Gaming Portfolio

Examples of games journalism – for Sci Fi Channel as guest editor, British Gaming Blog and The Linc.

Diary of a Virtual Farmer
Review, The Linc

Farmville is just a shallow excuse for a game. It’s as complicated as a light switch: click it, and you get more money. There’s no sense of reward at all. You invest time in it and all you get in return is a bigger chore to complete as your farm expands. In terms of getting something out of it, smoking is a much better addiction for you. It might give you cancer, but at least it makes you happy.

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Speaking Simlish: How ‘The Sims’ found their voice
Feature, British Gaming Blog

Whether it’s a robot resetting itself or a zombie butler with an arm that keeps falling off, the Sim shown on screen is the same. Marielle fills in by helping and suggesting things that could be being spoken. “So a sort of a yeti voice,” she starts, before going in to a bit of a groany yeti impression, “oohh nobody loves me.”

“Is he saying words, or just crying?” Bill asks, studying the animation.
“No, he’s talking, like, one day I turned in to a yeti and I don’t know how…”
“I’m good at moping… Orba zanga bola…”, followed by a large sigh.

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Gaming’s next Kinection
Preview, The Linc

Aimed at children, “Kinectimals” is a 21st century version of the “Tamogotchi” where you get to train and play with an adorable tiger or lion. It’s your chance to stroke, rub and tease a ferocious beast from the comfort of your living room. But not from your sofa, because none of the titles coming out for Kinect allow to you to play whilst sitting down.

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3DS: Nintendo’s next dimension of gaming
Preview, The Linc

Like with films the big question is “why do we care about this stupid gimmick because it’s just a visual toy and doesn’t add anything” and the answer is “shut up, it’s brilliant in games.”

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Making the motion with Playstation Move
Review, The Linc

Few people will have the confidence to walk in to a shop and purchase a phallic shaped piece of plastic and a webcam for the purpose of personal pleasure. If you can put the embarrassment of that aside then you’ll be a proud owner of the latest gadget for the Playstation 3.

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The Avatar Marketplace Experiment
Feature, British Gaming Blog

A simple real life coloured tshirt might be more expensive than one with a Halo logo plastered on it, but if you happened to get struck down a lorry you don’t have to worry about cringing all the way to your grave.

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Playing games gives you rickets, honest
Editorial, British Gaming Blog

But when the scientists are suggesting things like supplementing vitamin D in to things by law such as milk, there’s your damn story, newspapers. It might not be as glamorous as “GAMING MAKES YOU DIE”, but you’d actually be doing a service to your audience.

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Warcraft Regional Finals: SK Gaming Interview
Interview, SyFy.co.uk

It’s a sweltering day in the beautiful city of Cologne, but for three guys it’s the perfect time to kick back and have a cheap cigar. Wearing sports shirts for their team, Mark Rendon (19), Joe Morrone (17) and Ryan Masterson (24) are celebrating their success and holding a novelty oversized cheque with pride.

A team of three have just won $15,000 as the best team in America at the Regional Finals – but their sport isn’t one you would predict. The trio, SK Gaming USA, have just become regional champions of 3 on 3 arena in World of Warcraft.

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