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Theory of Fun for Game Design
Theory of Fun for Game Design
by Raph Koster
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.98

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No actual theory or point contained in this book, 27 Jun. 2015
Raph never actually states any theory, but from observing how his children enjoy learning languages, he draws a line between games being fun as a result of learning being so much fun. He then spends the rest of the book musing about games as an art form, without addressing the definition of art. Which is the main sticking point on that issue.
This book is weak sauce in a subject matter where most writers lack experience or a strong opinion, but at least he has one.


Hastings (EDGE - Battle Books)
Hastings (EDGE - Battle Books)
by Gary Smailes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting, 9 Jun. 2013
I bought this after hearing some good words spoken about it and I was rather impressed. I learned a lot about the Battle Of Hastings and I found the Interactive Fiction story structure to have a really interesting connection to be subject matter.

In the story you play William The Conqueror and make choices that will either lead you to victory or defeat. Things that we are fairly sure happened during the battle are fixed points in the story that must happen for you as a reader to win. Things that we don't know, like if Harold was killed by a sword or an arrow, is left open for the reader to choose a path. This means that there is a little replayability, but once you have completed a successful read through, you know one of the ways that the battle might have chronologically worked out. This results in the story being a lot more historically accurate than I was of expected and it never strays too far into fictional make believe.


Sony NWZE474 8GB MP3 Walkman Player - Black
Sony NWZE474 8GB MP3 Walkman Player - Black

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unsuitable as an audiobook player, 24 Jan. 2013
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I bought on of these to listen to audiobooks in the car on the way to and from work. The construction of the unit is great, sound quality better than my old iPod and things where great for the first week. However on the Monday morning when I plugged the Walkman into my car's stereo, I found that the Walkman had lost my place. After contacting Sony and experimenting I discovered that the Walkman has a screen off mode, a sleep mode and a hibernate mode mode. The hibernate mode is triggered when the device isn't used for more than a day (it seems). And unfortunately it is this hibernation mode that causes the Walkman to loose its place when used for audiobooks. I wanted to love my Walkman, but it is unsuitable as an audiobook player.


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Reasonable, 13 Jun. 2011
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This hat is of decent construction and it has a Velcro adjustment strap on the back. Hat arrived folded (this is how most caps are stored) and had a slight fold crease across the center because of this, but that has disappeared on mine after it's first use when I wore this in the rain. I have mine in black and after the rain didn't have any colour run onto my head.


Oxford Guide to Plain English
Oxford Guide to Plain English
by Martin Cutts
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plain English Exsplained In Plain English, 10 Jan. 2010
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Plain english is a style of writing that makes the content of a document clear to the user by removing bad grammar and unnecessary text. Since I read this book my use of grammar and the readability of my writing has improved greatly.
I recommend this book to everybody who writes in English, including school kids and especially english teachers.


Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000
Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000

98 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light Weight and Very Agile, 2 July 2009
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I am not interested in giving a full review, but I will say that the Mobile Mouse 6000 is very light weight. Normally wireless mice tend to be a little heavier than wired mice because of the radio receiver and battery, but this (with battery) weighs just 91 grams on my kitchen scales (digital).

Driver install was painless, just plug the USB receiver in and you are away after a quick automatic driver install. When I tried it with windows 7 (Release Candidate 7100) that didn't even happen, it just worked!

This is a portable wireless mouse so it doesn't go to sleep. There is an off switch on the bottom of the mouse. For laptop users on the go this is good, but for desktop users this could be irritating.

And despite all the promotional pictures having a blue ring around the mouse, the real mouse doesn't have this. For me this is a plus, but anybody expecting a neon blue effect while using it, is going to be disappointed.
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Half-Real: Video Games Between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds
Half-Real: Video Games Between Real Rules and Fictional Worlds
by Jesper Juul
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.95

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 16 April 2009
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I have read a few books on Ludology (the study of recreational games) and Half-Real is by far the best that I have read. It serves as an exceptional introduction to the subject matter and serves as good reference material.


Acer Aspire One A110-Ab Netbook, Linpus Linux Lite version, 512MB DDR2 RAM, 8GB NAND Flash (Sapphire Blue)
Acer Aspire One A110-Ab Netbook, Linpus Linux Lite version, 512MB DDR2 RAM, 8GB NAND Flash (Sapphire Blue)

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Essembaly Required, 15 Sept. 2008
The hardware is awesome, but I believe Limpus (the OS based on Fedora 8) is broken out of the box. Asus have done some modifications to a few dependencies which mean that you can not update the software (with the exseption of upgradeing to FireFox3) or the OS. However after a few days of playing around with it I managed to get Ubuntu working just fine and now I have an awesome Ubuntu powered Netbook that I can use for whatever I want, wherever I want and it all fits into my normal (not made for laptop) backpack with room to spare.

The device weighs just 975g, it is very almost silent, 3D performance is surprisingly good, the Atom processor supports Hyper Threading so any errant applications can be sorted without having to restart the machine, wifi is good and with the solid state drive you can install software on it while bungie jumping (or skydiving) because there are no moving parts. The keyboard is comfortable with a traditional arrow laybout and the all important double high enter key.
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Visual Basic 6 Complete
Visual Basic 6 Complete
by Steve Brown
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, 25 Nov. 2003
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I was recommended this book for a university course on VB and I was expecting a good tutorial book with good useful step by step instructions on how to do things. The book is nothing like that. The tutorial sections are no better than any other book on VB, but where this book lacks in teaching it more than makes up for in it's reference section.
The book is basically four books in one with a reference section at the back, for referencing the other four books. The four books are, Introduction To Visual Basic, Practical Visual Basic, Introduction To Visual Basic Scripting & The Internet and Introduction To Visual Basic For Applications. So with the detailed 228 page reference section indexing the other 737 pages (the four books) you have a comprehensive VB dictionary at your disposal. The reference section provides either direct access to the necessary information or to a section in one of the books, talking about what you want to know.
This book isn't a one stop VB book by all means and no single VB book is, but if you find yourself stuck because you can't remember how to format a date properly or you have forgotten how to do an error handler then this book is a great tool to have.


Tamrac 5692 Digital Bag 2 - Black
Tamrac 5692 Digital Bag 2 - Black

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good case, 25 Nov. 2003
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I bought this case for my Fuji A303 and although it gave my camera a loose fit, after putting a few batteries and stuff in the front it fit's my camera alright. Not snug, but enough for it to not knock about.
The case has steal clips on the side and the general build quality is very good, the padding is good, but a little thinner on the top than I would have liked. Although I can't think of a reason to have big padding on the top anyway. The battery compartment has a plastic lining to prevent anything other than the case getting damaged from a leaky battery and once a camera is inside the case, there is no chance of it falling out. As there is a clip and velcro on the front and lid with good coverage by the lid.
This is a good case that is easily suited to carrying hear cameras, but if you have a very small camera then you might want to consider an alternative case.


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