Obviously a lot of video game environments are dangerous. But that's usually because they're full of monsters and SWAT teams and robot dinosaurs. These places however, would be health and safety nightmares whether there was a video game going on in them or not. Someone call an inspector.
Most people don't think that the skybox is a particularly sexy or clever element of game design. But most people are dead wrong. Don't be like those people. Read on and we'll deliver you from their wrongness. With knowledge.
Champions are made of more than mutant powers and godly origins. Join as we pay tribute to the average men and women who rose above great odds in our countdown of gaming's top everyman heroes...
The online explosion of fan film distribution in recent years has been both a blessing and a curse. There are some Hollywood-shaming works of wonder around, but we've been blighted by some absolute horrors too. Thankfully, Enter the Freeman could not be any further into the former category. Point your eyes at it.
It's been over 13 years since Gordon Freeman first exited Black Mesa's Transit System for Sector C Test Labs, kicking off one of the worst work shifts in videogame history. In honor of that iconic opening scene, the makers of the fan-film Beyond Black Mesa have spliced together a new live action flick depicting the moments leading up to Freeman's classic tale of Combine invasions, crowbars, and headcrabs...
They say - whoever 'they' are - that you only get one chance at making a first impression. If you mess up the initial introduction you'll be forever remembered as a tool. But if you do something incredible then you'll go down in legend. After this introduction, this daredevil scientist from the original Half-Life will remain a hero to us.
There are certain pleasures in life that just make existence worth it. Waking up thinking it’s Monday, only to discover it’s actually Saturday. Deep-fried Twixes. And of course, seeing Gordon Freeman brought to life in a charmingly lo-rent hand-drawn animation. Inside, you’ll see Gordon’s first two adventures recreated with pen, paper and a whole lot of zombie boogieing. Enjoy.
Facelifts and other forms of cosmetic surgery aren’t just for aging MILFs, dried-up Hollywood C-listers and 40 stone blobs who have to get forklifted out of their beds. No, sometimes our favourite game stars need a bit of a nip and tuck too. After all, there’s no point battling hordes of the undead or saving the planet from a cult of religious alien zealots if you’re sporting last season’s armour or an out of date
Back in the 90s, the Crate used to be the most powerful force in gaming. It was actually impossible to find a title which didn’t involve trekking through some warehouse, factory or, in a perfect universe, a Crate research facility. And it didn’t matter if you were exploring an alien world because even despotic extraterrestrial races needed cubic storage devices to transport their ammo and health supplies. It was a golden age for
When talking about the idea of videogames as art, it’s become increasingly popular to lament that the medium doesn’t yet have its “Citizen Kane.” Seemingly everyone, from industry luminary Ian Bogost to film director Guillermo del Toro, has sounded off about how games either need, don’t need, or will soon receive the masterpiece that will force the medium to “grow up” and be accepted as an art form by the mainstream.
People like to see good triumph over evil. It's the reason Superman always wins despite getting stabbed in the face with shards of Kryptonite. Why John McClane beats a skyscraper full of heavily-armed terrorists with nothing but a string vest. And why those pesky S.T.A.R.S. agents always get the better of the T-virus. Sometimes, though, there are games brave enough to spit in the face of convention and let their no gooders go
Not happy with what the devs are doing with your favourite games? Then let the gamers take over production.
Legions of exasperated gamers whined that Kratos' escape from the bowels of Hell - complete with rotating columns of bladey cartilage, platforms of bone and two huge towers of spinning blades - was 'stupid', 'cheap' or 'toohardIwantmymummy!' but we loved it.
Oct 5, 2007 This is multiplayer as it's meant to be played: your enemies are mute, you're all on the same side fighting for a common goal, and conventional games are taken into new and exciting territory. The world is always better served when we work together, and never more so than when we're fragging bad
Gears of War got us thinking: Massive explosions. Guts strewn everywhere. People running in terror. Few things ignite the minds of gamers like a good alien invasion. It may be bizarre or terrifying (and in the case of Gears of War, it may come from underground instead of outer space) but in video games, aliens always bring massive destruction in their wake. This week, we take a look back at the seven games with the most memorable, exciting or disturbing alien invasions... ever. 7. Halo 2