Review and Giveaway: Clariel by Garth Nix

I first heard about Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom series (alternatively known as the Abhorsen series) from a housemate during my university days. She was kind enough to lend me her copies of Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen, which I remember finishing in a matter of days (no small feat during those postgraduate days) and then gushing about them to everyone […]

Filthy Casual 3 – Heaven’s Ward goes Heavensward

Final Fantasy 14’s first full expansion pack, Heavensward, arrives on Tuesday, but for everyone who pre-ordered, access started on Friday. I would imagine that means everyone, at this point. Certainly, the world’s never been busier, and for the first time in a long time, I was greeted with the message “World is Full” when trying to […]

Filthy Casual 2

Exploring a Massively Multiplayer Online World. One of the best feelings any open world game gives the player is the reveal. When you first step outside the vault in Fallout, or emerge blinking from the cave like so many Platonic metaphors in the Elder Scrolls series. When you take your first steps into Hyrule field […]

Jurassic World (and rebooting thoughts)

So the first question film makers should ask themselves before rebooting something should be “what can we add to the story that hasn’t already been told?” For me this is where a lot of remakes/boots/working/ whatever you want to label them as fail. They rely on what the audience already knows about the franchise and […]

Filthy Casual #1

Games, on the whole, tend toward the libertarian ideal. The player is the sole force of change in the world, created solely for them. Often the playable character is the chosen one, who must fight against incalculable odds to rescue the princess/save the world/ collect all the animals and brutally pit them against each other […]

Chocolate, Beer and Hop, Burns and Black

Anyone who knows me even in passing is well aware of my love of craft beer and chocolate (among other things). So when Hop Burns and Black, my local craft beer shop, announced a chocolate and beer pairing in collaboration with local Peckham chocolatier Melange, I knew I needed to be there (I was, also, a lucky ticket […]

Review: Brainwavz S1 In Ear Noise Isolating Headphones

We were lucky enough to be approached by Brainwavz to review their S1 in-ear headphones. As such, these were provided to us, however that has in no way biased the review. First things first, take a good look at the way the cable hangs in the picture on the box.   That’s intentional. The headphones […]

Review: Witchcraft Couture

Disclaimer: I was sent this book for free by the author. However this was in no way considered a guarantee for a positive review, I have not been paid for this review, and the Author did not have a hand in the creation of the review. What follows is an honest critique of the strengths and weaknesses of […]

Megagame Makers: Watch The Skies 2

I have very little idea of what just happened. Last Saturday, I was lucky enough to be able to go along to Megagame Maker’s Watch The Skies 2. Before I go any further, I heavily recommend you go and watch the Shut Up and Sit Down video on the first one, as it will explain the basics […]

Terry Pratchett: A Retrospective

I’ll never forget the first time I became aware of Terry Pratchett; I was eleven years old and a friend handed me a dusty and battered copy of Mort claiming that it was nothing short of the best book he’d ever read. Now I’m nearly 30 and I’ve lost the count of the times I’ve […]