David Crookes

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

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Nintendo president Satoru Iwata unveiling the Wii U in 2011

Nintendo chief says company must give gamers better value for money

Videogame giant Nintendo says it is becoming more difficult to satisfy consumers willing to spend money on full price games.

Gaming: Let women characters take the lead

Women in games have not always been like Lara Croft, blasting past dinosaurs and through ancient tombs.

You might feel a sense of envy for The Boy Scouts of America, who now get to sit around playing video games rather than getting their hands dirty

Video gaming? There’s a Scouts badge for that

If your scouting days were dominated by burnt baked beans (for the camp cook badge), water-logged eskimo rolls (water activities badge) or making terrible shelves (DIY badge), you might feel a sense of envy for The Boy Scouts of America, who now get to sit around playing video games rather than getting their hands dirty.

MiniDiscs are still used by some radio reporters for news gathering

Their deaths were greatly exaggerated: The decrepit devices with unlikely afterlives

When news broke that Sony is set to cease production of MiniDisc stereo systems, most people's reaction was 'you mean they still made those?' David Crookes looks at other gadgets that refuse to die.

Jonathan Ross says broadcasting executives are failing to understand the potential opportunities offered by the games industry

Jonathan Ross: The game industry seems to be saying to the film industry ‘give us some respect’

Chat show host Jonathan Ross says broadcasting executives are failing to understand the potential opportunities offered by the games industry.

Do the best things really come to those who wait? Not in technology

Google's Nexus 4, Nintendo's Wii U are both set to have delivery delays of up to five weeks, so, in technology, do good things really come to those who wait?

Kazuki Yamamoto works magic on steaming cups of latte

Now that’s a lovely looking latte

The next time your barista tries to show off his leaf-drawing skills on your coffee froth, scoff and point him in the direction of Kazuki Yamamoto.

The Bash Street Kids

What's the best way to get to Bash Street, kids?

Roads are often named after famous residents. Usually it is an honour bestowed on the most distinguished in order to give them immortality, ranging from streets bearing the moniker of Queen Victoria to that paying tribute to Alan Turing.

Testing people's new will is a game called Curiosity

Gaming: What's inside the box? A blooming great bill

There are people who wouldn't pay a penny to play a game. There are others who will shell out £800 for a special-edition version of Resident Evil 6.

Journey, the game with no guns and no enemies

Game City Prize winner Journey: Balm for the console

No guns, no enemies, no point? Video games have a reputation for violence, but the winner of a prestigious industry award is an utterly peaceful affair, says David Crookes

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It's time for my close-up

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A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
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British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
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