“Freemium Gaming, the dirty little secret of the console connoisseur’s repertoire, a shameless exploitation of the worst aspects of a person’s character targeting the desire to succeed at a literal cost trapping the user within a un winning cycle of endless repetition. In their current iteration on occasion they are closer to licensed and themed gambling machines as opposed to their premium equivalency on the latest generation of consoles and dedicated gaming rigs” Continue reading A Discussion on Freemium Gaming
“Today marked a significant shift in the digital culture with the passing of Article 13 within the European Union, legislation designed to limit and control the release and availability of copyrighted and created content on social media platforms. Fundamentally it changes the perception and approach from Government towards these technology companies once viewed as platforms, digital utility firms unaccountable for content on their platforms and effectively passing any accountability to the user.” Continue reading Platform or Publisher? (EU) Decide – Article 13 and its repercussions
“I personally enjoyed some of the more personal beats and moments when the game veered somewhat towards the sentimental, a specific moment when you return to the gulag to rescue Jonah and stop to rest in a cave as the cold overwhelms you briefly and you seek shelter. The subsequent memory and effect on the psyche of the character was a nice touch and gave exposition that was brief but memorable in my motivation to push forward and rescue a supporting character” Continue reading 12 Months, 12 Games: March – Rise Of The Tomb Raider
“With continual, living world games today that continue to change and adapt to audience feedback in order to continue to generate income there is always temptation to remove any contentious items or areas to provide as smooth and encompassing an experience as you can. Why, ultimately I would defend a title such as this, yes there are contentious and controversial issues but it is a work of art, whether you consider gaming to be art is itself open to debate, and as such deserves to be judged, analysed, critiqued but ultimately accepted as the artistic vision of its creators.” Continue reading Resident Evil 5: 10th Anniversary Retrospective.
“Allow me if you will, to indulge another of my personal interests and introduce a long forgotten Art Book that has stood idly on my shelf for the best part of a decade but in my humble opinion exemplifies the best artistic aspects and practises we have been championing for the past half year in the gaming community and highlight this incredible visionary take on the worlds and societies of Star Trek. From publisher Simon and Schuster and acclaimed author Michael Jan Friedman whose credits include multiple Star Trek novels and material, this is one the most unique and fascinating reference books on the worlds and civilizations of the Star Trek universe, ostensibly told from the perspective of a visitor to these distant shores, the 288 pages span the entire franchise of locations visited up until that point from the pilot episode of the Cage to the latest motion picture in 1999, Insurrection.” Continue reading Star Trek: New Worlds, New Civilizations – Book Review
“if we adopt a mentality of viewing these titles entirely through the prism of Western sensibilities and the Overton window of mainstream agreement we open ourselves to live and reside entirely within the filter bubble of our own intellectual beliefs without ever truly challenging our mindset and convictions. Equally as dangerous a precedent I would argue to adopt.” Continue reading DOA 6: Overt Sexualisation or Socially Political Controversy?
“This inspired me to go back and visit this subject I have talked about in-depth one last time to compare and contrast the digital and electronic versions of the same event and period, a comparison I hadn’t look to explore previously when attempting to frame identical shots and images from the historical to the contemporary worlds due to the lack of real world historical photos.” Continue reading The Tower of London during the Great War