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I'm the "Video Game Rockstar" Contributor on Squidoo

Updated on June 25, 2014

Games, Games And More Games

If you like video games then you've come to the right place.

Welcome!

This page is a resource for all your video game desires on Squidoo.

We will of course, feature loads of games, and game-related articles.

Whether you want to find reviews of the latest, greatest or an older classic, read hints and tips to get you through those tricky levels, or just kick back and enjoy comparisons of relevant accessories or hardware, you'll find it all here.

Stay tuned...

See our latest quest below.

Photo Credit: all photos mine, unless otherwise specified.

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Xbox One + Kinect
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With a new, upgraded Kinect sensor, this is the box that wants to take

over your entire living room.

The question is: will it succeed?

 
Titanfall - Xbox One
Titanfall - Xbox One

Lots of gamers are drooling over this one.

Fast paced multiplayer combat.

Note: you must have online access and the relevant Live membership to play.

 

Who Am I?

I'm Tim Bader and I have been playing video games since I was about 10, when I got my first ever computer, a Sinclair ZX Spectrum...

I have played games on various platforms, including Commodore 64, Atari ST and Atari Jaguar (for those who remember them) through to PC, Xbox, and Xbox 360.

I enjoy all kinds of games, not just the popular first person shooters, like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, but everything from "platformers", to "hack and slash", to kids games and strategy games.

I enjoy seeking out those games that are slightly different to the rest, are quirky, or which merge different genres together.

More recently I have begun reviewing games on Squidoo (see the links on the right - yes, there's a bit of a pattern there), so when the opportunity to become the Video Game Rockstar Contributor came up, I jumped at the chance!

Who Are You?

I hope that you are as excited about video games as I am, because I want you to contribute too.

Over the coming days, we'll be issuing challenges of all kinds, so get ready with your virtual pens as there will be lots of opportunities to share your unique take on things with the world.

In order to do that, I'd really appreciate it if you could take part in some surveys so I can get an idea of what kind of gamer crowd we have here on Squidoo.

To start things off, lets find out what kind of gamer you are and which platform you use for most of your gaming.

Are you a hardcore, can't wait to get home from work/school, live for games, kind of guy/gal, or are you more of a casual, pick a game up when you fancy it, but could just as easily read a book or watch a movie?

Or maybe you're just a gamer dad (or mum), who only really plays games with the kids?

Let me know by placing your vote below.

Take The Survey Here!

What kind of gamer are you?

See results

Survey part 2

For part 2 of our survey, let us know where you spend most of your gaming time.

If you only own a Playstation, then that's easy, but if you own a Playstation and an Xbox, then you may find it more difficult.

Don't think about it too much, just pick the one that you spend the most time on.

If this varies from day to day, or you just can't decide, then just tell us which one you are using right now.

Platform Poll

What platform do you do most of your gaming on?

See results

Quests, etc

This section is where I'll start posting new quests and links to games content you may be interested in.

Eventually, I hope that this area will move out to its own page, but for the moment, here is a link to your first challenge:

Review Cut Price Video Games

We've had some great articles for our first quest.

Have a look at these examples:

Little Big Planet 2 Review

Gears Of War 3 Review

Sly Cooper Thieves In Time Review

The Last Of Us Review

And my own Modern Warfare 3 Review

Keep those reviews rolling in!

Photo Credit: Archery Target, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Killer Setup
Killer Setup

Review Your Games Hardware

You've reviewed some games, next we'll have a look at the hardware you run them on.

This month, I want to know about your killer game setup.

Maybe you have just bought a Playstation 4, or a super duper graphics card for your PC.

Or maybe, you have a gamer chair or an amazing set of surround sound headphones.

Whatever it is, I want you to share it with the world by writing a review.

If that sounds like your cup of tea, then join me over there to Review Your Games Hardware!

Photo Credit: Killer, public domain courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Video Game Review Guidelines

Believe it or not, video games can be a sensitive subject.

They can be addictive, some people think that video games rot your mind (although the opposite is usually true) and there are game forums around the web full of 'trolls' who like nothing better than to wind up others or start 'flame wars'.

My aim with the Video Game niche is to encourage gamers and non-gamers alike to participate in gaming on Squidoo.

Whether folks are writing reviews, reading them, or taking part in surveys, we want everyone to enjoy being here.

With that in mind, I want to lay down some ground rules for video game niche reviews and comments.

This isn't a 'heavy', really it's just my interpretation of the Squidoo Terms of Service for this specific niche.

  • Make sure that you are reviewing the correct game version for the platform you play games on - i.e. If you have the PC version of the game, then use that version from Amazon in your review.
  • Remember to point out any benefits specific to your version. For example, if your Playstation version of the game has extra bonus levels then mention them.
  • Please refrain from negative or unsubstantiated comments about one hardware system or another (e.g. "Playstation sucks"). Squidoo is a positive platform and we don't want to incite arguments in the comments.
  • Keep it 'clean'. There may be children or young adults reading your review.
  • Check your spelling and grammar before you publish (video games sites and forums are notorious for being bad at these) - having good spelling is a sign that you are professional and worth reading.

Beyond that - have fun!

Photo Credit: Tightrope Walking, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Further Reading

Here's where I will call out great articles on games and gaming, for your reading pleasure.

Stop by again from time to time for more.

Are you as excited as me about video games and what 2014 has in store?

Did you get one of the new consoles for Christmas, or are you planning on getting one soon?

Maybe you are going to keep gaming on PC or Mac?

Or maybe, you are thinking about getting one of those new fangled Steam boxes when they are released?

Let us know below!

What do you think?

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @favored: Thank you.

      I wouldn't say lame - Solitaire and other games certainly have their place and I still enjoy "offline" board games too!

      Thanks for reading.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I can see you were a good choice for this topic. As for me, I know very little about any of these or gaming these days. Only play a few on the computer like Solitaire or Bubbletown. Lame right? Having no kids leaves room for lots of other things.

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @TanoCalvenoa: Ah yes, Tetris was responsible for many a lost hour or three for so many people, including me.

      And I'm pretty sure I played on of the Mortal Kombat games too - I'm not a fighting game man really, but that one was a classic.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      Although I've played video games to a small extent in recent years with my kids, such as on a Nintendo Wii, I've mostly not played any since I was 14 years old (20 years ago). I used to play my old weird-color Gameboy and Sega Genesis for probably two hours ever day when I was junior high age. My favorite games were Tetris and Mortal Kombat.

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @DreyaB: Hi Dreya, nice to meet you.

      One of things I like these days is that anyone can be a gamer, male or female, young or old, and from any walk of life.

      Thanks for pointing out your review, it's great and well written - well done!

      I'll see if I can find a spot where I can feature it.

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      Love video games and like the idea of all this. I'm a (female!) PC gamer really but also own Wii and DS for different reasons. Don't know if this helps you at all, but you're welcome to use it if it does:

      http://www.squidoo.com/the-sims-3-island-paradise-...

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Alyssa DeBoer: You're welcome - good work!

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      Alyssa DeBoer 3 years ago

      Thanks for putting my review on your lens! :)

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Seasons Greetings: They do indeed!

      A very good point - I shall make the appropriate adjustments.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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      Laura Brown 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Moms play video games too, not just Dads.

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @SheGetsCreative: Thank you - I'm sure I will!

      I've not played those games, although I have heard of Castleville by name.

      Would you like to write a review of either of them?

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      I have to be brutally honest - I steer away from games because I have an addictive nature and I too busy to play them! Maybe when I retire! lol!

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Congrats - a popular niche I'm sure you'll have fun with! Right now the only thing I play is Word with Friends occasionally and Castleville Legends (because I can play them on my Nook while I work on the laptop...)

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Brite-Ideas: I hope so ...perhaps some of your family would like to write a review?

      Thanks for visiting.

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Adventuretravels: Is that lol or wol (weep out loud)? ;)

      Have a happy retirement!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Congratulations, this will be a popular area! (I base that on my house - gaming systems all over the place!)

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Zeross4: I'd like to get one or other of the next gen consoles too, but I'm holding out for the moment (the reason for which, I have blogged about elsewhere).

      I'll be sure to give online gaming some attention too.

      Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      I'm very excited, and so glad to have found our gaming contributor! I can't wait to get the PS4, and Xbox1. I play most of my games online, like League of Legends or WOW :) Looking forward to your lenses, and congratulations on a well deserved gaming contributor roll! ~Daisy

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @SteveKaye: Thanks!

      Thank you for visiting.

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Congratulations on being part of this club.

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @sierradawn lm: That's ok, I'm already behind the times as I'm still on the 360 (shsh, don't tell anyone).

      I hope they come and share their favourite games for the 'One' here on Squidoo. ;)

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      My grandsons both bought themselves the Xbox 1 for Christmas but I am content to live in the dark ages.

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @flinnie lm: Me too!

      Thanks for letting us know.

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      flycatcherrr 3 years ago

      Way to go, Tim! Glad you stepped up for this one, it's a perfect match!

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @flycatcherrr: Aw thanks! :)

      Thanks for dropping by.

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Sylvestermouse: Hello and welcome!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

      Bookmark this page and we'll see if we can get you some recommendations over the next few weeks.

      I want this to be a place where beginners can feel as comfortable as veterans, so I hope you feel at home!

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      Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

      I like Xbox games, lots of fun playing with the kids in my life.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      I have a really difficult time selecting video games for myself. I am far from truly experienced and always look for easy games that I can play while relaxing. I would love some recommendations for beginners. I have kind of grown tired of the find-it games, but I am definitely not ready for games that I will get killed in, in less than 3 minutes :)

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Nancy Hardin: Thanks Nancy, good to 'see' you.

      Thanks for visiting.

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks Susan, you're such an encourager!

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm not sure there's anyone more passionate than gamers when it comes to their video games and platforms. You'll be a great "contributor," Tim!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I'm not a gamer, but my son plays. I just stopped by to congratulate you on being the Video Game Rockstar Contributor for Squidoo. I think they really got it right, from reading this page!

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @stephen-homewood: Thanks again, Steve.

      The Elder Scrolls games have been getting better and better over time, so 'online' will be a good one to look out for.

      It sounds like it could be an exciting year for PC games and games all round!

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      stephen-homewood 3 years ago

      Lots of great pc games coming out in 2014. Most looking forward for the elder scrolls online game coming out in april. Not got a new console but have a very dusty xbox360 that never has any action because im a hardcore pc gamer.

      Not sure about the new steam box as I allready have the steam client on my pc which covers most of my gameing needs.

      Your doing a good job Tim. Well done!

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @stephen-homewood: Thanks Steve!

      I'm the opposite - hardcore Xbox 360 gamer for the past few years and left the PC gathering dust ...for the moment...

      Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      stephen-homewood 3 years ago

      Hardcore pc gamer. Got a xbox360 that is never used and collecting dust at present. Well done Tim you are doing a good job!

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      @Aquamarine18: Well thank you kindly.

      I hope your sons like it - and get them to take the poll.

      Maybe, they would like to write something about their gaming experience? ;)

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      Aquamarine18 3 years ago

      My sons love gaming! I will definitely show them this! Congratulations on being appointed as a Squidoo Contributor!