5 Henchmen Who’ve Definitely Earned Some Time Off This Christmas

Christmas is a time for relaxation and many of us will be settling down with some of the latest releases. We’d like to spare a thought for those video game henchmen who won’t be getting any time off this festive season. We mean those unsung heroes, who’ve been turning up year after year with the gruelling task of stopping us, the protagonist. Those dedicated and loyal workers who risk life and limb for the cause, day in, day out. Here, we recognise some of those proficient professionals who’ve more than earned some time off this Christmas. Goombas – Mario Series […]

Video Game Health Mechanics: Suspending Disbelief

Video game protagonists often have to experience tremendous amounts of physical trauma for our entertainment. In a medium where violence is often the primary tool for player interaction, it is necessary for the player character to be extremely resilient. All video game protagonists have their limits, however, and this is frequently displayed to the Player through the use of health mechanics. Be it the implementation of a health gauge or regenerative healing, these systems allow the player, using suspension of disbelief, to explain how the likes of Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series can survive the onslaught of bullets fired […]

Looking Ahead: Is PlayStation Already Winning the Next Console War?

It’s the fifth year of this console cycle and time to peak around the corner to predict what might be next. The battle for top spot will be won or lost by the ability to get into our wallets. So which console are gamers planning to invest in when the next generation comes around? The major differences between Sony and Microsoft’s premier gaming consoles have begun to dissolve in recent years. A decade ago it would have seemed unimaginable that Metal Gear Solid, a series which is practically written into the DNA of PlayStation, would ever dare to grace a […]