Monthly Archives: October 2013

Monthly Archives: October 2013

Battlefield 4 campaign and the military shooter single-player experience.

Posted on by panos.agoros in F.P.S, Gaming | Leave a comment

I have just finished Battlefield 4’s campaign mode on Xbox 360 and I would like to share a few thoughts. Admittedly not a lot will care since the Battlefield series are popular exclusively for their multiplayer action. Nevertheless, I think that the single player experiences that military shooters offer are often overlooked and half-cooked under the pressure for a polished, addictive multiplayer component.

An Introduction To MSX Canon V-20 Computer!

Posted on by Vassago in Computing, Retro | Leave a comment

Not many people will recall MSX, one of the very first standard home computers firstly announced back in 1983 by Microsoft. Kazuhiko Nishi known through his corporation ASCII joined forces with Microsoft Japan  and created the “MircoSoft eXtended”, even though more recent interviews claim that MSX originally intended to be”Machines with Software eXchangeability“. The computer was mainly connected to a TV as it did not have its own monitor like a Commodor 64 for example, and lots of popular companies such as …

Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman – Good Omens

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I had heard a lot about Terry Pratchet in the past, but never had the chance to read one of his books. What a shame! I’ve been missing out on one of the most interesting, and amusing authors of our time; and I know how heavy  this statement is. It is not the rave reviews this book received, nor the fact that many of my friends had already read it, that finally made me read it. Its subject originally intrigued me: Apocalypse, Armageddon, angels, …

Special Report On ZDZISLAW BEKSINSKI

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Zdzislaw Beksinski, a leading Polish surrealist painter known for his images of death, was found stabbed to death at his Warsaw home on Tuesday, police said. Beksinski, 75, was considered one of ‘s leading contemporary artists. He emerged on the Polish art scene in the 1950s and was best known for his abstract renditions of skeletons, monster-like creatures and other apocalyptic images evoking death and decay. Relatives found Beksinski’s body overnight, and “everything indicates it was murder,” police spokeswoman Zuzanna …

Author & Punisher – Women & Children LP/CD Review

Posted on by Vassago in Industrial, Music | Leave a comment

Industrial as a genre is maybe the most used and misunderstood term the last few years in the music underground scene. Truth be told, there are a lot of bands calling their music “Industrial” – a statement that leaves me cold as I don’t consider bands that use dance EBM rhythms to be Industrial, even if they claim to be! So, I decided review on Author & Punisher as I think it’ a very nice addition to the Industrial scene and …

Battlefield 4 BETA PC Review

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The BETA testing gives you the opportunity to play the Siege of Shanghai map, which is basically one of the ten new maps introduced in the Battlefield 4 full game. I’ve played Battlefield 4 BETA since the first day of its release and I sincerely hope that developers will have enough time to fix errors and glitches and that it is not too late! I also hope that they will work with BETA testing, as Executive producer Patrick Bach said …

DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT (UK) “Hatred For Mankind” CD Review

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This album entered instantly extreme metal’s collective subconscious thanks to the sinister artwork by Justin Barlett (get all the background about the making of the artwork here)! Hailing from the U.K., D.I.S. are a mysterious band, its bands concealing their identities and appearing in band photos wearing full face masks. Thankfully they can backup this anonymous approach, as well as the aforementioned artwork with some remarkably ominous metal.

The Atari years part I: The Phenomenon

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Released in 1977, the Atari 2600 was the first really popular and mainstram video game console. Eventhough it became quickly obsolete by the first home computers, especially its direct competitor the Commodore 64 (with whom they shared practically the same processor, the MOS Technology 6502 – packed inside the 2600 in its budget form, the 6507) , it continued selling throughout the 80′s until it became discontinued in 1992. If you never played with an Atari 2600 back at the …