I remember the first time I went shoplifting. The sun was shining, Marin was singing, and I needed a shovel. »
For many Call of Duty players, many of the first 5 hours of play time are spent in the emblem creator.
The same game can be different things to different people, with gender, history, age, cultural background and political beliefs working to influence and funnel its messages and meanings for every unique player. »
“I went to GameStop a couple of months ago and even that wasn’t a far trip at all,” says Troy. He pauses for a few seconds, as if lost in thought. “I wanted some Wii U games,” he laughs. “That was interesting.” »
The beautiful little Game Boy Micro launched 10 years ago in the UK, and I fell in love with it at first sight. Unfortunately, I was 17 years old and had just moved out of my parents’ house, so I had no money to buy one. I’ve been looking to pick one up every since, but they’re surprisingly rare in good condition. »
It’s frankly ridiculous how close some games are to finished when they are cancelled - or, conversely, how vaporous they can be when they’re first shown.
I have a rule for my house: no more than a third of the artwork on my walls is allowed to be gaming-related. This rule fell apart pretty quickly when it became clear just how much beautiful video game artwork there is out there.
You can keep your Batmans and your Deadpools: I want another Hulk game. He doesn’t need the dark, emotional veneer that’s been painted over Batman, just a big city to leap over and smash into rubble. »
With Fallout 4 due out in November, gamers are once again set to descend upon the nuclear wasteland. Although this time we also get to (briefly) experience life before the apocalypse as well as 200 years afterwards, when the main character emerges from the safety of a Vault into a world changed beyond recognition. »
It’s astonishing to think how much of the world has changed thanks to the internet. It’s difficult to think of another recent technology that has so totally changed how people experience the world - the invention of the telephone well over 100 years ago is probably the only thing that comes close. »
Yoshi’s Woolly World has three big things in its favour: it feels fabulous to play, it looks sumptuous and it sometimes makes you feel like a genius. »
Children’s console games have come a long way in recent years. Gone are the motion controlled mini-game bundles and second rate movie tie-ins. In their place we have experienced and talented developers working with budgets the size of blockbuster movies. »
Ubisoft has opened the doors to another Rainbow Six Siegebeta and if you’ve been fortunate to get ahold of one of the keys the publisher has been throwing around then you’ve access from now until Monday, September 28th. »
Whether it’s a good old-fashioned expansion pack or modern DLC, spinning additional content for already-released games has been a standard practice in the industry for decades. But the best expansions do more than simply add a few extra hours of the same game for you to play. »
I played the opening few hours of Batman: Arkham Knight in August. You know what I did after that? I opened up the map, saw that it was forested with icons, and then turned the game off forever. »
I had high hopes for the BBC’s Grand Theft Auto docudrama, The Gamechangers, which aired last night (and is now available on iPlayer to UK viewers). Here was the BBC spending what looks like quite a lot of money on a film about video games, and getting people who really knew about the games industry to advise on it;… »