James Ward

Gaming

Favourite Indie Games

Wide Ocean Big Jacket is one of my favourite games I played last year. It’s gorgeous, it’s stylistic, it’s funny. It just has that indescribable something that lends it this storytelling charm.  The story begins with a young man and woman taking their thirteen-year-old niece and her first boyfriend camping, and develops as you inhabit…

Gaming, Venue

The State of the MMO Genre in 2020

MMOs – that’s Mega Multiplayer Online games – first (commercially) began in the 1990s with the release of Neverwinter Nights. Since then, we have seen countless titles: some which remain powerhouses today. One thing we have also seen is the stagnation of the genre, an inertia resulting from similar formulae being reproduced each new release….

Music, Venue

Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory: Twenty years later

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the release of Linkin Park’s debut album, Hybrid Theory. As referenced in its title, the album’s style is a hybridisation of genres, and while not necessarily unique, it helped launch the band into the mainstream with interesting musical combinations (rap, metal, scratching etc.) and Bennington’s distinctive voice and…

#BLM, Music, Venue

Iconic voices in music

A voice in music is not always vocal. For centuries, musicians with intimate understandings of their instruments have used it to express emotion like you would a voice. As many jazz musicians have said, what they play, is their voice.  While John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, or Mary Lou Williams demonstrate technical ability and a distinguishable…

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