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Video game designer and freelance writer. Based in the UK.

INTERVIEW: Indie Start-up TCGames on Velisia, and Their Journey So Far…

So, how do you go from programming games in university to starting up a fully-fledged indie game company, bordering on your first release? TCGames are a young group of designers and programmers caught up in the middle of their own indie story, and are on the brink of releasing their first game Velisia: A Traitor’s Legacy. Stephen Rhodes took the …

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January 2012: The Month of Gaming Spin-offs

January 2012: The Month of Gaming Spin-offs

Well here we are, another year and another release schedule. If I was 2012 I would be concerned right now; 2011 is a tough act to follow, as far as video games goes. January is always a tough month, straight after the Christmas release window when so many great titles are released. However, it is a prime buying window. People …

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Pandamonium – Blizzard’s Flagship MMO Gets an Oriental Twist

Pandamonium - Blizzard's Flagship MMO Gets an Oriental Twist

  World of Warcraft has always been synonymous with slaying dragons, banishing demons and being a legendary hero in a dangerous universe. Consider the game’s current main storyline, that of defeating the dragon aspect of death, aptly named ‘Deathwing’. You can imagine my surprise when I tuned in to Blizzcon this year and found out the next major expansion for …

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Gears of War 3 Emerging Dominant!

Gears of War 3 Emerging Dominant!

Gears of War 3 has sold over three million copies Microsoft announced early last week. These  incredible sales figures, as they stand, have pushed Gears 3 to be the best selling title of this year! “In just one week, Gears 3 has already grossed more than any 2011 video game to date,” Xbox Live director Larry Hryb blogged. Microsoft also stated that …

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Free to Play: In a League of its Own!

League of Legends

The last few years has seen a change in how we purchase our games and feed our addiction. It used to be the normal thing to go out to a shop and buy a retail copy of a game, which you would then take home and install. Then with the growth of readily-available internet, MMO gaming became increasingly popular and …

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League of Legends Dominion Expansion Released

League of Legends: Dominion Expansion

Begun, the Dominion war has! After months of teasing and previews, the wait is finally over. Riot games this week launched its brand new control point game mode, “ Dominion” for their incredibly successful MOBA title League of Legends. The new mode takes a break from the normal MOBA format and pitches two teams in a war of attrition, where …

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