Category Archives: Games

The Financial Risk to Launching a New Console

To many gamers, 3D seems like a gimmick – but if the general entertainment market moves towards 3D, it would be foolish for consoles to not at least be 3D capable. Currently, the only next generation console looking for release in the near future is Nintendo’s offering. As with the Wii, it doesn’t appear that Nintendo are directly competing with either Microsoft or Sony – looking instead to solidify their position with the more casual audience with the Wii U. This infographic by details some of the interesting aspects of Sony’s financial motivations in the technological arms-race that is console development.

Of particular interest are the rumours of an always-on approach to DRM (or the ability to use purchased games on a single console) – effectively killing the used games market. Interestingly, Ubisoft (pioneers, for good or bad of “working exactly as intended” always-on DRM) were recently seen to … Read the rest

Some “Secret” Benefits to Video Games

If you’ve ever been on your computer playing a game and looked to the corner only to discover that you’ve just lost two hours to Farmville or World of Warcraft, I’m sure you’d love to believe that there is some redeeming value to the time you’ve lost. On August 3rd, PBS MediaShift released an article claiming that video games teach “a new literacy.” And while I do not personally game, I agree to a certain extent – there are hidden benefits to playing video games.


Ryan, my husband, games, and given the trend, I would be willing to bet that my son will become one as soon as he is of age. I tend to see playing Xbox all afternoon as a massive waste of his time, but today’s video games have many more benefits than the tired “hand-eye coordination” argument that has been around for a … Read the rest

For the Love of Drawing

I first came across the Draw Something game when two of my friends were sat in the pub not talking to anyone, staring at the phones, typing and doing what appeared to be drawing! Well, my interest was piqued and I had to see what they were up to, and they were challenging each other on Draw Something.

Draw Something is an app-based game where players guess the picture being drawn by their opponent. It is best described as an online version of the classic board game Pictionary, where mobile and tablet devices have replaced pens and paper.

The success of the game is based on the fact that it can be played on a mobile phone or tablet and you can challenge friends (or people you don’t know) who aren’t in the same room as you! Or in the case of many, you can challenge friends sat in the … Read the rest

World of Warcraft

The below article has been written by our very own Becky Brand who works in our Torquay Store and has long been a diehard fan of the World of Warcraft series of games. As an avid gamer; I thought she would be better equipped to talk about this subject with you this week.

World of Warcraft (or WoW) is the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) from Blizzard Entertainment. Warcraft initially started out as a series of three games ending in Warcraft 3 with World of Warcraft being set after these games.

When you start the game you need to create an avatar which you will control as you explore the fictional world of Azeroth. You have a choice of two sides; either the Alliance or the Horde with each side having a number of different races that you can play as including Trolls, Dwarfs, Humans, Gnomes and Orcs.

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iPhone Games

I declared quite publically around a year ago that I was refusing to select an iPhone as my next contract phone, not due to the fact that I consider it a poor piece of technology but rather that it would have immediately made me ‘one of those’ people.

You know the type; you’re busy minding your own business but they’ll sit next to you and force you to endure a daily demonstration of the latest app that they’ve downloaded. They do this with such a self assured smugness that you’d swear that they’d invented the iPhone, not had it handed to them by their mobile phone provider.

I am starting to get a little envious however…..

It seems there are more to these apps than initially meet the eye; after years of dominance, both the Sony PSP and the Nintendo DS portable games consoles are starting to lose ground to, … Read the rest


This week Matt Stevenson from our Torquay Road store has kindly offered to write about the fantastic gaming site Kongregate which, as a non gamer, I felt ill-qualified to cover. Enjoy!

A year and a half ago I was shown a website that was pitched to me as “YouTube for video games” and as an avid gamer I was rather keen to get on this website and see just how it worked. The website was and it has since become one of my top visited sites for many reasons.

Kongregate currently features 19,620 completely free mostly independently produced games and more are being added daily. Whilst not necessary, users are encouraged to register for an account so they can use the sites social element and contribute to the site with ratings and reviews.

The social part of the site (to justify endless hours of gaming instead of getting … Read the rest


It was pointed out to me today that this article covers a woefully small amount in the way of gaming. I attribute this to the fact that I wouldn’t really consider myself a gamer and as such don’t really feel qualified to cover the majority of games out there. One of the guys that I work with is a big fan of the digital distribution network Steam so in order to plug the absence of gaming related material in this article, I decided to download it and give it a spin myself.

Steam is a multiplayer, games distribution and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation (famous for games such as Half Life and Day of Defeat) which has been designed to distribute a wide range of games and related media entirely over the Internet. At present there are 667 games available … Read the rest


I have always been astonished, confused and secretly impressed by the amount of time that people voluntarily spend creating or helping others online.As an example, there are hundreds of thousands of forums online with specific themes that anyone can use; Hayley is taking her first steps to opening a salon and the advice given by a whole community of holistic therapists has been invaluable.They spend their evenings answering the questions of others without any incentive other than that warm feeling of having done something nice.

Open Source software is another interesting topic.If you’re not aware of the term, ‘open source’ refers to a piece of software which can not only be downloaded free of charge but the source code is also available meaning that anyone with the right knowledge can alter or add to the code.Google has produced a fair amount of Open Source software but there is always the Read the rest


I got completely sidetracked when preparing this week’s article after discovering that Doom, possibly my favourite game as a teenager, is now available to play in a browser.Upon finding this link I was hit by a huge wave of nostalgia and decided to delay my article on the Intel Atom article until next week whilst I pay homage to this revolutionary game.

Released back in 1993, Doom has been recognised as a pioneer in several areas of gaming including 3D graphics, network gaming and custom expansion.You take on the roll of a space marine who has been deported to Mars as punishment for assaulting a senior officer after you were ordered to attack civilians.You work your days in a lowly security job whilst a coalition called the UAC, who are also stationed on the planet, perform secret experiments with teleportation.One day they unexpectedly transport back a wave of creatures that Read the rest

Wii Fit

With all the talk of video games corrupting the minds and bodies of youngsters it’s nice to see Nintendo taking a completely different direction to video gaming in the form of their ‘Wii’ console which I previewed last year just before it was released in the UK.The unique selling point behind this console is that rather than relying on the conventional video games controller, the Wii interacts through various movements that the user makes in real life.

The basic package comes with a ‘Wii remote’ and ‘nunchuck’ – these are held in either hand then your hand movements get translated in to on screen actions.In the mini games supplied with the console these actions are used to simulate playing a game of tennis, ten pin bowling, golf or cricket.

The combination of movement and cute characters lead to an experience that is a lot more innocent and physically involving than Read the rest