Author: John Boyle

  • Disposable Gaming

    After Zoey chatted about game completion I signed up for TrueAchievements, as you do when a writer who you enjoy reading recommends something. Something genuinely shocked me upon doing so, namely that my completion rate is under 50% for games. 48.2% to be precise about it. This is not entirely pleasant for two reasons. Firstly,…

  • Tales of Monkey Island: Rise of the Pirate God

    I genuinely haven’t been this sad since the end of The Wire. For four chapters Telltale Games have delivered a damn fun story within the Monkey Island world worthy of the old titles. I’ve laughed, scratched my head and made mean faces but now it’s time to take the fight to LeChuck. Just a few…

  • Neon: All Points Bulletin Presentation

    When you think about the great gaming cities of the world, neon blade runner cityscapes leap to mind. The gadget haven of Akihabra, LA being taken over by E3 or visiting the Nintendo HQ in Kyoto. If I were to add Dundee to that list I’m guessing that I’d get funny looks, followed by a…

  • Me and my Gnome

    Half Life 2: Episode 2 is possibly the low point of the series. Linear, the plot isn’t really there and the locations are slightly bland. In fact strider battle aside it’s positively forgetful. That is forgetful for most people who play the game, for me it’s one of the most incredible gaming experiences ever… and…

  • And They All Lived Happily Ever After

    I come from a sci-fi family and as a kid my participation in this was a love of Star Trek. However for those who don’t know you can’t just be a fan of Star Trek, you have to indicate which series you like. I enjoy the original but it’s really just cowboys in space, what’s…

  • The Midnight Launch

    I’ve been gaming since the tender age of three, when I picked up a Master System pad and showed remarkable skill at R-Type. Since then I’ve owned more consoles than I care to remember, spending absurd amounts on my hobby even into my current debt-ridden student state. I’ve been writing about games now for going…

  • RIP Handheld Gaming

    A few years back for my old job I reviewed the DS Lite, a piece of kit I still believe to be without parallel. Style, feel and build quality were all perfect, it was Nintendo at their best delivering the perfect console for handheld gaming. Granted it should have been the console that launched and…

  • Dragon, God, Paperclip

    A little change today: instead of the usual comment on the gaming world I’m just going to tell a little story. Having gotten my flu jab my arm got sore and I felt mildly unwell. Nothing major mind but being a man it felt worse. So I got quite a bit of sympathy from my…

  • Command and Conquer: Red Alert

    I feel rather old when I boot up Command and Conquer: Red Alert for the iPhone. I remember when the game burst onto the scene, bringing RTS games to new audiences. I remember when the game swung over to an alternate Nazi-less universe to the fear of fans but the eventual joy when it turned…

  • Lips: Number One Hits

    It’s odd but the predicted take over of this generation of consoles by karaoke games didn’t really transpire. After the success of Singstar it was assumed the genre would drive forward music games in the casual market, the integration with “always on” services expanding the genre and online gaming in general. It just didn’t pan…