Life and Style

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Afghans 'may swing to Taliban' says Nato commander

Nato's commander in Afghanistan has warned that the country is at a tipping point and that the majority of Afghans will begin supporting Taliban militants unless conditions improve in the country in the next six months.

Video Games

Film: Movie-making: it's no game

Hollywood's had a disastrous run with console heroes. Will Lara Croft ever make the big screen?

Bowie to star in Eidos adventure

SHARES in Eidos, the computer games publisher famous for Tomb Raider, jumped 2.5 per cent to 2012.5p yesterday when the group announced a forthcoming action adventure game starring David Bowie.

Tekken videos and games giveaway

Taking the complex plot behind the best-selling PlayStation games trilogy as its starting point, Tekken: The Motion Picture provides an insight into the driving forces behind the games' popular characters. Released on video on 7 December, Tekken: The Motion Picture chronicles the bitter feud that develops between Heihachi Mishima, his abandoned son, Kazuya, and adopted heir, Lee Chaolan. It also features stunning animated action and combat sequences.

Design: action replay

From the early abstractions of Pac-Man and Tetris to the hyper- real alternative universes of Lara Croft and Tekken, computer games have always had a distinctive, hugely influential visual style. The games industry is now bigger than Hollywood. About time, then, for an official history. By Jessica Cargill Thompson

Games: Computer games

Sex, violence and a good deal of fun. William Hartston reviews computer games

War games could be fighting a losing battle

ARE THE seductive charms of Lara Croft - the curvaceous star of Tomb-Raider II - overcoming the eternal appeal of toy soldiers for the hearts, minds and pockets of millions of young boys?

Milia awards

Two British companies, Digital Image Design and Scoot, picked up two of the three major gongs at Milia. Douglas Adams headed up the Grand Jury for multimedia and infotainment, while Peter Molyneux, designer of games such as Populous and Theme Park, headed up the Game Grand Jury.
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