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Having a scientist Dad, Lucy Orr grew up close to CERN and FERMILAB. Although surely exposed to high dosages of radiation, sadly her mutant talents never manifested, so she had to resort to playing MUDs, programming BASIC and reading comics. Now an expansively tattooed lecturer in digital arts and animation, she finds enough time to review games in between petting ferrets, drinking cider and listening to pop punk.
Wacom Cintiq 24HD interactive pen display

Wacom Cintiq 24HD interactive pen display

So the Wacom Cintiq 24HD shows up at my door and it's huge. Seriously, this marriage of 24in display and graphics tablet tech needs two people to lift it out of the packaging and there are step-by-step instructions on just how to do it. This is definitely a professional piece of kit and, costing around £2000, I reckon unless you …
Lucy Orr, 06 Mar 2012
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Ten... gaming mice

The three qualities I look for in a gaming mouse are: comfort, aesthetics and accuracy. And considering the imminent financial meltdown of the entire world, I'd like to think that I can get these three qualities for less than a week's shopping at Sainsbury's. Compared to last year prices, what's on offer seems to be slightly …
Lucy Orr, 03 Mar 2012
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Ten... digital adult toys

Reg Hardware Sex Week Wireless vibrators activated by your mobile phone or MP3 player – who would have thought it? Growing up during a time when women still had pubic hair and leading a fantasy romance with Tony Hadley took up most of my time, if I was lucky Valentine's day involved a card and a flower picked out of someone …
Lucy Orr, 18 Feb 2012
Steelseries SRW-S1 gaming steering wheel

Steelseries SRW-S1 PC gaming steering wheel

Admittedly, until recently my idea of a racing game was Super Mario Kart as I don't play too many driving games. However, the Steelseries SRW-S1 steering wheel certainly had me intrigued enough to want to take it for a spin. Steelseries SRW-S1 gaming steering wheel Custom job: Steelseries' SRW-S1 gaming steering wheel …
Lucy Orr, 17 Feb 2012
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Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards

Reg Hardware Sex Week I'm actually surprised that it took till 1987 for someone to make a real effort and bring sexy time into a computer game. This new sub-genre effectively combined sex, comedy and gaming into a somewhat sleazy but hilarious adventure. It's all about the polyester leisure suit and gold chains... feel that …
Lucy Orr, 15 Feb 2012
Eight... HD phonecams

Eight... HD camera smartphones

You know that really annoying person who is videoing the gig with their camera phone to stick on Facebook when they get home? That's me. These days my TV is HD and my games console is HD, so it only makes sense that my phone – the device I use the most, day in and day out – should be HD too. Luckily, HD on smartphones is …
Lucy Orr, 04 Feb 2012
Looking Glass Studios System Shock

System Shock

We've come along way since Looking Glass Technologies released System Shock in 1994, which earned it the distinction of being first first-person game with an engine able to render sloping walls. Before then, gaming environments were limited to verticals and horizontals. System Shock by Looking Glass Technologies Making waves: …
Lucy Orr, 01 Feb 2012
Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic is a massive game with hundreds of hours of game play, so this review is just a chicken scratch on the surface of something we will see develop and grow over months, if not years. Undoubtedly, SWTOR has a solid foundation but does it have enough successful constituent parts to be enduring? Star Wars …
Lucy Orr, 06 Jan 2012
Santa's Xmas Caper

Santa's Xmas Caper

So let’s just get one thing straight: 99.99 per cent of Christmas-themed games suck. I might make an exception for Christmas Nights on Sega depending on my mood, but, hey, it’s that time of year again and between the overwhelming urge to take a machete to every brightly tinseled tree I see, there must be time to reminisce about …
Lucy Orr, 21 Dec 2011
The Dark Meadow iOS game icon

The Dark Meadow

I've just been to see the Guillermo del Toro produced cinematic update of Don’t be Afraid of the Dark and it was all shades of Pan's Labyrinth, dark basements and flesh-eating homunculi. The Dark Meadow steals this striking vision and mélanges together mechanisms of FPS combat, role-playing and exploration. The Dark Meadow iOS …
Lucy Orr, 14 Dec 2011
Rainbow Islands

Rainbow Islands

I know you played this. Admit it, darn you! Or at least you coveted it from afar as I did, watching my little sister Chloe play it and waiting till she fell asleep to sneak into her room to worship it’s vivid iridescent rays - or as close as you can get with just 4096 colors! Rainbow Islands is one of the most successful …
Lucy Orr, 07 Dec 2011
Silverlit Spy Cam

Silverlit Spy Cam

Never mind all my boasting about training for a helicopter pilot licence to help me survive the zombie apocalypse, it's been a long time since I had a go at flying anything. Looking back, that was a mistake because this Spy Cam 'copter is fun, fun, fun. I was really impressed at how simple this toy chopper is to set up and use, …
Lucy Orr, 05 Dec 2011
Star Wars: The Old Republic

Hands on with Star Wars: The Old Republic

So I have been waiting and waiting and waiting and finally the gaming world is flooded with Star Wars: The Old Republic beta keys. Star Wars: The Old Republic Slays against the machine My first question is, what level could I get to before Sunday night? After that, I don’t get to play again till 20 December, the day the game …
Lucy Orr, 30 Nov 2011
Doom

Fragged, fragged and thrice fragged! 20 years of id Software’s Doom

id Software’s Doom – the definitive first-person shooter – is 20 years old today. It was uploaded to the University of Washington’s servers at midnight, 10 December 1993 in the form of a .zip file containing the game and the first set of levels. It didn’t take long to generate a massive buzz – and because id was offering extra …
Lucy Orr, 23 Nov 2011
Digimania Muvizu animation suite

Muvizu animation suite

Digimania's Muvizu is free 3D animation software running on the Unreal engine. It allows you to create movies and even upload them directly to YouTube or Facebook from the application. Considering how much Autodesk Maya or 3DS Max will set you back and how many man hours it will take you to do the simplest of animations (and …
Lucy Orr, 17 Nov 2011
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim is set in the land of the Nords, a craggy treacherous landscape that reminds me of George R R Martin's series A Song of Ice and Fire and has the same epic scale. After the King of Skyrim is assassinated the land is plunged into civil war and the region has become severed from the rest of the empire. The game starts by …
Lucy Orr, 14 Nov 2011
The Adventures of Tin Tin

The Adventures of Tintin: the Game

Until I was five, my dad worked at Cern and we lived in the Jura Mountains across the France-Switzerland border. At weekends my mum would take us to Jouets Weber, the largest toyshop in Geneva. It stocked a large number of Tintin books, which my mum translated to me at bedtime. The Adventures of Tin Tin Take a hit and throw up …
Lucy Orr, 11 Nov 2011
DMA Design Lemmings

Lemmings

Lemmings was developed by DMA who are now known as Rockstar North of Grand Theft Auto fame. Who’d a thought such innocent beginnings would lead to such depraved offspring? DMA Design Lemmings Multiformat title: to begin with only multiplayer on the Amiga Originally released on the Commodore Amiga, Lemmings was one of the most …
Lucy Orr, 09 Nov 2011
Zombify Me iOS app

Zombify Me

Sitting round waiting for the new season of The Walking Dead to start can get boring. You see, I like zombies and anything to do with zombies, so the Zombify Me app for iPhone is a no-brainer… see what I did there? Zombify Me iOS app   Zombify Me iOS app Zombify Me: You can capture new images or transform old ones Being able …
Lucy Orr, 31 Oct 2011
BioWare Baldur's Gate PC game

BioWare Baldur's Gate

I remember one summer when my dad decided it would be great to go on holiday for two weeks in a stone farm house in Scotland, it rained and we spent the whole time playing Dungeons and Dragons. BioWare Baldur's Gate PC game A few more options than a roll of the dice Yet it wasn’t until the release of Baldur’s Gate in 1998 …
Lucy Orr, 26 Oct 2011
Toshiba Qosmio X770 17.3in 3D gaming notebook

Toshiba Qosmio X770 17.3in 3D gaming notebook

When Toshiba UK announced the launch of the Qosmio X770 3D – a new gaming laptop with stereoscopic 3D graphics and a 17.3in HD screen, I immediately thought: could this be an Alienware killer? Toshiba has been said to lag behind other manufacturers when it comes to high-end gaming laptops, but after spending time with the X770 I …
Lucy Orr, 10 Oct 2011
The Secret of Monkey Island screenshot

The Secret of Monkey Island

The Secret of Monkey Island ignites the urge to buckle swashes in everyone and 20 years on from its debut everyone I know still loves this game. The Secret of Monkey Island screenshot She goes sixty miles to the galleon Especially my friend Pippa, who manages to constantly find parallels between our pop punk adventures and …
Lucy Orr, 28 Sep 2011
Star Control

Star Control

Star Control 2 is a bloody good game, but not the game I fell in love with. Yet it was playing the original Star Control on my Sega Genesis that just makes me feel all squidgy inside. With colour spaceships that battle across my screen to eerie alien toonz, I didn't need Arnie in Total Recall to fulfil my sci-fi fetish. Star …
Lucy Orr, 14 Sep 2011
Dead Island

Dead Island

Sweaty locals and voodoo always remind me of Angel Heart and I was as confused as Mickey Rourke after watching Dead Island's appalling intro. Seriously, who says "git" these days? Must be all those red pills and JD. This may explain the reverse time trailer I saw a few months back, which mislead me into thinking there might be …
Lucy Orr, 13 Sep 2011
Sid Meier's Civilization

Sid Meier's Civilization

I remember 1991 starting on a sombre note, with my sister and I sitting in a bar doing shots under an Apocalypse Now poster waiting for the start of World War III, as we watched US bombers strafe Iraq. The end of civilisation? Well, not quite. Sid Meier's Civilization Civil engineering? Looking back on events of the time, the …
Lucy Orr, 31 Aug 2011
Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma

Ten... gaming headsets

I wish I had my own flat, but I don’t. Cue Slayer Reign in Blood thundering from upstairs. Six hours into a raid and my housemate comes home and turns the volume up on their shitty boombox above my head and I have completely lost any sense of immersion. Yes I could get into a ‘speaker-off’ with them but luckily I have some of …
Lucy Orr, 30 Aug 2011
Wolfenstein 3D

id Software Wolfenstein 3D

With the EDL taking the opportunity to whip up support after the latest riots, it seems a fitting time to resurrect the memory of shooting fascists. Indeed, it must be heartwarming for id Software to know it invented the gaming genre that is now outselling porn: Wolfenstein 3D was the definitive first-person shooter. …
Lucy Orr, 17 Aug 2011
Syndicate

Bullfrog Syndicate

Bullfrog’s innovative titles gave me some of my best 1990s gaming memories. Who could forget Populous and Dungeon Keeper? The pre-cyberpunk aesthetic of Syndicate mesmerised me and gave us Agent Smith before anyone had even heard of The Matrix. This game isn’t complex but as long as I have a Persuadertron, I am going to do well …
Lucy Orr, 03 Aug 2011
X-COM UFO: Enemy Unknown

X-COM UFO: Enemy Unknown

1994 could never be called a dull year but after packing away my ailing Mega Drive and putting on my finest stripy jumper for Kurt Cobain’s funeral, I needed to be diverted by a great game. Quite fittingly UFO: Enemy Unknown aka X-COM came along just as OJ’s white Bronco was trying for orbit. X-COM UFO: Enemy Unknown UFO: Enemy …
Lucy Orr, 20 Jul 2011
Manic Miner

Bug-Byte Manic Miner

For me, 1983 was all about Flashdance but getting Manic Miner for my ZX Spectrum on Christmas morning was almost as good as some burgundy legwarmers. Manic Miner Manic Miner: fiendishly frustrating and yet so easily addictive Created by Matthew Smith and released by Bug-Byte Software, this diabolically difficult platformer is …
Lucy Orr, 07 Jul 2011
Dungeon Siege III

Dungeon Siege III

Recently, I battled through Dragon Age 2, Two Worlds II and spent some serious time immersed in Witcher 2. Now here comes Dragon Siege III. All these sequels - summer must have come early, I thought. Dungeon Siege III Learn the mechanics As back-stories go this is run-of-the-mill stuff with more than a few of the customary …
Lucy Orr, 24 Jun 2011
Alice: The Madness Returns

Alice: The Madness Returns

I have been waiting 11 years to be reunited with American McGee’s Alice and strangely enough, Alice: Madness Returns parallels this as we join our unbalanced heroine 11 years after her defeat of the Queen of Hearts and discharge from Rutledge Asylum. Alice: The Madness Returns Who are you calling a pussy? Alice Liddell has …
Lucy Orr, 21 Jun 2011
Day of the Tentacle

LucasArts Day of the Tentacle

Dr. Fred: I think I've made myself totally clear. Step one, find plans. Step two, save world. Step three, get out of my house! Let's get cracking! Day of the Tentacle Day of the Tentacle: suck it and see Day of the Tentacle generates a lot of good will and happy memories. The reason this was my first choice for a retro review …
Lucy Orr, 16 Jun 2011
Red Faction: Armageddon

Red Faction: Armageddon

Red Faction: Guerrilla released in 2009 was a sandbox full of C-4. Volition and its clever Geo-Mod technology gave me the world and the tools to destroy it. Yet with Red Faction: Armageddon, Volition has clasped the reins of this chaotic monster and decided, mistakenly perhaps, that it needs some steering. Red Faction: …
Lucy Orr, 10 Jun 2011
Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma

Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Sigma gaming headset

Having just played Darkspore, and somewhat underwhelmed by the music and ambient sounds, I am definitely not above lowering games' scores slightly based on sound quality. At times it appears that audio is the developers’ last thought and, likewise, I’ll admit that choosing the latest graphics card or mouse takes precedence over …
Lucy Orr, 20 May 2011
Darkspore

Darkspore

Yes I am old and I remember when Maxis was all about SimCity. Proving it was the God of simulation the developer then managed to get everyone addicted to the The Sims. At the time, I was too busy having a life (read: taking drugs), to get really stuck in, I hear it on good authority that The Sims 2 was absolutely amazing and had …
Lucy Orr, 13 May 2011
Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2

Apart from porn and the Total War series, why would anyone own a PC? Shogun 2 coming out, best get down to Akihabara’s Yodobashi Camera and spend some hard earned cash on a graphics card update – couldn't resist the ATI PowerColor 6950 2GB – time to watch my frame rate soar. Total War: Shogun 2 Marshing on Real time strategy …
Lucy Orr, 01 Apr 2011
Rift

Rift

Carpal tunnel syndrome has almost set in since the release of WoW Cataclysm – bash, level, bash, ow, ow – so perhaps change is as good as a rest. Well, one look at Rift and I am left with nightmarish flashbacks of DC Universe another MMO that is ultimately flawed with a levelling cap, a boring character build system and no …
Lucy Orr, 16 Mar 2011
Steelseries WoW Cataclysm Mouse

Steelseries World of Warcraft mouse and keyboard

During the knuckle-grinding twilight hours spent levelling my Worgen warrior chick in World of Warcraft Cataclysm I had been pondering when I would get a go on some dedicated peripherals. Lucky for me Steelseries has seen fit to supply some goodies. Steelseries WoW Cataclysm Mouse WoW your friends? Steelseries' Cataclysm mouse …
Lucy Orr, 16 Feb 2011
Little Big Planet 2

Little Big Planet 2

Sorry, did I forget your birthday? Ah, well that’s because the Mexican and Japanese levels of the first Little Big Planet constantly occupy a large part of my addled brain. With the latest incarnation, Sony could have easily cashed in on people of my ilk, as we would have brought an inferior product just because it reminded us …
Lucy Orr, 26 Jan 2011
Razer StarCraft II peripherals

Razer StarCraft II peripherals set

Well aware of the enduring appeal of the StarCraft for its myriad of fans, Razer has brought out a bunch of peripherals tailored to match the game’s latest incarnation, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Razer StarCraft II peripherals Light fantastic: Razer's Marauder keyboard The Razer Marauder keyboard, Spectre gaming mouse and …
Lucy Orr, 18 Jan 2011
Moviestorm

Moviestorm virtual movie studio

Moviestorm is a virtual studio that takes the DIY attitude of Machinima one step further. Machinima is centred around the concept of recording in-game footage from your favourite title, editing it to tell your particular story, and adding your own soundtrack. Moviestorm Ahead of its time? Moviestorm relies on Internet …
Lucy Orr, 30 Dec 2010
World of Warcraft Cataclysm

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

World of Warcraft actually bears more than a passing resemblance to it’s new - or old, depending on your perspective - villain Deathwing. Since its launch in 2004, it has trampled through the lives of millions, wreaking havock and destruction while altering the landscape of massively multiplayer online role-playing games forever …
Lucy Orr, 21 Dec 2010
Fallout: New Vegas

The year's best... PC games

2010: it's a wrap So, 2010 been and almost gone and I haven't even had a go at WoW Cataclysm yet. Back in the day, distracted from my NES, I imagined 2010 would have been more like the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey all world peace, dolphins and Roy Scheider. It turned out more like George Orwell's 1984 with the turnaround …
Lucy Orr, 10 Dec 2010
Space Invaders

Top Ten Arcade Classics

What do you remember about being twelve? I remember spending a whole summer wishing I could hang out with the cool kids but instead nicking stuff from Woolworths and ramming coin after coin into Dragon’s Lair and Defender. Seventeen? Sometimes I ponder my misspent youth playing pool in Sneaky Dee’s and ramming coin after coin …
Lucy Orr, 19 Nov 2010
Half Life

Top Ten Retro PC Games

Have you ever considered the qualities a game needs to feature on your own favourites list or any top ten gaming list for that matter? Opinions vary for sure, but for me it really must be like nothing you have ever seen before or at least innovate in such a way as to be stand-alone phenomenon in its genre. Many alcohol-fuelled …
Lucy Orr, 01 Nov 2010
Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas

Ever wanted to tangle with mutated creatures - and I'm not talking about the strippers - in a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas? The new Fallout installment now comes with added factions and pimped-out weapons, allowing you to wander the Mojave Desert in style before taking your rightful title as King of New Vegas. Fallout: New Vegas …
Lucy Orr, 22 Oct 2010
Sony PlayStation Move

Sony PlayStation Move

“I like to Move it, Move it." Reel 2 Reel paraphrased in 1994 exactly how I feel about the PS3's new motion controlled system. PlayStation Move motion controller The motion controller is the main Move add-on Are we still embarrassed by so-called 'active gaming'? I know I keep the curtains closed during my nightly Wii Fit …
Lucy Orr, 17 Sep 2010
Starcraft II

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Starcraft II has been a long time coming and regardless of whether you’re a real-time strategy fanboy or not, Blizzard’s newest release for PC and Mac has generated quite a buzz. It promises to fill a void that has been sorely felt in the console-based wars of recent years. StarCraft II Get started with a quickie The first …
Lucy Orr, 06 Aug 2010
3D Dot Game Heroes

3D Dot Game Heroes

Feeling nostalgic for 8-bit gaming? Then 3D Dot Game Heroes will, no doubt, satisfy. There’s no need to drag out your NES as this square-edged upstart hails from the land of Sony and is exclusive to Playstation 3. With fervour for the 1980s increasingly present in popular culture (Hot Tub Time Machine, anyone?), 3D Dot Game …
Lucy Orr, 30 Jul 2010