Charlie Nicholson

Film, Venue

10 great spy films

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Originally derided, OHMSS has been steadily reappraised down the years and is now (rightly) considered one of the best Bond films. With Diana Rigg stealing the show, an amazing alpine location and the most emotional conclusion to a 007 adventure, it was ahead of its time and blew us away….


Feeling Nostalgic?

While the ‘retro throwback’ proliferates the indie sphere, many attempts to homage original formats have merely been criticised for feeling clunky and unpolished. Yet, some use older designs to explore current trends in gaming and wider society, so if you want to reignite your childhood fancies with a touch of modern flair, here’s a list…


Indie-penchant: Songbirder

Professing an adoration for the 8-bit classics, Songbringer is an action-RPG with an interesting take on world building. Told from the perspective of adventurer Roq and robot chum Jib, level design draws amply from the Zelda series, bolstering enemy-ridden overworlds with puzzle-filled dungeons from a top down perspective. The vulnerability heightens some, however, when you’re…


Norwich Gaming Festival: Hunting for Treasure in Norwich’s Indie Sphere

Last year saw UEA’s entry into the Norwich Gaming Festival; an annual, six-day event devoted not only to educating and entertaining modern audiences about the life and history of video games, but giving local developers a chance to showcase their work in a constructive environment. This year’s indie showcase seemed concerned more with gaming’s history…


Without RiME or reason

RiME’s been on my ‘to-watch’ list since it wandered across my broadband connection following Gamescom 2013. Boasting Windwakery visuals, Ico-ish exploration and cryptic monuments that reminiscent of Colossus, it was surprising how fresh a game embedded in such recognisable franchises appeared. Perhaps a lot of that’s was down to a deliberately-mystical plot. Where am I?…


Iron Fist

After a childhood jet-accident strands him in the mountains for fifteen years, the presumed-dead heir to Rand Enterprises returns to New York to find his family business has been purloined by childhood friends. Trained in martial arts with an ancient force of energy on his side (accompanied by a killer chest-tattoo), it is not long…


Reviewing Acceptance

Of course, every review is ‘personal’ in that views can never be wholly objective, but when reading about games such as Acceptance, it helps to know how the writer might specifically relate to them. Created by Laura Kate Dale (who identifies as a transgender woman), Acceptance is a short visual novel intended to place players…

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