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  • Donncha 1:59 pm on January 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Modern Combat: Domination 

    An FPS for $8 you say? A COD clone? It’s out on PSN today and the trailer above looks good. I’m sure reviews will flood in shortly. (via)

  • Donncha 8:00 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    What is Minecraft? 

    So the other evening, in between killing zombies, David asked me what Minecraft was like and I said I still wasn’t sure and that it was a sandbox game where you built stuff.

    Boy, can you build stuff. Check out the following video to see exactly what kind of mad things can be built in the world of Minecraft. Thanks Duck (who was in it!)

    Anyway, on this Joystiq post NecroMaster asked, “i’ll probably get downvoted for this, but what IS minecraft? i cant figure out :S”. Surprisingly, he wasn’t downvoted but got a few good replies:

    wcarnation said

    @NecroMaster Imagine SimCity

    Without the City

    or the Sims

    ShadowXIII said

    Now what its about really…? Well pretty much take a lego set…make it real, then take harvestable resources from every end of the spectrum and give the player to create things out of various materials (not everything..yet) and throw in a few enemies that can spawn in from the shadows of anything and this is what you get.

    VeeDeeVee said

    It’s Lego, with optional enemies and a never-ending world (more or less). You mine stuff and then convert that stuff into more valuable stuff.

    David will be pleased to hear that the latest update added cake too, but sometimes it’s best to leave the cake alone …

    So there you have it! I’m not 100% sure it’s for me as I don’t have hours and hours to spend on it. I built a nice big room adjoining my cave on the second day, knocked down the walls of the cave to make it even bigger on the thirda day but now I’m scared to go out in case I get killed by a marauding zombie. And I can hear a creeper at the other side of the wall too.. *gulp*

    Blarney Towers

    Much later … ok, so I had some time to kill and rather than watch tv or do something productive I created a ~60 block high tower with a spiral staircase and an “in the clouds” platform.

    • tyewebb 8:21 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      The answer to what is minecraft is fairly complicated particularly when you consider that the game itself is very simplistic and I think it varies from person to person.
      I look at it more as an exploration game. I only build things that i need and spend most of my time exploring the ever expanding world. On the other hand you have another group of people that use minecraft as sort of a digital lego land. These are the guys that build the incredible buildings and other objects that really serve no purpose they just build them because they want to.
      I just find it interesting that a game with no real objective can be so fun to so many people and the reasons it is fun to everyone varies.

      • Donncha 9:54 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I just wasted a few hours building a huge tower and a spiral staircase. I tell you, being up so high gives one vertigo! Scary stuff! (screenshot attached to post!)

    • David Nicol 9:34 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I got all excited by the free cake…. BUT THEN CAKE WAS A LIE!!!!!!!!!

      • tyewebb 9:35 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        The cake is not a lie!!!

        • Donncha 9:57 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink

          That is amazing. I can only imagine how long it took to create. Wow.

    • getcrackin 3:51 am on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      lol nice tower 🙂

    • getcrackin 4:04 am on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Just watched all the vids in this post. It’s crazy how much time people put into this sandbox/Lego game.

  • Donncha 2:29 pm on January 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Little Big Planet 2 Review 

    I wonder did Joystiq jump the gun with this review of Little Big Planet 2? Probably not, and they give it 5 out of 5!

    This is definitely going on my shopping list, and it’s been on my Amazon wishlist for months now.

  • Donncha 9:26 am on November 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Dead Ops Arcade 

    A secret top-down shooter ala Smash TV is hidden in Call of Duty Black Ops. If the video above disappears try this search to find it. Must give this a go! (via)

    There are also lots of other things you can type into that terminal too!

    • Cards 3:45 pm on January 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Smash Tv is an easter egg in Black Ops? No way!

    • Donncha 3:51 pm on January 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      God, I’d forgotten I’d posted this. I think I only played this once and haven’t played BLOPS in weeks anyway. Damn BfBC2 and their map packs and expansions! That and Steam and their sale, and more importantly family life!

  • Donncha 6:01 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Get 400 MS points for Xbox Live when you download the Red Dead Redemption multiplayer free roam trailer. Well, if you’re one of the first 5,000 to do so. The promotion started yesterday and I just started my download a minute ago when I remembered. Hope I got in on time. (UK only, but come on, I’m just over the Irish Sea!)

    More on this Joystiq post.

    • TheChrisD 5:12 pm on April 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I just wonder what they class as downloading. Do you actually have to physically download it, or just “purchase” it and add it to your download queue?

      • Donncha 11:52 am on April 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I downloaded it anyway. Haven’t looked at it yet but the preview I read in Edge magazine makes it sound very interesting!

  • Donncha 7:35 pm on April 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    X Scorch 360 Review 

    Joystiq reviewed the X Scorch 360 I mentioned previously. It’s a mouse and nunchuck device you can use with the Xbox 360 (or PC) that takes the place of the Xbox controller. I would dearly love if consoles support mice and keyboards as gaming devices so I had high hopes for this.

    They weren’t too happy with it unfortunately.

    The frustrating thing about the X Scorch from Bannco is how close the odd split-controller and mouse combo comes to being really great. As you’ll see in the video, though, the controller, compatible with Xbox 360 and PC, is all but impossible to recommend at $79.99.

    Read the comments on the review however, lots of the settings are configurable on a PC so perhaps they’ll do a follow up review.

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