The other night I spent two hours trying to defeat Seth on Street Fighter IV. Two hours. For the uninitiated, Seth is Street Fighter IV's final boss, a Doctor Manhattan-looking lout who apparently controls time and space through a rotating ball in his tummy. Standard stuff.
Yes, Volcano Top Trumps has just been released, and I have just gone out and bought 10 just for good measure. I open my pack, the rest a mixture of presents and prizes at talks, and I flick through to make sure my favourite is there.
It's a world away from the early 2000s when children had to spend hours bargaining with their parents over the time they spent on the family computer, immersed in virtual worlds on a big screen. Children still play in these worlds - look at the popularity of Moshi Monsters - but the rise of mobile gaming has, in many cases, changed the way they do it.
Wonderbook is a new way to play video-games and experience stories that uses the PlayStation 3 camera in conjunction with a plush pop-up book. The twist here is that the book is blank until placed in front of the PlayStation 3, whereupon the pages are populated on the screen with all sorts of interactive stories and challenges.
It may seem unthinkable, then, to see the console war heading for a truce. Over the years social theorists have predicted that, eventually, all media content is going to flow through a single black box into our living rooms. Uncannily, Xbox One has been touted as such a device.
We've long been terrified that children are growing up too fast, turning into little kidults For the girls: supermarkets selling bras for bee-stung chests; the iPhone becoming the new pencil case; and ten-year-olds calling each other 'badass bitches'.
With under a week until the PS4's UK launch I would like to recount my top three gaming moments on each generation's console. Note, I do not mean my top three games. Rather I would like to look back and recount the specific moments that I hold so dear.
BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode One featuring an all-new story for Booker and Elizabeth, set in the underwater city of Rapture before its fall, but it is worth playing?
As smartphones have been getting "smarter," the games that they can run are becoming more advanced. In only a matter of months, gamers have seen the titles available on the mobile platform evolve from Atari quality to games that visually rival the original PlayStation.
If you've not played them before The Legend of Zelda series of games from Nintendo are held in high regard among gamers, and for good reason. They blend a creative mix of puzzle solving, action and exploration that appealed to me when I was younger, and now has my children hooked.
Pokemon is one of the big game series that for one reason or another my family has been late to play. Happily then, the latest iteration, Pokemon X/Y on the 3DS, has offered us a great opportunity to get involved and catch up with the fun.
Irrational Games are about to release BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 1 featuring an all-new story for Booker and Elizabeth, set in the underwater city of Rapture before its fall, and I had the chance to talk to the games producer, Don Roy about it.
The Call of Duty Ghosts Ear Force Phantom is a limited edition, premium wireless Dolby surround sound headset from Turtle Beach with a programmable dual-stage audio processor and I went ears-on with it.
Understanding the invisible dances taking place on tiny scales in nature has profound impacts for our everyday lives. For example, understanding the dances of cells, molecules, atoms, and electrons allows us to make strides developing important technologies in areas like medicine and mobile communications.
One of the most popular developments in family video-games over the last few years is the cross-over between virtual and physical play. Games like Skylanders and Disney Infinity use real toys to access in game content and characters.
Mobile gambling encompasses roulette, slots, blackjack, poker and sports betting, with wagers put on at the swipe of a finger within minutes of signing up to an online casino, and full HD graphics are now the norm.