The Prusa Mendel i3

Building a 3D Printer is one of the most challenging – and rewarding – endeavors for a tech enthusiast to undertake.

The Prusa i3 is a great introduction to the world of 3D Printing for those with a limited budget and the right mindset

The Prusa i3 is a great introduction to the world of 3D Printing for those with a limited budget and the right mindset

I’ve been following the development of 3D Printing for some years now, watching as the technology improves and the entry level price point continues to drop.

I finally decided to take the plunge when I saw the RepRap Mendel i3 for the equivalent of £92 from China.  Continue reading

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Resurrecting my childhood Gameboy (DMG-01)

A blast from the past – updated for the 21st Century

My Childhood DMG-01

During a recent visit to my parents’ house, I stumbled across my first ever games console, a DMG from 1991. It had been stuffed in a drawer in my childhood bedroom many years ago and forgotten about. Continue reading

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New Project: A Book of Drabbles

Can you tell a story in 100 words?

An indie author friend of mine, PT Muscutt, recently turned me onto the flash fiction website www.drablr.com, which tests a writer’s ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in a confined space: every drabble story must be told inside of 100 words. You need a beginning, a middle and an end; a setting, characters, conflict and resolution.

The concept is easy to learn, but devilish to master. I’ve found it can be great for flashes of inspiration, forcing you to cram a narrative into such a constricted format. I’m constantly impressed by what the contributors to the site can achieve.

Pete has used the site for quite some time and has generated enough drabbles to compile into an eBook, Chrristmass Stokkkings For Terribble Childrenn. He has now suggested a joint effort of 100 drabbles set in the fictional seaside town of Skaggerston (working title). Continue reading

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KDP release: Revenance (Book ONE in The Dead Hand Series)

My first ever eBook is now available on Kindle!

Sometime around mid 2012 I started hearing a lot of buzz about a new mod that had appeared for the Arma II engine.

DayZ was a zombie apocalypse mod that allowed players to experience the full horror of a first person survival scenario in a huge open world. Set within an incredibly accurate military simulator and featuring persistent servers, permadeath and a completely open style of play, the stories I was reading on blogs and forums were so compelling that they prompted me to build a budget gaming rig purely to experience this game first hand. Continue reading

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Forgotten Worlds

Earlier this year a friend and I decided to rent our own DayZ server. After spending a few uninspiring months in the Standalone title we had come to the conclusion that the Mod still reigned supreme, and so I took out a rolling monthly subscription with an online hosting service.

We installed the latest DayZ Epoch files, gave ourselves admin access, and spent a couple of days tweaking the server to give players what we felt would be the best experience possible. We crafted abandoned bases for visiting clans to inhabit and changed some of the landscape to encourage people to head out into the wilderness. We added new scripts for AI squads of survivors and bandits. Essentially, we wanted to recapture that sense of excitment and uncertainty the mod had given us back in 2012, but give it a fresh new vibe for players to engage with.

I think we succeeded. We were proud of what we had achieved; we’d created our own little post-apocalyptic wasteland and we couldn’t wait to see what visiting players would make of it all. We posted the server ID in a select few places online and waited…

And waited…

And waited… Continue reading

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A Very Special Humble Bundle

All Proceeeds will go Directly to the Brandon Boyer Cancer Treatment Relief Fund

This is the best bundle I’ve seen for a long time and it’s for a very special cause.

Do the right thing, people; promotion ends Friday 21 March 2014 at

[UPDATED 3/14/14] Games and soundtracks included in the Humble Bundle of Love for Brandon:

  • Anomaly Warzone Earth + SoundtrackNEWLY ADDED!
  • Funky Smugglers + SoundtrackNEWLY ADDED!
  • P3 BioticNEWLY ADDED!
  • ReceiverNEWLY ADDED!
  • Samorost 2 + SoundtrackNEWLY ADDED!
  • Sleepwalker’s Journey + SoundtrackNEWLY ADDED!
  • “Feel Life and Be Strong” compilation, dedicated to Brandon BoyerNEWLY ADDED! Continue reading
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[Solved] No Display After Upgrading CPU

Upgrading CPU May Require BIOS Update

I recently decided to upgrade my budget gaming rig. The first thing to go was the dual-core Intel Pentium G620, with a bump up in processing power to the 3rd gen i5 3570k. Switching out the processors was the easy part; the problem came when booting up the machine to find no video out at start-up. I tried several different displays and video ports with no luck. Continue reading

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Sony Reveals “Playstation Now” Cloud Gaming Service

Streaming technology will bring Sony back catalogue to entire Playstation family

PS Now

Sony has finally unveiled its plans for Gaikai, the online streaming service it acquired in July 2012. Rebranded “Playstation Now“, the technology allows gamers to stream interactive content to pretty much any device with an internet connection. The PS4 is currently able to stream games directly to the PS Vita over a Wi-Fi connection via remote play with no noticeable lag, but the next iteration of this service will allow global streaming to all platforms. Continue reading

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Darkstation Reviews

Darkstation

Happy 2014!

Over the New Year period I was officially accepted onto the Darkstation.com review team. From now on, I will be submitting reviews directly to that site and providing link-backs here on my personal blog. Continue reading

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Flashback – Review

VectorCell; PC; 360; PS3

Rating: ★★★½☆

Click the image for my 60-Second Video Review

Anyone who remembers the original 1992 release of Flashback will know that it raised the bar for 2D cinematic platformers and changed the gaming landscape for the better. Heavily influenced by games such as Prince of Persia and drawing directly on the success of its spiritual predecessor, Another World, it cemented Delphine Software’s place in videogame lore. Although the developer went into administration ten years later, the title still holds the Guinness World Record for Best Selling French Game of All Time. Continue reading

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