In the ’98 war film Saving Private Ryan, Tom Hanks plays Captain Miller who is hunkered against a wall of sand, taking cover against machine gun fire. Intense shelling sends huge clumps of sand into the air to cascade down around Miller as his troops cower in fear. He is hunched beside a radioman whom […]Read More The problem of War and Video Games
Far Cry 5 arrives at quite in interesting flash point in US history. America is simultaneously a country that is as politically conscious as it’s ever been, but also just as violently unfair as it’s ever been. With the election of Trump at the end of 2016, his banal and damaging worldview has only emboldened […]Read More Far Cry 5 is an explosive refresh on familiar ideas, but there’s a catch.
The year is 2018. You’re an awkward, nerdy type shuffling your way through a crowded party with a luke-warm drink in your hand. As you elbow your way through the crowd and spill beer everywhere, you start to recognise a lot of your fellow party goers – they look an awful lot like you. What […]Read More Daring to be different with Dandara
PSX2017 has crawled by this year rather unceremoniously – a much more muted affair this year with some surprise new announcements but otherwise, it is resolutely par for the course. Some sequels announced, Reddit gets excited. Some remaster that perhaps 100 people will enjoy, Reddit celebrates the nostalgia. Some horrendously awkward on-stage segments with socially […]Read More Digital Brain in 2018 – Turning Puddles into Oceans.
The War Epilogue is a series focussing on the Metal Gear Solid Series, from 1, through to 4, in release date order. I’ll analyze where the series used to be, all the way up to where it went, and the themes that lay behind the games. Metal Gear Solid, much like it’s creator, is a […]Read More The War Epilogue: Too Much Social Media
This suit I’m wearing is an awkward fit. After peeling the suit jacket off the cold body of an FBI agent, I gingerley squeeze myself into it knowing full well it’s a size too small. In the next room is a notorious south American crime lord and he lives in luxurious americana; the leaves here […]Read More Immersive Simulators: Our Greatest Gaming Asset is Cruelly Undervalued
Perspective is a funny old thing. If you follow any modern discussion about the classic 90’s shooter Duke Nukem 3D, it almost always circulates around how out-of-date and embarrassingly sexist he seems now in in retrospect. Back in the 90’s trashy Howard Stern toilet humour was wildly popular – It gave rise to cultural icons […]Read More Duke Revisited: How can we refresh an outdated image?
Video games have an interesting media image, don’t they? It’s often hard to really know exactly what gaming wants to be and it’s not uncommon to find just as many examples of this wonderful artform being a puerile death spectacle for sugar addicts as it is a transformative and immersive platform for grown ups and […]Read More A short introduction to Digital Brain