Conservative consoles: probing the shortage of original exclusives on PS4 and Xbox One

Xbox One / PS4 comparison, Nov 20, 2013, Mark Farrell (1280x720)The complexities of the modern console game have not had a positive effect on the number of original or exclusive titles for PS4 and Xbox One owners to play, so far, this generation.

This week, Naughty Dog told PlayStation fans, via the PlayStation Blog, that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Sony’s flagship PS4 release for this holiday season, has been delayed until 2016. Giant Bomb’s Jeff Gerstmann wrote an article about how scant both PS4 and Xbox One’s 2015 retail release lists currently look. Granted we’ve not been hit with the annual dollop of E3 announcements, but, despite grand promises, the current generation of game consoles have been plagued by a dearth of specially-created software worthy of their processing power and feature sets. Continue reading

Recommended watching: What Difference Does It Make?

Red Bell Music Acadeny - What Difference Does It Make film (980x520)Just what difference their work makes is a question that occupies creatives everywhere.

The art of making music and how it affects the lives of people who choose to make it is the question explored in a feature-length documentary, What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music, by director Ralf Schmerberg. It’s a thoroughly captivity look at the creative process and how we define our own worth. Continue reading

Proposals, proposals

Magazine launches are few and far between here in the UK. But while some had proposals of marriage in mind, I have spent all day imagining, discussing and pitching magazine proposals.

Mark Payton, editorial director at Haymarket, visited my college today, and my MA class and I had been given briefs to fulfil in advance of shirt-and-shoes occasion. Continue reading