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Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

Breaking Fad Don’t bin your multichannel home cinema system just yet
Steve May, 13 Aug 13:41

Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

Worstall on Wednesday Even Moore's Law can't help the architects of statism now
Tim Worstall, 13 Aug 09:28

Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Examining the frothy disconnect in indie cafe culture
Alistair Dabbs, 08 Aug 12:25

Surprise! Government mega-infrastructure project cocked up

Worstall on Weds Australia's National Ballsup Network
Tim Worstall, 06 Aug 08:03

What's the point of the Internet of Things?

Sysadmin blog World peace, natch, what did you think it was?
Trevor Pott, 05 Aug 22:07

BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

Episode 7 'We have to be sure the system works!'
Simon Travaglia, 01 Aug 10:28

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Mike Plant

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Mike Plant grew up on a diet of Final Fantasy, Monkey Island, TIE Fighter and Super Mario Bros. He now takes advantage of this idle youth by dividing his time between his The Console column for newspaper The Independent and editing his own blog GamesCatalyst.com. His quest to dispel the myth held by mainstream media, that games are the work devil, continues…
Naughty Dog - The Last of Us Remastered

Coming to a console near you: Destiny beta and The Last of Us Remastered

During my time with the Destiny beta I’ve veered from game to game in a bid to nail down exactly what it is that Destiny reminds me of most. Activision Destiny Beta Character classes: suits you At first that game was Halo and no prizes for guessing why. Not only is Destiny built by Halo’s creator, Bungie, but with its sci-fi …
Mike Plant, 31 Jul 2014
Sunset Overdrive

Waiting gamer slams no-show show: E3 – was that it?

Bloodborne, No Man's Sky, Evolve, Rainbox Six: Siege, D4, Alien: Isolation, Sunset Overdrive, Witcher 3 and Inside. Call me a hipster, but this short list is made up of the scant few games that I was genuinely excited from this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gamerfest better known as E3. Youtube Video My overwhelming …
Mike Plant, 13 Jun 2014
Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs: Eat, sleep, hack, repeat

In preparation for tangling with Watch Dogs, I spent plenty of time revisiting the salty seadogs of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Presuming that one Ubisoft stealth-'em-up might have much in common with the other. Watch Dogs Oh, bollards to this In many ways, the fundamental Watch Dogs gameplay of infiltrate, kill and …
Mike Plant, 30 May 2014
Streetfighter 2: Chun Li kicks things off

Why two-player games > online gaming: See your pal's shock as you bag a last-second victory

The petulant slap of a velvet glove across a rival’s cheek – the centuries-old prelude to a duel to the death between gentlemen. To the victor, the promise of a wrong righted and, quite possibly, the hand of a buxom beauty. For the defeated, nothing but dishonour, or else the cold embrace of the grave. Kubrick classic: Barry …
Mike Plant, 29 Apr 2014
TitanFall

Titanfall pits man against machine, Kiefer Sutherland Snakes into Metal Gear Solid V

Long have I wondered why franchises such as Battlefield and Call of Duty bother to include a single player entrée aside the multiplayer main course. The solo campaign might provide action set pieces to demo at E3 and subsequently showcase on adverts, but if it was missing would anyone really care? Titanfall EA has decided to …
Mike Plant, 04 Apr 2014
Nintendo Animal Crossing

Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

We dedicated gamers are a plucky bunch, happy to scream from the rafters that graphics aren’t everything and that gameplay is king. Trouble is, you need only look to Nintendo’s current plight to see that 95 per cent of our fellow games players – those who fill server upon server with online Call of Duty and Battlefield sessions …
Mike Plant, 17 Feb 2014