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  • GameSpy: The Limey #7: Head in the Clouds - Page 1
    guy in the world but my layperson s understanding of the technology has me believing that I ll be able to play the latest most technically advanced games on my underpowered computer or TV without the need for expensive hardware purchases If you want a detailed description of exactly how cloud computing works the Wikipedia can sort you out I m just wondering if and when this technology for videogames becomes viable will it lead to the end of traditional gaming platforms as we know them Think about it If you can play Mirror s Edge 2 or Half Life 3 without the need of a piece of hardware like the Xbox 360 or a high end PC and instead you only need a computer monitor or hi def TV why would you want to buy one of these traditional platforms Look the kitchen sink s in there too Image courtesy of Infreemation net Okay so the PC is likely to be a lot safer than an Xbox or PlayStation in this situation because of all the other applications it can run but yes I think that cloud gaming services if done well could spell big problems for console manufacturers There are already a lot of examples of applications hitting the web that use this concept Google s Gmail service does everything server side and very little on your computer you just need an Internet connection to use it The same applies to Google Docs this app has all the functionality of a basic word processor and none of the hassles of storing data on your own computer Again a net connection and a web browser are the only things you need Even the likes of Adobe are getting onboard with web based server side apps PhotoShop Express now allows

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/977/977065p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: The Limey #6: Gearing Up at Last - Page 1
    trips press junkets E3s and the like has basically reached the end of its life Right now the poor sod is sitting in a backpack with the LCD screen half hanging off I shouldn t really go into the sordid details about how I punched the back of the screen to try and fix the loose connection so I won t Suffice it to say that I was a bit screwed in terms of being able to y know work and earn a wage The old Dell hobbled along until yesterday when I finally had to have the conversation with my heavily pregnant wife about how I needed to go out immediately and buy a new one new couch new refrigerator and new bed notwithstanding The thing that sucks the most is the timing Moving into a new house with very few possessions means you need a lot of cash to get basics up and running and this was not the time for my lappy to go the way of the dodo What I wouldn t do for quite a lot more of this stuff Luckily the Internet and its users came to the rescue I wanted to spend as little cash as possible on a new laptop for a number of reasons Chiefly I don t want it eating into my gaming rig fund but we ve also got to survive for another month or so until my paycheck rolls in So the goal was to do a little bit of research online to see what I could get away with and what kinds of prices I could expect to pay for a laptop that would fulfill my basic work needs And wow the price of laptops has dropped amazingly since I last looked I trolled around Google for

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/975/975134p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: The Limey #5: The Gaming Rig Blues - Page 1
    weeks ago one of the main cooling fans was still dead after a year it was impossible to get a replacement according to Dell at least fresh OS installations seemed to make little difference to its instability and the performance generally stank My old Dell used to run Half Life 2 just fine It was time to retire the machine I gave the Dell XPS away to a friend at the office realizing that when I got back over to the UK and had settled in I d have to begin the hunt for a new gaming rig Talking with folks at the office led me to believe that building a PC from scratch was the best bang for my buck versus dropping a ton of cash for a high powered pre made system like the Alienware rigs that the editorial department had access to So along with figuring out which ISP I wanted to go with and reminiscing about classic 8 bit computer game memories my attentions of late have turned to the tricky and costly business of prepping to own a new gaming PC Initial research brought one thing to light very quickly If you ve got a lot of money then buying pre made is the way to go for a quick solution I don t have a lot of extra cash right now for a gaming rig but my desire and my actual ability to research order buy and build the components I need to make a great but reasonably priced new PC are two very separate things I have roughly 800 GBP close to 1200 at the time I m writing as a budget I need the PC to be able to play the latest releases and while I m not expecting FSAA x8 miracles

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/972/972363p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: The Limey #4: Exploding Chicken Head - Page 1
    simple personal computer introduced me to gaming in a more meaningful way than standalone handheld electronic games like Game Watch or Astro Wars ever could I started to share some of my brother s enthusiasm for programming and would spend hours typing in line after line of basic code printed in gaming magazines just to see a few pixels move around the screen and make a bit of noise The Oric 1 Nice carpet But my brief stint with programming faded rapidly The Commodore 64 arrived one Christmas morning and the poor old Oric 1 was garage sale fodder the same day The C64 was a monumental gaming platform which penetrated Europe Scandinavia Canada and America The sheer breadth of software gave rise to a much wider variety of game genres styles and mechanics from the subtle genius of Andrew Braybrook s Paradroid to the guns blazing arcade to home rips of Elite s Commando Gaming had a platform like no other with the C64 and while there s simply no denying the power of the NES and Atari 2600 it was this machine that influenced me most as a gamer Fast forward to last week when I found myself engaged in a conversation with my brother over a few beers regarding our old days of gaming I told him that I was writing my new column but was struggling thinking of a topic to write about He joked You should tell everyone that Zorgon s Revenge on the Oric 1 was one of the best games ever made to which my response was Hang on wasn t it shit Zorgon s Revege Shit or what Had I become a gaming snob Had living and breathing through 28 years of gaming evolution jaded me Has being an active part of

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/969/969843p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: The Limey #3: Internet Troubles - Page 1
    of Warcraft stream fairly quickly to my desktop But I m starting to get a little concerned My dad s Internet plan has a monthly data cap on it So does my brother s Both members of my family get to use a maximum of 40GB per month once it s used up they can pay an extra four pounds about 6 given the current exchange rate and step the plan up to 80GB per month But they personally never ever ever come close to this data cap Myself however well that s a different story Did I forget to mention that I left my laptop here overnight downloading the whole WoW client Yeah that thing clocks in at like 4 5GB I ve already consumed more than 10 percent of the monthly allowance with just two downloads This troubles me greatly Un Goro Crater Downloading this zone costs bandwidth For starters my work for GameSpy can be bandwidth intensive managing media files uploading downloading streaming etc But it s my life as an online gamer or indeed a person that relies on the Internet for daily news information and entertainment that s going to thump through that 40GB per month limit very quickly So what are my options The key to solving the riddle was to take some time out and do a little research into the various ISPs that the UK has to offer Not all of the providers are as draconian with bandwidth it would seem but one small factor I forgot to mention pertaining to my family s ISP is that broadband is free it comes as no extra charge with the telephone landline and both locations regularly experience download rates ranging from 4 6 Mbps That s a really nice incentive to the more casual

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/968/968887p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: The Limey #2: Not as Bad as I'd Thought - Page 1
    released at all in Europe Upon my arrival in the States in 1998 I remember feeling utterly liberated that I could stroll into a consumer electronics store and walk out again with the very latest Nintendo 64 game GoldenEye 64 was my first victim In the past I d put up with extortionate import prices for Japanese versions of Super Mario 64 and Wave Race 64 each costing me upwards of 120 a pop And don t even get me started about the 150 I dropped for a U S NTSC copy of Street Fighter II for the SNES My weapon of choice in the early 1990s Suffice it to say I only had those old faded memories of what life as a UK console gamer used to be like to rely on so my nerves were a little worse for wear Now I ve been back in England for close to two weeks and I m very pleased to report that things are not anywhere near as bad as I had first believed These days most every reasonably high profile videogame hits the UK at either exactly the same time or only a few days after it s available in the U S There are some exceptions where three or four weeks are closer to the truth but to cite a couple of recent examples Street Fighter IV Tom Clancy s H A W X and Resident Evil 5 were all sitting on the shelves at my local Tesco supermarket at around the same time that U S GameStop and EB stores were offering up the same goods It was most refreshing to feel as though I wasn t on the ass end of gaming all over again But there are still a number of niggles and issues that

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/965/965526p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: The Limey #1: International Epics - Page 1
    changes I ve experienced recently one thing has stuck in my mind more than anything else This is possibly going to sound weak feeble and even insane when you consider the future of my young child s education is currently in flux while the move is complete but one of the biggest changes to my life will without a shadow of a doubt be the inevitable disruption of my regular World of Warcraft playtime on the U S servers Bigbullocks Tauren Death Knight U S server Destromath cry I ve attempted to play WoW remotely on previous trips home to visit the family on holidays but a number of factors all contribute to a less than ideal set of circumstances First up is the time difference England is eight hours ahead of West Coast U S servers so even if I get on to play none of my friends or guild members are usually logged in Second is the immortal enemy of all online games latency And from the north of England connecting to Blizzard s U S servers ain t really all that pretty High latency is a game killer at the best of times so even if I decided to pull an all nighter and play through the small hours of the morning peak U S server time make the lag all the more intolerable So I am faced with a difficult set of choices I can simply kiss goodbye to hundreds and hundreds of hours invested friendships made guilds joined epics gained and good times had or I can suck it up and try to muddle through the lag as best I can I could just let my beloved U S account rot in digital hell and start over with a shiny European account which to be

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/956/956210p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: On the Piloting of Giant Robots #1: Robotech - Page 1
    my fellow GameSpies have been delivering incredibly insightful observations and titillating flamebait I am not nearly as worldly or whatever the opposite of self centered is So in my column I m going to talk about giant robots and in this flagship edition I m going to focus on one series specifically Robotech If there s time after that maybe I ll try to tie it in to something that applies a little more to your interests but for the time being anyway you re going to read about mine Super Dimensional Fortress Macross At last year s Tokyo Game Show Sterling dragged me to the towering Yodobashi electronics store in Akihabara I say dragged because I wasn t particularly interested in buying anything all of the movies were in Japanese and region encoded and the games were in Japanese as well But Sterling assured me that they d have a huge section devoted to plastic robot models you know the kind you have to paint and glue together so I capitulated Followers of our amazingly consistent and timely podcast already know of my passion for giant robots in general and Robotech in specific but for those of you who haven t basked in our version of aural soma let me tell you some of my best childhood memories involve Rick Hunter and his adventures aboard the SDF 1 So imagine my incredible surprise when I discovered that Namco Bandai or Bandai Namco as it is in Japan was releasing a brand new Robotech or Macross again as it is in Japan videogame for the PSP and PS2 the day before we flew out of Tokyo That my friends is cosmic serendipity But wait because it gets even better I was further surprised to discover that this new game Macross

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/954/954832p1.html (2016-02-16)
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