Spiffing Reads: Final Fantasy XV, Titanfall 2 and the Best Halloween Costume

I ran out of time on Friday, so Spiffing Reads is a bit late this week. But just as packed full of goodness as ever.

Illustration: Sam Woolley
Illustration: Sam Woolley

Why I Play (Kotaku UK)

“Playing video games is, for me, part of a lifelong rejection of boredom.” Keza MacDonald, the chief ed of Kotaku UK, went on maternity leave last week, but she penned a rather brilliant article before she went. Take a look, it’s really rather good.


20 years on, the Tomb Raider story told by the people who were there (Eurogamer)

This actually came out more than a week ago, but it’s so good I had to include it. It’s incredibly long, but well worth reading – the Tomb Raider saga, with its soaring highs and crushing lows, is emblematic of 90s gaming and the rise of big publishers.


Finishing Final Fantasy (Eurogamer)

A surprisingly revealing look inside the offices of Square Enix as the developers rush to finish Final Fantasy XV, a game that’s been a decade in the making. I love the huge diorama they’ve made of the game world.


This working Pokemon Go app costume is the most amazing creation you’ll see this year (Polygon)

Genius. Just genius. Make sure to watch the video.


Titanfall is a victim of chest-beating pride (GamesIndustry.biz)

Some scathing criticism of EA and Respawn for scheduling Titanfall 2’s release a week after Battlefield 1 and a week before Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. “Respawn Entertainment, which will likely bear the brunt of any hardship resulting from the now-uncertain status of the Titanfall franchise … likely approved of the release date for reasons that are also more to do with dick-measuring than with commercial good sense; launching a week ahead of the new SF Call of Duty game from their old studio, Infinity Ward, would be a chance to prove that they’d surpassed their old franchise and a final two fingers to the publisher who humiliatingly kicked them out of their old studio six years ago.” Yowch.

Spiffing Reads is a regular feature where we pick out the best gaming articles of the week. If you’ve read anything interesting, please let us know in the comments.