Category: Editor’s Picks

Nintendo Knitting Machine

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 …

Self-Medication Through Gaming

I’ve always played video games. For as long as I’ve been capable of making my own decisions, more or less, I’ve chosen to while away the hours playing a game. From the early days of a TV system to today, where I have a set of modern consoles and a self-built gaming PC system.

The thing is, though, while today I have far more systems on which to play a larger library of games than before, I find myself gaming far less than I ever did when I was younger. I say younger, really less than I did 2 years ago. Read more …

My First Gaming Tattoo

So last year I turned 30. Three zero. An age of responsibility and adulthood. I am no longer in my twenties and have decided that I am a little late off the mark for making poor life choices. I mean, I have been on this planet for more than three decades and I have done very little to actually make my family ashamed of me. I haven’t even been to prison, and for a young man from Texas that’s pretty scandalous.

So late last year, I decided to fix that. Not the prison part. I’m not going completely crazy. I’m just getting a tattoo. Read more …

Luom G10 Gaming Mouse

Gaming is a hugely personal experience, one of direct interaction between the gamer and their device of choice. This being the case, the equipment we use naturally takes on a huge importance in the quality of our experience.

From the fundamentals of mice, keyboards and controllers through to the more exotic joysticks and custom peripherals, gaming peripherals are big business these days, with a vast array of choice out there. You only have to look at the items on offer from companies like Razer, Roccat and the like to see that the gaming public set great store by what they use to access their games of choice and, more importantly, are willing to pay for the right equipment. Read more …

Destiny: Five Things I want from The Taken King

Destiny, Bungie’s divisive shooter-come-MMO, has been out nearly a year now and is a drastically different game than it was at launch. Two expansions and numerous patches later, the game is due to drop it’s biggest add-on yet in the form of The Taken King. As someone who plays Destiny in pretty much every spare moment I have, I’m not afraid to admit that I am counting down the days until September 15th when I can actually play it for myself. Until then, here are some things I desperately want to see from the new expansion.

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Konami LaserScope – Gaming Fail

The games industry is a young industry, in the grand scheme of things, and like any of us it has a few moments in its past where it will look back and cringe with embarrassment. Our Gaming Fail series celebrates all these aberrations for what they are; glorious failures; gaming follies of the grandest order.

As part of the series we’ve covered some pretty flawed concepts; from the banality of the photographic “fun” of the Gameboy Camera to the frankly painful idea of using your eyebrows to play games with the Atari Mindlink.

Today’s entry, however, is flawed in its own very special way. Read more …

Google Cardboard – The £3 Oculus Rift

We’ve all heard about the Oculus Rift; the headset that promises to truly deliver a full Virtual Reality experience, dropping the player into a computer-generated world and letting them experience the world first-hand.

The tech has garnered a lot of coverage in the industry over the last few years, including a great deal of discussion regarding the shipping of the pre-ordered hardware. Read more …