GDQ – Games Prevent Cancer.

‘Speedrunning’ will be a foreign concept to most readers, even to videogame fans, but bear with me. ‘Runners’ are gamers who have mastered a particular game – and want to impose a challenge on themselves. By exploiting the game’s systems, bugs and glitches, they aim to get from start to finish in as short a time as possible. An entire culture has sprang up around … Continue reading GDQ – Games Prevent Cancer.

The Click Economy

Facebook is part of life. There’s no shame in admitting it: I use it, you probably use it, and, like many things in life, it wants our money. From ‘free’ games to clickbait, Facebook is full of user traps that can and will harm you – however small or inoffensive that harm is. Facebook will store more of your personal information than is necessarily legal; … Continue reading The Click Economy

See This Movie – Wonder Woman.

The DC Cinematic Universe did not get off to a good start. Following the overwhelming success of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, the brand decided to follow Marvel’s business strategy – to develop a series of interconnected superhero movies, building toward an inevitable team-up movie. After all, Batman and Superman are bigger household names than Iron Man and Captain America. In our culture of brand-recognition, … Continue reading See This Movie – Wonder Woman.

Quick Review – Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valencia.

As of now, I have played until the game opens up into the twin paths, on Classic Hard difficulty.   Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is the newest instalment in the long-running Fire Emblem franchise. It is a remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden, the second title in the series, but don’t let that fool you – Echoes is the freshest, squeakiest-clean Fire Emblem we’ve … Continue reading Quick Review – Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valencia.

Getting Published; Some Tips.

As someone without any published novels (as of the time of writing), it might seem a little hypocritical of my to be giving this sermon – but I’ve been involved in the process for a couple of years now, on retainers with several publishing houses, and I’d like to share my thoughts on the process.   1) Find a Professional Agent.   Whether you’re a … Continue reading Getting Published; Some Tips.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge – Review.

The world of Pirates of the Caribbean is that of Colonial sailor myth: ghost ships and cursed doubloons, hidden islands and wailing shanties. The series is a refreshing take on these tropes, with its trademark action set-pieces and stunning visual effects – and the glue that holds it all together (or so Hollywood thinks); Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow.   …And here, we find … Continue reading Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge – Review.

Samurai Jack – Retrospective & Review

In order to properly review Samurai Jack’s fifth and final season, we need to go back.   Back to the past.   13 years ago, from a distant land, director Genndy Tartakovsky unleashed quality children’s entertainment! But a foolish network executive with a magic calculator stepped forth to oppose him. Though the final blow was struck, Tartakovsky moved onto other beloved projects, such as The … Continue reading Samurai Jack – Retrospective & Review

Hooked on a Sequel – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

This trend of calling a sequel a ‘chapter’ or ‘volume’ instead of ‘[Cashgrab] 2/3/4/800’ seems trite to me, but in the case of Disney’s Marvel’s James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, it works pretty well. It’s colourful. It sticks out. And these few sentences are enough to describe the movie as a whole.   The ‘Volume’ part, of course, comes from Peter Quill … Continue reading Hooked on a Sequel – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2