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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

Breaking Fad Are the days of floorstanders and separates numbered?
Steve May, 10 Jul 09:03

Tegile boots Dell array out of chemical biz. Dell responds: Tegile, who?

Blocks and Files Upstart says it's up, up and away ... but not on the giants' radar – yet
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Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 05:04

Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

Worstall on Wednesday Never mind the Ts&Cs, what does the law say?
Tim Worstall, 09 Jul 15:24

You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

Something for the Weekend, Sir? What in HELL does 'hit go' mean?!
Alistair Dabbs, 04 Jul 11:16

Listen bud – crud FUD flood is dud, says Dell: 'We do support VSAN'

Blocks and Files IT titan scoffs at rivals' whisperings
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Chris Mellor, 02 Jul 22:03

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Lucy Orr

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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.
Atari Games: Gauntlet

Running the Gauntlet: Atari's classic ... now and then

Rumours of a new version of the Atari classic Gauntlet at E3 took me straight back to the arcade circa 1985. I remember being dwarfed as a preteen by the fearsome presence of Gauntlet’s massive cabinet. It dominated the arcade and the rest of the machines in the room with its huge screen and impressive multicoloured keypad. …
Lucy Orr, 16 Jul 2014
Valiant Hearts

Battle ready: Valiant Hearts and Company of Heroes: Western Front

Later this month we commemorate the 100th anniversary of Europe's plunge into the deadly turmoil of World War I. Valiant Hearts War stories The role of dogs in the Great War was varied – sniffing out explosives and lugging equipment are just two of their tasks that spring to mind – but I can presume they played a much …
Lucy Orr, 08 Jul 2014
Elder Scrolls online - Breton in Stormhaven

Fantastic fantasy four-way fling – and family-friendly fun

I'm 300 pages into Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance from The Storm Light Archive and I have decided it’s the best fantasy book I've ever read. On Sunday nights I drag my eyes from the page to watch the fourth series of Game of Thrones – I’m all about fantasy at the moment, just call me Lucy Targaryen, Mother of Ferrets. …
Lucy Orr, 06 Jun 2014
Wolfenstein: The New Order

Wolfenstein: The New Order ... BLAM-BLAM! That guard did Nazi that coming

I doubt very much when Philip K. Dick wrote The Man in the High Castle that he imagined the very same subject matter could be dealt with in such a rip-roaring, gore splattering, dual-wielding romp. The victorious Nazis are no match for Wolfenstein's B.J. Blazkowicz. Wolfenstein: The New Order Wolfenstein: The New Order – a dual …
Lucy Orr, 22 May 2014
Godzilla movie 2014

Smash 'n' grab: Fighting GODZILLA in your lounge? Read this first

My Japanese friends suggest the new American Godzilla looks too fat and bloated. Maybe it’s something to do with MacDonald’s Japan now serving churros. Godzilla, the movie: hopefully a decent game will appear, eventually Toho would not approve. I would like to suggest that now, just like the state of Gojira’s teeth, there’s …
Lucy Orr, 16 May 2014

WTF happened to Pac-Man?

During the finale of this season’s King of the Nerds, one of the nerd challenges was to complete the first level of Pac-Man in a set time. I was delighted to see they were playing the original arcade version, albeit on an iPad. Pac-Man: original and best? Pac-Man: original and best? Pac-Man is 34 years old this year. With the …
Lucy Orr, 21 Apr 2014