Author Archives: Craig Lam

Games of 2012 – Lam

I’m cheap. Tighter than two coats of paint. I resent paying full price for a computer game: I wait for the sales unless there’s a pre-order deal that accommodates my parsimony and caution. This means that I frequently play major releases late in the year, or not at all. So when one considers the ‘big’ games released this year, I have yet to play Dishonored, Guild Wars 2, Spec Ops, DotA 2, and a host of other critically acclaimed behemoths. The overriding theme of the titles I have played this year is of hope souring into disappointment. X-COM and Far…

Pro Evolution Soccer 2013: Seabass Change

Shingo Takatsuka, better known as Seabass, relinquished his role as lead producer of Pro Evolution Soccer this year. He’d been main man at Konami’s soccer division for over a decade. He is the reason that the feel of Pro Evolution Soccer has stayed broadly the same over three generations of consoles and, perhaps, he is the reason that the series has stagnated in the last few years. Seabass and the series are inextricably linked, like Hideo Kojima and Metal Gear, or Peter Molyneux and unfulfilled promises. It might as well have been called Football by Seabass: the most familiar sport…