Michael Irving

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

New Worms: Ultimate Mayhem DLC

Are fedora-wearing worms with Scottish accents throwing explosive bananas at each other not zany enough for you? Well, Team 17 are adding a dash more zaniness to the recipe with a new customization pack for Worms: Ultimate Mayhem. Full action trailer Available from Wednesday 28th March from Xbox Live Arcade, the new pack will cost 400MS Points, and contain 10 new headwear items (including a Feudal...

100 Games You Must Play – Part 9

Let’s take a trip back in time: right back to the old days of December 2011, when this segment was supposed to be finishing up. What was the world like back then? What games did our ancestors need to play? Has the list changed in the months since? No. No it hasn’t. But hey, why stop our terrible time travel analogy there. This list contains a trip back to the seventies to one of the fi...

New Kingdom Hearts 3D Screenshots

Disney and Square Enix have revealed more images from the upcoming 3DS installment of the Kingdom Hearts series, subtitled Dream Drop Distance. Bizarre name, to be sure, but the series isn’t one to shy away from weird titles. And besides, it fits the 3D label. In addition to the character designs for the new game, including Disney stalwarts Mickey, Donald and Goofy, and series’ returne...

Yesterday Release Date Announced

Full action trailer The Next Big Thing may have been the last big thing, Runaway was a runaway success, and now we don’t have long to wait until Yesterday. Pendulo Studios have announced that thier next adventure game, Yesterday, will be released on PC on Thursday March 22nd. Yesterday tells the story of one John Yesterday, who wakes up with, ironically, no memory of yesterday. All he recall...

Three Dead Zed Review

Three Dead Zed Developer/Publisher: Gentlemen Squid Platforms: PC/Mac/Linux Release Date: Jan 25, 2012 Available Here Overview There’s a real sense of pride and love in indie games that permeates the entire product. Since it’s not usually about money, developers have to be working on something they enjoy to keep team morale high, and that often results in a unique concept, or interesti...

Hell Yeah! A Sega Announcement!

Sega have announced a new game: Hell Yeah! No, that’s the name, not my sentiment for Sega announcing a new title. Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit is a XBLA, PSN and PC download game from Sega and Arkedo Studio, and it’s not subtle about grabbing your attention. Like it or not, it’s the kind of game that forces you to acknowledge its existence. Players take the role of a high-...

Yesterday Hands-On Preview

Ye olde point-n-click adventure games may appear to be a long-dead genre, but look in the right places and you’ll find they’re not entirely extinct, they just suffer from widespread habitat loss. The genre’s granddaddy, Tim Schafer, has shown the industry folk with his record-breaking Double Fine Adventure in development, that there is still a passionate audience for adventure ga...

Love in the Time of Controllers

Video games seem generally more focused on making war, not love, but whether you’re rescuing another helpless princess, cracking on to every NPC of the opposite sex, or playing super-creepy Japanese dating sims, romance abounds in the gaming world. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here’s our round-up of relationships you could spend some time developing/ruining today. DISCLAIMER...

Double Fine Earns Budget in 8 Hours

I told you Tim Schafer was God. Well, maybe not in those exact words, but the sentiment was definitely implied yesterday while I was urging you all to donate on Kickstarter for Double Fine’s new adventure game project. The studio had set a target of $400,000, which, if reached by the 13th of March, would fund their game publisher-free. That goal was exceeded after eight hours. At the time of...

Help Fund Double Fine’s Next Game

The video game industry needs more Tim Schafers. His games, including Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle, Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, and the recent Sesame Street Kinect game Once Upon A Monster, have all been ingenious gems, full of character, humour, and interesting twists on game mechanics. His brand of auteurship is something we don’t see much of in this industry, likely because making a video...

Quarrel Review

Quarrel Developer: Denki Publisher: UTV Ignition Games Platforms: Xbox Live Arcade (reviewed), iPhone/iPad Release Date: January 25, 2012 Price: $5.00 – Available Here Overview You know when you’re at a party, and there are always the really loud douchebags that demand your attention? In the gaming world, we call them Modern Warfare, Assassin’s Creed and Elder Scrolls. And yeah, they&#...

Melbourne Game Jam 2012

I’m usually pretty slow to get into things. I’ll dip my toe in, take a few tentative steps and test the water, but if I’m not grabbed soon enough, I’ll get out of the proverbial (or literal) pool, dry off and go find something else. In the case of indie games, I fell asleep in a chair next to the pool, and woke up to find I’d fallen in somehow. And I liked it. Clumsy analogies aside, I should have...

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