Video Games



Who doesn’t want to engage in nuclear warfare in Minecraft?

15th May 2021

From MOBAs to Minecraft, modding is an intrinsic part of the gaming world. What’s your favourite mod? When I was younger, young enough to be susceptible to the swear-laden, screaming glory of early 2010s YouTuber lets-players, nothing pleased me more than watching Minecraft modding videos. There was something innately satisfying about being able to create ...


PC v Console: Which provides student-friendly gaming?

8th May 2021

Views Columnist Haneul Lee makes the case for a games console as a productivity hack. I’m sure you’ve heard of the decades-long fight between digital cameras and smartphones, with one slowly declining in sales each year because of the advancement of the other. During this era of technological advancement, it seems only fitting that we ...


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 ...