Month: February 2013

R.I.P. THQ (1986 – 2013)

This article originally appeared in Volume XIX, Issue VIII of The University Observer’s Otwo supplement and online at


With THQ filing for bankruptcy, Niall Gosker looks at the ramifications of the demise of one of the gaming industry’s major publishers


The Secret World and the future of the MMORPG

This article originally appeared online at


The MMORPG as we know it is in a state of flux, facing an uncertain and unguaranteed future. With The Secret World dropping its mandatory subscription fee, has it avoided the pitfalls so many others have fallen into? Separate from that, does it, on a very basic level, breathe new life into an aging formula? And if so, what does it mean for the genre at large? Niall Gosker investigates.