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Rebecca | Writer
I'm an avid gamer across many platforms, and I love to write about them. I'll try most games once, but I draw the line at fighters and racing sims.

I'm sure that when my parents encouraged me to study for a degree in geography, the last thing that they had in mind was that, five years after graduation, a large chunk of my days would be taken up with writing about video games. Several months later, I would be working in a game shop as well as writing about games. It's great how life turns out, isn't it?

My interest in gaming began back when I was ten; my family used to visit a wholesale warehouse in a nearby city when my dad needed supplies for his school trips. They had a SEGA Mega Drive on a demonstration stand with Altered Beast as the game that customers could try out. I was really bad at this game, but my sister and I spent so much time on this stand that our parents eventually bought us a SEGA Master System II. The console came with Alex Kidd in Miracle World built in. I spent so many hours on this game yet never completed it.

My family did have an Acorn Electron computer, but it (theoretically) had to be used for school work. It began my passion for PC gaming, though. I had a Gameboy as well so I could game away from home. After that though, my parents refused to let us upgrade to newer consoles. Eventually the Electron started playing up and we bought our first PC. From this point on, I was solely a casual PC gamer. I'd play pinball simulations and, due to the intrigue created by the bad public reaction at the time, I also had a passion for the Grand Theft Auto series. During university, I made do with the numerous free point-and-click flash games while money was tighter. That was until I met my fiance.

Our first date ended with us sitting on the floor playing Grand Theft Auto III on his Playstation 2. Things spiralled out of control from there. At the time that we met, my fiance's console collection included a Nintendo 64, a Dreamcast, an Xbox and a Playstation 2. He also had a Gameboy, but he didn't have any of the current generation of consoles. We solved this by buying a Nintendo DS and a Wii in the same year. This was followed by an Xbox 360 as a Christmas present the following year and a Playstation 3 in the year after that. He also built us both gaming PCs with different operating systems and specifications.

Since then, our collection has expanded to include a ZX Spectrum, NES, SNES, Mega Drive with Mega CD attachment, Master System II, SEGA Saturn, Gamecube, Gameboy Colour, Gameboy Advance, 3DS and we also both have a PSP. My fiance still tells me that he created a monster.


Favourites

Genre
Point-and-click. These games have such strong storylines and I love a game that really makes you think. My real-life problem solving has actually improved thanks to these games.

Series/IP
Rock Band. I can spend hours just playing songs on my beloved drum kit, and I much prefer the charting for these games over the charting for Guitar Hero. I've spent a small fortune on DLC too.

Male character
Sherlock Holmes. He's the perfect example of a good-intentioned-yet-flawed character. Although he appears to be cold hearted and calculating, The Testament of Sherlock Holmes did a great job in introducing a side to the character that we've never seen before.

Female character
Alyx Vance. Although players never take control of her, she's the AI that you want around. She can hold her own in battle and her knowledge of technology has helped out Gordon Freeman many a time.

What you consider yourself being an expert in when it comes to games
Xbox 360 games. I spend most of my day writing about this console, including news for games that I never intend to play. There isn't much about the console that I can't answer.

Rayman Legends review

After a long absence, Rayman Origins brought Rayman out of the shadow of the Rabbids and back into his own spotlight where he belong. His platforming adventures across several consoles were extremely well-received to the point where there was a fair amount of disappointment when the sequel, Rayman Legends, was originally revealed to be a […]

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MGS: Revengeance, game that nearly never happened

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was nearly a game that never was. In Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Raiden was a foppish rookie agent that greatly divided the opinions of Metal Gear fans. By Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Raiden had transformed into a cyborg ninja who could despatch enemies quickly […]

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The Walking Dead: Episode 5 review

Five months ago, Lee Everett was a convicted man heading to serve a lengthy prison term for a murder he may or may not have committed. How time flies. After five months of trying to survive against an ever-growing zombie horde, his story is finally drawing to a close, or so it seems. Telltale have […]

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The Walking Dead: Episode 4 review

The third episode of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead threw players out of the pan and into the fire in terms of storytelling and the sheer emotion of that journey. That episode was going to be hard to beat, but Episode 4 attempts to take up the challenge. Did it succeed, or is this the […]

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A World of Keflings: Sugar, Spice and Not So Nice review

Nine months ago, fans of A World of Keflings were asked to vote for the next DLC theme with three possible choices: Candy, Graveyard and Pirates. Players voted for Candy and production began. Was the wait worth it or are the fans likely to be disappointed? Candy Cravings “Sugar, Spice and Not So Nice” takes […]

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A World of Keflings – The Curse of the Zombisaurus review

Nine months ago, fans of A World of Keflings were asked to vote for the next DLC theme with three possible choices: Candy, Graveyard and Pirates. There was a lengthy delay between the concepts being pitched and the vote going live, so NinjaBee held an internal poll to see which of the concepts would likely […]

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The Walking Dead: Episode 3 review

Having just hit its intended August release window, the third episode of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead shuffled into gamers’ hands. Although we’ve seen a top notch storyline from the developer over the last two episodes, many were disappointed with the framerate and sound issues that were encountered in Episode 2. Has Episode 3 got […]

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Spec Ops: The Line

As the start menu introduces players to a desolate albeit visually stunning Dubai and the strains of Star Spangled Banner ring out, will the third person shooter be a landslide victory or will it just be a (sand)storm in a teacup? A Desert is a Place without Expectation Dubai had experienced sandstorms before, but these […]

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The Walking Dead: Episode 2 review

Three months on, the story continues… Despite the fact that the episodes can be bought in any order, players must go through Episode 1 before they begin Episode 2. Starved for Help begins with a montage of all of the player’s important decisions that they made during Episode 1. The group of survivors are exactly […]

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The Walking Dead: Episode 1 review

Zombies are everywhere; they’re the current fad. Modern gamers have been programmed to think that zombies are bad and humans are good, that zombies must die at all costs. Point-and-click veterans Telltale Games are aiming to put another perspective on the genre, where the divide between good and bad is more blurred. Episode one is […]

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