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Does the crunch culture of video games need to evolve?

I recently read an interview with one of Rockstar Games’ founders Dan Houser which prompted me to put this quick post together. It’s probably not going to be as long or as comprehensive as I’d like it to be; the ‘crunch culture’ of the video games industry is something I would like to properly investigate, and conduct real interviews with […]

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Pokémon Go: A puzzling surge in popularity

You may think that Pokémon Go was a flash-in-the-pan craze that won the mainstream imagination for two whole weeks in 2016 before vanishing into obscurity, but you’d be wrong. According to a recent report from VG247, Pokémon Go grossed a non-shabby $84.8 million in September 2018 – its highest takings for the year so far. September was also the highest month for installs, with […]

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Will the Fortnite craze last forever?

There’s a little game called Fortnite that’s been doing incredibly well recently. Indeed, so intense is the Fortnite craze that in August 2018 the game reportedly came close to hitting 80 million players, which is crazy-numbers. Moreover, the iOS iteration has been downloaded over 100 million times, and Epic Games – the developer – is now estimated to be worth an eye-watering $14 […]

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Team Sonic Racing is officially delayed?

In news that is a little sad – but not altogether surprising – it seems that the upcoming Team Sonic Racing may have been delayed until 2019. The news (well, speculation) comes via a tweet from @SAAC_RUS who posted a snap from a booklet at a Russian gaming event. Буклет с рекламой игры #TeamSonicRacing с российской игровой выставки "Игромир". По какой-то […]

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The painful memories of The Angel of Darkness

Anybody who was a Tomb Raider fan in 2002 will know what a painful time it was. Well – painful and desperately exciting. Gamers around the world were eagerly awaiting the release of (deep breath) Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Angel of Darkness, the franchise’s PS2 debut and a game that was supposed to radically re-invigorate the popular series. A couple of […]

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Is the Nintendo Switch 2 really a good idea?

The rumours of a Nintendo Switch 2 started to circulate last week. Well, that’s not strictly true – there have been rumours about it for a while. But The Wall Street Journal recently reported than updated version of the console could be arriving on shelves sometime in 2019, which is, uhh, great? Maybe…? It’s fair to say that the ‘news’ […]

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Console wars! PS3 vs. Xbox 360

Here’s a little gem from the Al Survive archives – the first gaming piece I ever wrote, 11 years ago! (It was originally published on MySpace – that’s how ancient it is.) I’d been locked in a bitter war with a friend at uni about which gaming console was the superior purchase – the PS3 or the Xbox 360. This […]

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Should you buy Super Mario Party?

If you’re a Switch owner and aren’t too bothered by Forza, Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed or else are just rolling in money, you may be interested to know that Super Mario Party is launching tomorrow (that is, October 5th.) A sort of precursor to the hotly-anticipated Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, this multiplayer title has – to some extent – been […]

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What’s the best Sonic game to recommend to a newcomer?

Is it still conceivable that, in 2018, there are gamers out there who have zero experience of Sonic the Hedgehog? As in, they’ve never seen any gameplay footage, and their only knowledge of Sonic is that he’s a blue hedgehog? (That is, if they’ve even heard of him at all!) Picture that person, and then work out which would be the […]

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Tomb Raider: The Dark Angel Kickstarter launches

The Kickstarter campaign for Peter Connelly’s The Dark Angel Symphony has now launched. “I have the cash, but I don’t deal with the monkey.” Actually, I’m still deciding which tier I’m going to support. Hmm. I like the idea of attending a studio recording… Anyway, for those of you who haven’t heard about The Dark Angel, the aim of the project is […]

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Defending TR5: Why Tomb Raider Chronicles is amazing

It’s fair to say that, if you were to get a group of Tomb Raider fans together in a room and ask them what their favourite Lara Croft title is, not many people would cite Tomb Raider Chronicles (or TR5) as their number one fave. It’s considered by some to be uninspired, too short, too easy, and a cash-in. Indeed, I’ve yet to see […]

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Fortnite crossplay: Should Sony say sorry?

On Wednesday, Sony finally backed down and allowed players on all consoles to play Fortnite together, regardless of which system they were using. The news was met with universal approval, and sighs of relief were breathed across the netosphere. However, what fascinates me is the line that most news outlets are opening with: specifically the words “backing down” and “giving in.” […]

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Forza Horizon 4 reviews! Is it any good?

Reviews are starting to trickle in for the hotly-anticipated Forza Horizon 4, which is due to arrive on the Xbox One and PC on Tuesday 2nd October. The lavishly-realised motoring game takes place entirely within a ‘shared world’ digital UK, and offers different gameplay opportunities depending on the time of year. (Although I can confirm that, as a seasoned UK resident, […]

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Is a Nintendo Switch PR crisis looming?

Prepare yourselves for a doom-laden post! The sky is falling, Nintendo is going under, we’ll never play a console game again…!! Actually, despite the sensationalist headline, I do intend to ask a legitimate question: Is a Nintendo Switch PR crisis looming? I’m not sure of the answer, but I work on the fringes of the PR world in my day-to-day […]