Tips for geting better at Pokemon Shuffle


I love Pokemon Shuffle. And as the above image shows, I’ve sunk a fair wee bit of time into it so far – all without spending a penny. So below are some of the tips I’ve passed on to a few of my pals to help them out. I hope they help you too.

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Christmas Memories – pt3


These next two pieces from Kirk McKeand and Chris Spann both discuss the relationship between father and son. I was really moved as I read them, and it made me think a lot about what I think time of year is all about. I recommend you find somewhere quiet and contemplative to give them a read. 

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Christmas Memories – pt 1

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A couple of weeks back I was thinking of writing up a little post to share some of my Christmas memories involving videogames. At the same time I thought it would be cool to hear other people’s Christmas videogame memories too, so I asked them to contribute. They were given no parameters except being asked to share a memory or what springs to mind when they think about Chistmas and videogames.

There’s a good mix of people from devs to journalists and even some other industry types too. I’ll be sharing these on the blog every day this week. In this first batch Nicoll Hunt and Becca Roberts share their fave Christmas game. While James Spafford shares a few Christmas gaming memories, starting with a ZX Spectrum from Santa back in 1986.

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So what’s my motivation here?


In Scotland we’ve got our own special word for that built-in determination we possess as humans, it’s called dig. If you haven’t got the will to complete something, then (in the opinion of some) you’ve just not got enough dig.

dig \dig\

1. Noun: an innate urge to attain a goal or satisfy a need.

Recently, I’ve been lacking in this dig when it comes to playing games. I buy lots of games, I love the feeling of getting a new game (in some cases, probably more than I love playing it), but when that shiny new feeling wears off and the game throws up its first major challenge/chore, I often go “fuck it” and do something else. I lie down to challenge far too easily. I never used to be like this, and it utterly dismays me.

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I’m in love with pixelated ninjas


I don’t get too much time to play games any more (or update this blog, clearly). Sweeping epics and AAA titles are all on the backburner til Christmas. The recent Steam sales also kinda passed me by as I was pretty skint. One game I did pick up though was Super House of Dead Ninjas. Costing me a grand total of £1.74, it’s the best fun:cost ratio I think I’ve ever had in a game. I am most definitely in love.

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