Apr 15, 2014

Weekly Roundup, April 6 - 13*


Have you heard of this one cool game, Valve please reset all partner logins because heartbleed? It's pretty cool, it's a wonder there hasn't been a lawsuit yet, but it's released on Steam with the entire cast from South Park.

South Park: The Stick of Truth has been officially renamed in your Steam library if you own it (but remains the same in the store) in a plea to Valve regarding the recent reveal of the problem that's been hiding under our noses for years, the Heartbleed.

If you're unaware, 'Heartbleed' is, in brief... it's a trick which allows data to be received that shouldn't be, because of an oversite in code. In less brief, check here.

Apr 12, 2014

Verily, A New Hope Book Review

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, William Shakespeare wrote Star Wars, not George Lucas. His first book was called "Verily, A New Hope," and high school freshmen studied it intently, and watch the movies, (directed, of course, by Kenneth Brannaugh), and all is well with the universe. Like Star Wars itself, such promised land is a fantasy, but at least we can still read William Shakespeare's Star Wars. Or, Ian Doescher's William Shakespeare's Star Wars. Quirk Books published it a few months back, and I was lucky enough to get a copy from them. Unfortunately, the trappings of Grad School and teaching kept me from setting down to get a review out promptly, but in the meantime, I've read it, read it again, and again. It's fantastic. It's brilliant. It's what I, as an ELA teacher, want to hand my students as a Shakespeare prep read.

Apr 11, 2014

Review: The Wolf Among Us - Episode Three, A Crooked Mile

“Episode 3: A Crooked Mile is will be available to download on March 8th!”

The game makes sure I am well-informed that the latest chapter is out, right after I boot it up once I finish downloading the latest chapter through Steam. A couple of days and a few playthroughs later and the slip-up has been mended, but it's still deeply amusing.

In keeping with the etiquette, this review will be spoiler-free. Well, mostly.

Apr 7, 2014

Weekly Roundup, March 31 - April 6

The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online released earlier this week, on 4th April, for those of us in the PC Gaming Master Race. Unfortunately for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users, you’ll have to wait until June to join the fun. The game launched with a pretty dramatic and cinematic trailer you should check out here, which doesn’t really capture the mood of the game but looks pretty cool.

Apr 5, 2014

Beyond Space Review

Space. The final frontier. Vast stretches of vacuum shiver with the probabilistic foam of the quantum realm. I soar along it like some metal seabird, my raptor fighter thrusting just so against me, a good feeling. A solid feeling. The black of the void is like the surface of an infinite magic 8-ball, and as I lock my missiles on the ignorant republic scum I’m tailing, I shake it ask the universe, “Will a woman ever fall in love with me?”

Apr 2, 2014

Editorial - An Analysis of Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

This is part one of an ongoing analysis of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. With that out of the way, let's begin! Right off the bat, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs (From here on in referred to as Aamfp) announces that it is telling a story with a message. “He who makes a beast of himself, removes himself from the pain of being human,” Doctor Samuel Johnson’s quote seems right at home in a horror game, a genre so oversaturated with men slaughtering each other like livestock but Aamfp is so much more than a horror game. 

Mar 30, 2014

Weekly Roundup, March 23 - 30

Facebook buys Oculus Rift

Remember last week, when I said that any news regarding the Oculus Rift is good news? Well, there has most certainly been news, and I’m sure you’ve probably already heard: Facebook has bought Oculus Rift for $2,000,000,000. Additionally, Michael Brash (Steam VR expert) has been hired to work on the project.

Whether or not this is good news has been all the rave over the past week, and of course as usual I will remain completely impartial and unbiased in my report. If you’d like though, here are some strong opinions by Notch (Minecraft) and Clifford Bleszinski (Gears of War).

Also if you want to look at a 2D representation of a 3D representation of a 2D representation of a website then go here, it’s neat.

Mar 27, 2014

Review - Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2

Spoiler free, so would you kindly read on.

Out of all the alternate realities and varied locations, exciting creatures and fascinating people, it ends back where it started, in Rapture. Inside these dark and claustrophobic hallways Irrational's adventure comes to an end and a damn fine end at that. We all know that I had my issues with episode one, at Infinite in fact. Episode two thankfully fixes all that I hated about the Infinite system; Bioshock is back to what it does best, storytelling and exploration rather than mass-murdering the population of ridiculous cities.

Mar 23, 2014

Weekly Roundup, March 16 - 23

Assassin’s Creed Unity

A public execution. A crowd has gathered around to bear witness. One figure looms on a nearby building for a better view of the technically impressive landscape before setting about his business. He drops down amongst the crowd, pushing people aside as he moves forward with his target in sight, readying his weapons and… oh no, pardon me. I was thinking of the trailer for the original game some seven years ago. No no, in the trailer for the new game we kind of just watch.

Mar 19, 2014

Interview: CDProjekt Red and the Witcher

The Witcher series has always been close to my heart. Andrzej Sapkowski's dark novels pioneered the dark and morally grey fantasy genre before Martin put pen to page for the Ice and Fire series. The Witcher is brutal, it is grim and it is beautiful. It's a world where people like me and you simply try to survive. Sure dragons, elves, sorcerers and ghouls exist and elevate it to the level of "high fantasy," but the world of the Witcher is one that mirrors our own in many ways, from frightening depictions of racism that mirror the words of men like Sheridan to war, greed and sex. The Witcher is a very human franchise, one with a bright future ahead of it thanks to the hard work and efforts of the men and women of CDProjekt Red.