Hit Points by Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown
A newsletter about the videogame industry, from the former editor of Edge magazine.
Created 21 Apr 2021
  • #74: Death of the titans
    22 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    It’s been a weird couple of years, both in the game industry and beyond. As such I’m wary of drawing any dramatic conclusions from it all; perhaps things will suddenly snap back to the way they used t...
  • #73: Award tour
    12 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    Perhaps you might think it premature for me to talk about end-of-year awards, but this was the reality of my career in print. In any case it’s around this time of year that Geoff Keighley sends out ba...
  • #72: The dad-game problem
    10 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 4 1
    At E3 in 2016, I was in a roundtable presentation of Sony Santa Monica’s freshly announced God Of War reboot. And, rarely for me, I asked a question. I was struck by the stark tonal pivot on show; on ...
  • #71: Not a lot
    08 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 2 1
    Hello! I’ve been somewhat preoccupied of late with what to do on slow days — and, to be honest, on days where stuff has happened, but I don’t really feel like writing about the thing I probably should...
  • #70: Big Funge
    05 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    Would you think it weird if I told you I had a favourite CEO? I realise it is not the same as having, say, a favourite drummer, or biscuit, or whisky1. But I have a favourite CEO, and it is Strauss Ze...
  • #69: Nice
    03 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 2 2
    I am slammed with consultancy work, my brain is a mess because I am only drinking water for a month and have terrible caffeine withdrawal, and ‘tis a quiet day out there for news. Let us do something ...
  • #68 Tune up
    01 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 3 2
    I’ve been playing Eidos Montreal’s Guardians Of The Galaxy, and having a fine old time. It’s not much of a game so far, per se — the combat system is rather bland and the fights are too long, and in b...
  • #67: Duty calls
    29 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 1 0
    To Activision Blizzard, then, and the gleaming Santa Monica corner office/underground lair that Big Bobby Kotick calls home. Yesterday Kotick announced a raft of measures designed to repair both the c...
  • #66: Nobody move
    27 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 3 2
    The eldest started primary school in September, and one of his recurring homework tasks is a times-tables app, Pixl, that he’s supposed to use three times a week. It is, as you would expect from an ed...
  • Max HP: Allen Murray, Private Division
    23 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 8 2
    We tend to assume, when meeting someone successful in a senior role, that they always planned to end up here; that they have had it all figured out from the start, their career a carefully plotted jou...
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