Harry Routley

Gaming

Game Opinions: Authenticity and Accuracy

While recommendations for books, articles or occasionally a documentary are expected on a History course, it was surprising to hear a lecturer say that if you want to get the best feel for what London was like during the Victorian era, play Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. After all, video games are just now gaining more mainstream…

TV

Netflix’s Marvel shows being cancelled

In 2012, Marvel’s first phase of superhero movies culminated in the critical and commercial smash hit The Avengers, uniting Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor and Captain America from their solo movies into an unprecedented team-up. Of course, it was only a matter of time before an attempt to bridge the universe into television was attempted….

Global

Brexit Box

With the Parliamentary recess over, now is the perfect time to take stock of the Summer’s Brexit headlines (and a few stories that were easy to miss).   The big pre-recess headline was Theresa May defying expectations of a shift towards a hard Brexit, by releasing a brief from Chequers in July that would keep…

Gaming

A look back at Sly Cooper

The Sly Cooper games are stealth-based platformers where the player takes the titular raccoon and friends through a number of daring heists. Sly may have been overshadowed slightly by Playstation’s other big platforming mascot Crash Bandicoot, but he always maintained a unique appeal. Although Sly was the protagonist of the series, it may be difficult…

Gaming

Indie-penchant: Crypt of the NecroDancer

More than two years after its original release date, 2018 is still the perfect time to discover Brace Yourself Games’ rhythm-based roguelike sleeper hit. NecroDancer offers a fun and inventive twist on the genre as no clear directions are given for the rhythm-based gameplay, unlike most other titles in the category. Instead, it is entirely…

Gaming

PUBG: “likely to get bigger and better”

In many ways, the concept and the idea of Battle Royale shooter Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is more attractive than its execution. The game is capable of delivering high-octane experiences that wouldn’t be out of place in a Fast and Furious film, but these moments happen nowhere near often enough and the appalling technical state of the…

Comment

A duty to Prevent terror?

Universities have always had a unique duty among public institutions to safeguard freedom of speech with open debate in order to help university communities flourish and evolve. However, as terrorist atrocities continue to be committed, the publicís attention will inevitably turn to the arenas where radical and moderate ideas can be found in abundance- British…

Comment

Looking back at 2017

The idea that 2016 was a bad year is not an especially new one; from the deaths of prominent celebrities to political developments causing society to become increasingly divided, there was a general consensus that 2017 could only get better. However, my own experience over the last 12 months started with a general malaise and…

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