Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Max Payne 3 Forum Avatars

right click, save image, for 400x72, click image  for 550x100

Well woe and behold, a hint from little Alf to pick up a copy, thank heavens for long weekends.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bundle in A Box: Adventure, Indie Game Bundles The Next Chapter

"Bundle in A Box: Adventure" is a unique and landmark take on the standard indie gaming bundle, with a pricing system that supports both indie game developers, meaning more new unique, quality games for us and the pleasure of knowing your also making a significant contribution to charity.  No guilt, no pain, hours of classic, mind altering, indie adventure gaming and all for the price of the spare change in your pocket!!!.

The games all seven of them, have been handpicked and tightly packed together by dedicated gamers collectively known as Kyttaro Games, and true to their mission statement they have indeed brought together the cream of "Adventure" themed indie games.

So what's in the box?
The main bundle consists of five games, with the games "Metal Dead" and "The Shivah" only available to those who pay above the average price.  Mind you the average price is so low I'm still scratching my ancient head wondering how they've managed to cram all this goodliness into one offer.

Main Bundle:

"The Sea Will Claim Everything" by indie developer Jonas Kyratzes, is a beautifully illustrated and excellently written point-and-click adventure, marking the commercial debut of both Jonas Kyraztes and the Lands of Dream series.

"1893: A World’s Fair Mystery" is the first piece of interactive fiction (text-adventure) to EVER!! appear in a bundle.

"Gemini Rue" by Joshua Nuernberger and Wadjet Eye Games.  2011's winner of Best Game of the year from the prestigious AGS Awards, announced earlier this month.  The game just so happened to also walk away with Best Gameplay, Best original story, Best Game Character, Best background art and Best Character Art.

"Ben There, Dan That! Special Edition" Written by Dan Marshall and Ben Ward, is bursting with bold cartoon graphics, laugh-out-loud dialogue, and colourful characters.  The special Edition has..ahem!.. sexier graphics and "A stunning jazzy Sam and Max: Hit the Road homage-y soundtrack!"

"Time Gentlemen, Please!" is a point-and-click adventure game developed by Zombie Cow Studios.  The game features a darkly humorous, at times surrealistic setting and consistent referencing of other classic adventure games.

And for a few centssss more!!!

"Metal Dead" by indie developer Walk Thru Walls is a 2D point-and-click adventure.  To quote a certain knowledgeable Gnome, Metal Dead is the "closest we've come to the brilliance of Maniac Mansion since, well Maniac Mansion. It's the Shaun of the Dead of adventure gaming."


"The Shivah" is a a point-and-click adventure game, designed and developed by Dave Gilbert, now publishing as Wadjet Eye Games.  You play the role of Rabbi Russell Stone, who has been left a large sum of money by a murdered former member of your snyagogue.  PC Gamer sums it up nicely...."It's in games like this that gaming really starts to measure up to conventional literature for emotional and intellectual integrity."

Right! How Much!!!
Well this is the little piece of brilliance I just love!!  there's a minimum price and an average price,

Minimum Price
The starting minimum price of $2.99 (for the Main bundle) will drop $0.05 for every 500 purchases, while a selection of extras will unlock for every 10,000 sales. Said extras will include:

Gemini Rue soundtrack
a never-before-seen Metal Dead Making Of PDF booklet.
The Shivah soundtack

Average Price
Changes dependant on the average price being paid for the game, last look it was $5.45, for that you get the main bundle and premium content, Metal Dead and Shivah.

All the games in the bundle are available as DRM-free Windows downloads, though Kyttaro Games also provide Steam and Desura codes for Gemini Rue, Ben There, Dan That!and Time Gentlemen, Please!, and Desura codes for Metal Dead.

Oh yes almost forgot the charity.... this time out, it's Perivolaki - The Hellenic Centre for Mental Health and Treatment of Child and Family. A non-profit NGO helping mentally ill children and their families in Greece.

So Where Can I Get It!!!
Bundle In A Box: Adventure available from none other than the appropriately titled:

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale 2011

Continuing my "Elderly At the Movies" series, featuring films I must pick up when I'm not constantly being distracted by video games.

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale is a 2011 Taiwanese historical drama, directed by Wei Te-Sheng and produced by John Woo, based on Wushe Incident in central Taiwan in 1930.

The most expensive production in Taiwanese cinema history. The film is divided into two parts  part 1 titled "The Flag of Sun" part 2 "The Bridge of Rainbow" for a total running time of up to four and half hours. 

NOTE European audiences are having a hard time finding the full boxset, The offerings at present on localized  Amazon, HMV and Zavvi sites, are not the full 4+ hour version.  Always check the running time before purchase!!!!

What it says on the Tin:
"Some eighty years ago, in the mountains of Taiwan, two races clashed in defense of their faiths. One race believed in rainbows, the other believed in the sun. Neither side realized that they both believed in the same sky."

Quote of the Bunch:"..one wishes the results were less kitschy and more coherent; still, the filmmaking has a raw physicality and crazy conviction it's hard not to admire." Slant Magazine

Reviews summary
pectacular rain forest combat scenes are non-stop in an authentic-feeling actioner.
The pacing of Warriors of the Rainbow is clumsy, its battle scenes chaotic and its computer effects cheesy.
Taiwan's "Braveheart," with a nod to "The Last of the Mohicans."
It's not clear what is valued more - endless preaching about ancestral spirits or gruesome CG decapitations.
Has the shape of something weightier than the simplified good-vs.-evil movie it actually is.
A bruising, relentless experience, one more tiring than inspiring.

Official Website

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Saturday, May 05, 2012

Rosh Online The Return of Karos mmorpg Wallpaper

All sized 1920x1200

Rosh Online The Return of of Karos, is a free to play online mmorpg, and essentially an upgraded version of Karos Online.

Based in a world torn by blood, the once peaceful ROSH council has fallen to the Ismaul clan. Now warriors around the kingdom are taking up arms to usurp the Ismaul and restore the council that once brought peace and democracy to the land,

The game features a faster leveling system, a competive PvE "etreme instance dungeon",  hunting, fishing, and mining to forge powerful armor sets and an ubiquitous, faction warfare element.

Official Game Site

Alf The Helper: Edible game wallpaper, whatever will  they think of next!?
Elderly: No Alf! scrumptious as in ..sigh!....no forget it....
Alf The Helper: I'll get the salt and vinegar....
Elderly: Sigh!!!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Xbox 360 Skins Best of the Month

Hi Alf the Helper here!
Following my completely unpopular post "How to apply a Ps3 skin" last month, mr.Edlerly has kindly allowed me to come on here and redeem myself. 

It is therefore with extreme gratitude and the bore of a 12 gauge shotgun pointing at me that I would like to introduce my hand picked selection of Xbox 360 skins plucked from the vaults of Amazon, for your delectation.

So take it away there skins....

Alf The Helper: Is that okay?
Elderly: I'm not convinced, try harder...

Am... these housetrained and ..ahh ..protective decals are especially handy for impressing.. yourself.. those around you and improving your gaming prowess..

Elderly: No Alf, they don't make you play better...
Alf The Helper: Then why would you buy them!!?

(Elderly takes the safety off the shotgun....)

...These superb Skins are made up of ultra thin and environmental friendly vinyl material, highly durable and help prevent abrasions & scratching to your favourite gaming console...
erm...they also look pretty cool...

Elderly: Good, okay your off the hook
Alf The Helper: Phew!! :) So there never was an Amazon guy posting links at the end of your posts?
Elderly: No Alf there was  never an Amazon guy,
Alf The Helper: Gee...I'm going to miss him... :(
Elderly: ?