On Cautious Optimism & The Mae Young Classic

On Cautious Optimism & The Mae Young Classic

Having moved in videogames culture for many years, I’m no stranger to the idea of cautious optimism. In an industry where a return on investment is sought before a game is even released, it’s sensible to be sceptical no matter how spectacular the trailers...
Review: DiRT 4 [2017, Xbox One/PS4/PC]

Review: DiRT 4 [2017, Xbox One/PS4/PC]

You know when a band goes off and does a side-project, then comes back for the next album as themselves again, and you can hear influences and aspects of said side-project in those new songs? This is exactly what playing DiRT 4 felt like for me. If DiRT Rally was...
Review: Danger Zone [2017, PC/PS4]

Review: Danger Zone [2017, PC/PS4]

One of the oldest idioms, alongside actions speaking louder than words and not putting all of one’s eggs into a single basket, is not to judge a book by its cover. And it’s an age-old idiom for a very good reason – one must attempt wherever possible...
It’s Hard Work, Standing Still

It’s Hard Work, Standing Still

I want to talk today about, for want of a better word, a thoroughly un-glamorous topic particularly in relation to mental health; fatigue. Here’s a recurring scenario; most nights, I set my alarm for the next morning with the intent of springing out of bed as...
AJ’s Gaming Generation Game #4: Sony Playstation 2

AJ’s Gaming Generation Game #4: Sony Playstation 2

This post is dedicated to singer Chris Cornell, who passed away this morning aged just 52. I’ll remember him for so many things – the theme song to Casino Royale, for one – but amongst so many other things in an amazing music career, he had several...
AJ’s Gaming Generation Game #3: PC

AJ’s Gaming Generation Game #3: PC

Back at it once again, nice to have you onboard! Today’s entry is quite interesting in that…well, it isn’t a console at all. And it actually spans a large period of my gaming life, from 2001 up to the present day. But unlike many who settle on one...
AJ’s Gaming Generation Game #2: Sony Playstation 1

AJ’s Gaming Generation Game #2: Sony Playstation 1

Hello gang, and welcome back to my adventures through the many shelves of my gaming collection. Yesterday we commenced with my gaming superhero origin story, the Lilly and James to my Harry Potter, and today we look at the console which took me to Hogwarts –...
AJ’s Gaming Generation Game #1: Sega Mega Drive

AJ’s Gaming Generation Game #1: Sega Mega Drive

Around the time of my 25th birthday in late March (don’t dwell on that number too much, I certainly don’t want to), I came up with an interesting idea of chronicling my gaming life up until now and looking back across the various generations of gaming I...