Saturday, 14 August 2010

A Good Education

A quick flick through responses to the ongoing Well-Rendered survey reveals that not many of us actually started gaming in the classroom. Some people betray their age by enthusing about the Amiga (or by, erm, telling me how old they are), but I was initially surprised by the lack of people who expressed fond memories for educational video games.
I can't quite remember what my first game was (I'm sure I've contradicted myself several times on this matter), but some of my earliest gaming memories are of solving quick-fire maths equations whilst my parents stood behind me, weeping tears of pride. Probably. Tears of something, anyway.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Rainbow flags at the ready...

It is with great pride and not a little excitement that I present my first article for

It contains points I have touched upon several times before (most recently in my letter to Edge Magazine), but it's all original so you might want to give it a read.

Here it is.

Friday, 6 August 2010

Now everyone will see why I needed a skull-gun.

We tend to take for granted the ease with which one can pick up a second hand copy of a 20-year old book or turn on the television to see a film that was released in 1973.

It's just not as easy to play a game which was released over a decade ago, simply because hardware and software developments mean that older games often need to be "patched" in order to function on newer machines. That said, PC gamers have it a lot easier than console gamers in this respect, and although older games frequently require some modification in order to run, it's actually fairly easy to get hold of and play a version of most games.

Because I am only a recent inductee to these hallowed halls, this is precisely what I have been doing for the last couple of weeks.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Well-Rendered in EDGE Magazine!

Actually, it would be slightly less fraudulent to say that a letter I wrote to EDGE was printed this month (Issue #218, September 2010, in newsagents NOW).

Here it is.