The first real side quest that impacted me profoundly when I was growing up was a classic within a classic. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, on the Nintendo 64, Kakariko Village. Upon arriving at the game’s first town, we are asked in simple terms by a stressed-out girl called Anju to help her find her chickens. She can’t go and get them herself because she can’t touch them - they’ll make her sick. So off you go. Though we have the burden of an entire kingdom on our young shoulders, a heavy sword, and an even heavier quest, we help her. We trek up behind the windmill, clamber over fences, thrash open boxes, and for a few minutes, we are just a child, running after chickens. In return, she gives us an empty glass bottle and sends us on our way. … [Read more...] about In video game stories, it’s often side quests that are most meaningful
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The games beyond entertainment category, introduced to recognise games whose impact extends into the real world, comprises Celeste, Aardman Studios’ first world war game 11-11 Memories Retold, Life is Strange 2, My Child Lebensborn, and Nintendo Labo. … [Read more...] about Bafta games awards 2019: God of War leads nominations
The year in video games has truly brought something for everyone, whether you’re into cute stories about anthropomorphic mice, psychedelic Tetris, or unnervingly detailed historical role-play in the Old West. Our critics’ top games of the year range from the utter chaos that is Smash Bros Ultimate to the minimalist, calming love story found in Florence, and from Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War’s stunning realism to Into the Breach and Celeste’s squat, evocative pixel art. … [Read more...] about Tell us: what was your favourite game of 2018?
Using a basketball analogy, one email speaks of a “full-court press” on obtaining rights to the valuable characters, and mentions that Arad had been “planning to meet with his Nintendo guy (who he has been courting for a couple of years) when he goes to Japan”. The other, sent directly to Arad by Pascal, was a link to a news story about the then upcoming Amiibo toy line. Pascal’s enthusiastic reaction to the Amiibo’s launch was prescient. This weekend the toys are sold out at most British retailers, with some shops raising the prices to capitalise. … [Read more...] about Game on: after Marvel’s Avengers, Nintendo’s stars could be next to hit the big screen
Picture this: you travel to the stadium, running a little late after having to wait until there were fewer than 12 people in front of you before you could get on a bus. Rushing in, you have your temperature taken by stadium security before meeting up with your friends, or at least waving to each other from a few seats away while you keep your distance from each other. … [Read more...] about Queues, temperature checks, no high-fives: will NRL fans go to the game amid Covid-19?