Author: James Gilmour

  • Such Sweet Sorrow

    Someone famous once said, “parting is such sweet sorrow”. I think it was Claire Danes in that movie where they all had guns, but kept referring to the guns as swords, even though they were clearly guns. I’m guessing Dicaprio made the error first, and that the other cast members played along out of charity.…

  • Uncharted 3

    There’s a moment in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception that has been looping in my brain for the past week. It’s a relatively innocuous moment – not a set piece or a boss battle – but one that is key to highlighting what makes Uncharted 3 such a compelling experience. I am guiding Nathan Drake through…

  • Golden Joystick Awards 2011

    It’s that special time of year again. No, it’s not Christmas. No, it’s not your birthday either. Well, it might be, but if so it’s purely coincidental and entirely off-topic. And even if it is your birthday, it’s not all about you. The world keeps turning. Get over it. No, today is the day of…

  • L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition Coming to PC

    He said he worked for Rockstar. A firm, confident handshake. Steady eye contact. He fitted the description. This was my guy. He lead me into a room. Blinds down, lights low. Two chairs beneath a tidy desk. A PC hummed itself to sleep in the shadows. A pair of thick rimmed glasses rested on the…

  • The Unused Gears of War Trailer

    The advertising campaigns that punctuate the Gears of War franchise have been almost as interesting as the games themselves. Given the frantic and bloody nature of Epic Games’ flagship shooter, you would understandably expect the trailers to feature a relentless barrage of fast cuts, flying limbs and Slayer. Cue the Mad World TV spot, an…

  • Freddy Krueger Only Has One Glove

    The cameo is a curious thing. Glimpsing a familiar face amongst an otherwise anonymous throng, like a loved one emerging from the scrum of an airport terminal, provokes a brief but heady euphoria that is almost impossible to supress. Cinema has been exploiting this basic human response for some time now. Audiences consistently whoop with…

  • Sonic on a Horse

    This was supposed to be a folk song about the ambiguous sexualities of the protagonists in Dragon Age II. The preparations had been made. It was all planned-out. I had waxed my lute and everything. Then I saw this tweet. Two days later I awoke on my living room floor with no memory of how…

  • Damsel in Distress

    A gamer may fight for many things: coins, stars, thermos flasks, that particular sound that rings out when a plasma bolt sizzles into a Collector’s carapace. However, in the realm of the video game, one goal is traditionally championed above all others. Achievements may chime, speed records may tumble, combos may combine, but no gamer…

  • Dungeon Siege III

    2011 is the year of the fantasy role-playing game. With Torchlight, Two Worlds 2 and Dragon Age 2 already competing for the Tolkienian dollar (or should that be silver penny?), Elder Scrolls V: Skryim, Neverwinter and Diablo 3 are creeping up from behind with +5 daggers unsheathed. It is into this fray that Dungeon Siege…

  • In Control

    [youtube width=”550″ height=”335″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUdd0h3C84c[/youtube] Written, performed and directed by James Gilmour for Ready Up.