My Dad died yesterday. After 20-something years of heart-wrenching decline at the hands of depression and early onset dementia it finally came to an end. To the sounds of Fleetwood Mac’s Albatross and in the hands of his superhuman carer, … Continue reading A Tribute To My Dad
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is a beautiful game. The opening chapters flaunt enough heavenly lighting effects and fluttering foliage to reduce a wizened old gamer like me to tears of hi-res delight. And this is on a standard PS4 too, … Continue reading Underwater Inspiration
Fathers’ Day is something of a double-edged sword these days. On the one hand I’ve discovered the inexpressible joy of being an almost-two-year-old’s favourite thing in the world. The way he enthuses “Daddy home!” and demands “Daddy uddle [cuddle]” with … Continue reading Fathers’ Day Reflections – Fatherhood, Childhood and Video Games
If you somehow missed the heady days of 1990s console racing, then this one’s for you. It’s like the arcade is in your house, on your very own fun-sized CRT TV, and being enjoyed by you and your actually-there-in-person friends. Guaranteed lag-free voice chat with no headset required! Thanks to Blizzard Entertainment and MisspentYouth you can now experience all this for yourself… Continue reading Rock N’ Roll Racing
Sim City is a thinking game, but it is not demanding. It will encourage you to consider the workings of the world that exists outside of your screen with a more analytical mindset and an appreciation for reflection. It will reward inquisitiveness and innovation. It will demand patience and occasionally remind us that bad things sometimes happen but with preparation things should be OK in the long run. And it has a great soundtrack. Continue reading Variations On A Theme: Sim City
By facilitating conversations and experiences that encourage the development of positive relationships, gaming injects positivity into the lives of players and by extension society as a whole. Continue reading The Social Benefits Of Gaming – Part 1
…Given the general acclaim for Destiny’s gunplay and beauty, I am sure that it will be appearing on [Unbeatable Experience] lists just like these in which the author was waiting for the FPS that gave them just the right blend of shooting, looking classy and shooting some more. Continue reading What Makes An Unbeatable Gaming Experience – Part 2.