Gaming / 06/03/2021 Pokémon Announcement

It gets to a point where you have been asking for something for so long that you’re surprised when you actually get it.  Pokémon fans began begging for a remake of the popular Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl basically as soon as they came out, and every announcement from Nintendo about the series was preceded...

Gaming / 02/03/2021 Stranger Danger

‘Stranger danger’ is one of the biggest fears associated with the internet, especially in online games with chat functions. A quick Google search brings up countless horror stories of children meeting ‘friends’ online who turn out to be predators. Young people are so easily influenced, and their trusting nature makes them very easy targets for...

Gaming / 02/03/2021 Women in the Gaming Industry

Over the last few decades, the proportional makeup of gamers has increased to 52% women in 2014 according to a study by The Guardian, a statistic which challenges the gamer stereotype. Why then are so few women developing games? Only around 20% of game developers are women, and it seems strange to me that with...

Gaming / 02/03/2021 Greatest female characters in video games

Madeline – Celeste Madeline, the main protagonist in the platformer Celeste, is a fascinating character and shows how we could strive to overcome difficulties we may face with our mental health, despite the overwhelming challenge it presents at times. Late into the game Madeline does something striking and manages to convince the other side of...

Gaming / 09/02/2021 Should game reviewers review games for which they are not the target audience?

There are thousands of game reviews out there, but I wonder how many of these reviewers are actually the target-audience of the game, and if this makes a difference. Should reviewers only be critical of games suited to them, or can they review all games in the same way, even if these games did not...

Gaming / 09/02/2021 Persona 4 Golden: The importance of a strong cast

To almost everyone’s surprise, in June 2020 Persona 4 Golden was released on PC, making it the first Persona title ever released on the platform. Its release on Steam also rescued it from its entrapment on the PS Vita– Persona 4 Golden is an enhanced version of the original game for PS2– an absolutely miserable...

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Gaming

Pokémon Announcement

It gets to a point where you have been asking for something for so long that you’re surprised when you actually get it.  Pokémon fans began begging for a remake of the popular Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl basically as soon as they came out, and every announcement from Nintendo about the series was preceded…

Gaming

Stranger Danger

‘Stranger danger’ is one of the biggest fears associated with the internet, especially in online games with chat functions. A quick Google search brings up countless horror stories of children meeting ‘friends’ online who turn out to be predators. Young people are so easily influenced, and their trusting nature makes them very easy targets for…

Gaming

Women in the Gaming Industry

Over the last few decades, the proportional makeup of gamers has increased to 52% women in 2014 according to a study by The Guardian, a statistic which challenges the gamer stereotype. Why then are so few women developing games? Only around 20% of game developers are women, and it seems strange to me that with…

Gaming

Greatest female characters in video games

Madeline – Celeste Madeline, the main protagonist in the platformer Celeste, is a fascinating character and shows how we could strive to overcome difficulties we may face with our mental health, despite the overwhelming challenge it presents at times. Late into the game Madeline does something striking and manages to convince the other side of…

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

Mind Over Matter: Valve co-founder Gabe Newell lifts lid on revolutionary ‘mind control’ game technology

Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve, has discussed details on what brain-computer interface technology (BCI) could mean for the gaming landscape. He has hinted it could one day allow players to control action in-game using only their minds, and allow us to have experiences that are “superior” to our reality.  Speaking to TVNZ’s 1…

Gaming

Yet Another Dark Souls Review

Dark Souls, the dark-fantasy RPG game developed by From Software, is probably one of the most influential games of the last decade, and not for the reasons you might initially think.  It was not revolutionary in terms of graphics, storytelling or even gameplay, yet its release in late 2011 was the start of a renaissance…


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