Why I won’t buy Arkham Origins (at launch)

So with a week to go before the launch of Batman: Arkham Origins and with expensive television adverts paving the way, Warner Bros. are having a Batman Weekend on Steam; the prices of Arkham Asylum & Arkham City have been dropped 75% to $5 and $7.50 respectively (in Australia & New Zealand at least). Both games are awesome and if you don’t own them yet, you should definitely buy them…now. Batman: Arkham Origins shows every indication that it will be just as good, if not better, but I won’t be buying it. Yet.

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Witcher Series stays DRM-Free

Last January a friend of mine, games lawyer Jas Purewal (he of the blog Gamer/Law), wrote an open letter to Edge magazine in which he addressed 5 excuses commonly given by people defending game pirates. It was hot on the heels of CD Projekt RED’s attempt to crack down on piracy of The Witcher 2 and it received an obtuse rebuke from “journalist” Luke Plunkett of Kotaku.

Here we are over a year later, and the next instalment of the Witcher series still won’t be with us until some time in 2014 but today Witcher 3 Project Lead Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, talking to Forbes, confirmed that they will once again eschew DRM measures, calling DRM: “the worst thing in the gaming industry.”

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The future of water in games

Just a quick post. I picked this up via Mashable and it’s the work of Miles Macklin & Matthias Müller-Fischer; a remarkable peek at the future of computer graphics.

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We’ve gone on holiday by mistake

Hastings: Look at that view!
Poirot: Yes, well, views are very nice, Hastings. But they should be painted for us so that we can study them in the warmth and comfort of our own homes. That is why we pay the artist for exposing himself to these conditions on our behalf.
Hastings: What do you mean conditions? It’s a wonderful day. Just fill your lungs with that air.
Hastings: No, my poor friend. This sort of air is intended for birds and little furry things. The lungs of Hercule Poirot demand something more substantial – the good air of the town!

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Why I Love…BIT.TRIP Presents…Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

Bit Trip Runner 2 Logo

Indie games have always enthralled me; maybe it’s because I grew up in the 80s when some of my favourite titles were turned out by guys in their bedrooms. Maybe it’s because those 8-bit days permanently lowered my expectations of what a game should look like and enabled me to see through to the (theoretically) all-important game-play. Regardless, as soon as the original Bit.Trip Runner hit my hard-drive I started playing it, and didn’t stop until the sun came up.

Having pre-ordered the sequel, I got up early on the day of release to get in a couple of levels before work. Once again Gaijin Games have produced an awesome auto-running rhythm-music platformer that captures the spirit of the games of my youth, while fixing some of their faults. Perhaps this is why I really love Bit.Trip Presents… Runner 2 Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.

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My Thoughts on Aliens: Colonial Marines

Aliens: Colonial Marines Box ArtFor all the criticism being heaped upon Aliens: Colonial Marines, you’d think it was the next Revelations 2012 or E.T. however, like 2010’s Alien Vs. Predator, you won’t be finding it buried in the New Mexico desert any time soon, despite the panning it’s received from critics. Do those of us who pre-ordered the game based on early screenshots and previews have every right to be disappointed? Yes. Is it a bad game? Weeeell…

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The beau sat on the bough; the bough bowed.
He bounced down; the beau bowed.

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Anagram Thursday #1

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But it is fluffy.

My shampoo smells like creosote, because my scalp is dry.
My wife’s, of chocolate coconuts, but I don’t know why.
It’s hard, I find, to go through life with hair that smells like wood.
I fear my hair will never smell as cakey as it could.

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Humble Indie Bundle #3

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