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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…

Every so often I’m flicking through the desktops on my iPhone and realise that there’s really nothing at all exciting on there and subsequently end up browsing the App Store. A couple weeks ago I came across a cute little app named ‘Pair’, I clicked on it to explore it a little more. At this point the main selling point was that it wasn’t actually for sale, it was free. It didn’t take long for me to discover that Pair, just another of the hundreds of social networking apps available on the iPhone, was specifically designed for people in a…

With almost every phone having an integrated camera these days, everyone is taking pictures of everything at anytime. That’s one of the main reasons why camera apps have become so popular on smartphones with one in particular becoming a favourite among users; Instagram. Providing more than just photo editing tools, Instagram allows users to set up an account and then put different filters on their photos to give them a new look and feel whether that be something vintage or simply something to enhance them. Your photos are then uploaded to your Instagram profile and can be viewed by your…

It feels like I’m forever writing about one Assassin’s Creed or the other but I feel it can’t really be helped. The new installment of Ubisoft’s popular series was officially confirmed by the company back in February of this year and was soon followed by the debut trailer hitting the internet on 5th March. All one and a half minutes of footage comprise of a cinematic only, much like previous debut trailers from the series, but it is unclear whether the clip will feature within the game. With Assassin’s Creed 3 we will skip just under two hundred years, finding…

For years now Sony’s Playstation franchise has been seen as market leaders in the fast-growing gaming industry. Since the release of the Playstation One in the mid-nineties, the company has repeatedly released newer consoles and even delved into the handheld console market once before with the PSP. Now though, with the increase in mobile gaming, Sony are back in the handheld market with the PS Vita; the PSP’s long awaited successor. Already out over in Sony homeland Japan and due for release in Europe on February 22nd, the PS Vita boasts a number of swanky new features. With a 5…

I think it’s fair to say that ever since the rise of the gaming industry, bordering on three decades ago now, there has been Star Wars games. It all started in 1983 with Star Wars: Jedi Arena for the Atari 2600 console. The game was simple, two Jedi’s would face off with a seeker ball between them (just like the one Luke trains with in Episode IV). To win the game you had to deflect the laser bolts from the seeker ball towards your opponent. Star Wars games have come a long way since then. Deflecting laser bolts is the…

For those who aren’t aware, The Hunger Games is the latest young adult novel to get the Hollywood treatment. The Hunger games was written by Suzanne Collins and was published in 2008. This is the first of a three part series. The book was well received by critics and authors such as Stephen King and Stephanie Meyer have both praised it. In 2009 Lionsgate acquired the rights to distribute the film and on March 23rd 2012, the film was released worldwide. The Hunger Games takes place after the destruction of North America by an apocalyptic event in the nation of…

Kicking off the Easter holidays, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists is the first 3D-stop motion film produced by Aardman Animations, the producers of other family favourites such as Chicken Run, Flushed Away and Arthur Christmas. Released on 28th March, the complicated stop motion system means that the film has been in production for over five years (it takes a week to shoot 5 seconds of film), and it definitely does not disappoint. The Pirates! follows the adventures of the ambitious Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) and his crew, which  includes his second mate The Pirate with a Scarf (Martin…

After nine seasons, 184 episodes, three weddings, six births, three psychos, three murders and one suicide One Tree Hill is about to air its final episodes. The Show debuted in the US in 2003 and has attracted millions of viewers. Originally One Tree Hill followed the lives of half brothers Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) and Nathan (James Lafferty) living in the fictional town of Tree Hill, who compete for positions on their school basketball teams. Their relationship then evolved form soulless enemies to loyal siblings. The audience was then taken through the whirlwind romances of Lucas and Peyton (Hilarie Burton),…

Hit the Road Jack is Jack Whitehall’s attempt to move his career forward to T.V. personality from “that posh one”, who appears on panel shows such Mock the Week or 8 out of 10 Cats. Other stand up comedians have had their own programmes such as Kevin Bridges’ What’s the Story? Or John Bishop’s John Bishop’s Great Britain. Does Jack match the standard of these household names?  Well, he certainly has a good go at it. Jack Whitewall entered the comedy circuit wowing audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, following this up with appearances on panel shows alongside well established…

The sequel to Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans is set ten years later where we see demigod Perseus (Sam Worthington), slayer of the Kraken and son of Zeus, living a quiet life with his young son Helius as a fisherman after his wife sadly died. One night, Zeus (Liam Neeson) visits Perseus asking for his aid in stopping a horrific prophecy coming to pass. With mankind moving away from the Gods, they’re beginning to weaken, losing their powers and becoming mortal themselves. This has triggered the walls of Tartarus, the Titan prison located in the Underworld, to…

The second season of AMC’s The Walking Dead has certainly had more ups and downs than a rollercoaster; events have rocked between fast paced, nail biting tension, shocking, emotional twists and far less endearing moments of inertia and stagnation. The extension from six to thirteen episodes, as well as the introduction of a new, apparently permanent camp at the Greene Family Farm, seemed to provide a golden opportunity to explore the human side of the apocalypse. Whereas season one appeared solely focused on the fight for survival against the constant presence of the undead, the increased length of season two…

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