Sim University 5 Game Review

  You know those people who establish dynasties so powerful that their names echo through the centuries? I am one of them. – El Vice Chancellor Sim University (U.S name: Theme University) is a series of hit real-time strategy simulation games created and developed by a one man indie outfit. The game play sits at…

Indie Developers: Back to the 80s

There is often talk from those who grew up in 80s UK kids about the good old days of gaming before the large development houses and multimillion pound projects. I was born in 1984 so perhaps I was a little late to the party, but I still join them with fond memories of gaming in…

Samphi Game Alpha

I stumbled across a cute little indie game over at Desura called Samphi. The game is in it’s Alphi so it is a little early to be passing judgement but seems very promising and I enjoyed having a 20 minute play with it. The game starts off a little like Terraria in that you play…

Subnautica: New game by Natural Selection Developers

I’m a big fan of the indie game Natural Selection 2 and the developer Unknown Worlds. Originally I think they were a group of modders who created the absolutely fantastic Natural Selection mod for the original Half Life. Following the success of Natural Selection they decided to make a commercial version out of the sequal…

The Student as a Moral Compass

In video games the moral compass is a usually a character or narrator who passes judgement on the players actions. Probably the most famous moral compass is The Walking Dead’s Clementine (who recently got a mention on BBC). I really recommend the The Walking Dead, forget preconceptions of video games you may have, game is…

When developers take control from publishers

The video game market is changing. A few years ago making a game was an expensive business, too expensive for most development teams to pay up front. So developers went to a big publisher to get some money to create the game, the publisher would then publish the game and take a large cut of…

Awesome Dwarf Fortress Animation

Those that play Dwarf Fortress will know that the game is filled with stories; the difficulty getting those stories across to non-players is the fact that the stories exist as a mix of moving ASCII characters, text and applied imagination. There are some really neat examples of stories been told in a comic book style,…

What is an educational video game anyway?

When I think about educational games they usually fit into one of two categories. There are games that have been developed from the ground up to deliver an educational message, such as the flash based CBBC games or instances in which an existing game has been used in a particular way to teach something, such…