Doctor Who, Deep Breath – Review & Analysis

Eight months…

It’s not a particularly long hiatus for a television show (ahem, hello Sherlock!), but I have to say that it was a particularly bloody painful one to endure. As far as New Who goes, the wait between Eccleston and Tennant was six months, the wait between Tennant and Smith was only four, and now we’ve had to wait double the latter for Capaldi. It’s all going to be worth it though, as we’re finally back to getting a full series rather than the split runs of Series 6 and 7.

Eleven’s hour is over now and the clock has finally struck Twelve, so let’s get stuck into this very spoilery review…db1 Continue reading

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Halo and Disabled Representation

Here’s something a bit different…

You may recall back in January that I mounted a feminist defence and analysis of Cortana (something which I ardently stand by), and the other day I was thinking about other societal issues and how they’re presented in Halo. Of course, one of the main ones that came to mind was disabled representation – something that has been a point of some contention in media.

So how exactly does Halo fare?easpart

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Destiny – Beta Impressions

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, bridge, or some variation of the sort, you’ll be well aware that Bungie released a beta for their upcoming game Destiny. Having invested a significant amount of time playing it, and having had a few days to collect my thoughts, I thought I’d write up my impressions of what Bungie put on offer.

They are a great deal more positive than I thought they’d be.

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The Reclaimer Saga and the Future of the Domain

Flashback to November of 2009, about five years ago.

It has been a hell of a year for Halo – two whole games (Wars and ODST) have been released, Halo 3 still dominates Xbox Live and you’re playing on the second batch of Mythic Maps with your friends. The anime series Halo Legends has also just begun to air on Waypoint, and a book is on the way – Halo: Evolutions.

This was 343’s first literary foray into Halo’s lore, the beginning of Bungie passing the torch on to the franchise’s new custodians. As with Halo Legends, I think that at this point it would be remiss of me if I didn’t look back at some of these pieces of fiction to see whether there are any potential pieces of foreshadowing.

And, oh boy, I stumbled upon a goldmine!cea6 Continue reading

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Halo – E3 2014, News & Speculation

Microsoft’s press conference was two days ago and I’m just about recovered from the console-selling bombshell that was dropped on us with Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

I honestly didn’t believe it when it was leaked a while back, it sounded too good to be true – and I am still somewhat in-denial with all the things that have since been announced about what the game will offer. Four games for the price of one, full Anniversary treatment for Halo 2, new Terminals, Ridley Scott’s digital feature Nightfall, Forge in Halo 2, every multiplayer, every map… That’s just scratching the surface, it’s hard to keep all of this amazing new functionality in your head at once.

For that reason, I’d like to compile everything we know into one comprehensive post.halo mcc Continue reading

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E3 – Top 5 Most Anticipated Titles

E3 is literally 24 hours away, it’s pretty much a time where every gamer feels that Christmas has come 6 months early.

To give you a reminder of the different times that each conference is on:
Xbox Media Briefing: 5:30pm GMT/9:30am PDT
EA World Primiere: 9pm GMT/1pm PDT
Ubisoft Press Conference: 11pm GMT/3pm PDT
Sony Press Conference: 2am GMT/6pm PDT

CVG has a complete record of the conferences and time zones which you can view here.

I’ve got a first-class ticket on the hype train for so many titles, so I thought it would be remiss of me if I didn’t at least do a top five countdown.e3 Continue reading

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Cortana, Dead or Alive?

I hardly think that I need to remind any of you about the emotionally soul-shattering ending of Halo 4 to preface this topic… but I’m going to preface this topic by reminding you of the emotionally soul-shattering ending of Halo 4 anyway.

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