Just a few weeks ago we celebrated the very best of 2008 with our Platinum Chalice Awards.Today though, we must temper our merriment with disdain and head-sagging shame, for these are the moments that truly made our stomachs turn.
For as long as it's existed, the Internet has been a wretched hive of scum and villainy. The anonymity lets the world's worst people run free pretty much unchallenged and there's always someone trying to scam you – be it stealing your Facebook password or, at its most extreme, tricking you out of thousands of real-world dollars. What follows is a collection of dark tales from the terrifying world of online games.
It may seem
So, the much-vaunted PlayStation Home has been with us a few weeks now. It's still a bit dull though, isn't it? Once you've made your avatar, rearranged your furniture and spent a little while evading the inevitable deluge of "A/S/L/?" demands in the plaza, there's actually remarkably little to do. So we've decided to step in and shake up the fun with some patented GamesRadar F***ing About (tm). Try these for
Has it really only been 12 months since the last avalanche of “Best Games of 200X” awards? Well, we all love a good list, and you won’t find a better barf bag of random praises than our own Platinum Chalice awards, the place to have someone else’s gaming opinions shoved upon you. How important are these awards? So important. Real important. What do the other guys have, gold trophies? Screw that.
On December 26th, the healing process can finally begin. Many will make their yearly pilgrimage to crowded malls in order to return all the unwanted presents they politely pretended to like the day before. Garbage cans will overflow with ravaged wrapping paper. Thoughts will turn towards the inevitable packing away of oversized Santa Clauses, gaudy strings of lights, and wilting Douglas firs.
December is always good for a fight. We award our favorite games, mock our least favorites and shout at anybody whose opinion differs from our own. The one thing we can usually all agree on, however, is that gaming has progressed. Gaming has evolved. Right? Not this year.
Think customizable avatars are a passing fad? Well you’re only half correct. With the recent emergence of the Wii’s Check Mii Out channel and some late competition from Xbox 360’s spanky new NXE Avatars, Miis are still hip to be spherical two years later.
While Master Chief was off dishing out a beating to the Covenant on Delta Halo and High Charity in Halo 2, the Earth took a pounding from the Covenant while they set about digging up a Forerunner artifact buried in the African desert. It’s in the terrestrial side of the gap between Halo 2 and Halo 3 ODST is set, and in this gap the planetside war between UNSC and Covenant forces played out.
Believe it or not, but some of your favorite games began life as completely different titles. Balderdash, you might say. Poppycock, even. While it’s known that game development is more rocky than smooth, there have been a number of instances when devs and producers take their widely-anticipated title back to the drawing board.
Game advertising is a wacky business. We can picture tireless, cocaine-fueled pitch meetings where PR people strive to find a way to advertise a particular title. It seems as though every commercial boils down to either: gameplay, pre-rendered footage posing as gameplay, a bat-shit insane live action concept, or a amalgam of all those concepts.