Sabbatical

I’m feeling a bit disheartened about the blogging thing at the moment so there’ll be no new posts for a bit, apart from one or two that have been queued up for a while. I’ll be back, though, got a load of notes on a bunch of things that I’ll turn into reviews at some […]

Blood Bowl (Xbox 360)

It would have been hard for Cyanide Studios to mess up Blood Bowl; after all, all they had to do was port the well-established board game’s rules to a digitised format and then dress everything up with pretty graphics and sounds. In fact the short version of this review is… yeah, they’ve done that. Job […]

Alison Bechdel – Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

“In the circus, acrobatics where one person lies on the floor balancing another are called “Icarian Games”. Considering the fate of Icarus after he flouted his father’s advice and flew so close to the sun his wings melted, perhaps some dark humor is intended. “In our particular re-enactment of this mythic relationship, it was not […]

Bomb the Music Industry! – Adults!!!: Smart!!! Shithammered!!! And Excited By Nothing!!!!!!!

I’ve not reviewed Bomb the Music Industry! on NFI before, although I did reckon last year’s Scrambles was the second best album of the year. That aside, it feels difficult to review a band that you’re so outrageously fond of without just spewing hot, exciting love all over the place. But! The idea behind Adults!!! […]

Half-hearted Wednesday post (actually, good news about indie gaming)

Some radspiffy news over at Rock, Paper, Shotgun: Some indie games make a lot of money. Most don’t. Worse, many never even get off the ground because they have no funding. The freshly-announced Indie Fund means to change that – it’s an angel investment group set up by some of independent gaming’s greatest current luminaries […]

Steven Blush – American Hardcore: A Tribal History

It’s difficult to approach this book, originally released in 2001, without bringing a certain amount of baggage with you. It’s probably among the most well-known collected histories of the early American hardcore punk movement, particularly after it was adapted into the notorious film of the same name. It’s widely regarded as an essential resource in […]

Killing children

There seems to have been limited coverage of this incident so far. A cursory search with the obvious keywords turns up nothing on the Guardian or Beeb websites.