EA: A Love-Hate Relationship

With Electronic Arts once again dubbed the ‘Worst Company in America’, long-time critic of the firm Mark Butler explores his conflicted feelings on the publisher – and explains why he both loves and loathes EA at the same time. So. EA have once again been voted the ‘Worst Company in America’. Given the worringly high number of firms currently engaging in infinitely more shady business tactics and morally-dubious areas... Read More

Opinion: Five Tell-Tale Signs You’ve Been Playing Certain Games Too Long

Ever played a game so much that its core mechanics and features start to make their way into your everyday mindset? Yep, us too. As someone who knows all about the bizarre hilarity of bringing video game fantasy into humdrum reality, Mark Butler looks at five instances where falling in love with famous games can result in some truly odd behaviour. Assassin’s Creed – You want to climb every building you see Immerse yourselves in the free-running,... Read More

Opinion: Four Hated Game Reviews That Were Actually Completely Fair

With the controversy surrounding certain Halo 4 reviews continuing to attract attention, Mark Butler looks at four infamous instances where video game critics came under fire for their opinions – and explains why the vitriol was unwarranted in every case. Well, it’s been another fine week for video game reviews, hasn’t it? We’ve had a developer calling a critic a ‘retard’ for handing Halo 4 a score of 7 out of... Read More

Mad Mack: The Eight Most Dastardly Enemies In Gaming History

Armed with his usual brand of dark humour and very strong language, disgruntled gamer Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey counts down the Top 8 most fearful gaming enemies of all time. Enemies. Where would we be without them? Well, I for one would certainly not be sitting in a car outside a certain someone’s house, waiting for the lights to go out so I can break in and tea-bag the shit out of everyone inside. You may also be interested to hear that... Read More

Mad Mack: Five Games That Need Booth Babes

Like it or not, sex sells – though not every game takes full advantage of this timeless, effective marketing tool. Disgruntled gamer Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey suggests five high-profile releases that could use the ‘booth babe’ factor, and imagines what form this shameless activity could take… The last time I graced the pages of FMV, I had a good moan about what booth babes really say about gamers, and how we are perceived... Read More

Opinion: Top Ten Terrifying Video Game Moments

When gaming gets it right, it does horror better than any other medium out there. But just what are the most terrifying video game moments of all time? Horror enthusiast Mark Butler picks out the best. NB. This article contains spoilers. While researching and writing a book on the history of video game horror last year, I was eager to seek out, and in many cases revisit, some of the most frightening moments in the history of the medium. In my opinion,... Read More

Opinion: Eight Greatest Success Stories Of This Gaming Generation

With rumours surrounding next-generation’s hardware continuing to fly around the web, Dan Jenko explores the groundbreaking games and franchises that have defined this current console generation. While the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii generation is far from over, we do appear to be getting close to the end of their lifespan. The Wii U is widely-expected to be released by the end of this coming year, and though we’ll definitely have to wait... Read More

Opinion: Is The Survival-Horror Market Really “Too Small”?

With Capcom claiming that they see the survival-horror market as “too small” for the Resident Evil franchise, Mark Butler argues that there are millions of fans out there who are being continually ignored. It’s not easy being a survival-horror fan. Everywhere you look, companies who once seemed genuinely in favour of feeding your desire for spine-tingling chills and nerve-shattering atmosphere appear to be abandoning both the ‘survival’... Read More

Opinion: Six Things We Need In Dead Space 3

You’d be hard-pressed to find a soul who wasn’t knocked for six by the first two nerve-shredding, Necromorph-blasting outings of unfortunate space engineer turned action hero Isaac Clarke. Various rumours have been flying around regarding the next installment’s plot and setting, but what would truly make Dead Space 3 even more successful and gripping than its predecessors? Here’s what FMV would like to see included in the franchise’s... Read More

Opinion: Is The Mainstream Horror Game Dead?

The mainstream horror landscape is dominated by action-based titles such as FEAR 3 and Dead Island, the Resident Evil franchise is heading into all-out shooter mode and the survival-horror genre as a whole appears to have lost its fearsome bite. Mark Butler asks whether the mainstream horror game should be declared officially dead. Can you remember the last time you were scared by a mainstream video game? I mean, really scared? There’s no shortage... Read More

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