Chancellor George Osborne announced his intention to ensure Britain becomes Europe's technology centre in his Budget speech. In order to make this a reality he announced support in two areas: Digital Content; and Infrastructure.
GAME has been a high street institution for gamers with a large wad of cash burring a hole in their pocket for what feels like a couple of decades, so news that GAME group is going into administration saddens me a little.
If I could make two recommendations for George Osborne to support growth in the creative sector it would be to introduce tax credits for video games and high end TV production in the UK, similar to those that have been enjoyed by the film industry for the last 20 years.
For every British girl bunking off games today, there is a girl somewhere in the world who is denied the right to exercise. Games lessons and team sports don't exist in her school curriculum and PE knickers have never, not ever, been on the uniform list.
Unfortunately it's becoming more and more expensive to develop video games in the UK compared to other countries, which award developers tax breaks. If we're not careful, the UK games development industry could begin to experience the effects of a 'brain drain', with many people considering their options carefully and making the decision to work abroad.
Whether you're a keen gamer yourself or subjected to those around you incessantly tapping away at their smartphone or games console, interactive gaming is becoming increasingly prominent in our daily lives.
The technology market is a brutal place, where gadgets and innovations are largely guilty before proven innocent, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the field of video games.
Lana Del Rey was sitting behind me on my flight to Berlin this morning. I can empathise with being thrust into the spotlight before you've had a chance to catch yourself. Trying to grow as an artist and a person under intense scrutiny is a nightmare. Some people seem desperate to label her as a fake. Why can't it just be a good tune sung by a beautiful girl?
Gamers are clever. They are perfectly able to make up their own minds about what they like and what they don't. Respect has to be earned, and so does public support, including Facebook "likes".
We all love games, from huge blockbuster MMOs to simple puzzles. Not everyone has the time or inclination to play the latest hits on a dedicated PC or console, and sometimes even the most hardened gamer just wants to kill some time waiting for a bus. So, here are a handful of well made, fun, and (mostly) free games for your iOS device.
The beta is a very important stage of game production. It's where problems are ironed out before the game hits the shelves, and where feedback is given and improvements are made.
You might not quite believe this story, but it is based on real life. The protagonists are three 21st century kids, ages ranging from eight to 14, a movie to be watched on television and a shabby cardboard box. The time: Christmas.
The developers of Skyrim, Fallout 3 et al probably forgot to include people like me in the beta testing stage. People who decide that their character is just the sort of jerk who would take a coffee cup (or related trophy) from each of her kills.
The start of a New Year is a time for looking forward rather than back, and I want to turn my gaze onto the world of gaming. Here are my top five highlights of the coming year.
Many great games (and some not so great) have appeared across all the systems this year, some launched with public frenzy or huge media campaigns (I'm not sure if anyone is unaware of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's release).