David Crookes

David Crookes is a journalist, author, exhibition curator and communications manager.

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E3 2015: Shenmue finally gets its sequel – what other games are in need of a follow-up?

The gaming industry has got a reputation for endless sequels — but there are long-neglected games highly-deserving of a follow-up

Steve Wilcox’s Elite Systems has made the Recreated Spectrum, a replica of the original

The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit

Life Is Strange Episode 2 – Out of Time review: not too testing, but you'll look forward to the next instalment

Square Enix; £3.99; PS4, PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3

National Videogame Arcade: Appreciating games of the past to inspire games developers of the future

Rather than simply introducing people to playing games or offering nostalgia, this aims to explore video game culture and the mechanics of play

Budget 2015: up to £8 million pledged to UK video game industry

Gaming is worth an estimated £1bn to the GDP, and the UK has been responsible for iconic titles such as Grand Theft Auto and Tomb Raider

Screamride review: forget theme park management, this is about how good the rides can get

£29.99; Xbox 360, Xbox One; Frontier Developments

Another brick in the wall: Plaza Tlaxcoaque, a square in central Mexico City (top) and children’s efforts to redesign it on Minecraft

Minecraft is much more than 'Lego online' - it's a creative classroom tool

Minecraft is the best-selling independent game of all time, but its use in the real world – in urban development, mapping, history and the arts – makes it a crucial resource for building the future, says David Crookes

Battlefield Hardline beta: what to expect

UK release date: 20 March, 2015 (17 March in US)

Life Is Strange review: an untaxing but enjoyable trip through time

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