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Westboro Baptist Church to Picket Gaymercon!

A few days ago, I blogged my thoughts on Gaymercon, and made a reference to the Westboro Baptist Church. Little did I know that on the same day, it was confirmed that Westboro really are planning to boycott, almost a year in advance. What a coincidence! Rebekah Phelps-Roper posted on twitter that the Church had […]

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Gaymercon: A Cynic’s View

Conventions these days aren’t hard to come by. Gaming events and conventions, even for specific genres, are in no short supply. With this in mind, I wasn’t particularly surprised to hear of ‘Gaymercon’, another Kickstarter project that continued the trend of going viral and reaching its funding goal of $25,000 and surpassing it in a […]

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In Defence of DmC: Devil May Cry

Developer Ninja Theory have been an unpredictable crew this generation. PS3 launch title Heavenly Sword received generally positive reviews whereas the more recent Enslaved was met with harsh criticism. Ninja Theory’s head honcho, Tameem Antoniades suspected that the latter’s poor sales and reception had less to do with the product itself and more to do […]

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Why Call of Duty Won’t Die

Call of Duty is a franchise with simple design: an online-heavy, fast-paced first-person-shooter with little rewards every few seconds of play, a lack of consequence, a co-operative minigame, and a cinematic thrill ride of a single-player campaign. So how is it that the success of a series so simple seems so confusing to gamers and […]

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Mass Effect 3’s Ending: A Thorough Criticism (3/3)

Well, that wasn’t so hard after all. Grab your coffees, dear readers, it’s a long one. In its defence of the ending, the gaming media caught a heavy dose of George Bush Syndrome: you start your statement with great confidence and a plan laid out in your head, but midway through you start to mess […]

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Mass Effect 3’s Ending: A Thorough Criticism (2/3)

Edit: Part 3 is now published. First, three pre-blog notes. To start, yes. I am aware I constantly misspelled the Mass Effect protagonist’s name as ‘Shephard’: a portmanteau of the word shepherd and the actual name Shepard. I’ve edited the first post to reflect the proper spelling. Secondly, it took me longer than expected to […]

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Mass Effect 3’s Ending: A Thorough Criticism (1 / 3)

Edit: 28 / 6 / 2012: Part 2 is now live If there’s anything the internet as a whole has been stretched to breaking point with, it’s discussion and controversy over the ending of Mass Effect 3. The final moments of Bioware’s sci-fi RPG trilogy snapped the fanbase apart, confused gamers, spawned an alternate character […]

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