If my Radiant Silvergun abilities were written up in the style of a school report, I would cross my fingers and hope to be politely described as an "enthusiastic trier" - Kimimi can't do it, bless her, but she's a determined little soul. "Good effort", "Marked improvement", "Making progress", and all of those other affably … Continue reading Barking mad
I've always been interested in programming - what eighties kid-nerd wasn't? We were living in the era of bedroom coders transforming into sports car owning superstars apparently overnight and often found ourselves playing games on the exact same hardware others were using to create them. There was a practical side to this knowledge too: In … Continue reading Back to BASICs
[CONTENT WARNING: Brief mentions of domestic/emotional abuse] Scary games? Pfft. Drop me in a room filled with virtual zombies, giant crabs, or aberrations that have clawed their way up from the depths of Hell itself and I'll have that place cleared out faster than you can say "Actually I prefer the psychological horror found in … Continue reading Back to school: An unexpected lesson at Habataki High
Seven years feels like an eternity in online gaming land but that's about how long Phantasy Star Online 2's been around now, quietly outlasting any official version of the legendary Dreamcast-led original you can think of. I can happily report that it's not merely still alive but thriving - regularly receiving sizeable updates, brand-new content, … Continue reading Returning to Phantasy Star Online 2
The entire Milky Way on a couple of floppy discs - how could anyone hope to resist that? I certainly couldn't, and that is why Frontier: Elite II took up an awful lot of my admittedly excessive computer gaming time as a kid, navigating the inky depths of space in search of fortune, glory, and … Continue reading A space diary from the Frontier
It's 2019 and gaming's getting pretty long in the tooth now - by gaming's standards, anyway. New hardware and general technical advances mean last generation's Triple-A show-stopper is today's abandoned bargain bin fodder even if it was once paraded around as everyone's award winning 10/10 Game of the Forever darling. So what can be done … Continue reading Reboots and reimaginings
The climax of Devil May Cry's magnificent return to form is nothing less than an epic clash of fantastic characters bearing the faces of literal models motion-captured and voiced by honest-to-goodness ex-Power Rangers, all set to what could only be described as the boppiest bop your ears will ever hear, like a beautiful dream … Continue reading Now I’m motivated!