Returning to Japan

It’s been 11 years since I last went to Japan, which seems particularly long given that I went twice in the space of a year back then. I’m going back in less than a month, and this time will be particularly interesting. For one thing, I’m going with a much reduced interest in games, which … Continue reading Returning to Japan →

Posted on: 19 April 2017 | 8:47 am

Must-have features for Shenmue HD

Now that Shenmue III is a reality, and with Sega snapping up related domains, it’s more likely than ever that we’ll see the two Dreamcast games – both among my favourites ever – coming to modern hardware. As I have done with all previous versions, I’ll be buying it on every platform available so as to … Continue reading Must-have features for Shenmue HD →

Posted on: 26 February 2017 | 5:33 pm

Best of 2016

Better late than never! I found last year about as good for games as it was reasonable political discourse and beloved celebrities. Hell, my annual top tens, shortened to top fives in recent years, now find themselves shortened to a three-game single-post list – and still there weren’t many notable leftovers. These were basically the only ones that gave … Continue reading Best of 2016 →

Posted on: 21 February 2017 | 4:32 pm

Oxford in autumn

Apropos of nothing in particular, just some photos I took on a recent walking tour, making the most of a clear day and that gorgeous low autumn sun. All taken on an iPhone 6.

Posted on: 28 October 2016 | 6:08 am

A slow year for games

Yesterday’s update on my HTPC was my first post on here since my annual look at the best of the year, a gap of nearly ten months. I must have a lot of exciting games to talk about after such a long hiatus, right? Well, no. Truthfully, the back end of this site is loaded … Continue reading A slow year for games →

Posted on: 21 October 2016 | 7:32 am

HTPC update

It’s been a couple of years since I moved my wall of discs to a NAS/Kodi setup and it’s worked admirably, growing as I added storage capacity to its current peak at 16TB. The onward march of technology, however, has uncovered a few cut corners that I’ve taken the opportunity to fix. New hardware The … Continue reading HTPC update →

Posted on: 20 October 2016 | 7:02 am

Best of 2015 #1: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

When I finished The Witcher 3, for the first time in a while, I was left with the feeling that my most anticipated game of the year had knocked it out of the park. I’d expected great things, having loved the previous game and enjoyed the books too, but The Witcher 3 turned out to be a genuine, unequivocal masterpiece … Continue reading Best of 2015 #1: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt →

Posted on: 31 December 2015 | 3:00 pm

Best of 2015 #2: Bloodborne

I’m still yet to get further than about ten hours into a Souls game, and that trend continues with this spiritual sequel. I’m afraid I just don’t have the nerves, nor the patience, for it these days. But even if I couldn’t get to the end, this is probably my favourite of the lot. It’s … Continue reading Best of 2015 #2: Bloodborne →

Posted on: 30 December 2015 | 3:00 pm

Best of 2015 #3: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Despite The Phantom Pain facing ardent attempts to undermine it from both Konami’s avarice and Kojima’s lack of restraint, its qualities manage to shine through. And believe me, if the game is still shining after living through this many attempts to torpedo it since release, the core game must be shining pretty damn brightly. It would have … Continue reading Best of 2015 #3: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain →

Posted on: 29 December 2015 | 3:00 pm

Best of 2015 #4: Rocket League

Conventional sports games haven’t done much for me in a while, the limitations of real sport striking me as unnecessarily restrictive on gameplay design in an effectively limitless medium. Real sport is for playing or watching in real life. If you’re going to turn it into a video game, let me fire a missile at the other participants … Continue reading Best of 2015 #4: Rocket League →

Posted on: 28 December 2015 | 3:00 pm