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How to write about games: a list feature

How to write about games: a list feature


A while ago I was asked to stand in front of a group of people to articulately juggle moans about the current state of games journalism, advice on how to break into the career and some choice incandescent screams of ‘The sky is falling. The sky is falling’. It went okay, more or less.

This is what led, five or six pages back on my gmail, to various half-answered...READ MORE

Hookshot Podcast #9: LAUGH

Hookshot Podcast #9: LAUGH

The Hookshot Podcast finally returns, bearing the gift of humour. Well, bearing the gift of a discussion about videogame humour anyway.

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Hookshot Podcast #8: PREDICT

Hookshot Podcast #8: PREDICT

In this week's episode the Hookshot Inc. team lays down its predictions for 2013.

Handsome Keith Stuart guides the team through some of his ideas of what to expect, and the rest of the team pull them apart.

Can we expect indie horror to enjoy an upsurge this year? Will Kickstarter be found out? And if so, how on earth will Keith get 'Maths Bugger 2' funded?

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Hookshot Podcast #7: REFLECT

Hookshot Podcast #7: REFLECT

It's the end of 2012, the year of Hookshot Inc.'s birth and what better time to subject oneselves to the WarioWare imperative: REFLECT!

In this the seventh episode, Will, Keith, Christian and Simon discuss eight of their favourite downloadable games of the year, unpicking the likes of Fez, New Star Soccer, Letterpress, The Walking Dead amongst others.

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Hookshot Inc. Podcast #6: PRESS

Hookshot Inc. Podcast #6: PRESS

This week the Hookshot Inc. team sits down to discuss 'Press'.

We ask what may have been gained or lost in video gaming's move away from physical buttons in recent times with the advent of virtual joysticks and motion controls.

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Hookshot Podcast #5: DIE

Hookshot Podcast #5: DIE

This week the Hookshot Inc. team turns up to the studio in black clothes and with ashen faces to discuss that most morbid of subjects: death (in video games).

Settle down with a stiff drink and a reflective soul as we stare the end full in the face and come away invigorated.

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Latest entries

Call of Juarez Gunslinger: shootout with the new, in with the old

Call of Juarez Gunslinger: shootout with the new, in with the old
Call of Juarez has been showing up on Least Wanted posters all around town following the grim disappointment of the most recent title in the Spaghetti Western game series, The Cartel.

The announcement of a new game in the old style for XBLA/ PSN is the series' last chance saloon.

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The shocking truth behind Super Hexagon creator’s score scam

The shocking truth behind Super Hexagon creator's score scam
Hookshot Inc. carries out its most ambitious and rigorous investigation yet, into the dark mind of Terry Cavanagh, creator of VVVVVV and Super Hexagon, a man who will stop at nothing to cheat his customers out of glory.

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Ubisoft Digital Day – une conversation Parisienne

Ubisoft Digital Day – une conversation Parisienne
Last week, Christian and I attended the Ubisoft Digital Day in Paris, sampling several of the publisher's forthcoming mobile and downloadable titles. For some reason, we decided to present our findings as a dialogue. Blame Paris.

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Game of the week! Qrth-Phyl

Game of the week! Qrth-Phyl
Okay, so Game of the Week isn't actually a regular thing, but I thought I needed to fire it up today because Qrth-Phyl is out.

Qrth-Phyl? What's that?

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Super Hexagon: The joys of waiting

Super Hexagon: The joys of waiting
I was looking in a shop window earlier today and it made me think about looking in shop windows. I'm not about to launch into the first bars of The High Street's Dying (and Isn't It Sad?), but I thought I might riff for a few horribly muso moments on Hey! What Happened to Waiting? I'll have my back turned to the audience throughout, obv.

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The Hookshot bundle watch

The Hookshot bundle watch
This week's look at the indie bundles that will turn your hard-earned cash into armfuls of digital games* (*actual digital games do not fill arms)

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On the download #7 – Hero Academy

On the download #7 - Hero Academy
On The Download is Hookshot Inc's official comic strip, drawn by friend of the site Timothy WInchester.

For this special back to school edition: Hero Academy.

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Modern Classics (sort of): Snake

Modern Classics (sort of): Snake
Time for some history righting. Over the past few years laurels have been placed on the brow of many and varied games and platforms for spreading the lure of gaming to the casual and mass market. Angry Birds, Words With Friends, Draw Something.... but what about the gem that kickstarted mobile gaming? What about Snake on the Nokia 6110 handset?

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Voyager: the way you make me felt

Voyager: the way you make me felt
Voyager is an endless flyer (although, technically, it's not endless) created from bits of sheep (the wool, not the squidgy stuff).

Hookshot Inc. takes a stop-motion look.

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Year Walk: Sweden’s interactive answer to the Wicker Man?

Year Walk: Sweden's interactive answer to the Wicker Man?
The makers of Bumpy Road have turned to horror and mythology with their latest title, Year Walk, a mysterious first-person adventure set in the snowy woods of Sweden

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Play for play’s sake

Play for play's sake
Games - video or otherwise - offer one of the most effective means of learning.

But Parkin wonders if there's another kind of play available to humans too, a more honest, more pointless pursuit: play for play's sake.

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Granny Smith: Your elder and better

Granny Smith: Your elder and better
You can't help but think the makers of Granny Smith could've jazzed up their game name a little. Grannies? Grannies aren't cool, while my memories of the popularity of various members of the Munch Bunch suggest that apples aren't down with the kids (in 1987) either.

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