Video Games Interview: Rich Lambert Talks The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, MMO’s and Microtransactions

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind is the newest chapter in the content-driven MMO franchise, and adds new depth and story to the ever-growing Elder Scrolls universe. Revisiting the beloved world of Morrowind will be both familiar and new to Elder Scrolls fans, and provides new and beautiful cities for players to explore. Given the legacy of the Morrowind name, there was a certain pressure on the development of the expansion, as we discussed with Rich Lambert, creative director at ZeniMax Online Studios. Throughout our interview, we chatted about the upcoming launch of TESO: Morrowind, the pressure of expectation, and the rewarding process of games development. Continue reading Video Games Interview: Rich Lambert Talks The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, MMO’s and Microtransactions

Video Games Review: STRAFE (PC, 2017) is a loving ode to Quake, but creaks under the weight of its ambition

Strafe is a bloody-minded combination of FPS and rogue-like that seeks to place you firmly in a time machine and return you to mid 90’s, the era when Quake was the new king of the burgeoning genre. Strafe recalls an era when shooters were breathless, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants experiences. You were always moving, always shooting, never resting. Where 2016’s excellent DOOM reboot showed just how great certain old shooter tropes could be when updated for a modern era, Strafe goes the other way, wanting to feel as close as it can to the id Software shooters of your childhood. Continue reading Video Games Review: STRAFE (PC, 2017) is a loving ode to Quake, but creaks under the weight of its ambition

Interview: Aussie actor Brenton Thwaites on acting with Johnny Depp & joining the Pirates universe on home soil

In cinemas today, Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is the fifth film in the hugely successful series, and the first to be filmed here in Australia. Joining the cast – alongside fellow Australians like Geoffrey Rush – was rising star Brenton Thwaites, who plays Will Turner’s son Henry in the film. Will Turner, of course, is played by Orlando Bloom in the series.... Continue Reading

Angelo Badalamenti’s soundtrack from the original Twin Peaks continues to dream on

And as the last note from “Love Theme” fades, David Lynch pats Angelo Badalamenti on the back, before leaning closer to whisper, “you are my muse.” Angelo, caressing the hand resting on his back,  returns “and you mine.” The two, now with hands clasped, are shrouded by a ring of light, a light that grows outwards, piercing the room and reaching into the sky before vanishing in a galvanic flash; revealing a composing-directing singularity where two men had previously sat.... Continue Reading

Film Review: Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (USA, 2017) flies with half sails

In the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales, we return to the seas on another adventure with our ridiculous Captain Jack Sparrow. This time pairing up with a new bickering couple of non-pirates, and being chased down by his old frenemy Captain Barbossa and his even older enemy Captain Salazar. It’s obvious that none of these sequels will ever match the brilliance of the first film The Curse Of The Black Pearl, but this one sits somewhere similar to second or third films and is thankfully better than its direct predecessor.... Continue Reading

Tom Cruise and the cast and director of The Mummy talk “Dark Universe” and the film at public Q&A in Sydney

On Tuesday, at Sydney’s World Square, a giant, hand carved Sarcophagus sculpture, build entirely out of sand, was unveiled. Taking 250 man hours to create, it’s reveal was certainly a cause for celebration, so the cast of the film it was inspired by – The Mummy – popped by to show it off and answer a bit of a Q&A along the way. Ksenija Lukich conducted the interview with stars Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis plus director Alex Kurtzman.... Continue Reading

Interview:Pirates of the Caribbean directors talk Dead Men Tell No Tales, Sir Paul McCartney and more

After 2012’s Kon-Tiki went down in history as the first Norwegian film to pick up nominations for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg were well-placed to score a job helming one of the most ambitious franchises in modern mainstream cinema: Pirates of the Caribbean.... Continue Reading

Video Game Review: Injustice 2 (PS4, 2017) continues NetherRealm’s incredible winning streak

After 25 years, Ed Boon and company still haven’t hit a drought when it comes to their inexorable flow of creative juices. Whether it was Midway or NetherRealm, Injustice or the venerable Mortal Kombat, each game is always jam-packed with gaming goodness and Injustice 2, the sequel to 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us, is no different. Continue reading Video Game Review: Injustice 2 (PS4, 2017) continues NetherRealm’s incredible winning streak

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