Simon Parkin, The Guardian

Simon Parkin

The Guardian

United Kingdom

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Recent articles by Simon:

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

Ghost of Tsushima: Directors’ Cut review – rich treasures on a new island

This expansion of last year’s hit offers a wider range of missions and side quests to its samurai warfare → Read More

Ynglet review – small but perfectly formed

As a single-celled animal, your options are limited – and yet this gem of a game is a masterclass in minimalism → Read More

Umurangi Generation review – chic photographic hide-and-seek

A compelling mission to locate and photograph a series of images in a Māori-influenced world under occupation → Read More

Dorfromntik review – the simple pleasures of world-building

Part town-planning exercise, part board game, this thoughtful debut gives plenty of scope for strategy and idealism → Read More

Genesis Noir review – an astonishing cosmic thriller

The big bang meets the whodunnit in this dazzlingly inventive point-and-click adventure spanning time and space → Read More

Maquette review – exhilarating worlds within worlds

This simple girl-meets-boy story plays out in a series of abstract dioramas, each one bigger than the next → Read More

Conspiracy! review – to the heart of America's deep state

Sift through the evidence and unravel a plot to defraud US democracy in this timely immersive satire → Read More

Today in Focus revisited: a cure for insomnia?

Like a growing number of people, Simon Parkin suffered from insomnia for years. After dozens of failed techniques, he finally found one that worked → Read More

Games: Simon Parkin's five best of 2020

Zeus’s son sought freedom, planting brought a sense of calm – and who was the murderer aboard a spaceship? → Read More

From the archives: Fifa: the video game that changed football – podcast

This week: Fifa belongs to a select group of titles familiar to people who have no interest in gaming – or even real football. What’s the secret of its success? → Read More

The Best Video Games of 2020

Away from the corporate mainstream, artists offered games that were bold and nourishing, and that made a tough year just a tiny bit brighter. → Read More