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Subject Swag: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

Were you one of the unlucky people who missed out on The Times’ giveaway on Saturday? Never fear, Xen is here! I have a code to download Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light on Xbox Live Arcade. Here’s how you can enter to win;

Entry Method One: Twitter

Retweet the following message in it’s entirety to enter.

I wanna win Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light from @Xenoliath! #sxlara

You must be following me on Twitter to count your entry valid. No more than one retweet a day, people who abuse this will be disqualified. If winner entered through Twitter, they will be checked for human life signs. You will be shot if you’re from Skynet.

Entry Method Two: Blog Comment (Optional)

For your second chance to enter, and this can only be done once, tell me why Lara Croft is (or isn’t, it won’t affect your chances) the best female video game character of all time. OF ALL TIME! Please use a valid email address when you comment. Leave your Twitter username in your comment.

Winner will be contacted via Twitter DM, hence why you need to be following. If you are not following me, or do not respond within 48 hours of receiving DM, another winner will be picked. Competition closes Monday 30th August 2010, code must be redeemed by 31st October 2010. Good luck!

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Subject Swag: Archetype HD

Today I have a code to giveaway for one of the best first person shooters on iPhone/iPad, Archetype. This code will only work for iPad and on the US App Store, but those outside of the US can create a free account on iTunes unattached to a credit card on the US Store to redeem.

So, how do you enter to win this fantastic prize? Simply leave a comment below commenting about the blog! One entry per person. Competition closes next Sunday, 29th August. Winner will then be contacted by email, so make sure you are using a valid email to comment. The winner will then have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize. Failure to respond within given period will result in another winner chosen.

Good luck!

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The Times surprise gamers by giving away 1000 Lara Croft downloads

In a very unexpected and surprising move today, The Times gave away 1000 free codes to download latest Summer of Arcade title Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. Codes were gone shortly after, but many gamers are left very pleased.

SavyGamer on Twitter were first I saw on the scene, before it became widespread within minutes (the power of social networking) and 10 minutes afterwards they were all gone. All it required was a name and email address before a code instantaneously popped on screen, the process could be repeated multiple times.

The annoying thing – some sites and tweeters are now exploiting this by using the codes as a giveaway on their Twitter to gain attention and followers, then consider themselves to be somewhat famous because of it. Ego boost or what?

Now I know why I had such a hard time trying to get it for review from PRs. Damn Square Enix.

Lara Croft


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Red Faction: Battlegrounds Screens: Looks familiar…

Red Faction: Battlegrounds is the downloadable vehicular title coming in 2011, allowing you to drive in mechs, cars and tanks in an isometric view to blow up stuff and unlock items for the upcoming Red Faction Armageddon. As you can see, it looks a lot from the screens and trailer like a better version of Scrap Metal, here’s hoping it does a lot more with the controls. Check out the latest screens here and let me know what you think in the comments.

Red Faction BattlegroundsMore Red Faction BattlegroundsEven More Red Faction BattlegroundsWhen will the Red Faction Battlegrounds stop?Finally, it ends.More soon.

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Weekly Gaming Fanart – 1st Edition

Hello there stranger, welcome to a new weekly feature on my blog where I highlight five pieces of gaming fanart from popular art sharing site DeviantART for your viewing pleasure, and to get those artists slightly more recognition.

1) Bioshock by wildlifehoodoo

This piece of fanart is very detailed and captures the wonderful joys that a Big Daddy and a Little Sister spend together throughout the spiralling maze of Rapture! Right before they stab a needle in a dead corpses’ head and drink Adam from their DNA. That’s Bioshock for ya.

2) Mirror’s Edge by Claw333Ayane

Mirror’s Edge, one of my favourite games, and this fan art captures Faith, the main character of the game beautifully. I’m not sure what’s going on in the background though, I think they’re people. Funny, because Runners don’t exactly spend much time on the streets, I mean, you try jumping off a building in the game, it’s like the first Spider Man game all over again.

3) Red Dead Redemption by patrickbrown

Another beautiful piece of fan art accurately portraying the main character John Marston; just shoot everything in sight. Would it kill you to play the game nicely? Anyway, i swear that I saw this not long back in this special fan art pull out booklet in an issue of GamesMaster. Nice anatomy there, too.

4) Mass Effect by EspenG

You look at this fan art, and you wish that this was the box art for the game. Simply beautiful, but I get the feeling that Shepard looks like a beat up version of Dwayne Johnson. Either way, this is simply amazing, now if only Thane would move out the way so we could see more of Miranda’s booty… I’m just kidding! She’s too far away anyway.

5) Halo, Master Chief by adonihs

Last but not least, a very detailed portrayal of Master Chief kicking ass once again, this time standing over an Elite in pride and victory, making all those grunts run for their lives. If this particular fan art came to life, the majority of it would be Master Chief teabagging the Elite. What? He’s in the right position for it! Either way, simply spectacular.


So as you can see, I’m not exactly one for spotting artistic detail, I’m more of an admirer myself. Anyway, fantastic fan art from all five artists, I highly recommend you check out their other work on DeviantART and if you have an account, fave them and give them each a watch.

That concludes the first edition of Weekly Gaming Fanart, I’ll be back next weekend with more fan art goodness.

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BFBC2 VIP Map Pack 5 coming July 28th!

Just spotted this on the In Game Store for Battlefield Bad Company 2. Map Pack 5, which will be free to VIPs, contains White Pass on Rush mode and Nelson Bay on Conquest. The free pack will release on 28th July! Have fun.


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