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Why is the gaming industry growing at a fast pace?

The UK gaming industry is exponentially growing, last year was a record year for the UK gaming industry, both the market monetary value (£4.33bn) as well as other sectors like films and merchandising (£100.5m). Estimates further put it growing at a rate of 6.7pc and suggested by 2021; the UK gaming industry will be worth £5.2bn, this will make it Europe’s largest market and the fifth largest in the whole world.

gaming industryAccording to PwC, nearly 50% of UK’s population plays video games, on all platforms – Online, games console, PC, smartphone, or VR headset. The increase in gaming popularity can be attributed to the increased availability to the public; how it is easy to download them at the click of a mouse or tap of a screen.

This availability has brought forth opportunities that include funding and investments with potential clients viewing games as a means of engaging audiences, and moreover people looking to get employment in the sector. All these factors profoundly influence the gaming sector. The enormous appetite for games and gaming merchandise in the UK means there is more demand for services offered by gaming professionals, which translates to more money.

Attracting top players

The UK has rated the third best country at attracting, training and furthermore retaining skilled workers within the digital industry, with the significant magnets being the cities of London, Cardiff, and Birmingham. Additionally, as more people become equipped in working in the gaming industry, with universities offering a range of technical courses, firms are likely to succeed and grow if they employ these highly skilled workers.

Is it Game over for the UK?

The UK gaming industry is thriving because there is the existence of high-skilled, and adequately funded workers who are making games every day to meet the market demand. For this to continue, however, Dr. Richard Wilson, chief executive of The Independent Game Developers’ Association, proclaims that support must, and should indeed, stay at the same level, with support, games will be developed and will be enjoyed by the population and in turn provide revenue. He also believes that much of the gaming industry future success will evidently rely upon government policy decisions. He further recommends the formation of an official investment fund for gaming, which will provide a substantial tax relief rate for developers, who will then continue accessing skilled workers, from the EU and incorporating them into the gaming industry.

A Review of the Game Kingsway

In Kingsway you adventure among ancient ruins of an old operating system from the 90’s. I am the chosen one? After many years of hard, frustrating training, I’m ready for my mission. Probably I’ll save the world or something in that style. Honestly I didn’t listened very carefully when it’s was explained to me.

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Go on a adventure in an operating system

For one that doesn’t know, it may seem to be a hard-pervasive environment that is presented before you. Old ruins full of outdated and forgotten technology. And no, I’m not talking about caves. I’m talking about operating systems and interfaces. Kingsway is something as odd as a role playing-game  that takes place in an old Windows 95-like operating system, complete with windows and menus. It looks charming old and shiny.

It may sound terribly hard, but it’s actually very easy to get in. The menu system is a bit messy is part of the challenge itself, namely. The shape of the game is a big part of the content in an extremely smart and intelligent manner.

When you start, you’ll only see a desktop with a few icons and folders you can start opening by placing them where you want on the screen. In the beginning, the game is quite challenging, namely and the introduction is a little bit tedious, so it’s not great fun to start over when you have to.

Once you get acquainted with the shape of the game tho, just click on points on the map and see your little figure travel to the next goal. You fight against the monsters in small windows, where you choose between attacking, blocking or the usage of use abilities or spells. Both you and the monsters have a meter, and it’s up to you to get as many attacks as possible before the opponent counter-attacks.

Kingsway is a solid Adventure title

The only real challenges in this title are the bosses. They are the only ones that challenge you a little and give a little difference in the otherwise rather easy game. However, only a little thinking is required, you will quickly learn the pattern of the monster and take on the adventure.Do it the old games we started playing as kids have something extra, just because they did not have so much options. It’s easy, it’s comedy in just the right places, it’s focused almost exclusively on fun of games and the adventure itself – without being boring or ugly. On the contrary.

Micro Machines is Back!

Maximal chaos when the microscopic cars make a big comeback – but they forget the party on the couch.

You will not love or hate the Micro Machines World Series. You will both love and hate it. The feeling when I succeed in pushing an opponent into a milling saw blade is magical. Equally great is the frustration when the finish line approaches and someones breakfast is in the way.

Eleven years in the making (Ok, not really)

Today, it’s eleven years since we last saw Micro Machines in any game form. Much has changed but the kernel is intact: maximum chaos with minimal cars! When I start my first match, I feel like I’m surrounded by 100 murderous micro machines, and when I’m in a hurry to go too far into a curve I see how “thousands” of cars thunder past me. The feeling of frenzy is apparent and not rarely just a few seconds separate you between honor, fame, first place, and total humiliation.

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The gamer will feel just at home when the cars on true Mario Kart maneuver picks up weapons, in the form of hammer, bombs and rifles. This arsenal becomes extra toxic in the elimination mode, where its important to not slip too far behind. If you disappear from the screen you are bursting, but you’ll get a second chance and a meter will talk about how to make a comeback. Elimination is pervasive – and then I mean not just literally. Going from top to bottom and back again happens in a pinch.

Micro Machines – Unique Weapons

Last but definitely not least, there are more or less complex arena rides. Here, the unique weapons of a total of twelve different micro machines are locked up (which means even more chaos). The ambulance shocks with the defibrillator, the fire truck has the ax in the top, and the police car can mark opponents for extra damage – among many other things. And the controls? Sleek but simple and fair.

The twelve vehicles have three different weapons each, one of which is loaded depending on the amount of damage you divide and whose power is extra lethal. The car to car  battle can take place on a flat board where your sole task is to win. Here you will also find the flag of “King of the Hill” and a location where you have to ship bombs to your opponent’s base.

Looking back: The old Aardvaak IPS

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Looking back at the old Aardvaak internet system

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