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Gaming and technology. Covering many gaming, retro and tech platforms including those by Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and portables including iPad, iPhone, Android and more...

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Gaming and technology. Covering many gaming, retro and tech platforms including those by Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and portables including iPad, iPhone, Android and more...

    Bits and Bobs Podcast – Episode #1

    Bits and Bobs Podcast – Episode #1

    After discussions with Tony Warriner, Co-founder of Revolution Software, we were both yearning for a podcast where we could just... well chat. Have a discussion, a conversation regarding gaming, technology and whatever else pops into our head without the gloss of lavish introductions and lots of editing.







    So, as a result here is our pilot episode of Bits and Bobs in the Raw.















    Topics for our first podcast include:







    * Neither of us are into football, yet know some football... some* When hard drive sizes were so incredibly small and expensive* ScummVM and their fantastic work and the relationship with Revolution Software obtaining game source code* ScummVM Music Enhancement Project* The Gene Machine and trying to obtain permission to release the full soundtrack* The perils of point and click adventure games moving to 3D* ... and more!







    We would love to hear your questions for our next show, so please leave them in the comments below for consideration.







    All comments in the podcast are of course our own and are not the opinions of any other individual or organisation.

    • 38 min
    Retro Man Cave Interview – Game & Gadget Podcast #5

    Retro Man Cave Interview – Game & Gadget Podcast #5

    I realised just recently it has been over 5 years since I recorded a show! So, with a fancy new microphone, mixer and the desire to interview fascinating individuals - today I am delighted to kick-start these efforts by talking to Neil from popular YouTube channel ‘Retro Man Cave’, which will soon pass over 100,000 subscribers due to his many videos covering retro computing repair and nostalgia.















    Make sure you swing by Neil's YouTube channel ‘Retro Man Cave’ to experience for yourself the wonders of retro computing and join his journey through the rich heritage of past technology.







    A big thanks to Neil for taking part!

    • 50 min
    • video
    Revolution’s 25th Anniversary Collection Unboxing [VIDEO]

    Revolution’s 25th Anniversary Collection Unboxing [VIDEO]

    Well today is the day I received my Revolution's 25th Anniversary Box Set. So of course, with so much content I decided to create an unboxing video - my first believe it or not!



    Watch the video below:







    From the official website, they have posted...



    As well as featuring each of Revolution’s full roster of games, the box set will also contain comic books, posters, high quality audio tracks, a Broken Sword USB, a digital timeline with extensive behind- the-scenes materials, and two hours of video telling the Revolution story. The video footage features interviews with key team members and our creative partners such as Dave Gibbons, Rolf Saxon and Barrington Pheloung.

    Revolution official site



    They have also included a selection of the enhanced music tracks from Beneath A Steel Sky I created as part of my ScummVM Music Enhancement Project.



    To find out more, make sure you visit thier website for more details:

    > REVOLUTION: THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION BOX SET

    • 4 min
    • video
    TESCO hudl 2 Review – Inexpensive Doesn’t Mean Cheap and Nasty [VIDEO]

    TESCO hudl 2 Review – Inexpensive Doesn’t Mean Cheap and Nasty [VIDEO]

    There is nothing really cheap about the TESCO hudl 2 tablet, except its price! The market is flooded with inexpensive Android based tablets, this being TESCO's second release and a very impressive one at that.

    As soon as you pick up the hudl 2 in your hands, the soft-touch shell available in a variety of colours instantly feels right, due to its pleasing to the touch feel and not too heavy weight.



    Featuring Android 4.4 KitKat, the Intel Atom 1.83 GHz quad-core processor makes light work of many day to day tasks. Navigating around the tablet, reading books, surfing the web and playing games is well within the reach of the capabilities of the Hudl 2. The Micro SD slot supporting up to 32GB cards is a very welcome addition for storing additional photos, music and videos - however due to the limitations of the KitKat operating system, you can't copy apps on there to free up some of the internal 16GB memory that is is built-in within the tablet.



    Hopefully the Hudl 2 will receive the latest Lollypop version of Android in the near future to help address this, but only time will tell. You can also use the Micro HDMI slot to connect to your HDTV for viewing all your favourite content on the big screen.



    As you would expect, the Android app ecosystem is absolutely vast with the help of the Google Play Store - with offerings for Facebook, Twitter and of course games, games and yet more games.



    Although the hudl 2 is a TESCO device, you don't need to be a TESCO customer to enjoy it. There are however TESCO apps installed that can't be removed and an icon in the top left of the screen that takes you to a full page of related offers and information from the store.



    It certainly doesn't spoil the experience, however if you are desperate to remove this aspect of the Hudl 2, you can easily install from the Google Play Store a replacement Launcher including Google's Google Now, or the excellent Nova Launcher.

    The hudl 2 features an 8.3" IPS LCD display with a 1920x1200 'Full HD' resolution, equating to 273ppi with excellent viewing angles. Colours are vivid and text is crisp, although the brightness could have been a little stronger, it's still an impressive screen for viewing photos, videos and reading content.



    The stereo speakers with Dolby optimised sound reproduce music and film scores with a decent amount of clear detail. It is a shame they are positioned around the back of the tablet as your hands can often cover them by mistake, although for general use perfectly acceptable.

    The 5MP rear camera is capable of capturing 1080p video and the front 1.2MP achieves a respectable 720p. Neither camera will blow your socks off in quality, however for taking the odd snap or two or for Skype video calls - both perform acceptably.

    Image captured on hudl 2

    Battery life is rated at around 8 hours and throughout the day this seemed perfectly achievable. The dual-band Wi-Fi also ensures support for older and the latest routers available.



    For parents, the Child Safety app allows you to set how your kids can use the Hudl 2 so you can have full control over their access to content.

    TESCO also offer a range of their own cases for the tablet, including leather ones with a built-in stand.

    Conclusion



    If you are still undecided of whether tablet devices are for you, the Hudl 2 is the perfect introduction to this rich app universe without ...

    • 3 min
    Game & Gadget Podcast #4 – Xbox One and PS4 Impressions 4 Months On

    Game & Gadget Podcast #4 – Xbox One and PS4 Impressions 4 Months On

    In the latest Game & Gadget Podcast we discuss the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles 4 months after the launches, covering the interface, games and features of the two.



    Joining me are Ken Barnes – Editor at PureXbox.com and Marty Greenwell – writer, editor and podcast host at ConsoleMonster.com.



    Topics:





    * User question: Has either Xbox One or PS4 justified their price tag?

    * User question: Will Xbox drop kinect, to drop the price, to pick up sales? And do either of you utilise the kinect features?

    * User question: Would the controller be a deciding factor on choosing which console to purchase?

    * Overall impressions of Xbox One and PS4 so far...

    * Xbox One Kinect impressions

    * User question: How do you see XBL & PSN evolving over the coming years?

    * What next gen games we have been playing

    * What games are we looking forward to?

    * PC vs Console





    We hope you enjoy the podcast.

    • 58 min
    Monster Cast #S04x04 – Xbox One and PS4 Debate – Console Monster [Podcast]

    Monster Cast #S04x04 – Xbox One and PS4 Debate – Console Monster [Podcast]

    In the latest Monster Cast podcast for Console Monster, I feature as a guest along with host Marty Greenwell and other guests Rob Rymond and Anthony Barker - discussing the releases of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.



    Topics:





    * Who has bought what console and why

    * Is the hardware value for money

    * Has the hardware improved since last generation

    * Kinect 2.0 impressions

    * Have the pads improved

    * Which OS and Interface is better

    * What next-gen games are we playing

    * Is 500GB internal storage enough

    * Remote Play on Vita impressions

    * SmartGlass and PlayStation App impressions





    We hope you enjoy the latest podcast.

    • 47 min

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