M. Bhangal

Top Reviewer Ranking: 151
Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (2,603 of 2,867)
Location: Somewhere in Northern England
In My Own Words:
I'm a web developer, book author (new media), a serious game-head, camera freak, and music fan. I also like throwing carefully designed paper aeroplanes from my office window and seeing how far they get.



Top Reviewer Ranking: 151 - Total Helpful Votes: 2603 of 2867
Level Up!: The Guide to Great Video Game Design by Scott Rogers
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This book is derived from a well-received lecture that resulted in the publisher inviting Scott Rogers to write something for them. You can get to the lecture by Googling `Everything I learned about Level Design, I Learned from Disneyland Scott Rogers' and clicking on the first YouTube video result. If that lecture looks interesting to you (noting that the sound gets a lot better 5 minutes in), then this book is definitely for you.

For those not into sitting through a 1 hour video to choose a book, all you really need to know is that this guy did game design for stuff like God if War and Soul Blade/Soul Calibur.

In this book, he goes through the entire game design… Read more
The Warren Buffett Way: + Website by Robert G. Hagstrom
The Warren Buffett Way: + Website by Robert G. Hagstrom
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Let's cut to the chase. The reason Buffett is such a successful investor is that he treats investing in a company the same as buying the same company outright. Rather than looking at a company as an accountant or bookie, he looks at it as a prospective buyer and asks far simply (but ultimately deeper) questions. That is essentially his strategy in a nutshell.

For example, if you are thinking about buying shares in Ford, you should treat it the same as buying Ford outright (if you had the money), or at least the same as buying one of their cars. If there are better cars available, you should be looking at the other car manufacturers to invest in. What if you don't know much about… Read more
1234-Buy 70 by 1234-Buy
1234-Buy 70 by 1234-Buy
Costs less than a fiver and the monopod leg sections are very sturdy, so has to be top marks for that alone.

The head however is a different matter and where the saving is being made - its plastic, which limits what you can put on it without feeling a little squeamish.

Its ok for my small Panasonic LX7 and Olympus Stylus 1 (both advanced compacts), and actually seems to be fine for my Micro 4/3rds and Sony Alpha A77 APS-C (the latter of which is a large heavy camera with a full magnesium body, and with many of my lenses, as heavy as a 5D) as it looks like the head can take it... but I really worry about a hairline crack on that plastic costing me dear!

The… Read more

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