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Thank you for visiting my Scooby1970 blogspot. I update whenever I can and when I have something interesting to share. You will also find published work of mine at Gaming Illustrated. Gaming Illustrated is where most of my work now takes place, but I will transfer some of my more popular articles from there over to this blog, in extended format.

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:) Mark

Monday, 13 April 2009

Why Twitter?

For the last couple of months now I've been using Twitter, I am following 43 people and 42 people are following me. But, who are these people I follow and who are the people who follow me, and why on earth would we want this to happen?

Firstly, if the 43 people I follow, around 7 are people I know such as friends and family. Then I have added people or sites that interest me. Sky News brings me the latest news via Twitter, PSXextreme keeps me up to date with latest developments in the console world, BBC Click keeps me up to date in the technology world plus I follow a few actual people related to gaming, news, tv and the arts.

Now comes the strange part, following me are 43 people, 7 of them are people I know, a few are following back from the people already mentioned, and the rest are just people or services who have added me! Now, 99% of those people or services just tick over and tweet just once in a while, some are just people advertising a service and some are just self-obsessed buffoons who advertise products or sites they are involved in.

There are also a few people who are genuinely interesting, and like myself just on Twitter to stay in touch with friends and family and to make new friends and discover new sites from the information passed on through Twitter. It really is a mixed bag, and I can see why people say that Twitter is like Marmite, you will either love it or hate it.

Personally, I use it because it's much easier than keeping a blog up-to-date constantly. My friends and family use it to keep tabs on me and I use it to share information and sites I have discovered, along with little updates on what I have been up to. Twitter, in this respect is very useful, especially when used in conjunction with a blog (I use Twitter and this Blogspot account for example).

So, after experimenting with Twitter, will I keep at it? Probably yes... 140 letters a post means I can do it quickly online or via my mobile phone which is pretty awesome. So, if you have not added me yet, please do and share your knowledge and your life with me.

:) Mark

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Top 5 Games Consoles - EVER!

Oh yes! You can tell I'm still not in full-time work because yet again I write another article/review to fill my time. This time we concentrate on the top 5 video games systems (ie consoles) of all time! Ignore the picture on the right as only 1 of those consoles makes my top 5!

Number FIVE Console: Nintendo SNES
A great console that during it's time came second to the Megadrive in sales. Over the years my love for the SNES has grown and I can now appriciate it's games and the technology that it was. An ideal way to experience this console now is to use emulation, and when you do, check out my top five SNES games... 1. Street Fighter II Turbo, 2. Super Mario Kart, 3. UN Squadron, 4. Super Mario Collection, 5. Rock'N'Roll Racing.

Number FOUR Console: Sony Playstation
The Sony Playstation cost me over £300 at launch, with just the one game! However, it was a jaw-dropping experience... and my gaming life would never be the same again. This was the first console to push 3D gaming, and it done that with style. Thankfully all following Playstations have been compatible with most PS1 games, so playing games from this beast of a console should be easy enough for anyone. My recommended top five Playstation games... 1. Wipeout 2097, 2. Spyro The Dragon, 3. Street Fighter Alpha 3, 4. Tekken 3, 5. Die Hard Trilogy.

Number THREE Console: Sega Megadrive
Whoa! Now this was THE 2D gaming console. It was the first console where I noticed a huge leap in graphics that made a difference to gameplay. The Megadrive's powerful 16-bit of processing power made it a powerhouse of a console and the huge catalogue meant that there was never a shortage of games to play. Playing these games is easy now through emulation, and my top five games for the Sega Megadrive are... 1. Golden Axe, 2. Streets Of Rage, 3. Sonic The Hedgehog, 4. Raiden Trad, 5. Super Monico GP.

Number TWO Console: Sega Dreamcast
The Sega Dreamcast was my number one favourite console for many years until the release of the PS3. It doesn't have the biggest catalogue of games, but what it does have is some amazing arcade ports, and the ability to play copies with modifications!!! Play some real classics with some great graphics, the way only Sega can make games! The best five games for the Sega Dreamcase... 1. Ferrari F355 Challenge, 2. Crazy Taxi, 3. Soul Calibur, 4. Dead Or Alive, 5. Street Fighter Alpha 3 Ultimate Version.

Number ONE Console: Sony Playstation 3 (Original 60GB Version)
So, a current generation console at the number one spot? This goes against everything I used to stand for, however in the two years of owning my PS3 it has shown that even owning other consoles, nothing compares to this amazing machine. The reason it's number one is that it really does have some amazing games that have changed my view on gaming, plus it plays the majority of PS2 games (hense the PS2 is not on my list). Forget the negative press, this machine is THE gaming machine of now and the future. My top five PS3 titles are... 1. Metal Gear Solid 4, 2. Killzone 2, 3. Fight Night Round 3, 4. Racedriver: Grid, 5. Uncharted: Drakes Fortune.

So, there we have it. Missing out on the top five was the PS2 as I now class my PS3 as part of the same machine (with its backwards compatability) and the Sega Saturn, which is a great games machine, however has a very limited games catalogue... Damn, need to play the definitive version of the original Outrun now I've mentioned the Saturn!

I hope you've enjoyed, and please check out the games mentioned. If you need a hand with emulation give me a shout and I'll gladly help you!

:) Mark