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Avencast: Rise of the Mage (PC DVD)
Avencast: Rise of the Mage (PC DVD)
Price: £2.95

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oldschool RPG with innovative elements, 29 Nov 2007
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
I used to be quite an action RPG fan, but Avencast surpassed all my expectations. The game has quite an old school feeling, due to it's most about dungeon cleaning. Nevertheless the combat is so fun thanks to the combo based system, that it never becomes boring.

Two thumbs up, it's hell lot of fun.

On the bottom line, it was a big plus that even the last NPC has voice during the conversation, not just pure text. For such a low-budget game, it's a very respectable feature.


Networking and Online Games: Understanding and Engineering Multiplayer Internet Games
Networking and Online Games: Understanding and Engineering Multiplayer Internet Games
by Grenville Armitage
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £69.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing..., 9 Aug 2007
Somehow the title of the book gave me the image that I can read about multiplayer games, what is quite a promising bargain, due to the increasing popularity of the online gaming, especially MMOGs. I was expecting information about how does a Massively Multiplayer Online Game engineered, planned and maintained, at least on a basic level.

Well, this book does include nothing but the _very_ basics of TCP/IP networking (60% of the content) and raving about the online games in general. The problem with the latter one is that this section filled up with chapters like:

- how to install a dedicated, online FPS server
- broad history of games and online games
- usage of basic Linux commands

Considering the year 2007 and the possibilities of Google and the Internet, you will find here nothing but information what is available free and legally on the internet in the form of tutorials and articles. Yes, there are a few interesting facts and charts, but these ones do worth maybe a dollar or two, not so much.


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