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Dan Griliopoulos

6 years ago

Feature: Before GlaDOS Sang

Gaming Made Me: Jonathan Coulton

Interrupted while coiling his precious cables, the sound guy glowers at me. "Scarface? What?" Now, the way you can tell games journalists aren't like other journalists is our shame. We're shy, we lack the killer instinct, mostly, that enables tabloid hacks to doorstep grieving families and hack murdered children's phones. I'm a case in point - 6' 1", 13 stone - and I'm being intimidated…

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Feature: Manic Impressive

Hands On: Maniaplanet

Mr Griliopoulos has been to see Nadeo's Maniaplanet announcements. He's come away scratching his beard in puzzlement. We're at a ManiaPlanet announcement. But what's going on? I was told by Ubisoft that I was here to see the announcement of two new games. During the first half of head honcho of Nadeo-inside-Ubisoft, Florent Castelnerac, demo we're introduced to TrackMania: Stunters and TrackMania: Raid. Stunters is…

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7 years ago

Feature: They’ve got cannons

Shogun 2: The Rise And Fall Of Reginald Samurai, Part 3

Dan fights against the inexorable tides of history to bring traditionalism back to the the Japanese archipelago. Part One. Part Two. And now: Months have passed. Togichi and Fukushima have become relative havens of tranquility - but Hitachi is a permanent wreck; I’ve fought at least a battle there every month, the first three months recapturing it from another rebel force I bribed into existence…

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Feature: A Total War: Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai diary

Shogun 2: The Rise And Fall Of Reginald Samurai, Part 2

Dan Gril returns to continue his inevitably doomed attempts to restore traditionalism to an increasingly modernised Japan in Total War: Shogun 2: Fall of The Samurai. Here's part 1 in case you missed it. It’s misty out there. A thick old pea souper soaking into the old Japanese wood. Did you know that a Japanese wood called Aokigahara is the world’s second worst suicide hotspot…

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Feature: A Total War: Shogun 2: Fall of The Samurai diary

Shogun 2: The Rise And Fall Of Reginald Samurai, Part 1

Dan has been playing through Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai for us. Here’s the first diary of his attempts to restore traditionalism to an empire heading towards modernisation: a tale of betrayal, Fukushima and Project Gutenberg.

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Feature: Get Smart

Smartie has the answers: Derek Smart on Line of Defense

Derek Smart is either famous or infamous, depending on who edited Wikipedia last. He's either been making games for twenty years or making the same game for twenty years, and he's either a maverick indie genius or mad fool, depending on who you ask. But he has never stopped making games. We caught up with him to talk about his new game, Line of Defense,…

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Feature: Mum’s gone to Iceland

The MMOnitor: CCP and Eve

We caught up with Hilmar Pétursson, CEO, and David Reid, CMO, of CCP to talk about Eve Online, Dust 514, the Tranquility super-computer's consciousness, MMORPG saturation, CCP as a cloud-gaming platform, World of Darkness, and Eve’s future potential as a gestalt societal consciousness.

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