Reece Goodall

The rise of the job simulator and ‘working’ in games

Whatever you think of video games, they’re great as a leisure activity – what better way to relax that putting your feet up after a hard day’s work and immersing yourself in a digital world? The idea that games should be a form of escapism is entirely sensible, and that’s...
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Posted Dec. 6, 2018

The catch-em-all approach to making a Pokémon game

I’ve owned my Switch since the day it came out, but there’s never really been that much I fancied playing on it. Mario Kart and Mario Odyssey were a must, of course, and I eventually found a cheap copy of the Crash trilogy that was too good not to buy,...
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Posted Nov. 28, 2018

Why I miss my time on exec

Do you ever read something and find it really resonates with you? In a recent Lifestyle piece for this very paper, the writer looked at some of the trials and tribulations of being on a society exec, as well as the high notes that come with it. And it really...
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Posted Nov. 27, 2018

The Best Horror Themes in Film

Horror music gets an unfair maligning, but horror films haven’t done much to help their cause – loud jump scare music is about the sum of it, and that’s such a shame. Horror films have some of the best soundtracks in cinema so, with Halloween just around the corner, what...
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Posted Nov. 21, 2018

Player disconnected? A look at ludonarrative dissonance in gaming

Have you ever been playing a game, only to realise that the story has suggested that your character is capable of far more than you, the player, are able to do? Then congratulations – you’ve just experienced ludonarrative dissonance. This complicated-sounding term looks at the interaction between narrative and gameplay,...
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Posted Nov. 15, 2018

An Entertainment Blackout over ‘Gosnell’

There’s a film that’s running under the radar in America at the moment, and yet everyone seems to be talking about it. Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Killer looks at, surprisingly, the 2013 trial of former backstreet abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was charged with many counts of murder and...
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Posted Nov. 14, 2018

Ghostwatch – TV’s scariest moment

If you’re searching for something novel and scary this year, why not try a TV broadcast that was so terrifying and controversial, it has never been repeated? Here’s the story of one of British TV’s most famous broadcasts, Ghostwatch. Ghostwatch was a drama that aired on Halloween 1992, although it took...
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Posted Nov. 12, 2018

The Left need to realise their role in the rise of the Right

In Brazil, right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro was recently elected president. I’d be lying if I said I had followed the Brazilian elections at all, but I did take interest in the news and social media coverage afterwards. All the news outlets referred to Bolsanaro as “far-right”, a “fascist”, a “populist”,...
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Posted Nov. 10, 2018