Michael Irving

Gaming since the days of Lemmings and Wolfenstein, and writing since Scamper the mouse in Grade Three.

Telltale Delays Jurassic Park Game

If, like me, you’ve been waiting (not so) patiently for your copy of the new Jurassic Park game from Telltale, it looks like you’ll be waiting another few months yet. I noticed a couple of days ago that the release date on the game’s Steam page had been changed from the vague “April 2011” to the much vaguer “2011”, and this morning we received confirmation...

Third Blade out now on Apple iPhone

Korean mobile developer Com2Us today released Third Blade, their newest Action RPG available on iOS devices. Judging from the screenshots, the game looks gorgeous, and seems to feature some classic RPG gameplay. If that’s the kind of thing you’re after for your iPhone or iPad, look no further! With a long line of popular mobile games behind them – RPG and otherwise – Com2Us’ late...

NBA Jam Available on iOS

 iOS and Android have proved to be valuable platforms for replaying classic games you can’t play without owning the original consoles. EA have revived the classic arcade game, NBA Jam, available in the iTunes App Store from today. The game has received a graphical facelift from the pixely look of the ’90s, but still maintains the playful visual style. The original voiceover announcer, ...

Best April Fool’s Announcements

April first is always an exciting day for games news – and April second is always a disappointing one, as we once again realise we’ve been had. While the gaming press is becoming increasingly suspicious to report any news around this date as fact, some are just too damn exciting, or hilarious, to ignore. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the best fake news we received in the last few d...

The Loved Ones Review

Genre: Thriller Director: Sean Byrne Starring: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Jessica McNamee, Victoria Thaine Tag line: “Don’t break her heart…” Running Time: 81 minutes Available: Madman Online Store ($34.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-Ray) Overview: “It’s good… for an Aussie film.” That unfortunate qualifier is often used when people discuss Australian films. ...

Angry Birds: The Movie – Trailer by Rooster Teeth

With the ridiculous success of Angry Birds, and it’s propulsion beyond a simple iPhone app into the forefront of pop culture, developer Rovio Mobile has mentioned that they are looking to expand the brand. Already you can get T-shirts and plush birds, but there has been talk of a television series and even a film in the future. While the CEO of Rovio, Mikael Hed, acknowledges that an Angry B...

Angry Birds Rio Review

Angry Birds Rio Platform: iPhone (reviewed)/iPad/iPod Touch Publisher: Rovio Mobile Developer: Rovio Mobile Genre: Arcade Release Date: 23rd March 2011 Price: $1.19AU, .99c US Buy Now Hi, my name is Michael, and I’m here because I’m a recovering addict. Yes, like many of you, I was once addicted to Angry Birds on the iPhone. I’ve been 26 days clean, until… well, I’m n...

New L4D2 Campaign Beta Released

The public beta for Cold Stream, a community-created campaign for Left 4 Dead 2, is available for free download from today. Cold Stream takes place after The Parish campaign, but how the story progresses between them is unclear at this point. The beta focuses mostly on testing the gameplay, and after an hour or so of playing, it’s clear that there are bugs that need fixing. These range from ...

Celebrate Mana Bar’s First Birthday

This weekend, Mana Bar – Brisbane’s unique video game cocktail bar – will reach the first checkpoint in the game of business; celebrating one year of operation. And it did so without an instruction manual, or even a tutorial level. On Sunday 20th March, Mana Bar will celebrate its first birthday with a public event, featuring gaming competitions, special guests in attendance and prizes award...

Double Dragon iPhone Special Price Extended

The newly released Double Dragon iPhone (<– check out our review of it here) remake has been going gangbusters, to nobody’s surprise. If you haven’t picked this one up yet, you better do it soon. For an unspecified “limited time only”, the special introductory price of $3.99US ($4.99AU) has been extended. Afterwards, it will go up to the standard price of $6.99US &...

Secret World Trailer and Screenshots Released

I’ve always liked the idea of an MMORPG, but I have yet to find one that I find interesting. I’m not a fan of the cliché, Tolkien-esque fantasy setting that World of Warcraft started, and almost every MMO since has duplicated. So when I heard there was one coming out set in the modern day, but still involving a supernatural element, my ears pricked up. At last week’s Game Develop...

Mana Bar Interview With Co-Owner Guy “Yug” Blomberg

The empty blue room on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, could just be some squatter’s makeshift home. Albeit a squatter with a big TV, a commercial drinks fridge and a display cabinet of various video game characters. I was there to meet with said squatter, Guy Blomberg – better known as “Yug” from Australian Gamer – to discuss Mana Bar, the exciting new venue opening soon in Melbourne...

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