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COGWATCH – 4. The Long Dark

Hey! It’s a new episode of Quinns’ weekly video series in which he examines one mechanic in one game. This week: how first-person survival game The …

The Most Pointless Hardware In PC Gaming

Catharsis comes in many forms. But there’s none so satisfying as a good old fashioned sweary rant. Hell, I’m not even talking about a …

Feelings machines: games that capture a moment

In his waking life, ceMelusine works for an animation studio, making mobile games for kids. “I like the work well enough but the restrictions I face …

Mobile Gaming

A Jedi Saga

Continuing here with the questions that were sent in by Jason Yates! Yesterday it was the TEF system… today it’s Jedi! Some of this stuff has been …

Boba Fett

Sid Meier's Starships review: space oddity

<i>Sid Meier's Starships</i> is a game trying to please too many masters.<p>Its intention, from the opening cinematic, is to create an epic space opera. But in execution, it falls in that weird middle-ground of gaming experiences; too long for a single sitting, but too simple to feel truly epic. Instead of …

Weird

Microsoft Research shows off Handpose, an amazing real-time hand-tracking system

Thanks to the Kinect, Microsoft is well known for its expertise in developing motion-sensing systems. While the technology has improved over the years, tracking human hands still has a long way to go. Enter Microsoft Research’s Handpose.<p>In short, Handpose is a real-time articulated hand-tracker. …

Star Wars Celebration: Star Wars Battlefront Novel to Release in November

Twlight Company brings readers into the trenches.<p>In the wake of numerous Star Wars announcements, news emerged about a Star Wars Battlefront novel …

Star Wars

We’re not talking about what VR is doing to our eyes … and our brains

OK, so it’s pretty funny seeing someone fall over after trying a virtual reality headset for the first time. But with companies like Facebook, Valve, and Sony all pushing to bring their own VR solutions to a mainstream market — worth an estimated $30 billion by 2020 — maybe we should have more …

Swinging A Stick: How Landscape And Childhood Are Key To The Continued Popularity Of Fantasy Fiction

Once at primary school I tried to convince my teacher that we needed a new word – or at least that we needed one that might exist already, but that …

The mystery of 'Everybody's Gone to the Rapture' lifts a little more

<i>Everybody's Gone to the Rapture</i> is a new game from The Chinese Room, the studio behind beautiful exploration experience <i>Dear Esther</i> and horror game <i>Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs</i>. It's exclusive to PlayStation 4 and takes place in a gorgeous, abandoned 3D world. In-game, players embark on a mission to …

The Quests That Got Cancelled

It’s a great time for RPGs at the moment, with just about every name, flavour and celebrity from the old days finding a new lease of life through …

Grand Theft Auto 5 PC Review

In the audio commentary for the movie Bad Day at Black Rock, director John Sturges quoted Alfred Hitchcock, who had told him a rule for making movies …

Wot I Belatedly Think: Surface Pro 3

Older readers may recall not a lot, what with being old and all. Only slightly older readers may recall my talking about replacing my laptop with a …

GTA 5 Modding Has Taken Its First Steps Towards Reality

Despite no official tools to support it, Grand Theft Auto 4 had one of the best modding scenes around, adding new cars and improved textures, rocket …