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Mar 25
By Jake In Features 1 Comment

Games Asylum is 15 years old this weekend, which means we can finally watch Die Hard. Yippee ki-yay indeed, melon farmers.

Much has changed since 2001, so to wish ourselves a very bloody happy birthday, here are eight things that didn’t exist 15 years ago when we started this nonsense.

1. Motion control

The first big banana when it comes to flapping around in front of your TV was Sony’s EyeToy, released for the PlayStation 2 in 2003 – and in Europe first. That did pretty well, and plenty of people who don’t play games were convinced that cleaning virtual suds off their TV screen is a fun thing to do. Elaborate cable-based system Gametrak came shortly after, and did little to advance the cause.

Gametrak: Dark Wind Gametrak: Real World Golf

In 2006, Nintendo changed everything with the Wii. Briefly. It won the heck out of the generational ‘battle’ with the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, though a good proportion of 100 million plus owners might now struggle to remember anything beyond Wii Tennis. But you’ll still find it in the odd back room of a pub, a reminder that it really did break new ground.

That ground pretty quickly sealed back up though. The Wii U didn’t exactly pick up where its predecessor left off, PlayStation Move had little impact on PlayStation 3 or 4, and Kinect did little on Xbox 360 or One, despite a good start on the former and being initially bundled with the latter – a decision that was unwelcome, unsuccessful and short-lived.

So has motion control both risen and entirely fallen away again in the 15 years we’ve been going? Maybe it was just a fad, but perhaps virtual reality will see its resurgence: PlayStation VR may breathe new life into those Move controllers, Vive comes with motion controllers, and Oculus will have Touch.

PlayStation VR

But that depends on VR actually taking off. We’ll see.

2. Smartphones

Not that most people would even bother with that term now – they’re so ubiquitous, a smartphone’s just a phone these days. Not so in 2001, however. It was still all about Nokia back then, and not even the utterly ludicrous N-Gage – we were only treated to that in 2003. And forget your fancy iPhone, we didn’t have the first iPod until the autumn of 2001.

Perhaps we can lay some of the blame for the demise of motion control at the sleek feet of the smartphone. The Wii might have made gaming less frightening to a huge glut of population, but those touchable rectangles shovelled gaming straight into their pockets, and on a device they want regardless.

Apple really got it going, half accidentally, with the launch of the App Store in 2008, about a year after the first iPhone. That same year Android got going, and the rest is history – and the competition pretty much irrelevant.

3. Xbox

Microsoft are a Johnny Big Face in the console world now, but not a decade and a half ago. The Dreamcast still had a few games left in it; the PlayStation 2 was just a few months old, and a long way from becoming the best selling console of all time.

Though it didn’t exist, we knew the Xbox was coming. It had been announced a year earlier in 2000, and from that moment the fuss began about the hard drive, and whether it would just be a PC in a different box.

Xbox 2000 GDC

It launched in North America in late 2001, with Europe following in 2002. Probably best not to mention Japan.

And of course, it turned out that it wasn’t just a PC in a different box, and particularly with the launch of Xbox Live later in 2002, Microsoft did a lot to define what a modern console looks like.

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Nov 19
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

It feels absolutely pointless to report that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is #1 in the UK chart this week, because of course it bloody is. Since last Tuesday it has become the biggest launch of 2012 and the fourth biggest of all time, with 60 percent of copies sold on Xbox 360 and 38 percent on PlayStation 3. According to the stats online, 21 million hours of play have already been clocked up.

Halo 4, FIFA 13, Assassin’s Creed III and Skylanders Giants make up the rest of the top five. The only other new entry this week in the top ten is PC add-on The Sims 3: Seasons at #9.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified on PS Vita enters at #16. With lots of reviews now available online, including a 2/10 from EDGE and a 4/10 from the Official PlayStation Magazine, we have to wonder if it’ll be in the top 40 next week or if it’s going to sell on name alone. It’s #1 in the PS Vita chart, incidentally.

Sony’s not quite spellbinding Book of Spells arrives at #25 and is followed by F1 Race Stars at #26 and Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed at #27.

The handheld versions of Sonic & All Stars Racing have been delayed until next month. Had they been released the same time as the console versions then the blue blur would have likely outsold Codemasters’ kart racer.

Dec 19
By Matt Gander In UK Charts 1 Comment

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, ladies and gentlemen. The mammoth RPG has become the first UK Christmas number one not to be published by either EA or Activision since 2002’s GTA: Vice City.

Neither EA or Activision has made #2 – it’s Just Dance 3 that clocks in below Skyrim. Sales between the two were 15,000 copies apart claims Chart-Track.

Here’s the Christmas top 10 in full:

  1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  2. Just Dance 3
  3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  4. FIFA 12
  5. Saints Row 3
  6. Battlefield 3
  7. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
  8. Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
  9. Need for Speed: The Run
  10. Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call

And here’s last year’s Christmas chart, so we can run a comparison:

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  2. FIFA 11
  3. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
  4. Just Dance 2
  5. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  6. Gran Turismo 5
  7. The Sims 3
  8. Kinect Sports
  9. Michael Jackson: The Experience
  10. Medal of Honor

EA and Ubisoft owned much of the chart last year while Sony and Microsoft managed one title each. Not much has changed this year apart from no first-party games from Sony and Microsoft to be seen.

There wasn’t a single Nintendo-published title in last year’s chart, although Just Dance 2 was a Wii-exclusive. This year Just Dance went multi-format which explains why Just Dance 3 has charted higher. Poor reviews of NFS: The Run have presumably harmed sales but the brand is still clearly desirable.

Nintendo has a better presence this year but it’s sad to see no 3DS games in the top 10. Professor Layton is better than nothing, I suppose.

Dec 12
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments


A lot of people must have thought the heavy high street discounts for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim were too good to miss – it’s back at #1 in the UK chart this week, pushing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 down to #2.

It’s a shame that GAME/GameStation’s £22.49 deal was only for one week. At that price it would have stood a very good chance of being the Christmas number one. It may even do so regardless, thanks to word of its greatness still spreading.

This leaves Just Dance 3, FIFA 12 and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations to round off the top 5. At #6 there’s Battlefield 3 and Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call remains at #7 for the second week running while Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is in at #9 up from #16. Mario Kart 7 stays in the top 10 at #10.

People must be feeling more active than normal this time of year – both Zumba Fitness and Zumba Fitness 2 are in the top 40, as are both Kinect Sports and Kinect Sports: Season Two.

And what’s this at #39? It’s Rayman Origins, which finally makes a top 40 appearance. Better late than never.

Dec 05
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

Mario Kart 7’s arrival means that there are two 3DS games in the top 10 this week – Mario Kart 7 at #8 and Super Mario 3D Land at #10.

After the photo above was taken, Reggie was told to stop messing around and go back to work.

Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call – which Asda have been amusingly advertising as Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Flute – remains at #7 while there has been a slight shuffle at the top of the chart. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 remains at #1, followed by FIFA 12, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, Just Dance 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

There isn’t a great deal going on in the rest of the top 40. WWE ’12 has had bad week, down from #6 to #14 while Abba: You Can Dance makes an appearance on its second week of release in at #30.

Super Pokemon Rumble hasn’t made the top 40 but it makes the 3DS chart at #4.

Just to show how messed up this industry is regarding games dropping in price, RAGE this week sits on top of the Xbox 360 budget chart.

Nov 14
By Matt Gander In UK Charts No Comments

With just under two million copies sold in the UK, there was no doubting that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 wasn’t going to be this week’s #1. However, it hasn’t sold as well as Black Ops did during its launch week, selling 1.6% less. Chart-Track tells us that the Xbox 360 version proved to be the most popular with 59% of all copies sold being for Microsoft’s box.

The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim – to give it its full name – hasn’t done too badly either. It sold double what Fallout: New Vegas did during its launch and has become the 5th biggest UK release this year, only slightly behind Gears of War 3. Our local Blockbusters had sold out of copies, while one of our Twitter followers mentioned that their Tesco was also sold out.

There are a couple of surprise entries in the top 10 this week too. Well, one is actually a re-entry – Wii Party has shot back up from #38 to #10. Moshi Monsters: Moshling Zoo on DS is the new entry at #7.

Sonic Generations has had a bad second week, already dropping down the chart from #10 to #21. On the flipside Go Vacation has had a better second week – it’s in at #39.

There were a slew of new 3DS titles released last week, including Shinobi and Cave Story, but none of them made the 3DS chart which is currently in a very sorry state. Where is Starfox 64 3D?

Nov 08
By Matt Gander In This Week's Games 11 Comments

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has been hyped in such as way that anybody would think it’s the second coming of Jesus. So big is the game that three developers have pooled their resources together, resulting in other projects being put on hold.

Review scores so far include 9.5 from Destructoid, 9 from EDGE, 9.0 from IGN and an 8 from Eurogamer. Sounds like it shows up Battlefield 3’s single player mode for the farce that it is, but the multi-player hasn’t changed a great deal.

If you missed the news last week, it has already been reported that there’s a controversial level to rival Modern Warfare 2’s ‘No Russian’ mission. This time round we see a truck full of explosives blow up in London, killing a little girl. Sledgehammer have already said that it’s not there to cause controversy – it’s to show that in war even innocent people suffer.

There are few deals about – Best Buy are offering it for £29.99 for today only, Sainsbury’s will let you have it for £28.99 when you spend £30 in-store while Tesco are doing it for £25 when you buy either a £16.99 MSP card or a £25 PSN card. If you’re going to GAME you can get it for half-price when trading certain new releases including Gears of War 3, Dead Island, FIFA 12 and Resistance 3. Or X-Men Destiny, oddly.

Skip forward to this coming Friday and there’s another game out that many stores are opening at midnight for – Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the sequel to Oblivion. If you’re amongst the first 250 people queuing for Skyrim at either GAME in London (Oxford Street) or Gamestation in Birmingham (New Street) you’ll get yourself a goody bag. The best cosplay outfit will also get a free upgrade to the collector’s edition, an Xbox 360 and some other swag.

Oblivion was so big that you could spend 100 hours playing it and still not see everything, and with a longer development time behind it you can bet that this is bigger still. But while Oblivion was daunting for some, this time Skyrim is being given a more casual feel. Bethesda has even said that’s more like Fallout 3 than Oblivion. Bethesda have also said that there may be a few glitches, and to expect a patch on launch day. In other words: they’re shipping it in an unfinished state. Tut tut.

This week also sees a slew of new 3DS games. They’re a mixed bunch but still more than welcome – we’re sick of going into a game shop and seeing the likes of Asphalt GT, Rabbids and that dinosaur thing making up most of the 3DS section. Cave Story 3D and Shinobi should be worth a look, Cars 2 and Michael Jackson: The Experience 3D might be alright, while we wouldn’t be surprised if the press aren’t given copies of Puzzler Mind Gym 3D, Zoo Resort 3D and the budget-priced Puppies World 3D to review.

On the DS meanwhile there’s Moshi Monsters: Moshlings Zoo, Monster High: Ghoul Spirit (also on Wii), SpongeBob’s Surf and Skate Roadtrip (also on 360), Top Model Academy and Youda Legend 2: Golden Bird.

A few ‘non-games’ (for want of a better word) are out too – Jillian Michael’s Fitness Experience, My Self Defence Coach and Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012 on Xbox 360 and the trippy looking meditation tool Deepak Chopra’s Leela on Xbox 360 and Wii. There’s a demo of that last one on Xbox Live. Why it’s a full price release we’ll never know.

Lastly, there’s Jungle Kartz on Wii. We were a little curious about this one – it’s by Brain In a Jar, who were once working on a reasonably impressive looking Ferrari game. The video they’ve uploaded on YouTube has calmed our curiousness – it looks mediocre at best. It could still be better than next week’s DreamWorks Super Star Kartz though.

Next week: Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (PS3, 360), Halo Anniversary (360), Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii), Saints Row: The Third (PS3, 360, PC), Super Mario 3D Land (3DS), The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii), Need for Speed: The Run (360, PS3, Wii, 3DS, PC), Cabela’s Camp Adventure (PS3, 360, Wii), Cabela’s Survival: Shadows of Katmai (PS3, 360, Wii), Carnival Island (PS3), DreamWorks Super Star Kartz (PS3, 360, Wii, DS, 3DS), Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends (360), Family Trainer: Magical Carnival (Wii), Lalaloopsy (DS), LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (PS3, 360, Wii, DS, 3DS, PSP, PC), Marvel Super Hero Squad Comic Combat (PS3, 360, Wii), Medieval Moves (PS3), uDraw Instant Artist (PS3, 360, Wii) and Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (PS3, 360).

Aug 29
By Matt Gander In Blog 1 Comment


The recently announced Call of Duty Gunnar sunglasses strike us as a very bizarre piece of merchandise. Do hardcore Call of Duty players even go outside that often? Even more bizarre is the Call of Duty Jeep Wrangler – last time we played CoD the microphone chatter was akin to how a classroom sounds before the teacher enters the room and tells the class to shut up.

Sad, but true.

Here are ten videogame related merchandise that we’ll (hopefully) never see:

  • Gears of War pregnancy testing kit
  • Knuckles knuckle dusters
  • Need for Speed highway code book
  • Grand Theft Auto baseball bat
  • Halo teething ring
  • Rayman armbands
  • Splatterhouse diapers
  • Duke Nukem female hygiene products
  • Spyro sponsored football shirts…
  • …or indeed anything with Spyro’s stupid face on
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