Xbox 360 selling the same amount of units as the Xbox One

Whilst the PS4 is comfortably outselling its predecessor, the Xbox One is struggling to shrug off the 360. Sales spiked upon the release of Titanfall but beyond this the sales are pretty More »

Are you a real gamer if you just play FIFA and Call of Duty?

This weeks debate is on the subject of casual gamers, more specifically it’s based on those who purchase consoles without the intention on branching out beyond the yearly CoD or FIFA. Everyone More »

Call of Duty pre-orders are low, who will be the new FPS king?

Call of Duty has long reigned supreme in terms of overall sales for a console game. It’s instant accessibility, coupled with its popularity among teenage boys and the esports crowd have seen More »

Microsoft are still too reliant on the Halo franchise

E3 has long gone but Microsoft missed a vital opportunity to entice the current gaming crowd to their ill fated Xbox One. What could of been a showcase of upcoming showstopping Halo More »

We are back (and hornier than ever)

After many months away from updating the site we have returned. I would compare this act to something Jesus related but look what happened to John Lennon when he tried that. I More »

Xbox One continues trend of higher overall attachment rate

The #4thegamers motto is something which Sony boast far too often. So far this statement has been false as it seems they are yet again losing the attachment rate war, which somewhat More »

Why has the focus shifted from games to resolution and console sales?

Many moons ago, before the invasion of elitist fanboys, there was a time of peace and respect in the gaming community. A community which valued the opinion of others, a community that More »

 

Original Xbox PAL rare games – Ultimate list 2015

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The original Xbox had many great titles and some of these are now becoming rare and hard to find. I have searched around the internet to try and identify some of these but no real list seems to have helped. Luckily I have been collecting myself and have amassed a collection of a few hundred games so now have an idea of what is rare and valuable. Many lists circulating the internet are outdated so I have compiled this list for 2015 and will keep this updated every 6 months or so to keep in line with current trends.

Emulators and ROMs – Should they be made legal?

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The legality of emulating games has always been a grey area. The law currently states that owning emulators and ROMS is not illegal but contrasting laws and opinions cast uncertainty over what you actually can and can’t do.

The fact that so many ROM download sites exist suggests that the actual ability to download a game you own to be perfectly acceptable. Is this really the case though? Nintendo doesn’t seem to think so, looking through their legal terms suggests that even if you own the game then downloading a ROM is then considered to be a second copy. How much of their legal terms are there for scaremongering purposes and how much is cold hard facts about the law surrounding emulators/roms and piracy in general is questionable.From Nintendos point of view there is no legal way of playing games on any other hardware apart from the one it was designed for, using the original game cart/CD. This is contrary to a lot of peoples view point who consider certain practices to be acceptable, the law seems to be made up by individuals based on their own morality.

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This opens up a much bigger debate regarding piracy issues. Should we really have to pay twice for a game we already own? Currently there is no way on buying some of the games we own as there is no outlet to do so, therefore the claims of Nintendo and the law in general are somewhat unfair. The fact is that the majority of people would be willing to pay a small fee to play games of old, this is already highlighted by the re-leases we see on consoles of today. The fact that there is no such service for 99% of games leaves very little options. Only a handful of retro games can be found on modern day console e-stores and these are usually the ones most people own anyway. What about forgotten classics of old? What about the games we never got to play? The only workaround seems to be to buy the games from ebay/yard sales etc, which doesn’t help neither the publisher or ourselves. Both of us are out of pocket and in most cases a lot of games can go for significant amounts of money, more than some people can afford.

This raises the question why the big guns don’t release there own service for ROMs and emulators, it would be a source of tremendous income and would be big strides forward in piracy in general. A few dollars per game would be a good price point for many consumers, although the majority of people have huge libraries of illegal ROMs at their disposal already and the fact the problem wasn’t tackled early doors would raise further problems trying to convince people to pay for games they already ‘own’.

If a company does not give a service to purchase a game then should it be legal to download these games? I for one think so and so do many others judging by the popularity of such files.

Should emulating games be legal?

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The perils of being an Xbox gamer

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Last generation being an Xbox gamer was great, we started by pushing our great Playstation rivals to last place in the console war with early sales and dominated them in North America overall. There was a host of AAA titles, excellent exclusives and the pad was the best on the market. We laughed at the demise of the Playstation, a console which always had a huge market share which was struggling to match our sales and was getting fingerblasted by the Wii. Life was good, we could announce our devotion to the Xbox brand and could frequent forums without ridicule and poke fun at Sony and their failings. How times have changed.

Are female gamers treated equally?

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In an age where women have pushed equality and fought for their rights and are now deemed equal, we still see the term ‘gamer girl’, ‘gamer chick’ or similar cringeworthy term used to describe them.

The rise of mobile gaming has seen a huge rise in the numbers of females who are now considered ‘gamers’. A recent report by The Guardian shows that the gaming popularity is actually made up of more females than males but labels remain.

Beginnings

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Success based on looks or skills?

Although no one can be sure who came up with specific terms, it was not until the last decade where women finally finding a voice in the online gaming community. Various ‘clans’ came forward throughout this period, probably spearheaded by the ‘Frag Dolls’  who were a team of women thrown together by Ubisoft in a publicity stunt to promote their games. Ubisoft ultimately created a team which segregated females and used sex appeal to promote products and a lot of the negative terminology has stemmed from processes such as this.

A new wave of females came through post Frag Dolls which had shown success in creating a career for the members but also gave women a sense of credibility in the gaming world with it.This credibility came at a cost and terms like ‘gamer girl’ arrived due to the fact that women felt the need to separate themselves from men in order to garner attention.

The present day

Yeah, not sure why everyone is tuning in here.

Yeah, not sure why everyone is tuning in.

Whilst much has been done to drop the term ‘girl’ from ‘girl gamer’ it’s still saddening to see the effect of these terms in 2015. The biggest culprit is undoubtedly twitch, which allows scantily clad females to show off their goods in exchange for donations.  These women could easily be said to be exploiting horny ‘boy gamers’ but it’s a sad case in that women don’t feel a sense of equality and attention on social media and the net is usually based on looks. If we take a look at popular channels on twitch which show a female broadcaster then we see these are good looking women who may be talented or charismatic but ultimately become popular because of their looks.

Will things ever change?

Probably not, women will always be sexually harassed online in video games. It’s become embedded in video game culture. They will always be seen by the majority as a minority and not an equal. Although huge strides forward have been in real life, it’s the internet and more specifically the gaming world in which equality is lagging behind. The anonymity of online play allows users to say what they want and treat women as they wish. When was the last time you were involved in online play with a female? Did they get swarmed upon by nerdy vultures? Were they ridiculed for being female? Were they being carried by a group of elite male players? The answer is probably a yes to at least one of these questions, which is indicative to the problem women face right now and why labels and segregation exists.

Do you think there is a problem with how we treat female gamers?

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5 must have Wii U accessories

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The current range of accessories on the Wii U may be limited in quantity but we all know Nintendo consoles usually have the most collectible and sort after peripherals and this generation is no different. Here is our list of what we consider essentials for the Wii U, we base our decisions on what they add to the experience as well as throwing in a few for just being awesome collector items.

Lizard squad members: The Suspects

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There can’t be too many unfamiliar with the group known as the ‘Lizard Squad’. They delivered a series of attacks to both PSN and Xbox Live causing major outages in the festive period. Whilst the FBI are now getting involved, we take matters in to our own hands and bring you the Top 5 suspects.

Xbox 360 selling the same amount of units as the Xbox One

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Whilst the PS4 is comfortably outselling its predecessor, the Xbox One is struggling to shrug off the 360. Sales spiked upon the release of Titanfall but beyond this the sales are pretty much at a tie. The expected dominance of the North American market has somewhat fizzled, with the PS4 beating Microsoft up on its home soil. It’s tough viewing if you’re an Xbox One fan, we all know what went wrong but is there any light at the end of the tunnel for the seemingly ill-fated Xbox One?

Are you a real gamer if you just play FIFA and Call of Duty?

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This weeks debate is on the subject of casual gamers, more specifically it’s based on those who purchase consoles without the intention on branching out beyond the yearly CoD or FIFA. Everyone should know at least one person who buys the latest console just to play either or both of these games. Usually they have no interest in the single player aspect of the game, which is reflected in their gaming history through lack of achievements and trophies. Sure, they are annoying but could they be doing greater damage to the overall gaming sector?

Call of Duty pre-orders are low, who will be the new FPS king?

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Call of Duty has long reigned supreme in terms of overall sales for a console game. It’s instant accessibility, coupled with its popularity among teenage boys and the esports crowd have seen sales showing no signs of letting up, until now that is.

Microsoft are still too reliant on the Halo franchise

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E3 has long gone but Microsoft missed a vital opportunity to entice the current gaming crowd to their ill fated Xbox One. What could of been a showcase of upcoming showstopping Halo beaters turned in to a bunch of filler games leading up to Halo 5 and the Masterchief Collection. I couldn’t help but feel that this wasn’t the risk taking Microsoft we seen bursting on the scene in the early 2000s. Nowadays their show fills me with cringeworthy moments of failure, making the viewing public sit on the edge of their seat, waiting for the next clanger to be dropped. As much as it hurts to say this, Halo was that clanger this time around.