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…

It’s Time To Grow Up And Play Some Street Fighter

I was born and raised in a small country town which only had one lonely arcade. Funzone, it was called. The owners had a prime location directly across the street from the local cinema and next door, there was also an amusement arcade filled with test-your-strength machines and mini basketball hoops. The arcade was a…

For Video Game Movies, The Time Is Now

I’m watching Ant-Man. It was last on my list to get me updated on the events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I’m enjoying it. Lovable hero, hateable villain and a slew of action scenes that are fun and innovative. I even laughed out loud when the dude who played Avon Barksdale in The Wire…

A Last Line Of Video Game Defence Is No Longer Required 

In the final dying moments of 2015, the human race seems like it might once again be on a collision course with mutually assured destruction. Glance at the news any day of the week and I fail to see how anybody could be proud to show the exploits of this planet to any passing extraterrestrial…

Life Is Strange – The Best Game Of 2015

It was my birthday last week. After 39 years of breathing in and out, I realised I need to accept the changes that have happened in my life. There’s hints of grey hairs showing on the sides of my head, I could nap anytime or anywhere and hangovers have become extended nightmares. Despite my heart…