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Posts by Gavin Annand

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    Exclusively Games Interview with Doomguy

    The Doom series has long been a cultural phenomenon, one that has transcended the world of gaming and garnered recognition in wider entertainment culture. The series revolutionized game design, and set a technical benchmark for game engines. It also made celebrities of the devs behind it – John Carmack, John Romero, American McGee – but…

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    Cloud Gaming and its Concerning Implications

    As I’ve previously mentioned, I’m a fan of collecting old big box PC games. Not only that, but I love playing classic games, and I am a huge supporter of the abandonware community, who through their tireless efforts have managed to preserve our digital history long after the ruthless games industry has forgotten them in…

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    The Finest Bytes [Part 2] 5 In-Game Eateries

    Welcome, my dear readers, to the second iteration of The Finest Bytes! For those of you joining us for your first culinary quest, I am Brock Stroganoff Esquire, and I bid you prepare your palate for a most palatial pilgrimage. And to those of you returning from our first outing, I commend you for demonstrating…

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    I had a LAN Party, and It Was Awesome.

    Many years ago, in roughly 2003-04, as I lugged a heavy 17” CRT monitor and cream-colored PC case into the back of a friend’s Toyota, I didn’t realize that this would be the last LAN party I would attend for 15 years. Internet cafes were becoming more common and affordable, and without any of the…

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    Top 10 Star Wars Games

    A long time ago (in a galaxy far… no, I won’t do it), Star Wars games were regarded as some of the finest games you could find, across multiple genres. Under the guidance of LucasArts, with occasional input from respected developers like BioWare, Totally Games, Pandemic Studios, and Raven Software, Star Wars games have provided…

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    10 Fantastic Games from the PC Gaming Golden Age

    As Shamus young argues quite convincingly, 1997 through to the year 2000 was an absolutely phenomenal time in PC gaming. PC games were truly beginning to earn mainstream acceptance beyond the few blockbusters of earlier years (such as DOOM and Myst) and were gaining some traction against the more popular and approachable console market. PC…

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    Game Design Trends That Need To Die

    As we all know, the games industry is largely beholden to trends; Battle Royale is the most obvious recent example, but there are many more examples throughout gaming history. Trends aren’t always a bad thing, particularly when it comes to games. What begins as a good idea and becomes a trend can end up becoming…

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    Why I Started Collecting Big Box PC Games

    Over Christmas, I went to my parents’ place and finally sorted through all my boxes of crap that have spent years gathering dust in their garage. One of those boxes was filled with dozens of old PC games. Holding Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight (LucasArts, 1997) in my hands transported me back to Christmas 1997,…