Charlie’s story

As tomorrow is #CookieClickerAwarnessDay2013 here is a story about a poor victim of  cookie clicker.

Charlie used to be a normal person until he discovered cookie clicker but now he is in a terrible state.  He never does his homework on time and is always late for school and looks like the photo below.  This is the danger of Cookie Clicker

Elford

The alpha so far: Prison architect

It is wrong to review unfinished games because that is not how they are going to be like in a a short amount of time, so these are my current thoughts on the  Prison Architect.   The Concept of prison Architect is much more interesting than it seems at first.  Some people may dismiss it as “Just another management sim” But as the game gets updated it introduces many more interesting concepts.  The idea of being nice to your prisons and hoping they would co-operate that way or forcing them into submission with an iron fist and making the prison a ‘right-wing hell hole’.

Some of the latest updates give an idea of what is to come, with the introduction of being able to manage prison policy.  Being able to change the punishments of certain crimes is a step in the right direction.  Will you be forgiving and let them off crimes or will you put them in solitary confinement for 4 days?  This is only the start but it is a big concept and if Introversion can pull it off Prison Architect will be an even better game.

Treating the addiction of Cookie Clicker

I write here today to warn you about the danger that is cookie clicker.  Once you follow the link you will need to go to rehab to treat your addiction.  Your life is put on hold for Cookie clicker, everyone will leave you.  You will spend years trying to increase your CPS (cookies per second)

By all means don’t follow this link http://orteil.dashnet.org/cookieclicker/

The game is pointlessly bad and addictive it will be the biggest waste of your life. The NHS has even taken the liberty of warning the public because unfortunately in some case Cookie clicker is fatal.

“Cookie Clicker is harmful, you will neglect the need to eat and sleep, we have had at least 4629 Cookie Clicker related deaths in the past 5 days” -NHS Spokesperson

And please somebody think of think of the poor children who come across Cookie clicker unaware of its consequences.  The 19th September is World wide Cookie Clicker awareness day.  Support the hashtag on twitter to help raise awareness #CookieClickerAwarenessDay2013

Microsoft versus Apple – the real war

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With the release of the new generation of consoles fast approaching people are saying the console war has already been won by Sony (Except for the whole 7 people who on one take the Wii U into account).  But has Microsoft been intending to fight a war with Sony this time round?  Microsoft are focusing on competing with Apple on general entertainment. They are trying to copy Apple where Apple has done well, like integrating all of it’s devices to work together.  Unfortunately for Microsoft their X-box has became known as a games console (When the focus was on games, which was a long time ago)

Apple's iOS7 will incease the inter-connectbity go

Apple’s iOS7 will incease the inter-connectivity of Apple’s devices

The one thing apple products do well is integration.  The integration is not crudely done like Youtube, it does not look exactly the same on phone as on a mac but they both work together.  Of course Apple could integrate more to use both for a task at the same time.  Unfortunately in the case of the X box one it is done crudely.  It is the case of call in a random airstrike that does not fit in the game on your phone, which is a bit crap.  The idea seems good on the surface but in the end it is something they have not thought through properly.  However this can benefit gaming if done less crudely.  If the phone showed you tactical maps and statistics it would be  excellently implemented integration, even though it does not sound as exciting on the face of it

“You can call in an airstrike on your phone if you have 3 f******g arms” John ‘Total Biscuit’ Bain

The other thing the X-box one focuses on is the TV features which is great, if you live in America, Mexico or Canada.  Whoever this is clearly trying to compete with Apple who are also venturing into this market.  Unfortunately for Microsoft this service is not going to most of the already limited number of countries that can buy an X-box on launch.

Microsoft have tried to take the X-box in a different direction but are not doing it well.  The bad PR is enough to put most people off, including casual gamers.  It seems, just like the smart phone market currently, this is another area for Apple to dominate

X-box one E3 roundup

The first of the E3 press conferences has ended. with Microsoft starting the day.  New games announced and teased include Ryse, a 3rd person fighting game set in ancient Rome where the player plays as Titus, Dead rising 3, another zombie game *yawn*, battlefield 4 (not an exclusive), The Witcher 3 (Also not an exclusive) Forza 5, with the drivatar (WTF!?), Sunset overdrive (Drug trip?) 

Now onto console.  It will have twitch inter-contectity, no more Microsoft points costs $499, €499 £430.  Gold X box live users get 2 free games a month.