Dave Parrack

Joined December 2011

Dave Parrack is a freelance writer from Manchester, England, with an unhealthy level of interest in technology and pop culture. You can connect with him at About.me now.

Feel free to contact at dparrack@makeuseof.com

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5 Beloved & Acclaimed Games That Are Incredibly Overrated

24th July, 2013

Reviewing something, whether it’s hardware, software, art, or an experience, is a deceptively tricky thing to do. You have to try and put aside personal biases and focus on the actual positives and negatives of that thing. Even if you manage to do this successfully, there will always be someone out there who disagrees with your review, and for one day only that person is me. What follows is a list of five video games that are almost universally acclaimed by the critics and beloved by gamers.

Do You Watch What You Say Online? [You Told Us]

24th July, 2013

The Internet is still considered to be something akin to The Wild West, a lawless, still-emerging set of disparate communities all vying for attention. But this isn’t actually the case, and it hasn’t been for many years. Contrary to popular belief many of the laws and rules which apply in the real world also apply online.

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Create Your Own Simple Platformer With The Adventure Time Game Creator

24th July, 2013

Adventure Time is an animated television show which airs on Cartoon Network. It started life as a short created for Nickelodeon which became a viral video hit on the Internet. Pendleton Ward then created a full series about a human boy named Finn and his best friend Jake, a dog with magical powers. The success of the TV show has led to several games based on the series to be made for the Cartoon Network website. One of which is Adventure Time Game Creator.

Take A Break: 10 Websites To Help You Relax For Two Minutes

18th July, 2013

It’s incredibly important to take the time to relax occasionally. It doesn’t do anyone any good to constantly be ON, to be working, to be stressed by the rigors of everyday life. In the same way you need to give your body a physical break every now and then, especially if you work with computers, you also need to give your mind a rest from time to time.

Do You Watch What You Say Online? [We Ask You]

18th July, 2013

Piracy is an obvious way in which the two worlds collide, as we discussed last week. Another way the two butt heads is with the right to free speech and laws pertaining to libel. There have been countless examples of people saying something online which has got them into trouble in ways they could never have foreseen. Which leads us to this week’s We Ask You discussion.

5 Free-To-Play Games Coming To PlayStation 4

17th July, 2013

The PlayStation 4 has some fantastic games heading its way, which is one of the multitude of reasons why you should buy the Sony console over the Xbox One. Having already looked at five games exclusive to the PS4, it’s now time to look at five PS4 games that will be free-to-play (F2P). Gaming can be an expensive hobby, unless you utilize some of the many ways you can game on the cheap. It’s especially expensive at the start of a new generation of hardware, with the consoles sold at a premium until the costs come down enough for the manufacturers to cut prices. This won’t leave the average gamer with much money left to buy the actual games they want to play.

What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? [You Told Us]

17th July, 2013

Laws against piracy of copyrighted materials existed well before the invention of the Internet, but this interconnected network of computers has turned piracy into an immediate and unfortunate problem for copyright owners of all shapes and sizes. The question is, where do we go from here? We sought to find answers to the problem of piracy in last week’s We Ask You column.

We Like You: 8 Musicians With The Most Popular Pages On Facebook

17th July, 2013

People use Facebook in lots of different ways. Connecting with friends, sharing photos online, and discovering news are just a few examples. Also popular are Facebook Pages, which are profiles for celebrities, bands, brands, and websites. Musicians in particular build immense followings on social networking sites, with fanbases the are millions-strong. Here are eight musicians with the most popular Pages you’ll find on Facebook.

Learn Basic DIY Skills Online With YouTube

11th July, 2013

While DIY falls in and out of fashion depending on the state of the economy, individual styles, and the availability of professionals and materials, there will always be someone, somewhere keen to learn basic DIY skills . The Web is an invaluable resource for anyone in that position, with a multitude of websites and experts eager to spread the word.

What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? [We Ask You]

11th July, 2013

People are sharing copyrighted files over the Internet every day and in every part of the world. It’s a huge problem for record labels, film studios, TV companies, and the creative people behind the albums, movies, television shows that are being shared. We want to know, What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? Many of the laws being used to tackle the problem of piracy are failing to prevent piracy.

5 Ways To Contact Celebs Without Facebook Charging You

10th July, 2013

Facebook has been experimenting with various different methods for making money. One of which involves charging users to send a private message to someone not on their list of friends. Whether these experiments lead to any permanent change of policy remains to be seen, but the fact is it could cost you to contact someone through Facebook now and in the future.

Which Dead Website Do You Miss The Most? [You Told Us]

10th July, 2013

The Web is constantly evolving. You can see these changes occurring gradually by charting how your favorite websites alter in look, feel, and even focus over the course of several years. Or you can plug a domain into the Wayback Machine and see the different stages of evolution in an instant. Either way, the Web is constantly evolving.

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How Video Games Would Look In Real Life

10th July, 2013

Video games have become infinitely more realistic over the decades, but they still offer a simple, stylized version of the real world we live in. These foibles often go unnoticed by gamers, but when you bring a video game into the real world the shortcuts and oddities are revealed in glaring detail. What follows is a collection of videos showing how certain games would look when played in the real world. Some are stutteringly short, others are effortlessly epic. Some will make you laugh, others will make you laugh even harder. All will make you glad real life doesn’t play out like most video games.

Learn All About Ouya, The $99 Games Console

4th July, 2013

You wait years for a new games console to come along, and then several come along all at once. Who would have thought games consoles and buses had so much in common. Hot on the heels of the PS4 and Xbox One being revealed at E3 2013, and Matt Smith and I arguing about the […]

Which Dead Website Do You Miss The Most? [We Ask You]

4th July, 2013

At the time of the announcement regarding the future of Google Reader we asked you what should have been culled in its stead? We’ve also previously asked what one website do you value above all others? This week we’re combining these two questions, sprinkling a little nostalgia on top, and (hoping) to have a fruitful discussion about dead websites.