Two townies try to start a farm in Back 2 The Land: Episode One

Two grown men who have never done a hard day's work in their life try to start a farm together the only way they know how: In a video game. Watch gaming editor Sam Brooks and Adam Goodall try (and fail) to start a farm in popular-in-Europe game Farming Simulator 17.

From Dunedin to LA: The NZ game developer joining one of the world’s best games companies

Tim Nixon, the founder and creative director of Runaway Play – creators of successful mobile games Flutter and Splash – is heading to LA to join ThatGameCompany, one of the most critically lauded game developers in the world. He talks to Baz Macdonald about his career in games, and the upcoming NZ launch of ThatGameCompany’s latest release, Sky. 

The deep nihilism and faux-profundity of Little Red Lie

Little Red Lie is the misanthropic, dark-as-tar game from indie developer Will O'Neill. Gaming editor Sam Brooks played it – and was disturbed by what he found.

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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The curious case of the Three Kingdoms video games

This week, Creative Assembly announced another spinoff to the Total War series, this time based around the Three Kingdoms War in China. Sam Brooks investigates why this period is a bizarrely popular one for video games.

The video games for people who don’t like video games

Video games get a bad rep, mostly from people who don't even play them. Uther Dean suggests some games to bridge the gap between video games and the people who just CANNOT with them.

Disney, Ancient China, and a golden poop: Our gaming editor’s most anticipated games of 2018

2018 is set to be another big year in gaming. Sam Brooks sets down his most anticipated games of the year, including one that he hopes to a higher power actually, finally, comes out this year.

Summer reissue: Why is Alice not in the Resident Evil video games?

It's a mystery that deserves an answer. Alice, the protagonist of all six Resident Evil films, has not once made an appearance in the video games. This could not be by accident. To get to the bottom of this enduring riddle, Uther Dean interviewed some of the key players in both the films and the video games.

Summer reissue: My advice for Jacinda and Bill after playing politics simulator Democracy 3

Just how hard is it to win an election and successfully lead a government? Seems easy enough, but there’s only one way to find out for sure: simulate it in a computer game.

Summer reissue: The worst Crash Bandicoot session ever recorded by man

The 'highlights' of the attempt by José Barbosa and Madeleine Chapman to play Crash Bandicoot: the N.sane trilogy. 

The Spinoff test drive the PlayStation party games you’ll be playing this summer

Turns out the best thing for a monster hangover is computer party games.

Why the UK is the gaming industry’s secret MVP

The Spinoff's Blighty correspondent Hayden Donnell meets some UK game developers to find out why the US gaming industry might be better off shifting operations to the Motherland.

The best games in 2017 that you probably haven’t played yet

2017 has been a banner year for gaming. With massive hits like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds stealing a lot of the spotlight, there are many equally great games that players may have completely missed.

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.

On its 30th birthday, what does Final Fantasy even mean anymore?

There have been 15 numbered titles, it has sold 130 million copies worldwide, and it's spawned countless spinoffs. On its 30th birthday, Sam Brooks reflects on Final Fantasy and what the series means to him.

How video games could be New Zealand’s next big creative industry

The video games industry could be NZ’s next creative industry boom, but a lack of government support is holding it back,