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...

(Probably) imaginary David Cage sequels

(Probably) imaginary David Cage sequels

Jan 12, 2018

With evidence of David Cage incorporating domestic abuse into the game with predictable care and sensitivity, we’re all looking forward to Detroit: Become Human more than ever. The only criticism that anybody could have of his games, surely, is that there aren’t enough of them! Fortunately, we can present to you a world-exclusive look at some sequels in the...