30 Days: End Game

30 07 2009

Deep In Thoughtby xeroxeroxero

30 Days have passed since I first started playing Free Realms, and it’s been an enlightening experience. I’ve met and interacted with humans, fairies, dwarves, giants, crab people, goblins, some with a living breathing person on the other end of the connection, others simply pre-programmed automatons. It is the community that makes or breaks a game with any social aspect, so in the last part of this month long series of articles, what have I learnt from the people that go to make this world what it is?

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Podcast Episode 52 – Not the A-Team

26 07 2009


by Daren Baldock

Ghostbusters, completion of Wolverine, N+, World of Warcraft, Dead Space, 1 vs 100, Battlefield 1943, Splosion Man and Monkey Island SE.

News discussion – Free Realms hits another milestone, The Force Unleashed special edition, 2 Alice in Wonderland games due, Bungies plans for Halo, Xbox Indie games pricing structure, WOW movie in the works, Plants vs Zombies due for 360, Kings / Space Quests on Steam, another Left 4 Dead 2 campaign and special infected, Castle Crashers coming to PS3, GTA4 Episode 2, Peter Molyneux on AI, ongoing suing over Brutal Legend, 15 new tracks for The Beatles Rock Band and Universal songs coming to SingStar.

The retail round-up – Harry Potter at number 1, G-Force and Ultimate Traffic 2 coming this week.  Misogyny joins in with the quiz this week, can she score more than Matt?

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Podcast Special – Why we WOW

24 07 2009

world-of-warcraft-logoby Matthew Moore

“Why we WOW” is a look into all that’s good and bad about World of Warcraft.

With help from two members of the Tree Hugging Hippies we delve into what makes this game so popular and addictive along with its future along side other MMO’s.
Even if your a level 80 hardcore raider or never heard of World of Warcraft, you’ll take something away from this podcast.


30 Days: Cartography, Constants and Collectibles

23 07 2009

World Map

by xeroxeroxero

Part of the reason I have steered so very clear of MMO titles in the past is for reasons pertaining to my psychological make up. You see, I’m the kind of person with a ‘collector’ mentality and when I get into a game I really like, I have to see everything it has to offer. Trading cards and Tony Hawks 3 have both been major drains on my spare time and income in the past, and when you combine elements of both play and collectibility into an online social world like Free Realms, for me, its a recipe for disaster… Read the rest of this entry »

Podcast Episode 51 – Afternoon Delight

19 07 2009


by Daren Baldock

Wolverine Uncaged, FUN times with Gears of War 2, more Battlefield 1943 with the new map, second week of 1 V’s 100, Killzone 2 and Secret of Monkey Island.

News discussion – New store coming to Rock Band, Modern Warfare 2 limited edition and standard pricing, Guitar Hero 5 track list and hardware, details of Xbox 360 update, idiotic World or Warcraft players, 2009 releases slipping to 2010 and PSP close to causing World War 3.

The retail round-up – Tiger Woods at number 1, Wii Sports Resort due this week and all your DLC and Quiz needs.

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30 Days: Caught In The Net Of Free Realms

16 07 2009

Free Realms - Hookby xeroxeroxero

After last weeks fiasco at attempting to socialise with other virtual human beings in the pastel coloured world of Free Realms, I decided this week to focus on trying out some of the job systems that the game has to offer, from fighting to farming, mining to motor car racing, in an effort to better understand the economy of this strange new world and, moreover, the mechanics of play that go to keep people hooked to the experience. Read the rest of this entry »

Podcast Episode 50 – Fiddy

12 07 2009


by Daren Baldock

In this week’s show Matt cracks out the champagne while Daren simply cracks!

Afro Samurai, N+, Everybody’s Gold World Tour, 1 V’s 100 and Battlefield 1943.

News discussion – Official music charts looking at including DLC, Left4Dead cross play potential, 2009 Summer of Arcade, Mechwarrior due for a reboot, Fighting Fantasy story coming to the DS, Lucasart titles available on Steam, Little Big Planet back on the shelves and Scribblenauts ESRB details.

The retail round-up – Charts still full of fighters, Rock Band and Singstar DLC followed by everyone’s favourite quiz.

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