Google Stadia Could Spell The End of The Console Wars

Rumours that Google were about to break into the console market have been circling for some time. And we finally have some solid evidence of the project that has been labelled Google Stadia. Google Stadia will forgo the conventional console format for an entirely cloud-based system. Similar to other services Google already offers like Google Play and Google Drive. Players will be able to launch their games on any device that supports Wi-Fi. The new format is potentially game-changing and if it works, could spell the end of the console wars.    Google Stadia Services Google made their announcement at […]

Cloud Gaming: The Replacement?

With Google, Microsoft and Electronic Arts all pushing for cloud-based game streaming, the competition is hotter than ever, which in turn will advance the technology faster. Is cloud gaming finally a viable alternative to local gaming systems? What hurdles have game streaming yet to face? The premise and appeal of game streaming is simple: play games at maximum settings using a device that never would be able to run the game in the first place. Why spend 1500 pounds upgrading your PC when you can play the latest games already with your five-year-old laptop? However, in practice, it has had […]

From Pioneer to Plunderer: The Sorry Decline of Rare

Sea of Thieves was one of the most hotly anticipated releases of the first quarter of 2018. Hype grew surrounding the games’ reveal at E3 2017 but just eight months into its’ life cycle, Rare Studio’s pirate simulator is a ghost town. It was marketed as ‘The Best Game Rare Ever Made’ but Sea of Thieves was immediately panned for a lack of objectives. Whilst co-operatively steering a galleon in search of treasure sounded exciting from the outset, the game devolved into nothing more than a glorified fetch quest. Locate objective, travel the seas, fight skeletons, return home, and repeat […]

Are Gamers Happy with the Number of Female Characters?

The underrepresentation of women as characters is perhaps more pronounced in video games than in any other entertainment medium. How do gamers feel about the issue? We went to find out. Sony is starting to do better with its AAA titles, featuring women in the leading role of 2017’s game of the year, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and in upcoming The Last of Us 2. Still, progress across the board is slow, and we’re far off equality of gender representation. RPGs have often gotten around the issue by having the player select the gender of their character. Still, when a character […]

‘We’ve made a kick-ass sequel’: Tommy Refenes talks Super Meat Boy Forever

First teased under the mysterious anagram ‘A Voyeur For September’, Super Meat Boy Forever will soon be hitting our virtual shelves. We interviewed outspoken indie-dev Tommy Refenes ahead of his long-awaited sequel. “If people want to buy Modern Warfare or Halo: Reach that’s fine because I think those games are shit. If that’s what people want then people don’t want the games that I make because I don’t make shit games”, states Tommy Refenes in 2012’s Indie Game: The Movie. The critically acclaimed documentary captured some of the most ingenious minds in indie development during the build up and release of their […]

Battle Royale: The King of the Gaming Hill

Trends come and go, but Battle Royale is big enough to stick around for a while – especially with Call of Duty on board. Battle Royale is arguably the hottest trend in gaming right now. The game type was popularised by DayZ, H1Z1, WarZ, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and Fortnite, which has made millions of players enchanted. Now, the industry-leading and long-standing shooter franchise Call of Duty is confirmed to jump on the bandwagon in Black Ops 4 and Battlefield is rumoured to do the same. The premise of Battle Royale is a fight to the death, most commonly between 100 […]