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

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

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

An Introvert at IEM Katowice

In February 2018, I visited IEM Katowice in Poland for the PUBG Invitational and DOTA 2 tournament. It was my first ever gaming event and it was AMAZING! As an introvert, it can be pretty exhausting being around people all day. So it might seem like an unusual decision to travel to a different country to be around thousands of excited PUBG and DOTA 2 fans for two whole days! The truth is, I have been bitten by the travel bug ever since my first trip abroad last year, to Berlin. There was a time where I thought I’d never Continue Reading

Easy Beginner’s Guide to installing Retropie on Raspberry Pi 3

I got the idea of setting up my own games console when my sister-in-law brought round her SNES mini; as a lover of classic games but not having space (or patience to set up) lots of old consoles, I had almost bought one of these when everyone was going crazy for them. It was obviously a blessing in disguise when I wasn’t able to afford one at the time because what the £79 bit of kit had to offer was sorely disappointing – definitely not worth the wait. Sure there were a few games that were fun (Street Fighter! Mario Continue Reading