David Crookes

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

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Valve's rivals dismiss the company's plans for Steam consoles

Online games distributor claims console owners already have the system they want

FIFA 14: Football games have come a long way since World Cup Carnival

Gamers queued up overnight for the new FIFA 14 game but football games have not always proved so popular, as one retro title proved

A bendy London bus that has ended up in Malta

Tourists visiting Malta driven round the bend by the unpopular buses that Boris Johnson rejected

Visitors vow to avoid island until saga over unpopular Arriva buses is resolved

UK-based Blitz Games Studios to close after 23 years

Staff reportedly honoured the company with a round of applause even after they were told they'd lost their jobs

Game changer?: Ouya is the brainchild of industry veteran Julie Uhrman

Ouya is taking on the games giants but will it stumble over a lack of funding?

Julie Uhrman drummed up millions online to launch the new console, but its journey from concept to front room has been a rough ride

We have known asbestos causes cancer for more than 100 years. So why are people still dying?

David Crookes' father died of mesothelioma last week. To mark Action Mesothelioma Day this Friday, he urges more action to combat the use of asbestos

First-person shooter 'Quake III Arena', released in 1999

Did AI robots from Quake III Arena video game bring about world peace?

Guns, so one line of thinking goes, do not kill people. Death usually comes when the trigger is pulled by a living being so people, therefore, kill people. It may be an over-simplified way of thinking (and one that the National Rifle Association seems to love) but could the same argument be put forward for video games? Are certain games inherently violent or do they only become bloodbaths once humans get hold of the controller?

Grand Theft Auto

Patriot games: Made in Creative UK campaign celebrates the best in British video gaming

But are titles any better because they are developed here, asks David Crookes?

It’s going to be difficult to sell used games for the new XBox One console.

It’s going to be difficult to sell used games for the new XBox One console. Are thrifty gamers being had?

Console-makers take a stand on reselling 'pre-owned' games

Rumours emerged from trade magazine MCV

UPDATE: Sky/Xbox One rumours quashed

Sky spokesperson: "We have no plans to sell Xbox hardware as part of a Sky subscription"

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
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It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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