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Now I have only played a little due to what I discussed in my earlier post. But I did experience a good few crashes of Tomb Raider while playing yesterday with others not being able to get into the game at all. A new patch has just been deployed to hopefully fix this issue but it got me thinking.

NVIDIA and INTEL pretty much own the GPU market, let’s face it. It’s nothing towards AMD (which have never given me any problems in the past) but gamers genuinely seem to go for NVIDIA cards and INTEL processors. It’s just the way of things.

AMD developed the hair-rendering technology which is causing NVIDIA and INTEL platforms too stutter and fail. This is not to say that AMD meant for this to happen, or AMD customers have had it easy with the Tomb Raider launch. 

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But the past few years have saw AMD gaining more popularity, with the new generation of consoles going for AMD parts over their other competitors. So will this run continue? Do you think that NVIDIA will have to keep a keen eye on AMD too make sure that problems like this one don’t occur again, leaving their customers bemused and frustrated?

Yes, launches can be pretty much unstable at times but hopefully this is the last time that hair becomes as issue. Also I hope that this patch fixes the problem, so that you all (including myself) can have fun with the world’s best known Archaeologist … ok… best known female Archaeologist.

Written by Emma McHugh

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So it’s been confirmed that there is to be a new Tomb Raider movie sometime in the near future, on the back of the incredibly successful release of the latest game. While the details are very small at this point in time, I am already not looking forward to this latest attempt by Hollywood to break the mould and actually manage a good video game based production.

You just have to look at past examples of their attempts to cash in to see that it’s going to be an epic failure. The other Tomb Raider movies were of little to no substance and merely 90 minute long eye candy fests. The Resident Evil movies were destroyed on the first attempt by Paul Anderson and have now became so stupid that they’re not even worth watching for a laugh. Five movies later, we’re going to see Alice working along with Wesker to save the world from Umbrella. Up until the fourth movie, Wesker was still working for the Umbrella corp while anyone who knows anything of the Resident Evil lore would be able to tell you that after the mansion incident (The first movie), Wesker left and formed the HCF (Hive Capture Force) organisation. These movies are aimed at fans of the games, yet cannot even follow the basic story.

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I’ve just been informed that Megan Fox has turned down the role of Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider which isn’t a bad thing, but at the same time is. The fact that she was even being asked says to me that it’s going to be nothing more than another movie aimed at the pre pubescent teenage boy with 90 minutes of a girl running around with her boobs hanging out and not really giving the story any real sort of attempt.

So, here are my predictions for the Tomb Raider movie..

  1. Lara Croft will be played by someone with no real acting talent but she’ll have a nice rack.
  2. The movie will come with a 12 certificate to allow the teenage boys to go and stare at Lara’s breasts.
  3. It will make no attempts to actually go deeply into the story of the new game, but substitute the fight for survival with scenes of Lara covered in mud or just generally with a wet top.
  4. It will be no longer than 90 minutes long, 60 minutes of which will be body shots of Lara.
  5. It will be directed by someone with a less than successful pedigree in Hollywood.

I hope I am wrong about all this, I really do. I think that if written properly and given to someone with real vision and creativity to direct than it possibly could be a good movie. It would greatly depend on who is cast as Lara but with the way Hollywood is these days, with the bilge that is churned out time after time after time and with Megan Fox having been asked to play Lara, I seriously doubt I’m wrong.

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Just in case any of you were worried about us we are still around. But with illnesses we are both pretty reluctant to do pretty much anything. It’s that bad that I got Tomb Raider on Friday and I have only played around under an hour of it.

I currently have no motivation to do anything but sit about wrapped in a funky pink housecoat and watch feel good TV. My brain can’t even think of good posts too talk about as it’s too busy being poked and prodded by this little blighter.

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I hope to start feeling better by tomorrow, then I can start writing posts again about the random feelings I have towards video games and TV/Movies. But until then I hope the mad ramblings of a flu ridden adult are enough to satisfy your need for FTW content.

Written by Emma McHugh

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As many of you may know I was doing an essay about Nintendo for my Business class (which can be viewed here – http://wp.me/p3bs3E-3h). It made me have to get right into Nintendo’s economic state, as well as the state of Japan’s economy and it all seemed quite daunting to me.

I myself grew up being a console gamer. I would steal my brothers NES while he was out at school. I always had great enjoyment about sitting on the floor in front of the TV looking up at such games as Super Mario Brothers and then as I got older it became games such as Tomb Raider.

I would never have imagined changing to PC gaming. It felt less open to me. I couldn’t see myself being relaxed on the couch with my feet up and a nice cold beverage sitting next to me (It’s pretty ironic that as I am currently writing this article on my gaming laptop of choice while writing this).

Now looking back on PC gaming has always been underrated. PC’s can look how you want, run what you like and if they get passed there shelf life you don’t need to wait until the company decide to bring out the latest updated version.

I feel like this is why PC gaming has been steadily raising from 2009 while the big consoles have been steadily decreasing in popularity. Last year PC gaming took over console gaming sales by over 3 million dollars.

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Now Valve has announced their “steambox”. This for those of you who haven’t heard about it is a small pc in a box (just pretty much like every console ever made). This system is said to be the console killer, as it can just be plugged into your home TV. The console is basically a motherboard, chip and graphics card all in a small box. Valve has also made the system open so the customer can change what they want whenever they want. The box will be running the operating system Linux and when asked about this Valve basically said if the customer wants to change the OS then they can.

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I cannot imagine any of the big console companies saying “Yeah, you paid the $$$ you can suit it to your needs. You don’t like the graphics, then open it up and update them. You don’t like the OS then switch it to suit your needs!”

What do you guys think? Do you think PC games should be at the top of the market? Or do you think otherwise? Do you think the “steambox” will spell the end for console gaming as we know it?

I do hope the future of gaming is bright for all companies. I couldn’t imagine not have a Mario related game in my future. But with the gradual decline in consoles unless Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony change their business model this may just be the case.

Written by Emma McHugh

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Now I am a powerholic in LOTRO. My minstrel has always had stupid amounts of the stuff. But Turbine has actually just crossed the line with me at the moment.

The big wigs at Turbine have decided to take stat bonuses off all gear. So my +will or +vitality for x number of pieces has now gone.  So I have went from having over 13000 power (I did say it was ridiculous) to having just below 8000 power.

My power pool has always never been enough for me, I always wanted bigger, better power, more tactical mastery and as long as my health was enough to withstand little damage I was happy.

I just feel like they have ran over my character with a dump truck, and left her split in half in the middle of the road. I don’t want to rage quit over this but Turbine are making it pretty hard. I have no doubt that taking away all my beautiful power will help them in some way but damn it they could have done it using a slow process. Not just ripping off the proverbial Band-Aid leaving the whole leg to sting.

So from this day I am boycotting LOTRO until Ardhuial has her power pool back intact. Suddenly I feel like I am in a Liam Nesson movie, “If you do not return her power to me I will be the last thing that you see.”

Written by Emma McHugh

I’ve always been a huge fan of reading other peoples blogs and websites. They can quite often be sources of valuable information which you seem to miss, or even places of in-depth discussions on various topics of interest. One of these sites that I am a regular reader of is Contains Moderate Peril.

Recently I got in touch with the websites creator about a possible opportunity to create some content for him and after some discussion and sending of an example of my work, I wrote a brand new piece (the idea was six month old) for them.

This morning at 07:00, my article got posted.

I know that a lot of people don’t view getting articles posted online as being anything special but for me as a new writer, this is huge. I intend to create pieces for the site on a fairly regular basis, whilst obviously not forgetting my own blog so hopefully this could be the start of a mutually beneficial relationship between FTWO and Contains Moderate Peril.

Go check out my article and the rest of the site. It’s incredibly well run and has a huge host of great topics being discussed, as well as a kick ass weekly podcast.

So yeah, A special thanks goes out to roger for giving me this chance.

John Gibson

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John and I are pretty much our guild in GW2 due to people having other commitments or not wanting to play at this very moment. So I am going to look at what the new guild changes mean for small guild’s as well as people who may not want to join a guild and are quite happy with their experience soloing and pugging.

Our guild is a bunch of people from GW and LOTRO. We are pretty tight knitted, not everyone has joined us in GW2 as it is not for them. But we generally have people in our guild who we play with and who we enjoy the company of. We did try and recruit a while back but we are too small for other peoples taste.

It is really fun to play with a group of friends, but when this isn’t possible due to a number of factors then for me it all becomes pretty stale. I would rather wait around for my guildies to catch up or come back than sit and pug. This is my preference to playing as I would rather play a game with people I like.

Guild Missions look fun, but for someone in a guild of presently two people who log on they are hard to unlock through renown. Yes, we can still do them, but just look for some random players to join in and help us but wouldn’t those random players like to do stuff with their own guild. That is unless they are in the same position as our selves.

Guildless players can’t do this content either, which is why it will be harder for us to get groups to do guild missions unless 1. Our guild members all come back or 2. We can find other small guilds who want to join us.

I do like what Arenanet have done. If my guild existed of regular players I would not be complaining as we would all rally round to unlock the content. But we are not in this position at the moment leaving myself feeling as if I am missing out.

But what are my options? I either wait on my guildies coming back to play GW2. I look for players to join us or I join another guild. Answer’s on a postcard please.

Written by Emma McHugh