The Simpsons Tapped Out: The Definitive Simpsons Video Game

The Simpsons have never been strangers to video games, appearing on almost every console and handheld during their ongoing 25 year syndication. As the show has evolved the games have changed from Bart Simpson’s adventure games, to parodies of established formulas like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and Grand Theft Auto and onto the grand outing in The Simpsons Game. However in recent years the family have been pretty quiet on the video game front, TV and movie tie-ins aren’t so popular today as they once were; “serious” gaming has not been kind to The Simpsons. Then the app craze hit … Continue reading The Simpsons Tapped Out: The Definitive Simpsons Video Game

Pokémon and the Issues of Design and Adventure

                               The Pokémon series has graced our lives for almost 20 years now, causing our Nintendo handhelds to become new appendages to our bodies and turning into a huge phenomenon in the process. While the series popularity may not be as intense as it once was, the games continue to be some of the most anticipated titles on the market, with a whopping 719 creature roster at our fingertips. However there are people who, after having “been there” at the beginning of the craze, will say … Continue reading Pokémon and the Issues of Design and Adventure

Mario Kart and how it reflects your Life

                 At times it can feel overwhelming driving in the race course of life, especially when you never know what’s going to get you a gold cup or a Koopa shell in the bottom. Choosing your career can be a daunting task let alone surviving through the day to day work of one. Thankfully we have video games to play when we say “move over life I’m taking a break”. Perhaps though, our video games can teach us how to make it through all this chaos, if only we paid more attention to … Continue reading Mario Kart and how it reflects your Life

The Last of Us and the Independently Motivated Protagonist.

*Contains Spoilers: This article may only be fully appreciated upon completion of The Last of Us* The video game hero is oftentimes never a truly realised character. With hours needed by the player to invest in the completion of the game, to have the player at odds with their heroes makes the entire experience hard to connect with. We want to save the world or we want to destroy it, whichever route the game takes you down the player’s and protagonist’s goal are intertwined; we share their quest because it is what we generally believe in. Therefore the hero we … Continue reading The Last of Us and the Independently Motivated Protagonist.

Ace Attorney: Is Phoenix Wright’s story over and finished with?

In a recent Official Nintendo Magazine UK interview Shu Takumi, creator and scenario writer for the Ace Attorney series, revealed that ‘I felt that Phoenix’s story had been told, and that the series should not continue’. This has of course not been the case and many of us have now finished playing the fifth instalment Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies and I for one am thankful to see the series return. The thrill of the courtroom and the cast of character’s unfaltering optimism have really put a smile on my face once more, reminding me how much love I … Continue reading Ace Attorney: Is Phoenix Wright’s story over and finished with?