GamerSciz Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:49:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 GamerSciz 32 32 TSG Promotes SystemCare Service Using Side Scrolling Gaming Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:49:11 +0000 Can you remember the challenge that you faced against the clock trying to get through a level of N+? How about the daunting prospect of getting to the end of a castle in Super Mario Bros. and seeing a larger-than-life boss blocking your path?

TSG, a leading IT services company in the UK, has looked at these types of addictive, intriguing and often puzzling side scrolling games in order to showcase its TSG SystemCare service to IT managers.

A video released by the company showcasing the gamification technique demonstrates how a complex service offering can be made inviting through the simple application of user participation and engagement.

Watch the clip here to see how video games and digital marketing have collaborated through the following concepts:

  • Level 1, a task in spotting issues with reliability which wouldn’t go amiss when activating detective mode in Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate.
  • Level 2, which focusses on availability by pitting players to complete tasks at speed while the camera pans from left to right (BIT.TRIP RUNNER anyone?).
  • Level 3, where numerous system performance problems have to be completed in a very limited amount of time — a task that would fit perfectly in a side scrolling level of a WarioWare game.
  • Level 4, themed around a Super Mario Bros-esque boss battle to highlight the trials and tribulations encountered during system security work.


Do you feel this form of gamification works? Have ideas of other ways digital marketing and video games could team up? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.


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Minecraft Story Mode Preview Mon, 13 Jul 2015 03:50:57 +0000 Minecraft has quickly become one of the most widely played games in the world with over 20 million players purchasing the computer game. There are also many players on Xbox, Playstation and mobile devices. We have recently received news that the infamous game developer Telltale Games will be releasing a story mode version of this iconic block based game.

The game of Minecraft is very basic with very little introductions or lore. You simply spawn in a randomly generated world and need to start fending for yourself from the very begninning. This is why millions of gamers have turned to YouTube to watch videos about Minecraft and learn more about how the game is played and the fantastic things that can be created. This is the main element which makes Minecraft so unique, as you are able to completely create your own story and experience.


The upcoming Story Mode version that is currently being developed by Telltale Games will be set in the world of Minecraft and will feature a more directed experience of the game. We are expecting this to become more of an introduction so new players can understand the game without having to leave the game itself and research online.

It has been explained that this version will not be an official story for Steve who is the introductory character which you play when logging onto the game. It has been said that a few new characters will be introduced into the pre-existing world and game play experience. This will make it very unique, and give some context to the highly imaginative game that was recently purchased by Microsoft. This is very exciting and it will bring a completely new dynamic to the game possibly opening the door for it to feel more like an RPG (Role Playing Game) for less experienced players.

Once this version of the game is completed they will have a much better understanding of the game and be able to play the normal version without too much confusion.

This will also be a great opportunity for Minecraft players to introduce their friends to the game. In its current state new players might often find themselves lost or confused as to what the goal of the game is or what they should be doing. By implementing certain boundaries and direction the game will become much more interactive and immersive. This engagement of the players can create a better experience, especially if you are new to Minecraft or any completely sandbox style game.

RPG players will have a much easier time adapting to the game as well. Experienced players will easily be able to set up a story for all of their friends to play on and explore the new adventure together. This is easily done by setting up a private server through a Minecraft server hosting provider like Apex Minecraft Hosting. This will bring many more hours of quality entertainment on a well polished game. Not to mention that it is a great business opportunity to release an expansion of one of the most popular games in the world.

Minecraft: Story Mode will be releasing on multiple platforms allowing it to be a great experience on any device, including mobile. More information will be released at Minecon in London this upcoming week. Stay tuned for more information on its upcoming release.


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J!NX Has Introduced New Shirts for Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft Fri, 05 Jun 2015 23:35:00 +0000 Today J!NX, the top lifestyle brand for gamers and geeks, unveiled new lines of apparel and merchandise for two of Blizzard Entertainment’s games, World of Warcraft and the new team brawler game, Heroes of the Storm. Heroes of the Storm goods are now available for purchase online through the J!NX web store, just in time for the full launch of the game on June 2, 2014. The latest line of World of Warcraft goods will be available in late July.

“J!NX has a long history working with Blizzard and we’ve created some truly epic loot for their games in the past, helped in no small part by the fact that we play everything they create,” said Steve DeVries, War Chief of Marketing for J!NX. “Both Heroes and Warcraft are loved by the entire team of gamers at J!NX and we’ve created the type of gear that we want to wear to represent their games.”

The Heroes of the Storm line launches today with:

  • Heroes of the Storm Nexus Tee – $21.99
  • Heroes of the Storm Diablo’s Chili Sauce Tee – $21.99
  • Heroes of the Storm Murky’s Pufferfish Tacos Tee – $21.99
  • Heroes of the Storm Nexus Zip-up Hoodie – $44.99
  • Heroes of the Storm ETC, Jaina, Tychus and Valla Buttons – $1.99 each

View the line here:

The new World of Warcraft line features:

  • World of Warcraft Icecrown Scourge Men’s Raglan – $24.99
  • World of Warcraft Outland Stormrage Men’s Raglan – $24.99
  • World of Warcraft Horde/Alliance Spray Men’s Tank – $21.99 ea
  • World of Warcraft Horde/ Alliance Car Decals – price TBD

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Dirty Bomb Beta Starts Next Week Fri, 29 May 2015 04:10:57 +0000 Get Ready to #PLAYDIRTY in Dirty Bomb’s Open Beta, Live on Steam June 2

LOS ANGELES and LONDON – May 27, 2015 – Splash Damage’s first-person shooter, Dirty Bomb, opens its floodgates on Tuesday, June 2, so prepare to get rich and die trying! For a behind-the-scenes look at what to expect from Dirty Bomb, check out the new video:

“Dirty Bomb takes us back to our roots as a company dedicated to making competitive multiplayer shooters for hardcore gamers,” said Paul Wedgwood, CEO of Splash Damage. “Twenty years ago I played obsessively in a clan, competed in tournaments, made a mod for Quake 3, and as a result, founded Splash Damage with clan mates and friends. We’re grateful to have Dirty Bomb shaped by our players from an early alpha stage – With their dedication and feedback, along with the support from Nexon America, we think we’ve created something special.”

Dirty Bomb is a return to the classic FPS PC feel with frenetic run ‘n gun action built for players with an appetite for heated competition, and the first in a new generation of games published by Nexon America. Free-to-play, and more importantly, free-to-win, Dirty Bomb is a unique asymmetrical team-based game in which players will select from a diverse group of Mercenaries, each with their own shining personalities, assorted talents and super-cool weapons, to create specialized squads to take into the fray on a quest for riches and bragging rights.

Dirty Bomb is currently in closed beta on Steam, but will be open to the public beginning Tuesday, June 2, 2015:

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Need for Speed Getting a Reboot Thu, 21 May 2015 19:18:57 +0000 Deep Customisation, Authentic Urban Car Culture, Open World, and Immersive Narrative All Feature in the Reboot of the Famed Need for Speed Franchise

Guildford, UK – May 21, 2015 – Ghost Games™, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) studio, announced today the return of Need for Speed™ in a full reboot of this storied franchise. The game delivers on what the fans want, and what Need for Speed stands for – deep customisation, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world, and an immersive narrative that pulls you through the game.

Need for Speed is one of the most iconic names in gaming, and we’re returning it to greatness in this reboot,” said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer at Ghost Games. “Pulling on our 20 years of history, and then taking a year out from releasing a game, we are making the game we’ve always wanted to. We’re listening to the fans and delivering an experience that will capture their imagination and unleash their passion for cars and speed.”

Fuelled by EA’s own car culture community, Speedhunters ( ), Need for Speed will deliver an experience that’s grounded in authentic car culture by diving into the rich world of past, present and emergent trends of the urban car scene. This collaboration with Speedhunters in the research and development of the game means the level of detail and real-world authenticity will envelop gamers in an exciting world to discover and enjoy in a way that only Need for Speed can deliver.

Need for Speed will launch worldwide in Autumn 2015 on Origin™ for PC , PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One.

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The Rise of Korean Gaming Thu, 21 May 2015 15:00:58 +0000 I would like to thank Sean S. for allowing this humble guest post. His work on covering technology and games is commendable, and PC gamers will want to take a look at his recent article on building a custom PC.


If you think of South Korea, what do you first think of? It is a strong possibility you might think of their close ties to the United States, their neighbors to the North, or their strong technology-heavy economy. All of these are things to think about, but you might not know that gaming is huge in South Korea, even more so than in the United States. Let’s take a closer look at how this country and this way of life blend together so often.


The infrastructure in South Korea is uniquely suited for gaming. The average internet speed in South Korea can be expected to be four times that in the United States, and there are few, if any, other places in the world where more people are connected, especially in the big cities. As an example to their dedication, you might want to read this article about the development of a “5G” network in South Korea. All of this, and it doesn’t look like the technology sector there is slowing down any time soon. It sounds like a big slice of gamer’s heaven.


In the United States and other countries, gaming is often looked down upon as a waste of time, a simple hobby, or just a form of entertainment. In South Korea, this is not the case, as some games have taken on a life of their own. Starcraft has sold over 4.5 million copies there (more than a third of all copies of the game) out of a population of 50 million people.

One thing to consider is the popularity of businesses called PC bangs. They are essentially LAN setups with a large amount of high-end computers installed with popular games (such as League of Legends, Starcraft, Diablo 3, and probably an MMORPG or two). People pay by the hour to use these computers, and will often stay quite a long time. They are extremely common and are visited at a rate that might be comparable to bars in other countries.

Tournaments and prizes      

You may be starting to see E-sports gain some traction in the United States, with a few major gaming tournaments getting some minor television exposure on ESPN. In South Korea, E-sports is a potential (if rare and difficult) way to make a living and a national pastime. The major tournaments, which can fill stadiums meant for major sports teams, can have payouts that reach seven digits for winning teams, and sponsorship deals are much like those you see major athletes get elsewhere.


The Intensity

With the number of these tournaments, the permeation throughout the culture of gaming, and the length of time it has been a true phenomenon (a little over a decade, at least), it logically follows that some of the best and most dedicated gamers in the world are there. They are, and some people dedicate all of their free time (or just all of their time) to online gaming.

Which leads to the unfortunate truth that there is a high rate of video game addiction in South Korea, with some people even dying (or allowing others to die of neglect) at their computer for lack of sleep, food, and water, among other things. It has even gotten to the point where there is a government curfew on video games for people under the age of 18. These, of course, are the extreme cases, but are something to be considered in any serious conversation you may have about the topic.


Maybe you will even want to take a trip there yourself if you consider yourself a top gamer, just to test yourself in person with or against this culture of great gamers. If you do so, you will want to pack your lucky mouse, set aside a few weeks, and make sure you set up a VPN so you can access everything you could back home, as well as stay safe on public networks there. Other than that, it is a safe and stable country that I hope you get to visit and enjoy, and perhaps see a vision of the future of gaming.

In the meantime, you can work on your skill level by doing some serious practice time with your favorite game. Just remember to balance your time while gaming and keep your information secure while you’re gaming online.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you’ve expanded your horizons just a little bit and will look into gaming around the world even more from now on.

About The Author:

Caroline is a technology enthusiast and blogger. She loves anything to do with technology and gadgets but her main passion is internet security. Caroline is originally from the UK but now lives in the US where she writes for


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Building a Custom PC for the First Time Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:45:25 +0000 Building a custom PC for the first time can be a daunting task. There are so many things that you must buy beforehand. What most people do not realise is that PC gaming is very different from console gaming. For starters, PC gaming is very demanding. Whereas consoles generally retail for less than 500 GBP, good gaming PCs can cost upwards of a thousand GBP. Obviously, the appeal of building your own PC is what lures so many people in to PC gaming in the first place. However, before you start work on your custom PC for the first time, keep these things in mind:

Create a Checklist

Without a checklist, your PC building process will be an utter mess. You need to mention everything that you need on a paper, down to the wires and bus cables. Many people do not realize the importance of creating a checklist while building their PC. In reality, creating a checklist is an objective approach to PC building. Once you procure a component, you can then look for another in order of priority.

Use a Custom PC Builder

Building a PC for the first time can be quite overwhelming. Once you buy all of the components, you will have to fit them in the casing. Then, you will have to connect all the cables together and power it up. In many cases, something usually goes wrong in the first attempt. Why take the chance? Many companies now offer custom PC builders that you can use. For instance, the Chill Blast custom PC builder offers you the chance to create your gaming PC from the comforts of your home. Simply log on to the company website and select what you want from the drop- down menus.  You can also decide the software programs or games that you would want pre- installed in the computer.

Once you have created your custom PC, you can make the payment online. The company will build the PC for you and dispatch it to your desired destination within a few days. Obviously, these services come at a cost. However, by paying a slight premium, you can bypass all the hassle of building the PC yourself.

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Set a Budget

Building a custom PC can be difficult. With so many things to keep track of, most people are often confused about what they need. The most important thing is to set up a budget for it. Before you look for options, decide what games you will play on the PC. If you want a more demanding computer, set a higher budget. If you are going to play a few RTS games or a couple of MOBAs only, you won’t need a lot of power. Setting up a budget is extremely important. You will be attracted to more powerful GPUs and greater RAM. Allot a specific amount for the GPU, CPU, RAM and HDD. This will ensure that you don’t spend too much on the PC.

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Gaming for All: Thank You Internet! Sat, 04 Apr 2015 19:46:52 +0000 Everyone loves gaming in their own way. It doesn’t have to be the kind of activity played by people in darkened rooms with empty cans of energy drink thrown around and scrunched up crisp bags everywhere but unfortunately that is the stereotype that it has been given. Millions of people around the world play games, both on and offline, yet that is the image that’s stuck.

Go to any student flat on a University campus and you’re almost certain to find some kind of gaming setup either in the front room or in one of the bedrooms (at least), with the FIFA football series proving to be the ideal way of entertaining each other between lectures (and parties); and something along the lines of a PlayStation, XBox, Wii or maybe even a specially designed gaming computer. Combine those with the developments in mobile gaming thanks to smartphone and tablet apps and the number of games available to download and it’s easy to see why people are always talking about the games they’re playing at the moment.

The likes of Angry Birds changed the game (no pun intended) in terms of mobile gaming, an industry that was relatively neglected until its release. The game became addictive and throwing birds at wooden structures became the most popular way of watching time slip away from you throughout the day (and night).

Games like Call of Duty have remained popular throughout the world and the Internet is right at the heart of the reasoning behind that. Of course, the game being so incredibly good played a significant role, but the ability to play with and against players who were either friends or strangers, located around the same village or city, even the country or further afield; made it popular because you always got a different experience and you had the chance to learn from and interact with other players while you sat alone in front of your screen.

Role playing games tend to appeal to a younger audience (over the age of 18 in most cases because of their content in the case of CoD), but the online form of gaming – both on laptops and mobile devices – has developed and captured a wide range of players of all ages both male and female. For example, people in Europe are now able to buy lottery tickets online from so that they can play the lottery in America; and if they want to play a bit of online bingo they can do so from anywhere with a WiFi or 3G (even 4G in some cases) connection available.

Gaming has evolved from something played by people categorised under the previously mentioned stereotype into something for everyone – all thanks to the increased availability of the Internet and the global phenomenon that are mobile devices. Smartphones and tablets have made it possible to play games while sitting in the park on your lunch break, waiting for the kids in the car outside the school and even on the bus or train going to and from work.

It’s even possible to sit on the sofa with a cup of tea in the evenings, relaxing in front of the television once the kids have gone to bed and to play a game on your tablet in peace without having to fight with the children to get them off the family computer (a regular incident in the majority of households…)

While Facebook are working on a project to bring the Internet to everyone around the world, games developers are working on new games and concepts designed to help people to relax and have fun without having to buy specialist equipment if they don’t want to. We can do so much on our mobile phones and tablets all thanks to the web and (hopefully – and there’s no reason why it won’t) things are only going to improve as we, and our devices, get smarter.

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Online Gaming, What’s the Big Deal? Sun, 22 Mar 2015 05:15:39 +0000 The digital world is filled with all kinds of amazing technologies that allow us to connect with the world seamlessly in a matter of seconds through video conferencing, social networking and instant messaging; and there are all of the other amazing advancements that have allowed businesses around the world to develop and flourish in niches that didn’t exist as little as ten years ago… Yet millions of us around the globe are fixated on using our computers, laptops and mobile devices for other forms of entertainment – namely gaming.

Online gaming is one of the most popular pastimes in the world, right up there with sporting activities, music, cinema and literature but for those on the outside trying to look in it’s a very “unusual” activity…why though? What’s unusual about playing games, people have been doing so ever since the first games consoles appeared in the late 80s and early 90s that revolutionized the gaming industry and sparked the passions that people hold so dearly today.

The relatively new industry of online bingo is a fantastic example. The game itself has dwindled in popularity over the years, with the number of people playing in the halls around the world plummeting to the point where they had little choice but to close the doors and tell the callers and staff to seek alternative employment because it just wasn’t sustainable anymore. However, thanks to the Internet there are bingo review sites like Sea Bingo and Two Big Ladies which are providing information to people and for example, helps people around the world looking to satisfy an insatiable craving for an online version of the game that we all thought was dying like fax machines…why?

The fact of the matter is, the kind of online games that lead ‘outsiders’ to believe they are played by ‘weird’ people in dark rooms with hundreds of empty energy drink cans and crisp packets all over the place; are actually some of the most social.

The likes of Call of Duty allow players to assume roles within the game, playing with other people through Internet-connected headsets, discussing the tasks and helping each other to complete the various stages. The same is true with bingo thanks to the online chat features and close links with mobile gaming and social networking, players can chat as they play even if they don’t leave the house yet we don’t tag these players with the same brush.

Online gaming gives people the chance to escape from reality for a few hours, letting their hair down after a tough day at work or unwinding after looking after the kids all evening. Gaming doesn’t have to just mean slotting a few funny shaped bricks into certain positions to make them all disappear, or throwing some particularly tetchy birds at wooden structures; it can be anything we want it to be thanks to modern technologies, and so can we. Even people with poor social skills in ‘real life’, can feel at home playing games like CoD online with people they may never meet in the flesh; and in the case of bingo it’s given the real life version a new lease of life – it’s brought bingo back into the public’s consciousness and it’s now thriving again.

So just why doesn’t online gaming get the credit it deserves for helping people to have fun and develop skills? You tell me, because without it, there are millions of people who would be left with significant holes in their lives.

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Dragonball Xenoxverse Moves Launch Date to February 24th Wed, 14 Jan 2015 23:17:27 +0000 With Dragonball Xenoverse, BANDAI NAMCO Games is striving to create one of the most ambitious Dragon Ball video game experiences ever; with an expansive online multiplayer world, a multitude of game modes, and for the first time ever… players can create their own fully customizable characters and actually play a part in rewriting the classic franchise’s history.

In order to ensure the highest possible gameplay experience for our fans; BANDAI NAMCO Games America will be moving the Dragonball Xenoverse launch date from February 17, 2015 to February 24, 2015.

Dragonball Xenoverse is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and will be available in the Americas on February 24, 2015 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft. The STEAM for PC version of Dragonball Xenoverse will be available on February 27, 2015.

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