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Alien: Isolation – A Brief Colonoscopy

Alien: Isolation – A Brief Colonoscopy

The Queen’s English First and foremost Creative Assembly, well before we address any of the other acid-dripping, face-hugging bullshit, what the shit is with your colon?! I refer, of course, to the punctuation mark in your title, but having just mentioned feces twice in this preamble, you’d be excused for thinking otherwise. Google, handy as […]

Understanding The Ukraine Crisis With Computer Games

Understanding The Ukraine Crisis With Computer Games

To get a feeling for the factional warfare taking place in Ukraine, the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games released between 2007 and 2009 are a good place to start. They were set in a near-future version of the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant, inhabited by armed groups that would be familiar to viewers of newscasts […]

10 Reasons Why Battle Realms Was Better Than Warcraft 3

10 Reasons Why Battle Realms Was Better Than Warcraft 3

Battle Realms was a real-time strategy game released in 2001. Here are ten reasons everyone should have bought it instead of Warcraft 3 or Age of Mythology. 1. It had a real moral dilemma! Depending on whether you chose to help bandits or innocent villagers at the start of the game, you either remained Dragon […]

War Stories From Combat Mission: Wittmann’s Demise

War Stories From Combat Mission: Wittmann’s Demise

Two months after D-Day, The First Canadian Army launched Operation ‘Totalize’, confident it would be the attack that finally lead to an Allied breakthrough in Normandy. The Germans, under heavy saturation bombing, had to do something desperate to stop them. To buy time Kampfgruppe Waldmuller, a German unit in the area, decided to immediately counterattack. […]

Killing Floor 2 And Why Violence Is Important

Killing Floor 2 And Why Violence Is Important

The new Killing Floor 2 promotional video brought back memories of Soldier of Fortune 2. A 2002 game that was, and still is exceptionally violent. That’s a bad thing, I’ll explain why after the video: Games about killing predominate, yet the same people who play them are squeamish about graphic depictions of violence. I think […]

Stronghold Crusader 2

Stronghold Crusader 2

The Stronghold series has eluded mainstream success so skillfully for so long, that I thought the reason Firefly Studios kept doggedly making them is that they were from Eastern Europe. Which is as much praise as Wasder can give any game developer. Stronghold Crusader 2 is a remake, sequel and member of a large family […]

Scotland: “Votekick ‘England'”

Scotland: “Votekick ‘England'”

[This metaphor is a big fail, but bear with me.] You might be aware that on the Scotland server of the game commonly known as First Life, players have called a vote to kick the whole of England. As far as we can gather, Scotland claims there’s no way England could have so much stuff […]

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