Author: Geoffrey Tim

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 17 Oct 2014

This video is two weeks old, which in internet time is forever – but I only saw it today, so I’m sharing it with you lot. It’s an incredible animation by James Farr, giving us a brief look at a world that’s populated by a very Nintendo-themed bunch of Avengers. It’s amazing. Seriously. Watch it.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 17 Oct 2014

The Evil Within is out, and unfortunately for PC gamers, is locked to 30fps like it is on the console versions. That’s ok though right? Bethesda’s given you some debugging options that’ll allow you to run the game the way it’s mean to on a pc; with a gloriously unlocked frame rate, right? Weeellll no. While the option exists, you’re going to have to duct-tape seventeen Nvidia Titans together to get it to run at 1080p at a constant, buttery smooth 60fps.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 17 Oct 2014

For the month of September, Microsoft was giving away a free, brand new game with every Xbox One sold. It’s a cool promotion, and it’s one that saw many Xbox One’s fly off the shelves. In fact, it’s one of the reasons Destiny – which was heavily advertised to the point of almost seeming like a PlayStation 4 exclusive – has moved so many copies on Xbox One. That promotion, however, was not enough to stop the PlayStation 4 from being the top selling console in the US for the 9th month running.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 17 Oct 2014

Violence in videogames is a not a new thing. It’s often blamed for the sort of egregious violence seen in school shootings or other massacres perpetuated by people with issues that run far further than liking videogames. There have been very few games that solely focus on hate-fuelled massacring of innocent people though, with just Postal instantly springing to mind. Now there’s another.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 16 Oct 2014

I am rubbish at Call of Duty. So rubbish in fact, that I can’t tell you the last time I got a score streak that earned me anything more than a slap in the face.   I’m not one of those guys who regularly call in choppers, nukes, UAV’s and packs of rabid dogs. Here’s a new video showing how Call of Duty Advanced Warfare’s highly customisable multiplayer scorestreaks will work. Basically, It’s a video showing a bunch of digital toys I’ll never get to play with.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 16 Oct 2014

I’ve said before how I have close to zero interest in the newest game bearing the Saint’s Row name. I loved Saint’s Row for being silly back when GTA was in its dark, emo teenager phase – but now that that’s fun again, and Saint’s Row’s turned the stupid up to eleventy bajillion, I just don’t see the point. Still, as far as odd wish-fulfilment fantasy games go, Saint’s Row is now near the top. Especially if you’ve ever wanted to go to hell.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 16 Oct 2014

Going to kak themselves soon. I rather enjoyed Alien: Isolation,  and I think any fan of Ridley Scott’s original film will appreciate it just as much. It’s tense, it’s gruelling and it has a lady hero  tough enough to rival Ellen Ripley. We’re giving away a swanky hamper consisting of the game and its associated merchandise to a lucky winner. Here’ s who that winner is.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 16 Oct 2014

The Xbox One is available now without Kinect, but if we’re honest, controlling the system without the motion-and-voice sensing add-on kinda sucks. It’s hard, especially, to do things like snapping apps, capturing video and dancing like you’re Kevin Bacon in the 80’s. It’s one of the things that Microsoft is addressing, and they’re starting with the October dashboard update which started rolling out late last night. In fact, if you switch your Xbox One on, it may be available to you this very moment.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 16 Oct 2014

...But, and there’s always one, The PS4’s GPU is significantly better than the one in Microsoft’s console. Of course, this is hardly a surprise to anybody who’s actually paid much attention when the new consoles’ specs were being touted. Here though, is some hard proof, courtesy of Ubisoft, whose own internal testing has shown that for the purposes of general purpose computing – using the GPU’s as a way of offloading CPU tasks, the PlayStation’s 4’s hardware was nearly twice as good at the job.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 16 Oct 2014

What the world really needs right now is yet another Android-based microconsole. The Ouya may have originally ignited consumer interest in little set-top boxes have since taken the world by storm. Just about every single tech-savvy household is equipped with one of the little things, only that’s a lie and nobody actually seems to care about Android micro consoles at all. That, however, hasn’t stopped just about every hardware manufacturer from making one. And now, there’s another.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 15 Oct 2014

I’m not sure if you recall the Xbook One, the rather awesome custom-built Xbox One Laptop. Its creator, Ed Zarick, stripped the insides of an Xbox One, and then stuffed them into a custom-printed case, and included a screen. Now, he’s gone and done the same with a PlayStation 4.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 15 Oct 2014

For some reason that I’m unable to fathom, people really, really, really like Farm Simulator. While you may all scoff, and hurl derisive remarks, the game is one of the most popular titles here and in Europe. The last version of the game sold over 2 million copies. That’s not a thing to be sneezed at. There’s a new one coming, and in two weeks you too will be able to digitally eke out a farm life.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 15 Oct 2014

Anita Sarkeesian. There seems to be no middle ground when it comes to the controversial woman behind the Tropes vs Women videos. Some think she’s one of the most important voices in video games criticism, while others think she’s an attention whore out to destroy the good name of videogames. Whatever your stance, there’s just no way to justify the sort of threats and abuse she, and other voices in the industry are receiving.

Posted by Geoffrey Tim - 14 Oct 2014

Since its release, the PlayStation 4 version of EA’s football simulator FIFA 15 has been causing pundits problems. Those problems include stuttering, wonky online connectivity and the uneasy feeling that you should have waited for PES 15. There’s a new patch that’s out to fix some of those problems.