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

Quality Control: Mobile phone gaming – exploitation or excellent?

April 4, 2018 Comments Off on Quality Control: Mobile phone gaming – exploitation or excellent?

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 However, as phone technology moves inexorably forward, is this attitude outdated?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.

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intu Trafford Centre's new IMAX VR Experience

Flights of Fantasy: Northern Soul tests its mettle at the IMAX Virtual Reality Experience

December 12, 2017 Comments Off on Flights of Fantasy: Northern Soul tests its mettle at the IMAX Virtual Reality Experience

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.

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Arcade Club by Drew Wilby

Quality Control: Gaming Forums

November 24, 2017 Comments Off on Quality Control: Gaming Forums

In the second part of a new series, Northern Soul’s gamers consider the thorny issues besetting the video game industry. 

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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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