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.

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

What is the relevance of Politicians and Sport now?

What is the purpose of sport? For many, it is a form of entertainment- a distraction from the more serious issues they are facing. Politicians also view sport as a distraction, although in a slightly different, more devious way. Despite Boris Johnson’s impressive rugby skills against Japanese children, most people...
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Posted Dec. 1, 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

Ben Stokes’s heroics end up saving England once again

Who said test cricket was boring? With England still needing 73 runs to win, when the bespectacled spin bowler Jack Leach walked out into the blazing sun at Headingly to join Stokes, it felt like a funeral procession. England’s batting had once again collapsed. Once again, England relied upon Ben...
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Posted Sep. 3, 2019

The Epic Games Store Is Not Killing PC Gaming

Rocket riding on the success of Fortnite, Epic Games launched the ‘Epic Games Store’ on PC earlier this year. To attract people to their fledgling platform, Epic sought the rights to host many high-profile games instead of Steam, including The Divison 2, Metro: Exodus, and Borderlands 3. PC users were...
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Posted Aug. 19, 2019