Category Archives: Video games

Video games – PC


PC is where the most interesting games are right now for me. I’m not talking about the so-called AAA, blockbuster video games.

I’m talking about games like Papers, Please. Even after so many years and disappointments games can still excite me and surprise me.

What we have here is the literal opposite of the usual power fantasy. You don’t play as anyone special, just a downtrodden citizen of the ominous Soviet-styled nation of Arstotzka in the dying months of 1982. Assigned by a labour lottery to work for the Ministry of Admission, you spend your day stuck in a dank booth at a border checkpoint, responsible for deciding who gets to enter the country and who gets turned away – or worse.

You also need to process enough people and earn money to support your family. Only it’s not that simple.

A truly unique and fantastic game. Eurogamer has an excellent review which does a better job of selling the game than i ever will.

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Posted by on August 14, 2013 in Video games


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Nintendo 3DS

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On Friday, i succumbed to my “wants” and went out and bought a Nintendo 3DS. It was and is a guilty purchase since i’m not that into gaming anymore so i don’t know how much value i will get out of it and also it does not feel like the best of times to be spending money on hand helds.

But in the end i got it from Public, together with basically the game that sold the 3DS to me, Fire Emblem: The Awakening. It’s a strategy RPG. Very japanese. Very otaku. Very geeky. And I’m loving in.

I’ve put it a total of around 14-15hrs into it but only progressed around 7hrs. The first 2-3hrs i started on a level that was way too easy and decided to restart. The remaining hours were spent on failed missions.

The battery does not seem to last that long, maybe due to the relatively high 3D setting i have it on which is actually not a bad thing. This keeps me more in control with how much time i spent on it at a time. Because when playing games, time just flies by without noticing it.

It feels like a flash from the past, but not quite. I’m enjoying this immensely and all the stuff that come with it i.e. reading reviews, previews, news, checking out bargains and all the twitter talk. But it definitely does not have the same aura around it. At least not the way it used to. Now i want to split my time on other things and more evenly.

For the time being I’m having a blast with it.

Virion: “Die with magnificence!”


Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Video games


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Friday: Timesheet submitted

Long weekend ahead as Monday is a public holiday in Cyprus. Have a great one!!!

My weekly highlights. It’s been a week of firsts and seconds.

  • The Spanish girl who reads, Paula
  • Watching Monsieur Lazhar for the 2nd time, this time with my sister
  • Finishing and loving Kafka on the Shore for the 2nd time
  • Beethoven’s Archduke Trio which plays its part in Kafka on the Shore. Then the Kafka on the Shore song
  • Talking about 3DS video games with my twitter buddies. On my way to buy a 3DS now.

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Strategies for playing at war have offices at the renovated building near the Presidential Palace in Nicosia. I knew the company was behind the MMO World of Tanks but i was under the impression that this was a Russian company. It’s actually Belarusian.


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“Tanks are cool,” says Mr Kislyi, who at 37 was born long after those battles ended. Wearing a well-cut open-neck shirt and a big grin, he looks nothing like a hard-bitten warrior. He does have something to smile about, though. His company has 1,600 emp­loyees, up from 120 three years ago, and revenues have soared from €18m in 2011 to €218m last year, all thanks to World of Tanks.


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After, i don’t know how long, i finally played a game. Kentucky Route Zero is a point and click adventure game. Only Act I has been released so far but it’s worth a look. Very atmospheric, so better to play it with the lights out and headphones on.

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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Video games


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Time investment Vs Reward

I have always been associated with videogames. Even now that i’ve basically not played a game in 1.5-2 years people keep asking me what game i am playing or whether i’ve read a review on a particular game they are interested in. It boggles people’s minds that i can possibly be out of the videogames entertainment. But that’s how it is at the moment.


One reason is the time investment vs reward.

I have come to be considerably more demanding with how i want to spent my time in terms of being “entertained”. I prefer the memorable to the time wasting. For every Braid, Demon’s Souls and Deadly Premonitions there are 10-20 other games i spent 100hrs of hours playing that i simply thought as merely average and completely forgetable.

On the other hand simply looking at the movies i’ve watched just in 2012 and how memorable, thought provoking they were makes me feel satisfied at the manner i’ve spent my time even when the movie was not good or simply average. Perfect films, much like videogames are of course rare. A Separation is the only one so far this year which felt that way. But looking at the others that have come close (Intouchables, The Kid With A Bike, Once Upon A Time In Anatolia, 50/50 i.e. my four*) and the time invested (say 2hrs average for each movie) in them makes me feel that it was a worthwhile investment in memories and debates on how life can be lived and not something to just get me through the day.


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Who’s your daddy?

“A slang expression that, in one use, takes the form of a rhetorical question. It is commonly used as a boastful claim of dominance over the intended listener.”

I had plans. I had big plans last weekend to write a few articles, which would be scheduled for publication over the next couple of weeks.

However, something got in the way. I ran into an old friend of mine. Giapanta Zolos. My alter ego. GZ is the name I go by in the Football Manager PC videogame series. A game which I had not played since its 2008 iteration. Although I had bought FM2009, my laptop graphics card kept overheating and it shut itself down. So we drifted apart for a few years.

In January though, I purchased an all-in-one Lenovo PC (and very happy with it so far I might add) and gave it a go. It worked. No problems whatsoever. I said to myself that there was no need to buy the latest version in the series. Let’s get my money’s worth out of the 2009 version first and then see how it goes from there.

Of course it was not meant to be.

I was at the Stephanis store two weeks ago to get something for my dad and I saw FM2012 for EUR40-45. “What a bargain…” Honestly, videogames prices in Cyprus can still be ridiculous.

However, three rows down I saw FM2011 standing there for EUR15. “Oh no… Ok, don’t panic. Let’s think about this rationally.” I said to myself. “Is it worth getting FM2011? I mean, let’s at least see how it reviewed.”

Hand in pocket. Iphone out. Unlock the damn thing. Tap the Eurogamer app.

Tap the search space. Write Football Manager 2011 review. Tap GO!

Click on the review link.

Scroll down the review to read the score (that’s what we all do!).

“Oh shit….Oh shit…..9/10…”

“I will read the conclusion also. Maybe it won’t be as convincing.”

“The sum of FM 2011’s parts is the most organic but more importantly, most believable man- and team-management experience the series has provided. Don’t be expecting perfection, because you won’t find it – but even if you own last year’s version you should seriously consider investing in this follow-up, a recommendation I certainly don’t make every year. And if you’ve been holding off purchasing a Football Manager game for the last few years, then this is the year to get back in the game.”

I was already starting the car engine by the time I’d finished that last sentence and a small, yellow, nylon Stephanis bag was sitting pretty on the passenger’s seat. Staring at me. On the way home I could swear it was speaking to me. Same thing, over and over again.

“Who’s your daddy?”

Giapanta Zolos is currently (and randomly) managing Stade Lavallois Mayenne Football Club , aka Les Tangos, somewhere in (French) Ligue 2.

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Posted by on March 13, 2012 in Video games


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