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The Dealer and the Dead
The Dealer and the Dead
Price: 4.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Seymour on form, 8 Sep 2013
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Everything I've come to expect from a Gerald Seymour novel - fantastically written characters and locales, the usual mounting tension on the approach to the climax of the plot... the only out-of-the-norm piece being the ending, which by his standards was almost happy (bearing in mind that in most cases characters we are attached to die and everyone else is left scarred for life....).

Not my favourite of his works (that title is reserved for either Traitor's Kiss or A Deniable Death), but still an excellent read.


Unitek 1807 Economy Keyboard Black Ps2
Unitek 1807 Economy Keyboard Black Ps2

4.0 out of 5 stars It's cheap - so what?, 30 Aug 2013
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I bought this keyboard back in 2009 to complement a bare-bones kit I was turning into a gaming PC - I'm not a believer in forking out 60 for a keyboard for the extras of backlighting and a Razer logo in one corner.

The other reviews state that it's cheap as if that's a negative. It cost me a fiver, and is still going strong four years later, so what's not to like?

I've not noticed a problem with it sliding around the desk (although that could be a matter of typing style), and can safely say that I have frequently spent hours at a time gaming or typing and never been annoyed by the noise it makes.

The only negative that springs to mind is that some of the letters have gradually worn off the keys, but after 4 years on a keyboard you learn where everything belongs anyway (as one of the other reviews says, a new keyboard can be a source of confusion and unwanted Sleep commands).

Call this sticking up for the underdog if you will, or maybe I just got lucky, but it's served me well over four years, and if you concern yourself with the aesthetic of a black rectangle you spend all day tapping with your fingertips, you probably shouldn't be buying a 5 self-stated "Economy Keyboard".


Razer Electra Essential Gaming and Music Headset - Black
Razer Electra Essential Gaming and Music Headset - Black
Price: 42.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable Quality, 9 May 2013
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Basically what the title says. These headphones might seem a bit big to some people, but they are comfortable for extended periods, and the sound quality is out of this world. I didn't realise so much base was available from a pair of headphones. Something particularly good that I've noticed is that when device volume (main example being my laptop) is increased beyond a certain point - in this case about 25% - it's almost as if extra speakers kick in to further improve the music quality.

The same applies for gaming - the audio is downright cinematic, with no blurring of elements and full immersion.


XCOM Enemy Unknown (PC DVD)
XCOM Enemy Unknown (PC DVD)
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Price: 5.55

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4.0 out of 5 stars Occasionally Frustrating, Generally Excellent, 23 Feb 2013
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Fairly certain that, outside of Chess, this is the only turn-based tactics game I have played, although I have been playing Civilization (a Firaxis property for several years now) since I was about 12. I agree with a lot of what many other reviews have said - the combat side and the base management side complement each other fantastically, with neither feeling tacked on to the other. The gameplay all works very well, and is great fun - even though there are only so many maps in the campaign, the dynamic placement of enemy units means no two battles are the same.

The only two gripes I can think of are the occasional incredible arbitrariness of the shots - the percentage system usually makes a great deal of sense, and getting a lucky hit on a 35% shot is immensely satisfying, but conversely, there is nothing more infuriating than somebody being in an adjacent grid square to a target and missing a 96% shot. During the firing animation, the barrel of the rifle is literally pressed to an alien's temple, and yet somehow the shot goes wide. As Pratchett said, 'million to one chances crop up nine times out of ten'. It always seems that the assault is the only class which gets a 100% chance to hit from an adjacent square. I guess everyone else is nervous being up close and personal to bizarre creatures from another planet.

EDIT: SECOND COMPLAINT REMOVED (Firaxis did indeed patch the teleport bug out of the game).

So overall, an excellent game that I would thoroughly recommend to people who enjoy games with a bit more 'stop and think' big picture stuff. The small RPG-esque elements are also good - naming and customizing your troops turns them into individuals rather than the mass of identical units you get in other strategy / tactics games, so there's more attachment and distress if they eventually buy the farm. Just don't mention dismissing troops based on nationality so you can build a squad based on your friends - some internet warrior will undoubtedly accuse you of racism and xenophobia, which is kinda funny in the context of a game about an alien invasion.

TL;DR: great game, but I'd advise either waiting to buy or not playing with Ironman (all moves are canonical as the game autosaves and cannot be reloaded) active until the teleportation bug is sorted out.


Acme HA-07 Ultimate Headset for Gamers (PC)
Acme HA-07 Ultimate Headset for Gamers (PC)

4.0 out of 5 stars Great Headphones, but Microphone Only OK, 6 Sep 2012
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Generally speaking, this is a good headset. The headphones are comfortable and cut out almost all other noise, and the sound quality is pretty damn good too, especially for music.

The only area in which it is lacking is the microphone - although everyone seems to say you should speak across a microphone, the boom on this headset barely reaches alongside the mouth, and friends say the volume and quality across VOIP is lower than my old battered microphone with the foam cover and a boom that positioned it directly in front of my lips.

Basically, you're going to be able to hear everything crystal clear. Other people just might have a hard time hearing you if you don't play with the boost or game solely when you have the building to yourself.


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