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  • How to cheaply upgrade your PS4 to 2TB

  • swede 24/08/2014

    Thanks. Two purchased from Argos. One for lappy and one for PS4.

    No more uninstalling Steam stuff \o/

    PS4 space is yet to be a problem thankfully.
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  • OnLive's CloudLift subscription price cut to 5 a month

  • swede 11/04/2014

    I tried out their cloud service.

    It's actually pretty good. They have improved their streaming tech a lot with the release of this 'new' service.

    The downside is the price. After I had my free trial of 7 days (where I could play just 2 of the games I owned on Steam), I sent an email to a director (CEO maybe - can't remember) ... my advice was that gamers are not going to pay 10 to play games they already own. If it came down to about 2-3 quid, I would consider it.... but first, Steam coverage has to be a lot better. The majority of Steam games would need to be there. It would then be massively attractive. I asked why Valve can't promote the service as well as the business benefits are mutual... I got no reply.

    The drop in price is a step in the right direction, but it's still too expensive and coverage is nowhere near enough...we'll see.
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  • When will video games look this good?

  • swede 08/04/2014

    Wow! Incredible for a 3DS ;) Reply +57
  • MSI GT70 2PE Dominator Pro with GTX 880M review

  • swede 07/04/2014

    @bosseye Ditto, ditto, ditto. Kids, space, social with wife (although she spends most of her sofa time with freemium games on the ipad) ... I bought a decent laptop mat to absorb the heat, the arm of the sofa hosts the mouse mat... and I can be slashing away in D3 in 2 minutes whilst still chatting away and watching Britains got Talent (or whatever)... Reply +1
  • swede 07/04/2014

    @skunkfish Read the post I made earlier. When space is an issue, being able to 'whip it out' is a godsend. I admit that it cant really compete with a desktop, but its close enough for me. There is definitely a market for these laptops. (although 1800 quid is a bit steep for me!) Reply +1
  • swede 06/04/2014

    I've been using gaming laptops for the last 4 years since shortly after my daughter was born.

    The main reason being that my office is now a play room, and also that this room is next door to her bedroom and therefore was a no go zone when she was getting off to sleep.

    I started with an Alienware m11x which wasn't really up to the job, but gave me a glimpse of what was possible.

    I progressed quickly to a Medion Erazer X6811 (sainsburys were selling them at the time. I got shedload of Nectar points and a good top cashback deal of 100 IIRC) The lappy lost 900 I think and came with a 460M. It's still respectable today and can run most stuff at medium-high if you can stomach 720p.
    (I sold the m11x for almost what I paid for it on ebay :) )

    I was impressed with Medion, so stuck with them and got a X7821 direct from their website nearly 2 years ago. It costs a little over a grand I think. I used flubit to get a slightly better deal. With a 680M it is still a good performer today and will be for a another 2 years I would guess.

    For me, gaming laptops have allowed me to continue being a PC gamer. Performance and convenience come at a cost, but for me, it's worth it!

    This machine is obviously ultra high end, but in 6 months you will see very good deals for the same spec.

    /edit oh, it's pointless comparing machines like these to a PS4, you can't work from home on a PS4....well you could try ;)
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  • Sega's arcade redemption

  • swede 16/02/2014

    I'm proud to be old enough to remember the very early years. The first game I ever played was Asteroids. I did the firing and my dad controlled the spaceship. From that moment on, I knew gaming was for me...

    Then, the golden years of the 80s, playing games like Outrun which were only technically possible in a machine costing thousands of pounds. Going home, and playing the 8-bit versions and using a good deal of imagination to pretend you are still in that noisy arcade.

    It's a cliche, but the beginning of the end was when home machines matched the power of the arcade machines. Brilliant for us as gamers, but the fate of arcades was sealed there and then. Who is going to pay 50p to play Virtua Fighter 4 or Tekken when you have the exact same game at home... except to show off ;)
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  • The Last of Us: Left Behind review

  • swede 15/02/2014

    Superb. Makes me want to play the main game again now. Ellie is the best gaming hero ever!

    I love the way they play on the lack of a 'childhood' for her (and her generation) so sad :)
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  • New cheaper Xbox One model this year - report

  • swede 31/01/2014

    ... hmm yeah, anyone on the fence is going to put it off now.... (me) Reply +70
  • Video: Why you should be playing Rymdkapsel

  • swede 30/01/2014

    Great game, deceptively difficult, it starts off quite relaxed and catches you unawares. Looks nice on ipad. Reply 0
  • Space Harrier retrospective

  • swede 07/07/2013

    Nice article. I first saw this at Devon Cliffs holiday park Exmouth. I remember being blown away by the sound and graphics. People used to gather round to watch players and I think it was the only machine in the arcade there that cost 30p!

    It is also the first game (I ever saw) where you could pay to continue... the whole 'experience' was designed to make money with the near impossible difficulty level combined with the weird yet diverse levels (and the thumping soundtrack).

    We used to go back to the same caravan every summer, there was always one new 'alpha' cabinet in the arcade, and they rarely disappointed. It was on previous holidays where I first saw (and became obsessed with) Star Wars and Dragon's Lair for example...good days
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  • Microsoft reverses position on Xbox One DRM

  • swede 19/06/2013

    They simply had to. Good news if it is true. The trust may be all gone for a lot of people though... Reply +33
  • EA extends FIFA licensing agreement until happily ever after

  • swede 08/05/2013

    Vinnie is EA AND FIFA, Gazza represents games like New Star Soccer. Flair, raw talent and enjoyable entertainment vs brute strength. Reply +7
  • Was Gabe Newell right to declare Windows 8 a catastrophe?

  • swede 08/11/2012

    @Achtung_Englander The old classic CTRL-ALT-DEL allows you to shutdown (bottom right of screen) Reply +1
  • OnLive lays off most of its staff, files for alternative to bankruptcy

  • swede 18/08/2012

    I don't agree with some of the negative and purile comments here.

    I do think that the service has a long way to go though. when it works well, it can be great, when it doesn't it's terrible... and it's all too hit and miss at the moment. Saying that, I did have a good time with Onlive (most of the time)

    My 'big idea' is a hybrid. Buy the technology (Microsoft, Valve or whoever), sell your online games in the normal way, but let people start to play them immediately (streamed) and download the locally hosted data at the same time. Then seamlessly switch between the stream and your own machine when the process is complete.

    Obviously peoples' download speeds need to increase, but that will happen.. hopefully sooner rather than later.
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  • CCP talking to Gaikai, OnLive about cloud-based Eve Online

  • swede 22/03/2012

    whilst they have olive streaming to their google glasses.
    I think you are supposed to put an olive into your glass when mixing a
    Vodka Martini. I didn't know Google made cocktail glasses now though!


    Seriously though, OnLive still impresses me. It's far from perfect (and still a way off console/pc local gaming), but good enough to be enjoyable. I enjoyed completing Space Marine for a quid on it anyway. I can see games like Eve working very well on it, and as they say could open it up to mobile/tablet users in the future.

    I personally can't see cloud gaming becoming 'the norm' for a good while yet though...
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  • Mad Dog McCree targets 3DS re-release

  • swede 12/03/2012

    Wow! The character models and textures are pretty good... Reply +6
  • App of the Day: Virus Wars

  • swede 25/02/2012

    Advice taken. Can beat it nearly every time now. A cracking little game. Risk meets Chess meets Noughts and Crosses. 1.50 well spent. Reply +2
  • swede 24/02/2012

    @skowhegan Thanks - yes that's definitely my problem. I think it's because you 'win' the tutorial by attacking quickly. Nice app of the day though. Love the recurring article as well, there are some hidden gems out there. Reply 0
  • swede 24/02/2012

    Thanks! Got it, as it's just my sort of thing. But... I'm just really, really bad at it. N00b advice needed please. Reply +3
  • Batman: Arkham City PC, OnLive, Origin release details

  • swede 22/11/2011

    @Sharzam No. Onlive currently uses 5-6Mb maximum. So, greater download speeds don't mean an awful lot at the moment. I tried the demo on ADSL and it seemed pretty good to me.

    /Edit... just had a another look. Sorry, yes have to agree with you on the most part. Had no problems with artifacts or lag, and the framerate is very smooth... but the trade off is that the game appears to be running at very low settings. Some textures are incredibly low-res. Look at the banners hanging down in the first room for example.

    Shame.
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  • Kinect: Disneyland Adventures Review

  • swede 17/11/2011

    @DDevil Me too. My daughter is 2 and a half :(

    I know she will love the images but get frustrated with not fully understanding it.... she is obsessed by Tinkerbell as well!

    I was thinking of getting her Once upon a monster for Christmas... maybe that would be suit a toddler better?
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  • Coder ports Prince of Persia to C64

  • swede 17/10/2011

    You never had spam like that ^ ^ ^ in the Zzap! 64 letters pages! Reply +3
  • swede 17/10/2011

    Funny, we were just talking (at work) about why people still develop for the C64 and Amiga and Spectrum.



    The answer is because it is fun to push the old machines further and further. There is real challenge in getting these machines to do more when you are working against extremely limited memory and processor constraints. Some of the C64 demos of recent years are amazing.



    This is why it is not silly or pointless.
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  • Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster

  • swede 13/10/2011

    My little girl will be 30 months at Christmas. And she loves Elmo.......and I'm a big kid!



    Win Win Win!
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  • Spot "bad-mannered" UMVC3 players

  • swede 07/10/2011

    FFS! Reply -2
  • Tech pioneer Steve Jobs dies aged 56

  • swede 06/10/2011

    Sad, sad news. His outstanding legacy is that he has (and will continue to) bring 'computing' to the computer illiterate/phobic masses.

    My 2 year old daughter has been using the iPad since she was about 9 months old. It started with just being able to browse the photos, today she can switch it on, unlock it, find her favorite apps and play happily. We dont need to worry about her messing anything up.

    My father in law in his 80s learnt to browse the web with it (he now has his own netbook). It's not everyone's first choice (I still love my PC!) but it has caused a sensation in the IT industry. 'Tablet' computers are here to stay. Apple didn't invent them, but they did make them 'work'.



    Thankyou Steve.
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  • OnLive

  • swede 28/09/2011

    My experiences:



    My provider is PlusNet (8Mb DSL)..

    Until yesterday, the service was throttled (Bronze priority they called it). Yesterday morning it was put into their traffic management database to allow at line speed (Titanium priority I think it's called). The difference at peak time for me went from unusable to mostly playable. This was wi-fi on my laptop 80.211g... I tried wired on my desktop... still playable but flaky. This was all before 10pm last night....

    I tried the US server at the same time and..... it was perfect. Not one glitch in about 30mins gaming for me.



    My conclusion is that Onlive UK is still swamped by demand and that it will settle down in a few weeks or so... or they will get more servers/bandwidth or whatever the problem is. The queues may not be a problem after everything has settle down also.



    I couldn't really tell any difference between wifi or wired. I tried DIRT3 and found it pretty bad as others have mentioned. The lag is a problem for driving game I think.



    Overall, the service is good for what it is. The game for 1 is a good offer. The subscription is not worth it (for me) as I have most of the 'premium' games there and have no desire to play the casual ones. (Hidden object games make a fair chunk of it!).



    I will be using it to play my 1 copy of Space Marine and my 1 copy of Splinter Cell on my wife's account ;) and I will be using it to demo new releases that may appear there.

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  • Sega prepping Daytona USA re-release?

  • swede 16/09/2011

    Congo Bongo.... but Arcade Edition only. Please.



    Best game ever set in the Congo.



    :)
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  • swede 16/09/2011

    I think I preferred the (crappy graphics) first Saturn version over the Champion Circuit Edition Saturn. I seem to remember that even thought the game looked a lot better, the controls were all screwed up.... or am I thinking of the Dreamcast remake? They also changed the race start from 'Gentlemen, start your engines' to 'Drivers, start your engines' .... :(



    The Arcade version is sublime though. Best arcade racer ever.





    /Edit... on the subject of Sega arcade remakes/ports - VF2 (arcade) would be near the top of my list.
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  • Torchlight 2

  • swede 18/08/2011

    TL1 was superb for me, but then ... I love loot em ups personally.



    Would also recommend Din's Curse for anyone looking for another fix.



    Half way through DS3 and fairly enjoying it - not as good as the first 2 games though (in my eyes).



    I know they're not for everyone, but I find them totally compulsive. They are the gaming equivalent of a bag of revels (whilst your chomping on one, you're wondering what you're gonna get next)....hooray for the resurgence of the genre I say!

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  • Gremlin Graphics' Bounder's World vid

  • swede 19/07/2011

    Now that's how to remake an 8 bit game. Looks very good. Reply +2
  • Edge's Langdell returns with Edgebobby2

  • swede 04/07/2011

    I hope you're joking Kami.



    You can't excuse the misery this guy must have caused to Mobigame.



    If he wants a word of his own, let him have the word 'cunt'.



    I'm sure nobody else would encroach on his trademark and 'Cunt Games' has a nice ring to it.
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  • Cheap This Week - 01/06/11

  • swede 01/06/2011

    Thanks for AssBro heads up...glad I resisted the 20 deal on Steam the other day now :) Reply 0
  • Guild Wars 2: How to make MMOs better

  • swede 14/04/2011

    @RockTwist.... GW1 has started selling cosmetic items on their e-shop.... I don't mind stuff like that as long as they keep it the same... I wouldnt like them to sell stuff that greatly enhances your character, leaving you vastly inferior if you don't buy. Cosmetic things are just fine, and are even tempting to purchase from time to time if you're feeling flush and want to show off :) Reply +4
  • Minecraft gets official release date

  • swede 08/04/2011

    I just checked.... Beta owners get the final game for free as well. I think the difference was that Alpha owners were told that they would get free updates for the life of the game. So dont worry about buying the Beta version (if there's anyone left who doesnt have it, that is!) Reply +3
  • GAME's 190 Nintendo 3DS trade-in price

  • swede 22/02/2011

    An accountant once gave me this piece of advice.... 'whatever else you do, don't fuck with the VAT man'.

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  • Xperia Play

  • swede 17/02/2011

    I loved my N-Gage :} got the piss taken out of me all the time though...



    Ahhh this brings back the good times....
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  • Retrospective: The Acorn Archimedes

  • swede 05/02/2011

    I never owned one, or even saw one running. But it's kind of ironic that the ARM processor is ticking away in a significant percentage of gaming 'platforms' this vey day.



    I did play Virus on the Amiga though. Tough as hell - could never master it.



    Nice article.



    /Edit: Arghhh I want to see BBC's 'Micro Men' again now!!!
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  • Dreamcast Collection confirmed

  • swede 14/12/2010

    Mega Drive ---- straight to -- DreamCast ???? Where's the Saturn collection?



    You're skipping a gen Sega!



    Still cringe at my missed opportunity to buy PD Saga years and years ago....
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  • Download Games Roundup

  • swede 26/11/2010

    I had Crazy Taxi for the DC and was always disappointed by it in all honesty. I know it was an arcade game and everything, but it was just too aimless and short lived for my taste.



    It did get me into listening to The Offspring and Bad Religion at the time though.



    I will never forget the moment it first fired up with the Taxi screaming by accompanied by Offspring's 'All I want'. That track suits the game perfectly.

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  • Retrospective: The Need for Speed

  • swede 21/11/2010

    Remember seeing the pre release screenshot of this in Edge (TM). Huge amounts of technolust surged through my body. I just could not afford it at the time, so for me the 3DO and this game in particular still hold an enigmatic charm for me....even though I never got a chance to play it... Reply 0
  • Retrospective: All hail the BBC Micro

  • swede 07/11/2010

    Even though I lived in a Commodore house, I'm pretty sure I can speak for my generation declaring their love for the BBC.



    It was everyone's second computer. Yes there were the 'snooty kids' who had their own, but everyone else spent as much as their school time as possible trying to nab a BBC. My junior school had just 2 they were both on mobile stands that could be wheeled from class to class. My senior school had about 5 (for 500 kids!) sited in a tiny broom cupboard labelled 'the computer room'.



    On delcaration of a wet break or lunch hour there would be a mad rush to this room. First come first served 2 pupils to a machine, after that you were left with a PET or an RML (running CP/M!) both with crappy green screens and no sound!



    Everyone had their own stash of disks as well. Chucky Egg was favorite for most, but I'll never forget seeing Elite for the first time....



    So yes, not a computer I ever owned, but still one that sits rather fondly in my heart.



    /PS anyone ever remeber seeing the 'Doomsday Disks' running at their school? Waaaaaay ahead of their time... glorious days.



    /edit .... oh yes, and lunch hour Zalaga what a great game.
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  • UK Kinect launch stock is "tight"

  • swede 05/11/2010

    Up until yesterday, I was 'on the fence'. Decided to take the plunge (for my daughter - honest!) and got Kinectimals (through Amazon) as well.



    Ordered the unit through Gameplay.co.uk and they have just emailed (from gameplay) saying 'dispatched - 1 business day - parcelforce' So it may come tomorrow... wow!



    It all sounds like a marketing ploy to me. Queues always make the manufacturers look good... they'll have an interview with the person at the front of the queue in London somwhere as they leave the shop at Midnight on the 10th no doubt.
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  • Retrospective: Skool Daze and Back to Skool

  • swede 31/10/2010

    You had to make all the shield flash. Ones on one floor (top?) you could just just for. Some had to be reached by bouncing catapult bullets off teachers heads after they were knocked over, and some you had to hit other boys and jump on top of them to reach them.



    Once they were all flashing, you had to knock a teacher over, who would get confused and reveal his part of the school's safe (where you end of year report was) password.... apart from the history teacher, who had to be knocked over in a classroom with his year of birth written on the blackboard... you got clues about his birth year in his classes...



    Once you have all the password numbers, you have to try different combinations until you got it right. I remember that being frustrating (I can't remember how you entered the combinations though)



    As somebody else said, I think you had to switch all the shields off again to 'win'.... very tough game!



    Some of this might not be quite right, but as far as I remember, it's pretty accurate. :)



    Loved the article, I can clearly see the link now between this and GTA style sandbox games. Even though it was technically a better game, I never enjoyed Back to School as much as Skooldaze.
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  • Fable III UK launch night plans

  • swede 25/10/2010

    Love that piece of music, the glorious ninth I believe. 'I was cured alright...' ;) Reply 0
  • Retrospective: Uplink

  • swede 03/10/2010

    Congrats you should hopefully enjoy them both. Uplink induces those primal emotions of fear and panic... especially panic! The only other game to do that to me was the first AvP - I just couldn't deal with that game...!



    I personally prefer Darwinia - can't get enough of the style. Both are far better than DEFCON imho...
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  • F1 2010 - first 15 minutes

  • swede 28/09/2010

    If you have a slight interest in a game, would it not be helpful to see it in action? ... it beats 'tarted up' / CGI trailers. After all, you're not going to get any spoilers coming out in the first 15 minutes. Reply +6
  • swede 28/09/2010

    What a pointless comment. If you don't like the content provided on the site... why visit it? Reply +12
  • ArenaNet talks Guild Wars 2

  • swede 10/08/2010

    Looks fantastic. For me there is still plenty of mileage in GW1. So I'm happy to wait for it. Looking at the videos I'm glad that they don't seem to have pushed the graphics engine too far. I don't mean that in a bad way. GW1 still looks fantastic even today, I am pleased that the sequel may be just as scalable... Reply +2