About Author: Alyssa C.

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Having never quite grown up out of her nerd phase Alyssa spends her life between being a technical advisor for a pharmaceutical company, playing console games, reading anything she can get her hands on, tweeting as @alyssc01 and occasionally declaring herself Supreme Ruler of the Universe. She's a freelance writer willing to take on any challenge with numerous grammatical errors. The first three is always free.

Posts by Alyssa C.

  •   One of the titles I’m really looking forward to this year is the reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, if only from a nostalgic point of view. Without giving away my age, I can only say that I was very young when I met the adventurous Lara Croft and she soon became my heroine. She was the first memorable female gaming character and for someone not even in her teens, the concept was mind blowing. Lara Croft had shown me that the girls can do it too and I spend many, many hours staring at her back, blowing away bad guys and making a reasonable dent in the animal populations of Peru and China. In all that time, I […]

    The Future of Gaming: Me and my Tomb Raider…s?!

      One of the titles I’m really looking forward to this year is the reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, if only from a nostalgic point of view. Without giving away my age, I can only say that I was very young when I met the adventurous Lara Croft and she soon became my heroine. She was the first memorable female gaming character and for someone not even in her teens, the concept was mind blowing. Lara Croft had shown me that the girls can do it too and I spend many, many hours staring at her back, blowing away bad guys and making a reasonable dent in the animal populations of Peru and China. In all that time, I […]

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  • I can talk about The Hobbit, the movie that everybody has supposedly been waiting for. The blockbuster of the year. But, after three hours of nonstop dwarves and data dumping, I can honestly say that I’ve had about enough of the epic fantasy for now. The truth is that The Hobbit measured frighteningly short, though – considering that Peter Jackson took a very slim children’s book and turned it into an epic the length of Lord of the Rings – I had expected something like this. Where with Lord of the Rings the screen writers took out most of the unnecessary facts with The Hobbit they did exactly the opposite. They added stuff. And yes, I know it was in […]

    A look at the movies: The Hobbit and Jack Reacher

    I can talk about The Hobbit, the movie that everybody has supposedly been waiting for. The blockbuster of the year. But, after three hours of nonstop dwarves and data dumping, I can honestly say that I’ve had about enough of the epic fantasy for now. The truth is that The Hobbit measured frighteningly short, though – considering that Peter Jackson took a very slim children’s book and turned it into an epic the length of Lord of the Rings – I had expected something like this. Where with Lord of the Rings the screen writers took out most of the unnecessary facts with The Hobbit they did exactly the opposite. They added stuff. And yes, I know it was in […]

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  • It’s no secret that I didn’t like the Mass Effect 3 ending. As one of the older, more loyal fans to the series, I felt seriously short changed. I had come to expect quite a lot from Bioware who, in my oppinion, had not failed to deliver (we’ll ignore Dragon Age 2 shall we…) in the days leading up to the release of Mass Effect 3. Mass Effect 2, with its function that allowed you to play either paragon or renegade and its manner of providing you with the direct consequences of your wrong decisions (sending Tali into the vents for instance vs sending Thane) had showed me that Bioware knew what they doing and had the ability to anticipate […]

    Mass Effect 3 – Extended Cut DLC Release…

    It’s no secret that I didn’t like the Mass Effect 3 ending. As one of the older, more loyal fans to the series, I felt seriously short changed. I had come to expect quite a lot from Bioware who, in my oppinion, had not failed to deliver (we’ll ignore Dragon Age 2 shall we…) in the days leading up to the release of Mass Effect 3. Mass Effect 2, with its function that allowed you to play either paragon or renegade and its manner of providing you with the direct consequences of your wrong decisions (sending Tali into the vents for instance vs sending Thane) had showed me that Bioware knew what they doing and had the ability to anticipate […]

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  • I’ve recently acquired a copy of Rage, the first person shooter developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks. It seemed like a pretty decent line up and I was quite excited to return to a post apocalyptic world. Something, in my opinion – along with zombies and Coca Cola, that never gets old. I spend hours running around the Capital Wasteland of Fallout 3, oogling the scenery, running around, jumping, climbing trees and historical monuments alike and I wouldn’t have minded if Rage was like this, if only to give me a change of scenery that I haven’t explored to the max. At first glance, these two games appear suspiciously similar. You play as a character buried in a hole for the past […]

    Rekindling Rage – A Game Review

    I’ve recently acquired a copy of Rage, the first person shooter developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks. It seemed like a pretty decent line up and I was quite excited to return to a post apocalyptic world. Something, in my opinion – along with zombies and Coca Cola, that never gets old. I spend hours running around the Capital Wasteland of Fallout 3, oogling the scenery, running around, jumping, climbing trees and historical monuments alike and I wouldn’t have minded if Rage was like this, if only to give me a change of scenery that I haven’t explored to the max. At first glance, these two games appear suspiciously similar. You play as a character buried in a hole for the past […]

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  • If there was ever a time that I am excited about being a Playstation owner, it is now. After following E3, I’ve come to the conclusion that we’re in for a rough and hopefully extraordinary ride. Creators of Heavy Rain, Quantic Dream has announced the release of a new game called Beyond: Two Souls. Academy Award nominee Ellen Page, famous for her role as a pregnant teenager in Juno and the architect student in Inception, voices a woman named Jodie Holmes who appears to have a psychic connection to an entity named Ivan.  Hunted for her power, the game follows fifteen years of her life in which the gamers actions and decisions will influence the course of her history. The trailer promises a […]

    E3: The Last of Us and Beyond…

    If there was ever a time that I am excited about being a Playstation owner, it is now. After following E3, I’ve come to the conclusion that we’re in for a rough and hopefully extraordinary ride. Creators of Heavy Rain, Quantic Dream has announced the release of a new game called Beyond: Two Souls. Academy Award nominee Ellen Page, famous for her role as a pregnant teenager in Juno and the architect student in Inception, voices a woman named Jodie Holmes who appears to have a psychic connection to an entity named Ivan.  Hunted for her power, the game follows fifteen years of her life in which the gamers actions and decisions will influence the course of her history. The trailer promises a […]

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  • I’ve been following the progression and reviews of Diablo 3 with interest, reading about the frustration of the first day launch issues and the mixed responses to the actual gameplay. Following not experiencing I have to say because I will never be able to play a game like Diablo 3. You see, D3 requires a constant internet connection which takes you to the servers where this game is hosted, forcing you to be online even when you are playing a single-player campaign. Although I would’ve loved to play D3, a game 12 years in the making, my internet is simply too slow and getting a faster connection would be more expensive than one game is worth. This game has begun to […]

    The Future of Gaming and why I can’t be a part of it.

    I’ve been following the progression and reviews of Diablo 3 with interest, reading about the frustration of the first day launch issues and the mixed responses to the actual gameplay. Following not experiencing I have to say because I will never be able to play a game like Diablo 3. You see, D3 requires a constant internet connection which takes you to the servers where this game is hosted, forcing you to be online even when you are playing a single-player campaign. Although I would’ve loved to play D3, a game 12 years in the making, my internet is simply too slow and getting a faster connection would be more expensive than one game is worth. This game has begun to […]

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  • If there’s one thing I can say to William Todd Rose it’s well done. Well done mate, well done. Reading The Seven Habits of Highly Infective People is a rush, there’s no other way to describe it. Set in two time lines, the story follows the consciousness of Bosley Coughlin, a druggy able to cross the plains of existence and see, not only into the past, but into the future through what he calls the Eye of Aeons. On one of these trips into the future he encounters Ocean, a young girl trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic city where zombies roam the streets and people had waged war for something as simple as food. Merely a passenger in her […]

    The Seven Habits of Highly Infective People – A Book Review

    If there’s one thing I can say to William Todd Rose it’s well done. Well done mate, well done. Reading The Seven Habits of Highly Infective People is a rush, there’s no other way to describe it. Set in two time lines, the story follows the consciousness of Bosley Coughlin, a druggy able to cross the plains of existence and see, not only into the past, but into the future through what he calls the Eye of Aeons. On one of these trips into the future he encounters Ocean, a young girl trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic city where zombies roam the streets and people had waged war for something as simple as food. Merely a passenger in her […]

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  • Sometimes I think that being a non-American puts me at a disadvantage, that a lot of references tend to go over my head and I’m left with the barren perception of an outlander to try and understand a situation I have no reference for. I’m left to evaluate stories, books and matters from a new perspective, like coming in on the end of the punch line of a joke and not knowing why everybody is laughing or enjoying it. This was my experience with Devil Bat Diary – The Journal of Johnny Layton. The book by Peter H. Brothers severed as a novelization of the 1940 PRC film “Devil Bat” an old comedy-horror staring Bela Lugosi. I had not seen […]

    Devil Bat Diary: The Journal of Johnny Layton – A Book Review

    Sometimes I think that being a non-American puts me at a disadvantage, that a lot of references tend to go over my head and I’m left with the barren perception of an outlander to try and understand a situation I have no reference for. I’m left to evaluate stories, books and matters from a new perspective, like coming in on the end of the punch line of a joke and not knowing why everybody is laughing or enjoying it. This was my experience with Devil Bat Diary – The Journal of Johnny Layton. The book by Peter H. Brothers severed as a novelization of the 1940 PRC film “Devil Bat” an old comedy-horror staring Bela Lugosi. I had not seen […]

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  • The gaming industry is by no means filled with cowards or people who’s thinking perspectives remain within the box. Every day you find that designers, developers and even gamers push themselves outside the box that comes with society. Among those that shine is Camouflaj, a small independent game company that has one very big goal. To raise $500,000 so that they can fund their independent game and so keep their creative license and IP out of the clutches of bigger game developers who would most probably distort their vision to something they could barely live with. Their goal? Simple. Design a game and write a story for touch-based devices Create an intense action game without a focus on killing Feature […]

    Republique by Camouflaj + Logan – The little (big) project that can.

    The gaming industry is by no means filled with cowards or people who’s thinking perspectives remain within the box. Every day you find that designers, developers and even gamers push themselves outside the box that comes with society. Among those that shine is Camouflaj, a small independent game company that has one very big goal. To raise $500,000 so that they can fund their independent game and so keep their creative license and IP out of the clutches of bigger game developers who would most probably distort their vision to something they could barely live with. Their goal? Simple. Design a game and write a story for touch-based devices Create an intense action game without a focus on killing Feature […]

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  • Having made my peace with the unsatisfying end of that-game-that-shall-not-be-named-until-they-fix-it I have spend some time investigating the other hopeful candidates of entertainment that I have on the horizon for this year. Among all of the potentially awesome games around, I have to say that for me, Tomb Raider stands out. I realize that this is a purely personal matter. There are a lot of other ‘big hitters’ out there that will no doubt change the face of gaming forever. But, for me – Tomb Raider is the star I’m waiting for. Crystal Dynamic’s studio head, Darrell Gallagher promises that they will be exploring concepts that had not been covered before in the previous franchises. It will be the origin story that will […]

    Tomb Raider 2012 – What lies ahead.

    Having made my peace with the unsatisfying end of that-game-that-shall-not-be-named-until-they-fix-it I have spend some time investigating the other hopeful candidates of entertainment that I have on the horizon for this year. Among all of the potentially awesome games around, I have to say that for me, Tomb Raider stands out. I realize that this is a purely personal matter. There are a lot of other ‘big hitters’ out there that will no doubt change the face of gaming forever. But, for me – Tomb Raider is the star I’m waiting for. Crystal Dynamic’s studio head, Darrell Gallagher promises that they will be exploring concepts that had not been covered before in the previous franchises. It will be the origin story that will […]

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  • In our day and age, when people say vampire the first thing that comes to mind is a sparkling, sulky young lad with bad hair and his pasty belle who can’t seem to realize that to become a better person, one needs to learn to stand on one’s own… I say, for shame. For shame. Back in the years when I grew up and fantasy was still a wonderfully exclusive genre which took up only one book case in the bookstore, vampires were mean and nasty and cunning. They were the night dwellers, the beings of fear. They were blood thirsty and they were brutal. They were real. And they didn’t sparkle. They were a piece of what could be […]

    Anno Dracula by Kim Newman, A Book Series Review

    In our day and age, when people say vampire the first thing that comes to mind is a sparkling, sulky young lad with bad hair and his pasty belle who can’t seem to realize that to become a better person, one needs to learn to stand on one’s own… I say, for shame. For shame. Back in the years when I grew up and fantasy was still a wonderfully exclusive genre which took up only one book case in the bookstore, vampires were mean and nasty and cunning. They were the night dwellers, the beings of fear. They were blood thirsty and they were brutal. They were real. And they didn’t sparkle. They were a piece of what could be […]

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  • The phrase that comes to mind is: Back to basics. It’s very easy to get caught up in big games. We live in a day and age where gaming has become more than just hacking and slashing but has evolved to be an almost cinematic effect. Graphics, art, storyline, game play all combine to give us a unique and thrilling experience with which to spend our time. When one considers the ruckus that the Mass Effect 3 ending has caused it’s clear that gaming has moved beyond just being a means of procrastination and has become a way of chosen life. Families now play Wii together, room mates lan across the hall and people, like myself, will spend over 40 hours immersing them in a world […]

    A War with Words – Game Review

    The phrase that comes to mind is: Back to basics. It’s very easy to get caught up in big games. We live in a day and age where gaming has become more than just hacking and slashing but has evolved to be an almost cinematic effect. Graphics, art, storyline, game play all combine to give us a unique and thrilling experience with which to spend our time. When one considers the ruckus that the Mass Effect 3 ending has caused it’s clear that gaming has moved beyond just being a means of procrastination and has become a way of chosen life. Families now play Wii together, room mates lan across the hall and people, like myself, will spend over 40 hours immersing them in a world […]

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  • Last week I posted a review about The Company of the Dead written by Dr. David Kowalski – an Australian author currently living in Sydney. A doctor by profession, he is no stranger to being published in professional journals but The Company of the Dead is his first work of fiction. I’m pleased to announce that Nerd Trek was able to do an interview with Dr. Kowalski about his writing, his work and his way forward into the yet unmapped future of fiction writing. Firstly Dr. Kowalski, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to do this. As a doctor, I realize that you must be very busy and time is ever precious. Tell me, in such a […]

    A Glimpse at author David Kowalski.

    Last week I posted a review about The Company of the Dead written by Dr. David Kowalski – an Australian author currently living in Sydney. A doctor by profession, he is no stranger to being published in professional journals but The Company of the Dead is his first work of fiction. I’m pleased to announce that Nerd Trek was able to do an interview with Dr. Kowalski about his writing, his work and his way forward into the yet unmapped future of fiction writing. Firstly Dr. Kowalski, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to do this. As a doctor, I realize that you must be very busy and time is ever precious. Tell me, in such a […]

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  • Warning: This post contains major spoilers for the end of Mass Effect 3 and general plot lines. Do not read it if you don’t wish to be informed. I think it’s about time to try and gain some perspective on Mass Effect 3. I’ve been waiting for this game for almost a year, after I had obtained the second game from a second hand game store and flirting the attendant down to a fraction of the price. I don’t know what made me pick it up, I guess I just… liked the look of it. I’ve always been an RPG fan and have been anxiously looking for something to fill the void that the unsatisfactory Fall Out: New Vegas had […]

    Mass Effect 3 – Gaining Perspective on the End

    Warning: This post contains major spoilers for the end of Mass Effect 3 and general plot lines. Do not read it if you don’t wish to be informed. I think it’s about time to try and gain some perspective on Mass Effect 3. I’ve been waiting for this game for almost a year, after I had obtained the second game from a second hand game store and flirting the attendant down to a fraction of the price. I don’t know what made me pick it up, I guess I just… liked the look of it. I’ve always been an RPG fan and have been anxiously looking for something to fill the void that the unsatisfactory Fall Out: New Vegas had […]

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  • I find it very rare these days to find a tale both original in its telling and unique in its plot. The term mass fiction or popular genre has become an excuse to present us with the same story over, and over and over again. It’s therefore definitively worth mentioning when one finds a book that is unique and the only one of its kind. This was how I found David J. Kowalski’s novel The Company of the Dead to be. Set against the backdrop of the world’s worst maritime disaster, the sinking of the RMS Titanic, Kowalski brings us a one of a kind combination of sci-fi, history and dash of conspiracy to weave a tale of epic proportions […]

    The Company of the Dead – A Book Review

    I find it very rare these days to find a tale both original in its telling and unique in its plot. The term mass fiction or popular genre has become an excuse to present us with the same story over, and over and over again. It’s therefore definitively worth mentioning when one finds a book that is unique and the only one of its kind. This was how I found David J. Kowalski’s novel The Company of the Dead to be. Set against the backdrop of the world’s worst maritime disaster, the sinking of the RMS Titanic, Kowalski brings us a one of a kind combination of sci-fi, history and dash of conspiracy to weave a tale of epic proportions […]

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  • I’m afraid I’ve come to the conclusion that Nicolas Cage, the star of some of my favourite movies like The Rock, Con Air and Face/Off has become a B-rated actor. For the past day I’ve tried to think when last I saw a good movie with him in and I’ve come up shockingly short. His choice of films are just not what they used to be. Take Seeking Justice for instance. The film starts off with what I like to think of as a ‘tension hook’. It’s an action film, so naturally – the film starts off with someone dying in a tense scene that involves a lot of screaming, but not a lot of common sense (just get out of the […]

    Failing at Seeking Justice – A Movie Review

    I’m afraid I’ve come to the conclusion that Nicolas Cage, the star of some of my favourite movies like The Rock, Con Air and Face/Off has become a B-rated actor. For the past day I’ve tried to think when last I saw a good movie with him in and I’ve come up shockingly short. His choice of films are just not what they used to be. Take Seeking Justice for instance. The film starts off with what I like to think of as a ‘tension hook’. It’s an action film, so naturally – the film starts off with someone dying in a tense scene that involves a lot of screaming, but not a lot of common sense (just get out of the […]

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  • You have to hand it to Bioware, they certainly know how to market a product. The month leading up to the release of the game was filled stunts, from psyching up that rumoured 18% of FemShep players to get #FemShepFriday trending in the US through twitter (and succeeding) to shooting copies of the game off into space. As if the fans needed any more motivation to buy it. We were treated to several trailers including the CGI trailer released with The Walking Dead, the launch trailer featuring broshep and even an unanticipated CGI FemShep trailer (which was the best of the lot in my opinion). Then, on the 5th of March in the time leading up to the midnight launch […]

    Mass Effect 3 – In dedication to Emily Wong

    You have to hand it to Bioware, they certainly know how to market a product. The month leading up to the release of the game was filled stunts, from psyching up that rumoured 18% of FemShep players to get #FemShepFriday trending in the US through twitter (and succeeding) to shooting copies of the game off into space. As if the fans needed any more motivation to buy it. We were treated to several trailers including the CGI trailer released with The Walking Dead, the launch trailer featuring broshep and even an unanticipated CGI FemShep trailer (which was the best of the lot in my opinion). Then, on the 5th of March in the time leading up to the midnight launch […]

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  • WARNING THIS POST CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR PORTAL & PORTAL 2!  READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!         The Cake is clearly a Lie…    There was no Cake this time. It’s with more than some measure of exhaustion that I sit here and write this. My absence from writing and my physical state is all tied to one thing, one word. One game. The Good For the past week, I’ve been wrapped up in the struggle to escape the evil AI presence of GLaDOS, the main antagonist of the Valve game. And, it’s been a ride (a jump and a fall) and a half. I played the first game about a year ago. I hadn’t really known […]

    Portal 2 – Warning! Spoilers Ahead!

    WARNING THIS POST CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS FOR PORTAL & PORTAL 2!  READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!         The Cake is clearly a Lie…    There was no Cake this time. It’s with more than some measure of exhaustion that I sit here and write this. My absence from writing and my physical state is all tied to one thing, one word. One game. The Good For the past week, I’ve been wrapped up in the struggle to escape the evil AI presence of GLaDOS, the main antagonist of the Valve game. And, it’s been a ride (a jump and a fall) and a half. I played the first game about a year ago. I hadn’t really known […]

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  • It was while I was stuck in a particularly nasty bit of traffic that it dawned on me. What if Zombies really did attack? What would I do? How would it affect me? … … … Would it really be that bad?! The answer wasn’t as simple as you think. We all know why this human destruction of epic proportions shouldn’t happen. There’s the virus/machines/curse/bad day at the office/ that would leave you half rotten and craving the flesh of your own children. There’s the lurching, the smell, the inevitably fight for survival if you haven’t been turned yet. There’s the fact that there would most probably be no internet or new movies. Twitter would have no point and Facebook would […]

    Five reasons why a Zombie Apocalypse won’t be THAT bad…

    It was while I was stuck in a particularly nasty bit of traffic that it dawned on me. What if Zombies really did attack? What would I do? How would it affect me? … … … Would it really be that bad?! The answer wasn’t as simple as you think. We all know why this human destruction of epic proportions shouldn’t happen. There’s the virus/machines/curse/bad day at the office/ that would leave you half rotten and craving the flesh of your own children. There’s the lurching, the smell, the inevitably fight for survival if you haven’t been turned yet. There’s the fact that there would most probably be no internet or new movies. Twitter would have no point and Facebook would […]

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  • When I was in school (many many moons ago) being called a nerd wasn’t exactly a positive thing and it had many so called negative connotations to it, including the fact that people taunted you for looking like this: Only – this man saved the universe. I’d like to introduce you to the original Dr. Daniel Jackson, a name as popular in the sci-fi universe as James Bond is to action. Played by James Spader in the 1994 movie, this man set a course in history that would last for sixteen years. I sometimes wonder if the original makers of the Stargate movie knew how popular the series would become, if they would’ve spend more time thinking about their actors, […]

    Stargate – A Celebration of Nerds

    When I was in school (many many moons ago) being called a nerd wasn’t exactly a positive thing and it had many so called negative connotations to it, including the fact that people taunted you for looking like this: Only – this man saved the universe. I’d like to introduce you to the original Dr. Daniel Jackson, a name as popular in the sci-fi universe as James Bond is to action. Played by James Spader in the 1994 movie, this man set a course in history that would last for sixteen years. I sometimes wonder if the original makers of the Stargate movie knew how popular the series would become, if they would’ve spend more time thinking about their actors, […]

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  • Having discovered that I won’t be able to write about the Mass Effect 3 demo release due to a delay on the European release of the demo I decided to talk about the character that has become the second most talked about theme of Mass Effect in the past week.   Friday saw the release of the first ever official Female Commander Shepard trailer. This is after scores of fans had campaigned to Bioware, asking them to use ‘FemShep’ as she is fondly called in their marketing for the first game. Officially, Bioware declared that only about 18% of all gamers play as the female protagonist voiced by Jennifer Hale (though I still believe those statistics are wrong) and probably […]

    Mass Effect 3 – “I know a thing or two about killing Reapers…” FemShep

    Having discovered that I won’t be able to write about the Mass Effect 3 demo release due to a delay on the European release of the demo I decided to talk about the character that has become the second most talked about theme of Mass Effect in the past week.   Friday saw the release of the first ever official Female Commander Shepard trailer. This is after scores of fans had campaigned to Bioware, asking them to use ‘FemShep’ as she is fondly called in their marketing for the first game. Officially, Bioware declared that only about 18% of all gamers play as the female protagonist voiced by Jennifer Hale (though I still believe those statistics are wrong) and probably […]

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  • It’s not often that a game has true replay value. Sure, you’ll replay it because you enjoy it but – normally, you go through the mechanics like a well oiled machine. You know the twists and turns, you might find an award (or kill) here or there that you missed the first time but generally, it’s all the same from beginning to end. Not so I have to say with the game Heavy Rain. Having purchased this game more almost a year ago, I surprised myself the other night by feeling the need to play it again. For the fourth time. Heavy Rain was released in 2010 by Quantic Dream. To my knowledge, it was only released to PS3, first […]

    Step into the Heavy Rain – Game Review

    It’s not often that a game has true replay value. Sure, you’ll replay it because you enjoy it but – normally, you go through the mechanics like a well oiled machine. You know the twists and turns, you might find an award (or kill) here or there that you missed the first time but generally, it’s all the same from beginning to end. Not so I have to say with the game Heavy Rain. Having purchased this game more almost a year ago, I surprised myself the other night by feeling the need to play it again. For the fourth time. Heavy Rain was released in 2010 by Quantic Dream. To my knowledge, it was only released to PS3, first […]

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  • In the new trailer from Mass Effect Crew, Bioware introduced us to some of the voice actors that we’ll be encountering in the new game. Among the old favourites returning will be Martin Sheen as the Illusive Man, against whom Shepard will be at odds during the course of the game. Sheen needs no introduction as his name speaks for himself. He is best known for his roles in the series The West Wing and the movie Apocalypse Now which earned him a nomination for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor. Sheen reveals that in this game, we will very clearly see in which direction the Illusive Man is trying to take humanity and on who’s side he is (something we could […]

    Mass Effect 3 – Meet the Crew

    In the new trailer from Mass Effect Crew, Bioware introduced us to some of the voice actors that we’ll be encountering in the new game. Among the old favourites returning will be Martin Sheen as the Illusive Man, against whom Shepard will be at odds during the course of the game. Sheen needs no introduction as his name speaks for himself. He is best known for his roles in the series The West Wing and the movie Apocalypse Now which earned him a nomination for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor. Sheen reveals that in this game, we will very clearly see in which direction the Illusive Man is trying to take humanity and on who’s side he is (something we could […]

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  • Of course, Mass Effect 3 isn’t the only game that’s scheduled for release in 2012 and I feel it’s time to look at another one of the titles that I’ve been flexing my fingers for. On the 6th of December 2010 Square Enix announced that they will be releasing a new title in the popular Tomb Raider franchise. Apparently, they had been working on this title since 2008 with developers Crystal Dynamics. It looks promising. This story takes us back to the time that Lara has just turned 21. If you’ve followed the original story lines, you’ll remember that this was the age the original game (or rather – let me say first game) had pin marked for Lara’s transformation […]

    Anticipating the Tomb Raider’s arrival.

    Of course, Mass Effect 3 isn’t the only game that’s scheduled for release in 2012 and I feel it’s time to look at another one of the titles that I’ve been flexing my fingers for. On the 6th of December 2010 Square Enix announced that they will be releasing a new title in the popular Tomb Raider franchise. Apparently, they had been working on this title since 2008 with developers Crystal Dynamics. It looks promising. This story takes us back to the time that Lara has just turned 21. If you’ve followed the original story lines, you’ll remember that this was the age the original game (or rather – let me say first game) had pin marked for Lara’s transformation […]

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  • Whenever there is a remake of a beloved film or a film script based on a book, I always feel some measure of anxiety when I set out to watch it. And, as 2011 version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was both in a way – my anxiety stretched unlimited. I hadn’t been surprised when Hollywood announced that they too were going to give the story a go. It was bound to happen, like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, it seems that today our best books are celebrated by binding them in celluloid. As a whole, I don’t have a problem with this practice. It gives our largely visually based society a taste of what those of […]

    The American Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    Whenever there is a remake of a beloved film or a film script based on a book, I always feel some measure of anxiety when I set out to watch it. And, as 2011 version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was both in a way – my anxiety stretched unlimited. I hadn’t been surprised when Hollywood announced that they too were going to give the story a go. It was bound to happen, like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games, it seems that today our best books are celebrated by binding them in celluloid. As a whole, I don’t have a problem with this practice. It gives our largely visually based society a taste of what those of […]

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  • Please take note for those who have not played it, this article contains spoilers for scenes from Lair of the Shadow Broker – Mass Effect 2 DLC. Last time I wrote about on my main Love Interest in the Mass Effect franchise but, I have a confession to make. Kaidan (spelled with an a, not an e) might have been the first romance that I picked but he is most certainly not my favourite. And no, I’m not referring to the incident on Horizon. I’m referring to my experience as a gamer from the view of someone who appreciates a good story. My first Mass Effect game had my Female Shepard being confronted by both Kaidan and Liara, both requesting for the ‘situation’ […]

    Mass Effect 3 – The Other Side of Love

    Please take note for those who have not played it, this article contains spoilers for scenes from Lair of the Shadow Broker – Mass Effect 2 DLC. Last time I wrote about on my main Love Interest in the Mass Effect franchise but, I have a confession to make. Kaidan (spelled with an a, not an e) might have been the first romance that I picked but he is most certainly not my favourite. And no, I’m not referring to the incident on Horizon. I’m referring to my experience as a gamer from the view of someone who appreciates a good story. My first Mass Effect game had my Female Shepard being confronted by both Kaidan and Liara, both requesting for the ‘situation’ […]

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  • If there is one thing we are all expecting from Mass Effect 3, it’s the prospect of having the most emotional journey with Shepard yet. It became clear from the very start that there wasn’t going to be any middle ground in this epic conclusion of the trilogy. In the first gameplay that was released, we saw Shepard trying to coach a young boy out of a ventilation shaft as Anderson lead them through the ruins of Earth. He spoke kindly to the lad but the boy balked and disappeared, only to reappear later as Shepard reached the Normandy… If you know how this scene ends, I don’t have to elaborate and if you don’t, I’m not going to spoil it […]

    The Emotions of Mass Effect 3

    If there is one thing we are all expecting from Mass Effect 3, it’s the prospect of having the most emotional journey with Shepard yet. It became clear from the very start that there wasn’t going to be any middle ground in this epic conclusion of the trilogy. In the first gameplay that was released, we saw Shepard trying to coach a young boy out of a ventilation shaft as Anderson lead them through the ruins of Earth. He spoke kindly to the lad but the boy balked and disappeared, only to reappear later as Shepard reached the Normandy… If you know how this scene ends, I don’t have to elaborate and if you don’t, I’m not going to spoil it […]

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