Michael Irving

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

Where’s My Perry? Review

Where’s My Perry? Developer: Creature Feep Publisher: Disney Mobile Platform: iPhone (reviewed), iPAD Release Date: June 28, 2012 Price: 99c Available Here Overview Licensed apps. It’s not a term that fills gamers with confidence. It’s almost common knowledge that games based on properties from film or TV are usually not worth the effort, and iPhone apps based on these are more o...

Worms Revolution Dev Diary 2

I have to admit, at first I wasn’t completely sold on Team 17’s claim that the upcoming Worms Revolution was more than a graphical update, but the more I see of the game, the more I’m convinced it deserves the title. The second Developer Diary explains how some of the announced features will actually work in the game. Covered in the video are the graphical update, using classic 2D gameplay rendere...

Story-Driven Martial Arts Film on Kickstarter

If you like your martial arts films with a bit more story and character development, it seems you’re not alone. Thousand Pound Action Company, the creators of more than twenty live-action martial arts shorts, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to develop a new web series, with an original and engaging story. The project, titled Clandestine: Follow the Path, is set to rectify the problem th...

Interview With A Cosplayer

It wasn’t until I lived at student accommodation, which regularly held themed parties, that I realized – I love dressing up in costume. Mine were usually cobbled together from op shops, due to a complete lack of practical skills, but I always admired those with the skills to make stuff themselves. Seeing all the amazing costumes at Oz Comic Con, where very few looked to be sourced from...

Cosplay at Oz Comic Con

A huge part of conventions is the incredible effort fans go to recreate themselves as their favourite characters, and Oz Comic Con was no different. There was some truly inspired cosplay work to see, both around the show floor and in the parade and competition. Melbourne has a massive, very active community of Japanese culture and anime fans, and a lot of costumes fit that theme. I may not have al...

Armin Shimerman & Max Grodenchik Panel, Oz Comic Con 2012

Panels with two people are often the most entertaining, allowing them to play off each other. The history between Armin Shimerman and Max Grodenchik, playing the Ferengi brothers Quark and Rom in Star Trek, gave them rich ground to draw from during their panel at Oz Comic Con in Melbourne. They discussed how the makeup and the masks influence the characters they were playing. Armin noted that he f...

Julie Benz Panel, Oz Comic Con 2012

The lovely Julie Benz is known to most people for playing two prominent, very different characters: Rita, the sweet, unsuspecting wife of our favourite serial killer, Dexter, and the cunning vampire seductress Darla, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her panel at Oz Comic Con this weekend kicked off with questions about the death of both characters during the shows. Julie discussed her reaction to Rita...

Armin Shimerman Interview, Oz Comic Con Melbourne 2012

While he’s best known for being the face behind the heavy makeup of Quark from Star Trek, Armin Shimerman has had an illustrious career in theatre, film, television, and more recently, video games. You might remember him as Principal Snyder in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr Nefarious in Ratchet & Clank, the Salarian Councillor in the Mass Effect series, and of course, the enigmatic antagonist, A...

Rumour: Team Fortress Animated Series?

If EA and Activision are the game industry equivalents of the loud, shallow, attention-seeking people at the party, then Valve is the cool one that sits in the background, not saying much, but has people hanging on their every word when they do speak. In the last couple of days Valve has cleared their throat, ready to say something interesting no doubt, and people are already leaning in. Team Fort...

Video Explains New Super Mario Bros 2 Features

Do you hate reading? Still trying to wrap your head around the super-complicated concepts of New Super Mario Bros 2? Well, Nintendo have you covered! They’ve released a video that explains the features that put the “new” in New Super Mario Bros 2, and it looks like the same sorta stuff you’d expect, with a few added twists. With so little time for plumbing these days, Mario...

Mick’s Indie Picks: Plith

With the main industry becoming somewhat stagnant, I’ve found myself drawn more to the independent game developers community lately. I’ve stumbled onto some real gems, but unfortunately, a lot of them don’t get the attention they deserve. This new segment, which I intend to make semi-regular, will highlight an indie game I’ve discovered or have been playing. They won’...

Amnesia: Machine For Pigs Teaser Trailer

The follow-up to Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a game we can only assume is so terrifying they had to give it a ridiculous name to take the edge off: Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs. Frictional Games are again behind it, but they’ve also brought in indie studio thechineseroom, the team behind the quietly moving Dear Esther. I loved the first game, despite not being able to finish it. Not because ...

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