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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

FromPulse – “Guitar Hero meets Mario meets Alan Wake”

FromPulse - "Guitar Hero meets Mario meets Alan Wake"
FromPulse is a 3D rhythm action game from a four-man Canadian team hoping to break conventions.

Not only is this bright, time-traveling music game a platformer, it's also a platformer that scrolls from right to left.

Parkin speaks to the creators to find out more.

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Hookshot Podcast #2: TWITCH

Hookshot Podcast #2: TWITCH
In the second episode of the Hooshot Inc. podcast the team discuss 'Twitch' - a style of game that covers everything from Super Hexagon to Robotron.

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No Ibuprofen? Try Serious Sam 3

No Ibuprofen? Try Serious Sam 3
I'd been waiting for the right moment to try Serious Sam 3: BFE, and it turned out that the right moment was this weekend, because I had the flu.

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Hookshot Inc win big! Take photo to prove it!

Hookshot Inc win big! Take photo to prove it!
Ladies and Gentlemen, last night the team behind much beloved downloadable game blog Hookshot Inc won an award! It was something called a ‘Games Media Award’, and it was thrust into our hands for ‘best coverage of games on a blog’.

We drank quite a lot, had a few manly group hugs and then Donlan said ‘Sorry’. It was great!

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On the download #12 – QWOP

On the download #12 – QWOP
On The Download is Hookshot Inc's official comic strip, drawn by friend of the site Timothy WInchester.

This week: QWOP

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StoryNexus – peruse your own adventure!

StoryNexus – peruse your own adventure!
Ever fancied crafting your own adventure game or interactive narrative? Too darn lazy to write a whole bunch of code? Fear not, London--based Failbetter Games has the approachable story-creation tool for you.

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Cool Pizza: A dish best served, er, cool?

Cool Pizza: A dish best served, er, cool?
Cool Pizza takes the dough of Yu Suzuki's Space Harrier and works it with some Chun Li hurricane kicks to create the sort of game Atari's sneaker pimp engineers might be making if the original teams were working creating games for Apple today.

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Sir Steve Redgrave’s River Adventures! Yaay!

Sir Steve Redgrave’s River Adventures! Yaay!
As far as I’m concerned Sir Steve Redgrave has earned the right to slap his name on anything he damn well pleases. I’d eat breakfast cereals in the shape of a coxless pair sweep-oar boat. I’d hire a pedalo with his face on. I’d consider a Sir Steve tattoo.

This does not preclude me, however, from taking the piss out of the forthcoming Sir Steve Redgrave’s River Adventures.

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‘He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe’ (also longest title)

'He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe' (also longest title)
“I’ve got the power, to pick up a flower” went the playground song. “But it’ll take about an hour. Or two.”

“The battle has started, but He-Man has farted. And Skeletor said…”

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Pushcat – worth its weight in silver

Pushcat - worth its weight in silver
Hookshot Hero designer Gary J. Lucken and good friend Fritz Solares have a new game out for PC/ Mac, a match-three, Boulder Dash mash-up called Pushcat that is quietly spectacular.

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Minecraft 1.8.2 – released date announced!

Minecraft 1.8.2 - released date announced!
4J Studios has announced that Minecraft update 1.8.2 is coming to Xbox in less than 24 hours. Are you ready to get creative? You might be after you watch the fun trailer!

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Memory of a Broken Dimension – argh, my brain!

Memory of a Broken Dimension – argh, my brain!
Okay, this trailer has been on YouTube for a while, but a tweet from Phil Fish just reminded me about it, and now you have to experience this bizarre distorted computerised nightmare-scape for yourself.

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