Friday, July 30, 2010

Byte: I am Murloc!

I just downloaded a Murloc Gurgle ringtone for my mobile phone.

I am such a geek.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Byte: Your game is nothing compared to Starcraft 2! Part 2

HOLY. FUCKING. SHIT.

This game is good. Damn good. The production values are amazing. If the game's budget really was $100 million (though Blizzard are trying to debunk the Wall Street Journal's original report of this figure - and WSJ have retracted the report, apparently), I think half of it went on the cinematics, because they're bloody incredible. The cutscenes are absolutely stunning - you can see the skin pores in people's faces, for frick's sake. Are videogame characters finally climbing out of the Uncanny Valley? Maybe.

It'll be another few days before I've played enough to review it properly, but everything I've seen so far says "two thumbs up".

Friday, July 23, 2010

Byte: Your game is nothing compared to Starcraft 2!

Having used my teacher training year to successfully avoid all the hype and the beta, I wasn't going to get too excited about Starcraft 2. But then I wasn't expecting a totally unsolicited review copy to drop through my letterbox this morning, either.

Of course, it won't install, because Blizz haven't turned on the activation servers yet (it gives me a "come back on the 27th" message when I try), but at least I have something to look forward to on Tuesday, now. When you haven't written a review in nine months (or more, I really can't recall) it's nice that the first one you have to get back in the saddle is the biggest frickin' PC game release of the year. Sweet.