Thursday, 15 February 2018

Throwback Thursday: PC Ace

It's Throwback Thursday, the time so many of us love to wax nostalgic about old memories of things we love from our past. This week, I've been reminiscing with my brother about a magazine we used to subscribe to as kids - PC Ace.

Aimed at kids between the ages of 10 and 14, PC Ace was a magazine published by Eaglemoss Publications, between 1999 and 2001. This educational magazine aimed to provide tips and tricks for kids on how to operate a computer. There's not really much about this magazine online, but I did manage to track down a scanned portion of one issue, which you can see below.




Wednesday, 14 February 2018

My Favourite Romantic Films

Happy Valentines Day! 

Whether you celebrate this (admittedly, very commercial) occasion or not, I thought it was the best time to share my top 10 romantic films. I've always had a soft spot for rom-coms, and have quite my fair share of them in my blu-ray collection at home.

My list includes a few renowned classics, as well as a few of my own different ones, too. Check them out below!

10. Get Over It

While the critics pretty much panned it, I've always had a soft spot for Get Over It. Loosely based on Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', this high-school comedy followed a fairly predictable story of a high school kid who desperately tries to win back his ex-girlfriend by joining the school play that she and her new boyfriend are performing in. Filled with cheesy musical numbers, and pretty funny scenes, this ones a bit of a guilty pleasure for me.

Favourite quote: "She was the first girl to see me naked. Granted we were 7 years old at the time, but I had a feeling, even then. There's really something about the first girl you play doctor with. Maybe it's cosmic or something. Or perhaps it's just that she's seen your package and didn't run away screaming. Whatever it was, Allison and I were made for each other. A perfect fit. So, when her family moved away, I knew that some day, some how, fate would bring us back together."


Tuesday, 13 February 2018

My Top 5 Songs from Lost Odyssey


Lost Odyssey is one of my favourite RPG's. Underrated, and definitely worth a play! Directed by Final Fantasy's Hinorobu Sakaguchi, this Xbox 360 exclusive turn-based RPG blended a steampunk-esque setting, with a great story, and challenging, but enjoyable gameplay. When it was released as a backwards compatible game on the Xbox One, it was great to see people discover (or in my case, re-discover), this gem. 

One of the aspects of Lost Odyssey I love the most is the fantastic soundtrack. Scored by renowned composer Nobuo Uematsu, the soundtrack captured the games tricky battles, it's keen taste for adventure, and the elements of beauty, and sadness that Kaim's story presented.

A regular CD that's found it's home in my glove compartment for car journeys, it's fair to say that I return to this music a lot. Check out my top 5 tracks from the Lost Odyssey soundtrack below!


Monday, 22 January 2018

I Love This Dead Space 'Ishimura' T-Shirt from Insert Coin!

I've been buying from Insert Coin Clothing for a while now. Their t-shirts are always super-soft and great quality, and the print doesn't seem to fade after repeated washes...just what you want for a tee, really. They also create some pretty subtle designs, based off of both new and classic video games. Gamers will love the subtle nods, non-gamers will probably appreciate the striking prints regardless.

A few days ago, the lovely folks at Insert Coin sent me a Dead Space 'Ishimura' t-shirt, which I love! Check it out below.


My Favourite Mario Kart Courses from Each Game!


Super Mario Kart turned 25 yesterday! The now renowned and popular series paved the way for fun item-shooting racing games that we've all come to know and love. Allowing players the chance to race as one of their favourite Mario heroes or enemies, the game offered a bunch of truly fantastic tracks, as well as a multi-player Battle Mode. 

To celebrate the games anniversary, join me as I share my favourite course from each of the games so far. 


Super Mario Kart 


Rainbow Road 


There's no way I could do a list like this without mentioning Rainbow Road somewhere! The track that has no doubt made plenty of people utter profanities as they slipped to their doom, Rainbow Road provided a challenging final course in Super Mario Kart's Special Cup. Pretty simple in design, this multi-coloured road offered sharp bends, angry Thwomps, and holed-up pathways. The simplicity is deceiving, as when you're trying to traverse this with other players, there's no doubt at one point you'll find yourself being nudged off the side. 

Rainbow Road also included some truly memorable music, and has since seen several reiterations throughout the games 25-year history.


Saturday, 20 January 2018

Review: Beholder - Complete Edition


New home, new job, new prospects. All of this should be pretty welcoming and a potentially exciting change for a family, but it's not it's cracked up to be in Beholder. Whisked off on a train ride to a brand new home and a 'promising' new career in a Cold War-esque 1984, we soon realise that Carl is yet another pawn for the Ministry, the games totalitarian government, to use as they see fit.

Injected with a serum that supresses his need to sleep, Carl is set to work as his new apartment block's landlord. Not only is it his duty to maintain the wellbeing of his residents, and condition of their properties, but he's in charge of reporting tenant's personal life and activities. 

After making my way through the tutorial level, it became clear that Beholder isn't a simple building management game. In fact, it's the exact opposite. The Ministry are constantly phoning in brand new missions, and new government directives are decided daily. Time limits are set on various tasks, and it's up to you to decide on how these should be completed. Perhaps you'll turn a blind eye to a residents law breaking (trust me...most of them will be breaking the law, as pretty much everything comes under Ministry scrutiny), or become the whistleblower and send the police to wheel them away. Mess up, and face the death of yourself and your family. Send off reports, type up profiles on each tenant, and blackmail them for a little extra cash. It's really up to you how you decide to play it.



Thursday, 4 January 2018

I'm a shortlisted finalist for the UK Blog Awards!

Hey everyone,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had very happy holidays.

I'm starting 2018 off with some great news. I've made it as a shortlisted finalist for the Digital & Tech category of the UK Blog Awards! I never publicised that I had entered this, so finding out that so many of you had voted for me, and got me this far has been fantastic.

I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support, whether it was right here on the blog, or via Twitter or my Facebook. It's been fun keeping this up since 2011. Let's keep that one going, right?

I'm up there along with some brilliant digital and tech blogs, so even if I didn't get any further than this, I'm pretty chuffed.

Check out the complete list of shortlisted finalists here.

And...wish me luck!


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