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Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games
Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games
by Matt Barton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what you want, 12 May 2012
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If you are interested in the history of CRPGs (primarily PC and western-style CRPGs - there is a section on JRPGS too but it's one one section out of quite a long book) then it is hard to imagine anyone ever writing a better book than this. It is fascinating to see how a style of entertainment has grown and even though most games don't get a LOT of attention, it is lovely to see that all of them have at least something interesting said about them.

Obviously not all CRPGs are covered which is only a shame if you (like me) get a lot of nostalgic pleasure from reading about many games you have played but then find one of your favourites (in my case "Albion") missing. But the range is as comprehensive as could be humanly expected - and you never know, there may be subsequent expanded editions.

Anyway, the above failing isn't worth docking this book a star for - in all respects it is a total pleasure to read (or just skim through to find titles you love) and deserves to be much better known.

Mash Up Mix New 2009
Mash Up Mix New 2009
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £1.43

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better and better, 7 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Mash Up Mix New 2009 (Audio CD)
Every year these get better and better. These are the best ways to buy dance music compilations. there's not one track on this CD that I don't like - even though some of the songs that appear on it are really not my thing in their original states.

This double CD makes me laugh and dance at the same time. I can't think of a better way to recommend it. If you've ever bought one of the ministry's mash up mixes before then this is a must. And if you need to find a present for someone who owns "The annual 2009" already then this is it!

by Carrie Bebris
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Twist too obvious, 2 July 2009
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The unusual take on Regency England is still entertaining, but the surprises aren't surprising which takes the edge off it a bit.

Legendary (Xbox 360)
Legendary (Xbox 360)
Offered by musicMagpie
Price: £5.57

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romptacular!, 26 Nov. 2008
This review is from: Legendary (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
This is an old fashioned FPS in a lot of ways. There's no vehicle sections and although there are team mates, they're mostly just there to get killed. The story is nonsense and the levels are linear.

However, it's an exceedingly enjoyable romp. The monsters look amazing and are constantly jumping out of unexpected places, smashing the scenery, running along walls etc.

There's a very neat magic system - you get magic out of dead enemies and can use it to blast them if they come too close or heal yourself when you're in trouble.

the weapons are all excellently meaty and the set-pieces are epic (the Kraken smashing up the houses of parliament is very dramatic).

Maybe you could wait until the price comes down, but I don't think you'll go wrong buying this if you want an exciting, un-complicated FPS where you shoot the heads off werewolves with a shotgun I don't think you could do any better.
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Helter Skelter Vs Raindance Present Rave Nation
Helter Skelter Vs Raindance Present Rave Nation
Price: £16.69

4.0 out of 5 stars 2 out of 3 aint bad, 14 Feb. 2008
CD 1 is good, but nothing special. CD 2 is rubbish - the most boring Drum and Bass collection I've heard for a long time. But CD 3 is completly and utterly fantastic! Fantastically up-beat, exhillerating and worth the money on its own! An awesome collection of tracks that'll keep you smiling (not to mention dancing) from start to finish!

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Price: £4.88

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really WORSE, but different..., 4 Oct. 2004
This review is from: Gurumanhubcaplady (Audio CD)
It's hard to tell if Homelife have become more ordinary recently, or if they've just become very odd in a different direction. I wonder if their association with Ninja Tune has perhaps pushed them into a more sensible area than they have been before...
I don't think this is as good as "Cho Cho" (their second album) but it's still really good. The title track is brilliant, and there's a couple of other gems in here.
So while this is not as striking as I think Homelife used to be, it's still well worth getting. Probably best if you get it BEFORE the others, otherwise you might find yourself never listening to it in their favour...
It's still better than their first CD though.

Method, The/Freaked Out Mess
Method, The/Freaked Out Mess
Price: £15.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars totally brilliant, 18 May 2004
This is amazingly brilliantly good fun. A little rude at times, and quite angry sounding, but enormously interesting and is always changing between really intense and quite sedate... electronical marvelousness, and jolly good for fans of Kid606 (via whome I found it)...

Piece And Love
Piece And Love
Price: £9.22

5.0 out of 5 stars a little pretentious, but still top notch..., 19 April 2002
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This review is from: Piece And Love (Audio CD)
Damn fine punky fusiony type songs. Agressive, yet not abasive. It's very good. Kind of like an angry version of "Soak" by "Mimi".

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