Baldur’s Gate Returns!

In 1998 an almost unknown Canadian games developer called Bioware released a Dungeons & Dragons RPG called Baldur’s Gate and changed the direction of an entire gaming genre.  To say that BG was a milestone in gaming history is something of an understatement as almost every modern party based RPG owes something to that one game. So popular is the Baldur’s Gate saga (as well as the follow up Icewind Dale series) that they have been consistently sold in gaming stores for almost 15 years. For a game to not only keep being played but keep making money for so long is almost unheard of.

Bioware have since moved on to other things but that doesn’t mean that it’s the end for Baldur’s Gate. Last week, Wizards of the Coast (the company that owns the D&D license) announced that they have teamed with Overhaul Games to bring Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate 2 into the 21st Century. The Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Versions will run on an updated version of their original Infinity Engine and will be released for Ipad and PC in the summer of 2012.

The first release will feature the entirety of Baldur’s Gate and the Tales of the Sword Coast Expansion Pack as well as some original content and a brand new party member. The decision to release primarily on the Ipad seems like a stroke of genius to me and will hopefully see BG taking a place among the likes of games like Broken Sword and Monkey Island who have seen a whole new lease of life following an IOS release. No word on pricing or on when we can expect BG2 to make its appearance but if the fleeting preview images that have been released are anything to go by, it’s going to be an exciting summer for RPG fans.

Go for the eyes, Boo.


Mass Effect 3 Extended Trailer

We’re just over two weeks away from the release of Mass Effect 3 and the close of what could come to be regarded as the best gaming trilogy in history. To say that the final chapter of Commander Shepard’s adventure is highly anticipated is about as grand an understatement as you can get and to help whet your appetite even further, Bioware have released a new, extended trailer. The final fight for earth promises to be dark, gritty and (if the last two games are anything to go by) awesome.

Roll on March 9th!


Top 5: Pointless Nerdism (Steve’s Picks)


What does an iconic peace-loving protester and easily the most hated man in all of human history have to do with each other? They’ve been included in Geekosystem (where I found this piece) and one wrote to the other July 23rd, 1939 asking if it would be possible to avoid starting a little fight now popularly known as the Second World War. Sadly unheeded, this little number may well have been the difference between a conflict consuming millions of lives and Hitler learning to play the sitar and moving to the himalayas to find his inner peace.

One of life’s great opportunities missed. Wonder if he even read it….


Be careful. Even in defeat Saruman be Trolling.

This is about the silliest thing I’ve seen all week…and it’s a week we did a con so that’s quite a statement.


If I’m totally honest, I was a Streets of Rage man back in the day but that doesn’t mean that I’m not familiar with the fine work of Mayor Haggar when it comes to the noble art of thug punching. In a world where Gordon Freeman and Commander Shepard have their own music videos it’s high time that the H man himself was given a showing, and this does the good Mayor proud!  posted this up a week or so ago and it’s already (deservedly) becoming an internet sensation.

Epic doesn’t even begin to cover it.


I know this isn’t strictly geek related but it is both comedy and pirate related so I think it counts. The new album from Grammy-nominated fake rap group The Lonely Island comes out today. It’s called Turtleneck & Chain and it’s well worth a download. For the uninitiated, Lonely Island are a three piece rap group who began life on Saturday Night Live and have since gone on to work with everyone from Justin Timberlake to Natalie Portman. They’ve also been known to be on a boat.

Lonely Island’s shtick is basically to do funny rap songs with massive production values and big name guest artists and in that regard Turtleneck delivers. I can’t decide yet whether it’s better than Incredibad or not but I’m leaning towards ‘probably not’. The Rhianna track is basically just a rehash of the joke from the Jack Black song on the last album and there are a couple of tracks that are longer than they need to be but on the whole the good far outweighs to bad. Plus, who doesn’t want to own a song in which Michael Bolton professes his love for Captain Jack Sparrow?


Sent to Dan by a mate, Dan was understandably excited by this video. As a Mass Effect fan that’s understandable. However, this went further. I have never played Mass Effect and was entirely unfamiliar with the characters or plot lines in it until I saw this video. Yet I can honestly say I’ve watched it maybe 30 times since it appeared on BTB in March (mostly in March). Frankly, Commander Shepard is rock and the universe needs him interfering.

Brand New Star Wars: The Old Republic Trailer! – “Return”

This just went live on the SWTOR main site. Here’s the official blurb:

Protected by the legendary Jedi Order, the Galactic Republic stood as a bastion of peace in the galaxy for a thousand generations. Several centuries ago, the greatest threat the galaxy has ever known emerged in the form of the dark Sith Empire. After a volatile war, the Republic emerged victorious and the Sith were assumed to be extinct. Nonetheless, the Jedi have maintained a constant vigil over the ancient Sith homeworld, to protect the galaxy from the darkness that still resides in the planet’s tombs.

Interest in Bioware’s Star Wars MMO continues to go up and down like a pogo stick, but the one thing everyone can agree on is that the trailers are freaking amazing. I wanna play a Han Solo ripoff, cowboy, smuggler in the worst way!


Commander Shepard Music Video May Be The Best Thing On The Internet

A buddy of mine just sent me this and I pretty much pooped myself with joy. The song is by Miracle of Sound.

We all know that the hero of the Mass Effect series is the king of all badasses but not until now did we discover just how truly amazing he is. You can fight like a Krogan, run like a leopard but you sure as hell will never be as good as Commander Shepard. Stick that in your BMX helmet and smoke it, Master Chief.

Geekout over…almost!