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  • Legendary cover artist Bob Wakelin passes away

  • swede 22/01/2018

    Played this for hours round my mates on his Speccy.
    Great artwork.

    I think the game had a 'soundtrack' ... 'Hard Days Night' maybe... ?
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  • The making of Barbarian: The Ultimate Warrior

  • swede 09/07/2017

    Thanks, great nostalgic read. I remember that this game went round our class like wildfire... ;)
    Also does anyone remember the 'Game Over' poster - the original one before they airbrushed the nip out?
    Happy days...
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  • Pinball FX2 VR is coming to Oculus Rift this month

  • swede 10/03/2016

    @mannyYearsAgo I wish someone would hurry up inventing that time machine. Sandy Bay Exmouth arcade circa 1983... I'd be back. Ahh nostalgia isn't as good as it used to be. Reply 0
  • David Bowie dies aged 69

  • swede 11/01/2016

    Very sad. I just re-watched 'When The Wind Blows' as well the other day, first time since the 80s. Great film. Great title track. Reply +14
  • A whole world in your hands: Game Boy at 25

  • swede 30/09/2015

    I used to complete Mario Land on the number 92 bus back home....
    I also finished Tetris and saw the 'ending' on the very same bus (speed 9 level 5 or something like that...?)

    Happy Birthday GB. Thanks for making those Journeys home fly by.
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  • The Amiga is 30 years old today

  • swede 23/07/2015

    @groovychainsaw ...and procedurally generated. That's what impressed me. I think captive had thousands of worlds to visit. You could never finish it.

    Naturally being a Captive fan Eye of the Beholder was amazing too.
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  • swede 23/07/2015

    Captive Reply 0
  • Godzilla review

  • swede 17/07/2015

    ....and Godzuki

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  • Heroes of the Storm review

  • swede 05/06/2015

    @Symethe Ok thanks. My connection was good at the time with a ping of around 15 or so. But it was a while back (I think there were only 3 maps?) and it may have been optimized since then. The game is great though. Always planned to come back to it. Reply 0
  • swede 05/06/2015

    I haven't played for a couple of months. Have they sorted the frame rate and performance issues now? It was really inconsistent a few months back with seemingly random loss of performance. Reply +5
  • Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition Vita and PS3 release date announced

  • swede 06/11/2014


    A:\> DUKE3D.EXE

    Happy days. I will never forget that first end of chapter cut scene :)
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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.

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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'. Reply +5
  • 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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