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Vic B’Stard @Game Culture NZ

Vic B'Stard
Credit where credit’s due.

Due to an administration error, my writing credits got removed from the articles that I wrote on the Game Culture NZ website and accidentally credited to another author.

As I did the writing for free, having the author credit is pretty much the only reward I got for the job, so it was important for me to get the situation sorted out as soon as possible. Apparently the stuff-up was due to me being removed as a contributor to the site; other commitments making me unable to continue writing for them on a regular basis.

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Bat-week: Batman: Arkham City comic-book review

Arkham City
Batman returns!

DC Comics’ Batman: Arkham City was originally presented as a 5-issue mini-series serving as a prequel to Rocksteady Studios’ follow up to their 2009’s video game Batman: Arkham Asylum. The comic-book series has now been collected into a single volume book.

I’ve been reading comic-books for years. I’m not the worlds greatest fan of DC Comics, but Batman was always my favorite DC character. This is probably more to do with Frank Miller’s interpretation of The Dark Knight rather than anything else. whilst I was excited for Tim Burton’s Batman of the 1990s, time hasn’t been kind to them. Even Christopher Nolan’s current cinematic Batman outing hasn’t really done it for me. But Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Asylum video captured Batman’s character perfectly. Continue reading Bat-week: Batman: Arkham City comic-book review

Bat-week: Frank Miller’s Holy Terror review

Holy Terror
It's Miller time!

Frank Miller’s Holy Terror started out as a Batman story inspired by the events of 9/11. Miller has gone on record as saying that it is a propaganda piece and that it’s likely to offend just about everybody. It was probably the realisation that DC Comics were unlucky to publish it that made him revise the main characters from Batman and Catwoman to his own creations of The Fixer and Natalie Stack.

I’m a little tainted by the fact that I’m aware that there is some controversy over the contents of the book and I’ve spent some time wondering how I’m going to tackle it. Some folks are upset about who exactly Miller is suggesting the enemy is in this, his fictional take on the “War on Terror”.  I‘ve decided that I’m going to review Frank Miller’s Holy Terror for what it is, a fucking comic. Continue reading Bat-week: Frank Miller’s Holy Terror review

Bat-week: Frank Miller and me

Frank Miller
Frank Miller: Batman legend!

I’ve just finished reading Frank Miller’s Holy Terror graphic novel, as much as I love Frank Miller’s work, I’m in two minds about it. So much so that I’m going to have to read it again, so no review just yet. In the meantime, by way of an introduction to his work and keeping with the Batman theme here’s my take on Frank Miller. It was originally going to be a preamble to my Holy Terror review, but it developed a life of its own. Forgive me if it’s a bit over-indulgent.

I was first introduced to Frank Miller’s work via a story in the colour supplement of the UK’s Mail on Sunday. I was around my aunt and uncle’s house. My uncle knew I was in to comics and thought I might be interested in the news feature about a new Batman comic. Continue reading Bat-week: Frank Miller and me

Bat-week: Arkham City launch trailer, Detective Comics relaunch, Year One movie and Holy Terror!

arkham city
It's Batman!

This week is Batman week on State of Play, celebrating the release of the Batman: Arkham City video-game in New Zealand on Friday.

I’ve just looked at the last issue of the 5-part Batman: Arkham City prequel comic-book as well as the first two issues of the relaunched Detective Comics from DC and later this week I’ll share with you what I thought of them. Not Batman, but related, I’ll also be having a look at former Batman writer/artist Frank Miller’s Holy Terror graphic novel and getting back to you about that as well.

This week also sees the Blu-ray and DVD release of the Batman: Year One animated movie, based on the classic Batman origin tale by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. It’s a cracking yarn following a very flawed pre-commissioner Jim Gordon and a fledgling Batman, drawn together for the first time by Gotham’s dark underbelly. I’ll hopefully have more to say about this later in the week (hint,hint). Continue reading Bat-week: Arkham City launch trailer, Detective Comics relaunch, Year One movie and Holy Terror!

Vic B’Stard’s week in review- F1 2011, Xbox Live Arcade, Batman: Arkham City and Frank Miller’s Holy Terror.

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The calm before the storm

This week sees me wind down my formal game reviews to make time for the arrival of some of the year’s top titles that are being released over the next few weeks. I discuss why my last review, F1 2011 on the PS3, left bad taste in my mouth. I also rattle on about some of the exciting comic-books on their way to me from Mark One in Hamilton.

We all know what the PlayStation 3 is capable of. You only have to take a look at the Uncharted games and God of War 3 to see what Sony’s machine is made of. Dare I say it, but there’s nothing in the Xbox 360’s catalogue that even comes close to the PS3’s flag-ship titles. Now, I’m a great fan of the Xbox 360, but as Microsoft and Sony’s machines enter their twilight years it’s the PlayStation 3, and not the Xbox 360, that continues to surprise me. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review- F1 2011, Xbox Live Arcade, Batman: Arkham City and Frank Miller’s Holy Terror.

Vic B’Stard’s week in review

Vic B'Stard
It's football NOT soccer!

It’s somewhat ironic, at a time when the rest of New Zealand is going mad for rugby that this Englishman has spent the week sitting in front of Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 enjoying a proper game of football.  None of that odd game played by gentlemen with funny-shaped balls around here.

The big problem is that if you mention football in gaming circles, all you are going to hear is FIFA. EA’s football gaming franchise has pretty much got the digital version of the sport sewn up. I’ll admit to being rather disapponted when what I’d have preferred to be a nice review copy of FIFA 2012 actually turned out to be a copy of Konami’s PES 2012 instead. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review