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Gaining Experience: The Pursuit

PC gamers have it rough. Not only must we build and maintain our hardware, cover all of the associated costs of ownership, we’ve got to wade through what is – in 2015-16 – an endless sea of game bundles, remakes and remasters, demakes and community made mods. Sometimes the game we want isn’t even on our preferred platform, and we need turn to a console, be it the Wii U, PS3/4 or XBox 360/One.

Where does the best experience live, and how do you find it?

As always, if you’re in a rush, you can skip right to my list of the best game vendors in the industry. Continue reading

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My Stance on Amazon

Maybe it’s late to be saying this, but Bezos is a dangerous beast. Hachette hasn’t got it right either. The truth (as usual) is somewhere in the middle. For a while now I’ve been waiting with baited breath, hesitating to join CreateSpace to publish my own works. Publisher? Not as yet; this nutter’s takin’ a swing at it solo, so far. Continue reading

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Amazon Carries a Big Nerosis

I have one thing to say: While Amazon controls digital distribution the stranglehold they have on our opinions appears even greater. We’re too afraid to say a word in support or defiance should we lose our vaunted 5-star valuations.

Hey, I have nothing to lose, but don’t suppose that would stop me if I had. Continue reading

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Useful Misdirection(s)

NYTimes recently informed the world (not just New York, if you catch my drift) that employers are stymied by budget concerns and playing with prospective employees as though they were cat toys. Between hoops, unreasonable expectations and the perfect employee, they just aren’t hiring. Continue reading

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Microprocessor Bubble: Tick, Tock

Whilst my parents and I were playing Lineage II a saying hopping into my mouth: “If you can’t find a game to play, you’re not looking.”

Pre-macroeconomicshrink/shirk, I heard that applied to the valiant task of job hunting. It was true. I fell into work with very little effort. Now the attitude of employers is different – they have the pick of the litter. If we don’t like how we’re being treated, someone else hankering for a pay cheque will take our place. Continue reading

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Calculations Underperformed

The heavy hitters of the gaming personal computing industry have been striking out lately, and they don’t appear to know why. Blogphilofilms has a good take on the epic failure of Windows 8. Watch it. He put the nail on the head better than I could have, though I have to say he reminds me of Vizzini, the Sicilian from Princess Bride. Continue reading

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Bothers and Brothers

Isn’t it annoying knowing you’re right and not being able to rationalize it? None of you know this but I’ve been keen to this activity in China for ten years, easily. How? How much time staying awake and aware does it take to figure out China is America’s oldest enemy? Look, I won’t be getting political, but we’re at the point of utter stupidity here. Continue reading

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