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Concerning VMware’s vCloud Air: It's all about choice

Sysadmin blog 'Niche' cloud player in the only niche that matters, says Trevor Pott
Trevor Pott, 11 Sep 09:34

Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

Worstall @ the Weekend The Guardian praised it? Right, now we know for sure
Tim Worstall, 07 Sep 13:10

SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

Crawling from the Wreckage We write a proper bug report, for starters
John Watkinson, 07 Sep 11:26

IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Let’s bring it back to level pegging
Alistair Dabbs, 07 Sep 09:00

The IT kit revolution's OVER, say beancounters - but how do they know?

Worstall on Wednesday Come on, readers - fill us in
Tim Worstall, 03 Sep 09:04

Pimp my lounge and pierce my ceiling: Home theatre goes OTT

Breaking Fad Soundbars to Dolby Atmos: surround on Freeview, Netflix, Blu-ray et al
Nigel Whitfield, 02 Sep 09:32

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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…
Destiny

Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed

Repetition is a funny thing. If I was to write this review and say everything twice (say everything twice), you’d quite reasonably think I was daft. And yet, we gamers tend to delight in the repeat performance. Destiny - Mulitplayer The usual suspects? We even affectionately refer to it as “grinding” – the system whereby RPGs …
Mike Plant, 15 Sep 2014
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