Occasionally, in my more inward, honest moments, I sometimes think that I’m a bit of a snob. A gaming snob, that is.
These moments are rare. After all, I wouldn’t have beef with a game just because it doesn’t nourish my intellect sufficiently. Just this week I’ve been glued to Call of Juarez Gunslinger, whose appeal lies squarely and unashamedly in the simple practice of ‘shooting guys in the face’, as its trailer proudly professes. Granted, it does this brilliantly. It drips with a wickedly self-deprecating sense of humour, polished off with a lick of comic-book inspired artistic wizardry, and bounds along with the speed of a greyhound on Red Bull. But highbrow brain food it is not. (more…)
This particular gentleman came to my attention via the brilliant, profanity-spewing AlphaOmegaSin. While I agree with more or less everything AOS had to say on this latest piece of advice from the former baptist minister and media mogul Pat Robertson (dyslexic Twilight fans read carefully), I do think it’s worth looking at the quote in context. After all, I don’t like to be one to shy away from seeing both sides of the coin. (more…)
Ah, the hypnotically seductive striptease of unboxing videos. With ‘Day One’ edging nearer, we’ve been treated to this little vid courtesy of Xbox’s Major Nelson. Trouble is, he doesn’t seem to have quite grasped the concept, yanking it all out with about as much tantalising allure as a bulldog eating its breakfast. Still, it’s nice to see the thing in a bit more detail, especially since Microsoft have now decided to include the headset, after the announcement of it being a separate purchase was met with much grumbling.
I do wish he wouldn’t keep referring to everything as ‘beautiful’. It looks OK, Mr Hryb, but beautiful is not the word.
So this week saw the release of a new shooter called The Drowning. Pinned as sporting a ‘revolutionary’ new control system, it was let loose upon the App Store to hungrily pursue the unwitting souls who might dane to download it. The bait? The promise of innovative controls that would come as sweet reprieve from the painful, clunky, kill-yourself-awkwardness that plagues most – no, all – touch screen shooters. (more…)
What does it look like when Super Mario Bros time travels into 2013? This.
What does it take for a game to hit massive critical acclaim? Y’know, the kind that has journalists singing its praises for years after release. The kind that plasters its TV spots with wave after wave of 5 stars and 10/10s. Good graphics? A nice soundtrack? Fast loading times? (more…)
Despite E3 being well and truly over, it feels like the dust it kicked up has only just started to settle. We’ve seen the games, we’ve heard the policies – we know the deal. But the console war rages on, and gamers from Team Microsoft and Team Sony can be still be found spitting vitriol across message boards and social networks.
But while both sides have been fighting out in the mainstream arena, something new slinked in unnoticed. There’s a new kid in town, and its name is Android. (more…)
Dystopia. We can’t seem to get enough of it. The destruction, the despair, the lawless remnants of an all-but-wiped-out human civilisation. How long before this setting gets old? Judging by the current blockbusters, a good long while yet. In the wake of mega-hyped The Last Of Us, I thought it might be an apt moment to go back a few months and take a look at what Ubisoft had to offer to the genre before it got quite so crowded. (more…)
Look: I love gaming. That should be pretty obvious. A world without the immersion, excitement, challenge and escapism that gaming brings would definitely be a sad place for me.
This is an entertainment industry whose products are – let’s not kid ourselves – non-essential
But let’s get one thing perfectly clear: while I love them, I don’t demand that any person, company, organisation or brand is under any obligation to make them – or their platforms – for me. I’ll buy them at my discretion, but this isn’t one of my human rights. If they happen to make something I don’t want, they don’t have to answer to me or anyone else. This is an entertainment industry whose products are – let’s not kid ourselves – non-essential. (more…)