BEST OF 2016 – The San Francisco Of Watch Dogs 2

I was one of the very few weirdos who loved the original Watch Dogs. Sure it had some problems but one area where it succeeded was its version of Chicago was just great place to walk around. Watch Dogs 2 increases this feeling a thousand-fold. The amount of detail in San Francisco and its surrounding…

BEST OF 2016: ‘The Runner’ Campaign In Battlefield 1

“Australia is a lucky country run mainly by second rate people who share its luck. It lives on other people’s ideas, and, although its ordinary people are adaptable, most of its leaders (in all fields) so lack curiosity about the events that surround them that they are often taken by surprise.”  – Donald Horne, from…

BEST OF 2016: The House Abandon – An Interview With Jon McKellan

The horror genre has seen a surprising amount of innovation in the last few years and quite frankly, it’s never been this good. Over the past twelve months, horror games have truly come of age and emerged as a category that can hold its terrifying head amongst science-fiction and fantasy as staples of the video…

“Keep Your Politics Out Of Video Games”

It’s four o’clock in the morning in the South Australian Parliament and incredibly, the House of Assembly is still in session. Forty-seven MP’s sit in debate over the Death With Dignity bill – an attempt to pass legally assisted voluntary euthanasia into South Australian law. Many in attendance are irritable and tired, having been staring…

The Look of 2016

From a strictly visual standpoint, 2016 looked disgusting. Dead bodies of all types, destruction on a massive scale, Trump’s mouth. All things that kept hitting us like an endless wave of nausea. The alternate dimension of games in 2016 outshined reality on a constant basis. Get behind me 2016, I want to fall headlong into…

DELETE – Four Games Created And Destroyed In One Day

It’s almost midnight and I’m talking to someone who I have just tortured for hours. I cut off his oxygen supply, clamped his skin, struck his abdomen with a range of instruments and even forced various things into his mouth. He was blindfolded the whole time so every instance of pain had the added threat…

Pax Australia – A Party Of Heroes

There is an early scene in Martin Scorcese’s mobster classic Goodfellas where Henry Hill is explaining to the audience the benefits of living a life of crime. The money, the freedom, the respect. All of it irresistible and more than worth the risk of being arrested by the police. He sums it up best by…

The Path of Deus Ex – An Interview With Elias Toufexis

When honour’s at the stake. How stand I then, That have a father kill’d, a mother stain’d, Excitements of my reason and my blood, And let all sleep, while, to my shame, I see The imminent death of twenty thousand men, That, for a fantasy and trick of fame, Go to their graves like beds,…

The Strange Three Year Journey Of The Xbox One

People are cheering. Sincere, enthusiastic cheers. People clapping with a level of excitement you normally hear from kids who see a pile of presents under a Christmas tree. There’s even the occasional “Woo!” from the crowd. From the audio alone, something is obviously worth all this noise. Something new, something exciting. What could it be?…

Murder Is A Recipe For Success

Foie gras is a French delicacy invented around 2500 BC. The process of making it involves force-feeding a duck or goose by inserting a tube filled with corn down their throat. For about two weeks, roughly three times a day, this process is repeated whether the animal is in the mood or not. The force-feeding…

The Future Of Telltale Games – An Interview With Kevin Bruner

A severed head is discovered in the middle of the night. A charming villain returns from the dead. A nervous man points a revolver at two angry women because he’s terrified of his own sadistic family. The shock and awe that is inherent to Telltale Games’ cliffhangers shares a dark but vital thread with the…