THE Tetris world was rocked last week – or as rocked as the world of Tetris ever can be – when a 16-year-old from California won the game’s World Championship in Oregon.
In doing so, Joseph Saelee dethroned seven-time champion Jonas Neubauer, 37, who was to puzzle-game Tetris what LeBron James is to basketball or Lionel Messi is to football.
Veteran Neubauer was generous in defeat, saying it was an “honour to pass the Tetris torch to the next generation”.
As a middle-aged gamer myself, I can certainly emphasise with Neubauer – who has won seven and been runner-up twice in the last nine World Championships.
Once you get past a certain age, it doesn’t matter how well you know the game or how much you play, there’s always some teenager around online with quicker reactions to crush you and ruin your day.
RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2 has finally released and is making a loud claim to be 2018’s game of the year.
The critics certainly love it – it currently stands on an average of 97 per cent on review score site Metacritic – and it’s on course to sell upwards of 8million units in its opening weekend.
I don’t have much room in my gaming schedule, especially as Rockstar’s Cowboy epic’s main story weighs in around 60 hours.
But after seeing how glorious the game looks in 4K on the Xbox One X and reading The Guardian compare it to a video game version of my favourite TV show Deadwood, I’m going to have to play it. Saddle up the horses, there’s a new sheriff in town.
THIS week was a momentous one for me, in that I clinched my first ever victory in a Battle Royale-style game mode.
For those that have been living beneath a rock, Battle Royale game modes see 100 people parachute onto a map and keep battling until there is only person – or team in squad modes – left.
It was first popularised by Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds before Fortnite came and took the mode to a whole new level of fame.
I’m not a huge fan of Battle Royale as a rule. You spend too much time hiding in toilets and lying in bushes and not enough shooting for my liking.
But I have friends who love it and have played plenty of PUBG, Fortnite and the new kid on the block, Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII’s Blackout mode.
And I have never won. Not once. I finished second once and plenty of top-five finishes – but never an all-important winner, winner, chicken dinner.
Until last week, when I had been dragged round by a more-skilled friend, watching him pick up a string of kills, while I kept a low-profile and hid behind rocks in the bravest way I could.
Until the map had shrunk to its smallest zone, with our squad of two up against three others, I suddenly became a digital version of Rambo after my pal was taken out of action, taking out all three opponents in as many seconds to clinch the win.
I have never shown such ability in a first-person shooter before and most likely never will again.
I’m still not sold on Battle Royale, but I will always have the recording of my clutch match-winning triple kill to keep me warm on cold winter nights.
WITH Halloween having just been, it is apt to hear the news that one of the greatest ever horror games – nay, make that greatest ever games full stop – is heading to Nintendo Switch.
Resident Evil 4 was a game-changer when it was first released on the Nintendo GameCube back in 2005 and still cuts the mustard even today.
It’s been out on pretty much every platform since, including some toasters, but if you have never played it, or simply want the chance to headshot zombies while taking a train journey thanks to the Switch’s portability, then it’s a must-buy.
However, it’s not going to be out by Christmas, but at some point next year.