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Nathan Ditum

3 years ago

Feature: Decades of Strafe

Doom Isn’t About Chainsaws, Guns And Gore, It’s About Moving Sideways

Doom [official site] came to the Dolby Theatre as E3 began. Bethesda's showcase event included an in-depth look at a game we already knew about, the announcement of a game that we already knew about and the blood-spattered reveal of a game we've been playing (in various forms) for most of our adult lives. Doom is back. Nathan Ditum was on-site for the live demonstration,…

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Feature: Memory And Motion

Why Star Wars Makes For Better Games Than Films

Star Wars started as cinema and ended up as something else - lots of things, from pillow cases to theme park rides. But chief among them, the form that best captures the core of Star Wars now, is games. The last Star Wars I enjoyed watching was released two years after I was born, in 1983, but since then games have given me dozens of…

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Feature: Rock And Paper

Swinging A Stick: How Landscape And Childhood Are Key To The Continued Popularity Of Fantasy Fiction

Once at primary school I tried to convince my teacher that we needed a new word - or at least that we needed one that might exist already, but that we’d somehow forgotten. This is going to be a piece partly about words, and “fantasy” was one that I was never totally happy with. It lacked, as I saw it, the generic precision of “science-fiction,”…

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Feature: Love And Hate In Los Santos

“Like me GTA is white, middle-class and nearing middle-age, and it’s about time it faced up to its responsibilities”

Excepting further delays, Grand Theft Auto V [official site] is due to finally arrive on PC on April 18th. In anticipation, Nathan Ditum sent us this piece about how the series' increased fidelity has created problems, and why that same "miraculous detail" is why his love for it endures. Recently I was reminded by Helen Lewis of the New Statesmen of the current predominance of…

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