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Introducing The WUFT

What, pray tell, is a fucking WUFT I hear you ask? It’s a fair question and, because you’re not actually a mind reader, I’ma go right ahead and explain what it is. See, Dear Reader, WUFT stands for Wii U Farewell Tour, and given the Nintendo Switch is now upon us, and given the Wii U’s days are probably numbered as a result, I thought I’d take the opportunity to do a little series of posts to mark its sad-but-inevitable slide into Gaming obscurity; one last Wii ‘Urrah, if you will! Continue reading “Introducing The WUFT”

Do We Need To Do More To Protect Gaming’s Legacy And Reputation?

This is going to be a loooooong one folks – even by my own rambling standards. If you’ve got any plans for the next five years, or if you’ve just glanced at the size of this motherfucker and are having second thoughts, honestly, feel free to back away now. I won’t mind. Although I hope it raises a few important points, it’s not really what you’d call a barrel of laughs either, so consider yourself warned…..

 

Recently, a few things have happened that have gotz me thinking about stuff, and given that’s something of a rarity for me anyways, I’ve been struggling to deal with all the extra noise my brain’s been making. Usually content to speak to me in instructional, one-word phrases (“food!”, “Pee!”, “Thirsty”, and the like) all of a sudden it was asking me fucking questions, challenging me to consider complex, multidimensional issues, and no amount of me telling it to “get fucked” seemed to silence it. Continue reading “Do We Need To Do More To Protect Gaming’s Legacy And Reputation?”

Hello, my name’s James and I’m an RPG n00b: Part One

Ok, so first off: a confession. See, once I’d sat through the intro of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (which was pretty cool, btw), I came to my first big decision and – in a way that didn’t bode particularly well for the rest of my experience in general – I agonised over it for fucking ages. Like, a full half an hour. That decision was, of course, difficulty and…..well, it was difficult. I’ll freely admit I’m not the best Gamer in the world, but normally when I’m choosing a difficulty, there are several factors I’ll take into consideration; my experience with the genre (or franchise), whether I want to write a review quickly, how “big” the game is, how tired I am (a tired James often equates to an overly rubbish and/or rage-quitting James), and indeed, what the objectively perceived difficulty of the game in question is.

Continue reading “Hello, my name’s James and I’m an RPG n00b: Part One”

Hello, my name’s James and I’m an RPG n00b: Introduction

I’ve been playing Video Games for the best part of three decades, but in all that time I’ve somehow neglected to really partake of the RPG genre – particularly the epic Swords & Magickey type games. I’m quite a fan of fantasy fiction and films, so it’s a strange omission from my Gaming “career” really, but it’s just something that I’ve never really embraced. If I had to guess, I’d say that it’s possible I found the idea of them quite daunting – what with their length/difficulty/complicated upgrading system whatsits – and when I have tried them, there always seems to be a kind of assumption that I’d already know exactly how to deal with everything – which I most certainly didn’t. Continue reading “Hello, my name’s James and I’m an RPG n00b: Introduction”

Blogging Awards: Liebster and Sunshine

Despite the fact I’ve been pretty shonky of late in terms of output (and quality too, prob’ly), I’ve somehow managed to pick up a couple of community blogging awards which, as always, really mean a lot. It’s always nice to receive validation for what I always think of as my “clumsily stabbed out proto-thoughts” anyway, but when they come from fellow bloggers who I like and respect too, it’s that little bit more appreciated. The current trend seems to be to combine awards into one post – and not wanting to be left out – I’ma go ahead and do the same, so what follows is my Liebster/Sunshine twofer….. Continue reading “Blogging Awards: Liebster and Sunshine”

An Open Letter to Nintendo: Why I Already Fear for the Switch!

Oh, Nintendo. Dear, sweet Nintendo. We’ve had a long relationship you and I! Indeed, you’re the main reason I’m a Gamer, and almost 30 years ago you were the one who took me by the hand, introduced me to a dude by the name of Mario, and together, in the space of a few short hours, you both showed me momentous, Life-changing things.

And whilst I appreciate that all sounds a bit like an episode of Law and Order: SVU, I mean it in a good, non-creepy way. In short (and like many people of my generation, I suspect), my own Gaming odyssey began with you, and you’ve always played some part in it throughout the years. There were some real highs, a few lows, but we’ve made it through together, and precisely because I love you, Nintendo, I want us to have a future too. Continue reading “An Open Letter to Nintendo: Why I Already Fear for the Switch!”

Thinking Aloud: Should I stay or should I Pro?

I’ll shortly be heading to New York, New York (start spreading the news, etc, etc) – and in one of those (if my girlfriend should ask) *totes* accidental twists of fate, my time there will coincide exactly with the release of Sony’s PS4 Pro. Honestly, the timing couldn’t be better (almost like I’d planned it, making up some bullshit reason like ‘I’ve heard Central Park looks spectacular in the Fall….but only if you’re there in whatever week includes the 10th of November!’) and – availability permitting – I’d be overjoyed to get my stubby mits on Sony’s upgraded PlayStation. That said however, I’m currently wrestling with one of them internal dilemma whatsits that people (with generally more self-control than I) have when they’re deciding whether they really need to spend a chunk of cash on something-or-other. Continue reading “Thinking Aloud: Should I stay or should I Pro?”

Nintendo Switch Reveal – Initial Reactions (and a cynical note of caution)

If you’re one of the two people who haven’t seen it yet, below is the “reveal” video for the Nintendo Switch, the new official name for what was previously known only as the NX.

 

 

Now, because everybody else has weighed in on it, I thought I’d go ahead and share my own thoughts on it too. I know you didn’t ask for ’em, but them’s the breaks, innit!?

First off, I think it’s fair to say that I’m both intrigued and excited – and that’s really not a bad note for a reveal to hit. Continue reading “Nintendo Switch Reveal – Initial Reactions (and a cynical note of caution)”

What I Learned from My 24 Hour Gaming Marathon

By Richard Keech

 

Recently, for reasons I won’t go into just now, I got involved with the Macmillan Cancer Support – Game Changers events. For those of you who may be less aware of the charity or the event, it’s quite straightforward. Macmillan is a charity that work hard on supporting individuals (and their families) who have been diagnosed with, are receiving treatment for, or are recovering from cancer. “Game Changers” is one of Macmillan’s fund raising schemes – people pledge to host or join a 24 hour gaming event and ask friends, family or total strangers to donate money to the charity in the name of you and your event.

I learned quite a lot from the experience and hope to pass on some of that wisdom to you – fair reader – in the hope that you may feel inspired to do the same; feel better prepared for what to expect from taking part in such an event; and maybe make an even better job of it than I did. Continue reading “What I Learned from My 24 Hour Gaming Marathon”

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