British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have just announced their new studio album Senjutsu, slated for release on September 3rd. …


In February during the Stream On keynote, Spotify laid out its vision and long-term plan for the development of the service, as well as made a number of announcements. The world’s leading music streaming platform is not content with staying where it is now — instead, it wants to be…


I love immersive sims and I love randomness and procedural elements in games — and I’ve always wondered why these two don’t usually get along too well. For quite some time I thought that the reason is that immersive sims are always a very hand-crafted experience, created with meticulous attention…


WWDC 2020 has been groundbreaking for Apple — between the online-only format of the event itself, through a truly generational leap for the Mac, to sometimes subtle but fundamental paradigm changes, it has been packed with news. …


(NOTE: It’s unclear what is the exact date of Deus Ex’s original launch, as different sources provide different dates. It’s safe to say, however, that this and next week are the 20th anniversary weeks.)

Deus Ex became a part of my life almost immediately after Thief. The Dark Project was…


“The Trickster is dead. Beware the dawn of the Metal Age.”

These were the last words Keeper Artemus said to Garrett before the Master Thief vanished into the shadows of the early morning City streets at the very end of Thief: The Dark Project. The world was saved. The evil…


Immersive sims were born and flourished during the 90s and early 2000s, and arguably, it was a period when they were a part of the mainstream games industry. Sure, these games have always been niche, but they were still using advanced tech, significant budgets, and made by teams that were…


A few days ago, tech publicists and Apple fans celebrated 10 years of the iPad original announcement. While there are many people who stated that iPad changed their lives and became their favorite computing device (I’m one of those people), there have been some critical voices as well. …


Last October, Thief Gold turned 20 years old. For many, Thief Gold is just a patched, “improved” version of Thief: The Dark Project, but I disagree with this assessment. …


For a few years now, some people have been saying that Apple doesn’t “get” games. Reportedly Steve Jobs himself wasn’t too fond of games as a medium; Apple’s dedicated gaming device, Pippin, released in 1996, failed; and Mac has long lost the status of a truly credible core gaming platform…

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