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The iPad, Not Xbox or PlayStation, Is the King of Kids' Games

(0) Comments | Posted 28 February 2013 | (15:44)

My son, Lloyd, loves video games. He's four years old. My other two children enjoy them, but Lloyd's enamoured. His first love was Mario. Whenever he asks if we can deal Bowser another crushing blow, however, what he really means is that he wants to watch me; he can't do...

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PlayStation 4: 20 February Must Show Sony's Ability to Reinvent Console Gaming

(0) Comments | Posted 11 February 2013 | (09:23)

Sony is to hold an event in New York on February 20 at which it is expected to announce PlayStation 4, starting the next video gaming console generation in earnest. The machine, according to rumour, is to release this year.

These will be the first official...

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Vine: The Digital Equivalent of Hanging a Mirror Over a Urinal

(8) Comments | Posted 29 January 2013 | (23:00)

Vine gave me some problems last week. The Twitter-owned video service, which allows iPhone users to easily post six-second clips, struck me as plain odd. I didn't know what to think about something so banal, how to even consider it as important enough to write about. Because it...

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HMV's Place on the High Street Belongs to Yesterday, and Sentimentality Won't Save It

(13) Comments | Posted 16 January 2013 | (23:00)

How should we feel about HMV's troubles? If you listen to chief executive Trevor Moore, you should be nostalgic. The retailer's bloody head span under a ref shouting "nine" this week, calling in administrators and potentially knocking 250 stores and around 4,500 jobs out of high street business. Moore issued...

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2012's Video Games Industry Trends, And Why 2013 Could Be A Watershed Moment

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2013 | (10:02)

Last year was an odd one for video games trends, as Microsoft and Sony wound down their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 operations in anticipation of launching new machines in 2013. While the big players backed off a little, however, the games market itself was evolving rapidly.

One of the...

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Can't Imagine a World Without Pudding? Start Trying

(5) Comments | Posted 1 January 2013 | (20:37)

"No pudding?"

My six year-old daughter's eyes saucered in horror. Grandma was explaining that after the Second World War ("Has daddy told you about war yet?") food was rationed in Britain, and that sweet afterthoughts to meals in her young world were rare. The idea that cakes, chocolate and sponges...

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Why Flag-Waving Is Anything But 'a Bit of Harmless Fun'

(94) Comments | Posted 13 June 2012 | (00:00)

Britain is currently balls-deep in "a once in a generation summer" of "gentle patriotism," according to Labour leader Ed Miliband, with a boss-eyed public munching its way through a series of flag-waving exercises birthed last year by a royal wedding, fattened by the Diamond Jubilee, shipped off to...

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My Life as a Twitter Addict, and Why It's More Difficult to Quit Than Drugs

(9) Comments | Posted 28 February 2012 | (23:00)

I used to make jokes about my Twitter addiction, both on Twitter itself and to less 'connected' friends and relations when they made embarrassed enquiries as to what Twitter actually is. I don't any more; Twitter doesn't make me feel like laughing.

Twitter, we are told, can be...

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PlayStation Vita Launches in Europe: Why There'll Be No Execution

(5) Comments | Posted 21 February 2012 | (23:00)

The technology market is a brutal place, where gadgets and innovations are largely guilty before proven innocent, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the field of video games.

Games pundits love to kill things. Much has been written in the past year about the need...

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Breadth Stops Video Gaming's Conservativeness Becoming a Creativity Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted 27 November 2011 | (13:42)

You'd be forgiven, looking at this holiday season's blockbuster line-up, that the video games industry is suffering from the worst kind of content-churn.

The bestselling games this Christmas are so entrenched in sequelisation as to border on ridiculousness. We have the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the 14th...

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Death Reveals Jobs as a Giant, and Apple as Vulnerable

(1) Comments | Posted 7 October 2011 | (00:00)

When Steve Jobs resigned as Apple's CEO in August, it seemed he would remain involved for an extended period as the company's chairman. It was said at the time that he would be a hands-on, God-like figure, still very much involved in product development and a...

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Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito: Two Names that Prove Capital Punishment has no Place in Humane Society

(23) Comments | Posted 5 October 2011 | (00:00)

The Italian murder case that has gripped media in the UK, US and Italy for nearly half a decade took an incredible turn this week as Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, found guilty alongside Rudy Guede of killing Briton Meredith Kercher in 2007, had their convictions overturned.

While...

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PlayStation Vita's PAYG Data Model Shows Smart Way Forward For Mobile Gaming

(0) Comments | Posted 20 September 2011 | (15:36)

Sony's confirmation of a date for PlayStation Vita - its next generation take on hugely successful gaming handheld PSP - may have been the flashy headline from the firm's Tokyo Game Show keynote this morning, but it wasn't the most important.

Vita, a powerful device easily...

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PS Vita shines as Tokyo Game Show's star, but Nintendo's 3DS has already gone supernova

(9) Comments | Posted 20 September 2011 | (15:32)

Sony's PlayStation Vita emerged as a Japanese frontrunner from this week's Tokyo Game Show (TGS), leaving Nintendo in a dire situation with its intrinsically flawed 3DS.

Vita, the successor to portable gaming device PSP, was confirmed for a December 17 release in Japan at TGS, with two Sony...

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Fable's Journey Marks Start of Core Drive for Xbox 360's Kinect

(2) Comments | Posted 8 September 2011 | (00:00)

Microsoft's Kinect motion sensor, a peripheral camera for Xbox 360 that tracks movement for video games, has been a great success. The hardware add-on sold more than 10 million units and 10 million games in its first 60 days on sale late last year, with Guinness World Records...

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Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 Face off in 2011's Great Video Games Fight

(0) Comments | Posted 2 September 2011 | (00:00)

Patrick Bach, a chief developer at Swedish video game studio EA DICE, answered with a resigned air this week when asked whether or not he's out to beat Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

"We're not playing the same sport," he said. "We're not planning on being the same game...

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Stop Panicking: Steve Jobs' Resignation is a Good Thing, Both for Apple and the man

(14) Comments | Posted 25 August 2011 | (10:38)

While investors have twitched at news of Steve Jobs' resignation as Apple's CEO this morning, it's an overdue move that clears the way for a well-earned retirement and the destruction of the myth that Jobs is some kind of Atlas, holding aloft the world's most prestigious computing firm...

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