• Why Does Violence In Video Games Calm Us Down?

    On 24th August 2021, Twitter user @cherryybabyx tweeted that “Running people over in GTA was therapeutic.” Many people seemed to agree, with the tweet going viral and earning 41.4k likes and 11k retweets within two days. But why is this the case? Why can violence in video games sometimes...
  • EA Incorporates Music Festivals Into The Sims 4

     Emily Fletcher This past week, Sims 4 fans were given the chance to take their Sims to a music festival, starring real-life musicians. Sims Sessions presented the stars, including Bebe Rexha, in Sim form and singing in the games’ own language, Simlish. The free update, and EA’s inclusion of real-life stars,...
  • 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...
  • Among Us With AOC: Politics and Games Done Right

    Emily Ash Emily examines the impact of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s presence on Twitch. Among Us has been the latest craze in party games, asking you to stealthily murder your comrades or scream your innocence the loudest if you fail. We’ve covered the games’ ridiculous success before. Despite that, I don’t...
  • The Genshin Impact Success Story

    Gemma Cockrell Gemma explains the runaway success of the new free-to-play RPG. Genshin Impact is a free-to-play open-world action adventure RPG, developed by Chinese developer miHoYo Limited. A new wave of games is being released from China, as their gaming market matures. These games are seeing lots of attention...
  • The Among Us Phenomenon – Why Is It So Popular?

    Gemma Cockrell Gemma investigates gaming’s latest crowd favourite. Following the rise of Fall Guys a few months ago, there’s a new game on the block – Among Us. The game has seen 41.9 million downloads in September alone! The sudden popularity of the game was somewhat unexpected, seeing as...
  • Fall Guys – What’s the Appeal?

    Gemma Cockrell Gemma delves into the appeal of Fall Guys, and why it’s been so well-received and so widely loved by gaming fans. If you’re remotely interested in video-games, you’ll have heard Fall Guys mentioned in conversation non-stop this month. For those who don’t know, Fall Guys consists of...