Posted by Mathew Hasker in Gaming, PC
on Apr 22nd, 2013 | 5 comments
A little gem of an experience can be found while trawling through the extensive list of games on Steam called “Dear Esther”. While not strictly a game, it requires player interaction in order to complete it. But you’re not competing against anything, you are simply playing the role of a narrator of a story that you listen to while walking a set course across an island.
Sounds rather harmless, and it is. But you don’t quite understand what you’re in until the music, the sounds and the visuals lift you out of normality. Think yourself immersed into a story that slowly grows...
Posted by Mathew Hasker in Life in General, Other Interests
on Apr 21st, 2013 | 0 comments
First, have a read of this BBC article – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22098575
If you can’t be arsed to read that article, let me narrow the story down – Showrooming is when you go into a shop, browse, see something you like, and then go onto the internet and buy it cheaper. Sounds bad doesn’t it? Poor retailer.
Wrong. I do not feel bad for the retailer. I used to run a retail outlet with my family. I can tell you why you shouldn’t feel bad for showrooming.
Our family run business used to run on trust with the customer. The shopping experience had to be made to feel...
Posted by Mathew Hasker in Books, Other Interests
on Jan 16th, 2013 | 0 comments
I played a game called Amnesia The Dark Descent and I heard that it was partly influenced by Lovecraftian horror. Reading further, I then found out about H P Lovecraft, who I heard about before but never really took notice.
Chthulu – of course!
But I wanted to dig deeper into his works and I was presented with the dilemma of what H P Lovecraft book to read first. And now that I’m fully into his stuff, this is my personal choice of what to read. I have purposely not put pictures up representing each story as I think it would spoil the surprise, so to speak. What you need to know is that it...
Posted by Mathew Hasker in PC
on Dec 16th, 2012 | 0 comments
A fun game that needs more
I never really stumble into Indie game territory. I was given Beats Hazzard by a friend, Amnesia The Dark Descent was a silly idea (although it’s great) and Majicka is a good fun multiplayer but crap by yourself.
I saw Rigonauts for £2.37 on Steam and it reminded me of a contraption I made in Little Big Planet. I saw some videos and thought for the money, I’ll give it a go.
A nice short download on 86MB, few minutes and you’re in the game.
There is one mode, which effectively is a campaign mode with training missions on the way. The idea is to put together...
Posted by Mathew Hasker in Gaming, PC
on Nov 24th, 2012 | 9 comments
You know and love the game by now, but ever wondered how to play it on a LAN if you have some friends round?
Easy – first, go to Steam and install the Chivalry Dedicated Server tool (under Tools).
Then, get navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\chivalrymedievalwarfare\Binaries\Win32 and you will find an application called UDK.exe. Copy a shortcut to your desktop.
Now, from here, you have some options. First, get this PDF file. Have a read through the instructions. You have a variety of options you can set in the .ini file, but to get it quickly working, you need to change the...
Posted by Mathew Hasker in Gaming, Playstation 3
on Nov 19th, 2012 | 0 comments
The Beautiful has just got more beautiful.
It has been almost three weeks now since Okami HD was released on the Playstation 3 as a download only release via the Playstation Network store. As an avid fan of the original (certainly one of my top 3 games of all time), I was happy to pay the £15.99 it costs to play it a third time round, this time in HD.
The menu system is the same, the story line is the same and everything will look very familiar to those who played the PS2 version. Nothing has changed, with the obvious exception of the graphics and the sound. That is instantly noticeable – the...