Kung FU Pandas!

Mists of Pandara… It’s out soon. Is anyone actually excited?


posted September 28, 2012 - 17:44 in News by

ICQ Madness revisited

I always enjoyed our old ICQ madness chat logs of.. well, madness. I’ve got dozens of them (mostly a few years old as I don’t really chat much these days) that need to be posted. Here’s a recent one:

!FT!Marauder: Happy Long Weekend Mel. :)
ab_skydiver2000: THANKS
ab_skydiver2000: NOT HAVING FUN THOUGH LOL
!FT!Marauder: :( sup?
ab_skydiver2000: I HAVE AN EXAM IN 2 WEEKS AND I’M NOT READY:(
!FT!Marauder: Plus your caps lock key is stuck. That’s always troubling.
ab_skydiver2000: LOL
ab_skydiver2000: sorry was typing out a flow chart and was doing some caps typing


You can find the old ICQ logs in our archives section.


posted August 21, 2012 - 22:02 in News by

Endless Space Interview

The guys at Rock, Paper, Shotgun have an Endless Space interview up. Good reading, and Muppets reference for the win!


posted August 7, 2012 - 22:05 in News by

New Tryst Trailer and Preview

Also: Tryst is now in closed beta! Signups are available at www.trystgame.com

New Tryst Trailer
New Gameplay Footage from Single Player

August 3rd, 2012 – A new trailer for the upcoming RTS Tryst is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpp5SyaQ9iw. This trailer features footage from the single player campaign, which will tell the story of the humans’ side of the war between them and the Zali. Tryst is an RTS game set in the distant future where humans find themselves at war with a mechanical alien race known as the Zali. Tryst features full 8 player support, either in teams or as a free for all, in addition to a single player campaign. Closed beta signups are available on our website at www.trystgame.com

Tryst is a competitive RTS in which players experience reactive environmental dangers, a breadth of unique units and most importantly the A.R.M. – the Augmentation Research Mechanism. This last feature allows the player to equip units with specific load-outs to change their natural advantages and disadvantages.

These features are laid upon a solid foundation of core RTS features like base building, structure-unit dependency and resource management. Tryst features a story and campaign mode in addition to the focus on multiplayer matches that track stats and allow for clans and organized events. With two playable races and a near infinite number of upgrade combinations, the battlefield will always be changing in Tryst.

Find out more about this upcoming RTS and sign up for the closed beta at www.trystgame.com.

About BlueGiant Interactive:
BlueGiant Interactive, an independent game studio based in Hyderabad, India. BlueGiant started in 2008 with APOX. For more information about BlueGiant, go to www.bluegiantinteractive.com, or contact info@bluegiantinteractive.com.

For more information, previews, interviews, or custom screenshots please contact press@vgsmart.com.

New Trailer Download:

Trailer #1 (With screenshots) Download


The Penny Arcade Report has posted a preview of Tryst which you can read here.


posted August 4, 2012 - 05:03 in News by

Dead Space 3.

I’ve never had much time for horror survival games but Dead Space? Oh yeah. One of the few series in the genre that are worth playing. And Dead Space 3 is coming.



posted June 8, 2012 - 20:41 in News by

Saucy Pirate does gaming.

FRAGTopia friend Laura (AKA. Saucy Pirate) has done a write up of her experiences in Guild Wars 2 with the Thief class. Have a read here.


posted May 6, 2012 - 09:00 in News by

New Amigas are released

And Commodore USA comes out with a new Amiga line up. They look like cool little machines and it’s great to see “Amiga” on a product again. It’s been too long.

What I’m not impressed with is the price. It’s a tiny, awesome little PC.. but $2500?


posted March 20, 2012 - 22:41 in News by

Free software? YES PLEASE!

Daz is giving away free software. I haven’t played with the others, but Bryce is awesome and free is good. Click here for the goodies.


posted February 14, 2012 - 23:52 in News by

SOPA is bad.

The Oatmeal pretty well sums it up here: http://theoatmeal.com/

SOPA BAD. Read about it. It’s some scary, scary stuff and a real threat to the internet as we know it, courtesy of well meaning (we hope) politicians in the USA.


posted January 18, 2012 - 16:18 in News by

Tribes: Ascend – Don’t touch my flag!

Tribes: Ascend. There are few things in gaming that are as consistently satisfying as mid air disc kills and SickSpider has it going on.



posted December 11, 2011 - 09:54 in News by

Origin to delete inactive accounts

Yes, you read that right.  I just happened to be browsing some of my favourite sites and stumbled upon this article on bit-tech.net

I actually find this quite disturbing and disgusting.  I’m not going to get into here, but have a read for yourself and if you’re as upset about this as I am (the principle itself that they would actually DO this) then by all means post in our forums and let us know how you feel.

As a side note, the ONLY reason I even have Origin is because of Battlefield 3; suffice to say I don’t think I’m the only in the boat.  Back to Steam!


posted November 7, 2011 - 21:52 in News by

Duke Nukem Forever Review

After giving it some serious thought, Protocal has done up his Duke Nukem Forever review.

“I could easily say something bad about Duke Nukem Forever and it’s not like 2K and Gearbox haven’t heard it all already by now. However, I honestly can’t say anything overly egregious about it. The game is almost exactly what I expected. The only problem is that it’s what I would have expected back in 2001… 2006 at the latest. Yet again I find myself torn between my own personal feelings towards the game and the reviews and hype both before and after its release”.”

Read more here.


posted November 4, 2011 - 00:26 in News by

Occupy Protests Spread

You’ve all heard of the Occupy movement by now. I’m not sure if it’ll actually result in anything changing but it’s all over the place? How all over? Check this map out. Thanks GavzOr.


posted October 29, 2011 - 09:09 in News by

More Amiga PCs

More Amiga PCs are coming… But these ones are based on the PA-Semi Dual-core PA6T-1682M CPU and it doesn’t look like they’ll run Windows, unlike the machines from Commodore USA. I’ve been keeping track of the various Amiga projects over the year and unfortunately I’m sensing the the fail is strong in these Amigas. This isn’t due to the quality of the product but that a machine that doesn’t run Windows or OSX these days is pretty well doomed except in very niche uses. I hope that it works out for them but we’ll have to wait and see how they market them and how adoption works. Goshwin and I have had some chats about the chances of an Amiga brand PC that doesn’t run Windows succeeding and neither of us can see it making any serious impact in the market. We both miss the Amiga days when the platform was at the cutting edge of all that was home and multimedia computing and without the original Amiga I have no idea where computers would be today… But those days are gone and it’s a Windows world. I would like to get my hands on one of these machines and play with it a bit and see what it can do, but not much of a chance that I’d buy one before I had a good long demo of it.

Here’s the full press release with links.

The following News Releases were issued at the recent AmiWest 2011 show in Sacramento, USA

“First Contact” : AmigaOne X1000 Limited Edition

AmiWest 2011, Sacramento, 21st October 2011

AmigaKit and A-EON Technology are pleased to announce that AmigaKit is now taking pre-orders for a “First Contact” Limited Edition version of the AmigaOne X1000 System.

The “First Contact” system comprises a fully equipped AmigaOne X1000 complete with the official “Boing Ball” case and AmigaOS4.1 Update 5 pre-installed. It is also supplied with a license for AmigaOS4.2 which can be downloaded when it is released by Hyperion Entertainment. Matthew Leaman of AmigaKit said “As part of our ongoing commitment to the Amiga community we are delighted to be able to offer the AmigaOne X1000 to our customers. Based on current manufacturing schedules we hope to have the first systems ready for Christmas & New Year delivery.” A-EON Technology director Trevor Dickinson added “It’s been a long and at times difficult journey but we are pleased that the Amiga community will finally have access to this excitingnew hardware for the AmigaOS4.”

The “First Contact” system includes the official AmigaOne X1000 “Boing Ball” case in either black or white and includes the Nemo rev 2.1 motherboard
complete with 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a Radeon HD4650 graphics card, 500GB HDD, DVR R/W optical drive, Audio & Ethernet cards. Prices start from: £1699
(excluding AmigaOS4 license, shipping, handling and sales tax). Optional extras include the “Boing Ball” keyboard & mouse, Ram, HDD & Optical drive
upgrade options plus Debian Squeeze pre-installed in a dual booting configuration with AmigaOS4. Please refer to the special A1-X1000 system
configurator on the AmigaKit website for pricing and upgrade options. All orders will be processed on a first come first served bases.

About AmigaKit

AmigaKit is a trading division of Leaman Computing Ltd based in Cardiff, UK. It acquired the stock of Eyetech Group Ltd in 2006 and quickly established
itself as a world-wide market leader in the retail and distribution of Amiga hardware and software. A-EON Technology appointed AmigaKit as its primary
distributor for the AmigaOne X1000 computer.

About A-EON Technology

A-EON Technology was founded in 2009 to fund the development of next generation hardware for the Amiga community working in close cooperation
with Hyperion Entertainment, the developers of the AmigaOS.

About the AmigaOne X1000

The AmigaOne X1000 is not like other computers. It is a culmination of efforts by real Amiga enthusiasts and developers to create powerful, modern desktop hardware for the Amiga Operating System. It is the natural evolution of the Amiga’s PowerPC lineage and is based on the PA-Semi Dual-core PA6T-1682M CPU and includes Xena, a “Software Defined Silicon” co-processor. Above all it runs the latest version of the AmigaOS.

web: http://www.a-eon.com email: contact@a-eon.com
web: http://www.amigakit.com/x1000 email: sales@amigakit.com

A-EON & AmigaKit form strategic alliance

AmiWest 2011, Sacramento, 21st October 2011

A-EON Technology is pleased to announce it has formed a new strategic alliance with AmigaKit, the official distributor of the AmigaOne X1000. As part of this alliance, AmigaKit will jointly fund new AmigaOne hardware developments and will market all future products. Matthew Leaman of AmigaKit said, “This move is in line with our desire to bring exciting new products to the Amiga market, such as our ZorRAM memory card and funding the AmigaOS4.1 Classic update. We welcome this new opportunity to support our Amiga customers.” Trevor Dickinson added, “A-EON Technology has a very close working relationship with AmigaKit. We appointed them as our lead distributor and they have played a crucial role in helping to deliver the AmigaOne X1000 to market.” He also added, “I am also delighted that what
originally began as my support for AmigaOS software developers in 2005, through my Hardware Donation programme, has resulted in the release of the AmigaOne X1000 in 2011. With AmigaKit taking care of customer contact and support I can now refocus my efforts on funding new hardware and software initiatives for the benefit of the whole Amiga community.” Please refer to the AmigaKit and A-EON Technology website for future updates.

Varisys commits to AmigaOne platform

AmiWest 2011, Sacramento, 21st October 2011

A-EON Technology is pleased to announce Varisys, the official developer and manufacturer of the Nemo motherboard for AmigaOne X1000, has strengthened
its commitment to the AmigaOne platform. Throughout the Nemo development phase Varisys has proved an extremely knowledgeable and highly responsive partner. A-EON Technology director Trevor Dickinson said, “We have been very satisfied with Varisys’ commitment, dedication and quality. When it comes to leading edge PowerPC hardware their level of technical expertise is possibly unrivalled. As a result Varisys has contracted to work on several new development projects to
improve and extend the AmigaOne product line”. Adam Barnes, Varisys Technical Director said, “There is some exciting cutting edge PowerPC technology on the horizon and we are delighted to have the opportunity of bringing this to the AmigaOne platform.” Varisys Managing Director Paul Gentle added, “We enjoyed working on the Nemo development which provided our first experience of the global Amiga community. We look forward to extending our relationship with the new projects and will do our best to .” Please refer to the Varisys and A-EON Technology website for future updates.

About Varisys

Varisys is a producer of Commercial Off The Shelf and provider of bespoke hardware design and manufacturing services for industrial and embedded
computing applications. The High Wycombe, UK based company was founded in 2000 by Paul Gentle and Adam Barnes and has earned a reputation for
delivering high quality products with a specialisation in PowerPC and FPGA hardware. Varisys have customers in a wide range of industries, in manufacturing, military applications and telecommunications, and are perhaps best known for their development of the PowerPC G4 motherboard used in the immensely popular WholeHog III lighting control console.

web: http://www.varisys.co.uk email: info@varisys.co.uk

A-EON Technology
October 28th, 2011


posted October 29, 2011 - 08:38 in Articles by

Stoneface and Terminal – Leaving Earth

Since Blizzard has failed us, with their Kung-fu Pandas, here’s a sweet ass tune to listen to instead.


posted October 22, 2011 - 06:28 in News by

Is Blizzard for real?

I’m legitimately asking this question, is Blizzard for real? I just finished watching a preview trailer for their upcoming expansion entitled Mists of Pandaria.  It sounded cool enough and then I watched the teaser.  I’m sorry, I just have absolutely no idea what to think right now.  I’m at a loss for words.



posted October 21, 2011 - 18:21 in News by

World Record Overclocking

I haven’t been a huge fan of AMD since intel released their Core 2 CPUs back in 2006, however after watching this video of a team overclocking an AMD FX Bulldozer to 8.249GHz I couldn’t help but giggle and clap a little. Nice work, guys!



posted October 15, 2011 - 13:34 in News by

Hitman: Absolution – “Run for your Life”

Better late than never.  Two days ago Square-Enix and IOI released a 17 minute gameplay video of their upcoming Hitman game, Absolution.  I won’t bore anyone with my grievances about the game, the direction the game is going (removal of “sandbox” mode gameplay), the removal of Jesper Kyd (composer), David Bateson (voice of 47 for all previous Hitman games) and Vivienne McKee (voice of Diana) … No instead I’ll just post this lovely video we’ve all been waiting to see, or not see.  No bitterness here.

WARNING:  This video contains violence and coarse language throughout.




posted October 12, 2011 - 18:13 in News by

I finally beat Starscape!

We did a review and developer interview back on September 8th of 2003 on a sweet little indie game called Starscape by a little English company called Moonpod. It’s a great little game and I’ve played it on and off ever since then… BUT! I’ve never actually beaten the game. Until yesterday morning. 8 years and a week after playing it for the first time I spent the last few hours needed and beat the game. It was a good ending and it makes me wish that the guys at Moonpod would make a sequel. It’s very hard to find a classic style game that combine great game play, graphics, music and story into one fantastic package. If you haven’t played Starscape I’d highly recommend that you get a copy. It’s $10 on Steam and worth every penny. There’s also a demo you can try out for free.

Speaking of beating games, I’ve decided that I should start working through my Steam library and at least playing some of the games I have, if not beating all of them. That’ll keep me busy for a while!


posted September 18, 2011 - 09:24 in News by

Orcs must die!

Well, after playing Sanctum I’m now more interested in tower defense games but only if I get to be an active part of the defense. Take a look at Orcs Must Die. Very interesting looking little game that I’m going to have to pick up when it comes out.


posted September 10, 2011 - 10:51 in News by

Chrome memory usage

Interesting. My lovely wife’s PC is running slowly this morning and it seems to be Chrome doing a lot of it. She’s got three browser windows open using around 400mb of ram between them.


posted September 9, 2011 - 11:50 in News by

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Woah!  It’s hard to believe that just a little over 11 years ago CS came out (in Beta form) on the PC.  I remember being part of some of the very first Beta releases, and man was it ever fun!

In 2004 Valve released Counter-Strike: Source, which in my opinion was a great release, but didn’t quite capture the same feeling as the original.

Now, some 7 years later Valve has announced their next blockbuster CS release, Global Offensive.  CS: GO is slated to be released in 2012, and after watching the Teaser I have to say it looks quite impressive!  The biggest addition I’ve seen so far is the introduction of Cross-Platform gaming.  Basically it means exactly what you think, 360, PS3 and possibly even PC gamers ALL on the same network; that’s massive!  Let us, however remind ourselves that a little game called Halo 2 was actually Cross-Platform, and for anyone who played on PC vs 360 you know how much of a joke that was.  Anyway, here’s the vid!



posted August 27, 2011 - 17:07 in News by

Razer announces ‘Blade’ gaming ultra portable notebook.

Checking out the Razer announcement video and the website for their new ‘Blade’  gaming notebook. Very hot. They’ve done some interesting things with a very small notebook. Check out the video below and the website here. Not sure what the pricing on this thing is going to be at but people on Facebook (so it must be true!) are saying $2,800 USD. If that’s the case, that seems like a lot of coin for a Dual Core i7 notebook. On the other hand if you want small and non-melty, you’ve got to make some compromises.


posted August 26, 2011 - 14:26 in News by

HP thinking of getting out of the PC business

Well, I certainly didn’t see this one coming. Looks like HP is thinking of getting out of the PC business. Considering that they’re the largest PC manufacturer in the world that’s huge news. Unfortunately the PC market has been a race to the bottom, so I can see why they’re not making money at it.


posted August 18, 2011 - 18:47 in News by

Scale of the Universe

Just how big is the universe? Maester just posted an interesting interactive link in the forums. Turns out that it’s REALLY big.


posted August 18, 2011 - 11:59 in News by

Sanctum Soundtrack

Sanctum, one of the sweetest game soundtracks I’ve heard for a long, long time has been released as a “Pay what you can” (minimum fifty cents) package from our friends at Coffee Stain Studios. I’ve got myself a copy and I’m listening to it as I type this. What a great set of tracks. Go get your copy here.


posted August 17, 2011 - 16:47 in News by

Tribes: Ascend gameplay

Fresh from QuakeCon, some new Tribes: Ascend gameplay footage. Now with 100% more Shazbot. It’s looking mighty sexy.


posted August 10, 2011 - 16:20 in News by

Congratulations Marauder!

Yesterday marked a very special day as Marauder, and the now Mrs. Marauder got married at a beautiful beachside wedding (sorry ladies, he’s off the market)!  The weather looked questionable at first, but the sun came out, and it was a wonderful day with many a beachgoer stopping to sit down, take photos, and clap for the newlyweds.

Congratulations, and all the best to you both!


posted August 8, 2011 - 10:28 in News by

Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Dedicated Server

Well a week and a few days late, but this is the surprise!  A brand spanky new dedicated Battlefied Bad Company 2 dedicated server!

With the help of some of my avid BC2 friends (Tralaicious, Tazy2 and CeImperia) FRAGtopia and Team Forever Twisted once again have a dedicated server to share with the community!

Full details can be found on our forum.

We hope to see you in-game!


**Update:  The Bad Company 2, & TS 3 servers are now offline.**


posted July 18, 2011 - 12:47 in News by

Microsoft Security Essentials Google Search Leads to Malware?

Doing a nice innocent Google search today for “Microsoft Security Essentials” this afternoon and what comes up at the top of the search as an advert? “Windows Security Essentials”

Being a curious sort I followed the rather suspicious link and got this website:

Everything looks very professional, and they even use a very similar logo to Microsoft Security Essentials. I’m not about to to run the .exe file that it offers you (reimagerepair.exe) as it seems very, very suspicious. Virus Total calls it clean and a few people are suggesting that it’s a trial “maintenance” program, but I’m going to call it at least scam ware. Watch out!


posted July 11, 2011 - 15:05 in News by