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Video game reviews are notoriously hard to judge, as a genre that one person loves will be hated by another. Using websites which draw reviews from numerous sources in order to give an average score, such as Metacritic, is one solution. Alternatively you could forgo all other reviews and just take the word of Ben ‘Yahtzee’ Croshaw as gospel.
Geo-blocking is the method used by various websites to prevent people outside of a particular territory gaining access to their services. Most of the sites employing the method are those providing content that is subject to regional licensing. Online television and movie streaming in particular. There are ways to beat geo-blocking, some more permanent that others.
Soundtracks can be very important in games. They add another element designed to connect the player to their new reality or signal an emotional attachment to one of the characters. Inside My Radio is a freeware title available on Windows. It was created by the TurboDindon team of three developers and a musician as part of the Ludum Dare 23 competition.
As adults we often take the Internet for granted. We know it exists and we know it contains websites related to every subject that exists, no matter how niche that subject matter may be, but we’re still quite blase about it all. Which can make us forget or ignore that inquiring little minds may find it hard to resist exploring. In addition to the informative, educational, or entertaining resources on the Web there are dark corners where many fear to tread.
Draw Something is a mobile app that started life at OMGPOP but ended up at Zynga after the latter bought the former for $180 million in March 2012. Zynga might have paid over the odds for the company in order to get its hands on the game, which at the time was growing in popularity at an Angry Birds-style rate. Draw Something isn’t as popular as it once was, with a notable drop in the number of active users of late.
Many technological advances have a scary side to them, pointing towards a future where humanity is in danger of being overrun by intelligent machines which no longer need us. If they ever decide they don’t want us around then we’re done for, quite frankly. In that nightmare scenario, explored in countless movies and TV shows over the years, I wouldn’t bet against quadrotors being the primary attack force.
The Final Fantasy series of video games is 25 years old this year, with the first title, unsurprisingly called Final Fantasy, released in 1987. Since then there have been 14 games released in the main series, with countless other spin-offs and connected sequels. All of the Final Fantasy games belong to the RPG genre, although some things have changed considerably through the years.
While the Internet may be just about the greatest invention of all time (yes, that is open to debate), it also has a darker side. While adults can dip their toe into the murkier waters as they see fit, or choose to ignore the existence of that grimy underbelly altogether, things are a little tougher for children. There are various things parents need to be aware of if they’re going to allow their children access to the Web.
The Internet is an absolute wonder. I actually don’t know how we lived without it for so many years. But when you head online and see the World Wide Web open up in front of your eyes it’s often difficult to know where to head next. You’ll have your personal favorites or bookmarks (depending on which browser you use) but what about new sites you have never visited before?
We may be entering the post-PC era, if Apple is to be believed, but many of us still use computers and still choose Windows as our operating system of choice. Whether that will still be the case after the release of Windows 8 remains to be seen, but for now Windows it is. The problem with buying a new Windows PC from a big manufacturer is the amount of pre-installed software bundled on the machines.
The Guitar Hero and Rock Band games aren’t the force they once were. The last Guitar Hero game released was Warriors Of Rock while the last Rock Band game was Rock Band 3, both released in 2010. However, thousands of songs can be downloaded for the games so the lack of new standalone titles doesn’t mean everybody has stopped playing and sent their arsenal of plastic instruments to the local thrift store.
It’s very easy to hate on Microsoft and all of its products. This is the company that started as the nerdy cousin of Apple, has made some really bad decisions over the years, and has one Mr. Steve Ballmer as its CEO. But Windows 7 is fantastic, the Xbox 360 gives joy to millions, and Microsoft has at least been consistent.
While I’m no Windows or Microsoft fanboy, I do use Windows more than any other operating system. It has had its ups (XP, 7) and its downs (ME, Vista), and it’s set to be tested when Microsoft re-imagines it with the new Metro UI in Windows 8, but it’s still the Windows we know and love. Or hate, depending on your point of view.
At the time of writing Windows 8 is almost ready for public consumption, with an expected release date of October 2012. The Windows 8 Release Preview is now available to download for those in need of an early fix (and tech-savvy enough to handle it), while the Consumer Preview of the operating system was released in February 2012.
Despite the fact that podcasts really aren’t good for productivity – it’s hard to work when people are talking in your lugholes – I cannot get enough of these digital audio episodes. There are just too many great podcasts out there that deserve to be listened to on a regular basis. One of the things though about podcasts is that you’re unlikely to just stumble across them by accident.