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More than a game: the esports juggernaut rolls into Manchester

April 13, 2019 Comments Off on More than a game: the esports juggernaut rolls into Manchester

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.

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Manchester’s NQ64: “grungy backstreet bar chic combined with retro gaming nirvana”

March 23, 2019 Comments Off on Manchester’s NQ64: “grungy backstreet bar chic combined with retro gaming nirvana”

New arcade bar, NQ64, is the latest venture to tap into a strong sense of nostalgia among gamers of a certain age.

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“This truly is a retreat for dedicated and casual gamers.” Northern Soul reviews Virtual Hideout Manchester

May 26, 2018 Comments Off on “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.

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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 However, as phone technology moves inexorably forward, is this attitude outdated?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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Blood and guts: Northern Soul joins the Vikings at the 2018 Jorvik Festival, York

February 25, 2018 Comments Off on Blood and guts: Northern Soul joins the Vikings at the 2018 Jorvik Festival, York

It’s fair to say that York is a special city. A place where history greets you at every turn. The streets and buildings breathe their storied past, providing the perfect setting for an experience as visceral as the Jorvik Festival.

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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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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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