Author Archives: Jamie McEwan

Research and Development

“A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” So said Winston Churchill about Russia’s intentions just after World War II broke out, and it’s a saying that’s appropriate to the Half Life 2 mod Research & Development, albeit paraphrased. Essentially it’s a point-and-click game wrapped up in a physics-based environmental puzzler inside a first-person-shooter. Confused? Then let me elaborate… The game opens with you regaining consciousness after a Combine attack on what turns out to be a covert scientific facility experimenting on antlions. You quickly ascertain that there are allies nearby, but to reach them you have to make…

State of Temptation

It’s a guy thing, isn’t it, the urge to collect. It’s something that women don’t necessarily get, regardless of how many shoes they have, but We collect stuff like crazed magpies tempted by bottle caps on a rope. It could be baked bean labels, Star Wars toys, or any one of these weird and wonderful collections… but whatever it is, I’m sure it makes you happy. There’s just something in us that makes us smile when we see a new item to add to our treasure pile, and that’s perhaps why we give so much time to games that come…