Category: 2012

  • Pitfalls & Powerups – Forgotten Video Game Mascots

    The 80s and 90s were the age of video game mascots. Every company wanted that signature character who they could stick on lunchboxes, t-shirts and, of course, as many of their games as possible. But for every Mario and Sonic, there were a slew of wannabes who, rather than jumping on the bandwagon, just clawed…

  • Bit Socket – Game of the Year 2012 Christmas Special

    OH GOD, IT’S THE END OF WORLD! WE’VE ONLY GOT TEN MINUTES LEFT, WHAT CAN WE POSSIBLY DO? I’d say there’s clearly three options available: curse the cruel and unforgiving sea; attempt sexual congress with a loved one or whip on Bit Socket’s Game of the Year 2012 Christmas Special. I know what I’ll be…

  • Last Minute Rush – Gifts for Gamers

    It’s Christmas time, there’s no need to be afraid. You’d think gamers would be easy to buy for, just buy them games, right? Well, if your intended target is anything like the gamers I know then they already own all the games they want. Perhaps you already got them games from their ‘list’ but how…

  • The Ready Up Podcast – Season 2, Episode 9 – End Of The Year Review 2012

    Laura and Tony are joined by The Supreme Editor-in-Chief, the Grand PooBar, the one and only Dan Bendon. This episode is our end of the year review where we take a look at all of the games we’ve reviewed over the last twelve months and pick out some highlights, lowlights and also-rans from the HUGE…

  • Listing Life Dangerously – The Five Best Board Games To Play This Xmas

    Videogames are old news. We all know it, but we’re too afraid to say it. The controllers are fiddly, the animation gives us headaches, it’s impossible to open the thin plastic wrapping they come in and on top of it all Nintendo have released this stupid console thing that no-one understands or asked for and…

  • The Ready Up Game Awards 2012

    It’s the end of the year, and that can mean only one thing – that it’s time for the Ready Up Game Awards. This year I did the honours of asking the entire team for their votes, and spent lots of time collecting and collating everyone’s votes and cash bribes. I’m kidding, of course –…

  • Letter from the Editor – A Christmas Message

    It’s the end of the year, a week before Christmas and a time to reflect. This year games journalism has taken a huge leap in maturity. It’s come out of its unthinking, blundering and arrogant teenagehood. There are good and bad things about losing one’s arrogance. Questioning one’s own wisdom is a useful and important…

  • Martin’s Musing – The Twelve Games of Christmas

     It’s that time of year where we celebrate, or lament, the year that has passed.  A time for forgiving and for forgetting.  It’s also time to take a step back from all the seriousness of the year and share a little joy to the world.  An elf called Buddy told people that, “The best way…

  • Resident Evil 6 Multiplayer DLC

    Another wave of zombie action is heading our way from Capcom in the form of Resident Evil 6 multiplayer DLC. Three new multiplayer modes, Survivors, Predator and Onslaught, are going to be added and Ready Up have already been hands on with them all. First up was Survivors mode in which 2-6 players can play…

  • Bit Socket – Project Justice: Rival Schools 2

    This week on Bit Socket, the boys get all nostalgic for #DCember, a month of remembrance for the beautiful Dreamcast started by those scamps over at Midnight Resistance. Nothing makes the boys more wistful and nostalgic than their formative years at school, which they’re able to relive by playing Project Justice: Rival Schools 2. Capcom’s…