10 PECULIAR WEAPONS:

 

 The history of gaming is the history of war. A large portion of the games we play revolve around using weapons to kill opponents. And over the past few years we’ve been given some amazing, and mental tools (BFG, Gauss-Rifles, Nukes, Battle-Bears, Kirov Airships, bananas) to accomplish that end. However, any student of military history will tell you (I’M TELLING YOU!) there have been far more peculiar weapons in OUR reality, than anything produced by gaming or cinema culture. “I love the smell of Napalm in the morning” – Apocalypse Now.          10: ANTI-TANK  DOGS. With the German invasion of 1941, Russia became the playground for new and interesting weapons. One such weapon was to attach explosives to dogs, […]

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Watch Dogs

 

 I had a dream. A dream that one day, in the future, someone would invent a free-roaming, open world video-game. A world in which you were only limited by your mind, not by the confines of the map. A world in which all (most) doors opened for you. A world in which you could speak to anyone and do almost anything. A world of limitless possibilities. Guess what? UBISOFT Montreal (Assassins Creed, Prince of Persia) have created that dream. And it’s name is Watch Dogs. THE STORY SO FAR: Watch Dogs revolves around a highly skilled “hacker/parkour expert” named, Aiden Pearce (Naom Jenkins – Saw II and Saw IV.)(Yes, you read correctly, Parkour. That’s the lads who run around the […]

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STAR TREK: MONDAY 9

 

 “The unexpected is our normal routine.” – Riker. And so we have arrived at Monday. Once again we delve into all things Star Trek. Once again we assault the planet of memes. Once again we have a laugh. “When has justice ever been as simple as a rule book?” – Riker.  The “Captain Picard and Commander Riker Facepalm” meme is the first meme on our list. This meme is known worldwide, and is notoriously deployed on Facebook and the like. The “Picard Faceplam” which we looked at nine weeks ago is one of the best and most widely used memes. But when things are just too pathetic, you need to double up on the faceplaming (If that’s even a word.) […]

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Meme Madness – The origin of memes

 

 I thought that I would do something interesting and fun for this article. As it was a Monday and Memes were preferable I felt that the history of the first Meme would work. Little did I know, like that crying women, or that upset pussy cat, I would be spending most of my day, starring – with a single expression – into the void of digital information, in a vain attempt to round off the infinite, and conclude that “THIS IT THE FIRST MEME… EVER!”. HOWEVER… I soon realized that “One does not simply track down the history of Memes.” (I know. I’m a slut.) After numerous hours of digging through the collective dustbin called, Forum pages. I finally came […]

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FURRIE’S VS KLINGON’S: BOWLING!

 

 “Pity the warrior who slays all his foes.” As many of you are probably aware, the internet is full of peculiarities. Most of these are harmless, some are not; and still others are so bizarre – though not in an offensive way – that they come an instant cult classic. One such classic, is Furrie’s VS Klingon’s: Bowling. “Brute strength is not the most important asset in a fight.” On the 29th of September, 2007, at the Midtown Bowling Alley in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A, a battle of skill and wits was fought between the two deadly foes. The Klingon’s fought with honour and achieved a victory worthy of Qo’noS. (32 – 27.) The great battle caused little hype on the Internet, […]

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ZOMBIES: Fact, fiction, or theoretical possibility? PART 5

 

 Rule 3 – “Always carry a minimum of 2 reliable, lethal weapons.” Welcome to this, the last in our five part look into all things zombie. Last week we looked at the end of civilization. In little over 38 days after initial infection, most of the human race would be some form of zombie, and the world we know would be gone. But what if you were one of the lucky ones? What if you survived, what would you do then? Well a number of people have given this a lot of thought. Over the past decade, dozens of books, manuals, videos, and survival kits have been created to deal with this possibility.  Rule 10 – “Only pull the trigger […]

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FATE OF THE DRAGON

 

 “He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.” – Sun Tzu. What a mess that was; 45 minutes of building, resource collecting and assembling forces; 10 minutes of planning and counter planning; and what happens? Our entire army gets wiped out within 5 minutes. Granted it was only a minor loss – 500 or so men and equipment. Our mines still have iron, our cities still have trees, resources are still being gathered and our people shall rebuild the armies lost. But that is not the point, it’s the principle of the thing. Despite all our planning, all our skill, all our brilliance. We were still ousted by a damned A.I. But such is […]

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STAR TREK: MONDAY 8

 

 “I believe I observed that you seem to have an aversion to orderliness.” – Data. On this Monday, the 8th of Star Trek, we continue our quest for Star Trek memes with a look at one of the most popular characters in TV history; Mr. Data – the artificial man – friend to all, genius to most, and comic relief for those who found Worf too rigid. Once again, there are too many memes to place into a single article, so we shall simply look at the most popular. “My programming may be inadequate to the task.”- Data. The “Data doesn’t get it” meme is the most common Data meme available. In this meme, which numbers in the hundreds, we […]

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TOP 5: NON-LETHAL WEAPONS.

 

 “Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.” – Donald Trump. It’s a Wednesday and that means…. WEAPONS DAY! Weapons day… Wednesday. You get it? It’s funny because it’s weaponsday.. like Wednesday with weapons in it. HAHA! Right so this week, I’ve decided to pay homage to the 5 non-lethal and least effective weapons in gaming history. 5: BLACKJACK: THIEF. I love the Thief Franchise. The thrill of sneaking around and subduing your enemies with the aid of stealth was fantastic. Granted – for those of you who have played the game – the gas arrows as well as flash bombs, and gas mines were incredibly effective at taking care of your foes. However, […]

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BOOKS: REAL OR FAKE?

 

 “It’s a very Greek idea, and a very profound one. Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it. And what could be more terrifying and beautiful, to souls like the Greeks or our own, than to lose control completely? To throw off the chains of being for an instant, to shatter the accident of our mortal selves?” – The Secret History by Donna Tartt. Those words are very haunting. And indeed, in this age of technological advancement, those words are ringing truer and truer. Has our quest for technological beauty destroyed our very souls? As I look at my library, a veritable mountain of books, I am awestruck by their beauty, their majesty, their slowly decaying pages […]

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