Oliver Barsby

“Buy Something Will Ya!”- Budgeting for games as a student

In preparing for 2020, I put aside a significant chunk of my student loan in anticipation of the Spring release schedule that saw Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Cyberpunk 2077, the Final Fantasy VII Remake and The Last of Us 2 all released within a month of each other. However, the...
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Posted Feb. 17, 2020

2020 vision: the games you’ll be seeing this year

2019 has been a strange year for gaming. Unlike previous years which had Breath of the Wild or God of War, there is no defining title for 2019. There were some fantastic games released over the past twelve months but 2020 looks to have a better line-up already, hopefully with...
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Posted Jan. 31, 2020

Leamington Spa and Warwick students: a lack of connection?

As I walked around Leamington towards the middle of December, there was a slightly eerie atmosphere about the town. Bars were empty, the streets quieter; it was lacking something – students. For the locals, however, they might welcome the absence of Warwick students from the town. With fewer students comes...
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Posted Jan. 25, 2020

The audience lost The Game Awards 2019

On the 12th December 2019, people from across the UK gathered around their screens well into the night waiting for results to be announced. I am talking, of course, about The Game Awards- an annual event dedicated to honouring the best games of the year. The winner of the most...
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Posted Dec. 26, 2019

Games every politician should play

With an unprecedented General Election result still playing on everyone’s mind, we here at The Boar Games have some recommendations for our newly elected (and re-elected) leaders. Hopefully playing these titles will give current, and aspiring, politicians a chance to demonstrate their leadership skills, or perhaps develop some. Here are...
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Posted Dec. 21, 2019

How important are the narrative storylines of gaming?

One of the biggest myths about gamers is that they do not care about story at all, only high octane action and violence, but to what extent is this statement false? Tetris is one of the best selling games of all time despite lacking narrative, yet there was insurmountable backlash...
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Posted Nov. 14, 2019

Mario Kart Tour – Mobile Review

All Nintendo have to do is not mess it up. That is what I said in my last article about Mario Kart Tour. Though, the concerns I raised did not stop me from downloading the game immediately upon release, and I must admit, playing Mario Kart on my first bus...
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Posted Oct. 4, 2019

Mario Kart Tour: Why I’m Concerned 

I love Mario Kart. I have racked up over 150 hours on Mario Kart 8 for the Switch and have even taken part in local tournaments. So when Nintendo announced Mario Kart Tour, a mobile version of the game, I was incredibly excited.   It is safe to say that most...
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Posted Sep. 14, 2019