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I write stories to say what I think about games, for me it's the only way I can really communicate what I feel about them. Do you ever have a response to something that's hard to put into words? I find that sometimes I have something to express that can't be communicated by trying to explain how I feel, directly.

Often when we criticise games, films or stories we focus on technical areas: control, visuals, atmosphere, pacing and characters. I find that my personal responses aren't always defined by the sum of a games parts and I don't believe yours are, either.

Read more about me.

Mickey is persuaded out of retirement for one last game. With Epic Mickey 2 on the horizon Chris Jarvis's telling radio play about the game offers some insight into its pitfalls... watch now

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Chris Jarvis reviews Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light for XBLA and PSN. Lara is under inspection from the society of archeology... watch now

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Tomb Raider and a new adventure for Lara... read now

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Terminus (Part Two): Quick Time Events - A review in the form of a short story. In a dramatic conclusion, the time-traveller feels caught between a nostalgic past and an experimental future, while fighting for control of his body... listen now

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Terminus (Part One): A Link to the Past - A review in the form of a short story. A traveller in time tries to piece together the reasons he has visited his own past and is reunited with a great love. But is time itself against him?.. listen now

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Dead Again, and Again - a review in the form of a short story. Going about his daily tasks, one game reviewer finds that sitting down and playing a game can be a tricky - and sometimes fatal - task... listen now

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Six Second Memory - a review of Steel Diver 3DS as a short story. This week, a submarine recruit is sent on a range of deadly missions, while far away on land a package is carried to its ultimate destination... listen now

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What Goes Around, Comes Around - a review in the form of a short story. Returning from a decades-long tour of duty, a veteran expects to find great changes but instead finds that the world of today is a very familiar place... listen now

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Stacking 360: An arts and culture journalist interviews a film director about Russian dolls, budgets and petit pois... listen now

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A Pitch Too Far, a review in the form of a short story. This week, a marketing manager finds he has to deal with a strange figure on the ledge outside his office, intent on jumping. What could possibly be troubling him so greatly?.. listen now

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Sackboy's Progress: Two tiny pilgrims journey to the wilds of the In-The-Net find adventure, hardship, and wonder. A review of LittleBigPlanet2 in the form of a short story... listen now

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A recently discovered epic poem tells the story of four knights and their desperate quest to find entertainment. Based on Castle Crashers for Playstation 3 available through PSN. .. listen now

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This is Brutal Legend, a review in the form of a short story. Given a new lease of life by his death, Eddie wants to do things his own way. But isn't there a reason things are done the they are?.. listen now

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Executive Forces, a short story review based on Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars for the Nintendo 3DS. A covert military unit employs ultimate sanction against the enemy; at least that's what is in the script. Is the director being led astray by fabled military advisor Doug Trenches? .. listen now

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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Standards: About to set out on her latest adventure, Lara is joined by an unexpected companion... listen now

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Learning to Fly - A Novel Gamer preview of PilotWings Resort 3DS... listen now

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Commander on Trial: On trial for competency, a space fleet commander must justify his actions and approach to a controversial fleet battle... listen now

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Reaching Infinite Space: Ever since he was a child, Yuri had dreamed of visiting the stars. Now given the chance will he find that his dreams are everything they promised to be?.. listen now

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The Not-so-famous Four do Hallowe'en: The protagonists of Costume Quest are visited by their old-school British cousins and have a thoroughly chipper time!.. listen now

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Dead Meg Beg No Scraps: Mickey lives in a high apartment building alone with his memories of being a star until an old flame walks back into his life and offers him a second shot at stardom. But, does it come at a price Mickey is not prepared to pay?.. listen now

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Rupert's Safari: While on a year out, Rupert decides to try a safari experience he has heard about. He gets far more than he bargained for and wrestles with an experience that challenges some personal views... listen now

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Starfox Command Remembered - Years after the game's release, an arts correspondent is invited to interview the former frontman - now living the insence-addled life of an ageing hippie - to hear about sex, drugs and barrel-rolls... listen now

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