Archive for July, 2008

Ken Levine Is An Asshole. Possibly.

July 31, 2008

Ken Levine made BioShock, so I suppose he’s probably earned the right to act like a bit of a twat every now and then. But he doesn’t, contrary to what the rumours are (some staff at 2K reportedly jumped ship rather than continue to work with him). Levine dropped this little nugget at this year’s Develop conference:

Maybe I’m the nicest guy in the world, maybe I’m the biggest asshole. I couldn’t tell you. I think people choose to work with me because I can work with them and make a game called BioShock.

Videogaming247 were on hand at the talk Levine delivered yesterday entitled “BioShock and Awe: Immersing the Gamer in an Alternate World Without Drowning Out the Gameplay”, and have the liveblog of his talk available over here. It’s a wee bit light, as you’d expect with a liveblog, but it’s an interesting sketch nonetheless.

Via Videogaming247

Reviewed at Gamecell: Belief & Betrayal

July 31, 2008

I still contribute irregularly to the fine website Gamcell.co.uk and my latest review is now up. You probably won’t have heard of Belief & Betrayal, which is probably just as well. I describe it thusly:

Bloody hell, the plot is all so 2003. And the rest of the game feels decidedly late ’90s with the grainy pre-rendered backgrounds, clunky interface, pixel hunts, cack-handed animation, bad dialogue delivered by bad actors and that all encompassing feeling of despair that you feel tighten inexorably around your heart every time you find an excuse not the play this, but then force yourself to because you are supposed to be reviewing it after all. Your impressions may vary slightly.

If you want to see a good kicking dished out, head on over their for the full thing.

The Monthly Wrap-up: July

July 28, 2008

Two months down and it’s been a blast so far. Not counting what I fondly like to call “The Livingston Hiccup” traffic spike in June, our total number of visitors is up on last month so we haven’t let ourselves down so far. This month saw some great things happening on The Irish Gamers, here’s what you might have missed…

Conclave ’08, one of Ireland’s premier gaming conventions, came and went. We were both there in some capacity – I took photos and Dave, well, he organised a large chunk of the thing.

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The Dark Knight reigns supreme!

July 27, 2008

It was Friday night. The movie was due to begin at 10:15. We arrived at 9:30 for what was possibly the longest 45 minute wait known to man. 10pm rolled around and we were still waiting to be let in. 10:15…. 10:30…. 10:45… 10:50 HUZZAH!!! Only a half hour late! Riots were being organised at this point but in we went to what can only be described as the mother of all cinema screens. If you’ve never been in an IMAX cinema then you have no earthly idea just how collosal this beast is.

We were treated with the Watchmen trailer immediately before the flick began and Sweet Christmas it’s going to be an epic. But then the fimiliar beat of the Batman score began and the theater sat back and watched in awe one of the best opening scenes in movie history. The Jokers introduction was met with applause, laughter and shock, and all three together once we saw his magic trick.

From there The Dark Knight barely gives you time to breathe as you are brought on this ride of such brilliance that you no longer see the actors as Heath Ledger or Christian Bale, but as the Joker and Batman. They become their characters, envelop themselves in the world, and force you into their madness with them. To say Ledgers performance was his finest is an understatement. This IS the Joker. It is perfect. And I do not envy the actor brave enough to try and follow that act.

Simply put, The Dark Knight to me was a flawless piece of cinema. It has become my all time favourite film. That is not hyerbole, it really is fantastic. And as I tye this, I am getting ready to go see it again. With your help we can knock Titanic from its throne!

Bravo Christopher Nolan. Bravo

Drought’s End: Part 2

July 25, 2008

Mid to late August usually marks the end of the summer gaming drought as we enter a packed release schedule that runs right up until the New Year. Here’s part 2 of our showcase of games that you’ll want to play this Autumn.

Spore (Release: 8/09 )

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Tonight is the Knight

July 25, 2008

Dave is in Glasgow, already proabably camped outside an IMAX theatre with only a handful of geeky Scots for company. While I have been more restrained in talking about (and indeed thinking about) tonight’s event for some time, I think now is the moment to shrug off any inhibitions and proclaim that OMFG it’s out today!!111!!!111!

The Dark Knight – it’s finally here. I’ve got my tickets to the late show tonight and already I’m feeling a little skitish. The questions I have are numerous and troubling, but chief among them is ‘Will it really, geniunely, be any good?’. All signs point to yes, but I’ll believe it when I see it. All two and a half hours of it. I wish you all luck for those of you trying to get to a showing tonight. This sucker is gonna be mobbed.

The only real problem? My levels of anticipation were already maxed out for the Dark Knight and I was looking forward to a bit of a break from having something to look forward to like this. But then that bastard Zack Snyder went and released the Watchmen trailer upon us. It’s tough being a geek.

The Super Brief E3 Round Up

July 25, 2008

I’ve been having a few problems updating the blog recently, so this is quite late. Apologies – Creed

E3 has just closed up shop in L.A. again for another year. Traditionally it’s been something of a yearly Mecca for the games industry as a whole, but it’s been scaled back considerably in the last few years. Never the less it’s still one of the big conventions to watch and this year saw a slew of announcements that will pique any gamer’s interest. Being a wee ol’ blog (and having proper jobs and lives to hold down in the real world) we never even attempted blow by blow coverage. Instead, think of us as a handy media thresher, sorting the delicious wheat of relevance from the chaff of PR and marketing hyperbole. Here’s some snippets of some of the best and biggest news to come out of E3 this time around.

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