Monthly Archives: May 2013

Geek Links of the Week

Nilay Patel tried out the new Google Glass at the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 this past Sunday. When it worked, it worked well. However, there’s still some work to be done on it. [The Verge]

Now that Tumblr is part of the Yahoo empire, let’s look back at the start of the micro-blogging service. [The Daily Dot]

EVE Online might not be a game you’ve played but it’s definitely one you heard about because of massive PVP battles like the recent Battle of Asakai that saw 10% of all players logged in participate in the fight. [Gaming Trend]

You’ve paired wines with food and beer with food but have you tried pairing beer with classic arcade video games? [Bon Appetit]

A choose-your-own-adventure Mass Effect comic? Why not? [Dorkly]


Game of StarCraft

I’ve missed my Friday Game of Thrones posts. I’m actually kind of shocked that I haven’t done a single GoT post in four weeks. Fortunately, I have something cool for you today.

YouTube user Tolkfan has put together the Game of Thrones intro using StarCraft footage. It’s pretty damn cool and very reminiscent of the real intro.

Element4l Review: Slip Sliding Away

element4l-logoSometimes, I need to play a game that’s on the calm side. As fun as driving cars at speeds approaching 200 MPH and shooting baddies with overpowered weapons is, I like to throw a quiet game into the rotation to mix things up. Lately, that’s been the oddly spelled but appropriately titled puzzle platformer Element4l.

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Building (Critical) Consensus: Grid 2

grid-2-box-artCodemasters and race sims goes hand-in-hand. As much as I like the F1 and Dirt series, I absolutely loved the TOCA series. Sadly, that series is dead. It’s now the hybrid arcade/sim Race Driver: Grid series which was shortened to just Grid for the second iteration in the series.

Grid 2 tries to find the middle-ground between a sim racer and an arcade racer. Some critics think it hits the mark while others find the opponent AI to hamper what could be a good experience. And let’s not mention all the fun Day One DLC you missed out on by not pre-ordering the game. Did you know that Codemasters has ESPN tie-ins with Grid 2. So does EA with its sports games. Can’t be a coincidence given the DLC BS.

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Space Combat Sim “GoD Factory: Wingmen” Needs Your Money on Kickstarter

god-factory-wingmen-screenshot-01I’ve been waiting a long while for a solid space sim. I was hoping that Rogue System would be that game but, unfortunately, their Kickstarter didn’t work out. Now, there’s a Canadian company that’s giving me hope. Quebec’s Nine Dots Studios needs your help to make their epic looking GoD Factory: Wingmen a reality.

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Shepard Has a New Plan to Defeat the Reapers

If the whole Prothean super weapon thing doesn’t go well for Commander Shepard, she has to have another plan up her sleeve. Fortunately for the galaxy, she’s been hard at work on a new plan to stop the Reapers.


Raphael Sbarge Reveals His Script Notes for Mass Effect 3: Citadel DLC

One of the great things about the internet and social media is the little behind the scenes looks at just about everything. That includes AAA games. At a convention last weekend, Raphael Sbarge (AKA Kaidan Alenko) revealed some of the direction that he and the other actors were given ahead of recording the final scene of Mass Effect 3’s Citadel DLC. If you’ve played the DLC, you’ll probably love it.


Via @RaphaelSbarge

Building (Critical) Consensus: Fuse

fuse-box-artI have to admit that I was looking forward to Fuse. I’ve been a fan of Insomniac Games since the Spyro the Dragon days and given that I’ve been wanting something new and fresh to play, Fuse seemed right up my alley. Then the critics got a hold of it and are making me pause.

I’m not exactly a big  fan of story-lite games and less so of games that force you to rely on terrible co-op AI. Well, unfortunately, it seems that’s what you have in store for you if you pick up Fuse.

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What’s It Like Inside a Pokémon’s Poké Ball?

I’ve never given much thought into what it’s like to live inside a Poke Ball. I always just assumed that Pokemon were converted into some sort of energy and stored inside the Poke Ball. The blue lightning effect from the cartoon reminded me a lot of Star Trek’s transporter setup so I guessed it was like a transporter where Pokemon were held in a suspended state until called upon again.

That theory of how Pokemon live inside the Poke Ball is explored by the folks at Movato along with two others in a handy new infographic.


Comic Book Pull List for May 29, 2013

x-men-1There are some neat comics coming out this week. I’d hazard that there might be something for everyone this week, whether you’re a fan of sci-fi, superheroes, long-running series or newly-debuting comics.

My three picks of the week are all new releases. The one I’m most interested in the new series focused solely on the women of the X-Men. Your favourite X-Women debut this week in slightly confusingly named X-Men #1. DC Comics and Vertigo are teaming up for a new sci-fi horror mini-series The Wake. Finally, the legendary John Carpenter takes the helm on his first comic series in Asylum #1.

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