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Something for the Weekend, Sir? Pleading guilty to assault on battery
Alistair Dabbs, 10 Feb 10:33

BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

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Simon Travaglia, 03 Feb 10:05

'Grey technology' should be the new black

When the elderly can't access services or communicate, we all lose
Mark Pesce, 31 Jan 01:02

2017 is already fail: Let’s try a Chinese reboot

Something for the Weekend, Sir? That’s the way the cookie crumbles
Alistair Dabbs, 27 Jan 10:02

Oh, the things Vim could teach Silicon Valley's code slingers

Open Source Insider 25 years, eight updates, all gravy
Scott Gilbertson, 24 Jan 11:04

Seven pet h8s: Verity is sorely vexed

Stob Where's pocket Bjarne Stroustrup when you need him?
Verity Stob, 20 Jan 10:03

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Mike Plant

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Mike Plant grew up on a diet of Final Fantasy, Monkey Island, TIE Fighter and Super Mario Bros. He now takes advantage of this idle youth by dividing his time between his The Console column for newspaper The Independent and editing his own blog GamesCatalyst.com. His quest to dispel the myth held by mainstream media, that games are the work devil, continues.
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Noughty by nature: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Rock Band 4

Game Theory It's the noughties all over again as two franchises from very different genres, Uncharted and Rock Band, are repackaged and re-released for a new generation of consoles. Find out if Nathan Drake's quips and Rock Band's licks still have what it takes to rise to the top of the charts. Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Uncharted …
Mike Plant, 09 Oct 2015
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Stealth service – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Game Theory Whether fearing negative reviews, spoilers, or to wrestle back some control on reports of how much Hideo Kojima's name appears in the game, getting a copy of The Phantom Pain to review before it shipped was akin to striking black gold in the American West. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Keeping an eye out Thankfully …
Mike Plant, 07 Sep 2015
Homefront: The Revolution

X-wings, pirates and a generic Lara: Gamescom 2015

Game Theory Missed all the news, announcements and hype that’s been pouring out of Gamescom over the last few days? Worry not, as we carve a path through the hype to bring you all the stories that matter from the Germany-based games show. Sony's absence spells trouble for Gamescom If you're the self-styled 'European E3', it's pretty …
Mike Plant, 07 Aug 2015
Nintendo new 3DS XL

Game of Thrones: Where to now for headless Nintendo?

Game Theory I first met Satoru Iwata three years ago. At the time, the Wii's success was still fresh and the Wii U was still seen as having major potential. This was long before it had been exposed as underpowered and undersupported. Satoru Iwata Satoru Iwata: 1969-2015 Indeed, the Wii U's impending arrival was the chief reason for …
Mike Plant, 16 Jul 2015
Star Wars: Battlefront

E3 2015 in a nutshell: Hurry up Hoth, and plenty to Unravel

Game Theory The E3 2015 press conferences have been and gone, leaving us to consider what to make of the gameplay and teaser footage shown-off by Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, EA, Ubisoft, Bethesda and Square Enix. Which devs had us out of our seats and which were faced with an awkward silence? Fallout 4 One man and his dog: Fallout 4 due …
Mike Plant, 19 Jun 2015
Splatoon

Colour me bad: Kraken time or damp squid with Splatoon

Game Theory Nintendo might be incapable of depicting any kind of violence in its games (beyond a fat plumber stamping on turtles), but that doesn't mean it can't do team warfare. Splatoon navigates the narrow path between too much violence and too little by furnishing its combatants with water pistols filled with coloured ink. Splatoon …
Mike Plant, 29 May 2015