Retrospective: Alan Wake inspiration

R U A Wake?

I love Alan Wake. I love the setting, that quaint little town in the American Northwest. I love the “something in the woods” story. I also love the TV episode design style and the fantastic soundtrack. 

Before I reviewed the game for Game Console, I wrote a little piece about the inspiration behind Alan Wake. The game is full of little nods and tips of the hat for the amusement of the initiated. Whilst the game was overly ambitious and didn’t really find its commercial audience, I still believe it to be one of the best games of  2010. I’m not sure if this was ever published, if it was, it would have been in the Game Console section of Anyway, here it is.

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Marvel CGI Spider-man/Iron Man/Hulk shorts

Hulk smash puny Iron Man!

You know when you start aimlessly browsing though YouTube videos? Well I was doing that this evening when I came across these little gems from 2008.

It’s a three-part CGI adventure from Marvel Comics featuring Webhead, Tinman and the Green Goliath vs. some gigantic Cylon robot-things. Love the idea of a superhero calling for assistance on his mobile phone.

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Retrospective: Infamous first look

My first assignment for Game Console was a visit to see PlayStation NZ and have a go on an early build of Infamous. The resultant preview article is presented below in its entirety, complete with the stylised inFAMOUS title.

I remember at the time being left feeling apprehensive about the game, a view that I still hold. I was later invited to review the finished game, which I’ll post up soon. As much as I enjoyed the game, the empty feeling that it left me with is what put me off trying the sequel (although I’m told that I’m missing out).

Check it out, then maybe post a comment on how you found the game.

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John Carter, Warlord of Mars gets the Disney treatment

Life on Mars?

Disney gets our asses to Mars, bringing Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter to the silver screen.

I’ll admit to only knowing about  John Carter though the 1970s Marvel Comics series- John Carter, Warlord of Mars.

The John Carter’s story is relayed via Burroughs himself as he investigates the life of his “Uncle John”.  Carter is a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War that finds himself transported to a populated Mars, not the barren wasteland that NASA has shown us.

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Game Console news roundup at

I write the daily gaming news on New Zealand technology website, the online home of Netguide magazine and Game Console.

News came thick and fast this week, making it difficult to decide what to write about. In the end I settled on these little morsels.

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Comic Review: Batman: Arkham City #1

Batman: Arkham City #1

Batman: Arkham Asylum took us all by surprise. I was fortunate to get an early playthrough whilst doing a review for Netguide magazine.

I’d be brave enough to say that Arkham Asylum was the best comic book video game ever produced. The game captured the essence of the Dark Knight to perfection. Portraying Batman as he should be: the worlds greatest detective, rather than simply concentrate on the warped mind of a man who likes to dress up as a bat.

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Dallas is returning to our screens

As Hollywood’s imagination vacuum shows no sign of abating, it’s time to dust of another former hit television franchise and give it another shot.

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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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