Top 5 *48 moments of 2013.

So as 2013 draws to a close and we look back upon the year,  what were the parts that really stood out and were memorable for us? I’m sure everyone has their own views, and many people will be doing the same and uploading their thoughts  for people to read, share and discuss.  So I thought, for a change, I would too.  I haven’t updated this blog in a long time.  2013 for me encompassed a lot of change in my life, new house (twice) new job, new surroundings.  So some things had to take a back seat, and unfortunately blogging was one of them.  It’s not that I wasn’t paying attention or being active in my hobbies, just that I wasn’t actively writing about them.   So over the next few blog posts I’m going to write for me what were the best moments of 2013, starting with Idols today, and gaming soon after. Continue reading Top 5 *48 moments of 2013.

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I Assure You We’re Open!

Hello again.  Miss me?  Probably not.. moving on..

So I got a job finally, and thus had to move several hundred miles and have been without any internet for about 4 weeks, hence the lack of updates.  I managed to rack up and almost 3 digit phone bill in the meantime however, as if to make up for my lack of net access. Continue reading I Assure You We’re Open!

New Xbox to include always on DRM and block second hand software.

XBox_LogoAccording to an Edge-online report, the new Xbox will feature an always online digital rights management system (DRM) and will block second-hand software.  All new games will need to be registered to the users account which will need to stay online in order to play them.  This is not unlike recent PC games such as Diablo 3 by Blizzard Entertainment.  By doing this, it will also kill second-hand sales of software as the game will only work for the user who registered the game.  In essence, Microsoft are looking to create an environment similar to what PC gamers find themselves in. Continue reading New Xbox to include always on DRM and block second hand software.

Minami Minegishi and cultural misunderstandings

Initially I didn’t want to touch this with a barge pole.  At this point, the whole situation has gone viral and it’s splashed across news sites all over the world, from the BBC in the UK, to ABC news in America.  What more can be said about this that hasn’t already been asked by bloggers when it first arose, or mainstream media journalists when it got too big to ignore?  Well I don’t have anything really new to add to the situation, but I feel I should clarify some things. What I am about to write it for the most part not my opinion, it is purely background cultural knowledge to maybe help explain some of the reasons surrounding this, that most media outlets have failed to mention, or not bothered to research. Continue reading Minami Minegishi and cultural misunderstandings

Omerta: City of Gangsters Demo Impressions

Anyone who knows me is likely aware how a big a fan I am of the gangster genre.  My DVD shelf houses many gangland classics, from the Godfather trilogy and Goodfellas, to less celebrated titles like Carlito’s way and A Bronx Tale.  Gaming however lacks many stand-out mob titles. For each good title produced such as Mafia or Gangsters: Organised Crime, there are just as many that miss the mark, ironically sequels to both of these classic titles failed to live up to the standard set by their predecessors.  So it was with a great trepidation that I approached Omerta, a strategy title developed by the team behind the Tropico series. Could this title help tip the balance back in favour of quality after so many recent poor gangster games?  Due in part to the genre, I will be doing a lot of comparisons with Gangsters: Organised Crime (hereafter, Gangsters) which I believe even 15 years after its release, to be the very best mob based strategy game available. Continue reading Omerta: City of Gangsters Demo Impressions

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