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Reload, Relive, Replay – New Gaming Event in Bristol March 30th-31st

2018 has already been eventful and it looks as if there’s another contender on the market. At the end of March 2018, there is going to be a transformation taking place in the heart of the centre of Bristol, inside of the Bristol Hippodrome Theatre. The theatre will be turning into a gaming hub for the first time!

Sounds good? Read on for info on what the event’s about, how to get there along with parking information and more.

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Review – Obduction

Strangely enough I played the parody of Myst before I even knew the original existed, a series of postcards with brilliantly crass and surreal humour featuring John Goodman as King Mattress. I loved it, but finding Myst was a revelation I don’t think I was entirely prepared for.

The Myst series is what made Cyan Worlds what they are today, though they’ve had a few older titles that are broadly forgotten along with a smattering of mobile releases that have gone unnoticed. Myst, it’s various sequels, re-releases and spin-offs are amongst the best puzzle games ever created, due in no small part to their use of observation and deductive reasoning rather than any dependence on the Lock and Key method I spoke of last week. They created worlds by the dozen, each with their own rules and internal logic that you uncover through studying the works of others and experimenting yourself, then using that knowledge to resolve the puzzles in front of you.

The question is can Cyan recapture the magic with a new title? Obduction is a title I picked up a while back, sincerely looking forward to something fascinating, something new. And as soon as I got past the title the whole thing crashed. Ahh well, nice new computer, nice new game… (more…)


vTime Has Arrived

As if there were any doubt left, it looks as though virtual reality in its various guises is finally here to stay. It may have taken a few false starts to get it fully off the ground, but there’s now a market, competition, content, affordable kits (as well as the flashy overpriced ones) and perhaps more importantly there is more than just games. I think the success or failure of the genre may very well have ridden on how thoroughly the possibilities it offered were explored, and they are most certainly being toyed with, even if the depths have yet to be fully examined. (more…)


VR For Cheap

Virtual Reality has become a mainstay of the technology industry as of the past few years, all thanks to the invention of the Oculus Rift. However, that’s a piece of kit that is rather expensive for what is effectively a novelty (at the moment). Join Timlah as we look at a couple of the cheap alternatives to virtual reality headsets.

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Video Game Review – AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome

Have you ever woken up and decided that you just want to jump off the top of a building? The only way to make that better is by flipping off your haters, being cheered for by your fans, slamming back espresso and spray painting the sides of buildings as you fall. Of course, you’re not intending to go splat on the ground below you, as at the right moment you’ll pull the cord and let your parachute take you safely to the ground. With such an exhilarating premise, can the most enthusiastic title in video games live up to its promise? Join Timlah as we look at the Dejobaan Games base jumping, point scoring title.

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Virtual Reality Social Media

Did anybody not see this coming?

Social media is kind of the biggest industry out there, we evolved to be social creatures so finding a means to monetize the need to interact with one another is theoretically easy money, just ask MySpace.

Ok, so that’s kind of a cheap shot. But the marketplace has seriously opened up over the last few years, with dozens of sites bringing their own unique spin and method of sharing: Facebook and Tumblr have versatility, Instagram and Snapchat have the greater focus on rapid image sharing, and Twitter has rapid spread of ideas and popular news.

What they lack is a level of personal interaction, face to face conversation and a degree of body language that not even Skype can provide. Enter virtual reality, we’ve longed for a means of immersing ourselves utterly in an entirely mutable environment, one shaped by our wants and desires that we can populate with elements of our personality. It didn’t take too long for someone to put the idea into practice. Introducing vTime:

Starship are a British company working in VR and AR ideas and products, and vTime is their next major project, expected to launch next month for PC and Android. While it’s fully compatible and intended for VR headsets like Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear and Google Cardboard, anyone with the program or the app can join in on discussions, or simply observe.

I like this idea! I really do, and while VR is still in the long slow climb to claiming its place amongst the major gaming and tech products it’s birthed a wide variety of exciting products. While I think that as a concept using VR for social interaction has a long way to go, once it’s off the ground and people have their hands on it, it can be adjusted and improved and eventually it could become a dominant force on the market. Of course at some point they’ll have to stop improving and adjusting or risk becoming Facebook.

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Games like Second Life and Habbo Hotel may be fading from the public eye but they still have their diligent following. Their explosive market dominance and social MMO environment grabbed a lot of attention, attention that it still holds today. It’s always possible that vTime may experience the same temporary popularity, but it’s got a unique element that could take it a long way in a competitive market.

If you’re interested in getting involved early, Starship have a mailing list so that you can get up to date information. Otherwise I think this is going to be one to watch. It’s portable when necessary, but deeply involved when you have somewhere to sit. It has some fantastic business applications, a lot of versatility, and a lot of directions it can take in the future.


ALcon 2015

Last year I fully intended to attend a convention where I knew that I’d know no one, I’d be forced to interact with people without the safety net of familiar faces around me. That plan fell through and I ended up with Tim at ALcon 2014. After this year I now know that I’ll never be able to attempt a convention flying solo ever again. Let me explain: (more…)


Sublevel Zero – Super procedural space adventures with so much freedom!

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Sublevel Zero is a fantastic looking upcoming 6 Degrees of Freedom shooter which is following in the footsteps of some of the great indie games we’ve seen over the past few years. With procedurally generated levels and Oculus Rift support, looting and crafting systems in place, this game has really set itself apart from its current competition. It’s a roguelike game too, meaning once you’re dead, you are back to square one.

The joy of games like Sublevel Zero is its replay value. In a permadeath game, where the levels are never the same, you can come back to this game time in and time out with no issues of seeing the same old things.

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The game is in first-person, so as you can imagine on an Oculus Rift, this game is quite intense. The ability to look around in Oculus Rift is honestly amazing, especially with the stylised low-poly graphics. For a game of this kind, whilst you could have something all realistic (and believe me, that will be cool to see), I like this game being the way it is. It’s beautiful in an oddly digital way.

Oh, but you’re like me. You’re running Linux or Mac and we’re teasing you with all of these fantastic games. Stop right there! Sublevel Zero is being made for Steam and it’ll be available for PC, Mac AND Linux. It’ll be Oculus Rift compatible and is being distributed by Mastertronic. We can expect to see this awesome title over on Steam in summer this year.

This game grabbed my attention whilst I was at Rezzed, so much so that I made sure to grab the attention of the developers for a quick chat about their title! Don’t forget to go and check out the developers at their website Sigtrap Games, or drop them an e-mail. You can also get a hold of them over at Twitter (@SigtrapGames).

Sublevel Zero is looking like a superbly executed space adventure, so if you’ve not got enough spaceships in your life – You know where to get your next fix!

What do you think of Sublevel Zero? What was the last 6 Degrees of Freedom game you played? As always, leave your comments below, over on Facebook or Twitter and let us know what you think!


2014 in Tech

2014 was an exciting year wasn’t it? Now that it’s over with though, why don’t we have a quick look back through some of the awesome technology that happened as a result of that year? When we think of technology, some of us get a bit obsessed with computers, video games, toys… This doesn’t even scratch the surface of what happens in technology.
Allow me a few minutes now to indulge you with the very best technology advancements that took place in 2014.

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The Week In Geek – 15/09/14

The Week In Geek

Welcome back to The Week In Geek, our weekly summary of all our favourite pieces of nerd news. Tim and Joel keep watch for stories that interest us, but let us know if there are any stories you’d like us to talk about next week!


Deadpool 2016!

After the “leaked” test footage starring Ryan Reynolds hit the internet like an atom bomb, talk of a real Deadpool movie reached an all time high because it was just so beautiful. Fans of the Merc with a Mouth were livid with his portrayal in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in spite of the fact that the casting choice was wildly hailed by both fans, and by the casting choice himself who has been very outspoken about wanting to reprise the role, so long as it was done properly.

Yup, that looks properly like Deadpool to me!

Well, Fox have tested the water and this week they officially took the plunge and announced a date for the movie we’ve been waiting for, February 12th, 2016. Now, that’s a long way away, and projects this popular have been mired in the past to the point where they’ve vanished off the map (Duke Nukem Forever for example) but things have never looked better for Deadpool the Movie!

Encryption by Default

In case you were unaware of the recent announcement by Google and Apple, the Android and iDevices out there will now be getting encrypt functions enabled by default. For the record, both Googles and Apples devices have had encryption on their devices from the get go, although only the savvy knew about the features previously!

To me, it’s a no brainer! By having encryption set up by default, we can expect a lot less damage to our data when we go to a nefarious website. Of course it isnt the end of the worlds problems from them naughty hacking black-hat types. In fact, it doesnt really affect them that much at all with the power of decryption, but at least its one small step back to bringing the power to the average user!

Tell your family, tell your friends: Mobile devices are becoming safer and more ready for more serious usage around offices and indeed day to day activities. Just be aware that this is but one step towards security on your mobile devices.

One thing that wasnt made clear is when this is set to roll out. We will keep you informed about this one if we find out anything else.

Crescent Bay Kit

You might have seen my post from yesterday, but if you haven’t then please go check it out! I think this is quite exciting news!

Crescent Bay then is the latest development kit for the Oculus Rift! How exciting it is then that there is finally integrated speakers. Whats more, a new demo has been made by the developers of the Oculus Rift, a demo that lets you explore all of the new features from the built in speakers to the 360 head tracking!

Its an exciting time for the Virtual Reality headset but to keep abreast of any new changes, dont forget to keep your eyes (and now ears) open to the game conferences out there, as well as the Oculus Rift Kickstarter page, which they STILL keep updated!

Other News

  • This week sees the premier of the new Batman prequel series Gotham.
  • Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm Kickstarter has been announced, more on that later in the week
  • And this week (today actually) GeekOut South-West passed 10,000 views! Thanks everybody :D

Thats it for our week in geek, check back with us next week for more geeky goodness! Until next time, keep it geek folks!

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