Michael Irving

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

Day Ztories: Day One

How do you make a great game even better? Throw some zombies into the formula, apparently. It worked for Red Dead Redemption. And Yakuza. And Call of Duty’s been doing it for years. Like a lot of successful games, DayZ takes ArmA 2, a zombie-free military simulator, and adds zombies. If you haven’t gotten into this open-world, “realistic”, Zom-Poc survival mod yet, stay hid...

DayZ Confirmed as Standalone Game

We all knew it was going to happen, but it’s finally been officially confirmed: DayZ, the stupidly-popular zombie mod for military sim ARMA 2, will be developed as a full, standalone game. The game will be published by Bohemia Interactive, the studio behind ARMA 2, with the mod’s creator, Dean Hall, as the project lead. In a blog post, Hall specified that the game “will follow th...

Worms Infest Facebook

If playing Worms on your Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, Mac, iPhone, DS or PSP wasn’t quite enough yet, well… maybe more Worms isn’t the best course of action. Seek help. For the rest of us, the deadly dirt-dwellers have found a new platform to host their squishy warfare: Facebook. The beta has just opened, and Team 17 are inviting interested players to try it out, before it goes proper...

Develop an App to Aid Charity

I’ve witnessed a few game jams, where small games are created during a madcap 48-hour marathon, but the upcoming App Aid event aims has loftier goals. Hosted by Vodafone, and supported by Facebook and Samsung, App Aid challenges ten teams to develop a prototype of an app to benefit participating charities within 48 hours. The team who develops the most valuable app, as judged by a panel, wil...

New Oddworld Details Incoming

There have been a few stirrings from the odd world of Oddworld lately. With several projects in the works, there’s a lot of fan interest building, but details are scarce for now. Via their Facebook page, Oddworld Inhabitants have responded to the constant fan-nagging. Kinda. It’s not really news yet, but they’ve announced when to expect announcements. Details for the HD version o...

Mick’s Indie Picks: Binding of Isaac

Braid and LIMBO are the poster children of indie games. They’re the ones everyone plays, but they’re gateway indie games. From there some will move onto the harder stuff, fully detaching themselves from the “mainstream” and sneering at anyone ignorant enough to enjoy Call of Duty. My indie inclination began, as it so often does, with Braid and LIMBO, but the candy that fina...

Final Worms Revolution Dev Diary

Fans of long-running games series always want something new – as long as it’s the same as the old stuff. The latest (and last) developer diary for Worms Revolution shows that Team 17 are doing their best to cater to these contradictory hopes for the upcoming Worms game. The game will feature classic 2D gameplay presented in fancypants 3D graphics, and of course includes a roster of ser...

Pocket Heroes Review

Pocket Heroes Developer: F5 Games Publisher: Ayopa Games Platform: iPhone (reviewed), iPad, iPod Touch Release Date:  12th July, 2012 Price: 99c – Available Here Overview I’m sure the graphics race isn’t exciting to anybody any more, and while rendering power will obviously continue to grow, it’s nice to see games use other means of attracting attention. Increasingly popula...

Stay Dead Review

Stay Dead Developer: BruceFilm Publisher: Playstos Entertainment Platform: PC Release Date: July 4th, 2012 Price: $9.85 Available Here Overview You know why I love video games? How they get me excited enough to play them and write about them so regularly? It’s because there’s still so much that can be experimented with. The medium feels very fresh, and there’s always something ne...

Worms Revolution Classes in Session

These Worms Revolution developer diaries are churned out quick lately. We’re already up to the third out of five, and the latest discusses in a bit more detail how the class system will work, and touches on the customization options the Worms series is known for. It’s been thrown around a lot that Worms Revolution will feature four types of worms: the standard Soldier, the support clas...

Brace Yourself: Steam Summer Sale Begins

Make up an excuse to tell your landlord, be prepared for second and third notice bills in the mail, reduce your diet to two-minute noodles and water, and let your wallet perform stretches in anticipation of the workout it’s about to receive: Steam have started their massive half-yearly sale. For a week or so in July and December, Steam give pretty much all their prices a good slashing. Right...

Mick’s Indie Picks: Slender

Have you heard the legend of Slender Man? I hadn’t until yesterday. My girlfriend told me how she’d had trouble sleeping the night before because Slender Man was creepin’ at her window. I had no idea what she meant until she explained: apparently he’s a tall, long-limbed humanoid creature, wearing a suit and tie (for some reason), who snatches children and… I don’t know, kills people, I guess. Oh,...

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