Simon Parkin, The Guardian

Simon Parkin

The Guardian

United Kingdom

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Recent articles by Simon:

Strange Horticulture review – the enjoyably shady business of botanicals

Plants can cure or kill in this atmospheric puzzle game → Read More

The Best Video Games of 2022

Simon Parkin writes about his favorite video games of 2022, a list of games for Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox, and other gaming systems, which includes Elden Ring, Wordle, Cyberpunk 2077, and many more. → Read More

The Case of the Golden Idol review – delicious Sherlockian murder mystery

A treasure inspires murder, and your job as detective is to piece together the crime in this addictive 18th-century whodunnit → Read More

README.txt by Chelsea Manning review – secrets and spies

The WikiLeaks whistleblower on her upbringing, her time in the US army and the extraordinary events that led to her conviction → Read More

‘I want to keep being the first’: Hideo Kojima on seven years as an independent game developer

In his 36-year career, Kojima has become one of the world’s best-known game directors – and he has never been keener to welcome fans into his world → Read More

Norco review – dour, compelling Louisiana adventure

This award-winning single-person adventure, set in a run-down refinery town, is full of compelling mysteries → Read More

The Chaos Machine by Max Fisher review – how social media rewired our world

A stark warning about the extent to which Facebook et al distort our perception of reality → Read More

On TikTok, an Album Containing Old Wartime Photos Causes Havoc

Simon Parkin writes about a TikTok post from an antique dealer in Minnesota who believed that he had found rare photographic evidence documenting the Nanjing Massacre, the 1937 attack in which Japanese invaders murdered and raped Chinese citizens. → Read More

Immortality review – an irresistible plunge into a Hollywood mystery

Her Story creator Sam Barlow surpasses himself with this stunning interactive movie thriller in which you play detective, film editor and eavesdropper → Read More

The game’s Bond: the making of Nintendo classic GoldenEye 007

The beloved shooter proved movie tie-ins didn’t have to be mediocre. Twenty-five years on from its release, its creators tell how they put Pierce Brosnan into 8 million bedrooms → Read More

Darwin’s Lost Treasure, Found

Simon Parkin writes about the mysterious disappearance and reappearance of two notebooks that belonged to Charles Darwin at the Cambridge University Library. → Read More

Influence Empire by Lulu Chen review – the story of China’s Tencent

A fascinating study of the tech giant and its symbiotic relationship with the Chinese government → Read More

Neon White review – an exhilarating speedrun through a celestial dreamscape

Timing is all as you wake from the dead and race towards a heavenly finish line, slaying demons en route, in this chaotic yet ingenious anime-inspired game → Read More

Influence, Inc review – a mesmerising dive into the world of public manipulation

Your job is to manage a digital influencing agency with commercial and political clients – and ethical challenges → Read More

Who owns Einstein? The battle for the world’s most famous face

The long read: Thanks to a savvy California lawyer, Albert Einstein has earned far more posthumously than he ever did in his lifetime. But is that what the great scientist would have wanted? → Read More

Trolley Problem, Inc review – a thrill ride into the world of ethical dilemmas

Presenting a series of impossible choices, this darkly comedic game stretches the player’s moral scaffolding to its limits → Read More

A Memoir Blue review – a deep dive into the price of success

An Olympic swimmer explores the roots of her compulsion to succeed in this dreamlike ‘interactive poem’ → Read More

Gran Turismo 7 review – a deliciously nerdish celebration of motorsport

With sumptuous attention to detail, the series’ 25th anniversary edition is its most reverent and irresistible yet → Read More

Hidetaka Miyazaki Sees Death as a Feature, Not a Bug

Miyazaki has created the most difficult games of the century. In his latest, “Elden Ring,” he wants a broader audience to feel the pain. → Read More

Elden Ring review – an unrivalled masterpiece of design and inventiveness

This is a massive world, astonishingly rendered and seemingly limitless in its creative diversity → Read More