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September 17, 2014

[Video] Realms Of The Haunting, Part 2

"You have made this a very personal battle..."

Part 1 is here – Alternatively, click here for all 47 plosive-popping minutes!

After a quick reload to bring them back to life, Adam and Rebecca continue their journey into the three other realms of existence, from Raquia, realm of the Spirit, to Sheol, the abode of Hell. There will be mazes. Oh, will there be mazes. And more than a little desperation as the game increasingly, sadly, loses its way…

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September 15, 2014

[Video] Realms Of The Haunting, Part 1

"It's almost like the original Gone Home, if the person Going Home was Aleister Crowley."

Part 2 is here – Alternatively, click here for all 47 plosive-popping minutes!

So, people have been asking me for another Crap Shoot type video for a while, and of course, to get better at editing and narration. Today then, a third of your wishes are granted! Step into one of my favourite horror games of all time, and still a really clever one with ideas well worth stealing, for a tale of alternate worlds, Armageddon, and a villain whose cult following is but a shadow of the one his game ended up getting.

This one ended up going crazy-long, so I split it into two. Patreons! You can see the whole thing right now at this link. (UPDATE: Part 2 is here, and the full version is now available to all!)

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September 3, 2014

The Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie Review

He's the angriest movie star you've ever heard...

With a poster this crazy, you know it's going to be a heck of a ride...

Um, guys, a little focus? Like, which direction is the crazy happening? Everywhere? Ah. Okay.

I’ve always felt a little sorry for James Rolfe, admittedly in the sad way that an internet nobody can be for a hugely successful star with an army of fans big enough to invade small to moderate sized countries. I’ve always preferred the stuff he did as himself to the rantings of the Nerd, so maybe I’m just seeing things, but for a long time now he’s struck me as a man trapped in his own success – a comfortable prison to be in, yes, but still one that’s seemed too small for a clearly skilled film-maker to stay in forever, especially with an audience that just wants to hear this week’s version of “I would quite like to poop upon this unsatisfactory piece of gaming entertainment”.

So the idea of a movie… interested me. Would that energy and talent be able to make the Nerd into something more? It came out yesterday on Vimeo, so I rented it to check it out. Yes, rented. I’m cheap. Sorry.

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