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Natalie Clayton

2 months ago

Feature: Turn the other cheek

Butt-slide Royale: Apex Legends and creative movement in shooters

I’m not sure anyone at Respawn has properly busted their ass on the curb. It hurts. The last time I cracked my rear off the concrete in a moment of skating hubris, I was limping for days. Fortunately for the fifty million folks flying around in Apex Legends, a billowing cushion of air has turned what should be an embarrassing accident into the most compelling…

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4 months ago

Feature: The creators rethinking art exhibitions in cyberspace

That belongs in a (digital) museum

When was the last time you went to a museum? I still do, on occasion. Maybe not as much as when I was a hapless kid trailing around after grandparents, bothering the goldfish in the National Museum of Scotland’s lobby. Twenty years later, I can at least pretend to have more interest in the installations -- but I do miss the fish. Last year, I…

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11 months ago

Feature: Everyman's sky?

What does multiplayer mean for No Man’s Sky’s spectral civilisations?

Some folk sure held a grudge over No Man’s Sky, huh? It’s two years later, and you’d still be hard-pressed to find anything on that game not followed by a few souls still screaming at the void about “lying developers”. Not that I expect the conversation to change - first impressions leave stubborn stains - but, next month, No Man’s Sky will finally let you…

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1 year ago

Feature: A final farewell

The rise and fall of Super Monday Night Combat helped make me better

I don’t think many will mourn the death of Super Monday Night Combat. Uber Entertainment’s free-to-play follow-up to XBLA smash Monday Night Combat was something of a hidden gem, albeit one with its die-hard fans. It still sits at the top of my Steam most-played list, and I promise this piece isn’t just an excuse for dumping over a thousand hours in a game few…

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Feature: Skaven and the dead

Vermintide: taking the torch of Left 4 Dead from its cold, undead hands

I’d wager most folk around these parts devoured Left 4 Dead back in the day, just as I did. Valve’s “28 Days Later with your friends” infected my life for a good year, and a bigger, better sequel one year later only strengthened the disease. But as Valve haven’t really been in the business of making games for a good few years - hopefully, that’s…

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2 years ago

Feature: The first rule of fight club is...bow to your opponent

The Joy Of Absolver’s social fight clubs

My career in Street Fighter was a painfully short-lived experience. For a long time, I’d been trying to find a fighting game to really get into and to help me understand a genre I’d always been quietly interested in but entirely apart from. After being gifted Ultra Street Fighter 4 back in 2014, I was quickly hooked on the technical mastery and quick action -…

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