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Games That Rocked…Liam Butler’s World – #46: Rez

In Dreamcast, PS2, Xbox 360 on September 12, 2013 at 11:23 am

Today’s article is by Liam Butler, who runs Angry Flat Cap.

Title: Rez

Format: Dreamcast, PS2, Xbox 360

Released: January 11th, 2002

Rez Box Art

Now then. My name is Liam and a I love a game called Rez.

I don’t use the term ‘love’ lightly. There are plenty of games that I’ve really enjoyed. Plenty of games that have blown me away. But few that I love.

Rez is different. I pretty much wore out my PS2 copy during my teenage years. I wish I’d filmed my adolescent self playing that game, so I could make a montage and set it to the theme music of The Wonder Years.

(Come on, lad. A few of these won’t know what Rez is. Slow down and explain.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Games That Rocked…Jonathon Valenzuela’s World – #33: Half-Life

In Mac, PC, PS2 on May 3, 2013 at 12:00 am

Today’s post is by Jonathon Valenzuela.

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Title: Half-Life

Format: PC, Mac, PS2

Released: November 19th, 1998

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I grew up a PC gamer. Though I lusted after NES and Sega as a child (my parents considered them a waste of time), we always had a decent desktop in an era when all the big innovations in games were on computers, not consoles. In 1993, I finally stopped being jealous of kids whose parents let them have ‘video games’ (the distinction between ‘video games’ and ‘computer games’ was more defined back then). The reason for this was Doom. The first true FPS* (First-person shooter) was a revelatory experience; an entirely new type of game, something I’d never seen before on my friends’ gaming systems, nor my own PC. It blew my 11-year old mind.** Read the rest of this entry »

Games That Rocked…Viv Egan’s World – #29: Age Of Empires II: The Age Of Kings

In Mac, PC, PS2 on March 26, 2013 at 1:16 am

Today’s post is by Viv Egan.

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Title: Age Of Empires II: The Age Of Kings

Format: PC, Mac, PS2

Released: 30th September, 1999

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Hello nerds. My name is Vivienne. I’m not a comedian and I am a girl, both of which make me – so far – unique to this blog. What an honour. Since all the other guest bloggers on this site have pictures up, here’s me:

Viv

I’m also not a gamer… sorry about that. Read the rest of this entry »

Games That Rocked…Adam Blampied’s World – #26: Shadow Of Memories

In PC, PS2, PSP, Xbox on February 14, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Today’s post is by Adam Blampied. I have intervened only when etiquette insisted:

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Title: Shadow Of Memories

Format: PS2, PC, Xbox, PSP

Released: March 30th, 2001

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How many times has Mario died by my hand? Hundreds? Thousands? Over the course of countless games, Princess Peach must’ve seen more widow’s pensions than the Women’s Institute during a world war. And how about Link? Sonic the Hedgehog? Snake? Snake!! SNAAAAAAAAAAKE!! In games, death is mostly an inconvenience, mostly the fleeting error in ‘trial and error’, or mostly a gentle reminder not to jump off That Thing at That Height.

Mostly. Read the rest of this entry »

Games That Rocked…Guy Kelly’s World – #23: Okami

In PS2, PS3, PSN, Wii on January 28, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Today’s article by Guy Kelly:

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Title: Okami

Format: PS2, PS3, PSN, Wii

Released: 9th February, 2007

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I should have written this ages ago.

Not in the sense that I burn to share this with the world. I don’t wake up sweating in the middle of the night, purple-faced and unable to breathe, one thought racing through my mind like a hamster in a tornado: I must write about this game.

No. While I love video games dearly – I can chart the formative points in my life by the games I was playing at the time¹ rather than, you know, real world achievements – I have to draw the line somewhere.

Nor am I suggesting that I should have wrestled control of this blog from Jon long ago. I barely have the commitment to wash myself every morning, never mind pooping out reflective nuggets of thematic introspection on anything approaching a regular basis. Read the rest of this entry »

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