The Push For Realism; Focusing On The Wrong Things?

The next gen of consoles are arriving shortly and there’s an underlying theme that just keeps cropping up; realism. Whether that’s PS4′s more advanced DDR5 graphics slaughtering the Xbox One or developers’ fascination with open worlds at E3, the gaming experience is set to replicate real life even more closely.

Gamers have demanded better specs with each passing generation and despite differences getting smaller and more difficult to achieve, this hasn’t stopped the recent Frostbite Engine 3, CryEngine 3 and Unreal Engine 4 producing some incredible graphics that raise the bar once again.

Unreal Engine 4

Unreal Engine 4…

The next step is clearly motion control and virtual reality but until then it’s the graphics that will get the main focus.

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Is EA Killing the Video Game Industry?

As EA put it so eloquently, ‘Challenge Everything’.  Unfortunately, there’s a big difference between pushing the boundaries of gaming innovation and making a server so bugged, it really is a challenge just to stay online.

SimCity

The city that never sleeps. And never works properly either

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Top 25 Legend of Zelda Soundtracks Of All Time

Zelda Soundtracks

Boy is Legend of Zelda is on another level entirely when it comes to awesome music, that very few games can match.  You can thank composer Koji Kondo for that.  Since 1984, he’s been churning out some of the most iconic, well-loved music tracks that have inspired countless others.

So it’s time we dropped the Master Sword, give Ganondorf a moments rest and catch up on what the young Hylian has been fighting, galloping and ocarina-ing to since 1986.

Let the nostalgia roll…

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Wishing You A Merry Christmas! With Some Awesome Features In The Pipeline!

So we’ve survived a global apocalypse.  Phew, we can rest easy for a while!  Not that anyone believed the Mayans were onto something to begin with…

The last two months have been pretty crazy and with Christmas literally just around the corner, it’s time to give Tweedehands Games a break and start afresh in the New Year.

But there’s a whole slew of features coming your way, including a revamped website, possible name change, a YouTube launch and a flurry of mind-shattering articles heading your way.

So what can I say?  Make sure you check it out!

If you fancy a chat and want to keep in touch, head on over to my twitter @alextweedehands and drop me a message.  I love hearing from all of you so get talking!

Don your Christmas hat on, eat some mince pies and have a jolly Christmas and New Year.  See you all soon!

Alex.

Guest Post: Changes to Expect In The Future Of Guild Wars 2

Are you looking forward to new Guild Wars 2 content?

One of the great things about playing Guild Wars 2 is the excitement and hype that is built around new content and patches. It’s a great feeling to finally get to play a new area or class. So with this in mind, what can we expect from Guild Wars 2 in the future?

Guild Wars 2

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Video Games Teens Can Play With Their Folks

This is a guest post by Justin Taylor.

Many video games may be a touch too violent for parents to enjoy playing with their kids, but there are a number of family-friendly choices that can facilitate bonding and allow everyone to have a fun time on a family game night.

Family Gaming

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Gamer Alert…Are You An Addict?

Do you play video games for more than 2 hours a day?

Because according to the American Medical Association, you area heavy user and officially addicted on video games!

That doesn’t seem a lot for the majority of us that time may flash by in the blink of an eye for many.

Two hours of gaming certainly doesn’t equal an addict in my personal view.  So let’s dig a little deeper…

Gaming Addiction

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