Depressingly, The American Way: Those Above and Below shows just how little we’ve come since the 1970s. While we exceed in scientific or technological fields, humans are still pricks to one and other. Why? Because of different genders and skin colour? Some 45 years after the book takes place, the subject matter feels alarmingly familiar. These problems should be confined to history and that’s what annoys me.Read More »
Next on my pile of shame list is a couple of Nintendo DS games featuring the behemoths of 90s platformers, Mario & Sonic. Before the turn of the millennium, Mario & Sonic were untouchable. Competing for kid’s pocket money and always trading blows. 6 Golden Coins was countered by Sonic 3 & Knuckles. Nintendo had Super Mario All Stars, Sega had Sonic 3 & Knuckles. When Super Mario World came out, Sega retaliated with Sonic 3 & Knuckles∗. It was a bloodbath of sprites.Read More »
My 15th Platinum trophy had just pinged in the top left corner of the screen. A familiar sense of achievement rushed through my brain and onto the hairs on the back of my neck. That shot of adrenaline was what I needed. Getting that elusive trophy meant more to me than completing the game. Truly.Read More »
1Q84 has been sitting on my shelf for a few years. I’ve attempted to read it twice and failed both times. Don’t get me wrong, it is a good read, but my attention seemed to wain somewhat. The third time was different. I was going to finish Haruki Murakami’s nearly 1000-page epic.Read More »
I love puzzles and brain teasers. As you’re probably aware, I’m also into Video Games. Can you see where I’m headed with this? As someone who thoroughly enjoyed the Brain Training series on the Nintendo DS, it doesn’t take a Professor Layton to work out that I play virtual puzzle games at any opportunity I can. Since the Nintendo Switch released, there was a certain itch I needed scratching, Picross S was bold enough to step up.
I heard about All You Need Is Kill from the film Edge of Tomorrow. I’m sure that’s how most people in the West found out about Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel and it wouldn’t surprise me if the book was written for the sole purpose of becoming a movie.Read More »
Ah the Pokémon craze. That thing parents of the mid-nineties dismissed as a flash in the pan, just another fad or an excuse to get angry that little Joe wasn’t doing his homework. Being bribed in AA batteries for my GameBoy Color for the best part of 2 years was definitely a highlight of my childhood. I imagine that I looked at double A’s exactly as a prison inmate looks at a pack of smokes. I’d do anything to get my hands on them.Read More »
Sorry team. I know I’ve been gone a while. It’s for one singular reason. The 25th Ward: The Silver Case. It started off like any other review; play the game, tap up my thoughts and post my opinion publicly… Sounds simple right? WRONG. Something pulled me into the game and wouldn’t let me go until it was finished. I’m not even joking. This weird, crazy, and sometimes vulgar game has kept me locked up for the last few weeks.Read More »
I’ve never been to Japan. I’ve wanted to since I can remember, but I’ve yet to make the trip. Instead, I throw myself into Japanese culture. Manga, Anime, J-RPGs and books on Ninja can be found throughout my house. While it’s great to read about Ninja, the next step in becoming Japanese was to familiarise with the surroundings (and of course, the mafia). That’s where Yakuza 6: The Song of Life comes in.Read More »
I’ve not been much of a Superman fan. I’ve always found him too goody-goody. He’s a moral alien trying to protect the planet he lives on. As such, I’ve only kept an eye on his world in Action Comics. One character however, has been playing on my mind for years; Mr Oz. The Oz Effect brings together years of questions and lays it all on the table. That’s right comic book fans, we finally get to find out who Mr Oz is! Not here though. You gotta buy the book if you want those kind of spoilers.