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Mario Kart 64

This was always going to happen of course, the Mario Kart 64 showdown.

We’ve visited Mario Kart before, back on the Snes – and Ross’s anger certainly did make a reappearance this time. But Mario Kart 64 is the king, the undisputed champion of battle modes. So here it is! Witness the UCHG have a head-to-head-to-head, and see who ends up victorious.

1001 No.89: ‘Mario Kart 64’ (1997, N64)

Desert Bus

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The steam autumn sale has arrived, and of course this is a huge strain on any respectable gamer’s wallet.

But one constant temptation even greater than steam is the humble bundle.

For those not in the know, the humble bundle is a regular sale of mostly (but not always) independent games, with a great philosophy: they’re always DRM free, they’re ‘pay what you want‘, and every time you buy something money goes to charity. It’s a win-win-win.

The current sale is for a bunch of android games, including one off the 1001 list I’d been meaning to try:

1001 No.88: ‘Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor’ (2009, iOS)


Though frankly it’s not worth your time. You’re a spider that has to go around trapping insects by making webs. There’s no danger; little wit required; I just don’t get it.

I put it down to the fact that *MAC BASHING ALERT* it originally came out on iOS, so iPhone users who played it probably thought using a touchscreen was amazing – they don’t really know what games are after all.


Spider is so lame I’d rather play one of the other games in the bundle: DESERT BUS.


Oh shit desert bus is so extreme – drive a bus in realtime across the desert for 8 actual real life hours.

It was originally created for Penn and Teller as a joke, but a joke that ended up raising tons of money through re-releases and charitable challenges. Over its lifetime Desert Bus has raised nearly $2m for charity.

Fuck yeah desert bus!


It was Inevitable

It all started with the words Ming and Whim – Then it all went wrong.

It was the realisation that the E could be added to the end of Ming that opened the floodgates. Soon turns where being skipped, letters exchanged and opponents united in the quest for the “best” words.

Who would have thought that the free EA Scrabble game could be so much fun…


Stick To What You Know

The other day I thought I would try out Nvidia’s new ShadowPlay feature.

This neat little bit of software allows you to either record all of your game play or choose to capture it in bite-sized chucks of between 1 to 5 minuets.

The end result is above and proved two things;

1) ShadowPlay is pretty cool.

2) I should stick to the old games…

Could be time for Fraps to step aside..

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