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Onward to the breach dear friends!

Hello there dear reader.

As you probably may have noticed, the usual updates have stopped. Why? Because we’ve moved. I may sporadically update this site when stuff happens, but for all intents and purposes, please go to to see our usual output. Subscribe to the feed at Comment on everything. Tell your friends. Make us feel loved.

And of course, send us cookies. We’ll be looking for writers who can commit to one post a week on any gaming subject (PC or console) in the coming month so send me an email at patrick[at]

Also, in a delicious sense of irony, this is my 100th post. Whoopie.


Hey there. So, I’m writing for this thing now. I go by ManaTree on the ‘netz, but I’m not anyone big. Yet.

And that’s the point, isn’t it? Why we all do the things we do? To do what we like in a satisfactory way?

So I’m here. Graciously given a chance by DrugCrazed to write.

And that is what will happen.

But first, let’s drop the srs bsns.

I’m currently an engineering student in the States with a huge interest in games and music. I’ve got very little to my name barring a review on the brazened Gaming Daily and probably random comments on the ever lovely Rock, Paper, Shotgun (random adjectives may have been used in the construction of this post). To give perspective, I’m essentially a no one. I’ve got several games I’m collaborating on, and a personal one I really hope I do eventually get out, but certainly not for a while.

It’s safe to say I have too many hobbies; I think this is because my mind is weird like that. It likes to take a passing interest in everything. My “feature” post, in fact, will be around what everyone in PC gaming can do to further improve its state, with a bent towards economics. My entire interest in economics and business is voluntary. Besides the obvious games aspect I’ve noted, my other huge interest is in all aspects of music. Finding music, making it (albeit I have issues getting it out of my head and onto a file), selling it (though just in theory), and for the last couple years, breakdancing to it.

And the best part, is that all of it can be applied to games, and vice versa.

If there is, indeed, wisdom I can part, it’s that everything is connected. One thing is all other things. And all things can be one thing.

Try that out for size.

What the hell is going on round here?

Well, it’s time for a blog update. As you may have noticed, it’s not just me writing on here now. I’m still continuing to write my weekly set (After the sale finishes). I now have 2 subordinates:

  • Kid A, as he said is now writing here after a certain developer got his blog shut down for breaking a non-existant copyright rule.
  • TehHunter, who is a steam friend. Hunter was interested in beginning to write and I offered him a slot here. He’ll introduce himself at some point and we’ll see how it all goes.

As it stands, we’ll continue writing our set of reviews, news stories or whatever we want to write about. Seeing as this is now no longer a personal blog just for me, I’m spending some time working out how to make it reflect that there are now 3 people writing for it.

So, what else is there to mention? Getting the Sunday Papers mention a while back seems to have got a few extra readers, so it seems that actually write a decent article. I’m now throwing the odd piece at Gaming Daily. Sometimes they even accept it.

That’s all I want to say on the subject of the blog. Of course, comments are appreciated, as are twitter links and such like. Subscribe to the feed, or even use the email notification system on the side.

Right. Yes. Hello? Hello.

So, as the utterly nonsensical,  grammatical minefield of a title may or may not inform you, this is not DrugCrazed. Do not adjust your routers, or put your fist through your monitors in anger: all will be well, droogs. I am James Greene, a.k.a. Kid A, one-time writer of Sixty FPS or Bust – another gaming blog, which was recently shut down by an unscrupulous dog’s gonad of a man named Jochen Klobe. (Am I allowed to write that? I bloody hope so.)

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Announcement and stuff

There was supposed to be a post yesterday, but it appears I pressed the wrong button. I blame me. Seeing as I forgot, that post will show up tomorrow. Which leads me nicely into this post.

The current readership of How To Play is about 20 or so for each post, assuming that each view I have is unique and is for one post. However, I’m still a student, with the joys of exams looming. With that in mind plus various other things, content on here is going to be slightly less regular. I’m currently doing 2 posts a week, each being at least 500, sometimes more. With the amount of readership I have, it’s not worth killing myself over 2 posts a week with this amount of readers. As such, I’m changing my schedule to 1 per week on a Thursday.

There’s evidently people who like this (30+ readers came every day), so I won’t close this down. Mr Lager from Gaming Daily has asked for a pitch, so he evidently doesn’t hate this. So hopefully, in the near future, I’ll be getting occasional posts on there. Feel free to look out for me.

I’m also looking forward to doing another playthrough or series on a game. Depending on how the GD stuff goes, I may be asking around there if they wish to partake in a Frozen Synapse tournament. Feel free to come back tomorrow to read the review (ish) of that tomorrow. Either that, or I could have a look at the next Hitman game.

So, feel free to subscribe to the feed and comment on what you think on this. See you tomorrow then dear readers.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everybody! Have fun eating chocolate. I’m sure there’s a reason you’re reading this instead of eating chocolate/playing games, but I don’t mind.

This marks the end of the week where I did a daily post from playthrough of Hitman. Well, I have a lot more missions to play, so I may return to it at a later date. Maybe tomorrow? Who knows? You’ll just have to wait and see.

My “so you want to be a games writer” even though I’m not really one post

A certain Jaz McDougall put a link out to a post put out by Michael Walbridge, saying why he was quitting the games journalism business. Craig, from Gaming Daily, called him (Not Jaz. I think) an idiot. I said he wasn’t. Seeing as this discussion was over Twitter, I didn’t have the space to write back a proper response. Even more annoyingly, I couldn’t post anything because I was away. However, lucky for him, that gave me a week of doing very little to write up a big long response. I’m sure both of them are ecstatic at the thought. Continue reading

No Post today

Apologies my non-existant readers, for the lack of a blog post today. I’m currently either a) In Hereford with family and no internet access or b) Working on my computing coursework, which is to be handed in next week.

So, you can go back to the internet and do what you were doing before, you won’t get anything here I’m afraid. I suggest you go to either Gaming Daily or Rock Paper Shotgun for your gaming fix today. Thursday everything will be back to normal. The giraffe is staying though.

Merry Christmas!

As today is Christmas Day, I’d like to wish all gamers around the world a Merry Christmas, and hope you all have a great day. Sadly, I’m unlikely to get a post done for this Monday, so I may have to leave that one, but Thursday should still be okay. Don’t pretend you’re sad.

And don’t forget that games are more important than family.


As of this week, I shall no longer be writing blog posts about How To play anymore. This is for several reasons, but the main one is that it is far too restrictive to write in. The first few How To Posts that I wrote were ideas that had been spinning round in my head for several months (In the case of DRM, several years). However, I don’t think I can continue writing blog posts with the same regularity as my various observations on the subject of gaming as a whole, and still make a good job of it. To that end, I’ve decided to cease forcing myself to write them every week, and will add them into the usual regular updates.

To that end, I will still be updating twice a week. I like writing this blog, and I’m happy to continue. Although when I write this my reader count is quite small, I would still like to write posts well and coherently. So you’ll still see a post every Monday and Thursday at 10:00 GTM on the dot (Thanks to the wonders of scheduling). So check back tomorrow for an post on whatever I decided to write about.

My last request is for the people who read it at the moment. I am well aware that I’m a small blink in the blogospheare, but if you like this blog, comment and tell your friends to read it. If you don’t like it, comment anyway. Tell me what you don’t like, tell me what you’d like to see incorporated into my writing style. I’ll always read the comments, and I’ll always read and respond.