Arkham City is a work of genius

Oct 26

    Play enough sandbox games and it’s easy to conclude the genre is inherently flawed. The freedom such games give you is often a  simultaneous blessing and curse. In theory, the removal of hidden boundaries should make the gaming experience more realistic. In practice, the freedom often panders to the gamer’s...

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Tears, Tantrums and Tetris

Aug 23

n.b. certain names have been changed. In retrospect I probably should have changed my own, too. THE stresses and strains at my new school had been quite different to those I had experienced in the state system. There were the teachers: furious, ex-military men who seemed to have marched straight off the set of Where Eagles Dare, and who...

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Rubber Keys and Pirates

Aug 23

My story starts in the late 1980s, in a tiny prep school in Paignton, Devon. I am a nine-year-old child, and I’m sitting in the front row of the class. Next to me is a girl called Heather. Heather is the prettiest and cleverest girl there. She’s pulled off the near-impossible trick of making both her teachers and her classmates...

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Press Start

Aug 23

My name is Alan White, and I’m a relatively normal young man who lives in London and works as a freelance journalist. I say I’m relatively normal. I have a girlfriend and a few friends, and I like most sports and films, and books, and dinner in good restaurants, and walks in the park. But I also like video games. No – I love...

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