Does playing Tomb Raider really improve your IQ?

Does playing Tomb Raider really improve your IQ? It’s not as daft as it sounds. We may be in an era where we constantly bemoan the dumbing down of culture, but there is strong evidence to suggest that the huge increase in our daily exposure to technology — from using the Internet and smartphones to…

Games in the age of surveillance

Up until now the games released on the PS4 have not been especially great, but this was largely to be expected. As with most next-gen consoles, the first thing developers do is simply beef up the graphics of previous games and rush them out. Hence, the graphically-superior-but-essentially-the-same, releases like Tomb Raider and Call of Duty.…

Star wars ps3

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

No matter what PETA might think, there’s something hugely satisfying about making Darth Vader rampage though a wookiee village, literally causing fur to fly as he lobs the hairy warriors off bridges and parapets. Sadly you only play Vader at the start Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. After the first level, control switches to his…

Games of death

Matt Pomroy dives into the debate about violence in video games. From the days of Space Invaders, killing has been a key part of the success of video games, and as the industry grows and becomes more competitive, game makers are increasingly turning to violence to court controversy and boost sales. But as the imagery…