Guest Blog: How to Choose the Best Speakers for Comic Book Video Games

Video games have become so immersive that the sound plays an essential part in the gaming experience. It might be complicated to explain it to your 80-year-old grandmother or the non-gaming folk but you can present it in this way – play them an action-packed film with subtitles and muted sound.

Even though they would be able to read what the actors are saying, no emotion or mood will be relayed, which would make the watching experience uninteresting and even disappointing.

When it comes to playing comic book-based or any type of video games, without quality speakers you might miss out on important audio cues and not to mention that the experience of playing horror games such as Silent Hill will not be complete without the sound to chill the bones. Continue reading “Guest Blog: How to Choose the Best Speakers for Comic Book Video Games”

Guest Post: 4 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Playing Video Games

Video games are blamed for many things—children learning violence, neglecting school, and being inattentive to the “real” world.” True, video games have their downsides, but that’s mostly on the person playing rather than the game itself. Although less discussed, playing video games does have its benefits (aside from the entertainment value, that is), and they’re backed by science too.

If you’re a longtime player, you may already know these advantages. If you’re not, then you may as well educate yourself to gain a better perspective. Here are four scientifically proven benefits of playing video games. Continue reading “Guest Post: 4 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Playing Video Games”

Why Every Gaming Fan Needs To Visit Budapest’s Ready Player 1 Bar

Budapest is filled with pubs, clubs and drinking spots for people of all types, including pop culture fans. If you’re planning a trip to the city and want to find a bar where you can drink affordable beer, play video games and have a laugh with friends, then your first stop should be Ready Player 1 bar. A drinking haven for geeks and gamers, Ready Player 1 is the kind of venue that can give you an appreciation for how pop culture brings people together. Continue reading “Why Every Gaming Fan Needs To Visit Budapest’s Ready Player 1 Bar”

What Makes Devil May Cry’s Vergil A Modern-Day Samurai?

Samurai and the code of Bushido are entwined with the soul of Japan. The image of a stoic, katana wielding warrior is famous throughout pop culture, highlighting the timelessness of figures from feudal Japan like Minamoto no Yoshitsune and Tomoe Gozen, fighters who embodied all the virtues of Bushido.

Many fictional characters have been modelled on the image of the samurai, with one of the most interesting being Vergil from the Devil May Cry franchise. Stoic, powerful and complex, Vergil is a modern-day samurai that has redefined the term for a new generation. Continue reading “What Makes Devil May Cry’s Vergil A Modern-Day Samurai?”

A Pop Culture Guide To Manchester

Pop culture means different things to different people. It covers music, TV, movies, gaming and more. The beauty of pop culture is that it connects people together and Manchester has all kinds of attractions for geeks, gamers, metal heads, comic fans and everything in between. Manchester caters to all walks of life, which is why I’ve put together a pop culture guide for anyone who’s looking to embrace an alternative kind of trip. Continue reading “A Pop Culture Guide To Manchester”

Arcade Bar NQ64 Brings An Amazing Retro Game Experience To Manchester

In the world of pop culture, gaming has evolved into one of the most enduring mediums. Humble arcade games, like Space Invaders and Pac-Man, have transformed into legendary series that are known across generations. Gaming has the power to bring people together and create memorable experiences. When there’s beer involved, so much the better. So, when I caught wind of a bar that catered to gamers and beer fans, I set off on a quest to find it. Manchester’s NQ64 did not disappoint. Continue reading “Arcade Bar NQ64 Brings An Amazing Retro Game Experience To Manchester”

Guest Blog: Why There Should Be An Avengers Game

Over the past decade, superhero games have soared in popularity. The Batman Arkham series revolutionised combat for a new generation, while the most recent Spider-Man game offered a fresh take on the web-slinger and his supporting cast. But it could be argued there still hasn’t been a definitive Marvel game that focuses on the whole Marvel Universe. Rhys from Unknown Games has given his thoughts on how an Avengers game could work on future consoles. Continue reading “Guest Blog: Why There Should Be An Avengers Game”

Doctor Octopus And The Fear Of Failure In Marvel’s Spider-Man

Marvel’s Spider-Man has raised the bar for superheroes games, offering an experience that hasn’t been felt since the Batman Arkham series. What impressed me the most is the portrayal of Spider-Man’s cast of support characters, old and new. In particular, I found the characterisation of Doctor Octopus to be memorable. The game version had the perfect mix of pathos and narcissism, which is exactly what makes the character such a compelling antagonist for the web-slinger.

In this article, I’m exploring Octavius’ motivations. There will be spoilers, so bear that in mind if you haven’t played Spider-Man yet. Continue reading “Doctor Octopus And The Fear Of Failure In Marvel’s Spider-Man”

Becoming The Wraith: Yuri Watanabe And The Nature Of Crime-Fighting Vs Law Enforcement

If you’re a gaming fan then I’d wager Insomniac’s Spider-Man has been at the top of your list to play. I’m happy to confirm it lives up to the hype, putting you in the tights of New York’s friendly neighbourhood webhead. It’s everything a Spider-Man game should be and the awesomeness extends to Spidey’s cast of side characters. One of the standouts is Yuriko Watanabe, a police captain who acts as Spider-Man’s ally within the NYPD.

Yuri’s role within the game is great, but she actually has an even more interesting history in the comics. The comic version operates as the vigilante, Wraith, an identity that’s been used by several characters. Wraith serves as a representation of what happens when a police officer takes the law into their own hands. Continue reading “Becoming The Wraith: Yuri Watanabe And The Nature Of Crime-Fighting Vs Law Enforcement”

How The Witcher Inspired Me To Get In Touch With My Polish Heritage

Knowing where you come from is important. Heritage provides a connection between the past a present, a way to appreciate your family members and inform where you’d like to be in future. Living in the UK, I’ve grown up around my English relatives, but I didn’t know a lot about the Polish side of the family. Recently, I took a trip to Warsaw to get in touch with my Polish heritage, and that would have never happened if I hadn’t discovered The Witcher. What started out as an appreciation for a series turned into a pilgrimage of learning about my family’s history.

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