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

Aesthetic Melody Review

Watch my review here! Created by Adam DeLease with a deliciously lo-fi vaporwave soundtrack by Kirk Markarian, this is a 2D platformer that oozes retro style. Right now on Steam, you can buy the game and soundtrack in a bundle called the digital deluxe edition at 40% off! To be honest though, at a couple of pennies shy of four quid at full price, it’s worth grabbing a copy anyway! When we load up the game, our monitor transforms into an old CRT screen and this just amps up the retro vibe, especially with the muted colour scheme. You can Continue Reading

Nintendo Switch Online: 5 Best & 5 Worst NES games

Usually the first to complain at something free becoming paid (it’s called being thrifty!) I was delighted when I watched the announcement of Nintendo Switch’s online service which released on September 19th 2018. Among the cool features included for a paltry £17 a year (other membership options available on Nintendo’s website) they’re offering up a library of NES titles recreated especially for the Switch, which will be added to over the coming months! Not only that, but the games now boast online capabilities, too (which I’ll tell you about in a future blog post when I’ve tried them). With time Continue Reading

10 Cute Geeky Stationery Sellers on Etsy

Shopping online for stationery is akin to falling down a YouTube rabbit hole. I start out with all good intentions, telling myself I’ll only look at one cute thing I’ve seen; then four hours later my eyes are bloodshot from scrolling my screen with no idea what day it is. My love affair with stationery My love affair with all things pen and notebook go way back. One of my fondest memories is walking around Woolworths with my Mum (OMG, the nineties!) pleading with her to get me a Forever Friends diary and notebook set, each with its own LOCKABLE Continue Reading

Gamescom 2018: What I Loved and Hated

What a week Gamescom was! As I write this, I’m recovering from exhaustion. And by recovering, I mean I’m hurriedly catching up on all the work I couldn’t do whilst I was there, cramming chocolate in my mouth for energy. To say I was under-prepared for Gamescom is, well, an understatement. I have been to one other gaming event which was the PUBG invitational in Katowice, Poland, which included an exhibition, but that didn’t even remotely compare to the scale of Gamescom. It’s too difficult to explain just how big the place is. This photo doesn’t give it justice. Here Continue Reading

Nervous About Attending Your First Big Gaming Event? Here’s What To Do

I hate admitting I’m a shy person because, for the most part, I’m not one. Not in front of a camera, or with one or two people I’m familiar with, at least. But going to a HUGE event like IEM Katowice or Gamescom? That’s another story. Want to listen instead? Thousands of people gathering in one place, the hustle and bustle and excitement of cosplayers, other visitors, exhibitors, and press kind of gives me anxiety just thinking about it. But if you’re like me, you don’t want your introverted nature or anxiety to get in the way of experiencing something Continue Reading

Motion Twin have NAILED ‘Dead Cells’ Twitch Integration

FRANCE-BASED INDIE DEVELOPER MOTION TWIN HAVE CRACKED THE SECRET TO AMAZING TWITCH INTEGRATION IN THEIR ROGUE-LITE TITLE, DEAD CELLS. It came out of Early Access yesterday and since then, I’ve had the pleasure of watching variety Twitch partner Majestic Ram stream it with the Twitch integration switched on, and it’s been nothing short of addictive fun for streamer and fans alike. WHAT IS TWITCH INTEGRATION? Games with Twitch integration allow the streamer to not only stream a game for viewers to watch, but introduces participation from the audience through the use of commands in Twitch chat. How fucking cool is that? It Continue Reading

Staying Healthy for Indoorsy Types

Do you spend 90% of your day at your desk like I do? It’s hard to get in exercise when you’re like this, trust me. I’ve been working from home for nearly seven years, plus I love gaming and doing things centred around my PC. This usually means I’m within arm’s reach of the fridge, plus I get lost in whatever activity I happen to be doing – usually designing, gaming, or writing, so I forget that there is an outside world after all. As much as I would never go back to a ‘traditional’ job, and you’d have to Continue Reading