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Vic B’Stard’s State of Play

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Off to Oz!

This is a shamelessly short post just to let you know that I’m still here. My move to the sunny shores of Australia is progressing and entering into its final stages. I envisage my posts being sporadic to non-existent for the next month.

That doesn’t mean that I haven’t got anything to say. A Christmas tree/Plasma screen interface has meant that I’ve ended up with a new 3D capable 42″ Panasonic ST50 plasma TV. This new bit of kit has got me going through all my 3D-enabled games to see what the fuss is all about. Watch this space for Vic B’Stard’s take on 3D gaming.

Other than that it has been a bit quite of late. The arrival of the highly regarded Max Payne 3 did seem to be set to shatter the peaceful second quarter of the year and kick off the early run up to what promises to be another Christmas of madness.

Catch you on the other side!

Forza 4: the driving sim that just keeps on giving

Top Gear!

For me, as a former PlayStation and PlayStation 2 owner, the term “driving simulator” was synonymous with the Gran Turismo series.

Then, one day, I played Forza 2.

Whilst Gran Turismo‘s cars would come out of scrapes unscathed, Forza‘s cars got visibly beaten and battered if driven irresponsibly. And then there was the Forza auction house. I spent hours buying a selling cars, right up to the point were I suffered a two-week ban for dealing in cars with adult-themed and thus contraband paint-jobs. A situation brought on by a combination of naivety and greed (boy those nudie cars earnt me some serious cash).

With Forza 4, Microsoft has really rubbed Sony’s noise in it. This super-polished affair blows raspberries at the long-delayed and ill-received Gran Turismo 5. Oh how the mighty have fallen. Continue reading Forza 4: the driving sim that just keeps on giving

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”!

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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