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Ninty Switch - er...
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Wed 18th Jan, 2017 by Matt
also known as Why I'm getting a Nintendo Switch but don't think anyone should at the moment.   I rarely comment on the games industry these days, because, well, who cares what I think. I'm ignored the PS4 Pro (though I may get one for Wipeout) and the Scorpio (I still have zero confidence in MS...

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UT2004 in 2016 - Xmas games vs Bots
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Sat 31st Dec, 2016 by Matt
It's the Annual Xmas UT2004 game! Every year, without fail, I play some Xmas maps and mods. Recent years have been a Bots & I affair, but I still manage some good old fashioned Unreal fun And it is old fashioned. UT2004 is as festive to me as reindeer and turkey. Earlier in the week I was...

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Kickstarter - Beasts Of Balance
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Sat 31st Dec, 2016 by Matt
The Kickstarters from earlier this year are starting to roll in. Beasts of Balance was meant to be here around October, but thankfully made it just in time for Xmas. It was always planned as a family Xmas boardgame gift, so things worked out It's a novel game. You play together, there's no Versus...

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Remote Control Car!
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Tue 27th Dec, 2016 by Matt
  It wouldn't be Xmas without me getting myself a daft arse present to have fun with.... I've been wanting an RC car for the longest time. 30 odd years back, I saved all my Xmas and Birthday money, alongside pocketmoney and paper-round money, to buy a Tamiya kit car. I got the grasshopper. My dad...

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Gears of War - it's been 10 years
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Sat 19th Nov, 2016 by Matt
10 years ago today, Gears Of War on the 360 was released in the UK. I remember the day exceptionally well, primarily because the missus had gone in to labour that Friday in the early hours of the morning.  I'd put off ordering Gears due to the impending life changing moment, but by 9.30am nature...

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Anime - Sword Art Online
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Mon 17th Oct, 2016 by Matt
I have just completed another anime show, in my effort to educate myself / align myself with the younger video gamer (seriously, at my age you miss a lot of pop culture references). I selected Sword Art Online because it's a video game themed show, based in a VR world where people are stuck, and...

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Anime - Dragon Ball Z Kai
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Sat 27th Aug, 2016 by Matt
Dragon Ball Z litters the video game landscape. The character's are used as a power level frame of reference on forums. It was a huge anime in it's time. And I'd never seen any of it. I gave up on Dragon Ball Z about 9 episodes in. Not much was happening and a lot of the episodes were dull. Turned...

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A bad VR evening
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Sat 28th May, 2016 by Matt
Seated VR update.... Can't get Assetto Corsa above 55fps so not setting up steering wheel yet. Will try other things later. Suspect people saying it's smooth don't know what they're talking about reprojecrion is good though, just falls apart if you look out the side of the car. Resolution is low...

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Vive - Universe Sandbox 2
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Mon 23rd May, 2016 by Matt
This was my most intense VR experience yet. Universe Sandbox 2. I'd picked up the first game way back in the day and not really spent much time on it. I found it fascinating but the interface was tricky and I never wanted to spend the time getting to know the game. Fast forward a few years, the...

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VR and me
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Sun 22nd May, 2016 by John
My version of the events that took place on 21st May   After many months of not seeing Matt and many more years of not visiting Brighton I arranged to venture south.   I drive between 20 and 30 thousand miles a year so I was aware that my 90 minute journey would take me roughly two weeks but after...

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My Anime Adventure - One Punch Man was GREAT
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Thu 19th May, 2016 by Matt
I think I got off to a winning start with One Punch Man as "My First Anime". It could be one of the greatest things I've ever watched. I sat there the whole time with this inane grin on my face. It's absolutely stunning. It's about a bald, bland, not too bright guy who just happens to be the most...

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Lighthouse returned & VR architecture
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Tue 17th May, 2016 by Matt
I spent the weekend doing a bit of flat designing in VR, and wow. I'm looking to convert my loft in the near future, and rather than sketching ideas on paper, thought I'd give it a go in VR. I grabbed Unreal Engine 4 and a VR template, and within an hour I had got to grips with the tools well...

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My Anime Adventure - One Punch Man
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Tue 10th May, 2016 by Matt
The continuing story of my adventure in to anime..... Dragon Ball Z is - well it's a bit cheesy and crazy. We're only about 5 episodes in and the production team area already playing for time. Pretty sure you could condense each 20 odd minute episode into 6 minutes, if you take out the loooong...

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Vive day 6 - the Highs & Lows of VR
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Sun 8th May, 2016 by Matt
As a social experience, I believe the Vive is a beast. I get as much fun out of watching other people having a game as a I do playing myself.  My dad visited today. He was into technology when I was growing up, and always got the latest gadgets if he could afford it. From the Grandstand console...

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Vive day 5 - The Seated Experience
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Sat 7th May, 2016 by Matt
A dead Lighthouse wasn't going to stop me having some VR fun, so let's do some more Seated VR. I started with another go on BlazeRush, as I get a kick out of peering at the tiny models up close, or standing up to get a large view of the course. This time, I have video Video of BlazeRush VR on...

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Vive day 4 - Lighthouse officially DOA
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Fri 6th May, 2016 by Matt
Yep, I've a dead Lighthouse. It turns on, but has 16 red lights instead of 17. HTC support were great, sent me the pic above, and I confirmed which one wasn't lit. Now I'm waiting for TNT to contact me to collect, it goes to the Netherlands. Once they have it, confirm it's faulty, they'll send...

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Vive day 3 - Lighthouse blues
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Thu 5th May, 2016 by Matt
One of my Lighthouses is faulty. Having spent 2 hours trying everything I could dig up online on getting it working, I sadly have to admit defeat. It's dead. If the working Lighthouse loses line of sight becase I'm occluding it, the image on the headset goes great. Shaking the controllers in front...

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Vive Day Two
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Wed 4th May, 2016 by Matt
I got a good 90 minute session in this evening. I'm purposefully taking my time on titles so far and not bouncing around. I wanted to play more Audioshield and Space Pirate Trainer but I also wanted to try a couple of others to see what they had to offer.... I played a total of 3 titles. Started...

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First evening with the Vive
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Wed 4th May, 2016 by Matt
I spent all weekend tracking the DHL package. Prague to Germany to Heathrow to Gatwick. Then back to Heathrow? Well, it turned up today, and FUCK ME. I'm too exhausted to go into specifics. My brain is processing the experience and pondering the implications. So I'll be brief.... Setup was about 90...

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Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship - again
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Mon 2nd May, 2016 by Matt
I first played Guacamelee on the PS Vita. I got an hour or 3 in and couldn't defeat a boss. I tried and tried again, nothing. I think it came on PS+ because sometime later the game was released on the PS4 and, presumably cross-buy, I ended up playing it on the PS4. First time on the previous...

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