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World of Goo

World of Goo

I sat down with my 6-year old daughter recently to play World of Goo. I first played it long before she was born and it was just as fabulous to play now as it was then. Great games age like a fine wine. In…

Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance Audio Edition

Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance Audio Edition

Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance was nominated for a Hugo Award in 2013 and was an Audie Award winner in 2014. It is the 15th installment of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga. It’s a brilliant series – we’ve given…

Sword and Laser Podcast

Sword and Laser Podcast

Book Clubs are not a new invention. They’ve been around to encourage people to read virtually since the first printed books became popular. I’ve never been a fan of reading along with others – I tend to read too fast &#8211…

Blackwood Crossing

Blackwood Crossing

Blackwood Crossing is a narrative drive first-person adventure game. I’m going to absolutely avoid all spoilers (except in the hidden ‘Triggers section), because it’s brilliance relies heavily on the emotional impact of its unfolding story and I think everyone…

Mass Effect Andromeda

Mass Effect Andromeda

Mass Effect Andromeda is an open-world action adventure third person shooter set in a stunning new galaxy filled with goldilocks planets (not so golden at the start), ancient technology and alien friends and enemies. Bioware’s Mass Effect series is well known and…

The Legend of Zelda : Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda : Breath of the Wild

A new console has traditionally needed a selling title. Something unique to the new hardware that is good enough to start sales and get people buying. Microsoft has Halo, Sony Uncharted and Nintendo decided to use the much delayed Wii U The Legend of Zelda…

Back in Time for Dinner (TV series)

Back in Time for Dinner (TV series)

Meet the Robshaw family – Brandon, Rochelle and their three children Miranda, Rosalind and Fred. And Debbie – a chef in the 21st century who becomes their 20th century maid. In the first season of Back in Time for Dinner, they’re transported back…

Walden: Life in the woods

Walden: Life in the woods

Much has been said, written and speculated over Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. Its opening statement set the scene: “When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in…

Induction

Induction

Last year at EGX one of the little gems hiding in the Indie zone was a puzzler called Induction. The game made by one man team Bryan Gale is a puzzle game about time travel. You play a small block who can move around a…

Security Now Podcast

Security Now Podcast

Five minutes browsing Ergohacks will probably tell you a couple of things about my personality and likes – I like tech, I like podcasts and I like playing with and trying to find the holes in things. Put those things together and you get the…

Elder Scrolls Online – One Tameriel

Elder Scrolls Online – One Tameriel

In the mid 2000s MMOs and most particularly WOW seemed to take over the world. Everyone was playing and I like most spent an awful lot of free time – and monthly dues – playing, raiding and getting involved. Personal times change and while I…

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History Podcast

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History Podcast

Look at a top 10 list of podcasts over the last ten years and exclude tech podcasts and there’ll be a several names that come up time and time again. This American Life, Serial, Freakonomics and today’s winner Hardcore History. If…

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare Audio Edition

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare Audio Edition

Historical and factual books have a great many themes and varied contents with WWII being more covered than most. Audible popped up with ‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: Churchill’s Mavericks’ and  I expected a retread of themes I have read and…

Sid Meier’s Civilization 6

Sid Meier’s Civilization 6

Civilization has been around for more than twenty years. Newly released Civilization VI looks very familiar to veteran players with its sprawling maps, eager stabs at political intrigue, simmering disapproval that boils over into skirmishes, or if you so desire, starts a world war, but…

Worm. A review.

Worm. A review.

What’s the longest book you can think of? The Bible? Lord of the Rings? Sprawling worlds and books are often a sign of poor editing but the longest I’ve ever read is called Worm and at around 1.7 million words…

Stargate SG1 (TV series)

Stargate SG1 (TV series)

The stone Stargate ring is one of the more iconic science fiction images of the late 1990s and early 2000s. In 1994 Roland Emmerich and Kurt Russel released a film called Stargate. It had Russell playing Jack O’Neill  and leading his team through…

West Wing Weekly Podcast

West Wing Weekly Podcast

A simple question to start this post – do you like well written, sharply dialogue and characterized television? Do you like political drama? If you do the chances are that you’re already a fan of the West Wing. We wrote about it in…

A Short History of Nearly Everything Audio Edition

A Short History of Nearly Everything Audio Edition

Bill Bryson has been a favorite non-fiction author or mine for the last 20 years since I read a Walk in the Woods in school. He’s got the touch and can pass on information in a way that is entertaining and relaxing…

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words

I picked up my copy of Lost in Translation for the first time and it fell open at Fika, a Swedish verb meaning “Gathering together to talk and take a break from everyday routines, usually drinking coffee and eating pastries – either at a…

No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky

Few games from a relatively unknown developer have been as eagerly anticipated as that for No Man’s Sky…