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So the Christmas advert is now a Thing. One of the brand-new traditions of Christmas, like commercially made Christmas stockings, secular Advent calendars, and the repositioning of the Christmas jumper as a style item.
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There’s a gap in the games market. A significant demographic with high hardware ownership, access to all platforms available and with purchasing power both through their own money and pester power. Kids between 10-15
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One reason why futurologists often get it wrong is that crucial tech developments can give us things we never knew we wanted. So while predictions centre around cars that can do 100 miles to
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Bastion recently played host to the popular TV psychologist Dr Linda Papadopouolos as she filmed a series of videos in her role as ambassador to the Make Time 2 Play campaign. Dr Linda was
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Six years ago at launch the original iPhone had a wow factor that I’m not sure has been surpassed since. Three weeks ago, the Samsung Galaxy S4, the much-vaunted, so-called iPhone killer, was launched
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Stuck at Grenoble Airport, with an unspecified delay to our flight. We were issued a letter from Monarch Airlines stating a technical problem with the plane, and one ‘meal’ voucher each, which could be
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As the iPad Mini becomes established in the market and the iPhone 5 shows no signs of slowing down, what of the product sitting in between the two? A device, which, surely uniquely among
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2012 may be remembered as a wonderful year for anyone even remotely interested in sport, but for the games industry the consensus is probably that it was in awkward transition. Retail game sales fell
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It’s been a long year. We could dwell on the successful events and campaigns of 2012 …  or we could make predictions about the developments we expect to see next year. Or we could just
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First there were 21, then a shortlist of 12, and now just four. Four teams remain in this year’s incarnation of Epic Games’ Make Something Unreal  Live contest. At a presentation day slightly reminiscent
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Last week I queried Time magazine’s criteria for choosing its Top 100 games, which led to several online discussions all with the same conclusion: better graphics do not equal a better game. It’s all
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Time Magazine has published its list of Top 100 All-Time Videogames. Articles of this type, whether it’s music, films, books, whatever, seem to be intended mainly to generate a blizzard of comments bemoaning the
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Following the recent appointment of Mike Hayes as Executive Chairman, Serious Games International (SGIL) is building on its strategy of harnessing heavyweight games industry experience alongside senior academics with the appointment of senior personnel
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You know the one I mean, the advertisement for ASDA with the tagline Behind Every Great Christmas There’s Mum. The one that you idly wonder might be for John Lewis until you see Mum leaving
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From an initial entry of 21 teams from educational establishments across Europe, 12 have been shortlisted to progress to the next round in this year’s Make Something Unreal Live competition, organised by Epic Games.
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To Bletchley Park last week to see the birthplace of modern computing. The mansion and its cluster of surrounding huts were the headquarters of Britain’s codebreaking efforts during World War II – so successful
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“A man using Apple Maps walks into a bar. Or maybe a hospital. Or possibly a church.” Why isn’t Apple Maps fixed yet? It has, by all accounts, improved noticeably since the first iOS6
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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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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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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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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 of
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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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Bombarded with dire warnings about phishing and phone call scams, the natural reaction when called by a robot claiming to be from your bank is to hang up. Isn’t it? Richard Koch from the
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Digital media distribution is inexorably becoming part of the landscape. Last week games retail recorded another low as Valve unveiled Big Picture For Steam, the iPhone5 was launched and new Kindles announced. Even in
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We do like to have a tall poppy to cut down to size, don’t we? Especially when there’s a perceived plucky underdog  to compare them to. In the run-up to Apple’s press conference this
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Mobile TV viewing takes another step forward with the news that iPhone and iPad users can now download programmes via BBC iPlayer to watch offline at a later date. The download service is being
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I’ve used, or tried to use, wi-fi in several countries, not to mention cafes, restaurants and conference venues around the UK. None of them can hold a candle to the no-fuss, no-strings wi-fi access
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Digital Spy is currently running a poll to find our favourite Disney Pixar movie. With a catalogue that includes Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Finding Nemo, Up, The Incredibles  -  and all the others –
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Charlotte Hagström and Jessica Enevold have spent the last three years researching a report on gaming moms – mothers who play video games. Their objectives were to assess the experiences of families playing video
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