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Laura Dale

Majora’s Mask, Social Flow Charts and Asperger’s

I’ve never been good at understanding the expected outcomes of social situations. As someone who grew up with Asperger’s syndrome, not diagnosed formally until adulthood, I often felt socially out of my depth in the world. The ways peoples’ facial expressions could convey a dishonesty of statement, the […]

A Guide to Post-Surgery Gaming Options

At the end of June 2016 I underwent fairly major surgery in a London hospital, and in preparation I downloaded a large number of games to my 3DS and iPad for the week long stay. I ended up not playing any of the games I brought with me. […]

Magikarp Jump: Autistic Stimming In Plain Sight

I’m going to acknowledge right off the bat, Magikarp Jump is, on paper, not an interesting game mechanically. It’s a clicker game through and through, you tap on fruit, activate training activities on cool downs that are purely luck-based, and battle success is 100% based on whether or […]

Sometimes, I Just Can’t Enjoy Video Games

This is awkward to write when ‘video game critic’ is your full-time job. Sometimes, I just can’t enjoy video games. Video games are a wide, varied, limitless medium for interactive entertainment, being a part of wondrous worlds or benign puzzles, fantastical stories or competitive teamwork. Video games are […]

Five Games That Mimic a Urinary Tract Infection

As I have recently learned as someone with a shortened urethra, urinary tract infections are painful as all hell to experience. Painful urination, constant feelings of desperately needing to pee, the whole experience can only be described as horrid. It’s not fun, but you just have to get […]

Five Gaming Cocktails That Need to Exist

With the rise in popularity of video games, a number of bars and cafes have popped up around the world themed around the fantastic adventures of our favourite interactive protagonists. While many gaming bars feature drinks based on video game franchises, it’s unlikely any of the below drinks are […]