It's hard to hate Nintendo. After all, they are behind many beloved franchises, including The Legend of Zelda, Mario, and the Metroid series. But their latest venture, the Wii U and 3DS compatible amiibo, has managed to antagonize a large number of its consumers.
While the Ted Cruz Electoral Machine is in full throttle, something disrupted his schedule: he poked his nose out out of the closet as a possible online games addict.
This trend, which appears to be gaining traction quite rapidly, is a push back in time to the past, a few decades ago. A push for 'retro' products. Walking around in London nowadays, looking in shop windows, I see more and more products whose designs are clearly inspired by the designs of the past; and capturing in some way the essence of those past products. Retro radios, retro cars such as the Mini Cooper, retro kitchen equipment... and now I am able to understand why a retro version of my own ZX Spectrum computer design appears to be attracting interest like wildfire.
Fallout doesn't have to star Dick Masculine like the rest of mainstream games, but any spectrum of gender or ethnicity that the player wants. To someone who is going to play a man anyway, it's a subtlety nice feature, but to people who aren't usually portrayed in games as much, it can be a huge deal.
Glitches have become a great way of expanding the lifespan of a title. You may have completed a game's objectives, but it is possible there could still more to uncover within its code. This could be a way to clip through an area, avoid a cut scene, or even leap an invisible wall.
It is a catastrophic state of affairs when the conduct of the politicians of football has detracted from the beautiful game. World football is in desperate need of individuals such as Gill, Figo, Prince Ali, and Platini to take the reigns of the organisation and guide it to a culture of fairness, transparency and ethical practice. It is imperative for the sake of the sport and the principles the governing body transfer to impressionable youths that these changes are brought about in a timely manner. Cultural change of an organisation is a monumental task, but with the departure of Sepp Blatter I believe the process can now get underway.
Step forward EA Sports. On the release of Fifa 16 - which will be the 23rd version of the game to feature in the series, excluding any of the 'street' and World Cup editions - there will be an option for players to take control of women's teams. The most baffling aspect of the announcement was that it was done at a time when the Fifa organisation, entirely separate from the game series, is coming under fire over allegations of corruption by some of the most senior officials.
Silent Hill, as a franchise, is hard to concisely explain. It's scary, sure. But there's some truly magnificent story moments shown throughout the series, and it consistently used great creature and world design to tell them.
Mods have been a free resource for close to twenty years. Mod creators have never gone into development thinking about making a profit, and the main goal has always been to make something cool or interesting to share with people.
Despite what the game developers might claim, Candy Crush etc are basically games of luck where it's impossible to predict when you're going to win, and you're permitted to win just often enough to keep you coming back. The exact same theory applies to the matches provided by dating websites, pies at the football and late night kebabs.
Mortal Kombat's history is paved with controversy that has seen various incarnations banned, been the centre of mass media hysterias and even found itself as part of US congress hearings. It's fair to say that Mortal Kombat has had more than it's fair share of detractors, yet, here it is, still as strong and gory as when it began.
The innovations are in fact numerous, to the point that one can speak one a true reinvention of the original game for this new opus called Guitar Hero Live.
This year will see the first students who paid tuition fees of £9,000 a year graduate from their degree courses. The idea of spending thousands more on a postgraduate course specifically focussed on film, television or games could seem like one more hurdle too many for some people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
In The Sims 4 Get to Work players will take active control of their Sims while they're at work and determine whether they are headed towards the big promotion or becoming the workplace menace.
My first kind of gaming ritual was back in those halcyon days when games still came with printed manuals. You cracked open the box, fumbled the cartridge or floppy disks out, and were greeted with a nice little (or not so little) booklet falling onto your lap.
When Apple recently announced that apps generated approximately $14billion in revenue in 2014 ($10billion of which was paid out to developers), they did not mention that the biggest single chunk of that money came from exploiting players with obvious gambling problems.