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5:16 PM on 09.10.2012

A pre-emptive strike on modern combat systems

For years, medical professionals have touted the mantra of 'prevention is often the best cure'. It is with this somewhat clumsy setup that i move to take aim at something which is quickly becoming a trope of modern third per...   read

5:55 PM on 08.29.2012

Rewind Ep.3 - Killer7

Just like a perfectly crafted and thrown boomerang, we are back for another installment of Stephen Pastic's Rewind - the target this week being Killer7. Released in 2005 for the Gamecube and Playstation 2, Killer7 was the fi...   read

11:34 AM on 08.23.2012

Rewind Ep.2 - Still Life

Welcome back, nostalgia fiends! This week on "Stephen Pastic's Rewind", we go against conventional wisdom and take a look back at something of a niche title, as opposed to something bound to garner far more hits - i.e. Metal...   read

4:54 PM on 08.09.2012

Rewind Ep. 1 - Super Metroid

Welcome ladies and jellybeans to the first episode of "Stephen Pastic's Rewind" - a brand new series looking at titles from the past which i routinely return to. Kicking things off with a megaton sized bang for episode 1 is S...   read

3:03 AM on 05.02.2012

Re-thinking the 'Quick-Time Event'

Over the last few years, quick time events (QTE's) have become one of the most prolific tropes in modern gameplay. Allowing developers to show off their cinematic flair without having to implement ordinary gameplay to acco...   read

9:01 PM on 04.19.2012

Stephen Pastic's Museum of Gaming Stereotypes

Ah stereotypes - from subpar drivers of asian descent to the elusive sober irishman of legend, stereotypes have the power to make us laugh, rage and sometimes look into things way too much. It should come as little surprise...   read

9:55 PM on 11.29.2011

How to start a flame war on a gaming site

We gamers are an opinionated bunch. Games old and new are routinely compared to titles even remotely similar - and in certain cases, compared to games with zero in common save for their interactivity. As online gaming med...   read

9:26 PM on 11.21.2011

The Twelve Step Program (Gamer's Edition)

The Twelve Step Program (Gamer's Edition) Like many of you, i believe i have a problem and now realise that i need help. My actions have caused me to neglect my obligations, created periods of financial strain, and left m...   read

10:26 PM on 10.22.2011

The worst sex offenders in gaming

Attention citizens! Coinciding with a marked jump in the incidence of digital deviance in recent years, reports have been made of suspicious characters lurking among game collections worldwide. For your safety, we have comp...   read

11:55 PM on 10.20.2011

So, you want to be a games writer?

*An aspiring gaming writer's look at what like minded individuals should consider while in the process of developing their craft - equal parts self aggrandising, pretentious and (hopefully) somewhat interesting, Stephen Pas...   read

4:20 AM on 10.19.2011

Multiplayer - check the use-by date

The current console generation has ushered in many things we gamers take for granted nowadays. From downloadable content to high definition graphics, a lot of what is now common was either something of a rarity or widely no...   read

1:29 AM on 05.09.2011

Pastic Surgery - Games which have gone under the knife

Over the last few years of this console generation, we have been seeing a marked increase in the number of older games being re-made, re-modeled and re-mixed. As the development of new intellectual properties becomes riskier...   read

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