One Girl, Two Pads

One Girl, Two Pads

Two years ago I won a really fantastic competition. It included a television, surround sound system, bottles of champagne, pink Marc de Champagne truffles (which I shouldn’t have eaten because they’re divine but hugely expensive so I can never buy myself any. I’d also like to point out that my birthday is coming up in a few weeks, that’s not at all a massive hint), beauty potions and, most importantly, a Playstation 3.  I have always wanted a PS3. I know there’s talk of it being able to play Blu-rays and how it has BBC iplayer (recently joined by ITV and 4oD) but all I wanted was to play Ratchet and Clank and God of War again, or try Little Big Planet.

January 12, 2011  |  No Comments » Read More
The Gaming Closet

The Gaming Closet

Unless you’re rich and have a bucket-load of free time then it’s impossible to play all games. Most of us probably struggle to harvest a few hours a week to play that latest release we’ve been drooling over for months, let alone keep up with a backlog. School work tried to keep us away from games, now employment keeps us busy, children expect feeding and attention, family and friends drop by for visits and some of you need to wait for a nod from a significant other to get “permission” to play for a couple of precious hours. So it’s no surprise that some classic games slip through the net.

December 07, 2010  |  No Comments » Read More
24 Hours In Reach

24 Hours In Reach

Following on from my article about the work of gaming charity SpecialEffect, I wanted to do something more proactive to help. Even on the train home from the Eurogamer event my mind was churning over ideas to raise funds for them somehow and so I decided on gaming for twenty-four hours, roping in a few friends and family to help me out, with the aim of donating a final total to the charity of around £150.  I picked Halo Reach as my game of choice because it would seem like a challenge. I’m not the most highly skilled Spartan and I tire of the game itself after only a couple of hours so it would be a real slog.

October 27, 2010  |  No Comments » Read More
Game On For Everyone

Game On For Everyone

Nestling amongst the latest upcoming titles being displayed at the recent Eurogamer expo was a row of monitors belonging to a small charity called SpecialEffect. As excited as I am about the likes of Fable 3, it’s my brief experience on the charity’s games that was the most memorable moment of that weekend for me. I tried a game first that was controlled using two joysticks and the second game, a racer, that was guided using my eyes only. The retina-tracking technology behind this was astounding and something I had never encountered before. After some quick configuration I was steering the car simply by looking in the direction I wanted it to go. Although I crashed and burned too much for my liking (a lot like my standard driving with an Xbox controller to be fair!) it was genuinely fun.

October 13, 2010  |  No Comments » Read More
Holding Out For A Hero

Holding Out For A Hero

I am woman. I am a relatively strong minded, independent woman. Now before you leave in your droves thinking this is yet another “ZOMG I’m a gurl gamer!!1!” rant, hold your horses. Modern day women can juggle work, children and a social life without being judged by the majority. We can vote, become a vicar should we want to, or join the armed forces, just like our fellow man. As fantastic and empowering all this is for us, it’s meant any hint of being slightly submissive is close to taboo in this day and age which is why this article could create a legion of angry girl gamers webwide and set feminism back fifty years. It’s not a view I expect many to empathise with or admit to but here it is…

September 09, 2010  |  No Comments » Read More
I

I <3 Left 4 Dead

At the time of writing this piece I am striken by plague…some lurgy that has left me temporarily bonded to my sofa and groaning softly. Naturally, the thought eventually occurs to me that I’m probably turning into a Special Infected. Not the kind that pulls you off buildings with it’s tongue or covers you in Boomer bile (yet, thankfully!) but a really crap one that crawls up to survivors, coughs a bit then dies at their feet with a whimper. Zombies will find a way to infiltrate my life in some form or other. Not literally, so far, I hasten to add but all gamers know that one day, the apocalypse will come and we’ll be highly trained in dealing with the situation.

August 23, 2010  |  No Comments » Read More