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Thoughtshake Merchandise Now Available

August 15, 2009


Ever stare longingly at our fabulous banner, and wish you could have a similar, higher resolution, image plastered across your chest in the form of a T-shirt? Well, you’re in luck. Alongside a stellar line up of random designs I’ve thrown on a t-shirt, you can buy the official Thoughtshake T-Shirt. All proceeds are going straight into my pocket, and by extension into this site by giving me the money to keep buying games to review, talk about and ignore on my Steam Games list.


TF2 Update Is Live, Rather Fantastic

August 14, 2009


The final day of the TF2 update news has come and gone, and so the update has been released. The last bit of news told us that we would be getting a CTF version of Sawmill, the inclusion of CP_Yukon from the community as an official map, and many new features and fixes. Hit the read more bit under this to find the full changelog, and stay tuned for some impressions of after-update play.


TF2 Update News Day 2 – King of the Hill arrives.

August 13, 2009


The Team Fortress 2 Update continues, with a new game mode announced today alongside a new map. The new game mode is King of the Hill – a multiplayer mode which is surely familiar to anybody who plays multiplayer FPS games. Essentially, one team takes hold of a point, and has to stop the other team from taking it away from them. There’s a timer of three minutes which counts down for the duration of your teams’ occupation of the point, and the same for the other team. Essentially, the first teams’ timer to reach zero wins.

With this news comes the announcement of a new map, this time set in a snowy setting, specifically designed for the new mode along with the arena maps Sawmill and Nucleus which have been modified for the new mode.

TF2 Update Inbound, Hats Are The New Old Hats

August 12, 2009

It doesn’t seem long since the mighty Sniper vs. Spy update, but apparently Valve have decided to shake things up again with a new ‘classless’ update for Team Fortress 2. What that essentially means is that the update will have no specific class in mind – and therefore all classes will get something nifty. The first day of update news is up, and we can be expecting 18 new hats and a new Arena level to be arriving with the update. We’ll keep you posted with the next few days of news.

Competition Result: Somebody Won!

August 1, 2009


Who saw that coming? Yes, somebody has won the coveted £40 worth of Steam games! We asked you folks to send us your favourite experiences in games in interesting ways, and you certainly didn’t disappoint. We received all sorts of entries, including songs, pictures and anecdotes, but ultimately there can only be one winner – and the name of that person is…


The Adventures of Captain Major in Oblivion – Part 3: A Treasure Trove Of Fun

July 25, 2009


Previously on The Adventures of Captain Major… A fish was beaten to death and the people of Aleswell were saved from a minor annoyance in Is All Well in Aleswell?, and Captain Major’s trusty steed Speedo is mercilessly slaughtered by marauders on the way to Bravil in Havok on the Highway!

I had made it to Bravil, where apparently a spell called Kill was being sold by a local spell merchant. Seeing as this was the main reason for my visit to Bravil, I made it my first item of business to find out who was selling the spell, and to purchase it. I’d not made a lot of money so far as Captain Major, but before I became a superhero, I had procured a tidy sum of money which I could dip into now. I soon found the shop, which gave me the choice of two spells in the Kill catagory – Weak and Moderate.


Left 4 Dead 2 News: Swamp Fever

July 24, 2009


Every so often we at the Thoughtshake feel the need to give some kind of coverage to current news in the video game world. It doesn’t happen often, but we realise that some people like to get their news from an obscure and poorly researched resource rather than one of the major gaming sites around. We appreciate that, but that in turn makes it hard for us to find stuff out without actually going to those big sites and getting the facts directly from them. Because we don’t get invited to the video games parties.

Anyway, Left 4 Dead 2 news has surfaced from Comic-Con – this time showing off a new campaign called Swamp Fever, and a new special infected called the Spitter. Continuing to walk the line between creepy and comical, the Spitter is an odd looking creature which spits toxic goo which hurts a lot should it hit a player, and once it hits the ground it stays there hurting anyone who crosses it again. This effectively means that the survivors will be unable to just hide in a closet shooting out, as the toxic goo will force them into the open, and possibly scatter them for the other infected to pick off.

It all sounds very good, and my faith remains in Valve to pull this off with similar success to Left For Dead 1. There are more pics of the Swamp and things at Planet Half-Life.

Fancy Winning Some Steam Games? Get Off Your Lazy Arse And Enter!

July 22, 2009
No, I have not improved the banner.

No, I have not improved the banner.

We’re coming up to the last week of the Steam competition that we’ve been running, so if anyone has been holding back on entering because they can’t be arsed, or have been preparing something particularly spectacular, make sure to get in your entries by midnight on SlappyBag Day (also known as 31st July in some cultures). The competition is quite close at the moment, and with time running out your last minute entry could make all the difference.

Like reading about our adventures in EVE, GTA IV, Oblivion and STALKER? You can live them too if you win this prize, as all these games are available on Steam. The prize is a full £40 of Steam Games, the specific game choices are up to you. All you have to do is tell us about your favourite experience in a game in an interesting or amusing manner, and you could be walking away with pretty much any game from the Steam catalogue, or a whole array of cheaper ones! Get your entries in to contact [at] thoughtshake [dot] com!

Read the full Terms and Conditions over at the original post.

The Adventures of Captain Major in Oblivion – Part 2: Havok On The Highway

July 21, 2009


Previously, on The Adventures of Captain Major… A horse is stolen, a fish is beaten to death, some invisible folks are heard but not seen, then both heard and seen as Captain Major saves the day. The horse is named Speedo. Read it here. This is a kind of intermission between adventures, sadly, as nothing much happened. Why post it, you say? Be quiet, you.

Despite my victory at what people (well, me) were already calling the battle for Aleswell, I had come into something of an existential funk. Sure, I had saved an entire town from the minor annoyance of being invisible, but was was it all for? I had not received any kind of rewards thus far on my journeys, and to be honest the whole selfless hero thing really wasn’t my style. I needed some kind of payment for my troubles else it wouldn’t be worth it. I thought next time I would ask for the money up front.


Accessibility, Is It A Bad Thing?

July 20, 2009


Games these days are always being developed to be accessible; for the biggest target audience, to ease frustration and ease the learning curve. Popcap have always been one to aim for accessibility in their genuinely simple and fun games, take the smash hits Peggle or Plants vs Zombies of examples of how simple and focused a game can be.  Mainstream games are constantly going down the similar route of easing people into the game, some overly so, especially on recent focus on the console formats. All this is well and good, I for one enjoy a good game of Team Fortress 2 as much as the next crazed gamer but some of my real long time favourite games have an almost vertical learning curve, becoming almost inaccessible.