DIGITALK: Political influence creeping into tech and entertainment
Nov22

DIGITALK: Political influence creeping into tech and entertainment

There has been a lot of international controversy recently involving the political influence of countries on technology and gaming companies – in particular, China. You may be wondering how this affects us out here on the moor, half the world away or more, in a seemingly uninvolved country. How many items do you own stamped with “Made in China”? Your computer? Your phone? Your TV? I’m willing to wager that the majority of us...

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Digitalk: Multi Media Medicine
Sep06

Digitalk: Multi Media Medicine

This week I went to the cinema with the family and a most interesting trailer came on. Not for the next big action/fantasy movie or show, but for a medical supportive treatment service called MediCinema. Patrons and supporters of MediCinema include many stars of the big screen including Ewan McGregor, Robbie Coltrane, Kate Winslet, Dame Helen Mirren and Simon Pegg who featured in the advert I saw. Their aim is to bring the cinema...

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Digitalk: Avoiding in-game currency scams
Aug22

Digitalk: Avoiding in-game currency scams

As some of you may remember, I’m a streamer on Twitch (www.twitch.tv/marfa1con), for which I have Instagram and Twitter that I post on to try and drum up new viewers and followers to help the channel grow. Recently I came to the realisation that 1 in 5 new follows on social media I’ve been getting for my stream accounts have been scammers promoting all sorts of really dodgy ways to apparently get free in-game currency such as Fortnite...

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Digitalk: Pro Gaming
Jul25

Digitalk: Pro Gaming

Gaming, as I’ve said before, is no longer just a mere hobby but a bustling global industry that rivals the big media giants of cinema and television. Competitive gaming, known as Esports, now garners as many and frequently more viewers than big sporting events. As an example, the average Premier League Football match gets approximately 1 million viewers per match. Fortnite Friday, the weekly Keemstar Tournament, garners nearly 8...

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Digitalk: Time for an upgrade?
Jul11

Digitalk: Time for an upgrade?

Having religiously devoured any and all information I could see from last month’s incredible E3 Conference which showcased all the games and technologies to come in the next year, I came to an inescapable conclusion… My PC will explode from the mere proximity of those games, let alone the strain of trying to run them. This doesn’t mean I need a new computer! But replacing a couple of parts will help it perform so much better. So time...

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DIGITALK: Gaming Addiction is finally recognised
Jun27

DIGITALK: Gaming Addiction is finally recognised

This week, The World Health Organisation have at long last recognised Gaming Addiction as an official disease/mental disorder. This is long overdue. The concept of gaming addiction has been under study for 30 years, since the origin of gaming. Now to be clear, it doesn’t mean that people who play a lot of video games are suffering from gaming addiction! Gaming addiction is classified as losing control over how much you play, to the...

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