Simon Parkin, The Guardian

Simon Parkin

The Guardian

United Kingdom

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Recent:
  • Unknown
Past:
  • The Guardian
  • The New Yorker
  • GameDeveloper.com
  • MIT Tech Review
  • Ars Technica UK
  • Wareable

Past articles by Simon:

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

Kaws: New Fiction review – an art show where you brush shoulders with virtual visitors

This hybrid show of physical and digital works by US artist Brian Donnelly – also viewable in the video game Fortnite – could not be more of the moment → Read More

‘I remember the feeling of insult’: when Britain imprisoned its wartime refugees

The long read: After giving safe harbour to thousands of people fleeing Nazi persecution in Europe, the British government decided that some of them could be a threat – and locked all of them up. For many, it was a betrayal on the part of their supposed liberators → Read More

The trouble with Roblox, the video game empire built on child labour

Young developers on the platform used by many millions of children claim they have been financially exploited, threatened with dismissal and sexually harassed → Read More

Wordle review – simplicity that works like a charm

The quick, free online word-guessing game designed as a present for one is proving a daily gift for all → Read More

Simon Parkin’s best video games of 2021

Lake, Unpacking and other indie gems had space to shine while games industry giants put the brakes on and faced charges of abuse → Read More

The Best Video Games of 2021

Simon Parkin presents his list of the best video games of 2021, which includes Radiohead: Kid A Mnesia Exhibition, Unpacking, Overboard!, Wildermyth, Lake, Genesis Noir, Deathloop, Dorfromantik, Exo One, Toem, The Artful Escape, and Returnal, among others. → Read More

Exo One review – a joyous, otherworldly ride

Soar across alien vistas powered only by kinetic energy in this interplanetary search for the mysterious, life-giving monolith → Read More

Sable review – go build yourself a future, girl

You play a girl on the cusp of adulthood, trying out different vocations, in this exquisitely rendered ‘open world’ journey → Read More

Will the remastered Grand Theft Autos’ American satire hold up?

The world’s bestselling video game series combined reverence of US cinema with satire of nihilistic capitalism. But in a post-Trump world, what does GTA have left to say? → Read More

The Artful Escape review – Bowie meets Hitchhiker’s in gratifying teenage space opera

You play a young guitarist exploring your prog-rock ambitions to the full in this richly enjoyable psychedelic journey → Read More

‘Every message was copied to the police’: the inside story of the most daring surveillance sting in history

Billed as the most secure phone on the planet, An0m became a viral sensation in the underworld. There was just one problem for anyone using it for criminal means: it was run by the police → Read More