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Christmas Post!

With Christmas on the horizon, the difficult task of buying gifts becomes obvious. Being the well-skilled shopper that I am, I find buying gift for my game-orientated friends the worst. It’s like buying shoes for someone without knowing their size.

So in the spirit of the up-coming season, I give you my guide to buying the perfect gamer gift.

Gift cards are the easiest solution for the picky gamer or someone you don’t know very well. Your friend can pick what they want without the risk of buying something said gamer already has or don’t want.

Games are a great gift if you know what your friend plays. Steam has a ‘wish list’ system that is a fantastic indicator. Games are ranked in the order that your friend wants them and they show up-to-date prices. If you’re buying a game for the console user, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network Store and the Wii store offer a range of games that be purchased using a credit card or a point-system.

This year also bought a new generation of consoles to the market. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will cost you $549 and $599 respectively and that’s just for the consoles alone. Although, both consoles come with a great range of launch titles like FIFA 14 (PS4, XB1), Ryse (XB1), Knack (PS4), Dead Rising 3 (XB1), Killzone (PS4) and some excellent games on the horizon (Watch Dogs, Titan Fall), etc), these consoles may be something to invest in for your gamer.

If your nerd has a game in mind, but it hasn’t been released, offer to buy the pre-order for them. Some pre-orders are quite cheap and you still get some decent loot with it. If they already have a pre-order organised but haven’t paid it off yet, offer to pay the rest off. Some collector’s editions can be upwards of $150 price wise, so buying it or paying it off is always a good idea and who doesn’t want a shiny new Batman statue for Christmas?

“Your Feedback Matters” – Microsoft Listen To Criticism and Change Everything.

Hardware developers have no respect for sleeping schedules I tell ya….

Today, Microsoft announced that it would remove the dreaded DRM and used-game policies that everyone has been so anxious about. Previously, your Xbox One would need to check in to the Xbox servers once every 24-hours to verify files. Microsoft tried to calm the waters by saying that the files that would be transferred were so small you could tether your phone to your Xbox for this check-in. Alas, the masses had spoken and they didn’t want to be anywhere near this DRM.

The used game policy was just as confusing and frustrating for consumers (even I’m still trying to get my head around the ex-policy). And that’s partly Microsoft’s fault, they weren’t very clear in explaining how trading and lending games. But they’re now changing the policy so that used games are handled the same way they’re handled on your Xbox 360; whether that’s a good or bad thing.

What’s new? The Xbox One is now region free which is something I’ve wanted for years. For too long have we been punished in Australia for our location and thus, we get games about a month behind the world (which the exception of one or two games to keep the unruly masses at bay) so now, you don’t have to wait. I’m a sucker for pre-order shinies so I might still have to wait, but at least I’ve got the choice to get a game in advance.

There’s an article on Gizmodo that outlines the ways that this change could really suck for the customer. It’s a really good read. I’d suggest going in with an open mind and seeing how it changes your mind on things.

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EA Announces The Sims 4.

Today, EA announced The Sims 4, coming to PCs and Macs in 2014.
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The Sims 4 has been the topic of much speculation between Sims Gurus and it’ll be interesting who got what right when more details are revealed about the series.

In the media release, EA were sure to note that this was an offline experience. Considering the drama the Internet caused over the “Always-Online” SimCity debacle, this statement wasn’t surprising.

The heart and soul of the Sims themselves, giving players a deeper connection with the most expressive, surprising and charming Sims ever in this single-player offline experience.

When EA release more details on the upcoming series, I’ll be sure to tell you first!

Send Rade to E3!

Hey guys!

If you follow the Facebook page, you’ll have noticed I’ve been somewhat excited about a competition I’ve entered to go to E3! So there’s two parts to it.

I had to write a 500 word review on an Xbox Live Arcade game from a small pool of games. As there were only 4 games (Trails: Evolution, Bloodforge, Fable: Heroes or Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition), I went through and read a little about each game.

Trails: Evolution didn’t appeal to me at all since it’s a racing game and I’m not that into them. Fable: Heroes looked okay but I don’t like the Fable games much. Minecraft: Xbox 360 edition was what I choose to review until I saw that it wasn’t available for some reason. WTF?

So I went with Bloodforge, a pretty typical hack-and-slash game that’s visually appealing. I only played about an hour of the game before writing my review since I felt I had learnt everything I need to know about the style, controls, storyline and characters. I knocked that out pretty quickly and sent it off to Seth! Seth had a small accident and through no fault of his own couldn’t return an edited version of my review so I did the best I could and edited it myself.

The second part was the harder part. I had to record a 2 minute video of why I should go to E3. I’d recorded that video a dozen times or more before I settled on my submitted work.

The Top 5 are meant to be revealed around May 17th-18th and they it goes to a vote. If I make it till then, I’ll be asking everyone to help me get there. Voting, sharing it with your friends, spamming everyone you know. Bribery won’t be looked down on as long as you vote.

Thanks for all your support!

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I accidentally Skyrim for almost 9 hours today.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim amulet

Image by Sergey Galyonkin via Flickr

I didn’t ever expect to be writing this.

I hate Morrow Wind with the fiery passion of the Sun.

I accidentally played Skyrim for nearly 9 hours with Boyfling this afternoon.

There’s a meeting for this kind of thing, right?

As it goes, I started played Skyrim on Boyfling’s PC to see if it was any good; and by good, I mean, “Better than Morrow Wind.” Turns out, I started enjoying it okay. Crash here or there but it was okay. Boyfling kept kicking me off so I got him to buy me a copy for the Xbox.

Bad choice.

I need to study for my STAT Test this week and I can’t answer with Dovahkiin. I don’t think the markers would understand.

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How-To: Christmas Shop for your Gamer.

With my 21st birthday coming up (It’s the 10th December, guys!) and Christmas on the horizon, the difficult task of buying gifts becomes obvious. Being the well-skilled shopper that I am, I find buying gift for my game-orientated friends the worst. It’s like buying shoes for someone without knowing their size.

So in the spirit of the up-coming season, I give you my guide to buying the perfect gamer gift.

Xbox Live Arcade

Gift cards are the easiest solution for the picky gamer or someone you don’t know very well. Your friend can pick what they want without the risk of buying something said gamer already has or don’t want.

Games are a great gift if you know what your friend plays. Steam has a ‘wish list’ system that is a fantastic indicator. Games are ranked in the order that your friend wants them

and they show up-to-date prices. If you’re buying a game for the console user, Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network Store and the Wiistore offer a range of games that be purchased using a credit card or a point-system.

If your nerd has a game in mind, but it hasn’t been released, offer to buy the pre-order for them. Some pre-orders are quite cheap and you still get some decent loot with it. If they already have a pre-order organised but haven’t paid it off yet, offer to pay the rest off. Some collectors editions can be upwards of $150 price wise, so buying it or paying it off is always a good idea and who doesn’t want a shiny new Batman statue for Christmas?

Hardware is another idea, but I’d reserve that for a close friend/partner. My Boyfling is building me a computer for my 21st and Christmas. Since there is a huge cost involved, obviously Boyfling wouldn’t go and do this for everyone. My best friend Jono is getting me a keyboard and mouse and I’ve bought him a new keyboard since he whines about his all the time and I bought Boyfling a new mouse and possibly a new GPU. Clearly, something you’d do for your closest friends/family.

There you go! If you’ve got any other ideas for games, I’ll do a “Gaming Wish List” post and you can

print it out and highlight the stuff you want!

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Trapped In A Really Good Game


You know that great feeling when you find a great game? I’m feeling that now.

I was looking on Steam for a new RTS because Boyfriend has been playing Shogun 2 for ages and it made me crave an RTS. I was thinking of buying Shogun 2, but seeing the $90 price tag I decided against it. Ahh, the joys of being an Australian gamer.

/sigh.

Anyway, I browsed through Steam’s RTS section and Trapped Dead caught my eye. Inspired by the 80’s horror movie genre, I’ve played it all of 20 minutes and I’m already in love.

The beginning cut-scene is compulsory, but it sets the scene for the theme in the moviegame.

The graphics and character styling is alluring with speech bubbles and portraits of the characters appearing like comic-book-like squares. The game play is (so far) well paced and makes learning easy with the tutorial being built into the first few levels, which is normal these days. Oh, you’ll also want to wear headphones. The sound of the zombies chewing on people is… delicious.

One annoying thing is if my friends had this game and just wanted to play multiplayer straight off the bat, they couldn’t. You “earn” multiplayer after a few single player missions. That’s my only gripe so far. However, it’s redundant since my friends are playing League of Legends or Deus Ex 2 at the moment.

All round? For ten bucks? I’m pretty happy so far. It’s a nice time killer and I’m sure the more I play it, the more I’ll find it bloody charming.

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