Matthew Codd

Matthew is a writer with a love of games, comics, and pop culture in general. He lives in Wellington with his wife and cats.

Gaming
Aug 13, 2018

10 new Tekken characters who'd make as much sense as The Walking Dead's Negan

With the announcement that The Walking Dead's Negan is joining Tekken 7, it's clear that absolutely anybody can be a Tekken character.

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Gaming
Jul 23, 2018

Was Dirge of Cerberus an emo-drenched misfire or dark masterpiece?

Is really the much maligned Final Fantasy VII sequel/spinoff Dirge of Cerberus as bad as everyone says?

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Gaming
Oct 23, 2017

Inverness Nights is the queer fantasy break-up sim you need in your life

Matthew Codd interviews the creator of a queer 'break-up simulator.'

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Gaming
Aug 16, 2017

‘We lose the ability to think critically’: on the danger of hype culture in gaming

Superhot, an innovative critique on the dangers of hype culture and gamer identity, has been ported to virtual reality. But something critical is lost in translation, writes Matthew Codd. 

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Gaming
Aug 8, 2017

VR and under-par: Finally, there’s a good mini-golf game

Though the virtual mini-golf market is crowded, there's at least one game coming in well under-par. Matt Codd reviews Infinite Minigolf, the putt-simulator for the discerning golfer.

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Gaming
May 31, 2017

Birthdays: The Beginning – evolution, gamified

Matthew Codd tries his hand at being a God with this evolution simulator.

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Gaming
May 11, 2017

What Remains of Edith Finch: a game that finds perfect beauty in death

The California based devs Giant Sparrow have another hit on their hands. Their new narrative adventure game explores all the great themes, life, death and beauty. Matthew Codd reckons it's …

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Gaming
Mar 20, 2017

Ghost Recon Wildlands: ‘A repugnant, morally indefensible game’

Matthew Codd has three big reasons why you shouldn't play Ghost Recon Wildlands.

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Gaming
Feb 2, 2017

The banning of Gal*Gun: Double Peace – did the Chief Censor get it wrong?

In the first part of our coverage of the banning of Gal*Gun, Matthew Codd has a few reckons or two

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Gaming
Nov 30, 2016

A cynic repents: first impressions in Final Fantasy XV

Diehard fanboy Matthew Codd has his jaded eyes scrubbed clean by the latest in an infinite number of Final Fantasy titles.

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Gaming
Nov 14, 2016

A hellish maze in paradise: getting hopelessly lost in Dishonored 2

Matthew Codd slinks his way through steampunk assassination simulator Dishonored 2, finding himself almost constantly overwhelmed even on Easy.

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Gaming
Nov 11, 2016

‘Now we can have a drink’: Sebastien Mitton on the creative slog of making Dishonoured 2

Mathew Codd interviews the art director at Arkane Studios, Sebastien Mitton, about the intensive four year process that went into creating Dishonoured 2

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Gaming
Oct 27, 2016

This mobile game is the best way to relive the misery of teenage love

Incredibly, the best depiction of teenage love and angst is a phone game made by a 15-year-old developer.

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Gaming
Sep 23, 2016

All style, no substance: Microsoft’s doomed foray into action-adventure games

Microsoft continues its move into the action-adventure genre with ReCore. Matthew Codd reckons a lot more work is needed.

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Gaming
Sep 1, 2016

The big flaw in We Happy Few’s Orwellian parable

Is We Happy Few guilty of doing exactly what it's railing against?

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