Video game reviews, events, previews, opinions and discussions by Northern gamers.
The first three bars of the Super Mario Bros. theme are iconic.Read the full story..
I have a unique sense of kinship with my home town of Manchester, mainly through the music of bands like The Stone Roses and The Smiths. Every time I listen to these artists, I’m reminded of where I’m from and how that’s shaped me into who I am today.Read the full story..
“There are a lot of friendships that have been formed and there’s no judgement. Some of our regulars are disabled, some aren’t. No-one sees the disability, they just all play together.”Read the full story..
In my three years as Gaming Editor for Northern Soul, I have visited a variety of retro arcade clubs and bars. But nothing prepared me for the living, breathing exhibition at Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum.Read the full story..
In the last few years, gaming as a spectator sport has become something of a phenomenon, from YouTubers earning lucrative sponsorship deals broadcasting their gaming exploits to the explosion in professional tournaments and leagues collectively known as esports.Read the full story..
New arcade bar, NQ64, is the latest venture to tap into a strong sense of nostalgia among gamers of a certain age.Read the full story..
“This truly is a retreat for dedicated and casual gamers.” Northern Soul reviews Virtual Hideout Manchester
Nestled in a new outdoor stretch of bars and restaurants near the Odeon in Manchester’s Great Northern, Virtual Hideout Manchester is the latest haven for those seeking a gaming fix with a primary focus on VR.Read the full story..
Mobile phone gaming is often accused of shallow gameplay designed to consistently extort money from gamers’ wallets in the guise of ‘free to play’ – which is anything but. However, as phone technology moves inexorably forward, is this attitude outdated? Northern Soul gamers investigate.Read the full story..
After several false starts, the current virtual reality revolution feels different – something which became clear as I was treated to a pre-flight tour of the new IMAX VR Experience at the Trafford Centre Odeon.Read the full story..
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Supported by funding from @HeritageFundUK, Betty’s Back! will explore James’s life and works in the context of the 1920s, when the portrait was painted, and will also reveal artwork by Betty Durden Green for the first time.