Monsters in the Cupboard – Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities review

An anthology is always an interesting prospect. Whether it’s flash fiction, short films or short comics, sometimes it’s just nice to dig into a collection of bite-sized stories. However, I can see why anthologies may put people of: Not everyone likes shorter media and the potential downsides it brings; it can also be tricky if you don’t connect with many of the stories or overarching themes within a collection.

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Nostalgia Goggles

Nostalgia is a wonderfully warm, fuzzy feeling: It might be brought on by the jingle of a long-forgotten advert or sitting down to play the games we used to love as a child. The sense of comfort, familiarity, and sometimes “feeling like a kid again” is hard to match. Today’s post wont focus on the incessant weaponization/ monetisation of our nostalgia, but the more human angle of what our nostalgia means to us. And, more specifically, the problem with getting too attached to those warm fuzzies.

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A Grimdark Launch – Warhammer 40,000: Darktide review

In 2015, Swedish game studio Fatshark stepped into the co-op genre with Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. I didn’t quite get it at first – it just seemed like a melee-focused, Warhammer knock-off of Left 4 Dead. After a revisit something clicked, and here I am with around 1,000 combined hours across Vermintide and 2018’s Warhammer: Vermintide II. To say I really like these games is an understatement, so when Fatshark announced a Warhammer 40,000 themed entry into the Tide “series”, I was excited.

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A Very Dark Knight – The Batman review

As an on-screen character, Batman has been through a lot of changes. From the comic campness of the Adam West show, to Burton and then Nolan’s films, right up to the guns blazing, growling “Do you bleed?” of Ben Affleck’s version, we’ve seen a fair few different versions over the years. Ahead of Affleck’s alleged final portrayal of the character in upcoming movie The Flash (2022) comes a long-awaited solo outing for the caped crusader, directed by Matt Reeves. 

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Indie to a fault – an Outward feature

From the off, Outward makes it clear that it won’t be one of your more typical Western RPGs. If you don’t pay the above fine to your village on time, or obtain another way of being let off, you lose access to all the amenities the village provides. You don’t start with much gear, so going out into the world to explore almost guarantees you’ll get your behind handed to you by the various enemies.

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The Dune Issue

Things are always going to be lost in the process of adapting work from one medium to another, and such a complex book as Dune is no exception: How do you condense hundreds of pages of rich prose, world-building, politicking and inner monologues into something comprehensible and enjoyable for movie-goers?

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Flat Frontiers – A No Man’s Sky feature

Much like Rare’s Sea of Thieves, which I wrote about last year, No Man’s Sky has clearly been a labour of love for the studio behind it and Hello Games have redeemed themselves in many people’s eyes.

I picked the game up during 2020’s lockdown and played for a few months in both single-player and multiplayer. After close to a year’s break, and with the arrival of the new Frontiers update I decided to reinstall the game to have a look…

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