Thomas Hellier

Madman April SBS DVD Line Up for Autumnal Viewing

How much does being outside suck? Now you don’t need to know as SBS and Madman Entertainment are providing you with hundreds of hours of material to help burn the hours. Demonstrating their usual fare, SBS is providing a mix of top notch documentaries, dramas and infotainment styled programming for your viewing pleasure. Famed Israeli drama Prisoners of War, the show that was remade in the U...

Pre-Alpha Footage of Total War: ROME II

Total War: ROME is an enduring classic. With the sequel due out sometime this year we’re being drip fed a whole bunch of sweet goodies by Sega and The Creative Assembly. Here’s the newest drip down the feeder, the historic battle of Teutoburg Forest. How do you feel about learning while procrastinating? If you’re cool with that then take the 12 minutes out of your day to watch th...

eJay Kickstarter Unsuccessful but Not Dead

When Wired Productions decided to take its new idea to the people, they lapped it up. The Kickstarter campaign for eJay Pure ended yesterday, with the goal of bringing back the classic PC music editor. While they weren’t successful in raising the £150,000 they required the eJay team aren’t calling it quits. Over a third of the amount required was raised, displaying a strong interest in...

Toki Tori 2 Gets Game Fixing Patch

Thank goodness for the internet eh? Two Tribes has just patched Toki Tori 2 in response to the online conversation around issues with the game. While a glitch in-and-of itself wasn’t the cause of this update, the game did not appear to have a solution to a significant puzzle for many players. Alongside making one puzzle simpler, the team at Two Tribes has patched up a few bugs that had expre...

Atomhawk’s “The Realm” Looks to Crowdfunding

Atomhawk continues the trend of big time game developers using Crowdfunding sites to launch games. Renowned for their graphic contribution to massive hits like DmC, Dead Island, Mortal Combat and Enslaved, Atomhawk has teamed up with Lantern Interactive to bring us a new point-and-click adventure. Bringing their iconic graphic eye to the table, Atomhawk have created a post civilisation world where...

Nordic Games Acquires Darksiders, Red Faction

Nordic Games has proved you don’t just find bargains on games in discount bins. THQ’s implosion has made picking up entire franchises as affordable as buying into Sydney real estate, with several titles proving to be even cheaper. Spending $4.9 million over all, Nordic Games have claimed over 10 individual franchises to add to their catalogue. 505 Games cleaned up what was on offer, ro...

Superdata’s Numbers Show Modest Growth in Gaming Sector

U.S. data collection company Superdata has crunched the numbers to reveal the health of the video game industry. While the numbers are for the U.S. only, it’s fair to say the results will impact gaming globally. So broadly speaking, what do the numbers look like? On the plus side March showed an increase of 2.9% month-on-month dragging the annual numbers up 1.3% year-on-year after February&#...

Girl Scouts Join Boy Scouts in Offering Gaming Patch

Last month the Boy Scouts announced that participants could earn patches in video game design. No, there wasn’t anything wrong with the version of Boy Scouts they were running, rather they could be awarded a ceremonious badge to attach to their lapel or sash showing they were proficient in designing games. Women in Games International (WiGI) started work on creating the patch at GDC this yea...

How Michael Jackson Mastered the Art of Chiptune in Sonic 3

I’m throwing caution into the wind – Michael Jackson did Sonic 3 and that’s that. In case you didn’t know, much ink has been spilled over whether or not MJ actually wrote the soundtrack to the greatest game on one of our favourite consoles. It’s certainly no secret he enjoyed playing them. Debating about it any longer is futile – how could you argue with this ma...

New Zelda Comes to 3DS

Nintendo Direct just dropped a whole lot of love on Zelda fans, putting up 3 titles including an original set in the Link to the Past universe. Fans of the series don’t get to relish new genuinely instalments too often and it’s fitting that one is coming to the 3DS. How many people bought that thing simply to play Ocarina in 3D? The game will be in mostly in the top-down view like A Li...

Silversword Expansion – Rise of the Dragon released today

“Silversword” calls on classic 1980’s RPG’s again with their expansion “Rise of the Dragons.” If you like soul-crushingly hard old school gaming you can now get the expansion through an in app purchase. Much like the old schooler’s of yore, this expansion lathers on the crazier stuff you always wanted. New spellcaster Dragoncaller joins skills like Alchemy...

The NSW Writers’ Centre to Host Game Writing Workshop

Writing has become an integral part of the game making process since the inception of the medium. Sure, a lot of the narrative work came in physical booklets during the arcade era but as computing power has ramped up so has our ability to insert narrative into game play. As a result video game analysis has hit a level of critique similar to that of film. The New South Wales Writers’ Centre i...

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