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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Only On PlayStation: 5 PS3 Exclusives Releasing 2013 [MUO Gaming]

2nd January, 2013

The PS3 has a deserved reputation for the quality and quantity of its exclusives, with the Xbox 360 lagging behind. With the exception of the Halo and Gears Of War series I doubt Sony would swap any of their exclusives for Microsoft’s exclusives. The PS3 has a number of great PlayStation-only titles due for release in 2013, and what follows are five of the best that are definitely worth getting excited about.

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5 Awesome Cross-Platform Video Games Being Released In 2013 [MUO Gaming]

27th December, 2012

However, as good as 2012 was for gamers everywhere, 2013 is shaping up to be even better. The Wii U will be coming of age, there’s the strong possibility of at least one (and possibly two) new consoles being released, and the list of games worth playing is growing by the day. What follows are five cross-platform video games due for release in 2013. Each one is looking more than worthy of everybody’s time and attention.

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Why You Should Never Delete Dodgy Digital Photos [Opinion]

26th December, 2012

The digital age we’re now living in has changed our ideas of ownership and copyright. For better or worse. It’s also changed the way we do various things. In the field of photography moving to digital formats has made a huge difference. Most of it positive. However, there is one aspect of the switch that may not be so positive, and could in fact come back to haunt many of us in years to come.

What’s Your Favorite MakeUseOf Post Of 2012? [We Ask You]

22nd December, 2012

MakeUseOf may not have been the dominant thing in your life in 2012, but it probably played a part in your daily routine. To think, we don’t even charge for this stuff, giving most of it away for free. It’s now your turn to give something back, not only to us but also to your fellow readers. It’s easy enough, all you need to do is nominate one or more pieces of content as your favorite MakeUseOf post of 2012.

What Is Your Favorite Tech Innovation Of 2012? [You Told Us]

22nd December, 2012

We asked you, What Is Your Favorite Tech Innovation Of 2012? There was a healthy response to the question, even when the attempts to game the MakeUseOf Rewards system are filtered out of the equation. Innovations were put forward in all of the categories: Websites and Web services, apps and programs, and hardware and gadgets.

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10 Of The Best Xbox 360 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming]

20th December, 2012

At this time of year more than any other there will be a host of new console owners getting to grips with their system. And after they get bored of the games bought alongside their console of choice, they’ll need to know which titles to get next. Which is where this article comes in: what follows are the 10 best games money can buy for the Xbox 360.

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10 Of The Best PS3 Games You Must Play [MUO Gaming]

19th December, 2012

This generation of games consoles is coming to an end, with the Wii U already having arrived to usher in the next-generation, and successors to both the PS3 and Xbox 360 expected in 2013. However, even after the current crop of games consoles has been replaced by newer models, they’re still worth owning thanks to the plethora of great games available on them.

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5 Simple Steps To Making a Perfect Mixtape

19th December, 2012

Anyone reading these words will likely belong to one of two groups of people: those who love music mixtapes, and those who haven’t a clue what one is. This article is aimed at both groups, and, consequently, at everybody. It offers a set of simple steps that need to be followed in order to create the perfect mixtape. Mixtape veterans will likely already know the formula, but will hopefully gain inspiration from this piece to start curating once more.

What Is Your Favorite Tech Innovation Of 2012? [We Ask You]

16th December, 2012

The end of the year is approaching fast, with 2012 set to turn into 2013 in a matter of weeks, assuming of course that the Mayans were wrong. It’s been a great 12 months in the world of technology, with lots of new innovations pushed out into the world. But what has been your one highlight?

How Do You Shop For Christmas & Beyond? [You Told Us]

15th December, 2012

The number of shopping days left until Christmas is dwindling rapidly. So, assuming you celebrate this religious and consumerist holiday, you need to hurry if you want to buy the right gift for the right person. Thankfully shopping doesn’t have to be the nightmare it once was, simply because the number of options open to […]

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An Apple (Ad) A Day: Top Ten Commercials You’re Likely To Remember

13th December, 2012

Apple is a company that you either love or hate; there’s very little middle ground. This is because you either buy into the company and its culture or reject it outright. Seeing as I don’t own a single Apple product I guess I belong to the latter group. However, even I, as a supposed hater, have been exposed to Apple’s marketing machine over the last three decades. And while the ads haven’t persuaded me to buy anything from the company, some have left a lasting impression.

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Game Of The Year 2012: 5 Must-Play Video Games [MUO Gaming]

12th December, 2012

It’s been a good year for video games, with some cracking titles having been released on all of the various formats available to gamers. But 2012 is almost at an end, with 2013, and a fresh release schedule, on the horizon. At this point in time it’s fitting to look back over the last 12 months and determine which console games stood out above the rest.

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Skrillex Quest – Part Zelda, Part Minecraft, All Dubstep

12th December, 2012

Dubstep isn’t for everyone. As with all genres of music there are those who love it and those who hate it, but dubstep appears to split opinion more than other genres. I wouldn’t say I’m a fan – rock and indie music are my first loves – but there are some dubstep tracks that I thoroughly enjoy. Skrillex is responsible for several of these. Skrillex is one of the more mainstream dubstep artists in a genre that’s growing increasingly mainstream.

How Do You Shop For Christmas & Beyond? [We Ask You]

7th December, 2012

For many people this is a time when shopping becomes an unavoidable task, even if they avoid it like the plague for the other 11 months of the year. Those of us who celebrate Christmas tend to buy gifts for our nearest and dearest. Sure, Christmas is essentially a religious holiday, but consumerism also plays a part in proceedings. Once upon a time, not so long ago, shopping options were limited.

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10 Awesome Webcomics Drawn Just For Geeks

6th December, 2012

Webcomics are arguably more popular now than they ever have been before. This is mainly due to a marked increase in the quality of content, with some webcomics being both magnificently written and magnificently drawn. So much so that they rival any of the more established and mainstream comic strips that make it into newspapers and magazines. Who needs print when digital provides all the comic nourishment you’ll ever need?