This review is spoiler free.
Mar 5, 2014
Mar 3, 2014
Praise the sun my fellow fellows. What a splendid day that it is to be hidden inside shrouded away from the grossly incandescent sunlight. While Travis Knight slumbers away in the Mojave Wasteland his dreams do carry him back to Tamriel. Along the way however, his soul was interrupted by a giant crow that deposited him in the Undead Asylum north of the wonderfully depressing land of Lordran.
It's another perma-death playthrough, of Dark Souls.
It's another perma-death playthrough, of Dark Souls.
Mar 1, 2014
Twitch Plays Pokémon
For those not in the loop, ‘Twitch Plays Pokémon’ is a recent phenomenon and ‘social experiment’ whereby masses of people watching the stream on Twitch could all attempt to play through the original Pokémon Red Version by voting on what controls to input in beautiful anarchy.
On the 1st March, it came as a massive surprise that users collectively managed to defeat the Elite Four and Champion, and complete the main storyline. Matthew DiPietro, VP of marketing at Twitch, has declared that “It has delivered a huge and sustained audience for days on end and captivated the attention of the entire Twitch community,” and that “Twitch could become a games platform in its own right.”
For those interested, a countdown to the next playthrough can be found in the link above, allowing you to partake in accidentally releasing your starter Pokémon all over again all too soon.
Feb 22, 2014
Irrational Games, BioShock
Irrational Games was founded in 1997, was purchased in 2006 by Take-Two Interactive to publish games under 2K, and is best known for their work on BioShock and BioShock Infinite.
Recently it has been revealed that Irrational Games is shutting down for good. For those concerned, Ken Levine (creator of BioShock) has announced that he will be starting another project at Take-Two, claiming the need “to refocus my energy on a smaller team with a flatter structure and a more direct relationship with gamers.”
Whilst 2K retain the rights to the BioShock franchise, Levine will be switching his focus to making “narrative-driven games for the core gamer that are highly replayable.”
Feb 21, 2014
Being the distinctly Irish Man that I am (potato eating and all), I approached Sir, you are being hunted with a great sense of trepidation as it combines too of my greatest fears - Aristocratic Landowners and Robots. It is an utterly terrifying game, nay a terrifying experience. Once you plant your boots on the archipelago of Sir, you personally inhabit the bleak English moors that frequently run red with your blood. Sir is a survival game, akin to Day Z or Rust but one that has its tongue happily lodged in its cheek. Whereas Day Z and Rust consult the human condition that I like to term "Becoming a Bastard," Sir has you being hunted by Aristocratic Robots, robots who frequently spout that 'I'm so wealthy it's extraordinary.' And it's terrifying.
Feb 15, 2014
Batman: Arkham Origins is a prequel and third game overall in the well-received Arkham game series. Released on October 25th of 2013, Origins received mostly positive reviews.
One of the drawbacks many players found about this particular instalment, however, was that the game seemed Riddled [sic] with bugs and glitches at launch. Though many of these bugs have been addressed, it seems as though many still have not.
Recently on their forums though, WBM have announced that they currently have no further plans to fix their game, that any potential future patches will only address major progression-blocking issues, and that instead the crew will be working to produce some story DLC for you all to buy.
Feb 10, 2014
Orson Scott Card has a bad rap. I want to get this out of the way since it’s the polygamous elephant in the room. Card is an outspoken mormon, a donor to anti-Homosexual Rights programs, and a critic of the leaglization of gay marriage. He’s also an excellent storyteller who had more than a hand in inventing the YA genre, and a very important SF writer any way you slice it. A lot of people have boycotted or sworn off his work in recent years, in light of some of his proclivity for gay bashing. This is especially true in light of the film adaptation of Ender’s Game last year (reviewed here). I don’t understand those people. They’re the same ones who cherish historical documents like the Declaration of Independence, which was certainly not written by a racist rapist, right? Perhaps hyperbolic, but the point remains: a work can stand on its own validity even if the author is a despicable human being, which Card is certainly not.
Anyway. I’ve had his collection of short stories and novellas, Folk of the Fringe, on my shelf for years. I’ve felt ambivalent about reading his work since before I found out he was an anti-Homosexual activist, largely because of how bad I found the Shadow branch of his Ender’s Game series. But his comments make it hard to want to read more of his work. It wasn’t until I arrived at the Jefferson comparison that I realized I didn’t care, and that my adoration for his earlier work was sufficient to justify me giving something of his a new chance, mormonism be damned. What I got with Folk of the Fringe was totally unexpected—in a thought-provoking and valuable way.
Feb 8, 2014
Call of Duty
Sledgehammer Games, Activision reveals, are currently developing this year’s Call of Duty game. Sledgehammer are best known as the minds behind the multiplayer in Modern Warfare 3.
The publisher has additionally revealed that “For the first time, this year’s Call of Duty game, and future Call of Duty games, are being built on a three year development cycle. There are several advantages to doing this, the first is, of course, quality. This will give our designers more time to envision and to innovate.”
This is perhaps a refreshing change from the previous plans to create Call of Duty games annually.
I have risen from the grave like some ghoulish creature of the night. Fleshy and pale (well kind of tanned) I have arisen to take my revenge! But not on the people who shot me in the head and buried me in the middle of the desert - those seem like the kind of people that you shouldn't cross. Then again, I have evidently already crossed them due to my current predicament. So, if I were to find them and cross them again, wouldn't it then technically be a double cross which would leave me on their side?