Breaking technology’s pernicious grip on our children

The formative years with our children only come once. When we make them the highest priorities in our lives, we give them the message that they’re worthwhile

Breaking technology’s pernicious grip on our childrenTechnology is everywhere. But is it all good for us and – particularly – is it good for our children? The last 50 years have seen tremendous technological advancement. The 1960s television comedy Get Smart featured a mobile phone that the main character wore in his shoe. We laughed because it seemed impossible. Today, 95…

Skull and Bones the best pirate game ever?

Ubisoft’s latest game a swashbuckling masterpiece

Our long-standing love affair with the pirate life is nothing new, but it does beg the question: why do we continue to be so drawn to this particular theme? To hazard a guess, we’d say that men and women throughout the ages have always harboured a passion for adventure, thrill-seeking and exploration, and pirates are…

Old Man’s Journey a tale of hope and redemption

This short video game is high on quality, humanity and sentimentality. And it's perfect for playing in bits on a mobile device, perhaps while you're on transit

Review: Old Man’s Journey Developer: Broken Rules Supported by: Indie Fund, Vienna Business Agency Platform: Windows, Mac, ios, Android Rating: none (recommend for ages 4+ on App store) Price: Cdn$8.79 on Steam Old Man’s Journey is a relaxing, lightly puzzle-based game about a man who sets off on a hopeful adventure to find redemption. It…

What’s new and exciting in the gaming world

A periodic roundup of game-related subjects to keep you abreast of developments and trends (and a few other things that amuse and intrigue me)

What’s new and exciting in the gaming worldSaddle up – it’s roundup time. I’ll be doing a periodic roundup of game-related subjects to keep you abreast of developments and trends (and I’ll throw in a few other things that amuse and intrigue me). This week, we’ll look at games I’m enjoying, big games I haven’t had a chance to play but are…

Game maker IO Interactive dumped by Square Enix

Future of hugely successful game series Hitman is in doubt

Game maker IO Interactive dumped by Square EnixThe Hitman games series from IO Interactive has been hugely successful since its first installment arrived at turn of the millennium, even developing a cult following over the years. Thus there have been more than nine games across various platforms along with two films, Hitman (2007) and Hitman: Agent 47 (2015). The most recent episodic…

Video game Beat Cop soon wears out its welcome

This throwback pixel art game honours 1980s cop shows, but it tends to tedium – with some unsettling racist and homophobic elements thrown in

Video game Beat Cop soon wears out its welcomeReview: Beat Cop Developer: Pixel Crow Publisher: 11 bit Studios Platform: PC, Mac, Linux Price: $16.99 (Steam) Rating: none currently, lots of mature content Beat Cop is a balancing act. Ultimately, the scales of justice tip the wrong way. You play as (now stay with me) a beat cop. You’re a recently-demoted detective, framed for…

The “N. Sane” resurgence of the 3D platformer

The popularity of Yooka-Laylee is proving that the consumer appetite for the revival of the genre is very much alive

The “N. Sane” resurgence of the 3D platformerEDMONTON, Alta. April 28, 2017/ Troy Media/ - Back in the mid-1990s, 3D platforming games were the titles that led video game consoles into the next generation. The Nintendo 64, for example, featured Super Mario 64 as its flagship launch title, offering players 3D polygonal graphics, an open-world-based gameplay design, and more freedom of movement…

There’s nothing empty about Hollow Knight

Perfectly blends challenge with reward, a rich world full of exploration, evocative music, intriguing characters and story, and plenty of combat

Hollow Knight Review Developer: Team Cherry Platform: PC, Nintendo Switch Rating: Pending Price: $16.99 CDN (on Steam) When I plan to review a game, I try not to take in a lot of media on it beforehand. I don’t want to build expectations that may influence my opinion. Occasionally that clean slate leads to a…

Night in the Woods: compelling, heartfelt and scary

Seamlessly weaves one person’s very personal story with a murder mystery, surrounded by some of the most truthful characters you'll ever encounter

Night in the Woods Developer: Infinite Fall Publisher: Finji ESRB Rating: Teen Platform: PC, PlayStation 4 Cost: $20 EDMONTON, Alta. March 12, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Night in the Woods is one of the most compelling games I’ve played in a long while. There are so many things to recommend it, I hardly know where…

Destined to take a direct path to the delete bin

Stories: The Path of Destinies has a cool concept but fails to construct the necessary elements to provide a worthwhile experience

Destined to take a direct path to the delete binStories: The Path of Destinies Developer: Spearhead Games Publisher: Spearhead Games ESRB Rating: Teen Platform: PC, PlayStation 4, Nvidia Shield Cost: $14.99 EDMONTON, Alta. Feb. 26, 2017 /Troy Media/ – The core concept of Stories: The Path of Destinies kept me playing, but the pieces surrounding that core felt lacklustre and half-realized. And that made the experience…