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You might have heard about the Raspberry Pi and wondered why it matters or why anyone should care about a credit-card sized computer when an iPhone is more powerful. If you haven’t heard about it, the Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It costs $25 (or $35 for the slightly more powerful version), runs linux from an SD card, has a small amount of RAM and a tiny processor all squeezed into a single chip. Don’t expect anything glamorous because it comes as a bare bones printed circuit board with nothing…

Whether you’re PC or Mac seems highly irrelevant when it comes to what software you play music from these days. If you’re not jumping all over Spotify then you’re probably blasting your tunes from Apple’s iTunes software because, lets face it, Windows Media Player was never anything special. If you are one of those on the Apple bandwagon then perhaps you’ll be glad to know that iTunes 11 has begun rolling out. Though recently Apple’s new releases have accumulated a lot of negative comment. The iPhone 5 for example, was hardly a huge advancement on the 4S, it just looked…

What do you get if you combine Ancient Greek pottery with epic music? Alientrap’s new side-scroller Apotheon. Oh and Disney’s Hercules. In this Greek Mythology turned on its head, depicted on a pot action-rpg Zeus has been overthrown by his wife, Hera, who now rules Olympus. Her hate for mortals knows no bounds and she aims to destroy us all. But of course there’s always one guy fighting for the survival of the human race; the player character. Being humanity’s last champion will be no easy feat as you journey through the Underworld on your mission to infiltrate Mount Olympus…

Rockstar today revealed the second trailer for Grand Theft Auto 5, the upcoming instalment in the GTA series. The first official trailer for the game was released earlier this month (November, 2nd) and gave an attractive overview of the game’s world; Los Santos. While it served as a nice taster, the trailer hardly gave anything away and it was unclear whether the voiceover was that of a playable character or not. With today’s release of the second trailer fans have finally been given a little more about the game they have been waiting four years for. It was recently…

Resident Evil 6 was meant to be a landmark in the franchise, after a successful yet heavily criticised 5, and a 4th instalment that was effectively shunned by some fans, the 6th game aimed to go back to its survival horror roots. The game has 3 primary story arcs that eventually link in with each other. Whilst Leon’s campaign feels like it has gone to the bare bone of the series, fighting his way through the more traditional enemies, Chris’ missions seem more like a bastard love child of the classic Resident Evil game and a modern day first person shooter such…

The hype machine has been going into overdrive about this game, and it hasn’t failed to meet expectations. It’s a clever game which allows you to tailor your experience to your preferred style of play. However, users are guided towards a more stealthy approach in a similar way to games such as Batman: Arkham Asylum and Assassin’s Creed. You play as Corvo, bodyguard to the Empress, when you are betrayed and framed for her murder, and are then sent on a quest for redemption. Although not exactly a unique story for a game, Dishonored tells its tale without using too…

E.T. trying to kill us all?  By Joe Keep Earth is beset on all sides by a hulking alien invasion, the population has fear in their hearts and panic in their eyes, there is but one option available to repel this incursion – the XCOM project and you are the commander. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is the latest addition to the long running XCOM series, running since 1994. This new addition welcomes new XCOM players, whilst also retaining the roots that previous players will remember from previous bouts against the alien horde. Developed by Firaxis and overseen by publisher 2K games,…

Nintendo release the successor to the Wii next month, finally presenting a console worthy of standing up to the competition from Microsoft and Sony. But is it too little too late? There’s no doubt that Nintendo consoles have provided an entirely different gaming experience to its rivals; hosting cartoon-style, “family-orientated” games, the Wii was often considered child’s play and some sceptics often went as far to suggest Nintendo didn’t attract “real” gamers (definitely true, at least since being a “gamer” meant being a graphics whore).  Sure, you couldn’t play the latest mind-numbing, regurgitated version of COD, nor could you sit…

Rewind to 4th October 2011, Apple lover’s around the world are glued to their Mac’s, iPhone’s, iPad’s, even iPod’s as they watch livefeed’s coming out of the Apple Campus in California. Rumours were swirling that the multi-billion pound company were about to announce the next iPhone; assumed to be the iPhone 5. It wasn’t. Less than a year later and we’re all back at our many Apple products watching another livefeed, again from California, where the iPhone 5 is actually going to be revealed. The reveal was met with mixed reaction. In essence, Apple really haven’t done a lot to…

Our world is in ruins, nature is reclaiming the Earth and the only survivors have turned against each other in a vicious attempt to stay alive; this is the last of us. I am, of course, going to be biased whenever it comes to a game made by California based developers Naughty Dog. My love for the Uncharted series knows no bounds and the dedication of the ‘Dogs’ shines through in everything they do. And so, it has to be said, next year is going to be a great year for gaming with the release of Naughty Dog’s newest epic;…

The online strategy game, League of Legends was released during autumn 2009 and is a game which requires the player to have quick reflexes and excellent teamwork abilities. Overall, the game itself is very simple but also complex at the same time, for reasons which will be explained later. The main aim of the game is to destroy the enemy nexus, however it is not all that simple to complete. Defending the nexus are three lanes of towers which are dangerous when you approach them, it is therefore essential that you gather the minions (creeps) that are spawned throughout the…

A review of Mass Effect 3, like any review of any entertainment media, boils down to one ultimate question: is it worth the price of admission? If that is ultimately all you want to know, then don’t worry about skipping to the end, because I will tell you right now; the answer is yes. Flawed though it may be, Mass Effect 3 is still one of the best gaming experiences you will have this year and (ignoring the ending, which we will get to later) it is definitely going to be hard to beat in terms of sheer narrative force…

It’s not often that a design student’s university work gets put straight into market, but 23 year-old student Kieron-Scott Woodhouse from Middlesex University has managed it. He originally designing a concept phone out of steel and bronze which was picked up by a website that specialised in concept phones. After spreading from blog to blog, Woodhouse was approached by a technology entrepreneur who liked the idea and together they formed a company to develop the concept further. The phone was named ADzero and after working on the design for a while, it was modified to have a uni-body bamboo case.…

The Internet is spreading, and the world is becoming more and more connected. You can bump into people at an event or on a night out and add them on Facebook to keep in contact. You can meet people at conferences and add them to LinkedIn. It’s not just social networks that are getting bigger though, there’s a whole “web of things” developing. With smartphones becoming the norm, it’s becoming easier to stay connected wherever you go. Many of you will have probably seen QR codes on posters. These are simple graphics that can be scanned by any smartphone. They…

Laser tag games have been around for a long time. The first commercial game was released in  1984, when Star Trek Phaser toys were developed. At the time, this was cutting edge technology, that the military had had for training for only a few years. From here, it became a much bigger sport, both indoors and outdoors. Many of us might remember going to a Laser Quest or Q-Zar for a game with friends. Putting on some body armour and running around with a large laser gun to see who could score highest from shooting each other. It’s always been…

  The Game Boy; possibly the most Iconic mobile games console ever. Over   118 million sold around the world. Born in the 90s. Just.   Original Game Boy The first Game Boy was announced in 1989, but didn’t reach Europe until 1990,    making it a true child of the 90s. It was a steep competition for Nintendo from the start. There was competition from  Atari and Sega; both had just released new colour screen devices to compete against  them. They were bulky, short on battery life and very expensive though, making  them unpopular. The Game Boy undercut both of these…

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