E♭. That’s the last note Aereogramme played for me. The vibrato tone was sung from an empty stage, a lone guitar wailing a feedback lament from its stand, hurriedly bottled into my phone’s microphone. Farewell gigs are the strangest of things and this, the Scottish band’s final London appearance last night, their penultimate live outing […]
A few months ago I was scrabbling around for more details of Seth Gordon’s forthcoming documentary, The King of Kong, to no avail. The film follows under-achieving science teacher Steve Wiebe as he tries to take the world high score for the arcade game Donkey Kong from reigning champion, the irrepressible and inimitable alpha-geek, Billy […]
While on holiday I picked up a copy of The Earthsea Quartet, a collected volume of the four books in Ursula Le Guin’s classic fantasy saga. In part this was because a couple of weeks ago Studio Ghibli’s animated adaptation of the series (entitled Tales from Earthsea) was released into British cinemas but also I’ve […]
Back in black – well, quite tanned, at least, from some hott Cornish sun. While I was away this DS piece went up which marks the last of the Most Wanted series for Eurogamer. It’s also worth popping over to see Rob’s review of Blue Dragon on the site (he gave the game a 5/10) […]
Off on holiday with a headful of stress to empty and a copy of Bioshock to savour. Back soon!
The École Émile Cohl in Paris is one of the most prestigious animation schools in Europe. Its students spend two years sketching, drawing and observing before, in the final year, moving on to work with computer-based animation packages. As a result much of its graduates’ output enjoys an illustrative style that is becoming increasingly rare […]
*Gasp* Definitely time for a holiday. Apologies for the strap-line pun. Bramwell insisted. I suggested it should be ‘Something for the Weak End’ to kick of the comments thread but then, it doesn’t really work and it isn’t really true… Of all Nintendo’s various achievements, surely its most consistent is in simultaneously pissing off and […]
Gamasutra post a pretty good article about the relationships that exist between a publishers’ PR and videogame journalists. In truth its points would mostly apply to any sphere of consumer product (from movies to cars). Nevertheless, it’s pretty accurate in its portrayal of the actual things that happen when publishers try to influence coverage and […]
Suzanne Gerber lifts the veil on an extraordinary collection of images featuring animals posed in future-biologist teasing ways… View the slideshow here.
A superb little game that you really should play. I wrote this a month or so ago so it’s fun to come to the words afresh kind of having forgotten what I said. Hope you enjoy reading it. There’s something mildly unsettling about Anno 1701′s premise. Unlike, say, The Darkness or Manhunt or Silent Hill […]
FAO: holidaymakers in Cornwall. This is what a Great White Shark looks like: Compare and contrast with The Sun’s footage here…
Is there anything more difficult than writing about unreleased games without sounding fawning or dismissive? Urgh. At least I got to say ‘consumer frottage’ in a paid-for piece though… Of all PlayStation 3′s forthcoming releases, the most interesting and significant is neither a game nor for sale. Home, Sony’s more structured, sanitised and solid attempt […]