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Overwatch: The First Week (and a bit)

Firstly, if you’re wondering why I’m an eejit who’s only logged a week of Overwatch over a year after its release, I’ve covered that particular bit of stupid already. Secondly, whilst it’s only been a calendar week (and a bit), it was kind of an obsessive week, and I squeezed every bit of Overwatch out of it as I possibly could. Personal hygiene? Eating food that doesn’t come in foil packaging? Face-to-face human interaction? Bollocks to all of that because, like, Overwatch, innit!? Smelling a bit funky, empty calories and physical isolation were all prices I was *totes* willing to pay when there were Overwatch’s 24 characters to learn, maps and Game Modes to get to grips with, and precious, precious XP to be earning – and I happily, gleefully fucked off all of my adulting in favour of piss-arsing around in Blizzard’s colourful, fun future of heroes randomly moving payloads around for shits and giggles. Well, I say shits and giggles but apparently humanity depends on it, but at this point I’m not entirely sure why because delving into the story and setting of Overwatch is cool, I’m sure, but it also gets in the way of actually playing it, so I’ve not really bothered as of yet. Continue reading “Overwatch: The First Week (and a bit)”

What I Learned from My 24 Hour Gaming Marathon

By Richard Keech


Recently, for reasons I won’t go into just now, I got involved with the Macmillan Cancer Support – Game Changers events. For those of you who may be less aware of the charity or the event, it’s quite straightforward. Macmillan is a charity that work hard on supporting individuals (and their families) who have been diagnosed with, are receiving treatment for, or are recovering from cancer. “Game Changers” is one of Macmillan’s fund raising schemes – people pledge to host or join a 24 hour gaming event and ask friends, family or total strangers to donate money to the charity in the name of you and your event.

I learned quite a lot from the experience and hope to pass on some of that wisdom to you – fair reader – in the hope that you may feel inspired to do the same; feel better prepared for what to expect from taking part in such an event; and maybe make an even better job of it than I did. Continue reading “What I Learned from My 24 Hour Gaming Marathon”

Xbox One vs PlayStation 4 – Part Two

Firstly, if you’re reading this without having read Part One, I suggest you get on that now, and not least because this is, like, a list examining the pros and cons of next-gen machines, and not reading half of it would be a bit daft, no!? Secondly, if you have read Part One, thank you, and I hope you found it useful, and I hope that you also find this one, and its conclusion, helpful too.

Right, anyway, let’s get started, shall we? Continue reading “Xbox One vs PlayStation 4 – Part Two”

Xbox One vs PlayStation 4 – Part One

Yup, I’m going there! Because there’s nothing more likely to risk upsetting everyone than writing an Xbox One vs PS4 piece, and I am apparently that stupid.

But it’s not that I’m actively looking for abuse or anything, but with Christmas just around the corner, I figured it might actually be useful to attempt an objective, non-partisan, non-fanboyish comparison between the two main next-gen machines – and particularly useful for anybody who genuinely doesn’t know which one to opt for, or indeed, for anybody who might have one and be considering whether it’s worth getting the other. Continue reading “Xbox One vs PlayStation 4 – Part One”

Guide to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Before I sat down to write this guide (and before I’d actually played Advanced Warfare) I naively, stupidly reckoned I could prob’ly get away with a bit of a re-jig of the one I wrote for Ghosts. Sure, I thought, the maps would be different, the loadouts might’ve changed a bit, and there’d be a few other differences here and there Continue reading “Guide to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare”

How to dominate in Call of Duty Ghosts Multiplayer

If, like me, your reactions feel more akin to those of a sloth on a cold Monday morning in January than, say, an elite gamer who spends hours a day submerged in frenetic action, jumping into the online multiplayer version of Ghosts can be quite an intimidating prospect. Indeed, whether you’re an FPS newbie, or an experienced player, starting from scratch on any new game can be a bewildering, and at times extremely frustrating experience, and there is, by almost any conceivable standard, a pretty steep learning curve Continue reading “How to dominate in Call of Duty Ghosts Multiplayer”

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