Dirty Bomb Closed Beta: What you need to know.

The last closed beta for Dirty bomb is less than 7 days away. If you have just received a key and you are looking forward to trying it, here is a quick guide to get you straight into the action. Dirty Bomb is a class and objective based shooter. You can take three mercs into battle with you, each with unique loadouts and specific roles. Though all mercs can do everything to some degree, a medic for example can obviously heal better than an ammo dealer. The shooting mechanics are slightly old school, Read more [...]

When is a release, not a release?

I am, what is known as a seasoned gamer, i.e. old, I come from a time when DLC didn't exist and micro transaction hadn't even been invented. Games had a release date, and apart from a few minor delays they generally came on on time, and they worked! I know a lot of you are reading this and nodding in agreement, but there are a bunch of people who can only imagine what it is like to buy a complete, working, game that requires no further investment.   This isnt a piece that criticises the free to Read more [...]

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot – review in progress

So tell me why do we build castles in the sky....? I will tell you. It is stop people from nicking all your hard earned plunder. Up until recently this game was in closed alpha and beta testing, but now joy of joy's it is available to all of us to play….and it is free (to a point). I was first interested in this game following the amusing marketing videos that i had seen on Steam and YouTube. Needless to say that once you have logged in to the application that familiar feel returns with snarky Read more [...]

Diablo 3 Patch 2.01

You may remember that Diablo 3 didnt have the best start, complaints about the Real Money Auction House and always online aspect were two of the main complaints. The other was the loot, it was easier to purchase your loot in the auction house than find it in New Tristram. Despite these things Diablo went on to sell 12 million copies in 2012 and was the best selling game that year. I too was one of the 3.5 million people that purchased the game in the first 24 hours. Since then I have chopped, vaporised, Read more [...]

Community Driven Gaming

Peeling off the cellophane wrapper the box opens with a reassuring click. Inside are several CD-ROM's and a manual that has yet to be touched. The box smells of newness, you know the smell, a one time kind of smell, so you breathe it in and savour the moment. You put the CD into the cup holder shaped drive and ease the drive back into position. The drive gives off a calming hum as it reads the disc. As the game installs you pour over every word in the manual, reading the health and safety guide twice Read more [...]

Hearthstone review

The world of online collectable card games is expanding, with a lot of new ones in various pipelines. One such game on the way to our computers is from our friends at Blizzard. Hearthstone is their soon to launch online CCG. It's been in beta for a while, now open beta, and it is a very well constructed version of the genre. For those with no idea what CCG is, basically you play 1v1 with a deck of cards you construct out of the ones you own. Each card is either a champion you play onto Read more [...]

Old school PC gaming on your phone

What is DOSBox? DOSBox is a great little program that lets you run old MS-DOS games on pretty much any computer.  Primarily it is used to play old PC games on newer PCs but with the rise of powerful smartphones we can now look to play our old favourites on the move. DOSBox can be a little daunting for those not familiar with the DOS environment but with a little patience you get access to a vast library of games. Installing on Android? For Android there is no download available on Read more [...]

Twitch: the colossus of video streaming

In the beginning there was the internet, full of wonder and promise. Originally nicknamed “The Information Super Highway”. Where would we be without? I cannot think of many things in my life now other than sleeping and eating that do not in some way involve the Internet such as it become engrained within the worlds core structure. The largest and most recognised video site in recent memory has of course been “YouTube” with its anything goes (within acceptable standards) attitude to Read more [...]

DayZ: Snippets of life in Chernarus

Phil fidgeted in his seat as their rusting light blue Lada grumbled along the road.  Flicking a dog-end out of the window into the night he rolled up the window and looked around at the rag tag crew he was now running with. Under the glow of a green chemlight in the back seat sat the two M’s - their most recent additions to the group.  Having recently discovered half a pack of cards tucked in the glove compartment they were trying to pass the time with a game of poker but as Read more [...]

Lost On The Loading Screen

There is a somewhat popular game played by a few people doing the rounds at the moment called League of Legends, you may of heard of it? Apparently 32 Million (active) players have! To put that in some kind of prospective, there are 204 countries and dependant territories (thanks Wikipedia) with a smaller population that the LoL player base. Wow! I could talk about many aspects of the game, the intricate teamwork involved to succeed, the complex balance of champion skills and item selection, Read more [...]