Mad Mack: 7 Greatest Games Of The Last Generation

Looking back over the assorted glories of the decade-spanning previous generation, disgruntled gamer Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey provides a typically offbeat assessment of the very finest games to grace consoles and PC in recent years. It’s been a long time coming. But it seems that the last glimmers of twilight are finally giving way to night, drawing the curtain on a generation of consoles that, for better or worse, has redefined not... Read More

Mad Mack: 3 New Games I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On – And 3 I Definitely Can

With plenty of exciting new games on the horizon for both current consoles and Next-Gen, columnist Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey picks out a trio of upcoming releases he’s chomping at the bit to play – and a few that he has witheringly low expectations for. It’s that time of the year again. Time for one of the top events in the UK gaming calendar – the Eurogamer Expo. This will be my third time at the expo, but it will almost... Read More

Mad Mack: Gunfire, Screaming & Rave – How Payday 2 Set A Spectacular New Standard For Sound

We often marvel at the atmosphere, mechanics and visuals of games – but rarely do we concern ourselves with the importance of sound. Having been blown away by the audio pyrotechnics of heist sim Payday 2, returning columnist Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey argues the title sets a lofty new standard for sound design in games. Well. I am back. After something of a hiatus this summer, I have decided to grace you all once again with my witty... Read More

Mad Mack: Don’t Buy EA Games, Don’t Engage In Micro-Transactions – And Get Yourself A PC

Following Cliffy B’s rant to Kotaku, and EA continuing its general nefarious activities, disgruntled gamer Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey suggests how gamers everywhere can avoid being exploited by greedy mainstream publishers. Well, it certainly has been a busy couple of weeks for the games industry. First, Dead Space 3 decides that it wants to be Aliens. Then Aliens decides that it wants to be ET, and then EA decides it is sick of this... Read More

Mad Mack: How THQ’s Greatest Games Might Look In The Hands Of EA

Next week, THQ’s most high-profile IPs will be auctioned off to the highest bidder – and EA are said to be one of the companies looking to pounce. Disgruntled gamer Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey imagines how the likes of Metro and Saints Row might ‘evolve’ if EA gets hold of them. So despite talk of securing a last-minute buyer, it looks like THQ are going to go the way of the dinosaurs and enter administration, auction... Read More

Mad Mack: Three Terrible Things About Gaming In 2012

There have been some truly great goings-on in video games this year – but there have also been plenty of loathsome trends and developments too. Armed with his usual blend of dark humour and very strong language, disgruntled gamer Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey takes furious aim at the things that have riled him the most. So here we are. The end of yet another year. And what a year it has been, full of wonder and innovation, with gaming seemingly going... Read More

Mad Mack: Ninja Castles, Giant Arcades And Shattered Myths – A Gamer’s Trip To Japan

Embarking on a trip to Japan last month, Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey was dead set on exploring all the crazy joys that the country’s cultural and gaming scene had to offer. But he was somewhat surprised by what he discovered. Here, FMV’s resident misanthrope explains why… So I have been absent from this site for a few weeks now (which, by complete coincidence, happened to be the best weeks we have ever had in terms of traffic)... Read More

Mad Mack: X-COM Is Back From The Dead – And Kicking Ass

Disgruntled gamer and X-COM fanatic Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey is not a man who’s easily pleased – but even he found himself blown away by the new, revamped vision of the tactical alien-battling classic. Here, he explains why XCOM: Enemy Unknown is the strategy experience he’s been praying for. Well, it finally landed. XCOM: Enemy Unknown was made available on its various platforms last Friday. After a wait of something like... Read More

Mad Mack: Dear Developers – Stop Shoving Multiplayer Down Our Throats

When single-player enthusiast Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey went hands-on with the likes of Halo 4, Crysis 3 and Aliens: Colonial Marines at this year’s Eurogamer Expo, he was left thoroughly unimpressed. Here, our resident disgruntled gamer explains why the dominance of FPS deathmatching  – rather than campaign previews – sent him into a furious rage. So, the other weekend I was offered a press pass to the Eurogamer Expo again,... Read More

Mad Mack: 4 Terrible Things About PC Gaming

After recently swapping his trusty ol’ console for a shiny new PC, disgruntled gamer Dave ‘Mack’ McConkey rapidly found his initial, uncharacteristic  optimism replaced by more typical feelings of fury, frustration and outrage. Here, he sets out the most horrific downsides of PC gaming. So, as you may know, I have recently joined the elite and high-brow fellowship of PC Gamers. I don’t mean that I have a PC that can play games... Read More

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