Video Games



Video games lack same-sex love interests

3rd April 2021

Romance in cyberspace is for straight people only, apparently. Earlier this month, the trailer for the much-anticipated remaster of the beloved Mass Effect trilogy was released. Being a fan of the games for the past few years I can’t deny that I was very excited to see them being revamped for a new gaming generation, ...


The difficult problem of the difficulty problem

31st March 2021

A walkthrough of difficulty choices in video games. I’m getting so old that I remember sneaking out of some family friends’ house to go to the smallest of seaside arcades. I’d spend all the coins I was able to scramble from my parents just to repeatedly die before the first boss of Metal Gear Slug ...


Celebrating Pokémon’s 25th anniversary

28th March 2021

Though it’s reached a quarter-century, Pokémonis just as spry as it used to be. I was struck recently by the harrowing realisation that, should I audition for next year’s X-Factor, I would be classified not as one of the Boys, but as a ghastly, washed-up Over-25. My early twenties have been spent half-heartedly resisting adulthood, ...


Confessions of a first-time gamer

13th March 2021

Why is the gaming world so inaccessible? Probably my earliest memory of video games is from when I was about six, curled up on the couch next to my dad, struggling to keep my eyes open so I could keep them peeled for any Pikmin being left behind (or eaten). My dad still has a ...


Playing the MMORPG market

8th February 2021

When you imagine a cutthroat capitalist, it should be a level 10 mage from WoW you think of, not Jeff Bezos. Contrary to the political views I occasionally broadcast into the void on Twitter, in the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) world, I am a ruthless, uncaring, unabashed capitalist. Every day, my World of ...


This is not a game

7th February 2021

How the worldwide gaming phenomenon of ARGs died without fanfare. Let me set the scene: the year is 2004. In the UK, The X Factor finds its first winner in Steve Brookstein (I had to look him up, too). In Florida, a man flirts with death by waiting for a call at a payphone while ...


Seraphine: pop star or sales strategist?

13th December 2020

League of Legends’s latest marketing angle is a highly disputed new champion.  In late 2018, the team at Riot Games released one of their most popular pieces of content to date in the form of the girl group K/DA. Made up of four champions from the game League of Legends (LoL), K/DA (Kills, Deaths, Assists ...