Physical Games Becoming Digital Games

There has been a big shift in the way we get our games over the last few years. It’s becoming increasingly common that people simply download games from e-shops. All of the big consoles have e-shops, PlayStation has PlayStation Network for example. So console manufacturers have no qualms about putting the games onto consoles this way.

But should you as a consumer have a qualm about it? Why would you?

While it is sad to see the decline in game retailers around the world, it is a trend which is effecting all shops, everywhere. People are buying things less in general and as a result there are less shops. It’s pretty simple.

It’s also sad to see the packaging and ornate boxes fade away. Long gone are the days of cardboard boxed Nintendo games on the shop shelves. As games move to digital download format, packaging will shrink ever more until it is reduced to a mere barcode on a plastic card.

But games will remain popular, they are just becoming digital instead of physical.



Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition

Diablo III was a certainly a big hit on the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3, but the Evil Edition on PS4 and Xbox One is even better.

Theis edition includes Diablo III and the Reaper of Souls expansion set. You also receive the extra act that tells the story of Malthael, the once Archangel of Wisdom, and there are more twists and turns throughout the story mode.

There are also plenty of weapons to collect and you get the chance to travel through zombie forests, harsh deserts and even the High Heavens. The strong storyline makes the game, but the quality graphics, superb gameplay and lifelike characters take the game to the next level, and that’s why it’s currently one of the most popular titles out there, and it is still performs very well in the charts.

10% PSN Discount Codes

After announcing earlier in the week that they will be handing out 10% PSN codes, Japanese giants Sony have finally released full info on the one-time discount code.

Published on the PlayStation blog, the discount codes have been handed out as a way of apologising for the outage the PlayStation Network suffered during the Christmas period.

Although it’s a nice gesture, there are limitations to Sony’s goodwill. For example, you won’t be able to use the discount code on pre-orders. You also won’t be able to use the code on PS Plus subscriptions, Music Unlimited and video rentals. So it’s borderline pointless? You can’t really offer a good will gesture with a restriction. Seems more like a sales tactic, rather than an apology. Try again Sony!


New Patch For Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes

Just in time for the new year, Kojima Productions have given Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes a new patch update on PC, which corrects a number of issues which were encountered by some players of the game.

Steam have listed a number of patch notes including;


  • When the Camera Y Axis is set to Reverse, the camera movement with the mouse will reflect the change.


  • Under some conditions, there was a “Low Memory” error a few minutes after launching the game. This issue has been fixed.


  • When some USB devices were connected the game didn’t launch. This issue has been fixed.

Kojima Productions have also ensured users they will keep an eye out on the new patch and see whether all issues are resolved.


Nintendo’s Repair Company Hit By Fire In The UK?

A spokesperson for Nintendo has confirmed that a customer repair centre in the UK, which deals with its products has been recently hit by a fire. Thankfully no one was injured, but a number of Nintendo consumers have been affected by the fire.

“We can confirm that on Tuesday 18th November, a fire broke out in the warehouse owned by RepairTech, the company that Nintendo UK uses to fulfil its customer repairs. Nintendo UK only used the warehouse for UK based product repairs and storing of associated repairs equipment, it did not contain stock that would at any point be sent to a retailer for sale to the public. We are pleased to confirm that no one was hurt.”

The firm have also confirmed that they will issue replacements of any hardware/software of customers whose products were damaged.

Football Manager Not Being Released On PlayStation Vita

Studio head of Sports Interactive, Miles Jacobson has revealed that PlayStation Vita gamers may not see another instalment of Football Manager on the handheld console.

“The decision on whether we were going to do another one was always going to be sales-based, and at the moment it’s not looking likely. As a tech experiment it was a brilliant thing to do, being able to have save games going from PC, Mac and Linux to Vita and back again is something that nobody else has done to date. We hope that other people will do it in the future and it is certainly something that we would look at doing again on other platforms, if there are platforms powerful enough for it.”


This isn’t a surprise to be honest, seeing as the Vita hasn’t exactly been the most popular console on the market. We expect loads of other developers to give up on it soon.

The Best Way To Purchase Cheap Games

Video gaming has always been an expensive hobby, but it’s only getting more costly as time goes on. With next-gen consoles charging up to £20 more than usual, consumers are starting to feel the pinch more and more.

The first thing you can do is wait for the price to drop. Games lose value over time and if you don’t mind waiting for said game, then hold off a bit and keep a lookout for the bargain. Your other option is to wait for a second hand version to be made available in the shop, which usually happens within the first few days.


Keeping Up With the Latest Games on a Budget

Playing games on a budget is anathema to many gamers, as they will wonder how you can play games which are brand new, and cost about £40 each, and still spend a small amount of money. Well, it has to be admitted, this isn’t an easy task, and you’re options are very limited; all you have to decide is whether you want to wait a couple of weeks after the release, and buy a slightly discounted second hand game, or to pay for a monthly subscription with an online games rental company.

The second option is a particularly interesting option, in that it is cheaper and also allows you to play as many games as you want. To go into the mechanics of such a subscription a little bit, you will typically have to pay a monthly subscription (usually less than £10 a month), which will allow you to play as many games as you want in a month, although only one at a time. So, you choose again, put yourself down on for that particular game, and it gets mailed to you. You play it for a couple of days, get bored of it, send it back, and then, once it has been confirmed, choose another game. The problem with this system is that for new games the competition to rent the games remains high for a while, so the chances of you receiving one quickly is quite low. You can increase your chances by paying for a fast track membership, where you pay a little extra, and get priority for all games rental.

Gaming Meme History – Lost In Translation


Ah, finally I see the end of Ghosts & Goblins.  I spent many hours and days playing that game, but could never win. 

“A WINNER IS YOU!”  Pro Wrestling was a winner, itself.   Classic, fun game.

AU Shippin’ Out February 25 – March 1: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Platinum Games’ hack-and-slash action game Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is officially released this week. A spinoff title based on the Metal Gear universe, the game features cyborg ninja Raiden as he takes on a private military company known as Desperado Enterprises.

Originally, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was intended to take place before the events of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, showing how the character of Raiden made his transformation into the cyborg ninja of the 2008 PlayStation 3 hit.

However, when Platinum Games was attached to the project, the time frame was moved to several years after Metal Gear Solid 4, to a period when cyborgs are becoming more commonplace in the world. Konami also dropped the “Solid” from the title to distance itself from the particular brand of stealth action that people associate with the Metal Gear Solid series.

Gaming site Kotaku reported that the game broke its street date last Friday, and is being sold early at selected retailers. Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance was originally scheduled for release in Australia on February 21, but was delayed till February 26 due to shipping delays.

Sony has announced that the PS3 version of the game will be receiving exclusive “virtual reality” content. Thirty new missions inspired by the original VR missions from the first Metal Gear Solid will be available as downloadable content for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. No release date has been announced for the DLC.

The game was positively received in GameSpot’s review, praised for its fast-paced combat and balance of depth and complexity. Although Kojima Productions is considering a PC port of the game, producer Yuji Korekado has revealed that there are no plans to bring Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance to the Wii U.

For more details on the games available this week, check out the list below.

February 26, 2013
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (360, PS3)

February 27, 2013
Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds (360)

  • Cheap Games

    Most avid gamers like to play as many different games as possible, so that they can experience lots of different types of gameplay. This can be very expensive, so they tend to avoid buying brand new games. This leaves you with the option of buying games second hand, or you could also rent Xbox 360 games, which (with a subscription) can give you the option of playing hundreds of games for a small monthly fee.