There is power in great storytelling: novels, films and theatre, are built around the complex weaving of great narrative. When we think of narrative in video games, the audiences consider 'story' with a different perspective.
There's barely a handful of days until the release of Nintendo Switch, since Iwata revealed the new concept codenamed NX: speculation, rumours and hype have been rife throughout the gaming community. Who couldn't help but indulge in the hype and speculation? most of us, debating and retweeting hooked on every crumb. And now with the release imminent and my perspective much deliberated over, I have an inclination to share my views on both Nintendo and their upcoming Home/Portable hybrid console.
Pokemon has become easily one of the quintessential gaming franchise. After gracing shop shelves for over 20 years, a world without Pokemon and Pikachu not be part of the global lexicon is a distant journey back in TADIS or Delorean.
Before we look at the depth and the variety of the gameplay, the epic-ness of the soundtrack or the brilliance of the story; we must take note, that Layton is one of the most amazing characters ever conceptualised. Level 5’s founder Akihira Hino has cemented his place in the world of games, with a number of incredible creations; and personally I believe that Layton is the greatest of them.
A question that often comes up in general conversation, about myself is why I play games? Not games in the sense of mind games, not board games but video games.