Gaming Archive

How the Dark Souls video game series ruined my life

Sometimes it pays to focus on the dark side of gaming. Hayden Donnell shares the harrowing story of his own crippling addiction to Dark Souls.

Online felines: The wholesome goodness of cat-care simulator Furistas Cat Cafe

Dunedin-based company Runaway Play has created a new mobile game that lets you dive head first into the cat cafe phenomena. The verdict? Chill, but addictive (and very, very cute). 

The weird, the beautiful, the unfundable: A look at Kickstarter’s gaming section

Popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has been a boon for video game developers for a few years now. Sam Brooks investigates the less glamourous side of the platform.

Why eSports shouldn’t be in the Olympics

eSports is rising in prominence around the world - and is set to be a one billion dollar industry by the end of the year. But should it be an Olympic sport?

Waterdeep Mountain High: The Witch’s Gift

“Make a check to see if you have the charisma to call a school assembly.” Starring Nic Sampson, Paul Williams, Alice Snedden, Ray O’Leary, Brynley Stent, and special guest Rhiannon McCall.

The sorry state of multiplayer

Multiplayer gaming has moved from the lounge to the headset - and it's not necessarily a good thing. Jesse Dekel writes about where multiplayer gaming is now, and why she's never really enjoyed it.

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.

The big unnaturals: What’s up with breasts in video games?

If you participate in a certain dark corner of the internet, you'll know that a lot of people are talking about video game breasts – and the fight to keep them unrealistic.

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?

‘I hit a Corolla at 86kmph’: A non-driver learns to drive, through video games

Lots of people can't drive, including Haimona Gray. He talks to a few famous people who are similarly impaired, and gets behind the wheel in the only way he knows how: video games.

How BioWare saved Star Wars from disaster

In the midst of the bad prequels, after a slew of bad video games, and before the contested sequels, there was Knights of the Old Republic

Waterdeep Mountain High: School is Good, part 2

A fight-filled episode as our heroes try to destroy some book monsters while Forrest attempts to heal the heart of a lonely librarian. Also Alice has a wedding to get to.

Twinks, jocks, furries: The best upcoming games, organised by Grindr tribe

A definitive guide to the upcoming games of this year, next and year and beyond... through Grindr Tribes. Kermath writes you the gayest video game guide possible.

Finland can do it, why can’t we? How NZ could be a games industry world-leader

Video games are a multibillion-dollar global entertainment industry, and experts say New Zealand is missing out.

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.

What happened to our game mascots?

Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Lara Croft, Mario – these characters defined gaming in culture for so long. So what happened to them?

Waterdeep Mountain High: School is good

Welcome back to Waterdeep Mountain High, a Dungeons & Dragons podcast set in a below average school in the mystical land of Faerun.

Banjo-Kazooie is 20 years old and time marches on

Rare's popular-ish platformer Banjo-Kazooie turns twenty this year. Uther Dean reflects on what the series meant for him back then – and what it means now.

The Binding of Isaac: The sad game that keeps on giving

The Binding of Isaac was the indie cult hit of 2014. Josh Davies examines what makes this game so compelling four years on.

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.

Finally, Sony puts the gay in gaymer

This year’s E3 was quite possibly the gayest E3 ever. Of course, Sony’s naughty kiss was one of the main head-turners, but there was a lot more simmering under the surface during the 2018 expo.

Waterdeep Mountain High, episode 4: The Smuggler’s Run, part two

“In Dungeons and Dragons are dogs, dogs? Or are they like, esteemed members of the community?”

What happened at E3: a very quickfire round up

E3 is a whirlwind of press conferences, trailers and gamer reactions, and so much happens that it's almost impossible to keep up with it all. Sam Brooks has your essential E3 cheat sheet.

Who the heck are all the new characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?

Nintendo had their E3 press conference today – and obviously the most important part was who's being added to the new Super Smash Bros. game. Sam Brooks takes a look at the new characters.