Whether it laziness or down to a dilution of content; Ruaidhri is reaching the end of his interest in big open world games. Could games do with going back to more linear focused affairs?
Megan questions the gender equality in pop culture. Why is it girls can read Batman but boys can’t watch My Little Pony? Where has this Brony explosion and hatred come from?
Megan discusses where her geekdom comes from and where we as a subculture draw the line for ‘geek or not’?
Jon looks at some of the best Batman villains we’ll never see included in a Batman game.
Kid Sidekicks have become a staple in comic books, and something that we’ve come to accept as just another part of the medium. But have…
Ruaidhri has a look through some games that got our hopes up with alpha footage, but never saw the light of day. For better or worse these are the The Top 5 Games That Were Never Released.
If you read our last column you probably noticed that Dick Grayson started out as Robin in 1940, around the age of 8 and continued in the role ‘til 1984. Yet when he became Nightwing he was only in his late teens and is still now only in his mid-twenties (roughly). So why isn’t Dick Grayson an 80-year old vigilante, beating up thugs with a zimmerframe?
In an attempt to find something worthwhile to fill the last two weeks of a free month on Xbox Live Gold, I went back to 2009’s Ghostbusters: The Video Game this past weekend. Despite the age-old truism that any video game based on a film (and often any other kind of non-sports license) will be crap, Ghostbusters was a lot of fun, mixing solid gameplay, an authentic feeling script, nice graphics and the films’ original actors (even if Bill Murray is mumbling through most of it). I still think it’s the closest thing we’ll get to a proper third Ghostbusters film. As I slime-tethered down ghosts online, it struck me how many surprisingly awesome licensed games have come out over the past few years.
Welcome to this new feature on Pixel Bedlam, the Weird World Of Comics. With every instalment, I intend to explore something particularly odd, unusual or just plain stupid from this crazy medium and offer it unto you, dear reader, much like how a cat might kill and lightly maul a bird only to dump it on your bed for you to puzzle over.
Recently Rocksteady and Warner Bros have been running around the internet snatching up domains like the little green men snatched up food in Golden Axe. They’ve been purchasing many red herrings and obviously some genuine ones. Most seem related to the title of a new Batman game, Arkham Universe, Batman Arkham Origins and Batman Arkham Knight have all been purchased. A couple seem to be related to the Nolan films with Arkham Rises and such also being snapped up. All of this has led many to believe that we aren’t that far away from an announcement for a new Batman Arkham game. With the series being as highly regarded as it is, and with innovation dripping from the orifices like a teenager’s greasy pores, Max and Ruaidhri saw it was time to start getting their hopes up and sat down to discuss their wants and hopes for the new Arkham game.
“Some idiot is running around the asylum, dressed like a bat…! I know! Crazy!” While the Joker’s words could be viewed as – and admittedly are, if you’re sad like me – funny, there is something unsettling about them. 2009’s Arkham Asylum is, at the very least, one of my favourite games of recent times. Everything it excels at is there in a neat package: graphics, storyline, script, gameplay, voice acting – but there is something else that makes it so masterful. It’s a head fuck.
The concept of a cartoon featuring Superboy, Martian Manhunter’s niece and Aqua Lad is something that would normally make me want to take all my lovely comics and burn them in my garden in a hope that the gods of nerd would somehow see my sacrifice as enough to smite the unholy that came up with this abomination. But then I sat down and watched Young Justice, a cartoon that is currently showing its second series in America and made me realise something; with the right writers and story, that showcases the universe and the characters, this may just work.