• Unrealistic Beauty Standards in Games

    h Daria Paterek A few weeks ago, hotly-anticipated PlayStation exclusive Horizon: Forbidden West (sequel to 2017’s Horizon: Zero Dawn) released its first gameplay. But the game’s jaw-dropping graphics and comprehensive gameplay refinements were overshadowed by a tweet that sent shockwaves through the Twitter gaming community.   …VS Aloy User @ApexAlphaJ had...
  • The Decline of Among Us

    Daira Paterek Daria explores how such a small indie game blew up into a worldwide phenomenon, only to plunge back into obscurity. In 2020, Among Us was everywhere. Despite releasing in 2018, Among Us exploded in popularity in mid-2020. Yet its sudden surge in popularity was not long-term, as the game’s playerbase entered...
  • How GTA V Revolutionised Gaming But Stagnated The Franchise

    Daria Paterek Daria examines the legacy of GTA V, a gaming giant. GTA V is the second most-sold video game ever, selling 140,000,000 units across all platforms since its release in 2013. The game heavily outsold its predecessor GTA IV, which sold 25,000,000 units. GTA V not only massively impacted...
  • Real vs Virtual Crime: Illinois Senator Wants to Ban Violent Video Games

    Cora-Laine Moynihan TW: Discussion of video-game violence and sexual assault Violent video games have been under scrutiny ever since the release of Death Race in 1976. Their depictions of murder, maiming, dismemberment or sexual assault fuelled many campaigns for regulation. As graphics become ever more realistic, fears over the...
  • Nintendo Direct 17.2.21: Underwhelming But Expected

    Daria Paterek After over 500 days of waiting, the latest Nintendo Direct has finally arrived. At over fifty minutes long, the Direct announced new titles, additions to existing games, and DLC content. However, while many fans hotly anticipated the Direct, it only met 31% of Nintendo Life users’ expectations,...
  • Your Interactive Stress-Ball. Do Videogames Help Your Mental Health?

    Cora-Laine Moynihan Over the years, studies about video games’ impact on mental health have provoked calls to regulate and limit their use. Researchers and developers in more recent years have shouldered the responsibility of investigating gaming’s true effects on well-being. Video games are the villains of our youth. They...
  • Cyberpunk 2077 is a Buggy Disaster

    Cora-Laine Moynihan Cora examines Cyberpunk 2077‘s disastrous, disappointing launch. After almost a decade, the wait was finally over. The open-world, action-RPG meant to inherit the throne of CD Projekt Red’s own The Witcher franchise was on sale worldwide. After seven years of development, it was hoped to be the shining...