Reflections of a lifetime video game player.

Disappointed Idealist. Adult videogame player. Writer of words. Drinker of tea. 

Welcome to PharaohCreator.com. I write about games, as neither hater nor hyper. If you're tired of the endless online hyperbole, then you've found a place that might suit you better. Take a seat. Have a cuppa. Let's chat for a while.

August 1, 2020

I watched Microsoft's press briefing a week or so ago. A lot has been said about the fact that it was a Gamepass sizzle reel rather than a serious effort to convince the PlayStation brigade to buy a Series X - it very much felt as though it was preaching to the convert...

July 26, 2020

Introducing players to new games is a kind of hobby of mine. It's always a pleasure to have someone over to my place and let them play on my Xbox and fall in love with something - even more so if they don't have a console, and even better if they're never owned one. Wa...

July 13, 2020

Family. They can drive you nuts at times, and yet for most of us they're probably the group of people we're closest to on the face of the Earth. It's easy when you're in among the day-to-day reality to forget just how much we rely on them (and them on us), or to take t...

I'm not really into horror games. Dead Space scared the living shit out of me. Alan Wake had a similar effect. It's something that's always struck me as being a little odd - I'm fine with horror movies, but as soon as I'm given some agency beyond watching the torture a...

June 28, 2020

On June 6th, Destiny 2 did something it's never done before. And that, combined with some other factors, have dragged me back to a game that, honestly, I thought I was completely finished with.

There's a spaceship in Destiny 2 called The Almighty. Players first encounte...

June 23, 2020

Sony have revealed the PS5. Let's face it, it's about time we saw something other than that controller ("sticks are STILL in the wrong place" was my first impression, and it hasn't changed). In a lengthy livestream, they showed off exactly what we can expect from the n...

June 15, 2020

I started playing Social Media back when it first came out. I'm old enough to remember when Facebook was new, but it wasn't really the first one I'd used - that title goes to the long since forgotten Friends Reunited, a place where I was looked up by school friends tha...

There's a line in Jaws, delivered by marine biologist Hooper. He's the guy called in to assess the shark problem following the discovery of a gruesome set of remains on the beach. He's a by-the-book kind of guy, interested in getting to the bottom of what's going on an...

When I first read about Rage 2, I was excited. I'd quite enjoyed the original Rage in spite of its obvious narrative issues - it ended in the most abrupt way possible, akin to a TV show ending not in the middle of a series, but in the middle of an episode. I also reall...

There's something about the Moon as a location that's innately appealing to videogame designers. Maybe it's the simultaneously ubiquitous yet mysterious nature of the place that draws us in. Maybe it's the sense of history and pride that we feel when we look up at it a...

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