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Dave Parrack

Deputy Editor / Joined 2 December, 2011

Dave Parrack is a British writer with a fascination for all things tech. With over 10 years experience writing for online publications, he's now a Deputy Editor at MakeUseOf.

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5 Video Games That Would Make Great TV Shows

Gaming

5 Video Games That Would Make Great TV Shows

When Halo 4 gets released on Nov. 6, 2012, it will bring with it episodic content almost televisual in nature. In order to build shared experiences that players will talk about around the water cooler, the game’s developer 343 Industries will be delivering free weekly mini-missions which tell side-stories to the main mission, all via Xbox Live. While this isn’t a television show based on the Halo series, it borrows much from the idea of mixing the two media.

27-06-2012
5 Video Games That Would Make Great TV Shows
The 10 Greatest Hits Of Zero Punctuation Reviews

Gaming

The 10 Greatest Hits Of Zero Punctuation Reviews

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.

27-06-2012
The 10 Greatest Hits Of Zero Punctuation Reviews
Inside My Radio Is a Platformer for Music Lovers [Windows]

Gaming

Inside My Radio Is a Platformer for Music Lovers [Windows]

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.

21-06-2012
Inside My Radio Is a Platformer for Music Lovers [Windows]
10 Cool Websites Featuring Draw Something Art

Internet

10 Cool Websites Featuring Draw Something Art

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.

20-06-2012
10 Cool Websites Featuring Draw Something Art
8 Robot Quadrotor Videos Suggest A Scary Future

Web Culture

8 Robot Quadrotor Videos Suggest A Scary Future

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.

20-06-2012
8 Robot Quadrotor Videos Suggest A Scary Future
5 Best Websites Dedicated To The Final Fantasy Series

Gaming

5 Best Websites Dedicated To The Final Fantasy Series

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.

15-06-2012
5 Best Websites Dedicated To The Final Fantasy Series
Skrittle – Find Similar Sites To Those You Love

Internet

Skrittle – Find Similar Sites To Those You Love

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?

14-06-2012
Skrittle – Find Similar Sites To Those You Love
Top 10 Most Entertaining Guitar Hero & Rock Band Videos Of All Time

Web Culture

Top 10 Most Entertaining Guitar Hero & Rock Band Videos Of All Time

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.

13-06-2012
Top 10 Most Entertaining Guitar Hero & Rock Band Videos Of All Time
8 YouTube Videos Of People Testing Windows 8

Web Culture

8 YouTube Videos Of People Testing Windows 8

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.

06-06-2012
8 YouTube Videos Of People Testing Windows 8
6 Websites To Learn About Queen Elizabeth II During Her Diamond Jubilee Year

Internet

6 Websites To Learn About Queen Elizabeth II During Her Diamond Jubilee Year

2012 is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, with the actual celebration itself taking place between 2nd June and 5th June. This coincides with the date of her coronation on 2 June, 1953. While most people will be aware of Queen Elizabeth II from her high-profile presence lasting 60 years and counting, few will know that much about her.

06-06-2012
6 Websites To Learn About Queen Elizabeth II During Her Diamond Jubilee Year
Have Hours Of Fun With Logic Puzzles Playing The Fantastic Contraption 1 & 2

Gaming

Have Hours Of Fun With Logic Puzzles Playing The Fantastic Contraption 1 & 2

Fantastic Contraption and Fantastic Contraption 2 are games that require some lateral thinking and a little creativity. These aren’t simple, straightforward, shoot-what-you-see-on-screen affairs. But that’s a good thing, especially for those who like to give their gray matter an occasional workout.

31-05-2012
Have Hours Of Fun With Logic Puzzles Playing The Fantastic Contraption 1 & 2
Why Facebook Is Right To Force Timeline On Everybody [Opinion]

Internet

Why Facebook Is Right To Force Timeline On Everybody [Opinion]

If you haven’t yet switched your Facebook profile over to the new Timeline then the chances are Facebook is getting rather insistent that you do. And it’s no wonder. It’s been 8 months since Timeline first reared its admittedly ugly head. Surely that’s enough time for everyone to get with the program. While I’m sure some people will hate me for saying so, I think Facebook is right to force Timeline on everybody at this stage.

30-05-2012
Why Facebook Is Right To Force Timeline On Everybody [Opinion]
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