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Broke arse student, freelance games reviewer and rambling obsessive that I am, I currently seek work in mags and web sites throughout the world. If you're in a position to make that happen - and like what you see around here - let me know. I've published work with the likes of IGN and Gaming Steve.

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Gasp! Dig Posting Scores Outta 10 From Now On?
Posted by Diggler - 25/1/2007 23:07

Just a quick heads-up, from 2007 onwards I'll be chucking up a mark outta 10 with any new game I chat about around here. The next generation is upon us after all, and I wanna make the site a little larger and more extravagant to mark the occasion. Maybe even more pro. Hence you'll start seeing more and more changes over the coming year, and this here's the first.

That said, if I can put on my fart-snorting pretension-hat for a sec, it's been my experience that almost every other gaming site out there has been content to dole out nothing but 7s to 10s for pretty much every single game. Ever. Not so here though...I'll be using the whole breadth of that scale to mass effect.

So if a game's flat-out perfect? Absolutely nothing vaguely wrong with it at all? It'll be a 10. But I can tell ya now, I don't think I've ever played such a beast. Likewise, if something's totally average? Not amazing, but not awful? It'll be a 5. Which in turn means anything over that is reasonably decent, and a 6/10 will actually be considered a pretty tight title around these parts.

Bear that in mind as we look to the future then. Don't expect a flurry of 9s and 10s - if any - and don't slit those wrists when your fave up 'n' comer nabs a measly 7. That's still a great score. More sites (and mags) could do well to remember this in my book...and if you yourself need help remembering it too, here's a quick run-down chart thang for future reference. You spazzo;

- Genuine perfection. Every facet of this game is 100% flawless. I don't think such a game existeth at this present moment, but I live on in the hope that today is the day such a marvel is flung from its mother's womb. I will then be ready to die.

- A rare accolade passed onto none but the very best releases, typically those we see maybe once a year. If we're lucky. A must-have, timeless classic - regardless of your tastes or persuasions - that no sane gamer should possibly pass up...and worth plumping balls squarely on keyboard for (Classic Dig Example: World of Warcraft).

- Borderline classics and works of brilliance, just oh so shy of a top score due to the odd minor blemish. Pretty much essential purchases these aside however, and due many a lubed up reach-around (Classic Dig Example: Gears of War).

- A good, if not spectacular title, that although tainted by one or two blatant flaws, still stands out from the crowd and is thus worthy of your money. What the hell else you gonna splash that cash on anyway? You have more than enough fuck-tapes hiding underneath your bed as it is (Classic Dig Example: Call of Duty).

- A flawed, but above average offering, and one that if a fan of such genres, might be worth a butchers. If not though? Strictly rental time. Blockbuster needs your cash, after all (Classic Dig Example: Fahrenheit).

- As average as they come. Not awful, but nothing to write home about, these suckers prove about as bland as The Matrix sequels (Classic Dig Example: Prey).

- Below average. Problems with this game drop it below the curve, and as a result there's little to see here unless you're absolutely die-hard into its series or genre. Or a glutton for arse-rape (Classic Dig Example: Far Cry Instincts - Predator).

- Turds-ville time. Significant issues mar the entire experience, making it one pretty much all should avoid, unless after an interactive money stealing simulator (Classic Dig Example: The Outfit).

- A downright disgrace. Cock 'n' balls, in game form (Classic Dig Example: Bad Day in L.A.)

- A specific, rare and highly sought after breed of faeces, truly defining all that is wondrous in the universe. With fuck all redeeming features whatsoever, its mere existence makes Dig cry. Tears of blood. From his arsehole (Classic Dig Example: TotemBall).

That is all.

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The Polynomial. Like playing a rave

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Game
Fallout 3

Enjoying a fully modded out re-visit. Wow

Film
The Road

Pretty much due to the above

Show
Breaking Bad

Already shaping up to be the best season yet

Tune
Explosions in the Sky

Easing the pain of living in a post-Friday Night Lights world

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Forums

The TPS Forum
Official boards for the site

RLLMUK Forum
The old Edge forums gone independent. The busiest and most interesting gaming board around, worthy of multiple visits a day

NTSC-UK Forum
Another exceptional gaming forum, featuring one of the friendliest communities on the net, and up to the minute news

NeoGAF
A more US-centric gaming board, with huge piles of traffic and even the odd famous face

Gaming Shows

The 1up Radio Network
1up.com's collection of weekly gaming podcasts, the pick of which would have to be ListenUP, full of juicy rumors and interesting banter week in, week out

Area 5
Formerly The 1up Show, since losing their jobs the old video editing team have continued doing what they do best, in an independent internet-based TV show, covering whatever upcoming games they can get their hands on, and various other bits and pieces

Fully Ramblomatic
A hysterical gaming blogger posting what he calls "zero punctuation" video reviews that have to be seen - and heard - to be believed

A Life Well Wasted
Freelance journalist Robert Ashley's internet radio show, with a far more interesting and professional demeanor than your typical podcast. Interviews, fast-paced editing and catchy tunes abound

On the Spot
The humongous gaming site known as Gamespot broadcasts a video show each week, in which upcoming games are demoed live on air, and viewers are invited to send in questions to find out more

The Hotspot
Gamespot's audio-based companion to On the Spot, in which site editors cover the week's news while simultaneously poking fun at all that is gaming

Gaming Steve
A more mature podcast, hosted by a long-time games industry professional armed with a ton of insider info and loads of interesting opinions. The Dig's been known to post articles and stories on here from time to time

Consolevania
Quick-fire internet-based TV show with console reviews and comedy sketches. Funny as hell

Major Nelson
An interesting "blogcast" hosted by a Microsoft employee, featuring stacks of exclusive behind the scenes news and interviews relating to all things Xbox 360

The Kojima Productions Report
Official podcast from the team of Hideo Kojima, creator of the much-loved Metal Gear franchise. Full of news and interviews relating to all things Metal Gear, it's probably one for die-hard fans only

Pure Pwnage
Mockumentary series on the life of a pro gamer. Episode five is possibly the funniest thing on the internet

Other Sites

Kotaku
What you could call gaming's homepage. Constantly updated news and links on the entire industry, from minute breaking headlines, to funny arse viral vids

Game Trailers
Easy to use multimedia-rich web site offering official trailers, video demos and sneak peaks at all the upcoming releases

Game Videos
Sister site to 1up.com, focusing on game trailers, video interviews and even the odd documentary

Gamespot
The Gamespot front-end, and the gaming equivalent of the Internet Movie Database. Includes detailed reviews and extensive video features on pretty much all systems and games ever made

Giant Bomb
Speaking of Gamespot, the controversial "letting go" of editor Jeff Gerstmann resulted in him starting up this new venture with fellow former writers of the site. Great podcast in particular

1up.com
Discounting the audio and video shows mentioned earlier, 1up's main site is also worth a visit in its own right. Not only bustling with quality gaming articles and extensive developers' blogs, it also doubles up as a massive friends network, ideal for meeting fellow gamers and joining like-minded communities

Live Marketplace Feed
The most up to date and reliable way to keep track of all the new Xbox Live Marketplace content, from new weapons and map packs, to movie trailers and game demos

Xbox Reloaded
360 backwards compatibility can be a minefield. This blog attempts to shed some light on the issue by playing original Xbox games for you and reporting back the results

GameFAQs
The ultimate resource for walkthroughs and cheats

Disposable Media
A wonderful (and free) E-zine, full of reviews and articles on gaming, movies, music and TV. Puts most high street mags to shame

X-Fire
A must-have for all PC gamers, X-Fire is a buddy list and communications tool that keeps constant tabs on what games both you and all your mates are playing, on or offline

Steam
A contender to the X-Fire throne that has pretty much overtaken it straight out of the gate. Valve's Steam client contains friends lists, downloadable games, Live-style achievements and plenty more to sink your teeth into

MyGamerCard.net
Convert your Xbox Live gamercard into an image, for use on forums and web sites for free. That's mine further down

Ain't it Cool News
The latest news, gossip and spy reports from the world of movies, TV and (occasionally) video games

Smodcast
Writer, director and actor Kevin Smith - he of Clerks fame - records a monthly podcast in which he and fellow pals discuss everything from trying to felate oneself, to the time his dog got covered in ejaculate. Riveting stuff

 

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