The Art of Mafia 3 – Book Review

“From Titan Books, released in January 2017 by 2K, The Art of Mafia 3 is a showcase of the development behind the design and creation of the third entry in the Mafia series, the creation of the fictional city of New Bordeaux, drawing influence and inspiration from New Orleans in America’s south. ” Continue reading The Art of Mafia 3 – Book Review

30 Day Challenge Day Thirteen: Favourite book series?

“When I was young I would read a lot, a common sentiment I would imagine for anyone that has grown up in the digital age and found the availability and scope of media available instantaneously a strong desirable form of entertainment over the relatively small and modest barrier to entry of purchasing a physical book to read” Continue reading 30 Day Challenge Day Thirteen: Favourite book series?

30 Day Challenge Day Eleven: Favourite manga or comic book series?

“Certainly, there is an almost implied, intrinsic link between comic books and manga and the video game industry and fandom. But here is my contentious point, in truth, I have never really enjoyed or found them to be an appealing art form. With the greatest respect to all those who enjoy them and their merits, it has never been a particular style that has connected or resonated with me” Continue reading 30 Day Challenge Day Eleven: Favourite manga or comic book series?

Capcom Design Works Early Days – Book Review

“Hey, take it easy. My name is Leon. I’m under the President’s order to rescue you” Leon S. Kennedy, Resident Evil 4 Continuing a celebration of Japanese gaming and culture in August following our recent trip to the Manga Exhibition … Continue reading Capcom Design Works Early Days – Book Review

The Art of Watchdogs – Book Review

“From Titan Books, publisher of The Art of Dead Space we reviewed last year and author Andy McVittie comes another video game art book, The Art of Watch Dogs a compendium text exploring the world and mythology of this near future, open world presentation of the Windy City and a review of the art work and character development that brought this new franchise to life over the generational console divide. As with the game of its namesake the tone and presentation alludes to a complex technological narrative, the limited text and information presented in an almost coded binary fashion with the various subsections and chapters broken down into a functional manner” Continue reading The Art of Watchdogs – Book Review

The Art of Dragon Age Inquisition – Book Review

“From Dark Horse Comics and Bioware, the accompanying book to the title, The Art of Dragon Age Inquisition is a rich and thorough collection of art and developmental work released to allow the user and gaming enthusiasts in general a look inside the world of Thedas and the journey of the Inquisitor from survivor to leader and the many challenges and threats faced along the way. We’ve long championed the worlds and lore of the Dragon Age and Mass Effect franchise from Bioware, indeed going further back to the Forgotten Realms titles Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale and the various releases and iterations available ever since” Continue reading The Art of Dragon Age Inquisition – Book Review

Comic Con London 2019: Bag of Swag

“With a plethora of exhibits and attractions to enjoy and entertain, from the panels and platforms for the performing artists to a whole range of merchandise stands selling everything from gaming statues to scented candles and bath oils and everything and anything in between. For better or for worse, Comic Con represents an opportunity for fans of a broad spectrum of genres to come together to find commonality and cause with those of a similar disposition, to express themselves in costume for example to whatever degree they wish. ” Continue reading Comic Con London 2019: Bag of Swag

Biohazard 4 Soundtrack Book Review

“The Soundtrack Book released in Japan as an accompanying piece of merchandise to the game was a surprising find, admittedly a somewhat mystery package in a store selling a wide variety of gaming memorabilia but one given its name was recognisable and the curiosity towards a Soundtrack Songbook was a strong one. ” Continue reading Biohazard 4 Soundtrack Book Review

Friday Favourites – TV/Movie Adaptation

I decided to focus only on books that were adapted specifically into television or movie format, that pre-existed before the final form was realised as opposed to the novelization of media which is perhaps another discussion entirely. The tone and dialogue on the screen tends to change fundamentally to the written word which allows a deeper and often more indulgent exploration of the characters motivations and thought process for example. Continue reading Friday Favourites – TV/Movie Adaptation

Star Trek: New Worlds, New Civilizations – Book Review

“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