Can Red Dead Online Compete With Rockstar’s More Popular Franchise?

One of the most anticipated games of the last five years is finally with us. Rockstar’s open world cowboy adventure Red Dead Redemption 2 was hyped by gamers, even more so after the initial release date was pushed back. Red Dead Redemption 2 has endured something of a rocky start to life despite rave reviews. At launch, Red Dead Redemption 2 opened third in the UK sales charts, behind FIFA 19 and Black Ops 4. It was also largely snubbed at the recent Golden Joystick Awards where it was tipped to sweep the board. Despite multiple nominations, Rockstar left with […]

How Can Rockstar Keep Red Dead Redemption 2 Fresh?

The impossibly cinematic West rolls by, a narrator contextualises the scene: “In the late 1800s America was evolving. On its way to becoming the most powerful country in the world”. Instantly we’re hooked. The latest trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 proves that Rockstar are still the masters of open world immersion. But after failing to keep GTA 5 relevant with DLC, how will the developers keep us coming back to their newest creation? It has been a record 5 years, 11 months since Rockstar last released a brand new game. Of course, there have been plenty of updates for GTA […]

The Power of Video Gaming’s Greatest Mountains

Mountains have long gripped our imagination. Their peaks call to us with a primal urgency, creating a sense of awe and wonder when we finally reach their top. What are video gaming’s greatest mountains, and how do they have such a similar allure to real ones? A climb can be symbolic, a rising or powering up that leads to the highest point and to victory — think of Mario’s defining climb in the original Donkey Kong. As well as this, mountains are often used as a staging ground for the final battle or a hide for the darkest and most […]

Taboo Topic: Let’s Talk About Sexuality In Video Games

Sex. Now that we’ve got your attention, let’s talk about something else. Because not talking about sex is exactly what’s been happening in gaming for years, so why change the habit of a lifetime? Let’s embarrassingly shove the topic under the carpet. We don’t need to discuss sex in video games ever again. Except, we kind of do need to talk about it. And not just in a “wink-wink, nudge-nudge” way, either. The gaming world suffers from a lack of conversation about such topics, often turning it into something for comedic effect. This inability to address sexuality and adult situations […]