Uncharted 3 and Being a Little Too Flashy for your Own Good

July 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

You have to be in the right mindset to enjoy Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

That sentance looks a bit weird written down doesn’t it? I mean the Uncharted series has always been the most mainstream of mainstream games. The kind you can quite easily use to sell consoles without worrying whether the masses will ‘get it’. It’s enjoyable in a very obvious way, punchy, satisfying, and beautiful to look at.

So I suppose it was me that was in the wrong mindset when I booted up Drake’s Deception for the first time. Two games contributed to this, Dark Souls and Skyrim. Both had a negative impact on my first few hours as Nathan Drake for different reasons.


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The State of the Social Network

July 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Facebook has changed a great deal since it came into being just over eight years ago, and it’s development has been consistently contested over this time. After every major update to the social network, groups and petitions have sprung into existence, bemoaning the new interfaces and means of communication, regardless of whether they ended up being for the better or worse. It seems the community hate change, which makes it difficult to rely on them to evaluate Facebook at any one point in time.

In spite of this I’ve been feeling an increasing sense of unease over what Facebook is slowley becoming. I’m not going to talk about Timeline in this article since I think it works quite well as a long term archiver in spite of it’s frankly stupid two-column interface, rather I want to talk about the way Facebook is now advertising.

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The Times They Are a-Changin’

July 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

If you’re subscribed to this blog in any way shape or form then you’ve probably noticed a significant drop in the amount of posts of late. I should apologise for this, though my excuses are numerous. I could go on and on about the lack of time I’ve had to get down to some serious writing, or perhaps even the changes going on at Bitmob, but the reality is far more banal. Simply put, I have played very few games during the last year, and I have read even fewer pieces of games writing in that time.

Make no mistake, I still keep up with gaming news in general, but I’ve lost that desire to plunge down a rabbit-hole of increasingly obscure gaming blogs. As much as any writer would love to believe the ideas behind their writing are entirely my own, it’s obvious that they’re nothing if not a reflection of, or a discussion with, the writing of others.

I still love games. I still spend hours each week exploring the intricate worlds laid out before me, looking for discoveries that other mediums simply can’t provide, but I’m also less likely to finish the games I start nowadays. Whether it’s the fact that my tolerance for bad games has fallen, or just that recent releases haven’t engaged me isn’t really important. Both are probably true to an extent, but the fact remains that I spend less time playing games than I used to, and that’s had a direct impact on my writing.

I’ve sat and thought long and hard about what I want to do with the Clockwork Manual. What’s already been posted will remain on the internet for as long as I can afford domain hosting, that much is a given, but for a long time I was unsure of its future direction.

This morning I finally made up my mind.

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Why the OUYA is More Than Just a PC

July 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

The first comment on Giant Bomb’s article on the OUYA sums up a great deal of the internet’s reaction to the latest Kickstarter project,“I’m just throwing it out there: this is a terrible idea for a console and the people who have made this succeed are bad people.”Comments like these litter almost every piece of coverage of the story, noteworthy for meeting its crowdsourcing target of $950,000 in just eight hours. At the time of writing, the total amount pledged to support the project stands at a whopping four and a half million. The project has so far proved to be a massive success, which is sometimes easy to forget something considering the sheer volume of negative responses.

The crux of the criticism is that this is nothing new. We’re being reminded that people have been able to connect computers up to their televisions for years. The closed-platform systems (read: the ones with a single company deciding which games can and cannot make it on to the system) haven’t held a monopoly to the television in quite some time. The people who are making these criticisms are wrong. The OUYA is something completely different from a low-powered computer.

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