Reaching One’s Limit: Ni no Kuni II

I have noticed with a lot of gamers that we, as a group, seem to be willing to put up with a great deal of aggravation in pursuit of our dearest hobby.  We all have different levels of tolerance, but I have been rather impressed with various Youtubers who are willing to subject themselves to…

The First Good Video Game Movie is Here

After a long wait, the Ratchet and Clank movie has finally come out.  Video game movies have a long history of being pretty terrible, but after watching the trailer (um…several dozen times), this one looked like it would be the first video game movie to be of quality.  Nevertheless, after its release in theatres, I…

Observations on gaming and engagement

The following article originally appeared on Geek Force Network, July 26, 2013. After a long stretch of dealing with summertime obligations, I recently found myself with a little extra time to get back to gaming. Along with the occasional dash of Little Big Planet, I’m slowly playing through Dragon Age II and Metroid Prime. (I’m about…

15 Hours with Bloodborne – 10 Things I’ve learnt

This week I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase a PlayStation 4. As a big fan of the souls series, I just couldn’t resist buying the console now that Bloodborne has hit the market. My first impressions of the console and Bloodborne are very good, and without further ado, here are ten things that…

Where Have All The Arcade Sports Games Gone?

A couple of months ago I repurchased a GameCube, a console that I previously had access to as a child/young teen and loved playing. Strangely even though I hadn’t touched the system for over 10 years, my mum had still stored away some of my old GameCube games (mum you are a legend!). Although most of…

What is a Video Game? – It’s a Connection

Photo taken by Hatm0nstar Earlier this month  we decided to take on the question of “What is a video game?” and challenged our fellows to do the same. At first I thought it was a difficult question to say the least. I mean how do you come up with a definition that actually reflects everything…

The Silent Console

Lurking on the bedside table in my apartment, a devious piece of technology lies in wait.  At first glance, it seems like nothing more than a simple tablet; something to provide convenient internet cruising from any location.  But don’t let its harmless exterior fool you.  This electronic notebook hides a darker side, filled with hours…

A Demon In Our Midst

Dlc, if you have dabbled in gaming at all during this generation you know what this is. This is the 40-80 dollars you spend after your initial purchase of a video game. We may hate ourselves for it, but we get excited when it’s announced, froth at the mouth and ready our wallets for it’s…

Can games be too open world?

[This article was originally posted on CheeeseToastieandVideoGames 22nd April 2013] Note: I’m using ‘open world’ in a very broad sense and discuss games that are not really open world at all (like Mass Effect and LA Noire) and are merely non-linear or offer a degree of exploration. The reason for this is that my main focus here is to look at…