Michael Irving

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

Stop 1950s Alien Invaders in Unstoppable Gorg

Did you hear? They discovered alien life this week! Aaaaand it’s coming to kill us. Futuremark Games Studio released their newest game, Unstoppable Gorg, on Friday. And it looks intriguing. Within a kitschy 1950s sci-fi setting, players must send satellites into orbit around a planet, moon or space station, and rotate them to the best position to intercept Gorg’s advancing army of flyi...

5 Brilliant Boss Battles

Boss Battles are right up there with jumping, points and blank wooden crates as examples of standard video game procedure. They’re in pretty much everything, and ideally test a player’s skills and abilities that they’ve accumulated during the game, as well as ramping up the tension in both the narrative and the game’s difficulty. They’re also hard to write or talk abo...

Jurassic Park: Episode 2 Now Available on iPad 2

While Telltale’s Jurassic Park game was released as one product for other platforms, the iPad 2 version retained the original episodic structure, and the second part of the saga is available right now. Titled “The Cavalry”, the story continues as the park plunges further into chaos, in the aftermath of a rival genetics company’s espionage attempt. Lima, Gerry and Jess head ...

100 Games You Must Play Before You Die – Part 8

Christmas is a time for stuffing your face and disregarding such pettiness as diets, moderation and manners, and in that spirit, our 100 Games You Must Play segment is a veritable feast this week. We’ve got some modern  classics fresh off the vine, which are sure to leave a lingering sweetness on the back palate; a couple of rare delicacies that you may not have tried before; and a generous ...

Nintendo 3DS Breaks Sales Records

The 3DS may have had a worringly slow start after launching in March this year, but Nintendo have again proven their might in the gaming industry as the 3DS became the fastest-selling games console ever in Australia. Reported proudly by Nintendo, and confirmed by the NPD Group Australia, the 3DS sold 200,000 units in Australia in under 37 weeks, surpassing the mark faster than any other handheld o...

Mario Kart 7 Review

Mario Kart 7 Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo Platform: Nintendo 3DS (reviewed) Release Date: December 3, 2011 Price: $39.99 Overview: You already know what Mario Kart 7 is like: every other Mario Kart game, refined and expanded, making good use of the platform’s features, with a few new characters, tracks and weapons thrown in. Sure, Nintendo have been accused of milking the Mario ca...

100 Games You Must Play Before You Die – Part 7

It’s the busy season again, and as such, this segment has been on a bit of a hiatus for a while. Kelly is reportedly stuck on the Work and Uni mission, a key objective in the main questline of that most dreaded game, Real Life. She’s passed the torch on to me to get this thing wrapped up, and to let you know which games you should be playing to avoid those weird cousins visiting for th...

Jurassic Park: History in Games

I don’t remember if my childhood obsession with dinosaurs began with Jurassic Park or was just fueled by it, but either way, the series has been a big part of my life growing up, both as films and games. Having just reviewed Telltale’s recent Jurassic Park game, I found I enjoyed it, despite the rather awful gameplay. It got me reminiscing about previous games based on the license, and as I looked...

Jurassic Park: The Game Review

Jurassic Park: The Game Developer: Telltale Games Publisher: Telltale Games Platforms: PC (Reviewed), Xbox 360, PS3, iPad Release Date: November 15, 2011 Price: $29.99 – Available Here! Overview Having grown up with Jurassic Park, both as films and games, I’ve been pretty excited for Telltale’s take on the franchise since I first heard about it – especially as the trailers showed some ...

Red vs Blue: Season 9 Review

Red vs. Blue: Season Nine Studio: Rooster Teeth Publisher: Siren Visual Release Date: November 15, 2011 – Available Here Overview: Red vs. Blue is the poster child of Internet success stories, owing to its creative use of the emerging machinima medium and its snappy writing. Over the years though, it’s drifted away from half of that equation – the writing is as funny and clever as ever...

PETA’s Next Game Targets

While they’ve never lifted a finger to stop the slaughter of trillions of virtual humans in games like Battlefield and Call of Duty, PETA have attacked certain games for apparently promoting cruelty to animals. Did you ever stop to think about the awful conditions that virtual turkey you prepare in Cooking Mama was raised under? How about the innocent Tanookis that Mario slaughters for their...

Christopher Lloyd – Supanova Event

  Saturday, November 12, 1955: Doc Brown sets up an elaborate “weather experiment” at the Hill Valley Town Hall, to send 1.21 Gigawatts of electricity roaring into an invention that he won’t invent for nearly thirty years, to send his friend Marty, who hasn’t been born yet, back to the future. Saturday, November 12, 2011: Doc Brown – I mean, Christopher Lloyd – visits Melbourne. Along with Val Kil...

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