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...

Why you should buy an Xbox One. Or a PS4. Or maybe a Wii U.

Why you should buy an Xbox One. Or a PS4. Or maybe a Wii U.

Jan 2, 2015

Like many (most?) people, I was determined to never purchase an Xbox One after its disastrous reveal event. Not much has changed to the machine since then – apart from the removal of the demand for an internet connection, the removal of the demand for Kinect to be plugged in, the removal of Kinect from the box altogether, the removal of the emphasis on “TV...

The DLC Song (to be sung to the tune of ‘Jingle Bells’)

The DLC Song (to be sung to the tune of ‘Jingle Bells’)

Dec 24, 2014

We present this to you ‘pon Christmas Eve, the day we now celebrate which has its roots in Samhain, an old Celtic festival where people would sacrifice apples, carrots and goats in fear of the dead returning to walk amongst the living… no, wait, sorry; that’s All Hallows’ Eve. Christmas Eve is the day we remember that Santa gave his life...