10 Best Free Guided Meditation Videos on YouTube

When you’re feeling cranky, anxious, or simply can’t sleep, there’s nothing better than meditation to calm your mind and get you thinking straight again. If you’ve never given meditation the time of day because you think it’s exclusively for new age people in drapey fabrics burning candles (which is amazing if that’s your jam, btw), then you’re missing out! Meditation is a pretty adventurous time for my brain because I always go on a bit of a journey, but even if you don’t have an overactive imagination, meditating, especially using guided meditation, can do wonders for your stress levels. Even Continue Reading

eBooks or Paper Books: Which are More Enjoyable to Read?

There are few things in life that make me stop and appreciate the present moment than buying a new paper book. Leafing through and smelling the pages (only if they’re covered in mildew, mind), it’s like time stops when I go rummaging round a bookshop. When I say a ‘new’ book, usually I mean a dog-eared paperback from a charity shop or library sale as I rarely buy a brand new book (unless The Works have a cheeky sale on). But since 2014, I’ve owned a Kindle Paperwhite, and have dozens of titles in my Kindle Library – as well Continue Reading

8 Vital Things You’ll Need for TwitchCon Europe

What is TwitchCon Europe? If you’re a Twitch streamer, a moderator for your favourite channel, or you just love tuning in to watch streamers as part of your day, you’ll have heard that TwitchCon – the convention to celebrate everything Twitch-related – is coming to Europe for the first time in 2019! They’ll be hosting it in Berlin on April 13-14th 2019. Berlin is a fantastic city to visit any time of the year, but TwitchCon also happens to be coinciding with Games Week Berlin 2019, so we’re in for a packed weekend full of gaming hype! I’ve visited a Continue Reading

Looking back: February 2019

Are you one of those people who are always looking back and reflecting on where you’ve been in relation to where you are now? I’m a sucker for reminiscing. This usually involves laughing about a joke that I heard two weeks ago, or swiping through old photos at least once a month (probably more). I like to recall big eventful days or the small, simple ones that were enjoyable in their own right. There’s a quote by Henry David Thoreau: Never look back unless you are planning to go that way. And I think that’s a rather depressing way to Continue Reading

My PS4 Made Me Happier With Gaming and With Life, Too

Hurtling towards the tarmac with only a fine thread to support me, I shoot back into the sky as quickly as I’d fallen. I spent every night last week as Peter Parker, after months, maybe even years, of a console gaming drought. Since I bought my gaming PC almost two years ago, I don’t think I have spent any considerable amount of time on the sofa with either a PlayStation or XBox controller in my hand – probably because I got swept up in the whole ‘PCs are better for gaming’ argument, and clearly I have a bad habit of Continue Reading

The Magic of KANO’s Harry Potter Coding Kit

When my in-laws visited Harry Potter World recently for my mum-in-law’s birthday, I could barely contain my jealousy. Although I’m a bigger fan of the books than the films, I still find them magical and will never pass up the opportunity to get swept up in the magic of the movies, if one happens to be on TV. I’ve deliberately avoided our family WhatsApp group so that the photos and videos of their day didn’t spoil it for me. As I sit here writing this, I’ve been excitedly dreaming up with my husband that when we go (which will be Continue Reading

Can Yoga Help Prevent Tech Neck?

I’m not one for setting hard and fast fitness goals but I do need to get off my arse and do more active stuff. Every time I peel myself away from my desk, my sore back and throbbing legs remind me that I’ve, yet again, sat for way too long without actually doing anything physical apart from tap keys and pick up my phone every so often to check Pokemon Go. So when I was invited at short notice to go to a yoga class yesterday, I couldn’t really pass up the chance – maybe it was nature’s way of Continue Reading

The Banned Sex Toy at CES 2019: My Thoughts

You may have heard that this week, at CES 2019, a sex toy was banned from being exhibited. In fact, I didn’t even KNOW about the brand until I read about this story. Which is a pretty hilarious and probably unexpected result for CES, considering it has given Lora DiCarlo far more publicity than they could have gleaned from the event itself. Less than pleasurable The Lora DiCarlo team were not only told that they wouldn‘t be able to showcase their innovative Osé Robotic Massager, but that their CES Robotics Innovation Award they won for it was stripped from them, Continue Reading

HP 11.6 inch 4GB Chromebook: A Writer’s Review

As much as I love my gaming PC, I needed a device that’s lightweight, not too expensive, and does everything I need it to do as a writer. After I went to Gamescom this year and my old Lenovo laptop was wheezing its last breath (even after I switched it from Windows to Ubuntu), I figured that I needed to upgrade. I’d considered another Windows laptop, but I feel like you don’t really get much for your money unless you’re willing to spend a heap, but even then, I only really needed it for on-the-go writing and web research. With Continue Reading

Positive Communities in Games Development

Recently, I attended GameAnglia, the East of England’s biggest game development conference. I was delighted that I got to experience the gaming scene closer to home, with several industry legends like Bill Roper and Rami Ismail joining to present talks. The theme was ‘community’ – having had a career focused on fostering communities online for the past seven years – and being an avid gaming enthusiast both personally and professionally – this was the perfect topic of discussion for me. It was genuinely interesting and mind-broadening to have so many folks from all walks of the gaming industry life explaining Continue Reading