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Business trip to Portsmouth last week. Gorgeous day but long and left me tired and playing catchup for the rest of the week. Good news with my camera – there was a dead/white pixel on it but shop I bought it from fixed it and I have it back in my hands. Christmas shopping continues…still quite a bit to do.

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Can’t wait for the last episode of Westworld. Such a great show. Watched Suicide Squad – pile of shit. Picked up Tomb Raider for the PS4 and the 4k graphics are very nice indeed.

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Busy this week capped by slipping yesterday morning on an icy step. Old duffer. No lasting damage but a scraped arm and bashed leg. Lucky. Also lucky that I didn’t smash my camera and it was the tripod plate that took the impact which gouged a chunk of metal out of it. Shows how easy it can be to have a nasty fall.

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Still enjoying Battlefield 1 although some of the rounds can be just brutal. Also spun up Halo to play some old map remakes…wish I could say it was fun but. No.

Started watching Atlanta – very good. Also enjoyed the first episode of The Grand Tour, more so because of the 4K HDR cars than Clarkson and his merry men. It was just a more expensive Top Gear. If thats your thing, great. If you were getting jaded of the old format then there isn’t much different here.

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Back to work but just over three weeks until I stop for the Christmas break so not too bad. Had a checkup at the hospital on Wednesday to rule out anything around the heart being an issue with my health. An ECG, ultrasound and 17 minutes on a treadmill and the heart got a thumbs up which is great news. Doctor concurs with others that it is a viral infection and I need to keep fighting and it will eventually pass. Fingers crossed.

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2 similar but different shows this week. Westworld is really hitting it’s stride and the last 2 episodes have been terrific. Also excelling in its second season is Humans on Ch4. Good to have some intelligent sci-fi on the TV.

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Good week off work and another year older as it was my birthday yesterday. It was also a week for new toys. Finally got a working Samsung 4k TV and the picture is gorgeous. Also picked up a PS4 Pro (cheers Shak) and you can certainly see an upgrade in performance. Titanfall 2 looked great and the HDR/4k on The Last of Us is stunning. If you are interested on my old PS4 then take a look here.

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Titanfall 2 is a very good game. It now has a single player story which so far has been excellent, multiplayer as good as the original and a promise that all future map and mode’s delivered for the game will be free. Bravo and highly recommended.

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300

August 19th 1993 saw the launch of Edge Magazine. An adult look at the future of games and I loved it from day one. 23 years later and they’ve just launched the 300th edition…and I still have all of them. I almost ditched the collection when I moved house over 10 years ago but I’m glad I held on to them. I scanned the covers a few years ago and every year update it with the latest covers. All 300 Edge Magazine covers can be found in this Flickr album.

Edge 001

Edge 300

Issue 300’s cover pays homage to issue 1 but is fairly dull compared to some of their better covers. Edge over the years focussed on design and substance unlike so many of their competitors. Arrogant, controversial but always pretty bang on from my perspective.

What’s caused most debate is the game reviews. Edge score out of 10 and over the years there have been precious few 10’s awarded.

Edge 10's

TitlePlatformsIssueYear
Super Mario 64Nintendo 64E0351996
Gran TurismoPlayStationE0551997
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of TimeNintendo 64E0661998
Halo: Combat EvolvedXboxE1052001
Half-Life 2WindowsE1432004
Halo 3Xbox 360E1812007
The Orange BoxPlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360E1822007
Super Mario GalaxyWiiE1832007
Grand Theft Auto IVPlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360E1892008
LittleBigPlanetPlayStation 3E1952008
BayonettaPlayStation 3, Xbox 360E2092009
Super Mario Galaxy 2WiiE2152010
Rock Band 3PlayStation 3, Xbox 360E2222010
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward SwordWiiE2342011
The Last of UsPlayStation 3E2552013
Grand Theft Auto VPlayStation 3, Xbox 360E2592013
Bayonetta 2Wii UE2722014
BloodbornePlayStation 4E2792015

Edge have also awarded some retrospective 10’s over the years as well.

Edge Retrospective 10's

TitlePlatformsIssueYear
EliteBBC Micro, Acorn Electron, Amiga, Atari ST, Apple II, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, MSX, Tatung Einstein, IBM PC compatible, NESEdge Retro Gaming Special1984
ExileBBC Micro, Acorn Electron, Commodore 64, Amiga, CD32, Atari STEdge Retro Gaming Special1988
Super Mario Bros.NESE1221985
GoldenEye 007 N64E2581997
Advance WarsGame Boy AdvanceE2582001
Resident Evil 4GameCube, PlayStation 2, Wii, Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360E2582005
Drop7iOS, AndroidE2582009
Red Dead RedemptionXbox 360, PlayStation 3E2582010
Super Street Fighter IVXbox 360, PlayStation 3, ArcadeE2582010
Dark SoulsPlayStation 3, Xbox 360, WindowsE2582011

One of the repeated debates has been on publishing a score. How many people don’t buy a game because it got a 7 but it was still a great game? I’ll hold my hand up and say a 6 or 7 has put me off a game or three despite reading the review and thinking thats sounds great. I’ve also played and really enjoyed lots of games that got a 6 or 7 proving the text is more important than the score. Despite Edge talking about removing the scores they still publish them while other gaming sites now no longer put a score on a game and the reviews are better for it.

Despite online being the place to get up to date info and paper magazines always being behind, Edge interviews, features and their unique perspective on the industry still make for a must read. Hopefully they can maintain an audience going forward and they are around for a few more years…I need my monthly Edge fix.

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