The good, the bad and the ugly of the past week (28 July 2017)

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Critical hit at rAge one year

I promised you last week that I had some big news and you would need to check back today to find out what it was. So, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you all that I have reached the end of my official tenure with Critical Hit. It has been an incredible four years with this team and as a part of this wonderful community of gamers, geeks and generally awesome people.

I will be emigrating next month, moving off to the US with my husband and kid. I do intend to still occasionally contribute to Critical Hit, so you might still see my byline from time to time. Plus, thanks to social media and all that, you can still follow me and my adventures if you so wish. I hope that this isn’t really goodbye.

As for the team, I just want to say a huge thanks to each and every one of you. To all the new people who joined us from The Movies, it has been a joy to work with you all in the past 7 months. You make our conversations so much more full, and have been an incredible addition to the team. To my favorite Porras Alessandro and Mattstick, (yes, Matthew, I still consider you one of us), thanks for adding new perspectives, food porn and that strangely youthful energy to all that you do.

Darryn, my other wonder twin, it has been a pleasure working with you, and thank you for all the times you defended me from crazy people in LA, brought me coffee and prevented me from committing crimes against pixels. Gavin, thank you for taking a chance on the random token application, and for surprising everyone else by proving you’re not quite as much of an asshole as everyone thinks. And Geoff, I think I’ll miss you most of all. Thank you for pushing me to be a better writer (or just fixing my words so that I already seemed like one), for helping me grow in new roles and for always lending an ear when I needed to rant or vent. You guys are the best team a girl could ask for and I can only hope that I will find colleagues and friends half as awesome as you all when I get to the States.

To every single one of you reading, thank you. Thank you for commenting on my articles over the years, for joining for drinks after rAge, for reaching out on twitter or Facebook, for making me feel like I belonged from day one. This site wouldn’t exist without its readers, and I will miss this awesome community far too much – I promise I won’t be a stranger.

And without further ado – here’s all the news you might have missed this week.

Best Story

Good news for console gamers! The Sims 4 is coming to Xbox One and PS4 in November. Now you, too, can force your Sims into underground painting grottos like Darryn, letting your above-ground Sims reap the rewards of their hard work. Wait, what?

Worst Story

The community of gamers is often seen as being toxic, a label we always strive to overcome. Unfortunately, some stories come out that feel like a setback. This week [REDACTED].

Gone are the days of spending hours in MS Paint as part of your computer literacy. But many people still use and love it. Unfortunately, those people need to say farewell – Microsoft is getting ready to kill off the ancient application (only they’re not!)

Shame, the Pokemon GO craze has pretty much subsided, but Niantic still wanted to run a big public event. Too bad it was a total flop.

Random Story

Hey, it’s a leaked sex tape for… Agents of Mayhem? Um, what?

Meanwhile, a company in the US is to be the first company to microchip employees. Next step, Brave New World. Or maybe all this technology is benign. Right? RIGHT?

Reviews and Features

Apple of My Eye review – A family movie that lacks the heart to go deeper
Baby Driver review – Buckle up for Edgar Wright’s pedal to the metal masterpiece
Pyre review – a deep strategy game that lingers long after the credits roll
Final Fantasy XII Zodiac Age Review – An amazing journey back to Ivalice
Ambition Review – A simple card game with incredible strategic depth
Hey! Pikmin Review – Strategy meets platforming for kids
Solstice Chronicles M.I.A review – a tense and dynamic, tactical isometric shooter
The ten most amazing Spider-Man costumes
Sundered review – A roguelike, Lovecraftian Metroidvania
Miitopia Review – A quirky and entertaining RPG-lite
The Ticket Review (DVD) – A melancholic journey that stops you from caring

Header Image of the Week

Darryn made it nigh impossible to choose a favourite header this week. So why choose? Why not both!

BOTW Known Players
BOTW D netta

Comment of the Week

I know it’s silly, even juvenile, but Unavengedavo made me giggle with his comment on the article about Atari releasing a speaker hat

We had a speaker hat before it was cool…
Speakerhat

Bonus Content

Thanks Darryn for whatever this is.

Noelle made a video. You should watch it.

And another strange one from Darryn, because I don’t even want to know his journey on the internet.

Thanks for reminding me of this Kervyn.

Finally, because it never ever gets old, good old Gandalf.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Critical Hit as an organisation.

Last Updated: July 28, 2017

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

  • What? You’re leaving? You could have at least let me know. Gosh.

    • MonsterCheddar

      Whats with the soul patch on your chin cheroo, MF?

  • Hammersteyn

    *sniff* Men with bears don’t cry, but here’s a simulation
    http://i.memeful.com/media/post/jRLLP0R_700wa_0.gif

  • VampyreSquirrel

    All the best on your adventures into the US of A Zoe! I’ll try and make it to one of those 3 meet-ups you’ve setup, but I have no idea if I can.

  • MonsterCheddar

    Good luck, Zoe. All the best to you and your family.

  • Hammersteyn

    First time I spoke with Zoe my name was drawn first on Random.org (Inorite?). It was a ass creed gauntlet and @Admiral_Chief:disqus still laughed at me because I put it on the wrong way. But when she phoned I got a massive shock because it was the first time I spoke with any of the staff and she was beyond super friendly. You will be missed Zoe.

    • Skyblue

      Got to meet Zoe and Geoff at [email protected] when I still used to attend a few years back, Thought they were pretty cool… happy I missed the Bontman the following year ;-p

      • Hammersteyn

        XD

  • Where am I going to get my bad photo shopping fix now 🙁

    Have fun the the US of A Zoe o/

    “So long and thanks for all the fish”

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    But who’s going to pity laugh at all my super special jokes now? It can’t just be me, that makes it weird.

    Good luck in FREEDOMLAND, BRO-E!

  • Spathi

    Ai, baie hartseer 🙁 Zoe, thank you for helping making Lazygamer (yeah I still call it that!) such an awesome place to hang around. You hold a special place in my heart due to your “tribulations” with becoming a mom and how that affected your life (and gaming time), because that gave me some perspective that it is normal for a new parent to feel overwhelmed, with me going through the same joys and “troubles”. You will be missed.

    Anyway, enough soppy stuff! All the best in the US, I trust and hope you and your family will be happy and have all the success you deserve!

    Cheers

  • Original Heretic

    Cheerio, Zoe! Go and make America great again.

    And I love the header, btw. “The good, the bad and the ugly”, indeed.
    I reckon Zoe is the good.
    Geoff and Darryn can duke it out for the other two spots.

  • BakedBagel

    While we had differences in opinion, i wish you a safe and happy travels.

    May the force be with you Zoe

    • Hammersteyn

      If it’s America’s air force she’ll be fine.
      😛

  • A Levitt

    Zoe. Your presence and posts and charm were all good. You leaving, well it’s bad for us. Now we’re just left with the ugly remains that are Darryn’s food choices and Gavin’s feelings towards other people in general.

    You’ll be missed.

  • Magoo

    Zoe you forgot to add “The good, the bad and the ugly of the past week (28 July 2017)” under worst stories. 🙁

    Cheers mate!

  • Guild

    We will stay in touch and hopefully visit you…..if Trump allows us foreigners in.
    All the best Zoe to new beginnings. It’s been awesome getting to know you and the family.

  • miaau

    I feel, as I am sure others do, honoured that, for example, that we could all share in some parts of your life, your daughter, how it effected you as a gamer (not just on this site) and as a person. I found reading some of your blogs interesting and insightful.

    I will also miss you commentary and articles on this site.

    I truly wish the best for you and your family and that your family settles in quickly and that your new house rapidly becomes a home and that your new neighbourhood becomes a community.

  • I’m sorry to see you go 🙁 The site will absolutely not be the same without you. Good luck that side. We will miss your writings.
    Thankfully you will still have a few posts here and there, you better not disappear completely ok?

    All the best.
    Lots of Raptor love.

  • GooseZA

    I think the worst story here is that you’re leaving. All the best for the future!

  • Matthew Figueira

    DON’T LEAVE US Z!!!!! *cries*

    All the best for the future 🙂 thanks for ALL of the things! At the very least we will still have all those Gamescom memories 😛 APARTMENT FOR ANTS!

  • Umar

    I hope that this move brings you and your family all the happiness in the world. I’ve always enjoyed your work and I look forward to whatever may be next as well. Till next time, my JRPG sidekick ^_^

  • HvR

    Ai tog. Baai vriendelike Amerikaanse tannie.

    May not have always agreed with you but it was always insightful and a pleasure to read your articles and watch some of your vlogs.

    You will be missed.

  • Chuckles von Clausewitz III

    🙁 NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Gavin, thank you for taking a chance on the random token application, and for surprising everyone else by proving you’re not quite as much of an asshole as everyone thinks

    Hey you’re still under NDA on this…

  • Admiral Chief

    Wow, talk about news. Good luck over there!

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