Gaming, Venue / 04/08/2020 The Last of Us Part II Review

“Phew.” That was my feeling when I finished Naughty Dog’s successor to their acclaimed 2013 title. Not a “phew, I’m glad that’s over because it was awful”, more of a “phew, I’m glad that’s over because I’m not sure I could have managed much more of this tension”. It’s a hard game to review without...

#BLM, Gaming, Venue / 04/08/2020 Does the fantasy genre often focus solely around Western culture and ideals?

The fantasy genre is incredibly broad, fitting many RPGs. but also occasionally platformers, visual novels, and point and click adventure games. It is noteworthy that even in JRPGs – a confusing term referring to both Japanese RPGs and RPGs with certain gameplay elements – a European, medieval aesthetic is common. This is most clear in...

Gaming, Venue / 04/08/2020 What have you been playing this week?

Uno I played Uno for the first time last week! Growing up, people had always played it around me on trains and planes but I had never actually given it a go myself. I always thought it looked super confusing with all the different colours and numbers, but I was surprised at how fun and...

Gaming, Venue / 04/08/2020 What are you most looking forward to with the next-gen consoles?

Like so many other Xbox fans, I was hoping there’d be an attempt at VR with the upcoming Series X console, particularly after the relative success of titles on the PS4 & Oculus platforms. However, since rumours of VR being introduced have subsided, attention turns to the power of the machines and the titles to...

Gaming, Venue / 04/08/2020 Is the Ubisoft open-world formula out-dated?

The Ubisoft open-world formula is often criticised for its tendency to bloat games with tedious and repetitive objectives, yet its influence has spread throughout the genre to games like Horizon Zero Dawn and Spider-Man – at least in parts – but is the Ubisoft formula out-dated? And what actions are being taken to address the...

Gaming, Venue / 15/07/2020 Gaming community hit by wave of sexual misconduct allegations

Recently, the Super Smash Bros: Ultimate community has been hit with a wave of sexual abuse allegations. Some of the top players in the scene, like CaptainZack and ZeRo, have been accused of sexual misconduct with minors. ZeRo has already come out to confess to sending suggestive messages to minors, resulting in him being dropped...

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