Games

No Man’s Sky reminds me of Morrowind

No Man's Sky is more or less exactly what I wanted it to be. It could absolutely be so much more, and I hope Hello Games keep innovating and pushing it forward, but it's already something unique and remarkable. The most surprising aspect for me is that it's recaptured the magic of a very different game:Morrowind, the Elder Scrolls game that preceded Oblivion and Skyrim. (more…)

By Simon Jones, ago
Games

Oculus has forgotten its reason to exist

Start with Why. Then figure out How. That leads to What. Never start with What. Oculus kickstarted the modern, fledgling virtual reality industry - literally, on Kickstarter. VR has been around in various forms for decades. The Oculus Rift represented a major leap forwards and received massive goodwill and public support. Fast forward to now and there are multiple players in the market. Most notably Oculus (now owned by Facebook) and the Vive from the odd pairing of Valve and HTC. But this industry isn't like home video in the 80s - back then, home video was definitely going to happen. The format war between VHS and Betamax was daft, but it didn't threaten the very concept itself. (more…)

By Simon Jones, ago
Games

Steam Controller impressions from someone who doesn’t like controllers

Every negative article on the Steam Controller has been from experienced gaming journos, all of whom tend to profess to having used traditional controllers for over a decade. These are people who love Xbox or Playstation controllers and have a ton of muscle memory invested in them. It's not surprising that they're finding it difficult to adapt to something very different. Crucially, I think they've forgotten the initial learning curve they had with the Playstation and Xbox controllers, because it was decades ago. (more…)

By Simon Jones, ago