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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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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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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ZOMBIES: Fact, fiction, or theoretical possibility? PART 4

 

 “Horror movies…odd how they became a guideline for survival.” – Riannon Frater. Welcome to Part 4 –  the penultimate article – of this zombie series. Over the past few weeks we have discussed, looked into, dug around in, and pulled out all things zombie. (Or at least revealed the peak of the ever growing mountain.) Today, we step away from the zombie filled silliness, and delve into something a little more grownup. Join me now, as we look into the world of “real” zombies, and their theoretical arrival.  “I’m no expert, but not all cannibals are zombies.” – H.D. Timmons, Zombie City. TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: PART 6. NEWS! With all the talk of zombies, and our fast approaching apocalypse, it should […]

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Planetside 2

 

 “Ylca, landing his Galaxy after a practice run.” Most of us enjoy a good Science-Fiction title. And a large number of us enjoy a good multi-player ground war. Though the latter can become rather stale as a handful of friends get bored shooting at each other on the same never ending map. But as of the 20th of November, 2012, all that changed. As the massive, non-stop, intergalactic, multi-player ground war, known as Planetside 2  was launched. Now my colleagues have discussed this game before. However, instead of repeating their work, I’ve decided to focus predominantly on the factions and classes involved. For those of you who are not familiar with Planetside, you’re in for a treat. “Ylca, brings the […]

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ZOMBIES: Fact, fiction, or theoretical possibility? PART 3

 

 “I’d rather die while I’m living than live while I’m dead. ”  – Jimmy Buffett. It’s Wednesday and that means zombies. Last week we had a brief look at some of the best/worst zombie films and video-games in the 21st century. Today we shall carry on down the undead rabbit hole. “What’s with the zombie craze? Zombies are half alive, half dead, right? Sounds like my wife in bed.” – Jarod Kintz, Who Moved My Choose?   TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: PART 4. The first true medium of self expression – apart from cave walls – books have given us an inexhaustible amount of zombie related goodness. Over the past few decades, dozens of “new” zombie films have been released, crawling their […]

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HEAVY METAL: FRANCHISE.

 

 “There was no way I was gonna walk around this place with my dork hanging out!” – Den. HEAVY METAL: 36 years on. Have you watched the “Heavy Metal” films, read the magazines, played the game? You haven’t! Well, you must rectify that at once. Since 1 April, 1977, Heavy Metal magazine and all its offspring have been thrilling the world with tales of horror, science-fiction, good old fashioned adventure stories and pictures of semi-naked warrior ladies. Over the course of this – long – article we shall look back over the past 38 years of the Heavy Metal franchise. The reason it is called, Heavy Metal? Well, that’s simple. Heavy Metal music: Black Sabbath, Devo, and Grand Funk Railroad […]

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