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Simon Longden

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Steve McNeil: An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland

  31: Oh, Wii U… (Killer Tofu) Hello, once again, dear reader. Specifically, the reader that got the obscure reference to 90’s Nickelodeon cartoon Doug in this week’s title. Welcome to the bit of the internet where my words get put. This week in Gameland, I’ve been thinking about why...

Counter Spy

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

30: Counter Spy Hello, dear reader. How are you? Are you well? Yippee! Firstly, a huge thank you to those who bought tickets for our February WiFi Wars show at the Royal Institution – that one’s sold out now, but we’ll be announcing a lot more dates, both there and...

WiFi Wars

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

29: In Praise Of King Rob Hello once again, dear reader – I hope you had a lovely weekend. Regular visitors to this dusty corner of the internet will remember that, last week, I told you I was off to Birmingham to perform our show, WiFi Wars and I’m delighted to...

Gunman Clive

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

28: Under-Rated Happy New Year, dear reader! Did you have a nice Christmas? Oh good/Oh dear (delete as appropriate). You’re probably all wondering what on earth to do with your January, games-wise, aren’t you? I mean, it’s a traditionally sparse time of year, what with developers choosing not to release...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

27: Christmas - A Time For Reflection. And Whisky. Mostly Whisky. Hello, dear reader. This is going to be my last article until the new year, as I’m taking an extended break from work to remind myself what my wife looks like. Given it’s Christmas round the corner, it seemed...

Room in Room Provides Innovative Solution to Winter Chill

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  A South Korean entrepreneur has created a room in a room as an innovative solution to the winter chill. The indoor tent is designed by inventors at iKamper and is aimed at combating high heating bills in the winter without leaving you shivering in the...

In Defence Of Star Wars: Battlefront

Battlefront is getting a bit of a kicking. Actually it is getting pretty universally torn apart. The criticism is certainly warranted, it literally costs an arm and a leg (which might explain the flight controls) and there is about as much content as there are drag clubs in Saudi Arabia....

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

26: This Is My Island In The Sun…Heatwave! Hello, dear reader. Firstly, congratulations to those who recognised that this week’s title is a seemingly random reference to a line in The Muppet Christmas Carol sung by a rat. I love Christmas and, if you got the reference, I love you...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

25: AAArgh! Hello, dear reader! It’s “Triple-A” Season in Gameland at the moment. “What’s Triple-A Season?” I hear you all ask, or at least those of you who’ve never heard of “Triple-A Season” and are curious as to what “Triple-A Season” means. “Triple-A Season” is a phrase brought to you...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

24: The National Videogame Arcade (Wed 11th November 2015) Greetings, once again, dear word-absorber. What a busy week it is in Gameland. Last Thursday, I dashed over to Chris Slight’s house to record some videos with him for our podcast’s YouTube channel. Why a podcast needs a YouTube channel I...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

23: The Nicest Person You’ve Never Heard Of... As is customary, dear reader, let me begin by saying hello. Hello. Lovely stuff. Great banter. Anyway, let’s talk about me as that, somewhat unbelievably, is my remit for this column. I assure you, no-one’s more surprised about that than me. I’m...

Luggage that Charges your Phone!

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  An innovative luggage concept that charges your phone when you’re on the go has reached its Kickstarter goal of $125,000 in just six hours and earned over $1,000,000 in pledges since. G-RO provides an attractive and ergonomic solution to the needs of today’s mobile people...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

22: Victorian London, Dizzy Eggs and an Abominable Snowman! Hello, dear reader! I hope you are well! Given you’re unable to ask, I shall simply confirm that I am also well, should you be curious. My adventures in Gameland this past week have taken me to some lovely places, so...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

21: Minecraft – Story Mode! (Wed 21st October 2015) Hello dear reader. As regulars to this dusty corner of the internet will be aware, I quite like Minecraft. I’ve even made a TV series about it - Wednesdays, 7.30pm, Ginx TV...sorry. Absolutely shameless. But, fear not! I’m not going to...

How Accurate was Back to the Future II?

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  Next Wednesday, 21st October, is the day which Marty McFly and Doc Emmett travel to in Back to the Future II. We’ve looked at the film’s predictions for October 2015 and assessed how accurate they were. While Slamball is unfortunately still a long way off from...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

19: The Other Football (Wed 7th October 2015) Hello once again! As regular readers will know, last week I was banging on about American Football. This week, I’m going to be chatting about the other football (or “English Soccer” as I understand fans of the sport prefer it to be...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

18: Football at Wembley (Wed 30th September 2015) Hello dear reader. Before we go any further, let me say a big thank you to those who came and said hi at EGX’s after-party last weekend – it’s reassuring to know that SOMEONE is reading this stuff and that it’s not...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

17: All Change! (Wed 23rd September 2015) Well, what a difference a week makes, dear reader! The more astute amongst you will have noticed that this article has moved from a Friday to a Wednesday and there’s a very good reason for that. Well, there’s a reason for that. Whether...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland: Steve McNeil

#16: To Infinity…And Bankruptcy! (Fri 18th September 2015) “Toys To Life”. That’s what they’re calling it. Toys. To. Life. If you’re not familiar with “Toys To Life” as a concept, close your eyes and imagine what it is. Maybe you see a teddy bear wandering around your living room? Or...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

#14: Pacman, Betamax and Runner Beans Hello, dear reader. Forgive the brevity this week - I’m currently running round like a runner bean running round a roundabout. Hence that dreadful sentence that would never normally make the edit. Firstly, a huge thanks to the brilliant guys at GamerDisco and Replay...

Should we promote motorbike use to ease congestion?

By Patrick Vernon On any given day, large numbers of people cross the forecourts of motorcycle dealers such as Metropolis looking for a new way to get around and every year some 130,000+ new motorbike registrations are made. There are many reasons people prefer riding a motorbike to driving a car, but one...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland: Steve McNeil

#13: The Big Three: Edinburgh, London, Margate (Fri 21st August 2015) Hello once again, dear reader! What a week it’s been – on Monday, me and “King” Rob Sedgebeer performed WiFi Wars at the Pleasance, as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – a huge thank you to those of...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland: Steve McNeil

#12: Playstation Plus  Hello, dear reader. I’m writing this just moments after finishing my weekly stream on twitch with hairy game-chum Chris Slight (http://www.twitch.tv/twomorewhiteguys/) . Once again, we’ve been streaming from my PS4, as we find it the easiest and most reliable solution. Every time we’ve tried with the Xbox...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

#11: Steve McNeil - LOL Addict  Uh oh. It’s happened again. About once a year I stumble across a game that just devours my time. Civilisation Revolution had me studying strategy guides at 3am. Minecraft has stolen literally thousands of hours of my life. But now there’s a new game...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

#10: Games for Kids Hello, dear reader. How are you? Consider this response appropriate to how you are. Anyway: me, me, me, me, me… This week, I’ve been playing Lego Jurassic World so that I can write a load of things about it for the telly box. Short version: If...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

#9: Fringe Gaming Hello dear readers, Firstly, a massive thank you to those who came along to our show at the Royal Institution this week. It meant the world to me and “King” Rob Sedgebeer to have a full house for the premiere of Wifi Wars v1.0 at such a...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

#8 - I’d Love To See You There This week is one of those weeks where everything collides at once. On Monday and Tuesday I was rehearsing for the musical, Failed States, which we’ll be performing one more time at the Latitude Festival on Sunday, 5.45pm in the Theatre venue. If...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

#7: Bovril, Pyjamas and an Anxious Cat Hello, dear reader, it’s good to be back. I missed you desperately while I was away last week. I mean, I didn’t. I was having a lovely time in Devon. It was really nice. And you didn’t even notice I’d gone. But still,...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

#6: 8-Bitty Hello dear reader. For those new to this column, the Titular Idiot is me, and the Adventures are whatever I’ve been up to this week. This week’s been an unusually bitty one, so the column is too I’m afraid. But hopefully it won’t be dreadful. Let’s see… First...

Diary Of A Gaming Convention: What REALLY Happens

Ever wondered how close a group of people can get to an actual public circle-jerk without getting their actual penises out (and I do mean penises)? Well then look no further than a videogames convention! So, as someone who has been to many of these, it’s important to teach the...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

#5 - What Am I Going On About?! As regular readers of this column will know, this week I’ve been all-consumed by E3 – the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Sadly for me, I’ve not been sent to Los Angeles, where all the action is. Instead, I’ve been in an incredibly well-heated...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

#4 - MerrEEE Christmas If you’re not that into games, you might be oblivious to the fact that next week is Nerd Christmas. E3, or the Electronic Entertainment Expo to give it its full title, sees all the big-hitters in videogames converge on LA to give the world the first glimpses...

Metal Gear Solid: The Re-Write

This originally appeared on playthroughline.com Written by Ed Smith, the following script is a re-write of 1998's Metal Gear Solid and it's fucking hilarious and weird, and Joannes from playthroughline.com very kindly gave me permission to post it here for you all. Also a big thanks to Ed Smith for...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

#3 Festival of the Spoken Nerd  Last Sunday, I was down in Brighton with Rob Sedgebeer (All Hail King Rob) to preview our new live video-gaming/comedy game-show “thing”, WiFi Wars. We were the second half of a double bill at The Old Market (brilliant theatre, go there) and the gang...

FIFA 16 Controversy: Misogyny Update!

Misogyny; not just the title of the prettiest lady in Ogyny, but the most used word in gaming this week thanks to the bastion of equal rights that is football. Specifically (and quite rightly), EA are going to include the top women's national teams in the next FIFA game (not...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

#2. Splatoon! Hi guys. It’s me again. “No idea who you are, mate”, you quite rightly retort. Regardless, hello. This week I’ve been playing a lot of Splatoon, to write a review and some features about it (top ten levels, guide to multiplayer, stuff like that…) for Ginx TV. If this article goes...

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

An Idiot’s Adventures In Gameland – Steve McNeil

#1. Oh, hello, I didn’t see you there… Greetings, dear reader. My name is Steve McNeil and I’m lucky enough to have been asked to write things about the gaming industry for the marvellous London Economic. Each Friday, I’ll be beaming my brain-thoughts into your eyeholes via the internet, based...