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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

The Button Affair: Flashback meets Madmen

The Button Affair: Flashback meets Madmen

It's a scrolling platformer that looks like a cool '60s graphic design sequence and it has a cast of characters so chic they could out-style the employees of Sterling Cooper without ruffling a collar. Do you ruffle collars? I don't know.

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Mike Bithell on the lessons learned at GameCity

Mike Bithell on the lessons learned at GameCity
The creator of Thomas Was Alone tells us what he found out about his game when he let the likes of Kieron Gillen, Martin Hollis and Adam Saltsman poke about in it

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Shove Pro invents the endless shoving genre

Shove Pro invents the endless shoving genre
In the future, I believe all indie games will be based around the weird conventions of bad '80s action films – for now though, we have Shove Pro.

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Kentucky Route Zero: hick chic

Kentucky Route Zero: hick chic
A lilting celebration of Deep South Americana, Kentucky Route Zero is one of the most striking indie games left to surface in 2012.

A few weeks ahead of the release of its first chapter, we take a look.

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Punch Quest floors Hookshot to become Featherweight Champion

Punch Quest floors Hookshot to become Featherweight Champion
Behold: the consummate eternal puncher. PunchQuest is a free-to-play triumph – the story of men, wizards and gnomes with big fists knocking seven shades of sherbert from dungeon-dwelling nasties. Download it now, and thank me later.

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Proteus on a trampoline at GameCity

Proteus on a trampoline at GameCity
Hookshot Inc. reporting from GameCVity 2012, Nottingham's annual celebration of the lighter, more craft side of the games industry.

To set you up for the weekend? A photo of a child playing Proteus on a trampoline while dressed as a frog.

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On the download #13 – Award

On the download #13 – Award
On The Download is Hookshot Inc's official comic strip, drawn by friend of the site Timothy Winchester.

This week: awards.

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Janksy – part physics puzzler, part platformer, all good for Windows 8

Janksy – part physics puzzler, part platformer, all good for Windows 8
When it launches on Friday, Windows 8 will have at least one super appealing aspect – the debut game from start-up UK studio, Dlala, a cunning space platforming puzzler, conceived of via text message and written in garages...

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League of Legends: the story behind the phenomenon

League of Legends: the story behind the phenomenon
Parkin takes a look behind the doors of Riot Games, creator of the most played game in the world, League of Legends in order to find out the story behind the game's creation and to watch its world championship final - a game with $1 million at stake.

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Funky Smugglers – National security has never been this much fun

Funky Smugglers – National security has never been this much fun
I showed Funky Smugglers to Parkin and Donlan on the train back from our victory at the Games Media Awards, and made lots of happy noises. They looked at each other for a while, and then Parkin said: “That looks like a real ‘Will’ game”.

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Wimp – Who Stole My Panties? (Also: heart)

Wimp - Who Stole My Panties? (Also: heart)
There seems to be some confusion online as to whether it’s Wimp’s pants or panties that’ve been stolen, suggesting that the cute alien blob has some underlying issues that he needs to work through, but the race to reclaim them is still very much on.

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Sony makes Wish come true

Sony makes Wish come true
A new studio named Wish is coming to Brighton – and its debut project is an intriguing new IP for Sony.

But they won't tell us what it is yet.

Which probably bodes well for them if they want to get on with the console manufacturers and all...

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