Every Sunday we present an article from our archives, either for you to discover for the first time or to get reacquainted with. This week, to mark the departure of the amazing Ellie Gibson from the Eurogamer editorial team, we give you her inside look at 90s favourite GamesMaster, an article typical of her incredible writing talents. We're going to miss you Ellie! Craig Munro's 10-year-old heart was pounding in his chest. The unfamiliar controller trembled in his sweaty grip. He stared wide-eyed at the screen, too nervous to blink, too terrified to breathe. Beside him his elder sister, Kirsty, hammered the buttons on her own controller like a rabid pianist. Craig watched the numbers tick up: 2, 3, 4...He thought of the letter that had brought him to this moment. The one he had written several months ago to the producers of GamesMaster, his favourite television show. "I drew an illustration of some guy from Nintendo World Cup on the NES scoring a goal," the adult Craig remembers today. … [Read more...] about GamesMaster: The Inside Story
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Video game subscriptions are all the rage. Or, maybe that's not quite right. It looks like video game subscriptions will be all the rage, in the not too distant future, if things carry on in the direction they're going right now. Right now, of course, people are getting their games in more or less the same ways they always have - buying them outright, or downloading them as initially free-to-play - but right now, too, the biggest tech companies around are toying with their own, subscription-based alternatives. Google has Stadia Pro, Amazon is rolling out Luna (alongside Prime Gaming, formerly Twitch Prime), Apple has Apple Arcade, and more internally to the industry itself there are plenty more, from EA Play and Ubisoft+ to PlayStation Now and, sitting atop the monthly payment pyramid above all, Xbox Game Pass. Game Pass is, officially, big. Subscribers jumped a whopping 50 per cent, from 10 million to 15 million, between April and September 2020 - before the Series X and S … [Read more...] about Is Xbox Game Pass too good to be true?
You may have seen his videos floating around social media, relatively short snippets of him jamming out to groovy remixes of songs like Final Fantasy VII's "One-Winged Angel" by Nobuo Uematsu. What Alex Moukala is attempting to do, he explains on Twitter, is normalize video game music to make the sounds he grew up with and was inspired by more accessible to the masses. His process: take a popular video game track, split it in half, send a funky bassline and catchy kick drum pattern through the whole thing, and crank the volume all the way up. One-Winged Angel is Funky (Full Version) #FinalFantasyVIIRemake pic.twitter.com/7yEO7sai2a — Alex Moukala (@alex_moukala) February 2, 2021 In order to start the conversation of normalizing video game music, Alex started a YouTube channel a couple of years ago to upload the full remixes of his funky-fied tracks. He also uses his skillset as a self-trained composer and producer to analyze his favorite video game songs, which … [Read more...] about Meet The Self-Trained Composer Funky-fying Final Fantasy Music
Marvel's latest summer event invokes the title of one of the publisher's previous ones: the original universe-altering Heroes Reborn line. But judging by how Marvel has built its new Heroes Reborn universe around their most famous DC analog characters the Squadron Supreme, and are even expanding the DC-esque nature of their backstories, it's starting to look like they're hoping to capture the energy of 1996's other major comic book event, Marvel Vs. DC. The picture Marvel has painted of the Squadron Supreme's place in the new world of Heroes Reborn 2021 - and the publisher's expansion of the Squadron's DC-pastiche origins - may point to Marvel preparing to pit the Avengers versus the 'Justice League' all over again. What's more, Marvel just announced that Heroes Reborn 2021 will run for seven issues, with a final eighth comic (a still untitled mystery one-shot) , to cap off the story – a perfect platform for such a clash. Though Marvel and DC can't directly acknowledge … [Read more...] about Heroes Reborn 2021 is as close to Marvel vs DC 2021 as we’re going to get
The future is a tricky thing. Technology moves so fast, and the world is an increasingly unpredictable place. As such, it's tough to set ANY work of fiction in a believable future, let alone a video game that may take 3-4 years to create. Doesn't stop the game-makers trying, though. Sometimes it works eerily well, other times... um. The following eight games made a noble attempt to predict the future but, as time has now revealed, ultimately failed. Some harder than others. It's easy to sit here and mock (and not necessarily very kind) so I've looked really hard at each title to see if there are any elements they did predict. Metal Gear Solid 2 The year: 2007 The Metal Gear franchise has been set in the 'near future' since the original Metal Gear for MSX and NES, but when the series shifted to Solid it went from speculative to science fiction. It's very believable that mercenaries might band together to take over a small African nation (and in some cases, this is pretty … [Read more...] about 8 games that did a terrible job predicting the future