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First Nintendo Mobile Game Announced & Delayed

I thought this was really interesting, not something I knew much about, a cool piece of news by my friend.

People have been talking for a while about Nintendo testing the waters of the smartphone app market. They’ve also been eagerly awaiting the rollout of its first offerings for mobile devices. While some may be wary of the company developing games for hardware other than its own, this move has been a long time coming. I think the 3DS is as awesome as everybody else, but I’m still excited for the opportunity to eventually play with some of gaming’s most beloved characters from the convenience of my phone.

My thoughts on remakes of classic games

Hi guys, this is a post that’s been a long time coming.

So, they announced they’re remaking Final Fantasy VII and they hinted they might remake Final Fantasy XII but I think that’s not actually a thing.

Anyway, I’m just going to talk about remakes and my feelings about them.

36 Ace Attorney sprites that exactly explain my job

In today’s Buzzfeed article, I’m going to talk about my job but present it to you in Ace Attorney sprites.

My job involves looking at graphs and reporting on website performance, with a little bit of SEO.

I really like Ace Attorney

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Some video game playlists you should listen to

Hey dudes. Recently I’ve been exploring 8 Tracks a bit. It’s a fun piece of software that allows you to create playlists and share them with everyone.

I just thought I’d share some of the ones I’d found that have a lot of video game stuff in them or are inspired by video games.

my monster friends from magnoliapearl on 8tracks Radio.

This one has a lot of cutest 8bit tracks from games about monsters (e.g. Pokémon, Monster Hunter, Digimon World). It’s by Magnolia Porter who draws the comic Monster Pulse that you should all read.

Let's Go to the Beach! from clawshots on 8tracks Radio.

This one is full of beach themes from various games (although it’s missing a few!) it’s really upbeat and I find it really fun.

A World Is Made from The Great Zucchini on 8tracks Radio.

This one is themed around World Building for writers/artists. It has a few relaxing video game songs in it.

Melody from aidorei on 8tracks Radio.

This one was created with the idea of “play FFXIV to this”, I really enjoy it, it has some really soothing songs.

Story People: The Sage from The Great Zucchini on 8tracks Radio.

This is for the character archetype of “The Sage”. It has a lot of peaceful music you could meditate to. Also, some music from Final Fantasy XII…

Tiggar's "PvP Mix 1" from Tiggar on 8tracks Radio.

Tiggar's Amazing 2nd Mix from Tiggar on 8tracks Radio.

A bunch of upbeat songs for playing PvP with! I really like it.

New Beginnings; Fresh Horizons from coalescence on 8tracks Radio.

A playlist for playing RPGs and Sci-Fi games.

Dreams and Winter Lights from ejbarnes89 on 8tracks Radio.

One I made for my girlfriend’s novel: The Winds of Valquhar. It has a few video game songs in there.

Cages of Convention from ejbarnes89 on 8tracks Radio.

Another one I made for a comic me and Jo wrote together. Once again, it has some video game themes…

Those without a voice from ejbarnes89 on 8tracks Radio.

One I made recently for characters that can’t speak… a lot of video game songs here.

Enjoy! Let me know if there are any you want me to include

Cutscenes on PS2 keep lagging? How to fix this problem

Hi guys, for ages now, I’ve had this problem with the PS2 (Note: We have a European, “Fatboy” style PS2, but the fix is pretty much the same for all of them, I gather) – any time we played a game with cutscenes (I play a lot of JRPGs so it’s pretty much every game) the cutscenes become unbearably slow to load.

Anyway, here are a few common solutions:

  • Use the “Settings” within your PS2 to go into “Diagnostics” mode. I think this supposedly tells it to “skip anything if it sticks for too long” but I’ve yet to see it work.
  • Use a disk cleaner. Might work if your PS2 is fairly new/well maintained, didn’t work for me
  • Take PS2 apart, take the disk tray apart and clean the disk reader – this worked for me

If you have another fix, please add it in the comments.

I’m going to talk about how my girlfriend Jo fixed it. She is a writer and doesn’t do a lot of DIY/Maintenance so you can do it too! It’s slightly tricky, but fear not, you just need the right tools.

50 Songs from Final Fantasy that you must listen to before you die

Yeah, apologies for the stupid title.

This post is all Scott‘s fault. He sent round an e-mail that was like “here is the best video game theme EVER”. I forget what it was (it was from Grand Theft Auto, I know that much) but my response was basically to send around a million other video game songs. Basically, poor Scott didn’t know what he would unleash.

I did promise not to send around 50 songs from Final Fantasy but I’m not going to lie, it’s really easy for me to get a list together.

I apologise in advance because I kind of did this before but… Oh well.

I am moving house, so I’m sorry that I’ve not reviewed a game in AGES.

Without further ado, here are 50 songs from Final Fantasy…

I ran the race for life – sponsor me!

I know, it’s not to do with Video Games, but I just ran the Leeds Race for Life 2015. It’s to raise money for Cancer Research UK. My mum recently finished chemotherapy and radiotherapy, so I thought the least I could do was this.

I ran it with a few of the girls from work (although I didn’t see them on the day as I was with my girlfriend and her friend).

I averaged out at 50min or so which is what I was aiming for – so I’m really proud of myself and everyone involved.

If you want to sponsor me, my page is here!

Why Video Game Companies Need To Keep Up With Technological Advancement

I’ve been really busy recently training for the Race for Life so a friend of mine helped out and wrote a post about how Video Game companies need to keep up with technology otherwise they’ll fall by the wayside!


Technology, more than ever before, is advancing at a blindly rapid pace. Every day stories surface detailing the development of scientific wonder materials or that herald new and amazing advancements in the field of computing or digital technology; truly we are living in a technological golden age! Of course, speedy progress requires companies, organisations and businesses involved in all industries to keep abreast of changes, however in the gaming realm this is particularly important. Why, though?

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My experiences with Game Transfer Phenomena

Hi guys, instead of a game review this week, I’m going to talk about one of my favourite PhD studies: Game Transfer Phenomena because I experience it and I think it’s really interesting.

Game Transfer Phenomena is a concept coined by Dr. Angelica B. Ortiz de Gortari. It relates to how gaming can effect your actions in the real world. She blogs about it and it includes some comics of situations where Game Transfer Phenomena may occur. You can read all the comics here and they’re pretty good at helping explain in a simple way what Game Transfer Phenomena is.

Game Transfer Phenomena

The comic above shows a “phenomena” that I have experienced several times in the past. It only happens when I play Advance Wars which is a grid based game. After playing for a long time, my brain is tricked into thinking that real life has “turns” and I wait for other people to take their “turn” before I take mine.

Before you ask – it doesn’t last very long, only a temporary lapse of judgement. It’s not like the media love to protray this kind of thing: “gamers can’t tell the difference between a game and real life!!!” It is nothing like that. If you read into the research about it, it’s summarised as:

  • Acting out a game motion in real life (like trying to press X to open a door)
  • Thinking about applying game logic as real world logic (like wanting to pick up bottle caps because they’re currency)
  • Hallucinating game symbols (Like seeing a crosshair in your field of vision)
  • And yes, these might seem like weird nonsense actions, but the other things reported are:

  • They last for a short period of time (usually a few seconds)
  • After occurrence it’s usually followed by “why would I think/do that?!”
  • No confusion as to what is real and what is related to a game, just temporary lapse of judgement
  • In fact, I bet that you have probably experienced some Game Transfer Phenomena yourself. Here is a very simple (and very common) one: getting a song stuck in your head. Even if you haven’t played Tetris in 20 years, no doubt you can remember this song and it will persist to remain “in your head” for a while.

    Some other Game Transfer Phenomena that I’ve experienced:

  • Thinking in “turns” (Advance Wars)
  • Seeing blocks when I close my eyes (Super Mario)
  • Feeling jumpy when I hear crackling like a radio (Silent Hill)
  • An urge to move my hand in a certain way when I hear “battle with the Four Fiends” (Theatrhythm Final Fantasy)
  • Looking at the sky to see if the moon was full because I needed a pictograph of it (Wind Waker)
  • And I’ve seen people on twitter say thing like this!

    (Credit to Steve at SEONo – no you’re not going mental)

    So, there you go, games make us do weird things sometimes and there is a study to show why. Have you ever experienced Game Transfer Phenomena? Care to tell me about it?

    5 Cool mums in video games

    What the heck, it’s Mother’s Day so let’s talk about cool mums in video games. They do exist! Feel free to comment and add your own suggestions!