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If you are an Apple fan then you are probably already hooked on Apple Pay, the ability to use your phone (linked with a credit or debit card) to pay for your shopping or fast fast food at a variety of retailers across the UK. This technology is nothing new, in fact other than the biometric security it is the same basic technology that is included in contactless cards. The main question is what if you are not an owner of an Apple device? Android EE pay monthly customer with a modern handset have the ability to sign up to…

Let’s see, you’re fourteen. Nobody understands you, because you are so much more mature than your peers and at the same time you are the most hormone-filled romantic ever, who just wants someone to whisk you away on a magic carpet. What do you do? You play Dating Sims. Even though the craze has clearly quietened down, the field only had a few real star players in the day. One of them went by the name of Pachtesis, who would post her games in DeviantArt. Her games were original, well-drawn and romantic, and didn’t include sex. For a 14-year old…

By Jesse Young Ori and the Blind Forest is a game that repeatedly defies initial expectations in the best possible way. You might have seen some of the game’s art and screenshots and noted that Ori is a good-looking game. Indeed, the game looks stunning, more so than it has any business being. Even so, looking at screenshots of Ori is nothing compared to seeing it in motion, and the game’s ten-minute prologue sells it more than anything a review can say. The creators at Moon Studios took inspiration from Disney and Studio Ghibli, and it shows. The prologue is…

Have you become bored of Facebook and seeing all these photos of people’s holidays as you’re trapped in the library valiantly trying to complete your essay or report? Are you crying out for gossip on your social media that no one is willing to put up fearing the repercussions coming back to them or maybe you are the one that wants to say something and can’t. Well, I have the solution for you, Yik Yak. The service offers anonymity to the degree that you don’t even register so there is no screen names to even track. It utilities a Reddit…

As my time at Bangor draws to a close, I’d like to share with you some of the free internet games I have used to whittle away the hours as I avoided that essay or didn’t have to money to pick up that game I really wanted despite it being 75% off in the Steam sale. Google Dinosaur jump game           This one doesn’t have an official title but it has still had its fair share of hours put into it. A simple side scrolling jump over obstacles game has been a point of pride as you try to…

By Jesse Young The past year has been a weird one for PC gamers. In many ways, it’s been a weird year for gaming in general, with countless PR and QA gaffes attached to major releases. None of these gaffes, however, are more confounding than certain studios’ slipshod approach to PC ports. Let’s be clear: PC ports are, in general, becoming more polished and complete products. Controller support has become almost universally integrated. Online distribution services like Steam are booming. Even games such as the well-loved yet obscure Valkyria Chronicles are seeing new life, ported to the PC years after…

By Jesse Young It is no secret that in this modern economy, franchises are often necessary to the ultimate profit of larger developers. More and more, when a new intellectual property is introduced, it is done so with the understanding that it is the first in a series – unless, it flops, in which case the studio responsible will likely close its doors. A grim picture of AAA publishing, to say the least, but one that has been supported many times over in recent years. It is unsurprising, then, that even giants of the gaming industry such as Ubisoft,…

Yesterday I discovered my wife was pregnant with another man’s baby. I was away in Scotland at the time, fighting a bloody and seemingly endless war to claim the county of Fife. I sent an assassin to kill my wife’s lover; when the baby arrived, I named it ‘Homewrecker.’ Then I quit Crusader Kings II and went to sleep. At 1am. After playing for 5 hours. In Crusader Kings II, this kind of drama is all in a day’s work. Or an hour’s playtime, depending on what speed you prefer to play at. Simply described, Crusader Kings II is a…

Recent releases of games, especially in the current generation of consoles, have seen games getting shorter in playable length. A prime example of this can be found in The Order 1886 which reportedly has around 2.5 hours of actual gameplay with a campaign run through of about 5.5 hours. Maybe it’s the RPG or strategy player in me that is used to games taking much longer to get through, but this seems incredibly short. However, this choice has been protected by the company saying they were aiming for quality over quantity, to paraphrase. This shouldn’t be something gamers should endure…

By Jesse Young Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD is an absolute mess, but it’s also a great deal more fun than most games in recent years that have held the Final Fantasy name. Of course, this particular brand has been used in some strange ways over the years, to the point where the term “main franchise” has almost lost meaning. Type-0, however, is certainly a very different game to any of the numbered entries in the series. For one thing, it’s a fully real-time action RPG. There’s an open world, but also a very mission-based structure to the main storyline.…

Let me introduce to you the Philips voice tracer, more specifically the DVT6000 model. After only playing with the Dictaphone for a couple of minutes, I had managed to grasp how to use it. The audio quality, especially in a one to one interview, is superb. However, I ran into a little more trouble when trying to record from further away. As the product attempts to focus in on the source of speech, you have to be extremely careful about when you hit the record button so it actually focuses on the lecturer, not the guy two seats over…

Those who have been browsing the annals of Twitter over the past few months have likely come into a recurring hashtag: Gamergate. Many are touting this hashtag as part of what they see as a movement in the gaming industry. Often it is claimed that Gamergate is about journalistic integrity and the protection of gaming as a hobby. The -gate suffix, with its history, evokes the notion that a great scandal has occurred, and dramatic action must be taken to prevent such scandals in the future. But what is this supposed scandal? What is Gamergate? To answer these questions,…

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a greater game than it has any right to be. Ponder a moment on the premise: you play as Talion, whose wife and son are killed right in front of him before he is possessed, in a sense, by a wraith. As a result, he’s “banished from death” (as the game puts it) and gets a bunch of wraith powers. He proceeds to put his powers to use in terrorizing an open-world Mordor, killing a whole lot of orcs (or rather, uruks) along the way, seeking revenge and an end to his curse. The…

With every passing year we see the next iteration of the phone we love, or are expected to upgrade a piece of software or hardware to remain at the cutting edge of technology. But are these prices getting so fantastically high that the average student can’t afford to be on that edge? For – Joe Keep These upgrades aren’t all that pricey. With the speed that they are coming out, it creates only small incremental price increases, especially in the area of TVs. TV prices are so incredibly cheap for what you get, a 40 inch LED, HD ready TV…

For a long time now, the most common method of getting into a crown cap bottle has been to crank the lid off with a traditional bottle opener. While these metal contraptions do the job, I’ve never been able to get the hang of them; I would end up struggling with the bottle for far too long, spilling half of my drink out onto the table in the process. Fortunately there is a solution for this issue, the Sentol Bottle Opener. It’s a cylindrical device which has been specifically designed to ease the bottle opening process. To use the Sentol,…

During the nineties, LucasArts was a pioneer of the point and click adventure game, bringing us now classic titles like the Monkey Island series and Day of the Tentacle. These games have a special place in my heart, and looking back it’s not hard to see why. These games were original, completely engaging, and most of all, they were funny. Looking back, when was the last time you played a game as unique as the dystopian motorbike adventure Full Throttle? Or as charming as the Mexican folklore-inspired Grim Fandango? All these games hold something that is sorely missed among the…