Double Book Review

Today we will have a look at 2 books, both related to video games, so let us get started.

1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die – Updated Edition

1001 games

This is a very hefty book, weighing in just shy of 1000 pages. The book is beautifully printed in full colour on high quality glossy paper similar to what you will find in a  high-end magazine.

As indicated by the name 1001 Video games are covered. The Video games  are categorised and  divided into section based on the decade in which they were released, i.e. the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.

There is a detailed description provided for each game as well as a screen shot.

I really like this book as it triggers nostalgic memories of paging through video game magazines as a child, looking at what the next big release will be. I do however believe that this is not the kind of book you will pick up and read from cover to cover, I for example have limited interest in video games released in the 1970s so I skimmed through this section and found the best use of this book is simply picking it up from time to time and looking up a specific game.

Just keep in mind that the game selection is based on the authors’ personal preferences, so there is a chance that your favourite game might not be included in the list. But even considering this, I found this to be a great book and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in video games over the last few decades.

An Illustrated History of 151 Video Games


The first difference between this book and the previously reviewed one is that this is more of a coffee table book. It is also fully colour printed on high quality glossy paper and is beautifully hardbound. The book also divides the games into the decades they were released in, but also focuses on the systems on which they were released.

This book has a much more artistic feel with screen shots, box art and marketing artwork for each game covered as well as information about the game, its history as well as little factoids relating to the games.

I really enjoyed reading this book and although it covers a lot fewer games, found it to be of a more consumable size.

There is also a few pages dedicated to the leading consoles of each decade along with accompanying artwork and information.

I would recommend this book as it is great simply paging through it and looking at the amazing video game artwork over the past 40 years.

Double Book Review

Liebster Award


Thank you to I Old Games! for the Liebster Award nomination.

The Liebster Award is a community driven award, given to bloggers by bloggers. How the award works is once you are nominated by a fellow blogger, you firstly accept the award and thank the blogger who has nominated you, next you answer the questions asked by the blogger who nominated you and then lastly you nominate your favourite blogs and ask them 11 questions.

The purpose of the Liebster Award is to build awareness and give exposure to the blogs you like.

So here are the answers to the questions I Old Games! asked:

Question out of the blue: 3*2+6(5*7)/4=?


PC or Console? Why?

Console. When I was much younger, during school and university, I played PC games exclusively, but I got completely burnt out with the whole, upgrading the hardware, driver issues, etc. and this eventually took all the fun out of it for me. I also associate sitting in front of a PC with work, when I play games I prefer it to be relaxed on the couch in front of the TV.

What is the last game you played?

Last game I finished was the HD remaster of Heavy Rain and currently playing the HD remaster of Beyond: Two Souls.

Coca-Cola or Pepsi-Cola

Neither really, I never drink sugary drinks, but if I had to choose probably Coca-Cola.

Which is you favourite video games character?

This is a very difficult question to answer as there are so many great characters. But if I had to choose one I would probably say Link from the Legend of Zelda series of games.

What is the brand name of your smart phone?


In which historical age would you like to live? Maybe only for a couple of days…

During the Renaissance, would try to avoid the disease and war stricken time periods.

I reeeeally love sauces, dips and dressings. What is your favourite?

Tabasco Sauce, the Original.

Which X-Men do you think you could be?

I know everyone is going to say Wolverine here, so I am going to say Gambit, because he is suave and charming.

Favourite song of the Eighties?

Depeche Mode – Shake the Disease

Where will you spend your next holidays?

Nothing planned yet, but will probably be in the United States again.

So I nominate the following blogs:

Craig Nicol
Just read
What Rhino Said
Old School Game Blog
Very Very Gaming

And here are my questions to the nominated blogs:

  1. What did you want to be growing up?
  2. What is your favourite video game of all time?
  3. What is the first video game console you ever owned?
  4. What is the first video game you can remember playing?
  5. Batman or Superman? and Why?
  6. If you could be transported 1000 years into the past or the future what would you choose?
  7. Who is your favourite author?
  8. Playstation or Xbox?
  9. What is your favourite movie?
  10. Pizza or Burger?
  11. What is your favourite city in the world? and Why?
Liebster Award

BitCoin Mining


I have recently gotten involved in BitCoin mining, after being introduced by a former colleague, and I thought I would give a brief overview of BitCoin mining and related concepts.

To start out let us take a look at what a BitCoin is. BitCoin is a digital currency, also referred to as a cryptocurrency, were encryption techniques are utilised to verify the transfer of funds and regulate the generation of units of the currency, which is referred to as mining or more specifically BitCoin Mining.

A main differentiating factor of BitCoin compared to other traditional currencies, such as the US Dollar, is that BitCoin operates independently of a central bank, which means its value is purely based on market demand and supply.  

The underlying technology used with BitCoin is called BlockChain. In a nutshell, a BlockChain is a distributed database that contains a continuously growing set of data record that is hardened against tampering and modification. A BlockChain is utilised for a public ledger of all BitCoin transactions.

So now that the basic concepts have been explained, let us get started mining some BitCoins.

Firstly you will need a BitCoin wallet to hold your BitCoins. There are various options available, falling in 3 main categories, hardware wallets, software wallets and online wallets. Do some research and see what option suits your requirements best, then set up the wallet of your choice. I used an online wallet called XAPO (, which has several great features, including the ability to order a debit card linked to your BitCoin wallet. The only negative thing I experienced with XAPO is the very long verification process, which took approximately 3 weeks, before I could use my wallet.

Now that we have a wallet setup and ready, we can get busy mining some BitCoins. As with the wallet there are a few options available when it comes to mining BitCoins which are contained in 2 main categories, i.e. Mining on hardware you own or Mining in the Cloud. Once again you will have to evaluate which option is best suited for your specific situation. 

There are a vast amount of hardware options available, from relatively cheap to extremely expensive. The main difference between the different options are the different levels of processing power on offer and the efficiency by which that processing power is offered (i.e. Amount of electricity used etc.). The most expensive options thus offer the highest processing power at the greatest efficiency, i.e. at the lowest relative running costs.

Just note, when considering the hardware option keep in mind the cost of the hardware purchase as well as the costs of running the hardware, which include costs such as electricity (which differs greatly between countries and even regions inside countries), as these costs can erode a lot or even all of the potential profits to be made.

For Cloud based mining options you pay to mine BitCoins in a data centre or data centres owned and maintained for by someone else. There are numerous different companies available offering the service of BitCoin mining in the Cloud and each company usually offers a few different packages, usually consisting of monthly subscriptions services to once off fee based packages. I use Genesis Mining ( and have to date not had any issues.

Once you have selected a mining option or options (you can utilise multiple miners at the same time), remember to link the miner/miners to your wallet so that your mined BitCoins can be stored there.


All that is left to do now is sit back and wait for the BitCoins to be mined.

It is important to that you realise this is not a get rich quick scheme, do not expect to put in $10 and make $1000 in a year, be realistic. I expect to recover my initial investment in approximately 6-7 months and thereafter I will make a profit.  

BitCoin Mining