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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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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…
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
Don't Starve

HARD ONES: Three new PC games that are BLOODY DIFFICULT

Who said modern games are getting easier? Though it’s true that a great many titles pamper us with self-healing armour, paint-by-numbers mission design and handily placed ammo, there are still developers out there who remember the good old days. That was a time when coming into contact with any pixel of a foe – even a big toe – …
Mike Plant, 30 Jan 2014