After Blue Monday…

Weekly games column, first published at Sick Kids Save Point on 22/01/13

Gaming Tuesday.
It’s a packed day for Scottish Games!

Edinburgh based Pixels on Toast have today released Food Run on iOS devices. It’s a one-button platformer, so perfect for iphone play. Bounce your wee line of fruit through 40 levels of fruity mischief. Continue reading

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Edinburgh Evening News column sample 2

4th October 2012

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The term ‘survival horror’ was first coined to describe the original Resident Evil game in 1996. It represented a breakthrough in something horror games had lacked before that point: atmosphere. Since then the series has gradually moved away from frights and suspense towards a more high-octane action orientated experience. EA’s Dead Space became the only truly scary game on the current generation of consoles, but that too has swung away from fear towards action with its sequels and spin-offs. Continue reading

Sample from EEN column

Originally published in the Edinburgh Evening News 26/7/12

Research regularly condemns the negative effects of playing video games, blaming them for addiction, aggression and various problems related to prolonged inactivity.

With almost the same frequency though research emerges that tells us that playing games can also be good for you. Continue reading

Holyrood Plays The Game

Originally published by Buzz Magazine on 30/3/12


According to the Independent Game Developers’ Association, the video games industry “has grown up largely unloved and ignored by the political and economic powers in our country.” That looks to be changing as a cross-party Scottish Parliament group on the video games industry held its first meeting this month.

Brian Baglow, who runs scottishgames.net, was at the “packed” meeting. Buzz caught up with the PR and digital media Freelancer recently to pick his brain about the state of the Scottish Games Industry.  He was surprisingly optimistic, and citedDenki Games as a perfect example of how Scottish talent has kept ahead of the curve.  Denki’s BAFTA winning Quarrel (pictured) was released on iPhone and iPad last year, and on Xbox live in January. Continue reading