Matilda Smith

Translating game narrative to the big screen

I’ll let you into a secret. I enjoy watching the first Tomb Raider film. Yes, the one with Angelina Jolie and Daniel Craig which involves the Illuminati, an archaic talisman and is really into planet rotations. That said, I dare anyone to watch that film and claim that they didn’t...
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Posted Feb. 18, 2019

Gamers keep on grinding, in an uncensored Steam

To the shock, and rightly so, horror of the gaming community, a recent change to the tools and filters on Steam has paved the way for uncensored video games to appear on the Steam website. Men shield your women’s eyes. Women hold tightly to your children. Children look into your...
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Posted Oct. 22, 2018

An Epitaph for The Walking Dead

In but a matter of days the final season of Telltale’s Walking Dead will commence. A series that has been with us since 2012, that’s eight years ago, will begin to travel down its final road. There will be other Telltale series to give us our shell-shaded fix, but I...
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Posted Aug. 10, 2018

Ctrl-Alt-Escape: The Sims

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a range of video games in your repertoire. By all means go for the punishing stuff, the massive RPGs, and the crafty puzzle games, but sometimes you just want to settle down with something chilled and relaxing. The sort of game that doesn’t want...
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Posted May. 25, 2018

The white saviour in video games

If there’s one thing about universities that receives the most amount of criticism from both within and outside the institution, it would have to be their PC crazed, echo chamber-loving, no-platforming addiction. And hey, sometimes, it can feel like there’s no longer much room for controversy, in a place which...
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Posted Mar. 31, 2018

Our time with The Boar – Part 2

We asked our outgoing editors about their time with The Boar   Giles Allen-Bowden (outgoing Film Editor):  So, I didn’t expect this to be in this position. I applied and was, much to my surprise, assigned the position of Deputy along with Tiff Milner. And that’s as far as I...
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Posted Mar. 28, 2018

Levelling up from student journalism: an interview with Ali Jones

For as long as there have been videogames, there has been videogame journalism. Reviewing, reporting, and retrospecting are all involved in this ever-expanding industry. But to those on the outside, gaming journalism can seem like a tricky business to fully understand, so we caught up with previous Boar alumni Ali...
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Posted Feb. 4, 2018

A long, racist and bloody history lies behind colonialism

Two memories come to mind when I think of my Higher Education and Colonialism. The first is a tutor in my first year immediately shutting down the question regarding the benefits of colonialism without any discussion. The second is of a Singaporean flat mate, also from my first year, informing...
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Posted Jan. 17, 2018

Getting into the Christmas spirit with videogames

The Christmas genre seems as difficult for videogames to fit into as the video game movie; except of course for Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider which was is a treasure to all, and I don’t understand why others won’t appreciate its genius. So, unless your family likes to gather around Elf...
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Posted Dec. 24, 2017