Opinion: Why A J.J. Abrams Half-Life Movie Could Be The Best (Or Worst) Idea Ever

Following the recent announcement that J.J. Abrams is set to work with Valve on a Half-Life or Portal movie, Jacques Voller takes a look at the reasons why such a project could be completely magnificent – or an utter disaster. At the recent DICE summit, the audience was left stunned when noted sci-fi director J.J. Abrams revealed that both he and video game giants Valve were teaming up to produce a big screen adaptation of one of their two... Read More

Mad Mack: Eighteen Moments That Defined My Gaming Life

From struggling with  Super Mario Bros. to marvelling at Morrowind, disgruntled gamer Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey takes a uniqely entertaining look at the ups and downs that have most defined his  gaming life to date – and asks what they tell us about the evolution of the medium over the years. While I was writing my last article about Battlefield 3 douchebags, it occurred to me that I was pissing and moaning about some fairly minor... Read More

Opinion: Has Horror Taken Over Mainstream Gaming?

Many have suggested that serious horror titles have all but disappeared from today’s gaming landscape, but Mark Butler argues that horror themes and influences have come to permeate many of the medium’s biggest titles and franchises. The story of horror gaming over the past 25 years or so is not just one of evolution within the genre; it is also a tale of near-unprecedented, wider influence on the video games medium as a whole. Horror... Read More

Mad Mack: The Trouble With Sandbox Games

With the aid of eye-catching graphs, partial nudity and very harsh language, Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey explores the frustrations and drawbacks of the Sandbox gaming genre. I have a problem with sandbox games. Many players like the total freedom they are offered in a sandbox, and can’t wait to get out there, pile a hundred cars up and then blow them all to shit. These players derive significant joy from dicking around and trying to break... Read More

Mad Mack: Games That Broke The Mould

In this furious first edition of his exclusive new column for FMV, embittered gamer and deranged Irishman Dave McConkey salutes the games that have dared to break the mould and try something different, baiting Halo fans and burning various journalistic bridges along the way. (NB. FMV does not necessarily share Dave’s views, and accepts absolutely no responsibility for any offence his diatribes may cause.) Welcome to my new (and hopefully) regular... Read More