The End of Games For Windows Live….. Or Prehaps Not

It had been widly reported that come the end of the 31st of june the much maligned and some would say hated games for windows live would become no more as microsoft were set to switch it off for good.

This would have left several games unplayable with out a patch not unlike the recent closure of gamespy.

However according to MCV this is not happening and microsoft themselfs saying that they are continuing to support the platform which is good for games that rely on it and didnt look like they would have had any chance of a patch.

It’s good news for the games that were in limbo and for the players that still play them.

The big question is what have Microsoft got planned for games for Windows live now? What do they have planned for the pc? Time will only tell.

Let’s Play Hearthstone. My First Ranked Game

I have finally managed to complete all of the practice games and unlock as many cards as I can for Jaina Proudmoore so now its time to hit the ranked game

The video linked below is my first ranked match.

Lets see how I get on.

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Combat Testing

Now some of you may or may not know that I am a member of a beta testing group called Combat Testing We are currently looking for Xbox 360 owners

Combat Testing, a division of Combat Studios LLC. is currently looking for you, the hard-core Xbox player, to help test and improve some upcoming Xbox 360 titles. If your interested in playing and working on the latest, before any public release, games and software titles please consider joining Combat Testing. We have some exciting new products coming soon. If you do not already know, we in the past, have been involved with such titles as BF2, BF2142, BF1943, BF|BC2 and are currently testing MoH for the Xbox 360. So if you would like to participate, AND are at least 18 years old (Required for NDA) please click here and submit an application. Combat Testing

We are currently testing MoH for the Xbox 360 If you are 18 or over and would like to sign up please visit the site by clicking the link Here

Microsoft’s kinect

Just seen an article in the guardian that the headline stating “wave hello to Microsoft’s Kinect worlds first hands free gaming device” *

The seem to be ignoring the prices of tech that preceded it. The technology as i see it is nothing really very new. Sony for instance had the eye toy years ago on the ps2 which then evolved to the playstation eye both of which do a simular job to some extent and I dare say the pc had done that sort of stuff even before that.

Kinect may be the next step in the technology and may well have some interesting functionality although I personally am yet to be convinced of this but I really don’t see it as the be and end all, I like something to hold when I’m playing a game. I guess I could be wrong but I don’t think its going to be the next big thing time will tell

*This quote may not be word for word accurate however the context and the general meaning are the same.

Multiwinia My first play Through

Multiwinia My first play Through

Part One

Introversion the last of the bedroom programmers creators of such greats as uplink defcon and darwinia have just released there latest game Multiwinia.

Its basically multiplayer darwinia however that’s a little like saying coco is the same as chocolate.

The video’s that I have made show’s my first attempt at the domination mode after having played throught the tutorials.

Domination is just one of the six game modes available and the idea is to capture all the spawn points however the player with the most after in this case 10 minutes wins. For this first game i played against the ai I havent even got as far as playing against real human beings yet.

The video is in two parts I hope you enjoy.

Part Two

Grand Theft Auto IV

Ah yes its that time again Grand Theft Auto perhaps one of the most controversial gaming series as of this Tuesday has been released to the general populace I got my copy [and thats why this hasn’t been done earlier] and i have to say it is sublime.

I am no where near the only person that thinks so either Metacritic which takes the review score of many many reviews and gives an average has at time of writing the Playstation 3 version with the max 100 out of 100 from 19 reviews [Here] and the Xbox 360 at 99 out of 100 from 31 reviews [Here].

The story so far has been very interesting don’t worry I’m not going to give any spoilers. It looks amazing even if you like me are stuck with a standard def TV, and even with the upgraded graphics it still looks like GTA. I have played now for around 8 hours and have still not made it off the first island there is so much to do and see even on the first island. I spent around 40 mins just watching the in game tv in my apartment and that was only one channel. There as always is a wide selection of radio stations and anyone should be able to find something that they like. If you have an xbox or ps3 and don’t have this game and of course are over 18 you need it now!

As I said before the GTA Series has come a long long way in six years. Who would have thought that they would be where they are today, I came across an old BBC video from 1996 that the BBC have put on there website. Its of what was to become Rockstar North working on there very first GTA game. Its pretty Interesting and does go to show how far they really have come.

Take a look at the link below

Bet they never imagined that there little project would become the mammoth it is now.

See ya in the city!