Host Paul Izod is joined by guests Emma ‘Hawkeye’ Picknell and Ed Handley. The team discuss the latest gaming news with their usual blend of insight and humour.
2013 is a very big year for MotoGP. Following the retirement of multiple time world champion Casey Stoner at the end of the 2012 season the sport had lost one of its major attractions, and there was a risk that interest could well begin to wain in a sport that had once rivalled Formula One for the attentions of the motorsport loving masses. Not to worry though as good news was just around the corner; seven time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi, The Doctor, has returned to his spiritual home of Yamaha. Following a couple of seasons in the wilderness of Ducati and mid table mediocrity, the 34 year old Italian, the man who used to race with Viva la Figa (Italian for something incredibly rude) emblazoned across his leathers, has re-joined former champion Jorge Lorenzo back at the sharp end of the grid. A sparring partner is required. Following the terrible and tragic death of Marco Simoncelli during the 2011 season, MotoGP has been missing a wildcard; someone who could come in and shake things up a bit, someone to challenge Rossi’s calculated and bold style and Lorenzo’s clinical and consistent excellence. That man is Marc Marquez, the new kid in town riding for Honda, and already this season he has been ruffling the feathers of the big guns. Boys and girls, the stage is set and the audience are ready for MotoGP 2013.
This console generation has seen a staggering amount of zombie games across almost every conceivable genre; shooters, RPG’s, action, even more obscure areas for the undead to infect such as tower defence and driving games. With that in mind, any new zombie game that releases has to offer something new, something different to entice an array of gamers who are dangerously close to Z-fatigue. So what can State of Decay ,the new downloadable title from Undead Labs do to draw us back in one more time?
As we all know, gaming can be a really rewarding hobby. For some, it occupies the same entertainment space as television, movies and books. For others, it provides a level of escapism or fulfilment simply not possible in real life. Still others take their skill in certain games to a professional level, enabling teenagers and young adults to make a career out of playing their favourite titles. For me, games and gaming are an integral part of my life. I make no excuses about being a gamer, nor do I hide this fact; I would say that I’m proud of it. As a natural introvert, games have only served to enhance my life; they’ve made me smarter, friendlier and (most importantly) happier by turns. It’s only when my games – or the equipment that I play them on – go wrong in some way that I start to get a bit miffed.
Since this week is E3 the field of gaming “journalism” (hah!) is all abuzz with the latest bit of news coming out of the conference and fuelling up the hype train so it can slowly run out of steam as more disappointing information comes out. I on the other hand am no journalist and I’m allowed to keep writing for this site through a system of blackmail and gambling debts. But despite my obvious problems I DO actually enjoy video games and this years E3 had some news worth paying attention to among the usual affair of awkward presenters, awkward applause and the corporate-friendly level of jokes. So here’s what stuck out for me.
The games industry today is abuzz with talk of the next generation of gaming. With the WiiU already with us, the Playstation 4 having been announced a while ago and, by the time you read this, Microsoft being about to or having just announced the next Xbox unit, you can’t move around the gaming web [...]
Computer games, as much as any other medium, are mysterious things. They can stir our souls, hotwire our adrenaline glands or disappoint us to our core. For every person who plays a game there is a valid and varied opinion. It’s one of the things that make the subject of a game’s relative quality a [...]
Across every genre of entertainment there are specific titles or releases that become synonymous with failure, that in the eyes of fans and critics alike embody the worst that the genre has to offer. They become the universal butt of any joke in that medium, the yardstick against which every other poorly-received release is measured. [...]
Over recent years there has been a shift in the focus of the gaming industry towards online multiplayer as a gaming model. Indeed, the biggest sellers of this generation of titles have been primarily online competitive titles, such as Halo 4 & Call of Duty. Over this time there has developed a very distinct separation [...]