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5 Next-Gen Sequels That I’d Love to Play

It’s fair to say that the ‘next-generation’ of consoles hasn’t been the golden age of gaming that many gamers hailed it to be. Still, it’s early days yet, and despite the slow start, I’m certain that they’ll be many great games released in the years to come, and I’m equally sure that many of those great games will be the sequels of great games released during the previous generation. Working on that premise, here are five next-gen sequels that I’d love to play. Read more …

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A Weekend with AoW III

Some time ago, I expressed my interest in what was then an upcoming turn-based strategy game, Age of Wonders III. The vector of said expression was to lavish praise upon its predecessors. In my review of the original Age of Wonders, I made mention of what got me interested in the series in the first place: specifically, the endless hours of fun I would have in multiplayer. This is sort of out of character for me, for more than one reason. Firstly, I’m normally vehemently opposed to playing a sequel of a game before I’ve played the previous instalments in chronological order. Secondly, I very rarely enjoy multiplayer anything, with Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic being a notable exception to both norms.

I started playing the single player campaign of the original Age of Wonders so that I could play AoW III without feeling like I was missing anything. Despite my best intentions, this never happened – Age of Wonders remains uncompleted, yet still brilliant. But as a result, I never let myself fire up AoW III to see the game I had looked forward to for so long. This weekend past, after months of ignoring it, that very same friend asked me if I wanted to play a short game.

I said yes. It was not short. Read more …

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Fibre is Good For You

Alright, bit of a time-out this Tuesday. While this article might be short and relatively specific, it has at least a tangential relation to gaming, so I’m going to run with it. Today, I’d like to talk about switching to Fibre Optic Broadband.

Some caveats first: everything I write is limited to a UK perspective. I have no idea how internet works over the pond. You lot and your cable everything… what’s wrong with good old ADSL? Specifically, this article relates to an upgrade from ADSL2+ to FTTC. While I was looking into upgrading my own connection, I came across a ton of scattered information, most of it incomplete and a lot of it contradictory. For anyone considering the switch, this article is for you. I hope it can act as a beacon of sense amongst the billions of forum posts across the vast expanse of the internet. Read more …

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Next Gen Gaming – What Did You Expect?!

Woo I bought an Xbone! Woo I bought a PS4! Woo I bought a Wii U (said no one). The next generation has been around for a while now, but a lot of people are feeling a bit short changed. If the grievance extended only as far as ‘there’s no games!’ then that would be understandable, but it’s been much more than that. There’s a significant amount of anger still being levied at Microsoft by the Sony cheerleaders, although quite why they feel the need to get so worked up over the fact that someone hasn’t chosen to buy the same console as they have when it has absolutely no impact on them whatsoever is a continual source of facepalm. Whilst the Xbox fan boys have had little choice to keep quiet, timidly waiting for Microsoft to drop their next bollock and embarrass themselves yet again; even those still trying to kid on that Titanfall is the most awesome thing to happen since first person shooters since Hitler invaded Poland have grown weary of being ignored. All the while, the PC fraternity have sniggered at the pettiness of the console underclasses and gone back to programming macros into Warcraft and not having girlfriends. Read more …

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Love Stories to Learn From

Maybe it’s a sign that I am growing soft as I get older. Maybe, beneath my crusty, cynical outer coating, there has always been a fledging romantic struggling to get out. Or maybe it has something to do with the fact that I’m less than a week away from getting married. Whatever the cause, I’ve been thinking about romance in video games a lot lately.

It has been mentioned that video games are the most interactive of all media, that because we control the main character, we are more prone to feel whatever it is that they feel. For me, this has never been more true than in the love stories. Oddly enough, it is the romance in video games that have given me the greatest lessons in love. So, in order to celebrate my wedding next week, here are the love stories that have had the biggest influence on me over the years. Read more …