Angry Birds Space, In Space!!

Newsflash! Angry Birds Space will be out on March 22nd. Don’t care? Fair enough. However, in case you were uncertain as to what might be special about the gameplay on this one Angry Bird’s have somehow involved a floating physicist (with a slight cold) in space. Yes, NASA’s Don Pettit from the International Space Station in orbit around the planet Earth is prepared to demonstrate to the kids how to wear socks in a weightless environment and how the new game will differ substantially from the current one by explaining orbital trajectories in space. Nice to see ’em trying out new stuff.

Considering that Angry Birds is effectively a game built on Team 17’s Random Map generating engine from Worms it’s nice to see their actually thinking about new physics engines to knock it all down. God knows they have enough money and time on their hands….

It’s now gonna use orbital trajectories instead of flat, old boring Earth based gravity sim. God help me I might actually get on it now. If it’s good enough for Space Ranger Don Pettit then it’s good enough for me. May his space flu clear up soon.

The Best Hallowe’en Lanterns of 2011

Okay, so it was Hallowe’en yesterday and I hope you all had a seasonably devilish night. I was trawling the super information international global imaginary digital highway just this morning and discovered some of the finest designs of Jack o’ Lanterns imaginable. Take a look at our top five.

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My 5 Favourite game cinematics by Steve P

The end result of the cooperation between game and film industries – led by Pixar and Lucasarts for the most part has given rise to a lesser recognised art form. The reason why games can’t be converted to film is simple. The jobs already done. Here are five (from my very limited gaming experience) of the best I’ve seen. Fun fun.

Lemmings Tribes Intro

Angry Birds: The Mighty Eagle

Star Wars: The Old Republic – Deceived Trailer

Cataclysm – World of Warcraft

The Betrayal of Kerrigan – Starcraft 2

Always, always had a thing for the cinematics in any game I’ve ever played ever since Lemmings 2: Tribes. May they live on long and continue to get better and better. These 5 represent the epitomy of the style and I am more influenced by them than I care to admit. Over the next 5 weeks I’ll go into them in a little more detail but I thought I’d show you them first. For laughs. One thing worth noting. All of them represent the beginnings of stories in which millions (billions in some cases) die. Gotta love gaming!

If Michael Bay Made Angry Birds…

The folks over at Rooster Teeth have been internet heroes for years thanks to their Halo parody series, Red vs Blue (which is now in it’s 9th season! Blimey). This month however they’ve taken a break from Spartans to bring us a trailer for a very special film. Given all the Transformers buzz about at the moment, I felt it was appropriate to do some sharesies with it. The last line of the film made me pretty much fall off my chair with laughter.

I was just on the phone to Steve for about an hour. We’ve got so much cool stuff going on behind the scenes here which I really wish I could talk about. All in good time though. I’ve been getting a little R&R time in this weekend in the wake of the Launch Party to end all Launch Parties. As you can tell by the use of the phrase “R&R” some of that time has been spent watching bad cop films. Really bad cop films.

By the way, scanning stuff for a wedding gift list is exactly like being James Bond and don’t let anybody ever tell you different.