Copywriting 101 – How to be a Word Wizard with Zak Lacey

Words! They can be used to weave a spell around us. They can make you hallucinate strange new worlds, sell you a hat, or get you to click on a link. It’s the latter two that are covered by copywriting. Not to be confused with copyright. OK, that meme merely served to confuse things. We’re really talking about the art …

2 Tips to Get the Most Out of Online Communities

With the COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the earth, social distancing has become the norm for many communities. While this helps lower the spread of coronavirus, it has also put a strain on maintaining healthy relationships and social connections.  Fortunately, the internet has become the medium of choice through which many satisfy their need for socialization. For some this might have …

Twitch 101 with Bex from Trista Bytes

It’s Twitch 101 with Coaching for Geeks and Trista Bytes! Twitch is a beast of a platform, and with the demise of Mixer (Twitch’s only true rival), everyone’s streaming on Twitch. If you want to be a streamer then you need to get the right kit, grow your audience, grow your confidence, and learn some new skills. Whether you’re starting …

COVID-19: the frontline view from ITU

Health Bar Special Welcome back to the Health Bar. Normally what I would do is take you on a journey through an illness or a disease and talk about the cool history, the nuts and bolts of how it works and all the ways we treat the issues. Not today though. Today we will talk about dealing with Covid whilst …

3 Ways That Gaming Can Improve Your Self-Image

The idea of self-image is exceptionally vital for many people. After all, the way we think about ourselves will affect us in many different ways, including affecting our mental, physical, social, emotional, and even spiritual health. In other words, how you feel about yourself will affect the way you function. For this reason, it is important to do things that …

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Break the Stereotype: Practice Good Hygiene While Gaming

No one likes stereotypes, but sometimes so many people in a group live up to them that they stick. In this case, they also stink! Gamers have gathered all sorts of stereotypes over the years. Which are true? Which are totally out there? And how can you avoid falling into those categories? Debunking the Stereotypes Thanks to popular media, when most …

3 Tips for Popping Your Online Gaming Cherry

Are you planning to leave the comforts of a single-player game and delve into the more complicated world of multiplayer? We won’t blame you if you feel a little intimidated by the task. After all, you are interacting with other people and there is no telling how they will treat you. Most, if not all, online multiplayer games will unfortunately …

Getting started with Twitch

A quick guide to some of the settings for Twitch channels, including screen caps, and brief descriptions/explanations of the important ones. Keep scrolling till you see: “This is the end. Turn back now!”  Let’s dive in! Channel Settings The following options are found on your channels dashboard at: https://dashboard.twitch.tv/u/**channelName**/settings/channel – but replace **channelName** with your actual channel name. The following …

Agent Venture – Online Heist Experience Review

The classic heist. From Oceans 11 to. Games have varying success in pulling them off, escape rooms and experiences even more so. Monaco, The Swindle, Honey Heist… and now Agent Venture. Agent Venture is the new online heist game, played via Zoom, and brought to you by the creators of immersive real world adventure game – The Adventure is Real. …

How to Create a Cloud BackUp for Your Small Business

Long gone are the days when all of the big and small business documents could be stacked in filing cabinets. Today, many business owners have employees who work remotely at their own convenience, working with clients all around the world, and the need to access files and records from anywhere at any time. Speed and reliability are the key factors …

Lonely Mountains: Downhill – A Review 

Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a game full of boundless charm, that has honestly taken me utterly by surprise. Lonely Mountains: Downhill – previously released cross-platform (on PC, PS4 and Xbox One) in Oct 2019 – has now launched on the Nintendo Switch. Developed by Megagon Industries and published by Thunderful, a publisher with a colourful library of unique games. I …

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The 42 best PC games for new gamers to try

Video games are great!  They let you explore alien worlds, live a life of exhilaration of missed heartbeats and adrenaline and, if the truth be known, a life of dubious virtue. But also collecting coins, matching candy, and saving the day. They can also be a little bit overwhelming for newcomers, with complex controls, confusing terminology, and OH MY GOD …

How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy While Playing Video Games

Video games allow hours of entertainment in worlds that only animation, graphics and creativity could dream up. However, playing them can sometimes come at a cost to your eyes.  If you get headaches easily or have vision problems, you know the importance of playing video games the right way. The following tips can help you keep your eyes healthy while …

4 Things You Should Never Do When Playing Online – Our Guide

Are you planning to head into the online world of gaming? Player One, Ready? While you can jump right in and enjoy your game, know that the online gaming world is the Wild West; territory where anything goes – it’s dangerous to go alone – take this guide to ensuring that your online multiplayer experience isn’t tainted and to manage …

Tech Know-How-Equipment for a Complete GoPro Experience

Whether you’re a vlogger, a passionate globetrotter, or an extreme sports aficionado, GoPros has become the new reference in recent years. Thanks to their pocket-size form factor, versatility, and superb image quality, they’re used for a variety of purposes and activities; skiing, surfing, hiking, biking, driving, you name it.  Now, to make the best of your embarked GoPro experience, we’ve …

We asked some streamers what games make them happy

Videogames! They can be a source of fun, of exhilaration, or utter fucking frustration when you fuck that fucking mission up for the umpteenth fucking time. *narrows eyes and glares at GTFO* It’s easy to forget that games can be fun when guns deep in the latest grey and beige shooter, or getting attempting to survive as a civilian in …

Post a game to a friend: BARPIG Lock-Inn

BARPIG! The highly social game of post adventuring tavern-time won our ‘Party Game of UK Games Expo’ award and was nominated in our end of year awards too. Surely such a silly game can’t work in a post-lockdown world… right? A game so based on social interaction and being in the same room that it’s surely in piggy hibernation to …

3 ways video games can help build your confidence

In dire need to build your self-confidence? It may sound like counterintuitive advice, but start playing video games! Contrary to popular belief, video games actually help build self-confidence. The most obvious way it does this is that it forces you to interact with other people, (if you’re playing online multiplayer games. With so many multiplayer games today, you are bound …

3 Tips to Get You Started on Your Esports Journey – Our Guide

Fancy yourself under the spotlight competing in the esports scene for millions of pounds or millions of dollars? While the journey to that ever happening IS arduous and extremely difficult, it is not impossible. With enough effort and patience, you will slowly climb to the top. If you are ready, begin your journey to becoming an esports pro with these …

8 Simple Tips for Throwing an Awesome Zoom Birthday Party

A few weeks ago I had my 28th birthday. As this was, unsurprisingly, the first birthday I’ve had in lockdown, it made for a strange day which included my nephew singing ‘Happy Birthday’ from the end of the driveway. Approaching the day, I decided to make the most of it and organised a big Zoom birthday party, inviting friends from …

Review: Hero Realms

Today we’re taking a look at Hero Realms, a deck-building, fantasy combat game from White Wizard Games; the spiritual sequel to their space-themed deck-builder Star Realms.  In this review we’re looking at the base box – which offers a few competitive game modes for 1-4 players – as well as the character and boss packs, and the co-op campaign mode …

Review: Exceed Fighting System: Shovel Knight Edition

Shovel Knight is a popular, platform-scrolling game franchise. Personally, I don’t have a lot of experience playing this fun, arcadey game, but from watching speedrunners and YouTubers I can describe the base game like this: imagine Mario, but instead of the quirky Italian plummer we all know and love, you control a knight armed with a shovel.  It follows the …

The 4-Step Guide to Properly Cleaning Your Gaming Keyboard

So, you’re a gamer. That probably means that you spend countless hours sitting in front of your desktop or laptop clicking away heads and winning that bread for your team! That said, whatever it is the game you play, the last thing you ever want to deal with is a keyboard that stops responding because some pieces of Cheetos you …

CfG Free Training – May 2020 Schedule – Learn stuff and/or things

Geeks need skills – not just to get the most bells for your turnips in Animal Crossing New Horizons, to paint those miniatures (don’t forget your basecoat!) or to avoid cosplay catastrophes. Life skills, business skills, personal skills. Get good, scrub. During lockdown the most important thing is to take good care of yourself. But of you can pickup some …