Oct 18, 2007
Science (by which we mean the few 'facts' we've picked up on Wikipedia) suggests that gaming improves hand-eye-coordination and problem solving. Even so, defeating alien invasions or rearranging pipes to hack vending machines isn't going to bag you a career. Or is it?
In actual fact, it seems online gaming might land you a job as a spook. The government's secret services have teamed up with in-game ad company Massive, and during October they aim to target recruitment adverts at
Oct 9, 2007
Should a perfect review score be exclusively reserved for perfect games? Can a flawed masterpiece justifiably be given top marks? Is there even any such thing as a perfect game? With BioShock and Halo 3 both recently receiving the highest numerical accolades possible from many critics, we thought we'd head into the treacherous review score mine field to canvas the opinion of some of gaming's most respected magazine editors.
So, should a perfect score mean a perfect game? Here's
Oct 2, 2007
This month marks the 30th anniversary of Xbox 360's great-grandfather, PS3's distant ancestor and Wii's, er, third cousin once removed. That's right, the Atari 2600! Don't tell us you didn't know...
Being the first real videogame console, 2600 was also the home of the first recognisable videogames genres. So, we thought, what better way to celebrate the old boy's big 3-0 by seeing how its brave gaming heroes compare to the audiovisual treats we take for granted today. Join us, for
Sept 27, 2007
If you're a fan of Halo, it must be like Christmas rolled in Easter at the moment. Halo 3's out, smashing sales records and earning review scores that put even Bioshock into the shade. But if you can't stand Master Chief's macho missions, things might feel a little more like being forced to sit through someone's terrifyingly dull holiday snaps collection. So what's your alternative?
Since Christmas 2007 is the first bumper holiday period that PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii can
Sept 25, 2007
Fanboys! They're the purest, noblest breed of gamers in existence. The front line grunts in the neverending console war, their purpose is simple: blind, drone-like obedience to their chosen format, and an unwillingness to acknowledge that any other system might be worthwhile. Gaming simply wouldn't be the same without them – whether they're pointing out that 'PS3 ROCKS!11!' on a messageboard or calling you despicable names on Xbox Live, they're the spice in gaming's chunky
Sept 24, 2007
Three huge conventions in less than six months. Something had to give. This year's Tokyo Game Show has been utterly forgettable, bar the fact that Sony announced a peripheral that should have shipped with the console last Christmas anyway, and Konami finally let us all get hands-on with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. And that's about it.
Admittedly, we didn't go. But that's a glaring highlight of the fact that there really wasn't anything to see at TGS that was worth
Sept 20, 2007
It's the profession some know as "getting paid to play." When people hear what game testers get to do for a living the response is often along the lines of "You get paid to do that? That's gotta be the best job in the world!" But what is testing really like? We talked to some real-life testers and got some seriously honest answers.
What's it really like being a tester?
Tester A: I hate to ruin people's fantasies about the glamour and glitz of the game industry, but
17 Sept 07
One of our favoured lunchtime Internet timewasters is perusing the BBFC website's 'recent decisions' section where you can find out what ratings films and games have received and what - if any - cuts have been made.
In general, games don't get cut, that's left for the astounding amount of hardcore porn that gets submitted, but at a time when the government and media has videogame violence firmly in their sights the digital media section makes for interesting reading.
Sept 14 2007
We just don't know how good we've got it at the moment. Not only is the first proper Christmas war between Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft about to kick off - giving us all vicarious thrills watching fanboys on either side tear each other to pieces - but there's an absolute shed load of top class games on the way.
It doesn't matter if you call Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii home. The rest of 2007 is choc full of delights to splurge your hard-earned on (or convince a loved one that it's the
September 7, 2007
Sadly for gamers with Xbox 360 and PS3 shooter The Club on their Christmas lists, the game has slipped to early 2008, Sega confirmed today. We must admit, when we last saw the game in action it didn't look very near to completion (although that was a few months ago). Still, 2007 is already looking like having the most expensive tail-end of any year ever with so many great games coming out, so this will at least give us a chance to fill our pockets again before The Club opens