Gaming / 26/10/2021 A Conversation with Twitch Streamer HoHoHoney

At Autumn’s beckoning, I took a weekend off and went to London. I met up with my best friend, Honey, who I have known for six years. Together we competed in NUEL’s Women Tournaments on League of Legends in 2021, she was also the first person who got me into gaming. Honey is currently a...

Gaming / 26/10/2021 Do we still need to purchase consoles?

Is there any need to continue purchasing consoles? Typically, I play Xbox the old fashioned way, through my console and TV. At first I was skeptical about trying it out using Xbox Cloud Gaming, fearing that it wouldn’t be as enjoyable playing on a small screen. However, shortly after pairing my controller with my iPad...

Gaming / 26/10/2021 Christmas Gift Guide – Gaming Edition

I’ll be the first to admit I’m not really ‘in the know’ about most games. I think the last time I played a computer game was in my childhood Friv days, and I’m pretty limited in terms of console games to Buzz! although I used to love trying my hand at Call of Duty and...

Gaming, Venue / 05/10/2021 13 games coming to Xbox Game Pass

Hooray Xbox Game Pass subscribers, 13 games are waiting for you to pick up and play!  The new games include 5 existing games and 8 new releases that were scheduled to launch from the 15th of September. Whether you are looking for an adventurous story or a battlefield, there is something for you.  These 13...

Gaming, Venue / 05/10/2021 Best games for mobile phones

An often-overlooked way of playing video games is through your mobile phone. Both the App store and the Google Play store have plenty to offer for everyone, so I thought I’d take a closer look. 1.     Pokémon Unite is a popular free game in which players can engage in team battles. It allows...

Gaming, Venue / 05/10/2021 My all-time favourite game

When I think of my favourite game, I think of hours spent in my room, playing The Sims 4, creating characters and little stories within the game.  The franchise is basically a life-simulator game where you can create your own ‘sim’ and walk them through life, completing milestones like getting a job, building a house...

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Gambling in Gaming

Gambling can be a slippery slope and in the gaming industry it is commonly linked to online poker, or slot machines. But gambling is so intrinsically linked to gaming that it appears even in games that you wouldn’t necessarily expect. Yet what is more concerning is that it appears in a form that even young…

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Console Scalping

Picture this: the brand new PS5 launches, you click onto the Game website to pre-order, and all copies are out of stock within the first 10 minutes of being launched. You ask yourself: who could possibly be so quick and greedy to buy all the PS5s? Also known as ‘scalping’, teenagers used bots to buy…

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A Brief History of the Zelda Empire

The Legend of Zelda games have become something of a household staple. Zelda, having been around for over thirty-four years, is one of the most popular franchises in Nintendo’s history. Since its initial release in February 1986, Zelda videogames have reportedly sold over 125 million copies, across more than twenty-five games.  The games follow three…

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The Best AAA Games

Fire Emblem: Three Houses As a big fan of indie games, I rarely play AAA titles. The Call of Dutys and GTAs haven’t ever really appealed to me that much — they are fun, don’t get me wrong, but they’ve never really been games I could play for hours on end. I certainly wouldn’t play…

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Why I find it hard to unwind when playing video games

I love games; at one point, I’d even say I was nearly addicted to playing online games. It was all I thought about, and when I wasn’t playing these games such as League of Legends, I’d be watching videos on them. But as I got older, I found it very difficult to enjoy playing games…

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A Brief History of the Super Mario Empire

Mario was created by video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, who joined the Nintendo company at the age of twenty-four after graduating from university. Nintendo’s flagship character Mario first graced the screens of arcade machines back in 1981, starting off as a supporting character called ‘Jumpman’ in the game Donkey Kong.  ‘Jumpman’ was rebranded as Mario…

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The best map in all of Fire Emblem

Fire Emblem Fates broke new ground for the SRPG series when its three titles were released in 2015. Fates is usually referred to as one title in the series, but is made up of three ‘paths’– Birthright, Conquest, and Revelation– which all released simultaneously, with each of the three offering a different story and gameplay…

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Videogame Board Games

Video game board games are an odd concept to me. Video games are often the best distillation of their ideas, so the creation of a board game feels unnecessary. However, I also understand that there is a lot of money to be made by transforming existing ideas, and reaching new audiences.  Board games do work…

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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…


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