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  • Mar 27 / 2012
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Andy's Blog

Game Files for Adminstration is down for maintenance

It’s a sad sad SAD for gaming today as Game Group PLC have filed for administration and have been forced to close over 200+ stores and lay off 2000 staff. Larger stores such as Oxford Street, London, Westfield White City & Westfield Stratford City are still trading but Gamestation’s flagship store in Birmingham New Street and Irish and Northern Irish stores are closed.

Click here to download a full list of stores which are closed

R.I.P. Game & Gamestation. Many thanks to the years of service.

  • Mar 27 / 2011
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Andy's Blog, Games

Real Life PES 2011

Hello one and all!

I’m having a lovely night in with my even more lovely girlfriend and I stumbled across this picture which had us both laughing!

Real Life PES 2011

Real Life PES/Fifa

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and wishing you happiness for the week ahead.

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 19 / 2010
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Geek Stuff

Super Mario…Lego?

Happy Friday everyone! The sun is out, the trees are blowing and the sky is clear.

I was StumbleUpon’ing while watching The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and came across a very very cool example of what you can do with a 3D scanner and Lego. Trust me, you wanna see this!

The creator Keith Brogan from Scotland used a NextEngine 3D scanner on a Mario figure which was then displayed in a mesh format on his PC.

Mario Scan

Scanning the Mario figure

There on Keith scaled the scan to a height of 75cm and spread an array of Lego pieces around the scan.

Mario Wireframe

The Mario Wire and Lego frame

Using NextEngine Scan Studio’s Stencil functionality, Keith select the cubes which fitted on the Mario stencil to produce a pixelated image.

Pixelated Mario

Pixelated Mario

And after much building, here is the finished product in all its glory!

Lego Mario

Lego Mario

I think I speak for everyone when I say – Keith Brogan of Scotland, please make me one!!!!

Wishing you a great weekend filled with excitement and geekyness.
Andy Singh

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