Pressing Start and the Games That Never Stop

Is the iconic button’s absence this generation just for show or is its time of relevance finally over?


Video Games and the Search for Authenticity

How postmodern social theory could help explain the rise in gaming’s popularity.


The Elder Scrolls Online beta impressions

Can a game with all the restrictions inherent in a massively multiplayer online RPG provide an experience with all the strengths of an Elder Scrolls game?


Titanfall: impressions for those who aren’t shooter fans

It’s part Call of Duty and part Halo at its core, but there’s plenty new and interesting going on in Titanfall.


Seven games I’ve loved

Valentine’s Day: The love we feel for our most fondly remembered games, like romantic love, is informed most by personal connections and not aesthetics or popular opinion.


Third-person adventure game cliches that always suck

As one of the oldest genres, adventure games carry a ton of legacy tropes, some of which are always lame.


Cranky Kong complex: the imposition of narrative

What is the result of our drive towards connecting separate games with an overarching story?


Games Aren’t Film: Colonisation and Media Blindness

How the selective coverage of games in mainstream media denies their most unique qualities.


Wii Sports and the state of Nintendo vs next-gen

Nintendo’s lack of communication with its audience is by far the main reason Wii U sales will not lift this holiday.

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Cult of the Familiar: The State of Sequels

For many, big game development’s reliance on sequels and annualisation is wearing thin. Is it problematic to keep investing while bemoaning this trend?


Giana Sisters: pretenders to the Mushroom Kingdom crown

Since the original Giana is famed for plagiarising Mario, can its grandchild give us insight into a Mario that might have been?


Nintendo spotlights Wii U indie titles

Wii U indie games have always been present on the eShop, but not in the numbers Nintendo would have had you believe before launch. Now the companies revealed 18 new indie games incoming.


In Defence of Ouya

Look beyond the shallow issues and you can find a lot to like about the little grey box. It’s a place that will house many experiences fallen by the wayside on mobile devices and current home consoles.


StreetPass shop reviews

Four legitimately fun new games are available for you to play alongside Miis that you collect on your travels with your 3DS: Squad, Garden, Battle and Mansion.