The Seven games that shaped my formative years

Posted by admin on Apr 1, 2010 in geekery, lists, technology

The first game I ever played was likely one of those £4.99 handhelds that featured Space Invaders and made the most annoying beeping noises ever. My parents were known to randomly throw it out the house/lose it accidentally and looking back I can see why they resorted to that as the constant beeep, b-b- beeep must have done their head in. I really count my first forays into gaming via the PC and console, and have decided to share them with you here.

The first one: Alex Kidd and the Enchanted Castle


This came pre-installed on the Sega Master system 11, which I bought for the pricey sum of £34.99 from Toys’R’Us. If I remember correctly I think a good portion of the price was paid for in pennies,with my Dad tutting in the background and saying it was  waste of time. I couldn’t afford any games, so all I played was the pre-installed Alex Kidd and grew to love and despise the pixelated character. An hour of gameplay could vanish with one lecherous swipe of a monkey/ octopus and as there was no save point it was straight back to the beginning if you ever messed up. Don’t think I ever actually completed the game due to this annoying factor, but many hours were spent acquiring extra lives to allow Alex to make it to the next level. Read more…

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Reasons computer games are good for your brain: Why Children should be encouraged into console gaming

Posted by admin on Jul 8, 2009 in geekery, lists, opinion, technology

kidgaming Games and kids. They go together like Ribena and Hobnobs or anything of the confectionery nature, but all too often parents tend to regard console antics equal to truancy in terms of  desired activities for their lil ‘uns. But I don’t think this is necessarily fair or wise, and think the perception that games ares somehow wasteful, pointless and a bad influence should be counteracted.

I’d go so far as to say kids should be actively ENCOURAGED to pick up a Playstation pad as there is wealth of learning to be had from gametime that will be invaluable to their future development.

And here’s why.

-They teach you patience and reward you with bonus levels

How many hours did you have to play Zelda before you learnt the moves that would unlock the realm? It wasn’t just handed to you on a plate now was it- to succeed in games takes time, skill and dedication, all qualities we should want to foster in the youth of today. Magical realism now, surgeons of the future in ten years?

-They improve hand eye co-ordination

Team games are great but not every kid has the skills or the confidence to run straight into rounders or tennis. The majority of games require you to be very dexterous with your fingers which will improve your ability to react and interact with moving objects. Naturally the Wii takes this to a whole new level, and should boost confidence and aptitude when playing IRL. Read more…

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The Shii: Getting women to game

Posted by admin on Jun 3, 2009 in technology

Outrageous, ridiculous and semi-offensive this video is nonetheless very entertaining!


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