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Why a hangover is like regeneration for a Doctor Who fan.

Let me set the scene. Your well and truly into your third white wine spritzer for the evening and its only been three hours, so you decide it’s time to call it a night because you’ve got that important meeting first thing in the morning.  All too familiar scene yes? Hell no.  You hit the bottle, and when you hit the bottle, I’m talking hard, like trying to finish Binding of Isaac without hands hard. You slam whatever your poison is in stupid amounts disregarding the truth of the oncoming Read more [...]
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Memory Shock Therapy

The subtle propaganda of hope and the mistakes of the past This article is dedicated to all who were brave enough to venture into the Chernobyl NPP and stop the biggest nuclear incident, known to man from spreading further into the globe. Thank you! This article expresses my viewpoint of what S.T.A.L.K.E.R. symbolizes. Apart from an open-world RPG shooter, I think there is more to it. For me, the series is much more than a video game. Even if what I will say wasn't done intentionally, I Read more [...]
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Lets plays, Twitch TV and New Games Journalism

This month marks ten years since Kieron Gillen first sat down at his keyboard and typed out his manifesto for the future of video games journalism. Ten years in which console, trilogies and trends have all come and gone, but the hopes and ideals for the future of games writing his essay spoke of seem as distant now as they have ever been. Previews still dominate the pages of glossy magazines, promising the world to whoever owns the right system. Reviews are still written as shopping lists, letting Read more [...]
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Picking up in Japan, why you suck at it.

You suck, simple as that. Now that I’ve shattered your self-confidence let me justify it. Chances are if you’re reading this blog, you’re a young male who has booked or is thinking of booking a flight to Japan in the near future. Chances are one of the reasons you are reading this is because redtube just isn’t doing it for you anymore, so you’re deciding to live the hentai dream. Your probably thinking because you’re a foreigner it’s going to be easy. Well I’m telling you right Read more [...]
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Arm Wrestling in Japan

Well after being here for about a year, I can honestly say that one of the best things to happen to me wasn’t the Japanese study or the all you can eat & drink for 30 bucks (though that is amazing); no, it was the Arm wrestling. I was living in Nisshin in Nagoya city. Before I left I was determined to track down an arm wrestling team, so I could continue the training I had begun with the Sydney Arm Wrestling team. After researching on the internet, I found Team Dragon. Read more [...]
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The one thing everybody missed about Far Cry 3

A great deal has already been said about Far Cry 3. The excellent performance of Michael Mando as Vaas, the balance of stealth and action gameplay and the need to kill more animals than Cruella de Vil to make a wallet and backpack have all been written about on numerous other websites in great detail. It has received a cornucopia of nines, tens as well as dozens of awards and nominations.   Yet amongst all these accolades and awards, something has been missed. Rook island is filled with Read more [...]
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The kindawesome PAX Roundup

Never before have I played such wildly different games in such a short space of time. Within one day I went from playing the indie title Blunt Instrument on the Occulus Rift to playing the board game Munchkins Apocalypse. The variety of games on show was amazing, and no matter what kind of gamer you were, there was something at PAX Australia for you to get excited about.   For me, there was one moment that really summed up the feeling of PAX Australia. I was in the board game free play Read more [...]
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Digital Vs. Physical

With the Steam sale currently in full swing, I think now is a good time to bring up the discussion of Digital vs. Physical.  Keep in mind that in this post I’m not going to be discussing things such as the whole Steam as DRM thing, I’ve already done a short piece on that topic for my blog, I just want to talk about the, let’s say, emotional attachment to a Digital or Physical collection. Well straight up I’m going to say that I think a physical collection is preferable to a digital Read more [...]
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Tokyo vs Osaka

It’s an age old debate for those who come to Japan and particularly for those who live here. Of the two most well know cities in Japan, which is better, Tokyo or Osaka. After living here now for the best part of a year and having been to both locations, I feel that I might share my two yen on this one (see what I did there). I just want to say from the outset, that everything I write here is just my personal opinion and if you think differently I totally respect it BUT GET OUT! Read more [...]
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The Newbies Speed Running Experience

Before I start saying anything about the topic at hand, I’ll give a quick introduction to myself as I’m new to this site. I’m Taurinensis, a charity blogger who has been very kindly invited by this site’s staff to come and write stuff from time to time on various topics. I’m big on video games so expect a lot of over-opinionated rants in the future. So with that out of the way I can finally talk about the thing I said I was going to talk about in the title, Speed Running. Read more [...]