Why I’m A Feminist, And Why You Should Be Too

Ok, sure, so this is supposed to be a gaming blog, but that doesn’t mean this article isn’t going to be worth your time. In fact, if you think that, then you’re exactly the kind of person that needs to read it. Put it this way – if you don’t at least skim read this, you’re literally making the problem worse.

There is a gaming link, of course, but we’ll get to that later.

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How Burial At Sea Redeems Bioshock: Infinite

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After watching my significant other polish off the campaign from Bioshock: Infinite last week, I found myself itching to play the DLC, which I’d hitherto ignored on the basis that I thought it’d be mediocre at best. The first episode of Burial At Sea was, sadly, almost exactly that. If you ignore the plot, it’s basically just the combat from Infinite transplanted into Rapture, really nothing more than a change of scenery.

But Episode 2 is something else entirely.

Fair warning: I’ll be discussing plenty of mechanical spoilers here. I’m not going to discuss anything story related, but if you’re really keen to stay spoiler free then I’d recommend finishing off the episode before reading on.

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Games Night: The Resistance – Avalon

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Earlier this week, myself and the missus hosted a games night for a few friends. We planned to play a bit of Monopoly, maybe some video games, eat a pizza, then say our goodbyes. Instead, we spent around six hours lying through our teeth, giving each other shifty looks and screaming wild accusations of betrayal across the table – all because of one deceptively simple card game.

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The Time Machine: Where Assassin’s Creed 3 Went Wrong

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The following article is massively out of date.

It’s a big ol’ rant I wrote well over a year ago on Assassin’s Creed 3, fresh off the back of having finished it. Despite having spent quite a lot of time on it, the half-finished article has been my drafts box for ages, mostly because finishing it would’ve involved going back to play more of the game, and I’d had quite enough of that.

Recently, though, I’ve been playing a lot of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag which is, thankfully, really quite good. I then remembered that I’d written a good thousand words or so on how much I’d disliked AC3, and didn’t want them to go to waste. So, before I write up my thoughts on AC4, here are those ancient words, tidied up and made all presentable like those Christmas decorations you’ve been using for a few years too many.

Get ready to party moan like it’s 2012!

Cue wibbly time-travel effects…

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Ben’s Ten Games Of 2013, Part 1

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It’s been an interesting year, to say the least. We’re at the beginning of a whole new console generation, proper expansions are making a comeback, and Steam Boxes are an actual thing that some people have in their houses right now. Exciting things are happening, and more are just around the corner.

So, as 2013 draws to a close, I find myself thinking less about the year that’s just happened, and more about the possibilities that 2014 might have in store. Still, it’s December, and as such I must follow suit with the rest of the internet and come up with a list of things I liked, in some vague order of preference.

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Why Molyneux Is Still Relevant

Looking at his career over the last decade or so, one could be forgiven for thinking that Peter Molyneux had somewhat lost his way. In the 90s, as a member of the legendary Bullfrog, Molyneux worked on genre defining classics like Populous, Syndicate, Theme Park and Dungeon Keeper. More recently, however, he’s become known for being the man who makes promises that he can’t keep – from Black & White to Fable, none of his later output has quite matched up to the hype surrounding it, leaving Peter stuck at Microsoft making Fable sequels which could charitably be described as “disappointing”.

Peter understood this, I think. And honestly, he could have called it a day, retired and gone back to playing games made by others. Instead, Peter got restless. He quit the safety and security Microsoft to set up a new, independent studio called 22 Cans, who are now working on something that only loosely falls under the category of ‘game’. Genius? Or insanity?

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