Philosophers and media personalities love to debate whether videogames are "art" or just ways to pass the time (why not both? Why does music get to be both but not videogames?) I would like to think that anyone who finds their way to this blog is of the firm belief that videogames are not only... Continue Reading →
What The First Tree can teach us about grief, regret and the complicated relationship between parent and child.
It's quite common these days for videogames to try and deliver some kind of message to their players through their visuals and themes. Usually, this message will be some grand, sweeping ideal about how war is bad, or to watch out for corrupt governments, or that love conquers all. The truth is however that most... Continue Reading →
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon on DS/3DS – Gotta Recruit ‘Em All
When it comes to videogame franchises, there is little doubt that Pokémon is the very best, like no-one ever was. Having grossed $92 billion since 1996 it is not only the highest grossing videogame franchise of all time, but also the highest grossing media franchise of all time. Most people are introduced to the world... Continue Reading →
AER: Memories of Old is interactive art therapy.
It's that time of year again. A time of laughter, joy, and getting games for £0.99 on Steam. Oh, you thought I meant the season of summer? No, I mean the Summer Sales! (What better time to lock yourself away indoors playing video games, right?) I thought it would be nice to kick off this... Continue Reading →