GREMLINS!

 

 “For one thing, we’re insured for the damages. For another, maybe it wasn’t a place for people anyway. It was a place for things. You make a place for things… things come.” – Gremlins 2. In 1984, the world of “cute” was forever changed as Gizmo arrived on the cinema circuit and stole our hearts, our chicken and our life savings. “Gizmo Caca” – Gremlins. Written by Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire, Harry Potter 1+2;) produced by Steven Spielberg (Jaws, E.T;) and directed by Joe Dante (Small Soldiers, CSI-NY.)  This medium budget ($11-million) black-comedy became an instant cult-classic and made close to $150-million in box-office profits alone. FUN FACT: Chris Columbus got the idea for Gremlins from stories told by WW2 […]

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LEXX!

 

 “I am Kai, last of the Brunnen-G. Millennia ago, the Brunnen-G led humanity to victory in the war against the Insect civilization. The Time Prophet predicted that I would be the one to destroy the Divine Order and the League of 20,000 Planets. Some day, that will happen… but not today, as today is my day of death. The day our story begins.” – Kai. This article is not for the squeamish, the sensitive, those with pink hair, or those who only live for big budget, six-pack fueled, romance driven, science-fiction TV shows. This TV series, Lexx, represents everything that is glorious about complete and utter wonderful nonsense. Made on a shoe-string budget, staring lesser known Canadian and British stage […]

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DOCTOR WHO: 50th Anniversary.

 

 “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” — The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 12. What did you do last Saturday night? Hopefully you did something constructive, something fun, something uniquely sexual? If not, then I hope you joined the millions of Doctor Who, Science-Fiction, Whovians (I loathe that term;) geeks and nerds who watched the Guinness World Record setting, Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary show… The Day of The Doctor. “You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!” — The Doctor, Season 2, Episode 2. For those of you who missed it, here’s a bit of brief recap and […]

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TREMORS!

 

 “I vote for outer space. No way these are local boys.” – Tremors. Today we look at something truly underground. (See what I did there, Wookiee?) Today we look at a franchise that has kept the world entertained since 1990. Today we look – silently and with great care – at the wonderfully blood-soaked world of Tremors. “Assblasters. How’s that?” – Tremors 3. We shall start at the beginning; which is a very good place to start. In 1990, American director/producer Ron Underwood (Mighty Joe Kong, City Slickers) released his first full-length film – Tremors. This Western-Comedy-Horror, was made for roughly eleven-million Dollars, and made close to fifty-million at the box office. With its unique characters, witty one-liners, and fantastic […]

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KERBAL SPACE PROGRAM

 

 KERBAL Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut? Have you ever wanted to fly beyond our little blue world? Have you ever wondered what it would be like in space? Well, I haven’t. All this talk of flying makes my ears pop. But for those of you who are brave enough to wonder. Then this may be the game for you. KERBAL SPACE PROGRAM is the world’s first sandbox-style space flight simulator. In the game, players take command of the Kerbals (small green humanoids) space program, and with the aid of the natives and their parallel-technology, you launch them into a parallel-solar-system and begin the labourious task of establishing a future in space. This game promises to be something very […]

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SLENDER!

 

 S Every now and then, Wookiee, a concept is born that soon develops into a fully-formed multi-limbed beast that has a divine will of its own… and a taste for consuming social and cultural norms. One such beast is the SLENDER MAN! Since his arrival onto our plane, SLENDER MAN has taken the world by storm – memes, games and even a full length film now bare his name. But like many greats… he came from humble beginnings. L On the 8th of June, 2009, a “’Paranormal Pictures” Photoshop contest was launched by Something Awful. Participants were asked to transform ordinary photographs into something otherworldly. Soon participants began sharing their creations many of which came with fabricated witness accounts. (Sounds […]

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LOCALS SET TO RULE AT RAGE!

 

 BEAR CHUCK: We have a little over 24 hours to go before the 2013 rAge EXPO begins. Now I am certain that many of you are already drooling at the prospect of getting your hands on some amazing international talent; but have any of you considered the South African gaming scene? Well this year you should! With over a dozen local titles being launched, this years rAge EXPO is gearing up to be the most groundbreaking event in South African gaming… EVER! BROFORCE: With so many local video-games been shown at rAge this year, I’m certain that there will be something for everyone. Though the following small tastes  are the fruits I am most looking forward to trying. DESKTOP DUNGEONS: […]

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R T.R.I.L.O.G.Y.

 

 S.T.A.L.K.E.R Welcome comrade. Welcome to the end of all things. Welcome to the blasted and mutant infested wasteland we call, THE ZONE. For those of you who do not know, THE ZONE, is the greatest threat to the world that we have ever known. However, there is a lot of money, wealth and power to be gained by those of you who are brave enough to venture into this 30km2 radioactive cesspool. We warned though. There are far more dangerous creatures then simple mutants and bandits out there. SHADOW OF CHERNOBYL: (2007) So for those of you who are not familiar with the S.T.A.L.K.E.R series or the tragic events that occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power-Plant in 1986, I shall […]

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AMERICAN REVOLUTION!

 

 “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin. HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY, Americans. Hope you’re all getting plastered out of your minds. For those of you who are not drunk and want to play some – non-Imperialistic – games; this article is for you! Now, American Revolution games are few and far between, and a little thin on the ground. (No we are not going anywhere near Assassins Creed.) Instead we are going – in the theme of the week – to join the front lines of mass infantry combat, and look at an Empire: Total War mod that pits the Rebels against their Noble masters.  “I have not yet begun to fight.” […]

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EVIL DEAD SERIES (1981-2013)

 

 “You will die! Like the others before you, one by one, we will take you.” – Cheryl: Evil Dead – 1981. I’m certain a number of you have seen the “new” Evil Dead film (2013). I must admit, I enjoyed it; despite the lack of Bruce Campbell. Who is Bruce Campbell? Oh, child. Allow me to enlighten you. And let me be the first to say “Welcome to the World of Evil Dead.” “Well hello Mister Fancypants. Well, I’ve got news for you pal, you ain’t leadin’ but two things, right now: Jack and shit… and Jack left town.” – Ash: Army of Darkness – 1992. Our tale is long and sometimes complicated. For over 30 years the world of […]

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