Kinect

Game On: Kinect doesn’t boost immersion – it kills it

With Kinect Sports Rivals getting a decidedly mixed reception, Mark Butler argues that Microsoft’s motion gaming device actively takes players out of the action – rather than drawing them into it. “You are the controller.” Sound familiar? Proponents of motion control system Kinect argue that it potentially provides the most absorbing and direct kind of …

Game On: Stop giving classic series a free ride

With many gamers and critics continuing to indulge and defend the shortcomings of new entries in famous series, Mark Butler argues that our affection for old favourites is now being used against us. Have we become too indulgent of our most beloved game series? Are we now far too swift to dismiss, or even outright …

Game On: Why size matters

Gamers have been queuing up to attack and defend the campaign length of Metal Gear Solid prologue Ground Zeroes with equal ferocity. Unimpressed with the price tag attached to the world’s most expensive demo, Mark Butler claims that the ‘quality over quantity’ argument has undeniable limits. Over the past 24 hours, I’ve looked on with …

Game On: Better a great game late, than a lousy game on time

Following high-profile delays to Watch Dogs and now The Witcher 3, gaming enthusiast Mark Butler argues that he’d much rather sink into an incredible experience a year from now, than endure an average one tomorrow. [Forever delayed? The ambitious world of Watch Dogs] Yesterday, acclaimed Polish developer CD Projekt announced that their ambitious, open-world RPG …

Game On: Remakes and reboots are a fantastic thing

With high-profile revivals of classic series continuing to dominate the gaming landscape, Mark Butler argues that we should embrace the growing tidal wave of remakes and reboots – as video games tend to do them so much better than Hollywood. [Back From The Dead – the new-look Dante in DmC: Devil May Cry] In recent …

Game On: South Park censorship is a goddamn outrage

Following the revelation that console editions of South Park: Stick Of Truth will be censored in Europe, gaming enthusiast Mark Butler takes aim at the idiocy – and irony – of the situation. In the 17 years since its inception, South Park has delighted in courting controversy. It has infuriated celebrities, outraged media commentators, and attracted …

Gaming Gaming Opinion February 26, 2014

Game On: Forget the next gen – buy a PS2 instead

Instead of diving into the future with a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, life-long gamer Thomas Leaning has found himself heading back in time with his beloved PS2. Here, he explains how embracing the wonders of the past has reignited his love of gaming. [Vice City: a world of “tongue in cheek free-roam chaos”] In a world …

Gaming Gaming Opinion February 18, 2014

Game On: Why it’s time more games ditched multiplayer

Sick of tagged-on deathmatch modes and miserly, uninspired single-player campaigns, Mark Butler applauds the announcement that The Order: 1886 will be multiplayer-free – and argues that more mainstream releases should follow its example. Last week, when it was revealed that compelling action-adventure The Order: 1886 would have no multiplayer whatsoever, I practically punched the air …

Gaming Gaming Opinion February 12, 2014

Game On: How gaming can change the world

In the latest instalment of his Game On column, Mark Butler celebrates the fact that following years of vilification, video games are now deservedly starting to gain recognition for the positive social, psychological and educational benefits they can have.  [Photo: Getty] Can video games help cure cancer? Cancer Research UK certainly seem to think so. Their free new mobile game, Genes …

Gaming Gaming Opinion February 5, 2014

Game On: Nintendo prove that you’re never too big to fail

In the latest instalment of his Game On column, Mark Butler argues that Nintendo’s current struggles are a direct result of their own naive corporate complacency – but they are far from the first gaming giant to be undone in such fashion.  [Are Mario and friends past their prime? – picture: Getty] Nintendo has traditionally been the game …

Gaming Gaming Opinion January 29, 2014

Game On: Survival horror has entered a new golden age

In the second instalment of his fledgling Game On column, horror fanatic Mark Butler argues that an exciting new wave of indie chillers are revolutionizing and rejuvenating the previously decaying genre – and leading big-budget console publishers to get back on board too. [Alien: Isolation] As a virtual life-long survival horror enthusiast who spent a …

Gaming Gaming Opinion January 22, 2014
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