A boy and his dog. PROJECT TRICO

When I was a mere boy there was a game, this game rewrote what we thought of games. It showed us that games could be beautiful, simple yet tasking and filled with narrative depth without a convoluted plot. Put simply, PROJECT ICO was a work of genius, the closest to art a game has ever come.

Until SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS came along, with its amazing idea of 12 massive boss fights. All wrapped up in a story of a loved one lost.

And now, at long last we have the next piece of the puzzle. I understand that this is an early test video to demonstrate the game mechanics, which look nothing short of inspired. Other games designers will look at this and weep, Nintendo will look at this and weep as this is innovation they should be bringing. I look at this and weep, because I know that soon I will have the joy to play another game of this caliber.


The Lost Initiative Season 5: The last one, The Incident

Bloody good ending to the season, I can’t wait until the next year. I have a feeling it’s going to be a very epic last series. I also have a feeling all of the cast will be back, and when I say all of the cast I mean ALL of them.

We are also up for a Broadcast Award (Best Use of Interactive) which is pretty cool. It would be nice to win one after 5 years of hard work ; )
This is who we are up against though. Tough competition.
Chicken Out, C4
The Lost Initiative, Sky 1
Proper Messy, BBC Switch

PS. All chocolate bars where consumed on the train back home. BONUS

The Lost Initiative Season 5: The Quiz and some random thoughts on Lost

I didn’t do very well at all. Quizzes are never my thing, my brain just doesn’t work that quick.

Seems like I may have been replaced, tune in next year to see if I’m still allowed on the show. Probably not to be honest, shes a lot better then me and will probably come up with some theories that aren't completely half baked lol

TIME TO PLAY THE GAME! Old ideas, new format?

I'm making up for lost time and blogging like it's 1999, but when something like this comes along you just have to splash it all over the place like tits in a lads mag (wow that was gross).

GAMER is a new effort from the creators of CRANK. I love those films, they are immense and really capture that no holds barred action kind of feel I remember of films in my youth. GAMER follows on the tradition of RUNNING MAN and the recent DEATH RACE remake (which was actually quite enjoyable, I know I'm a bad man, so I like mindless violence, I also look at girls boobs (theme?) far too much when I talk to them, I do have testicles you know), man on death row fighting for his freedom. Only this time it's not him who is fighting, it's some spotty teenager...

I'm loving the all out action feel, was only a matter of time before this idea was really explored in a film. And if CRANK is anything to go by this film will kick the prerequisite amounts of arse required.


Star Trek

I don't know what to say, but I had to write something, you know the usual sycophantic "if you see any film this year" kind of stuff. No film is perfect, but truly great films (not the artsie classics chock full of mise en scene) the kind of film everyone can watch and enjoy, you love them too much to look for fault.

Maybe this film isn't perfect, but...look any film that can essentially erase the whole canon of a much loved legendary Sci-Fi series, begin to rewrite it and not only get away with it but do it well! How is that film not amazing?

Maybe I'll do like a proper review or something later, but now I'm going to roll around on my bed like a school girl with a crush. Yup, I'm gay for Star Trek.


"Suck my Sinatra!" Malone gives em hell.

Just run across this at my geek temple over on Aint It Cool News and it really got my geeky juices flowing. Always been a fan of Noir films, I think any film student has to be by law or they send you to a planet ruled by apes that you later discover is actually a future earth ruined by war.

However, this looks like they took noir and raped it to within an inch of its life using Arnold Schwarznegger as a prophylactic, which is the point I think.

Give Em Hell Malone looks like my kind of weird.


Escape From City 17 - Half-Life 2 Film

Check out this fan video that has blown the Half-Life-loving internet to pieces over the last few months.

Some of you might not have played these iconic series of games so things may not make a lot of sense.

Here is a VERY brief over view from Wikipedia:

Half-Life 2 takes place in a dystopian world in which the events of Half-Life (the first game) have fully come to bear on human society, which has been enslaved by the extraterrestrial civilization known as the Combine. The game takes place in and around the fictional City 17 and follows the adventures of scientist Gordon Freeman. Freeman must fight against increasingly unfavorable odds in order to survive.

These guys have a spent a lot of time and money so it only just that they introduce their master piece:

Directed by The Purchase Brothers. (David and Ian)

Filmed guerrilla style. No crew. First two episodes made on a $500 budget, not including previous capital. Valve flew the brothers out to Seattle last year. and mentioned they were 'blown away' by the project on Steam.

Part Two is on the way. Hopefully finished by the mid May. The episode has taken more time then expected as the David and Ian are working on their careers.

Cause I love you, I found a WOLVERINE you can enjoy.

Wolverine and the X-men...

It always sounded like a blatant attempt to cash in on the Wolverine character and his current popularity. And well I was right, as usual, however these clever cartoon folk have done something very cool. They also made this new series kick ass.

For the premise watch the trailer here -

Wolverine And The X-Men - Official Trailer - The top video clips of the week are here

Love this trailer, gives you a great idea of the kind of ass kickery and fast talking Wolverine does best.

So its a world without Xavier, Wolverine's in charge and mutants are on the run, but that's just for starters. What is so bloody clever about this is the way they have squished 50 or so years of x-men history into the cartoon. And they've cherry picked some of the best stuff, but the little elves have done it with finesse so that plots from early x-men blend seamlessly with some of the newest material.

I don't want to go into much more detail because it could ruin some of the surprises, if your a big fan of the x-men you MUST watch this as it really is a treat. And if your not big fan then you MUST watch it also otherwise I will come to your house, sneak in while you sleep, a screw with your mp3 playlists.

Whats more the superbly written story arch leads perfectly into a second series which looks to be even more of an ass kicking fest. He really is the best at what he does.