The story of WWE and our ill-fated YouTube channel

YouTube in 2007 was remarkably different to the YouTube of today. The ink was still yet to dry on the Google takeover contract, and the term ‘YouTube Celebrity’ was yet to be bandied about – the likes of PewDiePie, JonTron, Markiplier and others were still to make their debuts. Even Minecraft – a game synonymous …

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WWE Smackdown vs Raw

THQ’s WWE games – Smackdown and out

If you’re a wrestling fan, there’s a good chance you could be a thirteen year old boy. Coincidentally, THQ’s WWE SmackDown! series has been dominating the wrestling videogame scene for just over thirteen years. So THQ’s WWE games could be all you’ve ever known, virtual wrestling-wise, if you are indeed thirteen. “THQ almost managed to …

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UK approves of ‘armless fun

FIFA 12 remains at the top of the chart for the fifth week running but that’s not the most interesting thing to happen in the UK chart this week. It would seem that word of Rayman Origin’s greatness has finally spread across the United Kingdom – after failing to even enter the top 40 on …

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Boom Street or bust

If you’re thinking that Nintendo’s decision to release Boom Street on Wii on 28th December was a strange one, then you’d be right. Most gamers are still playing the games they received for Christmas while retailers are focused on promoting their sales rather than shifting new releases. As such, Boom Street not only fails to …

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Super Mario Chart

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 – …

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Better Layton never

The home consoles did very well for themselves last week, with dozens of new renditions of big name franchises making an appearance. This week it’s the DS and 3DS that get to shine. Professor Layton and the Spectre’s Call is this winter’s big DS offering from Nintendo. Us Europeans however aren’t quite getting the full …

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Molyneux spins us a new Fable

This Week’s Games Fable creator Peter Molyneux recently said that he “has never made a great game”. I’m not sure how Microsoft feels about him saying that seeing that Fable III is out this week. By all account though, it is pretty great, gaining a strong amount of 8/10s. A game that may not be …

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Turn 10 score a 10

This Week’s Games Microsoft starts wheeling out their big Christmas games this week, with Forza 3 and Lips: Number One Hits hitting shelves. Forza 3 got a 9 on Eurogamer, even though they said that the difficulty level was a bit bumpy and that the damage modeling looks a bit naff. GamesRadar though seemed to …

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UFC 2009: Undisputed

UFC 2009

The ultimate part of Ultimate Fighting Championship rings true – it takes the best parts of wrestling, kickboxing, muay thai and judo and does away with most of their rules. In fact, the only real rule is that you can’t fight like a sissy, punching below the belt, biting, scratching and pulling hair. That’ll be me out of the octagon ring in less than 10 seconds, then.

It’s in a gamer’s nature to skip past tutorials but it’s worth playing through the one that appears at the start. Success depends on knowing how to reverse attacks, get out of grapples and perform takedowns and submissions. Getting out of a submission involves wildly rotating the right analogue stick – I’m sure that a lot of joypads are going to have a few years knocked off their life expectancy because of this.

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