Adam Goodall

Adam Goodall is a freelance writer and playwright with a background in justice sector analysis and legal research. He is the Wellington Theatre Editor for The Pantograph Punch and is bad at video games in his spare time.

Gaming
Oct 17, 2018

Giraffe Town is the perfectly creepy game for Halloween

While fakers are playing so-called big budget horror spectacles like Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Zombie mode, Adam Goodall knows where to find the best and most meaningful scares: a little place called Giraffe Town.

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Gaming
Oct 6, 2018

The six month bug that killed PUBG down under

Since its early access release in March last year, PlayersUnknown's Battlegrounds has been a global phenomenon – but events over recent months have nearly killed its Oceania playerbase.

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Gaming
Sep 27, 2018

I'm on a boat, motherfucker! Setting sail on World of Warships

He's driven tanks, he's flown planes - now he's ready to sail ships into war. Adam Goodall takes the plunge into World of Warships.

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Gaming
Sep 12, 2018

Into the Breach balances small and casual with epic and emotional

Among the slew of indie games dropping on the Nintendo Switch, Into the Breach rises to the top.

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Gaming
Aug 20, 2018

World of Warplanes: Microtransactions from the Eastern Front

Intrepid gaming explorer Adam Goodall is dragged back into the world of battle vehicles with World of Warplanes.

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Gaming
Aug 9, 2018

How Insomniac is bringing Spider-Man slinging into 2018

Spider-Man is one of 2018's most hotly anticipated titles, from the critically acclaimed studio Insomniac. Adam Goodall talks to Insomniac's community director, James Stevenson.

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Gaming
Jul 25, 2018

A journey through the World of Tanks

You've seen the YouTube ads, you've seen the ads on your phone. But what the hell is World of Tanks? Adam Goodall went on an adventure to find out.

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Television
Jul 11, 2018

Wellington Paranormal review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Police Ten 7

Wellington Paranormal, the TV spinoff of Taika Waititi's hit movie comedy What We Do In The Shadows, debuts on TVNZ tonight. So what's it like?

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Gaming
Jul 5, 2018

The inspirations behind cult Kiwi brawler Grabity

Adam Goodall talks to the developers of Kiwi game Grabity about soccer cars, flailing swords and big honking machines.

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Gaming
Jun 23, 2018

Is it just working for free? Ubisoft’s controversial partnership with HitRecord

Ubisoft's partnership with HitRecord on the game Beyond Good and Evil 2 has caused an outcry among freelancers, who argue the game's 'fan engagement strategy' is exploitation, plain and simple.

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Gaming
Jun 3, 2018

House Flipper is the renovation simulator for the eternally renting millennial

Born after 1980? Going to be renting your entire life with no end in sight? House Flipper is the game to simulate a renovation future you'll never see.

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Gaming
May 9, 2018

Sick of Candy Crush and Hearthstone? Some better games for your commute

If you're tired of crushing candies and playing meaningless virtual card games, we've something else to distract you from the mindless grind that is your commute.

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Gaming
May 7, 2018

‘You’re always rolling the dice’: two award-winning developers talk game development in New Zealand

The recipients of the Play By Play International Games Festival’s Te Maunga Kai Kapua Awards Mario Wynands and Niamh Fitzgerald, talk with Adam Goodall about Final Fantasy VII and the future of game development in New Zealand.

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Gaming
Apr 20, 2018

16 games, 16 minutes each: We play all the Play by Play Festival awards finalists

The third annual Play By Play International Games Festival is spilling out across Wellington this week. Adam Goodall played all sixteen contenders for awards at the festival...  for sixteen minutes each.

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Gaming
Apr 15, 2018

The beautiful promise of backwards compatibility – and the sad reality

From April 26, approximately 3% of all original Xbox games will be available in their original form on the Xbox One. That's more than you can play on the Playstation 4 – but still far, far from what we hoped for, writes Adam Goodall.

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Gaming
Apr 4, 2018

Chuchel is fun. So what’s up with the blackface?

Chuchel, the new game from Amanita Design, is a fun romp of a game. But why the hell is the title character perpetuating blackface?

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Gaming
Mar 19, 2018

Five lessons about being a good team player inspired by Kim Dotcom playing Fortnite with Drake

On Thursday, a now iconic trio came together to play a video game and broadcast it to the world: Popular streamer Ninja, hip hop superstar Drake and New Zealand controversy-magnet Kim Dotcom. Adam Goodall was watching.

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Gaming
Feb 16, 2018

Looking for the next Limbo or Braid? Samsara’s got you covered

Samsara is a kicky, inventive platformer from Auckland game studio Marker Games that harkens back to the not-so-long-ago likes of Limbo and Braid. Adam Goodall reviews.

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Gaming
Jan 17, 2018

Beware the bears: We play the Turkish video game ‘set in New Zealand’

Turkish developer 2645turqoise has released a game that purports to be a vast survivalist adventure across New Zealand. Adam Goodall finds out how well Ka Mate captures true blue bear-free Aotearoa.

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Gaming
Dec 19, 2017

Are lootboxes the slot machines of video gaming?

Lootboxes have embedded themselves in the gaming industry - and audiences are not happy. Adam Goodall discovers why lootboxes were inevitable, and how we can change the direction they're taking the industry.

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Society
Nov 1, 2017

Judges have been talking about the ‘justice gap’ crisis for years. Are we beginning to listen?

Fair access to the judicial system is a societal linchpin, but there's an increasing divide between those who can afford good legal representation and those who can't. Adam Goodall looks at how the legal profession has been trying to raise the alarm.

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Gaming
Mar 25, 2017

Leave your family for Fire Emblem Heroes: it’s that good

Adam Goodall says he may have just found the best mobile game of 2017. He digs into the family photo album to help explain why.

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