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Patrick Garratt

Author and Tech Journalist

Patrick Garratt is an author and technology journalist. His first novel, Deg, will release in October. When not writing fiction he runs video games website VG247.

The iPad, Not Xbox or PlayStation, Is the King of Kids' Games

My son, Lloyd, loves video games. He's four years old. My other two children enjoy them, but Lloyd's enamoured. His first love was Mario. Whenever he asks if we can deal Bowser another crushing blow, however, what he really means is that he wants to watch me; he can't do it himself.
05/03/2013 13:41 GMT

Vine: The Digital Equivalent of Hanging a Mirror Over a Urinal

You all follow Instagram-My-Expensive-Food-Guy, right? And Blog-My-Baby-Woman? How about Here's-All-My-Work-This-Week-Writer? You'll soon be blankly consuming Vine-My-Walk-To-Work-Dude. They're people telling you their lives have depth, that they're <em>fabulous</em>.
29/01/2013 22:18 GMT

Can't Imagine a World Without Pudding? Start Trying

Less than 70 years ago, putting a spoonful of sugar into a cup of tea was a luxury in Britain. Today, a great many of us westerners have everything we could possibly want, but have been so numbed by money and peace that we have little frame of reference for the concept of "need".
01/01/2013 23:59 GMT

Death Reveals Jobs as a Giant, and Apple as Vulnerable

While it's right to remember Jobs' life and legacy, what matters is understanding what this giant brought to the modern world. His true success was in transforming pure capitalism into a force that touched people's lives and changed them for what they perceived to be the better.
07/10/2011 00:00 BST

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito: Two Names that Prove Capital Punishment has no Place in Humane Society

The Italian murder case that has gripped media in the UK, US and Italy for nearly half a decade took an incredible turn this week as Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, found guilty alongside Rudy Guede of killing Briton Meredith Kercher in 2007, had their convictions overturned. While the surreal scenes in and around the Perugia courthouse after the appeal decision resembled something out of a TV legal drama, replete with crowds hurling insults at lawyers and the stunned defendants being led through packs of suited men by the police, the chaotic case highlights again that miscarriages of justice do happen in the west, and that the lobby pressing for the resurrection of capital punishment in European nations should be held at bay.
04/10/2011 23:48 BST