Frightday the 13th

There is a commonly held superstition in a majority of the western world that Friday the 13th is a day of bad luck. Strangely enough, unlike many other traditions, this one seems to be a fairly resent concoction. Although both Fridays and the number 13 have had negative connotations in various cultures, there is no confirmed record of Friday the 13th before the 19th Century. Possible origins include: The Knights Templar were arrested on a Friday the 13th. Norse myth claiming if you have 13 guests that one will die. Some historians have claimed that it comes from the fact Jesus was crucified on a Friday and Judas was the 13th guest at the last supper. Henry Sutherland Edwards’ 1869 biography […]

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Grey Goo Arrives

 

 This weekend saw the release of a game I had been excited for for some time. Grey Goo is a Real Time Strategy, that aims to go back to the feel of classic RTS games from the era of games like Star Craft, Command & Conquer, and Age of Empires. The game was developed by Petroglyph Games and published by Grey Box Entertainment. In keeping with the idea of going back to the classics, the game puts emphasis on macro decisions over micro management. This being said, don’t expect the game to feel clunky or dated. The game both looks beautiful and plays smoothly (even on an older system like mine.) Petroglyph are comprised of many experts of the RTS […]

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Haggis

 

 “Thy fowll front had, and he that Bartilmo flaid;The gallowis gaipis eftir thy graceles gruntill, As thow wald for ane haggeis, hungry gled.” — William Dunbar, Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedy. As it is Burns Night, let us take a look at the traditional pudding of the evening; the majestic haggis. So most people have heard of haggis, but what is it actually ? Myth holds the Wild Haggis (Haggis scoticus) is a creature native to the Scottish Highlands. The Wild Haggis’s right and left legs are of different lengths allowing it to run quickly around the steep mountains and hillsides which make up its natural habitat. According to a poll held in 2003, 33% of American visitors to Scotland […]

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Starbomb: Player Select

 

 “…” – Ninja Brian. 16 December marked a most joyous occasion, the release of Starbomb’s second album. For the benefit of those of you deprived of the knowledge of who Starbomb are, let me elaborate. One day Danny Sexbang and Ninja Brian of the glorious Ninja Sex Party got together with animator Arin “Egoraptor” Hanson (whom Danny works with on the Game Grumps Youtube Channel,) to create a Rap album about oldschool video games. The first Starbomb album released December 2013 to “great success.” One year later the follow up album looks ready to upstage it’s forbear. There are even a few songs that act as sequels to songs on the first album amongst the new hits. I’ve been utterly […]

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Geekfest 2014

 

 “Why didn’t you tell me it was outdoors?!” – His Divine Shadow, Overlord of 925 on his current red hue. This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending Geekfest 2014 – an annual event celebrating Geek and Nerd culture. The event started around 10AM Saturday morning (29th November 2014), ran late into the evening and had all sorts of goodies on display. Things to do included stalls, archery, robot wars, cosplay, tabletop gaming, quizzing, medieval combat, and an outdoor movie marathon. The available stalls ranged from arts and crafts to clothing of various kinds to food and sweets, even archery hosted by our very own Cave Troll. With the variety of items and services available throughout the stalls, there was […]

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Top Three Overlooked Doctors

“There’s many a slap twixt cup and lap” – The Seventh Doctor British sci-fi mega franchise Doctor Who is arguably one of the most successful franchises to ever reach a television  screen. With many references littered throughout other media, with Simpson’s and Futurama Creator Matt Groening renowned for numerous easter eggs in both franchises. Over the many years of the franchise 12 (13 if you count John Hurt) actors have portrayed the various incarnations of the Doctor, each with his own unique twist on the personality. I was requested by our divine overlord to put together a list of my top three incarnations of the doctor. While researching this I realized that there was a chance of becoming too cliche, […]

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Overwatch

 

 “We’ve heard from our female employees, and even my daughter calls me out. We were looking at old Warcraft stuff on YouTube, a cinematic, and my daughter is like, ‘Why are they all in swimsuits?’ And I’m like ‘Ugh, I don’t know, honey. I think we’re clearly in an age where gaming is for everybody, we build games for everybody. We want everyone to come and play. Increasingly, people want to feel represented, from all walks of life, boys and girls, everybody. We feel indebted to do our best to honour that.” – Metzen. This weekend Blizzard Entertainment, at it’s annual BlizzCon, blew everyone’s minds when they announced their next game production would not be part of any of it’s […]

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.5:The Gray Chapter Prieview

 

 .5:The Gray Chapter is the 5th Studio album by US band SlipKnoT. Released worldwide on 21 October 2014 this is their first album release in six years, and the first not to feature deceased bassist Paul Gray (whom the album title is an ode to) or  drummer Joey Jordison, who parted ways with the band in 2013. The album contains a balance of the melodic style of newer albums, but also incorporates the harder more brutal style of the Iowa era. The pain the band suffered from the loss of Paul is evident in the sombre tone of the album, as well as Corey Taylor’s emotional lyrics. The emotional track Goodbye and the frustrated Skeptic are both clear tributes to […]

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Halloween is time to eat treats, just remember Don’t Starve

“Say pal, you don’t look so good. You better find something to eat before night comes!” -Maxwell. Don’t Starve, while not necessarily scary, is the perfect game for the Halloween season. The game, developed by Klei Entertainment is a rouge-like survival horror, set in a procedurally generated pseudo 3D world. Don’t Starve takes the basic premise of being stranded on an island and having to fend for yourself, and seeds it with all kinds of creepy terrors. While the base concept is nothing new to film (Lost, Castaway, etc) Few games have touched on this subject, and even fewer have succeed. In fact before the arrival of eagerly awaited The Forrest, the most successful “Trapped on a desert Island” on […]

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Alien Isolation

 

 “Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. The other members of the crew, Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash and Captain Dallas, are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck, the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off” -Ellen Ripley. Alone in space, Amanda Ripley searches for her mother on an abandoned space station. Welcome to Alien Isolation a survival horror game set in the Alien franchise, developed by The Creative Assembly and published by Sega. Taking place 15 years after the iconic Alien and 42 years before its sequel Aliens, the game follows the story of Ellen Ripley’s daughter, […]

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