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Call of Cthulhu and the Spectre of Good Horror

So I picked up in the Steam Christmas sale and despite some minor problems was able to power through it quite quickly within a week or so; what I played left me intrigued enough to want to jot...   more

Call of Cthulhu and the Spectre of Good Horror


Of Inventories and Horror Games

Could you carry this for me? It's only small, it shouldn't take up much room; wait, have you checked you have the space? Do you need it for something else? Nowhere does inventory space become...   more



Dead Space 3, in a nut shell.

So I finished Dead Space 3 the other day and was going to write a blog detailing why it made me want to claw my eyes out, but I found the subject almost as boring as the game, fortunately (or not...   more

Dead Space 3, in a nut shell.


A Magical Dolphin Plays... Sepulchre

********************** Sepulchre is a short point-and-click indie game in which you play an academic who wakes up on a train not really having a clear idea of what's going on. You explore yo...   more

A Magical Dolphin Plays... Sepulchre


Crafting A Good Game of 'The Thing'

So only a few days ago I happened to stumble across a video of 'The Thing', the game, on YouTube, and it brought back a lot of memories. Released around 2002, prior to getting my hands on it it h...   more

Crafting A Good Game of 'The Thing'


Alien(s), Creative license and Borrowed Ideas

Maybe it's because Stasis Interrupted's been released and I've been watching a few gameplay videos of it but for some reason lately I've been (again) thinking a lot about Aliens games and where t...   more



A Magical Dolphin Plays... The King of the Wood

********************** The King of the Wood is a short indie game where you play a character tasked with eliminating a rogue cyborg, in the process of which you explore a small world and lea...   more

A Magical Dolphin Plays... The King of the Wood


Struggling to move from one medium to another, TV/Movies to Games

So I haven't really wanted to write all that much of late, maybe it's because summer is pretty much here but my desire to do anything even vaguely game-related is waning somewhat. The other day t...   more

Struggling to move from one medium to another, TV/Movies to Games


Get Yo Summer Game On

So Summer is here, at least in the UK, and frankly I have lost all willpower to sit inside ever again until it's cold and dark and generally miserable again (so at least a week from now given how...   more

Get Yo Summer Game On


Retrospective: Resident Evil Remake

If you're a Survival Horror fan, or indeed a gamer in general, the Resident Evil series will no doubt be familiar to you; it started off by defining an entire genre and grew into a franchise. In ...   more



Scope and Depth in the world of gaming

When it comes to games we're often led to believe that more is always better making an FPS? Well if you want people to really enjoy it you'd better have five locales to visit instead of four, o...   more

Scope and Depth in the world of gaming


Story Books and Nightmares in Rule of Rose

When it comes to all the possible ways that people can express themselves creatively, and hope to succeed to a degree to be able to commercially benefit from that creativity, games probably are...   more



Boss Battles - When do they ever make sense?

Bosses. Can't live with 'em, can't have closure with genuinely satisfying gameplay segments without them. ...well, atleast that's what we generally tend to believe. And who could blame us for ...   more

Boss Battles - When do they ever make sense?


B-Movie Bliss: Extermination

So I picked up a copy of Extermination a week or so ago, and was able to play through the game pretty quickly (in about four or fives hours), and that made me think about and then eventually do a...   more

B-Movie Bliss: Extermination


Survival Horror Essentials

So last week I happened to pick up a copy of Extermination, an old PS2 title from the early days of the console, a survival horror game. This year I've been a lot more interested in trying to loo...   more



Lazyblog: Box Art

What's the first game you remember playing? That you remember vividly? I played a lot of games as a kid, and I mean , pretty much all demos really because we didn't have any money. Some stu...   more



Colonial Marines: Well, that kind of sucked...

So... there's this game that released this week, and err... it was kind of sucky... Like, really sucky. I am ofcourse speaking of: Panza's Creepy Lovehouse As an Aliens fans, and an AvP f...   more



Horror Story: Escaping into the Darkness of Hellnight

There's a noise. I stop and slowly, anxiously, look behind me. Nothing. The darkened passageway is empty. I'm alone. I relax my grip on the controller, letting my finger slide off the s...   more

Horror Story: Escaping into the Darkness of Hellnight


Retrospective: Aliens Vs Predator 2

It's always been felt that games need a strong sense of identity to sell, especially mainstream ones, modern games tend to create that sense of identity themselves by creating characters and worl...   more

Retrospective: Aliens Vs Predator 2


Disability, Disease and the struggle of being in a Videogame

Something that's seemed to dwell on my mind lately, returning from time to time, has been the subject of disability, disfigurement and disease in games, in particular the idea of losing a limb or...   more

Disability, Disease and the struggle of being in a Videogame


Blood 2's Post-Modern vibe and keeping games interesting

So recently I've been getting into a bit of old-school gaming and replaying some games I really haven't thought about much since I was about ten. As a kid I was pretty big into strategy games, FP...   more

Blood 2's Post-Modern vibe and keeping games interesting


Diversity what what?!?: Black Mamba Edition

Hey you! Ever played a videogame before...? huh...? HUH...?! HUH....!?! Oh yeah, I bet you have. And I bet there were boobies and men with big muscles and everybody was white and you fa...   more



Creating Horror in Videogames: Topics, Tropes and Atmosphere

When we think about Horror games, what do we think of? Maybe the first thing that comes to mind are examples of old-school survival horror games like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Forbidden Siren...   more



Scary Granules: Episode 3 - Hey Tash What ya Connin'?

Hello there, Do you like nerds? Well! If you said yes then you're in for a treat with this week's episode of Scary Granules (wait, what happened to last week?!) as it's all about the sour...   more

Scary Granules: Episode 3 - Hey Tash What ya Connin'?


Realism Vs. Fantasy - Who Wins?

What's the measure of value that we aspire to when it comes to a game's setting, backdrop or visual style? Do we think a game that is more grounded in reality makes for a 'better' game, if so, w...   more

Realism Vs. Fantasy - Who Wins?


The gradual drift away from the mainstream

Lately I've been feeling as though my attitude towards gaming has changed. Not so much that I feel as though I want to stop playing games in general but enough to make me feel as though my gaming...   more



Scary Granules: Episode 2 - All about the Irelands!

http://youtu.be/m86CGG_EmWM Picture the scene - flowing fields of green, green, grass sweep before you, trees rustle in a light wind, a single blackbird perches on an old stone wall pecking at ...   more

Scary Granules: Episode 2 - All about the Irelands!


Retrospective: Sweet Home

I find it immeasurably hard to write about Sweet Home, though I love the game and feel it's largely been overlooked by gaming culture I also know that in the past it has had a lot of attention fr...   more

Retrospective: Sweet Home


CROSSOVER: Mario X Siren

Mario always sounds so goddamn chipper all the time in his games, for no apparent reason. It bugs me, nobody's that happy - atleast not without medication. The only way I could really think ...   more

CROSSOVER: Mario X Siren


Why Do We Still Have Exploding Barrels...?

...or just some words on a page that vaguely make sense! ;o So why do we still have exploding barrels in videogames? Anybody? Anybody know how exploding barrels found their way into videog...   more

Why Do We Still Have Exploding Barrels...?





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