Top 6 Most Stressful Times in Gaming

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Top 6 Most Stressful Times in Gaming (2014)

I often see gaming being described as a ‘relaxing’ pastime – some sort of carefree pursuit where you can just sit down of a balmy Sunday afternoon and feel all of your troubles wash away as you indulge in a pleasant, non-taxing game. Right? Doesn’t that miss the point somewhat? Just as every story needs its conflict, every game too needs its challenge to keep things interesting. But again and again, you find yourself in these special kind of situations that absolutely nobody enjoys ploughing through.

I’m not simply talking about a dastardly water level, or running out of ammo, not those kinda easily-manageable, ‘shut up and get on with it’ situations. I’m talking about scenarios that sadistic game designers just love to put us in, because they know it ain’t easy for us unwilling gamers to get through – stressful situations, in other words. Here are six of THE most stressful situations you can find yourself in, those truly fubar situations which you’ll recognise at once, because they crop up all the time in all manner of games. Please do enjoy!

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Metal Gear Solid

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Metal Gear Solid (1999)

Originally appeared on in association with The R.A.G.E.

Review, 04/05/14

A stealth-based game? Well, they may be an ideal cup of tea for some people, but usually I can do without. Who wants to lose a game when they get seen, when you can have an action-packed, frantic shootout and blast your way out instead? The Metal Gear Solid games tend to be a different story altogether though, what with their flagrant disregard for the fourth wall and their US-based madcap plots from frustrated-film-director-turned-Americophile Hideo Kojima.

It’s perhaps easy to forget that the groundbreaking Metal Gear Solid 1 for the PlayStation wasn’t the first game in the Metal Gear series. For the MSX2 home computer, which you probably didn’t grow up with, you had Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (confusing titles ahoy). There was an NES port of the original Metal Gear which was decent at the time but hardly inspired, and then you had the even more moribund Snake’s Revenge (no longer part of the wildly expansive Metal Gear canon, which is saying something). In short, this was the game that made waves for the series. It’s interesting to note that these first two artifacts may be played on the special Subsistence edition of Metal Gear Solid 3.

The premise of the game: you are Solid Snake, grizzled, husky veteran soldier, formerly of special forces unit FOXHOUND. Positively ancient in his late thirties, Snake just wants to eke out his retirement in peace, although chose the harsh climes of Alaska to do it in. Fate rebuked him quickly enough for this, as it so happens that a massive terrorist plot is getting underway on Shadow Moses Island in Alaska’s Fox archipelago. The terrorists, as it happens, are being led by members of FOXHOUND. And like any terrorist group worth their salt, they have a nuclear weapon ready to be launched.

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Top 5 Kooky Gaming Accessories

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Top 5 Kooky Gaming Accessories (2014)

We’ve already taken a look at some of the greatest controllers that have ever kept a player company on their adventures. They were all pretty varied, some of them looked more suitable for the bedroom than for the gaming room, but what they all had in common was that they worked, and they commanded respect because of it.

But when a console or a handheld grows in popularity, they go on to spawn all kinds of crazy accessories to give you a different way of playing. You know what I’m talking about? The sort of things that, for the most part, only Japan could come up with. I swear, they pump Hello Kitty-flavoured acid into the water over there. If I really dug deep, I could probably come up with accessories that don’t even bear mentioning (I could see myself finding troubling accessories built purely for games like Custer’s Revenge, and becoming scarred by it). Here, in no particular order, we take a look at 5 kooky gaming accessories that you may have seen or at least heard of before, and what makes them so bonkers. Enjoy!

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7 of the Coolest Controllers

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7 of the Coolest Controllers (2014)

Controllers, controllers. You’ve held them a thousand times, pressed the buttons zillions of times, you’ve probably even broken them a couple of times. But they’re your portals into the wonderful world of gaming – they are your aerials. They’re as arguably as iconic as the games consoles themselves – at least, when the controllers in question are designed properly.

Here, we take a look at seven of the best controllers to grace the sprawling galaxy of gaming. The list may go in ascending order, but make no mistake, all seven of these controllers are out-and-out winners (and that’s not just comforting talk for the losers either). Let us begin!

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