Resident Evil Zero HD is going to be a tough game for me to talk about because, like the original PS1 release that brought the T-Virus to our living rooms, I’m not sure whether I love it or hate it.
My first experience with ARK: Survival Evolved was not a particularly pleasant one. Going in completely blind, not knowing what I was doing, I started punching trees and rocks until my fists bled dry. Then a velociraptor came over to inspect the commotion…
After the dumpster fire that was Call of Duty: Ghosts, I decided to take a self-imposed break from Activision’s annual shooter.
The Assassin’s Creed series has been going through a rough patch in recent years. Ubisoft’s last offering, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, was a glitch-ridden mess, so bloated by its faults and inconsistencies that it was rendered unplayable at launch and still twitched like a bag full of clockwork mice following months of extensive patching.
Nostalgia is a powerful emotion, especially when it comes to video games. If I replay a level in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, it can transport me directly back to that moment in time to when I first experienced it; it’s like a window to the past.
For centuries people have claimed to learn things from texts they’ve read, found role models in their favourite novels or plays, and even praised films and TV shows for their didactic quality – so why is it then that discussions of the effects of gaming have been limited to violence and desensitisation for so long?…