What a Load of Tits: The depressing success of Game of War: Fire Age

All too often, free-to-play is held up as the virus that’s infested itself within the games industry – the demon that started life on Facebook and mobile and is now, gradually, starting to make gamers from all across the spectrum sick. I’ll give my thoughts on free-to-play right now: I don’t mind it. For some… Read More

Labour and the Conservatives: Welcome to the era of the Politics of Nothing

There’s an episode of South Park called Douche and Turd that people like to cite when elections roll into town, but never has it seemed more applicable in a UK sense than it does in 2015. For those of you who haven’t seen it, the episode questions the point of voting when all the candidates… Read More

Text and the City: Why notifications will be the death of us all

If I’d have attempted to pen this blog post when I actually thought of it, chances are my brain would have imploded. When it first occurred to me, I was sat in bed, slowly rocking back and forth trying to find a position where my head didn’t feel like it was hammering against the side… Read More

Samsung’s Core Crisis: Why Apple won’t lose any sleep over Galaxy S6

There was a time when I worked at Pocket Gamer when Samsung sales stories almost wrote themselves. From model to model, Samsung’s Galaxy S seemed to be selling more and more. The numbers went up with each new handset, and the time it took the Korean giant to hit milestone figures was pushed further down… Read More

Article: Growing pains – Why Monument Valley isn’t the answer to Mobile’s mid-life crisis

Late last week my first ever op-ed for GamesIndustry.biz was published, tackling mobile’s mid-life crisis and why pumping out more Monument Valleys isn’t going to help anyone. If you want to ascend to the summit of 30 St. Mary Axe – that’s London’s iconic Gherkin to you and me – you have to take two… Read More

Longing for a lover in Luton: Why we shouldn’t be afraid to highlight homophobia in modern day Britain

There’s one thing that has always distanced me from a large proportion of gay men: I’ve never really suffered from any notable form of homophobia. There have been countless times where I’ve been talking to another gay chap and it’s become clear to me that there’s almost a part of my story missing: I know… Read More

Sex, Lies and #GamerGate: Why 2014’s games journalism crisis was just what editors needed

When the initial sparks flew in the GamerGate fire that would go on to engulf the latter half of 2014 I was actually out of the country, away with work in Seattle for Unity’s annual conference Unite. Sat in Starbucks – well, it was Seattle – a friend asked what I made about the internet… Read More

Bean there, done that: 10 places you need to drink coffee in Manchester

Something’s happening in Manchester. Up here, at the core of what the London glitterati somewhat sneeringly refer to as the ‘Northern Powerhouse’, the people of this city are staying up late, dealing with constant headaches and getting the shakes on and off throughout the day. Yes, Mancunians are drinking a hell of a lot of… Read More

“Hi, can I see ur private pics?”: Why it’s time to say goodbye to Grindr

Technology was meant to make everything better, right? Pretty much every device launch I can think of in recent years – from the original iPhone through to the current crop of smartwatches – has been coupled with the promises that it’ll make our lives simpler and easier. It’s certainly true that I can’t imagine life… Read More

Defying gravity: What’s next for me, you, and the rest of the games industry

Last week, I took time out to look back at the last eight years of my career – eight years that, primarily, were spent as Pocket Gamer. During that time, I transitioned from a Java game reviewer, to an iOS reviewer and staff writer, news editor, deputy editor and, then, in 2012, editor of PocketGamer.biz.… Read More