This was an abandoned review, that I figured I would put up somewhere. Waste not, want not.

There was one aesthetic of previous generations that I was pretty sure was not going to come back into vogue and that is of the ‘barely functioning 3D’ look of the PlayStation era. It shows how little I know because there seems a whole slew of them coming out as people who grew up on the wonky pixel look are now hitting their 30s and becoming nostalgic for when controllers had, at maximum, one analogue stick.

Anodyne 2: Return to Dust is a…


About 5 years ago I pitched an article about a Heavy Rain retrospective, it was meant to be a humorous look at the way that Cage and his team manage to take really cool ideas and mess them up completely while simultaneously opening a gateway to ‘new’ ways of playing games in the mainstream. However, in the light of the controversy [1] that has surrounded Quantic Dream I am glad I never wrote it exactly like that.

So, after, revisiting it, and probably iterating on the same article countless times. …


Screenshot from the Chucklefish title Wargroove

Gareth slumped over the counter of the video rental store and played with a Kinder egg toy while his girlfriend, Fran, was stocking shelves. It was 4PM on a Friday night and families were coming in after school and renting films like ‘Ferngully’ and ‘The Land Before Time III’, the usual sort of shit that kept kids quiet on tumultuous weekends.

Gareth let them come in, as a blur of indiscriminate, tired adult faces, smiling wanly as they the dropped brain rot to rent. …


A brief recap of events for those that might not even know what Mass Effect is. Mass Effect has been a long running sci-fi video game series by developers Bioware.

A few months back amusing gifs and videos started emerging of the new iteration Mass Effect: Andromeda that showed off some less than stellar facial animations as well as bugs involving walk animations. This was pre-release, so the giggling that came along with these hilarious videos was accompanied by concerns that the game was not going to live up to the developer’s high standards. …


Okay, lets start with a backstory for those that have no interest in YouTube or its stars. Felix ‘Pewdiepie’ Kjellberg, when it comes to people that make money as a result of streaming video games, is a megastar in the field. With millions of fans that transcribes to 50 million subscribers he is probably the biggest out there.

Recently he showed the ridiculousness of a service called Fiverr and got two men to show a sign that said ‘Death to all Jews’. The Wall Street Journal took an interest in this and wrote a piece showing off numerous times that…


It is weird to me to not be doing this on Arcadian Rhythms. It was a site that was my home for over 5 years and saw some of my best writing as well as some really bad articles (not the worst articles, fortunately I never released those on the Internet). I am sad that we closed it down but I see why we did.

This is likely to be a long waffling post about the video games that I have loved this year, so if you were coming here for some sound bites (let’s be honest most of you…


Taken from http://agimat.net/anniversary-of-an-uninteresting-event/

As is becoming exceedingly important to me, I need to state that context is everything.

The following is something that I wrote for the protagonist of my third novel about a month ago and shared with my partner while drunk. It was amusing at the time because the ideology of the character was something I found highly immature (despite his expected age of mid-to-late 30s), but that worked for him as his main modus operandi is to avoid scrutinising his behaviour in a way that might make him a better person.

The scene is set after he (Leonard) and his…


Note: I meant to write about this at the time but got side-tracked. Once the hullabaloo died I figured there was no point bringing the topic up. However, in two separate instances this topic came up (one unprovoked, the other in relation to another comic controversy) in the last week. So, as a catharsis I am going to whack this down in digital form.

Warning, this post contains very mild spoilers for Sicario and X-Men: Apocalypse, and may contain images that some people might find disturbing.

For the back story, Fox studios released a poster (pictured above) advertising the latest…


Accurate

In the session, I am playing no one is talking. To be more accurate, not only is no one talking, no one has a microphone connected. This is the reality of Gears of War 4’s Horde mode.

Horde mode is predicated on fierce co-operation to beat the 50 waves of escalating difficulty. In Gears 4 there is a class system that goes further in demanding teamwork. Classes like the Engineer need to know when they should be placing defences and when they should be repairing. …


Based on a true story

Laos is not good at first impressions. The border closest to its Capital, Vientiane, and Thailand is a dustbowl. The staff that inhabit the sweaty booths vary between apathetic and vaguely predatory. They are helpful, maybe, if you have money and are willing to spend it. All the Tuk-tuks are overpriced and the driver’s sense of scaling is amusingly off, it was 150 thousand Kip for me to travel to my Hostel alone or 100 thousand kip for two people.

I ended up sharing with a jovial Canadian, he was here for the same reason as me, which was to…

Badger Commander

Taking this a little more seriously, I write for Arcadian Rhythms about video games and stuff related to video games. I am a failure to the game designer.

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