Elite Dangerous And The Silent Euphoria Of Leaving Earth Behind

One of the great tragedies of modern society is the inability to look past ourselves. To put aside our petty squabbles and confront the vast scope of our stratosphere and beyond. Try as we might, we find it almost impossible to stop staring into the void of humanity’s many, many mistakes and/or our latest gas…

Nothing But Garbage – Part 5: WRESTLEMANIA

In previous entries in this series, I’ve talked about the lumbering colossus that is World Wrestling Entertainment. Since its transformation from disjointed territory wrestling only watched by hicks at county fairs into the unstoppable behemoth it is today, it has fine-tuned itself into a ravenous monster devouring everything in its path. Never slowing down for…

Watch Dogs 2 – A Tale Told Before Its Time

I don’t remember much about the 8th of November 2016. It was the middle of the week so I probably went to work like any other day. In hindsight, what I should have been doing is taking note of every moment since it was, theoretically, the last time human society seemed to make sense. Obviously…

DELETE – The Game Exhibition Where Everything Is Destroyed

Every year, BarSK in Melbourne holds a special event. It’s a game jam that runs for over half a day, from the morning to just past midnight. And when the clock hits 12.30am, something special happens. Everything that everyone has worked on – images, assets, source code: it all gets deleted, never to return. I wrote…

Review – The Red Strings Club

Truly charismatic characters are a rare thing to encounter in games. A distinct feeling of connection to fictional people depends on key elements like good writing, laser-sharp timing, and unique perspectives. With all these concepts in place, you’re more likely to be drawn into a story or relate to a character’s motives, and subsequently, remember…

End Of A Dead Channel: The Importance Of Cyberpunk 2077 To The Genre

Five years ago, Mike Pondsmith, the creator of the Cyberpunk 2020 pen-and-paper role-playing game that forms the basis of Cyberpunk 2077 told me: “As long as the street needs heroes and heroes are willing to throw the dice to beat impossible odds, the world is going to need cyberpunk.” Done correctly, cyberpunk can help us experience futuristic worlds, amazing…

Forgot About Rey

Everyone has an opinion on Star Wars these days. It’s the best thing ever or it’s been ruined. Why did that character do that? Why didn’t they do the thing they did before? How come they acted that way? Where does Vice-Admiral Holdo get her hair done because omfg amirite? It’s easy to get bogged…

Review – WWE2K18

In December 1944, Imperial Japanese Army Lieutenant Hiro Onoda was ordered to take the fight of World War II to an island in the Philippines. Disrupt and destroy the enemy by any means necessary, were his orders. But also under no circumstances was he to surrender or take his own life. Months later, his squad…

The Best Game of 2017 – Stories Untold

Storytelling from the gut. That’s the component which is missing from a lot of big-budget games today. Despite millions of dollars and thousands of staff working on huge games, the concept of a truly interesting and unique story is a rare thing. It’s typically relegated to something that supports a cool gameplay design or new…

Review – Ruiner

There’s a certain flavour of brutality that some video games possess. An intoxicating river of violence that flows through the gameplay and drives a story through to a (hopefully) satisfying conclusion. It provokes a certain appeal that transforms a potentially generic experience into a bleak, brutal journey of blood, sweat and tears. This is where…

Review – Observer

After Blade Runner implanted itself into the minds of moviegoers back in 1982, elements of its cyberpunk world and story would echo throughout pop culture for decades to come. Despite writers, filmmakers and game designers telling stories in similar worlds with outstanding results, the familiar dark rainy streets, grimy neon lights, and cautionary tales of body augmentations…

Review – Tokyo 42

There’s a moment early on in Tokyo 42 that makes it clear the kind of world in which it lives. A local gang wants my blood and are hot on my tail. As I’m being chased through the stark, minimalist city, I leap down a flight of stairs into a peaceful garden lined with trees…