Laura Davis

Laura Davis is Senior Editor of Independent Voices and editor of weekly gaming column The Console

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Hiroshi Yamauchi: Tributes to the man behind Nintendo's greatest games

Tributes are flooding in for former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi, after his death was confirmed in an emailed statement.

11 pieces of advice for Freshers

It's that time of year again when school-leavers set off to embark on three years of "study" at university.

GTA 5 review round-up: can anyone say a bad word?

It cost a reported £170 million to create, making it the most expensive game in history. So was it all worth it?

GTA 5 launch: Are you a true Grand Theft Auto fan?

The wait is nearly over.

You have be warned: Friday the 13th and other superstitions

It's that unlucky time of year again.

Review: Rayman Legends

Rayman turns 18 this year, but Rayman Legends – the latest addition to the series, following on from 2011’s Rayman Origins – shows no signs of a dodgy teenage rebellion.

Last night's viewing: Burgled, Channel 4
The Man Who Ate Himself to Death, Channel 5

The Cutting Edge documentary Burgled opened with a sobering statistic – a burglary takes place every 47 seconds in the UK. In order to delve deeper into the life of crime, Channel 4 followed the West Yorkshire police to the home of some of the most burgled neighbourhoods in Britain: Leeds. The documentary adopted Cops-style filming, following police officers on duty as they attempted to catch thieves. This led us to believe that we were in for some fast-paced, real-life action. We weren't.

Are you as smart as a GCSE student?

Last week it was A Level results, which showed the number of pupils scoring top grades dropping for second year running.

Simon Cowell (C) with (L-R) Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Harry Styles and Liam Payne from One Direction attend the 'One Direction This Is Us' world premiere

One Direction ‘This Is Us’ premiere: the reaction

Thousands of fans waited eagerly to catch a glimpse of Harry Styles - and the others - as they attended the UK premiere of One Direction's debut film This Is Us. You could hear the screaming from Manchester.

Gamescom 2013: The battle is on with Microsoft's Xbox One as Sony announces PS4 launch date

Huge announcements in the gaming world will be taking place this week at Gamescom, the biggest gaming conference in Europe.

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam