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.
I recently did an interview with Karla Zimonja, co-founder of Fullbright, for Gadgette. We talked about Gone Home, Tacoma, and, perhaps most importantly, cinnamon toothpaste. Kick back and enjoy.
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.
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.
Like a finely tuned engine Rocket League fires on all cylinders, delivering a gaming experience which is easy to pick up but takes time to master. Just the thought of football with rocket cars sounds like a great idea and developers Psyonix have truly delivered on that dream.