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Monthly Archives: October 2012

GTA-V
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GTA V for victory

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I love Grand Theft Auto. Since the top-down original I have been smitten with its overblown, ridiculously cool universe. Yes, it’s a bit violent. It’s crossed some ‘boundaries’. People who simply don’t get videogames,
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My personal poppy appeal

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Last week I watched in awe as the perennial poppy PR machine cranked into action once more. Nationwide broadcast, print and online coverage was secured. Newsreaders, TV presenters and celebrities all wore their poppies
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It is time for change!

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Football is about to implode. It is only a matter of time. I write this blog in utter frustration. I only watched two games on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday but that
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With the iPad mini now launched we move on to today’s lavish Microsoft event for its Surface tablet. Where will we be at the end of the week? Well, I have a feeling I’ll be at home wondering what all
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The nineties classic XCOM: Enemy Unknown has recently been given a complete overhaul and released in a week that found it competing against the likes of Dishonored, Pokémon and Fable: The Journey. Yet, weeks
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Truly you would have to have spent the last three months living in a sensory deprivation tank not to have noticed that the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, is released this week. Happily released
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Looking in from the outside it was plain to see that Andrew Mitchell would not survive the media blitzkrieg that followed his temper tantrum at the Downing Street gates. Forever and a day his
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After an enjoyable meal and a bottle or two of wine too many on Saturday night, the programme for Sunday was clear – sofa, lot of food and catch up TV. This is where I realised how two pieces of hardware have changed dramatically
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Trolls
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Twitter is a wonderful thing. I was introduced to Twitter when I first joined Bastion. Straight out of university, I found a vehicle in which I could engage with friends and like-minded people about
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I love Zombies. Who doesn’t? They’re emotionless, hard on the eyes and lumber about in an awkward fashion. They have so few redeeming features that you really don’t mind hitting them with large blunt
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tincans
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At a party the other week a gaggle of us were discussing some photos from yesteryear. “I could post them up on Facebook so everyone can look at them. Are we all on Facebook?”
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You have to pity the person who holds the title of Corporate Communications Director, News International. There you are, diligently going about your trade trying to rebuild the reputation of your organisation, trying to
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Last night I was glued to my TV screen for five minutes watching a fuzzy little white blot on a very blurred grey background. X Factor and Strictly producers take note because, believe it
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The Guardian has asked its writers to describe an iconic item from their childhood which ‘brings it all back’. Judging by the results, The Guardian might want to start looking for some younger contributors.
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If ever there was any doubt that free to play will be crowned king in the games industry, that doubt must surely be in pieces this week as the first free-to-play Xbox 360 game
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The character of Kevin Butler was something of a masterstroke; expertly skewering the po-faced seriousness that can perpetuate an industry that’s meant to be all about the fun. Campaigns like “It Only Does Everything” and “Long
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You and your avatar

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Video games are a wonderful thing. They open a door to a different world. A world where you don’t have to be yourself; a world where you can turn imagination into reality. In FIFA
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Sky News
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Rolling news is unavoidable in our times. If the TV news doesn’t report it the internet will — and what’s the point of Sky, the BBC, Al Jazeera or NHK covering anything if they
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Google
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White papers are something Google does for fun these days. It’s not my idea of fun but if your core business is enabling searches for stuff, you might expect to extrapolate a lot of
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Windows-8
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Minecraft is the latest developer to reject Microsoft’s strategy for Windows 8. Along with Gabe Newell at Valve and Rob Pardo at Blizzard, Markus Persson has gone out of his way to denounce Windows
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With global revenues predicted to reach over $2.5 billion by 2015*, the serious games industry is set to explode. Serious Games International (SGIL), a new UK based powerhouse, aims to grab a significant share
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All apologies

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What is the point of apologising? I don’t mean personal pleas for forgiveness between two people – I’m sorry I didn’t let you know, Sorry I forgot your birthday, etc. I mean these corporate,
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Epic Games, Inc., creators of award-winning games and game technology, announces the launch of Make Something Unreal Live (MSUL) 2013, the international game development competition open to all students enrolled full-time at any European
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The arrival of October means that another successful Eurogamer Expo has passed, and gamers across the UK have had a chance to demo a whole slew of titles, from indie darlings to recent releases
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The annual Labour party conference is in Manchester this week and the focus of the weekend’s news programmes seemed to be not so much on policy but on personality, specifically whether Ed Milliband has
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