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Video game reviews, events, previews, opinions and discussions by Northern gamers.

Arcade Club, image by Drew Wilby

Button mashing brilliance: Northern Soul visits Arcade Club in Bury

September 9, 2017 Comments Off on Button mashing brilliance: Northern Soul visits Arcade Club in Bury

Tucked away on the outskirts of Bury town centre sits a converted mill housing a unique gaming experience.

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Ethical Gaming: Northern Soul chats to Pete Bottomley from White Paper Games

April 13, 2017 Comments Off on Ethical Gaming: Northern Soul chats to Pete Bottomley from White Paper Games

In 2014, a small independent games developer based in Manchester released its first game, a title dealing with the emotive and powerful issue of dementia.

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Quality Control: Northern Soul talks open-world gaming

March 21, 2017 Comments Off on Quality Control: Northern Soul talks open-world gaming

In a new regular feature, Northern Soul’s gamers consider the thorny issues besetting the video game industry.

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Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Donkey Kong: the video games that changed the world

February 8, 2017 Comments Off on Space Invaders, Pac-Man and Donkey Kong: the video games that changed the world

The 1980s was a transformative time for video games.

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Review: Dragon Bros, Space Lizard Studio

December 3, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Dragon Bros, Space Lizard Studio

New from Liverpool-based indie developers Space Lizard Studio, Dragon Bros is a gloriously old school platformer.

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A guide to Pokémon Go

August 6, 2016 Comments Off on A guide to Pokémon Go

Is your child chirping on about Charizard? Is your bezzie boasting about battles? Are your gal pals glued to their phones more than usual?

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An accidental history of football gaming: the era of evolution

June 13, 2016 Comments Off on An accidental history of football gaming: the era of evolution

The second part of Northern Soul’s Chris Holmes‘s history of football gaming begins under a momentous shadow which revolutionised gaming.

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Hyper Light Drifter

Game Review: Hyper Light Drifter

April 28, 2016 Comments Off on Game Review: Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter is an eerie, incredibly punishing hack-and-slash game by independent developers Heart Machine.

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Review: PLAY it! Manchester

April 7, 2016 Comments Off on Review: PLAY it! Manchester

Flex your thumbs gamers, Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry’s celebration of more than 30 years of video gaming is back and this year there are even more games to play.

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Ultimate Chicken Horse

Game Review: Ultimate Chicken Horse

April 4, 2016 Comments Off on Game Review: Ultimate Chicken Horse

The real appeal of this new indie game lies in its innovative gameplay, not its curious name. But then, mixing things up is actually what Ultimate Chicken Horse is all about. It blends the easy-to-pick-up-but-hard-to-master level building of the recent hit Super Mario Maker and the hardcore (but fun) platforming of Ori And The Blind Forest to brilliant effect.

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