Un-Real Tennis: the early history of tennis video games and how they helped shape the medium

The great Billie Jean King allegedly once described tennis as “a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility”. Whilst this speaks perfectly to the juxtaposition of on-court struggle and respectful, tradition-laden presentation epitomised by Wimbledon, it’s also a description that could be applied to many video game experiences. Indeed,… Continue reading Un-Real Tennis: the early history of tennis video games and how they helped shape the medium

Expert opinion: development of taste in gaming from an intergenerational view

A few weeks ago I briefly corresponded with Peer Schneider, the General Manager of gaming news giant IGN who is perhaps best known as the foremost figure in the ‘Reaction Guys’ Internet meme. Peer is a regular contributor to IGN’s podcast Nintendo Voice Chat, on which he often references his experiences and views as a… Continue reading Expert opinion: development of taste in gaming from an intergenerational view

Introductory thoughts: death, inspiration and game developers

Part I – On notable deaths The past few years have been pretty traumatic for pop-culture aficionados. Fans and creators alike are living through an unprecedentedly gloomy time, and that’s ignoring the potential shake-ups to Western culture that current geopolitical situations entail. Nor is this situation due to the sorts of unhappiness that accompany shifting… Continue reading Introductory thoughts: death, inspiration and game developers