Archive for June, 2008

The Amateur

June 30, 2008

I found this via the Sunday Papers section on Rock, Paper, Shotgun (those glorious men who linked to us over the Livingston interview.)

I’ve always loved the Hitman series of games and the fourth incarnation, Blood Money, is one of my favourite games of all time. Codename 47 is all about stealthy, calculated person termination. He’s a professional, with standards, and it’s hard not to admire him sometimes.

The Amateur, however, is a different breed altogether. The blog is about his exploits – Blood Money played for laughs essentially. A bit too strange for it’s own good at times, but it’ll definitely raise a giggle or two.

The Monthly Wrap-up: June

June 30, 2008

It’s been a nice first month here at The Irish Gamers. For a tiny little start-up things have been going quite well for us so far. People are talking to us, talking about us and reading the dreck we put up here, so I’d say we’ve achieved the humble goals I had in mind before our debut. As with most other blogs we live on reader feedback and site traffic, so emails, comments, tips and links are always appreciated. Here’s a recap of some of the content you might have missed.

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More glorious Dark Knight love!

June 29, 2008

Well, Kevin Smith has caught an early screening of the Dark Knight and more praise has been hurled it’s way. He even goes so far as to call it “the Godfather II of comic book films”.

Zero spoilers here folks and 26 days until we can witness this event of cinema. I’ve got my flights booked to catch the Thursday midnight showing in an IMAX screen in Glasgow and I’m giddy even thinking about it.

More reviews as they show.

New Crysis same as Old Crysis

June 28, 2008

At least, that’s how it seems. The first teaser for Crysis: Warhead has just dropped and aside from some glimpses of new vehicles it all seems identical to its predeccessor. This is not neccesarily a bad thing because, as you may remember, a sizeable chunk of the original (i.e. beating up the Koreans) was roundly awesome. If Crytek manage to at least replicate some of that and find a way to make some ice encrusted alien levels that aren’t boring, well, they’ll be on to another winner.

In other, less pleasing Crytek-related news, their CEO Cevat Yerli has been moaning about piracy again.

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The Dark Knight officially good!

June 26, 2008

Here’s a little subject very close to my heart. I’ve been following The Dark Knight viral marketing from the very, very beginning. I stayed awake the late nights to view the trailers upon their launch and have followed all the hidden messages strewn about the web to get little flavours of the universe within which this epic is set.

We in Ireland are within 1 month of seeing the movie and after 18 months of eager anticipation, the first official review has hit. It has been reported as containing minor spoilers and a few revelations that may be considered major, so view with discretion. With that warning out of the way head over to Rolling Stone.

I personally did not read the review, but I did check the score. And thank the heavens above, it is very positive. The score given was 3.5 out of 4 by the critic and 4 out of 4 by users of the site. Now admittedly the user rating is far less reliable, but the critics rating is a huge relief.

Due to my near-obsessiveness (I say near, if it was a person I’d be stalking it) with this movie, I will likely post any further emerging worthwhile reviews here.

Byron Review: The Action Plan

June 26, 2008

The UK Government has just published what it calls a “comprehensive action plan” based on the findings of the lovely and learned Dr. Tanya Byron which were published back at the end of March.

The Byron Review was a Government-commissioned report that looked at the risks to children when it came to exposure to the internet and video games. In an outcome that surprised some, Dr. Byron’s work was rather thorough and her conclusions perfectly reasonable, and now the Department of Culture, Media and Sport is taking action based on her report.

Gamesindustry.biz has the full story, but some of the points to note are the government’s new drive to raise awareness about video game ratings and a proposed review of video game advertising standards.

IFCO, the Irish Film Censors Office, has been known to take some of its cues from its neighbour the BBFC, so it’ll be interesting to see what knock-on effects, if any, this action plan has. IFCO’s most notable video game-related decision was controversially banning the game Manhunt 2 from these shores upon its release last year.

Blood Bowl!

June 26, 2008

This seems very appropriate given my compatriot’s preview coverage of Conclave ’08. Games Workshop fans of yesteryear will definitely remember Blood Bowl – turn-based Warhammer Fantasy football that was as much about scoring points as it was beating the other team into squishy pulp. Even today it still has a solid, if small, cult following. Cyanide Studios, they of such illustrious titles as the Pro Cycling Manager series, have been working on bringing the game to the PC and Xbox 360 for a while now and the new teaser trailer is above. Curious little note that’ll interest those who know the original game – the new incarnation is still going to be primarily turn-based, with a real-time option thrown in to “seriously test your nerves and your reflexes” according to Cyanide. Anyway, direct yourselves to the new Blood Bowl site for more delicious eye candy. The game is due at the end of 2008.