What does your Nintendo zodiac sign say about you?

What does your Nintendo zodiac sign say about you?

Jul 1, 2019

2013 – The year of Luigi (Feb 14th 2013-March 18th 2014) (2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953) 2014 – The year of Donkey Kong (March 19th 2014-February 13th 2015) (2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954) 2015 – The year of Bowser (February 14th 2015-February 13th 2016) (2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955) 2016 – The year of Nabbit (February 14th 2016-February 13th...

Trust vs fear in player engagement and monetisation

Trust vs fear in player engagement and monetisation

Mar 6, 2019

The industry has been desperately trying to convince consumers that they want exclusively online experiences for years. Despite EA’s much-publicised assertion that players don’t want single-player games anymore, this isn’t a new idea that publishers have been trying to force into ‘self fulfilling prophecy’ status. It’s not...

Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn’t know how to handle realism

Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn’t know how to handle realism

Nov 10, 2018

Like most people in possession of a PS4 or Xbone, I’m currently playing through Red Dead Redemption 2. That game has an incredible, generation-defining open world that is unlikely to be surpassed for at least a decade. It is also a fundamentally flawed experience. One does not preclude the other, nor does this fact mean RDR2 is anything less than amazing...

There’s no “I” in stream

There’s no “I” in stream

Aug 26, 2018

Let’s get the important bit out of the way first. Yes the title is a desperate and terrible pun, and no, it doesn’t tell people what the piece is about. I like writing these sorts of godawful jokes, and it’s a habit that’s only gotten worse since people started paying me to write them. I was going to go with ‘stream if you wanna go...

Battlefield V revealed, morons unite

Battlefield V revealed, morons unite

May 24, 2018

EA have officially announced Battlefield V, in a video packed with pleasant surprises. As a female woman was used in the imagery, however, the internet nigh-on exploded with the stench of misogynistic morons farting out their thoughts en masse. If you’ve somehow missed the fuss, you can guess the kinds of comments pretty easily. Usually wrapped up in the...

VR’s successes and stumbles, via Farpoint

VR’s successes and stumbles, via Farpoint

Mar 11, 2018

I finally got myself PSVR a few months ago (and then only because I was able to enjoy a hefty discount). In the time I’ve spent with it since, I’ve by turns been mightily impressed and incredibly disappointed. My most recent VR purchase has been Farpoint, which serves as an instructive microcosm of the highs and lows of virtual reality. More...