Oliver Barsby

Oliver loves writing about games so much he has decided to focus his dissertation on video games, researching the representation of US national security in video games.

‘Sunderland ‘Til I Die’: reliving a second season of turmoil

For those craving a footballing fix during this impromptu off-season, there is a plethora of football-related content available on Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime to keep you going throughout the summer. The most recent of these releases is the new series of Sunderland ‘Til I Die, an in-depth documentary revolving...
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Posted Apr. 10, 2020

English football grinds to a halt amid coronavirus pandemic

It is in times of uncertainty that people always turn to football as a distraction. Just hours after Boris Johnson announced there would be no sporting cancellations amid the Covid-19 outbreak, a plethora of sporting organisations and tournaments announced their intentions to postpone fixtures until a later date. Included in...
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Posted Mar. 15, 2020

A ‘Mean Look’ into the ‘Pokémon of the Year’ results

One of the most common misperceptions about Pokémon is that Pikachu is everybody’s favourite. The Pokémon of the Year competition has put to bed any debate about the world’s favourite Pokémon, which was conclusively decided to be the Water starter, Greninja. In collaboration with Google, The Pokémon Company (TPCi) launched...
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Posted Mar. 6, 2020

Warwick Angels ascend in dominant victory against Coventry Phoenix

Warwick Esports’ impressive Varsity results continued with a 3-0 victory in Overwatch over Coventry Phoenix, aided by some impressive displays by their team captain Tanski as Reinhardt.  The Warwick Overwatch team were huge favourites coming into the match, with the University sitting top of the National Student Esports (NSE) league...
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Posted Feb. 26, 2020

LGBT+ Representation in Gaming

The video game industry has been notably dominated by straight men for decades. This has caused the medium to lag behind in its representation of the LGBT+ community compared to other entertainment. That said, over time there have been titles to buck the norm, particularly indies, finally giving a voice...
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Posted Feb. 24, 2020

“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