Category Archives: Discussions

Top 10 New Horror Games of 2020

Horror games are great stuff. They get you all tense and nervous, and are as close as you can get to a horror movie. The best part of all of this is that you are deeply involved in the action on the screen. It’s a great way to spend time, and the horror game market…
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Ten Best DS Games Of All Time

Nintendo DS console - image credit Nintendo The Nintendo DS is a much-loved machine. It has been responsible for the first gaming experiences for most of the people we know, and the console is still very much a gaming favourite. Of course, it can’t possibly compete with the bigger consoles for graphics and sound, but…
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Most Anticipated Games of 2020

Most anticipated games of 2020 When it comes to gaming, 2020 is going to be an interesting year. There is plenty to look forward to, and also one or two games that are real ‘events’. Cyberpunk 2077 We think this one really does count as an ‘event’ game. When it was introduced at E3 2019…
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Have Sonic Team lost their touch?

While Sonic the Hedgehog may have popped up in various styles of gaming over the years, the team behind his escapades is generally kept the same. This means that the Sonic Team of in-house developers has been responsible for nearly every misstep and ill-advised ‘new direction’ that the character has been involved in. We can’t…
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Retro versus Remake

We’re a nostalgic bunch, us gamers. If we were able to get into a time machine and jump back to when our favourite games were created, we would most definitely would. Time makes changes, and that means that technology is much better than it used to be. This could mean that development teams find out…
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The Pros and Cons of Backward Compatibility

There have been plenty of advances in gaming technology in recent years, but one of the most exciting is that of backward compatibility. Here, players can buy a new version of a console and still play some of the games that were on the older, less technologically proficient console. This is perhaps most welcome in…
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What Makes A Game A Cult Game?

What makes a game a cult game? Sometimes, that question can seem easy to answer. If a game sells millions it’s no cult. It’s mass appeal stuff. However, some cult games seem to defy all attempts to understand the success they have. They’re just different and they have a loyal fanbase that behaves a little…
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What is backwards compatibility? How important is it?

This concept has really been one for heated discussion in recent times. Many people embrace backward compatibility, because it allows them to play their favourite games on a newer console. Some people hate it because it never quite works out for their favourite games. In other words, it’s a bit of a decisive issue. However,…
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Are Video Games Better Than TV?

We’re going to start right out with a ‘yes’ on that one. But we’re a little biased. Within the last ten years, with higher production quality on all the big event games out there, games have become more and more like professional TV and movie productions. They have voice actors who are actually celebrated real…
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How Video Games Reduce Stress

If you’re a gamer, you will know how video games can actually help take the pressure off a challenging day at work. The opportunity to load up a game and get rid of your frustrations by shooting some bad guys or completing a level is one that all gamers will welcome with open arms. We…
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10 Outdated Misconceptions About Gamers

We all know that gamers are misunderstood. It’s part of the deal, and generally rests upon a few areas that non-gamers seem to think are part of a gaming life. That’s why when non-gamers say we never leave our homes and would rather spend time in darkness with a screen for company, we just laugh.…
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The Pros and Cons of Rebooting a Series

We’re guessing you’ve seen a ‘reboot’ film. Look at the release schedule for the big movie studios and we can guarantee there will be at least one reboot on the cards. Rebooting a movie often involves taking the basic storyline of the original (or an exact copy) and then populating the movie with a young,…
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Retail Versus Digital Purchases

Anyone who plays video games these days knows that there are more options than ever before when it comes to buying them. It is no longer the case that gamers have to go to a physical store to buy games. And many gamers have collections that are entirely digital, downloaded from an online marketplace like…
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10 Common Misconceptions Non-Gamers Make about Gamers

Sometimes, it can feel pretty lonely to be a gamer. You’re not always understood. People make judgements about you and they think you’re one thing when you simply aren’t. We’ve put together a list of 10 Common Misconceptions Non-Gamers Make about Gamers. We’re sure you’ve experienced them before many times. Games make you violent Of…
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The Problem With Super Mario Maker

Okay, Super Mario Maker has been around for a long while now, so it’s managed to overcome the initial gripes players had. However, it also has issues in other areas that still make it a fundamentally frustrating game to play. And while it still has millions of fans, these problems have turned it into a…
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Should SEGA move back to 2D Sonic Games?

Long-standing gamers often have ‘holy’ games that they played (most often in their youth) and enjoyed massively. The list for any gamer will be quite long, and one of the most beloved characters is Sonic the Hedgehog. He became an iconic figure pretty much after his first game was released. But his star has begun…
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Most Satisfying Achievements/Trophies to Earn

Some achievements are quite easy to get in games. At the same time, it’s true that some achievements are so difficult and complex that getting them brings an immense amount of satisfaction to the player’s journey. here's our most satisfying achievements/trophies to earn in gaming. Mile High Club This achievement belongs to Modern Warfare. It…
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Year of Final Fantasy, 2019

2019 is going to be a very interesting year for Final Fantasy fans, with the momentum Kingdom Hearts 3 had at the end of January Square is continuing its plans to port Final Fantasy games from previous generations on to mainstream consoles. With the 5 titles come this year Gamerspot are happy to say that…
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When a reward isn’t worth the effort in games

When a reward isn’t worth the effort in games If you like playing video games (and we’re guessing you do) you’ll recognise the thrill that you get when you reach an achievement or manage to acquire a special in-game item. You’ve worked hard for it, and the rewards are worth it. Well, they are most…
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How video games can be used as team building exercises

Good teams are hard to find. Any office manager knows that, and they have probably already tried numerous team building exercises that allow employees to bond. These typically include an outdoor adventure centre, a hotel stay with games and quizzes, or even just taking the team out for a meal. But video games and team…
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Replayability, what is it?

There are hundreds of games out there right now that have plenty going for them. These games have great graphics, the slickest animation and some truly immersive content. However, not every game has the one thing that developers are striving to achieve, replayability. Replayability is that magic component. If a game has it, players will…
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What is the problem with yearly releases in games?

The Problem with Fast and Multiple Game Releases Software houses have plenty of money at their disposal, but this doesn’t always mean they plough that money into making better games. In fact, some software companies may just use the money to build more games, and this often turns into a situation where games are released…
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Motion control: a look back at the good and bad

The Kinect Kinect on the XBox One is history. If anyone remembers when the XBox One was first released, it was boosted by a ton of advertising and marketing around the Kinect experience, with a focus on games that featured cute pet animals you could really cuddle and play with using motion control. [caption id="attachment_2595"…
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Are Video Games Art?

The argument that video games share some of the qualities of art, or are video games art? Has been bubbling away ever since they went next-level. By ‘next-level’ we mean the time that games started to look better than they did when the first generation Playstation and XBox machines were around. As graphics became better…
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Value for money in gaming

The gaming landscape has changed significantly over just the last few years. Now, people have their gaming experiences many different ways. Some games are paid for as titles, physical games that you buy in a store. Others are downloaded. There are also games that you can play online for free, and pay extra for certain…
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What is New Game +, Pros and Cons

New Game Plus (or NG+) is a feature that has been used on and off in the world of gaming but has now become more prominent in mainstream titles. It breathes new life into a game as well as more complexity and difficulty. There is only one way to gain a NG+ experience and that…
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Are gaming season passes a good or bad thing?

Love them or hate them? Season passes are evil. Or they could be a great way to treat players with integrity. It kind of depends on how you look at it. If you don’t mind paying money for further updates and enhancements, then they are well worth looking into. However, if you believe that games…
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Can video games be used as exercise?

This is perhaps the truly elusive aspect of development in gaming. Being able to create a game that actually promotes fitness is one thing, but being able to create a title that actually makes you fitter is a whole different ball game. However, some platforms and games do a pretty good job of helping you…
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Videogame gimmicks and how they can damage or ruin a long-lasting series

What is a Videogame gimmick? It’s a feature or addition that has been added to a beloved franchises in the sequel. This can be in the game, drive forms in Kingdom Hearts 2, or hardware that controls the game, steering wheel and peddles accessories. We’re quite used to movie franchises slowly running out of steam.…
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Nintendo’s strange choices in technical innovation

Nintendo is certainly not a brand that one associates with failure. However, they've made some strange choices in their time. The company has constantly pulled off some of the most audacious and successful moves in gaming, especially in the area of hardware. The Wii remains one of the best family-friendly machines ever. And the Super…
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Dissidia NT, The Death of Dissidia

Dissidia NT was that most beautiful of concepts: take a beloved franchise and turn it into a great little fighting game that featured the vast majority of the characters. It couldn't fail, simply because it allowed players to take the fun elements of an already legendary series (Final Fantasy) and then turn that into a…
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Soulsborne: What Makes the Series So Good?

There are a few games out there at the moment that are very much responsible for headaches, stress and frustration. And gamers love them. The ‘Soulsborne’ series of games has earned a reputation for being difficult and extremely frustrating. In other words, they’re just plain difficult to play, never mind complete. We thought we’d take…
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Technology in Gaming, it’s advancements, and how it has affected us

Technology in Gaming has come a long way since the very first home systems were developed. Back then, controllers needed to be connected by wire, and responsiveness was all about how simple the games were. The less complex a title was (think Pong on the Atari), the more ‘responsive’ the controls were. However, these days,…
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Are Video Games Educational?

Are Video Games Educational? If you’ve been playing games for a long time then you will probably remember at some point asking your parents to buy you a game because it was educational. We all know it was a flimsy argument, but every now and then there are examples of games that come out and…
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What Factors Cause A Gaming Franchise To Die?

A good gaming franchise can be as popular and rewarding as a movie franchise. They build up stories, and develop characters to a point where they become genuinely loved by fans. They can also become victims of ‘franchise death’, where a franchise literally stops. Sometimes it’s for no apparent reason. Other times, it’s very obvious…
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Streets of Rage, What Went Wrong?

There are many games from the 1980s that are arguably legendary. In fact, some of the earliest games on the earliest systems, including Atari, are simply known worldwide as being the precursors to the modern games that we all enjoyed today. You may not even have played frogger, for example, but you will know what…
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Top Ten RPGs of the Last Decade

Our Top Ten RPGs of the Last Decade There’s nothing like a good old RPG (roleplaying game) to sink your teeth into. You can spend hours developing a character and immersing yourself in a virtual world. It’s rewarding and fun. We thought we’d dip into that world, with our top ten RPGs of the last…
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Top Ten Chilling Elements In Non-Scary Games

We all love a good horror video game. It’s becoming one of the most successful of game genres, with people flocking to play the latest scary episode of a series, for example. But for every Silent Hill game there are, chilling elements in non-scary games that actually has a section or two in it that…
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Pay To Win, The Problem With it In Gaming

No one likes a cheater, but the problem is that cheating is rearing its ugly head in modern competitive video gaming. Or rather, it’s perceived cheating that is the problem. This all started with the phenomenon of 'pay to win', which has now become a major issue in many of the AAA games that are…
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Remakes Versus Remasters

Some time ago, developers began taking old titles and re-releasing them with the title remake or remaster. Without giving us a definition of the difference, even making the words interchangeable. Remasters are just the same game on newer hardware with a fresh coat of paint and maybe new explorable areas or a new boss. Remakes…
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Difficult Achievements And Trophies, A Look At How The Bar Is Set

In modern games we have goals that tell the world, we did a thing! But some of them truly are difficult achievements and trophies, even more, some are considered near impossible. Why? Did the developers just want to make an impossible goal. For that matter who sets the bar and how? How is the Bar…
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GTA:Online’s move to Pay to Win

Grand Theft Auto online is a fun open world experience that started out as a play to win, system. But gradually, GTA:Online moved to pay to win quicker system, you could still earn and win, but actual money could speed up the process. Now, at it’s core it’s Pay to win. lets that a look…
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Sonic And Mario Through The Ages

They are two of the gaming world’s most iconic characters, and have probably starred in a million games, movies and TV shows between them, but Sonic and Mario have had an interesting ride through history. They are of course on separate sides of the gaming divide. Sonic is a SEGA creation, and Mario is a…
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