From The ATVG Bunker: Review Scores, Article Comments, and the Ataribox

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There are two types of readers that stop by here at ATVG. Firstly, there are those that arrive and disembark after thumbing a ride on a Google search, in the hope of having a very specific question answered. “Is there a Tekken or Street Fighter style game on Apple TV?” seems to be a popular one.

They’ll get their answer (which by the way, to the above question is “Yes, Gods of Rome”) and continue on their way, perhaps never to visit this neck of the Internet again.

The second type of reader found their way here in a similar manner, but decided to stick around, checking in once a week or every few days or so to see if there are any new posts since last time. The regulars.

Both types of reader are more than welcome at ATVG, but I wanted to start a semi-regular column that the regulars could make sense of, a sort of narrative through line that takes stock of things once in a while, and ties the site together. I tried earlier on with the The Weekend posts, but painted myself into a corner with that title, given that it had to be on a weekend, and too strictly regular. Middle of the week rambling editorials would then have to have some other name, and websites with too many editorials and opinion pieces quickly become nothing but soap boxes from which to shout at the Internet.

So From The ATVG Bunker is my new attempt to build a semi-regular home for random streams of consciousness, catch-ups on what ATVG is playing, editorials, and the odd 2am burst of self-important wisdom before the warm milk does its trick and sends me back to la-la land.

These posts will have a subtitle so as to identify them and give some clue as to what the main theme is. That way you won’t waste too much of your time getting in too deep before you realise you’ve better things to do. Also, they will – for the most part – be somehow, however loosely at times, tied in to Apple TV gaming. It ain’t called ATVG for nothing.

So if you’re interested, step on through to page 2 via the button below, to learn more about the strange lack of review scores and article comments here at ATVG.

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Opinion: Smash Anarchy – Did Someone Change the Meaning of FPS?

Take a look at the video embedded above before you read on.

Okay, all done? What did you see? If you saw what I saw, you will have seen a target shooting game with lots of character, vibrant colours, and fruit, with a tag at the end announcing that Smash Anarchy is coming to the App Store. Looks like it could be a bit of fun, and hopefully even a success for the studio behind it – Creative Logics. As we know, fruit has already proven itself quite the success story on the App Store.

What didn’t you see? You didn’t see any movement through corridors or open landscapes in the first-person perspective, taking cover, quick-scoping, or bunny-hopping. Just good, old-fashioned target shooting; a first-person Space Invaders if you will.

Why then, is Smash Anarchy being touted as an FPS? Mash the page 2 button below to read on.