My life as a gamer dad

My life as a gamer dad

May 16, 2015

Having become a father just shy of four years ago, the time I get to play games has been somewhat reduced today, compared to my responsibility-free younger years. However, I still save a few hours throughout the week for my favourite hobby, and have just recently introduced my son to the delights of Nintendo’s catalogue of games on the Wii U. Seeing his...

2015: Kill or be killed for Assassin’s Creed

2015: Kill or be killed for Assassin’s Creed

Apr 13, 2015

Assassin’s Creed Victory, the 537th game in the series, is due out later this year. Set in Victorian London, it has the potential to provide a memorable, captivating atmosphere; not to mention legendary historical figures, and some iconic buildings to explore and climb. But how much of this will come to pass, how well will it be handled, and – most...

THAT Hotline Miami 2 scene: Brave or stupid?

THAT Hotline Miami 2 scene: Brave or stupid?

Mar 16, 2015

That scene in Hotline Miami 2. You know, that scene. The one that Dennaton Games, caught with their proverbial pants down when it was first seen long before release, assured everybody “it’s not what it looks like” about. I haven’t played the game yet, so am in no position to comment on how it is presented in context; but a great many people who...

Peter Molyneux becomes a chef (in my head)

Peter Molyneux becomes a chef (in my head)

Feb 16, 2015

As I stand outside in the soggy crowd, ineffectively thrusting my hands further into my pockets in reaction to the rain-flecked wind, I think back to when it first began. Poor Peter Molyneux, hounded from the games industry simply because he repeatedly produced videogames that bore little resemblance to what he promised. Shortly before that, he realised that it...

The videogame publishers’ war on consumers

The videogame publishers’ war on consumers

Jan 26, 2015

A somewhat sensationalist headline, perhaps, but one not entirely without truth. The games industry of 2015 is one in which consumers work to please publishers rather than the other way around, and things are only going to get worse. As with any war, there have been victories on both sides – but the publishers won an extremely important battle years ago, and...

2014 – gaming year in review

2014 – gaming year in review

Jan 7, 2015

2014 was disappointing for gaming on a number of levels, with several games not living up to early hype, and others getting released in a broken state. Of all the console manufacturers I would say Nintendo had the best year, with the Wii U finally producing some top notch games like Mario Kart 8, Bayonetta 2 and Super Smash Bros. Sony and Microsoft may have...