Nintendo’s recent box-art is a big step up

Have you noticed how undeniably good Nintendo’s section in a game store looks in recent years? Whether you have or haven’t, you’ve probably unconsciously found yourself drawn to that shelf more than a couple of times.
This is in no small part thanks to the bold, bright, masterfully pieced together box-arts that first-party Nintendo Switch titles boast.

It wasn’t always this way, of course. With the release of the Switch, Nintendo seems to have put a much greater focus on presentation and ensuring that designers follow a definite formula of tightly packed, colourful covers.
The goal is to create a “busy” scene. I say busy rather loosely, as while these pieces are technically packed with information, there is a hell of an amount of clever use of space and colour at play here.
How it comes together at the end is rather unlike the approach most other companies go for however, often leaving no breathing room in the usual sense, but rather packing the scene to the brim and simply making some objects more important than others.
It takes real skill to pull off what they do, and seeing Nintendo take advantage of pushing their brand and identity in this way speaks volumes of the good mental shift that has happened in there lately. Continue reading Nintendo’s recent box-art is a big step up

March is a hell of a month for video-games

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Having happily strode into 2019 now, we look to the future at what’s coming up. What’s the next big thing we get to play? And when? Well, turns out, a large chunk of what’s to look forward to is all releasing in March. However convenient that may or may not be is yet to be seen, but it’s certainly happening.

Have no fear though, I’m here to give you the run-down on what’s what, and when to rush into the nearest game store. (I know I will be with a couple of these). Continue reading March is a hell of a month for video-games

Lego Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit can no longer be bought digitally

I wouldn’t normally report on something like this, but I find this to be a particularly strange situation given the stature of these games.
No, its not like “The last of us” is no longer available to buy or anything, but these were competent games. Aimed primarily at a younger audience, sure, but they’re well made, and kids go mad for them. Continue reading Lego Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit can no longer be bought digitally

Hopes and predictions for Pokemon 2019

So… We’ve battled through the storm that was the year of “Wait that’s not a mainline game! Or is it? What is that.” and come out the other side stronger, albeit slightly battered.

Joking aside, Pokemon Let’s Go was actually a fun game, and much better designed than a lot of us expected.
As for whether that makes it a mainline game or not, I… I honestly still don’t know. Like, does anyone really know? I know Gamefreak says it is one, but is that just a marketing gimmick or… Okay we’re getting sidetracked here. Continue reading Hopes and predictions for Pokemon 2019

Precursorgames Game Awards 2018

Hard to believe a full year has gone by, but hey, here we are, about to start the first annual Precursorgames Game Awards (a better name will have to be made some time).
We are undoubtedly living in a golden age of gaming, what with the Switch and PS4 offering masterpieces on nearly a six month basis, its madness! And I am so here for it.

Of course, I didn’t get to play anywhere near all of the best releases this year (I still haven’t played God of War or Spiderman).
Now, because of this, and because I simply can’t play everything in a year, we’re not going to be sticking exclusively to games that released in 2018. Continue reading Precursorgames Game Awards 2018

A returning player’s perspective on League of Legends in 2018

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I used to play a lot of League of Legends back in the day. Like… A lot. Way too much. As I’m sure happens for many people, it became a bit of a problem, and I had to dial it back in order to get my life back in order.
I did this gradually, and eventually quit and didn’t touch it for years… Until a week or two ago. Continue reading A returning player’s perspective on League of Legends in 2018