Sept 20, 2007
It's the profession some know as "getting paid to play." When people hear what game testers get to do for a living the response is often along the lines of "You get paid to do that? That's gotta be the best job in the world!" But what is testing really like? We talked to some real-life testers and got some seriously honest answers.
What's it really like being a tester?
Tester A: I hate to ruin people's fantasies about the glamour and glitz of the game industry, but
Sept 14 2007
We just don't know how good we've got it at the moment. Not only is the first proper Christmas war between Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft about to kick off - giving us all vicarious thrills watching fanboys on either side tear each other to pieces - but there's an absolute shed load of top class games on the way.
It doesn't matter if you call Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii home. The rest of 2007 is choc full of delights to splurge your hard-earned on (or convince a loved one that it's the
Have you already voted for this year's Golden Joystick awards? Course you have, after all, everyone wants their favourite game to be recognised by the rest of the gaming massive. If not, why not? We suggest you go to the voting form now and have your say.
The Golden Joystick awards - this year hosted by Peep Show's David Mitchell - are a bash not to be missed and we're giving one lucky GamesRadar reader the chance to nab two tickets to the prestigous event.
But, thanks to our friends at
Sept 06, 2007
The first ever bar-coded item to be scanned at a retailers was a pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit chewing gum. 'Typewriter' is the longest word that can be spelt using only the top row of letters on a keyboard. Donald Duck's middle name is 'Fauntleroy'. What's not to love about trivia? Those little nuggets of seemingly useless info harboured in your noggin, called upon to fill the void when the conversation goes uncomfortably quiet or when an innocuous keyword prompts its surprise
Sept 04, 2007
Games have to be made, of course. Theyre created from scratch, not born with their daddys nose, with developers piecing them together down to the genetic level. So, its no shock to see them changing and evolving as they head towards commercial release: HUD tweaks, visual improvements, character makeovers, gobs of spit ‘n polish and the like.
While all games go through a sequence of iterative facelifts, some go through a complete reinvention. Others get scrapped completely,
Aug 31, 2007
Ah, the life of a game's character. Born into a custom-made world, forced to live out a life that's been scripted already, doomed to die a million times at the hands of men, women and children. If you're successful, you might get to do it all over again in a similar sequel. But what if you were so popular you were given the shot at doing something else? Want to be a kart driver? Want to get into music?
These are the games that spawned new games. New games that actually worked.
Aug 31, 2007
If you weren't one of the 185,000 people lucky enough to be at the Leipzig Games Convention in Germany last week, your eyeballs will no doubt be itching to see what it was like. So, for your viewable pleasuring we've crammed five days of intensely fatiguing fun into a hectic three minute movie, featuring games, girls and plenty of good times. The event was a blast, successfully blending enough geeky indulgence to keep us hooked for the duration, while also creating the feel good
Aug 21 2007
After our deep detail exposé of the lives of videogame shop workers in America, we all know that these guys don't have the easiest job on the planet. They're insulted and exploited on a near daily basis. Though bagging a wallet-friendly discount is still a pretty good deal.
But, we thought, what about this side of the pond? Are British game shop customers just as amusing, exasperating and irritating as those in America? Do UK staff have just as many hilarious or depressing
As a celebration that summer has finally arrived (yes, the UK's biblical floods are now-receding and the sun has broken through) we've delved into the GamesRadar archive to bring you some our favourite content we've posted over the last year - a compendium of our most extraordinary features and videos all in one place.
It's a great way to while away a few minutes sat in front of your monitor in a darkened room while half-naked maidens frolick in the sun's rays in the meadows outside your
If you never see the point of buying every yearly update of EA's sports titles, EA's about to give you one: from September 1 it will begin shutting down the online servers for most of its 2006-edition sports titles.
As of that date, the online gameplay options on games like FIFA World Cup 2006, NBA Live 06, Madden 06 and Tiger Woods 06 will be rendered useless on all formats including PC.
This means you'll have to purchase the newer editions of the games to continue the fight via the web, or