Pint and a Chat- Cara Ellison

It is cold in Edinburgh. Discarded Christmas trees decorate the city’s streets, streets that run to grey infinity. Passing inside becomes a ritual, layers of clothes shed to reveal fragile creatures clad in jackets and jumpers. In one of these shelters I met with Cara Ellison, itinerant video game journalist.

What follows is a meandering chat about Cara, games, and games journalism. This is a Pint and a Chat with Cara Ellison.

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The Joy of The Moment

That's a smile, right?

You fucked up. A guard saw you choking out his buddy. HE KNOWS, and boy, are you in for a heap of shit. Thankful for that rocket launcher now Mr. High and Mighty Stealth Man? Forced to admit the jig is well and truly up, grudgingly you mount your trusty steed. The rapidly growing mob of soldiers recedes as you dig in your heels and gallop away. Mortars thump all around; flares light up the sky. Managing to squeeze off a few rockets over your shoulder, you jump into a gold-plated helicopter and fly off into the dawn. A mounted gun swivels into your hands and bullet fire rains down, the party now well and truly going. Finally gaining altitude, you collapse back into your flight seat, heart still thumping, a grin on your face. YOU SURVIVED. No fade to black, no ‘Game Over’ screen when you were discovered. The situation evolved and you evolved with it.

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Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist Wins Our Hearts/ Longest Title Award

Beware of leopards

Have 20 minutes today that you’d reserved for flicking through Netflix, morosely asking yourself where people find the time? If your answer is yes (be honest) then there’s something more deserving, and no, it’s not finally getting round to de-limescaling your kettle.

It is, of course, playing through the new game Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist, DLTTATTCEAWH is free to download and out now, coming courtesy of Crows Crows Crows, the new studio from William Pugh, co-developer of the little bundle of joy that is The Stanley Parable.

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Testing, testing. One, two. One, two

Hello and welcome!

That first blog post is often a scary one, or at least that’s what my brain has been yelling at me up until now. Actually just getting this out there seemed like a monumental task, so it should all be easier from now on, right? Right?

Well, here it is beautiful people… A new blog about games, films, and life (plus whatever else floats into my brain). Here’s hoping you all enjoy it.