The Last of Us

Spoiler warning: This game is really good and you should definitely play it. I’ll do my best to talk in generalisations, but since this is a discussion of the story, I will have to make some assumptions. You have been warned.

If I were going to call a contender for the 2013 Game of the Year award, it would have to be Last of Us. It’s no technological marvel, and the gameplay is nothing new, but it sets a new standard in storytelling. Well, probably not as high as Torment – little approaches the masterpiece – but for a linear stealth/action game, it sets the bar really high.

Stories are most effective when we can identify with the characters. P likes to say she prefers Boromir over Strider because of his flaws. She finds Aragorn almost inhuman in his heroic perfection, while Boromir is more relatable because of his pride and susceptibility to temptation — and his redemption brings a little hope to the rest of us mere mortals. Continue reading

Review: Kobo mini

I was recently at my local JB Hi-Fi browsing around (as most gadget geeks do) and noticed that the Kobo Mini had reached the impulse-buy price of $50. As part of her due diligence on a similar purchase, P had asked me to look at a bunch of e-readers and tablets and I had confirmed her conclusion that the Glo model was good. For my needs, though, I had stuck with the tablets I already owned (an iPad and a Nexus 7). Still, I figured that $50 would be worth experimenting with e-ink myself.

I’ve been using it for a couple weeks now, and here are my thoughts. Continue reading

The Secret World: Sexual Assault By Any Other Name Is…

Funcom, the developer of The Secret World announced bad returns on the back of poor sales of the MMO. They’re taking on measures like “temporary layoffs” in order to reduce operating expenses. In my mind, couldn’t have happened to a nicer crowd. Continue reading

Nazis invade in IRON SKY

Iron Sky

I know you never thought I’d be back, but here I am and I come in peace! No, this isn’t some sort of apology, it’s actually an attempt to liken my absence to that of the Nazis in Iron Sky. Ok a bit of a stretch, so let’s move on.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Iron Sky is a Finnish/German/Australian collaborative production. It was crowd-funded and heavily supported by social media. For years, they ran a strong campaign to get funding and investment, as well as get community participation in the actual production.

That’s all good and well, but what about the movie itself? Well, when I first heard about it (I can’t even recall how long ago that was), I remember thinking, “Nazis in space? How could that be anything less than awesome?” You could obviously tell from the teaser art and footage that this was going to be a highly camp, over-the-top film.

On paper, this movie has all the makings of a flop: Continue reading

Saints Row The Third

It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to something. One minute I’ve decided that I need to pull finger and finish Saints Row The Third and the next, I’m staring at the closing credits. Admittedly, it’s not a long game, but I also find it difficult to push myself through any “entertainment” I’m not enjoying. There’s nothing deep and meaningful here: SR3 continues to succeed in its predecessor’s goal to escalate the levels of parody and hilarity and generally succeeds. Continue reading