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AuthorLewis van den Berg-Shaw

Author Archive: Lewis van den Berg-Shaw

Lewis has been playing videogames since his family's PC Direct "workstation" in early 1996. He spends his spare time reading political blogs, working and welcoming complaints and suggestions.

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August 9, 2010

If you ever go to an exec meeting, you’ll come across a work report. Work reports are the way that members of the executive are held accountable for time spent in the office, and, at the most basic level, get paid. They are common practice for people who are self-employed or do work on a […]

July 19, 2010

I was late. I copped a grumpy glare from Sarah and sat down just in time to learn that Fraser Pearce had caught up with the rest of the self-employed world by correctly formatting his work report. He expertly diffused the tension this could have caused by asking why the VUWSA kitchen wasn’t kept tidy. […]

July 12, 2010

Red Dead: Redemption is the latest from Rockstar Games, the studio responsible for the Grand Theft Audio series. And wow, does it show. This isn’t a bad thing—having played well over 30 hours of GTA IV I appreciated a familiar (read: identical) control scheme. Red Dead builds on that which made GTA so successful and […]

June 17, 2010

No matter what I say about it, A Nightmare on Elm Street is by no means an awful movie. It’s just an unnecessary movie, which is worse. It’s very obvious that a lot of money has gone into re-jigging the 1984 slasher classic. My question to the producers (which happen to include Michael Bay of […]

May 31, 2010

Heavy Rain was released in late February this year to massive critical acclaim and sales of well over a milllion copies—boosted in part by the simultaneous release of the pricedropped PS3 Slim. It touts itself as the first modern “interactive movie”, something that many games have been striving for (to some extent) since the format […]

May 17, 2010

Sid Meier’s Civilization series has always been the high-water mark of turn-based strategy gaming. The 19-year-old franchise now boasts seven full games and numerous expansion packs, which have added everything from online play to alien landscapes to the game’s set of features. Despite a legacy of games spanning almost two decades, Civilization has maintained a […]

April 26, 2010

Just Cause 2, from Sweden’s Avalance Studios, is the sequel to an ‘open-world’ action-adventure game from 2006. Featuring 1012 square kilometres of terrain to explore and over 300 missions to complete, Just Cause promised months of enjoyment. That is, if you could stomach 1012 square kilometres of almost-identical jungle, repeating 6 or 7 side missions […]

March 15, 2010

Since the advent of computer gaming, developers have tried to emulate the experience of going to a film. Never was this more obvious than the early 90s, when the next big thing was thought to be the use of live actors in interactive video sequences. It wasn’t.  A few years and several million dollars later, […]