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Alan Wake – Returning to Bright Falls

Alan Wake – Returning to Bright Falls

Every six months this happens to me. Pretty much like clockwork in fact. Everyone has their go-to game that they pick up and play again; in fact everyone probably has several. I myself have several but this one game in particular keeps surging itself back in to my psyche like the darkness in it is making me one of the ... Read More »

A Look Back at The Bitmap Brothers

A Look Back at The Bitmap Brothers

In 1988 a much younger, less jaded me was about to start paying attention to just who was making the video games I spent so much time playing. Today, we’re all intimately familiar with names like Infinity Ward and Bungie, but back then, developers weren’t rock stars. I didn’t pay any attention to past... Read More »

Killer Instinct: 20th Birthday

Killer Instinct: 20th Birthday

Back in the 16Bit era, thanks to the success of Street Fighter 2 the fighting genre was a big draw for gamers everywhere. We saw Mortal Kombat come along with fatalities, blood and gore. Other fighters appeared trying to take the crown including Clay Fighter (I never really saw the appeal of this one), even SEGA turned... Read More »

Favourite X-Men Games – Mutant Memories

Favourite X-Men Games – Mutant Memories

With the theatrical release of X-Men Days Of Future Past, I thought it was about time to delve into the vaults, to take a look back at the best X-Men games that have graced our consoles. They have undoubtedly created their fair share; some good, some bad and some that were… okay. So grab a pew and lets tumble dow... Read More »

Gaming Memories: Mortal Kombat – Pt2

Gaming Memories: Mortal Kombat – Pt2

Hello once more fellow gamers! Welcome to my second gaming memories concentrating on Mortal Kombat. At the end of my last little delve down memory lane, I had covered my love or the first and second games. That was not the end of the franchise’s influence during my gaming life and I doubt it will end quite yet... Read More »

Celebrate 5 Years Of Minecraft

Celebrate 5 Years Of Minecraft

What can you say about the progression of Minecraft and the impact it has had on the video game industry over the past five years? It’s spawned its own clothing lines, merchandise, been ported to every device under the sun, made stars out of YouTube gamers and has turned the industry upside down. The procedurally gener... Read More »

Gaming Memories: Mortal Kombat – Pt1

Gaming Memories: Mortal Kombat – Pt1

Hello and welcome to a new series on the history of some of my favourite gaming franchises. I loved writing my gaming memories in our first year; since then, I’ve been wanting to delve into it more, so now we have my favourite franchises. So let’s get on with it – with a franchise that kicked some mig... Read More »

My Childhood in Star Wars Games

My Childhood in Star Wars Games

Not all that long ago, on the internet right in front of you, there is a whole resource of “Best of” Star Wars games for you read and reminisce over to your heart’s content. I’m sure everyone is already well aware of Dark Forces, of Shadows of the Empire, and of Rogue Squadron; So much so that there’s little I ca... Read More »

A Look Back At Spyro The Dragon

A Look Back At Spyro The Dragon

Long before Activision’s Skylanders, back even before the Xbox was a twinkle in Microsoft’s eye, a purple dragon named Spyro entered gamer’s living rooms in a platforming romp, which proved to be cute and totally addictive. It was the year 1998 and a developer named Insomniac Games hit us with a Plays... Read More »

RollerCoaster Tycoon – 15th Birthday

RollerCoaster Tycoon – 15th Birthday

The point of this piece is to look back on a game that I have incredibly fond memories of. In fact, I have nothing but praise for this game. But I’m actually going to start this with something very recent: Tumblr. There is a meme somewhere out there about the creative genius that RollerCoaster Tycoon provided, which I ... Read More »

Far Cry’s 10th Birthday

Far Cry’s 10th Birthday

It’s unassuming launch in 2004 proved to be quite a big deal. Far Cry was here, and it’s the best looking PC game ever. You also needed top of the line hardware to get it running it’s best, thus cementing Crytek’s reputation of needing to upgrade everything in your computer anytime they released a game. Their tradition... Read More »

Ten Years, Two Snakes – A Very Metal Gear Birthday

Ten Years, Two Snakes – A Very Metal Gear Birthday

Ask basically anyone who owned a PlayStation in the late 90′s and they’ll probably agree that Metal Gear Solid was amazing. The unique-for-the-time stealth gameplay, the cinematic presentation, so much voice acting… it was a revelation for anyone who played it, and its influence can be felt in the gam... Read More »

A History of the Ghostbusters in Video Games

A History of the Ghostbusters in Video Games

As you may have been made aware via the surprisingly positive outpouring of support and memorial posts, American comedy actor Harold Ramis recently passed away. Not to disparage anything else he’s done, but if you’re about my age and reading this, the first movie that comes to mind when thinking of Mr. Rami... Read More »

Ninja Gaiden Is 10 Years Old, And I Feel Fine

Ninja Gaiden Is 10 Years Old, And I Feel Fine

Some of you may be shocked to learn this, but cries over the death of ‘hardcore games’ have been going on since at least the turn of the millennium. Let’s head back to 2004 for a second. More people than ever were playing video games and we had one of two things to thank: Halo or sports games. I’... Read More »

A Look Back At Aladdin

A Look Back At Aladdin

Back in 1993, a friend was raving about a particular platformer that had been released on the Megadrive. It was a game that I’d seen some previews of in SEGA Power, yet I wasn’t really that bothered by its initial existence. I didn’t really have the funds at the time either, so I put it to the back of... Read More »

Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance – 15th Anniversary

Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance – 15th Anniversary

It’s been fifteen years since Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance. It’s one of those things that make you feel utterly old. Not as old as a child playing Sonic with fond nostalgia, but of being almost an adult, at the end of adolescence and realising how long ago it was. For some more perspective, the third Harry Potter book ca... Read More »

A Look Back at Halo Wars

A Look Back at Halo Wars

It’s easy now, when considering the gaming behemoth that is Halo, to forget that the game wasn’t always the first-person shooter it is today. Way back in the mists of time, before Bungie was bought by Microsoft and Halo became the Xbox’s killer app, it was a real-time strategy game. Obviously, the tra... Read More »

Final Fantasy VIII – 15th Anniversary

Final Fantasy VIII – 15th Anniversary

I can remember the day that Final Fantasy VIII came out. I was on holiday in Majorca and I was gutted I couldn’t play it on release day. That’s right, I was gutted that I was on holiday! The main reason I was so excited about playing it was because at the time, the only title from the series I had played was Final Fant... Read More »

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