The Silver Tongue » Adam Cambridge http://thesilvertongueonline.com News, Interviews, Reviews & More Mon, 28 Nov 2011 17:06:53 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Copyright © The Silver Tongue 2011 contactus@thesilvertongueonline.com (The Silver Tongue) contactus@thesilvertongueonline.com (The Silver Tongue) podcast 1440 http://thesilvertongueonline.com/TSTPodcastLogo.png The Silver Tongue http://thesilvertongueonline.com 144 144 News, Interviews, Reviews & More music, entertainment, news, reviews, interviews, movies, television, fashion, new, music, underground, indie The Silver Tongue The Silver Tongue contactus@thesilvertongueonline.com no no The Sunday Supply Week 1: Minecraft http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2011/11/the-sunday-supply-week-1-minecraft/ http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2011/11/the-sunday-supply-week-1-minecraft/#comments Mon, 28 Nov 2011 00:48:35 +0000 Adam Cambridge http://thesilvertongueonline.com/?p=53439


Welcome to ‘The Sunday Supply’ (a name that’s subject to change). This weekly article will feature PC games that I feel don’t get enough attention. I will pick an online game during the week, play it when I can and then review it on the Sunday. The games will range from anything from a cheap

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Minecraft

Welcome to ‘The Sunday Supply’ (a name that’s subject to change). This weekly article will feature PC games that I feel don’t get enough attention. I will pick an online game during the week, play it when I can and then review it on the Sunday. The games will range from anything from a cheap Steam game to an online great. I’ll provide the price, a link to download or buy, a rating and a reason to buy or not buy.

So to begin. Week 1 of The Sunday Supply is on a game called Minecraft. The owner and creator Marcus Perssen, known as ‘Notch’ or @notch on twitter released the Alpha version May 17 2009 and the recognition and popularity for Minecraft has escalated since. He recently sold his 4,000,000th copy, which was still Beta. Two years after the Alpha release he finally releases the ‘Full Game’ if you could call it that as there’s constantly new patches and updates being done on the game, all of which help to improve it.

I had trouble finding a genre to place Minecraft in, since it’s not a Sandbox, or an RPG i felt i had to go to the Minecraft wiki to take their intro because they have the closest thing to an explanation there is for Minecraft.

“Minecraft is a sandbox construction game, inspired by Infiniminer, Dwarf Fortress and Dungeon Keeper, created by Markus Persson, the founder of Mojang AB. The game involves players creating and destroying various types of blocks in a three dimensional environment. The player takes an avatar that can destroy or create blocks, forming fantastic structures, creations and artwork across the various multiplayer servers in multiple game modes.”

The intro isn’t 100% accurate as it’s not a sandbox, and there is more to it than building stuff. You can create your own story and your own world.

When you download Minecraft and log in and create your own randomly generated world, you have to realise that there is no limit to how far you can walk in one direction and it’s not as simple as just breaking blocks. To start, you must punch a tree, then make the wood into wooden planks and make a workbench to make tools to gather resources to make a shelter, a house and after that a village. Or you can take the lazy route and find an NPC village and take a house there. After you find a home, you then find yourself mining, farming and hunting for food. Don’t worry though, that’s not all there is to Minecraft as when your comfortable with your situation, you can opt to travel to ‘The Nether’ by creating a Portal or you can attempt to find a ‘Stronghold’ in the regular world. Either way, both have great rewards inside. Oh, and you must do all this without dying and losing your inventor or your entire world if you are playing on Hardcore mode although I wouldn’t advise taking on the Hardcore mode until you’ve gotten comfortable with the basics, and even after getting comfortable with the regular game, and playing on Hardcore, your Single Player adventure doesn’t end as there are hundreds of Mods available such as Mo creatures which add’s a lot more mobs like Ogre’s, Lion’s, Piranha’s, Horses, etc. You can tame, breed and even mount horses and that’s just one Mod.

So after you’ve become experienced in single player mode, you can establish yourself worldwide with Multiplayer.  All you need is a Server IP which aren’t hard to find. Some can be strict but others are free flowing and lots of fun. I would recommend joining a server with no grieving. This is where a player destroy’s another’s property or steals their items. No doubt this can be fun but when you’ve put time and effort into gathering the stuff it’s frustrating when someone steals them. So either stand next to your chest 24/7 or join a server with lockette and no grieving.  I spent a lot of hours playing Mulitplayer though as it’s a lot of fun even if the bulk of players are teen’s. It doesn’t stop you from trying to create a masterpiece to impress people.  If you are not sure about buying Minecraft, go to Youtube and check out some peoples let’s plays. Try ‘PotatoOrgy’ , ‘BlueXephos’ and ‘IHasCupquake’  Youtube channels.

Apologies for not having  many cons, but honestly I found it hard to find any. You can make your own mind up.

To download click Here

It costs €19.95 the price will change depending on your country and it’s well worth the money. I give Minecraft a 10/10 because you can take control and do whatever you want. It’s a peoples game. Very relaxing and a game you can always go back to. Buy Minecraft if you need that relaxing Sunday game that will pass the day by without you even knowing.

So go ahead. Try this Block Building, Survival, Adventure, Infinitely Generating World 1st Person, 3rd person game. If you liked Lego as a kid you will love this.

Thank you for taking your time out to read this

P.S watch out for Creepers. They have explosive personalities.


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Xbox Live Accounts Hacked? http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2011/11/xbox-cyber-fraud-the-sun-newspaper-article/ http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2011/11/xbox-cyber-fraud-the-sun-newspaper-article/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2011 18:06:15 +0000 Adam Cambridge http://thesilvertongueonline.com/?p=53045


I understand that times are hard at this moment and people are looking to save money. However after reading this article in a UK tabloid called ‘The Sun’ I was shocked to see the naivety of some people that is if u can trust ‘The Sun’s’ credibility. According to this newspaper,  ‘ONLINE crooks have hacked

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The Sun Front page Xbox Cyber fraud

I understand that times are hard at this moment and people are looking to save money. However after reading this article in a UK tabloid called ‘The Sun’ I was shocked to see the naivety of some people that is if u can trust ‘The Sun’s’ credibility.

According to this newspaper,

 ‘ONLINE crooks have hacked into thousands of Xbox Live accounts to steal millions of pounds.’

‘The Sun‘ is notorious for over exaggerating their figures and have previously announced some unbelievable articles about various subjects. When I saw this my initial reaction was to get on Xbox Live and change my password that was, before I read on.

‘In one “phishing” con, crooks sent emails to players directing them to bogus websites offering free Microsoft points that can be used to buy games. Victims then enter personal details which let criminal’s access accounts and get hold of credit card information. Crooks take small amounts from credit cards over several weeks — making them hard to detect.’

It is a lesson learned for the people who believed Microsoft would actually give out free products or generously reduced prices. The internet is a dangerous place. Be careful what sites you put personal details into.

For those who would like to read ‘The Sun’s’ article. Just hit click here.


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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2011/11/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-review/ http://thesilvertongueonline.com/2011/11/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-review/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2011 14:30:54 +0000 Adam Cambridge http://thesilvertongueonline.com/?p=52681


Skyrim is a beautiful sandbox, first person hack and slash. The entire map takes approximately 30 minutes to travel from one side to the other. That’s if you can survive the Bears, Trolls, and Giants, Dragons or even a group of bandits. The new difficulty system where the NPC’s don’t all level up with you

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Skyrim Front Cover

Skyrim is a beautiful sandbox, first person hack and slash. The entire map takes approximately 30 minutes to travel from one side to the other. That’s if you can survive the Bears, Trolls, and Giants, Dragons or even a group of bandits. The new difficulty system where the NPC’s don’t all level up with you causes the game to be a lot more difficult, this isn’t necessarily a bad aspect as it causes the player to give his or her full attention to the game so they are not caught off-guard.  If you’re the type of player who plays while listening to music, u better be careful because the only warning you’re going to get is when a Dragon flies closely overhead and your controller vibrates. If you’re playing on PC then I would advise u not to listen to music as the chances are you will be killed before you know what happened. That is if your PC can handle it. The new engine is sure to cause some headaches for PC gamers.

Watch the trailer here.

Skyrim is NOT the perfect game. It’s annoyingly difficult to find out if you have a disease, in fact you end up being safe and find an altar to cure yourself just in case. Although the wait has been reduced since Oblivion, u still find yourself staring at a loading screen for too long at times, the environment can be slow to load, the combat can still be clumsy if you’re not an archer or mage. At times you find yourself losing the opponent which can call for the use of third person as u can see your enemies better.  Another small factor that might get under some people’s skin is the lack of fast travel to major cities unless you have visited the city. You might think this brings carriage drivers into the game but after you’ve visited the major cities they become that old friend you stopped playing with when you found a new friend called ‘Fast Travel’. I also felt more effort could have been put into making the horses a necessity. Unfortunately Skyrim is full of glitches, whether it’s being flung 200ft into the air when a Giant kills you, having the ability to steal everything in a house as long as you place a bucket on the resident’s heads or surviving a 70ft drop from a cliff as long as you’re on a horse and there have been rumors of save files becoming corrupted for PS3 players if their save gets bigger than 5mb. All these points are insignificant though and the PS3 glitch will be the first to be fixed I would guess.

The glitches are being patched so they shouldn’t be an issue for much longer. All the other points really don’t stop you from playing Skyrim. From the moment you press A, X or left click on ‘New Game’ in the menu, you are transported into the most beautiful environment you would have ever played in. The opening scene sets the story up well. Full of dragons, chaos, unique characters, and well written story lines. The Writers for the quests deserve an award for the great job they done and they’re not alone, the whole Bethesda team should pat themselves on the back. With Quests ranging from a Daedric Being recruiting you to free and then kill a kidnapped mage, to killing a bride as she addresses her audience, they will no doubt, keep your attention throughout your Skyrim Adventures.

The new 3d map is captivating and you will spend a few minutes just turning and tilting the camera so you can view the mountains and plains as best you can.The Forts,Caves,Villages etc. have all been improved and merge into each other well. it gives the scenery a much better feel of realism.  The duel weapon/spell combat system can be useful but isn’t a focus point. Unfortunately you can’t block while duel wielding swords or spells. Nor can you block with a bow, instead you bash your opponents back and try get into some room to shoot, but hey! Who needs block when you can burn, slash or both and take your opponent out before they lay a scratch on you? If you will be playing mage, my advice is to get new spells ASAP as the starting spells don’t cut it against some opponents, especially not against a dragon. We now have Sprint! Yes. You can now sprint for short periods in Skyrim. This is very useful for escaping a crime scene or just running away from an angry Troll. With ‘Guilds’ being scrapped you now have the College of Winterhold for Mages, Bards College, The Companions, The (nearly extinct) Brotherhood as well as several other organizations that you might side with. Bethesda have given us new weapons, a new skills menu that allows you choose exactly what you want to be, an improved Quest tab, and an even better storyline than Oblivion. Everything is more detailed and clinical.

Skyrim is without doubt, a contender for Game of the Year. I would imagine Skyrim has already broken up several relationships, been the cause for several absence notes, killed pets and probably even a couple of people. Whether it’s the realistic liquid water, changing weather, the sight of a bandit fort that will draw you towards battle , the ominous picture of a dragon soaring towards you or the  fitting music when it arrives you are guaranteed weeks of game play.

I give Skyrim a 9/10. It loses a point for the various small problems listed and it would lose another point if Bethesda didn’t fix the glitches but they are to be patched soon so I won’t take another.

 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this review! And remember, keep your eyes to the sky!


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