Fallout game.

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Fallout 3 – Restrospective

The Fallout series essentially went into hiatus following the 1998 release of Fallout 2. Though there were several spin-off games in the subsequent years, such as the critically panned Fallout: Tactics and the virtually forgotten console game Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, no official sequel to the first two games was ever released by Interplay. There was a third game in development, under the codename Van Buren, but development was halted when Interplay jettisoned their PC development team in December 2003. Read more …

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Fallout 1 – Retrospective

Computer gaming culture is an extremely interesting study, should you care to examine it in any detail. For those of us aged 25 or over, computer games have always really been around, at least since we were old enough to properly appreciate. This being the case, it’s very easy to forget that the gaming industry as a whole is extremely young. In mainstream terms, it’s been around, what, 20 years? It’s very much a modern phenomenon. Dependant as it is on technological development, gaming has progressed over that period at an exponential rate. If you showed a game like Mass Effect or Battlefield 3 to someone circa 1990, you would have made their head explode.

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