All posts by Leah Williams

What is Australia’s Future in the Games Development Industry?

Earlier this month, I attended Xbox Academy’s games design workshop, and had an absolute blast learning the basics of the industry. The class was led by Jennifer Scheurle, a multi-talented games designer working alongside AIE, one of the best educators for game development in Australia. Throughout the three-hour course, we explored a range of techniques for developing and creating game ideas, ultimately leading to each of us pitching our games to the whole group, of which there were about 15 people. What struck me most was the enthusiasm of the younger kids taking part in the workshop, who had clear passion for the industry and their future in games design. Their excitement had me thinking – what future are we leaving for budding games designs, and are we doing enough for the industry?... Continue Reading

Everything Old Is New Again: The Rise of Video Game Nostalgia

It seems ironic that the more video games improve and grow, the more gamers yearn for the simpler classics of their past. Sure, graphics might have advanced to the point of near-photorealism, but what’s more impressive? That, or being a low polygon Australian mammal with the ability to double jump? For many, it seems the answer is the latter, and it’s the strength of their collective nostalgia that has brought back Crash Bandicoot from his years-long exile. The soon to be released N. Sane Trilogy features the classic Crash trilogy remastered for both a new generation of gamers, and the reminiscing older generation, but is this nostalgia really such a good thing?... Continue Reading

The 10 Best Comic Stories That Should Be Made Into Video Games

Comic book stories make for some great game adaptations, with the likes of Batman: Under the Hood and Ultimate Spider-Man receiving the video game treatment. As mentioned in our previous article, XII and The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction were both based on stellar comic runs, while games like Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Injustice took only loose inspiration from their comic counterparts. Often, concepts and story elements are taken by games developers and spun into their own original tales, each with varying results. For every Arkham Knight, there’s also a Superman 64, but with such a plethora of great comic stories filled with untapped potential, it’s a wonder that there aren’t more truly brilliant comic book video games. Here are just a few of the best comic stories that could make for awesome games.... Continue Reading

Video Games Review: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (PS4, 2017) is Both Familiar and New

In a lot of ways for me, revisiting the Kingdom Hearts franchise is a lot like coming home. The original game was one of my first Playstation 2 titles, and one that’s stuck with me for a long time. From the deep, immersive lore of the series to the unrelenting positivity and charm, Kingdom Hearts has long remained a favourite of mine. Continue reading Video Games Review: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (PS4, 2017) is Both Familiar and New

Page-by-Page: The Best Comic Book Video Game Adaptations

Comic books often seem destined for some kind of big screen adaptation, with many of them being home to brilliant stories and great characters. Sometimes, that comes in the form of blockbuster movie adaptations, but other times, comic books find their greatest successes in video games. While these games might be exceptions to the rule, more often than not, the greatest comic book stories make for brilliant video games.... Continue Reading

The 7 Best Classic Point and Click Adventure Games

Some of the first games that I ever played were desktop point and clickers, a genre that has waned in popularity ever since the introduction of console video games. From classic MS-DOS titles like The Treehouse and The Backyard to the gorgeous and cartoony Putt-Putt series, the point and click genre really ignited my passion for video games. The genre has given us a long list of gorgeous and enduring classics, such as the beautiful and poignant Grim Fandango to the swashbuckling adventure of the Monkey Island series.... Continue Reading

Video Games Review: Persona 5 (PS3/PS4, 2017) Steals Hearts and Takes Souls

As someone new to the Persona series, the newest entry had me equal parts curious and baffled. Coming into a series with little prior knowledge or experience is a daunting experience, but Persona 5 had me wrapped around its finger from the moment it began. With the introduction of the game, which features a mysterious thief, a casino setting and a squadron full of cop cars, the game pulled off its greatest heist – it stole my heart. Continue reading Video Games Review: Persona 5 (PS3/PS4, 2017) Steals Hearts and Takes Souls

VR Pods Make For An Egg-splosive Attraction At The Sydney Royal Easter Show

This week, I was given a preview of the newest attraction at the Sydney Royal Easter Show – VR Land, a virtual reality experience with a host of different and exciting games. The set up at the Easter Show features several double-cabin egg pods, as well as single or three-person pods, and smaller game-based machines for children. Each pod uses a virtual reality headset, hydraulic system and surround sound to flesh out the VR experience, creating a wonderfully realistic atmosphere.... Continue Reading

The Rise and Fall of the Video Game Film

Recently released photos of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider film have sparked much attention and interest for the newest in a long line of video game films. By their very nature, video game films spark scepticism, and a hefty dose of it already accompanies the release of the film. The original Tomb Raider films are largely abysmal, but the newest entry in the series aims to change the face of video game films, much like Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft before it. Perhaps it’s only cynicism that colours my view, but given the slew of failures in their wake, isn’t it time to give up on blockbuster video game adaptations?... Continue Reading

Gone Before Their Time: The Video Games That Never Made It – Part IV

In our final instalment, we’re looking at some of the more obscure, lesser known and forgotten titles that never got the chance to show off what made them so special. While many mourn the loss of blockbuster games, there are often great video games from smaller studios that slip under the radar and are never heard from again. In the case of the following titles, these cancellations meant that the world never got to experience a plethora of unique and varied concepts. Here are a few of our favourite forgotten games. Continue reading Gone Before Their Time: The Video Games That Never Made It – Part IV