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On Going Fast

The question, and it’s certainly a valid one, has been asked repeatedly: “How am I meant to play Sonic games?” As an infernal busybody, it was only a matter of time before I attempted to have a stab at examining why Sonic isn’t like other platformers, why its fans like it, and ultimately trying to provide an answer. Continue reading

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Duvets

This evening I was changing my bed linen, which involved one of the lifelong battles with which any adult in a temperate climate should be familiar: getting the duvet back inside the duvet cover. It wasn’t my most successful campaign; … Continue reading

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Saying No

When we love our games, we wring them dry. We strip the meat and suck their bones, relishing every last mouthful as we max out our characters, swipe every last glowing gewgaw and delight in impossible feats. And why shouldn’t … Continue reading

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Protected: 01 – Origins

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Mario Kart DS – Retrospective

Released just two years after Mario Kart: Double Dash, the shortest gap between entries to date, there was no doubt that Mario Kart DS had a lot riding on its success. The chaotic, weapon-heavy races of the series’ Gamecube outing … Continue reading

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Mario Kart: Double Dash – Retrospective

Seven years is a long time in gaming. Entire consoles rise and fall, companies and individuals alike can go from rags to riches — but most significantly, games themselves undergo a continual transformation moulded by the experience of their creators … Continue reading

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Mario Kart: Super Circuit – A Retrospective

Overshadowed by its TV-hogging siblings, Mario Kart: Super Circuit is often relegated to a footnote in Mario Kart lore. Developed by second-party stalwart Intelligent Systems (who’d recently provided Nintendo with the charming Paper Mario) and released early in the Game … Continue reading

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