Posts by martinm

When Did Game Stores Stop Selling?

When Did Game Stores Stop Selling?

It’s comedy time! Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, folks: A man walks into his local game shop and asks for a copy of Okamiden on DS. The clerk looks at him as though he’s talking a foreign language, grunts incoherently and scowls at his release clipboard before suggesting the man ‘checks online’ for the game he’s never heard of. The same thing happens three more times in other local shops, leaving the man empty-handed and not a single copy of...

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Metacritic: Worst Rating System Ever

Metacritic: Worst Rating System Ever

So, it’s official – Homefront, THQ’s big new franchise bid, is rubbish. Or so a large chunk of the world’s specialist gaming media would have you (and, it would seem, most of THQ’s shareholders) believe anyway. But of course, the truth is always stranger than fiction… or, in this case, the opinions of a few select specialist journalists. The tale echoes the very best tragic Greek betrayal: THQ bets much of the farm on a new franchise, everyone gives it...

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Video Game Censorship: Getting it Wrong

Video Game Censorship: Getting it Wrong

Another month, another game cited for retail extinction in Australia. This time, it’s Warner Bros rather brave attempt to reboot the Mortal Kombat franchise that’s received the sharp end of the Australian Classification Board’s censorship stick, with the slaughter-‘em-up joining the likes of Left 4 Dead 2, Aliens Vs Predator, Silent Hill: Homecoming and Fallout 3 in the reject pile. That Mortal Kombat’s fallen foul of the country’s lack of adult...

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