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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?

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 However, as phone technology moves inexorably forward, is this attitude outdated?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

Feb 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

Dec 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

Nov 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

Sep 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

Apr 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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Video games

Quality Control: Northern Soul talks open-world gaming

Mar 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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Rochdale Feel Good Festival

Review: Rochdale Feel Good Festival

Aug 24, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Rochdale Feel Good Festival

After a summer of uncertainty and a national divide following Brexit, it was perhaps fitting that Rochdale’s Feel Good festival should be accompanied by a near constant downpour.

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Football gaming

An accidental history of football gaming: the era of evolution

Jun 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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