Thomas Hellier

Jesper Juul’s New Book ‘The Art of Failure’ Released Today

Jesper Juul, famed video game theorist from MIT and author of ‘The Ludologist’ blog, has released a new book today in the USA. The rest of the world can buy the book on March 22nd however you can download the e-version right now. Titled ‘The Art of Failure: An Essay on the Pain of Playing Video Games,’ the book focuses on why we continue to play difficult video games, and t...

Cars is the Newest Edition to the Disney Infinity Play Set

Disney Interactive’s Play Set initiative is similar to Skylanders, in that you get physical toys you can play with that second as interactive devices. Cars has been added to the roster alongside other Disney properties The Incredibles, Monsters University and Pirates of the Caribbean. Trailers so far have given nods to the inclusion of other classic Disney films such as Toy Story, The Nightm...

Leaving Adds to the Body of ‘Artistic Games’ and Simulated Experiences

When I see unique utilisation of game engines I’m always drawn to define whether it’s actually a game or if it is a simulation. There is a huge body of theory already out there that comes up with stringent guides in how to separate the two. What makes ‘Leaving’ interesting is that it sits on that line quite purposefully. Games are usually required to have goals to achieve t...

Serious Sam Double D XXL Review

Serious Sam Double D XXL Developer: Mommy’s Best Games Publishers: Devolver Digital and Mastertronic Platforms: Xbox Live Arcade Release Date: 20/02/2013 Price: 800 MS Points – Available Here Overview Firing up the Xbox rarely draws a crowd in my house. Most of my house mates are rather apathetic toward my video gaming hobby. Yet when I turned on Serious Sam Double D XXL they all looked acro...

Avadon 2: The Corruption Announced

Spiderweb Software Inc’s nostalgic RPG throwback ‘Avadon’ is getting a sequel. Text heavy and rich in strategy ‘Avadon 2: The Corruption’ asks you to again protect the interests within Avadon, the Black Fortress. This is the second game in what is set to be an epic trilogy of conspiracy, civil war, brutal barbarian raids and civic madness. Having come from power, your...

Diablo III to come to PS4 Fully Optimized

Blizzard and Sony have announced a strategic partnership, seeing the gaming giant returning to the console market. Chris Metzen told the audience that Diablo III will be coming to the PS4 fully optimized for the new controller. There is a huge leap from the complex menus and controls to a console platform but Chris Metzen ensured us that this port will be focused making Diablo III user interface m...

Killzone: Shadow Fall announced for the PlayStation 4

Guerrilla Games Co-Founder and company Director Hermen Hulst have just announced the newest addition to the Killzone franchise – Killzone: Shadow Fall. The footage shown starts with the protagonists landing in a futuristic city, based – according to Hermen Hulst – on Cold War Berlin. This is brought to life by the use of a giant wall that divides the two factions; the Helghast an...

Capcom Arcade Cabinet Brings 8-bit Titles to PS3 & Xbox 360

8-bit games continue to be massively popular despite becoming outdated several gaming generations ago. Whether it’s nostalgia, the unique aesthetic or the fact that they were significantly harder than contemporary games, 8-bit titles still have a passionate fan base. Capcom has decided now is the time to drop some of its classic titles onto the PS3 and the Xbox 360 to help satiate the demand...

The Last Stand – New DLC for SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny Available

Nordic Games’ RTS RPG, SpellForce 2: Faith in Destiny, has a whole bunch more content to play thanks to the newly available DLC released on Steam last Friday. Adding 12 more hours to the SpellForce 2 expansion, Faith in Destiny, the franchise is fast becoming a sprawling universe for fans to further sink their teeth into. At $3.99 or $9.99 with your season pass (with Flink’s Diary and ...

Pokemon X and Y: Eevee’s New Evolution Gets Named and Detailed

Nintendo of America has just released Sylveon, Eevee’s newest form. Sylveon, originally named Ninfia in the Japanese version of the game, will be in the two new 3DS games – Pokemon X and Y. One of the more flexible Pokemon in terms of evolution pathways, Sylveon hasn’t been given an element alignment as yet. Could this mean that there will be an as yet unannounced class of Pokemo...

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Gets European Release Date

Nintendo has just announced a release date for the newest addition to the Pokemon franchise. The game, called Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, will be released on May 17th for the Australian and European audience. Mystery Dungeon is an exclusive for the 3DS and will add building a paradise for your Pokemon to frolic in as key mechanic. Extending on the already vibrant Pokemon universe c...

Donkey Kong Country Returns for 3DS Announced

Nintendo has decided to revive fan favourite Donkey Kong Country Returns. Continuing the trend of recreating hits from the N64, there must surely be a big audience that’s ready to lap this one up. The game will be a faithful recreation of the classic, with Nintendo showing us quick glimpses of this long time favourite in action. The title is being rebuilt from the ground up for the 3DS in or...

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