400 words and everything in between

Did you know that the late¹, great Sir Terry Pratchett changed his life by writing 400 words per night? That’s incredible to think about. Four hundred words is nothing. In the real world, I knock out 400 letters like no tomorrow, yet here is a man who did this non-stop until he finished his first book. When he got to the end of that, his nightly quota wasn’t met so he immediately set about the sequel. It wasn’t until Pratchett published Mort – his fourth book in the Discworld series, did he quit his day job.Read More »

The American Way: Those Above and Below

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 »

Two for one – Mario & Sonic

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 »

The Platinum Effect

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 »

Hit list: Picross S

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.

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Pokémon – The Movies so far

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 »

The 25th Ward: The Silver Case or how I’ve been away for a month

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 »