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I can't defend what Tim Schafer said, but...

In the past I have opined that there's not really any such thing as 'playing it wrong.' If a lot of people don't like a game and people say they're just not playing it properly, that is almost always because the game did not communicate t...

 
 
 

Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1: Impressions

Now that the first chapter of Tales of Monkey Island is out, it's difficult to to write about. As you may have gleaned, the series is kind of a big deal to me and so to collect my millions of feelings I have about Launch of the Screaming ...

 
 
 

Tales of Monkey Island: Why It Isn't 2D

Sorry. I've talked about Tales of Monkey Island plenty and there's more to come. I admit, I love this series of games and I want to see people playing it, so I'm doing everything I can to keep people informed about it in my own small way....

 
 
 

Gaming at 27

I thought I'd put together a disjointed and scatterbrained c-blog post as I surely must be entitled to do at least once a year, on my birthday (which is at least once a year). Happy birthday to me. So, 27 is here. I'm not one to get par...

 
 
 

Rocket Riot XBLA Quick Impressions

Yes. It's this game again. But I'm glad it's getting a lot of word-of-mouth buzz and feel the need to contribute to that, because, well... When I first saw Rocket Riot on XBLA I was greeted with the above image. I didn't give it a second...

 
 
 

Bit.Trip Beat, Difficulty and Me.

Oh, how some people endlessly and boringly lament the decline of difficult games. There are plenty to be found, though, for those who would like to look. Mega Man 9, for example, is there for those looking for a more retro-styled experien...

 
 
 

Regarding E3: Welcome Back, Lucasarts

A short while ago, on Pondercast, I described LucasArts as "A hulking zombie of a company which I wish someone would just shoot in the head so it could die." Those who didn't grow up with LucasArts games - perhaps console gamers or the yo...

 
 
 

My The Beatles: Rock Band

I'm sure that many a Beatles fan has an idea of some of the songs that they want to feature in the 45-song strong Beatles: Rock Band. Here I present my personal list. This isn't necessarily the list I think the game ought to use and I ver...

 
 
 

Stop Trying To Control My Life!

It's been a little while since I've had a rant... so let's rant. I've finally gotten around to playing Persona 4 and I'm enjoying it thoroughly. As of now it has taken over my life. It isn't without its difficult and frustrating moments a...

 
 
 

Rental Roundup: Two Months On

One or two people expressed an interest in me carrying this on from last time as they wanted to see how Boomerang was shaping up for me as a rental service, so here it is - my second month of rentals. Boomerang was certainly in my good boo...

 
 
 

Childish Things: Retro Rediscovered

There's a passage in the Bible from Corinthians that people quote now and again that goes: "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." Well,...

 
 
 

Expanded Universes: Games That Expand Themselves

It's easy to read 'expanded universe' and only see 'marketing opportunity.' The perfectly decent non-cynical reason for an expanded universe, though, is simply that it provides extra material for fans of a game to absorb if and when they ...

 
 
 

Ohh Emm Eff Gee!

So, you know when you run into an old friend you haven't spoken to in ages on Twitter and you get talking and it turns out they're joining the Navy and getting rid of a whole load of stuff, then offer to give you a bunch of gaming hardware ...

 
 
 

Rental Roundup - One Month On

Well, it's been about a month since I started renting games after my startling epiphany that I should have been doing it for years. I decided to go with Boomerang rentals in the end, rather than the one I mentioned and so far I've had five ...

 
 
 

Music To Live By: Heroism Edition

At the risk of getting artsy early on in this blog entry, a lot of games I've been playing recently have reminded me of the great capacity the medium has to convey a whole range of emotions, not just the common ones. It seems more and mor...

 
 
 
 

Playing With Myself: Being Sucked In

I don't know if other people have had this same experience but when I was younger and went to the beach during my holidays I'd encounter a strange phenomenon. I'd run down from where my parents were sunbathing, toward the water. Playing b...

 
 
 

Dear The Whole Of Microsoft

(The following is a letter I sent to Microsoft. I thought you may enjoy it.) Over the past several (7) years I have had occasion to purchase several (6) items from Microsoft which generally fall under the category of peripherals, cables, ...

 
 
 

Long Live the Less-Is-More Design Approach

My favourite drummer is Greg Saunier from a band called Deerhoof. I'm going somewhere game-related with this. The band itself isn't to everyone's taste but it is difficult to deny the amount of energy and life the drummer brings to each p...

 
 
 

My 20 Year Long Rental Block

I realise now that I've been missing a part of my brain for the last twenty or so years that I've been playing games. For other people and particularly, I think, in America renting games is a pretty commonplace activity, even moreso now...

 
 
 

10 Least Bad Games of 2008

Here are my top 10 games of 2008 and why. If your own Favourite-Game-Which-Should-Obviously-Be-On-The-List is not on here then it's possibly, even probably because I didn't play it. And even if I did play it, what do I know, right? 10. Gra...

 
 
 

Fallout 3, or, Isn't This Year Good?

I must confess, I love end-of-year lists; they're sort of a guilty pleasure of mine. I'm planning to do one myself when I get back home but man if some games aren't making the process difficult. Take Fallout 3. I got this as an early Chri...

 
 
 

A Time To Destroy: Teamwork

The Survivors are a well-oiled machine. Every Hunter is slapped down before it can get close, hordes of Infected are felled without so much as a scratch and even the Tank is swiftly dealt with, the team taking minimal damage and shrugging...

 
 
 
 

Left 4 Dead: Versus Impressions

Yesterday I experienced my first proper Left 4 Dead Versus Mode game. Previously I'd only spent five minutes in it with a friend but last night Aerox and a whole bunch of other people, GuttlessWonder and ME spring to mind. Ah, sod it: my me...

 
 
 

Fable 2: Final Thoughts (Spoiler Free)

My regular readers (ha ha, I know) may have noticed that I never posted an impressions blog for Fable 2 and now here I am giving my final thoughts. The reason for this is that this would have been an impressions blog were it not that I play...

 
 
 

Left 4 Dead (PC) - Impressions

When I played the Left 4 Dead demo, something was amiss. Well, two things. Firstly I was playing it solo which I know is very less-than-optimal for this game but there was something else, too. While the mechanics were solid, well thought-...

 
 
 

Valkyria Chronicles - Impressions

Having completed the story mode in LittleBigPlanet (aside from collecting the bits and pieces I missed, of course) and getting stuck into the editor, I decided it was time I had more than one game for the PS3, so I went for one which I ha...

 
 
 

LittleBigPlanet - Impressions

I've had the best part of this weekend to play around LittleBigPlanet on my shiny new PS3 so I thought I'd give my impressions so far. This is a game that does its very best to be charming and for the most part it succeeds. As far as the...

 
 
 

My New PS3 - First Impressions

I wouldn't have got a PS3 yet, at the current price, had it not been that I unexpectedly got some money. Now that I've had a day or so to play around with it, here's what I think so far. Oh - and for types that like to add to friends lists...

 
 

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