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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Breaking Down The Last Of Us Ending; An Emotional Affair

Here’s the warning: SPOILER ALERT!!  The title should give it away, but if you haven’t completed the game, DO SO!

And on that note, last warning!

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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.

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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How Video Games Affect Your Brain – The Good, Bad and the Violent

Research has constantly proven video games have wide varying effects on the brain.

There’s studies all over the place, each one conflicting with the next.  Is gaming that significant on the brain?  Good or bad? Though you might be surprised to know gaming can actually do a lot of good for the mental health of many.

But like everything, moderation is the key.  Binging on anything from food to alcohol is likely to produce adverse results, and gaming is no different.  No matter what the upsides are, a 40 hour straight session on Skyrim is likely to be anything but good for you.

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So how exactly can gaming affect the way your brain works?

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The Weekly Gaming Round-up; Awards, Delays and DLC Galore

Epic Crysis 3

The Christmas countdown is in full swing, with only 16 days remaining!  It’s been a hectic week in the world of gaming, with awards being handed out right, left and centre, delays across the board and DLCs to get your teeth stuck into.

So feast your eyes on the happenings in gaming this week

2nd December 2012 – 9th December 2012 (02/12/2012-09/12/2012)

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