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Vic B’Stard’s (late) week in review: Syndicate, American Nightmare, I am Alive, Silent Hill HD, Mass Effect, the Uncharted comic-book and Kinect Star Wars!

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Another late editorial!

Another (very) late week in review packed full of excuses. Thank goodness for the long Easter weekend or this mega-bumper edition of Vic B’Stard’s week in review may have never seen the light of day.

My lame excuse for missing out the last few week’s editorials is mainly due to a having to nut out a bastard of a review for techday.co.nz. The game causing the strife was Syndicate, EA Games’ reboot of Peter Molyneux’s real-time strategy game from the early 90s. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s (late) week in review: Syndicate, American Nightmare, I am Alive, Silent Hill HD, Mass Effect, the Uncharted comic-book and Kinect Star Wars!

New geek anthem from the cast of The Guild

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Geekdom's Finest

Felicia Day and her cronies from hit web show The Guild have release a video for their geek anthem, I’m the One That’s Cool.

The video highlights the day-to-day struggles that being a member of geekdom brings, waxing lyrical about having to deal with all the cool kids that may find a game of Magic: The Gathering…well…a bit sad. It is a great track and forms part of something called Geek & Sundry, Day’s new nerd hub.

Check out the video, below. Continue reading New geek anthem from the cast of The Guild

Watch the first four minutes of Finnish space Nazi film “Iron Sky”!

Iron Sky Poster
It's zee Germans!

I’m getting really excited by the community-created sci-fi comedy feature, Iron Sky.

Iron Sky tells the semi-plausable story of a modern day Nazi invasion from their secret base on the dark side of the moon, where they have laid in wait for almost 70 years.

The film is a joint production between Blind Spot Pictures and Energia Productions in Finland,  27 Films in Germany and New Holland Pictures in Australia. Continue reading Watch the first four minutes of Finnish space Nazi film “Iron Sky”!

RIP Moebius. Jean Giraud has passed away

RIP Moebius
RIP Moebius

The inspirational French artist Jean Giraud AKA Moebius passed away on 10 March 2012 in Paris. He was 73.

Moebius was most famous for his contributions to the magazine that he co-founded, Métal Hurlant, known in the English-speaking world as Heavy Metal. Moebius’s distinctive art style inspired the likes of Ridley Scott, who used his designs in the 1979 film Alien and inspired the visual style of Scott’s sci-fi followup, Blade Runner. Continue reading RIP Moebius. Jean Giraud has passed away

Vic B’Stard’s week in review- excuses, Skyrim, the return of Alan Wake, blowing the cobwebs off Syndicate, Mass Effect 3, Rock Band Pro and Star Trek Online!.

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Normal service has now resumed!

Week in review hardly seems an appropriate title for this editorial any more considering the amount of time that has passed since the last one. I do, however, have plenty of excuses.

The sudden, strong desire to depart New Zealand for the more opulent shores of Australia has been taking up a fair amount of my time recently. The other thing taking up my time is all those games that were released over the Christmas period; Skyrim being the main culprit. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review- excuses, Skyrim, the return of Alan Wake, blowing the cobwebs off Syndicate, Mass Effect 3, Rock Band Pro and Star Trek Online!.

Ralph McQuarrie has passed away

RIP Ralph McQuarrie

The success of Star Wars owes everything to the look and feel of the universe that the films portrayed on the big screen.

Unlike the whitewashed sci-fi visuals that had gone before, Star Wars looked lived in, the worlds and the spaceships all looked like they could actually have existed a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. This is all down to Ralph McQuarrie. Continue reading Ralph McQuarrie has passed away

Game review: Dear Esther

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But is it a game?

Game, interactive story experience or pretentious twaddle? the commercial release of the former Source Engine mod, Dear Esther, promises to divide its audience.

I’ve been playing games for far too long. So long, in fact, that I rarely actually have an original gaming experience. Most games are basically derivative efforts that I’ve seen before. I’m not saying that as necessarily a bad thing, it’s just truly original ideas seem to be getting few and far between these days. Dear Esther seems to be a change from the gaming norm. Continue reading Game review: Dear Esther

Space Nazi film Iron Sky to premiere in Berlin!

Space Nazis, oh yes please!

The Finnish film-makers behind the odd Star Trek parody, Star Wreak: In the Pirkinning have been hard at work on their space Nazi comedy flick, Iron Sky.

Iron Sky tells the semi-plausable story of a modern day Nazi invasion from their secret base on the dark side of the moon, where they have laid in wait for almost 70 years.

The film is a joint production between Blind Spot Pictures and Energia Productions in Finland,  27 Films in Germany and New Holland Pictures in Australia. .

The film will premiere at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival which runs from the 9th to the 19th of February. Considering how sensitive Germans are about their Nazi past, the film is sure to get  few tongues wagging and knock a few jaws out of joint. Continue reading Space Nazi film Iron Sky to premiere in Berlin!