Memories Erased by a Storm

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Six. That’s the number of platforms I have played Final Fantasy IX on. Originally released in 2000 for the  PlayStation Final Fantasy IX has cemented itself as one of my favourite games of all time. And what has helped it is the ease with which I’ve generally been able to play it regardless of the fact I haven’t had a working PlayStation for nearly a decade. Continue reading Memories Erased by a Storm

Game Completionist 2011

So it’s kinda coming up to the end of my time at university. And as it stands I’ve got quite a bit of free time at the moment over summer in which to complete a bunch of games. Last year I completed:

  • Mirrors Edge
  • Bioshock
  • Half Life 2
  • HL2 Episode 1
  • HL2 Episode 2
  • Borderlands
  • Modern Warfare 2
  • Killzone 2

So just 7 games. Now this year I’ll be starting much earlier so I’m pretty sure I’ll easily beat that 7 this time around.

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Sterling Buggers up Piracy

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Jim Sterling of Destructoid decided to take the recent leak of Crysis 2 as a springboard for some ramblings against piracy and PC development. While game piracy is something worth giving an eyeballing it’s only worth doing it if you’re going to put a bit more effort in than a ill thought out,narrow minded and cardboard thin rant on the matter.

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My Glimpse at the VG Blogging Engine

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At the end of last week I had a source tell me a great little snippet of news: Portal 2 will feature co-op between PC and PS3 players. I posted this news to PXOD, submitted it to a few sites, and then stuck it up on N4G.

Very quickly this became a big hitter for PXOD as it soon spread to Gametrailers, NeoGAF and eventually reddit. WordPress offers up a list of all the links that folks have clicked to get to your story, so I was browsing through them, having a look at the reaction to the news, and one thing I picked up on a few times was  this “who are these people? Should we believe this?” vibe. At least when folks weren’t arguing over PC or PS3 gamers being better. Continue reading My Glimpse at the VG Blogging Engine

Short Thought on Reviews

So I’ve kinda noticed I’ve not really paid any attention to any reviews for a long time. I might go back to EG’s reviews, I stopped visiting a while ago to the whole site but I remember the reviews been okay.

But by n large I’ve not really read many reviews for the last year or so. Magazines are out the window as I’ve not bought a gaming mag for probably over 3 years now. Pretty much for any gaming reviews I’ve wanted in the past year I’ve hunted down someone I know who has the game n asked them about it. Without them been paid for it I can kinda trust them to give an honest opinion, and it’s a live ‘review’ so I can ask and get a response on certain aspects of a game. Destructoid have managed to make the whole review process a parody, Kotaku trashed their okay scoreless review system recently. Gametrailers are hit n miss, though the video review style I like (one day PXOD, one day). I don’t much care for discussing how review scores have all kinda gone a bit tits up lately (though I guess if you hit the metacritic options maybe you still agree with them)

Who do you read or take advice from? I just kinda want to know what other people are like (and post a poll)