Food: In World of Warcraft, it’s good for the health and it’s good for the mana. But why should your avatar be the only one who gets to sample Azeroth’s most savory dishes? Meet Irillys, a Tauren Shaman on the Bloodscalp realm (in real life, Guinevere Mee); she’s on a culinary quest to make World of Warcraft’s in-game fantasy food a reality. Her first project, The Tauren Chef Cookbook, offers easy to follow recipes based on and inspired by food in the game
Over the years we've enjoyed steering some of the animal kingdom's most awesome specimens through some pretty awesome games. Banjo the bear. Donkey Kong the ape. Amaterasu the wolf. We've loved them all. But it's not always nature's most magnificent beasts that game makers deem suitable for the role of hero. Some creatures that have made the jump from wildlife to virtual life are little more than food chain filler. And this is those pathetic
Anticipation is supposedly sweet, but you know what? Instant gratification is a hell of a lot sweeter. Sure, we could sit patiently and wait for official announcements on our favorite franchises. We could avoid assumption, steer clear of speculation and only publish our opinion when it’s unequivocally backed by cold, hard press release fact. That wouldn’t be nearly as much fun, though.
Given the current state of the economy, and the vigor with which store are going after what’s left of your dollar, we’re going to go ahead and declare this post-Thanksgiving Shopstravaganza of November 27th, 2009… The Blackest Friday. Retailers are well aware of your finiancial plight, and are dropping the prices on games so fresh off the press the cellophane is still melty.
We bin the backing music and introduce a menace to the proceedings - George and his soundboard. Oh, and there's some talk about games too.
Machines metamorphosed into marvellous mutations.
Most of the time, we’re too busy trying to stay alive to pay much heed to the inscrutable military jargon in Modern Warfare 2. When necessary, we can often fill in the blanks through context, but not always. We’ve never been to boot camp, so it’s like trying to pick up another language. Honestly, we can’t tell our Pave Paws from our Pave Lows.
“Clayton Kauzlaric and I created the character of DeathSpank for the Flash comics on my website,” Ron Gilbert explains. “He came to embody all the little things we hated about the games business. At one point, we looked at each other and said, ‘He needs his own game!'” Alarm bells ring. Games that try to poke fun at the medium’s cliches only end up rehashing them.
Sin City. Grand Theft Auto. Inglorious Basterds. Moulin Rouge. Indiana Jones. Daniel O’Donnell. All these things seem to inform Pandemic’s World War II-set open world kill-’em-up.
It’s German-occupied Paris as a big-budget action movie: explosions, preening Nazi race drivers, base-jumping off the Eiffel Tower and sexy secret agents. By which we mean it’s trashier than a gossip magazine.
Buy the ticket, take the ride. Good advice, but after the credits roll what are we left with? Modern Warfare 2’s campaign is certainly a rollicking thrillcoaster, but the convoluted story has left many scratching their heads.