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How indies made horror mainstream again

Horror is back – Alien: Isolation, The Evil Within and The Order: 1886 are all reintroducing us to the world of frights and fears we haven’t seen at all since the heyday of Resident Evil, Silent Hill 2 and Eternal Darkness…   …Well, that’s the narrative we’re supposed to follow, at...


How Pong changed the world

We all know Pong. The two paddles scrolling up and down the side of the screen, the blip of a ball pinging back and forth between the two players’ pads – it’s an industry phenomenon, the birth of interactive entertainment, signified with two rectangles, a square and a dotted line....


Top 10 Clocks Counting Down To The Apocalypse

The ‘doom clock’, or doom timer, is a fascinating mechanic in gaming – its primary uses usually involve some kind of unstoppable death at the end of a countdown. Loved by some, loathed by many, the doom clock pressures players. Mixing a completionist with a doom clock is a recipe...

E.T’s creator on the game Atari tried to bury

In a special editorial from E.T. coder Howard Scott Warshaw, the Atari veteran uncovers the urban legend buried beneath a Mexican landfill and confronts his most infamous creation. It is an interesting thing to witness your past being dug up… literally! There I stood amongst tractors and backhoes, pelted repeatedly...

How SoulCalibur changed 3D fighting games forever

Released for the Dreamcast in 1998, SoulCalibur was the second game in the budding Souls franchise, but the first to introduce the 8-Way Run mechanic, vastly innovating the 3D fighting game genre and achieving critical acclaim.   After releasing Soul Edge – the first game in the Souls franchise –...