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Animal Weapons – Videogames vs History

If you want a game to look zany, turn any animal into a tool for destruction. The creature might be the weapon itself, useful for bludgeoning, or it might be the ammunition that you fling or fire at your confused opponen...   more

Animal Weapons – Videogames vs History


Giving Thanks: The Little Things

There are lots of big reasons to love a videogame. Great gameplay, thrilling story, stunning visuals and so on. These are the major factors that decide whether a game will draw us in or not. Yet once we’ve embraced...   more



The Gunblade – Videogames vs. History

Whilst I would never consider myself a violent man, I find weapons fascinating. Whether they are a work of fiction or non-fiction, I see them as curious inventions that say a great deal about our species. Our History is ...   more



Gaming and Misbehaving: Spore and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

I swear on my honour that I can be a sensible gamer. I do know how to play games properly. It's just that, now and then, I am compelled to ignore the path the game has laid out for me. It's why people think I'm so cool a...   more

Gaming and Misbehaving: Spore and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion


​Gaming and Misbehaving: Dishonored

Gamers do as they are told. Video games set the rules, and we follow them. When a game says "jump", we press the jump button. We will run, fight and sometimes dance when the game demands it. We play the game as intended....   more

​Gaming and Misbehaving: Dishonored


What Should Really Anger Gamers?

Dear Video Gamers, are you angry? Is the thing you're irritated by on this list? No? Then you're probably fuming about the wrong thing. You silly person. Don't go wasting your time incensed by anything else! #1: Bloopers...   more



Weird Theory: Do Pokémon have a greater purpose?

There's something slightly odd about the world of Pokémon. It's not the hundreds of animals with elemental powers and supernatural abilities. No, that all makes perfect sense when you think about it. It's the worl...   more



How do Games remind us that we are Weak and Feeble?

Games are fun, but I sometimes get the impression they don't like us all that much. It doesn't matter how many times you have levelled up or how many weapons you have strapped across your chest; the game is in charge and...   more



How Does Your Game Keep You Contained? Part 2

The hero seeks a new adventure. Every Mutant Ewok of the Decidedly-Evil Forest has been murdered; the Casually Racist Imps have each been forcefully evicted from the Cave of Moaners; the hero has made so many Dragon's Teeth n...   more



How Does Your Game Keep You Contained? Part 1

A lone hero seeks adventure in a dangerous world. In one hand they clasp an ancient sword made from the devil's weirdest nightmares. In the other hand they hold a giant handgun so powerful that it doesn't need to be loaded to...   more

How Does Your Game Keep You Contained? Part 1


Do You Care for Quick Time Events?

I love Quick Time Events. There, I said it. Don’t worry; I’m aware that bad QTEs exist. After all, gamers often state categorically that they “love video games” knowing full well that bad games exist. Similarly, I’m fond of Q...   more

Do You Care for Quick Time Events?


School Trips to Game Worlds: A Space Station for All Subjects

Two weeks ago, I argued the case for an educational visit to Rapture. Last week, I set my sites on Neo-Paris. The third video game location I have in mind would probably make for the best school trip ever. Practically ever...   more



​School Trips to Game Worlds: Who fancies a Sci-Fi Croissant?

After finishing my first playthrough of Assassin's Creed 2, I was left with a singular thought etched into my mindset. It was not the idea of being an assassin – what it would be like to run across roof troops and leap from i...   more

​School Trips to Game Worlds: Who fancies a Sci-Fi Croissant?


School Trips to Game Worlds: Where would you go?

Two weeks ago I was on a school trip in Berlin. Each time I go on this trip (this was the fifth time) a student looks up at the Reichstag building, turns to me and demands to know if that was the building 'they' assaulted at ...   more

School Trips to Game Worlds: Where would you go?


​More Reasons to be a Gamer-Teacher

A student once asked me if Richard the Lionheart was ginger (we'd just finished a lesson on the Crusades). I stated that, yes, records show that King Richard I had red hair. The student gleefully announced that he had seen Ri...   more



What Game Can You Always Depend On?

Some of the greatest games only get one play through. Whether the adventure lasts for ten hours or one hundred, or occupies your gaming time for several months, there will come a point where the most entertaining game fulfils...   more

What Game Can You Always Depend On?


Gamer-Teacher: The Execution of Yoshi Cromwell

The stage is set. Mario’s desire for a male child is an ever-growing concern. His first wife, Pauline, has failed to produce the heir he craves. Age and stress have taken a toll on her body. Mario wants a new, younger wife th...   more

Gamer-Teacher: The Execution of Yoshi Cromwell


Gamer-Teacher: Mario and Henry VIII

I try to be very careful when mixing gaming with education. These are two of my major interests but not every student will appreciate gaming references punctuating every lesson. Nevertheless, a comparison between video game a...   more

Gamer-Teacher: Mario and Henry VIII


Returning to Pokémon: Better to Faint With Honour

In my mind, there are few competitions nobler and more respectable than a Pokémon Battle. Pokémon Blue demonstrated to me that even the wildest creature can conduct themselves with fairness and restraint in each encounter. No...   more

Returning to Pokémon: Better to Faint With Honour


Returning to Pokémon: confused by Poké Balls.

Last week, I touched on my reactions to Pokémon after skipping four generations. I've enjoyed the game so far but many of the new elements and changes have left me feeling old or confused. Last week I referred to the overwhel...   more

Returning to Pokémon: confused by Poké Balls.


Returning to Pokémon: Why is everybody in a rush?

I’ve often found that I respond to new ideas in an open-minded way. I can be relied on the react favourably to change. A shift from the expected norm will not cause be to moan or grumble. If change is for the better, than I c...   more

Returning to Pokémon: Why is everybody in a rush?


What video game features would improve your everyday life?

I’m at odds with myself. On the one hand, I would really like to own a grappling hook. Video games have shown me the immense enjoyment of this item. Characters like Batman, Link, Scorpio and even Sackboy all look like they ar...   more

What video game features would improve your everyday life?


​Gamer-Teacher: Video Game music in the Classroom

During a school day other teachers wander into my room as I teach. Occasionally they will remark on how wonderful it is to hear classical music emanating from a classroom, and how pleasant it is to see students appreciating q...   more

​Gamer-Teacher: Video Game music in the Classroom


Press X to feel bad: Do video games make you feel guilty?

Imagine if I was to walk up to you in the street, grab your hand, and then use it to slap a passing stranger. As you turn to me hoping for an explanation I instead blame the whole incident on you, shaking my head in disgust a...   more

Press X to feel bad: Do video games make you feel guilty?


Weird Theory: why doesn't Link rule the world?

I’m sure that anyone who has played an instalment of the Legend of Zelda series must admire Link, the protagonist of the series. Whilst there are in fact numerous different versions of Link, with slightly altered personalitie...   more

Weird Theory: why doesn't Link rule the world?


Gamer Logic: Why walk when I can...

In real life, I am able to walk in straight line, without feeling the need to leap into the air every two seconds. I can park my car between the white lines; I have no impulse to roll out of the car before it has come to a st...   more

Gamer Logic: Why walk when I can...


The Advantages of a Gamer-Teacher

Teaching is a profession which can blend into your personal time. In my life, video gaming has become something that is scheduled; pencilled in amongst lesson plans and marking. I’ve not given up on gaming though. Not only be...   more

The Advantages of a Gamer-Teacher


What Disney Animated Classic would make the best game?

I had two options today: I could write something thoughtful, profound and provocative, or I could write about Disney movies. It wasn’t a difficult decision. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m a gamer who’s happy to wait for...   more

What Disney Animated Classic would make the best game?


​Should more games let you choose your gender? Part Two

Last week, I posted an open question about gender in video games. I then proceeded to hide behind the sofa; I’ve been led to believe that the internet becomes a dark and scary place when it comes to this particular topic. Whe...   more

​Should more games let you choose your gender? Part Two


Should more games let you choose your gender? Part One

If you’re the kind of person that thinks, “I don’t want to play as a [Male/Female] character” or “There are too many [Female/Male] characters in gaming” or “[Men/Women] are underrepresented in video games”, then you [Madam/Si...   more

Should more games let you choose your gender? Part One





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