Site launch: Rock, Paper, Shotgun

In the interests of freedom from having our straplines changed by merciless magazine folk, I and comrades Gillen, Rossignol and Walker have launched a PC gaming website of our very own. Early days, and no source of revenue as yet. Obviously it’d be lovely if it somehow made us all rich – but I doubt it. Still, it’s fun and people seem to like it. I’ve also learned some basic CSS editing to make it look like it does, and not the technicolour abortion it did. Oh yeah, and it’s here.

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Published in: on Tuesday August 21, 2007 at 12:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Review: Civilization IV – Broken Sword

Up on Eurogamer. A rare thing amongst expansion packs – one where the original game on its own is worse without it.

Published in: on Thursday July 26, 2007 at 4:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Review: Halo 2

Also hadn’t realised my reviews for Computer Shopper were going online. Here’s one.

Published in: on Tuesday July 24, 2007 at 1:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Heh

A brief moment in the sun, writing about the Sims for the Independent half a decade ago. Hadn’t realised it was online, so it’s nice to have a permanent record. I cringe a little, sometimes a lot, at what was written there by the significantly dumber brain I possessed back in 2002, but hey – I’m in a real-life newspaper, ma.

Published in: on Tuesday July 24, 2007 at 1:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Review: UFO – Extraterrestrials

I have no idea what or who dictates whether reviews I’ve written for PC Gamer appear on CVG or Games Radar. My gibber about this X-COM remake is on the latter, which means I’m in the same August company as whichever human failure wrote Radar’s Asses of E3 horror-post. This last is so awful that I’m not even going to link to it.

Incidentally, the review has had its entire original introduction sliced off to match the Radar house style, and the score has been slightly inflated. Oh, for better ownership rights.

Published in: on Tuesday July 24, 2007 at 1:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Review: Lost Planet

Could and perhaps should have scored it much lower, but I’m now so used to videogame plot and characterisation being rock-bottom hideous that the fact they were so in this didn’t bother me as much as it did other reviewers. As I say in the conclusion, that 70% is good for right now, but come August and Bioshock, you can casually shave 10-15% right off it.

Published in: on Tuesday July 24, 2007 at 12:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Kinda review: World of mods – Half-Life 2

Five of the best-ish on Eurogamer. Pleasingly, the creator of one of the mods turns up in the comments thread to say he’s taking my criticism on-board. It’s moments like those that make me feel I’m not just a useless, filthy hack.

Published in: on Tuesday July 24, 2007 at 12:50 pm  Comments (1)  

Also

sfx159

The current issue of SFX (number 159, I believe) includes a reasonably large feature I penned on the history of Transformers. Its existence pleases me because a) it’s not about games or computers and b) it went some way towards paying off my ridiculous plastic robot habit

Published in: on Friday July 20, 2007 at 12:14 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: Spider-Man 3

After the raging misogyny of the introduction, I fear this then turns into one of my more functional reviews. One of those situations where I was trying to dredge up enthusiasm I didn’t have for a messy, brainless game I knew a fair few people would nevertheless enjoy. Nowhere near as horrid as the recent Transformers game, but it’s a terrible shame Activision seems entirely complacent about all the big licenses it has these days.

Published in: on Friday July 20, 2007 at 12:03 am  Leave a Comment  

Review: Kudos – Rock Legend

The most innocent approach to rock’n’roll since Alvin & the Chipmunks.

Published in: on Thursday July 19, 2007 at 11:56 pm  Leave a Comment