The Inbetweeners

The Inbetweeners

Just watched the first series of hit UK comedy show, The Inbetweeners. Ordinarily I’d write here exactly when you can watch this show in New Zealand, but due to the TVNZ site being pretty bereft of any useful info, I’ve no idea. I think it is on the telly at some time or other.

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First look: Game of Thrones

Not your usual swords and sandals affair

I love it when a decent TV show sneaks up on me. So often I look forward to a new genre TV show only to be disappointed.

I was recently given a few episodes of HBO’s medieval fantasy show, Game of Thrones, to take a look at. I’ve noticed that the show is generating a fair buzz on the internet, but live-action swords and sandals generally leave me with a bad taste in my mouth. Ever since those films of Sir Pete’s did marginally well a few years back there has been an overpowering desire for film-makers to deliver “epic” fantasy, which usually ends in tears (Clash of the Titans). Continue reading First look: Game of Thrones

Game Console news roundup at techday.com

As you may know, I write the daily gaming news on New Zealand technology website   www.techday.com, the online home of Netguide magazine and Game Console.

This week I reported on an internet leak, the changes to the MMO business model, the return of an old hero and a look at two of this year’s top upcoming games.

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Musical interlude: Kurt Shanks…I know that man!

This isn’t a music site, I know. But I got a press release in my email box today that triggered a WTF moment that I thought I’d share.

Auckland singer/songwriter Kurt Shanks, who I used to work with when I lived on the Shore, has just released the video for We Shall Have Another Day, the featured track from his debut EP which will be out in the first week of August.

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Lord of the Rings inspired geek movie coming soon

The Fellows Hip: Rise of the Gamers

We already have web-based TV show The Guild, featuring geekdom’s favourite redhead Felicia Day. Do we need a full-on movie inspired by playing massively multiplayer online role-playing games (thankfully, and more commonly, known as MMORPGs or even better, just MMOs).

The folks who made The Fellows Hip: Rise of the Gamers thought we did. The movie is about a band of friends who embark on journey to a convention in order to participate in a Lord of the Rings Online  competition. Along the way the heroes find themselves in many situations mirroring those found in Tolkien’s tales. The film-makers sought, and gained, approval from both Middle-Earth Enterprises and Turbine, the original developers of the LoTRO game. The movie actually features footage taken directly from the game.

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New Laptop

Vic B’Stard is setting up a new laptop at the moment. So things will be slow this weekend. Normal service will resume soon.

We also have a new NZ URL to call home, so we are also in the process of switching over from wordpress.com to the new URL. More on this soon.

Be seeing you.

New Captain America TV spot has chilling revelation

America f**k yeah!!!!

Of all the super-hero movies this (northern hemisphere) summer, the only one that I’m super excited about is Captain America.

Having a young family means that I now choose my movie theatre trips carefully. Thor, X-men: First Class and Green Lantern can all wait until Blu-ray. But not Captain America. In preparation for the movie, I recently took a look at director Joe Johnston’s last period super-hero picture, The Rocketeer. After twenty years, I swear that movie is even better than I remembered it! I’ll be writing more about The Rocketeer in a few days time.

Marvel Studios have been releasing a steady flow of TV spots for Captain America: The First Avenger. Each one effectively the same shots edited differently. TV spot 8 is a little different and offers up a sequence that should get every single fan of the Marvel character just a little excited.

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First F1 2011 developer diary arrives

F1 2011 Gameplay Screenshot

Codemasters has released the first in a series of developer diaries for F1 2011, the follow up to the BAFTA award-winning F1 2010. The Developer Diary features work in progress gameplay footage and stars Chief Games Designer Stephen Hood, Executive Producer Paul Jeal and Formula One test driver Anthony Davidson who serves as the game’s technical consultant.

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