Reflections of a lifetime video game player.

Disappointed Idealist. Video game player. Writer of words. Drinker of tea. 

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August 2, 2018

Since launching in March, Sea of Thieves has sailed on some turbulent tides. Rare's online pirate masterpiece was criticised heavily at launch for being short of content and having a lot of problems with griefers due to proximity of respawns - enough to turn some (extr...

July 22, 2018

... like a bored millionaire who takes up extreme sports, kickboxing, or vigilantism, his newfound financial comfort makes my pirate more and more willing to take bigger and bigger risks in moment to moment gameplay.

July 17, 2018

It feels a bit sad to be sitting here and not feeling excited going into Q4 for the first time in as long as I can remember - if there's a legacy of the mis-steps of 2017, I really think this is it. Most of the video game players I know well seem to feel much the s...

In my hours with Ori and the Blind Forest, I’ve died more times than I can count but I can tell you exactly how many times my death was the result of the game arbitrarily deciding that I’d screwed something up – because it’s a big fat ZERO.

June 29, 2018

There’s a guy in the house opposite me. I saw him land, only a moment after I did, and I don’t think there’s any way that he didn’t see me. We haven’t exchanged a word or a glance, but I know that we’re in an unspoken race and that the finish line will be the death of...

June 24, 2018

Sitting in my lounge on a lazy Saturday morning, I can hear the Super Mario Bros theme tune coming from my kitchen. That tune is an instant time-warp for me. The moment I hear it, I’m a child again – sat cross-legged in front of a TV on the opposite side of the Atlanti...

June 20, 2018

This current generation of console gaming has seen a number of new trends appear - from day one patches to microtransactions and DLC season passes that are sold before their contents are revealed. Some of these are good things (anyone complaining about day one patches...

June 15, 2018

Did you ever read Misery by Stephen King? Spoiler alert: It’s about an author, captured by his psychopathic ‘Number One Fan’. She reads his newest book, realises he’s bumped off her favourite character and goes apeshit. She cuts his foot off and makes him write another...

June 13, 2018

For as long as I can remember, the middle of June means two things to me: hayfever, and E3.

The less said about the former, the better. My nose runs, my eyes itch, and I feel like shit for a month, and then it goes away. Sometimes antihistamines help, sometimes they don...

June 10, 2018

Rare’s latest effort has been out for a little while now, and the Microsoft exclusive Sea of Thieves is proving to be fairly divisive. People who love it do so deeply, while those who don’t are being extremely vocal in their criticisms of the game – specifically around...

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