Video game addiction, mass murderers trained on Call of Duty, the video games warping your children’s brain.
Does mainstream media have an agenda against video games? Does it purposely publish negatively skewed stories?
It often feels that way.
If you play video games, you might be familiar with The Witcher. But before Geralt of Rivia dazzled gamers in CD Projekt Red's series, he was the star of Polish writer Andrzej Sapowski's hit fantasy novels. Want to know more about the literary origins of the Witcher? Here's everything you need to get started.
It was Friday night.
For the first time in a long time I had the house to myself. No wife, no friends, no kids. No nappies to change, no dinner to sort.
I whispered it quietly, like this moment was a delicate silence that could break any second:
‘I could… play a video game.’
But something else was different. A feeling I haven’t felt in almost 10 years.
‘I could play… any video game I want.’
Metal Gear Solid is an obsession for millions of gamers, with its totally insane science-fiction storytelling. But at its heart, the series has always been about celebrating and questioning the power of technology. The story of Solid Snake, Raiden, and Snake's evil dad Big Boss (it's... a long story) isn't just ridiculously fun, it's also a terrific vehicle for asking the kind of questions that science fiction has always asked, at its best.
Video games are nearly a trillion-dollar industry. Whomever comes up with the next gaming sensation stands to earn a large sum, plus the fame that comes with that kind of success. All you need is a good idea and the skills to make it a reality, like those offered with The Complete Game Developer Course.
Chainmail Bikini is a new anthology of comics "by and about female gamers." Some 40 cartoonists have contributed their own perspectives on everything from video games to card games to role-playing games, and the results are pretty hilarious.
1987 was the year I discovered video games. Before then there were no video games. Before then video games didn't exist.
Before then it was kicking a football against a garage door. Before then it was going to my friend's dad's caravan and learning swear words. Before then it was finding pornography stuck in a hedge and being truly, viscerally terrified of vaginas.
Ever bought a game that ties into one of your favourite fantasy, scifi, or comic book tales, only to play it and find out it is total crap? Unfortunately, licensed games are historically bad, leaving a lot of fans in this same situation. You probably already know about 1982's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and 1999's Superman 64, so these two stinkers are omitted. Here are eight more of the absolute worst ones.