It was something of a surprise when I was invited to join the China Trade Delegation - and that is putting it mildly...
In the weeks leading up to Christmas the number of online transactions increases dramatically - and with it our risk of being targeted by cyber-criminals.
People want to try something new and when it comes to games such as Call of Duty or Medal of Honor, quite frankly, people are just bored of playing missions about Americans braver than Chuck Norris saving the world within six hours of gameplay.
Disney Infinity is one of a number of games that wants to change this by putting simple accessible game creation tools in the hands of everybody. Their new title is well known for using physical toys to access in-game characters in the Play Set adventures but less well known for its Toy Box game development mode.
The roll-out of the new PS4 and Xbox One consoles have actually shown that it is not just our own broadband connections that can be a problem, but the farms of servers that operate the PS Plus and Xbox Live networks.
I first started making videos and posting them on YouTube just for the fun of it and to share my video game highlights with my friends at school, this was back in 2009. YouTube was the easiest place to share the clips online and I didn't think much of it at the time...now creating YouTube videos is my full time job!
The other night I spent two hours trying to defeat Seth on Street Fighter IV. Two hours. For the uninitiated, Seth is Street Fighter IV's final boss, a Doctor Manhattan-looking lout who apparently controls time and space through a rotating ball in his tummy. Standard stuff.
Yes, Volcano Top Trumps has just been released, and I have just gone out and bought 10 just for good measure. I open my pack, the rest a mixture of presents and prizes at talks, and I flick through to make sure my favourite is there.
It's a world away from the early 2000s when children had to spend hours bargaining with their parents over the time they spent on the family computer, immersed in virtual worlds on a big screen. Children still play in these worlds - look at the popularity of Moshi Monsters - but the rise of mobile gaming has, in many cases, changed the way they do it.
Wonderbook is a new way to play video-games and experience stories that uses the PlayStation 3 camera in conjunction with a plush pop-up book. The twist here is that the book is blank until placed in front of the PlayStation 3, whereupon the pages are populated on the screen with all sorts of interactive stories and challenges.
It may seem unthinkable, then, to see the console war heading for a truce. Over the years social theorists have predicted that, eventually, all media content is going to flow through a single black box into our living rooms. Uncannily, Xbox One has been touted as such a device.
We've long been terrified that children are growing up too fast, turning into little kidults For the girls: supermarkets selling bras for bee-stung chests; the iPhone becoming the new pencil case; and ten-year-olds calling each other 'badass bitches'.
With under a week until the PS4's UK launch I would like to recount my top three gaming moments on each generation's console. Note, I do not mean my top three games. Rather I would like to look back and recount the specific moments that I hold so dear.
BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode One featuring an all-new story for Booker and Elizabeth, set in the underwater city of Rapture before its fall, but it is worth playing?
As smartphones have been getting "smarter," the games that they can run are becoming more advanced. In only a matter of months, gamers have seen the titles available on the mobile platform evolve from Atari quality to games that visually rival the original PlayStation.
If you've not played them before The Legend of Zelda series of games from Nintendo are held in high regard among gamers, and for good reason. They blend a creative mix of puzzle solving, action and exploration that appealed to me when I was younger, and now has my children hooked.