The Unfortunately Named Horizon Zero Dawn looks great!

by on Nov.02, 2015, under consoles, playstation, rpg

OK if you’ve not seen the E3 trailer for the Horizon Zero Dawn PS4 game, do yourself the small favour and check it out. Yes, the trailer is dated 2015, yes the name of it is dumb, and yes the game comes out “some time in 2016”. Hoping for updated info but that’s the best anyone has at the moment. Why am I saying all this? I don’t really know other than I just re-watched the trailer and realised I was excited enough about it that it’s worth posting about.

In other news, I’m back from PAX Melbourne today. I’ll probably write something up about that soon as there was some great stuff that I’m still buzzing about. I promise to share. =)

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It’s 2015! Time for a random post

by on Feb.18, 2015, under consoles, game reviews, gaming, pc, playstation

Yup it's NYC

Yup it’s NYC

Ah, another day (and year) in the gaming world. SOE gone! An actual VR platform is imminent (and will be so for a long, long time even post-release). Mobile gaming turned either experimental or cutesy.

What more is there? Well for me, I’m about to download Evolve. Other games on my 2015 horizon, in no particular order :

  • The Division : MMORPG meets cover-shooter meets post-apocalyptic New York. At PAX Australia, this was my personal highlight, absolutely.
  • The Witness : Jonathon Blow’s return to the Myst-style puzzler, whatever, it looks great.
  • Star Citizen : I played Elite Dangerous and was sorely disappointed after the VR novelty wore off. Worried SC might be similar but I’ll give it a shot.
  • Ghost of a Tale : A little adventure game as a dungeon-delving mouse, looks cute and fun.
  • Eve : Valkyrie : Will the VR novelty wear thin on this one? I’m willing to risk it…
  • The Witcher 3 : I kind of liked the Witcher 2, but after playing Dragon Age Inquisition, I wonder if my taste for openworld RPGs has faded (if it even really existed).
  • Battleborn : Jury is out on Gearbox’s upcoming MOBA but the trailer looked cool enough.
  • No Man’s Sky : Super-duper universe-scale exploration MMO, which sounds quite boring if my experience in Elite is anything to compare against.

And that’s about it. My next post will be a review of Evolve. If you’re excited about a game this year, leave a comment! I’d like to learn if I’ve missed anything awesome.

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Gamin’ on…

by on Jul.08, 2010, under consoles, game reviews, games design, playstation


Driving often makes me think about futurism. How will we be regarded by generations far ahead of us, peering into the soup of the 20th and 21st centuries? I think one of the least interesting aspects of our society is how horribly inefficient modern-day automobiles look and act. We’ve engineered and over-engineered a century-old technology that spends most of its time idle, slow, pollutive, noisy…

And weaponless.

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Gamin’ gamin’

by on Jun.29, 2010, under consoles, game reviews, games design, playstation

It appears that I’ve got my gaming-mojo back. In defense of my nominal nerd quotient, I’ll insist it was never lost, however the pesky realworld-o-sphere forced its ugly hand and dragged me away from all things gaming. At any rate, I’m BACK, with new toys… A PS3. My first console ever. This is exciting, well, it’s exciting to me. I own a Wii, but that doesn’t count. Sorry, Nintendo.

So, in the spirit a reducto of my gaming ways, I’d like to start sharing what’s been baking in my gaming oven of doom…


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Game consoles are the new soft drink.

by on Feb.21, 2007, under consoles, nintendo, playstation, wii, xbox360

I made three images, summing up my thoughts on “now-gen”.

apple nintendo wii

Click below for a couple more…

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Carmack unplugged

by on Dec.09, 2006, under computer graphics, consoles, games programming

Carmack Quakecon 06

Is there a point where pure expertise takes you far from the elemental principles of your subject? Such that your perspective actually becomes skewed? It’s an interesting question, and certainly a difficult one. History is replete with experts that get blindsided by innovation or worse, redundancy.

When listening to someone as clearly expert as John Carmack, it’s absolutely clear that there are few that can exceed his knowledge or experience in graphics technology. Every year, John delivers the keynote at his own QuakeCon convention. It’s somewhat of an industry joke that no one really understands what he says there. His whole manner exudes someone totally steeped in technology (more specifically, graphics technology). It’s always interesting, even if you don’t fully grasp every last ounce of his wisdom. He gets up, delivers a clinically fascinating speech, and leaves.

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Microsoft Goes Indie!

by on Aug.15, 2006, under consoles, games programming, xbox360


Gamasutra reports that Microsoft is getting into the independant game biz. As of August 30th, anyone with a Windows XP can download Microsoft’s XNA “Game Studio Express” and start making various games for the Xbox 360.

For an additional fee of US100$, indie developers will then be able to access the Xbox Live Arcade service, both to list their titles and to possibly download content for their game dev needs.

The engine itself will be a “XNA version” of GarageGames’ Torque engine, plus some upporting tools. This engine has been a popular choice among indie developers, although I’m somewhat ashamed to say I’ve never played anything from there.

Putting aside my typical cynicism of Microsoft, I have to admit this is cool. Yes, they have an agenda – to sell more Xboxes. Yes, they’d love to envelope indie development. Sure it’s to their advantage to reel in fresh programmers and designers to get them accustomed to using their products.

But there’s a plus side too :

  • it’s the first time anyone’s been able to create content for a major console without hacking into it.
  • Also by creating a “community of interest” surrounding indie gamedev, it elevates it, bringing it closer to the mainstream.
  • You have extensive Microsoft resources teaching you how to make games.

Not bad, for evil Microsoft.

I wonder what Greg thinks of this…


Microsoft XNA Dev Center

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Boutique d’Electronique

by on Jul.15, 2006, under consoles, games industry


Its official. I’m sick of shopping malls. Since moving to Sydney, I have been marched into the cavernous maw of capitalist frenzy almost daily. Suffice to say, its been a challenge to my usual intrepidity. And each time, in a fit of sheer exhaustion and a stark, penetrating need to maintain some semblance of sanity…

…I find myself in EB.

Games here are extremely expensive, but still I have oft-visited this dayglow nest of the ultra-nerd. It’s irresistable. And recently, I chanced upon the ‘once a year’, mega-super-clearance sale.
Guitar HeroPS2 for 186$ Aus? That’s not too bad. It was tantalizing to think, actually. Finally able to play Guitar Hero (and perhaps, just perhaps, beat my friend, Headcrash). Finally able to play Wipeout. Metal Gear. Shadow of the Collosus. Mmmmm….

The list goes on and on. And I might have had one nestled sweetly under my arm had they not been out of stock. But something in me also twigged. Was I selling out, resistance waning into vapour? So I didn’t buy one. Yes, I just finished saying they were out of stock, but I wanted you to think that I had victoriously resisted the evil wiles of Sony. And Microsoft. And Nintendo.

Um, did you guys hear me? I almost bought a console. Can you imagine my state of mind, now?

So yeah, I’ve now got a PSP.

And the clearance sale beckoned. 2 movies (PSP) for 15$. PSP Tomb Raider. A couple of 10$ PC clearance games based on the faintest wisp of memory that they were actually worth playing. Riddick. Dungeon Lords. BF2 Special Forces. It would have continued, this massive geek orgy, had Mel not dragged me out of the store.

I went home, installed the lot. It was all a close call. I think the PSP is as close to console-dom as I’ve come in a long time. I never even owned an Atari. I’ve since returned to the same store in Bondi three more times… resisting the temptation again, each time. Or was I just checking their stock? 🙂

Is it only a matter of time?

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Nintendo Wii

by on Apr.28, 2006, under consoles, games industry



Yup, thats what its called. Not, “revolution” as we’ve come to know it. But “Wii”. Iconic, unique, and something pushed out and slightly to the left as Nintendo seems to want to do these days.

Do I like it? No! Do I get it? I think I do. Its Nintendo wanting to be totally Nintendo and nothing but. In some dusty city Walmart I bet people try to buy “PS 360s”… so maybe this is the way Nintendo asserts its shelfspace. Something that’s impossible to confuse with anything else.

Prevent brand confusion. Make something unique thats Nintendo. If thats one of their goals, then I believe it’s spot-on. It will serve that purpose justly and reliably. Will we be making fun of the name this time next year?

Doubtful… we’ll all be playing Zelda. 🙂

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Sound and fury…

by on Nov.16, 2005, under consoles, games industry, xbox360


The XBox360 launch lineup was announced recently, and I must say how fascinating it is to watch such big business in motion. Aside from an online hype machine unequalled since… um, never….it is surprisingly very hard to get excited. No really, have you seen the lineup for launch?

Amped 3 (2K Sports)
Call of Duty 2 (Activision)
Condemned: Criminal Origins (SEGA)
FIFA Soccer 06 Road to 2006 FIFA World Cup (Electronic Arts)
GUN (Activision)
Kameo: Elements of Power (Microsoft Game Studios)
Madden NFL 06 (Electronic Arts)
NBA 2K6 (2K Sports)
NBA LIVE 06 (Electronic Arts)
Need for Speed Most Wanted (Electronic Arts)
NHL 2K6 (2K Sports)
Perfect Dark Zero (Microsoft Game Studios)
Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (Ubisoft)
Project Gotham Racing 3 (Microsoft Game Studios)
Quake 4 (Activision)
Ridge Racer 6 (Namco)
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06 (Electronic Arts)
Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland (Activision)

I hate to sound cynical or close-minded (no really, I do!), but shooters on consoles are laughable. Maybe X360 will change that (but somehow I doubt it). So we have three shooters for the 360 lineup. And the rest are EA sports (I think EA bought all the teams) and one “RPG-lite” (Kameo).

This is as big a play as it gets in consumerland. An estimated billion dollars in development and marketing. Microsoft wants you to use this for everything in home entertainment central, literally betting that perhaps one day they’ll be able to get you to rent MSOffice on the “Office XBox”. But I digress! So this is big business. And what do we get?

A bunch of EA Sports games.

Anyone out there yawning? where in hell is the Nextgen? We’ve seen all of this. Its interesting to think that in a somewhat lacklustre opening salvo, could Microsoft be hurting its own future? If its content that matters, and they are spending all of this money for a launch, then one would think they’d have titles galore. So what else? Is it chockfull of goodies that any mediaphile would love? Sure, yeah. But again – we’ve seen it allllll before.

Big business, indeed. Wake me up when we hit Nextgen, k?

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