Despite most gamers knowing what you mean when you talk about "point and click" games, many would struggle to name one other than Monkey Island or Manic Mansion. To be fair, the genre isn't exactly busting with new releases, nor has it translated well to the current gaming climate. Although indie games such as ROM, browser-based games by … Continue reading Beneath a Steel Sky: A point-and-click that makes sense
This post contains some spoilers. After nine years in development, Hollywood's take on Shirow Masamune's Ghost In The Shell has dropped. While some reviews applaud the film for sticking to the original's themes and art style, others condemn it as an empty film with a few "deep" monologues. To be honest, the filmmakers were up against it from the … Continue reading Ghost in the Shell 2017: Consent in the Information Age
For every unexpected success in gaming, another would-be classic is forgotten. Perhaps one of the biggest injustices of the sixth console generation was the hilarious and gritty FPS Timesplitters becoming a footnote in video game canon. Free Radical's spiritual successor to GoldenEye 007 first emerged in 2000. It was rough around the edges, but delivered frantic, arcade action through a … Continue reading Future proof tunes: Revisiting the TimeSplitters 2 soundtrack
The internet’s effect on how we consume media is old hat. Exactly how artists navigate the web to their advantage, however, is still worth exploring. Music was a rigid, record-label driven industry for a long time. Many labels have adapted to survive, but the bottom falling out certainly changed how indie bands conduct themselves. Bands are … Continue reading Let’s get digital: The DROiDS are a band built for the net
The Australian Department of Finance assists the Government on matters of financial policy. They are a crucial element in our nation's budget and financial reporting, as well as being involved in commercial and government services. What is really important, however, is the parallels between "The Department" and The Ministry of Truth, Aperture Science and Equilibrium's Grammaton Clerics. How … Continue reading The Department of Finance’s dystopian dream
Despite being outmoded, there's something to be learnt from Amerika’s irreverent cyberspace predictions.
From the get go, Eidos Montréal's attempts at social commentary were a little too on the nose. But one layer deeper and the game isn’t about the marginalisation of a single group.