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How to enjoy life and still keep gaming

Gaming can be balanced

We all have busy schedules, but we all have our favourite gaming hobbies too, so here’s a rundown of what you can do so that you always have enough time for gaming in your life.

Understand you need to create a balance

Back in 2001, the Xbox had just been launched,  I spent most of my time completing Halo, Project Gotham Racing and Rallisport Challenge.  I had a lot of free time so days seemed to stretch forever and I always managed to finish whatever game I was working on and still hand in my assignments on time.

Fast-forward sixteen years and things have changed.  Life has now taken over.  I am married, and I have a cat.  My work life is far busier than my college life was back then so I can only snatch brief moments of being able play my favourite videogame, Forza Horizon 3. read more

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How to choose a game for yourself

Choosing what game you want to play these days can almost be a chore in itself.  After all there are tons of games to choose from, both new and old, so how do you know which game is right for you?

There are several key aspects that you must consider before you can pick the right game for you that we will discuss in this article to help you pick the best game for you.

Measure your time

Playing videogames can almost be a full-time job if you pick MMORPG titles.  These types of games tend to consume much of your free time.  However, there are many mobile games or casual games, such as Flappy Bird, or Pokemon Go, that you can play, usually on your console or your phone. read more

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Busy schedules and video games

Gamers have one common  enemy in mind: a busy life. It’s hard to squeeze in time to play video games when there are dishes to do and money to be made.

With that in mind, developers are now taking time as a big consideration in game design. Here are five things that a time-friendly game should consider

1. Length

If it’s a long game, it takes up a long time. Game length plays a large part when gamers try to consider if they should pick up a game or not. This is one of the core factors as to why mobile got big: they are portable and they showcase short bursts of rewarding gameplay. read more

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What is Game Compulsion and what can be done about it?

If you’re reading this then I’m sure you’ll agree that gaming is an outstanding gift to the universe.
However, the sad reality is that too much of a good thing is a bad thing. If gaming starts to affect your everyday life then you may be showing signs of game addiction.

Game addiction (also referred to as game compulsion) is when a person withdraws themselves from real life in favour of virtual realities. There are a vast number of reasons why this behaviour occurs. The common misconception about people who have game compulsion is that they are lazy or too stupid to get ahead in the real world. This couldn’t be any further from the truth.
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Don’t play games online, play them in the same room

Gamers today live in an always connected, always online world.  When you buy a console these days the internet is as important to have as the latest launch title.  We spend more time waiting for downloads to finish than we do playing the games themselves.

And when we want to play against friends we simply play against them online.  We don’t seem to play games against people in the same room anymore. We feel this should change because we believe playing games against people in the same room local multiplayer is more fun. read more

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What we learn from Satoru Iwata?

“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.”

Video games are meant to be one thing: fun. Satoru Iwata is an icon in the gaming industry – best known for his role at the helm of Nintendo as president and CEO, Iwata pioneered many concepts in gaming that still stand up to this day. With Iwata at the helm, Nintendo flourished as the oldest and one of the biggest gaming behemoths in the industry with games like Super Mario and Legend of Zelda. read more

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Board games are now better than ever

Board games are now more popular than ever.  The pastime that was once associated with Christmases with the family, or nerds, now has something for everyone.

But how did this happen and how can we make the most of it?

Why are board games popular again?

The internet has helped make board games popular again.  Thanks to popular board game websites such as BoardGameGeek and word of mouth, ‘old-fashioned board games have acquired cult status and are growing in popularity’.  

When asked why board games are now being chosen over other entertainment such as movies or videogames, the answer was obvious.  It was for the personal connection that you could make with your friends or family that you were playing with. read more

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Valve tightens developer requirements for submitting games to Steam

Exciting news for PC gamers and developers have emerged from Valve who announced that they will stop the Steam Greenlight service, a popular voting service for developers to showcase their games to get onto the Steam store, in favour of Steam Direct.

Valve hope that by doing this they will stop the flaws of the Steam Greenlight program, whilst improving the overall quality of titles allowed onto the Steam store.

What was Steam Greenlight?

Steam Greenlight was a service that allowed developers to get their games onto Steam.  Developers who wanted to submit their titles had to pay an overall fee first of $100.  After doing that their game was allowed on the Steam Greenlight service where users could try it and vote if it was good or bad. read more

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