Interview: on World of Tanks by Peter Gothard


SCI-FI-LONDON travelled to Paris to play the new iPad version of the free-to-play MMO shooter – World of Tanks Blitz.

Out in the next few weeks, we found this pared-down, five-minute version of its bigger brother a hoot from start to finish.

But how does releasing a mobile version affect the bigger picture for the game's future across platforms, and are there any plans to take the game to Xbox One or PlayStation 4?

Peter Gothard sat down with World of Tanks producer Romain Mardot to find out more.

Wolfenstein: The New Order Review by Peter Gothard

When you try and make a first person shooter these days, it often feels like you're damned if you do, and damned if you don't. Don't make it like a Call of Duty clone, all linear corridors and easy-to-follow checkpoint markers.

But do make it tell a story, and not let you off the leash so much it becomes an unintelligible trawl through spacious combat boxes, with no drama or setpieces. 

Stranger in a Strange Land: Under the Skin

Eight years ago I moved from England, where I was born and bred, to Scotland. Eight days ago I moved from Scotland back to England not, I have to be honest, without a certain sense of relief. I was coming home. In Scotland, I had never belonged. And on top of that, it’s the year of The Referendum.

So it seems oddly timely to be writing my first Sci-Fi-London blog on a film which can be read, at least at first, as being about an English woman’s experience of Scotland.

The Zero Theorem Review

Terry Gilliam, the mind behind Twelve Monkeys, Brazil, Time Bandits and so many more strange and beautiful films, is back once again, in between bouts of trying to get The Man Who Killed Don Quixote made, for a new mindbending sci-fi, The Zero Theorem.

I actually got one of these for Christmas ... a Star Trek Communicator

I've noticed in recent years that people have stopped sneering at sci-fi. Maybe it's because nearly all of the highest grossing Hollywood movies seem to be science fiction or fantasy stories.

What sci-fi and fantasy does regularly now is to give us the "wow!" factor in our minds. But what I find amazing is the fact that technologies such as we saw in sci-fi movies are in some ways becoming reality, giving us that "wow!" factor in real life too.

I want one of these for Christmas ... a Robot (Man, Woman, Pet, Whatever ...)

In 1960 Connie Francis, despairing of the fact that the real flesh and blood men were just a waste of space, and yearning instead for a mechanical playmate, sang her heart out in the song "Robot Man":

I want a robot man to hold me tight One that I can count on every si-ingle night He wouldn't run around like other guys I wouldn't have to listen to his alibis No doubt there are some ladies reading this who would concur. However, male or female, who wouldn’t want a robot lover like that?