I’m trying to express how I feel at the moment. Invisible? No, not invisible, transparent. I’m here, but not here. Lost. Floating. Struck dumb by a lack of concentration and motivation. I don’t want the comfort of a blanket burrito, I want a whole fucking enchilada the size of a great lake so I can’t ever reach the edge of it. Of course, I want comfort. My brain has started to rely on the familiar — Stephen King books, easy videogames and funny films where I already know every line of dialogue. I lack focus. Concentrating on anything seems a…


“From the brain only arise our pleasures, joys, laughter and jests, as well as our sorrows,
pains, griefs and tears…
These things that we suffer all come from the brain”

— Hippocrates (460–370BC

Part One

AMELIA LOSES FIGHT FOR LIFE

A three-year-old girl has lost her battle for life after a car crash in Essex. Brave Amelia died in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London on Thursday. She had suffered serious head injuries in the accident on Saturday, February 3rd, which also killed her 79 year old grandfather.
- Essex Chronicle 9th February 2007

Against a background soundtrack of beeps and whirring pumps, I entered the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit of Great Ormond Street Hospital. The first sense to be assaulted is hearing, as the squeaks of feet move swiftly…


This is an account of my life over the past few days, where I’ve struggled with my mental health. Please note that this article features upsetting topics and possible triggers. I have tried to be positive too, and express that many of these feelings are from my perspective and are not to be generalised. I’m still working through the issues, feeling anger and sadness which I think is reflected here.

One thing I’ve noticed over the past few days is that very few people actually will talk to you about your mental health. Many are quick to offer a shoulder…


It’s best to open this essay by saying that I don’t consider the SAW franchise to be classed as horror films. Sure, they’re bleak, rather disgusting and contain some terrifying situations, but they can’t truly be considered as horror films. Thrillers, maybe. Suspense is a preferable pigeon hole, because what transpires in each instalment is meant to keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s designed to keep you coming back. It’s odd that it was never created to be a TV show for a service such as HBO, because the way the series is crafted is akin to…


In the early 1990’s, Jason Kapalka was writing reviews of PC games for Computer Gaming World while he attended university. He was reviewing games such as TIE Fighter and Civilization 3, when one of the editors left the company to join a start up business, Total Entertainment Network, in San Francisco. The company focused on internet gaming before it morphed into Pogo.com, changing the mission statement from “hardcore” gaming to casual card and casino games. …


Nothing beats some of the memories I have — of dimly lit arcades in seaside towns… my home town. The noise would be a cacophony created by an electronic orchestra; plastic reels driven by unseen cogs or belts; melodic chiming blaring from within flashing cabinets and the clatter of coins that added a percussion. A patter of bass would thump above our heads as pool balls skittered across green felt and thundered into pockets. The smell of vinegar mixed in with burnt sugar and flooded inwards from the street.

The machines around us would have smoothed patches in the facades…


Most of us know that Nintendo first started out making toys and card games before creating Mario and the team of mascots we all know and love. They produced simple plastic contraptions that engaged families with a sense of fun. This has never been lost through the companies storied history as we’ve seen with the Wii console and, more recently, Labo products. It’s this simplistic approach to enjoyment that has always spurred on the Japanese giant and it’s perhaps perfectly epitomised through the game Duck Hunt.

Gunpei Yokoi

Before the creators went on to bring us icons like Samus and Kid Icarus…

Dan Lipscombe

Writer. Videogames, films & books. Plus food, HipHop & memes. Words on Pocket Gamer, Kotaku, Eurogamer, VG247 & Nintendo Life.

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