Tales from Elite: Dangerous – The Bounty Hunter

By |Friday, 30th January, 2015|

I originally wrote this as part of my opinion on Elite: Dangerous but it quickly turned in to something far too long and deserved its own separate post.

Your ship, a Viper, is a small yet well-armed, powerful combat ship.  You’ve recently made enough money – running courier missions and plying the goods market between systems – to trade it in from your Sidewinder, a small all-rounder ship.  But it’s now time to take off the shoes of an intergalactic Alan Sugar and put on the gloves of a space Maverick to go kick some pirate ass for lucrative bounties. […]

Elite: Dangerous

By |Saturday, 17th January, 2015|

Whenever I hear ‘The Blue Danube’, Johann Strauss’s classic waltz, my mind is instantly transported to that mesmerising space ship docking sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey.  That scene captures the wonder of the depth and breadth to which human progress has achieved by its enormous contrast between a scene of early man and its rapid cut to the display and majesty of technological and cultural achievements of spaceflight, music, and communication. […]

World of Lorecraft

By |Thursday, 6th November, 2014|

I’ve had mixed feelings about World of Warcraft over the years and I think it mainly has to do with what I get from it.  You see, I’m a dreamer and a wanderer, I like being thrust in to an huge open world and given the freedom to explore.  So, given the Bartle test I would almost certainly qualify as an ‘Explorer’.  And if I encounter flesh-eating lizards while journeying – well, it’ll make for a more interesting trip I suppose. […]

WoW! New character models

By |Saturday, 25th October, 2014|

Azeroth, is a beautiful place.  Sure it’s a subjective point of view, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder but honestly, it really is beautiful. I’ve been sat here taking screenshot after screenshot like an Orc on holiday in the Bahamas.  This is fine for landscapes but I don’t know whether you’ve ever tried to get a bunch of marauding demons who want nothing more than to eat your liver, to stop chasing you and pose for an ‘action’ shot. […]

Rome II

By |Tuesday, 21st October, 2014|

Novi omnis impetum , deliqui
Which roughly translates to ‘I selected all, I charged, I failed’ and is just one of the many maxims I’ve had to learn playing real time strategy games since my first foray in to them in the early nineties.  And I say ‘roughly translates’ because, yes, I did use Google translate for that one, I’m not a Latin scholar I’m afraid.

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Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

By |Sunday, 19th October, 2014|

J.R.R. Tolkien never liked the idea of his books making the transition to the world of screen.  You would hope then, that Peter Jackson’s trilogy would have dissuaded him from this line of thinking.  It breathed life in to an already well-loved set of books and fascinatingly detailed world through the entirely different medium of film. […]

Quake Live

By |Saturday, 18th October, 2014|

Impressive
The announcer’s voice rings out like he’s perpetually introducing a Michael Bay film.  It would have probably given me a whiff of nostalgia too if it hadn’t been used and reused so much over the years in various guises (people who make those annoying mods for Counter Strike being a prime example). […]

Meditative Gaming

By |Sunday, 19th January, 2014|

With the slew of modern games mostly revolving around beating ten tonnes of shite out of something, someone or even each other, it’s refreshing to know that we do have a few alternatives.  The kind of games for those off-days where we feel like slipping in to a hypnotic coma and waking up to a repetition of colourful lights and custom music. […]

Jagged Alliance – Back in Action

By |Saturday, 23rd February, 2013|

It's been a long time coming, but finally there is a sequel to Jagged Alliance 2. And I say sequel, when really I mean re-imagining. Jagged Alliance - Back in Action takes you back to the island of Arulco where the evil Queen Deidranna has imposed her tyrannical dictatorship on the local populace and it's your job to take it... back.

Starcraft 2 Terran Wallpaper

By |Sunday, 1st April, 2012|

I should have been writing today, but instead I got distracted by Photoshop, my love of Starcraft II and everything Blizzard, so I decided to create this wallpaper art… […]