Nuts: a Surveillance Mystery review – squirrel snapper’s delight takes a dark turn | Games

Combine the acclaimed rural mystery game Firewatch with an episode of the BBC’s nature cam series, Springwatch, and you have Nuts, a stylish and involving new adventure from remote indie studio, Noodlecake. You start the game as a naturalist employed to watch squirrels in the picturesque Melmoth forest – this Continue Reading

Medal of dishonour: why do so many people cheat in online video games? | Games

Fall Guys had only been online for two days when it started. This bright, silly multiplayer game, in which rotund Day-Glo bean people race toward a finishing line avoiding giant tumbling fruit pieces – a sort of digital equivalent of a school sports day, albeit a slightly hallucinogenic one – Continue Reading

Sony announces new virtual reality headset for PlayStation 5 | Games

Sony has announced a next-generation VR headset for its PlayStation 5 console, launching some time after 2021. The original PlayStation VR headset was released for the PlayStation 4 in October 2016. Though less powerful than the PC-powered Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets that arrived the same year, it Continue Reading

Video game giant Blizzard celebrates 30 years with Diablo II Resurrected | Games

In a normal year, Blizzard’s annual fan convention would have involved tens of thousands of cosplayers, esports pros, players and developers meeting and mingling in Anaheim, California. But, thanks to Covid, the video game developer was forced to postpone 2020’s convention and instead celebrate its 30th year with a virtual Continue Reading

How a game about making zines helped me recapture my creativity in lockdown | Games

When I sit down to play games, I am always more drawn to peaceful, low-pressure environments than high-pace adventure. I like those where I get to make a difference but not necessarily through violence. I spend time on my lush island in Animal Crossing and am rewarded for the aesthetically Continue Reading

Little Nightmares 2 review – puzzler’s quest in a fever-dream fairytale | Games

Like its 2017 predecessor, Little Nightmares 2 is a fever-dream made playable, with the creepy, disturbing edge of a Brothers Grimm fairytale or Jan Svankmajer animation, albeit carefully leavened with rare but powerful uplifting moments. It’s superminimal, eschewing even a single word of dialogue; we control a child, Mono, who Continue Reading

How the nitty gritty of video game funding shapes what you play | Games

Brenda Romero, the designer behind Prohibition-era strategy game Empire of Sin, remembers the meeting as if it were yesterday. Facing publisher bigwigs in a Cologne conference room, the veteran game maker presented what she had been writing for the past five years, and dreaming of for 20. “It was the Continue Reading

How far right uses video games and tech to lure and radicalise teenage recruits | The far right- Tempemail

John was 15 when a member of his Facebook group volunteered to become Britain’s “first white suicide bomber”. Another advocated attending Friday prayers at the local mosque and “slaying people where they stood”. Another wanted to firebomb the place of worship. Ultimately, no blood was spilt. Police soon raided several Continue Reading