Overcooked 2, much like its predecessor, is a kitchen chaos simulator, yet the game is only tangentially about food. Its universal appeal is arguably more based on throwing a group of friends or strangers together and seeing the sparks fly as they fail to get the dishes done.
Unlike humans, genres arguably never die. But much like us, they do get older, adapting in unique ways to the rigours of time, while stubbornly sticking to other things they maybe should have let go. Out of this, greatness is sometimes haphazardly realised
IT was once common for every blockbuster movie to have a faintly recognisable videogame that tenuously tried to let you live out you own silver screen adventure in faintly similar ways. In celebrating 10 years of film journalism from our friends at Battle Royale with Cheese, we ponder where our rushed Black Panther game has gone.
In a world of ubiquitous microcomputers, the humble board game should be an anachronism consigned to a pre-digital age of entertainment. Yet the stripped back experience of rolling dice, picking cards and moving pieces around a board within carefully structured rules seemingly lends itself to good video game design based on the idea of doing more with less.
JJ Robinson headed to this year’s Gamescon in Germany for a behind the scenes look at one of the biggest events in the video games calendar. But in embarking on a personal dungeon crawl in the Koelnmesse conference centre, he looks at why gaming PR has become so secure when publicity is the whole point.
In the first of a new series of podcasts considering just what exactly is a videogame movie, we start off with 2018’s Ready Player One.
While primarily serving as wish fulfilment, games have got quite adept at showing us some of our shortcomings and, perhaps in a redemptive way, how we can look to overcome and get around them.