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In the modern world we live in, with the plentitudes of consoles available and with PC gaming easily accessible to all newcomers, it is often hard to look past those fancy graphics and great “pay respects” mechanics to more traditional gaming. Though there are still clubs and meet-ups for those who want to play Dungeons and Dragons or other RPGs, the good old-fashioned board games are often shunned by the wayside. Which is why it’s all the more important to find the shining examples of this medium whilst it’s still available. With Halloween approaching, it felt right to acknowledge a…

There has been an awakening, have you felt it? From the fanboys, and the “leet” Usually in an article like this I would spend some time discussing the storyline of a video game, but as this is only a beta focusing on the multiplayer aspects of this game, there’s really no point. Furthermore, if even three of you actually reading this article doesn’t know what Star Wars is, I will literally eat my own hat and record it for Seren TV; I don’t even own a hat, but I will buy one if you can prove your Lucas-based ignorance. Regardless,…

Being a gamer in university is notoriously difficult. With current releases selling for forty to fifty quid a pop, it’s easy to spend hundreds of pounds for less than a week’s entertainment. Thankfully, when you know what to look for, it’s not too difficult to find hidden gems that are nearly as fun as new games, and are often even more so. The game I found this month, for just over a pound in the local Game, is a classic from the Japanese games industry; Dark Souls (published in 2009 by From Software for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3) is…

Many of you reading the headline may be unaware of what Stagefright is, no it is not being scared before performing or of speaking in front of a crowd, it is much more scary than that! In July of this year Zimperium disclosed its discovery of a vast security floor in millions of android devices before discussing it in more depth at the  BlackHat conference in early August. The exploit in its most basic form is that a video is sent via MMS (or it turns out played from the web or a download) could be theoretically used to attack…

Tablets have become one of the main media consumption devices. Unfortunately a decent tablet can set you back well over £100 which is why the new Amazon Fire, now under £50,  may be of interest to you. The device itself is worth more than this so you may be asking why they are willing to sell below, or close, to cost of production? The answer is in the lock screen which will show a carousel of advertisements every time you turn the screen on. This can not be disabled but honestly, how often do you sit there staring at a…

Were you ever addicted to Pokémon as a kid, or CandyCrush as an adult? Well how do you fancy being addicted to a pseudo cross over of the two because that’s exactly what we have for you as our app of the month! Pokémon Shuffle Mobile  includes some of your favorite characters including Pikachu, Squirtle, Charmander, Torchic, Espurr, Bulbasaur, Pidgey, Togepi and much more. Over 150 in fact. Don’t be put off by all the unevolved names, I’m just new to the game and have yet to level them up to the appropriate stage. The game consists of trying to…

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.…

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