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  • Feb 07 / 2011
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Call of Duty: Black Ops – An Ongoing Problem?

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Call of Duty: Black Ops was the biggest selling game in 2010

Hi everyone,

The latest game in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops, has been causing some up roar in the gaming world since the day of it’s release. No I’m not referring to the games violence, realism or storyline but the fact that the developers Treyarch have yet to release a patch which fixes the problems in the PC and Sony PS3 format of the game.

Many gamers playing Call of Duty: Black Ops on the PC and Sony PS3 have experienced random glitches and have been thrown out of online multiplayer games (which is Call of Duty’s biggest selling point) have sent endless amount of complaints to the developers but nothing has been done…yet! Angry gamers have expressed their views directly to the publishers Activision who have released a statement a few days ago stating there will be a patch available in the near future to resolve any problems which gamers are having….I’m sorry a patch is coming 3 months after it’s release!

Personally, I’ve played and experienced the problems Sony PS3 users are facing. Call of Duty: Black Ops is an amazing game, there’s no question about that but the sheer fact that gamers are shelling out £45/$50 for a game which, lets face it, doesn’t work properly really puts a downer on such a successful franchise. I know many games have a few glitches here and there (an example being one one of my top 5 games of all time – Fallout 3) but for Activision and Treyarch to release a game which is faulty on the day of release and still is 3 months on is TOTALLY unacceptable.

Let me know if you’ve experienced any problems with Call of Duty: Black Ops!

Until next time,
Andy Singh

  • Jan 06 / 2011
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Microsoft Kinect “blamed for Ring of Death”

Hi everyone,

The Ring of Death

Picture Courtesy of 'Anguspie'

Welcome to my first blog post of 2011! I’ve recovered from my New Years celebrations (which included the birth of my cousins baby girl) and found something very interesting about the Microsoft Kinect.

I’ve been following the Microsoft Kinect since the day of release and have seen both the good and the bad sides of the device but recent stories have suggested the Microsoft Kinect device has been linked to Xbox devices being the subject of the infamous “Ring of Death”.

According to the BBC’s report, one customer’s X-Box lasted one day after plugging in his Kinect device – “We plugged it in the day we got it but only played it a few times before we got the red lights. The next day when we tried it again we still had the red rings of death and haven’t been able to use it since”.

The Microsoft Xbox 360 has been known to have the “Ring of Death” problem due to heating in the previous models but was “fixed” in the Elite and Special Edition Halo models; but for Microsoft, the problem could not have arise at such a worse time. The Kinect has been a huge success since it’s release and I hope, like many Xbox gamers, this glitch will be fixed because I feel the Kinect is a really cool device (and this is coming from a Sony Playstation fan!).

If you have a Microsoft Kinect device, have you experienced any problems? If you have, let us know.

Until next time, take care and keep gaming!
Andy Singh

  • Dec 17 / 2010
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The Game Boy ONLINE!

Hello Ladies and Gents!

I found something ULTRA, SUPER, MEGA COOL on the Internet today which made me feel 6 years old again…that’s right SIX YEARS OLD! Ahhh 1992 – the days when I was nursing, the then cool, curtains haircut, Benedict House School and Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles…those where the days!

Anyway back to business. I found a site where you can play Game Boy games ONLINE for FREE! That’s right, the very first hand-held, 8-bit, greyscale gaming machine! Choose from all of your old school classic games which will always bring a smile to your face.


Kids today will never know how cool this gadget was or still is. It’s only been a few weeks but I found my old Gameboy, put 4 fresh batteries in, loaded Tetris and turned it on and guess what – it’s still works as good as new!

Before I go and play Metroid II, I want everyone who has the very first Gameboy to show their kids, nieces, nephews and grandchildren what gaming was like before the days of memory cards, WiFi, colour and touch screens and see their reaction. I done it with my niece and nephew and their first question was – “Where’s the colour screen?”.

Click Here to be taken back to 90’s gaming heaven

Happy Gaming!

Take Care
Andy Singh

  • Dec 08 / 2010
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Xbox 360 Sales Overtake Flagging Wii

Hi everyone,

I found this really awesome article on the Financial Times website about Xbox 360’s dominance in the gaming industry. It turns out that sales of Microsoft’s gaming machine has overtaken front runner the Nintendo Wii after a long battle.

Hope you enjoy it!

All the best,
Andy Singh


Sales of Microsoft’s Xbox games console are rapidly overtaking the flagging Nintendo Wii, boosted by the US group’s new motion-sensing Kinect controller, according to analysts.

The Wii’s dominance of current-generation console sales is being overturned as rivals Microsoft and Sony imitate its success with easy-to-use controllers and games that appeal to a wider audience.

Ahead of official figures on Thursday from the NPD research firm, analysts at Wedbush Morgan Securities expect sales of 1.075m Xbox 360 consoles in November, up 31 per cent on a year ago, compared with 975,000 Wii sales, down 23 per cent. They expect 650,000 Sony PlayStation 3 units sold, down 8 per cent year-on-year.

“We expect strong demand for the Xbox 360 due to the successful debut [in November] for Kinect, and believe that Kinect console bundles sold especially well,” said the analysts in a note.

Microsoft launched the Kinect camera sensor on November 4 as an add-on for existing consoles but also offered it bundled with an Xbox 360 console at a special price. The company raised its original estimates of 3m Kinect sales this year globally to 5m shortly before launch and seems on target to achieve this.

It reported 1m worldwide sales after 10 days and 2.5m after 25 days. The device has been selling out – it is currently available on Amazon’s UK site, but not from Amazon in the US, where other sellers on its site are charging a premium of $100 or more for the $150 device.

The Kinect gives a boost to Microsoft’s so-called living room strategy, where the Xbox is competing with Google, Apple and others in supplying services to internet-connected “smart TVs”.

Kinect encourages the whole family to interact with the TV through gestures, accessing music, movies and services such as ESPN and Sky TV channels, as well as games.

Nintendo may be able to mount a fightback in December – US retailers have been discounting the console and it could benefit from game sales such as its popular Donkey Kong series, the inclusion of the more advanced Motion Plus controller with the Wii and red and black versions of the console.

Sony has reported sales of 4.1m of its Move controllers into retailers worldwide since its launch in September, which translates as about 2.5m sales to consumers, according to analysts.

Written By: Chris Nuttall of the Financial Times

  • Nov 30 / 2010
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Review: Gran Turismo 5

Good afternoon people!

After much playing time over the weekend, I can finally bring to you a short review of Gran Turismo 5.

What’s so different?
Unlike previous versions of the game, Gran Turismo 5 allows users to play online against other Playstation 3 users; and also the major cool thing about the game is there are over 2000+ cars with further downloads being made available in the near future.

First Impressions
In a nutshell – outstanding! When the games FMV started, I had goosebumps (literally!). With the movie starting in space and gradually coming down into a pit garage, the game lets you hear the soundtrack which any car fanatic loves – the sound of a beautiful V8 engine.

After the first 10 seconds, my smile was SO wide that the 2012 Olympic committee contacted me to ask if they could use my mouth in the 100m hurdles! After the starting movie the game introduced its vast collection of cars and tracks from the past, present and future.

The First Race
After much deliberation I opted to take my first dream car, the Ferrari F40, out on the Trial Mountain track….3-2-1-GO!! With the background music turned down and the car sound effects on full, the sheer noise of the car when I pulled away from the starting grid was like a punch from Mike Tyson – breathtaking!

With the track being from the very first Gran Turismo which I mastered, I thought taking the F40 round would be easy…..WRONG!! I’ve heard this new edition of Gran Turismo is as realistic as they come and there not wrong. Touch a bit of grass when coming in or out of a corner, the car will test your car control; get your braking wrong in a corner, your gone; putting it simply, if you think you can throw the car into corners like other games, your wrong. It’s either perfect or not!

GT Career – the First Car!
With only 20,000 credits to spend on a first car, I went around the various dealers and discovered I only buy a new Daihatsu….that wasn’t going to happen! Thankfully there is a list of used cars which ranged from the very first 60+ bhp Fiat 500 to a low mileage Maserati; but because it was my first car, I was only allowed to by a Level 0 car (I’ll explain more later). Now your thinking your options are going to be along lines of the 60+ bhp Fiat 500 or the Daihatsu I mentioned earlier; but no your wrong because for 17,500 credits I bought a 187bhp Misubishi FTO.

After a car wash and a change of oil, I entered the Sunday Cup with my FTO and absolutely blew everyone away! After a few races, I made the credits back which I spent on the car and looking to purchase something better. Great car to start your GT career.

The Licenses
Like previous editions of the game, Gran Turismo has it’s range of licenses starting from the simple B license right up to International A license. I managed to complete the B license really quickly, and even managing to get a Gold in one of the tests. Completing the B license allowed me to enter races which had better prize money when compared to the vintage ‘Sunday Cup’. I highly recommend anyone who is yet to start their career mode to complete as many of the licenses first before going out to race because remember the ‘levels’ I was talking about earlier? Well you accumulate level credits after each successful license test. Get gold and you get triple, get silver and you get double, get bronze and you don’t get anything extra.

I may not have scratched the surface with this game but to put it plainly – IF YOU HAVEN’T GOT THE GAME, GET IT!

Thanks for reading guys and wishing you all the best for the week
Take Care
Andy Singh

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