Monthly Archives: April 2011

What are your favourite genres?

I have three questions for you guys reading this:   1.     What are your favourite genres in any medium (games, books, TV, movies, etc)?   2.     How have these changed over time?   3.     And why have these changed over … Continue reading

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Total War: Shogun 2 – The Verdict

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Total War: Shogun 2

This is the third post in my series on Shogun 2. You can find my early impressions here and my write-up of the game’s diplomacy here.     Total War: Shogun 2 is the latest entry in Creative Assembly’s grand … Continue reading

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Total War? Only for the undiplomatic: the lessons of Shogun 2

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Total War: Shogun 2

Update: You can find my verdict on Shogun 2 here. Total War: Shogun 2: A diplomatic victory, but not in the way you’d think I’ve now finished the Total War: Shogun 2 campaign (short length, Hard campaign difficulty and Normal … Continue reading

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Matchsticks for my Eyes moves to a new address – please update bookmarks, RSS feeds, etc

This weekend was a big one for this blog! Matchsticks for my Eyes moved off WordPress.com and to its own site. The new address is http://www.matchstickeyes.com.   If you came here by typing the old address into your browser, following … Continue reading

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Tactics Ogre: A tragic misunderstanding

This is the fourth post in my series on Tactics Ogre. Check out my earlier impressions of the game’s (1) character profiles; (2) four things it does better than FFT (and one it doesn’t); (3) how I used different character … Continue reading

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Shogun 2 impressions: THIS is a difficulty spike

This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series Total War: Shogun 2

EDIT: I’ve since won the Shogun 2 campaign! You can find my updated views on diplomacy here, and my verdict on Shogun 2 here.     A while back I declared that I’d hold off buying Shogun 2, but in … Continue reading

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Let’s Play the Empire: Total War Multiplayer Campaign – Introduction

The Total War series of PC strategy games does not dream small. Players choose a nation – a sweeping empire, ambitious upstart republic, barbarian horde, or anything in between – and set out to conquer all before them. On the … Continue reading

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How a (now-defunct) gold-farming business actually worked

Here’s a bit of fascinating reading for anyone interested in the MMO phenomenon of gold farming – ICTs for Development profiles an actual World of Warcraft gold farming business, complete with a brief profit and loss statement. How many people … Continue reading

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Gamestop’s acquisition of Impulse and Spawn – my thoughts

A couple of days ago, Gamestop, the video game retailer, announced its acquisition of Impulse, the digital distribution (i.e. downloads) service, and Spawn, a streaming technology company. What are my thoughts? The usual disclaimers apply: my perspective is just that … Continue reading

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