Daniel Williams

Freelance Writer, UK

My name is Daniel Williams. I’m a writer with special interests in politics, history, and culture. I'm 24-years-old and I live in Surrey.
Spit It Out - The Essence Of Buddhist

Spit It Out - The Essence Of Buddhist Desire

I have been away for a while. Away from civilisation (to an extent), technology, work, and news - all the stuff that tends to come with civilisation. Last year I ordained as a Buddhist monk for about six months and until the beginning of the year have been living in forests in small Kutis in Thailand.
31/07/2017 15:47 BST
In Defence of Resident Evil and Local

In Defence of Resident Evil and Local Multiplayer

Finally, Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6 are coming out on the PS4 and Xbox One! But popular opinion makes you wonder, who cares about the latter two? Gamers heap praise on the first four games, but they are not so enthusiastic about 5 and 6.
22/03/2016 16:36 GMT
Hey Guys - Are Let's Plays

Hey Guys - Are Let's Plays Stupid?

When fogeys call us stupid, we should just say, Yes, you're right, it is stupid (and also ask if fogeys themselves are doing better things), but it makes us feel good to play and watch them. Now go away because I'm trying to watch so-and-so finish this level.
04/03/2016 10:47 GMT
Please, Square-Enix, Don't Put Mini-Games in Final Fantasy

Please, Square-Enix, Don't Put Mini-Games in Final Fantasy XV

FFIX isn't as bad because some of the mini-games, such as button-mashing 'X' a thousand times in a row for the 'skipping' mini-game, are simply impossible and not even worth the effort. Hunting for 'chocographs' in the 'Chocobo Hot & Cold' mini-game is slow and time-consuming, but necessary to get some of the best equipment in the game.
24/02/2016 09:36 GMT
Call of Duty Versus

Call of Duty Versus History

History shouldn't be treated in such a shoddy way by any medium. Games developers like the makers of Call of Duty use history to try and make themselves look intelligent, but by weaving a loose interpretation of history into mundane plots they just end up producing lame conspiracy theories which dooms their plots from being interesting right from the start.
12/02/2016 10:02 GMT
Assassin's Creed Verses

Assassin's Creed Verses History

More Assassin's Creed games are coming out in the next couple of months, along with their slogan, "History is our playground." But these games are not about history, they're about conspiracy theories, and conspiracy theories are often brash simplifications of more complex historical events, as the next installments are going to be.
13/01/2016 10:23 GMT
'Call of Duty' and All That

'Call of Duty' and All That Jazz

Whatever you think about the Call of Duty games, they are certainly epic. You can't go long without killing someone or getting killed yourself, or explosions destroying military bases as you zoom through hordes of commandos, leaving trails of dead bodies behind you. All accompanied by the sounds of bullets ripping out of assault rifles, and explosions crushing buildings into powdery rubble.
15/12/2015 12:04 GMT
The New 'Human' Lara

The New 'Human' Lara Croft

This is a Lara who is doubtful of herself and repentant for killing - not that that stops her killing more and more enemies in an expanding variety of ways. This has been the cost of connecting more to her human side.
24/11/2015 17:27 GMT
Video Games and

Video Games and Art

Whether we like it or not, video games have a big impact on society. The industry is estimated to be worth £1 billion of GDP in the UK today. The global worth is estimated to be worth £80 billion. But economics aside, what are the intrinsic values of video games? Are they a respectable art form?
05/11/2015 09:57 GMT