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Register for our free newsletterSCOTTISH gamers are each spending over £400 a year in total on video games, downloadable content and microtransactions, according to new research. The study, conducted by discount voucher site MyVoucherCodes, found that the average Scottish console gamer is shelling out a whopping £415 on games, downloadable content (DLC) – such as additional levels and character enhancements – and virtual currency annually. Whilst the average Scottish gamer spends roughly £29 per game, they’ll typically spend an additional 43% (£12.65) on extra content that was not included in their initial purchase. Looking specifically at the big three games console families – Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox, Xbox owners were found to spend the most with a total expenditure 40% higher than the national average (£660.76) and 189% more than what Nintendo players are spending (£228.18). Fans of the Microsoft console … [Read more...] about Scottish gamers spend over £400 on video games each year
Here it is, New Year’s Eve, and I have exhausted all of my other list opportunities. Now it’s time to consider the best games of the decade. I procrastinated on this one because it wasn’t easy to do. But then I started seeing all of the other best of the decade lists being posted. I disagreed with them, and the annoyance built up so that it overflowed and I felt compelled to retaliate with my own list. So here’s my favorite games of the past 10 years and my reasons for liking them so much. Please leave your own comments if you agree or disagree, and pick your favorite game in the poll at the end. I’m grateful that a lot of these games were fairly recent, meaning that the game industry just keeps getting better and better. Please enjoy and thanks so much for reading in 2009! Halo: Combat Evolved (2001, Bungie, Xbox). I am a believer in the cult of Master Chief. Don’t laugh at me. There are about 30 million of us. This game showed you could do a … [Read more...] about These are the ten best video games of the decade, dammit!
As always, my other top-ten games lists were chock full of the violent fare that I enjoy. But family games are big in my house too, so here’s my list of the best family games of 2008: 1. Wii Fit (Nintendo Wii) Nintendo. May 2008. Yes, this game made multiple lists, but for a good reason. It’s fun. Itgot gamers off their couches and running around in circles, jumping up and down, and trying to keep their balance. Talk about a great social achievement. I love logging in and measuring just how lousy my posture is and how far short of my weight-loss goals I fall. The game came with the Wii Balance Board, an ingenious device that is nothing more than a scale with a lot of springs under it. It can measure which way you lean and thereby capture your movements in a way that no controller can. The device is flexible enough to be used for everything from yoga to step aerobics. With this innovation, Nintendo redefined video games and pioneered a new category of fitness games — … [Read more...] about Dean’s top ten family games of 2008
100. Hotline Miami (2012) Platform: Microsoft WindowsHotline Miami is violent—really violent—but in a way that makes it ooze atmosphere: pulsing neon, pumping electronica, and blood splattered on the walls, and the floor, and you. You play as a thug fighting his way through room after room of men with guns and knives and every other murder-tool you can think of. You're not timed, but you must move quickl, because every room you enter requires mowing down enemies in a matter of seconds — lest the hail of bullets leaves you as the one splayed on the ground. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Advertisement - Continue Reading Below 99. TowerFall (2013) Platform: OuyaOne of the only games to make buying an Ouya worthwhile (at least until it came to Steam and PS4 in 2014), TowerFall proved that multiplayer gaming could thrive on the couch, not just online. Inspired more by Super Smash Brothers than Street Fighter, this 2D arena fighter takes fighting games and … [Read more...] about The 100 Greatest Video Games of All Time