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Have You Played… Cover Discs?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I couldn't afford many games as a teenager, so like many other people I turned to the only other available legal avenue: cover discs. The demos they offered were often the only way I ever played the biggest games - games about which…

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Ready For My Close-Up: PC Gaming Gets A Spotlight At E3

And lo' the clouds parted and E3's suited powers-that-be waved their bejeweled hand and now there's going to be an entirely new conference of sorts dedicated to PC Gaming. Oh Sweet Mariah Carey, such things have been a long time coming. As a long-time attendee of E3, I can tell you first hand that that's the place you go when you're basically just looking for an in-the-trenches view…

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Monkey Island 2 Spec Ed Review On PCG.com

Are you interested in what you should be thinking about the new Monkey Island 2 Special Edition? Fortunately I'm here to tell you - what a spot of good news. My review for PC Gamer has made its way onto the Jaunty RPS Tribute Site PCGamer.com, over here. I say: "By jove, they’ve got it! Last year saw LucasArts remake the original Secret of Monkey…

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Alec’s XCOM Feature

Mr Meer was the first to take a look at the new XCOM, thanks to the PC Gamer's exclusive feature. Since he's currently off having weekend adventures I thought it might be wise to link to an online sighting: GamesRadar have the full text, and some images. This isn’t a linear shooter, either. Your base’s phonetappers and police-radio scanners present you with choices as to…

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Hidden Movement: XCOM Uncovered In PCG

Me! I saw XCOM! Me! And I still can't bloody talk about it. But I can direct you to buy, beg, borrow, steal or consume the latest issue of PC Gamer UK, which contains a big-ass feature wot I wrote about 2K Australia/Marin's controversial do-over of The World's Greatest Videogame™. What I can say - I hope - is that the feature goes into why…

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Outcast Not At 57 Scandal: PC Gamer Top 100

The yearly PC Gamer Top 100 has gone live! To actually get any real explanation behind it, you'll have to buy the new issue, but it's available here in a just-the-facts-format. It breaks with tradition in a three key ways. Firstly, it was the first in living memory to be comprised not by going down the pub and arguing until everyone hates each other more…

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PC Gamer: Dragon Age Origins Review

My review of Dragon Age in PC Gamer is now online. All 60 million words, but short the very pretty boxouts (and thus vital details about the "taint" - snigger). It looks very splendid in the magazine. (Unfortunately an RPS review will be a while coming as our attempts to get review code were not responded to.) It's a tremendous game, in many senses of…

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Dawn of War 2: Chaos Rising Announced

There's been rumours around, but it's finally been confirmed in our old comrades at the PC Gamer* podcast. Talking about their forthcoming issue where they reveal that the first Dawn of War 2 add-on pack will feature chaos. And it's called Chaos Rising. It's welcome, but not exactly an enormous surprise - I thought Chaos would be one of the most-likely factions to be in…

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Long Shots And Lung Shots

Autumn wouldn't be autumn in the Stone household without a spot of digital deer slaying. The following is a piece I penned a few years back for PC Gamer UK on the history and appeal of gaming's least fashionable genre. Throw a couple of logs onto the fire, pour yourself a glass of something warming, and come sit down here next to me. Comfortable? Splendid.…

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The New New World – Civ 4: Colonization Reviewed

My write-up of the official remake of one of my all-time favourite strategy games is in the current issue of PC Gamer UK, and now also on the magic internet. While a solid and largely faithful remake, the game wasn't quite what I was hoping it would be, so I'm expecting outraged folk to shout at me and email a death threat or two because…

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Spore: The First Reviews (UPDATED)

Apparently the official online embargo starts lifting tomorrow, but a bunch of print scores have already found their way into the realms of webby-land. Most notably, CVG have just posted a slightly bizarre summary of Tom Francis' print review in PC Gamer UK, which is possibly a cheeky attempt to get a march on tomorrow's online reviews. The lad scored Will Wright's new'un a whopping…

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An A-Z of Evil

Heh. I just stumbled across this randomly, having had no idea it had ever gone online - a pop piece I wrote for PC Gamer last March on PC gaming's finest villains. Well, the finest that fit easily within an A-Z list, anyway. No, your favourite villain is not in there, and yes, shame on me for the oversight. How dare I call myself a…

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PC Gamer Top 100 – They Care What You Think

The new PC Gamer is out, and it's Top 100 feature is filled with pictures of three-quarters of RPS (along with the staff of the magazine as well, probably. It's hard to be sure because we just looked at the pictures of ourselves). Kieron wasn't present, because his beard (RIP) was deemed too dangerous for the public. Anyhoo, the point of a Top 100 is…

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Heroes and Villains

A quick note on two two new word-pustules I've affixed to the internet's mottled hide. First, Eurogamer's new MMO channel is foolish enough to let me celebrate my beloved City of Heroes character, The Entomologist, for 2000 words. In theory I'm talking about how COH's character editor and class structure offers a degree of self-expression no other MMO can touch, but mostly I'm jaffing off…

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I Am A Coward

This is a short piece that originally appeared in PC Gamer, recalling a key moment in my gaming life. While playing Call of Duty I experienced something horrific. I survived a level by hiding. It was humiliating, and with Call of Duty's emphasis on the cruelty of war, I felt broken. The piece was written for the Double Life section of Gamer, which adopts the…

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PCG: Audiosurf

Sorry, it's a bit of a deluge of PC Gamer today, as they've just thrown a mega-ton of last-issue content up onto their site. Think of it as like visiting relatives on the other side of the country. On my part, there's my Audiosurf review, replete with entirely gratuitous Vonnegut quotation. It's a significantly more upbeat take on the game than the RPS verdict (more…

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