Gaming / 19/01/2021 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...

Gaming / 19/01/2021 Holiday Games

Jackbox Party Pack 3 Over this special hibernation-edition of the Christmas period, the festive cheer required a few more engaging family activities than a read-out of cracker jokes and an opening of presents formerly doused in alcohol-smelling antibacterial fluid. You may have spent it playing Charades, or Pictionary for those of you who are able...

Gaming / 19/01/2021 Cyberpunk 2077: CD Projekt Red’s Doomed Failure?

Based on the generally mixed reception to Cyberpunk 2077 since its release, many argue that it had been doomed for a while. This fate of Cyberpunk could be due to several reasons, the most important of which I believe to be the promises made by the studio which caused very high expectations. Sadly, neither the...

Gaming / 15/12/2020 Board Games

The Game of Life When my family and I fancy an afternoon playing a board game, we usually reach for The Game of Life. It’s fun, easy, and absolutely hilarious when someone lands on a spot and has to give up all their money (it’s usually the sore loser among the group). The Game of...

Gaming / 15/12/2020 Games of the Year

Animal Crossing: New Horizons It seems almost impossible to write about the top games of 2020 without mentioning Animal Crossing! The seemingly perfect timing of the game’s release as most of the world was in, or heading into, nationwide lockdowns was probably one of the greatest accidental marketing strategies of all time. The game instantly...

Gaming / 15/12/2020 The Soulsborne Series: A Masterclass in Storytelling

Many people have heard of Dark Souls, the notoriously punishing game set in a dark fantasy world. I’m sure many have also heard of its successors or even its predecessor, Demon’s Souls, which has recently been remade for the PS5. Amongst gamers, the Soulsborne series is considered both an example of gaming elitism (git gud)...

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Lockdown Games Part II

Pokémon Platinum is a welcome respite to the stress of lockdown. Any time I want to squeeze some serotonin into my life, I boot up my ancient Nintendo DS, wipe my completed game file, and start playing again from scratch.  You play as a Pokémon trainer, travel through the Sinnoh region, battle and capture Pokémon…

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The Impact of Covid-19 on the Gaming Industry

Covid-19 has had some devastating effects on businesses all around the world, but the gaming industry has not suffered as much as it has boomed.  Though we’ve seen delays in games, like Cyberpunk 2077, and cancelled competitions, we’ve also seen the gaming industry adapt with the changing times and still continue to thrive.  While the…

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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….

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Lackluster Next-Gen Consoles

Historically this has been one of the most exciting events of a generation: the moment you get your hands on a brand-new console, whether you’re team PlayStation or team Xbox; the moment when the two giants face off with their new consoles, gamers lining the streets to collect their hardware along with the newest titles….

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A Short Discussion of Munchkin

Munchkin: a board game sweet by name but brutal by nature.  The goal is to get to level ten; sounds simple, right? In theory it’s easy: sell items, fight monsters and get free levels from treasure cards. It suddenly gets a lot harder though when you realise everyone you are playing with is out to…

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Cyberpunk 2077: What do we know so far?

What is quite possibly the most eagerly anticipated game of the year has been further delayed until December. Cyberpunk 2077 is the latest title from CD Projekt Red, the Polish studio behind The Witcher game franchise. In the game, you explore Night City as an urban mercenary hunting a one-of-a-kind implant, which is the key…

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Favourite Games of All Time

Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors Maybe describing 999 as my favourite game of all time is a bit of an underestimation. It’s way more than that: it’s my favourite story of all time as well. The premise is SAW-like and simple: you play as Junpei, you’re stuck with eight other people on a ship…

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Are Real-Time Strategy Games Dying?

Real-Time Strategy or RTS games are exactly what they say on the tin: there is no turn-based gameplay, everything takes place in ‘real-time’. The normal set-up involves gathering resources in order to build facilities that can produce units in order to take on an enemy threat. Since everything is in real-time, there is no knowing…

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What have you been playing this week?

Imagine Takeshi’s Castle meets Total Wipeout but with enough people to fill a lecture theatre. That’s Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. And it’s ludicrous fun. You play as a colourful little bean person (that you can put in outfits! Mine is dressed like a dinosaur!) taking part in “shows”: a series of different games and challenges,…


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