Flight Of The Conchords

June 24, 2018 at 19:00 (Comedy, Gigs, Music)

Leeds First Direct Arena


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David Baddiel – My Family Not The Sitcom

June 22, 2018 at 18:30 (Comedy, Gigs)

City Varieties

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The Magic Numbers

May 29, 2018 at 18:30 (Gigs, Music)

Brudenell Social Club

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Steve Lamacq- Going Deaf For A Living

May 11, 2018 at 18:30 (Gigs, Music)

Brudenell Social Club – Main Room

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Richard Herring – Oh Frig I’m Fifty

May 3, 2018 at 19:00 (Comedy, Gigs)

City Varieties Leeds

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The Last Guardian

April 3, 2018 at 15:42 (Games, PS4)

Every review of The Last Guardian suggests that the game is a balancing act where the joy of the relationship between the boy and the creature is strong enough to overlook the many technical flaws, unfortunately for me the scales were too far tipped the other way. I wanted to like this game, I fought (and that feels like the right word) through until the end hoping it could convert me but I just got more and more frustrated and the dismal ending to an already weak story did nothing to change that either. Most of the other people’s complaints are about not getting the creature to do what you want but I rarely had any issues with this, it’s the one part of the game that did work for me. Practically everything else annoyed me: the camera, the controls, the bugs, the dull interior environments, the confusing exteriors, button mashing as a control mechanism, 12+ hours and I’m still not sure how to drop down from a ledge or jump from a rope. I never felt like I knew what I was supposed to be doing next, I never had any motivation to do anything. So much of the game is little more than a cut scene, jump on the creature’s back and see where he(?) takes you.

A big disappointment and has put me off trying Shadow Of The Colossus now.

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From Hollywood with Love

February 4, 2018 at 17:00 (Film, Gigs, Music)

Orchestra of Opera North – Leeds Town Hall

Hollywood is calling! Conductor Tobias Ringborg along with pianist Ian Buckle, presenter Andrew Collins and the fantastic Orchestra of Opera North guide you through the world of Hollywood film scores

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Super Mario Odysesy

December 16, 2017 at 14:54 (Games, Switch) ()


I pre-ordered this before realising I wouldn’t have time to play it until weeks after the release. In that time I saw lots of feedback about how great the game was so it was perhaps inevitable that (slight) disappointment would follow when I first started playing. It wasn’t until I got to the end of the New Donk City that the game truly impressed me with a magnificent sequence that is full of joy. It didn’t help that I somehow completely missed the T-Rex early in the game although I did find one later but only as a result of fumbling the controls and ending up somewhere I wasn’t trying to get to. It’s those controls and to a lesser extent the camera that marred my early hours with the game. I expect more from Nintendo, I don’t want to feel let down by the controls or be unsure exactly where I should be heading and certainly not miss an epic set piece. As I continued through the game, it never felt like a slog but it did feel a bit like going through the motions, albeit with a smile on my face. Those moments of pure joy did pop up from time to time but not enough to be fully impressed. This already didn’t feel as memorable as the Galaxy games or even Sunshine not to mention 64.

I tried not to read too much about the game but I was already aware that things may not be exactly as they seem. Throughout there is a sense that something else is being teased and as I approached Bowser’s Castle my hopes were raised. I don’t really think it’s a spoiler (but others have so feel free to skip ahead) to say that the 10ish hour story is really just a really long tutorial for the real game and it’s only once that starts that, for me, the game really came alive.  I’m not far into that stage of the game but already I feel the desire to play more which I didn’t have before. It is filling me with joy to play and also to marvel at how well the levels are put together which I didn’t appreciate as I was being funneled through the story. The funny thing is this is how I’ve said games should be designed, a brief story to introduce you to the world and mechanics but then an open world to explore and enjoy fully.

I have no idea how much more of the game I’ll play, it feels like there is a lot to see and a desire to do so but this felt like the right time to say something about it before I forget (like I did with Breath Of The Wild and possibly Tomb Raider).

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Little Nightmares

December 2, 2017 at 13:00 (Games, Misc, PS4)


It’s a while since I finished playing Little Nightmares and I can’t remember what I was going to say but in attempting to write about all the games I play* I thought I’d write something. I played this straight after Resident Evil 7 and this smaller game is far more effective; it’s creepier, more engaging and just a lot better. There are flaws, most notably a control scheme seems to require you to contort your fingers across several buttons to perform simple actions. Not mastering the controls means a lot of death and restarts and this is frustrating but not as much as RE7 and here there is a drive to carry on. I was captured by the look of Little Nightmares when I first saw it and it really does seem like this is the main feature of the game. The art style is so fantastic that I wanted to see what was next, I didn’t mind the setbacks or the simple puzzles (nor the few obscure ones), or never being entirely sure what to do (run or hide – a similar problem to RE7). It felt like it was the right length as well (not sure how long I played it for), leaving me satisfied without ever feeling like there was too much filler as with most games. It may not have always been fun to play but it was still a great experience.

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Rob Kemp’s The Elvis Dead

November 3, 2017 at 21:00 (Comedy, Festivals, Gigs, Music) ()

Hyde Park Picture House as part of Leeds International Film Festival 2017


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