Stranger Things

OK so this is not gaming news but I felt I had to shout all about Stranger Things a Netflix original. A colleague of mine told me about the series and as soon as I heard it was set in the 80’s I knew I had to watch it. Today was one of the rare occasions…

The Division – Why I’m retiring

Perseverance is a word that I think would best summarise my experience with Ubisoft’s open world shooter, The Division. Its been well over four months since its launch and my interest level has gone from ecstatic to lukewarm at a very smooth rate. There is so much that this game does right, but it’s just…

In the beginning…

When I started writing for this blog, i had just become a dad and was struggling for time and ideas on what to write; then I had a brainwave, write about what interests me. In my case after my friends and family, which is a given; my two big interests are gaming and history. I…

The Same Old Mechanics

I was watching a let’s play of White Night, an indie survival horror. The lets player commented on how the use of locked doors was the same as the mechanic in Silent Hill. So this got me to thinking a lot of new games reuse a wide array of game mechanics that have already been…

Can The Last Guardian make a profit?

The Last Guardian has been in development for around 10 years. It is reported that right after Fumito Ueda and Team Ico finished Shadow of Colossus, they started initial development of The Last Guardian. Shadow of the Colossus launched way back in 2005, so if this is true then it has actually been 11 years in…

Who is to Blame?

As we all know Pokémon GO is a huge deal at the moment. It has been all over the news. The stories that have caught my eye are sadly the bad ones. There have been reports that people are getting lured by criminals and having their phones taken. Another story I saw was about how…

Rise of the Youtuber

In recent years there has been an influx of gaming YouTubers. I am amazed how it has taken off. It is a part of gaming life. Many do it for different reasons, money, charity, spreading information, a hobby and many more.To me one group of youtubers that stand out are the Yogscast. Mainly doing lets…

Retro Corner: Theme Hospital

Theme Hospital was the brainchild of Bullfrog Productions and released in 1997 on PC and PlayStation. In a sense, it was a kind of spiritual successor to Bullfrog’s other hit game, Theme Park. The game play and setting were vastly different but both games shared a very British sense of humour, creating a tone which unites both games….

The Pressures of Gaming

Recently, I have been trying to find the time to join my friends on The Division, a game which is infinitely more enjoyable when playing as a team. I hit level 30 a couple of weeks ago, but am yet to take advantage of it. I just haven’t had the time to get online. Or have…

It’s a Beautiful World.

Over time game graphics have evolved a hell of a lot. They have become more realistic and many art styles have been used. So what makes a game beautiful? Is it cinematic graphics? Yes and no. A games individuality is beautiful to me, a bit  like snowflakes. Here are my five favourites beautiful games. Lumino…

The best Gaming Tutorials

Games have become increasing more complex over the years. A game can have actions associated with every single button on a controller or keyboard, sometimes going even further with combinations of button pushes required. A regular gamer will usually know the common actions associated with buttons. But game developers have to consider non-players picking up…

Life is Strange

Life is Strange came out last year but still has a place in my heart. You play as a teen called Max Caulfield navigating high school life with a bit of a twist. I won’t ruin it for you. I played this game from start to finish and loved it. It includes the popular butterfly…