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UK Defense Secretary to ban medal of honour

Liam Fox For veterans of the wars that we have been in they would undoubtedly find it rather disturbing to hear that the UK Defense secretary has put out a call to ban Medal of Honour. Why then does Liam Fox wish to ban Medal of Honour?

Well, its actually the Game by EA that he wants to ban from retail. The game is based in the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, which is probably the true reason he wants to ban it. Hide our government’s involvement in the war from the people as much as possible.

His reasons for wishing it to be banned however are wholly unjustified and unsubstantiated: He is Disgusted by it, and thinks it is Un British to wish to buy a game which allows you to fight as one of the many British forces that were involved in the war. By extension we must also presume that the War of Afghanistan and Iraq are equally Un British.

Little does he know however, British forces do not even feature in the game.

His comments however have not been met with equality across the government. The department of culture has indicated it supports retailers over the game. The players should be the ones whom judge the game for its content not some old MP who hasn’t got a clue and hasn’t ever seen nor played said game.

References
PCWorld
MCV

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Technology

3D Gaming: Next gen or buzzword?

3D Graphics Bowser The Playstation 3 has stereoscopic 3D support which according to Insomniac Games head, Ted Price makes a ‘huge difference’. Many stores are now trying to push the new 3D Tvs that are on the market. Made up of a tv screen and a pair of overly big spectacles.

Problem: 12% cant see it

The technology requires that both our eyes cooperate to produce a visual 3D depth of feild effect instead of actually being 3D, it is really just an optical illusion designed to fool our heads into thinking that it is a 3d image we are looking at.

The study by eyecare trust of the UK means that selling 3D technology is likely to be a bit harder than it already is as people begin to realise that they actually are physically unable to benefit from the purchase of the highly expensive hardware.

Is it enjoyable?

Sure, the 3D technology is cool, if you can see it, but is the point of gaming not to have fun rather than boast about having state of the art technology that no one else can play? Lets face it, we have computing geeks that’s their job have the biggest and fastest, loudest and overclocked to the max rigs that could run some entire countries although they don’t actually know what to do with it. Why should the gaming sector be the same?

Top Games

Well respected body IGN have a list of top games.

  1. Super Mario Brothers [1994] 2D NES Game
  2. Legend of Zelda: Orcania of Time [1998] 3D Nintendo 64 Game
  3. Tetris [1986] 2D Multi Platform Game
  4. Civilization II [1996] 2D PC Game
  5. Super Mario 64 [1996] 3D Nintendo 64 Game
  6. Sid Miers Pirates! [ 1987] PC 2D Game
  7. Starcraft [1997] PC 2D Game
  8. Street Fighter II Arcade 2D Game
  9. Star Wars Tie Fighter [1995] PC 2D Game
  10. Super Metroid [1994] SNES 2D Game

I must admit, I am surprised that Zelda A Link to the past (my all time favourite game) did not make it into the top #1 position. None the less we can see that in the top 10 most popular games of all time, there are just 2 games that fall into the description of 3D. Neither of these being anywhere remotely like the 3D that the Playstation 3 has. Incidentally, you notice that no modern consoles have made it onto this list.

Why not vote for your faviroute game type in the poll. You can access it over on the side bar.

References

ComputerAndVideoGames.com
IGN

BooshNews

Kotaku.com

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Politics

Council spends £36,000 worth of tax money on games.

Tameside Council decided that in order to encourage people to access services, they would buy property in the online gaming world in Second Life. The property which would be worth about 10Million in game was intended to help people in the whole world access council services in Tameside.

In addition to the island and town hall, they forked out on a musume and horse statute. The virtual town hall may have been a unique and innovative way to get the public to interact with the council but certainly not worth the cost! The most surely dont need a statue to do it either.

With very little intrest (not surprisingly) being shown amongst the global population of Second Life (which according to figures rate it as including duplicate accounts by the same person as of 2007 to be around 10 million worldwide. What percentage of that comes from the Tameside council area?

References
The Register
How Stuff Works